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  • p ang

    p ang 5:48 AM on July 2, 2020 Permalink |  

    To all “asterisk” people I say one thing:

    Tell your team to drop out, we’ll take it.

    Like the saying goes: All is fair in love and war. A ring is a ring. Tell me Barkley, Ewing or Karl Malone wouldn’t take it.

     
  • p ang

    p ang 9:24 PM on May 14, 2020 Permalink  

    I went thru ESPN’s list of 74 greatest players of all time and compiled 3 teams, filling all 5 positions in their natural positions (2Gs, 2Fs, 1C) Overrated, Underrated and just right.

    Over: MJ, KAJ, Magic, Barkley and Giannis
    Under; Wilt, LBJ, Kobe, Kawhi and AD.
    Right: Bird, TD, Shaq, Oscar and Steph.

    My reasons are simple:

    MJ, dang, I so disagree that MJ’s no. 1 over Wilt and LBJ.

    KAJ, Seriously. Putting him over Wilt? Nah. Stop comparing a soon to retire Wilt to a prime KAJ. Compare him to the guy who averaged 50ppg.

    Magic over Kobe. Now we’re not funny anymore. Kobe’s in the discussion for GOAT and while Magic is the 2nd greatest PG (after Bron) he’s not in any GOAT discussion. Magic’s such a sentimental favorite people ignore he is an average defender at best.

    Barkley over Kawhi.
    Giannis over AD.

     
  • p ang

    p ang 6:18 PM on May 11, 2020 Permalink  

    Seriously, Bron? West averaged 30+ in his prime. Today he’d do 35+.

    LeBron James says Jerry West would average 24-27 points a game in today’s NBA

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:29 AM on May 13, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Jerry West would score James Harden numbers if he played in today’s NBA in his prime. Anybody who watched him play, even in old videos, should have no doubt about his ability to score big time.

  • p ang

    p ang 6:42 PM on May 4, 2020 Permalink  

    The easy possibility of the Lakers losing all its bigs is a scary thought. Javale, Boogie and Dwight all offered at least a midlevel by other teams will be hard to match. At best team can only match one.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:54 PM on May 4, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I don’t see any of them wanting to leave the Lakers. McGee is the most likely but I think all three understand the Lakers are a special situation and have a great deal of love and loyalty. They’ve all made pretty good money over the years too and it’s not like they’re going to get mega offers. Could love one but I doubt two or all three.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:02 AM on May 5, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      McGee is under contract for next season. So could only lose him in a trade.

  • p ang

    p ang 6:35 PM on May 4, 2020 Permalink  

    Can’t believe Magic. Now he’s Kobe’s advocate.

    Jeanie, I’m behaving. please let me back in. please, its cold out here.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:55 PM on May 4, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He did get us LeBron and won five championships so he’ll always be forgiven.

      • p ang

        p ang 1:47 AM on May 5, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Again he takes (given?) credit.

        Still remember him taking all those potshots at Kobe. Now he’s Kobe’s friend. Kobe, unlike Mike, doesn’t hold out of the court grudges. If he did I doubt he’d be Magic “buddy”. although Kobe avoids Plasche with a passion.

        LeBron agreed to come to the Lakers way before he saw Magic. A lot of people forget the story that just before he boarded his plane for his vacation to Europe he called Rich Paul to tell the Lakers he’s coming. It was the replacement of Jim Buss by Jeanie that tipped his Laker leaning.

        5 rings yes but dang, when you play with 3-5 HOFrs and AllStars at anytime 5 rings kinda looks weak. Spencer Haywood, Jamaal Wilkes, Kareem, Nixon, Cooper, Worthy, Kupchak, Thompson, Worthy and, don’t forget, Chuck Nevitt. Put Isiah Thomas or even Stockton they probably won’t miss a beat. Kobe won 5 with 1 HOFr at a time (though Pau isn’t official yet). Russell won 11 with that much HOFrs.

        Was willing to overlook most, if not all, his faults but when he quit as President he not only burned the bridge, he burned Laker Nation. All that shyte coming out of his mouth was just too much.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:55 AM on May 5, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I can’t disagree that Magic lost a lot of respect for his performances both as a head coach, President of BB Operations, and ‘Tweeter,’ but he was still the best point guard who ever played the game and a source of many wonderful Lakers’ memories.

    • John M.

      John M. 9:31 AM on May 5, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I agree with Tom. On the court and off the court are separate in my mind. Simply put, you don’t want to know your heroes. And the Lakers were doing nothing with Kareem before Magic came. He is the greatest guard and one of the best players ever.

      • Buba

        Buba 5:38 PM on May 5, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I am evenly split between p ang on one side and Tom/John on the other. You all made valid points.

        • p ang

          p ang 11:01 PM on May 5, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          there’s really no argument. I agree with John and Tom, Magic is the best on the court. Off the court is another story. He’s like Ramona Shelburne: out of sorts with the organization and saying all kinds of things to be relevant.

          Yup. Nobody should know their heroes personal side. We all know Magic’s and I doubt it affected anyone’s opinion of him. Its the public things he says now that makes me shake my head. Like listening to Stephen A. and his ramblings.

          Kareem being nothing without Magic is wrong, he won in Milwaukee. Magic didn’t win without Kareem. That is fact. Magic, Worthy, Divac, Thompson, Scott and Perkins couldn’t beat MJ, Pippen, Grant.

          But for my alltime Goat team I’d rather have LBJ as the PG.

  • p ang

    p ang 11:37 PM on April 28, 2020 Permalink  

    What two way duo combination (no centers) can be better than MJ-Pippen?

    Magic/Worthy lost to them. West/Elgin too small. Curry/Klay? nah.

    Maybe Kobe/LBJ. TMac/Kobe? TMac/Kawhi?

     
  • p ang

    p ang 9:32 PM on April 6, 2020 Permalink  

    Remember Cyrano de Bergerac?

    Valvert: Your nose is . . . very big.
    Cyrano: Yes, very.
    Valvert: Ha!
    Cyrano: Is that all?

    Its my nose Mind your own nose.

     
  • p ang

    p ang 8:02 PM on April 5, 2020 Permalink  

    When you say GOAT, can the 5 man team you pick play in all (60-70 + 70-90 + 2000-2020) eras?

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:09 PM on April 5, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      LeBron, Kobe, Jordan, Magic, and Wilt in their prime would be my five.

      • p ang

        p ang 8:11 PM on April 5, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Magic in today’s game as PG? Steph would bury him. As Magic will bury Steph in the 80s.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 8:23 PM on April 5, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Who would stop Magic at 6’9 in the post? Steph would need another defender. Magic would pass out of doubles.

          Steph isn’t Harden in the post, not strong at all.

          It’d be an interesting strategy if those two played against one another.

          • p ang

            p ang 3:04 AM on April 6, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            shot for shot? 2 pts for Magic while 3 for Steph? After 10 shots at 50% guess who’ll be up? Magic now would be like a whale in fresh water. Drowned.

            And its a team game and team defense, Low post is easier to guard than between the 3 pt line and the half court line where Steph lives.

            Or Jerry West if he played today. The guy has a 63 foot range, remember?

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 7:53 AM on April 6, 2020 Permalink

              Magic shot 52% for his career. Steph is a 43% 3pt shooter.

              It’d be interesting, but again, Steph can’t guard a 6’9 guard as much as Magic’s foot speed laterally is a problem on defense.

              Magic’s a better all-around player, not a debate there.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 7:54 AM on April 6, 2020 Permalink

              Embiid and AD make it look hard then, because there’re not easy to defend in the post.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 7:56 AM on April 6, 2020 Permalink

              West is vastly underrated. And he played in an era where there was more POC NBA players.

              Yup, that 63 footer was nuts. Range. That’d be a hard matchup.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 10:02 PM on April 5, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Magic Big O Jerry West Barkley KAJ

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:13 PM on April 5, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Interesting, so the same team would have to be able to dominate in 3 eras of hoops?

      If we’re only talking Lakers:

      1) West
      2) Kobe
      3) James
      4) Kareem
      5) Shaq

      If you’re calling me out for having Kareem at the 4 then I switch that to Pau.

      West can score in any era, he had a quick release and his defense translates through time. Same for Kobe. That fire they both have crosses time. LeBron’s skill, athleticism and strength are a match-up nightmare in any era. I choose Pau over Magic, Elgin and Wilt for one reason and one reason only: he has the shooting from distance to keep up in the modern era. Wilt and Kareem could be interchangeable. Only ever saw late career Wilt but his power and grace are a yang to Kareem’s unstoppable shot yin (yes, I know it was blocked, by multiple defenders, but it still got him to the top of the All-Time leading scoring list).

      Oscar R or Elgin B. give Pau a run for his money. You could go small with Abdul-Jabbar at the 5. Honestly this is impossible. I feel like there are 30 different ways you could go. Hard to leave Big Game out of the convo.

      If this is all of the NBA fuhhhhhgedaboutit. Too hard.

      • p ang

        p ang 3:13 AM on April 6, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        1 to 3, agree.

        4 – AD. Offense and defense specially at the 3pt line.

        5 – Wilt. Very few people realize that the fade away jumpshot move Dirk Nowitzky popularized was Wilt’s go to move..

  • p ang

    p ang 7:58 PM on April 5, 2020 Permalink  

    So who’d you pick as your 4: Timmy, Kevin or AD, Giannis?

     
  • p ang

    p ang 11:50 PM on March 3, 2020 Permalink  

    I thought Becky Harmon was head coach material. Yet Tim Duncan stood in for Pop today. Hmmm….

    I heard Shaq wouldn’t be so dominant in today’s game. Yet Zion scores almost all his points in the paint and no one can stop him. Hmmm……

    Dang, people don’t seem to get that the Lakers are not even near their peak. Maybe just at 80-90%. The 20+ games remaining will just make them better.

     
  • p ang

    p ang 10:29 PM on February 27, 2020 Permalink  

    If the Lakers don’t re-sign Dwight his best move is to go the GSW.

    Steph, Klay, Wiggins, Draymond and Howard.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:40 AM on February 28, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I see the Lakers clearly re-signing Dwight and Dwight clearly preferring to stay with Lakers.

      • John M.

        John M. 12:42 PM on February 28, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        So if Boogie is healthy and signs, do they keep McGee too? Hard to see all 3 getting minutes, but McGee is the starter, and clearly has value. Glad it’s not my call :)

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:56 PM on February 28, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I think they sign Boogie for sure as well as Howard. McGee also has a player option. if he exercises his option, I think it’s possible he could become filler in a Kuzma trade this summer, as could KCP and Rondo. All three become tradeable this summer and all will likely exercise their player options, especially if the Lakers win a championship. Lakers could suddenly have a lot more trading chips this summer, including their first round pick. They also have the full $9.6 million MLE to use to sign players. Going to be some changes this summer no matter what happens with the season.

  • p ang

    p ang 8:06 PM on February 2, 2020 Permalink  

    KC!!

     
  • p ang

    p ang 7:44 PM on January 20, 2020 Permalink  

    Oh well.

    The Sun will come out tomorrow.

    Rondo has more game winning shots that Paul George.

    Happy thoughts.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:22 AM on January 21, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      No sun today, Peter. It’s cloudy and heavy rain is on the way. :-(

      On the other hand, we were due for a real stinker of a game and we got it. This was the first game this year that I thought we just did not compete. Best to flush it and move on. A lesson that trap games can be trap games. Just a bitch to have one against the freakin’ Celtics.

  • p ang

    p ang 8:09 PM on January 16, 2020 Permalink  

    BI!

    49pts.

    Come home next year.

    Laker starting 3, third scorer, backup PG to LBJ, Small lineup 4, defensive stopper.

    C’mom Rob, outbid the Pels.

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 9:25 AM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That would be cool, but they aren’t paying anyone else big money until Giannis makes his decision to stay or go.

      • Buba

        Buba 9:47 AM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I hope, in this case, Giannis doesn’t hold any potential buyers hostage like Kawhi did to the Lakers.

      • therealhtj

        therealhtj 10:33 AM on January 17, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Ingram’s restricted anyway. They’ll match any offer, but likely to offer a max right away. It’s New Orleans and they can’t attract anyone, so they really have no choice.

    • Magic2Worthy

      Magic2Worthy 6:35 AM on January 18, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      BI needs the ball in his hands, doesn’t fit with LBJ. Weneed a backup PG who can distribute and get his own shot. (more consistently than Rhondo)

  • p ang

    p ang 2:08 AM on January 4, 2020 Permalink  

    Rajon has gone from Playoff Rondo to play dead rondo.

    Rondo is a true green Celtic. He’s doing all he can to prevent the Lakers from winning.

    Rondo is that know it all. The kind that tells everybody what to do while sitting on the couch.

    Or that busybody who notices what you did wrong while busily doing something stupid.

    Danggit. I’m so disappointed with Rondo.

     
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