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  • mud

    mud 1:18 PM on July 11, 2018 Permalink  

     
  • mud

    mud 5:54 PM on July 6, 2018 Permalink  

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:05 PM on July 6, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks, mud. Great stuff from Rondo. I think he is going to be a huge addition to Lakers.
      “You won’t beat the Warriors with shooting.” I agree. Defense is the key to beating the Warriors.

  • mud

    mud 9:59 PM on June 27, 2018 Permalink  

    some Lakers fans seem like a guy on his first date in 30 years. desperate.

     
    • keen observer

      keen observer 10:00 PM on June 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      So what’s your analogy for the others?

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 10:21 PM on June 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Some Lakers fans seem like a guy that never goes for “that girl” because they are insecure and afraid of rejection.

      • mud

        mud 10:24 PM on June 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Kahwi is not “that girl”. not at the moment, but the Lakers should pursue him, for sure. they don’t need to give up value for a guy that hasn’t played in a year and who wants off of his team. no need to be desperate for any of these guys.

        • Worthy42

          Worthy42 4:51 AM on June 28, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Amen, mud…I can’t get too excited about a guy that maybe quit on the best organization in basketball.

          • keen observer

            keen observer 5:59 AM on June 28, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            If the Lakers trade for him, I can. He’s my favorite player in the NBA and he’ll be rested. Perhaps he didn’t quit on them so much as he was disrespected.

          • NBA4ever

            NBA4ever 8:25 AM on June 28, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            “about a guy that maybe quit”

            Key word is “maybe”

            We really don’t know any of the details. We do know the Spurs went above and beyond to try to placate Kahwi and they do know all the details.

            I agree with mud that we don’t need to offer too much value. I don’t think either team has the leverage. There is also the perspective that what we give up is the collateral to also land LeBron.

            Would you trade Kuz, BI, picks, and take back cash for Kahwi & LeBron?

            • mud

              mud 9:31 AM on June 28, 2018 Permalink

              no, because it’s not a trade for Kahwi and LeBron.

              it’s a trade for Kahwi and then MAYBE LeBron would come.

              as i keep saying, there are two(or three) possibilities.
              1. Kahwi is just that injured. if this is the case, caution is the thing. no WAY i would give up any of the better Lakers youngsters.
              2. Kahwi is NOT that injured, in which case he quit on his TEAMMATES. i can see him quitting on the Spurs, but not his teammates. if that’s the case, there is a serious problem with Kahwi’s integrity. that’s why i think this is unlikely.

              the third possibility is that he WAS that injured and he’s almost healed. again, this indicates caution, since the type of injury he had can look ok(even to a doctor) until one tries to push himself athletically, then it can flare up, as bad or worse than ever.

              i would NOT give the Spurs BI and Kuz. at most i might give Kuzma. they can have picks and cash. they can have one of the newly drafted shooters. they can have Bryant and/or Zubac.

              the Spurs are not in the position to demand anything. if they can’t make a deal, then they get nothing for KL. the Lakers, on the other hand, are heading in the right direction, so even if this trade or summer fails, they are still in good shape.

            • NBA4ever

              NBA4ever 10:21 AM on June 28, 2018 Permalink

              But it is a trade for Kahwi and LeBron. How can you argue that? Of course most of this is conjecture on our part but it is clear as to why there is some pressure on the Lakers to make this trade…It’s LeBron demanding they secure another star in order to sign with them.

              Otherwise they have all the leverage and I wouldn’t trade for more than you mentioned nor would I be in any hurry to trade for Kawhi when we can sit back to see how he progresses and the kids develop. The pressure is on the Spurs at that point.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:28 AM on June 28, 2018 Permalink

              The pressure is on the Lakers AND the Spurs to get this done before free agency starts.

              The Lakers want to land Kawhi to guarantee LeBron.

              The Spurs know their leverage ends and what they can expect back diminishes as soon as free agency starts, especially if LeBron signs with the Lakers and PG decides to stay in OKC.

              If that happens, the Lakers just need to save their cap space for next summer and the Spurs will be left with nothing but rental returns for Kawhi.

              And part of the deal would obviously be confirming from LeBron that he would come.

              Checkmate.

            • mud

              mud 10:35 AM on June 28, 2018 Permalink

              because it’s conjecture.

              the Kahwi deal is the Kahwi deal. that’s one thing.
              LeBron is Lebron, it’s another thing. they may be connected, but they may not be. the Lakers need to weigh each deal on its own merits, not based on what people hope will happen.

            • mud

              mud 10:38 AM on June 28, 2018 Permalink

              the Lakers would be better off with LeBron….probably.

              they cannot afford to make their world around him, though. he’s one knee or ankle or achilles away from retirement. he’s at the end of his carreer, even though he still looks pretty good. the Lakers need to be sure to have the right things in place for when LeBron leaves(if he comes), because one thing is definitely true about LeBron, he’s likely to leave a team, any team, at any time.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:48 AM on June 28, 2018 Permalink

              mud, I think there are solid reasons for the Lakers to do each deal on its own. I would trade for Kawhi without assurances LeBron was coming just as I would sign LeBron without worrying about second superstar.

              On the other hand, we would be stupid not to use the Kawhi signing as a way to close the deal for LeBron. That’s just sales 101.

  • mud

    mud 9:38 PM on June 24, 2018 Permalink  

    just a reminder that players like BI will only get better:

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:07 AM on June 25, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I don’t know the actual stats but you would have to think that most player who are going to become future all-stars will enjoy breakout seasons in their second or third years. The one wildcard most pundits never take into account is how much those growth spurts could elevate a team to the next level.

      I think the most improved Lakers this season will be Lonzo Ball. No rookie ever went through the kind of season that Lonzo did last year and I think he is going to come back with a vengeance to show he is the complete package and not just the latest version of Ricky Rubio or pass first point guard who can’t shoot. Lonzo is too smart and talented not to figure out how to score or make plays at the rim. I have to smile when I imagine what the game will be like for Lonzo once it slows down as he gets more experience.

      The other two players who could surprise everybody by elevating their games are Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma. If the Lakers just add one superstar -- say, LeBron or PG -- then I think Ingram and Kuzma could both raise their scoring averages to over 20 points per game and continue to show their all-around versatility. I would like to see both players also improve their defense. Ingram has huge potential there with his length while Kuzma just needs to continue to be active and aggressive on defense.

      Talk all you want about LeBron, Kawhi, or Paul George. Or even Julius Randle or Isaiah Thomas. But the real wild card for this young Lakers team are their Baby Big Three -- Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Kyle Kuzma. The biggest thing to hope for next season is not the playoffs or pipedreams about a championship trophy. It’s these three players taking their games to the next level and showing they’re the real deal..

      • mclyne32 (Director) 3:45 PM on June 25, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Agreed.
        I think Brandon will make the biggest jump- especially if we add a big piece. This will switch the defense off of him and have it focus on the big fish.

  • mud

    mud 2:15 PM on May 19, 2018 Permalink  

    this was buried and i’m ornery.

    the Lakers were #6 in the league in rebounding percentage. they were #2 in total rebounds. rebounding was not a problem.

    the Lakers were middle of the road in shot blocking, so that might be improved, but Brook had the same number of blocks as Ibaka, so he’s not a bad shot blocker at all. he blocked more shots per game than Draymond or DMC or DeAndre or WCS or Whiteside. his block percentage was 9th in the league, better than Dwight or Drummond or Durant. i’m not advocating for the Lakers to pick Brook up again, but he’s not a bad center at all, and i wouldn’t be upset to see him again, either.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:26 PM on May 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      LOL. Let me make you even more ornery.

      Lakers would have been #1 in rebounding if their starting center wasn’t such an earth bound sloth whose 4.0 rebounds per game ranked 71st among centers in the league. What about rebounds for centers per 36 minutes? Brook ranked 110 out of 115 with just 6.1 rebounds per 36 minutes. I mean, I didn’t even know there were that many centers in the league.

      And don’t give me any BS about how he blocks out so good and that’s why other guys get the boards. Dude never even jumps for a rebound. They have to fall right into his hands or he is useless on the boards. You never see him put back an offensive rebound.

      Yeah, Brook blocks a few shots and shoots the 3 OK and is a great dude in the locker room but he’s a liability on the court against any of the better teams in the league and is a terrible fit for what the Lakers want to do defensively. I would be stunned if Brook turns out to be our solution at center. Give me Thomas Bryant or even Ivica Zubac over Brick.

      • mud

        mud 2:35 PM on May 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        so what? if the Lakers were #2 in the ENTIRE league, then something must be right.

        the fact is the Brook is a better rim protector than any other center available except for your boy Capela, but that was Capela’s BEST season. Brook has had at least 4 seasons where he has been that good of a shot blocker, and another 4 where he was almost equal. all i’m saying is that rim protection was not a problem with Brook.

        what do YOU know about “what the Lakers want to do”? what you heard on twitter?

        i get it, you don’t like Brook Lopez. that’s cool. he’s not a bad center by any stretch, however.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:47 PM on May 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          You can’t judge a rim protector just by the number of shots taken, Protecting the rim involves more than just blocking shots. More important is the number of shots that are altered or not even taken because of the presence of a shot blocker. It’s what anchoring a defense is about.

          An elite rim protector like Gobert totally changes opposing teams’ offenses and his own team’s defenses. He intimidates opposing teams. Brook doesn’t do that. Capela does as we have seen in these playoffs.

          We’re already seeing a new generation of more athletic rim protectors like Capela and Embiid and this draft is filled with potential elite rim protectors. Lopez at best is a one season fill in and I doubt will even be that this year.

          • mud

            mud 3:08 PM on May 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            you show me where the league feels free to attack Brook.

            he’s not the best in the league, but he’s MUCH better than you give credit for.

            whatever, your site, you can say what you want. don’t let that fool you into thinking that all your thoughts are golden, though,

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:29 PM on May 19, 2018 Permalink

              How about the fact that the Lakers rank 30 out of 30 NBA teams in opponent points in the paint? I think that pretty much confirms that NBA teams “feel free to attack” Brook.

            • mud

              mud 3:32 PM on May 19, 2018 Permalink

              or it means something else…

              i don’t think that you can place the blame on Brook. of thoise numbers, how many were Brook’s fault? what i remember is that when Brook was out was the time that the Lakers interior defense was the worst. the “small ball” team was the leakiest.

              overall, the Lakers defense was excellent last year compared to the seasons before, and can only improve, with or without Brook.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:53 PM on May 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        “And don’t give me any BS about how he blocks out so good and that’s why other guys get the boards. Dude never even jumps for a rebound. They have to fall right into his hands or he is useless on the boards. You never see him put back an offensive rebound”

        While I agree he doesn’t play inspiring defense he’s a better defensive center than you give him credit for. Blocking out for your Lonzo Balls, Josh Hart’s, Kyle Kuzma’s et al so they can grab the ball and get it up the court is so obviously a part of the Laker game plan it’s silly to denounce it so much, really. He’d be a better fit alongside Randle and Kuzma than Capella would, whom I consider to be DeAndre Jordan 2.0. He brings so much more on the other end of the floor. Luke wants for there to be a low post threat on the team, it just gives you another weapon when you’re facing defenses that are good at closing out on shooters.

        Thomas Ronsinson was soooo 2 seasons ago, I think you mean Thomas Bryant…? At any rate, Zubac is a seive on defense (and I’m a Zubac fan, pulling for the big lug but he struggled on defense and finishing at the rim), he’s good at setting big screens but Brook is better…and can hit the three. When played properly he’s a 20 ppg threat and he opens up the floor for all of our non-jump shot-making players (Ball, Randle being at the top of that list) and he’s a release valve for a failed drive by anyone who can make a pass off the dribble (Ingram, Ball, Randle, Kuzma, Hart, really almost our entire team) but aren’t great finishers or see the defense collapsing on them.

        I’d rather we go hard after Cousins, Brook would be my plan B in the event he either doesn’t look good to the team doctors or signs elsewhere. Clint (plan C or even D for me) is going to be had for an over-pay and we’re already looking at that with Randle. I think we need to be a lot smarter with our cap space than a lot of your scenarios bear out. All these one-time ‘prove me’ deals sound well and good in theory but in reality you’re not really building anything and you’re not really even investing in the core.

        You’re also setting yourself up for the same scenario you seem to detest in signing a LeBron or even a PG in that the dude on a one-year deal will be looking to make the big play, score the bucket, do all the things in an effort to bump his payday next off season. Take on too much and take away from the team game. I don’t see that as all that positive a culture to be building. Those are moves you make a month or so into free agency, maybe 3 weeks depending on how quickly everything shakes out. Build the team you want to see playing team ball and don’t over-pay in the doing so you maintain some flexibility going forward.

        I think that the team is looking to be more multi-dimensional than one-dimensional and players like Capella (and even the JJ Reddick’s and such) are generally over-paid to do one thing. Or at least that’s all you can hopefully count on them. Give me a three tool player over a 1 or 2 tool player every day, every game, every season. Have we not learned from Dwight Howard, DeAndre Jordan, and others of their kind? Don’t over pay the athletic shot blocker who can do little else but finish lobs which will account for less than 10% of your offense for the season.

        And you’re ‘Lakers would have been #1 in rebounding’ with literally no information to back up your claim smacks of modern journalism. In that it’s not based on anything other than supposition. The NBA isn’t a plug and play kind of endeavor, We only know what happened last season, anyone can speculate a ‘well we COULD have’ scenario.

        At least there’s a playoff game tonight, want this to get wrapped up so we can get to July and then summer league. Then we can all speculate on what trades the Lakers will make at next year’s trading deadline, lol.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:59 PM on May 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I did mean Thomas Bryant. Just have Mitchell Robinson on the brain. Brook right now is more like Plan K than Plan B. we’ll have to A2D. Wrong player for this team going forward.

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

            Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:03 PM on May 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Lot of Thomas’ Robinson’s, Mitchell’s and Bryant’s Oh MY!

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:05 PM on May 19, 2018 Permalink

              LOL. Not to mention some incredibly long and difficult names to have to remember how to spell much less say.

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

            Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:03 PM on May 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            A2D

            • tate793

              tate793 5:15 PM on May 19, 2018 Permalink

              ” Have we not learned from Dwight Howard, DeAndre Jordan, and others of their kind? Don’t over pay the athletic shot blocker who can do little else but finish lobs which will account for less than 10% of your offense for the season.

              WTF is that supposed to mean? It’s no secret that athleticism is, by and large, genetic. So, you profile a player because he’s athletic? Taking a team to 13 playoff games in 10 seasons ain’t a very good resume compared to teams whose defenses were anchored by players of their kind i.e. Howard and Jordan.

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

              Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 5:23 PM on May 19, 2018 Permalink

              I mean one-dimensional. Dwight does not offer a wide array of talents outside of athleticism.
              -no jump shot to speak of
              -poor free throw shooter, often sits during crunch time as a result
              -not a great passer
              -doesn’t space the floor

              I would argue that Anthony Davis, the Greek Freak hell even Karl Anthony-Towns, are players that are just as athletic as Dwight but offer so very much more in other categories. As we see in every draft there are a plethora of younger, cheaper athletic bigs. It’s a type of player I’ve never, ever understood the value in over-paying them. The only thing I would have done differently with Dwight would have been to trade him rather than let him walk but that’s Mitch and Jimmy for you.

            • tate793

              tate793 6:36 PM on May 19, 2018 Permalink

              Yes, KAT, AD, and Giannis are all as athletic ad Dwight. Dwight’s athleticism took his team to the Finals. Dwight has been top 5 in fg%, rebs and blicked shots.

              But, the discussion was about Brook. Remember?

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

              Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 7:50 PM on May 19, 2018 Permalink

              …or replacing him with the similarly one-dimensional Clint Capella. Randle is better, overall, and I’d prefer we retain his services rather than over-pay for Clint.

    • tate793

      tate793 10:05 AM on May 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Capela is not one dimensional. He can defend the perimeter, he can defend the paint, he can rebound, he can finish on lobs, putbacks, pick and rolls and run the floor. Paying him would not be overpaying. If you want the true definition of overpaying a player, look up Roy Hibbert, Timofey Mozgov, Luol Deng Pau Gasol and Brook Lopez.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:25 AM on May 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Absolutely correct, Tate.

        There are six things teams are looking for in modern NBA center:

        1. Protect the rim
        2. Defend to the 3-point line
        3. Control defensive boards
        4. Attack the rim.
        5. Spread the floor.
        6. Offensive rebounding

        The only thing Capela cannot do that is critical to a modern center is spread the floor.

        There are many reasons why the Lakers should not pursue Clint Capela but none of them are related to his talent or fit with the Lakers’ young core.

        You could argue that tying up the cap space would hurt our free agency or that the Rockets would match a $25M max offer or that Clint is not worth a max offer but calling him a one-dimensional player is ridiculous.

        At 23, Clint is already a top 5 NBA center.

  • mud

    mud 11:36 AM on May 17, 2018 Permalink  

     
    • mud

      mud 11:37 AM on May 17, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      one for all the Jordan heads who think that he was the undisputed guy in his day just because he was in a cruddy movie(on a slow Lakers news day)….

    • Rocky

      Rocky 8:47 PM on May 17, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for the reminder of how awesome John Stockton was.

      • mud

        mud 11:22 AM on May 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        sure!

        really my point is that regardless of the hype machine, there are often fine players who are overlooked. Jordan is far and away considered one of the best one-on-one defenders the game has seen, one of the greatest overall players, yet the truth is that he struggled against other great players as much as anyone ever has.

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 2:14 PM on May 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Struggled??? U’re kiddin’,right? It was rare to see MJ ‘struggle’ against ANYBODY. Sure, there may have been certain players that played him tougher than most, but to say he ‘struggled’ is a bit much, I think. Hell, Dumars was considered probably his toughest defender by many, perhaps including Michael himself.

      • mud

        mud 4:26 PM on May 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        i mean, he had a tough time defending Stockton.

        • mud

          mud 4:30 PM on May 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          the game isn’t only offense.

          neither Kobe nor Wilt struggled to score against anyone, either. but speaking of offense, MJ couldn’t get past the east in the playoffs until some of the stronger guys retired. the Jordan rules worked pretty well.

    • John M.

      John M. 2:27 PM on May 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Maybe he meant he couldn’t hit a curveball :).

      • mud

        mud 4:32 PM on May 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        especially when he knew that the mafiosos that killed his dad wouldn’t hesitate to off him if he didn’t pay them back. don’t ever get big golf bets wrong. it wrecks concentration.

  • mud

    mud 4:08 PM on May 14, 2018 Permalink  

     
  • mud

    mud 11:49 AM on May 13, 2018 Permalink  

    week old interview….

    https://foxsportsradio.iheart.com/content/2018-05-06-chris-and-caron-kobe-bryant/

     
  • mud

    mud 11:12 AM on May 2, 2018 Permalink  

     
  • mud

    mud 1:28 AM on April 20, 2018 Permalink  

    something for those who like twitter:

     
    • mud

      mud 1:35 AM on April 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      if this is the truth about the situation, he’s not on the block, he’s not dissing Pops or his team, and this is all meaningless. he very well may be dissing his team’s doctors…

      he probably can’t do much except rehab for next year, and i bet that Popovich has spoken with and speaks with him.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 6:50 AM on April 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        sounds about right- his injury is much more delicate than initially reported.

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 10:13 AM on April 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I agree, mud .,. I believe all these recent rumors r just people searching for hits during the slow news or no news cycle. They can’t seem to help themselves and feel compelled to manufacture possible fake trade scenarios. Kinda pathetic in some respects, maybe they should just focus on the ‘facts’ instead of endless and mindless speculation. Oh well.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 10:04 AM on April 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for posting, best explanation I’ve read yet.

    • mud

      mud 11:03 AM on April 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      the key word here is “degenerative”.

      he might be Andrew Bynum at this point.

  • mud

    mud 12:23 PM on March 7, 2018 Permalink  

    duplicate post, sorry….

     
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    mud 3:49 PM on February 16, 2018 Permalink  

     
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    mud 2:16 PM on February 16, 2018 Permalink  

     
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    mud 5:09 PM on February 12, 2018 Permalink  

     
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    mud 5:09 PM on February 12, 2018 Permalink  

     
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