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  • p ang

    p ang 12:12 AM on July 11, 2017 Permalink  

    Based purely on one game I’d say Alex Caruso just took Marcelo Huertas’ spot.

     
    • tate793

      tate793 2:30 AM on July 11, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Stepped up and represented well. 3/D, 4 sho!

    • Worthy42

      Worthy42 5:41 AM on July 11, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He’s like a taller Huertas that can shoot and play D! In other words, nothing like him!

    • Magic Phil

      Magic Phil 8:11 AM on July 11, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      From what I saw, he’s miles better than Lonzo.

      Yes, I said that.

      • mud

        mud 9:59 AM on July 11, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        i think that’s a stretch. he did look good though, which is a relief because he looked SOOOOOO bad the other two games.

        • GDUBinDC

          GDUBinDC 11:31 AM on July 11, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Which is exactly y u shouldn’t get overly excited by one great performance … especially in SL.

          • mud

            mud 12:24 PM on July 11, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            in spite of the very poor shooting, Ball has looked like the real deal in both games he played.

            • tate793

              tate793 5:21 PM on July 11, 2017 Permalink

              Yep.

  • p ang

    p ang 8:25 PM on July 9, 2017 Permalink  

    So far Ball is at 1, JC at 2, BI at 3, JR at 4 and Lopez at 5?

    Dang, this positionless bball is confusing me.

     
    • keen observer

      keen observer 9:24 PM on July 9, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Four guys who can handle and distribute and a center who can play with his back to the basket or stretch the floor. Love it.

    • tate793

      tate793 11:50 PM on July 9, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      And even when Brook goes out for a breather, they can still stretch the floor with Bryant, or Kuzma as a small-ball center. So we’ve got Lonzo, Tyler Ennis, Josh Hart, Jordan Clarkson, BI, Kyle Kuzma, Deng, Bryant and Brook that can stroke the 3 with consistency. Randle and Nance both shot in the .270’s, not great, but a start.

      "Where's a video of @juliusrandle30 working on his jumper?" Here's Julius working with shot coach Andrew Olson | (via Carrastealth) A post shared by LAKERS WRLD16 (@lakersworld16) on May 28, 2017 at 7:50pm PDT

    • tate793

      tate793 11:59 PM on July 9, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Liking David Nwaba, PJ Dozier, Josh Hart, Kyle Kuzma and Thomas Bryant’s defensive mentality. Could be a case of the bench shutting down the opposition.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 6:32 AM on July 10, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        In 2020.

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 7:34 AM on July 10, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        That’d be nice if it comes to fruition.

        • keen observer

          keen observer 9:59 AM on July 10, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          It won’t this season. For some reason, Mr. Tate always has unrealistic optimism for rookies and D(G)-Leaguers. He kind of overreacts to their potential. While I understand that giving 150% increases one’s chances of excelling in the NBA, ALL the names on his list will either be bench warmers, garbage timers, or Gatoraders this season. They will see actual rotation minutes only when there are injuries.

          • tate793

            tate793 1:20 PM on July 10, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            What you seem to not recognize, Mr. Keen, is that other teams have rookies, scrubss, stiffs, etc., on their rosters, too.

            • keen observer

              keen observer 3:55 PM on July 10, 2017 Permalink

              What’s your point?

    • tate793

      tate793 4:52 PM on July 10, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The point is that our bench will be playing against other benches. Your projection that these guys won’t make any headway until 2020 is utterly ridiculous. Just like your Debbie Downer take on us not retaining our pick. Haven’t you learned anything from your past mistakes?

  • p ang

    p ang 5:23 PM on July 9, 2017 Permalink  

    Based on TWO SL games I think Kuzma just took Nance Jr.’s job.

    Will have to wait for pre-season to see if he’ll take Randle’s next.

     
    • tate793

      tate793 5:26 PM on July 9, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      And, I think Bryant has taken Zubac’s job.

      • Magic Phil

        Magic Phil 5:38 PM on July 9, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yeah…sad but Zub needs to “NBAer” himself. He’s a strong kid and heavy. For his game to flourish, he needs to work out a lot, gets quicker. But his fundamentals are very hard to find. He can be a beast but he needs to play less brain bball and get more into physical bball. Now

        • p ang

          p ang 5:41 PM on July 9, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          so true. more ZBo down low.

        • keen observer

          keen observer 9:26 PM on July 9, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          “Has taken Zubac’s job”???? He hasn’t even made the 15 man roster and my guess is that he’s signed to a two way contract. O-V-E-R-R-E-A-C-T-I-N-G.

          • tate793

            tate793 6:40 AM on July 10, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Classic case of denial, Mr. Keen. Take your hands from over your eyes, and live in the moment -- not the Twilight Zone.

            Bryants twice as athletic, knocks down the 3, protects the rim and is a ball of hustle. Zubac’s claim to fame came from last year’s regime. He’s outta shape, plodding along like Benoit Benjamin with no energy.

            Stop looking with your emotions snd look with your eyes and brain. I can understand you wanting to retain your boy, but, he’s a throwback one dimensional dinosaur. He’s gonna have to start stepnig up to catch up.

            Remember -- the real execs wanted to stash him. Didn’t think he was ready. Well, compared to Mozgov, is one point of view. Compared to Brook and Bryant is a whole different animal. D-E-N-I-A-L

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:47 PM on July 9, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Part of the problem with Zubac so far has been no pick-and-roll game, which was a concern about Lonzo’s experience at UCLA, which did not include many pick-and-rolls. That’s where Zu got most of his points. This is another area where we will miss Russell, who did a great job running pick-and-rolls with our bigs. I’m sure Lonzo will master the pick-and-roll as his basketball IQ and skills are too good but it will take time.

        While no pick-and-rolls hurt, Zubac has not impressed so far, much less talked the walk about dominating summer league. He looks like he has regressed and is slow and in not as athletic as the guys he is going against. The thought of starting the regular season with Ivica as our starting center is actually pretty scary. Suddenly makes the trade for Brook Lopez look better and better. Where did last year’s magic go?

        This is another reason why I am now in favor of the Lakers going after Rondo as our back-up point guard. He would be a great mentor teaching Lonzo how to run the pick-and-roll. Once the Lakers options get low enough, I expect us to bring Rondo in and think he will do a good job for one year. The front office and coaching staff are going to want to win more games this year even if it costs some PT for young players. They believe instilling a winning culture is most important for the coming season.

        • p ang

          p ang 5:59 PM on July 9, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          this team need vets. Rondo is great at crunch time.

        • For whom the bell trolls 6:39 PM on July 9, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Funny, I don’t recall DLo being a “great” PnR guy. Maybe a few of his passes that weren’t picked off led to a rolling score but those were rare, oh, but he loved to shoot off of them for sure.
          Zubac’s problem is simple, he’s come into summer league woefully out of shape.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 7:01 PM on July 9, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            You and NBA are lucky I’m vomiting my body weight…don’t have the energy to tear yo asses up about LBJ. Hahahahaha ;)

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:05 PM on July 9, 2017 Permalink

              Hang in there, Sean. It can get better, my friend.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 7:07 PM on July 9, 2017 Permalink

              Thanks for all the support, Tom. It’s giving me hope.

            • Seely_Iggy (Director)

              Seely_Iggy (Director) 8:48 PM on July 9, 2017 Permalink

              So sorry to hear that, Sean. I was wondering if you’d consider fasting. There seems to be an increasing amount of research that shows intermittent fasting (only water intake) can reduce the side effects of chemo.

              http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/life/86103304/fasting-before-chemotherapy-may-reduce-its-side-effects-study-finds

              Take care of yourself, buddy.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 8:54 PM on July 9, 2017 Permalink

              Seely, thank you. :) I’ll ask my Endocrinologist and Nutrisionist. Only problem, is I’m a Type 1 Diabetic. So that’s a complication in all this.

              I’ll be fine by the Fall. :) Just gnarly nausea at this point, which can be controlled. :)

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 6:23 PM on July 9, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Zub having a bad summer league so far. Not just the pick n roll but just over-all he’s seemed a bit off. Hopefully it’s just a coupla bad games and not an indication of things to come

    • Magic Phil

      Magic Phil 5:35 PM on July 9, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Maybe Kuzma took Randle’s job. Larry makes very little mistakes and I value that a lot. Randle plays zero defense and I’d rather lose him than Larry.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:01 PM on July 9, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I think Larry Nance, Jr. is destined to be our backup at the 4 and maybe some time as small ball center defensively. I don’t think he has the outside shot or attack mentality needed to be a starter in Luke’s offense. If no trade made, Randle will be the starter and Nance the backup. They deserve a chance to show what they can do.

        If no trade of Randle, then I think Kuzma may end up backing up Brandon Ingram at the 3 to get playing time. The other option, which I like, is starting Ingram at the 2, where he would play if we land Paul George, and let Kuzma start at the 3. Of course, Kyle has to earn that opportunity by continuing to play well when he gets the minutes.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 6:03 PM on July 9, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think Jud Buechler is threatening Luke’s job…

  • p ang

    p ang 11:37 PM on July 2, 2017 Permalink  

    Real oldtimer (about LT’s bracket. lol) told me to watch Rodman (Bulls) vs. Shaq (Magic) and I’d see a replay of how Russell played against Wilt.

    I did and, Dang, it was intense.

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 8:33 AM on July 3, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That was a time when players were allowed to play real man’s defense.
      Now you can barely touch a guy in the paint before the whistle blows.

      • tate793

        tate793 10:34 AM on July 3, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        There really wasn’t that much physicality between Wilt and Russell. There was more between Wilt and KAJ, especially in the game where Wilt blocked his Sky Hook twice in one possession.

  • p ang

    p ang 10:25 PM on July 2, 2017 Permalink  

    The pressure of being the best. lol.

    https://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2017/7/1/15909780/la-lakers-nba-summer-league-championship-odds-favorites-las-vegas-brandon-ingram-lonzo-ball-playoffs

     
  • p ang

    p ang 5:53 PM on June 29, 2017 Permalink  

    Dang, These rookies have to stop with all this “you know”

     
  • p ang

    p ang 7:06 PM on June 28, 2017 Permalink  

    Effing James Dolan!

    Now PJax can’t do Jeannie a solid and trade KP for Ju straight up.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:10 PM on June 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      At least we will hopefully be saved of being inundated with Lakers fans wanting the Lakers to give Phil a consulting job like they did with the Logo. Nobody could be that stupid, could they? This could be mean but I’m not sure if I want this to end up with Phil getting back with Jeanie.

      • p ang

        p ang 7:22 PM on June 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Main reason everybody wanted PJax as consultant was Jim Buss. Jim as been thrown into the sunset without need for Phil. With Jeannie on board (finally!), the ship is righted.

        As to their lovelife, I leave that to others.

  • p ang

    p ang 5:31 PM on June 25, 2017 Permalink  

    Lonzo, BI and Lopez.

    Imaging Porzingis in this lineup. Okay, Phil, who you want?

     
  • p ang

    p ang 6:18 AM on June 24, 2017 Permalink  

    All that passing skill of Lonzo will be for naught if Randle won’t outlet him the ball. Imagine Rambis leading the break instead of giving it up to Magic.

     
    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 8:09 AM on June 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That, along with his almost nonexistent perimeter shot, is just another reason to package him in a possible trade for PG. IJS

      • therealhtj

        therealhtj 9:04 AM on June 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Problem is, we’re not the only ones paying attention. Julius and JC provide a collective “meh” from potential trade partners.

        • GDUBinDC

          GDUBinDC 9:23 AM on June 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Unfortunately, that’s probably true, Stan.

          • AK27

            AK27 10:10 AM on June 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            the “unfortunate” part almost goes without saying whenever htj is right, G…fortunately, it doesn’t happen very often..

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 11:32 AM on June 24, 2017 Permalink

              : )

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 10:17 AM on June 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            It goes to the problem in the well. A lot of Lakers fans on social media really don’t or won’t look at these players objectively.

            Living through tunnel vision, and after 4 years at the bottom, the Echo Chamber is as strong as ever.

            The denial on social media is strong in this fan base.

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 11:34 AM on June 24, 2017 Permalink

              Tru dat, Sean.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 12:30 PM on June 24, 2017 Permalink

              YUP.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:47 PM on June 24, 2017 Permalink

              LOL. I doubt there is a fan base out there that doesn’t do that, although maybe a team like the Nets will lead fans to lower opinions of their players due to previous disappointments. It’s just the nature of fans.

              I also don’t buy that the our scouts did not do a great job the last few years on our draft picks or that our young core was overrated and should now be jettisoned in some ridiculous idea of addition by subtracion.

              I know the current spin is Russell, Randle, and Clarkson are worthless but that’s more just the normal dumping that happens with change. Randle is an enigma and Clarkson is probalby peaked but they still have value, just maybe not best now for the Lakers.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 12:51 PM on June 24, 2017 Permalink

              We don’t even come close to the worst, Tom. Lol.

              I’d have to give that award to Toronto Blue Jays. Toxic fanbase on Social Media.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 10:45 AM on June 24, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I thought we drafted four Future All Stars?!????
      All it will take is patience!
      Lol!!!!

  • p ang

    p ang 6:07 PM on June 22, 2017 Permalink  

    IIIII-Keeeee!

    :)

     
  • p ang

    p ang 5:49 PM on June 22, 2017 Permalink  

    Wonder if Nick Young is now regretting not having a chance to play with Lonzo?

     
    • Caliphilosopher

      Caliphilosopher 5:56 PM on June 22, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yeah buddy! I’m pretty sure he might be. Unless he’s looking for a longer deal at potentially less per year (like Pau is doing with SAS).

  • p ang

    p ang 4:09 PM on June 14, 2017 Permalink  

    Jerry West wasn’t sold on Magic. Doc Buss was. He made it part of the condition when he bought the Lakers.

    Bill Laimbeer was drafted 65th by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    Some GMs are just as out there as the rest of us dumb folks.

     
  • p ang

    p ang 12:54 AM on June 8, 2017 Permalink  

    Dang.

    This must be how its like when Wilt goes up against Russell and his team of Allstars.

     
  • p ang

    p ang 3:55 PM on June 5, 2017 Permalink  

    https://twitter.com/JordanHeckFF/status/871743805640368128/video/1

     
  • p ang

    p ang 7:24 PM on May 20, 2017 Permalink  

    Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard apparently weren’t enough for GSW. Now its David Lee.

     
    • mud

      mud 9:52 PM on May 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      they sure do have a way of finding injured teams in the playoffs.

      GSW needs to be careful with that witchcraft. it often has heavy penalties.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 12:38 PM on May 21, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Career might be over. Smh.

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