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  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:51 PM on September 20, 2018 Permalink |  

    Lakers Training Camp Roster Breakdown: Small Forwards 

    Brandon Ingram (16.1 pts, 5.3 reb, 3.9 ast, 47.0 FG%, 39.0 3P%)

    Perhaps no Laker took a bigger leap last year than Ingram, who saw his numbers surge across the stat sheet. The 21-year-old showed a greater understanding of how to use his 7-foot-3 wingspan, constantly using that elite length to attack the paint.

    Circumstances forced Ingram to play some point guard last year, and it had an immediate impact, as his assists numbers ballooned with his newfound drive-and-kick playmaking. Still the third-youngest player on the team, Ingram is continuing to develop, and should come back with a few new abilities.

    Lance Stephenson (9.2 pts, 5.2 reb, 2.9 ast, 42.7% FG, 28.9% 3P)

    At 6-foot-5, Stephenson may have the height of a shooting guard, but in eight years of NBA service he has switched between both positions without much difference in production. And on a roster that figures to have Josh Hart and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope soaking up many of the minutes at the two-position, Stephenson would (at a glance) seem to have more opportunity at the three.

    Like Ingram, Stephenson’s chief offensive talent is his ability to knife through the defense, both as a scorer and playmaker. He would immediately carve out a larger role if he returns to his 3-point shooting of three years ago (38.5) than the last two seasons (29.0). On the other end, he is an in-your-jersey, lengthy defender who has routinely drawn some of the toughest assignments in the NBA (including new teammate LeBron James).

    Svi Mykhailiuk (NCAA: 14.6 pts, 3.9 reb, 2.7 ast, 1.2 stl, 43.4% FG, 44.4% 3P)

    Few teams ever get much value out of players drafted 47th overall or lower, but the Lakers may have dug up a gem in Mykhailiuk. Still only 21 years old despite playing four seasons of college ball, Mykhailiuk already has a skill that he’s elite at: 3-point shooting.

    Mykhailiuk led his conference by hitting 44.4 percent from deep last season, and he averaged a whopping 2.9 made 3’s on a 40.8 percent clip at the Las Vegas Summer League. More than a perimeter shooter, Svi has also impressed with his ball handling, step-back jumper, and willingness to compete on the glass and on defense.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:01 PM on September 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Throw in that small forward is LeBron’s natural position and that Kuzma will likely be putting in some minutes at the three too. Svi needs minutes too.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:24 PM on September 20, 2018 Permalink |  

    Will Lonzo Ball or Markelle Fultz fix their broken jump shot first? 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 2:04 PM on September 20, 2018 Permalink |  

    LeBron James proclaims decision to join Lakers was focused on basketball 

    Since joining the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency back in July, All-Star forward LeBron James has been involved in numerous projects in the entertainment industry.

    This has created the narrative that James in large part chose to join the Lakers due to opportunities that Los Angeles brings in that industry. However, James has voiced that the 33-year-old’s focus is primarily on basketball and helping the organization get back to prominence in the league by competing for NBA titles, according to Marisa Guthrie of The Hollywood Reporter.

    Rising media mogul he may be, but James is clear that his focus is basketball. In fact, one thing that irks him and Carter is the assumption that he chose the Lakers because his business is based in Los Angeles. “It’s like, ‘Oh, LeBron signed with the Lakers, boom, all this stuff starts happening,’” says James. “Hell no, this stuff has been in the works.”

    James has certainly ramped up his involvement in the entertainment industry, but these have been things in the works for over the last couple of years. This has been a busy offseason for James both on and off the court in what will be an exciting 2018-19 season ahead in Los Angeles.

    There are those that point to the Lakers being out of the playoffs for the last five consecutive seasons as them being far away from title contenders. However, James has taken the challenge head-on with the team becoming the driving factor toward helping them quickly get back into the championship picture.

    This is also an entirely new challenge for James to take over a team that is full of young and unproven talent along with the arrival of proven players like Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee, and Lance Stephenson joining the mix. It is something that will only be shown on the court if it was the right decision for him at this stage of his career.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:03 PM on September 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good to hear LeBron come out and clarify that his move to Lakers was primarily about basketball and that the misperception bothered both him and Carter.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:44 AM on September 20, 2018 Permalink |  

    Luke says this is the deepest Lakers team he has coached 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:50 AM on September 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think the Lakers have the deepest roster in the league. They could easily play 11-12 players in their rotation, allowing them to play hard on defense and run relentlessly on offense. Luke has so many options that I think we may see him vary the rotation more to match up with opponents than ever before.

      Aside from the flexability Luke gets from having multiple players who can play and defend multiple positions, the Lakers have quality to elite back ups for every position.

      PG: Lonzo, Rondo, Caruso, Banga
      SG: KCP, Hart, Svi
      SF: Ingram, Kuzma, Lance
      PF: LeBron, Beasley, Wear
      CE: McGee, Wagner, Zubac

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:43 AM on September 20, 2018 Permalink |  

    Luke jokes about the fact that he’s from same draft class as LeBron 

    At 36, Walton is the youngest head coach in the NBA today. LeBron, 33, is actually just three years younger than his coach. As we all know, James started very young in the league — he was only 19 when he entered the NBA.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:54 AM on September 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      One of the big stories that will garner more attention as the season starts is Luke Walton, the head coach who was hired by the Lakers’ previous regime but is beloved by owner Jeanie Buss. Luke has a chance to establish himself as one of the league’s up-and-coming young coaches but he also has a huge challenge in that he has 11-12 guys who are good enough to earn playing time but split pretty evenly between savvy veterans and budding young stars. How Luke does as the Lakers’ coach will likely determine how the Lakers’ season and Luke’s future with the Laker goes. I predict Luke will solidify his position this year and win some votes as COY. He is the perfect coach for the Lakers and the Lakers are the perfect team for him to coach.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 7:51 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink |  

    Rob Pelinka says Lonzo Ball not guaranteed a starting job with Lakers 

    “I’m looking forward to] competition. I think when we went into free agency one of the things we sold, like Luke said — LeBron’s a starter obviously, but after that it’s an open competition in camp … Luke’s going to put it all together.”

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 8:10 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Pretty sure that quote from Rob happened a few weeks ago.

      But the crazy thing is that you almost hit the nail on the head all season long with your caveat that LeBron would force the front office to jettison the young bucks. While Lebron isn’t walking into the office and making demands, just his presence and relatively short window is forcing Earv & Rob to look at everybody differently. They aren’t gonna sit around waiting for guys to get with the program; the gauntlet has been thrown & everybody better hit the ground running or they’re in jeopardy. Doesn’t help that Lonzo’s gonna start training camp in the tub and he has the most capable guy outta all the backups breathing down his neck…

      Rondo: If given an opportunity, knowing I’ll play 36 minutes a night, I can perform at a high level. Spotty or inconsistent minutes, which have been the case in the past, then the numbers fluctuate.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:51 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The Lakers may not yet be a finished product but there’s no doubt the training wheels have been taken off and frankly, it’s about time. Let’s see if our young guns can respond to the opportunity like the Celtics’ young stars did. I’ve always believed internal competition was critical in optimizing potential. Time to show up now.

      I also think the Lakers will not hesitate to make a move at the deadline if the young guns don’t work well with LeBron or aren’t ready for prime time. Of course, I also think the four kids we have are going to all play as well as we expect and a big part of that will be due to playing with LeBron and we’ll wait until next summer to make a trade.

      The Lakers’ kids are probably still too young to win a championship this year but I think we’re going to see them make leaps. The league is in transition and there are a lot of great young talent that’s going to change the hierarchy in the West and East. Young legs are going to start winning more games. Hopefully, we’ve got four young stars who will be part of that.

      Ironically, my caveat was based on a different LeBron that what we got. I was really warning about LeBron wanting to trade youth for vets to win now. ala Cleveland What we actually got is dramatically different and much better. It’s a version of LeBron that seems to have taken a longer, smarter view both on and off the court. Still driven to be great but willing to make a transition to put together and pursue a dynamic and challenging end game for his career.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 11:37 AM on September 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Good points, Tom.
        This season is going to be so fun to watch.
        So many sub plots.
        I can’t wait!!!!

    • John M.

      John M. 11:43 AM on September 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Rob said this on a “Connected With” episode on Spectrum TV, which I believe was taped in July. He and Magic also discussed how excited they were to pair the new vets with the young core. Of course anything can happen, but there has been no indication thus far they are willing to part with Ball, Ingram, et al.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 4:25 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink |  

    Don't expect the Lakers to be hesitant to trade for a second superstar midseason! 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:10 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink |  

    Butler wants to be primary option on whatever team he goes to 

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 1:19 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He has an inflated view of his skills and rank among the League’s best players.

    • mud

      mud 1:20 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      good for him.

    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 2:11 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      He’s a fine player, and as the best player on the roster you can possibly make the playoffs.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 4:27 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Jimmy is all NBA because he’s a two way player. I don’t think he’s a 1st option on a true contender. He was the first option last year on a team that is better then his 3 top choices and he scored 22 a game. And he doesn’t stretch the .339 lifetime from 3 although he was a little better last year at .350. With Lebron I don’t think anyone that needs to be the 1st option will sign with the Lakers.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 5:05 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Wolves were the 3 seed before he got hurt toward the end of the season.

        Doesn’t matter anyway….he ain’t coming

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:00 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink |  

    Thibs: “Not so fast, Jimmy!” 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 1:01 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Don’t see how Thibs is going to hold the fort on this one. Locker room is going to implode if he doesn’t trade Jimmy.

    • mud

      mud 1:21 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      so what?

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 1:24 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The recent trend (PG & Kawhi) is to trade these guys with no regard to their wish list. Worked out for OKC and remains to be seen with TOR. Gonna be interesting to see if anybody comes up with killer deal for JimmyB cuz the teams he listed don’t have a whole lot to offer…

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 3:49 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        PG sticking has given a lot of bottom feeders the hope that they could pull off a similar trade and somehow talk Jimmy into staying. Of course, none of these teams had the additional motivation of trying to get Russ to sign that supermax deal. Thibs may decide to wait until Dec 15 when there will be more assets available, like Kuzma and Hart. This is a situation where it may make better sense to wait and be patient than panic.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 5:09 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The recent trend (PG & Kawhi) is to trade these guys sooner rather than later….

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:19 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          True and but there were a lot of guys who signed 1-year deals this summer looking to become free agents next year when there would be more money. All of those guys are imminently tradeable.

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 5:58 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Same was true in the Kawhi situation too.

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:20 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Just saying a good reason to wait if they don’t find a deal they like because after there will be lots of new trade targets after Dec 15th.

          • MongoSlade

            MongoSlade 6:34 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I think (as with PG & Kawhi) he gets moved b4 the season starts…get it over with & rip off the band-aid.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:47 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink |  

    LeBron to Star in Space Jam Seque 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:48 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Guess there are some advantages to living in LA after all. So much for you can do anything you want while playing in a small market due to social media and the Internet.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 1:14 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Lmao…..yeah cuz this all came together in just the 2 months since Lebron signed here

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 5:25 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        There was an excellent discussion by Ric Bucher on Sirius XM with some entertainment executives who said the movie business is one of the last industries where it helps to live in LA and be immersed daily. Not saying LeBron couldn’t succeed at it from Cleveland or San Antonio but living in LA all year around definitely has its advantages in the movie business.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 6:08 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        But you realize Lebron has had an offseason home here for 3 years and was producing movies & tv shows long before he signed here…right?

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:21 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Sure. Still doesn’t change the reality that it’s easier to do it when you live there all year around. Just another stone on the Lakers side of the equation but a stone nonetheless.

          Just like the weather, being able to watch his son play, Jeanie Buss, Magic Johnson, Luke Walton, Lakers legacy, and the Lakers young guns,

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 7:52 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Yeah…but you seemed to be insinuating that this particular deal is an indication of the benefits of being in LA; which it clearly isn’t. It was in the works long before Lebron signed here. That’s all….

    • mud

      mud 1:21 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      good for him

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:16 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink |  

    Mavs fined $10M for embarrassing workplace misconduct! 

     
  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:37 AM on September 19, 2018 Permalink |  

    Does LeBron need to reinvent himself with the Lakers? 

    But, if James wants another title, he will have to reinvent his game in Los Angeles. This time, he will have to figure out how to use his transcendent talent to raise the level of play of the Lakers’ young core — Ball, Ingram, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Kyle Kuzma — and to get the most out of his veteran teammates, like Rondo and Stephenson. Otherwise, he will again be a one-man wrecking ball; and as last season proved, that would not be enough.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:39 AM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      There is no question LeBron is not only needs to reinvent himself to win with the Lakers but also is eager to do it, even if it means playing a lot of small ball center.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 11:47 AM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Ultimately…Lebron gonna Lebron.
      Hence the break your face with the ball comment.

      The entire “re-invent” thing is a misnomer…he’s never wanted to be a one man wrecking crew which is why he teamed with Wade & Bosh and then Kyrie & Love. Remember when the knock on him was that he was too willing to pass the ball and scared to take the big shot? He’s always wanted to make the right play but last season nobody on his squad could capitalize on the wide open looks they got.

      He’s always gonna play the right way…it’s up to the other guys to reap the rewards.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:41 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        LeBron is already undergoing a major makeover off the court and is planning one on the court. LeBron knows he has to adjust his game for his age and his new teammates. He is too smart to just continue to play the same way. For one thing, he knows he was just a Draymond Green implosion from being 0-4 in the last four NBA Finals. Change is coming. LeBron will still dominate the Lakers but it won’t be playing iso ball like he did with the Cavs. In the end, he knows he has to adjust if he wants to win a ring or rings with the Lakers.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 1:17 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Lebron sharing the ball isn’t a change or a makeover or an adjustment.

    • mud

      mud 1:27 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      no.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:17 AM on September 19, 2018 Permalink |  

    Jimmy Butler Asks For A Trade: According to Shams Charania 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:27 AM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Since Lakers cannot make a trade for Butler, the best we can hope for is the Celtic using some of their trade assets to go after Jimmy. That might help the Lakers down the road when AD becomes available.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 11:40 AM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      1. Nets
      2. Clipps
      3. Knicks

      Strange….

      • havoc

        havoc 12:20 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        i think he selected the Knicks in preparation for Kyrie to join him..Do the Knicks have enough cap space to sign both of them?

        • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:36 AM on September 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Hi, havoc. The Knicks can create cap space for two superstars and have said they would not trade for players whom they could sign next summer.

    • Michael H (Editor)

      Michael H (Editor) 11:40 AM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Aloha Tom

      Jimmy’s wish is Knick’s, Nets and Clippers. I don’t think the Celtics go after him. They already have a lot of options at the 2 and 3.

    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:40 AM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who claims The Brooklyn Nets, LA Clippers and New York Knicks are among his preferred destinations. Does not want to go to Lakers.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:13 AM on September 19, 2018 Permalink |  

    There is no math that gets Jimmy to Lakers w/o salary they don’t have to send 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:29 AM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Ironically, the Wolves would have been the only NBA team who might have accepted Deng as part of a trade for Jimmy Butler. Now the Lakers don’t have salaries to match to make a trade, which is probably good in the end. Rooting for Celtics to shoot their wad going after Jimmy, leaving Lakers with best portfolio of trading chips.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 11:37 AM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good- I don’t want him.

  • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:05 AM on September 19, 2018 Permalink |  

    Jimmy is likely on the Lakers list but not top 3 

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:30 AM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      1. KD
      2. Klay
      3. Kawhi
      4. Boogie
      5. Jimmy

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 11:44 AM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      With JimmyB’s & Kawhi’s list of preferred destinations it’s starting to look like DeMarcus is the realist possibility.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:17 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Guys not flocking to play with LeBron for sure.
        A healthy Boogie could ultimately be the best fit.

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 1:19 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Klay or KD staying in the bay to keep winning rings isn’t a referendum on Lebron…

      • NBA4ever

        NBA4ever 12:42 PM on September 19, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        It’s not going to be Jimmy or Kawhi

        Most likely as follows:

        Boogie
        KD
        Klay

        If not one of those above- I like the following which could be 2 of them…

        Khris Middleton
        Tobias Harris
        Deandre Jordan
        Marc Gasol

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