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  • p ang

    p ang 6:16 PM on October 4, 2017 Permalink  

    Still think LaVar gave Lonzo good financial advice?

    Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Would Receive Same Amount From Nike In Under 2 Weeks As Lonzo Ball Earns From Big Baller Brand

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:43 PM on October 4, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He will get a bigger and better deal by waiting until Lonzo wins ROY.

      • p ang

        p ang 6:56 PM on October 4, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Lonzo winning the ROY is not bigger than him being drafted by LA. That was the time to get his best deal.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:41 PM on October 4, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          It’s not about what Big Baller Brand earns. It’s about the value of the brand, which has grown to be very valuable and Lonzo hasn’t even played a game. LaVar wants a co-branding deal for BBB rather than just a player endorsement deal for Lonzo. The bigger Lonzo’s star looks to be, the bigger the deal with be. Imagine Under Armour pushing BBB as a brand as LaVar’s big pocket partners. Company could be worth billions.

          • p ang

            p ang 12:23 AM on October 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            “It’s not about what Big Baller Brand earns. It’s about the value of the brand..”

            so earnings has little to no effect or reflection on the brand value? okay then.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:57 AM on October 5, 2017 Permalink

              Earnings rarely matter for start ups. Tesla for example. If Lonzo is as good as we all think, then LaVar is making the smart move. The only way it is not the smart move is if Lonzo bombs.

    • mud

      mud 10:05 PM on October 4, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      i just don’t care. i don’t think it’s relative to anything.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:15 PM on October 4, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Money is money. You go for a shoe contract then start a label. Although he seems to excel at bucking trends and coming at things in his own backwards-seeming way. Hard to argue so far. Not too thrilled about the home schooling choice. Seemed like he went out of his way to say how he likes to stay out of the coaches/schools/organization’s way. This gets to feeling a little Ryan Leafy if you’ve heard the name.

      Anyhow, it’s one of the least interesting plot lines of the season so far. More paramount to me is will Vander Blue make the team? Shoes, need ’em in the gym. ‘Nuff said.

      • tate793

        tate793 11:32 PM on October 4, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Biggest draft bust since Bo Jackson exposed Brian Bosworth.

        • therealhtj

          therealhtj 6:38 AM on October 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Who? Leaf? Vander Blue? Lonzo? Jamarcus still got Leaf though.

    • tate793

      tate793 10:18 PM on October 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Leaf. Russell didn’t come into the league with all the hype that Leaf did. His draft position was based solely on one very recent game -- the Sugar Bowl.

  • p ang

    p ang 8:38 PM on October 3, 2017 Permalink  

    Kuzma is not taking Randle’s spot, he’s taking JClarkson’s. Imagine him in the LO mold as the 6th man.

    Lakers have no one to compensate for Randle’s 10rpg or physicality. Ju and Brook/Bogut form one tough frontline. Great for starting the Showtime break. Now that Ju plays defense and learned the outlet pass how can Walton sit him down?

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:03 PM on October 3, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’ll agree with that for the first two or three months but if we’re under .500 and he’s killing it consistently…we’ll see. Probably not straight out of camp. But definitely could be a conversation for the New year.

    • keen observer

      keen observer 9:04 PM on October 3, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      There are 4 power forwards on the team: Randle, Nance, Deng and Kuzma. Randle’s contract and style of play are both complicating. Nance’s contract is friendly and his style of play is friendly to Luke’s coaching schemes, Deng has a virtually untradable contract, and Kuzma is flat out not going anywhere. What will give?

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:25 PM on October 3, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Price to trade Deng is the mitigating factor. A dwindling free agent crop is another. How this works over the course of the next month is my favorite question. Hard not to speculate but it’s been a long summer of drudgery and I’m unfairly expecting the Lakers to help alleviate that. Growing pains are the thing. I think the front office will be more patient than most expect, much to the chagrin of Lakers fans in some corners.

        • keen observer

          keen observer 6:37 AM on October 4, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Trades are rare this time of season. There are a few between now and the trade deadline and a “flurry” at the trade deadline, but never as many as rumored.

  • p ang

    p ang 9:22 PM on October 2, 2017 Permalink  

    Larry Nance at the 5 is an epic fail.

     
    • keen observer

      keen observer 10:15 AM on October 3, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Epic is a little harsh. It’s the preseason. If he plays the position during the regular season and sucks, then I can see making the comment. Nothing should be taken too seriously right now except injuries.

      • tate793

        tate793 9:57 PM on October 3, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Deng should get some burn at the stretch 4, AND stretch 5. He already looks 10 times better than last year.

  • p ang

    p ang 6:31 AM on September 29, 2017 Permalink  

    Talk about a confusing headline 

    https://www.yahoo.com/sports/matt-barnes-knocked-around-derek-fisher-034106247.html

     
  • p ang

    p ang 6:30 AM on September 29, 2017 Permalink
    Tags: Talk about confusing headline   

    https://www.yahoo.com/sports/matt-barnes-knocked-around-derek-fisher-034106247.html

     
  • p ang

    p ang 2:11 AM on September 28, 2017 Permalink  

    Sometimes you just have to stand up to a bully.

     
  • p ang

    p ang 2:02 AM on September 28, 2017 Permalink  

    4 guys turning in their graves.

     
  • p ang

    p ang 4:36 AM on September 15, 2017 Permalink  

    In a team that had Rick Fox, Devean George and Gary Payton Kobe ends out guarding HOFr Tracy McGrady while scoring 37 in the Second half. Retiring 8 and 24 is perfect.

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 9:15 AM on September 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great game post p ang. Just finished.

      T-Mac and Kobe had some great battles.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:50 AM on September 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I remember that game. Never thought of D-George as an elite defender tho…

      At any rate, I agree, both numbers ought to be retired although that would look weird on the wall

  • p ang

    p ang 5:46 PM on August 13, 2017 Permalink  

    On a happier thought:

    Who would you like your daughter (or granddaughter) to grow up to be: Sansa Stark or Lady Mormont?

     
  • p ang

    p ang 5:00 PM on July 21, 2017 Permalink  

    Love to have LBJ.

    Question is: does his game match with Lonzo?

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:41 PM on July 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Imagine LeBron and Kuzma running the wings and Lonzo in the middle.

      • John M.

        John M. 5:44 PM on July 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I cannot imagine LeBron submitting to Lonzo as the leader of the Lakers.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:03 PM on July 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          One of the problems with Kyrie and LeBron is LeBron does not trust Kyrie to facilitate while Kyrie wants the ball in his hands. From the talk radio shows, this has been headed this way for a month now. Kyrie has his ring, knows LeBron is leaving, and wants to be the man now. Hence, the trade demand.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 6:05 PM on July 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Years, Tom.

            Windhorst called this in 2016.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:12 PM on July 21, 2017 Permalink

              You’re right, Sean. He’s the direct line to anything LeBron

              Cleveland has to know LeBron is leaving and move now to get some players so he doesn’t leave with nothing. They’re so far over the cap, they wouldn’t have cap space to replace him.

              You know Pelinka and Paul know what is going on here. Whatever happens will be LeBron’s decision, not the Cavs or Lakers. If LeBron wants to come now and BI is the deal breaker, Magic is not going to say no. LeBron coming now would be worth it.

              And if LeBron doesn’t want the Lakers to trade for him now, I’m sure Rob has already been told that by Rich. No matter how you cut it, LeBron is still pulling the strings, like it or not.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 6:44 PM on July 21, 2017 Permalink

              Well said, Tom.

            • MongoSlade

              MongoSlade 6:51 PM on July 21, 2017 Permalink

              What exactly do the Lakers gain by Lebron coming early and trading away BI?

            • therealhtj

              therealhtj 6:56 PM on July 21, 2017 Permalink

              Lebron will dictate the terms of any move. So it’s on him if he wants to play with BI, or use him as a chip to get another star. He goes no place that’d have to empty their cupboard to get him. I’d just hope he backs off his “nothing less than max” position. Let’s see if he’s learned that lesson.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:06 PM on July 21, 2017 Permalink

              Good question, Mongo.

              1. Bird in hand.
              Getting LeBron for sure rather than hoping he will come.

              2. Better team.
              Could not only make playoffs but make some noise.

              3. Prep for ’18.
              Give a year younger LeBron and Lonzo a head start.

              Again, LeBron will dictate what will happen.

            • MongoSlade

              MongoSlade 7:28 PM on July 21, 2017 Permalink

              Lebron ain’t controlling jack-shyte if Earv n Rob don’t wanna move BI. If he’s already tipped his hand thru back-channels then it’s all the more reason to wait him out or make the deal without BI.

              I’ve got no problem trading for him now but including BI makes no sense whatsoever.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 5:43 PM on July 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yes. Lonzo is the one guy willing to lower his usage rate and he’s one of the few players whose efficiency wouldn’t decline…at all.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 7:49 PM on July 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      DO NOT give up Anybody for LeBron.
      If he wants to come at a discount price next summer, so be it.
      WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS: THE PREMIER FRANCHISE OF THE NBA. NOBODY IS TELLING MAGIC AND ROB HOW TO DO THEIR JOBS.

  • p ang

    p ang 12:25 AM on July 19, 2017 Permalink  

    Only GSW has a 1-2-3 backcourt scoring trio. Houston and rest have 2 at best. Having KCP and BI cover those two with Lonzo on the weakest of the 3 covers Lonzo’s defensive deficiency. Far different dynamic from DAR/Young/Deng or a rookie BI.

    Dang, playoffs!

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:57 AM on July 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Lakers would be a lock for the playoffs if they were in the East but it would take a perfect storm of luck to make the playoffs in the West. Crazy as it would be, I think Lakers in the playoff, while a long shot, is not impossible, especially if Lonzo and Ingram become as good as advertised. Bottom line, the Lakers next jump has to be to make the playoffs. That would complete their perfect positioning for the Summer 2018 Superstar Sweepstakes.

      Of last year’s playoff teams, the Warriors, Spurs, and Rockets are locks to repeat. Thunder and Blazers should be better. The Clippers and Jazz lost star players and could fall out of playoffs as well as the Grizzlies, which means there could be 3 playoff spots available. I think the Nuggets and Timberwolves will get 2 of them, leaving the #8 playoff spot open for the Lakers over the Clippers, Jazz, Grizzlies, Blazers, Pelicans, Mavs, Kings, and Suns. I think that is a challenge the Lakers can win. The Lakers starting lineup is a huge upgrade over last year.

      • therealhtj

        therealhtj 11:46 AM on July 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        There’ll always be some team that falls off due to any number of reasons, and some team that comes out of nowhere. It’ll still take a perfect storm to get that 8 seed.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 1:45 PM on July 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Gonna be tough. I think the Clipps still make it in. Kings made some improvements this summer as well.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 12:08 PM on July 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’ll be happy if everyone progresses, and we come close to making the playoffs.
      If we don’t, it’s no big deal considering how Gangsta the West is and we have a starting five AND bench that needs time to learn how to play together.

  • p ang

    p ang 6:12 PM on July 18, 2017 Permalink  

    Lakers can ball (pun, yup) but can they defend? If they get to top 15 defensively, playoffs.

     
  • p ang

    p ang 5:09 PM on July 18, 2017 Permalink  

    C’mon, Magic. Take a Hail Mary swing at Nerlens Noel. Who knows, the guy must be desperate by now. Not one team is making him an offer. Puts him in the same boat as Festus Ezeli.

     
  • p ang

    p ang 4:03 AM on July 18, 2017 Permalink  

    Kuzzzzzzz.

     
    • tate793

      tate793 4:52 AM on July 18, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      …….and Zooooooo

      • tate793

        tate793 4:58 AM on July 18, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Add KCP, Ingram and Brook Lopez to those two, and we’ll cause a lotta teams problems. Still got JC, Josh Hart, Luol Deng, Julius Randle, LNJr + Zubac, and whomever else.

        • mud

          mud 9:52 AM on July 18, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          yeah, it’s unlikely that they could win it all, but it’s not a bad team this year. it really looks like major progress.

  • p ang

    p ang 9:19 PM on July 12, 2017 Permalink  

    Not Blue. More like Black Hole..

     
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