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  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 6:46 PM on February 22, 2019 Permalink |  

    Thank you Raptors. They beat the Spurs. We are now just 2 games back of them. That 7th seed is still wide open.

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 9:29 PM on February 22, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      So difficult watching Paul George put together this MVP caliber season knowing we could have traded for him.
      We could have been Real Championship contenders this year with he and LeBron as our dynamic duo.

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 1:09 PM on February 10, 2019 Permalink  

    Kuzma! 

    23 1st quarter points. How do you like that Pelicans!

     
  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 8:06 PM on February 7, 2019 Permalink  

    Just what we needed 

    Aloha,

    After all of the drama with teammates being traded beating the Celtics, in Boston and a complete up and down the roster team. Everybody contributed. Hopefully that’s a good sign that team unity has not been broken by all the trade talk.

     
    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 8:09 PM on February 7, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yep and I still think Pels missed out. All we really need is 1 Super to sign this summer and there are a bunch out there.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 10:26 PM on February 7, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I dedicate this win to Zu and the Pelicans Front Office.

    • Worthy42

      Worthy42 5:53 AM on February 8, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’d say we have a good chance of winning every time we hit 54% of our 3’s!

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 11:52 PM on February 1, 2019 Permalink  

    It’s Just Business 

    Aloha,

    Fortunately Magic knows a little more about business then Woj. First rule, don’t put your best deal on the table upfront. The next rule, do not bid against yourself, even if you’re working in online businesses like day trade cryptocurrency, you always need to have confidence in you and do your research. Other then the Celtics wanting the Pels to wait, there doesn’t appear like there are any other offers yet. I am confident that all of our young players have been mentioned in different combinations but perhaps not all of them at once. And that’s the smart play because honestly the Pels have some things to worry about and would love it if the Lakers panicked and caved.

    First Rich Paul badly wants AD in LA. Rich Paul is not only Lebrons agent but one of his best friends. They grew up together and Lebron helped him get his start. He will do anything he can to help him. I’m sure the Lakers know what AD is thinking. And the Pels have to know that too. If AD stands firm what will others offer? And the Celtics seriously could be out of AD’s long term plans when they Kyrie. Which it appears will happen. And if they get to the summer and others aren’t offering killer deals they could be forced to take even less from the Lakers. I don’t think the Lakers will put their best offer on the table until they feel they need to.

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 6:13 AM on February 2, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I wouldn’t be concerned except for the fact that we’ve seen this strategy fail a coupla times already. Nobody saw OKC & TOR coming…

      • keen observer

        keen observer 9:19 AM on February 2, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Don’t be surprised if Sam Presti or Masai Ujiri come to the table again. I think he’ll wind up in Denver or Toronto.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:28 AM on February 2, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        it’s also a harsh reality that there are a lot of small market teams out there who don’t want to help big market teams, specifically the hated Lakers, no matter how much they’re responsible for putting a superstar in an unwinnable situation. Throw in LeBron and Klutch Sports and you have the perfect villain for everybody to go after and hate. It’s definitely been a factor in all these decisions and a challenge the Lakers are trying to overcome.

    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 10:11 AM on February 2, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I hope they just consummate this thing already. Superbowl weekend is a great time to make it happen and minimize the backlash. I get the buthurt feelings in these small markets, but does it really change anything sending your star elsewhere, for a potentially worse deal, just to stick it to those big, bad Lakers (who’ve pretty much sucked for 5+ years and counting)?

      The worst of it all was Jeannie’s shortsighted negotiations on revenue sharing. Poor little bunny got railroaded into helping those small markets with a fat stack of cash. Then they ramrodded her on CP3. Then PG13/Kawhi. Now they’re trying to do the same with AD. She should cut off the fountain and fight them out in court. If they’re not gonna deal in good faith, neither should she.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:39 AM on February 2, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I think negotiations will follow the same timeline as the trade deadline, which means the Pelicans will wait until the last minute to agree to a deal because it’s in their benefit. Who knows who might come out of the woodwork at the last minute.

        I also think the negotiations are proceeding as planned. A deal for AD is going to include the three major components that have value to the Pelicans, which are talented players, draft picks, and taking on bad contracts. All of our initial offers focused mainly on the talented players and one draft pick. The response as expected from the Pelicans was we need you to take on bad contracts.

        The Lakers could make one of two responses: we’ll take on one of the bad deals or we’ll take on both bad deals but get to keep one of our three top prospects. The bad deals also aren’t killers like Mozgov. They basically turn into movable expiring contracts come summer. They just take away our cap space for a third almost star. That’s what I’m hoping will transpire over the next few days, culminating in the Lakers trading for AD but keeping one of the young stars, hopefully Lonzo Ball.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 1:29 PM on February 2, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      There is this assumption that if the Lakers put their best deal on the table that the Pels will take it. I don’t think that’s necessarily true. They know the Lakers will try again in the summer know matter what Magic says. There are risks for the Pels if they wait. Namely Rich Paul. If other teams are convinced that AD is a one year rental then even the Lakers could pull a an asset back. This isn’t the same as Kawhi. There was zero chance that the Spurs were going to trade with the Lakers. The Pels will if it’s deal. While the bird in the hand principle makes plenty of sense here the fact that teams will have more time to put together offers I could understand them waiting.

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 11:43 AM on January 28, 2019 Permalink  

    Rondo 

    Aloha

    Watching the game last night made it clear how big losing Rondo with Lebron wasZ We more likely would have been 10 and 6 instead of 6 and 10. Just watching the difference he makes on BI was incredible. He got the ball to BI in his most effective spots and BI looked unstoppable. BI still made plays for others but he’s much better when he’s a secondary play maker. The suspension and the injury contributed to a slow start but he’s been quietly averaging 19 a game since coming back from injury.

    Big ZU benefits from Rondo. He gets the ball in great spots from him. And KCP also was getting the ball in his sweet spots. Overall it was a great performance. As for Lance I don’t recall to many players that can look as good and as bad as he does. But when he’s on like last night he’s terrific. Only to many fouls and some really stupid turnovers yes I’m looking at you Beez. Kept the Suns close. Just a hint Beez the guys in the striped shirts are the refs, not teammates and if Lance is standing on the sideline in a warmup he’s probably not in the game :) Factor in a couple of missed dunks and layups and this game would have been a complete blow out.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:49 AM on January 28, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha, Michael,

      Agree 100% on Rondo. He is the perfect example of a player who makes his teammates better. The Lakers don’t have guys other than Lance and Beasley who can create their own shot. Even Kuzma and definitely Ingram need a playmaker like LeBron, Rondo, or Lonzo to be efficient and their best.

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 12:06 AM on January 18, 2019 Permalink  

    Huge Win 

    There haven’t been many games this year where we got big games from all of our kids. Tonight there were contributions all the way down the bench to Moe.

    Lonzo showed us again what he can do when he he doesn’t hesitate. When he plays poorly you can see the wheels turn in his head and over thinking takes over. Tonight whether it was shooting the 3, attacking the rim or passing the ball he was just playing free and easy.

    Josh is a true junk yard dog. Kuz got the 32 but like Luke said in the post game we lose without Josh. Game ball to Josh.

    Kuz isn’t going to shoot over 50% from 3 every game but with how he’s improved the rest of his offensive game if he can shoot close to 40% from 3 we won’t need to trade for a 2nd scorer. He will be 20+ a game.

    In flashes Big Zu has shown why he was kept around. He seems to be playing with more force then in the past. Out playing a center as good as Adams down the stretch and in OT was a huge step forward for one of the most likable Lakers. He’s been our best center in a lot of games lately.

    And finally BI. He has averaging over 18 a game since returning from that injury. But they just weren’t falling tonight. But he’s really growing as a playmaker. Instead of forcing the issue he dished out 11 assists. But was more impressive was his defense on Paul George down the stretch. When he came back in with with about 5 1/2 minutes to go Luke put him on PG. PG went 0 for 6 with one point total down the stretch and in OT. Considering PG is in the MVP discussion that was impressive.

    Oh if you were wondering, the officials review stated that Lonzo’s Foul on Westbrook was on the floor and should have been side out. Ya think?

     
    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 12:24 AM on January 18, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      One thing I forgot to add about Zu. He had a whopping +35 tonight!!!

    • Magic2Worthy

      Magic2Worthy 7:52 AM on January 18, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Other than the first quarter, the whole team played hard. Effort makes a huge difference. Loved how many times Lakers players went to the ground to get lose balls. AND hitting 19 of 21 free throws was critical to the win.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:11 AM on January 18, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha, Michael,

      Thanks for the excellent write up. And you’re right, this was a HUGE win. For Luke Walton, for Lonzo Ball, for Kyle Kuzma, for Josh Hart, for Ivica Zubac, for the entire Lakers team.

      Just a couple of monster stats from last night’s game.

      (1) 19 of 21 free throws (90%), led by Ingram’s 6 for 6.
      (2) 19 of 40 threes (47%), led by Kuzma’s 7 for 12.
      (3) 72-54 rebound edge with at leat 2 boards for every one of the 12 Lakers who played.
      (4) 37 assists led by Ingram’s 11, Lonzo’s 10, Josh’s 5, and Kyle’s 4 -- total of 30 assists .

      Credit to Luke Walton for his great speech telling Lakers to go out and have fun in OT. I’m sure most Lakers fans were thinking we’d lost the game by letting the Thunder come back on the blown call against Lonzo. While the Lakers had responded all game long to punches from the Thunder, I think Luke’s approach was exactly what this young team needed at that point in time. It was also great to see Lonzo respond and make up for call that allowed Russ to tie the game by hitting that clutch three and clutch two attacking the rim. And man, did Josh win so many 50/50 balls from bigger players. And Zu should get some consideration as the starter as JaVale and Tyson have been worn down. When Kuz is hitting from outside, the Lakers suddenly become a much more dangerous team.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:21 PM on January 18, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great write up, Michael! that foul on Russ for three free throws was such a joke call, nice to see that be the final verdict although it literally means nothing. Loved how we competed after the 1st, Luke lit a fire under some butts and the team did their job and responded. This replaces the Mavs win as the best win of the year, for me.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 2:53 PM on January 18, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Wow! Very impressive comeback and OT win! Would like Luke to make up (Magic’s) mind to play the year out with LBJ and kids or LBJ and trade or whatever. Surprisingly I wouldn’t mind LBJ and kids only (minor minutes to everyone else). Alot of teachable moments from that game. Hart was awesome, Kuz yeah, Zo seem to play mad and that translated into good! Might as well roll with Zub, he’s earned it.

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 12:35 PM on January 7, 2019 Permalink  

    Kobe says relax 

    While I have been as frustrated as anyone by the recent losing, I also have been watching basketball long enough to remember that most teams go through rough patches in any given season. The Warriors had a 1 and 5 streatch with Curry out. And they still had Clay and KD. They were blown out several times while Curry was out. And were just not missing one guy. We are without our 2 leading scorers and our most important bench player. On the offensive end that means that things that are usually available for BI, Lonzo and Hart aren’t there right now and they are still trying to figure out what is there for them. It’s clear that none of the kids are ready to be closers but with a healthy squad they don’t need to be. I’m hoping Kuz can play tonight because he will open up things for others and defenses can’t just hang around the paint like the T Wolves did. Both Hart and BI were met by 2 or 3 guys every time they drove in the paint. Kuz will pull his guy out. I hope we come out with energy tonight. It’s easier to win if you are battling fatigue in the 4th then trying to come back from 20 down in the 1st half.

    Kobe Bryant

    @kobebryant
    Relax. Entire squad is d**n near out. Were playing pretty well before that #gethealthy #lakerfam

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 2:12 PM on January 7, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good points.
      I still would like to see some different sets run.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:15 PM on January 7, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      LOL. Easy for Kobe to say now that he’s retired. Back in the day, he would ripping guys new ones.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 10:59 AM on January 8, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Of course he would, but telling fans to relax is a whole different thing.

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 1:18 PM on December 22, 2018 Permalink  

    A.D 

    Aloha

    Lebron’s game last night was a great sales pitch for AD. I am sure that AD saw the possibilities that come with playing with Lebron. The problem is I don’t see us getting him in a trade. I would bet good money that the Pelicans will not trade him this year, no matter what. They will have money to spend this summer. They will try to upgrade their roster and see what happens. If they feel they will lose him then they may trade him, but to the lakers? I’m not so sure. Even if AD says he wants to come to LA he is so good that like PG and Kawhi someone will make an offer the Pels can live with. This is clear, like the Spurs, nobody will want help the Lakers.

    But after watching our kids last night, we are in very good shape. Just adding a quality free agent to this group elevates our chances, especially if KD leaves the Warriors even if he doesn’t come here. Lonzo and BI are on the verge of becoming one of the best defensive back courts in the NBA. I also liked us trying harder to exploit BI’s size advantage over smaller guards. When BI came into the league because of the physical similarities he was compared to KD. But he might turn out to be more like Pippin. 18 to 20 ppg and a lock down defender. kuz on the other hand is developing into a dangerous 2nd scoring option. If Lonzo can bring a efficient 15 ppg next year without a trade we can be a very dangerous team. Maybe in the end signing AD as a free agent could be the best outcome.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:53 PM on December 22, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha, Michael,

      Excellent post. I’ve pretty much come to the same conclusion. If we want AD, we will have to get him via free agency in 2010. So, unless we can land KD, Kawhi, or Klay this summer, we kick the can to summer of 2020 to sign AD. And frankly, if we’re pretty sure by the trade deadline we’re not going to get one of those three and Rich Paul lets us know AD wants to play with LeBron, then it might even be smart to look at expanding our trade market to guys who have 2 years left, not just 1 year left. We might find some great opportunities to get a major update like a Chandler to help us go all in this year and next while waiting for AD. Of course, we know enough by next summer that we could harvest some of our young core then if we didn’t believe one of the kids wasn’t a great fit with LeBron. Basically, our goal is not to find a second superstar to play with LeBron but a top-five NBA player who could be his co-star and heir apparent.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:20 PM on December 22, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Very astute post MH, I tend to agree. Barring a team meltdown the Pelicans will be battling for a playoff spot all year, you don’t trade your superstar because you’re not pleased with the seeding or your early season record. There is also zero inscentive to trade him to trade him to us. Everyone gets real excited about possibly’s and potentially’s but the reality is this trade is nigh impossible to see coming to fruition this season, even if AD demands it.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 3:08 PM on December 22, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He’s not going to make it to free agency. They will try and surround him with better talent this summer. It won’t be enough for him to stay so he will asked to be traded next season.
      If we want him, we will have to trade for him.
      I would.
      He and LeBron together would be at least 2 chips.
      Now, if we get lucky this summer and sign Klay or Durant, we might not need him.
      Barring those two additions, I would go all in for AD. Something tells me that Magic will too.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:25 PM on December 22, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        He has this year and next left on his contract, Matt. If he gets traded this summer, he becomes a free agent the following summer. He’s going to cost three elite players and four first round draft picks. That’s too much. Lakers need to sign him as a free agent.

        Game plan should be KD, Kawhi, or Klay next summer or AD the following summer. Trading for AD would be like trading for LeBron. The cost is going to be prohibitive, even if AD says he won’t re-sign with anybody but the Lakers. Smart solution is to not to gut the roster for AD.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 3:46 PM on December 22, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          It’s all just speculation what it’s going to take.
          There will be plenty of back and forth.
          Nobody can claim exactly what it will take.

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:27 PM on December 22, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            One sure thing is it will take more than any other player in the NBA, Matt, a lot more. I’d give up one of Lonzo, Kuzma, and Ingram plus Hart but we have to keep two of our top three.

            I doubt that will be enough for the Pelicans.They’ll want a proven star, a DeRozan, Leonard, Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving in a trade for AD and the Lakers don’t have that.

            If AD hits the trade market, I think you’ll not only see the Celtics make offers but also the Warriors and Rockets. The Pelicans are not going to just want young prospects and picks. They’ll want a star for sure, which is something we just do not have right now.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 4:37 PM on December 22, 2018 Permalink

              We will see. A whole lot can and will happen between now and the start of next season.
              They will not keep him for long next season if he tells them that they didn’t do enough to make him stay.

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 10:19 AM on December 6, 2018 Permalink  

    Here you go Tom 

    Brad Turner
    Brad Turner
    @BA_Turner
    Lakers announce they have recalled Isaac Bonga from the South Bay Lakers, Los Angeles’ NBA development league team. Bonga averaged 14 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.2 steals in 12 games with the South Bay Lakers.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:37 AM on December 6, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good for him, probably see a few minutes, too.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:54 AM on December 6, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha and Mahalo, Michael,

      LOL. You just made my day although I hope this doesn’t mean Brandon’s sprained ankle is more than a tweak. I think this move reflects what Luke Walton was saying the other day, which is that development of the young players on this team is still a top priority. The Lakers know how well they do this season and how attractive they will be to elite free agents is going to depend on how well the team’s young stars play. We saw that in the decisions to start Ball, Ingram, and Kuzma and bring Rondo, KCP, and Lance off the bench. Giving the young players time to grow and develop and adjust to playing with LeBron was always the reason why Magic and the front office tried to downplay expectations of a fast start.

      I also think the Lakers aren’t limiting their development focus on just the Lonzo, Ingram, Kuzma, and Hart young core. I think they are justifiably high on Wagner, Mykhailiuk, and Bonga too. That’s why, despite the urgency to win, the Lakers have made an effort to give Moe and Svi minutes when injuries or foul difficulties open up opportunities. It’s great to see Isaac finally get his shot to contribute. I’m a firm believer that Bonga is going to be the biggest surprise of the three. I believe the Lakers see Bonga as a point guard who can play multiple positions. I also think with the varsity’s need for a third point guard even after Rondo returns, the Lakers want to get Bonga opportunities to get him ready to backup Lonzo next year.

      The Lakers as a team still have so much untapped potential that it’s almost scary because they’re so deep with young talent. LeBron may be the catalyst that catapults the Lakers back to the top of the NBA but it’s the deep roster that has seven great young players under 23-years old who have legitimate star potential and the $38 million in cap space that has me so excited. I think right now the Lakers are probably the #4 seed in the West behind that Warriors, Thunder, and Nuggets. With more growth and consistency from all of the kids and a tweak or two before the trade deadline, the Lakers should have the puncher’s chance LeBron gives any team to win the West and even the NBA championship this season.,

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 12:54 PM on December 6, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha Tom
      I’m most interested in seeing Bonga on the defensive end. We saw how important BI’s defense is. Derozen was having a hard time until BI went down. BI and Bonga are similar in stature although BI’s 7’ 3” wingspan is just sick, Bonga’s 7’ Is still good. BI’s length has been smoothering smaller players. I’m hoping to see some of that from Bonga.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:00 PM on December 6, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Aloha, Michael,

        Bonga ability to defend multiple positions and his 7′ length could be a great help on defense. He’s exactly the kind of defender you want on DeRozan. I really am hoping Isaac is ready now. He’s adjusted well since his gaffes in summer league and preseason. This will be big test for the kid.

        With Rondo due back soon, Bonga could also get a shot a playing some guard and forward if he can show he’s ready to make the leap to the varsity. Remember Isaac’s shooting 44% from deep on five shots per game and he’s great playing on or off the ball. But I love his passing instincts. Like Magic, he sees over the floor and has great vision and passing ability.

        Can you imagine a lineup that had Rajon Rondo, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Isaac Bonga, and LeBron James on the floor together. It would be like watching the Harlem Globetrotters in their prime vs. the Washington Generals.

        The big key is the Lakers winning and blowing out teams so Bonga gets a lot of opportunity to play and show he’s ready to contribute. Can’t wait for the Friday and Saturday back-to-back.

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 12:53 PM on December 1, 2018 Permalink  

    Wishing on that 2nd Star 

    Aloha,

    The more I watch this young team come together the more convinced I am that the add through free agency is the best path. AD is the only player that realistically could come on the trade market that I would trade for. When you have a chance at one of a half dozen true superstars you have to go for it.

    There is a lot of talk of how we need to add a 2nd scorer but I think we have a 2nd and a 3rd scorer already in place. All Kuz and BI have to do is make 2 more shots a game and you have two 20 point scorers. And I think they both will get there. Kuz will not shoot 30% from 3 all year. He’s better then that. And BI just needs to become as efficient as he was the 2nd half of last season. So 20 ppg is realistic for both. And if Lonzo can just become a little more efficient that will be icing on the cake.

    Defensively the pre season and early season focus on defense is really beginning to pay off. With our 2 headed center monsters in the paint we are seeing the other guys becoming more Aggressive. Lonzo and BI have developed into one of the better defensive back courts in the NBA and both are just 21 which is amazing to me. Kuz has also shown signs of defensive improvement and even Lebron locks in during crunch time.

    Turnovers are currently problematic but I think that will clean up as we continue to learn to play together. With a team that wants to run there will always be a certain amount of aggressive turnovers that I’m okay with. But there are still too many sloppy turnovers that need to be fixed. There are also several “I thought you were going to be there” type turnovers that will go down as familiarity kicks in.

    KCP is playing better now and he has been great on D. While Josh will never admit it I think his ankle has affected him some but he looked better last night. Once Rondo is back I expect our 2nd unit to much better.

    Even without a 2nd star I think this team will be trouble by the time the playoffs roll around. I’m just going to enjoy this team as it grows and not worry about that 2nd star everyone is wishing for until next summer.

     
    • keen observer

      keen observer 1:20 PM on December 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Post of the day. That second star will be KD.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 1:55 PM on December 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        You may be right, but at this point, I don’t even think he knows what he’s going to do.
        A lot can, and will, happen between now and the end of the season.

        • keen observer

          keen observer 2:31 PM on December 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          True, but something tells me that Magic already knows he’s coming just like he knew LeBron was coming.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 4:25 PM on December 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Even though I still feel him going to the squad that knocked him out of the playoffs was soft, I wouldn’t hate it if he came here.
            It would be a very different thing this time.
            IMO, he’s the best player in the game.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:38 PM on December 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha, Michael,

      Great post. Unless AD were to suddenly want out of NO, the answer to this team is in free agency. We may make some tweaks midseason but it would be limited to swapping players with expiring contracts.

      I also think Keen is right. The second star will be KD. Then the question will be stand pat or look to trade for a third superstar. Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal? Assuming we stand pat until summer and then sign KD and use our Room Exception to give JaVale a 3-year deal, here’s what our roster and depth chart would look like pre-trade:

      PG: LONZO BALL, Isaac Bonga
      SG: BRANDON INGRAM, Josh Hart
      SF: LEBRON JAMES, Svi Mykhailiuk
      PF: KEVIN DURANT, Kyle Kuzma,
      CE: JAVALE MCGEE, Moe Wagner

      Add some veterans looking to chase a ring and that’s championship contending team for sure. Might be smart to keep the youth and depth rather than looking to add another ball dominant player. Hard to find a superstar who will sacrifice like Klay Thompson to be a #3 option.

      The only option to trade for that makes sense is AD. That would likely mean Ingram, Kuzma, and Hart plus picks. KD would then move to the two so AD could play the 4 and pray for the other team. The key though is KD. No better revenge than to bolt the Dubs and join LeBron and beat the Warriors for the championship while ending the Warriors dynasty and initiating a new one for the Lakers.

    • John M.

      John M. 1:44 PM on December 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      6 guys in double figures and LBJ gets his average. Another good defensive effort, especially after being down 15 going on 25. I’ve got nothing to complain about, nor am I pining for another addition. We’re miles ahead of the last few years…

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 1:56 PM on December 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      PG13
      Kawhi
      JimmyB

      I woulda made the trade for any of those 3.

      AD? No indication from anybody that he’s moving..yet.

      Beale or Kemba? I’m not sold because they aren’t 2-way stars like the other 4. Their impact probably not as great as the players we’d have to send out.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 2:41 PM on December 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha Keen, thanks for the props.

      Aloha Tom. In a perfect world we sign KD in the summer. With just natural improvement we would be one of the favorites to win it all. Then the next year with the cap projected to be 118 mil we could probably find a way to sign AD as well, then sign BI and go over the cap. We would be set for years after Lebron hangs it up.

      Aloha Mongo I am referring to guys that could possibly come on the trade market. No way PG, Kawhi or Butler are going to be available. Heck I would trade for Curry or KD if they became available but they’re not.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 2:47 PM on December 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        woulda = would HAVE
        Meaning…I would HAVE made those trades when they were available. I think we’d be in a much better position with any of those 3 paired with Lebron than with BI & Kuz.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 4:26 PM on December 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You are speculating that those trades were Truly available. The Spurs had no intention of trading with us. They basically asked for our entire young group plus 3 first round draft picks. That was never going to happen nor should it. We didn’t have the salaries to match for Butler. PG who knows. It never came out exactly what was offered. I do know since PG wanted to come to LA we were probably not high on the Pacers list of trading partners. Have you watch many of the Warriors games? The have been bad. With Curry and Green out. That is what it looks like when you have two stars and not much else around them. Rockets? Two stars and much else. You need more then a couple of stars to win and I think Magic’s build through free agency is the best way to go at this point. We will see what happens this summer. If we do happen to land KD we are right there.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 5:04 PM on December 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Lol..you’re making assumptions in the other direction.

        GSW? The entire offensive & defensive systems are built around Steph & Green and Kerr hasn’t changed anything with them out. If KD & Klay were permanently the only 2 guys they would be running different stuff. Kerr just trying to weather the storn right now.

        • Michael H (Editor)

          Michael H (Editor) 6:27 PM on December 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          That might be true but with just the stars and that supporting cast they aren’t a championship team. It takes more to win a ring. Houston let their depth walk and now they are having issues.

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 7:20 PM on December 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Not sure who Lebron & Kyrie had backng them up….but I kinda see your point. It just seems like it’s harder get the superstars than it is the supporting cast…

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 7:54 PM on December 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I don’t know, it really depends on your cap position and the amount of cap space there is league wide. Quality supporting players can cost some money. I think the ideal plan is free agency. Add to the group and since everyone is on rookie deals you can go over when the time comes. As for trades we don’t have enough tradable contracts until the 15th. We would have send half our team to make the money work for a star. Nobody has been getting huge returns in trades for their stars. After the 15th if a player Magic likes comes on the market we won’t have to give up as much. I still believe we will land that 2nd guy in free agency, especially if the kids are playing well by the end of the year.

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 10:45 AM on November 30, 2018 Permalink  

    Defense 

    This is why I am opposed to trading our young guys for anything less then a true super star. Lonzo and BI are 2 of our best defenders. Names like Beal India Kemba keep popping up. But With Kemba for instance we would gain 4 points a game but lose 7 rebounds and an assist. At 6’1” and that’s generous he has been a defensive liability. Plus Brandon shoots .20% better. We lose in a trade for him.

    Joey Ramirez
    Joey Ramirez
    @JoeyARamirez
    Indiana shot just 2-for-22 on shots defended by Lonzo Ball (1/13) and Brandon Ingram (1/9), per
    @NBAcom
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  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 10:03 PM on November 7, 2018 Permalink  

    Welcome Home Tyson! 

    Game ball to Tyson. His two tip outs ices the game. 9 boards and very good D in his first game. Here at debut!

     
  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 3:03 PM on November 3, 2018 Permalink  

    There you go 

    Lakers Rumors: Tyson Chandler to Sign with LA After Negotiating Suns Buyout
    The Phoenix Suns and Tyson Chandler are reportedly negotiating a buyout of the remaining portion of the center’s four-year, $52 million contract, which is in its final season.

    Marc Stein of the New York Times reported the update Saturday. The Los Angeles Lakers would be at the “front of the line” to add Chandler should he clear waivers and become a free agent, per Stein.

    ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski went a step further, reporting the veteran big man “will sign” with L.A. once the buyout process is complete.

     
    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 3:05 PM on November 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thank you Phoenix

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 3:05 PM on November 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That would be outstanding.
      Immediate help, little cost, and we keep all our potential trading pieces.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 3:50 PM on November 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great news!

    • mclyne32 (Director) 4:03 PM on November 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yes!!!!!!

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 4:22 PM on November 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Do you all think that we have overrated our 4 young ones?

        • p ang

          p ang 4:55 PM on November 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          BI and Kuz, no.
          Hart, yes. He’s Kurt Rambis 2..0 Lots of hustle but…
          Zo, sometimes no, sometimes yes. too inconsistent.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:34 PM on November 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Imagine each of those four guys three years from now, DJ.

          Lonzo will be a young Jason Kidd with a 3-point shot.
          Brandon will be a future top five Kawhi clone.
          Kyle will be a budding James Worthy quality scorer.
          Josh will be Charles Barkley reincarnated.

          Of course, it’s unlikely all four will still be Lakers by then.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 10:10 PM on November 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Kuz and Brandon: nope
          Zo: yes
          Hart: he’s a very solid role player
          Julius: our FO completely under valued him. If he were still with us, we would be undefeated right now because our biggest issue right now was his biggest strength- switching into smalls and neutralizing them.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:30 PM on November 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is such great news. Magic and Luke meet. Magic puts on the pressure. Luke says I need a backup center. Luke and Rob shake hands. Lakers set to acquire Tyson Chandler. Smart of Luke to ask and even smarter of Earvin to deliver. Now the pressure is even more on Luke but that’s how it should be.

      The Lakers’ second unit could now actually play as a separate unit should Luke want to do that. Rondo, Hart, Lance, Wagner, and Chandler could actually work well, assuming Wagner turns out to be the stretch 4 the Lakers were counting on when they drafted him in the first round.

      The most important aspect of getting Chandler right now is takes pressure off Luke to break up the new starting lineup, which has the look of the kind of tall, long, fast, and athletic team that could give the Golden State Warriors or any other team nightmares by the time the playoffs start. Barring an injury or Wagner not being ready for the league yet, Luke’s starting lineup and bench rotation look to be set right now, which is way ahead of schedule. A few speed bumps and quick moves and the Lakers are back on track.

      Now about tonight and tomorrow night, I think Lakers and LeBron may be ready to break out.

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 6:43 PM on October 31, 2018 Permalink  

    RIP Willie 

    Growing up in Nor Cal this extremely sad for me. My two favorite teams were the Giants and Pirates. My dad would take me to the games. I remember one Pirate/Giant game. Imagine seeing Mays, McCovey, Marical, Clemente and Stargell. In that game both McCovey and Stargell hit long homers. Although Stargell’s was longer. If they had played in today’s Giants Park they both would have been deep into McCovey cove. Rest In Peace Willie.

    San Francisco Giants

    @SFGiants
    It is with great sadness that we announce that San Francisco Giants Legend and Hall of Famer Willie McCovey passed away peacefully this afternoon at the age of 80 after losing his battle with ongoing health issues. #Forever44 | #SFGiants

     
  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 4:14 PM on October 19, 2018 Permalink  

    That was Quick 

    Looks like Magic and Rob saw what we saw last night. They just waved Ware and signed Williams to a 2 way contract. I thought Williams played great in summer league and pre season. He played good defense and was active on the boards. Perhaps he plays himself onto the roster. He gives us a better option when Javale sits. Quick enough to switch and strong enough.

     
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