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  • mclyne32 (Director) 4:57 PM on November 16, 2017 Permalink  

    I have a novel idea:
    How about shooting your jumpers five to ten feet closer to the basket since YOU ARE THE WORST THREE POINT SHOOTING TEAM IN THE LEAGUE????

    • For whom the bell trolls 5:44 PM on November 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Then you’ll just be the worst 2pt fg percentage team in the nba

      • mclyne32 (Director) 6:29 PM on November 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply


        • tate793

          tate793 5:30 AM on November 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Yes, because a made midrange shot is better than a missed 3. As you grow proficient at the midrange shots, gradually venture out to the arc. That’s what a quality shooting coach would teach them.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 9:37 AM on November 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            That’s what I’m trying to say.
            The death of the mid range game is senseless.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:49 AM on November 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I have to respectfully disagree with your “novel idea,” Matt. While it sound logical at first glance, there are obvious reasons why it would be a mistake.

      First of all, making more midrange shots and shooter fewer 3-point shots is not likely to improve the Lakers’ offensive production because the points created from longer midrange shots is not going to be enough to offset the points you lost from not taking the threes. While the shooting percentage goes down as you get further away from the basket, the points you get suddenly take a big jump when you step behind the line.

      There’s also the issue of spacing. Trying to move in 3 to 5 feet closer to the basket when you shoot is going to result in poorer spacing, which means more contested shots. While the shooting percentage goes up as players get closer to the basket, it goes down dramatically when shots are contested. It’s one thing if you have guys on the team like Kobe or DeRozan or Livingston who are experts at midrange jumpers. Right now, most of the Lakers jump shooters aren’t that much better shooting midrange than from deep.

      Finally, you just cannot abandon the 3-point shot because the other team is going to be shooting them. Even playing the Warriors, you have to keep the differential in 3-pointers made within reason to stay in the game. The reality is that the more 3’s you shoot, the more you will make and the better your percentage will be. Part of the Lakers problems is they aren’t shooting enough 3’s. The best news I’ve heard from Luke all season is requiring players to make 100 threes every day in practice. That’s how you improve your 3-point shooting. Giving up and trying to shoot the midrange shots every defense is designed is not the answer in today’s NBA. 3>2!

  • mclyne32 (Director) 8:07 PM on November 11, 2017 Permalink  

    SLOPPY FAWKING basketball, played by a group of guys who collectively can’t shoot
    will give us a whole lot of losses this year.
    Nevermind my earlier post about not trading Clarkson or Randle.
    Trade them both for some guys who can shoot.

    • mud

      mud 9:24 PM on November 11, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      there are a few guys just trying too hard, or this team might be contenders for a playoff berth.

      Randle just L.O.s out for moments, but generally he’s bringing pain and SOMEBODY on the team needs to do that.

      Clarkson is good, he just thinks he’s Kobe sometimes, and frankly, he’s not. his aggression and his general play are worthy of floor time, but as you see, the more rope he’s given, the more insane he will become.

      Kuzma also gets confused and thinks he’s Kobe, which never helps the team, no matter who suddenly thinks he’s Marques Haines or Goose Tatum.

      even KCP gets to caught up in trying to win the game himself sometimes.

      the main thing involved in bad play by this team is the obvious, youth. this team is finding itself, what it can and can’t do. even still, as bad as the scoring has been for them, overall, they are working hard at defense.

      as i said, this team is still seeking its identity, and that may or may not be found without some roster adjustments…

      as frustrating as it may be, this team is pretty much what Magic and Luke called it at the beginning of the season, a work in progress that may be in progress for some time.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 11:03 PM on November 11, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m not sure you could trade them for anyone better. I mean Randle is 6th in shooting percentage in the league. He was 4 for 7 for 57% a little under his season average. He had 17 points on 7 shots. Most people consider that pretty good. Clarkson hasd a poor 2nd half. But he is 2nd in the league in shooting percentage among point guards. That means there is only one guy you could trade him for that’s doing better.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 3:36 PM on November 12, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The pieces aren’t fitting.
        We are the worst three point shooting team in the League and have an awful record, again.
        If Magic and Rob are going to go after two max guys this summer, might as well do the inevitable now and trade two guys that need to be moved anyway. It’s not like we would be breaking up a winning squad.
        This team is the worst Lakers shooting team we have seen in a long time.
        If it weren’t such a great defensive team, we would probably have only won one game so far.
        I like both Randle and Clarkson- more than most here, but something’s gotta give.
        If they aren’t in the future plans, then might as well sell high,

        • keen observer

          keen observer 4:31 PM on November 12, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I think they would be high if they sold. This two max free agent plans is a pipe dream. Maybe a bong dream for that matter.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 11:11 PM on November 11, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      By the way Clarkson would be 2nd among shooting guards as well. Only Clay Thompson is better .513 to Clarksons .511 but I don’t think the Warriors will trade Clay to us.

      • tate793

        tate793 11:18 PM on November 11, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        You can’t miss 15 free throws and expect to win. This problem has been staring us in the face since the beginning.

        • keen observer

          keen observer 11:29 AM on November 12, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          How many games have we given away this season with horrible free throw shooting? It makes no sense at this level.

          • tate793

            tate793 4:35 PM on November 12, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            “How many games have we given away this season with horrible free throw shooting? It makes no sense at this level.”

            To answer your question is 3 , Mr. Keen. We’ve lost 3 games that we would have won if we made all of our free throws. Utah. Portland and Milwaukee. .

            We would be 8-5. Tied with SAS and Denver for 3rd place in the Western Conference.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 3:48 PM on November 12, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        You are correct.
        I just needed to vent.
        The only reason for Magic to trade Clarkson and Randle is because he already has assurances that one of his coveted Max Players is coming next season.

    • tate793

      tate793 3:19 AM on November 12, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha Michael

      So, do you think we should start Jordan, and bring KCP off the bench?



    • keen observer

      keen observer 7:41 AM on November 12, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The Bucks have built a talented young team with a ton of length. We’re following a similar blueprint. I have no problem with last night’s game.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 3:46 PM on November 12, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Big difference between us and them: they have a talent who will be in the running for League MVP for the next seven seasons, maybe more.
        We have unproven talent.

  • mclyne32 (Director) 9:15 PM on November 8, 2017 Permalink  

    This loss is mostly on Lopez.
    Letting a scrub who averages 5ppg absolutely torch you.
    The refs helped out the Greenies by giving them ALL of the charge/block calls.
    Good comeback by the team.
    Not too upset with this loss since we will be struggling to make the playoffs and teh Celtics will probably be the #1 seed in the East.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 9:28 PM on November 8, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Celts missing 2 starters & Tatum left with an injury…

    • keen observer

      keen observer 9:51 AM on November 9, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      System basketball will produce big games from the likes of an Aron Baynes, who also played for Pop. This was a “make or miss” loss with “some” help from the refs. We fought.

  • mclyne32 (Director) 10:31 AM on November 8, 2017 Permalink  


  • mclyne32 (Director) 8:21 PM on October 28, 2017 Permalink  

    This team just stinks.
    No shooting whatsoever.
    Our starting 2 guard can’t even make two free throws in crunch time.
    Why would LeBron want to come here?
    Only way he comes if he, PG, and Cousins all take big haircuts. Not going to happen.
    Looks like another season with a whole lot of losses.
    At least Chelsea and Barca are still fun to watch.

    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 8:34 PM on October 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      So far it has looked dismal. Ingy 16 and Clarky 15. But that KCP is sure helping. Thought he was supposed to be a good 3 shooter? Lonzo holding steady at 30% shooting. This isn’t college. The team looked mostly lost most of the game. Luke playing 12 guys tonite. Nance 31 minutes and Pope 28 minutes were 3-14. Clarky 22 minutes and Kuz had 20 and they were 11-22. Geeze!

      • mclyne32 (Director) 8:47 PM on October 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        KCP hasn’t been worth $2 million, let alone $20 million!!!!

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 8:52 PM on October 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Yep. Almost everyone looks so confused. It is early, but why do so many think Luke is this great coach? Cause he babysat for the World Champ GS Warriors?

    • mud

      mud 9:57 PM on October 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      i was cursing at them too.
      let’s not take it too seriously.

      this “feeling of dread” and other kinds of negativity(while often earned) is something that will only make the team even worse, as once the fans are totally dispirited, the players give up on winning. it’s the snowball effect, perfectly illustrated by normally reliable shooters suddenly unable to hit the side of a barn.

      best to have fun with it. it was only a hope that the team would start the season as a good team. the reality is that it’s a long, hard struggle to respectability for the Lakers. it’s how the league is structured, to make it hard for the Lakers to build a good team. the NBA as a whole wants other teams to do well. it’s not about finances directly, it’s about billionaire egos and comic sans. don’t mistake me though, these Lakers players have been shooting their own feet, exactly why it can be so frustrating to watch. again, to be a fan, one will have to enjoy this part to truly enjoy winning again. it’s just how it is. fans need to keep a good attitude because it can get much worse.

      really, if the players hit their open shots at their normal rate, the Lakers win this game and the last one, too. since this is about averages, they should begin to make shots any time now. unless this bad juju snowballs….

    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 8:27 AM on October 29, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I feel like with this young core, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel unlike years past. They don’t seem so hapless and they stick around with better, more established teams, and quite frankly, don’t embarrass Lakers fans like every team post Kobe achilles injury. The young guys seemed poised to figure it out, and outside Deng, there are no bad, immovable deals on the books and it appears to stay that way. This season I wouldn’t expect much other than to see a decent run at the end of the year when those young legs are still fresh and the vet teams heading to the playoffs are all mailing it in.

      Even if it’s to flip these guys for proven vets, good times appear to be looming and I trust this FO more than the last.

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 2:26 PM on October 29, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Inclined to agree, Stan … definitely feel much more optimistic about this team AND management going forward.

    • keen observer

      keen observer 10:09 AM on October 29, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We need shooters. The defense is improving, but you need 3 in today’s NBA, not just D. I’m encouraged by a lot of things. The future is very bright, but we need shooters.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:27 AM on October 29, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Well said, Keen. When you weigh the fans’ angst and anger, it’s really about losing games they should have won, which is an entirely different situation to be in than being blown out every game like last year. Most importantly, our defense has actually improved and that is the most difficult thing for a young team to master. It’s a lot easier to add shooters to a roster than defenders. Best defense we’ve played in last 5 years.

        As for shooters, we need to do a better job of taking advantage of the good shooters we have. Forget percentages because it’s only 5 games but we need to run plays to get Kuzma, Lonzo, KCP, Lopez, and Hart wide open 3-point shots. It’s as if we have decided we don’t have shooters without even giving our shooters a fair chance to show what they can do. I’m tired on our guys not taking those wide open 3-s in transition.

        Most importantly, the Lakers need to shoot more 3’s. Anybody who has played knows you need to take shots to get into a groove. Right now the Lakers rank 26th in 3-point shot attempts at just 24 per game. .As a comparison, look at the Raptors, famous for taking those long 2-point jump shots. So far this season, the Raptors have averaged over 34 3-point attempts per game. Their % sucks like us but they’re at least trying.

        I think Luke will eventually make the moves he needs to get the rosters balanced and the offense back in sync. I’m sure it will take longer than I and most fans think it should but that’s the nature of things. He’s in the middle of it and we’re just impatient back seat drivers. Bottom line, I’m amazed and extremely pleased at how well we have defended at times. Won’t stop me from complaining but it’s thankfully completely different from the past four years. Now if we just play more small ball and fire away…

        • keen observer

          keen observer 10:47 AM on October 29, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          We have said repeatedly in here that we would see the effects of losing Nick Young, Lou Williams and to a lesser extent, D’Angelo Russell, as they were our best three point shooters last season. Hopefully Brook Lopez’s percentage will improve and I am certain that Lonzo and KCP will also improve from downtown. Kuzma did not have a great 3 point percentage in college, but we have seen what he is capable of. I would not mind seeing Luke start Randle and Kuzma and let Brook and Nance come off the bench. Randle has been our best player and needs more minutes. He could develop into the best small ball center in basketball, even better than Draymond Green over time. He might be the most improved player in the NBA on the defensive end of the floor during this microscopic sampling of games that has therealhtj’s and mcwhyne’s panties all up in a bunch.

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:42 AM on October 29, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I agree 100% with you on Luke starting Randle and Kuzma over Lopez and Nance. The future of the NBA and the Lakers is small ball, having a center who spread the floor and defend on the perimeter. This is the big move Luke needs to make. Start and finish the first half and the game with a small ball lineup. Our best defense and best offense are when we go small. Luke needs to flip the front courts and give small ball starters’ responsibilities and minutes.

            I was a big doubter of Julius Randle but what he showed the last two games have converted me. His defense and its intensity is as contagious as Lonzo’s passing. The Draymond comparison resonates more and more. And just as Brook’s ability to spread the floor fits well with Nance, Kuzma’s threat from long range does the same for Randle, although I want him to continue to take those top of key open treys.

            Julius has struggled to find a role in this NBA but I think that struggle is over as small ball center is perfect for him. And that bodes well for the Lakers and for Julius Randle’s future in purple and gold. Randle has done more than just pump up his trade value. He’s shown the Lakers a vision of what he can do for the team offensively and defensively if they go small. If he can continue to play like this and Luke takes advantage of it, Julius may have earned himself an extension and forced the Lakers to focus elsewhere to free up cap space for two superstars.

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

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:27 AM on October 29, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Did everyone forget when Luke said, like 2 weeks ago, that the offense would be free-flowing, based on Lonzo’s feel for the game? Everybody still learning, nothing to get excited about…unless you bet the house and the 401K on the Lakers winning it all. Then, yes, you have something to worry about: you’re gambling problem. lol

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 1:56 PM on October 29, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The Jazz held opponents to 90 points or less 25 times last year. Great Defensive team,

      Since 2013, the Lakers are 5-104 when they score under 100 points.

  • mclyne32 (Director) 10:10 PM on October 27, 2017 Permalink  

    Freaking awful basketball.
    If Larry sin’t going to shoot when he’s wide open, he needs to sit down.
    Randle had it going and he sits?????
    Stupid rotations.

  • mclyne32 (Director) 10:09 PM on October 19, 2017 Permalink  

    Only thing worse than losing to the Celtics is losing to the PaperClips.
    We have a looong way to go to be close to a playoff team.
    Starting Deng is a head scratcher for me- he’s been done since the beginning of LAST season.
    Lonzo handled Beverly’s constant fouling quite well.
    I was mostly impressed with Zo’s defense in the first half.
    Clarkson was a spark off the bench.

    It’s amazing how some players, like Beverly, can get away with so much fouling and others, can’t tap the guy they are defending without a whistle blowing.
    I’m just asking for a little equality in this category.
    I wish everyone could get away with tough nosed defense because it would make the game much better and maybe get more players to give two craps about making a difference on that side of the ball.

    • mud

      mud 10:24 PM on October 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      i have to agree with that.
      there’s some rookie bias there too.

      this game was to be expected. there are 81 more games to go, so there is plenty of time to get to decent, but the time isn’t infinite. sooner or later they will need to hit an open shot and rotate correctly.

      all in all it wasn’t such a bad game for all the players. Clarkson looked like an actual NBA rotation player, so did Lopez and Randle and sometimes BI and Nance did, too. Lonzo looked pretty good, really. Kuzma was really lost out there though, with a couple of exceptions. he’s not even ready for the regular rotation right now, but then again, there is no rotation yet. these guys don’t know exactly how they fit together and who has what role. we could see a different team tomorrow, or it may take a few weeks. i would hate to say that tonight is everyone’s true identity on the Lakers. it’s way to soon to expect them to be anything close to good imo.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 10:33 PM on October 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I agree that it will take time for everyone to gel together.
        When you change your lead guard position, everyone needs to get used to him and vice versa.
        Hitting more open shots would be nice- maybe we’ll see more of that against the Suns.
        BI is still forcing it a bit- I’m hoping he settles in sooner than it took last season.

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 6:08 AM on October 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Well I’m sure LT was disappointed with Kyle’s debut performance … maybe now he’ll temper some of his enthusiasm for him … or … maybe not. : )

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 9:08 AM on October 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply


      Let’s not get triggered by one performance.

      • John M.

        John M. 10:43 AM on October 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Well, I guess we know LeBron’s not coming…

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 10:45 AM on October 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Right…the fact Cleveland finished in the Lottery every year he was gone, deterred his decision. Lol.


        • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:52 AM on October 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Big part of the problem last night was it was Lonzo’s first game and Luke surrounded him with the wrong kinds of player. Lonzo needs to be surrounded by speed and shooting. Luke surrounded him with Nance, Lopez, Deng, and Ingram. Probably four worst fits on the team to play with Lonzo.

          Ingram needs to stop going iso and ball stop every time he touches the ball. He has become worst than Randle, who is obviously pouting about not starting, not that I blame him. Until now, he had been our best player.

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  • mclyne32 (Director) 9:58 AM on August 17, 2017 Permalink  

    “One generation rejects God. The next generation learns to live without him. One generation rejects the values of God. The next generation takes it as normal. Of the 22 civilizations that have appeared in history, 19 of them collapsed, when they reached the moral state the United States is in right now.”

    J.D. Unwin
    (studied 86 different societies spanning 5,000 years)

    • mclyne32 (Director) 10:46 AM on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      There is a WAY, and A TRUTH out of this mess our country is in. It’s just a matter of bending the knee.
      As a nation, we have a choice.

      • AK27

        AK27 1:05 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        i guess bending the knee means…to submit ? but what does it mean in this context ? submit to what ? some conception of God ?

        Apologies for my ignorance.

      • AK27

        AK27 3:13 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Looks like the message didn’t quite get across…perhaps that wasn’t the intent either

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:51 AM on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Matt, I believe much of the good and bad in the world today comes from religion and its advocates.

      Do you recognize that part of the problem is the intolerance and racism by the Christian right in America?

      • mclyne32 (Director) 12:57 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        None of the REAL Christians I associate with are racists. They are quite the opposite.

        • NBA4ever

          NBA4ever 1:06 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I respect the good Christians that are truly good people. The problem is they are a very small group such as my mother who is passionately liberal because she knows that is the correct side to be on as a Christian.
          It’s those such as yourself on the right that disappoint me and drove me away from my Christian roots as the hypocrisy was too much. As if being a Christian is an indication of your morals when you blindly support a political party that tells you it supports Christian values yet it’s actions say otherwise. It’s intellectually lazy to call yourself a Christian and a Republican.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 2:35 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Also, “there is no one who is GOOD, no, not one.”

        • mclyne32 (Director) 2:35 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          NBA, you know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about my “Religion.” You don’t know me, nor my Faith, nor how I carry it out in the world. You only know what the skewed and distorted media tells you to believe. You just believe in labels.
          I never have called myself a Republican and never will.
          Go take your false notions and direct them to someone who cares about your intolerance.
          It’s a sad day when the so called “TOLERANT” liberals are so hypocritical that they don’t tolerate the beliefs that once made this country great. I hope you have a great day and someday learn the definition of tolerance.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 2:41 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            You know what I saw on the weekend, and it shocked the hell out of me.

            We were at the Mall and this 12 yr old girl was yelling at her Mother and Father about something.

            I wouldn’t dream of yelling at my parents, but these snowflakes have to have it their way. This is the next generation Matt, and it scares me. Smh.

          • NBA4ever

            NBA4ever 2:59 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Whoa Matt I’ve never said you are not a good person doing good deeds to show the world the love of Christ as I truly believe you are a good person doing the work. So I apologise for how I structured my post. But yes you have indicated you are a Republican and have attacked the left many times over the years in here.
            You proved you align with the right just now by regurgitating their silly talking points and insults that portray anyone who disagree with their positions as brainwashed by the “skewed media” and that we are intolerant of their intollerence. Christians such as yourself and my mother are not to blame nor are agnostic such as myself.
            If you and I sat for hours and discussed these problems you’d know we are much more alike and want the same for our kids regardless of how we raise them philosophically.
            I guess my ignorance is that I can’t articulate or understand why anyone that is a good hearted “REAL Christian” could possibly align themselves with any right wing rhetoric let alone not denounce it daily as my mother does. Because of her actions I still respect Christians, their believes, and will defend them as I do. Lashing out as you have on this thread at me and kenny isn’t convincing me that you are not part of the Christian right regardless of what “label” you choose. You wont denounce Republican policies because they have bamboozled you into their side with a silly “pro-life” platform that is anything but…

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 3:02 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink

              “It’s those such as yourself…”

              I know you didn’t mean that the way it sounded, Sean…it came out wrong.

            • NBA4ever

              NBA4ever 3:12 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink

              Yes Sean that is exactly what I’m apologising for. Though I’d have more respect for a person that could admit they were wrong and denounce the whole Republican party as trump is only the posterboy and scapegoat for what they have created and enabled.

            • AK27

              AK27 3:15 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink

              scapegoat ??? a product, perhaps, but i am not sure how he’s a scapegoat..the guy actively exploited everything he could to manipulate voters…

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 3:16 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink

              He’s the face, NBA, for sure, but that tumour metastasized far, far long before Trump volunteered to be a Puppet

            • NBA4ever

              NBA4ever 3:25 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink

              Amit he’s a scapegoat for the leaders of the Republican party. Everyone is talking about his horrendous tweets and news conferences and not about the policies that the Republican party is implementing.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 3:31 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink

              What policies? Lol.

              Even his own Congress don’t want f**k all to do with him, to be attached to him in any way.

              Gives Paul Ryan more time to work on his guns. Hahahaha

            • AK27

              AK27 3:32 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink

              i understand, NBA…his antics deflect attention from what really matters…just sayin’ that the fella himself is also complicit in a lot of what’s going awry, policy-wise..

            • NBA4ever

              NBA4ever 3:37 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink

              Sesn he is still gutting crucial departments and programs such as the EPA.

              Amit of course he’s the ring leader now and it’s good he’s exposing the Republican party but he will be gone sooner then later and I fear many won’t recognize how deplorable that party is when a more polished respectable man such as pence steps in. Pence, Ryan, and Cruz types and their policies are the same if not worst and at least trumps racism isn’t in the closet.

            • mud

              mud 4:40 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink

              no doubt those guys stink on ice.
              getting rid of them won’t improve the smell, though.
              the Democrats smell just as bad.

            • NBA4ever

              NBA4ever 5:18 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink

              mud I respectfully with no contention ask you to give me some examples of policies that make the democrats equally as smelly? I can name many policies and budget line item proposals I disagree with the dems on. Curious to hear yours… thanks.

            • mud

              mud 6:04 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink

              as far as corruption goes?
              this last election was full of Dems doing bad things. they did bad things to Bernie Sanders(not that i like him), which was the subject of the leaked emails that it is said that the Russians hacked and leaked. everyone seemed to focus on the scary Russians instead of the dirty tricks laid out in the emails themselves, which were never repudiated.

              believe what you like. if you think the party of the KKK(yes, that’s an institution hatched by Dems) is clean now because they offer freebies to poor people(to keep them poor and dependent ) while doing as much as anyone to allow manufacturing to leave this country, then fine.

              it’s not hard to dig up dirt on either party, although right now, Mr. Soros is in charge of PR, so Occupy is making memes faster than people can post them all. who knows who that guy really is? that means that if you get news from facebook and instagram and twitter, then it looks like only the Republicans are evil.

              the fact is, the fringe Republicans ARE evil, as are the fringe Democrats. the rank and file is mixed, but i’d say that the majority of the rank and file in both parties are decent and doing the best they can. unfortunately, the fringe is running the show.

              Democrats gave away US sovereignty several times, in trade deals and under Clinton, the whole military was put under UN authority. all quite illegal according to the constitution, but that seems unimportant to most.

              Al Gore is Occidental Oil, but we’ll ignore that. Dems are Big Business as much as Republicans, but we’ll ignore that too. we like free things and don’t care about our independence anymore. it’s much easier to let others think for us, right?

              whatever. i come here for basketball. i don’t have any issues with anyone’s point of view. these two parties haven’t been the only two parties. there have been a number of pairs. perhaps the Republicans will be replaced with an independent party or perhaps they’ll resurrect the Whigs. it won’t have significant effect, except for possibly on public opinion.

              i think the whole Democrat/Republican thing is just nonsense to keep us from thinking about really important decisions that get made with very little debate. CNN, Fox, ABC, Vice, Huffington, etc are merely entertainment. it’s a puppet show and it smells. let’s keep it quiet though. it scares the children and i’m not interested in spending days proving it. anyone who really wants to know can.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 6:08 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink

              Bill Clinton overstated the effect of the crime bill he signed in 1994 when he said, “because of that bill we had a 25-year low in crime, a 33-year low in the murder rate.” Independent analyses have found that the bill had a modest effect on crime rates.
              Clinton offered his defense of the bill in response to a protester at a campaign event for Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia on April 7. In addition to Clinton’s inflated assessment of the bill’s effect on crime, we found fault with how both sides portrayed the crime bill in Clinton’s back-and-forth with the protester:

              The protester clearly yelled something about the “three-strikes” provision in the 1994 crime bill. Some in the Black Lives Matter movement have blamed that provision for mass incarceration. But that overstates the effect of the bill, as the steady trend toward increased incarceration long pre-dated the 1994 bill.
              Clinton responded by saying “90 percent of the people in prison too long are in state prisons and local jails,” not federal prisons. But that claim — meant to deflect responsibility for mass incarceration — goes too far in the other direction. The bill did include $8.7 billion for prison construction for states that enacted “truth-in-sentencing” laws, which required people convicted of violent crimes to serve at least 85 percent of their sentences.

              The law at issue was the sweeping Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which provided funding for tens of thousands of community police officers and drug courts, banned certain assault weapons, and mandated life sentences for criminals convicted of a violent felony after two or more prior convictions, including drug crimes. The mandated life sentences were known as the “three-strikes” provision.

              The law is blamed by some for rising incarceration rates, though as we will explain later, that trend actually began in the 1970s. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders — who voted for the 1994 crime bill — has frequently noted on the campaign trail, correctly, that the U.S. has, by far, the largest prison population in the world (though we have noted that his promise to correct that dubious distinction in his first term would be an almost impossibly tall order).
              In a speech at an NAACP convention in Philadelphia in July, Clinton acknowledged that tougher incarceration provisions in the bill were a mistake. “I signed a bill that made the problem worse,” Clinton said. “And I want to admit it.”

              Although Hillary Clinton was not in the Senate at the time and did not vote on the bill, she spoke in favor of it at the time. Asked about the law during a Democratic debate on March 6, Hillary Clinton said that “there were some aspects that worked well” including violence against women provisions, but she allowed that other portions related to increasing incarceration “were a mistake.”


            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 6:12 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink

              Another interesting fact. Two weeks after Clinton signed the big crime bill in September 1994, he enacted the Riegle-Neal interstate banking bill, the first in a series of moves deregulating the financial industry. The juxtaposition between the two is kind of shocking, when you think about it: low-level drug users felt the full weight of state power at the same moment that bankers saw the shackles that bound them removed. The newspaper headline announcing the discovery of this amazing historical finding will have to come from my imagination – Back-to-Back 1994 Laws Freed Bankers And Imprisoned Poor, perhaps – but the historical pattern is worth noting nevertheless, since it persiste

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 1:22 PM on August 18, 2017 Permalink

              Yeah, Sean … but so-called ‘liberals’ like ‘ol ‘Slick Willy’ r somehow sooooo much better than someone like Trump.

              Sorry, just couldn’t resist. : )

      • mclyne32 (Director) 1:10 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        It’s time to get educated, Tom:

        From 2015-2016, 1,800,000 received LIFE CHANGING care through sponsors.

    • keen observer

      keen observer 12:52 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Jesus H. Christ, mcwhyne. Why don’t you just leave this on the floor at your Bible study groups.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 12:58 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        If he doesn’t exist, then why do you use His name as a swear word?
        So hypocritical in here that people can blabber on about politics and religion except when it refers to the one our once great country was founded upon.
        I’m not surprised- it’s just par for the course.

        • keen observer

          keen observer 1:03 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          That’s a “swear word.” You need help.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 1:11 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Your ignorance never ceases to amaze me.

            • keen observer

              keen observer 1:14 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink

              Why are your so-called Evangelical leaders staying silent on Trump? They’re not being very “Christian,” are they? Such a farce.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 1:16 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink

              And pointing fingers certainly makes you much more enlightened. Lol.

            • NBA4ever

              NBA4ever 1:22 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink

              I’ve often asked why the world leaders of Islam didn’t speak out against terrorism…
              Their silence made me assume they are not against it.
              It’s the same with the Christian right and republicans leaders…

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 1:28 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink

              Getting over the Religious dogma isn’t hard, NBA.

              Roots of this darkness lie in a Culture dying on the vine.

              The Muslims who have come here as immigrants have made a choice to imbibe in our culture.

              Our two countries are melting pots. And if you want to thrive, you have to melt a little. Most recognize and accept this.

              That’s why recruiting for hate and bigotry lies in the dark margins of social media.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 1:00 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You guys can take it to other areas if it tickles your fancy, but I just stated the FACTS OF HISTORY.
      Don’t worry, I’m done with discussing this topic here.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 1:03 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thank God.

        • NBA4ever

          NBA4ever 1:07 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          keen :) I really lol

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 1:18 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Point the finger blame the other, watch the temple topple over. Lol. Guys crack me up. Hahahaha

          • NBA4ever

            NBA4ever 1:27 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            You don’t agree that the right wing in America has been cultivating and perpetuating this hate for the last 20 years starting with the hate radio, fox news, and now the countless right wing propaganda on the internet?

            There are not many sides to blame but only the one that enables and perpetuates. It’s not the side fighting for social justice and equality.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 1:31 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink

              White Nationalist movements in Quebec, dude. That sewage hate mind f*****g is infecting Canada now, to.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 1:45 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink

              It doesn’t matter what I think, NBA, you are not the least bit interested in my opinion.

              You, like both sides, only wish to hear what you wish to hear. These Echo Chambers are getting full. It sure ain’t thinking on either side, just a lot of talking. These mobs on either side are just indoctrinated by their own prerogatives, Social Media has a place for all these people and it’s boring, trite and there’s a lot of Ham on both aisles.

              Until people start listening to one another, and deciding to critically think before someone finishes speaking, it ain’t gonna get better.

            • NBA4ever

              NBA4ever 2:40 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink

              Sean of course I’m interested in your opinion that’s why I asked. You say that I only want to hear what I wish to hear? You know my position so I’d like you to defend the position of trump and his followers?

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 2:45 PM on August 17, 2017 Permalink

              Any position they have is indefensible.

  • mclyne32 (Director) 2:46 PM on August 11, 2017 Permalink  


  • mclyne32 (Director) 3:54 PM on July 31, 2017 Permalink  


    • mclyne32 (Director) 3:56 PM on July 31, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Singing in Tongues is the best.
      For those of you who don’t get it, it’s totally cool.
      I didn’t either up until about 5 years ago.

    • tate793

      tate793 10:17 PM on July 31, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Cor 2:14

      • mclyne32 (Director) 9:40 AM on August 1, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        It truly is a Blessing to be able to speak and sing in Tounges.
        It’s not for everyone.

        • tate793

          tate793 3:54 PM on August 1, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          It’s even more of a blessing to have something to “speak and sing” about.

  • mclyne32 (Director) 6:44 PM on July 13, 2017 Permalink  

    Not to throw dirt on DAR, but the type of game Lonzo played last night, completely taking over while at the same time, keeping his mates involved, was what I was expecting from DAR when he came in.
    Too much HYPE and undeserved praise for youngsters can turn out to be very painful.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:52 PM on July 13, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think in the end the Lakers misread D’Angelo much like you posted. He is really a potentially great shooting guard with great playmaking skills. Not a potentially great point guard with great scoring skills. In other words, more Harden than Curry as a type of player.

      Comparing Russell’s point guard skills and vision to Lonzo’s is silly when you’re talking about a potentially transcendent player. Few point guards in the league could survive that comparison. Lonzo Ball will have his struggles but it’s easy to see he is going to be a great player.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 6:54 PM on July 13, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Uhh, remember two years ago when the media compared DAR’s passing ability to Magic’s???

        • keen observer

          keen observer 7:40 AM on July 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I remember watching some video of his precision-like passing, but in terms of court vision, I don’t recall anything Magic-like in terms of comparisons. I wish him all the best.

        • GDUBinDC

          GDUBinDC 8:12 AM on July 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          He only had flashes, but lacked consistency, which was my biggest issue with him.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 7:39 AM on July 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I remember Harden comparisons, but in reviewing some old scouting reports, they compared him to Penny Hardaway and Brandon Roy.

    • CSTracy10

      CSTracy10 8:04 AM on July 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I like DAR, Zo just has far superior court vision, and athleticism.

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 8:10 AM on July 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Pretty much my sentiments exactly, Matt. Still, I wish him the best as he continues in his pro career … except, of course, whenever he faces the Ls.

  • mclyne32 (Director) 3:29 PM on July 12, 2017 Permalink  

    Which network is carrying the game tonight?

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