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  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:35 PM on July 12, 2020 Permalink |  

    The World Is In Trouble 

    Former Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors guard Matt Barnes believed the world will witness a much fiercer LeBron James when the NBA restarts after the break.

    Talking on The Sedano show with Jorge Sedano, Barnes joked that the world was in “trouble” as James will be coming back after getting good rest.

    “I just want to say the world is in trouble because LeBron’s legs have been resting for four months. We’ve never seen a well-rested LeBron. LeBron has always carried his team as far as they’ve gone,” he said. “He’s always had to do all the heavy lifting.

     
  • Lakers Fast Break

    Lakers Fast Break 11:14 PM on July 12, 2020 Permalink |  

    Laker Fast Break (7/12/20) A Woj Bomb Of A Different Kind…with Raphael Barlowe! 

    Rafael Barlowe from NBA Draft Junkies returns as he and Gerald talk about the Lakers and the NBA arriving in Orlando and begin practices. How are they handling the bubble so far? The guys talk about the social media posts made already and decide if it’s an overreaction or not. Plus ESPN’s NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski got the inside scoop on a controversy he himself created, how did this happen? The guys talk about whether this was the smart move and what the ramifications might be based on his actions. 

    Don’t forget to Subscribe to our shows and leave us that 5-Star Review with your questions on Apple Podcasts or e-mail us at lakersfastbreak@yahoo.com!

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:36 PM on July 12, 2020 Permalink |  

    Gonna have to rely on KCP & Caruso. Waiters and Smith may be needed. 

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 10:22 PM on July 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Lebron 45min/game.
      Ain’t like he hasn’t done it before.
      Hell…we were probably headed there even before The Rona hit.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:55 PM on July 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Next man up is going to open up minutes for Waiters.
        Lakers chose him over Smith because of his playmaking.
        Good opportunity for him to get minutes and earn a role.
        Who knows if Playoff Rondo was possible.
        Vogel for sure would have given him minutes.
        Could be a blessing in disguise.

    • Worthy42

      Worthy42 8:28 AM on July 13, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I won’t miss him.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:35 PM on July 12, 2020 Permalink |  

    Rondo to undergo surgery after fracturing right thumb and will miss 6-8 weeks 

     
    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 9:35 AM on July 13, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      So he’ll be back in the 2nd round. I think they can manage til then.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 9:58 AM on July 13, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        That may be, but with Caruso getting more on-ball activity…it means we won’t need Rondo much anyway.

        • therealhtj

          therealhtj 10:30 AM on July 13, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Either way, I don’t get why some are making this out to be such a tragedy. If Waiters has his head on straight for a couple months in hopes of reviving his career, he could be getting the lion’s share of minutes anyway.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 10:35 AM on July 13, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I’m hoping JR catches fire quick in a game or two and most of the wins can be hidden again.

            Relying on Gummy Bear for two months is risky. He can play though.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 10:36 AM on July 13, 2020 Permalink

              sins

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:23 PM on July 12, 2020 Permalink |  

    Lakers’ Rajon Rondo suffers ‘significant’ hand injury in practice 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:17 PM on July 12, 2020 Permalink |  

    Anthony Davis confirms he’s going without a social justice message on his jersey 

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 6:32 PM on July 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You know how I feel about alotta the empty symbolism and corporations co-opting the BLM messaging for their own purposes. So much talk about how the players could use this platform to promote their own messaging. So much for that. League gave them a handful of safe phrases they could use and that’s it. They lost all control once they agreed to play. It’ll be even more diluted once the games start. It’s like when a player begins a post-game interview with “I’d like to give thanks to my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ” and then the media quickly moves on to talking about the game. That ain’t a platform.

      Whatch & see…

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:15 PM on July 12, 2020 Permalink |  

    Dwight, Danny Green Cleared to Practice 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:14 PM on July 12, 2020 Permalink |  

    LeBron Joins the ‘Free Woj’ movement! 

     
  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 3:52 PM on July 12, 2020 Permalink |  

    The bubble ain’t a bubble when Disney employees can come and go as they please. And Hayward can enter a danger zone and come back.

    FLA has 15,000 new cases yesterday.

    I give it a month before they shut down the state.

    At least they tried.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 7:02 PM on July 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It’ll be interesting to see how/if it holds and for how long. Also been thinking about if someone who already tested positive for COVID has some sort of heart issue, especially fi it happens on court. Scary stuff, hard to believe that it’s going to happen. 2 weeks, 4 days…lost can happen.

      Florida is blowing the eff up man…

    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 7:42 PM on July 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I will be surprised, as I have always thought, if they get to the PO’s. : (

      As long as we have politics involved with health care and people that can’t wear a mask for 15 minutes in a Wal-Mart, we in for more trouble. If anyone thinks that schools’ opening is not gonna be the next disaster is dreaming.

      We gotta get a vaccine and great treatment options. I think we will get there, but we will probably have to hurt more. : (

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:56 PM on July 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Problem is half of the country, mostly Republicans, are anti-vaccine. Polls should 1/3 of people will not agree to get vaccinated.

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 7:58 PM on July 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Then we have a lot fewer Repubs then, lol. Nah just kidding and I do understand.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 9:53 PM on July 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        You’ve been sounding the alarm on Schools, DJ.

        What percentage of teachers would you estimate will convert to online only no in-person tutorials?

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 11:42 AM on July 13, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          A whole bunch! You know we teach our kids to look both ways and then again before crossing the road.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 2:36 PM on July 12, 2020 Permalink |  

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:08 PM on July 12, 2020 Permalink |  

    How do Bucks lead the league in defense while giving up the most threes? 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:55 AM on July 12, 2020 Permalink |  

    NBA Trade Ideas to Create New Big 3s This Offseason 

    Victor Oladipo to Lakers

    Los Angeles Lakers receive: Victor Oladipo

    Indiana Pacers receive: Danny Green, Kyle Kuzma, Talen Horton-Tucker, 2020 first-round pick*

    It’s tough to know exactly what to make of Oladipo. He was good—but nowhere near great—across his first four seasons, before erupting in his fifth to claim the Most Improved Player award, an All-Defensive first-team honor and an All-NBA third-team selection. He has since endured two injury-riddled campaigns, most recently appearing especially rusty across 13 contests this season.

    How does one put a price tag on all of the above? Because that’s the challenge for the Pacers. Oladipo will be extension-eligible this offseason, and if no deal materializes, he’ll hit unrestricted free agency next summer. There might be too much risk to pay him and too much risk to keep him around without an extension. That puts the franchise right at the intersection of Rock Road and Hard Place Avenue.

    The Lakers should keep close tabs on the proceedings, since Oladipo would be a perfect complement for LeBron James and Anthony Davis. A healthy Oladipo is an elite athlete with few holes in his game. During his 2017-18 breakout, he became just the 14th player ever to average 23 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals per game.

    If L.A. learns in this postseason it’s one piece short of a title, the reward of landing Oladipo far outweighs whatever risk there is of his walking in 2021. Even if he has other options, it’s hard to think of many better situations than chasing a title with the King and the Brow in Hollywood.

    Between Oladipo’s injuries and contract uncertainty, Indiana could encounter a more tepid market than his pedigree would suggest. This might scratch enough itches for the Pacers to accept.

    Kuzma is the crown jewel as a 24-year-old who has already displayed a powerful scoring punch. His game could be a snug fit alongside either Myles Turner or Domantas Sabonis, allowing Indy to trade the other to balance the roster. Green’s three-and-D game fits with anyone, so the Pacers can keep him to compete next season or see what the market would offer for him and his expiring $15.4 million contract ahead of 2021 free agency.

    The first-round pick* can’t technically be traded outright, but the Lakers could select someone with the intention of moving him to the Pacers. Pair that prospect with Horton-Tucker, a 19-year-old with handles, shot-making and defensive versatility, and Indy has decent odds of getting at least one long-term keeper out of the two.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:58 AM on July 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This proposed trade by Zach Buckley for Bleacher Report – Green, Kuzma, THT, and 2020 first rounder for Oladipo – is probably a better option that the earlier trade by Evan Massey that did not include THT, whom clearly has some star upside.

      While it’s a gamble because of Victor’s injuries the last two years, these opportunities are the only way the Lakers are going to get a truly great guard with the assets they have.

      I was not aware that Oladipo was first team All-Defense two years ago. That adds to my desire for the Lakers to pursue a deal for him. The timing and Pacers success without Victor say he’s available. A Big Three of LeBron, AD, and Oladipo would be tremendous.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:06 AM on July 12, 2020 Permalink |  

    LeBron James intent on “Destroying Whoever In Front Of Me” 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:53 AM on July 12, 2020 Permalink |  

    The upcoming negotiations for the 2020-21 NBA season will be tricky 

    Over the past three months, the NBA’s league office has exhausted itself in stitching together a comprehensive plan to conclude the 2019-20 season. In the front offices of the league’s 30 franchises, though, a more complicated problem has clouded the horizon:

    What will the 2020-21 season look like?

    Even as the NBA establishes its bubble in Orlando, Florida, several dates are rushing toward it. Owners have established Dec. 1 as the target to start next season’s games.

    But the date of more immediate concern to teams is Oct. 18 — the proposed start of free agency. By then, all financial matters for this season and projections for next will need to be known.

    What is known around league circles at present is that the league must clear three massive hurdles to begin next season: The first is currently being navigated: how to safely play in a world with coronavirus. The next two are equally complex: brokering a deal between owners and players on how to financially operate, and how 30 teams facing different market conditions will share money to keep the entire league afloat.

    “The truth is, things are changing so fast that, when it comes to next season, the best we can do is put a stake in the ground and make a guess,” an Eastern Conference team president said. “The reality is nobody is probably going to operate in the black next season.

    “The only question is how much each of us are going to lose.”

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:58 AM on July 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Terrific detailed article by Brian Windhorst and Tim Bontemps about the hurdles the players and owners are facing trying to decide how to handle the CBA and the coming season due to the financial chaos caused by the pandemic.

      • therealhtj

        therealhtj 11:51 AM on July 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Every crisis is an opportunity right? Owners should go ahead and break the players on this. No more guarantees, pay for play, and hard cap. This way underperforming or injured scrubs can be tossed aside like in any other industry making room for the cream to rise to the top. Other than the cut players, teams and fans get a much healthier product. Seeing as how the majority of the teams claim poverty in the good times, I’d say at least 2/3’s of them won’t benefit much from playing next year if not face a very real, steep loss. They could probably do without the season, and if it’s fan-free arenas, posturing divas, and a start-stop-start-stop unpredictable schedule, then toss it in the fire and build something better.

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:36 PM on July 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          That could be the pure capitalistic approach to the crisis but it’s not the smart long term approach nor the approach that’s enable the NBA to grow to its current stature as a professional sport. Owners need the players and vice versa. They need to work it out.

          What I do agree is the NBA, like all pro sports, is suffering from watered down competition due to expansion. We finally saw that happen to pro basketball last season when the ratings dropped. Poor matchups started it way before Morey’s China comments cut International revenues. Now with the pandemic, the league does not to make some major changes like I recommended in my earlier post to improve the quality of the product.

          It’s going to be a battle at some point between players and owners on the salary cap and between big and small owners on revenue sharing. Good time to split the league into A and B divisions. Let the small markets battle for their crown and share in some of the spoils from the A division delivering an upgraded product.

          • therealhtj

            therealhtj 1:29 PM on July 12, 2020 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            The pure capitalistic approach would be to screw the small markets and just pay everyone whatever they can fetch on the open market. No players union, no revenue sharing. Sign a deal, stick to it, or don’t and let the courts or an arbitrator figure it out.

            But the podunks aren’t gonna do that. So at least come up with a system where opportunistic, aging union leaders don’t cut a sly deal that lets them get paid ungodly sums for a few extra seasons. Where teams and their fanbases aren’t held hostage to a deal where the guy either got hurt or gave up. As it stands today, a player can die and not come off the books for two seasons. Is that really helping the product?

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 3:42 PM on July 12, 2020 Permalink

              So…a lot of these teams will will either fold or be sold.

              No one is going to sporting events for at least 2 years maybe more.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 3:46 PM on July 12, 2020 Permalink

              Universities like UCLA and spirts teams like the Hornets and Cavs have been able to do smoke and mirrors financing to try and have either the School or the municipal govt. cave to financial pressure.

              UCLA has lost it’s gravy train and the NBA and NCAA other majors aren’t far behind.

              Why are you guys playing Football in FBS Stan? You guys won’t even play Boise St. Or Appalachian St. because you know you guys in Cali can’t compete with the Farm boys.

              Get out of a division you have no business being in and maybe the finances won’t look so dire.

            • therealhtj

              therealhtj 5:10 PM on July 12, 2020 Permalink

              WTF you think I care about UCLA? It’s little more than an Antifa indoctrination center at this point, along with the rest of the UC system. Should sell that prime real estate to some developers. Pay off some that debt our esteemed leadership is so fond of racking up.

            • therealhtj

              therealhtj 5:12 PM on July 12, 2020 Permalink

              As for the podunk market teams, I’ll just quote my boy MJ “If you can’t make a profit, you should sell the team.” Little tribalist nonsense to insist on keeping teams in these tiny markets when much more lucrative ones are chomping at the bit to by in.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 8:38 AM on July 12, 2020 Permalink |  

    LeBron James: “Everything that I do has a purpose.” 

     
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