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  • tate793

    tate793 9:26 PM on January 29, 2018 Permalink  

  • tate793

    tate793 9:13 AM on January 29, 2018 Permalink  

    Comedy Break

  • tate793

    tate793 2:12 AM on January 29, 2018 Permalink  

    Musical Break

  • tate793

    tate793 2:46 AM on January 28, 2018 Permalink  

  • tate793

    tate793 12:52 PM on January 27, 2018 Permalink  

    Anybody have any idea as to what’s wrongg with Luol Deng? Could it be position related? He last played the 4 before arriving here.

    Anybody have any idea as to what’s wrong with Ivica Zubac? If it eas physical conditioning, he should be in shape by now. Last season he looked more than promising. This year, summer league and preseason, not so much.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:38 PM on January 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think they’re trying to give Brook Lopez enough run to intrigue other teams in trading for him, same goes for KCP. Deng was has basically sat since training camp, he’s never on the active roster. He and his agent have pursued a buyout, the Lakers have resisted and will possibly waive and stretch him this summer, possibly after signing him to an extension and reducing his cap hit.

      Zubac and Bryant are being brought along very slowly, like Andrew Bynum slowly. I think that’s wise. the two of them together could well be in the mix next season as either a nice 4/5 tandem or Zubac as a big back up and Bryant as a small ball back up. Both have been playing in the G League every once in awhile. Zubac had a better preseason but seems to suffering from a sophmore swoon.

      I don’t think Deng plays much unless someone gets hurt. To his credit, he’s kept his likely dissatisfaction with the entire situation to himself. He shouldn’t feel too bad, he’s making great money and he can work out at a world class training facility and stay in game shape.

    • mud

      mud 1:42 PM on January 27, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      nothing wrong with Luol. he can probably still play at a reasonably high level, if not at the level he was hired to play at. he simply has a lot of miles and plays a position that the Lakers have a lot of young coverage in. he’s redundant and since he’s not in the long-term plans, he’s not going to play.

      Zubac? he can’t play the style of ball that Luke wants to play. every time he has gotten into a game, he’s been overwhelmed. it’s possible that he would be better someplace else. it’s possible that he just needs playing time, but unless he really takes advantage of the limited opportunities that he gets, he’s not going to get that chance. he’s just not very good right now. T Bryant has a lot more upside, at least at this time.

      maybe both can find new homes sooner than later, but it’s not really a problem to anyone but those two players.

      in spite of his shooting woes, B Lopez is worlds better than the other options at center right now.

  • tate793

    tate793 12:51 PM on January 27, 2018 Permalink  

    Thanks guys.

  • tate793

    tate793 11:19 AM on January 26, 2018 Permalink  

    Tom, given our current roster, would you trade Jordan Clarkson to reacquire D’Angelo Russell?

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:11 PM on January 26, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Interesting question, Tate. I was always a big fan of Russell and I loved his gunslinger attitude and ability to make plays for others. While I was disappointed in the trade and have been very disappointed in Lopez, I do like two picks we ended up getting as I think both Hart and Bryant are going to be important pieces for the Lakers.

      Bottom line, I would pass at this point in time simply because I would prefer a two-way player like KCP or Bradley who is a true shooting guard than a second point guard like Russell. While I never thought D’Angelo was a negative in the locker room, I don’t think bringing him back would make sense at this point in time. I also think the addition of Kuzma gives us the go-to scorer that I had envisioned Russell becoming.

      Finally, I’m not 100% sure I want to trade Clarkson at this point in time. I’ve been impressed with how he has kept his game and composure up during trying times and love how he attacks the basket. I think he is a perfect 6th man who can back up the 1 or 2. He may still have some room to grow and become a better decision maker and playmaker, which would elevate his game. Frankly, I like him better as a 6th man than I do Lou Williams.

      Hope that answers your question. Would you make that trade?

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:17 PM on January 26, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        One other factor is Russell is in the same situation as Randle and would be expecting a big contract and would screw up our cap space situation just like keeping Randle would. Can’t have two guys in that situation unless you want to use some of our two max contract cap space to sign him. More reasons to pass for now.

      • John M.

        John M. 2:43 PM on January 26, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Lopez is way better than Mozgov, and we all know the rest of the story. I would prefer Clarkson stayed as well.

      • tate793

        tate793 4:08 PM on January 26, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thanks for your reply, Tom. I probably wouldn’t make the trade, but it would merit some consideration. There was a considerable consensus that DLo was actually a 2 guard and not a point. Yet, he did have obvious playmaking/passing skills and could get his own shot. He was serviceable from deep and could be just as effective a backup pg and is 4 yrs younger.

        But, Lawd hav mercy! DLo’s got 3.6 turnovrrs per game!

    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 1:41 PM on January 26, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nope, already have a PG with knee issues.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 9:19 PM on January 26, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That ship has sailed.
      His attitude was his biggest issue- not the fact that he’s a two guard being masqueraded as a point.

  • tate793

    tate793 12:57 AM on January 25, 2018 Permalink  

    “Your comment is awaiting moderation.”

    Oh no! That dreaded sentence!

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:42 AM on January 25, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Morning, Tate. My apologies. Not sure why some comments get sent to moderation by WordPress. Usually, it happens when there are multiple links because WordPress thinks its spam. I always approve any comments that get sent to moderation as soon as I see them. Since I’m working again, that timing can sometimes be slow.

  • tate793

    tate793 7:51 PM on January 24, 2018 Permalink  

    At the present time, Kyle seems to have more potential than any other Laker player. Lonzo might be on the same plane, but, I wouldn’t give him a decided advantage over Kuzma.

    Kuzma is confident and astute. Diminising his playing time (whether due to recent injury, politics or whatever) had temporarily curtailed his soaring, but he’ll return to excellence soon.

    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 8:05 PM on January 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Perhaps, he should be the ROY!

      • tate793

        tate793 8:26 PM on January 24, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        It’s certainly within the realm of possibility. A big part of the reasoning of keeping the young core intact is the chemistry they demonstrate among eachother. It can be seen in the passes that Kuzma made to LNJr in the paint, in the court vision Lonzo has demonstrated along with BI’s marked improvement when attacking the rim, finishing through contact and his rabid defense. Factor in JC’s “Lou Williams” impersonation, Josh Hart’s flashes of brilliance and JR’s versatility on both ends of the court -- it’s obvious that we’re going places.

        Love to add Boogie. Not so much PG. And, I’d give up Ennis, Zubac and Brewer to land Rondo as a backup and mentor for Zo.

    • tate793

      tate793 12:53 AM on January 25, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      : )

    • CSTracy10

      CSTracy10 10:53 AM on January 25, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      People are too quick to dismiss the 2 years he has on both Zo and BI. I love Kuz, but I don’t think his ceiling is as high as either Zo or BI.

      • tate793

        tate793 3:01 PM on January 25, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Ceilings and experience are not mutually exclusive. Consider that Julius Randke, LNJr, and DLo also have 2 yrs on Zo and, in somd cases, BI.

        Lastly, it can also depend on ond’s perspective? Have you played college, AAU or semipro ball? Have you scouted or coached?

        Those factors can certainly enhance one’s ability to evaluate a player’s upside, and potential levels of achievement. I don’t know you, your background or acumen. I just know what I see.

        A2D is a great American freedom of choice. Cheers!

  • tate793

    tate793 7:39 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink  

    Our Wildest Kawhi Leonard Trade Proposals 

    By The Ringer Staff on January 23, 2018 3:06 pm

    Amid reports of distance between Leonard’s camp and the Spurs, we imagined what it would take to move the All-Star forward.

    Spurs receive: Corey Brewer, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, two first-round picks
    Lakers receive: Kawhi Leonard

    Jonathan Tjarks: It’s impossible to come up with a good trade for Leonard. San Antonio would be tearing down a foundation it has spent 20 years building. This trade would at least allow the Spurs to start over with two extremely talented under-23 forwards as well as a solid rookie guard in Josh Hart and two future first-round picks. Kuzma looks like a 10-year NBA starter, but whether this deal would make any sense depends on how you view Ingram’s potential after two up-and-down seasons in the NBA. Put some meat on his bones and get him in the gym with the Spurs shooting coach, and he could become a cornerstone player.

    • keen observer

      keen observer 8:09 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m not going to waste time on a rumor that I simply don’t believe.

    • tate793

      tate793 8:34 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You just did.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 8:45 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I personally am not sold on the hype that there’s a rift between Kawhi Leonard. Having said that, if we could trade for Leonard I’d pull that trigger in a second. The biggest concern is can that leg get healthy, which is why I think we could hang onto Kuzma. I think that’s a bit steep of a price if you factor in the injury.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 10:46 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He’s not going to be traded.

  • tate793

    tate793 6:55 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink  

    Top 10 Best Moments in the Lakers-Celtics Rivalry 

    By: Greg Hrinya AXS Contributor Oct 27, 2017

    The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics have one of the most storied rivalries in sports history. Their matchups in the 1960s and 1980s–and subsequently in the new millennium–have captured the attention of every NBA fan.

    The two teams have faced off in the NBA Finals on 12 separate occasions dating back to 1959.

    In anticipation of a possible new budding rivalry, we explore the top 10 moments in Lakers-Celtics history:

    10. Changing formats
    The rivalry was so intense that then-commissioner David Stern opted to change the NBA Finals format from 2-2-1-1-1 to 2-3-2. Not only was the move designed for the two teams’ travel itineraries, but he wanted to get as many media members as possible to attend. The Lakers-Celtics Finals rivalries helped spur modern fanfare in the game.

    9. Regular season fire
    Prior to a matchup in the 2011 regular season, former Celtic Kevin Garnett released a shoe that said, “Beat L.A.” The sneaker was clad in green and featured the numbers, “152-120” on them. At the time, that was the all-time record in the rivalry.

    8. Celtics honor Kobe Bryant
    Even though the rivalry featured plenty of animosity, physical fouls, and trash talk, the Celtics held a classy ceremony to honor Kobe Bryant in his final game in Boston. Bryant played a central role in the last iteration of the Lakers-Celtics rivalry.

    7. Titans clash in 1959
    The Lakers, previously of Minneapolis, held a dominant grasp on the sport before 1959. At that point, the Celtics arrived and swept Los Angeles–marking the first taste of bad blood in this rivalry. Boston would go on to win eight straight titles.

    6. Kevin Garnett emerges victorious
    Kevin Garnett is an iconic player in NBA history, and he punctuated his lone NBA championship by screaming, “Anything is possible,” following their 2008 title run. The Celtics took the series in six games, and they were instrumental in forming the first “Big Three,” designed to beat Kobe Bryant’s Lakers.

    5. Boston dominance
    Despite sporting legendary players like Elgin Baylor, Gail Goodrich, and Jerry West, the Boston Celtics kept several of those Lakers greats from reaching immortality. The Celtics owned the 1960s, where they beat the Lakers in all five NBA Finals matchups.

    4. Kobe Bryant erupts
    During the 2010 NBA Finals, Kobe Bryant helped the Lakers edge the Celtics in an epic 7-game series. In one of his finest career moments, Bryant led both teams in scoring in six of the seven games, proving the ultimate difference-maker.

    3. Magic’s skyhook
    A memorable play in NBA history, the Lakers erased a large deficit in Game 4 of the 1987 Finals. It was punctuated with Johnson soaring through the lane, burying a skyhook. He took a page from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, another pivotal member of this rivalry.

    2. McHale clotheslines Rambis
    In today’s modern game, ticky-tack hand-check fouls are all the rage. This was a different era, and no more indicative of the intensity was Kevin McHale’s aggressive foul on Lakers forward Kurt Rambis in the 1984 Finals. The foul exemplified how much these two teams disliked each other. This play might not have had the same effect on the final score as the previous play, but it exemplified a great rivalry that exists to this day.

    1. Magic Johnson vs. Larry Bird
    The NBA faced significant turmoil before Magic Johnson emerged as the perfect foil to Larry Bird. Two of the top 15 players in league history–in two of the biggest markets–made annual trips to the Finals. Not only did Magic get the best of Bird–winning two out of three series–many credit the rivalry with helping rejuvenate basketball fan interest.


  • tate793

    tate793 6:26 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink  

    South African Jazz Legend Hugh Masekela Dies at Age 78 

    BY ISMAIL AKWEI, at 03:27 am, January 23, 2018, ENTERTAINMENT

    South African Jazz legend Hugh Masekela has died on Tuesday in Johannesburg after a long battle with prostate cancer.

    The family of the 78-year-old musician confirmed his death in a statement which said he passed peacefully surrounded by his family.

    Hugh Masekela has been battling the disease since 2008 and underwent eye surgery in March 2016 when the cancer spread. He also had another surgery in September 2016 after another tumour was discovered.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 6:35 PM on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I had the tremendous honor of meeting Hugh and subsequently smoking the band out after their set for a fundraiser at the NGO I was working for in Cape Town back in 2002. They waited until after he left the venue, pretty funny dudes. He was an incredible musician, I hope he passed peacefully.

  • tate793

    tate793 3:02 AM on January 23, 2018 Permalink  

    Musical Break 

  • tate793

    tate793 9:50 PM on January 19, 2018 Permalink  

    Fortunate win. Clarkson, Kuzma and Nance came up big.

    Big man play and free throw shooting…..oh brother!

    • mclyne32 (Director) 10:04 PM on January 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’ll be sure to watch this one whenever I get back home.
      My son has his heart transplant procedure at midnight.
      Prayer, for those of my friends here who practice it, will be much appreciated.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 10:13 PM on January 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Great news, Mr. McLyne! He’s on his way to being the Lakers point guard of the future!

      • mud

        mud 10:17 PM on January 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        wow, my prayers for all involved, that everyone is ok.
        that is something that’s hard on the whole family.

      • Seely_Iggy (Director)

        Seely_Iggy (Director) 10:25 PM on January 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Making a prayer for your son Matt. May the Lord watch over him and bless him with a speedy recovery. Bless you and your family with strength and comfort.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:42 PM on January 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Best of luck McLyne, Strength and fortitude in body and soul for your son and your family.

      • tate793

        tate793 10:51 PM on January 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Prayers going up, Matt.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:39 AM on January 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Hope everything goes well with your son, Matt. Our hopes and prayers with be with him.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 10:40 AM on January 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Keep us up to date when you can! Love from the Laker Nation!

    • mud

      mud 10:16 PM on January 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      got the good Clarkson tonight all right…

    • mclyne32 (Director) 1:40 AM on January 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks everyone!!!

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 10:01 AM on January 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Prayers sent, Matt.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 2:44 PM on January 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Noah’s heart is beating very strongly and may even get the breathing tube removed tonight- please pray that the anti-rejection medication works and his body becomes very happy with its new engine.

    • tate793

      tate793 4:43 AM on January 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Our God answers prayer.

  • tate793

    tate793 7:25 PM on January 17, 2018 Permalink  

    Another egg laid.

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