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  • p ang

    p ang 7:21 PM on February 21, 2017 Permalink  

    So Magic was true to his word. His first call was to Kobe and Kobe’s answer was “Hire my agent.”

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    p ang 12:09 PM on February 21, 2017 Permalink  

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    p ang 11:47 AM on February 21, 2017 Permalink  

    One possible reason Jeanie fired John Black is that he is the man behind that ill-conceived Dwight billboard campaign that caused her so much embarrasment.

  • p ang

    p ang 5:03 PM on February 10, 2017 Permalink  

    In a seance Magic brought forth the magic and absorbed the essence of Dr. Buss.

    Dang, Jim Buss is so disregarded that Magic has reached mythical proportions.

  • p ang

    p ang 2:41 PM on February 7, 2017 Permalink  

    Too much is being read into the New York win.Just bear in mind that a team that bad still managed to score 107 on this “new look” Lakers.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:46 PM on February 7, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The Knicks are the antidote to every team’s troubles.
      Nevertheless, I liked how we played with Black and Ingram starting.
      Let’s see how it plays out the next two road games.
      We have now played 4 straight pretty good games.

    • mud

      mud 5:14 PM on February 7, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      what’s too much to read into that the team played a good game? regardless of the competition, they haven’t always played a good game this year, win or lose.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 5:56 PM on February 7, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        They have looked much better for 4 in a row now. They played both the Wizards and the Celtics tough and beat the Nuggets before they hit the road with a solid performance. Let’s read into that. It’s called progress, which was the stated goal prior to the season.

        • tate793

          tate793 9:41 PM on February 7, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          From my perspective, at least a third of the games they have lost, could have gone either way.

          • keen observer

            keen observer 7:45 AM on February 8, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Of course, but those are called growing pains. Completely expected. Games they are losing this season, they will will next season.

  • p ang

    p ang 8:23 PM on February 6, 2017 Permalink  

    Quote of the day:

    “I felt sorry for myself because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.”

    ― Jewish Proverb

    Barefoot Lakers just met the Knicks.

  • p ang

    p ang 2:12 AM on January 28, 2017 Permalink  

    Quote of the day:

    “To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture.”

    Thomas Paine

    • keen observer

      keen observer 7:20 AM on January 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      ANOTHER anti-Jim Buss post? :)

      • p ang

        p ang 8:40 AM on January 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        no, not really. i meant it for the guys who discourse with you in the hope they realize who they are arguing with.

        • keen observer

          keen observer 1:23 PM on January 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply


        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 1:54 PM on January 28, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

          A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.

          We’re not going anywhere, Little Bo Peep. :)

  • p ang

    p ang 7:04 AM on January 26, 2017 Permalink  

    Dang, this team needs a low post presence.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:30 AM on January 26, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It sure isn’t Mozgov. I cringe every time they throw the ball to him in the post or on a pick-and-roll. And his rim protection is non-existent. Time to start Black and use Zubac off the bench. Or start Zubac with Black off the bench. Use Mozgov only when we need a big body to defend the opposing center. The small ball centers just abuse him at both ends. Would still like to see a trade for Nerlens Noel.

      In fact, it’s time to bench both Mozgov and Deng and give Zubac or Black and Ingram their starting positions. Russell, Young, Ingram, Randle, and Zubac to start. Williams, Clarkson, Deng, Nance, and Black as second unit. That’s the best move to develop young players and protect the PICKS. Remember, it’s not just this year’s top 3 pick but also our first round pick in 2019.

  • p ang

    p ang 10:00 PM on January 5, 2017 Permalink  

    Can’t believe Luke insisted on playing Randle. He ran out of gas at about the 5-6 minute mark.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:59 PM on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yeah, I thought no Mozgov in the 4th was odd and very little Robinson and/or Black, as well. 4th quarter had no spark to it. At all. Unfortunate to see all these winnable games left on the court. Learning as they go, one hopes.

      • mud

        mud 11:06 PM on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        i think so…

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

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:17 PM on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          D’Angelo baseline post up was working, they go away from it. Ingram being aggressive in the first half, he goes away from it. Clarkson balling with Robinson and Black, didn’t see that at all in the second half. It’s odd, it’s not just the players, either. I think, in his learning/experimenting, that Luke will kind of willingly walk away from something that works.

          Turner getting to his sweet spots…over and over…was maddening to watch. That 10′ jumper is pretty much his only skill. The rest is hustle and length. Lillard and even McCollum going off is understandable, almost predictable, But when the Evan Turners and Mason Plumlee’s of the league are your downfall is where we have a big problem that doesn’t seem to be improving.

          • p ang

            p ang 1:36 AM on January 6, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Seems we forget that the coach is young too. He needs to channel his inner Phil Jackson. Settle down, deep breath and think this out. Randle and 4 guards aren’t cutting it on crunch time.

            • keen observer

              keen observer 7:23 AM on January 6, 2017 Permalink

              Or maybe he wants Randle to get used to playing bigger minutes. Seems like everyone has been complaining that our kids aren’t playing enough minutes. Which way do you want it. I was very pleased with the way we played last night. No complaints about the coaching either.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:02 AM on January 6, 2017 Permalink

              There’s a difference between complaints and criticisms.
              I don’t have any complaints about last night’s game.
              But there were things a young coach and players will learn from. Just part of developing.

              We competed and could have won if our stars shot better.
              And defended better, of course, but we let one slip away.
              We will win tonight against the Heat to go 2-2 in 2017.

            • keen observer

              keen observer 12:06 PM on January 6, 2017 Permalink

              So what is it? Bigger minutes or sit him? At this point, winning isn’t everything, but you can’t let go of that. The young Lakers went into hostile territory last night, played well for the most part, yet lost a game that they could have won, but that they got a sh!tload of learning experience from anyway. I have absolutely no problems whatsoever with last night’s game. The complaints/criticisms (whatever) of the know-nothing fans, who should just be enjoying themselves like I am, have no merit whatsoever. Sure, Luke’s a young coach who is obviously still learning, but far be it for me or any of us to pinpoint what he should or shouldn’t be doing. I’m certainly glad that he finally slid Thomas Robinson into Nance’s spot while Nance is out. That has reaped benefits. In the final analysis …. WHATEVER.

  • p ang

    p ang 6:47 PM on January 5, 2017 Permalink  

    Watching OKC v Houston. Do these guys run any plays at all? It’s like an intense less talented all-star game.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 6:50 PM on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I have a question for Enes:

      Do you know playing Defense requires following the ball? Just asking. Because he can follow the ball Offensively.

  • p ang

    p ang 4:10 PM on January 5, 2017 Permalink  

    Small ball. Way back when.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 4:44 PM on January 5, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great p ang,

      When trash talking was an art and it wasn’t personnel, just part of the game.

      Maybe these kids today learn that sooner rather than later.

  • p ang

    p ang 8:37 PM on January 4, 2017 Permalink  

    Clarkson + Deng to Philly, Okafor to Kings, Boogie to LA.

  • p ang

    p ang 9:59 PM on January 3, 2017 Permalink  

    Finally! Major minutes to the right guys.

    Dang, when is DAR going to learn you lead the break from the front not at the back?

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:33 AM on January 4, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Morning, Peter. I noticed that too. Luke wanted to win this game so more starters and less bench. Of course, it helps that the starters -- namely DAR and Swaggy P -- were en fuego.

      By the way, unless we’re talking about Russell Westbrook or defenders not stopping the ball, most good 2 or 3 man fast breaks run best when the wings are in front of the point guard.

  • p ang

    p ang 2:38 AM on January 3, 2017 Permalink  

    At some point Luke will realize he has a Jordan Bulls type team (you know: the one without a rim protecting center and 4 do everything guys ) and introduce the triangle but under a different name because it is anathema to Jim Buss (and LT). He’ll call it the Walton multi-faceted motion everybody shoots when open offense or simply the Walton. Or not.

    But he needs to grow out of his collegial “I’m the player’s BFF” and sit the guys who don’t bring their A game every game. If you think about it I’d try starting Black at 4.

    Man, if we buy into this growing up crap in exchange for winning how about a discount on ticket prices since we’re basically paying for scrimmage?

    Lordy, I’ve become DJ! lol. Maybe I should post that picture of a bunch of us back in 1973 in KC asking Kareem before the game for his signature and all we got was his indifference and a perfect view of his backside.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 8:52 AM on January 3, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sup p ang,

      Hard for me to say with conviction, we have no Rim Protector…on the active roster.

      Zubac has those skills, and with him being developed…that’s what he needs…

      The Jazz brought Rudy along slowly, barely played his 1st Year…now he’s probably gonna win DPOY.

      On a footnote, Denver got a steal with Nikola Jokic…where would they be with Jokic and Gobert if they never traded Rudy…?

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:15 AM on January 3, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hey there,

      You know, the only set play I’ve seen us run (besides ones out of a time out for out-of-bounds plays) is the weave. Other than that is high screen and roll. The weave does not generate many open looks, especially when we run it half-heartedly like we have been, lately. It works best when someone cuts hard.

      But I agree, it’d be great to see DAR in some of Kobe’s pinch-post triangle sets and see if his post skills and passing can generate some open looks. But I think one of our issues is we have a lack of good passers. Randle has some skills in that area, Clarkson, and Russell who has picked it up on the distribution end, lately, but there’s nobody save for Ingram who has demonstrated a real feel for the flow of the game without forcing the issue.

      To rim protection: I agree with Magicman above: Zubac may well be the center of the future and I think it wise to get him some D League reps while experiencing the NBA without the pressure to perform. The kid is super-young and from another country. He has a lot of seasoning to acquire, but he certainly looks like he has decent instincts around the rim on D (especially if you watch D-League, there are some guys who are a lot more…creative…at creating non-existent contact at the NBA level).

      Anyone looking for lots of wins this season will end up sounding like DJ now or me over the summer. This team is built for growth, not performance. Got a bunch of players still learning how to make it happen at the NBA level. Hoping to see tangible improvements by seasons’ end for the guards. If they can get those assist numbers up consistently we’ll be well-positioned for better success next season.

      Lastly, like true PGs the true C in the NBA is a thing of the past. You have specialists, for the most part.

  • p ang

    p ang 11:10 PM on December 29, 2016 Permalink  

    I have seen no progress in the last 15 games.

    Its either the limit for the team and/or for the coaching staff. One or both?

    Maybe enough of this strength in numbers, playing 10-12 men and just old school to 8-9 and let it gel. Time for Luke to pick his best guys and sit the others down.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 11:29 PM on December 29, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nobody is head & shoulders above anybody else.
      That’s part of the problem.
      Consistency is another.
      You never know what ur gonna get from alotta these guys from night to night.

      • p ang

        p ang 11:35 PM on December 29, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        True. That’s why you shorten the rotation. Get a bunch of guys to play consistently by playing together most of the minutes say 30 for the starters who also should finish the game so they know each other better specially at end of tight games.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 12:21 AM on December 30, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The question remains…….

        Which guys?

        • p ang

          p ang 6:25 AM on December 30, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          DAR, Young, Deng, Randle and Mozgov.

          Lou Williams, JC, Ingram and Nance if healthy (if not Robinson or Black)

          Way before he became coach Luke said small ball should only be use in spurts. Now its his default option, what happened?

          The reason the second team looks so good is because they’re playing the other team’s second team too. Against the starters they look just that: the second team.

          Anyone ever notice Young and Mozgov always start hot? The team doesn’t take advantage of that though.

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