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

    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.

  • mclyne32 (Director) 2:56 PM on January 4, 2019 Permalink  

    Hey Tom,
    Just sending out a Big THANK YOU! for keeping this site going. Although this place gets heated sometimes, and some take it too far, I’m glad this place exists.

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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.

  • mclyne32 (Director) 10:35 PM on October 22, 2018 Permalink  

    Disappointing again to see a VERY poor defensive effort throughout the first half.
    I told you Kuz would be fine.:)
    Why is KCP taking even one minute from Hart????
    On the bright side, maybe we have found our backup center.

  • mclyne32 (Director) 10:22 PM on October 20, 2018 Permalink  

    This is what you get when the League celebrates the two dirtiest players in the game today: Harden and Chris Paul.
    Harden causes the contact just about every time he drives or shoots from three, yet, the refs pretend that he doesn’t.
    Paul’s dirty play has been well documented throughout his entire career. I’m glad Rondo got that good punch in. That fool deserved it for putting his finger onto Rajon’s face.
    Stupid move by Brandon. He didn’t need to run in from 20 feet away to throw that punch.
    As for the game: No defense will always equate to no wins. This team will b very good once they learn how to play some D.
    Great to see Zo have a good game.
    Brandon and Rondo will probably be suspended for at least two games and that will hurt.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 10:22 PM on October 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      btw, where is everyone? You guys start up a new site, or what?

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 10:37 PM on October 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The refs were responsible for the whole thing. Not only did Harden run into him, if you watch he pushed off in Brandon’s high chest or possibly the throat area. And Brandon was called for the foul. He had to be frustrated because Harden creates contact and always get the call every time.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 10:43 PM on October 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        There hasn’t been a player that I’ve watched in the NBA, throughout my 33 years of viewing that gets, and has gotten, more Phantom Calls than Harden. It’s beyond ridiculous.
        All the “stars” get special treatment- it’s just that Harden is 10 levels higher in this absurd category.
        If I were Adam Silver, I would suspend these refs for two games as well.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:32 PM on October 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          That was clearly an offensive foul by CP3. The league needs to do something about how he is refereed. You cannot guard him when he can just ram into the defender and knock him out of bounds. Next to CP3, Harden is the biggest A-hole in the league.

          On the other hand, I did not like seeing LeBron taking care of CP3 rather than his own teammates. What’s next? LeBron criticizing his young teammates for fighting? Should have had your teammates back, not your Banana Boat buddies.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 10:57 PM on October 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Absolutely. And how in the world is a clothes line a flagrant one? I think that’s where it started. And then you have the disparity in falls called and then how ridiculous some of them were. Hart gets hung up on that screen and Harden jumps sideways into him and Hart is called. That’s absurd.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 11:03 PM on October 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        It’s a shame, because if you take all the dirty plays from Houston out, this was a fun game to watch.
        Anyway, on to the next one.

      • p ang

        p ang 3:13 AM on October 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I agree.

        And lets not forget the amount of abuse LBJ was getting yet no fouls. Or how CP3 keeps running into Rondo.

    • Seely_Iggy (Director)

      Seely_Iggy (Director) 11:26 PM on October 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I hope Ingram gave Chris Paul a black eye. Little punk!!! Who does Paul think he is? One of the three Stooges?!!!

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:25 AM on October 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        He thinks he’s amazing. I’ve never been a huge fan, I admire his clutch shooting and his play making acumen. It ends there, he is not a great competitor.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 9:47 AM on October 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Cheap shot artist.
          You don’t see half the things he does until you watch him in person.

        • Seely_Iggy (Director)

          Seely_Iggy (Director) 11:19 AM on October 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          He is pretty amazing lol. Several times I jumped from my seat -- shots I never thought would go in and he made them. Chris Paul seemed to be everywhere. But I hate his little man syndrome.

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    Guess who is now a partner with my Company?
    None other than Patrick Soon-Shiong!!!!


  • mclyne32 (Director) 5:41 PM on July 23, 2018 Permalink  

    Beasley on “Mason and Ireland” today:


    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 10:09 AM on July 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He’s right about the “crazies” not being crazies. Some guys are, not any of these guys. In fact, I think Lance is going to have his best season yet, Beasley as well. McGee will be solid coming in with confidence that he helped contribute to two championships, Rondo will be Rondo a mad genius that is going to tell it how it is. I’m excited to see how this group develops as much as I am for the kids taking the next step.

      • mud

        mud 11:46 AM on July 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Lance is crazy.
        that is perfectly ok.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 12:11 PM on July 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        This squad is one of the best balanced and deep ones that we have had in a long time.
        It will take probably the first few months for them to gel, but once they do, we will make a deep run.

  • mclyne32 (Director) 2:36 PM on July 4, 2018 Permalink  

    The Brow didn’t want Boogie back and it’s not because of his Achilles:

    third video down

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 2:38 PM on July 4, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Notice how he performs under pressure vs his former teammate. Just sayin.

      This man’s actually taken a team to the Playoffs on his back multiple times.

      Cousins has yet to do that. And in my opinion, nor will he. He’s not capable.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 2:57 PM on July 4, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        He was a problem in the locker room in Sactown. He wasn’t welcomed back in NOLA. That’s not a good track record
        With all of the “personalities” on our squad this year, it was wise for Magic to not add another that could cause problems with team chemistry.

        • p ang

          p ang 4:24 PM on July 4, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Anything that comes out of the dysfunctional Sactown has as much credibility as a dog with fleas. Not saying Cousins is Mr. Clean but you got to take what the Kings say with a grain of salt.

          NOLA offered him 40m for 2 years meaning they wanted him back. Looks to me his agent was the same one Ariza had when negotiating with the Lakers. lol. The guy just got bad advice.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 8:54 PM on July 4, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            According to Cowherd, The Brow didn’t want him back and campaigned hard for Randle instead.

            • p ang

              p ang 3:57 AM on July 5, 2018 Permalink

              Cowherd? okay then.

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