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  • p ang

    p ang 5:52 PM on November 16, 2018 Permalink  

    If your GSW, would you keep KD or Klay on next year’s free agency?

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 5:55 PM on November 16, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      They intend to keep both but it’s ultimately the players’ decision. Both can walk if they want to.

  • p ang

    p ang 6:34 PM on November 15, 2018 Permalink  

    Mike D’Antoni has a long memory. Its payback time. Talk about a dish served cold.

    Here’s yours, Melo.

     
    • Seely_Iggy (Director)

      Seely_Iggy (Director) 9:10 PM on November 15, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      So true. That’s why they say, “The toes that you step on today may belong to the foot that kicks your butt tomorrow”.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 10:13 AM on November 16, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Mikes is paid to give his objective opinion.

      Gary Clark affects the game more than Melo in that offense.

  • p ang

    p ang 3:26 PM on November 13, 2018 Permalink  

    So which is the better tag team:

    Horry/Grant or McGee/Chandler

     
    • keen observer

      keen observer 3:55 PM on November 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      If LeBron had his “Pippen,” it would be a little easier to answer. Not sure Mozgov/T Thompson wouldn’t be a better analogy.

  • p ang

    p ang 2:44 PM on November 13, 2018 Permalink  

    Who in their right mind would call Wilt, the stats leader in almost all categories, clutch?

     
  • p ang

    p ang 2:54 PM on November 12, 2018 Permalink  

    LBJ is 50% on go ahead free throws in the last 1 minute. That’s why he needed Wade and Kyrie Irving for his championship games. Seems Wilt and him have the same problem: clutch time.

     
  • p ang

    p ang 2:44 PM on November 12, 2018 Permalink  

    Stan Lee. RIP. Thanks for all the memories.

     
  • p ang

    p ang 3:46 PM on November 11, 2018 Permalink  

    This team, as composed, is it. 10-20 more games and it should be making waves.

    Trade talks? Nah. Only if AD, Embiid, Greek Freak, KD or Klay. No one else really would move the needle.

     
  • p ang

    p ang 4:17 AM on November 10, 2018 Permalink  

    Should they get and stay healthy Lakers should look long and hard at Boogie and DRose.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:51 AM on November 10, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Need to wait and see how Boogie’s health is and how he fits with the Warriors.
      Look for lots of teams to put Boogie and Steph in relentless pick-and-rolls.
      Boogie needs to show he can defend on the perimeter to fit with Warriors.
      Or Lakers.

      • p ang

        p ang 5:16 PM on November 10, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Watch 76ers. Tom. See how they utilize Embiid on defense. Maybe then you’ll see there are other ways to defend than switching everything.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:24 PM on November 10, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          LOL. Just watched them tonight, Peter. Got outshot from deep by the Grizzlies. Only had 3 more rebounds and one more free throw. They needed that trade for Butler because Embiid and Simmons weren’t Kobe and Shaq.

          • p ang

            p ang 10:03 PM on November 10, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            ok, so? Did you pay attention to how they play defense? What’s Kobe and Shaq got to do with it?

            76ers played with 9 men due to the trade. Or did you miss that part too?

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 5:58 PM on November 10, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      My gut tells me Rose will stick with Thibbs who he knows has his back. He looks great right now, let’s see how he finishes the season and does in the playoffs, should they get there.

      • p ang

        p ang 6:22 PM on November 10, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        TWolves won’t be able to afford Rose next year if he’s healthy. Much like Pels couldn’t afford Rondo.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 5:59 PM on November 10, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m always all in on Boogie.

  • p ang

    p ang 5:31 AM on November 8, 2018 Permalink  

    No way in heck Luke called/drew that play for LBJ to be taking two 3pt shots from 30 feet out in the last minute of the game. Luke better sit down LeBron and remind him his best game is getting to the basket not pretending to be Steph Curry.

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 9:17 AM on November 8, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yeah- I never understood why this is always the “go to play” down the stretch for most teams.
      It’s the most predictable and easy thing to guard.
      More importantly, you are not allowed to play any semblance of D anymore, so we should be taking it to the rack as much as possible!!!
      Great to see us get the win regardless.
      So happy that that the small ball experiment is over and we have a real big for the second unit.

  • p ang

    p ang 4:03 PM on November 3, 2018 Permalink  

    Kobe:

    “Jeanie, I know who we’re trying to get; we know who we’re trying to get, so that player is not going to come here with all of this s–t going on. It’s not going to happen. So if you do want to have that focus, and go after that player, then I’m telling you that you’ve gotta clean house, and you’ve gotta just reshuffle the deck and start anew. You have the new practice facility (the UCLA Health Training Center) that we’re just moving into (in the summer of 2017). We’ve got new management, and off we go. But that player is not coming here unless you do that.”

    Well, that player came but dang, Magic, you better stop that sh-t.

     
  • p ang

    p ang 3:57 AM on October 31, 2018 Permalink  

    Imagine this lineup:

    Rondo, BI, LBJ, Javale and AD.

    Bye Lonzo, Kuz, this guy, that guy, this draft pick, that draft pick.

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 8:22 AM on October 31, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I don’t want to give up Kuz, but if it’s for AD, then I would be okay with it.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:20 AM on October 31, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Rondo is not the Lakers’ point guard of the future and recreating the New Orleans Pelicans is not the answer to winning an NBA Championship.

  • p ang

    p ang 5:41 PM on October 28, 2018 Permalink  

    Things I don’t like so far:

    1. LBJ bringing down the ball. With the 2 fastest pacesetter PGs in the team, LBJ’s insistence of being the primary ballhandler is wrong, just wrong. The Spurs don’t kill Laker pace as much as Bron does.

    2. McGee’s silly fouls. Why does an 11 year vet keep committing all those reaching, grabbing and basically rookie fouls?

    3. Team’s inability to play slow methodical ball. 3 pt shooters didn’t beat them. its the Spurs midrange system basketball.

    4. Press, TV team not giving the benefit of the doubt to Rondo and implying its a JR Smith bonehead play is pathetic. Trying to be BB smarter than the collective of LBJ, Luke, Rondo and Lonzo, Puh-Lease!

    5. The stupid mascot. I really really hate that mascot.

     
    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 6:13 PM on October 28, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good stuff Pangy!

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:29 PM on October 28, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      1. LeBron is the best passer on the team. Hence, you want him to have the ball. Doesn’t mean he has to bring it up the floor but it does speed up the offense because the ball is going at some time to find him.

      2. JaVale is a aggressive player. He gambles and sometimes makes mistakes as a result. That’s the price you pay for an extraordinary athlete who’s showing he is an All-Star level NBA center.

      3. Playing slow just plays into your opponents hands, especially teams like the Spurs who play great half court defense. You play the style your coach coaches and your players play. They weren’t meant to play slow.

      4. There are good arguments that part of the blame should go to LeBron for making the pass and Josh for not relocating when DeRozan was play watching. Coulda, woulda, shoulda.

      5. Agreed 100%. Mascots for teams with names like Suns, Magic, and Heat are always problematic. Lakers have been smart to stay away from that. After all, we’ve got Jack.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 6:33 PM on October 28, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      1) I’m not certain LBJ insists as much as all that. The others defer too often, as well. Same thing happened in the Kobe era in the half court sets. Just another thing for the staff to coax the younger players to try and avoid.

      2) I thought he got a few bad calls tossed his way but more than anything I think it’s more of an issue with the new rules and how each officiating crew interprets them. Spurs generate BS fouls like few other teams do.

      3) Yeah Luke’s said that the half court sets are a work in progress. I chalk it up to the shorter preseason.

      4) I don’t put it on par with JR Smith (not a playoff game) but you really have to take that shot with that much time, in my opinion.

      5) Agreed, I hope the Lakers never have a mascot.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 8:23 PM on October 28, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      1. Lebron gonna Lebron. He’s the best player at every position probably including coaching & trainer. If he wants to bring the ball up let him.

      2. Hard to gauge whe Javale gonna get gassed..that’s usually when you start seeing the weird plays.

      3. A well-coached team like the Spurs can always find ways to slow down the pace. That’s why you gotta be able to switch gears…the break isn’t always gonna be there…

      4 & 5. I don’t care

  • p ang

    p ang 4:35 PM on October 24, 2018 Permalink  

    “If they go 0-5, I will return” Kobe said

    Dang, Luke, Rest LBJ, play Zubac, Bonga with KCP major minutes for the next 2 games. Lakers need a SG.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:09 PM on October 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      LOL. I’m sure we’re going to win tonight and tomorrow but it would be funny if we didn’t.

      • Seely_Iggy (Director)

        Seely_Iggy (Director) 8:11 PM on October 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        76-54 at the half. Phew! Stay put Kobe!! :)

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 8:17 PM on October 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I bet he sure wishes he could still play and with LBJ.

          • Seely_Iggy (Director)

            Seely_Iggy (Director) 9:21 PM on October 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Naah DJ, this court is too small for the two of them.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:15 PM on October 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      There’s been some talk that the Lakers may waive Zubac so they can sign Jonathan Williams to a regular contract if Williams continues to provide an answer to the Lakers’ need for a backup small ball center. Of course, there’s also the possibility that the Laker keep Zubac so they can use him in a trade for a small ball center after Dec 15 and before trade deadline. There’s also a chance they wait and see if Wagner can provide anything. One way or another, backup center was a major front office mistake similar to Tyler Ennis last year.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 6:33 PM on October 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Wasn’t Lebron supposed to log most of his minutes at center?

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:46 PM on October 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          That was the plan but it seems like the Lakers are trying every option to avoid that. Have to believe LeBron doesn’t want to take on that role at this point. I’ve heard rumbles that it might not happen until the playoffs if at all. Lakers are obviously looking at other options.

          • MongoSlade

            MongoSlade 6:58 PM on October 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Whose plan was it then?

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:21 PM on October 24, 2018 Permalink

              I think it was and still is the Lakers’ and LeBron’s plan but they obviously don’t want it to be a staple, especially with LeBron playing at such a frantic pace.

              So they need to develop someone who can play volume small ball center, which is what they tried to do with Kuz and are now trying with Williams.

              If they’re smart, they’ll trot out LeBron at the five every so often just to make teams have to think about defending it. In the end, how often and when they use will depend completely on the matchups and situation.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 9:39 PM on October 24, 2018 Permalink

              It never was the Laker’s plan. If so, he would have played significant minutes there already.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 6:40 PM on October 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Any idea when Wagner is coming back?

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 6:45 PM on October 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          If we’re pinning our hopes on Mo then we’re in bigger trouble than I thought. I’m more interested in seeing what Williams can do in that spot. We don’t really need alotta points from there but more rebounds & defense.

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:49 PM on October 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            It will likely continue to be solution by committee until Dec 15.
            Williams, Beasley, Wagner, and even Kuzma will see some five.

          • MongoSlade

            MongoSlade 7:03 PM on October 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I was surprised to see Javale play 28 minutes last game but then again..he fouled out..happens as you tire. If he could go 28 consistently that would be a huge boost.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 6:35 PM on October 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Man…Kobe’s career ended on April 13th 2013.
      That was a long time ago

  • p ang

    p ang 10:26 PM on October 23, 2018 Permalink  

    I’m willing to bet that somewhere out there in SF big DeMarcus Cousins is thinking: Wait for me, Rondo, I’m coming next year. I’ll have your back. Boogie hates CP3 probably just as much as Rondo does.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:34 AM on October 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      What’s great about the Boogie situation is not only can’t the Warriors re-sign him but they’re going to provide the Lakers with a perfect trial to see how he would fit on an up-tempo team that wants to move the ball and switch everything on defense. The Lakers will have a very good idea what they could expect from Boogie as far as his health and how he would fit on the Lakers. The Warriors may reap a short term benefit from Boogie but they might also give other teams like the Lakers some ideas of how to dethrone them.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 12:21 PM on October 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yes.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 6:42 PM on October 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Cousins was never a switch everything type of center even when he was younger & 100% healthy. I wish we could sign him & keep Javale as his backup.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 5:26 PM on October 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Clearly after the first 3 games it’s obvious that this small ball nonsense is ridiculous and irrational. No Jimmy Butler, Kawhi, or any other free agent available this next summer is much of a difference maker than what we have now. Only one player going to make a difference as a free agent signing and that player with no doubt is Cousins.

  • p ang

    p ang 5:59 AM on October 15, 2018 Permalink  

    Think about it.

    If the vets(LBJ, Rondo, KCP, Beasly and McGee with Lance at 6), by playoffs, actually develop chemistry would you not consider them capable of beating the Rockets?

    Now add the young core as the bench. Can they now hang with the Warriors?

     
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