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  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:07 PM on August 13, 2018 Permalink |  

    Did the Lakers make a mistake by letting all their lefties go? 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:09 PM on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’ve always thought lefties had a big advantage in basketball.
      Strange that we suddenly don’t have any lefties on the roster anymore.

      • p ang

        p ang 1:01 PM on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Forget Beasley already?

        • keen observer

          keen observer 2:31 PM on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Thank you.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:38 PM on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Thank you. I did forget him. Always hated playing against lefties. They are more than mirror images of righties. Something about how they play is different and it’s not just basketball. There have been studies that show larger percentage of elite lefties in athletics than the general population. Always thought it would be cool to see a righties vs. lefties all-star game. Lefties were once thought to be handicapped but now it has its advantages.

          • keen observer

            keen observer 8:16 PM on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Plus we’ll have Bosh at some point this season.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:18 PM on August 13, 2018 Permalink

              I didn’t remember him as a leftie. Wonder if that will happen.

            • keen observer

              keen observer 8:51 PM on August 13, 2018 Permalink

              Absolutely left handed.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:51 PM on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “LeBron is left-handed too. He only shoots with his right hand but he writes and does everything else with his left hand.”


      • mclyne32 (Director) 4:36 PM on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        You beat me to it! I was just going to post that. I listened to that Trevor Lane podcast with Geeter and was surprised to hear this.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:25 AM on August 13, 2018 Permalink |  

    What does success look like for Lakers this season? 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:24 AM on August 13, 2018 Permalink |  

    Suzy Shuster talks to Pete Zayas of Laker Film Room about what to look for next year 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:22 AM on August 13, 2018 Permalink |  

    Summer Forecast: East, West and NBA champs in 2018-19 

    4. Los Angeles Lakers

    Total points: 13

    LeBron’s streak of Finals appearances is in serious question, but his presence alone is enough to give the Lakers a chance. They have a solid mix of youth and experience, and Luke Walton will have to manage what works and what doesn’t. Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka also will likely spend the first couple of months evaluating and make changes accordingly.

    Last season, the Lakers were working to develop young talent with a timeline of a few years out from even being in the playoffs. With James, there are now immediate expectations and pressure cast on the roster. The playoffs aren’t assured, but anytime you have the best player in the world, no matter who else is around him, you can be a threat. — Young

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:21 PM on August 12, 2018 Permalink |  

    So easy to forget how great Kobe was when he was just 22-years old! 

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:36 PM on August 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Even at 22 when he was still getting by mostly on his athleticism you can see the footwork becoming an integral part of his game. He was just starting to really use the fade away jump shot, the main thing I take away from this: Kobe just never got the love from the refs, dude was fouled on like 4 jumpers just on the highlight sequence…

      • mclyne32 (Director) 10:05 AM on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        His footwork is unparalleled for a small. Hakeem gets my nod for best footwork for a big.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 10:04 AM on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      For me, he Will always be in the GOAT conversation.

      • Michael H (Editor)

        Michael H (Editor) 1:02 PM on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        It’s funny Kobe is the perfect example of why you hold young players that show great promise. After his first couple of years you saw a young player with a lot of promise. If Kobe was coming up now going into his third year there would be bloggers and sports writers calling on the Lakers to trade him for Kawhi or another star. He was great his 3rd year and exploded into stardom his 4th. Sometimes patience is the key.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:19 PM on August 12, 2018 Permalink |  

    Looking fresh, Svi! 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:40 PM on August 12, 2018 Permalink |  

    Is LeBron Drinking the Lakers’ Kool-Aid? 

    The image created by Artist/muralist Gustavo Zemeno, Jr. says everything. LeBron James, the greatest player on the planet, looking up at a pantheon of Lakers’ legends and embracing the storied power of Lakers’ Exceptionalism.

    • keen observer

      keen observer 8:45 PM on August 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m still not convinced that we’ll see LeBron at center very much at all. We’re more likely to see Beasley at small ball center in the so-called death squad, but I don’t even think Luke knows what he’s going to do yet.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:09 PM on August 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      First off, I haven’t heard one word from Luke Walton how he intends to play LeBron James. Second, nobody has mentioned position, of any kind, except for some rando Lakers insider a few weeks back that has, up to this point, blown pretty far out of proportion. Will he play some center: probably. Will it be where the bulk of his minutes come in either the regular season or, hopefully, the playoffs? Unlikely.

      It’s why they kept Zubac over Thomas Bryant (who is an under-sized center with exceptional wingspan to make up for it), it’s why you see Brook and Zu setting great screens to free up Ingram (replace LBJ in those sweet clips we saw of Brandon yesterday), and it’s why we signed McGee and Beasley. LeBron is not going to bang with centers for more than a few minutes per game and there aren’t enough teams with the talent to go small for the number of minutes that a lot of these notions assume. We’ll see more MB as a stretch 5 than James or we’ll see Zu or McGee if one them is killing it.

      Cleveland has proven for all of us that Golden State cannot be out-Golden Stated without Draymond Green doing something incredibly dumb (like wail on dudes in the nards in three playoff series culminating with LBJ) or with Kevin Durant in the line up. Too much firepower, like a Civil War infantry unit going up against the Marines at Iwo Jima. The Lakers did indeed choose an alternate path of toughness and savvy over three point shooting. But it’s not like the players we brought in don’t know how to score and we still have Brandon Ingram whom i expect big things out of this season.

      So, up until this point, the only revolutionary thing the Lakers have done is eschew the modern idea that you have to out shoot Golden State to beat them. Magic knows a little something about this: it’s how he lost to Boston and Detroit: underestimating the physical aspects of the game and how it can easily throw a fine-tuned Ferrari out of gear. He embraced a style of play that’s a hybrid between Showtime Lakers and Bad Boy Pistons. That’s going to be hard to defend and score on, interesting stratagem on his part. Or at least that’s how it currently looks on paper.

      I think you are spot on when you say LBJ will be working out of the high post more. I don’t think they’ll abandon the LBJ iso off the ball play as much as you might think but I do think we’ll see less of it. When the big or a key player is in foul trouble, late in the shot clock and at the end of the game James will have the ball in his hands with a bevy of choices to make and those may well end up as iso plays. Might have to take more than a couple months if training in El Segundo to break him of that habit. But I fully expect to see James rocking some old school Bryant-esque plays out of the pinch post more often this year.

      If some of these theories you’re busting out are things you expect to not necessarily see in the first month of this season I’d be more inclined to agree more. I expect his evolution as a Laker to include more and more off the ball action, or him hitting cutters from the elbow out. But this first year, especially early, I think it’ll be a little more solo James than we’ll see in a year or two. Hard for him to simply stop being LeBron James and say: you go Brandon Ingram. But I think it will happen…eventually.

      Regardless, it’s going to be a lot of fun to see all of this play out on the basketball court.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:16 PM on August 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I also think we’ll see Deng at the 4/5 more than a little. Lakes could easily field a line up of 6’6″ and + players at all 5 spots next this season. The all tall team.

      • p ang

        p ang 10:30 PM on August 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply


        Remember Larry Bird on how they would beat the Lakers “We always felt we could irritate the Los Angeles Lakers.”

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

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:33 PM on August 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          They did, until we got into them as much as they got into us. Same thing with Detroit, although Byron and Earvin getting over-worked in practice and having hamstring injuries didn’t help that one.

          • p ang

            p ang 10:45 PM on August 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            tru dat. only difference is the Showtime boys had a C when the game slowed down to half court. if Boogie doesn’t come back quick and 100% the GSW don’t have an inside game. AND its so dang easy to annoy KD and Green. Just imagine Lance and Rondo doing their thing to them.

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

              Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:08 PM on August 12, 2018 Permalink

              Lets get through camp before we get into potential playoff theatrics but one imagines there was a meeting where Magic recounted a tale or two, some anecdotes as they say, about how a more physical team can derail a ‘better’ team. Kobe and Shaq at maximum dysfunction let it happen (although an injured Karl Malone had as much to do with that as anything). Boston in 2008 was a talent equal but was also the superior physical team in that match up.

              Cleveland last season had LeBron, some guys they hoped would play to their past level (Smith, Korver, Thompson) and some new guys they hoped would step up. It wasn’t enough. Between Hood and the Lakers the players brought in under-performed and the players that had been there before came up short.

              This is where I think LT’s point about the Kool Aid is spot on: LBJ came here to build not for, specifically, instant gratification. This is as much a Process as the one they’re going through in Philly, just executed differently in it’s acquisition of talent from outside the draft.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:01 PM on August 13, 2018 Permalink

              Peter, I do like your point about Lance and Rondo getting into players’ heads. It’s going to be a crazy season with the potential to be something special as well as something scary.

              Time to W&S Deng and bring back Swaggy P. :-)

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

              Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:22 PM on August 13, 2018 Permalink

              “Time to W&S Deng and bring back Swaggy P. :-)”

              Best idea you’ve had all summer!!! The Swagster needs to be reunited with the purple and gold.

            • keen observer

              keen observer 7:08 AM on August 14, 2018 Permalink


      • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:45 AM on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, Jamie.

        Luke may have not explicitly said anything but all you have to do is look at the Lakers roster, Jamie. There is no way LeBron is NOT playing center with the current roster. Nor has there been a single denial that the plan is for LeBron to play small ball center. Just connect the dots.

        I do agree with you that part of the Lakers plan to beat the Warriors includes physical defense. We’ve already seen that it’s the best way to ‘bother’ Steph and KD or, to be honest, any good NBA player not named Shaq. I think you beat the Warriors by taking them out of their game at both ends of the court.

        As I said in my article, I also agree Luke will be careful and take his time with LeBron at the 5 early in the season. The game is about matchups and while LeBron should be able to dominate anybody in the league, there are definitely matchups where he has better advantages. That’s where Luke will start and adjust based on how that works.

        Like I said, big difference between Kool-Aid and reality. By the end of the season, the Lakers will turn the Kool-Aid into reality and everybody will be talking about what a great strategy and job Magic did and how it was a game changer.

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

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:52 AM on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Pretty sure I see the same dots you do only they don’t really connect for me. 40-50% of his total mpg at center? Just don’t see it. This one will have to filed under the ‘Wait and See/A2D’ file, for now. lol

          But I do admire your commitment to the concept. You’re all in on it, and that’s wonderful, and who knows: it could pan out exactly that way. I just don’t think the Lakers kept Zubac, picked a center in the draft and signed McGee and Beasley whilst not waiving Deng just so LBJ can rack up minutes banging against 5s at this late stage in his career.

          But I do agree we’ll see him function out of the post more often, like Kobe did late in his career. Can’t wait for camp!

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:55 AM on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I can understand you position, Jamie. The Lakers’ plan is obviously pretty radical and I certainly have a bias for small ball so it’s easy to see why I would latch onto the idea but when you go over all the comments by LeBron and Magic, you can see they’re up for the challenge. I believe it will work but at this point it is still obviously Kool-Aid. The question is can they turn it into champagne. I think they will. Will be fun to watch.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:40 PM on August 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      But to answer your question I absolutely think LBJ is drinking the Laker Kool-Aid. If the winning formula turn out to be a few, or even more than a few, mpg at center he’ll do it. He didn’t come here to lose and we didn’t sign him to be a 3 and D SF. Something between his style of play, Luke’s vision and the personnel on the team will define the version of Lakers basketball we all get to enjoy this season…and at least 2 more after that one!!!

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:58 AM on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Jamie, I do agree what we end up with will reflect Luke’s vision with adjustments for LeBron and the personnel. One big factor to me is how many minutes the kids earn. I expect them to pretty much dominate minutes after LeBron. If they falter and the vets we signed shine, that could change how we play considerably. October 19th can’t come too soon for me either.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 12:53 PM on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha Tom

      Nice write up. All along I said that no one really knew how Lebron felt about the kids but it’s apparent he thinks highly of them. I’m sure he studied a lot of film of the roster and schemes because that’s what he does. I also liked Magic going a different route to try and beat the Warriors. I’ve thought that all along that you can’t out Warrior the Warriors. Although I would like to see a little more rebounding that is one area you can take advantage of. But this is a two year plan. You can’t do it all in one year.
      As for Lebron at the five I don’t know if he will be there as much as Randle or Draymond. I could see Kuz coming in for McGee and Lebron sliding over to the five for a few minutes and then either Beasley or one of the young centers spelling him when it’s time for a rest. But then in crunch time I expect to see him close games at the 5. Unless a specific match up that’s hurting us. Like Embid or AD.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:25 PM on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Aloha, Michael.

        Some Lakers’ team rebounding stats and (ranks) for last season from NBA.com:

        46.6 rebounds per game (2nd)
        15.0 contested rebounds per game (4th)
        88.3 rebound chances (5th)
        52.3% rebound chance percentage (6th)
        65.6′ average rebound distance (25th)

        What to make of these stasts? First, we’re a top 5 rebounding team. The weird stat is finishing 25th in distance of rebounds, a stat I expected the Lakers to be near the top like all their other stats. For the record, team with longest average rebound is the Warriors at 74.3′. Lakers and Warriors are both middle of the pack in 3-point attempts. Don’t know why Lakers rebounds should be 10′ closer to the basket than the Warriors. Bigs tipping rebounds out?

        Anyway, I think we will even be a better rebounding team this season. The starting lineup itself should be much better rebounding team with a front court of LeBron and JaVale. I also think the additions of vets will also help.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 5:57 PM on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha Tom,
      The guys that were most responsible for our rebounding success last year are no longer on the team. We haven’t replaced Randle with anyone as good as he is on the boards. Nance was our 2nd best rebounder. He pulled down 6.8 in 22 minutes. For comparison Kuz pulled down 6.3 in 31 minutes. And while Brook didn’t grab a lot of boards we had our best rebounding rate when he was on the floor. With his wide body he often kept multiple guys off the glass at once. Which has been a trade mark of his career. With Randle and Brook out there it was part of the reasons our guards had so much success on the glass. So we will see but we will need to get more from both Kuz and BI to be as good.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:06 PM on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        We’ll see, Michael. You know I totally disagree about Brook. And LeBron is a better rebounder than Randle. I predict we will pull down more rebounds this year than last year, when we finished second.

        • Michael H (Editor)

          Michael H (Editor) 8:06 PM on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I guess you can have an opinion on rebounding rates could be influenced by other factors besides Brook Tom. But I don’t understand where you are getting Lebron is a better rebounder. Lebron tied his career best last year with 8.6 boards a game in about 37 minutes. It was only the 3rd time he reached 8 boards in his career. Randle had 8!boards in 26 minutes a game. He averaged 10.2 per 36 minutes and a little better then that as a starter. He has done at least that if not better every year. If Lebron plays the minutes that Julius played as a starter which is what everyone wants him to cut down to this year I think he will be hard pressed to get over 10 boards a game. I’m not saying he can’t do it, it’s just that hasn’t yet.

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:17 PM on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I concede your points on Randle’s rebounding, Michael. I still don’t agree regarding Lopez vs whomever we play at the 5. Let’s wait and see how many boards per games we average this year vs. last year. That will tell us which of us is correct. Give us something to track. :-)

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

            Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 8:32 PM on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Michael debating LT on the value of a true, big-bodied center is like debating a volcano to stop it’s lava flow: nature will take it’s course. He’s all in on his small ball vision finally becoming a purple and gold reality and I dare say he’ll get his wish, to some degree. Where we disagree is only on the volume of said reality.

            I agree with you on Brook and thought it odd we let him walk to a team that will use him pretty much how we would have. He sets great screens, he blocks shots fairly well considering his moribund nature. He can play inside out basketball as good as anyone in the league.

            I do think :LBJ will surpass what Randle brought, in general. James is like combining IT and Randle into the same player. He can hit from the three, finishes better than either Randle or IT ever has, and he dishes and boards close enough to be a triple-double threat every night.

            Josh Hart works the glass, Ball works the glass, Rondo, too, and lest we forget KCP. We have a solid rebounding guard corp. However, it will be someone’s role to box out so the playmakers can grab the board and make plays going downhill and that won’t be LeBron, IMO, but one of McGee or Zubac, at first, Wagner later if he plays well.

            I think the Lakers were fine seeing how Boogie recovers from his Achilles injury not because they’re dead-set on James playing a ton of minutes at the five but rather they know they have 2 or 3 players on the roster already that will do the little things that make our guards and forwards solid rebounders.

            I think we will ultimately see 5+ mpg of LBJ at center and those will, likely, come in the last minutes of every half. When teams go small and try to score faster either to win the game or get separation I think the Lakers will have an excellent counter. But LBJ won’t be jumping center or getting his tussle on with journeymen centers and certainly not the elite ones.

            If anything, the threat of James at center might be enough to deter all but the best small ball teams to stick with a big at the five. Just a ton of wait and see right now, but I’m digging the speculative conversation which is a refreshing change from ‘I sure hope our late second round pick pans out!’

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:20 AM on August 14, 2018 Permalink


              While I am a huge fan of small ball and see a time when teams will actually start and play entire games with small ball lineups, give me a center like Boogie and I would be more than happy to punish teams who try to go small.

              Unfortunately, Brick Lopez doesn’t inspire anything close to confidence he could stay on the floor against a good small ball team. Slow, earthbound, and overrated. Glad to see him move on. He was almost as frustrating as Kwame Brown.

              I do agree with the point you made that a lot of teams may hesitate to play small if that means having to matchup with LeBron at the 5. Going to be fun seeing Luke have that weapon in his repertoire.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 9:32 PM on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha Jamie
      Lebron is the best player in the world and he is an upgrade over Randle but my point was we will lose in some areas. Rebounding is big thing. But we also lose a little defense. Luke called Julius the best one on one defender in the NBA. And when you watched him stay in front of Wall or Curry you could see how he came to that. I agree I personally would have preferred Lopez over McGee. But it’s going to be a fun season.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:25 AM on August 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Certainly some youthful vigor, as well. But I feel you, dude, hard to replace that motor of JRs.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:35 AM on August 14, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Aloha, Michael,

        I don’t want this to appear that I am bashing Julius Randle, whom I championed at times as a great small ball center despite my constant concern over his inability to stretch the floor. I actually think Julius will have a great year with the Pelicans and could see him killing lots of teams offensively with his great ability to attack the basket and grab a board and go coast to coast. I think the Lakers decision had a lot to do with LeBron being a better version of Randle as far as the Lakers were concerned. And the team’s refusal to give anybody but LeBron more than a 1-year deal. I expect Julius will be eager to attack LeBron on defense when we play the Pels and both teams go small.

        Basically, I love Randle on offense but not so much on defense despite some great efforts early in the season. The big problem with Randle’s defense was that it was great for the first quarter of the season but then became poorer and poorer as the season progressed. The overall analysis is Randle is capable of being a ‘great’ defender but lacks the ability to do for an extended period because of how much energy it requires. As the season progressed and Randle started and saw his minutes increase, he was unable to continue to play D at the earlier level.

        That was detailed in the following tweeting information from Cranjis McBasketball:


        Let’s look at Randle’s “Pick & Roll Ball Handler (Big Defender)” Synergy data over time. This is how well he contains guards in the PnR

        First 21 games: 0.75 PPP
        Next 20 games: 0.89 PPP
        Next 20 games: 0.94 PPP
        Final 21 games: 1.05 PPP

        If we convert those PnR help PPP figures to percentiles (percentage of league he’s better than):

        First 21 games: 73rd %ile
        Next 20 games: 42nd %ile
        Next 20 games: 29th %ile
        Final 21 games: 15th %ile

        That’s consistently diminishing performance & below avg for 3/4 of the season

        More Randle defensive grades (overall):

        tDPOE: 27th %ile
        D-PIPM: 15th %ile
        DRPM: 51st %ile
        DRAPM: 35th %ile
        Defensive luck-adjusted on/off: 17th %ile


  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 6:14 PM on August 12, 2018 Permalink |  

    R.I.P. Chick 


    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 6:17 PM on August 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Chick was a Burn Master.

      “10 Cent thought” LOL

    • p ang

      p ang 10:14 PM on August 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “We? What do you mean we? You’re not on the team.”

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:18 PM on August 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Think of you every game, Chicky Baby.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 10:07 AM on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I cried like I lost a close family member when he left us.
      Simply the best.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:13 PM on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Got my own photo sitting next to Chick’s statue. I didn’t become a Lakers fan until they traded for Wilt but I listened to every Lakers game because of Chick. Same with Vinny and the Dodgers. They made the game on the radio better than watching on TV. Thank God for the simulcasts. And don’t forget Dick Enberg and the Bruins. SoCal sports announcers elite.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 6:11 PM on August 12, 2018 Permalink |  


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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:27 PM on August 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think Ingram will have the ball in his hands about as much as he did last season.

      One thing people don’t really get about Brandon is he was so good on limited possession last season. he gave Lonzo and later IT plenty of half-court possession, often deferred to Randle and generally did Also, people like to diss his lack of a dynamic first step while utterly failing to acknowledge how devastating his second step can be against a defender back on his heels. That looooong second step coupled with his sinewy length make him tough to defend on a dribble drive and he’s only going to get stronger and smarter.

      There’s also the equation of how many minutes LBJ will play/per game. I would imagine James and Ingram’s minutes get staggered after the first quarter run up until the last 5 or so minutes in the game. But we’ll see, all speculation and such. All good, though, just a few weeks of waiting…

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:09 PM on August 12, 2018 Permalink |  

    NBA Free Agency 2019 by Position: The top players 

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 5:58 PM on August 12, 2018 Permalink |  


  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 5:50 PM on August 12, 2018 Permalink |  

    Honestly, It was out of Thomas Bryant’s control, when he was waived.

    The difference was fundamental between Zu and TB: Zubac can play the PnR action very well, especially when he’s setting screens.

    Bryant played in an offence in Indiana, that really didn’t accentuate the Pick and Roll.

    Given the PGs we have on the team, and the need for a big man to roll. Zu was the logical choice.

    He has to prove he can set good screens or he’s gone next.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:31 PM on August 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Any convo on this topic needs to have “small sample size” stamped all over it. Zu outplayed Bryant insomuch as Bryant just didn’t really get to play. But I think you’re spot on in this observation.

      At 6’10”, without Capella-like hops, he was always an under-sized center with epic wing span to partially cover for it. He also wasn’t the defender in the same mold as Draymond Green is at that size. That’s where Zu had the edge on him. Zu and IT had a fit, too, that was what seemed to propel him in his mpg played.

      Who knows, hope he finds a great fit somewhere and kills it, except in games against us.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:48 PM on August 12, 2018 Permalink |  

    How the Lakers can part ways with Luol Deng sooner than you might think 

    Total 86,638,512

    Projected Cap 109,000,000

    Cap Room 22,261,508

    As described by Adrian Wojnarowski and Ian Begley in a story they did for ESPN regarding the Knicks facing the identical situation with Joakim Noah (2 more years, way too much money owed, and zero palpable trade options) the Lakers and Deng can basically leapfrog a whole year of uncomfortable DNP CDs if they waive him after September 1st, at that point stretching only the final year of his contract over the ensuing three seasons. In essence, with the 2018-2019 contract already a sunk cost, the Lakers would be stretching only the final year for Deng (18,810,000) over the summers of 2019, 2020, and 2021, but they’d be doing it now instead of next summer.

    Still, either way you slice it the team needs a projected $32.7 million in room for any of the above mentioned players, and aside from unloading a bunch of draft picks or assets to dump Deng without taking back any salary, the waive and stretch seems like the least objectionable option. Fortunately, as mentioned earlier, the Lakers don’t need to wait all season to make this move, but just 3 more weeks. In that case, if they simply wait to stretch Deng after September 1st, their 2019 cap room would now look something like this.

    Luol Deng Stretched 6,270,000 in 2019/2020/2021

    Added Roster Charge (the spot opened by a waived Deng) 838,464

    Final Cap Room 34,063,024

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:50 PM on August 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This actually makes a lot of sense. We’re going to have to W&S him to create cap space for another superstar and doing it in 3 weeks would be same as doing it next summer. Opens up a roster spot to add another player who could actually contribute even if just as injury insurance. Another shooter, e.g.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 5:45 PM on August 12, 2018 Permalink |  


    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 5:46 PM on August 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Would like to see a movement towards limiting guys to 30 MPG at most on back-to-back games as well. We now know, most injuries are released to either the muscles or ligaments being stressed to the threshold point.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:51 PM on August 12, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      From the article:

      “To me, 33.5 mpg feels like a great goal,” Kamentzky notes. “Shaving just 3.4 minutes may sound trivial, but over the course of 82 games, 278.8 minutes add up. It’s difficult to believe LeBron’s body wouldn’t benefit from that time off, especially as the Lakers enter the playoffs.”

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 4:17 PM on August 12, 2018 Permalink |  


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