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  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 4:25 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink |  

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 3:43 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink |  

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 3:40 PM on June 20, 2017 Permalink |  

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 8:43 PM on June 19, 2017 Permalink |  

    Dude at work asked me…what if PG gets in here this year, doesn’t like it, then looks to bolt next summer? WTF Shleprock!..lol

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 8:44 PM on June 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      PWND

    • mclyne32 (Director) 9:12 PM on June 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think this is one of the reasons as to why Magic and Rob are trying to do a lot more this summer.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 8:29 PM on June 19, 2017 Permalink |  

    Here’s what I don’t understand about the “don’t give up any assets for PG!” crowd…if we wait to sign him next summer then we’re gonna have to shed some salary anyway. What’s the difference if we lose Clarkson now or a year from now?

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 8:32 PM on June 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I really don’t care if it’s now or later for Clarkson. I thought I made that abundantly clear. Guess not. Lol.

    • keen observer

      keen observer 9:12 PM on June 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good point, but it seems like everyone else who has to shed salary to make cap room gets picks for the excess.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 9:14 PM on June 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think this is also the reason as to why some have said that Julius is on the table too.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 9:08 AM on June 19, 2017 Permalink |  

    The more I look at this thing the more I feel like the timing of it was very intentional. PG is putting pressure on everybody involved to make this trade to the Lakers as soon as possible…at whatever the cost…players, draft picks, whatever. By scorching the earth behind him he’s making it all but impossible to play another season in Indy. Stores are already giving away his jerseys and I guarantee we’ll see fans burning em within the week. He clearly wants outta there right now..not next summer.

    So that puts pressure on the inexperienced Laker front office to make it happen. The right move was to wait for next summer & sign him without giving up any assets. But PG has just forced the issue by transforming the whispers into undeniable fact. The casual fan doesn’t wanna hear about cap space and all the other technical aspects that guys like us obsess over. All they know is we have an all-nba talent standing in the rain outside our window with a boom-box begging us to open the door (Lloyd Dobler style). They wanna see this dude in Purp & Gold right now and don’t really care who we send over (within reason) to get it done.

    Word is the bidding opens at two 1st round picks plus a starting caliber player. Not sure how Clarkson & Brewer fit that bill. Gonna have to up the ante or somehow get another team involved….

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 9:16 AM on June 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Herb Simon has a House in LA to, he understands this.

      As a businessman, though, what’s in it for him to meet the demands of Paul George?

      By keeping him, you give yourself an opportunity to make additional,money in home playoff games.

      People think Herb is some ill-equipped owner, this situation probably doesn’t even rank in his top 10 in terms of conflict in business deals.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:01 AM on June 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great point, Mongo. I was just listening to Chad Ford on Above the Rim on Sirius XM and he was making same point that Paul George wants Lakers to trade for him now not wait for next year. Ford still likes the #2 pick for PG but I still think it is too much. I agree the Lakers need to trade for PG now. Word is they’re trying to acquire another first rounder to draft more defense and shooting but it could also be to put together with the #28 pick and Clarkson and Nance to trade for PG. But they’re not going to make a bad deal. The other big reason to trade for PG is then they can use their free agent money on two other players.

      The other rumor I heard this morning was the Sixers looking to be third team in a deal between the Cavs and the Pacers. Sixers give Pacers picks, Pacers give Cavs PG, Cavs give Sixers KL. Of course, that is taking a big chance that PG won’t move the Cavs needle much and PG will just go to LA. Risk to Cavs is that LeBron might join him. Problem for Cavs is that is taking a huge risk when you don’t even know if LeBron is going to stay. If the Cavs traded Love for George, they could easily end up with only Kyrie by next summer. Nor do I think PG would be enough to get them past the Dubs. Don’t see the Cavs as a serious threat.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 3:49 PM on June 18, 2017 Permalink |  

    What a luxury it would be to have an experienced old hand (maybe from West Virginia?) to come in, kick it on the couch in your office (drink in hand), and just bounce ideas off each other at this crucial time.

     
    • tate793

      tate793 4:15 PM on June 18, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yep. That would be a classic definition of the word “consultant”. Or, “friend”.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:28 PM on June 18, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Don’t know why people can’t let this go. There obviously were reasons why Magic did not want to create a role for Jerry on the Lakers. My guess is it had more with not wanting to complicate the decision making process with a part-time consultant regardless of how qualified that consultant was.

      Or maybe it was West’s sometimes prickly personality. Jerry is a very opinionated and competitive individual. As we found out with Phil, sometimes not an easy person to get along with. His joining the Clippers is telling to me.

      Sometimes, too many chefs in the kitchen aren’t the best way to make big complicated decisions. I think Magic is comfortable with he and Rob running the show and felt they didn’t need the help or complications West might have brought.

      • tate793

        tate793 4:36 PM on June 18, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Still would have been a luxury. “Consultants” can easily come to terms with the parameters of their role. Phil could have provided some wisdom for Jim/Mitch as well. Sometimes one has to be able to discern the difference between wisdom and knowledge in order to make right decisions.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:51 PM on June 18, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Again, you don’t want Magic to do something he obviously did not want to do. It’s hard enough job without someone like Jerry looking over your shoulder on every move. Magic is a big boy and proven smart and savvy executive. With due respect, he doesn’t need Jerry as a mentor.

          • MongoSlade

            MongoSlade 5:59 PM on June 18, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Nobody is saying Magic NEEDs hm…just that it woulda been a nice luxury to have. Nobody in our front office has ever headed up anything like this. ..it’s foolish to think an experienced mind wouldn’t be helpful.

          • tate793

            tate793 6:27 PM on June 18, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            A “consultant” wouldn’t be looking over your shoulder on every move. Everybody needs a mentor. I sat outside of a meeting with Lute Olsen, Jerry Tarkanian and John Wooden. They were smart enough to pick the brain of a wiser one than they. It’s got nothing to do with how big of a boy you are. You’re never too old to learn.

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:32 PM on June 18, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            LMAO. Let it go. Magic Johnson does not agree with you and its his decision.

            • MongoSlade

              MongoSlade 7:22 PM on June 18, 2017 Permalink

              I betcha in a quiet moment Magic would admit to himself it would be a nice luxury to have. I know Bob Myers gained a huge benefit from it.

            • tate793

              tate793 7:32 PM on June 18, 2017 Permalink

              So said Jim Buss re Phil.

            • tate793

              tate793 7:37 PM on June 18, 2017 Permalink

              You need to go back to work, Tom. Retirement has made you cantankerous.

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 8:39 AM on June 19, 2017 Permalink

              : )

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 8:44 PM on June 17, 2017 Permalink |  

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 8:40 PM on June 17, 2017 Permalink |  

    Trading down from #1 is usually successful 

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 8:35 PM on June 17, 2017 Permalink |  

    Workout is more than just working out… 

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 10:19 PM on June 14, 2017 Permalink  

    Well……damm 

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 6:43 AM on June 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Didn’t end well here and now Jeanie has even more power. If you hired just some regular dude instead of MAGIC JOHNSON then maybe it coulda worked. But Earv didn’t take the job to let somebody else (a part-time consultant no less) get all the credit if he’s successful. Wasn’t meant to be…imho.

      Great catch for the Clipps tho. Doc needs help on the GM side where they’ve gotta get REAL creative with no cap space and no draft picks. Need an other-worldly talent evaluator to find gems for those MLE’s & minimum deals. Perfect situation for a guy like West looking to work close to home, play some golf most days, and to contribute. The real interesting part to look out for now is whether Ryan West jumps ship to work with his Pops. That would be an even bigger loss for the franchise.

      Woulda been nice for him to finish up with the Lakers but fairy tales don’t always come true.

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 12:55 PM on June 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Can’t help but wonder if Jeanie not inviting The Logo to join the front office may have, at least in part, stemmed from the contentious relationship that PJAX and Jerry had during that time. At any rate, I’m gonna always wish Jerry well wherever he ends up … except when his team faces the Ls, of course. : )

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 4:58 PM on June 14, 2017 Permalink  

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 5:03 PM on June 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Business associate of mine told me about 6 months ago this was coming…didn’t believe him lol

      Good move..right across the street from the Rams/Charger complex. That thing is a monster…

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 6:26 AM on June 14, 2017 Permalink  

    Lonzo Gets It 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:30 AM on June 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      How can you not love Lonzo? You find some young studs who understand the game but have no idea of how life works and others who have a great handle on life but don’t understand the subtleties of the game. Lonzo Ball is unique in that he has the kind of soft spoken rock-solid confidence and maturity that transcends both the game as well as life itself and breeds confidence in his teammates both as a player and a leader.

      I was listening to SI’s Jordan Schultz, who famously predicts the Lakers will pass on Lonzo Ball, trying to explain the reasoning as to why he is not convinced Lonzo Ball is a real leader because he is so soft spoken. Schultz even went so far as to say even the UCLA players were not sold on Lonzo as a leader, which is totally contradicted by everything I have read and heard from UCLA sources all year long. That’s about as silly as the story that Lonzo tanked his Lakers workout so he could get away from LaVar.

      There is no other player in the draft as ready to come in and have a major impact on a team as Lonzo Ball. Jordan Schultz should have been at Staples when Lonzo had his first workout. There is no question that Lonzo is already a basketball rock star and I remain convinced that Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka were sold on him from the day they took over the job. Everything else is just a masterful job using social media to confuse and mislead other teams into thinking the Lakers are still deciding whom to draft.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 9:34 AM on June 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Rob Lowe and Rob Pelinka are Identical Twins separated at birth.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 9:46 PM on June 9, 2017 Permalink  

    Dubs never struggled like this under Head Coach Mike Brown…

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 9:45 PM on June 9, 2017 Permalink  

    Dubs need to get some help for KD.
    He can’t do it all by himself.

     
    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 10:27 AM on June 10, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yeah, maybe they should swap Steph and Klay for Kyrie and KLove. LOL

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