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  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:28 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink |  

    Could Kemba Walker be the Lakers’ big catch this summer? 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:25 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink |  

    Why the Lakers Need Kemba Walker! 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:39 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I love the idea of a Kemba Walker and Lonzo Ball dual point guard back court much like the way the Rockets play Chris Paul and James Harden together.

      Another key reason for the Lakers to prioritize Kemba Walker is the possibility that they may have to trade Lonzo Ball as part of a package for Anthony Davis.

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

        Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:58 AM on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        If Kemba comes Ball will back him up to start and we’ll see how it shakes out as the game/season goes on. Need guys who can release the pressure the defense applies and having so many pass the rock guys won’t really alleviate that issue we had last season.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:40 AM on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          The Lakers need a shooting guard who other teams know is going to shoot the three when open, which is clearly not Brandon Ingram. They also need another player besides LeBron who can get his own shot or create one for a teammate whenever we need it. That’s Kemba in a nutshell. Kemba is much more of a threat offensively than Kawhi Leonard. We need an elite guard like Kemba of Kyrie. The league is now a guard’s lead as we see from the impact that Dame and DLo are having. That’s Kemba or Kyrie.

          I also think Lonzo would still start at point guard for the Lakers with Kemba playing shooting guard. I love the idea of a dual point guard setup much like D’Antoni has done with Harden and CP3. Lonzo’s defense and size is actually a perfect fit with Kemba as well as insurance if Lonzo is included in a trade package for AD. The Lakers weakness is at the guard position in a league that’s becoming more and more a guard’s league. Kemba would give us what Steph and Dame give the Warriors and Blazers. An elite scoring guard.

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

            Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 2:42 PM on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Ingram checks all your shooting guard boxes and I think he’ll shoot the three ball more readily next season. Why? When you’re looking at the end of your career before it even really begins you tend to re-analyze your way of doing things. I think that, understandably, BI was hesitant to be as aggressive early as we saw him become late. That suspension put him squarely behind the 8 ball, there were a ton of new players and personalities to deal with, he’s young and they were all established. He chose to play his strongest game and that’s the drive and dish. He’s already the most consistent of the young guys on both ends, just needs to find that hunger he had late in the season and keep it lit.

            Lonzo isn’t going to have anyone anointing him as the face of the franchise in a press conference anytime soon. While Rob is still the GM the new PoBO isn’t tied to him anymore than magic was bound to Luke. Nor will the new coach be in a position to develop and coddle him through the holes in his game. He’ll need to come out balling on both ends, hard, to earn a starting spot. Heck, he didn’t finish a of games and had just about lost his starting spot to Rondo before the latter hurt his hand.

            All the young guys are going to have to prove to whomever the new coach is and whomever is the new boss at the top that they deserve a spot in the rotation. Honestly, I think Lonzo off the bench would be a huge benefit for him. He’s had 3 seasons of basketball in his life end early because of leg injuries (knees and ankles). Yes, he could be a Tony Allen-style 2 guard but you’re kind of wasting his vision in that role. Better to surround him with high flying, fleet of foot players and have the 2nd unit fast break on every possession, or at least try and fast break on every possession. Make or miss, push it. Less pressure, can still close games if he’s rolling and he can feast on second tier talent. get the confidence up high, again.

            I won’t be opposed to him starting or finishing, I’ll just be surprised if the new regime makes that the plan from day 1. But it is the NBA, after all, crazier things have happened.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 2:33 AM on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha Tom,

      I wouldn’t take Kemba over Kawhi. Kawhi 2 time defensive player of the year. Finals MVP. Over 26 points a game. He’s a better 3 point shooter at .371 which was down for him. He takes about 3 fewer 3’s a game but I’m thinking if he was playing with Lebron those 5 a game would probably go up to 6 or 7 or more. He scored 37 tonight with 4 for 8 from 3. Kembas has always been the best player on mediocre to bad teams while Kawhi has been the best player on a championship team. I think that matters. Can you imagine our defense with Kawhi, Lonzo and BI? 6’ 6” 6’ 7” and 6’ 9” and able to switch everything. Kemba at 6’ 1” is defensive liability. Kemba made 1.3 more 3’s a game then Kawhi. For me that’s just not enough to take him over Kawhi’s over all game. Of course it maybe moot because I don’t think he’s coming. But you never know. He would be at the top of the list for me.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:36 AM on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Aloha, Michael.

        Bottom line, I would be happy if the Lakers sign any of the top free agents but I think the three point shot has become so important to the game that I would still prefer Kemba over Kawhi for these reasons:

        1) Kemba takes and makes twice as many threes as Kawhi, who still prefers to pentrate and take midrange jumpers. The 3-point revolution is still increasing every year. Looking a per game stats for threes really distorts the differences in their games. Kemba took the fourth most threes in the entire league. He will spread the floor and stretch the defense far more than Kawhi would. He’s a guard who dominates from the perimeter whereas Kawhi is a forward whose strength is playing below the 3-point line. Not saying Kawhi’s not a great player but today’s game is becoming more and more a guard’s game.

        2) Kemba plays a position that the Lakers need more than another small forward, especially if Lonzo gets traded as part of a package for AD. Lonzo will either break out this season or end up being traded in a package for Anthony Davis. Positionless basketball notwithstanding, the Lakers don’t need another small forward. They need another guard, either Kemba or Kyrie. While Kemba’s not an elite defender, he is an elite offensive point guard who can get his own shot or create a shot for a teammate any time you give him the ball. He’s either a great fit next to Lonzo in a dual point guard lineup like Harden and CP3 or insurance in case Lonzo doesn’t grow or gets traded.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:55 AM on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Kawhi’s defense has also dropped off dramatically this season. He’s no longer the elite defender he was with the Spurs.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 7:26 AM on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      A portion of the team’s 3pt shooting woes will be offset by hiring a head coach with an actual offensive gameplan instead of Luke’s aimless meandering sets.

      We probably won’t get The Klaw but no GM in his right mind would choose Kemba over Kawhi…

      • therealhtj

        therealhtj 7:41 AM on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        You don’t think aimlessly whipping the rock around the perimeter qualifies as a gameplan?

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 8:30 AM on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          For Luke it did when-his primary option was taken out by a defense.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:54 AM on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          You did notice that one of the first thing that Luke said about the Kings was they were going to take a lot more t3-point shots next season. Lakers problems were they didn’t have players capable of taking and making a high volume of threes. Unless the Lakers prioritize using their $38 million in cap space to sign players who can be prolific 3-point shooters, their next head coach will have the same problem.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 12:48 PM on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Kyle Kuzma shot over 400 3pt shots and made only 30%

            He averaged (6.0) 3pointes per game.

            He can’t make them at a decent clip.

            Large sample size.

            Plus Sacramento averages marginally less 3pt attempts than the Lakers.

            We could have taken a lot more, except even the players we have were s**t at them.

            • therealhtj

              therealhtj 1:03 PM on April 17, 2019 Permalink

              Wait so now they have to actually make 3’s too? I thought just taking a lot was all that mattered. Man this is getting so confusing.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 1:09 PM on April 17, 2019 Permalink

              How about that Stan?

              And did you know Popovich hates the shot but uses it.

              The Spurs took the least amount of them and we’re #1 in percentage.

              Weird. Lol.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:35 PM on April 17, 2019 Permalink

              Two guys who I think will stick for next season off the bench are Reggie Bullock and Mike Muscala. Both shot close to 40% for their original teams but couldn’t hit s**t when they came to Lakers, although both started to show their prowess from long distance during the good stretch the last 10 games.

              But bottom line, we need our four young studs -- Ball, Ingram, Kuzma, and Hart -- to show great progress from deep or else they will all become trade bait to get the shooters we need, whether for AD or Beal or another proven long distance gunner.

              Just look at what’s happening in the playoffs. The story is all about great guards breaking out. The league is more and more becoming a guards’ league. We need Kemba or Kyrie to play in the league.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 3:43 PM on April 17, 2019 Permalink

              Yeah the Media was really pushing the Bullock Ingram connection.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:59 AM on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Mongo, you’re probably right that most GM’s would opt for Kawhi over Kemba but there are still sound reasons why that might not be the right decision for the Lakers, aside from the reality that it’s doubtful that Kawhi is going to sign with the Lakers.

        The Lakers only took 2,500 threes last season and will lose almost 500 attempts when they don’t re-sign KCP, which would put them down to 2,000 attempts, essentially last in the league like the Spurs.

        There’s no doubt improved play design could provide more opportunities but the key is still having players who are willing to take the shot and capable of making it. Right now, none of the Lakers four young guns fit that mode. In fact,

        In fact, I suspect the Lakers would be smart to hang onto Bullock and Muscala as both project to be better 3-point shooters than Ball, Ingram, Kuzma, or Hart.
        Bottom line, if the Lakers want to solve their 3-point shooting woes, they will need to do it with the $38 million in cap space by signing players who are proven prolific 3-point shooters like Kemba Walker and Brook Lopez. That’s the only way they’re going to transform themselves into a modern championship team. Of course, doing that will require

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:27 AM on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Some other things to consider: James OWNS Kemba Walker. Kemba has never won a head to head matchup (playoffs or regular season) when both he and James play. Never. Not sure what exactly that bodes, if anything, but it is an interesting fact.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:18 AM on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I don’t see what difference Kemba’s record against LeBron makes. Basically, Kemba has never had the opportunity to play with other elite players. I think he would excel with LeBron, especially as a willing and capable 3-point shooter. I think he would replace Ingram as the starting shooting guard and play alongside Lonzo. Kemba would give LeBron a great target who won’t hesitate to shoot the three as well as a second creator who can attack the rim and make layups or go to the line. In many ways, Kemba is a version of Kyrie who will take more threes than midrange shots, which is exactly what the Lakers need.

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

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:20 PM on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I’m not saying his style of play doesn’t suit what the Lakers need. It obviously does. But there’s no accounting for a how a person feels and Kemba might not want pull a Durant (if you can’t beat them, join them) and rather go full Kyrie (All by myseeelllllllfff) just on a better team with a better roster. Kemba on the Clippers makes a ton of sense, same with Phoenix and they have just as much talent 9if not more) than we do. Walker’s already coming from a team with a lot of roster and coaching turnover, not sure he wants the west coast version of that. We’ll see.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 9:54 AM on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Honestly we need stability and growth as much as we need another star player. Both would be ideal. Also I personally prefer going hard at Vucevic first, see if you can lock him up and sign shooters. We learned last season that LeBron is going to have the ball in his hands when he wants it. Same theory I had with Kobe: he doesn’t need other ball-dominant players around him. he needs release valves and a solid give-and-go partner. One of the remaining reasons I have for wanting to keep Ball on the squad is his lack of need for the rock and his defense. I mean, honestly there isn’t a lot else he brings so…

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:05 PM on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I like Vucevic but the center we should be going after is Brook Lopez. Vucevic is going to demand close to a max contract. I think we blame Magic for letting Brook go and go hard to bring him back. Offer a 3-year contract starting at $6 million per year. Those Milwaukee winters are very harsh and Brook has always been a Cali guy.

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

          Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:15 PM on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Brook at that price point makes a ton of sense. Reading his interview on ESPN today makes it sound like he’s loving his experience in Milwaukee (didn’t touch on the city) and loves his role and the vibe of the team. They courted him as being both a featured option on offense and key part of their culture. I’m not so certain he’ll be lured back with a small offer and sunshine but if it happens, awesome.

          I like going hard for Vucevic in free agency, even if it ends up as a slight over-pay, because it allows us to keep as much of the remaining young core to keep building off of. I would love for the next front office to try and actually build a team and players on rookie scale deals is the best way to do that. Plus Nikola is a lot younger than Brook.

          At any rate, my main point is that with a top tier center that can stretch the floor the Lakers and LeBron will have a much easier time building a modern, workable offense. The fact that both Brook and Vucevic defend at very decent levels is the cherry on top.

          The best, best part about signing Nikola is you can still go after AD who prefers playing at the 4. A front line of LeBron, AD and Vucevic would be amazing.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 1:18 PM on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Dallas has money and a culture for Vucevic that the Lakers wouldn’t be able to compete with.

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

              Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:22 PM on April 17, 2019 Permalink

              Yeah but Dallas is also rumored to be targeting Kemba first, that’s why I’d go hard at Nikola first, try and get the front line bulked up. With Hart, Ball, and Caruso in the fold we have a decent front court that just needs another SG and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Lakers draft a PG to build up in the G-League.

              All a long way off and none of it will go down how any of us anticipate. But, at this moment, that’s how I’d roll.

            • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:26 PM on April 17, 2019 Permalink

              They’re going to be going after Kemba, Sean. They already have their stretch five in Porzingis.

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:25 PM on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Hey, Jamie. Sound thinking. I think we’re both in agreement that adding a stretch five makes great sense. If we can’t lure Brook, pursuing Vucevic would be a logical move. Landing a center who can play a stretch five role would be a key step to improving our ability to spread the floor and stretch the defense. We would have to give Nikola the green light to fire away from deep because doing that will force teams to guard him out there. Just like the Bucks did for Brook.

            Unfortunately, I think Vucevic is going to demand at least $20 million per year, which would mean it’s not likely to happen unless we strike out on the K-superstars. But having $18 million left to land a sign a couple of elite 3-point shooters like Danny Green and Seth Curry would not be a bad backup plan. Adding Vucevic, Green, and Curry would definitely be a great use of $38 million.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 10:15 AM on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Heck, I’d take Seth Curry if we can get him.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 2:22 PM on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      No disrespect Tom, but you would have to be insane to choose Kemba over Kawhi. Did you watch last might’s game?
      Kawhi is one of the best two way players in the game today and had proven himself on the biggest stage.
      Kemba gets abused on the defensive end and hasn’t proven a thing in the playoffs.
      I think I’m with Jamie in going after Vucevic first since I don’t think I we have a chance with any of the top tier K’s. Maybe this will change if we sign that awesome GM, like Masai.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 2:42 PM on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        If I may with the tampering…you have to leave a trail of breadcrumbs in order to be found culpable.

        Magic’s loose lips sink ships was on him, he can blame the rules all he wants…he violated the rules because he can’t do anything quietly.

        It was easy to pin tampering on him.

        It’s harder to prove.

        I’ve said and I’ll keep saying…I don’t think MLSE can keep Masai and Bobby Webster.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:57 PM on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Everybody’s entitled to their opinion, Matt. I do think Kawhi is the better all around player but I still believe Kemba is a better fit for what the Lakers need right now, which is an elite combo guard who’s a prolific threat from deep and plays a critical position that the Lakers need right now. We need a guard who can do what Steph does for the Warriors and Dame is doing for the Blazers and Russell is doing for the Nets.

        I also think Kemba is very underrated because the Hornets have never been able to surround him with championship caliber talent. Offensively, Kemba averaged 25.6 points, 5.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game compared to Kawhi’s 26.6 points, 3.3 assists, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game, very comparable numbers while taking and making twice as many three point shots. He’s also insurance if Lonzo doesn’t pan out or gets traded as part of a package for Anthony Davis.

        It’s a guards’ league right now and our chances of landing Kemba are much greater than landing Kawhi. Kawhi plays the same position that LeBron and Ingram play. And he has a history of never getting injured while Kawhi has struggled greatly with injuries in the past. We need an elite guard more than we need another small forward.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 3:22 PM on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          What happened to “position-less” basketball?
          I thought Lonzo was our long term solution at PG?
          I would be fine with Kemba, but ecstatic if we somehow got Kemba.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 3:22 PM on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            *Kawhi

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 3:40 PM on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            That’s a larger issue, Matt.

            When we talk positionless basketball, what that really means is playing to your strengths and weaknesses.

            Unless you have a Jokic or a Gasol, you can’t really play 2 bigs anymore for a stretch here and there for matchups.

            So now teams (not us yet) don’t have traditional practice anymore.

            Skill stations is what’s shown to work the best. Structured stations designed to improve specific training necessary in player development.

            For example…3 pt shooters looking to improve, perform specific exercises.

            Like a Terrence Ross…Ross was an okay shooter when he was drafted…in Toronto Ross just worked on length shooting. Rising up and firing with the same arc of a shot, elbow pointed at the rim, eyes on the net.

            Watch him in Game 3.

            It’s a reason why his shot, along with Klay and KD is difficult to block on the perimeter.

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:48 PM on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Positionless basketball is about players at every position having the full repertoire of skills, meaning guards have to rebound and bigs have to shoot. Still doesn’t eliminate the need to have players at key positions like point guard and center. Right now, the league is a guard driven league, meaning players who can create for themselves and for teammates. They can be small like Kemba and Kyrie or big like Magic Johnson or Kevin Durant. Speed and quickness are still keys to being a great guard and size and power to being a great big man. Positionless basketball is why the Rockets play two point guards in the back court. Both can dish and score. Harden and CP3 is the perfect template for Lonzo and Kemba.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:22 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink |  

    Nuggets bounce back behind Jamal Murray 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:21 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink |  

    This is the Lakers if they sign Kawhi Leonard of Jimmy Butler 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:43 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thunder have no 3-point shooting other than Paul George and can’t keep up with the Rockets. This could be the Lakers if they sign Jimmy Butler or Kawhi Leonard. Two superstars is not enough in today’s game. You need great 3-point shooting to win a championship.

      The only championship the Cavs won with LeBron was 2016, when they finished 3rd in 3-point shot attempts during the regular season and second to the Warriors in the playoffs. LeBron needs to be surrounded by elite and prolific 3-point shooting.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:19 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink |  

    The Trailblazers come out strong in the second half and take Game 2! 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:05 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink |  

    Unless Jesse or Joey, who work for Lakers, voted to sell, the Lakers could not be sold 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:06 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Jesse and Joey are both doing great jobs so there is basically no way either are going to vote to sell the Lakers.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 7:30 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Just because they’re doing a good job doesn’t mean they think she is…I think both are true.

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 7:26 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Perhaps not to sell.

      If we go past 2020/2021 season without assembling most of a championship squad…you have to consider replacing Jeanie as overseer of BOPs and finding a long-term analytical some combination of continued great scouting and development or another Superstar and a deathly shooter off the bench to go alongside what you got.

      The wanted a Star they got one. They wasted about 10 years of Kobe career fielding subpar teams. And they just wasted one of LeBron’s.

      We knew it was a year we weren’t there yet…Hope reigned for most.

      Ma and Pa ain’t cutting it no more. Out of the House. Out of the Neighbourhood. A great big world out there…

      Also easy to see when you not from the clan so the clan may not give a d**n what the people think. Especially when running everything top to bottom.

      They gave the blessing to her to fire Jim. Don’t tell me they wouldn’t do the same. Also not a good look.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 7:31 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        It would be nice if a couple flipped after realizing that Jeanie just doesn’t have what it takes.
        I think they have to sell after this upcoming season is a failure.
        I have ZERO confidence in Jeanie and Bob turning this thing around.
        They still have time to make the right decision to bring in someone who’s done this before, but I don’t see that light going off in their collective heads.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 7:33 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          The timing is s**t really. Bob is not giving me any confidence looking after the golden goose.

          Smh.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 7:42 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Something tells me that Bob is the one who’s convinced Jeanie that they don’t need to bring in any outside help for the FO. This could mean the last nail in both of their coffins if they don’t get extremely lucky this summer with a big signing, or pulling off the AD trade.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 7:51 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            It’s crazy to think of how different everyone’s fortunes could have been if Magic would have traded Ingram and pieces for PG13.
            Magic, Bob, and Jeanie would all look like saviors of the Franchise with a one-two punch of LeBron and George. SMH!

            • p ang

              p ang 7:56 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink

              knida doubt that. you have to factor in that thetrade wouldn’t have prevented all those injuries.

            • mclyne32 (Director) 8:01 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink

              Uhhh, we would have TWO All Stars under contract- one of them a MVP candidate.
              Much different.

            • p ang

              p ang 8:19 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink

              PG13 would carry the team in the West? this aint the East.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 7:49 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is still a ways off from the train wreck that is the Knicks. They still make money, the games will sell out even if there’s a mechanical clapping monkey coaching the squad. Only a handful of people’s reps are getting tarnished by this and they have nowhere to go to afterwards. They sell and that’s the end of the money tree, as well. Just because people give voice to thought does not make it anything near reality.

    • p ang

      p ang 7:55 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Funny how fans have alloted Rob P. so much blame in the Laker debacle. Magic was the incompetent architect in all of this. Guy was one blunder after another beginning from his talk show wink to PG13 If Magic wanted Rob and Luke fired that’s more than enough for me to take their side. Only means they disagreed with his decisions or directions which we all know now to be terrible.

      I have no doubt Pelinka listens to Kobe and Jeannie knows that. Kobe’s advice can’t possibly be any worse that Magic’s.

      Its however time for Jeannie to stop trying to replicate her dad. The entire league tried and they all failed.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 8:08 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        So, you have inside information on whether it was Bob or Magic who let real talent walk out the door and give away young talent for trash?
        All I’ve heard out of Bob’s mouth since he arrived is how sacred the cap space is.
        Russel
        Randle
        Lou Williams
        Lopez
        Zubac
        All gone to preserve this “sacred cap space.”
        Oh yeah, Magic wanted to draft Fox. Jeanie over ruled this decision and forced him to draft Lonzo. There’s plenty of blame to go around for all three.

        • p ang

          p ang 8:16 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          you think Rob would contradict his boss, Magic, in public? if anything he toed the party line maybe too well.

          if Lonzo stayed healthy he’d be the right pick. nobody can predict all those injuries. she tried a dr. Buss. he overruled JWest and drafted Magic. Sadly she doesn’t have her father’s luck.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:09 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I end to agree that it’s likely Magic was the architect of most of these bad decisions with Pelinka just along for the ride.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 9:28 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Maginka was created by Jeanie, not Magic. Lol.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 9:44 AM on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The entire identity of the Buss family is tied up in being the owners of the Lakers.
      They won’t be selling any time soon….

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 9:53 AM on April 17, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        True.

        Yet the Lakers aren’t ruled by a strong ruler (Cleopatra) instead a dumbass holds the crown, Jeanie, Queen of the Scots.

        Mary, Queen of Scots, look her up. Didn’t end well for her empire.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:02 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink |  

    Lakers Rivals Reportedly in 'Shock and Relief' LA Hasn't Pursued Big-Name Execs 

    The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly haven’t pursued a number of marquee executives as their organization is in flux, much to the relief of rival teams.

    With Luke Walton out as head coach and Magic Johnson out as president of basketball operations, Marc Stein of the New York Times reported “there is both shock and relief” the Purple and Gold haven’t gone after Bob Myers of the Golden State Warriors, R.C. Buford of the San Antonio Spurs or Sam Presti of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    This comes after Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic suggested the Lakers could be the team that convinces Myers to leave the Warriors. Sam Quinn of 247Sports reported there could be mutual interest from Myers, who was once based in Southern California as an agent and played at UCLA.

    Myers would be a home-run hire after he established the Warriors as the gold standard of the NBA.

    Golden State is going for a third straight title and fifth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals, while Buford’s Spurs are in the playoffs for the 22nd straight year and Presti’s Thunder remain regular contenders in the Western Conference.

    Instead, Stein noted Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka is leading the coaching search as “the signals so far point” to him taking over basketball operations after Johnson resigned in an impromptu press conference.

    Stein said that would be owner Jeanie Buss’ “worst mistake of her tenure,” pointing to questionable moves and “trust issues” from Pelinka, who used to be Kobe Bryant’s agent.

    Whoever the Lakers hire as head coach—and perhaps president of basketball operations—will have a daunting task ahead of them. LeBron James turns 35 years old in December and is coming off an injury-plagued season that saw him play a career-low 55 games. Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball also dealt with injuries this past season.

    Los Angeles has missed the playoffs in six straight campaigns and needs to figure out its overall strategy to stop that streak in 2019-20.

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 6:13 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Time for the rest of the Buss family to get rid of Jeanie and sell. She’s absolutely clueless.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 7:53 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      One wonders if her line of thinking is that more firings would lead to a larger perception of destabilization. There are so many rumors and so much spin going on these days I don’t really buy any of it. This is a click-bait website’s dream scenario: no word coming from up on high and no end in sight. People can keep right on pumping out whatever article or Tweet suits their fancy and there’s nothing coming from the Lakers to quiet the noise or refute any of it so all of it has the potential of being true.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:57 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink |  

    Lonzo wants to be in Space Jam 2 

     
  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 5:22 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink |  

     
  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 5:20 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink |  

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  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 5:15 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink |  

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    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 5:17 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He hates being called ‘Bob’.

      As frustrated Lakers fans, I nominate we refer to him as “Bob Pelinka”

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 5:17 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        All I need is a ‘I second’ for the motion to pass.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 6:01 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I second that motion!
          Lol!

          • DJ2KB24

            DJ2KB24 6:51 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Youngins, Smokey already “2nd that emotion!”

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 7:37 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink

              Thank you fellas! Motion passes

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 5:14 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink |  

    Report Card

    Maginka D+
    Coaching C-
    Player development C
    Shooting D
    Playmaking B+
    Media Relations F

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 6:06 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Maginka: F- -- -- --
      Coaching: C
      Player Dev: B-
      Shooting: F-
      Playmaking: A
      Media Relations: D
      Jeanie: F-

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:22 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink |  

    Kemba Walker is solution for Lakers' need to surround LeBron with elite 3-point shooters 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:28 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Unless Kyrie Irving is serious about joining LeBron, the Lakers top priority to solve their 3-point shooting woes should be Kemba Walker, who took and made 300% more threes than Jimmy Butler , 250% more threes than Kawhi Leonard, and 50% more threes than Kyrie Irving. Only players to take and make more threes than Kemba were Harden, Curry, and George. When you have a problem and $38 million in cap space, you spend it to solve your problem.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 2:57 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I wouldn’t be upset if we signed him, but he can’t be counted upon to do much on the defensive end. Now, if we keep Lonzo, and he can stay healthy, his defensive excellence can make up for some of Walker’s deficiencies.
        We also don’t know if Rob will continue with the “sacred cap space” plan and wait to sign AD with the money next summer.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 3:07 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha Tom,

      I’m not as high on Kemba as you. He’s a very good scorer but I don’t consider .356 and a career average of .357 3 point percentage as elite numbers. It’s good not great. When you factor in his defensive liability I’m not sure he’s the answer.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:39 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        We’ll have to A2D, Michael. Three-point attempts for a player who shoots 35% are what create spacing. I would take Kyrie over Kemba is he wanted to come but to squander your $38 million on a player like Butler or Kawhi would be foolish considering our need for 3-point shooting.

        By the way, Kemba Walker is only the 3rd player in NBA history to make at least 10 3-pointers and 10 free throws in a game. Joe Dumars did it in 1994 and Kyrie Irving did it in 2015. Lakers need to spend their cap space on players who will solve their 3-point shooting issues. If they spend it on Kawhi or Jimmy, how are they going to address that problem?

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 1:45 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink |  

    Damian Lillard’s moment is coming — it’s just a matter of time 

    Back-to-back postseason sweeps could have sent the Blazers down a dark path. But Lillard Time keeps moving forward in Portland.

    Source: Damian Lillard’s moment is coming — it’s just a matter of time

    Man, I want us to build a team culture like the Trailblazres have…

     
  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 11:13 AM on April 16, 2019 Permalink |  

    Almost a year and a half after an Achilles tear…Cousins tears a Quad.

    It has begun…decline has.

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 11:17 AM on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m bummed for him. Sad news.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 11:20 AM on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        His choice to come back this early. Same with Kobe. Same with Rose.

        Different for big men and Quads. Ended Barkley and LJ’s career.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 11:42 AM on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Forget about getting Vucevic at a discount as well.
      Price just went up…

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:49 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Bad news for the Warriors that they lose Boogie for this year but good news in that his best option next year might be to say with the Warriors for another cheap rehab year.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 12:58 PM on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        A non-contact injury. He’s declining and it’s happening quick.

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