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  • mclyne32 (Director) 9:18 AM on November 18, 2019 Permalink |  

    Loved. Liked. Hated. 

    Loved the swarming D throughout the first half.
    Loved LeBron’s focus on both ends(33pts, 12ast, 7reb, 1blk, 1stl).
    Loved Danny Green’s highlight rebound dunk.
    Loved the 14 blocks- most since 2002.
    Loved Dwight’s effort, again.
    Loved Kuz becoming our third most dependable scorer(17pts, 5reb tonight)

    Liked KCPs second solid game in a row.
    Liked Rondo’s great all around game after putting up a stinker against the Kings.
    Liked The Great Kobe Bean sitting courtside with Gianna.
    Liked the fact that Charlie Brown is in the NBA!

    Hated the lack of focus at the start of the third.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:25 AM on November 18, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Also hated the bench letting the majority of a 25 point lead slip away when LBJ took his first rest. other than thought, really just a lot to like and love.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 10:38 AM on November 18, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yup.
        This was another trap game, with ATL missing two of their best players, and some of our guys played like it.
        That’s why I was so impressed with LeBron’s focus throughout.

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 12:51 PM on November 18, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Yep. Liked the doubling of Trae, but he’s a problem!! Lol

  • mclyne32 (Director) 9:09 PM on November 12, 2019 Permalink |  

    Ahhhhhh,man! We shoulda traded Kuz!
    He only had 23pnts, and nailed two threes to ice it when the game hung in the balance.
    He trash!
    Told you doubters he just needed some time to shake the rust off.

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 9:13 PM on November 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      AD was excellent on both end of the floor, again.
      Bradley was solid.
      Bron was good, except for those two wild threes from way too deep. I really wish he wouldn’t take those near the end of close games- just run a PnR with Davis instead.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 9:25 PM on November 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I know he said they’d both play tomorrow. I’d rethink that tonight. They only have 9 healthy players.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 9:36 PM on November 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Oh yeah, Rondo looked great for his first game back.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 11:49 PM on November 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nobody chiming in on this one???

  • mclyne32 (Director) 3:37 PM on November 8, 2019 Permalink  

    I don’t know if anyone has had to deal with suicide before, but now I can say that I have, for the second time in my life.
    I just found out that my long time soccer buddy, Alex, hung himself recently.
    I lost touch with him over the past two years, due to my change in jobs moving me far enough away to not allow attendance of the same pick up games. He was one of the best human beings I ever met- always upbeat, always smiling, and just enjoyed life. He escaped the tyranny if Iran as a youngster by moving to Brazil first and then a few years later, the States. He spent the last twenty years or so as a retired man, playing soccer all over the globe.
    I wish that he would have reached out.
    Life is precious. Make sure those you love know it. Remind them of it daily.

    Anyway, sorry to hijack the blog, but I had to get this out.
    Go Lakers!

     
    • Magic Phil

      Magic Phil 3:56 PM on November 8, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sad to hear that, my Chelsea friend. I was always puzzled about suicide. What takes for a person to do that? Anyway, he lived in my country, was a good man and a soccer man so I feel a bit of your pain. Hope he’s ok now

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 3:56 PM on November 8, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yeah Matt, I have.

      I have too many pins of First Responders, 35. That’s since 2013. It’s tough. Including a guy named Jack Spyker. He was a good buddy.

      One was a good friend, named Kevin Balogh. Kevin killed himself in 2014. We played youth soccer together.

    • Seely_Iggy (Director)

      Seely_Iggy (Director) 4:16 PM on November 8, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m sorry to hear of your loss, Matt. I can’t even begin to imagine how you feel, but I’m glad you shared it with us here. Thanks for the reminder, to love more and not take things for granted. Also reminded me to reach out to a friend whose father recently committed suicide and her estranged family did not tell her till 3 months later.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 5:50 PM on November 8, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      thanks guys.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 9:29 AM on November 9, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sorry for your loss Matt. My best friend hung himself two years ago. I was in contact with him that night texting backhand forth about nothing in particular until about 8pm. His brother called me the next morning letting me know he hung himself around 10pm. After years of being sober he could no longer battle the demons. It devastated me, I couldn’t wrap my mind around it. Would rather he overdosed than took his own life as I can’t comprehend that. Wish he would have opened up to me that night, wish I could have said something. It still bothers me when I hear an old punk mix we’d listened to and loved.

  • mclyne32 (Director) 10:15 PM on September 22, 2019 Permalink  

    Trivia Time:

    Forward A: 18.7 PPG, 45.6% FG, 5.5 Reb, 2.5 Ast
    Forward B: 18.2 PPG, 46.9% FG, 7.9 Reb, 2.9 Ast

    Which player was awarded a $150 Million contract last season?
    Which player is considered by some fans as having a “disappointing season” recently?
    Those numbers look pretty close to me.
    Without cheating, name both players and then explain to me how much better one is over the other using FACTS.

     
    • Worthy42

      Worthy42 4:40 AM on September 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Assume A is Kuzma. Not sure about B.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 11:11 AM on September 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I didn’t read the article Tom posted, nor did I read in detail the arguments being made against Kuzma. It’s all about expectations to begin with. Is Ball a bust? Not at all even with the expectation of being the #2 pick I’m assuming he will be a career starter and that realistically is the most you can expect from any pick. Kuzma on the other hand was the steal of the draft that has far exceeded his expectations. Kuzma has that Mamba Mentality that I don’t see in Ball or Ingrahm. Kuzma is going to bust out this year as the 3rd option on this team, I see him in a roll like Glen Rice played along Shaq and Kobe with more athleticism cutting towards the basket. I know what to expect and what my expectations are of LeBron and AD, it’s Kuzma that I’m most excited about.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 11:45 AM on September 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Most picks don’t end up having a career.

        There are many examples of undrafted guys having a great career.

        Look at similar picks in his slot…will he for example have Baron’s career trajectory? Baron also had veteran leadership (Elden Campbell, David Wesley, Jamal Mashburn) and didn’t bug out either. Was 22/10/5 in his prime.

        I don’t see it.

    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 12:41 PM on September 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It’s Toby Harris, the forgotten man in the Clips successes last year. He shot 43% from 3 with them, not exactly a scrub. They try to act like losing him, Gallo, and SGA isn’t a big deal to their depth either.

      But another guy who keeps getting paid like a max guy that’ll likely never make an All Star Game.

      Could Kuz surpass him? Possibly, but they may have similar ceilings.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 2:05 PM on September 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        DING! DING! DING!
        We have a winner.
        One guy apparently is worth $150,000 and the other has a sub-par year. They put up very similar stats last season.

        • NBA4ever

          NBA4ever 3:32 PM on September 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Well to be fair you know stats don’t tell the whole picture. I’m with you with Kuz but there is now way he can have the same impact as Harris at this point in his career.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:51 PM on September 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’d have to see how they played on their teams. Also which player was part of a playoff roster and so on. Stats are but one facet of all this.

  • mclyne32 (Director) 2:52 PM on July 29, 2019 Permalink  

    To all the music lovers on this site, if the Raconteurs come to your town on their current tour, do your ears and souls a huge favor and get out to see them. When they decide to get together, they are still the best live band out there. I’ve seen a lot of great live bands throughout my time on this rock, including Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, Beck, Foo Fighters, 311, The Black Keys, NOFX, Muse, White Stripes, Beck, Chili Peppers, ect, ect, ect. I can honestly say that the Raconteurs are better then all of them when it comes to putting on a show of musical genius.

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 2:52 PM on July 29, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

    • John M.

      John M. 3:13 PM on July 29, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      They just came to the Santa Barbara Bowl (I have a business in town, but missed them). The local paper did a cover story: https://www.independent.com/2019/07/24/raconteurs-bring-hit-record-to-the-bowl/. I’m more of a 70s and 80s guy, so I am not familiar with the band, but your accolades are impressive.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 4:53 PM on July 29, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I hear ya John. The Raconteurs style is easily multi generational. Next time they tour, be sure not to miss them!

        • John M.

          John M. 4:57 PM on July 29, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Thanks for adding them to my radar :)

          • John M.

            John M. 5:08 PM on July 29, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            My local library has their first CD- I’ll check it out.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 8:01 PM on July 29, 2019 Permalink

              They have a bunch of live stuff on YouTube as well.

    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 3:37 PM on July 29, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      MC, impressive, but have ever seen The McGuire Sisters? Lol! I have a month after The Stones in ’89. I was old er at Stones and a Baby compared to the Oldies at The Sisters. Wife and I were sitting at a table with some elder ladies. I asked them if the Sisters had any CD’s (they were just starting then) and they said “Oh honey we’re sure because they made a lot of money in the 40’s and 50’s. ” Of course they were talking Certificates of Deposit! Was sooo funny. Had to explain about these new little records!

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 3:39 PM on July 29, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        PS-Just saw ELO in Nashville and Miss Diana Ross in Champaign. : ) Next on out list is The Japanesse House, Bad Suns, Coin, Andy Grammer. We love music!

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 5:38 PM on July 29, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I checked them out since we have similar music taste. They are not playing anywhere on the west coast for the rest of their tour. They played in Oakland just last week.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 8:03 PM on July 29, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        They aren’t my cup of tea, but the Melvins opened. I saw them open for Foo Fighters a few months after Dave released “their” first album.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 8:12 PM on July 29, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I forgot to add these great live performers:
      Matisyahu
      Ziggy Marley
      Rancid
      Beastie Boys( by far, the most diverse sets: from straight punk, to hip hop, to groovy, funky instrumental jams)
      Crowder
      Need to Breathe
      Kings of Leon

  • mclyne32 (Director) 2:58 PM on July 23, 2019 Permalink  

    Black Keys getting their ZZ Top on:

     
  • mclyne32 (Director) 2:22 PM on July 9, 2019 Permalink  

    Passing.

     
  • mclyne32 (Director) 9:59 PM on May 19, 2019 Permalink  

    Brandon “Broken” Stark!?!?!?!?!?!!!!

    Are you kidding me????
    LAME ENDING!

     
  • mclyne32 (Director) 8:18 PM on May 17, 2019 Permalink  

    My second favorite band of all time. Bradley died way too soon:

     
  • mclyne32 (Director) 6:24 PM on May 14, 2019 Permalink  

    According to Cowherd today, KD to the Knicks is 100% and he’s already contacting other players to join him.

     
  • mclyne32 (Director) 12:13 PM on May 11, 2019 Permalink  

    Still time for Jeanie to make the right decision and go outside of the Laker Family to bring in a PBO to right this ship.
    There’s still time for LeBron to lure Kawhi.
    Maybe we end up with Kyrie instead.
    All is not lost.
    We are down, but we are not out.

     
  • mclyne32 (Director) 9:03 AM on May 9, 2019 Permalink  

    Time to Trade Embiid:
    Colin agrees with me

     
  • mclyne32 (Director) 6:06 PM on May 8, 2019 Permalink  

    Well, there you have it.
    Another stupid move by our bumbling “leadership.”
    We getting nobody now and AD has already changed his mind to come here.
    It’s time to sell Buss Family!!!!!!!!!

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 6:13 PM on May 8, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Not bringing in someone intelligent from the outside like David Griffin, to run this thing will be seen as the last nail in Jeanie’s coffin.
      I bet by next summer, the rest of the Buss kids force her to sell.

  • mclyne32 (Director) 4:21 PM on May 3, 2019 Permalink  

    Kemba, Vucevic, Tobias or Jimmy Butler?

    If you were running things, what order would you guys put these four?
    Second question: With who’s currently in charge, what order would they put them in?

     
  • mclyne32 (Director) 10:25 AM on May 3, 2019 Permalink  

    Sign your Name

     
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