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  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 3:02 PM on April 3, 2020 Permalink |  

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 3:03 PM on April 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      A lot of you came to Gander, New Foundland, and we treated you like family, because globally were together.

      Now, this pile of puke says F You.

      Please, not another 4 years of this. Never again.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 2:59 PM on April 3, 2020 Permalink |  

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 3:01 PM on April 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      And when America is in desperate need, this hoarding game Trump is playing will burn him later when people will die. More people. Smh.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 2:44 PM on April 3, 2020 Permalink |  

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:45 PM on April 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Haha. Thanks, Sean. Maybe there’s still hope. Those numbers should shift dramatically as the death toll mounts and reality sets in.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 2:49 PM on April 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        We’re seeing it Tom, seeing is believing for these sheep. Mike Francesca is an example. He finally saw the light, but it took over 500 body bags in Queens to make it happen? Shocking.

        It will get worse for him.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 1:31 PM on April 3, 2020 Permalink |  

    Toronto’s mayor has ended any chance of a season.

    The players would need according to LeBron, Alex Ovechkin, a month to prepare to reap again.

    That’s July 1st minimum.

    Ain’t gonna happen. Leafs and Raps both would need Rogers centre. Greenies and Bruins share TD Garden…

    Won’t be a Champion in either sport.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:48 PM on April 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think the only chance is to hold the playoffs in one venue like in Vegas and dramatically shorten it. I still like a tournament in each conference to pick teams to play in the conference finals against the Lakers and Bucks who get a tournament bye.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 10:28 AM on April 3, 2020 Permalink |  

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:50 PM on April 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hope I don’t have another cardiac arrest. Thank God for my pacemaker and defibrillator. Heard about a patient on the news whose battery was running out after 8 years but can’t get an appointment to replace her device due to the pandemic.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 10:26 AM on April 3, 2020 Permalink |  

    TO Medic testimonial 

    We’re all shocked by how our care has to change – responding with PPE, slowly, measured. I’m working with a rookie today. She was overwhelmed by how different our care is today compared to what she learned just last year.

    PPE slows us down. My partner has to take off her stuff and wash before she gets in the front to drive. That means she can’t get in the back to help when I need a hand or something changes.

    We would typically stop on the side of the road to fix an issue – troubleshoot an airway, defibrillate, etc

    We’re also having to consider the public when we arrive a hospital. I can’t put the people on the sidewalk at risk – the security walking to get a coffee as I roll by doing CPR. Treatment has to stop so I don’t spread droplets.

    Until we find a safe place to work again.

    Yes. There’s usually a long hallway from the ambulance garage to the resuscitation room. Calling ahead, you usually get your peers to clear the hall for the long walk while resuscitating. Too risky now.

    Half measures now. Outcomes aren’t good. We’re getting close to stopping all CPR. The chances of surviving an ICU stay to discharge are pretty low. The chances of surviving aren’t there. Too much risk. Maybe another half measure. Full resus at home. If no response, pronounce.

    I mean, the patient was sick enough to die. Medicine to get them to discharge with any quality of life usually takes weeks. Those systems don’t exist now. The resources in hospital are quickly disappearing. The chance of getting covid while in hospital is increasing. These people ARE SICK. Last few years we had 5% of patients survive CPR with good ICU care. That care isn’t there, and

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 10:26 AM on April 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Not me a friend. :)

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:53 PM on April 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I don’t see how all of you on the front lines can survive physically and mentally. i mean we’re not even close to this being at its worst not to throw in the potentially crippling lack of PPE. What do you do then?

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:00 AM on April 3, 2020 Permalink |  

    R.I.P. Bill Withers.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:02 PM on April 2, 2020 Permalink |  

    David Blaine fools AD, JaVale, and LeBron with this card trick! 

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:54 PM on April 2, 2020 Permalink |  

    Lakers reportedly more likely to re-sign Dwight Howard than DeMarcus Cousins. 

    “I don’t think DeMarcus Cousins is looking at a make-good contract — even if it’s more than a minimum. I think that after a series of injuries he’s had… all of which indicates that he’s coming back too fast, doing too much… he needs even more time of coming back from this. He’s gonna have a job in the league, but I don’t think it’s gonna be a big money,” the NBA insider said.

    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 5:01 PM on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I don’t think anyone’ll be in any rush to pay Dwight either.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:18 PM on April 2, 2020 Permalink |  

    If/When the NBA gets back up and running how will it resume?? 

    The logistics of how the league might be able to continue is complex and not without risk. The path ahead is unlikely to include fans, instead potentially cloistering the players in a central location like Las Vegas under extreme isolation and quarantine.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:15 PM on April 2, 2020 Permalink |  

    How Much Money Will NBA Players Lose Due to Coronavirus Pandemic? 

    Without extreme measures, a drop in revenue for the current season will cause the 2020-21 cap to fall significantly. The players can help prevent financial chaos in future seasons, but only if they work with the league by giving back money without games being canceled—since a chance remains for completion of the year, even if it doesn’t return until the summer.

    If the players don’t agree, the league may have no choice but to officially cancel part or all of the regular season and even the playoffs. If so, with approximately 17.5 games remaining plus about 5.6 playoff contests per team, that would be 24.8 percent of each player’s check—awfully close to the reported 25 percent the league is asking for in lieu of cancellations.

    Any major decision outside the scope of the CBA needs to be agreed to by the league and the union. Their interests align in trying to protect as much income as possible. Imagine a $95 million salary cap for next season instead of $115 million. That would immediately dry up much of the free-agent market and immediately reduce the contract extensions of Ben Simmons and Jamal Murray by roughly $29 million each.

    Players may not like the idea of giving up 25 percent, only to be asked to finish out the season without cancellations, given they may play the games and still not get that money back.

    A centralized, quarantined season in a city like Las Vegas would cost millions to produce. Teams would lose their gate revenue. Local and national television contracts would take a hit. One single mistake could lead to reinfection and bring it all down again to a screeching halt.

    None of this is “fair,” but in the grand scheme, people around the world are losing their lives. Basketball and the money surrounding it have to be a lower priority.

    Still, the league has significant motivation to finish out the season, beyond minimizing losses. It’s to get back to the game that is not only loved by the players, owners, executives and team staff but also its massive worldwide fanbase.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:29 AM on April 2, 2020 Permalink |  

    Life and the NBA Might Never Be the Same After the Coronavirus Pandemic! 

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:31 AM on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “As our country prepares to endure a coronavirus pandemic likely to kill more Americans than we lost in any war in our history, it becomes harder and harder to imagine a return to a normal anything like we had before.

      “Maybe it’s an overreaction but the emotional and economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our country and the world is going to change life as we have known it into something dramatically different going forward. Less fortunate parts of the globe could easily slide into a dystopian reality, while others could require decades to fully recover from the tragic losses of life, liberty, and opportunity this deadly plague has stolen from them.

      “Internationally, the planet is going to become a less bountiful and less trustworthy world. Rather than embracing globalization and globalism, we’re more likely to see a resurgence in nationalism and isolationism. Interpersonally, we may see similar traits among individuals, a distrust and fear of large crowds, an increased tendency to relate digitally rather than personally, a new social order that changes how we interact with others.

      “We’re already seeing major changes that may be previews of what’s to come. Can anybody doubt retail stores, movie theaters, and sporting events are going lose the wars with their online versions even faster going forward? Buying groceries, eating out, and going to the gym have been usurped by Instacart, Doordash, and Peloton and going to work, school, or the doctor’s office replaced by telecommuting, telemedicine, and online education.

      “So what does that bode for professional sports and the NBA in particular? With NBA League Pass, MLB Extra Innings, NFL Sunday Ticket, and a host of live streaming options, going to the games has almost become obsolete. The extravagant cost of tickets to live games has turned the average fan into a televiewer and transformed seats in modern stadiums and arenas into exclusive luxury boxes which are capable of generating more revenue.

      “The idea of NBA teams playing in empty arenas due to the coronavirus pandemic could be a forbearer of games held in the not so distant future in arenas with the fans protected by glass sealed and mic’d up luxury suites. Teams could even staff arenas with team avatars, professional fans whose jobs would be to replicate the feeling and intensity of a live crowd for the benefit of the luxury box audience and millions of remote viewers.

      “It’s a future where people bunkered down in their homes have avatars run their errands, do their shopping, and deliver their meals while technology let’s them remotely do their jobs, access healthcare, and connect socially. Future sports fans may want to avoid the exorbitant cost and infection risk of attending games in person and instead opt to experience the excitement of being there live by using advanced forms of virtual reality technology.

      “In the end, who wants to spend hours in traffic, hundreds of dollars for a ticket, and risk getting infected when they can watch a game at home with virtual reality letting them sit next to Jack Nicholson in a front row seat?”

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 1:50 PM on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        A proven and totally effective Vaccine could help at some point.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:19 PM on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          That would be true, DJ, although estimates are at least 12 months to get that. Because of the importance, they may accelerate that by cutting through red tape and testing it with fewer precautions than normal. Too many lives at risk.

          The point of the article is how much different life and the NBA and any business that relies on crowds of people could be adversely affected. That includes shopping malls, theaters, sporting events, and religious organizations.

          We’re already seeing great changes in how we meet and interact socially and commercially and this plague is only going to accelerate that. Life as we knew it is not going to come back. There will be a new normal for sure.

          I know I doubt I would want to risk the crowds of going to a game or concert any time in the near future. Hell, i’m not even going to the store or sending my son or daughter-in-law. It’s Instacart or Prime or DoorDash if we want food.

          There are so many people who just won’t properly social distance on the bike and hiking paths that my wife and I are even giving that up and moving to a bikes and treadmills in the garage. This is going to dramatically change how we live going forward. I think it will eventually transform how we watch sports.

          The new Iphone 12 is rumored to have extensive virtual reality stuff built in for apps like Pokeman. At some point, we’re going don virtual reality goggles and sit in front row seats to watch NBA games with stats and ads scrolling along side as we watch. Only the very rich will be at games in person behind sealed glass and mic’d in so their cheers can be heard by the players and the remote audiences.

          • therealhtj

            therealhtj 6:17 PM on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I’ve never been much of a big crowds guy, and after this, I’ll limit it even moreso. For the price of a night at Staples, I can upgrade my big screen and sound system. While nothing quite compares to watching the game live, I don’t see myself back in an arena soon, possibly ever. Travel I’m pretty much done with, and restaurants probably only on slow weeknights.

          • Seely_Iggy (Director)

            Seely_Iggy (Director) 10:59 AM on April 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Last November, I dropped hundreds of dollars on a virtual reality headset. I intended to use it for research and for developing immersive learning content. Never did I imagine I will be relying on it now to keep me entertained. More importantly, it has many great immersive applications that get you moving and exercising. I used it everyday for a virtual workout – slashing colored boxes with light sabers, boxing, racquet ball in 360, dodging alien lasers coming at ya, ping pong, the choices are endless. The device is cordless so you can jog, hop, spin, dodge with no cables attached. I can relate to the scenario where everyone uses VR sets to view NBA games.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:01 AM on April 3, 2020 Permalink

              You may have a future as one of those professional fans I was talking about, Seely. You could be our blog avatar at future Lakers games. We just plug into your live court experience via virtual reality. Say hi to Jack for us and give LeBron a high five. LOL.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 2:41 PM on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      There is hope in only one name.
      This name starts with a J and ends with an S.
      HIS name is not a swear word.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 3:51 PM on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Well shall see.

      We still don’t know the pathogen and the intermediate host. The “index patient” I’m guessing because a fruit left droppings or was killed and sold in the Wuhan wet market. We don’t know that.

      Some clusters are slow, some are like a Tsunami…it’s just picking up speed now in areas.

      The two global clusters that are really scary are…the Italy devastation was caused at a Soccer Match by a carrier.

      In South Korea, a woman in here mid 30s who was in a small auto accident and refused admission to Hospital, was later admitted and went to infect 60% of all Cases in SK.

      Will large groups of people want to congregate after this right away? I think Pockets of the globe will but I know Mankind…this is messy.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 3:53 PM on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Fruit Bat

      • mclyne32 (Director) 6:10 PM on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        This was man made in China.
        Weaponized flu created to cripple America.
        So far, it’s working…

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:50 PM on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Scientists have pretty much proven that the coronavirus was not a man-made or engineered virus, Matt. Of course, that doesn’t mean the next pandemic won’t be one that terrorists or a rogue government created and unleashed on the world or their perceived enemies. The coronavirus pandemic probably has made that more of a reality than it was before. It’s probably inevitable at some point in time, hopefully a long way in the future but maybe the scariest thing about this plague.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 10:14 AM on April 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            With all due respect, if you believe everything that is put out over the internet, or even everything that is fed to you via “news outlets” on TV, I don’t know what to say.
            Stay safe and healthy.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:38 AM on April 3, 2020 Permalink

              I would say that if I were engineering a killer virus, I would probably try to disguise that fact. And Fox News and Donald Trump are proof you should question everything that the news says, even if it comes from usually reputable sources. However, I think this time it probably was Mother Nature who was responsible for this pandemic.I

            • AK27

              AK27 10:44 AM on April 3, 2020 Permalink

              I’m not sure of the truth but this might be worth checking out –


            • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:58 AM on April 3, 2020 Permalink

              Truth is you never know, Amit. I’m sure there are people working on engineering these kinds of things. The biggest worry I have about this virus right now is it’s going to only increase interest in weaponization of viruses. If it wasn’t made by man, the next one could easily be.

            • AK27

              AK27 11:11 AM on April 3, 2020 Permalink

              Very true, LT

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 1:59 PM on April 3, 2020 Permalink

              Except these conspiracy theories are dumb.

              Man made virus? Sure, but the more people that exist equals more capitalism than if people were killed.

              Makes no sense. None. The haves will start seeing their honeypot hollow-out with less people.

              Single dumbest conspiracy out there.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 1:26 PM on April 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Claiming to know something no else does, is misinformation. Dangerous.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 8:25 PM on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Virus has Bat DNA.

          For example in Contagion, the Bat has the Virus, drops a piece of fruit and a slaughtered pig eats it. Chef puts fingers in Pig’s mouth…Chef shakes of Beth Emhoff.

          Emhoff was index pt. They never found out how it happened even with contact tracing itinerary.

          Dr.Hextall says “The pig met up with the wrong bat.”

        • NBA4ever

          NBA4ever 10:34 AM on April 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Can we ban this nitwit for his bs tinfoil hat comment? It’s bad enough he’s always posting his jesus nonsense, but this is just completely stupid right wing bullshit followed up with “woke” bullshit that’s offensive to families on the front line. Not to mention to the millions of people from Japan, Italy, Spain, Ecuador, Australia. etc etc. Same fool falling for the jesus bullshit would be the moron regurgitating this stupidity. Fuck you and your blog if you keep this dipshit on here.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 10:36 AM on April 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            How’s your emotional state outside of that? You good?

            • NBA4ever

              NBA4ever 10:40 AM on April 3, 2020 Permalink

              Be honest with you I’ve been fighting with my boss, my wife is stressed because she now has positive patients under her care, and the one teacher my daughter has made great progress with has had the school year shut down. Im no longer on social media sites because of morons like Matt whom I’ve tried to respect. Come on here today to see this…I’d slap that stupidity out of his dogma tool mouth.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:54 AM on April 3, 2020 Permalink

              We’re all under intense pressure, Sean. I know Matt’s sick with worry about his son Noah, who’s at great risk because of this virus. I almost had a fist fight on my hike with a guy who wouldn’t stay 6′ away. Let’s not take it out on those who are our friends, even if we don’t agree with them on some major issues. Let’s keep this as a place to escape all the rest of the stuff but still discuss what’s on everybody’s mind. Stay safe and healthy and thank all those like your wife who’re on the front lines.

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:48 AM on April 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I’m not going to ban anybody for expressing their opinion at this point, Sean. In the end, we’re all in this together and would hope that everybody would please refrain from attacking people. Attack the ideas but not the individuals.

            I also don’t appreciate your putting me in the position of having to choose between Matt and you. That’s not fair, especially when you know we both share similar positions on politics and religion.

            I know how hard it is to bite your tongue when somebody says something that makes you want to hit back but I would ask both you and Matt to try not to let this get out of hand. Please. Thank you.

            • Seely_Iggy (Director)

              Seely_Iggy (Director) 11:08 AM on April 3, 2020 Permalink

              Well said Tom. There’s no real Lakers news to read here, but I check in everyday. Why? Because yall are my family and family disagree all the time but we still provide support for one another.

              We all cope with stress in different ways and what a stressful time it is. Just try to stay cool with one another, please.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 11:42 AM on April 3, 2020 Permalink

              Yup. Pressure can burst pipes, it can also produce diamonds. Be a diamond in the rough.

          • AK27

            AK27 10:53 AM on April 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            hey NBA – that’s likely a conspiracy theory but it only concerns the origin of the virus…I don’t think he’s trying to mock anyone’s suffering or the courage and sacrifices being made by people at the frontline..there’s nothing but the utmost respect for folks like your wife and Sean…

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 1:27 PM on April 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            He knows better though. They’ve traced the virus to a Wet Market in Wuhan.

            If it was created, the biochemists would sniffed it out.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 5:47 PM on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Damm..that shyte read like the Unabomber Manifesto.

      Gonna change your name to Laker Ted…Kaczynski.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:10 PM on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        There’s definitely as aspect that resembles the Unabomber Manifesto in terms of the dramatic changes that may confront our current world but it’s more a forecast of what could be the logical evolution of our modern way of life rather than falling into some dystopian world, although parts of the globe could easily do that. Instead of everything falling apart, it’s more likely that technology will change much of how we do things and how we interact socially and commercially.

        It’s also not that the pandemic is creating a new reality, it’s more that’s it’s likely to give a massive push in the direction we’re already heading, which is a society run by avatars and remote technology. Of course, that could be almost as scary as some of the dystopian predictions as people and countries isolate rather than congregate out of fear and the advance of technology. Before restaurants shut down, if you paid attention, you would likely see more people looking at their smartphones than conversing with their companions.

        One thing for sure is there’s going to be a new reality once the coronavirus pandemic is over and it’s not likely to be one that reminds us more of 1984 than 1974. Hug the ones you love and fight to keep personal love, friendship, and in person interaction alive because it’s what makes us human and it’s going to be under heavy fire in the not to distant future.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 8:58 AM on April 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Most dystopian thing yet. I don’t think this is how things will end up. Watch videos from communities all around the world. People that are connecting as a result of this…in a practical, social distancing kinda way You can only endure so much television, phone or screen time before you flat out want to interact with other humans. From the windows of old Italian buildings to the balconies and stoops of New York people are reaching out through song.

      This is a crisis of epic proportions, the likes many of us have never seen. Been asking people if they can recall living through anything like this. 9/11 is the most popular answer but my reply is always that everyone went back to work on 9/12 (heck, I went to work on 9/11, I was a short-order cook at the time and they didn’t close. This is unprecedented.

      But it’s also why the post-COVID reality is, in many ways, left to the imagination. Not surprisingly things take a turn towards the dark. Dark times yield dark dreams and a life without hope isn’t much of a life at all. Hope more than any other human emotion is what can drive you to overcome the darkness within. Feel free to use the epic human vocabulary to assign it a slightly different label (gumption, spunk, spark, faith, whatever floats your boat). Hope will see us through. The audacity of hope, to coin an old phrase.

      While there will be tragedy that will be the result of the utter and complete failure of the President and his advisors to comprehend the scope of this issue as early as last year that’s one of many tragedies this administration has either made worse or wholly created on their own (let’s not forget the refugee families who are still separated in I.C.E. detention facilities, those people are living stacked on top of one another, no social distancing for them…). This government will not define Americans, nor will this virus define humanity. That is an impossible thing to define.

      I personally look forward to the next concert or Lakers game I’ll be able to attend. The human body, like the planet Earth, is made up of water, for the most part. The vibrations of communal experiences resonate within us all. It’s why we derive joy from similar peaks in a guitar solo, cry during a movement in a sonata, or lose our minds when your team cans a dagger three to send them into the next round of the playoffs. People will always come together to experience things, it’s how our society was built. Greek plays and festivals celebrating the spoken word have been built upon over the centuries and expounded upon.

      Losing this season, or mutating it to fit the circumstances, is not a tragedy. It’s a bummer. Losing a loved one to COVID-19 because of the failings of leadership is a tragedy. Let’s not compound these tragedies by abandoning the things that make life worth living. We can beat a virus.


      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 9:43 AM on April 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Trudeau hasn’t handled this well, didn’t prevent Iran from flying into Canada, after they blew up a civilian aircraft. Merkel and Macron have essentially had open borders for almost a decade.

        They have equal amounts of blood and guts on their hands.

        This won’t stop China either. This was caused by mindless self-indulgence. Xi will only be emboldened by this.

        I’m not travelling to Europe ever again, the cluster at the AC Milan Soccer game, should bother people gathering in large groups.

        Have no issue saying I’ll never travel overseas again. I don’t plan on leaving the continent.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:00 AM on April 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          The big question is whether we have the will to do what it will take to get out of this cleanly. How are we going to let people get back to work unless we’re able to test everybody quickly and accurately. The NBA is a microcosm of the country.

          The only way the NBA can return to play is to be able to test everybody before each game. That requires a test with results in minutes. If you pass, you play. If you fail, you go into quarantine. The injured list is going to become critical.

          That’s also the formula that we need to safely go back to work. You test everybody when they arrive at work. If you pass, you work. If you don’t, you go home and self quarantine. Do we have the technology and will to do this? I doubt it.

          So what’s the next step, just drop requirements once we’re on the downside of the peak. Without extensive repetitive testing, you’re just looking at reigniting the pandemic. One woman in Korea ended up being the person responsible for 60% of the countries total cases. This is in a country that used massive testing and tracing to curtail the pandemic’s impact. We’re not South Korea. I still encounter runners on the bike path with people who refuse to keep 6 feet of distance when passing me.

          As an older couple with preexisting health issues, I doubt my wife and I will be able to resume our normal daily routines until some time next year. Maybe never if Trump somehow gets reelected. That’s not death but it’s a lot more than just a bummer.

          • Seely_Iggy (Director)

            Seely_Iggy (Director) 11:18 AM on April 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Even the best at suppressing it are now finding it hard to let their guard down. Singapore, touted for its handling of the corona virus, yesterday announced they are shutting down the schools. They had done well, 10 cases a day in a country of 5 million people, for weeks. Then the cases started shooting up again. Until an effective vaccine and quick testing become available, this is how it’s gonna be.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:50 AM on April 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Well said, Jamie. I share your hope that we will be able to retain our humanity in the aftermath of this pandemic. Unfortunately, one thing coronavirus is going to exacerbate is the massive divide between the 1% and the rest of the world. Some parts of the world are going to face a dystopian future, maybe even some parts of America. I doubt the 1% are going to willingly support anything to change the distribution of wealth in the world, especially with there being less wealth to share

        I keep faith that the silver lining I keep hoping and praying for is Trump’s total failure to prepare for and manage this plague will wake up the American people and lead to democratic uprising that ends the inept and corrupt administration and their enablers in Congress. This pandemic should be the final evidence the country needs a revolution not an update on the way things are done. Some version of healthcare for everybody, a green new deal to transform our economy and create millions of new jobs, removing big money from politics – those are things we should now clearly see are needed.

        Unfortunately, the polls continue to disappoint me as large percentages of the population continue to support Trump and his minions. Joe Biden continues to be a sad senile answer that inspires nobody. We’re now likely to see the lowest percentage of the population vote in a presidential election in recent history. I hope things will change but I’m finding it hard to believe they will. Hence, the dystopian outlook that seems to dominate my thoughts. Hope you’re right and I’m wrong.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 10:09 AM on April 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Those polls were conducted before the surge, Tom.

          I also think these polls need to be scrutinized. I don’t agree you can come to a consensus asking 1000 people. Too small to consider valid. JMHO.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 10:22 AM on April 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          We’re being told to only complete CPR and Resuscitations in your homes, if you die enroute to a Hospital EMS has been forbidden to attempt life saving protocols. The system is finally stressed.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 10:33 AM on April 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Some of the strongest alpha people I’ve seen in this job, their constitution is starting to crack.


            We’ve been called essential, truth is we’re the sacrificial lambs.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:12 AM on April 3, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      One of the most interesting underlying aspects of the conversations we’re having on this thread is whether or not people can be true friends on the Internet. Of all the people on this blog, I’ve only met Jamie and Matt in person and only regularly communicate with DJ and 63 via email. Yet, I consider many of you to be my friends. There are, of course, many different levels of friends. Personally, my wife is probably my only true lifelong friend whom I totally trust. I had a couple of others but unfortunately they died a few years ago. At any rate, as naive as it may be, I’d like to think many of you consider me as a friend too.

      One of the things I’m trying to do with the new version of the site is to expand not only the basketball related functionality or the site but also its ability to enable people to make greater social connections with other site members or, if you will, to become friends. Maybe go to games together or have chat sessions during games, Share history and family photos or game experiences. Learn more about each other and build closer bonds. Many of us have been doing this together for almost ten years.

      There was a point in the old LA Times Lakers Blog where I thought we were making great progress in that direction. Of course, that all went away s the blog imploded, as most passionate fan sites do, even without the subject veering away from basketball. It will be interesting to see how everybody reacts to the new blog when it happens. We were on schedule for a couple of weeks but it now looks like a month away.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:27 AM on April 2, 2020 Permalink |  

    Los Angeles Lakers: 3 point guards to target during the 2020 offseason 

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    Could LeBron James’ Lakers Be Franchise’s Best Team Since 2000? 

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 2:00 PM on April 1, 2020 Permalink |  

    It’s Complicated… 

    ► Bringing an entire league into one location isn’t just about the 450 NBA players under contract. It’s several hundred more coaches, front office personnel, video coordinators, trainers, medical staff, equipment staff, TV production folks, cameramen and announcers, not to mention having a pool of G-Leaguers ready to be signed in case of injuries.

    ► How long would they all have to be in quarantine before they could be around each other?

    ► Do those folks ever get to leave the property, or are they confined to the premises the entire time? What are the protocols if they had to leave for some kind of emergency?

    ► What happens if one of the people confined to the bubble needs to fly back home to see a sick family member or because someone gives birth? Are they allowed to come back?

    ► Are the players being forced to stay alone in their hotel rooms, or are they allowed to bring family with them? Just wives and kids? What about girlfriends? Parents and siblings are kind of important, too. Or sometimes for a player it’s their business partner or an agent who provides the most important emotional support. How many of the important people in their lives do NBA players get to bring with them on the Good Ship ESPN while they ride out the season in sequester?

    ► To make this work with no risk of a coronavirus outbreak, you’d also need to have a large catering and cleaning staff to provide essential services for this rapidly growing community. The cooks and dishwashers can’t leave the premises, nor can the housekeepers or the people who are doing laundry.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:10 PM on April 1, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      There is no doubt it would be complicated and near impossible under the current conditions, which is why it’s just talk at this point in time. For sure, conditions in America would have to be significantly better in two months for this to happen. It all depends on what happens. Best hope for the world and the NBA is that the virus has a seasonal decline that gives us a chance to catch our breath like in the middle of a hurricane. Staring at 100,000 to 250,000 dead over the next couple of months, the odds don’t look promising for America or the NBA.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:15 PM on April 1, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It’s even more than this and it’s just not going to happen. I don’t see a way forward, anyhow…

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 3:18 PM on April 1, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I agree with Dan, just stop this convo now. POlayer’s Union wouldn’t let it happen and I doubt the owners would either. They would want their sponsors to get a little something out of it to start recouping their huge losses. Players would want something resembling home court advantage and likely not to live in ________ that’s not home for _______ weeks/months. This is a non-starter idea, IMO.

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