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  • 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.

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  • p ang

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

    4 guys turning in their graves.

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  • 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.

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    • 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..

     
  • 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.

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