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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

        LOL!!!!!!

        • 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?

      Starters
      Lonzo
      Clarkson
      Ingram
      Kuzma
      Randall

      Bench
      Ennis
      KCP
      Hart
      Bryant
      Lopez

    • 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  

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  • 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.
    Sad.
    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

      1/82

      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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