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  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 7:57 PM on November 19, 2018 Permalink |  

    We’re almost to the 20 game mark.
    When are folks gonna start questioning the Celts & Jazz?

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 6:41 PM on November 17, 2018 Permalink |  

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 12:22 PM on November 17, 2018 Permalink |  

    C’mon Zo…. 

    While the Los Angeles Lakers sought out to find a backup to and mentor for Lonzo Ball, their signing of Rajon Rondo in free agency this past summer nevertheless raised some eyebrows. Rondo had developed a bit of a negative reputation and many doubted he’d accept a role off the bench.

    Whether that would become an issue was not immediately known as Rondo started most of the preseason and clearly was on track to retain the job come the regular season as Ball worked his way back from knee surgery.

    But Rondo’s three-game suspension created an opportunity for Ball, and he’s started ever since. He will continue to do so without any pressure from Rondo as the veteran point guard is expected to be sidelined at least one month after undergoing surgery on his broken hand.

    Even as the two essentially compete for playing time, Ball revealed he asked Rondo to be tough with him as means of motivation, per ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk:

    “Yeah, he’ll try to get into me,” Ball said. “Just stuff to try to get me going. He talks a bunch of trash in practice all the time, which makes me pretty mad.”

    “I told him, my whole life I [respond to] getting yelled at [by the coach] so that is how I respond … if you see stuff, just yell at me. I tune into it. That is how he tries to help me out.”

    Embracing healthy competition has been a focal point for the Lakers since Luke Walton was named head coach. Walton noticed during workouts and summer pickup games a difference in tone from last season, and that’s carried into practices thus far.

    It’s common for several Lakers to finish a day’s work by competing against one another in shooting drills, which have often found Ball and Rondo leading separate teams.

    While Rondo has been present to help push Ball, he’s now looking to control the pace in similar fashion to the 32-year-old. Ball also will need to find inner motivation, which he’s admitted to not being fully engaged at times this season.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:23 PM on November 17, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I can understand Lonzo being unengaged at times, especially when his confidence is ebbing. I think it’s a pretty easy trade to fall into when you just turned 21 and you’re playing with your idol, who happens to be the greatest player on the planet.

      It’s interesting that Lonzo actually ‘likes’ getting yelled at, which is not your normal millennial. On the other hand, having LaVar Ball as your dad likely had a lot to do with how Lonzo responds. Maybe Luke needs to yell at him too.

    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 3:07 PM on November 17, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      D Fox and Tatum, sigh. : (

      PS-D Fox is always motivated.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 8:36 PM on November 15, 2018 Permalink |  

    Really thought GSW was gonna come out and try to make a statement against the Rockets to show the rest of the league that it was gonna be business as usual despite all the noise of the last coupla days. Boy was I wrong.Kerr with a funky starting lineup out there with Iggy instead of Cook who’d been filling in nicely for Steph. Led to Klay doing alot more dribbling than usual..not his game. It’s just 1 game outta 82 but this one sure didn’t make things any better in Frisco.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:14 PM on November 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Icy post game vibe, as well. Dray cracking jokes and Durant doing his best Batman brood. Steve Kerr might have to take the whole team paint balling or something.

      • Seely_Iggy (Director)

        Seely_Iggy (Director) 9:19 AM on November 16, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yeah, like that’s not gonna bring out the aggression and competitiveness between the 2!! :D

    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 7:09 AM on November 16, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Also kinda annoying to watch this sorry Clips team sticking around. Fall back down to earth already.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 8:26 AM on November 16, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Bad Juju don’t go away all of a sudden.

      Karma is like the Tides.

      Wasn’t expecting a blitzkrieg but not like Houston was sending a message either.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 5:26 AM on November 15, 2018 Permalink |  

    Lebron hit em with some April/May in mid-November…

    Big loss with Rondo out for maybe a month…somebody gotta step up & Lonzo gotta show up every night.

    Looking at the standings it sure seems like the West is wide open (Frisco notwithstanding). 5 playoff teams on the outside looking at this early juncture. Do we have enough to stake our claim or is there a move to be made? Gonna get interesting….

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 6:38 AM on November 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Zo played his role almost to perfection yesterday.

      Seeing as how we have 4 Point Guards, missing Rondo on the floor will hurt, he’s still present on the bench though.

      Coach Jackson made a valid point about Zo and Rondo being uncertain about their roles and how that can create weird energy.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 7:45 AM on November 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Brandon went into driving lanes with a purpose and it showed. Played well.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 7:49 AM on November 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The only way CJ can score is getting him on screens. Played well defensively

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 7:52 AM on November 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Brandon Ingram’s recent defense assignments

          Trae Young -- 11 poss, 0-2 FG, 1 TOV, 1 AST
          Buddy Hield -- 14 poss, 0-4 FG, 1 TOV, 1 AST
          Jimmy Butler -- 38 poss, 4-9 FG, 0 TOV, 3 AST
          Kyle Lowry -- 16 poss, 0-3 FG, 1 AST, 0 AST

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 2:48 PM on November 13, 2018 Permalink |  

    Here We Go!!!…. 

    In the aftermath of Draymond Green’s reported verbal confrontation with teammate Kevin Durant, the Golden State Warriors are expected to sit Green for Tuesday night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Late in regulation of the Warriors’ overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, Green collected a rebound and ignored Durant’s call for the ball, instead dribbling upcourt into traffic and turning over the ball, which led to an argument with Durant that eventually spilled into the locker room after the game.

    Green repeatedly called Durant “a b***h” after he was called out by the two-time NBA Finals MVP in the huddle for not passing him the ball, sources said. The organization is of the belief that Green cut too deep in his disagreement with Durant, sources said.

    Klay Thompson, who is typically reserved, spoke up in the locker room to the surprise of his teammates about the altercation and stressed the importance of sticking together, sources said.

    It is not yet clear how the Warriors will explain Green’s benching, considering it stemmed from a verbal altercation between two teammates.

    Durant is expected to decline his player option for the 2019-20 season to hit free agency next summer, and the team desperately hopes to retain him.

     
    • p ang

      p ang 2:53 PM on November 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Lines being drawn.

    • p ang

      p ang 5:41 PM on November 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Calling out a teammate right after he made a mistake specially a volatile one is not only stupid, it was reckless. Did KD expect Green to just take it? Green has more rings than him and has kicked people in the balls for less.

    • keen observer

      keen observer 8:04 AM on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      They’re men. They will put this behind them on the basketball court where t matters.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 8:28 AM on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        That’s the thing..Green brought some off-court shyte into an on-court dust-up. Of course they’ll play thru it….this season. The question is how it affects the future. It must be serious enough for management to feel the need to back KD by suspending Green.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 12:14 PM on November 2, 2018 Permalink  

    Dang…. 

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 11:29 AM on November 2, 2018 Permalink  

    Welp….. 

    In a meeting on Tuesday, following a winless two-game trip, Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson admonished coach Luke Walton for the team’s sluggish start to the season, league sources told ESPN.

    Johnson’s cutting appraisal elevated an already acute awareness within the Lakers coaching staff that there are intense and immediate pressures on Walton to deliver the franchise a winner in short order.

    Despite Johnson’s prior proclamations of needing to allow time for Walton to develop a young roster surrounding four-time MVP LeBron James, evidence is mounting that Walton’s job security ultimately depends upon his ability to significantly improve upon a 3-5 record to start the season.

    Johnson’s aggressive meeting tone circulated to individuals throughout the organization, including to principal owner Jeanie Buss, league sources said. Throughout his tenure with the Lakers, Johnson has earned an internal reputation for an oftentimes volatile management style, including with his handling of Walton and the coaching staff, sources said.

    Buss’ support for Walton has remained unwavering since Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka assumed command of basketball operations in 2017.

    Walton was hired by her brother, Jim Buss, and ex-general manager Mitch Kupchak less than a year before Johnson and Pelinka took over.

    Those invested in Walton’s Laker staying power felt a wave of relief once Dallas’ frantic comeback fell short in the Lakers’ 114-113 victory at Staples on Wednesday. In the wake of Johnson’s chiding, the prospect of riding a three-game losing streak into this weekend’s games — away at Portland and then the second of a back-to-back against surging Toronto — loomed to those on the staff, league sources said.

    One area of discontent among some Lakers veterans is Walton’s repeated shuffling of lineups. Across the first seven games of the regular season, the Lakers have utilized 93 different lineups, behind only the Atlanta Hawks’ 122, according to research by ESPN Stats & Info.

     
    • keen observer

      keen observer 11:43 AM on November 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Wasn’t it Magic who kept preaching that the Lakers would get off to a slow start?

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 12:20 PM on November 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Probably wasn’t talking about being 2-8 after 10 games though

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:30 PM on November 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Easy solution. Win the next two games and finish first 10 games 5-5.

          • keen observer

            keen observer 1:45 PM on November 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Against two of the hottest teams in the NBA on a back-to-back would certainly silence everyone. I mean other than beating the Warriors, what is tougher than defeating Portland in Portland and then beating a 7-1 Toronto team who happens to have the one guy who defends LeBron James better than anyone else? Simple, simple, simple.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:01 PM on November 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Welcome to the real world, Luke. I hate to think what things would be like if the Lakers had not hung on and won the game Wednesday night with LeBron’s late free throw. I don’t think any of us really expected Magic to be patient but it only took a 3-5 start for the freshly minted, restrained executive version of Magic Johnson to throw patience and his own predictions of a slow start out the window and revert back to his an earlier more Trumpish Twitter version of himself, turning up the heat on Luke Walton to start winning games or else “you’re fired.”

      Of course, what’s ironic is one of the key reasons the Lakers have struggled so far in this young season has been the front office’s failure to provide the roester with a quality backup center. While some might criticize Luke for all of the different lineups he’s run out there, I actually think he has done superb job answering the questions of who should start and belong in the team’s rotation. Unlike last season when he stubbornly stuck with certain lineups and rotations and kept Randle and Kuzma on the bench when they should have been starting, Luke’s made all the right moves and now has settled on his best starting lineup and key backups just 8 games into the season. He deserves great credit for that.

      I’ve always been a believer in postive rather than negative motivation but sometimes a good kick in the rear is exactly what’s needed. Maybe instead of losing his cool, Magic is putting the heat on Luke to motivate his players to have their coach’s back and up their play. When you look at the timing of Magic’s criticism, it’s coming at an opportune time when the Lakers’ schedule will start to even out, the lineups and rotations are pretty much set, and the team continues to be in every single game. What better time to spark a fire under Luke and get the team to rise up in support of their coach and start winning games.

      The timing of Magic’s criticism is similar to the timing of LaVar’s criticism last season and I think may have a similar impact. I think everybody on this team respect’s Luke and loves playing for him, including LeBron. He didn’t chose to come to the Lakers to replace Luke as head coach. He came here parly because of Luke. Magic also knows that, even though Luke was hired by the previous regime, he has a huge supporter in Jeanie Buss. It would take a lot more than a 3-5 start for Jeanie to approve firing Luke. This is not like the Mike Brown situation.

      The one thing I’m hoping comes out of this situation, however, is possibly Magic forcing Luke to make some changes in his coaching staff. Not only was Luke not hired by Magic and Rob but neither was Brian Shaw, who is the team’s Associate Head Coach. An NBA head coach’s main job is managing the personalities, egos, lineups, rotations, and style of play. In today’s league, that’s more important than the actual X’s and O’s. But the Lakers need better play design, especially in the half court, where we continue to pass the ball around the perimeter before going into isolation, something that’s not especially efficient when you don’t have a Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan. I’m hoping the front office forces Luke to upgrade his coaching staff, even if it means hiring an associate head coach who could easily replace Luke.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:56 PM on November 2, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Once LBJ dropped ‘can’t do the same thing over and iver’ line you knew something had to come down from up on high.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 6:48 PM on October 30, 2018 Permalink  

    Patience 

     
    • p ang

      p ang 8:29 PM on October 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      F patience. This is the Lakers we’re talking about. 6 years are not enough for you? It is for me.

      Shorten the rotation, get 8-9 guys working together first on defense specially then bring in the others. 29th in the league! Sheeet me.

      LBJ and Kuz at 5 not working, at 4 being hammered on rebounds, Zo and Hart working sometimes, KCP not working period. Start Rondo, BI, LBJ, Kuz and Javale. Hart, Williams, Lance and Zo off the bench. Everybody else watch for free.

      Patience are for Clipper fans.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 8:49 PM on October 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Oh man, full bore guffaw.

      LBJ also providing media worms to feed the TV birds. I would imagine it looks a lot like the Andrew Wiggins trade. Question just becomes KCP and who, maybe Rondo or McGee if it’s for a top name to make the dough work.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:04 PM on October 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Patience for me looks about like the Christmas/New Years. But that’s also kind of ingrained from the last few seasons and we’ve already seen how Luke is pulling levers in the engine room trying to get the train chuggin’ right. I’d say those 2 suspensions set us back a good week and a half. Some guys have either been terrible all season (KCP, Ball) or play too inconsistently to be relied on (Kuzma, Hart), suspended (Ingram, Rondo) or maybe don’t quite get enough PT to quite tip the scales enough (Stephenson). JaVale McGee and LeBron have really been the only two players to show up every game.

        Getting Rondo back will help, Ingram playing like he did last night most nights will help, but that’ll still only get us treading water in games, that’s what we’ve already seen except in Phoenix which is kind of an outlier, that team is still in pretty full rebuild mode, Devin Booker ain’t nowhere near enough. That’s one tough win against Denver, at home, so treading water in games ain’t working, either.

        One of those kids has to find his game or KCP needs to find Jesus Shuttlesworth or Lance is going to have to take those minutes away from someone and find that Zen Trance Dance Lance and not so much Riverdance Lance or solo Gregory Hines Tap Dance Lance…ok, I’d take that last one, GH was a man of immense skill, class and talent in many things.

        I don’t think Brandon can play much better per game than averaging 20/7/5. Not quiiiiiter All Star. Lance can probably bump his numbers to 16-18/7/7 if he really commits to moving the ball a saving those dribbles for special moments. Kuzma’s game feels too wild and out of control, like Luke Skywalker in Empire Strikes Back #youmustcompletethetraining, there’s something special in there and he’s obviously working on it, but it needs to find a way to better focus and harness the talent and skill. Hart…I dunno, summer league isn’t a huge predictor of anything NBA, he, too, has flashes but I think he’s more Anthony Brown than Kobe Bryant. Love his moxie, could find a niche somewhere in the Derek Fisher range, he should watch some D-Fish on D-Fense film and get his ‘take a charge’ stance down.

        Lonzo Ball has really been an enigma. Tough dude to read, not really showing me much on the court, and not wowing me with his personal insights as to why he’s playing poorly. Isn’t really trying to assert himself, just cruising. Like Kuzma, I can see the makings of something special but the months and years it might take to bring it out in a refined, NBA-consistent way may be more than LBJ is willing to wait.

        That’s the formula that, if anyone can crack, would be of great help to Luke Walton in keeping his job past January. I’d be sweating it more for him if there were better coaches summering in Okefenokee. Promote B-Shaw? Bring Rambis down to the bench? Feels old, like you’re half a step from bringing Phil out of retirement and, honestly, who needs to go down that road at this point in history?

        Some of these guys move that needle…but not much more than Luke does, currently, if at all.

        https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2774510-ranking-available-nba-head-coaches-after-david-fizdale-hiring#slide10

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 6:31 PM on October 30, 2018 Permalink  

    “We’ve got to get better” 

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 6:29 PM on October 30, 2018 Permalink  

    “We need to get better” 

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 3:08 PM on October 8, 2018 Permalink  

    Luke says let’s get ready 

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 3:03 PM on October 8, 2018 Permalink  

    Analytics!! 

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 3:01 PM on October 8, 2018 Permalink  

    Lonzo Wednesday Maybe? 

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 2:58 PM on October 8, 2018 Permalink  

    LEBRON SAY RELAX 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:59 PM on October 8, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nope, too bored and impatient to relax. LOL. During summer, they all say wait for preseason. During preseason, the cry is wait for regular season. During regular season, the mantra is wait for the playoffs.

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