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  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 3:05 PM on March 11, 2019 Permalink |  

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    Magicman (Editor) 3:04 PM on March 11, 2019 Permalink |  

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  • DJ2KB24

    DJ2KB24 4:38 PM on March 10, 2019 Permalink |  

    Referring to Magic’s comments on Murray State, he and Rob were checking out their PG, Morant (he’s pretty skilled and good!). Meanwhile my wife and I were enjoying Steve Martin & Martin Short across the street in Evansville. Didn’t know they were there at the game until we got back home. : (

    Else, you know me, I woulda tracked him down for a Pic, lol! Dang it!

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 5:04 PM on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Morant>Ball

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 5:06 PM on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I love Ja! Watch Murray St. A LOT.

      He’s a warrior whose fearless. Want him bad.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 5:43 PM on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hopefully this time, they’ll get it right.

      • DJ2KB24

        DJ2KB24 6:33 PM on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        We should have a Top 10 Pick, don’t ya think?

        • mclyne32 (Director) 11:20 AM on March 11, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          If we keep losing, then our chances will continue to improve.

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 1:07 PM on March 11, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          We’re at #10 right now..we could conceivably get to #6.
          Can’t believe we’re having this conversation again…

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 3:08 PM on March 10, 2019 Permalink |  

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    • mclyne32 (Director) 5:34 PM on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      First one was a good deal IMO.
      As for the rest- terrible and inexcusable to get nothing of value in return.

      • therealhtj

        therealhtj 8:54 PM on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Ice water snitch needed to get moved to net lebron, lose mozzy, and get the pick for Kuz. That’s maybe the only good move they’ve ever managed.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 10:50 AM on March 11, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hindsight is always 20/20…

      DAR needed to go, both for the team and for him. Not sure he woulda developed the same way had he stayed here. Got rid of that ridiculous Mosgov contract

      Brook..coulda kept him for the exact same money they gave to Beez (who’s in China now) but they chose to go in another direction with the small ball stuff. Beez didn’t play anything like his prior season in NY then his mom got sick and it all just sort of fell apart. Couldn’t really predict that…

      Randle..it was never gonna work. Earv & Rob didn’t want him; not even sure if Luke wanted him. Definitely weren’t gonna give him that extra year. Probably shoulda just traded him and got a lil something.

      Kobe? He was never gonna be traded…that’s dumb

      Zub…that’s the real kick in the bullocks. Desperation move trying to add some 3pt shooting at the last minute when it shoulda been addressed last summer. Gave away a solid NBA rotation player who loved being a Laker with a rock bottom salary for nothing.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 11:21 AM on March 11, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thomas Bryant, not Kobe…

      • mclyne32 (Director) 11:23 AM on March 11, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        As for Randle, if there was a concensus that he wouldn’t be given a new contract, they should have traded him at the deadline for at least a second round pick.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 1:03 PM on March 11, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thomas Bryant..guess I’m the dummy..lol.
        They barely gave him any playing time to even know what they had.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 4:19 PM on March 11, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Yup and if the Wiz had better options he wouldn’t be swallowing up the minutes either.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 3:04 PM on March 10, 2019 Permalink |  

    Kyle is a woke defender…so woke 

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  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 3:02 PM on March 10, 2019 Permalink |  

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    Magicman (Editor) 2:40 PM on March 10, 2019 Permalink |  

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    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 2:49 PM on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hot trash heap.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 3:06 PM on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Lol!!!!!

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 3:08 PM on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Have a good weekend, dude?

          • mclyne32 (Director) 5:38 PM on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Excellent one!
            We started a once a month men’s group- taking a deep dive into the book of Revelation.
            Church this morning was great- got to see our worship leader perform with his wife- they kill it every time.
            Just got back from the beach with the wife and my daughter- kicked the futbol as we walked.
            How was yours?

  • Michael H (Editor)

    Michael H (Editor) 2:12 PM on March 10, 2019 Permalink |  

    Where do we go from here 

    This has been the most disappointing season for me since Kobe went down with the Achilles. I had two major concerns when we landed Lebron and so far they both have materialized. The first was we would try to fast track a contender to take advantage of Lebron’s window. That’s very hard to do when you don’t already have a 2nd star in place. The Celtics had Pierce. The Heat had Wade. The Warriors had 3 stars and added KD. Trading Clarkson and Nance created the space to land Lebron. They should have stopped there. Trading Dlo to create more space was a fail. Yes he wasn’t a star yet but at 22 he is and that’s typical. It takes time. There wasn’t much info on our attempt to trade for PG but one wonders that if we still had Dlo to offer in a package we might have PG now. Yes we got a pick that turned into Kuz but we had the next pick as well. And even if the Nets has taken Kuz at 27 who would you rather have PG or Kuz? Oh and with Mosgovs salary and Dlo and others we might have Butler now. And if the trade didn’t happen Dlo sure would have come in handy this year with all of the injuries. Next we let Randle our best player last year walk for nothing. Think we could have used him this year? And wouldn’t he be a nice piece for a trade package? Then of course we trade a developing young big go for a 3 point shooter that can’t get off the bench with half the team injured. The irony was the FO looking for a center off the waiver wire. Zu’s cap hold would have been minimal this summer. The only free agent that we would have needed that space for is KD and he’s not coming. Of course the could have released him if they did the space. Perhaps the FO feels we won’t need centers going forward. Then all the trade line drama was just stupid. I’ve never seen anything like it. If everything out there was fake news they did nothing to try and manage it.

    My other concern was Lebron’s health at 34. I know how well he takes care of his body but so did Kobe and his body started breaking down at 34. Hopefully we don’t see injuries piling up over the next 3 years.

    Brandon’s blood clot may have killed the slim chance we had at an AD trade. While it’s treatable and very likely a one time deal, Bosh’s blood clot issues would have to be in the back of GM’s minds. And it very well may pay off if we can’t trade him. BI struggled the first part of the year playing with Lebron. But over his last 32 games he averaged a little over 20 a game on 51% shooting and 33% from 3. And of course 28 ppg after the all star game. He’s been better then the golden boy Tatum over the same stretch.

    Moving forward I would like the FO to understand that yes you can trade people if you need to. I would like them to build the best team they can and not worry about these one year deals. Sign good players that will fit with Lebron and the kids. Hopefully a good center. If AD wants to come in 2020 it’s not hard to give away a good player in a trade. It time to build the best team possible and not worry so much about the sacred cap space if we are not able to sign a big name this summer.

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 3:23 PM on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha Michael,
      Did you get your skis waxed up before you headed over to Maui for some downhill fun?
      All joking aside, I agree with almost all of that except for DAR. If he didn’t show us a major character flaw with the Swaggy P mess, I think he would have been kept. After that went down, I don’t blame Magic for shipping him out.
      To date, the blunder of not giving up Brandon for PG is Maginka’s biggest fail. The guy is a legitimate MVP candidate this year and plays excellent D.
      The other concern I have with LeBron is the fact that many top tier players don’t want to team up with him. I will eat crow if this summer proves me wrong but so far, it’s been a known issue throughout the NBA.
      I sure hope Ingram’s blood clot issues can be resolved this summer. Since I still believe that even if this problem didn’t arise, we still weren’t going to be given a fair chance this summer to nab AD.
      I sure hope Maginka have realized that their sacred cap space plan has failed and they change course this summer. Just sign Boogie for two years, sign some shooters, and a point guard who can shoot. Hope that either Kyrie or someone else signs on and wait for AD the following summer.
      If no big Free Agents comes, you still have a team assembled that aren’t all on one year deals. You can always trade them at the deadline next season or next summer to make room for AD.

      • Michael H (Editor)

        Michael H (Editor) 5:23 PM on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I agree. The Lakers have usually built around trades. Shaq was really the only big time free agent we have had. We couldn’t even try for Butler because we didn’t have any salaries to match because of all the one year deals. I’m with you. Build the best team you can with free agency. Like I said you can give away a good player in a trade if you need to clear space for AD in 2020. I also agree that some players may not want to play with Lebron. That makes it even more important to develop our young guys. It would be a disaster if we kept giving them away and no big free agents wanted to come. Actually unless we sign one this summer, it’s alread a disaster.

        • Michael H (Editor)

          Michael H (Editor) 5:28 PM on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Oh by the way. I don’t have to go to Maui. Little known fact we have two mountains over 13,600 feet tall and we get snow every year. But if you ski up there you better not fall. Lava rock isn’t the cushion :).

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 12:29 AM on March 12, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We’re going to see some Andre Ingram. Dude has the audition slot of a lifetime. Call out those rotations my man.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:50 AM on March 10, 2019 Permalink |  

    To move forward, the Lakers need a long look in the mirror 

    Visit ESPN to get up-to-the-minute sports news coverage, scores, highlights and commentary for NFL, MLB, NBA, College Football, NCAA Basketball and more.

    Source: To move forward, the Lakers need a long look in the mirror

     
    • LakerKev

      LakerKev 1:15 PM on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      They definitely do. Here is the sad irony of needing to look in the mirror… for any person or organization: the more you need to do it, the less you are able to do it

      • mclyne32 (Director) 1:39 PM on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Pride is a nasty thing that has and will continue to bring down individuals, as well as organizations, if is never checked.

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:45 AM on March 10, 2019 Permalink |  

    Lakers’ lack of leadership and direction will leave LeBron James with biggest burden 

    The Lakers’ season is falling apart. The front office does not know what it is doing. LeBron James might be the only one who has a clue what direction they should be going in.

    Source: Lakers’ lack of leadership and direction will leave LeBron James with biggest burden

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 1:41 PM on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I thought all our leadership issues were supposed to be solved by the great LeBron James?

  • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

    Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:48 PM on March 9, 2019 Permalink |  

    5 Things I Saw Tonight 

    Caught the game from the 324 section tonight. While we did lose to the Celtics I also have to say it wasn’t a surprise.

    1) LeBron playing limited minutes. I honestly happened to peak up at the scoreboard when LeBron had 23 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists. I had no idea he was even close to a triple-double, it just didn’t seem like he was doing all that much to influence the game, everyone else on the floor (Kyrie included) just worked so much harder to get results. The game really just come to LeBron in a way that it does for a very select few. Might have had 40 if we were playing for anything. Goes to show you what the best can do with a smaller workload.

    2) Moe Wagner can ball. I’ll be the first to admit I might have been wrong about our rookie center’s skills other than shooting 3s. Moe has a solid handle with a nifty behind the back dribble he used to lose a few defenders. While that sort of thing will get scouted in about 2 minutes the fact that he has that kind of handle and smarts to use it something to be excited about. Moe had a great game in the loss.

    3) KCP is garbage this season. The dude just can’t do anything right. I’ll be the first to admit that I was in favor of bringing him back last summer. Anything resembling some form of continuity seemed prudent, teams aren’t built in a microwave (LeBron’s ‘instant oatmeal’ quote comes to mind). But we brought back the wrong guy, KCP is like an advanced version of our young core. Advanced meaning he’s older but in the same boat. Still looking to leave something resembling a mark, doesn’t see himself as a role player and still can’t deliver consistently. Shoulda kept Brook or Julius.

    4) Johnathon Williams should have played more. I’m not really sold on Bonga or really any of the 2s or 3s I’ve seen from the South Bay Lakers but Mr. Williams brings it pretty hard when it comes to cleaning the glass. Yes, he’s under-sized. Yes, he has a limited skill-set. Yes, he’ll never be a super-star. Doesn’t matter, that guy off the bench is the kind of energy this team needed desperately for the last few months. Not sure whose call it is to bring up a G-Leaguer but that person needs to re-examine their thinking.

    5) The team is in desperate need of help. Honestly K-Leonard would be my first pick but I don’t see it happening. But with Ingram and Ball out for the season (both our #2 picks, both too oft-injured for my taste although Lonzo has missed way more games), Kuzma out for whenever he comes back and LeBron likely to be scaled back more and more. The team is honestly just short on players who can impact the game on multiple levels. Magic and Rob have their work cut out for them. Luke may well be fired but it won’t be for the right reason, the real issue is this mish-mashed roster that could have been avoided if Rob and Magic could drop the pride shtick and just tried to actually build a team. The other real reason are the injuries that have simply overwhelmed what talent this roster had. Luke’s sets and whatever rotation quibbles one may have or what have you are small cuts and bruises. You don’t save a patient with band aids, you need to get into the meat and bone of the problem.

     
    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 9:13 AM on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Lebron’s greatness always went beyond the box score. Carrying a team, “Wow” plays, making the right play at the right time, that’s what he could be counted on at his peak, night in, night out. As he’s aged, it’s less and less. I can’t remember any consistent run of that sort of “specialness” from Lebron this season. He’s at the age now where he can still throw together a triple dub at will, but it doesn’t even do enough to beat a bad team, much less the real contenders.

      It happens to all the great ones. They’re still great at all the stuff that always came easy to them, but the intangibles are mostly gone.

      We were hoping we still got the Special Lebron who’d elevate these kids to the next level, but it’s not going to be the case. Great is not equal to special.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 9:57 AM on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        When a star player gets to the point where he can affect only one side of the floor, his time of being great is over.
        Father Time is undefeated.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 12:02 PM on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Funny, revisionist history.

          He is asked to do more with less. That’s why.

          His greatness will never dim.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 1:54 PM on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Every “Great” player’s career dims with age.
            Jordan with the Wizards, Kobe post Achilles, Magic during his return, …
            LeBron ain’t a mutant, he’s a human being.
            Father Time is undefeated.

          • therealhtj

            therealhtj 8:59 PM on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            The F I’m revising? He carried terrible Cavs teams to the finals. He can’t take some decent youth and quasi-capable vets to at least an 8 seed?

          • MongoSlade

            MongoSlade 11:08 AM on March 11, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Injury
            Ranked 29th in 3pt shooting
            Ranked 30th in free throw shooting
            Those Cav teams weren’t as bad as this.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 12:04 PM on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Sure, he’s not a dynamo defensively, that’s what happens when you’re 34.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 1:50 PM on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            You just proved my point.
            Plus, nobody expected him to be a “dynamo” defensively. We also didn’t expect him to completely give up on defense for entire games and large stretches of others.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 10:18 AM on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for the write up, Jamie.
      Guess I’ll have to watch the game to see Mo and Williams’ performances.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 12:58 PM on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha Jamie,

      Nice post. I did enjoy watching the energy that our South Bay Lakers brought to the table. They were fun to watch. It’s a shame that Wagner was injured coming into the season. It really put him behind in his development. But he will get a chance to show us what he can do down the stretch. I thought Lebron had a great game. I understand we are in full tank mode now but still I would have loved to beat the Celtics. That wasn’t going to happen limiting Lebron’s minutes. Especially not closing the first half with Lebron on the floor. Perhaps the strategy is to play him enough not to get embarrassed but not enough to win.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 8:06 PM on March 9, 2019 Permalink |  

    So mad we lost tonight, Agaimst them!

     
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    Magicman (Editor) 7:14 PM on March 9, 2019 Permalink |  

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    Magicman (Editor) 7:02 PM on March 9, 2019 Permalink |  

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    Magicman (Editor) 7:01 PM on March 9, 2019 Permalink |  

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    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 7:07 PM on March 9, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Money ain’t a thing.

      Jeanie isn’t smart.

      She hears a name that’s got “cache” and signs off on the idea, doesn’t research the person or the weigh the risks.

      This is whose running our organization.

      A lot of energy was spent on Jim and his foibles.

      Just as the LA press got hypnotized by Jeanie and her sweetness, some L’s fans were duped to.

      I hope after this season, those fans really think about what kind of brain trust we have…or don’t in this case.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 7:13 PM on March 9, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Remember Gunnar Peterson trains the Kardashians…

        Kim K’s a*s ain’t real.

      • therealhtj

        therealhtj 9:19 AM on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Been saying this ish since Day 1. Break the bank on training, analytics, and more assistant coaches than you have courtside seats. Not to mention something resembling a real leader as a head coach. There’s a number that will make a Calipari type dude jump. Not saying he’s the guy, but there’s a number for a guy like that out there. Give it to him.

    • LakerKev

      LakerKev 7:07 AM on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Exactly… We have passed from Brand Erosion to Brand Implosion.

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