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  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 9:03 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink  

    DeMarcus Cousins sounds like an increasingly likely target for the Lakers on a short-term max contract now that it appears Los Angeles will lose out on Paul George, per league sources. In January 2017, LeBron James called Cousins “the best big man in our game.”

    -Marc Stein

     
    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 9:09 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      PG is a weak minded lil punk who ran from the spotlight. He probably won’t even make an allstar game in the west. Lakers get 90% of his production from 25% of the money with BI, or far better with Kawhi.

      • NBA4ever

        NBA4ever 9:12 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I’m actually thrilled he ran. Playoff P pfff lol

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 9:14 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Never liked the idea of Paul George as a Laker. Thank Goodness.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 9:16 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          He has been shown to be very soft when it really counts.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 9:22 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I had a post prepared. I thought if I let it play out he would reveal himself. :)

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 8:50 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink  

    Paul George Committed to OKC 

    Paul George has committed to sign a deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources tell ESPN.
    Per Wojnarowski

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 8:53 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Jordan going to Dallas.

      • NBA4ever

        NBA4ever 9:09 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        DeAndre Jordan and the Dallas Mavericks have verbally agreed on a one-year deal approaching the $24.1 million option with the Clippers for next season that Jordan relinquished Friday, according to league sources.

        Wow he hates Doc that much he’s out for same deal…

    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 8:58 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Just lost a lot of respect for him. Enjoy winning nothing but the hairline olympics.

    • Magic Phil

      Magic Phil 9:01 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      So that means Kawhi is coming?

    • mclyne32 (Director) 9:05 PM on June 30, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      CP3 signs with Rockets for four years, $160 mil

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 4:04 PM on June 29, 2018 Permalink  

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball has a torn meniscus in his left knee, league sources tell Yahoo. Ball is expected to be ready for training camp next season.

     
  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 1:08 AM on June 23, 2018 Permalink  

    I’d love to know my fellow Lakerholic’s story…

    I know my grandparents were born in Mexico in 1898 and 1906 and from there my mother (an anchor baby) was a 1st generation American born in King City California in 1943 where she helped countless immigrant children assimilate and contribute to our great nation and the development of the Salinas Valley. My father’s parents came from descendents from Scotland and the Netherlands with my grandpa serving his life to the US Army and Fort Hunter Ligget- and my father was also born in King City in 1943 who served in the Air Force and his community with ethical integrity.

    My family “infested” America in the early 20th century…

    When did your family “Infest” America?

     
    • Seely_Iggy (Director)

      Seely_Iggy (Director) 7:01 AM on June 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 12:21 PM on June 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thank you for sharing, Sean.

      My Family came in on the American Side first then Immigrated to Canada.

      Their friends and family wrote each other and spoke of the discrimination they faced being Irish in America. Being spit at, having projectiles thrown at you, Rocks, Glass, Stones.

      Couldn’t apply for work. Nobody would hire you.

      You were allowed to fight in their Civil War. :)

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:58 PM on June 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      For my father and grandfather, America was Gold Mountain. My grandfather, whom I never met, came to America and worked as a coolie building railroads and sending money back to China. Not much different from migrant workers from Mexico do today.

      Long after my father had returned to China, my father got an opportunity to take the place of an 11-year old cousin his same age who had unexpectedly died. My father took his place and became one of six brothers working in the family Chinese restaurant in Janesville, Wisconsin. Thus, my father’s family is really our paper family.

      My mother was daughter of 3rd generation English and German farm families who settled in Wisconsin. She dropped out of high school and went to work as a waitress in my dad’s paper family’s Chinese restaurant and the rest is history.

      Meanwhile, my sister married a Mexican national our family tree has sprouted another branch. My immigrant story has one final wrinkle. After my mom died 30 years ago, my dad decided he had had enough of Western women and sent away to the village he grew up in Canton for a recently widowed women to bring over and marry. Jade came over with her two kids, same age is my son, and took loving care of my dad until he passed last year. All total, my family has ad over 15 family members immigrate to America in my lifetime.

      Good thread, Sean. America will always be Gold Mountain to the Wongs.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:59 PM on June 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The Sweet’s first infested the US of A in 1620 in Rhode Island. We fought for the North in the Civil War in the form of one Olney F Sweet, a private artillery man. His diaries recounting his experience can be read in a book our family published called ‘What the Private Saw’.
      We’ve steadily moved west settling in California before it was California in what is now Long Beach, CA. The house Olney died in is still standing and sits just three blocks from the theatre I helped start. An unintended coincidence. The Sweets have generally been liberals who enjoy open spaces and wild experiences.

      On my Mom’s side (the Bakers) we have much more conservative icons. My Mom could be a Daughter of the Confederacy (and sister and now my daughter) and my great, great, great Grandfather on her side is Sam Houston. Her dad, my grandpa, was the County Controler for Orange County back in the 50s and 60s paving the way for Disneyland to be built and the Angels to re-locate south from LA.

      As a 5th generation Californian I am proud of how our state represents itself, especially in these troubling, racially antagonistic times. Hope everyone found time to donate to one of the many NGOs aiding migrant families or went to one of the many marches around the country condemning the actions of this increasingly fascist administration.

    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 4:10 PM on June 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nice NBA.

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 1:52 PM on June 21, 2018 Permalink  

    Lakers rebuffed by Spurs during call about Kawhi Leonard 

    The Los Angeles Lakers contacted the San Antonio Spurs after Kawhi Leonard’s public trade request last week but immediately felt the Spurs had no intention of engaging in any dialogue, sources close to the situation told ESPN.

    As one Lakers source put it, “They basically shut the door on us.”

    No players were discussed and as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday, there has been no further dialogue between the teams.

    Leonard has expressed a preference to be traded to Los Angeles, specifically the Lakers.

    However when the Lakers called to express interest in Leonard, they were given the distinct impression the Spurs had no interest in doing business with them, according to sources.

    Spurs coach Gregg Popovich traveled Tuesday to Southern California and met with Leonard prior to Thursday’s NBA draft, league sources told ESPN.

    For weeks, Popovich has been working to set up a meeting with Leonard to discuss the issues that have fractured the franchise’s relationship with the All-NBA forward and caused him to make public his desire to be traded, league sources said.

    Leonard had told confidants that he did not want to sit down with Popovich and has made it difficult for the Spurs to reach him recently. Among the issues, Leonard is angry over what he believes was the Spurs’ mishandling of his quad injury, and he remains irate about public comments from teammate Tony Parker and Popovich that he felt were not supportive of him, league sources said.

    Leonard will eventually alert rival teams considering trades for him that his intention is to sign in Los Angeles when he can become a free agent in 2019, league sources said.

     
    • Seely_Iggy (Director)

      Seely_Iggy (Director) 2:56 PM on June 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We will REMEMBER this. The Lakers always pays its debts.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 3:06 PM on June 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        “You betcha,” oops, I really mean, yes, absolutely. Sorry for the old Palin reference. : )

        • Seely_Iggy (Director)

          Seely_Iggy (Director) 4:51 PM on June 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          No worries, mate. I don’t bring politics to this board.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:05 PM on June 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      No reason for them to do anything at all. Certainly no reason to trade him to us, or any team in the western conference. Better offers out there to be had, as well

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 3:08 PM on June 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Hey JS, that’s what I am trying to figure out, are any of our kids really any good or am I just drinking the Laker kool-aid?

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

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:22 PM on June 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          They are good and we’re drinking the Kool-Aid. It’s not so much what we may or may not offer but more that the Spurs have until February to either:
          -convince Leonard to stay
          -or trade him.

          There is absolutely no impetus for them to make a move now except that it would make Laker fans happy which, I’m fairly certain, isn’t in either Pop’s or RC Buford’s job descriptions.

          Boston has more picks in better draft position, a major key in facilitating a quick rebuild as I’m also sure Pop doesn’t want to embark on a five-year mission to make the Spurs relevant, again, as we are currently on.

          Clippers have some interesting parts and pieces but nothing as slam dunk as we could throw in, should we choose to make the deal for 3 youngins. I am of the opinion that most laker fans would rather we cap it at Ingram and Hart, or something to that effect. That’s a light haul, even if we toss in a 1st round pick. Other teams can do better and, as we may see with OKC, the lure of playing in LA may end up second fiddle to actually winning and the burden of not turning the franchise around is a palpable one.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 4:19 PM on June 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      F them.
      Have fun in rebuild mode you A holes.

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 12:02 PM on June 21, 2018 Permalink  

    Dwight Howard wants ‘opportunity to help team win’ 

    Eight-time NBA All-Star Dwight Howard and the Brooklyn Nets have agreed to enter into buyout talks for his $23.8 million expiring contract.

    “I want to be in a situation where I have an opportunity to help a team win,” Howard said Thursday during a phone interview. “That’s my only goal. All I need is a real chance and a clean slate where it’s not people talking about my past.”

    A buyout will allow the 6-foot-11 center to hit free agency this summer. Howard, 32, will ultimately be one of the top free-agent big men on the market and contending teams will have interest.

    I know he’s a clown but…. MLE?

     
  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 1:43 AM on June 9, 2018 Permalink  

    The Coolest :( 

     
  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 8:03 PM on May 27, 2018 Permalink  

    Mt Rushmore

    Russell Kareem MJ LeBron

     
  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 7:48 PM on May 25, 2018 Permalink  

    Who is the 2nd best player in the league? Whoever you pick… imagine what LeBron could do with their team?

    Replace Durant with Lebron and they win 70+ and the ring every year.

    Replace Harden with Lebron and Houston wins the ring.

    Replace Westbrook
    Replace Kyrie
    Anthony Davis
    Etc.
    Etc.

    He is unreal

     
    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 8:20 PM on May 25, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “Momma there goes THAT man!”

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 11:09 AM on May 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Couldn’t agree more.

      At 33, he’s leading league in MPG in Reg and Post seasons. No teammate is averaging more than 10 PPG and the best facilitator outside LBJ is a merger 2.2 per game.

      Like DJ said, kicking and screaming he’s on a mission

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 10:22 AM on May 1, 2018 Permalink  

    Inside the tension between Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs 

    It’s a longggggg article but if you want the best insight into the Kawhi saga…

    SAN ANTONIO — He slipped into the frame quietly. Attention was the last thing Kawhi Leonard wanted on this day, or really any day. But the San Antonio Spurs were taking their team picture and everyone in the organization needed to be there, in uniform and smiling, if only to prove they were indeed part of the team this year.

    Leonard had been back in San Antonio for a few weeks by the morning of March 21. Several of his Spurs teammates had seen him working out in the team’s facility. But picture day was the first time many had seen him in uniform since Jan. 13, the last of the nine games he played in this season.

    “It was very brief,” Spurs veteran guard Manu Ginobili said afterward. “But good to see him around.”

    The mystery surrounding Leonard and the right quadriceps injury that essentially cost him the entire season has fascinated and frustrated the entire league. Leonard has spoken publicly only a few times this season, and his statements did little to answer any of the larger questions his protracted absence raised.

    On March 7, he said the injury and his current pain level were “hard to explain” but that “obviously I’m a competitor and if I could play, I would play.” He didn’t volunteer any of his feelings about the Spurs, or how they’d managed the situation. But when asked directly if he could see himself finishing his career with the Spurs, Leonard said, “Yeah, for sure.”

    http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23366667/inside-tension-kawhi-leonard-spurs

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 12:54 PM on May 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great piece.

      • mud

        mud 1:58 PM on May 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        yep, it’s obvious that Kahwi is not ok, that this is not just a spat about doctors.

        also, he’s not necessarily “one of the 5 best players in the league”, although he’s definitely up there.

        • mud

          mud 1:58 PM on May 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          “obviously I’m a competitor and if I could play, I would play.”

      • therealhtj

        therealhtj 4:32 PM on May 1, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Man I can’t wait for the follow up in a few years where Kawhi and Uncle Dennis lock horns in civil court with Reggie Bush’s stepdad as Dennis’ character witness.

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 7:34 PM on April 26, 2018 Permalink  

    Jordan Shaq Kobe Lebron Giannis Antetokounmpo 

    Jordan -Shaq -Kobe -Lebron

    Giannis Antetokounmpo

     
    • p ang

      p ang 7:58 PM on April 26, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He has to get pass Anthony Davis first.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 8:06 PM on April 26, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Did I miss something? What has AD accomplished? He’s not the undisputed best player in the league. Durant & Curry are ahead of him but neither are “that guy”. Only the guys I mentioned have been the Undisputed Best Player in the league since 1990.

      Antetokounmpo next undisputed best player in the league.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 8:39 PM on April 26, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        To be fair, AD has taken the Pels as far as CP3 ever took them and he’s been more dominant doing it.

        And CP3 is a HOF player. And it could be argued AD is the best player that Franchise has ever produced so…

        • NBA4ever

          NBA4ever 9:47 PM on April 26, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I’m not taking anything away from AD and no doubt he will be a HOF. I think people are missing my point.

          Antetokounmpo next undisputed best player in the league. Of course that is just a bold statement as he has a long ways to go. AD could be that guy but both have a long way to go with variables they can’t control.

      • p ang

        p ang 10:27 PM on April 26, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yes, you did miss something.

        AD can do everything Antetounmpo can do AND he can actually shoot the ball.

        • GDUBinDC

          GDUBinDC 12:32 AM on April 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Giannis didn’t shoot it too bad last night.

        • NBA4ever

          NBA4ever 9:04 AM on April 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          There are a lot of things AD can’t do and never will be able to do that Giannis does.

          • GDUBinDC

            GDUBinDC 3:37 PM on April 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Perhaps, but does it really matter? Would u feel bad if u were a GM and u ended up with AD instead of Giannis? IJS

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 12:29 AM on April 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It’s all subjective, this is just one fan’s opinion … it’s certainly not ‘undisputed’.

      • NBA4ever

        NBA4ever 9:06 AM on April 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Not at this point and we may not have an “undisputed” best player in the league for another decade. But Jordan was the undisputed best player in the league, Shaq was, Kobe was, and LeBron is at the moment. I’m just making a prediction. I would love to see both of them rise to that level and battle it out in the Finals like Magic and Bird.

        • GDUBinDC

          GDUBinDC 3:34 PM on April 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          They’re both young and extremely talented. They’re both quick, agile and lonnnnng.

          And perhaps most importantly, they’re both alotta fun to watch. At least for me they r.

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 2:06 PM on April 25, 2018 Permalink  

    therealhtj 11:06 AM on April 25, 2018Permalink | Reply

    “Sadly, it’s gotten to the point where every borderline capable starter or with potential to be so wants a max deal. The teams need to control themselves or they’re all screwed.”

    I hope we don’t make one of these mistakes

    Paul Millsap, PF $31,269,231 Overpaid “star”
    Blake Griffin, PF $29,727,900 Overpaid injury prone
    Mike Conley, PG $28,530,608 Overpaid period and injury prone
    Carmelo Anthony, $26,243,760 Overpaid and overvalued years ago
    Damian Lillard, PG $26,153,057 Overpaid for no accomplishments
    Jrue Holiday, PG $25,686,667 Overpaid before this playoff
    Otto Porter Jr., SF $24,773,250 Overpaid PERIOD
    CJ McCollum, SG $23,962,573 Overpaid too soon
    Andre Drummond, $23,775,506 Overpaid for no accomplishments
    Bradley Beal, SG $23,775,506 Overpaid for 2nd option
    Chandler Parsons, $23,112,004 WTF WTF
    Harrison Barnes, $23,112,004 Overpaid for 3rd option
    JJ Redick, SG $23,000,000 Overpaid….but I get why
    Brook Lopez, $22,642,650 Overpaid for no rebounds and limited D
    DeAndre Jordan, $22,642,350 Overpaid for a guy you can’t play in crunch
    Kevin Love, $22,642,350 Overpaid for 3rd option that is injury prone
    Steven Adams, $22,471,910 Overpaid for a serviceable cente
    Nicolas Batum, $22,434,783 Overpaid for a utility role player
    Victor Oladipo, $21,000,000 Overpaid for a small guard
    Danilo Gallinari, $20,559,599 Overpaid for injury prone floor spreader
    Serge Ibaka, PF $20,061,729 Overpaid Period
    George Hill, PG $20,000,000 WTF WTF
    Ryan Anderson, $19,578,455 WTF WT

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 2:14 PM on April 25, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The 2016 jump in the cap skews alotta these numbers.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 2:52 PM on April 25, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Huge factor. The Lakers obviously should have done nothing in hindsight rather than signing Deng and Mozgov. The pressure of competing soon and Jim/Mitch saving their jobs overwhelmed them. This is by far the worst thing they did during their tenure, but then again it laid the groundwork for the team the Lakers have now. Magic and Rob have done a surprisingly excellent job retooling thus far.

    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 2:33 PM on April 25, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Teams are too worried about losing guys for nothing, so they overpay. I’d have just about let every one of these aforementioned guys walk before paying them anything resembling that sort of money. The way the league is set up, you’re better off being a basement dweller hoping to strike gold in the draft than to waste money on mid tier guys that give you a 2nd round ceiling on a good year.

      The league has two choices, free market system that the podunk owners will go to the mattresses to avoid, or an NFL-style non guaranteed system that you’d have to lock out the players for probably two seasons to get them to cave. Neither side is willing to leave the arenas dark for more than 20-30 games max.

      Otherwise, you have to count on desperate GM’s to not overreach on marginal guys, which hasn’t ever happened as long as I’ve been watching. The Spurs had a nice thing going when you had TD, TP, and Manu willing to take a haircut to stay winning, but Kawhi ain’t cut from that cloth. Lebron and them gave a little back to play together, but now he’s all about max or nothing.

      The players put criteria on the super max deals, but I don’t see them limiting the ability of guys to get overpaid. I wouldn’t be opposed to if you didn’t play over 50 games/season and hit certain performance benchmarks, you shouldn’t get more than 15% of the cap. You could argue dudes might statpad, but hey, at least they’re trying.

      There are whole herds of strippers throughout NBA Cities keeping their kids fed on the backs of these overpaid scrubs. They ain’t about to let that gravy train stop rolling.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:16 PM on April 25, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sean, I thought you were still talking about centers so made the following comments, which I thought were pertinent to the discussions we had been having over Capela and our need for a center.

      As to your point about overpaid players on that list, right on and mostly due to teams totally screwing up the cap jump in 2016.

      Anyway, here’s my response about centers and their salaries and worth:

      …………………………………

      While the cap jump certainly can be seen in these numbers, claiming that everybody on the list is overpaid only shows you don’t value the importance of the center in the modern game as much as general managers do. When everybody is overpaid, it probably means you’re undervaluing them and the amount they’re getting is really what the market value is.

      I think the center position is on the verge of becoming the position of opportunity in my mind, meaning it’s the position that is going to suddenly become more important because of a great crop of young mobile, athetic modern centers who can protect the rim and often stretch the floor, a position that the Warriors right now don’t dominate, although it was a crime how they stole Jordan Bell without a pick. Centers will restore balance to guard dominant league.

      Anyway, the Sixers, Jazz, Wolves, Rockets, and Pelicans have modern centers that are going to swing some of the game back to the front court. If anything, I think centers are going to become more valuable. At some point, you’re going to need a great center to get by Embiid and the Sixers. I think the Warriors’ Jordan Bell is going to keep the Warriors in front of the center evolution. The Lakers are going to woe the day they let JB get by. Tate and I were all in on him all of last year after watching him play in the Pac 12.

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 8:34 AM on April 24, 2018 Permalink  

    Do Anthony Davis and the Pelicans still need DeMarcus Cousins? 

    In the weeks after DeMarcus Cousins’ Achilles tendon tear on Jan. 26, there was a consensus around the league that the New Orleans Pelicans would offer Cousins a full five-year, maximum contract despite the injury — or at least outbid (by a lot) what looked to be a limited pool of suitors for him. A small-market team desperate to win, with no cap space to replace Cousins, simply could not lose an undeniable talent for (almost) nothing.

    As uncomfortable as it is to say, New Orleans’ raging success in these playoffs has to change that calculus. The Pelicans look better, faster, stingier, more versatile with Davis at center, Jrue Holiday in an elevated role, and Nikola Mirotic spacing the floor for Davis’ borderline pornographic rim runs. A long-term, near-max deal for Cousins is simply too risky given the Pelicans know this current roster — when healthy, an important caveat — can win at this level.

    http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23297808/zach-lowe-anthony-davis-demarcus-cousins-new-orleans-pelicans-nba-playoffs

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:02 AM on April 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Interesting article. Thanks for posting, Sean. From the article, it sounds as if the Pelicans might try and sign Boogie for less money and years, which could open the door for the Lakers. I do agree Boogie is less likely to suffer career defining injury because he really doesn’t play above the rim. As the author said, his floor bound game should be fine. PG and Boogie or Capela is the only two superstar plan I support at this time. Going to be a fun summer. I would love to gamble on Cousins.

      I could support a strategy that added PG this year and signed Boogie expecting him to miss or be rehabbing most of next year. Sort of a variation of one superstar next year and one for the year after. The issue with me is we need either Capela or Cousins to be able to compete for a championship. All the teams we will have to leapfrog -- Warriors with Jordan Bell, Rockets with Capela, Celtics with Horford, 76ers with Embiid, Jazz with Gobert. Boogie is worth taking the gamble if we can land PG first.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 10:25 AM on April 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      In this new era of position-less basketball and the absence of dominant big-men as the focal point; you still had a big man that played a crucial role on the last 10 championship teams. If you go back to Boston KG & Perkins, Lakers- Gasol & Bynum, Mavericks- Chandler, Miami- Bosh, Spurs- Duncan, Warriors- Bogut, Cavs- Triston Thompson was huge for them, Warriors- The only exception- though they struggle against size. Can’t wait to see what AD does against them.

      I asked this question the other day, I’ll ask it again. If not Cousins or Capela…then WHO? We have to have a rim protecting- rebounding big man that we can throw the lob to or into the post from time to time. I understand the concerns with Cousins, but can’t understand the lack of interest for Capala. I’ve been following his game all season and he seems like the perfect fit for this young core. To dismiss him as not “that guy”, or to say he doesn’t move the needle, etc etc., seems short sighted and missing the point.

      We don’t need him to be “that guy”, you either believe in the core we have or you don’t. You believe in Ball as the team facilitator or you don’t, you believe in Ingram as a dynamic scorer/playmaker or you don’t, you believe in Randle in the Draymond role or you don’t, you believe in Kuzma as a prolific scorer or you don’t.

      If we add PG or Lebron we need to add Cousins or Capela. It’s crucial moving forward that we add a Center to this core more so than two more wings.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:38 AM on April 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Well said, Sean. I don’t understand the comments that kind of claim that Capela is a product of the Rockets’ system or just the next Bismack Biyombo. Have they been watching the Rockets vs. the Timberwolves series. Capela has essentially neutralized KAT, who is considered to be a top three center in the league. I love Boogie and his ability to stretch the floor and would take a gamble on him but Capela could be the perfect solution. We rank dead last in opponent points in the paint and second to last in opponent 3-point percentage. Primarily because we have no strong rim protection. I think we can be great playing Randle at the 5 and Kuzma at the 4 a good part of the time but we also need a mobile athletic shot blocking center to anchor our defense. Watching Capela block shots and beat everybody running the floor, set great screens and roll hard to the hoop, jump for every single rebound unlike Lopez who can’t get off the floor, I can’t help but think at 23 he would be the perfect center for our young team.

        • mud

          mud 11:00 AM on April 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Capela got rolled by Bropez this year.

          he is Bismack. i remember Bismack was your first and ideal choice a little while back…

          • NBA4ever

            NBA4ever 11:13 AM on April 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Thanks for that single sample size evaluation

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:21 AM on April 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Do you watch games or just make this stuff up, mud?

            …..

            April 10, 2018- Rockets 105 -- Lakers 99

            Lopez: 12 points, 4 rebounds, 0 blocks, 0 steals, 16 minutes

            Capela: 10 points, 12 rebounds, 0 blocks, 1 steal, 21 minutes

            ….

            Dec 31, 2017 -- Rockets 148 -- Lakers 142 OT

            Lopez: DNP

            ……

            Dec 20, 2017 -- Rockets 122 -- Lakers 116

            Lopez: DNP

            ……

            Dec 3, 2017 -- Rockets 118 -- Lakers 95

            Lopez: 10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, 0 steals, 20 minutes

            Capela: 8 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 steal, 22 minutes

            • mud

              mud 11:34 AM on April 24, 2018 Permalink

              sorry.

              if the game was played with stats, then Capela did well.

              THE LAKERS ARE NOT SHORT-HANDED re: REBOUNDERS. unless Julius walks.

              Capela IS Bismack Biyombo. he is good at what he does. VERY good at it. he’s not some kind of transcendent talent.

              remember when Bismack was “the best center in the game”? it was just a short time ago. Bismack is still the same player as he ever was, but nobody is clamoring for his attention now. the system matters.

              i know how it is, you get way up on that soapbox and don’t wanna come down. that’s why you argue on a blog, where nothing matters, rather then in the teams front office, where it does.

              THE LAKERS WON’T BE HIRING CAPELA UNLESS IT’S FOR WAY TOO MUCH MONEY. he already has a home and is a restricted FA.

            • NBA4ever

              NBA4ever 12:09 PM on April 24, 2018 Permalink

              First of all Capela is NOT Biyombo, stop with that nonsense.
              Second of all NOBODY said Capela is “some kind of transcendent talent” or that he needs to be. Lastly, the system does matter…Capela would flourish with this young core and PG.

              BIYO CAPELA
              Min 18.2 27.5
              Pts 5.7 13.9
              FG 52. 65.2
              Reb 5.7 10.8
              Stl 0.3 0.8
              Blk 1.2 1.9

              What is way too much money? Alomost every single player in the NBA is making way too much money for their production. The market will determine his value and my guess is that a lot of teams will be lining up to pay Capela what you deem as way too much money.

              What’s worst is people who criticize ideas put forth by others yet offer no solution of their own as to what we should do. And stop with this b******t that nothing matters rather than the teams front office. Really? So petty and angry, that’s all you offer, of course nothing matters outside of the office. I think you miss the point of blog discussions?

            • mud

              mud 12:19 PM on April 24, 2018 Permalink

              maybe i do.

              if it’s a circle-jerk, i definitely do miss the point.

              way too much money is more money than the Rockets will match. he’s not worth maxing out. he can only do a couple of things.

              the point about him being Biyombo, is that Biyombo looked like a superstar before he went to his new team. now he’s average. at one time, LT was just as high on Bismack as he is on Clint, now. that’s all.

            • mud

              mud 5:07 PM on April 24, 2018 Permalink

              by the way, i may be petty, but i’m not angry in any way. that’s just how you read me.

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 7:42 PM on April 24, 2018 Permalink

              I’m with mud on this one, Capela’s not anywhere near as good as some on this blog seem hellbent to make him out to be. Sure would hate to see Magic and Rob make the mistake of being the front office that chose to overpay him.

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 10:04 AM on April 20, 2018 Permalink  

    Do you think Miami would trade Whiteside for Deng, 1st round pick, and 2nd round pick?

    Would we want to do that?

     
    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 10:17 AM on April 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Now that’s a thought.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 12:35 PM on April 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Dude got his money and now he’s a non-factor.
      A common tale in the NBA.
      Pass-adena

      • mclyne32 (Director) 1:08 PM on April 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        He was on the bench last night during crunch time in favor of Olynyk.

        • NBA4ever

          NBA4ever 1:25 PM on April 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Olynyk is a really good all around player. I’ve been impressed with him.

      • therealhtj

        therealhtj 1:19 PM on April 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        It’s called JR Smithing.

        • NBA4ever

          NBA4ever 1:32 PM on April 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          That contract for JR was a HUGE mistake and I knew it the minute he signed it. That and Tristan Thompson’s contract were total bs Lebron not being as smart as he thinks he is with his conflict of interest agency. May not get out of the first round and its his fault playing gm, agent, coach, entrepreneur guy etc. etc.

          • therealhtj

            therealhtj 1:34 PM on April 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Lebron getting a pass for the Klutch Sports nonsense is laughable. But the contract JR signed with the Knicks was less that 1/3rd of the Cavs deal and he mailed that one in too. I’m sensing a pattern here.

          • MongoSlade

            MongoSlade 2:03 PM on April 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            IIRC they were still gonna be over the cap if they let those 2 dudes walk so it ain’t like paying them prevented the Cavs from signing somebody else…it was just money. And let’s not forget…they finally got Cleveland a title immediately following. Gilbert is a boob but at least he ain’t afraid to write the check.

            As for the demise of the Cavs…that happened the moment Kyrie announced he wanted out. Not sure why anybody is surprised at what’s happening now…

            • DJ2KB24

              DJ2KB24 3:41 PM on April 20, 2018 Permalink

              We all best be a bit careful-talking Mossy and Dang, lol!

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 1:24 PM on April 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Just looked at his contract. I knew he had two more years but didn’t realize it was at 25.5 and 27m. Haven’t followed what his deal is on/off the court too closely, was wonder if it was as simple as a change of systems? But that price tag is way too much whatever the case even dumping Deng.

  • NBA4ever

    NBA4ever 11:21 AM on April 3, 2018 Permalink  

    Nerlens Noel suspended for 5 games 

    SMH…

    “Dallas Mavericks center Nerlens Noel has been suspended five games without pay for violating the league’s anti-drug program, the NBA announced on Tuesday. The program states that players are suspended five games after a third positive test for marijuana.

    As a restricted free agent, Noel declined a four-year, $70 million offer from the Mavericks last summer, countering by asking for a maximum contract. According to sources, Mavs owner Mark Cuban immediately pulled the offer off the table and never made another one, with Noel eventually signing a one-year, $4.2 million qualifying offer after changing agents.”

    Dude is a bust on so many levels. I’m still offended about the idea of trading Julius for him. lol

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 11:40 AM on April 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That mofo musta been high when he turned down that 70mill. He’ll never see that kinda money ever again…

    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 12:26 PM on April 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Cuban’s gotten rich off the stupidity of others. This is no exception.

      • AK27

        AK27 12:37 PM on April 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        That would not be the worst description of your business either, htj :D

        • therealhtj

          therealhtj 12:52 PM on April 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I liked you better when you were in hiding.

          • AK27

            AK27 1:21 PM on April 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            :D

            how is the second store working out ?

            • therealhtj

              therealhtj 5:16 PM on April 3, 2018 Permalink

              A grind like anything. Making me redouble my efforts in managed services.

              What 1%er pleasantries you busying yourself with these days?

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 5:40 PM on April 3, 2018 Permalink

              : )

        • Seely_Iggy (Director)

          Seely_Iggy (Director) 12:55 PM on April 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          AK, haven’t seen you in a while. Welcome back, dude. I’m happy to see you emerge :)

          • DJ2KB24

            DJ2KB24 12:56 PM on April 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Oh yeah AK, me too!!! : )

            • AK27

              AK27 1:13 PM on April 3, 2018 Permalink

              Deej ! -- how are you ? you satisfied with the Lakers’ progress on the road back to glory ? :)

          • AK27

            AK27 1:08 PM on April 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            hey Seely ! Always good to see ya. You moved back to the US a few months ago, right ? I hope you have been happy :)

            • Seely_Iggy (Director)

              Seely_Iggy (Director) 6:10 PM on April 3, 2018 Permalink

              Yes, I moved back to Tallahassee, Florida. I must say, I have a new-found appreciation for the charms of this small city after the hustle bustle and over crowdedness of Singapore. I am happy with life here but miss my Singapore family so much.

          • NBA4ever

            NBA4ever 2:23 PM on April 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            How you doing Amit?

      • NBA4ever

        NBA4ever 2:23 PM on April 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        How many players have turned down big contracts to never come close to that kind of money? Going back to Bonzi Wells, just stupid.

    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 12:44 PM on April 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Calling LT, calling LT! Kid N ya LT!

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 12:50 PM on April 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The dude just cost himself even more Money. After watching him play I’m not interested. He maybe long and athletic but he weights 220. He gave up 30 pounds of muscle to Julius and 60 pounds to Brook. They both were bouncing him around at will. You need more in your back pocket if you are going to play center in the NBA or the bigger guys are going to just back you down.

    • mud

      mud 12:50 PM on April 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      yes, it is offensive.

    • p ang

      p ang 1:40 PM on April 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Festus Ezeli, Willie Cauley Stein, Nerlens Noel, Ryan Kelly, IT for 20M ……….

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:32 PM on April 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Definitely a stupid move by Nerlens. I would still sign the kid to minimum 1-year contract. He looked lost in the Mavs horrible offense. Mavs are a team players go to see their careers crash.

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 9:32 PM on April 3, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I’m at a loss as to y u seem so enamored of NN, LT. U obviously see somethin’ in him the rest of us(along with most GMs) r missing.

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