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  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 4:44 PM on October 16, 2019 Permalink |  

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    Magicman (Editor) 4:31 PM on October 16, 2019 Permalink |  

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    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 4:37 PM on October 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Eventually he will.

      Look closer at the winning percentage.

      Aside from the fact, Earvin has 30 career Playoff Triple doubles. 8 of those in the NBA Finals.

      Magic has more Triple Doubles in NBA Finals History than Westbrook has career Triple doubles in the Playoffs.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 9:23 PM on October 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m not foolish enough to say Russ is comparable to Earv but it has to be pointed out that he didn’t have Dr. Buss, The Logo, Riles, Cap, & Big Game James surrounding him either. Makes a difference.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:56 PM on October 16, 2019 Permalink |  

    I love how Phil Handy teaches players by showing them exactly what to do 

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 1:18 PM on October 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Stop it.
      Miles Simon was always out there with the players.
      Happens on every team.
      Ty Lue is laid up from running with the squad last week…lol

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:48 PM on October 16, 2019 Permalink |  

    Projecting Every NBA Team’s Opening Night Starting 5 

    B/R Projected Starting Five: LeBron James, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Danny Green, Anthony Davis, JaVale McGee

    There’s been some talk about finally designating LeBron as the actual point guard. Given the makeup of the roster, the Lakers may have to do just that, especially if AD continues to insist on being a power forward.

    Between those two, Kyle Kuzma and Jared Dudley, L.A. has four rotation players who should log the bulk of their minutes at the 4. LeBron is the one who makes the most sense elsewhere.

    With him in place at the 1 and AD at the 4, everything else just sort of falls into place. Green’s an almost perfect complement to those two. KCP can be, as well. Between those two, the Lakers have one of the league’s best 3-and-D wing combinations.
    That just leaves the question of who plays center. At this point in their careers, McGee is the much more dangerous roll threat and is probably easier to trust defending the perimeter too.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:53 PM on October 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      KCP? Well, he is making the most money of our guards other than Danny Green but he’s not whom I would start. Only plausible reason might be to make sure his trade value stays around $8M so we can move him before the deadline if needed to get Iggy.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 1:03 PM on October 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I can see the logic cuz Lebron is only gonna be the PG on the offensive side; on defense he’ll be on the small forward with Green & KCP guarding the 1 & 2 on the perimeter. The question is whether KCP is your best remaining 3 & D guy. This disjointed preseason (I throw out the China games because of all the drama) hasn’t allowed anybody else to really distinguish themselves.And playing this roster GSW keeps trotting out there isn’t helping either. So this thing is gonna be a continuous work in progress the first few weeks of the season.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 1:21 PM on October 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Good point regarding the inability for some guys to fall into their specific roles.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 11:39 AM on October 16, 2019 Permalink |  

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    Magicman (Editor) 11:31 AM on October 16, 2019 Permalink |  

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    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 11:34 AM on October 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good deal for both teams.

      Brown being paid for potential.

      Fair. He worked his a*s off. He earned it.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:35 AM on October 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Kings trying to
      Lock in the young core, just like Luke wanted the Lakers to do here. Smart way to go for that organization, seems like they’ve learned a bit from the Boogie years.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 12:49 PM on October 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Kings & Raps (to a slightly lesser extent) are gonna struggle to land free agents so you gotta lock up these young guys and hope they develop…even if they might be overpaying a bit. Celts? Gonna be interesting to see how they respond with Kyrie now gone from that locker room. They weren’t trying to hear any of his noise after they damm near made the Finals without him. No excuses now.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 1:05 PM on October 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Ainge did nothing with the picks. And when it came time to call, he got rivered.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 1:10 PM on October 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        As keen loves to say…the draft is a crapshoot.

        They were within a game of the finals a year ago…that counts for something.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 1:16 PM on October 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I’ll have to quote the Hip here, “No one’s interested in something you didn’t do.”

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 1:20 PM on October 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Only one team wins the title.
          Everybody else is garbage?

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 1:27 PM on October 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Nope.

            When your the Lakers and Greenies, anything less than a Finals appearance makes for a disappointing season.

            A team like the Suns, Blazers, Hornets have different historical/philosophical successes and failures.

            It’s binary when you’ve been great and that’s the expectations.

          • MongoSlade

            MongoSlade 1:29 PM on October 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            But neither of us has been great for the better part of a decade.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 1:38 PM on October 16, 2019 Permalink

              I don’t remember too long ago, AD was going to our rival because of asset allocation.

              If there prospects were what Ainge and Stevens think they are, the Pels would have dealt with them.

              Now, AD and Klutch sports flexing didn’t deter Ainge from trading for Kyrie.

              Truth be told MS, Ainge’s asset allocation depreciated badly.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:09 AM on October 16, 2019 Permalink |  

    The burnout of the shooting star Carmelo Anthony 

    It’s been a year since Carmelo Anthony has appeared in a game. He might not get his farewell to the league, but the NBA he’d be saying goodbye to isn’t the same as the one in which he rose to stardom.

    Source: The burnout of the shooting star Carmelo Anthony

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 11:04 AM on October 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m sad thst he’s being treated like this.

      History will show he’s probably the 3rd best of his generation and him and Kobe will be remembered as the most clutch players in their era.

      Maybe people don’t think he deserves better…he does.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:33 AM on October 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Agreed. I find it unfathomable that there’s not a team that needs scoring that hasn’t offered him a role. Maybe he’s turned down offers, the article doesn’t really go into that, but the dude is one of the best pure scorers the game has ever seen. Is his defense suspect? Sure, he’s never been a plus defender but he can hold his ground in the post so the issue is mostly out on the perimeter and it’s not like he’s alone in that regard. The Dwight comment really irked me in this read.

      Houston is a classless organization that has taken the analytics thing too far and is destroying the soul of the game. James Harden deserves better and Russell Westbrook needs to watch his back, D’Antoni and Morey don’t respect the player or the game. Just my 2 bits but I’m not fond of either of those guys.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 12:42 PM on October 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is how the vast majority of players go out…not with a bang but a whimper. Everybody can’t get the Kobe/Jeter farewell tour. And this dude’s never even sniffed a title or an MVP. Sometimes things just don’t go the way you want em to. But like Don Draper told Peggy…..that’s what the money’s for.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 12:59 PM on October 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        There’s an old saying “Don’t put Roses on my grave when I’m dead.”

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:26 PM on October 15, 2019 Permalink |  

    Kyle Kuzma can be the Wing the Lakers are missing 

    Kyle Kuzma is a tweener. He’s a classic combo forward who has the height to play PF, the ball skills and scoring punch to play some SF, and does just enough on defense and the backboards to hold his own no matter where a coach deploys him. This makes him valuable to any team and is a key reason1 that he’s the young Laker who was not included in a deal for Anthony Davis.

    On a team whose two best players happen to start at SF and PF, however, Kuzma can be viewed by some as an odd man out. Positional overlap and depth can be great for the long grind of the regular season, but when it comes to the playoffs these things hold less value. Unless, of course, that player is a tweener who can lean on the parts of his game that can be utilized more while not encroaching on the skills of those better players who are slotted in front of you.

    Kuzma, then, finds himself in an interesting position with these Lakers but one that is not the dead end his stated position of PF would have you believe. You see, Kuzma can do wing things on a team that desperately needs more players who can bring more than one or two key perimeter skills to the table. An examination of the Lakers roster lays this bare.

    Name a player on the Lakers roster not named LeBron James or Anthony Davis who can do all of these things: create his own shot, come off a screen to hit a jumper, initiate a fast break off a rebound or an outlet pass to either score or create a shot for a teammate, fill a lane on the break and streak for a layup/dunk or to the arc for a spot up 3, and handle the ball in a pick and roll to either create a shot for himself from the 3-point line all the way to the rim or hit a teammate for an easy basket.

    I’ll give you a hint: the list is short. There’s actually only one player on it. His name is Kyle Kuzma. Now, I know what you’re probably thinking. Can Kuzma do these things? Yes. Yes he can.

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:17 PM on October 15, 2019 Permalink |  

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:08 PM on October 15, 2019 Permalink |  

    Lakers waive David Stockton, sign Reggie Hearn 

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:08 AM on October 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      There’s no fit for David on this team. wouldn’t surprise me if Demetrius is next. Both are under-sized for what we want to do on defense and with LBJ and Rondo you don’t need too many other PGs. If you want an under-sized PG than go get J.J. “Laker Killer” Barea or any of the other NBA players on the scrap heap.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 12:20 PM on October 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        He’s just too small to be an NBA player. Now, we have seen small guys make it, most notably Iverson, Mugsy, Spud, but they are extreme outliers.
        If IT wasn’t derailed by injuries, he would have been in this list. You could convince me that he should be since he put together a MVP quality season.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 12:22 PM on October 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Stockton Sr. was smallish at 6’1.”

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

            Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:33 PM on October 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            IT was a major talent, this guy notsomuch. Solid court vision and passing skills but didn’t bring much else to the table.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 1:38 PM on October 16, 2019 Permalink

              Yup. You always have to start with major talent when you are small.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 9:59 PM on October 15, 2019 Permalink |  

    Translation: Save That Drama For Your Mama 

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 10:09 PM on October 15, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It took the NFL damm near 2 years to realize this with the whole kneeling for the anthem mess; stop talking about it and it’ll go away on its own. We have amazingly short attention spans. 2 or 3 weeks from now and it’ll be back to business as usual for everybody; including China broadcasting the games. Ain’t saying it’s right, just saying how it is.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 11:53 PM on October 15, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The ‘I got it’ syndrome runs deep with business too.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:04 AM on October 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Everybody coming out of this looking like a pig with bad lipstick.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 1:16 PM on October 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The world machine will continue to be fueled by greed, corruption, slavery, malice, war, and every other kind of evil until someone returns to put an end to it- once and for all.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:26 AM on October 15, 2019 Permalink |  

    5 Things 

    Fun game last night, a lot of the scrubs got extended minutes and we saw some guys really make the most of those minutes. In a game where the only potential starters that played were JaVale McGee, Dwight Howard, KCP and Alex Caruso (long shot on starting but will certainly have a role) a lot of guys who will be heavily featured on our G-League affiliate got a chance to shine and show what they can do.

    1) Zach Norvell Jr. had the play of the game and the Laker bench went nuts.

    Toss in the fact that he was the leading scorer with 22 points, shot 3-8 from three and played some stout defense (for a rookie) and he was my player of the game. Zach has looked NBA ready, he’s got the right kind of confidence, knows where he stands in the tea pecking order and didn’t force his star to shine. Rather he let it shine as it should: within the flow of the game. I don’t think he broke one play to get his points, all of it came pretty organically which, to me, was the most impressive aspect of his game last night. He was un-drafted, so another feather in the scouting department’s cap because this dude can flat out ball. My bet is he makes the most of the 2-Way deal the Lakers smartly signed him to

    2) Demetrius Jackson could be the next Josh Hart. Actually, I see him as a very Xavier Henry/Shannon Brown kind of player. Heavy on the athleticism with a sometimes too strong jump shot. He led all guards in rebounds with 7, dished 4 dimes and a had a steal and a block. Tagged as a PG on ESPN I’ve always seen him as more of a combo guard. Entering his 3rd season in the league it’s going to be hard for Demetrius to crack the rotation. At 6’1″ he’s on the small side, although his hops and build make him a tough cover for guys of a similar size. But between Rondo, Caruso, Cook and Bradley as potential starting guards (Bradley is included simply because his fit is the best alongside James and Green is going to start at the SG) there’s not a lot of rotation available left for Mr. Jackson. Not sure what will happen, if he’s willing to play on the G-league squad I’d definitely keep him around in the event that someone gets hurt or vastly under performs.

    3) Devontae Cacok is going to make the most of his training camp opportunities. This dude looks better and better every game. While it is preseason and his role and minutes at this level will not be what they are I like his future in the league. While he is on the small side for a PF (6’7″) his skill and feel help him to compensate. His footwork on both ends is great, he’s got a great nose for rebounding and he has a soft tough around the basket. Be that as it may he has to be crafty in a game where athletic prowess can overcome a lot of things. He won’t be dunking over anyone, rather he’ll be lofty little jump hooks and floaters. Another guy who I hope we can convince to play for the South Bay Lakers.

    4) David Stockton has a rougher road to a rotation spot on the Lakers than Demetrius Jackson. The son of NBA legend John Stockton has hard a far rockier path than his father did. Bouncing from the NBA to the G-League to Croatia to New Zealand then back to the G-League after which he signed with a German team until he finally ended up here in training camp with the Lakers. At 5′ 11″ David is both under-sized and willowy of build. He’s got his Dad’s passing vision, if not the same accuracy, and his jump shot looks fundamentally sound. Nothing about David Stockton is exciting unless you’re a big fan of father/son trivia in professional sport. He had a good game, though. Could end up on our G-League affiliate or signing overseas for more money.

    5) Kostas Antetokounmpo is raw but worth the investment. The little brother of the Greek Freak aka Giannis Antetokounmpo has a similar feel on the court to his big bro. Raw is the first word that comes to mind. He has a smoothness to the game that I appreciate on multiple levels and he’s already got the tools to be a solid defender. Whether the rest of his game ever catches up to his body is a great question and one that is unlikely to be answered this year. The dude needs reps and the 2-Way deal he signed with us will give him a nice balance of G-League minutes and NBA exposure. Plus, what our relationship with KCP did for us in regards to Klutch Sports and signing LeBron, this will give Giannis an un-filtered look into how the Laker organization is run, how they treat their players and if this could, who knows, maybe, you never know it could happen, be a place he wants to sign when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2021 (assuming he ever comes on the market, Milwaukee should toss the kitchen sink at him to get him to stay).

    Honorable mention has to go to both Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee. They both played great in this game with Dwight Howard dishing 6 assists and pulling down a team-high 13 rebounds. But the best thing about his game was how comfortable he looked playing his role, his metal state and level of acceptance is the only thing we need to see out of his training camp as we know what he can do in the NBA. Best part of his game was him going 8-10 from the free throw line. McGee had the dunk of the night, canned a triple and showed that he’s the best center on the team right now, in my opinion. But the ability to play both for 20ish minutes per game I a great asset to the coaching staff. Next up, Golden State…again…on Wednesday night.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:59 PM on October 15, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Excellent post, Jamie. Like you, I thoroughly enjoyed the game even though LeBron and AD didn’t play.

      You can see now what the Lakers offered Zach Norvell, Jr. a two-way contract before he even showed up in camp. Kid can shoot and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get legitimate minutes because of that. The ankle breaker that had LeBron mimicking the defender he put down was sweet as was the contested layup he made to complete the play.

      I agree it’s going to be a long road for Demetrius Jackson, Devontae Cacok, and David Stockton to make the varsity but I think they all have a great shot to make some noise on the South Bay Lakers. I also think Kostas Antetokounmpo could turn into more than just a recruiting tool for Giannis two summers from now. He has such great athleticism and potential. Good move to give him a two-way contract.

      Finally, JaVale and Dwight look like a great center tandem. This could be a break out year for McGee as the starter and Dwight looked excellent, especially on the boards and on the line. 8 of 10 was sweet. Wonder how much the Lakers having a shooting coach helped him. He struggles to finish in traffic but dominates on the boards and defensively.

      All in all, a great game to watch. Two more exhibition games and one week until the season opener. I can’t wait. But right now, I have bigger fish to fry as the Yankees with home field advantage the rest of the way in the playoffs try to take care of business against the Astros. Go, Yankees!

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:23 PM on October 15, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thanks LT, I think the majority of the guys who got extended minutes last night have a long road ahead of them. They’ll be offered a spot on the G league squad, the 2-Wayers will get their split games and the rest will get a shot if injuries mount so here’s hoping that doesn’t happen. We’re talking about potential 15th men on the bench here, the ones that will register multiple DNP-Coaches Decisions if they’re on the NBA squad. South Bay is the place for these guys to further their development>

        In regards to Kostas as raw as he is I do see a lot of potential there. Bonus for him giving his family an inside look at the Lakers as a franchise. Follows a pattern that was established with KCP and I have to say that it worked so why not give this a sot, too. Worst that happens is you develop someone who ha NBA potential, best-case is Giannis hears how awesome everything is here and chooses LA in 2021.

        Something folks need to remember about Dwight is that he’s coming back from his second back surgery in less than 10 years. In his post game he was talking about how he’s not where he feels he’ll be athletically in a few weeks. I think he’s still strengthening and stretching out that back and in a month or so we’ll see an even more explosive Dwight. Maybe not Orlando explosive but certainly upper echelon of the NBA explosive. JaVale should start, only reason I could see that flipping is if, physically, Dwight does better right after warm ups and gets a big chunk of early minutes followed by a lot of McGee after that. Hard to see McGee not winning that spot, though, he’s been a beast on both ends and has better shooting.

        Good luck to your Yankees, I don’t think you have the arms to stay with Houston and I expect that series to go 7 games with a couple of home field advantage swings yet to come.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 1:46 PM on October 15, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I only watched bits & pieces of this game. Every year I get excited about the preseason but it quickly disapates after a coupla games. I wish we were playing more than just 2 opponents…what’s that about? Nets with no KD or Kyrie and this ghost of a Dubs team aren’t great measuring sticks.

      One thing folks gotta remember about Dwight…he only played 9 games last year. He’s still got a ways to go to get into real game shape and regain his timing.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:27 PM on October 15, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        re: Dwight, 100% yup. I replied to LT befor I read your post and that’s exactly what I wrote up there, too.

        I don’t understand the NBA preseason at all, too much marketing and not enough of what the teams actually need. It’s gotten real silly. They should do a better job of either hyping regional rivalries and lessen the travel between the coasts but whatever, it’s almost over.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 6:50 PM on October 15, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I would rather see Norvell Jr. take all of KFC’s minutes than have to endure another season of underwhelming performances. At least he has room to grow.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 8:57 PM on October 15, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        That’s the benefit of these two-ways. Players can come up for a max of 60 days without the contract changing.

        Zach and Kostas get some development and burn in the G-League. Come up with confidence and we’ll see how much Jam they got.

        What’s impressed me about Zach is his mental toughness. He struggled last game and could’ve wallowed in negativeness…didn’t happen he refocused and the results showed.

        Playing for Mark Few, you better have a thick skin.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 9:47 PM on October 15, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I am very interested in how he and Cacok will fare when the games do matter. My guess is they will be just fine.

          • keen observer

            keen observer 7:52 AM on October 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Cacok reminds me of Montrezl Harrell. Even though this is the preseason, where mediocre players can look good by playing their tails off and where good players can look crappy because they are working on certain things and not paying much attention to other aspects of their games (or simply not playing too hard deliberately), I’m somewhat surprised that Norvell went undrafted.

            As for KCP, he fits into the latter category, so I am reserving judgment on him. I really don’t see a role for him on this team, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he is traded for a real small forward in December or before the trade deadline. It seems like Vogel is experimenting with him which is probably why he is playing so much in all these games. I feel bad for the guy because I think he can be effective as a starting shooting guard for some team, but he’s lousy off the bench and he certainly is not a small forward. He plays confused.

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

              Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:58 AM on October 16, 2019 Permalink

              He’s a terrible passer, too often makes poor decisions with the ball both in high and low pressure situations. he can get hot, his defense is not elite. He’s never been worth the money he’s been paid as a Laker and I think that contributes. Honestly I’d rather have Carmelo Anthony than KCP. But I’d take Norvell Jr. over KCP all day, every day at the 3 or anywhere else. The fir here for KCP has always been poor, he could very well find success on a more run and gun style team.

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

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:01 AM on October 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I love the 2-way, I can see some minor tweaks going forward (mainly in regards to flexibility in the amount of time you can spend in each league) but the concept for the NBA is a solid one. One could venture into brilliant territory with that adjective…

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:59 AM on October 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Me too, mclyne, me too.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 7:11 PM on October 14, 2019 Permalink |  

    My name is Bennett and I ain't in it! 

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:09 AM on October 15, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yeah this didn’t muddy the already murky waters any further. All of these answers are so overtly politicized it dilutes any positive aspect of the message. Nobody is coming out with a statement that both appeases the Chinese government and respects the idea of fighting for freedom and Morey’s freedom of speech. You have to choose, so this whole tightrope walk charade just further makes everyone associated with it look shadier and shadier.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 12:24 PM on October 15, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Like Evangelicals who voted trumpet. Splain that to me?

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 12:53 PM on October 15, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The players are being forced to take the brunt of this because they’re the ones always in the public eye with a mic shoved in their faces. Where’s Jeanie? Where’s Mark Cuban. Where’s Phil Knight? Hell…where da fukk is Darrel Morrey defending his OWN right to “free speech”? But everybody wants to attack the “woke” (codeword: black) players for a situation they didn’t create. There’s plenty of hypocrisy to go around and if you’ve ever bought a pair of Nikes then you get a piece of that pie as well.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 6:54 PM on October 15, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “No Vietcong ever called me n$#$#$.”

      -Muhammad Ali

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:17 PM on October 14, 2019 Permalink |  

    Kuzma could be out until December! 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:59 PM on October 14, 2019 Permalink |  

    LeBron believes it’s unfair for players to answer china questions before league 

    “[Adam] Silver was said to be extremely thoughtful and transparent with Lakers and Nets players, coaches and executives present,” Shams Charania said of the meeting the league commissioner organized with the Nets and the Lakers on Oct. 9. “He discussed that he believed players should face the media and support the league’s openness toward freedom of expression, wanting to open the room up for discussion and an open-minded approach toward the situation.”

    However, James believed that he and the rest of the players in China right now were unequipped to be dealing with the controversy. He reportedly expressed concern during a private players-only meeting that it was unfair for him or any other player to “bear that responsibility,” especially due to its complicated nature. Kyrie Irving and Kyle Kuzma also attended this meeting and spoke about how they weren’t comfortable addressing those questions right now.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:06 PM on October 14, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think LeBron is exactly right on this issue. When you consider how China reacted to just a retweet by Daryl Morey and how complicated the situation is and how important it is to the future of the NBA, the last thing you want is a large number of NBA players, many of whom never finished college, responding to reporters’ questions and stirring the pot up even more. The league needs to make a definitive statement that fairly respects both supports players rights to have their own opinions as well as the cultural and political realities surrounding the issue and how it could directly impact the future of the league.

      The statement by the league must leave open the right of any individual who wants to make their own statement as there will certainly be some who want to chime in but the league speaking up and adopting a position on the issue can give players who want to avoid the controversy and just play ball from being sucked into the whirlpool of danger surrounding it. Hopefully, cooler heads will prevail over time and things will settle down and we can get back to just enjoying the game we and millions of fans everywhere in the world including China love.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:39 AM on October 15, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        There is no perfect response. It’s an impossible tightrope to walk. You can’t fully endorse the freedoms we enjoy in this country, express solidarity with protestors, and pump up the business relationship with the Chinese government.

        You have to choose between one or the other: freedom or $$$

        At this point you might as well see if the tiger simply goes back to sleep by going radio dark. You’ve already come out on the side of $$$ with the initial reaction by Silver, LeBron’s comments don’t help the idea that the NBA cares about human rights before making money. There’s no good way to put this toothpaste back in the tube.

        The time to have come out on the side of freedom was after Morey’s initial foray into this, everything since has been shaded by the NBA and the Rocket’s organization’s responses which left little doubt as to what the Association prioritizes first, on both sides. It’s not necessarily wrong, my wife and I were talking about this last night. The NBA brands itself as one of the more ‘woke’ sport leagues on planet Earth. It’s still in the business of making money so when it comes to police shootings or political opinions it’s not going to really effect the bottom line. When it comes to dealing with a totalitarian regime it’s woefully under-prepared, ill-equipped and hesitant to honestly engage in a manner that it’s used to doing.

        Funny how they’ve all made so many trips to China over the last few years but still seem not to grasp wat they’re truly dealing with.

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 12:26 PM on October 15, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          About Freedom, Morey just said the truth and in this country, many “Can’t handle the truth!” Reference to Jackyboy’

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