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  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 8:40 AM on December 11, 2018 Permalink |  

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    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 8:43 AM on December 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Rockets desperately miss their perimeter defenders, it was easy to hide EG or James in sets at times…now they have statistically the worst bench and have only 2 Q rating defenders

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:37 AM on December 11, 2018 Permalink |  

    Are Lakers Kevin Durant’s best option? 

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 8:39 AM on December 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Easy solution KD, you wanted to talk that good s**t about the man being toxic…Sign with the Clippers and see how many FAs want to play with your snake a*s????

      Or go and keep whining on them burner accounts. Smh.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:35 PM on December 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      From the above article:

      “The challenge for KD is what comes next. Does he re-sign with the Warriors, assuming they threepeat and everybody wants to keep the dynasty going? Does he try to pair up with another elite free agent and sign with the Knicks, which would theoretically finally give him a team where he was the ‘Man?’ Or does he surprise everybody and become Superman to LeBron’s Batman by signing with the Lakers to form a new superteam to dethrone the Warriors?”

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 4:05 PM on December 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      First off there is nothing “cowardly” about exercising one’s right to find employment when you’re a free agent. The way league contracts are structured these guys either get locked into a deal for multiple years, risk losing money to injury or never sniff the big dollars. Kevin Durant has beyond earned this right all for himself and he shouldn’t be castigated for it.

      Second, I think it’ll come down to a lot more than just team fit. Durant has shown an increasing interest in the tech industry (edge Bay Area) but in a lot of other projects as well:
      https://hoopshype.com/2018/03/04/kevin-durants-successful-business-ventures-are-inspiring-nba-peers/

      Third, I don’t care where else you win a championship. There are 2 teams that bequeath legendary status and those are the Lakers and…Celtics…and that’s just the way it is and probably always will be. Had he won it all for OKC it would have been great but LeBron moved on from his hometown Cavs after he did the same and didn’t really bat an eye in doing so. The city itself seemed to move on fairly quickly as it’s always been a baseball town first and then basketball and football actually, somehow, kind of end up tied.

      The true challenge of the NBA is the regular season grind and getting through it healthy and with a playoff seeding. That can be anywhere for a talent like KD. He’s good enough to get the Knicks into the playoffs and they rank just a little below the Celtics and Lakers in terms of ‘legendary’ so it wouldn’t surprise me at all if the East coast born Durant ended up there to finish out his elite years.

      Lastly, for all his talk of the environment LeBron is surrounded by he never once indicate he didn’t want to play with him or that it was LeBron’s fault. if anything he went of his way to indicate that is was through nothing that James does intentionally, simply the result of being a topic of hype from minute one and then going about living up to that hype.

      For my part, if I had to guess, I would say he stays in Golden State and goes for a 3, 4 even 5-peat. Make it a real conversation about which team is the best ever and create a true dynasty. I don’t think anything Draymond Green does or says will effect him at all. He’s a veteran and knows the drill.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 7:51 PM on December 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Good points, but I still think he’s going to leave.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:24 PM on December 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      From the above article:

      “The last thing Kevin Durant wants is to leave the Warriors for another team only then to have the Warriors win another NBA championship without him. That would only prove Draymond Green’s mean taunt that the Warriors didn’t need Kevin to win a championship. Social media would destroy him. That’s ultimately why KD’s not going to leave the Warriors for the Knicks. There’s just too many unknowns to risk the humiliation of not succeeding.”

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 8:06 AM on December 11, 2018 Permalink |  

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    • keen observer

      keen observer 8:13 AM on December 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      +18 tied with LeBron for best on the team. He’s 21 and the ugly parts of his game will smooth over with more experience. Meanwhile, the superior basketball instincts and IQ that make him special cannot be taught.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:01 AM on December 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yeah, nice recovery after Kuzma blew the switch (you could see them hashing it out on the sideline during the timeout), his defense is certainly special. His inability to hit a wide open layup, multiple times, is also a fairly large issue. Hope he spends his off-time working on finishing around the rim. Needs to be able to do at least that consistently.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 7:52 PM on December 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yup. Troubling and perplexing for a NBA player.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 8:05 AM on December 11, 2018 Permalink |  

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    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 8:13 AM on December 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He wouldn’t win it this year, Zo has the instincts to be the first PG since GP to win DPOY.

      • keen observer

        keen observer 8:20 AM on December 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Look at The Glove’s numbers to start his career. I realize that when it comes to scoring and three point shooting, we are in a different era, but still. Folks need to chill about Zo. He’s special. He does none of the things that all the young pint guards do and all of the things than none of them do!

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:59 PM on December 10, 2018 Permalink |  

    5 Things I Liked 

    Real fun game at STAPLES, D-Wade’s final contest against the Lakers and his good buddy LeBron James. Great effort by both teams but the Lakers got the stops they needed and James made just enough free throws to bring it home for the purple and gold.

    1) 16-15, advantage LeBron. Tonight was the rubber match between LeBron James and Dwayne Wade. LeBron James walked away with the tie-breaking victory ensuring a lifetime of bragging rights over his fellow banana boat shipmate.

    2) Some folks like to portray things as LeBron finding his Robin and I’ve always seen things more like Wolverine finding the X-Men. Of course, being a Marvel guy, I was never all that into Batman, Superman or any of the other DC rags. Basketball is a team game and the strongest teams win, especially against singular entities. LeBron knows this, it’s why he came here. So while Kyle Kuzma has been pouring it in, pouring it on and looking downright like an All Star I still think we’re the strongest aspect of ourselves when we have solid contributions throughout. But tonight, Kyle Kuzma was way more than Robin, he was the best player on the floor, besting the career night in scoring by Justice Winslow. Great game for Kuz who continued his comeback tour tonight.

    3) Defending the three. On a night where the game was this close our defense at the three point line was a huge key in our victory that will go unnoticed in the shadows of the Wade/James story line and Kuzma’s offensive eruption. But make no mistake, our limiting their effectiveness from three (11-34 for the game) was instrumental in the win.

    4) STAPLES center crowd. They were on their feet for the final minute, they got loud when the team needed a little extra push, they were so not LA! But they were LA and they always will be, it’s just nice to see the home town crowd really into an early December basketball game and the team responding. Feels really good. Also, I have tickets to the March home game against Boston. Oh yes, it’s happening.

    5) Winning before a roadie. Leaving STAPLES behind for our second longest road trip of the season, always good to leave home on a high note. May the wind remain firmly in our sails on our journey away from home.

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 8:43 AM on December 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Liked.

    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 11:01 AM on December 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good stuff as always JS.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:03 AM on December 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks dudes.

      DJ, out of curiosity, what did you think of Lonzo’s effort last night?

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 11:12 AM on December 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Well, actually tried to keep physical notes. His line was 10, 7, 4, 3. Shooting was poor as expected. Missed too many bunnies. very bad foul toward the end of the game. Great block at the end of game. Still pretty average overall. He’s only 21 so has some growing time, just not sure we (LBJ) can wait long.

        PS-My pick Fox line last nite was 25, 4, 6, 4 with great shooting and so much speed. Oh well, we still need a Star along with Kuz and Ingy, IMHO.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 11:16 AM on December 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Mine too, Deej.
          At least Zo plays excellent D.
          Hopefully, his shot and finishing in the paint will improve.

          • DJ2KB24

            DJ2KB24 11:32 AM on December 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Kuz has been stepping up major!

            • therealhtj

              therealhtj 1:01 PM on December 11, 2018 Permalink

              All that tanking netted 1 max player.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 2:14 PM on December 11, 2018 Permalink

              Kuuuuuuuz!

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

            Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:28 PM on December 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I’ll take improvement finshing at the rim and free throws, three ball would be gravy, at this point.

            • DJ2KB24

              DJ2KB24 1:50 PM on December 11, 2018 Permalink

              Agreed.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 2:16 PM on December 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            they weren’t trying to tank- they were just led by an imbecile.

            • therealhtj

              therealhtj 2:57 PM on December 11, 2018 Permalink

              fastest swimmer on a slow day

            • mclyne32 (Director) 4:46 PM on December 11, 2018 Permalink

              BAWHAHAHHAAAAA!

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

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:11 PM on December 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          You’re one of a kind, Deej. Love that you kept physical notes. I’m assuming you mean pen and paper style. Pretty much agree with your take. he has fantastic defensive instincts, tries for the home run pass when a normal solid-fundamental pass would actually work better (see Luke’s face memes) and those blown layups are just inexcusable from someone playing in the NBA. That just has got to change like yesterday.

          Might top out as a Tony Allen-type of guy but with far better court vision and feel, like you said: still only 21. Room to grow…but how much is the big question.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 2:18 PM on December 11, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good stuff, dude.
      I have tix to the game against PHX at the end of Jan.
      I sure hope Booker is 100% by then.
      My favorite Laker is showing up big again- Kuuuuuuuuuuz!

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:15 PM on December 10, 2018 Permalink |  

    Lakers hold off Heat 108-105 to move 7 games over 500 

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 10:25 PM on December 10, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Exact same score as Kobe and Wade duel in Staples to.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 9:14 PM on December 10, 2018 Permalink |  

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    Magicman (Editor) 9:12 PM on December 10, 2018 Permalink |  

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  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 9:11 PM on December 10, 2018 Permalink |  

    Took Lance 27 games to get a meme out of Luke. Lol.

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:17 PM on December 10, 2018 Permalink |  

    LeBron James looks to duplicate his 51-point performance vs. Heat 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:37 PM on December 10, 2018 Permalink |  

    Kyle Kuzma’s scoring isn’t the only thing that could make him LeBron’s sidekick 

    Throughout​ this season, there has​ been​ a prevailing​ narrative about​ a Lakers kid​ —​ whether​ it’s​ Lonzo Ball, Josh​ Hart,​ Brandon Ingram​​ or Kyle Kuzma — needing to emerge as LeBron James’ clear-cut “number two.” For most folks, sidekick status would be defined through points. Scoring is the flashiest and sexiest of all stats, and the way a player’s value is most commonly assessed. And I get it. Scoring matters.

    At the same time, I have always thought the definitional properties gleaned from scoring can be overstated. Once you remove All-Star level scorers from this equation, a lot of NBA players are relatively similar. They may not always approach scoring the same way, but that doesn’t necessarily amount to many tangible differences.

    Take, for example, Kyle Kuzma vs. Brandon Ingram.

    Kuzma entered the NBA last season a more polished scorer than the sophomore Ingram. He also carried himself with a scorer’s mindset and a star mentality to boot. If you polled 100 fans about whether Kuzma or Ingram was more likely to one day win a scoring title, the only way Kuzma would have received 99 votes is by including Ingram’s most delusional family member among the balloting. Yet Ingram and Kuzma both averaged exactly 16.1 points on essentially the same amount of shots. And this season, Kuzma’s recent tear notwithstanding, that trend has largely held. Kuzma looks the part of a scorer more, but again, that’s largely aesthetics. Practically speaking, until Kuzma takes his scoring prowess to the next level, they’ve been basically equal along these lines.

    This also reflects why I have consistently suggested Ingram would ultimately emerge as LeBron’s primary Robin. He’s been the more versatile player with more upside as a complete player, and therefore more capable of providing the widest variety of help. If you factored in all the possible ways to lessen LeLoad — scoring, playmaking, defense, positional versatility, etc. — Ingram checks way more boxes. Yes, Kuzma’s fit alongside LeBron has been more immediately smooth, but that’s also been a function of fewer responsibilities.

    For most of the season, Kuzma has been asked to just score on offense and merely hold his own on defense. It’s simpler math. The adjustments for Ingram, however, have been more dramatic. He is an attacking player accustomed to handling the ball, which obviously requires massaging paired with LeBron. Simultaneously, he’s been saddled with more tasks, which only further complicates the learning process. In essence, Ingram has been asked to feel out a game’s rhythm, but also create it, which ain’t a walk in the park. The resulting awkwardness shouldn’t be a surprise. Still, I’ve always believed in Ingram’s upside and talent, along with his will to discover an elusive balance.

    Just as importantly, I haven’t believed in Kuzma’s future as a multi-faceted player. There haven’t been as many flashes, but more specifically, I haven’t always sensed the inclination on his part. By and large, Kuzma has operated first, second and even last as a scorer. He aggressively seeks out shots, occasionally to the point of hunting them. Which is fine, so long as it doesn’t delve into naked selfishness, and I rarely think that’s been the case. Plus, he’s talented at scoring and teams need players like him. Still, James has managed to become the NBA’s fifth all-time leading scorer without necessarily even wanting to. The guy can get buckets whenever he d**n well pleases, sometimes while barely breaking a sweat. Hell, the guy can do anything, which is why his most valuable long-term asset is someone who comes closest to replicating anything.

    But suddenly, however, Kuzma is presenting the case for himself as that guy on both sides of the ball. Not merely content to flourish within his established comfort zone, he has instead been making his mark in areas previously untapped, and the results have been eye-opening.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:38 PM on December 10, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great article by the Kam Bros for the Athletic. I included some of the good stuff but the Athletic is well worth the small price to subscribe. Quality journalism without any ads or popups.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 5:46 PM on December 10, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        No one handles trolls quite like Tim Kawakami.

        I’d love to see a Tim back and forth at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Lol.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:19 PM on December 10, 2018 Permalink |  

    Lakers could be playing for #1 seed in West on Christmas Day! 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:17 PM on December 10, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Lots of trap games waiting in the shadows. The Lakers are suddenly the team with the target on their backs. Playing the Lakers is a big deal for every other franchise. Championship teams beat the teams they’re supposed to beat. That’s the big step this team needs to take. No more losses to the Spurs and Magics of this league. Starting tonight, win the games you should.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:18 PM on December 10, 2018 Permalink |  

    Lakers make another NBA Power Ranking Top Five 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:13 PM on December 10, 2018 Permalink |  

    Lakers showiung signs of improved rebounding 

     
  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 1:33 PM on December 10, 2018 Permalink |  

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