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  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 7:24 PM on March 6, 2019 Permalink  

    Injuries 

    LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram only managed to share the court in 23 games this year. They went 15-8 with a +5.3 net rating, and a 99.9 defensive rating in 373 minutes. This would be the 4th-best net rating, and the best defensive rating in the league.

    This is amazing. And tonight Kuz and BI are out. How many teams have had their starters play only 23 games together. I remember earlier in the year when Curry went down. The next 8 games the Warriors went 2 and 6 and they still had KD and Thompson. It’s really frustrating I never thought this team was a contender but this team was pretty good when healthy.


     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 9:13 PM on March 6, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Injuries did play a big part in derailing us.
      If LeBron didn’t miss games AND the AD failed trade was handled more professionally, we would at least be the seventh seed.
      Flush it and move on.

    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 10:08 PM on March 6, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Has Muscala hit a 3 yet as a Laker?

    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 7:16 AM on March 7, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      As for injuries, this has been a systemic problem with this squad for years now. The fact that they don’t have the best of the best in training, analytics, scouting, and yes, coaching, is a problem stemming from the top. And I doubt it’s even about money. It’s about control, and possibly, even worse, ignorance.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 7:35 AM on March 7, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Still no excuse for losing to the Suns, Cavs, Knicks, etc.
      Should be able to beat those teams even when missing 1 or 2 starters. Those losses are what knocked us outta playoff contention.

    • Magic2Worthy

      Magic2Worthy 7:37 AM on March 7, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I agree that injuries have played a major role this year. LBJ is a major loss when he’s down, but so is Lonzo. Lonzo starts our fast break with steals and long passes, and he keeps the ball moving on O.
      Since he’s been out, no one is talking about us being a fast break team and we aren’t playing together
      as well as we do when LB is in there. I think KK has had a terrific year but I still think LB is more important for team success.

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 11:22 AM on March 4, 2019 Permalink  

    MIA 

    Did I miss something? Where’s Tom? It a week since he’s logged in.

     
  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 12:53 PM on March 2, 2019 Permalink  

    Major Disappointment 

    Aloha,

    When you are playing the hottest team in the NBA and you play as well as we did and lose, it’s hard to take. Just 3 plays did us in. Rondo’s bad pass, Lebron’s offensive foul under the basket and the dagger KCP’s inbound pass. While The burden of that play rests on KCP it was a group fail. I understand they had a play called but the Bucks set a defense that ruined it. So Lebron move to the ball, just don’t stand there. Rondo come on down. They had 3 defenders boxing in Lebron and BI. Go get the ball. Call a time out. Yes we only had one but we were only down 3 with the ball and over a minute and half left. And if KCP wasn’t calling it, Luke needed to.

    Injuries have just destroyed this season. I think we win this game with Lonzo. Lebron, Bi and Kuz did a great job of containing the Freak and Middleton. It was the back court that was torching us. Especially Bledsoe. Rondo can’t defend one on one anymore. I think Lonzo could have at least slowed him down some.

    It’s not over yet. No one is really running away with that 8th spot, Still we just can’t afford silly mistakes against good teams. The only silver lining for me is BI is playing like a legit 2nd option. He was playing pretty well before this latest string of games. If this continues sign a center Vuc or Boogey, add a couple of bench pieces and I think we’re good to go.

     
    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 1:43 PM on March 2, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Are we done drinking the Luke kool aide yet? Seriously Luke was on top of everything in the 4th. Can’t fault him, we never can do that. We had 2 guys show up, Ingy and LBJ. Kuz couldn’t make a shot and we have to have him every nite. Rondo is so good, he’s pretty bad. Sure glad we got Bullock and Moose, they make a real difference, well in losing that is. At least KCP doesn’t make a difference one way or the other. Time to tank hope for a decent Pick and all about this summer, as was planned a year ago? Just have to convince one Super to join. Ingy and Kuz can play. Not sure why McGee only played 10 minutes, he ain’t staying for that. We have no quick guard (Fox) to contain Bledsoe and Brockton. Buy wait, help (Ball) is on the way soon? What you got MM?

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:52 PM on March 2, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      DJ up on that cliff, come down mang!

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 4:06 PM on March 2, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Lol. Nah, I’m good, what I expected at the start, but was really hopeful at getting to the PO’s. Would have been great for the young ones learning process. Our kids have always been losing. : (
        Zub trade is a real puzzle for me. Still wondering the point. And the 2 slugs we picked up, ugh. Doubts of Maginka starting to creep in.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 4:11 PM on March 2, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Doubts of Maginka starting to creep in- DJ2KB24

          Biggest takeaway of the season.

          • DJ2KB24

            DJ2KB24 4:28 PM on March 2, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Ha, ha, ha! True that though. Summer will tell all.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 4:37 PM on March 2, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Doubts are totally warranted after the AD debacle plus the trading away of Zubac for a scrub.
            At least they made a decent deal- I like Bullock’s game and wasn’t all that impressed with Svi.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 4:47 PM on March 2, 2019 Permalink

              Let’s hope we keep Bullock.

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

      Aloha Michael,
      I completely agree with your take regarding Zo, and said as well last night. Bledsoe would not have gone off with Lonzo checking him.
      We still have a chance to make the playoffs, but it’s a tall order.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 2:40 PM on March 2, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Also, I agree on your take for this summer. I am not interested in trading either Brandon or Kuz at all- not even for AD. Why, you ask? They continue on their upward trajectory of development and I’m more interested in having a well rounded team in the near future than trading the future now to maximize LeBron’s window. Even if we can pull off a trade this summer for AD( all the kids), what happens when LeBron gets injured again next season and AD has to try and carry a team with not enough talent to the playoffs? We would just be the Pellys all over again.
        I’ve seen enough from Ingram and Kuz to keep them both. They still have room to get even better than they are now. I’ve already seen what DAR and Randle have developed into. We will probably witness Zubac have a great career as well.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 3:48 PM on March 2, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Why hasn’t their “development” resulted in Wins?

          Denver wins, the Bucks win, the Nets win, the Jazz win…

          They have young players as well…yet they get wins.

          Simple question.

          • DJ2KB24

            DJ2KB24 4:03 PM on March 2, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Uh? Coach?

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 4:07 PM on March 2, 2019 Permalink

              Bingo!

              Mike Malone adjusted from his time in Cowtown.

              Bud became a better X’s And O’s defensive coach after ATL.

              Kenny Atkinson has improved his win total drastically. And has adjusted on the fly.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 4:34 PM on March 2, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I agree with Deej.
            Coaching staff.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 4:04 PM on March 2, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          You’d rather roll the dice than make a calculated decision?

          How’d that work out in 2016? Hmmm…

          • mclyne32 (Director) 4:33 PM on March 2, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I’ve already stated that I would have made the trade for PG13.
            IF we already didn’t get totally embarrassed by the Pellys, I would consider Zo and either Brandon OR Kuz. I don’t want to help them out and I’m pretty sure their new GM won’t be looking to help us out either.
            You may be right about our coaching staff failing to get the most out of our youngsters. All the more reason to give a couple of them another chance under a new coach next season.
            Do you honestly think we will get a fair deal this summer if we try to engage the Pellys again?
            Also, who are you giving up for AD? The rest of the kids?

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 4:37 PM on March 2, 2019 Permalink

              Dude, there was a film called Heaven can wait…Lakers fans can’t anymore.

              This is year 5 of a bumbling, stumbling, rebuild that hasn’t had a blueprint.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 4:50 PM on March 2, 2019 Permalink

              Look at Lonzo Ball’s RPM.

              Cut the crap about his D and look deeper. Smh.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 4:54 PM on March 2, 2019 Permalink

              Individual defense matters less and less.

              Yes, Zo has some good individual numbers defensively.

              Look at the record of those games, more losses, a lot more losses than wins.

              Lonzo Ball can’t shoot.

              Lonzo Ball can’t hit FTs.

              Lonzo Ball,avoids attacking the paint for fear of injury or shooting FTs.

              When the ball is not in Ball’s hands…the stats show he’s fairly useless. #JusthefactsMa’am.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 6:24 PM on March 2, 2019 Permalink

              Fair enough on Ball- you know I’ve been willing to give him up. Now it’s time to answer my question.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 6:39 PM on March 2, 2019 Permalink

              I can wait. I can wait for a deeper team than just AD and a 35 year old LeBron.
              AD and LeBron with a bunch of scrubs is not a team. We would be barely an eight seed for the next three seasons of LeBron. Nobody wants to witness that.
              Trade Lonzo this summer for a PG who can shoot. Sign Boogie or Vucevic. Retain Bullock. Keep Kuz, Brandon and Hart( if his knee issues aren’t terrible). Sign more shooters. Wait for AD the following summer.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 7:16 PM on March 2, 2019 Permalink

              Dude, I think I’m okay for tonight…

              Tomorrow I might get hit by a car…and my last Lakers memory will be a win against the hapless Suns.

              They’re winning right now. Smh.

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 8:26 PM on February 25, 2019 Permalink  

    The kids 

    Hopefully the media can get off this narrative of it’s the kids that Lebron’s having problems with. BI and Kuz are not to blame. We are not getting a lot from the vets. Especially Rondo was non existent. Even Lebron this was one of the worst triple doubles I can remember. 24 on 8 for 23 shooting and 5 turnovers. And he failed to come up big down the stretch.

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 8:30 PM on February 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Have to tip your hat to Conley.

      We kept fouling him and he was clutch from the line.

      Bron missed his only clutch free throw.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 8:41 PM on February 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Trade LeBron.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 8:51 PM on February 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Lol.

        You cracking buddy?

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 8:55 PM on February 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Most of the good teams have a fast scoring guard, we do not. It’s gonna hard to move Hart and Ball. And what was the reason we let our gig guy Zub walk for practically
          nohing?

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 8:59 PM on February 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            No one officially asked Maginka why specificities indicate you needed to include Zubac in that deal.

            Waiving Beasley would have accomplished opening up a spot.

            Seems like a Rookie mistake. They happen. Inopportune Time is all.

          • Michael H (Editor)

            Michael H (Editor) 9:02 PM on February 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            3 point shooting Dj. I guess stretching the floor is more important then giving up 18 offensive rebounds.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 9:03 PM on February 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            McGee wanted to start.

            He said the fire in his belly he had was gone when he was put on the bench.

            Lakers gave him what he wanted.

            What grade would you give Javale in the last 20 games?

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 8:51 PM on February 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        If we don’t get some Supers coming this summer both may want trade.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 8:52 PM on February 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          LeBron’s never asked for a Trade. Why would he start now?

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 7:47 PM on February 25, 2019 Permalink  

    Bench? 

    Grizzlies bench 33 Lakers bench 7

    Grizzlies big 34 points 25 rebounds

    Lakers bigs 6 points 13 boards

    I’m sure glad we traded Zu because Muscala hit a 3!!!!! Sure we were creamed by their big bodies but we got a 3!!!

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 7:50 PM on February 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Season is officially over for me.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 7:59 PM on February 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I said this many times before and I’ll say it again: Small ball doesn’t work and is not a formula for winning.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 8:04 PM on February 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        It’s a combination of schemes bro.

        If Jonas is backing you down like that, bring help.

        You run hard at Noah…can’t hit anything past 10 ft now.

        Lots of things wrong, playing small at times is one of them.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 8:02 PM on February 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Jonas is good but he freaking looked like Akeem out there!

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 8:13 PM on February 25, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Muscala got man handled. If you’re going to play small you have to have the right personnel. We had a very good small ball center that we let walk. Everything Zu was doing for us was much more important then the 3 point shot because there Is also Defense and they killed us on the offensive boards. I no doubt that we win this game with Zu.

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 12:17 PM on February 23, 2019 Permalink  

    Schedule 

    Aloha,

    We have the 4th toughest schedule in the league down the stretch but looking at the schedule I think we can go on a run. We have 16 games left against playoff teams. I counted the Kings because they are ahead of us. Five of those 16 are against weaker playoff teams like the Hornets and Pistons. 10 of those 16 are at home which is huge. 8 are against top 4 teams in their conference. 5 of those are at home. We have one long 5 game roady left. 3 of those games are against the Bulls, Knicks and Pistons. And in April when it maybe all on the line we have 3 games at home and a Clipper away game which usually is like a Laker home game. So it will be tough but we do have some things in our favor. These are the five most important things

    1 Health

    2 renewed defense

    3 Lonzo coming back sooner then later

    4 health

    5 health

    Winning the Rockets game was huge. Now are next 3 are against non playoff teams. If we can go into the meat of our stretch run schedule on a 4 game winning streak I think we can put a serious winning stretch together.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:38 PM on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hey there Michael, hope you guys are avoiding the polar vortex that has enveloped the rest of the nation. Well, Alaska is always chilly. But I digress, hard to disagree with points 1, 4, & 5. Been a focus of mine since camp started and that hasn’t changed. healthy teams build great chemistry, develop better on-court instincts for one another and can play their best players. We have not had that luxury for most of the season and it shows in the record.

      2) I think a lot of this will come down to how ready McGee and Chandler are to play significant roles. McGee is stuck on about 20 mpg which may just be where he tops out. Chandler looks like his back is really bothering him every minute he’s out there. While I will always have a lot of respect for the aged samurai donning his armor and trying to save the town from marauding bandits what we need are able-bodied players. I don’t think Muscala will see a lot of PT simply because he’s never really been anything but a 3 point specialist in the league. Doesn’t rebound or defend at a good level, especially for us. Just shooting threes doesn’t get you big minutes from Luke. That’s just how I see it. That means we’re putting a lot of eggs in the LeBron/Ingram center tandem. People like to slot LBJ in at the 5 but down the stretch against Houston it was Ingram down on the box battling and crashing for rebounds and out letting to LeBron. Smart. While Ingram certainly doesn’t possess the weight to bang he is actually taller and longer than LeBron and so can be the guy to snag those precious defensive rebounds that activate the small ball line up. The biggest issue we had going small was giving up a lot of offensive rebounds which eventually led to points. You’d look at box scores and we were out-shooting opponents but getting killed in number of shots put up. Can’t beat an avalanche with a shovel. Whomever it is the small ball line up needs to dominate the boards to have a chance. Doesn’t matter how many 3s we take if the other team is shooting it 15 or more times than we are.

      3) While hopeful I just can’t bring myself to count on this. Between the ligament tearing (grade 3) and now the bone bruise (I have questions as to whether it was missed initially or if it’s a new development) I just don’t see Ball being able to play big minutes until close to the end of the season. He’ll have missed 2 months so he won’t have his conditioning right, he’ll be real rusty and we’ll likely be in the tightest spot of the season. Like you said, it could all come down to the final week. I think that’s a wise observation and likely true. While it’s possible the Kings and Clippers could both crater and we go on a big win streak and all is well in a couple weeks. I don’t expect that to happen. Lonzo will need some practice time which will be nigh impossible to get at the end of the season…just a lot of factors working against the young man. It’s more likely that, with the expanded time between games in the playoffs (should we make them) he gets worked into a larger rotation role then. Who knows, he is young and maybe it’s not a serious bone bruise and he bucks his own history and comes back sooner. It’d be great if that happens but it’s not something I tend to pin my hopes on.

      At any rate, we can best help ourselves by winning. Go on a 25 game win streak and you’ll have done the best job possible. It can happen! Go Lakers.

      • Michael H (Editor)

        Michael H (Editor) 1:23 PM on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Aloha Jamie
        I agree with everything you said. You have no argument with me on BI. He has been really good for awhile now. His defense is really underrated. He played some excellent D against both Harden and CP3 last game. And since Lebron has been back he is doing a lot better job of playing off the ball. I think the early criticism of him not being able to play with Lebron was unfair. Even at this late point of the season he has only played 30 games with Lebron. D Wade said it took him half a season and he was a 10 year vet at the time.

        As for Javelle I have seen a little of his pre pneumonia game returning. Pneumonia is tough enough but when you factor in he also suffers from asthma it wasn’t surprising that it took awhile for him to get back to where he was. I think he will be fine going forward. I would love still have Zu but if we can get small contributions from our remaining Bigs and some good small ball 5 stretches from Lebron, I think we will be okay. For me the goal has to be the 7th seed. I think we stand a chance against every team except a healthy Warrior team. I don’t know if we can win 25 in a row but I think 20 and 4, 19 and 5 are not unrealistic if are healthy and play with the same defensive intensity that we played against Houston. We have beaten everyone ahead of us so it could happen.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:18 PM on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Aloha, Michael,

        I agree we have a great opportunity to build momentum with a 4-game win streak if we can take care of business in the next three games against lottery teams. Just need to not give back wins over elite teams by blowing games against bottom feeders. We also need the guys who are healthy -- Ingram and Kuzma -- to help carry the load until Bron is 100% and Zo comes back. That’s going to be key. There early games without a 100% LeBron or Lonzo are critical. We need to learn how to win now so we can take out game to another level once LeBron and Zo are back 100%. It’s going to come down to Ingram, Kuzma, Hart, and the two new guys -- Bullock and Muscala -- to play great every night to carry us. If we can then get healthy by the time the playoffs start, we’re going to be a team that everybody fears and doesn’t want to play.

        Hi, Jamie,

        I think your love for Zubac has blinded you to reality. Why would the Lakers trade Beasley and Zubac for Muscala unless they were planning on him playing major minutes as the primary backup at the 4 and 5? It’s no secret McGee has never come back from the bout with pneumonia and Chandler is basically on his last legs. Yet the Lakers traded Zubac. The simple answer is the Lakers desperately needed a capable stretch 5 to improve our 3-point shooting and provide spacing for LeBron and Ingram to attack the rim. Zubac was gone for cap space reasons this summer anyway.

        Muscala is the replacement for all of the wasted backup minutes given to Beasley, Wagner, Chandler, Wagner, and Hart at the 4 and 5 just like Bullock is the answer to the wasted minutes given to KCP, Hart, and Lance at the 2 and 3. Mike has the size and quick trigger from deep the Lakers needed and the size to be a force on the boards and defensively. That’s why he’s here and why he’s going to play 20 to 24 minutes per game and be first off the bench to sub for McGee and Kuzma. He’s a proven floor stretcher, which is what we need to unleash LeBron.

        If the key to our defense is how McGee and Chandler play, then we’re in serious trouble. I think the key to our defense is LeBron James playing the five. Watch the game again. Yes, Ingram did a great job gang rebounding but it was LeBron playing the five. James and Muscala will end up playing as much as half our minutes as the five because that’s the only way we’re going to be able to win games. It’s more likely that DeAndre Jordan gets waived and joins the Lakers than we end up relying on McGee and Chandler.

        I do agree with you that the Lakers can’t count on Lonzo Ball at this point in time. If he can get back and have an impact, that would be great but the odds are he’s going to struggle at this point to get back to 100% in time to help the team make the playoffs. However, I do think with more time between playoff games that Lonzo could be critical in the playoffs. There’s no question the Lakers are a much better team at both ends of the court when Lonzo plays. As good as Playoff Rondo can be offensively, there’s a reason he only played 7 minutes during the Lakers 17 minute stretch between mid third quarter to game end. He’s not a great defender and too often gambles on steals that compromise the entire defense. Lakers may make the playoffs without a big contribution from Lonzo but they’re not going anywhere in the playoffs without him anchoring the defense in my opinion.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 3:47 PM on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We have the 4th toughest remaining schedule in the conference..not the league. Kings have the 13th, Clipps the 7th, Wolves the 2nd. In the conference.

      I like to simplify it and break it down like this..we can lose 6 maaaayyyybeeee 7 games the rest of the way. Go down the line and slot em anywhere you want…

      @NO
      @MEM
      NO
      MIL
      @PHX
      LAC
      DEN
      BOS
      @CHI
      @TOR
      @DET
      @NY
      @MIL
      BKLN
      SAC
      WSH
      @UTA
      CHA
      @NO
      @OKC
      GS
      @LAC
      UTA
      POR

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:52 PM on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Here is my prediction for 18-7:

        L -- Houston Rockets
        W -- @ New Orleans Pelicans
        W -- @ Memphis Grizzlies
        W -- New Orleans Pelicans
        L -- Milwaukee Bucks

        W -- @ Phoenix Suns
        W -- Los Angeles Clippers
        W -- Denver Nuggets
        L -- Boston Celtics
        W -- @ Chicago Bulls

        L -- @ Toronto Raptors
        W -- @ Detroit Pistons
        W -- @ New York Knicks
        L -- @ Milwaukee Bucks
        W -- Brooklyn Nets

        W -- Sacramento Kings
        W -- Washington Wizards
        W -- @ Utah Jazz
        W -- Charlotte Hornets
        W -- @ New Orleans Pelicans

        Off to a good start with a win instead of a loss vs. the Rockets.
        Now challenge is not to give it back by losing any of the next three games.

  • 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.

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