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  • mclyne32 (Director) 6:17 PM on March 11, 2019 Permalink |  

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  • mclyne32 (Director) 3:36 PM on March 5, 2019 Permalink  

    According to Cowherd, 80% chance that Ty Lue will be our next coach.
    Also, according to his sauces, Durant wants to stay in California. So, if he leaves the Dubbs, it’s either us or the Clipps.

     
    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 3:45 PM on March 5, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Clipps got nobody.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 4:12 PM on March 5, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        They are better than us, are going to get Kawhi, and don’t have a FO that is a mess.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 4:14 PM on March 5, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          More Cali bias.

          The City of Toronto is a world class, city.

          Not to mention, he trusts the org. Trusts Alex Mckechnie.

          I wouldn’t just patronize TO and say he’s going to L.A.

          60/40 he leaves.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 4:31 PM on March 5, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            If I were in his shoes, I would go there. Strong FO.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 4:35 PM on March 5, 2019 Permalink

              Perfectly fair, point.

              Toronto is a world class city.

              The city just recently won the MLS Cup (big deal for soccer nuts here). The City is equally accessible and private.

              You can choose to stay in house or be an active member of the community.

              If Kawhi went to the Clippers, he wouldn’t be living in LA. As you know, he bought a house in your hometown.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 4:45 PM on March 5, 2019 Permalink

              Yeah, Kawhi should stay in Toronto for basketball reasons, as well as the city and great FO.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 4:47 PM on March 5, 2019 Permalink

              He’s a hard read, dude.

              Even if we had a shot at him, he’s so mercurial. It’s a flip of the coin with him.

    • Worthy42

      Worthy42 5:16 AM on March 6, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Or the Kings.

  • mclyne32 (Director) 9:47 AM on February 13, 2019 Permalink  

    If Magic had any sense, he would trade LeBron this summer. This would take some serious backbone, foresight and balls, so he won’t.
    I’m tired of this franchise planning around aging stars.
    All we have to look forward to now is The Brow holding to his promise to come here in 2020.
    So glad I have other things in my life to hold my hopes in.

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 10:02 AM on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Direct the ire at Jeanie, man.

      Jeanie hired Magic.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 10:06 AM on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      How many Playoff appearances does Jeanie have on her own?

      Not a Division banner, not a Conference banner,

      The Lakers haven’t sniffed the Playoffs (God awful sweep Spurs) doesn’t qualify.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 10:20 AM on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The Wheels on the bus fall off eventually.

    • havoc

      havoc 10:32 AM on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      i think nobody is going to trade Lebron..at his age, he might be a bit slower..however, he still plays really well..his lack of speed now is caused from all the mileage he has been playing with those straight finals appearances….i think all he needs is the right supporting cast and sign an All Star that is willing to play with him..that has less ego

      i think Kemba is going to be a perfect match..Kemba has not had a successful playoff experience..teaming up with Lebron will give him that experience he needs and maybe a championship..If not Kemba then maybe Demarcus Cousins..Still has a chip on his shoulder which he still needs to prove after his injury..this is by playing at an All Star Level..Then if management is not that high on the kids, trade them before the season starts so that these kids can move on and progress to their potential

      If they can sign Kemba then trade Ball and Kuzma for an All Star or a very good role player..If they go the DC route then trade BI and Kuz

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 10:44 AM on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        He’s a Superstar. At the height of his IQ.

        Fans don’t run teams, thank goodness we don’t. :)

      • Seely_Iggy (Director)

        Seely_Iggy (Director) 6:14 PM on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I agree, no one’s trading LeBron. He probably has a no trade clause :)

    • mclyne32 (Director) 10:48 AM on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I just really am not into guys who take many times off on D throughout a game.
      This makes it very difficult to win games against good teams.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 10:58 AM on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The thing is IF we could have signed PG13, we’d be in the Top 2. We need to stop blaming LBJ, he’s given all he has, like that triple last nite! I have concerns over why Ball, Ingy, Hart and Kuz haven’t stepped up more and KCP?

        • havoc

          havoc 11:04 AM on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I think the kids stepped up already..what more can you ask for to these kids..they just got hurt and have not played together..This team has not played together right from the start of the season til yesterdays game..hopefully after the break, once Lonzo is back, they might find continuity and be healthy..i know once these guys are healthy, they might make a run and be included in the playoffs

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 11:27 AM on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          We wouldn’t be in the Top 2, DJ.

          OKC has more talent than we do.

          Before he got hurt, LeBron had us as a #4 seed. Best case scenario.

          All Luke and the young guys had to to do, was not drool and poop themselves.

          That’s exactly what happened.

          Stop making these kids out to be good…our youth is below average talent wise.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 11:29 AM on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Brooklyn has a better young core, so does Dallas, the Kings are better, Raps have better youth, Greenies have better youth, Sixers have better youth, Pacers have a better young core, the Bucks.

            Heck, I just named 8 teams better than our youth.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 12:20 PM on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Not blaming LeBron- I’m just not into the gamble that Magic has taken with him: look at what happens when is out- we don’t have enough talent to stay afloat. Also, many of the good Free Agents available won’t come here because of him. His injuries will only become more and more frequent as he ages. We’ve already been down this road. What happens when he goes down again, this time missing even more games?
          Father Time is undefeated.
          It would have been much different if Magic could have gotten another All Star to come with him. We still have this summer, but there are very few realistic options. Even Kyrie comes with a history of missing a lot of games due to injury.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 12:51 PM on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            No one should take plays off, man.

            Not making excuses.

            He’s played more minutes than any other superstar in Hx of sports.

            Magic’s Experiment was only gonna work with another superstar.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 1:06 PM on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Funny how Luke Walton fans carrying his water have gone silent!

          • mclyne32 (Director) 1:35 PM on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I hear ya.
            The problem is- this second star was never going to be easy to get.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 1:59 PM on February 13, 2019 Permalink

              It was gonna take tact.

              Jeanie isn’t smart dude. I know Magic ain’t a member of Mensa, well neither is Jeanie.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 4:53 PM on February 13, 2019 Permalink

              Seems like they need to hire someone who is.

  • mclyne32 (Director) 3:14 PM on February 6, 2019 Permalink  

    Word out of Boston, including Jackie MacMullan, the Celtics will offer up Tatum in a package for AD.
    Have fun in Boston, dude.

     
    • p ang

      p ang 3:18 PM on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      So Cs offer up Tatum and the rest of their core cast and Lakers steal Kyrie leaving Boston with a talent pool worse than NOLA.

      See you in 2020, AD.

  • mclyne32 (Director) 3:11 PM on February 5, 2019 Permalink  

    According to Brad Turner via the “Mason and Ireland” show today, he thinks that even if Magic were to accept the ridiculous ask of all the youth, plus 4 number ones, and two number twos, Demps would still come back and say,”Can you make that FOUR number twos?
    Asinine.
    Have fun getting screwed this summer, Demps!

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:37 PM on February 5, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The way I look at this deal, the Lakers’ strategy is based on the simple principle that the Pelicans need to think they ‘won’ the deal to overcome the natural bias against trading with the Lakers and the incessant Boston media support from ESPN and their shills, including Woj.

      Magic knows that he has to appear to desperately overpay in order to close the deal. He also realizes that this is the big move he needs to make the rest of the grand plan come together and the key to building a sustainable championship roster than lasts well beyond the end of LeBron’s career. That’s what’s at stake and Magic will appear to eat whatever crow he need to do to lure the Pels to trade him.

      Reminds of the great scene in Heaven Can Wait when the former owner of the Rams was complaining about having to sell the team to Warren Beatty and a reporter asked him what Beatty did to make him sell the team and he answered: “I asked him for $67 million and he said ‘yes.'” What Magic is trying to do right now is get Dell Demps to officially counter the Laker’s last offer so he can say ‘yes.’

      • mclyne32 (Director) 3:55 PM on February 5, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        So, would you give up ALL of our youth, plus four number ones and two number twos???

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:08 PM on February 5, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I think the Lakers will give them another first and a second and we will have a deal. Could require a third team to take Hill’s contract in return for a fourth first but yes, if I had to, I would go that high. But we won’t have to. They’ll come back with an offer close to 4 and 2 and we’ll reach a compromise agreement. Truth is the Pels have already come to the realization that they have an offer better than what they could get from anybody else this summer. They’re just checking to see if they can get any more. This comes down to doing a deal with the Lakers or not. It’s not about the additional picks. They’re small fry compared to the entire scope of the deal. The Pels are just negotiating the way they should and the Laker are doing what they know they have to do, which is let the Pels walk away as winners. Otherwise, they’re not going to trade AD to us. They hate the Lakers and Klutch and LeBron even more.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 4:45 PM on February 5, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            If they want Hart and Zu, plus more picks, I retort with fine- but you have to let me keep either Zo, Brandon, or Kuz.

  • mclyne32 (Director) 10:00 AM on February 5, 2019 Permalink  

    This is not a “deal.” This is NOLA, along with all the other small market losing franchises trying to screw us.
    Time to walk away.
    If they come back Wednesday night and drop the second rounders and one of the additional firsts, then play ball. But something tells me they don’t even want to complete a deal with us.
    Move on and make a deal for Vucevic.

     
    • havoc

      havoc 10:10 AM on February 5, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      yes agree..they are really playing a super hardball scenario..the offer the Lakers made was already superb..in my opinion that was already overwhelming..for me, let NO take the risk of letting this play out through the summer and realize that they have made a serious mistake..specially if Lakers already made their moves

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 10:13 AM on February 5, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Has nothing to do with the Lakers, bro. We’re just a squirrel trying to get a nut. They know that.

      This is about Rich Paul, Klutch sports and Bron.

      • NBA4ever

        NBA4ever 10:17 AM on February 5, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        And the Lakers

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 10:19 AM on February 5, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          No. It’s an emotional response.

          If LeBron was on the Cavs, nothing would be different in this scenario except emotional Cavs fans thinking the same thing Matt and others are.

          It’s just business.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 11:07 AM on February 5, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        It is mostly about the rest of the NBA not giving in to what LeBron wants, again, BUT, you honestly can’t tell me that there isn’t a League wide hate of the Lakers and their success after the nixed CP3 trade.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 11:08 AM on February 5, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Every time we try to pull off a big deal, there are cry babies like Dan Gilbert and Pop calling up the other party and telling them not to deal with us.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 11:42 AM on February 5, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I think, JMO, you’re right, more of an ego thing though. Personal ego on executives.

          Teams know, when the Lakers win, when the NBA is successful, they get ampiece of the pie.

          When the last time a small market team said, “Yeah, we’ll pay the Lakers off our success because we need to share”

          Never happen, never will.

      • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:22 AM on February 5, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        To say it has nothing to do with the Lakers and their brand is not seeing the whole picture, in my opinion. Pop called and urged them specifically not to deal with us, Dan Gilbert cried to David Stern like a little baby when we made the very fair and better in hindsight CP3 trade. This is a continuation of that. But it’s certainly not the only or even biggest reason we’re where we are at right now.

        ButIt also has to do with another point you, magicman, raised about the Peli’s being run NFL-style where the players are expected to cow to the owners on every single point. The NBA ain’t like that and so it looks to me like all of it is swirling together into one big mess where the folks running the show in NOLA look at one number: how many years do we actually control this player’s future? That’s what the Lakers are really up against here, time.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 10:17 AM on February 5, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Meh draft picks are overrated especially when out of the lottery. It’s wanting every single last player including Rondo who they’ll buy out…AND the 10 draft picks AND room service??? Gtfoh they gave up very little for Cousins compared to the ransom they are scoffing at.

    • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:17 AM on February 5, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      While it may look like a mugging you have to step outside the purple and gold echo chamber for a hot minute. NOLA just doing what’s best for them. Give a mugger enough time he’ll take the wallet, watch, rings, gold caps in your teeth and your shoes. They’re just playing the part of a mugger with plenty of time to spare before the 5-0 show.

      I’d hold the line at last night’s deal and give them until tonight or pull it and move on. AD is a transcendental talent and it would be unfortunate if he didn’t become a Laker (both for him and our favorite team) but there is the small matter of the rest of the squad and how to beat the best. Golde State can keep that band together if they want to fork over the cash to do so simply because they have Bird Rights on so many of their players. If we trade the farm we lose that vital strategic advantage.

      For my part I still feel like we need to work harder to keep 1 of Ingram, Ball or Kuzma simply to help build the bridge to the future for our own team. Can’t trade away both the young talent in the hand and the means to acquire more on down the line, just doesn’t make good NBA salary cap sense.

      The cry baby mentality of the small market teams is starting to get very old. It’s like a home owner who lives on a flood plain or on an unstable cliff complaining about the weather and how it effs up his mansion: you built it in a silly place, now you get to own it. Enjoy and deal, to quote Michael Beasley, “bro”.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:20 PM on February 5, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The Lakers need to get this done right now because the entire anti-Lakers sentiment is going to be ever fiercer this summer because the Lakers will be looking to consummate an Anthony Davis trade with maybe KD, Kawhi, or Klay waiting to sign as a free agent once the trade is finalized. Adding AD to LeBron is one thing but imagine the haters coming out of the woodwork if it’s adding AD to LeBron and KD?

  • mclyne32 (Director) 2:52 PM on January 31, 2019 Permalink  

    I actually think Demps will take Magic’s offer. There is no way he is going to get more talent than that haul.

     
    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 3:17 PM on January 31, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I don’t want to give up Kuz and Ingy.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 3:19 PM on January 31, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I don’t either, but Magic REALLY wants AD and I don’t blame him.
        I would have removed Kuz from the reported offer, but that probably wouldn’t get it done.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 3:20 PM on January 31, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        It’s not a given that Demps will take it.
        I think he will, but I have been known to be wrong, from time to time.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:22 PM on January 31, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Magic is obviously not willing to wait until summer 2020 to sign AD so this is their one and only shot so they’re making it their best. Combined with the decision to move on if not accepted, it’s an offer the Pelicans would be stupid not to accept.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 3:23 PM on January 31, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I think he would be stupid as well not to take it.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 3:20 PM on January 31, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        You got to give a little…lol

        • mclyne32 (Director) 3:21 PM on January 31, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          How stoked will you be if he does become a Laker?

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 3:30 PM on January 31, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Over the Moon. I’m gonna have to calm down.

            You know how much I love this dude!

            • mclyne32 (Director) 3:32 PM on January 31, 2019 Permalink

              I do.
              I know I’m really excited about the real prospect of this happening so you must be freaking out.

            • DJ2KB24

              DJ2KB24 3:33 PM on January 31, 2019 Permalink

              As Kramer says, “Oh. I am freaking!!”

            • mclyne32 (Director) 3:44 PM on January 31, 2019 Permalink

              LOL!

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 3:55 PM on January 31, 2019 Permalink

              Hahahahaha

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:22 PM on January 31, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Actually, you got to give a lot…

  • mclyne32 (Director) 4:08 PM on January 30, 2019 Permalink  

    I GOTTA MEETIN’ IN THE LADIES ROOM

    https://

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 4:09 PM on January 30, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 4:14 PM on January 30, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Uh huh, but on a serious note, I can’t believe I am saying this, but I’m gonna miss our kids. : (

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 4:25 PM on January 30, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          We do: Ball, Ingy or Kuz, Hart, Zu plus picks or just keep the kids and get rid of Puke and the staff!

        • mclyne32 (Director) 5:26 PM on January 30, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          You may get to watch them for the rest of this season- it’s not set in stone that he gets moved before the deadline.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:36 PM on January 30, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          LOL, DJ. You can watch and root for them on the New Orleans Lakers. Randle too. Unless he gets traded somewhere else. That’s become a growing problem for guys who sign 1-year deals. They become trading chips midseason.

  • mclyne32 (Director) 5:57 PM on January 29, 2019 Permalink  

    Josh Toussaint:

    “The NBA should investigate Pop telling Dell Demps (Pels’ GM) not trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers.

    That’s collusion. Similar stuff happened in the Chris Paul trade.

    Teams shouldn’t team up to stop another from being successful.”

     
  • mclyne32 (Director) 11:08 AM on January 29, 2019 Permalink  

    Screw Sour Grapes Pop!!!

    “On Tuesday’s episode of First Take on ESPN, Stephen A. Smith reported Popovich told Pelicans general manager Dell Demps “don’t cave” to the Lakers in trade talks for Davis.”

    https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2818208-stephen-a-gregg-popovich-told-dell-demps-dont-cave-to-anthony-davis-lakers

    If that’s not colluding and tampering, I don’t know what is. Such double standard B.S. against the Lakers.

     
    • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:16 AM on January 29, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Totally, great coach but man is he a WLB when it comes to other teams (read: Lakers) improving their roster. You never heard Phil or Riles or any coach that comes to mind whine like Pop does about teams doing their jobs. Owners, sure, but no other coach comes to mind. Whatever, he won’t be fined so we move on.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 11:37 AM on January 29, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        There aren’t reverse tampering rules?

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 12:56 PM on January 29, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Lol…nobody’s getting fined over some Stephen A. hearsay.

        But even more to the point..it ain’t tampering to talk directly to the GM of a team who’s holding a player’s rights. How da hell would trades get done otherwise?

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:01 PM on January 29, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The problem is the Lakers are not going to try and steal AD with a low ball offer. They’re going to give the Pelicans an offer that’s better than anything the Celtics or any other team can offer next summer considering AD will only re-sign with the Lakers. It’s not a question of caving in but more of getting the best return right now so they can move on and start the process of rebuilding the team. Lakers will give them an offer they cannot refuse. This is one of those times when the Lakers need to give the Pelicans a win-win offer.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 1:03 PM on January 29, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He ain’t wrong tho…

      The same Laker offer they make in the next week or so will still be there in July. It also allows other teams more time to consider making an offer. Very little incentive for the Pels to be in a hurry.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:29 PM on January 29, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Not necessarily. Lakers could threaten to just wait and sign AD as a free agent. Only bids would be ‘renting’ AD. Rich Paul is not Aaron Mintz. Lakers should make this offer their only offer. Otherwise, they threaten to wait. That’s how they keep the leverage.

        The key to these negotiations is to make an offer the Pelicans will NOT be able to get next summer. Otherwise, there’s no real incentive for the Pelicans to trade him. Just sit him for 30 games. Lakers know what they’re doing. Pels are in the box.

        The Lakers just need to stand firm. Even this summer, a lesser offer from Lakers will be better than the rental offers they get. Could result in keeping 2 of our young guns rather than one if the Pels want to wait. That’s how Lakers will and should negotiate.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 2:12 PM on January 29, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Last week the Lakers were “adamant” that Lonzo wouldn’t be included in any trade talks. Today…not so much. Everybody knows the Lakers are desperate to land AD and don’t wanna wait til the summer 2020. If NO wants Zo, Kuz, & Zu then they’ll get that same package today or in July or maybe even next February. It ain’t like that package is a Herschel Walker type of deal either….

  • mclyne32 (Director) 8:40 PM on January 19, 2019 Permalink  

    TOUGH LOSS!!!
    Clutch three by Gordon.
    I don’t know what KCP was thinking when he shot that air ball, but it wasn’t his to take. If he had the hot hand tonight, I would have been fine with it, but he did not.

    Another ball handler/offense runner goes down. Ball was having such a great game before that nasty roll. He actually was in the process of rolling it before he was body checked so I do understand why the refs didn’t blow the whistle.
    So proud of big Zu- his play has now allowed him to be considered part of our “young core.”

    I figured out how Harden gets so much space between himself and his man: HE PUSHES OFF HARD with his left arm. I watched him closely the entire game and he pushed off 17 times in order to create space. 17 TIMES!!!! This is why I can’t stand him- he gets away with offensive foul, after offensive foul, after offensive foul. This “epic run” that he’s on is a theatrical farce. I have been watching NBA basketball for 34 years and no other player throughout this span has been allowed to push off like this. Nobody.

    For those who may say that I’m just mad because my team lost: I was ready to write these exact same words regarding Harden even if we had won.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:52 PM on January 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Game changed when James forced his way to his left. KCP and Zo had forced him right all game long. That opened the door for Harden. That d**n banked three changed the game. Thought we had control. Guys did a great job handing in after Zo went down. Hung tough and didn’t go down easily. Once healthy, nobody is going to want to play this team. The Lakers may have been dumped into a ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you better’ moment and injuries during the season may end up being a blessing for forcing some players to grow and giving others opportunities to become regular parts of the rotation. I think Luke will have these guys peaking as we head into the playoffs. Still a long way to go but and we’ll take more steps back even as we move forward. Teams already have to worrying about how good the Lakers are going to be once LeBron and Rondo and Lonzo are all healthy and rolling. Nobody’s going to want to play us in the playoffs.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 9:06 PM on January 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I agree with most of that. I just hope LeBron doesn’t have any issues the rest of the way.
        Zo’s sprain was a rough one. I sure hope he doesn’t miss too many games because of it.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 9:11 PM on January 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’d love to see an in-depth expose’ on how the NBA conspired to give Harden this golden ticket…

      • mclyne32 (Director) 9:24 PM on January 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Just watch him play. Watch what he does with his left arm. It’s plain as day.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 9:31 PM on January 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        There are things that exist in this world that people choose not to see every single day.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 9:34 PM on January 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Not disputing it…just wondering how he was selected to be the only player allowed to do it with impunity…along with all the other stuff he gets away with. Was it a lottery? Was there a panel who selected him from 100’s of essays submitted by other players? Eennie-Meenie-Miney-Mo?

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:01 AM on January 20, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Harden just has the unique combination of great offensive talent in his handle and shot and a savvy understanding of how to draw fouls. He’s not the only one, just the best. There are other guys are similarly adept, Lou Williams, for example. 48 points with the kind of defense the Lakers threw at him? Don’t like the Beard but man can he ball. Hate him but have to respect him.

          What I object to is refs calling a foul when the offensive player changes direction and bumps into the defender intentionally to draw the foul. Van Gundy brought up that same point, that there should be no call in those situations. I think the rules are there but they’re not getting interpreted properly or consistently. Harden takes advantage as he should

          In the end and notwithstanding Lonzo’s unfortunate injury, the young Lakers once again showed their spunk and have made a great start towards easing the concern over whether they were ready for prime time and why they haven’t taken the expected leap. Long way to go but what we’re seeing from all five (including Zu, now) is the break out we’d hoped for. It will still have some ups and downs but it happening is more important than the disappointing four point loss.

          LeBron and Rondo getting hurt has opened the door and the rest of the Lakers, young and veteran, have adjusted and taken on the challenge. I’m hoping Rondo can step right in and fill in for Lonzo so we can keep this level of play going. Once everybody is healthy, the Lakers are going to be the team nobody, including the Warriors, wants to meet in the playoffs. Great job by Luke and the coaching staff. Give Harden and Rockets credit but we know they wouldn’t have won had Lonzo not been injured.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 10:06 AM on January 20, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Will have to agree to disagree on the Harden debate. His left arm visibly extends from his side, into his defender, pushing said defender away just about every time he creates separation. It’s called an offensive foul when performed by everyone else in the NBA.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:39 AM on January 20, 2019 Permalink

              I don’t disagree with that point, Matt. Those should be no calls at best when the offensive player veers into the defender. Refs clearly give Harden an unfair advantage. But give the guy credit. He knows how to take advantage of it. Tonight, he was lucky that his last three banked in. And that Luke got called for that second tech. And that Gordon bailed him out in OT.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 2:13 PM on January 20, 2019 Permalink

              He’s not “veering into the defender.” He’s creating space by shoving them off with his left arm. If you have the game recorded, just go back and watch a few of his offensive plays. Yes, he can shoot, but he’s also given an unfair advantage.

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  • mclyne32 (Director) 8:36 PM on November 4, 2018 Permalink  

    I’m officially off of the Lonzo train. He’s a bust. Hey may become a decent role player doem day, but he is not a transcendent player, by no means.
    He’s a PG in the NBA with NO GAME inside the arc.
    Luke should feel the heat after this miserable performance.
    I bet he doesn’t make it through this season.
    Still time to turn this season around, but it’s going to take a very good trade.

     
    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 10:13 PM on November 4, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Can’t really put this on Lonzo, the whole squad was flat from the tip. You can put this on the FO that settled on this lopsided roster. You can also put it on Lebron who’s yet to have a Lebron-esque game and seems to be sleep walking out there thus far. I’d put some on Luke, but I never thought he makes a difference one way or another. I would say staying pat and keeping Julius wouldn’t have been much different than where we are today.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 8:45 AM on November 5, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I agree, HTJ.
      This loss is not on Zo. However, a transcendent player would have shown much more by now. I’m just bummed that it looks like we whiffed big time on the last two PGs we chose in the draft. Wasted picks.
      This roster is lopsided and won’t be fixed until next summer. We need shooters and AT LEAST ONE FREAKING PLAYER WHO CAN PLAY IN THE POST!!!!!

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 9:04 AM on November 5, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Way too much talk about Lonzo.
      All this “transcendent” stuff has always been misguided.

    • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:24 AM on November 5, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It’s too early to say about a guy coming off a knee procedure, albeit a minor one. I’m way past the hype of rookies, there are few that impact the game on a meaningful level. Lonzo just needs to get back to playing like he did in the 4th quarter last night every night. Get his defense straightened out, get his turnovers back down and the shooting will handle itself. One thing not doing him any favors is playing him with Rondo. Turns the game into a ‘how many guys can sag off our guards’ kind of affair.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 4:25 PM on November 5, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        He needs to:
        1. Develop a mid range J at the elbows
        2. Develop a floater in the lane
        3. Develop consistency on D
        4. Learn how to cut when he’s playing off ball
        5. Shoot 80% from the line
        6. Develop a post game when a smaller guy is on him
        7. Learn how to draw fouls

        He’s not terrible- he’s just not anywhere close to where we need him to be. If he was, we wouldn’t have picked up Bonga.
        He’ll be a decent player.
        We don’t need decent- we need great out of a #2 pick from the draft.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 1:23 PM on November 5, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I wouldn’t say bust at all…but I am on the trade Lonzo train 1st! Dude is going to take a few years to develop that we don’t have. The offense is horrible when Rondo isn’t out there.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 1:25 PM on November 5, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Lebron and his dumb forcing of passes that are not there and his lack of consistent assertiveness on both ends is as much to blame as anything or anyone.

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