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  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 6:53 PM on April 23, 2017 Permalink |  

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 6:54 PM on April 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good look at some of the various angles to this thing…

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 7:44 PM on April 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Let’s say Star. I still say be patient one more year and don’t give away the farm. If he’s gonna come her then he’s coming in a year. If not, then he wasn’t anyway. Same with Hayward. I’d rather trade for Westy (he knows all he’s winning in OKC is the MVP).

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 7:51 PM on April 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Westbrook will qualify for that extra $75mill to stay in OKC. I wouldn’t put all my eggs in that basket.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:46 PM on April 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It all comes down to what Paul wants to do. If he wants to join the Lakers, he can come right out and tell other teams that he intends to opt out and will not sign an extension. If he does that, it would deter other teams from trading for him and reduce what the Lakers would have to give up. This is Paul’s best strategy too since he does not want the Lakers to be stripped of talent to trade for him. We’ll find out how badly he wants to come to the Lakers this summer.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:48 PM on April 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        And Magic and Rob need to make sure Paul understands that this summer.
        I’m sure it can be done safely through third parties to avoid any tampering claims.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 4:30 PM on April 23, 2017 Permalink |  

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 4:11 PM on April 23, 2017 Permalink |  

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 4:14 PM on April 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “Snapped” is a bit strong but Russ always rides hard for his teammates. Much different from PG13

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 4:53 PM on April 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He said “Next question please” how many dudes are that polite? Especially to Barry Tramel. Smh.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 3:23 PM on April 23, 2017 Permalink |  

    • mud

      mud 3:25 PM on April 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Jason Whitlock, expert on nothing. a broken clock that tells the right time twice a day….

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 3:34 PM on April 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This must be 1 of the 2 times a day he’s right then…

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 3:23 PM on April 23, 2017 Permalink |  

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 3:09 PM on April 23, 2017 Permalink |  

    Lotta mental mistakes from OKC at the end of that game..including the coach. Can’t leave Roberson out there.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 2:20 PM on April 23, 2017 Permalink |  

    Russ might have to play this entire 2nd half

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 1:55 PM on April 23, 2017 Permalink |  

    Lebron 45 minutes today. Now gets about a week off before the next series. Seems like he realizes the regular season doesn’t mean a whole helluvalot..just get thru it healthy and flip the switch in April when it turns into an entirely different game.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 1:58 PM on April 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He can flip that switch any time he wants.

      Kyrie, Love and TT aren’t capable of just flipping that switch

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 2:03 PM on April 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        But when Lebron flips it he instantly makes them better. And him being able to play those kinda minutes also makes the 2nd unit better as well.

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 2:20 PM on April 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Flippin’ that switch might not be enough should they meet up with a healthy Dubs squad in the finals.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 3:09 PM on April 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I don’t think so either G, and it has nothing to do with the King.

        • mud

          mud 3:43 PM on April 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          they won’t meet a healthy Dubs team.
          a semi-healthy Dubs team is still better than most of the rest of the NBA, though. this doesn’t say anything that great about the NBA….

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 3:46 PM on April 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Maybe…but we heard the same thing last year.
          Gotta be in it to win it.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 9:44 AM on April 23, 2017 Permalink |  

    It didn’t take long for Magic Johnson to come to the realization that what he’s got in Laker-land isn’t enough to challenge for an NBA title. Anybody can see what he’s up against.

    D’Angelo Russell, Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle aren’t going to take the Lakers where Magic wants them to go. Who knows if any of the three will turn into so much as All-Stars, at this stage? What everyone can see, including the Lakers legend now running the show, is that none is going to be that transcendent superstar that can carry the franchise and turn it into a championship contender. There’s no Magic or Kobe in this group.

    “The Lakers have always had a superstar,” Johnson told AM 570 LA Sports with Roggin and Rodney. “That is what we are going to try to bring in here.”

    And who might that superstar be? Johnson pretty much admitted he’ll be going after Paul George on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” when he was asked what he would do if he saw George on vacation.

    “No, we gonna say ‘hi’ because we know each other,” Johnson said. “You just can’t say, ‘Hey, I want you to come to the Lakers,’ even though I’ll be wink winking like, ‘you know what that means right?'”

    So Johnson knows what he needs. He’s got to import a special player. George checks a lot of boxes. The Pacers star is a top-10 player at peak performance. He has struggled with consistency in the playoffs, but has already played in 63 playoff games. And he doesn’t turn 27 until May 2. Still in his prime, he already has made two trips to the Eastern Conference finals, both times being denied a trip to the NBA Finals by the best player in the sport, LeBron James. A SoCal native, he’s been talking about playing for his hometown team, the Lakers, for a long time. He’s never made his long-term intentions a secret within the Pacers’ locker room, according to former teammates. He wants to wear the purple and gold.

    There is little doubt that the Pacers are at a crossroads with their franchise player. In July, George could score a mega-extension in the form of a designated veteran exception — it could end up being a six year, $223 million deal — if he makes an All-NBA team. But in light of what has happened this entire season, right through their Game 3 debacle when they blew the biggest lead in playoff history, you really have to wonder if Indiana wants to go in all-in on George.

    So it’s no surprise that Johnson will probably pursue George and set out to build a title team around him, according to multiple sources who have known Johnson over the years.

    Johnson knows it’s rare when a player of George’s talents can be obtained, via a trade or through free agency. It’s not as if he’ll be able to get LeBron, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard or anyone else who’s rated ahead of George.

    But Magic should steer clear of Paul George. That’s right, he needs to look elsewhere for someone to build around.

    Johnson will be making a franchise-altering mistake for years to come if he goes all-in on George, who has shown he’s a poor leader who often alienates teammates.

    We’ll start off with a very big deal that Johnson needs to pay close attention to: George is the anti-Magic when it comes to dealing with teammates. We’ve seen that character flaw resurface in the Pacers’ first-round series against the Cavs. In Game 1, when the Pacers had a chance to steal a win in Cleveland, George was furious with C.J. Miles when his teammate didn’t pass him the ball in the final seconds to take the last shot.

    “C.J. took it upon himself,” George said following the game. “I’m confident in all my guys taking shots, that’s not the issue. But in that situation like that, I’ve gotta get that.”

    In some quarters, George drew praise for wanting the last shot. But he was castigated elsewhere for hammering a teammate.

    “He’s not a winner by saying that (stuff) in public,” said one GM. “That’s no way to support a teammate, but that’s how Paul rolls.”

    He’s been erratic as a playoff performer, and has been called out for his lack of consistency by Indiana team president Larry Bird. But George is famously tougher on teammates than he is on himself, even when the team is winning a few rounds in the playoffs. When the Pacers competed against Miami for the top spot in the East in 2013 and 2014, they had strong veteran leaders like David West and George Hill. If Magic makes a deal for George or signs him as a free agent in 2018, he’ll need to import similar strong-willed vets, or else there is a good chance that George’s negativity will adversely impact younger teammates.

    From that standpoint, the Celtics could be a better landing place for George, if the Pacers decide decide to rebuild the team. One GM suggested that George would work very well with Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford if the Celtics go after George, as they did at the last trade deadline. Earlier in his career, Thomas had to put up with DeMarcus Cousins in Sacramento and was one of the few Kings who refused to back down from Cousins. Thomas was all-in on trading for Cousins, as he told Sporting News during training camp, only to see the Pelicans roll the dice on Cousins with a trade the night of the NBA All-Star Game. Horford is as solid as any veteran and would be a good influence on George.

    The Lakers have the assets to make a run for George between their young talent and draft picks. They could part ways with Russell, who has yet to prove that he can do the two things every NBA GM wants in a playmaker: Shoot a high percentage and make players around him better. Randle would also be expendable in a George deal. Maybe not Ingram, because he’s still 19 and has the highest ceiling among the three.

    They can also wait until 2018 when George is free on the market, but they might not want to risk waiting on George when the Pacers could be actively looking to move him. But again, Magic has to remember this: He’ll need to make sure he has strong veterans in place because George has always been rougher on teammates than on himself. That’s why some NBA executives actually like Gordon Hayward, who can turn free in July, over George, although none would rank Hayward as the better talent. Just the better team player without the baggage and maintenance issues that come with George.

    Another bad “George moment” Johnson needs to take into account from this spring: The Pacers did George a major favor by bringing back Lance Stephenson at the end of the season. They know that George likes Lance and credited him for his strong play down the stretch because “he takes some of the burden off me.”

    But when Stephenson went off the reservation in Game 2 of the Cavs series with his emotional outbursts and undisciplined play, George publicly criticized him. He said Stephenson needs to “learn to control himself … He’s got to learn to just be in the moment. Lance is in our locker room, is looked upon as a leader — one of our leaders. His body language has to improve just for the team.”

    Later, George accused the media of stirring up a controversy that wasn’t there, and he asserted that he’s not selfish. “I’m still very pleased with my teammates,” he said. But his willingness to rip them to the media is a trait that rubs some the wrong way, although they know their place in the pecking order of the locker room and will not publicly go back at the Pacers’ No. 1 player.

    It’s funny to hear George frame his comments with the team in mind. The Pacers rebuilt their team with the idea that he would play power forward, only to have him refuse to change positions. That annoyed Bird and coach Nate McMillan, as have George’s ill-timed comments.

    Johnson might be of the belief, as several NBA executives are, that the Pacers’ failure to surround George with better teammates has accounted for his unhappiness and public flogging of teammates during tough times. The theory goes that George’s mood will be vastly improved if he finds himself playing with better players, or returns to his native California to star for the team he grew up rooting for. His father was a Lakers fan and remembers that Magic always had a winning way about him. He made it a point to get the ball to the Lakers’ shooters and scorers. He took care of them, smiling all the way to five titles, and they loved being on the same team with their Hall of Fame playmaker. But Johnson never encountered someone like George, who can make life difficult for point guards with such differing personalities as Hill or his current teammate, Jeff Teague.

    If Johnson ends up going all-in on George, he’ll have to hope that his point guard is mentally strong enough to hear from George whenever he doesn’t touch the ball. He doesn’t have the championships or playoff resume that another demanding scorer, Kobe Bryant, had when he had to deal with Russell and the other Laker kids.

    Yes, Magic Johnson does need a star — he’s just not going to find the answer in Indianapolis.

    • keen observer

      keen observer 9:48 AM on April 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      What if they were able to pair him with another star though?

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 10:37 AM on April 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      While there may be ‘some’ validity to some of the issues the writer of this article has raised, I still think Magic & Rob should definitely pursue PG13 and, if possible, make him the face of the franchise and work hard to bring in at least one other ‘star’ player. Otherwise, I believe us Ls fans may be in for a long wait b4 the team achieves relevancy again. I don’t believe Lonzo Ball or any of the other potential draft picks, nor any of the current members of the so-called ‘young core’ r even close to being the type of star that PG already is. If they have a good shot at landing PG, they better jump on it right now IMO.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 11:04 AM on April 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The article makes some salient points about PG13’s downside but it is what it is. What else are we gonna do? If we can land him then you gotta do it. But if he’s really serious about winning he’d be making a beeline to Boston.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 11:06 AM on April 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        As would a few others.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 11:15 AM on April 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        It’s the same issue I had when there was all that talk about Kevin Love wanting to come “home” after goin to the finals with CLE that 1st year. Why on earth would you leave that situation? If you’re PG13 and can write your ticket to just about anywhere you wanna go…why here? It makes me question what you’re really all about.

        But again..ain’t like we have a whole buncha choices.

    • mud

      mud 11:29 AM on April 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      blah, blah, gossip, gossip.

      the game is basketball. if PG doesn’t want to play ball here, that’s fine. if he does and the team has a slot for him, that’s great too. he’s an excellent player. nobody thinks he’s Kobe.

      • mud

        mud 11:30 AM on April 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        or Kareem, or Wilt, or MJ, or West, or Magic…

        he’s not even Cousy…

        • tate793

          tate793 5:41 PM on April 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Seems that every star player (DeRozan, Westbrook, Boogie, Aldridge, DeAndre Jordan, Whiteside, Rondo….some writer comes up with a slanted diatribe why the Lakers shouldnn’t pursue him.

          If the rumors are true, that Jerry West wanted to return to the front office, I find it difficult to understand why he would be unelcome. He’s improved every team he’s been involved with.

          • MongoSlade

            MongoSlade 7:05 PM on April 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            You don’t think Rob & Magic are having this same conversation? You gotta flip these things around & explore all the different sides.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 6:20 PM on April 21, 2017 Permalink |  

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 6:21 PM on April 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Didn’t we learn anything about setting these idiotic timelines?

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:27 AM on April 22, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “Why do all these cards say bicycle?”

      They won this year, more than last, just need to make another 10 game bump, unless we swing a trade.

      Lots of teams made big moves that did not pan out. Boogie in Big Easy stands out the most, but there could be some interesting deals out there if the Lakers are willing ot get creative and maybe wind up a bit lucky.

      Draft is-a-comin, first things first.

    • John M.

      John M. 11:18 AM on April 22, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You have to be lucky AND good. I’m sure they know that, and they know hope and chemistry sell tickets.
      Timelines are just talk.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 1:29 PM on April 20, 2017 Permalink |  

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 1:32 PM on April 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It amazes me that in this day & age these guys don’t take their diet more seriously. Subscribe to Blue Apron or sum shyte…lol

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 2:34 PM on April 19, 2017 Permalink |  

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 4:33 PM on April 18, 2017 Permalink |  

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 4:38 PM on April 18, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Lotta talk about all the problems in the NBA but attendance was up once again and ratings are still strong. These are the only numbers the owners & advertisers care about. They’ll probably tweek the schedule & twist some arms to make sure stars play in the marquee primetime games though….

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 4:54 PM on April 18, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yes, though Regional Ratings dropped significantly.

        • therealhtj

          therealhtj 5:36 PM on April 18, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Cuz the regions with substantial populations have generally crappy teams.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 5:48 PM on April 18, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Yes that’s true to.

          • MongoSlade

            MongoSlade 6:39 PM on April 18, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Also why they want parity so badly. I might not watch the Lakers vs Knicks debacle on Spectrum but I’ll tune into OKC vs MIL on ESPN the same night to see Russ vs Giannis.

            • therealhtj

              therealhtj 6:45 PM on April 18, 2017 Permalink

              Maybe because the majority is now a bunch of podunk owners who regularly outsmart the likes of Jeannie and Dolan at the negotiating table.

            • MongoSlade

              MongoSlade 8:05 PM on April 18, 2017 Permalink

              It was the smart move…league as a whole is alot more stable

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 4:17 PM on April 18, 2017 Permalink |  

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 5:48 PM on April 18, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Also happen to be the tallest team in League.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 5:55 PM on April 18, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      One of the reasons why it would be interesting to move Ingram to the backcourt.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 12:31 PM on April 18, 2017 Permalink |  

    That was fast…. 

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