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  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 5:09 PM on March 1, 2019 Permalink  

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 3:19 PM on March 1, 2019 Permalink  

    Bucks going all in… 

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 9:08 AM on February 27, 2019 Permalink  

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 11:26 AM on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      that’s okay- he wouldn’t chose us anyway.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 9:02 AM on February 27, 2019 Permalink  

    Lakers coach Luke Walton wants his team to embrace the sting of back-to-back losses at New Orleans and Memphis and let those disappointments push the group forward.

    “Feel this pain,” Walton said late Monday night after the Lakers lost 110-105 to Memphis. “Let’s not try to run from it. It should hurt that we lost, that we went 0-2 on this trip.

    “But the only thing that matters is the next game, the chance to redeem ourselves against New Orleans. We don’t need to look further than that. That’s all that we can control as a group. So that’s where we need our mind-set to be.”

    The Lakers were far more upbeat after the loss to Memphis because they actually gave a better effort, particularly on defense, than they did against the Pelicans on Saturday night. They encouraged each other rather than sulk as they did against the Pelicans, who were without All-Star forward Anthony Davis.

    Even LeBron James expressed a more positive tone after the defeat in Memphis. He had been critical of his teammates after the loss in New Orleans.

    With 22 regular-season games left, James doesn’t want his teammates to look any further ahead than Wednesday night’s rematch with the Pelicans at Staples Center.

    “That’s what you got to do. You always got to stay in the moment. You got to stay in the moment and see how you can get better in that very moment,” James said Monday night.

    “So, right now, like I said, I’m replaying the game right now in my head — staying in the moment. And tomorrow I’ll wake up fresh and start preparing for New Orleans and as we get to [Wednesday], when we get there, we’ll prepare a little bit more.”

    The Lakers said they are trying to not look at what it’s going to take to reach the playoffs.

    That conversation is never far away because the media broaches the subject frequently, reminding the Lakers that they have dropped to 10th in the Western Conference, tied with the Minnesota Timberwolves at 29-31, and are three games behind the San Antonio Spurs for the eighth and final playoff spot.

    Brandon Ingram, who scored 61 points and shot 22 of 36 from the field while making six of seven from three-point range in the last two games combined, will take the same approach as James.

    “While we keep talking about the playoffs, we need to worry about the present time of how we can win these games and how we can just be locked in on the one day and the one game and the one practice that we have before the game and our preparation,” Ingram said. “Just take it day by day, game by game, possession by possession, quarter by quarter, whatever it is, and just go from there.”

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 8:59 AM on February 27, 2019 Permalink  

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 8:58 AM on February 27, 2019 Permalink  

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 7:02 PM on February 26, 2019 Permalink  

    AD destroying the 2 most storied franchises 

     
    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 7:54 PM on February 26, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good point

    • mclyne32 (Director) 10:05 PM on February 26, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Easiest way to fix this mess: trade LeBron for The Brow.
      Let him ridicule his team mates elsewhere.
      Toxic indeed.
      I know it will never happen, but many Laker fans, including me, would love it.

      • Magic Phil

        Magic Phil 9:45 AM on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Count me in. I always thought of him as bad but he loses the ball by himself quite often. It’s worst than that

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 10:16 PM on February 26, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      They were a sad group, as well.

      Given our lot right now, couldn’t really enjoy that, as much as I hate them. Was hollow.

      Information War is ongoing.

    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 6:26 AM on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Looks like the podunk franchises finally figured out a way to keep big markets from trying to pressure them into giving up their stars early for peanuts.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 6:53 PM on February 26, 2019 Permalink  

    Pretty much sums it up…. 

    It ain’t just one thing…it’s a whole buncha things

     
    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 7:53 PM on February 26, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yep

    • mclyne32 (Director) 9:56 PM on February 26, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      LeBron, Take a look at the video of yourself not trying a d**n bit on D and then STFU!!!!
      Stats back up the FACT that it’s the veterans, NOT the youngsters who are failing out there.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 6:22 PM on February 26, 2019 Permalink  

    But Shaq..didn’t you get traded? 

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 9:48 PM on February 26, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Dumbest basketball quote ever.
      KAJ was traded and he’s near the top of the GOAT conversation.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 9:17 PM on February 23, 2019 Permalink  

    "Afraid to be uncomfortable" 

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 9:43 AM on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “How do you know what’s at stake if you’ve never been there?”
      He gave a few peeks behind the curtain in this one..

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 6:01 PM on February 19, 2019 Permalink  

    Right Now 

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 7:34 PM on February 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Man, he was the entertainer. No one else can emphasize that word better.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 8:31 PM on February 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      One guy simply called him prolific.
      Very informative & entertaining look at his complicated life; 2 hours didn’t really seem to do it justice…

    • Magic Phil

      Magic Phil 6:31 PM on February 20, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He was bloody good

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 1:29 PM on February 19, 2019 Permalink  

    It's all got to come together…..quickly 

    I think the Lakers can make the playoffs but a whole lot has to come together very rapidly with only 25 games left. We ain’t midway thru the season at all-star break…we’re about 70%.

    Lebron’s Health
    The thing I’ll be looking for is the amount of 3’s & long 2’s he’s taking relative to driving to the bucket. Also keep an eye on how many free throw attempts he’s getting. All of it speaks to aggressiveness and how much he’s trusting that groin. He’s in uncharted territory coming off a serious injury and being forced to go hard on it if he has any hopes of making the postseason. Groins are notoriously slow to heal..he might not be 100% the rest of the season.

    Lonzo’s Health
    He’s never come back early from an injury. Could be the training staff being overly cautious or could be that he’s just a slow healer. Not sure how far he’s away from getting back on the court but he’s only recently started running….on an underwater treadmill. And when he does finally come back are we gonna have to go thru the whole gamut of perceived obstacles to him playing well all over again? Being aggressive, gelling with Lebron, looking over his shoulder at Rondo, etc. Ain’t a whole lotta time to work thru all that bullshyte again..

    The New Guys
    What’s the biggest downfall we always hear about having Lebron on the team? It takes time to learn how to play with Lebron. Hell, we’ve heard it all season and we’re 70% of the way in along with training camp & pre-season. Now we need these dudes to immediately blend in and make major contributions over 25 games with very little practice time.

    Luke Successfully Juggling The Rotation
    Has never been a strong suit. He’s much more comfortable using a hockey-style platoon system than mixing & matching guys. This might be the weakest link in this entire confluence of events that needs to happen for a successful run to the playoffs. Little time left and Luke has always been slow on the uptake when it comes to figuring out the right combination of players.

    The AD Hangover
    Yeah…the trade deadline is behind us. But July 1st is on the horizon. These guys know they were all up on the block and will be again come summer. It has a psychological effect…there’s no getting around that.

    The Schedule
    We squandered the easier part of our schedule and now we’ve got to run a gauntlet just to make the 8 seed. Yeah…we were the 4th seed but that didn’t happen against this type of competition. We can’t lose to any of the non-playoff teams and need to upset some highly seeded teams for this to work.

    So the Lakers have much to overcome and little time to pull it all together. I still think it can be done but there’s very little margin for error.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:07 PM on February 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks, Mongo. Excellent hoperful but realistic evaluation of where we are post All-Star break. LeBron’s and Lonzo’s health are certainly the big hurdles the Lakers must leap to be able to make a legitimate playoff run. The Lakers probably need both to get back to 100% to make the playoffs.

      There’s also no question that everybody’s going to have to ‘turn the switch’ and take their games to another level. The good news is that LeBron was not the only Laker who upped their play after the All-Star break last season. Lonzo, Ingram, and Kuzma also raised their games down the stretch.

      Here’s the Lakers’ remaining 25 games along with my off-the-cuff take on W or L. My rough guestimate would give the Lakers an 18-7 record and leave them 46-36, which would probably be good enough for the #6 or #7 playoff slots. #7 would be ideal since they would avoid the Warriors until the conference finals. So, Lakers don’t face an impossible task. Just a daunting challenge.

      I go back to a point you made a week ago that the tough teams the Lakers would have to beat to get into the playoffs were just the same teams they would be playing in the playoffs. Lakers playoffs start Thursday night. We’ll learn a lot about what how good our young players really are and how much LeBron has left in the tank. I agree with you that we’re capable of doing it but will need some good fortune.

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

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

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

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

      L -- @ Oklahoma City Thunder
      L -- Golden State Warriors
      W -- @ Los Angeles Clippers
      W -- Utah Jazz
      W -- Portland Trail Blazers

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 4:01 PM on February 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I can’t look too much at last season’s post all-star performances as predictors for what’ll happen this season.

      1. Lebron wasn’t coming off injury
      2. Lakers were already outta the playoff picture (You know how I feel about stats compiled in meaningless games…lol)
      3. Our young guys gotta prove they can answer the bell when the games really matter

      18-7 seems doable.
      Those Nets, Kings, & Jazz games will be pivotal.
      Not sure if 18 wins gets us in though…most are saying 20-5. Guess it depends on what the Kings, Clipps, & even the Wolves do….

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:17 PM on February 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Don’t disagree, Mongo, but I do think there were good signs that Ingram and Kuzma were both playing more consistently. Kuzma hopefully has regained his three ball and Ingram seems to be learning where to go to get his shots more easily. He does remind me of a young Kawhi. I think they’re both primed and are showing signs of being ready to break out. And I think the new guys are the kinds of players who will thrive with LeBron. Shooters who turn passes into dimes.

        The tougher question is Lonzo and how long before he gets his A-game back. It’s worrisome that there have been zero reports and we’re now at 4 weeks, the front side of the 4-6 weeks estimate for Lonzo to return. Best we can hope for is LeBron to be LeBron and we win without Lonzo so he can take his time. What are our odds with so many positive things needing to happen? Probably close to 50/50. Bottom line, it comes down to LeBron being LeBron.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 6:10 PM on February 19, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great post, very realistic and one that I can pretty much agree with. This team, and especially the young players, are entering uncharted territory. The pressure that will be on these guys to play at a high level in every single contest will be incredible. Losing as much as we did after LBJ went down is going to be a huge obstacle to overcome but losing as much as we did after LeBron came back will be even bigger. Losing to beatable teams is a common story with these Lakers and its a narrative they’ve had a hard time changing, so far.

      Nobody is 100% at this point in the season, but the kind of injury both LeBron and Lonzo are coming back from are big time hurdles for them to overcome. LeBron did not look quick or smooth after coming back from the groin injury. Nor did he look aggressive in going to the rim. However, he wasn’t getting to the line all that much even when he was healthy so I’m not sure how much his FTAs will be a barometer. Rather I want to see if he can just keep his man in front of him on defense. That will be as big an indicator as anything.

      Lonzo suffered an grade 3 ankle sprain, his initial time table was 4-6 weeks. We just completed week 4 and there has been no update so I remain kinda hopeful that we’ll see him on the court practicing by week 6. That means the first game we could even hope to see him would be March 9th against Boston (I’ll be at that game, yay!) and that’s if he comes back within the 6 week timeline. That also means he will potentially impact a scant 16 games, again, if he comes back within the timeline and has no set backs or hold ups. Since the ligament was torn the potential for set backs could be high.

      https://www.betterbraces.com/ankle-sprain-degrees

      I rather put what hope I have for the season turning around on the players that can suit up. If Josh hart can rediscover that shooting touch and hopefully got his knee a little more right over the ASB, that Ingram continues to play well on both ends, that Kuzma can play at the level he’s hinted at but been unable to sustain and that Luke figures out…quickly…who plays best with whom. I agree that that chain is the weakest link. Luke has been unable to unlock the best version of Lance Stephenson, clashed with veterans and has been slow to adjust. I always thought he was the perfect coach for a slow build development kind of team. We’re not that kind of team, anymore.

      At any rate, I give us a 30% chance of making the playoffs, the games that are absolutely key for us are the games against Sacramento and the Clippers. Those are the WHAMMY games and we can’t have anymore WHAMMIES, we squandered ’em all.

    • Caliphilosopher

      Caliphilosopher 1:16 AM on February 20, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hey Mongo!

      There’s an open roster spot -- anyone you’re thinking about specifically that the Lakers should get for the last half of the season?

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 5:15 PM on February 15, 2019 Permalink  

    Something to keep an eye on…. 

    How’s that gonna look if Zarren comes in and immediately trades AD to the Celts?
    Get the tin-foil hats ready….

     
    • keen observer

      keen observer 7:25 PM on February 15, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      My attitude is that nobody wants anything to do with the Lakers unless it’s a fleecing. I’m mad as hell.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 1:52 PM on February 14, 2019 Permalink  

    They. Don’t. Want. Us. 

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 1:56 PM on February 14, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We’re a dumpster fire.

      No one believes Magic is in charge. That’s a real perception right now.

    • havoc

      havoc 1:58 PM on February 14, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      that is understandable. Our place in the standings is out of the Playoff picture..Most players that have been bought out want to play beyond the regular season..If we are at the top 4 in the West, then these players would basically choose us

      • keen observer

        keen observer 2:04 PM on February 14, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yeah, but think about it. OKC > LAL and the small market owners still b!tch about us. As Sean says, we are a dumpster fire. We’re a repellent. It is difficult to stomach at this point.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 2:08 PM on February 14, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Wayne Ellington chose Detroit.

        Detroit.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:30 PM on February 14, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That’s very disappointing. Would have thought Rich would have pushed hard for him to come to Lakers.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 2:40 PM on February 14, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        He didn’t think we’d make the playoffs.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 3:25 PM on February 14, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Morris isn’t Rich Paul’s employee….

        • keen observer

          keen observer 4:31 PM on February 14, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Rich Paul is LeBron’s employee. Do some math.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 4:37 PM on February 14, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            MS is right though, Rich works for Keef.

            • keen observer

              keen observer 9:26 PM on February 14, 2019 Permalink

              Who does LeBron want?

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 10:32 PM on February 14, 2019 Permalink

              They may be twins, games are a little different.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:20 AM on February 15, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Made a smart choice. Move on.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 3:28 PM on February 13, 2019 Permalink  

    This is it…. 

    After the break:

    Rockets
    @Pels
    @Grizz
    Pels
    Bucks
    @Suns

    My Magic 8-Ball is telling me if we go anything less than 4-2 in that stretch then we miss the playoffs. We gotta do well here to even have a shot.

    I haven’t watched any college ball all season but I might have to catch up…who’s a good draft prospect around 11-13?..smdh

     
    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 3:45 PM on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I was thinking we should go 15-10 and end up at 43-39. We have lost far too many games to lousy teams.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 3:49 PM on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        That’ll be close. Real close.

        Agreed, Deej.

        Losing to a weaker sister happens to great teams even…

        The only team we haven’t lost to betting on Ping Pong balls…Phoenix.

        The Knicks have lost 17 in a row since beating us. Smh.

        • therealhtj

          therealhtj 3:55 PM on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Even if they manage to slide into the playoffs just cuz the Clips don’t even want to make it and Sacto just ain’t ready, wtf they gonna do against the Warriors? They may have to invoke the mercy rule.

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 4:20 PM on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          No shame in losing to the Dubs.
          But missing the playoffs altogether?
          That wasn’t the plan…at all

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 4:53 PM on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I’d rather get the pick.

            See his body language yo? I’ve been one of its biggest fans and supporters since the SI cover.

            He’s either 1) still hurt or 2) he checked out.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 4:54 PM on February 13, 2019 Permalink

              Me too.

            • Seely_Iggy (Director)

              Seely_Iggy (Director) 6:12 PM on February 13, 2019 Permalink

              Same here. If we squeeze into that final slot, Warriors will sweep us probably. Let me just have that pick.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 4:58 PM on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            We have a chance to get the into the Lottery.

            Yeah, the Bulls were the last team outside to get into it. Still gives us a chance to make an impact in the off-season.

            LeBron, #1 Pick (Zion), that’s something to advertise. We wouldn’t really need Maginka or Jeanie. That sells itself.

            Getting deloused by the Warriors or Nuggets ain’t an accomplishment.

          • MongoSlade

            MongoSlade 5:02 PM on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Lol….that’s the difference between all time great competitors and everybody else.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 5:04 PM on February 13, 2019 Permalink

              I never bought the narrative he’s okay just chilling for last 6-8 years.

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