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  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 2:00 PM on April 1, 2020 Permalink |  

    It’s Complicated… 

    ► Bringing an entire league into one location isn’t just about the 450 NBA players under contract. It’s several hundred more coaches, front office personnel, video coordinators, trainers, medical staff, equipment staff, TV production folks, cameramen and announcers, not to mention having a pool of G-Leaguers ready to be signed in case of injuries.

    ► How long would they all have to be in quarantine before they could be around each other?

    ► Do those folks ever get to leave the property, or are they confined to the premises the entire time? What are the protocols if they had to leave for some kind of emergency?

    ► What happens if one of the people confined to the bubble needs to fly back home to see a sick family member or because someone gives birth? Are they allowed to come back?

    ► Are the players being forced to stay alone in their hotel rooms, or are they allowed to bring family with them? Just wives and kids? What about girlfriends? Parents and siblings are kind of important, too. Or sometimes for a player it’s their business partner or an agent who provides the most important emotional support. How many of the important people in their lives do NBA players get to bring with them on the Good Ship ESPN while they ride out the season in sequester?

    ► To make this work with no risk of a coronavirus outbreak, you’d also need to have a large catering and cleaning staff to provide essential services for this rapidly growing community. The cooks and dishwashers can’t leave the premises, nor can the housekeepers or the people who are doing laundry.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:10 PM on April 1, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      There is no doubt it would be complicated and near impossible under the current conditions, which is why it’s just talk at this point in time. For sure, conditions in America would have to be significantly better in two months for this to happen. It all depends on what happens. Best hope for the world and the NBA is that the virus has a seasonal decline that gives us a chance to catch our breath like in the middle of a hurricane. Staring at 100,000 to 250,000 dead over the next couple of months, the odds don’t look promising for America or the NBA.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:15 PM on April 1, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It’s even more than this and it’s just not going to happen. I don’t see a way forward, anyhow…

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:18 PM on April 1, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I agree with Dan, just stop this convo now. POlayer’s Union wouldn’t let it happen and I doubt the owners would either. They would want their sponsors to get a little something out of it to start recouping their huge losses. Players would want something resembling home court advantage and likely not to live in ________ that’s not home for _______ weeks/months. This is a non-starter idea, IMO.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 1:30 PM on March 27, 2020 Permalink |  

    Sanitize your groceries… and take out food! 

    Could be overkill but it can’t hurt…

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 1:31 PM on March 27, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I had to re-think everything I’ve been doing after I saw this.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:05 PM on March 27, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thanks, Mongo. Just watched it and shared with my son and daughter-in-law.
        Really smart way to handle what is for us our biggest exposure.
        Teresa was thrilled as she gets to put her entire Tupperware collection to work!

      • Seely_Iggy (Director)

        Seely_Iggy (Director) 5:26 PM on March 27, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Me too Mongo. It’s crazy what we’ve taken for granted.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 12:50 PM on March 27, 2020 Permalink |  

    Finally got a day off… 

    I’ve worked in the grocery industry over 35 years and have never seen anything like this…even through earthquakes, floods, strikes, fires, & riots. I’m in the supply chain side of things but I’ve touched just about every area of the business over the years. We’re finally starting to get our arms around this & doing a better job keeping the shelves somewhat full (side note: toilet paper is always gonna be a problem; takes up too much space and we only have a finite amount of trucks, trailers, drivers, & warehouses…sorry). The hand sanitizer shortage is purely a government clusterfukk. You’ve got ethanol producers who are ready to provide millions of gallons of the key ingredient but the FDA won’t ease regulations to let them do it. They could end the shortage in about 1 week. Ridiculous.

    Personally, I’m fine. Self isolating as best as I can but I’m required to check on our stores so I’m still out there a bit. I gotta say this about our folks who are out there driving the trucks, working the warehouses, stocking the shelves, manning the checkstands, & keeping the stores clean..those people are doing their best to keep our households going at great threat to their own health. No specialized PPE for them; they’re out here with dust masks. Try to get a week or two worth of shopping done, follow the distancing guidelines, and stay out the stores as much as possible to protect them and allow them to keep doing their important jobs.

    Yall stay safe & hit me up if you want any insight on this small area of the world that I know a lil bit about…

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:57 PM on March 27, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Glad to hear from you, Mongo. Hoping things are going to get better but worried that we haven’t seen anything yet. Trying to keep 6′ away from people in today’s supermarkets is impossible. My son and daughter-in-law are now doing our shopping. Grocery stores are now the scariest places my wife and I are avoiding like death.

      I’ve seen some stores where the checkout people actually have masks and gloves but handling dirty money has to make that a scary job today. The scenes of grocery stores in those dystopian movies don’t seem so unreasonable at all right now. Stay safe and healthy, my friend. Still a long way from the light at the end of the tunnel.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 1:12 PM on March 27, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thanks LT..hope everyone in your circle is ok. Even though you aren’t going into the stores, you still need to take some precautions with the stuff you’re bringing into the house since the virus can linger on surfaces from 1-3 days. Haven’t seen much guidance on this but it’s important. Saw a good video on it & I’ll post the link if I can find it.

        The store environment is better now. We limit the amounts of high demand items to 2 per customer now and only allow 25 customers in the building at one time. Also the 1st hour of each day is set aside for senior citizens & special needs shoppers.

        We’re definitely in for a long haul. Our company is planning 3 or 4 months down the road at a minimum.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:26 PM on March 27, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Thanks, Mongo. We’re all OK so far. I hike 3 to 4 miles every day and my wife 6 to 8 miles. Problem with a couple of septuagenarians like us is your medical history. Teresa is a three time cancer survivor so her immune system is shot. I’m luckier in that I have a strong immune system and haven’t even had a cold or flu for several years. Just that heart issue. And if one of us gets it, we both likely get it. Hope you and your family make it through this safe and healthy.

          You must work for Costco. Tuesday and Thursday 8-9 senior times was a great idea. Wish more stores has similar policies. Greet point about whether you should clean the groceries when you get home. Even though my son is now doing our shopping. We haven’t been doing that and should start. Problem is we’re hoarding alcohol wipes like they’re $100 bills. Love to see that video you’re talking about. Can’t be too careful.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 2:50 PM on March 27, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Heavy stuff all around, glad you’re keeping up appearances during the pandemic. I’m thinking of you and yours during this difficult period.

      Brave new world, and now about to get Curb side pickup. I ain’t never done that before. LOL.

      Keep safe.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 3:17 PM on March 27, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for the update, Mongo.
      Glad to hear you are safe and doing well.

    • Buba

      Buba 5:40 PM on March 28, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Wow mongo, it’s always good to see my fellow Lakers doing well in this time of gloom and doom. It’s fans like you that make the world go round and thanks for sharing your story. Glad you and your family are okay.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 6:37 AM on March 18, 2020 Permalink  

    Mindset 

    Haven’t logged in for a few days. I just can’t look at this thing through the prism of sports right now..it’s so much bigger. Honestly don’t care if the season is cancelled. Hell..after you take a 3 month hiatus then it ain’t even the same season anymore anyway. When you hear the disease experts talking about “flattening the curve” it’s not about getting through the pandemic quicker…it’s the opposite. It’s about spreading out the number of cases over a LONGER period of time so the health care system isn’t overrun. If we relax the restriction too soon in an effort to return to “normal” (i.e. rushing to restart the NBA season) then we could see the virus surge again with a vengence. Gotta get this right.

    Google the Imperial College report.
    Their model is pretty sobering.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:56 AM on March 18, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      When you consider this was the report that actually caused Trump to finally take coronavirus seriously, it’s pretty obvious that ‘business as usual’ is not going to return to the NBA or the world any time soon if ever. Unless some miraculous unexpected event such as a sudden new vaccine or treatment is found, we’re in for a brave new world over the next couple of years and life as we knew it will likely never be the same. Like it or not, we’re smack dab in the middle of a dystopian reality. And Mongo’s right, what happens with the NBA will be nothing more than a footnote. I hope we’re both wrong and we’ll wake up tomorrow or some morning in the near future to good news but my gut’s telling me to hug my wife and pray for my family who live next door and can only wave to me from their deck.

      The implications for the future are mind bending but you still see people in the bay area who refuse to take ‘shelter in place’ seriously. People still try to line up right behind me in the grocery store or walk down a fireroad three across so I can’t avoid getting within 6 feet of them. The photos of crowds on the beaches in Florida are just stunning. Like Mongo says, read the Imperial Report. Look at the charts that show we’re on the exact same statistical path that Italy was. Or read about all the continuing failures to test people or ensure we have the medical supplies our health and hospital workers need to stay safe while treating sick patients. The Trump administration still does not grasp the severity of the situation. What we do over the next couple of weeks could determine what we have to endure over the next couple of years.

      I’m still going to keep on hoping things will be OK and posting on the blog news about the Lakers and the NBA. Maybe it’s foolish and nobody will read what I post but I think we need places like this to escape the harsh reality of what life could be like as we try to survive this dystopian threat. We all need places and ways to escape and keep our hopes up. The Lakers have been that for me my entire life, in many ways one of the love adventures that has allowed me to deal with the tough realities that life throws at you. So I hope you will continue to come here and join me in keeping our love of the Lakers alive.

      Stay safe everybody and shelter in place. It’s about saving the world.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 10:20 AM on March 18, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Problem with getting it right, is the fool on the hill with the pen.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:38 PM on March 18, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Hopefully, most of the serious deadly damage he has done is in the past by not responding early enough. Unfortunately, he now sees this as an opportunity to try and be the hero so who knows what and his minions will do next. If we somehow survive this by some miracle, I’m sure he will claim it was because of him. We may survive coronavirus but I doubt we could survive another four years of Trump as president. He’s worse than the virus in my opinion. He’s the plague.

        • therealhtj

          therealhtj 12:46 PM on March 18, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          So much for not going political.

          • John M.

            John M. 1:26 PM on March 18, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I think some political discussion is appropriate at this time, since it relates to what’s happening in sports. As long as we keep it civil and the publisher is cool, why not?

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:39 PM on March 18, 2020 Permalink

              As I said earlier, this is an unusual situation that clearly has major impact on the NBA and the Lakers and life as we know it. I don’t want the blog to implode with obscenities and anger, nor do I want politics to replace discussion about the Lakers and the NBA. But more and more, the blog has become one of our few escapes with the rest of the world coming to a grinding halt. So, like John says, as long as we keep it civil, I’m going to allow it to continue as long as it’s in context. Trump didn’t cause this even though he’s made it worse. I hope and pray he can somehow help end it.

              I think this situation has reached a point where it’s beyond any of us hoping it would get worse for purely political reasons. If we have a miraculous cure and it ends up benefiting Trump, I’ll still cheer and root for it. This has become about our way of life right now and we may have to sell our souls to save ourselves. All I want right now is for everybody to be safe and healthy and the pandemic to somehow end and life and Lakers basketball to return to whatever new normal will take over. That’s what I’m hoping and praying. The politics are sadly incidental at this point.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 3:08 PM on March 18, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Beatles, Lol!

    • mclyne32 (Director) 7:10 PM on March 18, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You guys need to look past the Political Puppets that are put in front of you.
      They don’t control a damn thing when it comes to policy.
      The guys pulling the strings are not known- you won’t ever know there names, or where they are located.
      Blaming Trump for everything just makes you look and sound ignorant to what’s really going on.
      It’s time to take the blinders off.

      That being said, I hope you guys all remain safe and healthy.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 7:34 PM on March 18, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Make it a point to read 1984 at least once a year Matt, I’m not smart enough to claim to know as much as you at this point, but I do know two things:

        1) This is serious. It’s not like the “flu” at all. We are looking to buy respirators around the world…I heard Cuomo say he’s in China for the same thing.

        I’ve had more O.T. the last 3 weeks than I’ve had the past 3 years. It’s bad. I’m fried. I can’t bail on PTSD either because we’re short as it is, but I’ll definitely be taking a break after it passes and this will pass.

        2) Yup. Stay healthy. Avoid crowds at all cost.

        • Seely_Iggy (Director)

          Seely_Iggy (Director) 8:41 PM on March 18, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Hey Seanie, take extra care, will you bro? Please get enough rest. I salute folks like you who are the emergency personnel, the health and care providers, doctors and nurses. Your family and needs somehow take the backseat so you could help civilians like us. Thank you for your service.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 7:37 PM on March 18, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.

        George Orwell

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 8:26 PM on March 12, 2020 Permalink  

    Crazy… 

    How do we know Gobert didn’t catch it from Spida?

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 9:11 PM on March 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Maybe maybe not. Rudy is Patient Zero. He’s the face of all this mess. Like it or not.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 6:38 PM on March 11, 2020 Permalink  

    It’s Done… 

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 6:39 PM on March 11, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Done.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 6:43 PM on March 11, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Gobert is just now showing symptoms which means he’s been contagious for 5-14 days.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 6:44 PM on March 11, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Has he tested positive?

        Tom Hanks did

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 6:45 PM on March 11, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        And I meant touching everyone’s smartphone and recording equipment very dumb.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 1:50 PM on March 6, 2020 Permalink  

    Noah to the Clipps 

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 3:04 PM on March 5, 2020 Permalink  

    Got him…. 

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 4:41 PM on March 5, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yup. Happy about this.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 4:45 PM on March 5, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Shams has good contacts with Lakers. Gets a lot of,scoops. Woj not so much.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 5:01 PM on March 5, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        He’s my most trusted source after the Woj debacle this past summer.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:47 PM on March 5, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Basically insurance for an injured Caruso and/or an ineffective Rondo? I’m cool with that. If we wanted a sharp shooter I’d-a-held onto Troy over JR. Anyhow, however he’s used I sure hope he gets in shape quickly and leaves the edibles for the summer.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 4:49 PM on March 5, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Has all the motivation in the world. The Heat and Grizzlies have to pay him the Loot. While he’s on the #1 Seed.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 5:02 PM on March 5, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yeah. I sure hope LeBron and Vogel both have a very stern talk with him about focus and responsibility.

        • p ang

          p ang 6:40 PM on March 5, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Stern? Nah. All you got to do is wave a ring in his face and tell him “Imagine you doing this to all those people who bet against you.”

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 12:35 PM on February 27, 2020 Permalink  

    Russ just don't care..lol 

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 12:16 PM on February 27, 2020 Permalink  

    This is different 

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 12:20 PM on February 27, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Effecient Russ is a scary proposition.
      Let’s see if it can continue into springtime..

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:22 PM on February 27, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The new Russ has been a game changer for sure.
        Credit him for listening to D’Antoni and only attacking the rim.
        He’s harder to stop now than Harden.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 7:05 PM on February 23, 2020 Permalink  

    Sooo…we just gonna act like these dudes weren’t missing their All-Star starting pg and we barely scraped by?
    That’s what we’re doing?
    Alrighty then…

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 7:13 PM on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I feel good about winning both games after the break. And given the circumstances tomorrow, a W is always good for morale, dude. And we bested them! Have to feel good about that?

      Were you given a code? Are you going?

      Nah…we got Zion coming in. Have to clean a lot of things up. They’ll be coming hard.

      Facing the top two rookies 3 times in the next 4 games. If we play like that against them, we’ll drop a game.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 7:46 PM on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      If I’m the Celts I’m feeling pretty good about the 2 games against us.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:54 PM on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        If I’m the Celtics, I’m worrying about not being able to win when my superstar and starting center have career best games and how the Lakers were able to hold Tatum to just 1 basket and two free throws in the fourth quarter. Celtics needed the game more than the Lakers. They’re now two games behind the Raptors for second in the East.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 7:58 PM on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        And if they get past the 1st Round, I’m feeling good If I’m the Raps.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 8:36 PM on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Full strength vs full strength we got smoked by 30.
        Them missing one of their two all stars (probably all-nba) we win by a bucket….at home.

        If the scenario was reversed we would be singing a different tune. Hell…if we were just missing Danny Green & lost by 2 we’d be counting it as a moral victory.

        lol

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 8:52 PM on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          We shoulda lost that one in Memphis. We def should have lost in Chicago…we keep winning these games. Odds will even out eventually.

          Heat are 8-0 in OT games. Anomalies happen too.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:49 PM on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I wouldn’t characterize it as ‘just scraping by’ to take down a very good Celtics team when their best player had his career best game and dominated the first three quarters. I would characterize it as a gritty win by a gritty team that fought back and won a big game by outcoaching and outplaying the Celtics down the stretch. It was a big win against a very tough team that’s been playing very well. Nothing not to be proud of as a team.

      I would also add that while the Celtics were missing their star point guard, their center also had a career game as well as Tatum. Next time we play them, Vogel will likely double him sooner. Had we made out layups and free throws, the game wouldn’t have been that close. Meanwhile, we saw another great effort by Playoff Rondo and Killer Kuzma, both of whom led a dominating Lakers bench that scored 45 points.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 8:32 PM on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yep..no Smart off the bench made no difference at all.

    • Buba

      Buba 7:53 PM on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      In a way, you really rekindled what I knew is a common theme when a star player didn’t play like Kemba Walker didn’t play today. Not on you or anybody for that matter, but that’s always a fallacy of epic proportions. Sometimes when your star player didn’t play that’s when others fill in the most disproportionate way. Who knows, Walker playing today might even make the Lakers win by a wide margin as if they should have requested a flyover by B52 bombers to put things in perspective.
      When a star player doesn’t play and the final results become a nail biter, that is exactly what is expected of many minds. A star player not playing can open up other doors unimaginable.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 8:20 PM on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        You’re not double teaming Tatum in the 4th with Kemba on the floor…periodt

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 8:29 PM on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          That Wing offense he run, it’s dependent on all levels clicking to be humming like that. Still had Brown, Smart, Hayward and this Wanamaker dude.

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 8:31 PM on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Yep…Wannamaker same as Kemba

          lol

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 8:33 PM on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            What’s Kemba’s record against LeBron again? LOL.

            • MongoSlade

              MongoSlade 8:37 PM on February 23, 2020 Permalink

              1-0 as Lakers & Celts…lmao

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 8:38 PM on February 23, 2020 Permalink

              Hahahahaha.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:33 PM on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          LMAO. You definitely are. The point is not to let the superstar beat you. Walker being on the floor is not going to change that strategy.

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:36 PM on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Hey, how about an updated S.O.S. report, Mongo. LOL.
            Just don’t start putting asterisks next to some of the wins.
            And don’t tell you weren’t celebrating when we won the game.

          • MongoSlade

            MongoSlade 8:41 PM on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Yeah…Kemba’s not a superstar…lmao
            No astericks in the S.O.S….we’re 2 games over .500 same as the Celts & Clipps.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 8:42 PM on February 23, 2020 Permalink

              I also believe it’s the 2nd S.O.S. win in the East.

          • Buba

            Buba 8:41 PM on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Tom, you are definitely wright. Doesn’t make a difference. Let this Eastern Conference foes do the battle in backyard alleys whilst the Lakers sit back and watch. That’s some fun.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 8:46 PM on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sooo….I guess I was right.
      This what we’re doing.
      Like Kemba ain’t worth an extra 2 pts.

      lmao

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:47 PM on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Nope, a win is a win and a big win is a big win.
        We were the better team down the stretch.
        That’s not scraping by. Who’s next?

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 8:50 PM on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Isn’t the old saying throw the records out the window when it comes to rivalry? That has been conventional wisdom I thought.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 8:52 PM on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        You can throw the records out but you can’t throw the roster out…lol

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:47 PM on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Every time the doubters and critics say the Lakers have another big challenge on the schedule, the Lakers somehow seem to rise to the occasion and win those games. First, the Nuggets, then the Celtics. Should be able to pad our lead the next four games against the Pels, Dubs, Grizzlies, and Pels.

      Next month it will be the 76ers, Bucks, and Clippers. What will your complaint be when we win those three games? There’s an art and something special about being able to win the big games and I think the Lakers and LeBron and AD are showing that.

      And I think playing Devil’s Advocate is just your way of enjoying and having fun regarding the win.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 8:51 PM on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        It’s not a complaint…it’s a statement of fact.
        The challenge isn’t quite the same when the opponent is missing a dude like Kemba. It was a decent win but I guarantee you behind closed doors the Lakers know it wasn’t the same.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:54 PM on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          LOL. We’ll have to A2D. Lakers won and that’s all that counts. Nobody in that locker room is feeling like Kemba would have made a difference. You’re in fantasy land if you think LeBron or AD or anybody on the Lakers thinks that.

          The Lakers beat the Celtics when their superstar and starting center had the best games of their careers. It’s a win and I’m confident the Lakers to a man believe the better team won and believe they would have even if Kemba had played.

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 8:56 PM on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Players know.
          Different mindset from fans.

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:59 PM on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            That’s crazy, Mongo. No way you can tell me that LeBron or AD in any way believe they would not have won this game had Kemba played. Sorry, man, but it don’t work like that.

          • MongoSlade

            MongoSlade 9:05 PM on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Like I’ve stated on here before..I grew up with and have worked with guys & girls who played sports at high levels.

            Athletes don’t lie to themselves like that.

            Lakers still think they woulda won regardless because they have to have that confidence but they also know Kemba changes things and it was a lesser challenge with him in street clothes

            • Buba

              Buba 9:12 PM on February 23, 2020 Permalink

              It really wouldn’t bother me at all. Sorry if I offended, but the Lakers have been through the same wear and tear. If the Lakers still have thought that they would still win without kemba, they sensed their supremacy over those harpless Leprechauns.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:10 PM on February 23, 2020 Permalink

              Not denying that if it were Kawhi, Giannis, Harden, or LeBron or AD or maybe even Tatum who were out, players would recognize it. Just saying it’s not the same thing if it was Walker, Brown, or Hayward or Green, Howard, or Kuzma. Kemba is an outstanding player but not a superstar.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 4:12 PM on February 21, 2020 Permalink  

    No Moe… 

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 4:08 PM on February 21, 2020 Permalink  

    Welp… 

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 11:17 PM on February 20, 2020 Permalink  

    The greatest accomplishment of Dantoni’s career might be convincing Russ to stop shooting 3’s.

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 4:38 PM on February 17, 2020 Permalink  

    All Star Break S.O.S. 

    Steel On Steel

    DEN 11-7 .611
    BOS 11-8 .579
    HOU 11-8 .579
    MIL 8-6 .571
    LAC 11-9 .550
    LAL 10-9 .526
    MIA 9-10 .474
    UTA 8-10 .444
    PHI 9-12 .429
    TOR 6-10 .375
    DAL 7-13 .350

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 4:40 PM on February 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Threw Utah into the mix.
      They aren’t great but they knocked the Clipps outta the top spot and raised us up over .500.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 5:08 PM on February 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Everyone is vulnerable to an extent in some way…Denver better watch it. They could end up with a terrible matchup and being ousted early.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 7:23 PM on February 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I think everybody’s vulnerable depending on the matchups and health. Clipps are running outta time to get healthy and get some games under their belts. They’ve played something like 4 games total with a full roster

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

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:18 AM on February 18, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Who says Clipps will be healthy at any point? If PG has hamstring issues in the playoffs that alone might be enough to sink that ship. Bad pun intended. Leonard had great defenders in Toronto, without PG not sure they have enough wattage on defense to push through. Health is everything in the playoffs, if you’re best guys can’t go or are hobbled it’s generally not conducive to playoff success.

          Lakers goals are the same as they’ve been all season: stay healthy, keep gelling better.

          • Buba

            Buba 10:43 AM on February 18, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Jaime, you made a good point about PG. But yeah, it would have been a different outcome if both KD and KT were both healthy last nba finals. I still think Warriors would have won the clip, but Raptors got a break when injury bugs start to swam the warriors.
            If PG is not healthy during the playoffs this year, then you have a problem with the Clippers. That’s quite often the base of the every competition. Who knows what’s going to transpire?

          • mclyne32 (Director) 2:20 PM on February 18, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Hey! That pun was perfect!

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 7:45 AM on February 18, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I think we pretty much know who the Lakers are, especially now that we didn’t make any changes. Rockets & Clipps are kinda unknown quantities right now (for different reasons). Lotta folks got revved up over the win over Denver without acknowledging that Milsap just came back after missing a month. We’ve been incredibly fortunate on the injury & continuity fronts. There are no guarantees that any team will remain or get fully healthy..that’s why they play 82 games.

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

            Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:07 AM on February 18, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            The Rockets are in ‘Where no-one has gone before’ territory with their all small ball theory. That’s going to be very interesting. Will they essentially permanently break the center position or get swept because they can’t rebound over bigs and can’t really protect the rim.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 10:23 AM on February 18, 2020 Permalink

              Living in TO, the Maple Leafs are trying the same thing in the NHL.

              While Morey is ‘Dork Elvis’, Leafs GM Kyle Dubas is ‘Dork Buddy Holly’.

              He’s doubling down on fire wagon style. The best defense is a good offense, Morey has a near parallel philosophy.

              And while entertaining, most of their core don’t want to win a Stanley Cup the traditional way.

              Hockey and Basketball are similar in that the style of play that’s traditionally won, is tried and true: defense and rebounding.

              Similar in Hockey, in the playoffs, the middle of the ice is usually take away and you win puck battles on the boards and corners to create offense.

              Both the Rockets and Leafs have had mixed results.

              My personal opinion, in a 7 game series, playing that fire wagon style, will get you beat.

              The Rockets and Leafs can implement those styles in regular season, when you play a different team every 2nd day…

              When you’re playing the same team in a two week stretch, your tendencies and wrinkles show…

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

              Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:44 PM on February 18, 2020 Permalink

              Honestly I don’t even think it’s going to hold up that long. When they beat us LBJ played poorly, Russ went off because nobody really tried to stop him and McGee and Howard were under still almost enough to beat them. They will truly live and die by the three now and, exactly like you said, a 7 gamer tends to reveal cracks and lose gloss. We’ll have some of that, too, but as long as we play to our strengths I like us against anyone. At least to make it competitive and to have a chance.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 2:47 PM on February 18, 2020 Permalink

              Hey man, the Leafs have had a ton of injuries, ironically.

              That style burns you out.

              PJ Tucker’s Quads might be hanging by a thread.

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

              Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:14 PM on February 18, 2020 Permalink

              lol, truth in regards to PJT.

              Honestly, if they didn’t have both Russ and James this wouldn’t even be a plan. They’d roll the same way they have the last few years. What I would be concerned about as a fan (if I were of the Rockets, which I’m not so all good there) is that they’re so all in that they don’t even have the option to put in a real center.

              OK, they have Jordan Bell, so there’s one sorta-kinda-maybe option to go to but he’s no Clint Capella. Oh, and Nene and his walker.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 3:38 PM on February 18, 2020 Permalink

              That old saying about pressure: sometimes you get diamonds, sometimes it bursts pipes.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:13 PM on February 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Potential playoff parity!

    • mclyne32 (Director) 2:23 PM on February 18, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We have been pretty fortunate on the injury front except for losing Cousins for the whole season and maybe the playoffs as well. That’s still a big hit considering he was going to be a major part of how our offense flowed.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:36 PM on February 18, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        But we got Dwight as a result of the Boogie injury. We’re in a good place when it comes to bigs with Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, JaVale McGee, and Dwight Howard. I don’t see Davis, Cousins, or Howard leaving. AD is here to stay, Boogie will not get huge offers, and our loyalty will pay off big with Boogie and Cousins.

        The ideal solution is we re-sign Davis, Cousins, and Howard and McGee exercises his option. Cousins would start as the stretch five alongside AD with Howard and McGee coming off the bench. We could dominate the paint with DH and JM and play five out with AD and DC.

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