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  • p ang

    p ang 10:16 PM on September 29, 2019 Permalink  

    Dang.

    Ramona Shelburne is so out with the Lakers since the Magic debacle she’s now doing Clippers interviews.

    Wonder what she did to pizz Jeanie.

     
    • Seely_Iggy (Director)

      Seely_Iggy (Director) 5:27 AM on September 30, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      She washed Jeanie’s dirty laundry in public with a hit piece. If nothing else, Jeanie values loyalty.

  • p ang

    p ang 5:22 AM on September 20, 2019 Permalink  

    So Kawhi choices where 1. Clippers or 2. Lakers? Dang, he really screwed the Raptors. Hey, guys, lend me the plane. Lets have drinks and discuss me re-signing. Not.

     
  • p ang

    p ang 5:17 AM on September 20, 2019 Permalink  

    Here, LT, another thing that you should change your mind on.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:37 AM on September 20, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hey, Peter, I love Kobe and the Triangle was a great offense in its time. But it’s time is no more. Unfortunately, it no longer makes sense in the age of analytics and the dominance of the three-point shot. Kobe can wax nostalgic all he wants and talk about ‘accidental basketball’ but all it does is continue to show that he’s out of touch with the modern game and stuck in the past, which happens with most great superstars.

  • p ang

    p ang 11:53 PM on September 13, 2019 Permalink  

    If Colangelo wants to win the FIBA games there’s a whole lot of good to great NBA players who will kill for a chance to be part of team USA. They’re all playing in the Big 3 league.

     
  • p ang

    p ang 12:16 AM on September 13, 2019 Permalink  

    Sad how Colangelo is blaming the worst finish on players who didn’t play.

    Maybe if they got Olympic Melo and Kuz (you know, the guys who really really wanted to play) they’d have gotten a better result.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:36 AM on September 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It’s time for new blood on Team USA front office and coaching staff.
      Colangelo and Pops are done. Dinosaurs. Time to move on.

      • John M.

        John M. 1:07 PM on September 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        A different perspective…

        BEIJING — Kobe Bryant thinks Team USA might have to get used to a new reality of losing in major events.

        Bryant was part of arguably the second-most-relevant Team USA in history, after the original Dream Team in 1992. The Bryant-led 2008 “Redeem Team” that won gold at the Beijing Olympics is held in high esteem. He was at the start of a 58-game tournament winning streak for the Americans that was snapped with a loss to France this week.

        Back in the same arena where his big fourth quarter clinched gold against Spain 11 years ago, Bryant said Friday that this summer’s national team doesn’t need to be redeemed next year at the Tokyo Olympics.

        “It’s not a matter of the rest of the world catching up to the U.S., it’s that the rest of the world has been caught up for quite some time,” Bryant said at the Wukesong Sports Center. “And it’s to the point now where us in the U.S. are going to win some, we’re going lose some. And that’s just how it goes.”

        The Americans weren’t playing in the World Cup semifinals Bryant attended Friday Night, and they won’t play Sunday when the title is handed out. Instead they will play in the lowest-stakes game of the weekend, Saturday afternoon’s seventh-place game against Poland.

        Bryant dismissed the idea that Team USA’s struggles in China can be attributed to the top players who elected not to play this summer and that all will be well if the front line recommits and goes to Japan next July.

        “I hear that a lot: ‘Did we send the best possible team that we can put out there?'” Bryant said.

        “You have to remember, on the Redeem Team we needed a hell of a fourth quarter to beat Spain. That was a hell of a team we had. We still needed a real late push to beat Spain in that gold-medal match. So I say that to say, put the best players that you think are going to make the best U.S. team out on the floor, we are still going to have challenges. It’s not going to be a cakewalk. The days of the ’92 Barcelona Dream Team are gone. They’re over, so it’s going to be tough.”

        Bryant played with Team USA three times and never lost a game, winning the 2007 FIBA Americas title and then Olympic gold in 2008 and 2012 in London. He declined to play several times earlier in his career due to injuries and for personal reasons, like in 2000 when he passed on the Sydney Olympics because he was getting married.

        With that understanding, Bryant said American stars who decided to skip playing this summer had their reasons and he supported them.

        “Some of those guys haven’t had the opportunity to play for the United States, so I’m sure if their health allowed them to, they certainly would’ve been over here playing,” Bryant said in an interview with ESPN.

        “But a lot of those guys are coming off of serious injuries and trying to figure out how to navigate through that to get healthy again and back to 100%. Other guys are moving, moving to different cities and getting their families to settle in. It’s a big adjustment for families, so I certainly understand it.”

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:26 PM on September 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          While the rest of the world has obvioulsy gotten and will continue to get better at the game of basketball, I respectfully disagree with Kobe that Team USA should get used to losing games. If we send our best or even second best group of players, we will continue to dominate. The problem is none of the elite players want to go any more and the group we sent was not the best partly because of the selection process by Pops and his biases. We likely sent the 9th or 10th best squad we could send. It’s time to replace Colangelo and Popovitch and get new blood and work out an arrangement with the NBA so that elite players will want to play for their country again.

          • John M.

            John M. 3:46 PM on September 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Do you know what the incentives are now? I don’t, beyond patriotism. Seems it would take serious money to motivate the max players.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:50 PM on September 13, 2019 Permalink

              I think the way the league is suddenly wide open led to a lot of top players passing. I also think Popovich made several questionable decisions on whom to play and whom to keep on the roster this year. In my opinion, I also think several of the players quit because Pops wasn’t giving them the minutes they thought they deserves. Starting with the entire Kawhi situation and bad trade with the Raptors, some of the gloss has rubbed off his resume and guys no longer ‘want’ to play for him. Of course, that’s just my personal opinion.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 4:55 PM on September 13, 2019 Permalink

              LOL.

              You’re right about Kawhi, Tom. Nothing subjective there.

              Kawhi and KD are the two players history will link. Kawhi believing himself to not be 100 % and his personal philosophy of not playing unless he can go to the hilt and Pop’s ‘get over yourself’ culture clashed.

              Hard to disagree with Kawhi.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 4:58 PM on September 13, 2019 Permalink

              Kawhi took self sufficiency to another level with his health.

              And in his feelings, Draymond wanted to paint the Scarlett Letter on KD…instead the Dubs greed made him a martyr from the ‘get yours while the Sun still up’ and not allowing peer pressure to deter your ambition.

  • p ang

    p ang 12:37 AM on September 5, 2019 Permalink  

    October is sooooo faaaaarrrr awaaaayyyyyy……..

     
  • p ang

    p ang 5:04 AM on September 1, 2019 Permalink  

    DHoward is a Laker again! Sheesh.

    Ohkay, I’m going to do the LakerTom thing and see the glass half full.

    Imagine if he actually has changed for the better. DHoward, AD and LBJ in the front court. Kick in Danny Green and somebody and WOW!

     
  • p ang

    p ang 12:58 AM on August 2, 2019 Permalink  

    David Griffin has a 90+wins and 110+losses in the EAST without LBJ so how did he earn a good to great GM reputation? Didn’t he just trade for 3 oft injured players and non lottery draft picks for a top 5 player his own coach wouldn’t trade for Beyonce?

    If you’re the Pels and he says the pressure and intrigue involved in winning a ring is not worth it, is this the GM you really wanted?

    Good he is not here. As Kuz puts it: not everybody is cut out to be a Laker

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:15 AM on August 2, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yup. Read how he was ‘miserable’ building around LeBron and while I have no doubt that the pressure that comes with the level of talent (and the subsequent expectations that entails) is enormous, that’s also the job. It’s why Jerry left the Lakers: too much self-inflicted pressure. It’s why the coaches feel like they’re going through a one-year experiment every season. The players rule in the modern NBA. Which I’m fine with: I don’t pay to see what the coach is wearing or tune in to hear how hard the GM worked. Could there be some tweaks to even the playing field a bit? I’m sure there are and that the NBA will explore them. But for now the players have the ability to determine their own futures, to a large degree, and it makes the GM job harder. Don’t take it if you don’t want it..

      Everyone wants to begrudge AD and LBJ for hooking up while conveniently forgetting Kawhi has forced himself off of one team he was under contract with and then just a year later encouraged another player under contract with another team (for multiple yers) to bail. Not sure how we’re the villains of the NBA at this point…but I also don’t give a flying fig.

      Let them come, for you shall know me by the trail of the dead.

  • p ang

    p ang 2:06 AM on July 30, 2019 Permalink  

    Random thoughts on a long long season break

    Clippers taking over LA is as likely as the Mets taking over the Yankees in New York. The Mets won it all before, had their day in the sun and then quietly went back to being the other NY team.

    For all the accolades laid down on Jerry West feet (well deserved) I have one question: Did he ever build a team that won a ring without Dr. Buss? Dr. Buss did without him (Kobe/Pau)

    James Dolan, Paul Allen and Mark Cuban are all richer than Dr. B and all outspent Dr. B. Only Cuban go lucky (once!) so go ahead, Ballmer, outspend Jeanie. Lets see what it amounts to.

    PG is 0 for 10(?) on to win baskets, Kawhi is a lucky 4 bouncer. So who’s clutch in that team? Melo is the most clutch statistically, even better than Kobe. Maybe they should get him just for the last shot.

    The old story on George Mikan blocking his ballhog teammate’s shot because he wouldn’t pass him the ball might be what happens between Harden and Westbrook.

    If the Nets win 53+ you think Kyrie will welcome KD to HIS team next year?

    I’d never count out a team with a healthy Steph Curry, Klay, Draymond . And WCS.

     
    • keen observer

      keen observer 8:25 AM on July 30, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      1) Well put.

      2) Try the Golden State Warriors.

      3) Clay Bennett, for that matter.

      4) Truthfully, the thought of adding Melo is intriguing for “load management” purposes, but pass.

      5) Think Walt “Clyde” Frazier and Earl “The Pearl” Monroe.

      6) With open arms!

      7) Could not agree with you more. And D’Angelo Russell or the guy they trade him for (Kevin Love?).

  • p ang

    p ang 4:06 AM on July 29, 2019 Permalink  

    It should be noted that the guys who are definitely going to be in the short rotation or in the minutes of a tied game are all clutch.

    1. Quinn Cook: see GSW last two finals.
    2. Danny Green: see body of work.
    3. Avery Bradley: see Celtics
    4. Kyle Kuzma: remember when he was the only guy who wanted to take that Foulshot?
    5. Rajon Rondo: see last minutes of Finals game 7 LA v. Boston.
    6. AD: see body of work.
    7. LBJ: enough said.

    And should be but doubt still lingers as in: Can they make the winning foul shot in a game 7? I’m a spoiled Kobe fan. He’d make it even if he 0-15 during the game.

    8. Boogie Cousins
    9. Alex Caruso
    10. Troy Daniels.

     
  • p ang

    p ang 10:40 PM on July 23, 2019 Permalink  

    Is this guy funnier than Shaq or what?

    https://twitter.com/JaredDudley619/status/1153727865197715456

     
  • p ang

    p ang 12:41 AM on July 22, 2019 Permalink  

    It amazes me just how much people disrespect Cousins.

    His injuries are all healed, has lost weight and getting his wind back. Pointing to his lost of athleticism as the primary reason for this maybe reasonable but only if you disregard the fact that the guy is also very skilled. He may have lost his hops (which wasn’t much anyway) and his explosiveness (unproven and mostly assumed) making him, what, just a top 5 C instead of the best?

    Just compare the Gasol brothers to him at their prime. Boogie is just as skilled, stronger, still quicker and better at 3s.

     
    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 9:20 AM on July 22, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Agree 100%

    • keen observer

      keen observer 10:17 AM on July 22, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Given his size and the fact that he sustained a serious quad injury during the playoffs last season, I hope that Coach Vogel limits his minutes to begin the season and eases him back. If we were to compare him to another big who suffered an Achilles injury, I think the best comparison would be Elton Brand. He was only 28 when it happened, never came close to returning to form, took two full seasons before he could play significant minutes and had 3 somewhat decent seasons between the ages of 30-32, normally prime years for a big. I wouldn’t get too excited about Boogie.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:17 AM on July 22, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think there are good reasons to be optimistic as well as cautious regarding expectations for Boogie. Looks great standing there but need to see him on the court and showing some lift and stroke.

      On the optimistic side, Boogie looks to have lost a lot of weight, posted pretty impressive numbers for Golden State last year, and revamped his game alongside Anthony Davis before the injury to be more of a modern stretch five than a traditional center. Before the Achilles in January 2018, Boogie was on pace to shoot over five hundred threes at 35.4%, which would have made him the most prolific 7-foot three-point shooter in history. He was on pace to be Brook Lopez before Brook Lopez set the record with 512 attempts last year with the Bucks.

      On the cautious side, Boogie had zero lift in the playoffs after injuring the quad and most players don’t approach their old selves until at least two years after their torn Achilles. Boogie also only shot 27% from deep last season with the Warriors and his fit alongside AD is heavily weighted by his ability to spread the floor and stretch the defense. I think Vogel needs to see him get healthy before putting him in the starting lineup and his best fit might still ultimately be taking advantage and feasting on second string centers off the bench to start the season. Bottom line, we need defense in the starting lineup and right now that’s more likely to be JaVale McGee.

      The other concern is why was no other team willing to even give Boogie the room exception? That’s a little concerning to me. There are definitely some dumb GM’s out there but for everybody to pass, you have to wonder why. AD and Rondo obviously wanted him on the roster. Personally, I love the signing and have high hopes that Boogie could do for the Lakers offense what Brook did for the Bucks. A prolific stretch five who creates room for LeBron and AD to be unstoppable. The only bummer about Boogie is also that we don’t have his Bird rights so if he explodes, the most we could pay him would be the $9.8 million taxpayer MLE. I would bring him along slowly for his own good and the Lakers own good. Start him off the bench and start to fit him alongside LeBron and AD once they get rolling.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 11:32 AM on July 22, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Most players never return to their old selves after an Achilles injury.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:37 AM on July 22, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          True but 80% of the old Boogie could be perfect for the Lakers because his best value alongside LeBron and AD would be his ability to become a high volume 36% three-point shooter like Brook Lopez. Achilles ain’t going to hurt his shot. And it might be that he would not get huge offers and be willing to re-sign for $10 million with the Lakers to win rings starting alongside LeBron and AD.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 11:52 AM on July 22, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The history of the Achilles injury has told us that it usually leads to either re-injury or other associated injuries. DMC looked great and was playing some good ball before he hurt the quad at the beginning of the playoffs. And that will always be the concern.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:19 PM on July 22, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The Achilles injury will hopefully not affect this shooting stroke. DMC was on pace to take 502 threes as the stretch five playing alongside Anthony Davis. Best option for Lakers would be for Boogie to love that role next to AD and re-sign for the three years and $30 million at the taxpayer MLE so we could keep him. He’s obviously the perfect fit at the five with AD wanting to play the four.

        It will also be interesting to see if Vogel slows the Lakers pace down dramatically to keep LeBron and Boogie from getting tired and suffering more injuries. Boogie was trying to play at the Warriors pace, which may have contributed to the torn quad. The first year Boogie and AD played together, the Pelicans were 8th in pace. In 2017-18, when Boogie went down, they were 1st in pace. Last year, the Warriors were 10th but the actual pace was faster than the Pelicans when they were 1st the previous year.

        • John M.

          John M. 2:56 PM on July 22, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Yet people assume Durant will be just fine, namely, SAS and the Nets…

          • therealhtj

            therealhtj 3:12 PM on July 22, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Barring complications, he can come back at 70-75%. That’s still a nice player. Probably all-star adjacent. I wouldn’t have maxed him out, but nice.

  • p ang

    p ang 7:15 PM on July 15, 2019 Permalink  

    Time to wish the LA Clippers well. They have a chance to really become a powerhouse team by adding 2 more stars who are looking for a home: Dwight Howard and Chris Paul.

    Old Chinese curse: May you live in interesting times.

     
    • havoc

      havoc 7:42 PM on July 15, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Did CP3 nd howard now joined the clippers?

      • p ang

        p ang 9:22 PM on July 15, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        no. tongue in cheek, havoc. can you imagine the amount of tension in the locker room with those 2 in it? for all that talent is it worth it?

    • Worthy42

      Worthy42 7:43 AM on July 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      D12 alone would be enough to sink that team. Here’s hoping he signs with them.

  • p ang

    p ang 10:59 PM on July 12, 2019 Permalink  

    I’ll take 80% of this guy:

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 11:12 PM on July 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I sure hope he can remain healthy.
      Nobody will have a chance if LeBron, AD, Boogie and Kuz can play the majority of the reg season together.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 8:17 AM on July 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        He’ll be in great shape, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything.

  • p ang

    p ang 10:22 PM on July 12, 2019 Permalink  

    lol

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 11:13 PM on July 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Clippers always be clippin.’
      Dusty old uncle Clipp.

      • therealhtj

        therealhtj 9:32 AM on July 13, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Dennis only sent cornrows there because they knew they’d be able to run the show. Probably made a backhanded deal with Balls too. Don’t be shocked if Unc gets some lofty “consulting role” with them.

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