Byron Scott Can’t Guarantee Kobe Bryant Will Play Season Opener

When Kobe Bryant limped off the floor in the Los Angeles Lakers fifth preseason game, fans everywhere held their breath. News afterwards indicated that the injury was just a minor one, but with Kobe missing the final three preseason games, doubt has begun to creep in.

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Head coach Byron Scott has maintained that Kobe will play in the Lakers season opener and while he still believes he will, Scott could not guarantee that his superstar would suit up according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:

Kobe took some shots and got treatment on his injured calf, but otherwise did not participate in the rest of practice. According to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News, the Lakers hope to ramp up things in the next couple of days:

If there was one thing basketball fans everywhere hoped for, it was that Kobe Bryant would be healthy enough to make it through the season. While this isn’t an injury that would last throughout the year, it surely would not be promising if Kobe wasn’t on the floor for opening night.

On the plus side for the Lakers, Jordan Clarkson was a full participant in practice and expects to play on Wednesday. If Kobe doesn’t suit up, Scott would likely choose between Nick Young or rookie Anthony Brown to start in his place.

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Another useless story on LN… two of the same outdated vids from days ago…. come on. There have been some really good reporting lately, lets not resort to this kind of useless filler.

  • Another useless story on LN… two of the same outdated vids from days ago…. come on. There have been some really good reporting lately, lets not resort to this kind of useless filler.

  • It’s okay. Kobe should take his time. He needs to finish his final season healthy.

  • It’s okay. Kobe should take his time. He needs to finish his final season healthy.

  • Kobe is a joke!! Didn’t we sign him for 50 million???? looks like we got our monies worth? haahahaha…………………..

  • Kobe is a joke!! Didn’t we sign him for 50 million???? looks like we got our monies worth? haahahaha…………………..

  • The way the Lakers looked vs the Warriors……Can’t blame him for Taking his time getting back.

  • The way the Lakers looked vs the Warriors……Can’t blame him for Taking his time getting back.

  • Funny…did you say that when the Clippers gave the mighty Warriors a good old fashion beat down?

  • Funny…did you say that when the Clippers gave the mighty Warriors a good old fashion beat down?

  • Been a Kobe fan since the ’97 slam dunk competition but I have to admit this is probably the beginning of the very end for Kobe. If your recovery time after a bruise is over a week, then you know age has caught up you. Unfortunately, his offensive game is still strong, which means defenders will try to rough up him up when he heats up. Fingers crossed for the Mamba

  • Kobe makes the team enough money to pay his salary and everyone’s salary on the team with enough money left over for Jeannie to tear up Rodeo drive shopping with the companies Platinum unlimited KB card.

    Kobe is a championship or bust player. As long as the team is capable of making it to the playoffs Kobe will play. If the team picks up a few key injuries and the support is lacking expect to see Kobe sidelined like the past few seasons.

    Kobe is worth paying more than any player the team has had since Magic Johnson.

    Paytc

  • Been a Kobe fan since the ’97 slam dunk competition but I have to admit this is probably the beginning of the very end for Kobe. If your recovery time after a bruise is over a week, then you know age has caught up you. Unfortunately, his offensive game is still strong, which means defenders will try to rough up him up when he heats up. Fingers crossed for the Mamba

  • Kobe makes the team enough money to pay his salary and everyone’s salary on the team with enough money left over for Jeannie to tear up Rodeo Drive shopping with the companies Platinum unlimited KB card.

    Kobe is a championship or bust player. As long as the team is capable of making it to the playoffs Kobe will play. If the team picks up a few key injuries and the support is lacking expect to see Kobe sidelined like the past few seasons.

    This is the best supporting cast the team has had to open the season since 2010-2011.

    So I expect we will see a lot of Kobe playing.

    Kobe is worth paying more than any player the team has had since Magic Johnson.
    And not sure but my guess is Kobe is probably world-wide more popular than even Magic was.

    Paytc

  • Hope not. Team has given too many bottom feeders a chance of late (Henry, Wes, Sacre etc). I say we roll with this crew and make trades only if it is for a good young budding star (Jonas V, Tobias Harris, Aaron Gordon) and doesnt involve Randle, Russell or JC

  • Hope not. Team has given too many bottom feeders a chance of late (Henry, Wes, Sacre etc). I say we roll with this crew and make trades only if it is for a good young budding star (Jonas V, Tobias Harris, Aaron Gordon) and doesnt involve Randle, Russell or JC

  • I am not sure there is any real doubt whether Kobe is playing or not. I think they just want to keep the media guessing. If he plays the opening game and plays well (which I expect he will do both) then we will no there was never a doubt.

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  • I am not sure there is any real doubt whether Kobe is playing or not. I think they just want to keep the media guessing. If he plays the opening game and plays well (which I expect he will do both) then we will know there was never a doubt.

    Paytc

  • Hope you are right man. I can’t help but think what if D’Antoni had not played Kobe 45+ minutes consistently and ask him to set up the offense? That coach has got to be among the worst ever for the Lakers

  • Hope you are right man. I can’t help but think what if D’Antoni had not played Kobe 45+ minutes consistently and ask him to set up the offense? That coach has got to be among the worst ever for the Lakers

  • Ray-Marcus,

    What do you think about the wild rumor of a Derek Rose for Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams? I know that is probably just a wild unlikely rumor, but Derek Rose (if he can stay healthy) is definitely a super star player. The Lakers only have one super star on the team (Kobe). Though Hibbert I believe has been an all star player and Lou Williams and Young have been sixth man of the year.

    I am not sure Clarkson, Russell, or Randle will ever be as good as Derek Rose.
    And if you could swing a deal and only give up one of the three and get Rose I think that is a real head scratcher?

    Any thoughts out there?

    Paytc

  • Ray-Marcus,

    What do you think about the wild rumor of a Derek Rose for Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams? I know that is probably just a wild unlikely rumor, but Derek Rose (if he can stay healthy) is definitely a super star player. The Lakers only have one super star on the team (Kobe). Though Hibbert I believe has been an all star player and Lou Williams and Young have been sixth man of the year.

    I am not sure Clarkson, Russell, or Randle will ever be as good as Derek Rose.
    And if you could swing a deal and only give up one of the three and get Rose I think that is a real head scratcher?

    Any thoughts out there?

    Paytc

  • I know the Bulls want to trade D Rose, but he will be a bad pickup for us. Let’s face it, he is very injury prone and has always been. Randle might become as good as MVP Rose was.

    I actually like our team right now. Randle is like a slightly Better peak Anthony Mason right now (16pg 4-5 apg) and he is only starting out! lol. Clarkson is like Eric Bledsoe, even though I think that is where he will be for a long time. Russell is the only unknown. We should do well if Roy Plays over 30 mins.

    I would only trade for a rookie/second year who needs minutes to show their quality or a budding star if Russell shows any signs of not being what we thought. Aaron Gordon, Doug McDermott, Mario Hezonja etc might become available

  • I know the Bulls want to trade D Rose, but he will be a bad pickup for us. Let’s face it, he is very injury prone and has always been. Randle might become as good as MVP Rose was.

    I actually like our team right now. Randle is like a slightly Better peak Anthony Mason right now (16pg 4-5 apg) and he is only starting out! lol. Clarkson is like Eric Bledsoe, even though I think that is where he will be for a long time. Russell is the only unknown. We should do well if Roy Plays over 30 mins.

    I would only trade for a rookie/second year who needs minutes to show their quality or a budding star if Russell shows any signs of not being what we thought. Aaron Gordon, Doug McDermott, Mario Hezonja etc might become available

  • I am still scratching my head over that whole time frame. 2011- 2014

    The Lakers went from back to back champions to getting swept by the Mav’s ? And notice how they got swept? They had Kobe and a few other starters on the bench to start every 4th quarter and the Mavs played Dirk Nowitzki to start every 4th quarter and they let Dirk just blow the Lakers out while Kobe and other starters sat on the bench helplessly watching. Then down 20 the best the Lakers and Kobe could do was trade baskets with Dirk? I could see doing that for 1 or 2 games but 4? I would not have had Kobe on the bench especially if I saw Dirk wasn’t for even one game. Could Mark Cuban’s money have influenced PJ?

    Then some one has the wise Idea that they needed to break up the best team in basket ball after they got swept. Now I will say had the Laker gotten CP3 even though they were giving up Gasol and Odom the Laker would have dominated.

    Then they send us a broken down Nash, a immature, egotistical, poor work ethic, disrespectful team divider in Howard and try to turn the Lakers into the Phoenix Suns? Funny how the 3 of them MDA, Nash, and Howard did all kinds of damage and then all three spit after staying just long enough to learn the inner workings of one of the most successful teams in NBA history? MDA and company did a lot more than just over work Kobe (who probably didn’t mind) into the ground.

    I often wonder if several owners and a commissioner gave that whole plot an little thought over a few martinis. But of course these things could just all be coincidental ?

    Paytc

  • I am still scratching my head over that whole time frame. 2011- 2014

    The Lakers went from back to back champions to getting swept by the Mav’s ? And notice how they got swept? They had Kobe and a few other starters on the bench to start every 4th quarter and the Mavs played Dirk Nowitzki to start every 4th quarter and they let Dirk just blow the Lakers out while Kobe and other starters sat on the bench helplessly watching. Then down 20 the best the Lakers and Kobe could do was trade baskets with Dirk?

    I could see doing that for 1 or 2 games….. but 4? I would not have had Kobe on the bench especially if I saw Dirk wasn’t for even one game. Could Mark Cuban’s money have influenced PJ?

    Then some one has the wise Idea that they needed to break up the best team in basket ball after they got swept. Now I will say had the Laker gotten CP3 even though they were giving up Gasol and Odom the Laker would have dominated. But we didn’t get CP3 and we lost Odom, Bynum, and Gasol.

    Then they send us a broken down Nash, a immature, egotistical, poor work ethic, disrespectful team divider in Howard. And tried to turn the Lakers into the Phoenix Suns? Funny how the 3 of them MDA, Nash, and Howard did all kinds of damage and then all three spit after staying just long enough to learn the inner workings of one of the most successful teams in NBA history?

    MDA and company did a lot more than just over work Kobe (who probably didn’t mind) he wanted to win by any means necessary.
    Kobe sacrificed everything he had to carry that team almost single handedly into the playoffs. A very interesting period in time indeed?

    I often wonder if several owners and a commissioner gave that whole plot a little thought over a few martinis. But of course these things could just all be coincidental ?

    Paytc

  • Makes sense! Thanks for the response and a really good observation.
    It is fair to say they would be a major gamble. But the bigger the gamble the larger the payoff.

    Paytc

  • I doubt the conspiracy but I won’t be shocked. Phil said he was trying to motivate the starters with that move. Pau Gasol was the one having an off series but Phil did not want to single him out, so he benched the starters. That was one of the few times Phil’s techniques failed.

    The team should have still kept that unit but you cant blame them for trying to get CP3 once word got out that he was leaving. That unsettled Odom and Pau. Things have never been the same since.

    We have an ambitious GM who does not like too many risks and after that CP3 risk went south I don’t blame him.

    Looking back, I wish Bynum had been offered instead of Pau/Odom. I like Metta, but we probably would have had an easier time with Ariza still here. Hope Mitch and Jim have learned from this

  • I doubt the conspiracy but I won’t be shocked. Phil said he was trying to motivate the starters with that move. Pau Gasol was the one having an off series but Phil did not want to single him out, so he benched the starters. That was one of the few times Phil’s techniques failed.

    The team should have still kept that unit but you cant blame them for trying to get CP3 once word got out that he was leaving. That unsettled Odom and Pau. Things have never been the same since.

    We have an ambitious GM who does not like too many risks and after that CP3 risk went south I don’t blame him.

    Looking back, I wish Bynum had been offered instead of Pau/Odom. I like Metta, but we probably would have had an easier time with Ariza still here. Hope Mitch and Jim have learned from this

  • If it were really just a “bruise” he could rub some dirt on it and get back on the court. It’s more than that.

  • If it were really just a “bruise” he could rub some dirt on it and get back on the court. It’s more than that.

  • i agree with byron you know?
    if Kobe aint ready dont rush into it.
    us loyal fans wont be angry at you either way.
    i dont want you to risk further injury and im just happy to see you back on the court.
    Go Kobe!
    and Go Lakers!

  • i agree with byron you know?
    if Kobe aint ready dont rush into it.
    us loyal fans wont be angry at you either way.
    i dont want you to risk further injury and im just happy to see you back on the court.
    Go Kobe!
    and Go Lakers!

  • Im pretty sure Kobe expected that to happen. He knows this team is not talented enough to go head to head with the defending champs. Not even in a preseason game.

  • Im pretty sure Kobe expected that to happen. He knows this team is not talented enough to go head to head with the defending champs. Not even in a preseason game.

  • How can a starter be motivated while on the bench? And how can you expect to win when you play your worse players against another team’s best?

    PJ let his ego get in the way, got paid off, or out coached IMO

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  • How can a starter be motivated while on the bench? And how can you expect to win when you play your worse players against another team’s best?

    PJ let his ego get in the way, got paid off, or out coached IMO
    One of the 3 for sure.

    But I put that 4 game sweep with his best players on the bench watching Dirk run the score up directly on Phil Jackson’s shoulders.

    Paytc

  • why not take a rest on tuesday so that all of them have full energy the following day the game day… this gonna be a automatic loss again… player gonna be dragging there legs again.

  • why not take a rest on tuesday so that all of them have full energy the following day the game day… this gonna be a automatic loss again… player gonna be dragging there legs again.

  • dude its just a pre-season game.
    stop acting like its a playoff game.
    your really stupid kid.
    why dont you learn about NBA basketball before you come in here spouting off your big mouth.

  • dude its just a pre-season game.
    stop acting like its a playoff game.
    your really stupid kid.
    why dont you learn about NBA basketball before you come in here spouting off your big mouth.

  • john smith why doesnt he put his real name?
    oh wait he has no balls i forgot!
    hes not a real man for sure.
    if hes so sure of himself why doesnt he tell Kobe this to his face.
    cowards all of them and little teeny bopper lebron fans.
    no real men here paytc.
    were a dying breed welcome to the world of high school kids.

  • john smith why doesnt he put his real name?
    oh wait he has no balls i forgot!
    hes not a real man for sure.
    if hes so sure of himself why doesnt he tell Kobe this to his face.
    cowards all of them and little teeny bopper lebron fans.
    no real men here paytc.
    were a dying breed welcome to the world of high school kids.

  • paytc i wouldnt trade clarkson for an old rose.
    rose’s superstar days are over.
    jordan clarksons days arent even started yet.
    i would package maybe lou williams or someone else but not JC.
    thats like trading Randle for cousins.
    why trade a future all star for an old has been?
    our team will keep getting worse and worse.
    we will always be last in the west.
    its time we keep our players and stop trading away good players like we did with bynum and gasol.
    for an old has been steve nash and dwight coward.
    we lost some good players in the past and were def regretting it right now.

  • paytc i wouldnt trade clarkson for an old rose.
    rose’s superstar days are over.
    jordan clarksons days arent even started yet.
    i would package maybe lou williams or someone else but not JC.
    thats like trading Randle for cousins.
    why trade a future all star for an old has been?
    our team will keep getting worse and worse.
    we will always be last in the west.
    its time we keep our players and stop trading away good players like we did with bynum and gasol.
    for an old has been steve nash and dwight coward.
    we lost some good players in the past and were def regretting it right now.

  • im not willing to trade Randle Clarkson or russell.
    sorry bro.
    i dont care about gordon mcdermott or hezonja?
    yea those guys have no future in the NBA watch.
    Randle and Clarkson are going to be all star players very soon.
    Randle himself is nearly an all star as is.

  • im not willing to trade Randle Clarkson or russell.
    sorry bro.
    i dont care about gordon mcdermott or hezonja?
    yea those guys have no future in the NBA watch.
    Randle and Clarkson are going to be all star players very soon.
    Randle himself is nearly an all star as is.

  • hes not taking any chances after the last 3 years having season ending injuries why push the envelope just to play in a pre-season game?
    your intelligence is barely there bro!
    think about it! who cares about pre-season even coach byron scott has said he doesnt know about the season opener.
    we dont need nomore injuries for Kobe and were not taking chances.
    i think most fans would like to see him re-sign for 2-3 more years.
    most smart fans that is……

  • hes not taking any chances after the last 3 years having season ending injuries why push the envelope just to play in a pre-season game?
    your intelligence is barely there bro!
    think about it! who cares about pre-season even coach byron scott has said he doesnt know about the season opener.
    we dont need nomore injuries for Kobe and were not taking chances.
    i think most fans would like to see him re-sign for 2-3 more years.
    most smart fans that is……

  • you should write a book about it.
    i would definately be a listener.
    and i dont listen to many people!
    you just make sense bro. i totally understand what your saying. it could be possible that its true.
    after all david stern and several team owners always have it out for the Lakers including mark cuban and dan gilbert of the cavs. david stern could still have influence over the NBA and pull strings.
    the Lakers are def the most hated NBA team which makes 0 sense having won 16 NBA championships we are the best!
    how can this team have so many haters?

  • you should write a book about it.
    i would definately be a listener.
    and i dont listen to many people!
    you just make sense bro. i totally understand what your saying. it could be possible that its true.
    after all david stern and several team owners always have it out for the Lakers including mark cuban and dan gilbert of the cavs. david stern could still have influence over the NBA and pull strings.
    the Lakers are def the most hated NBA team which makes 0 sense having won 16 NBA championships we are the best!
    how can this team have so many haters?

  • would phil have bench michael jordan scottie pippen and dennis rodman if they were losing against the jazz in the 4th quarter?
    ask yourself that question…………
    its more than a conspiracy its eerie and scary bc its probably true.
    thats whats so frightening about all this stuff yes its just talk but we have reason to believe it to be true.
    secrets dont remain hidden forever someone will find out the truth and they will be exposed just like in other sports.
    football,baseball hockey ect….

  • would phil have bench michael jordan scottie pippen and dennis rodman if they were losing against the jazz in the 4th quarter?
    ask yourself that question…………
    its more than a conspiracy its eerie and scary bc its probably true.
    thats whats so frightening about all this stuff yes its just talk but we have reason to believe it to be true.
    secrets dont remain hidden forever someone will find out the truth and they will be exposed just like in other sports.
    football,baseball hockey ect….

  • I can’t help it, I am hungry for real Lakers news so I read it all, even the comments. I am a rabid dog Lakers fan. At times the comments are more entertaining and have more substance than the stories themselves. Anyway, not trying to bad mouth the writer, just asking for more juice in the apple.

  • I can’t help it, I am hungry for real Lakers news so I read it all, even the comments. I am a rabid dog Lakers fan. At times the comments are more entertaining and have more substance than the stories themselves. Anyway, not trying to bad mouth the writer, just asking for more juice in the apple.

  • Yikes! This is a TERRIBLE sign. Kobe’s battling injuries ALREADY! Oh well. Just like Peyton Manning, Kobe’s gonna have to grind his final season out.

  • Yikes! This is a TERRIBLE sign. Kobe’s battling injuries ALREADY! Oh well. Just like Peyton Manning, Kobe’s gonna have to grind his final season out.

  • Wild Rumors, eh? Maybe not Lou, only because I haven’t seen Kobe / Lou combing yet for an Actual NBA win. I have seen Kobe / Clarkson; Kobe / D’Angelo; Kobe / Sacre; Kobe / Randal. Not sure u mentioned Sacre. How about Sacre / D’Angelo combo, does that resonate any comfy, oozing championship feel? To be clear, and in your honest opinion – what does our clarkson, and our #2 pick DLo have in Trade value, for as you suggest for an Injury prone older D Rose?

  • Wild Rumors, eh? Maybe not Lou, only because I haven’t seen Kobe / Lou combing yet for an Actual NBA win. I have seen Kobe / Clarkson; Kobe / D’Angelo; Kobe / Sacre; Kobe / Randal. Not sure u mentioned Sacre. How about Sacre / D’Angelo combo, does that resonate any comfy, oozing championship feel? To be clear, and in your honest opinion – what does our clarkson, and our #2 pick DLo have in Trade value, for as you suggest for an Injury prone older D Rose?

  • Honestly, imo, wonder if Kobe does get that oozy comfy winning feeling from the Sacre / D’Angelo combo ? ? Lakers sound like willing and able to invest in our #2 Draft pick DLo, hopefully the same 3 or so years like Sacre

  • Did you read my whole comment? Did you read the comment I was replying to?

    I know it was a preseason game. The Warriors still blew us out terribly. Did you watch the game?

  • Honestly, imo, wonder if Kobe does get that oozy comfy winning feeling from the Sacre / D’Angelo combo ? ? Lakers sound like willing and able to invest in our #2 Draft pick DLo, hopefully the same 3 or so years like Sacre

  • Did you read my whole comment? Did you read the comment I was replying to?

    I know it was a preseason game. The Warriors still blew us out terribly. Did you watch the game?

  • Running out the door and don’t have time to really get the point you are making. But I will say Derek Rose could help the team win today. All the promising rookie and second year players are question marks on whether they will become superstars or even star, or good players in the NBA. Only Clarkson has played in a regular season game and he is still yet to prove he can consistently play well in the NBA.

    He played well near the end of last season stat wise on a bad team hardly a super star player at this point. But of course I am pulling for all our young players. They still must be able to stay healthy and step up and produce at a high level consistently before we say they can.

    Paytc

  • Running out the door and don’t have time to really get the point you are making. But I will say Derek Rose could help the team win today. All the promising rookie and second year players are question marks on whether they will become superstars or even star, or good players for that matter in the NBA. Only Clarkson has played in a regular season game and he is still yet to prove he can consistently play well in the NBA.

    He played well near the end of last season stat wise on a bad team. He’s far from a super star player at this point. But of course I am pulling for all our young players. They still must be able to stay healthy and step up and produce at a high level consistently before we say they can.
    Or before we can call them one of the NBA’s elite players.

    Please tell me what any of our young players have done thus far?

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • When u the time – My Laker clock says, only scheduled activity is Wed, lol. Are Lakers that good that developing players while winning to the norm? To Myself, it appears, u want Me to make chicken soup or chicken sandwiches with this chicken. So ur premise is, win today? If so cool, makes sense, otherwise just forfeit all games and develop – honestly I haven’t been wired like most, “just play even though our ultimate goal is not winning” philosophy. I’m totally agreeing with your assessment of our first and second year players, A+

  • When u the time – My Laker clock says, only scheduled activity is Wed, lol. Are Lakers that good that developing players while winning is the norm? To Myself, it appears, u want Me to make chicken soup or chicken sandwiches with this chicken. So ur premise is, win today? If so cool, makes sense, otherwise just forfeit all games and develop – honestly I haven’t been wired like most, “just play even though our ultimate goal is not winning” philosophy. I’m totally agreeing with your assessment of our first and second year players, A+

  • Yes ! I agree with you. Why play the game unless your aiming to win every time? And…..Can our young players at least help us win “one ” meaningful “regular” season game, before folks compare them to proven good and great NBA players?

    I’m from the school of giving respect out to those that have worked hard and earned it. Not just prematurely giving high praise to a few players with a lot of promised but have not done anything to this point in the NBA.

    Remember when young people had to earn things? Today’s spoiled players even have a few fans confused about where and when to recognize and place value and respect for actual accomplishments well earned.

    I guess that is why I respect Kobe, Jordan, Bird, and Magic for sticking with one team and going through the ups and downs to earn championships more than I do today’s players like Lebron who hops on and off teams just to get quick and selfish (un earned) success.

    Paytc

  • Yes ! I agree with you. Why play the game unless your aiming to win every time? And…..Can our young players at least help us win “one ” meaningful “regular” season game, before folks compare them to proven good and great NBA players?

    I’m from the school of giving respect out to those that have worked hard and earned it. Not just prematurely giving high praise to a few players with a lot of promised but have not done anything to this point in the NBA.

    Remember when young people had to earn things? Today’s spoiled players even have a few fans confused about where and when to recognize and place value and respect for actual accomplishments well earned.

    I guess that is why I respect Kobe, Jordan, Bird, and Magic for sticking with one team and going through the ups and downs to earn championships more than I do today’s players like Lebron. Who hops on and off teams just to get quick and selfish (un earned) success.

    Paytc

  • I think Derek Rose is still one of the top players in the NBA. I think Derek Rose is far from a has been. I think Jordan Clarkson has a lot of work to put in to prove he is a great NBA player. Derek Rose has played at the highest level possible. He was a legitimate NBA MVP player. He is still a super star player.

    I seriously doubt Jordan Clarkson will ever be as good as Derek Rose has been and still is. Wouldn’t that be a best case scenario? I hope he does !

    I just have not seen Jordan Clarkson take over a game like Derek Rose has. I just have not seen Jordan Clarkson play defense as good as Rose has. I just have not seen Jordan Clarkson help his team win “one” not two or three, but “one” meaningful regular season game.

    I just am baffled at how anyone especially you ThisOneLakersFan can skip over the work a player has to put in to be considered a “great” player and just crown them so before they accomplish anything significant.

    How do we know whether Russell, Nance Jr., one of the Browns, or Randle might not be the young Laker who eventually becomes a super star in the NBA and far out performs Clarkson?

    Clarkson and no other Laker is even close to a Derek Rose, Westbrook, CP3, Durant, Griffin, Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving, Lillard, Wall, Harden, Cousins, James, Curry, Aldridge, Bryant,Anthony, Gasol, Lawson, Wade, Thompson, Leonard, Duncan,Ellis, etc…..

    Not saying they can’t or won’t get into the elite class but they have definitely not done so at this point IMO. Not Clarkson or any other the other un proven young players.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • I think Derek Rose is still one of the top players in the NBA. I think Derek Rose is far from a has been. I think Jordan Clarkson has a lot of work to put in to prove he is a great NBA player. Derek Rose has played at the highest level possible. He was a legitimate NBA MVP player just 4 years ago. He is still a super star player. No one’s given Derek Rose anything. He’s earned his !

    I seriously doubt Jordan Clarkson will ever be as good as Derek Rose has been and still is. Wouldn’t that be a best case scenario? I hope he does become even close to the player Rose is. That thought is awesome !

    I just have not seen Jordan Clarkson take over a game like Derek Rose has repeatedly done. I just have not seen Jordan Clarkson play defense as good as Rose has. I just have not seen Jordan Clarkson help his team win “one” not two or three, but “one” meaningful “regular” season game.

    I have not seen Clarkson battle and out perform “one” elite NBA super star as Rose has taken it to them all repeatedly. How can anyone get caught up in the hype and excitement so easily?

    I am just baffled at how anyone, especially you, ThisOneLakersFan can skip over the work a player has to put in to be considered a “great” player and just crown them so before they accomplish anything significant.

    How do we know whether Russell, Nance Jr., one of the Browns, Randle, or someone else, might not be the young Laker who eventually becomes a super star in the NBA and far out performs Clarkson?

    Clarkson and no other Laker is even close to a Derek Rose, Westbrook, CP3, Durant, Griffin, Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving, Lillard, Wall, Harden, Cousins, James, Curry, Aldridge, Bryant,Anthony, Gasol, Lawson, Wade, Thompson, Leonard, Duncan,Ellis, etc…..

    Not saying they can’t or won’t get into the elite class? But they have definitely not done so at this point IMO. Not Clarkson, or any other un proven young player(s). May they all stay healthy. And good luck to them.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Every player has to stay healthy and that is not guaranteed. Especially a player like Randle who prefers to use his super athletic ability in every scenario as oppose to knowing when to back off and use his head.

    That is why all those who think the Lakers should just through the young players in starting roles and sacrifice everything for the development of the young players just don’t know what they are talking about.

    You don’t bring all players along the same way. And you have to consider what type of support or lack there is for our young players who are asked to carry a large load on a team with so many players who have never played together before. Not to mention you don’t play the game to just play the game and develop players. You play the game to show players how to play the game the right way and that is to aim towards winning.

    You don’t ask players who are not as good as other players to lead the better players. There comes a time when a young player is ready to take over a leading role and that time is different for every player because every player and every circumstance is different.

    Paytc

  • Every player has to stay healthy and that is not guaranteed.

    Especially a player like Randle who prefers to use his super athletic ability in every scenario. As oppose to knowing when to back off and use his head. That is where mentoring and managing or bringing a player along at the proper pace to keep them healthy and confident is important.

    That is why all those who think the Lakers should just through the young players in starting roles and sacrifice everything for the development of the young players just don’t know what they are talking about.

    You don’t bring all players along the same way. And you do have to consider what type of support or lack there is for the young players who are asked to carry a large load on a team with so many players who have never played together before.

    Not to mention you don’t play the game to just play the game or develop players. You play the game to show players how to play the game the right way. And that is to aim toward constant improvement. Which leads to success, and winning. You accomplish this with good on and off court leadership. Some young players never become good leaders, other do. But sometimes it takes some players longer to understand their roles, the IQ, and the speed of the game.

    You don’t ask players who are not as good as other players to lead the better players.That’s how Nowitzki and the Mavs swept us by dominating the 4th quarter while our stars sat on the bench to start every 4th quarter helplessly watching in all 4 games.

    There comes a time when a young player is ready to take over a leading role and that time is different for every player because every player and every circumstance is different.

    Paytc

  • Sounds like he’s being held together by duct tape and chewing gum… ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Sounds like he’s being held together by duct tape and chewing gum… ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Because of jealousy, envy, greed, and low self esteem.

    There are a few powerful and rich owners who would do anything to trade places and enjoy the success the Lakers and the Buss family and Laker owners before them have enjoyed.

    Then there are powerful people in the media in major markets that want to see their areas team winning a championship or two.

    Some don’t like to see “great” players like Kobe winning championships and celebrating too often.

    Everyone doesn’t necessarily play fair or take to kindly to watching others succeed.

    But hopefully this years Laker’s team can stay healthy and pull off an upset or two……

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Because of jealousy, envy, greed, and low self esteem.

    There are a few powerful and rich owners who would do anything to trade places and enjoy the success the Lakers and the Buss family and Laker owners before them have enjoyed.

    Then there are powerful people in the media in major markets that want to see their areas team winning a championship or two.

    Some don’t like to see “great” players like Kobe winning championships and celebrating too often.

    Everyone doesn’t necessarily play fair or take to kindly to watching others succeed.

    But hopefully this years Laker’s team can stay healthy and pull off an upset or two……

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Well it sounds like Kobe participated in a full contact practice with the team today. That most likely proves my position and belief that Kobe will play and dominate in the season opener against the Timberwolves. Who will be motivated to win one for Flip Saunders.

    So lets just cancel the thought of your beginning of the very end comment. And call it the start of the greatest 20th season for any player in NBA history.

    And the return of Kobe once again defying the odds and playing at a super star level.

    Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Well it sounds like Kobe participated in a full contact practice with the team today. That most likely proves my position and belief that Kobe will play and dominate in the season opener against the Timberwolves. Who will be motivated to win one for Flip Saunders.

    So lets just cancel the thought of your beginning of the very end comment. And call it the start of the greatest 20th season for any player in NBA history.

    And the return of Kobe once again defying the odds and playing at a super star level.

    Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Let’s just say what Rick James said in the most funkiest of ways “Money Talks ”

    It also motivates people to sell out for the all mighty dollar.

    Bottom line is you would have to be retarded to think you could bench Kobe and other star Laker players for 4 consecutive games while Dirk Nowitski starts every 4th quarter on fire and win any one of those games.

    Any coach with a clue would make an adjustment after seeing the advantage the other team had after the first loss. Or at least one would think a so call great coach would?

    And you would have to be retarded to not see how suspicious that appeared then and now. Especially after the coach abandoned the team right afterwards.

    And then a CP3 deal was vetoed. Something that I don’t think was ever done in the history of the game. And for what reason?

    Your telling me giving an aging Kobe Bryant a decent point guard in CP3 even though Kobe and the Lakers are giving up Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom is so un-fair?

    Yet it is ok for Lebron (the 3rd best player in the NBA at the time) to join D.Wade (the 2nd best player in the league at the time) ? And then allow Lebron to walk away from the Heat once the run is over and join Kyrie Irving (the best point guard in the league IMO), Kevin Love, Mazgov, Thompson, J.R. Smith, Anderson etc…..

    I mean if one can’t see a few questionable events taking place and advantages being handed to some players and owners they really are hypnotized.

    And if you can’t see how Kobe bryant has been the common denominator in receiving the short end and disadvantage again you really are hypnotized, or retarded ?

    Hey, but it all could just be coincidental? You never know……..

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Let’s just say what Rick James said in the most funkiest of ways “Money Talks ”

    It also motivates people to sell out for the all mighty dollar.

    Bottom line is you would have to be retarded to think you could bench Kobe and other star Laker players for 4 consecutive games while Dirk Nowitski starts every 4th quarter on fire and win any one of those games. Perhaps I’m a great coach because I would have put my star players in to match Dirk Nowitzki immediately in the 1st game.

    Any coach with a clue would make an adjustment after seeing the advantage the other team had after the first loss. Or at least one would think a so call great coach would?

    And you would have to be retarded to not see how suspicious that appeared then and now. Especially after the coach abandoned the team right afterwards.

    And then a CP3 deal was vetoed. Something that I don’t think was ever done in the history of the game. And for what reason?

    Your telling me giving an aging Kobe Bryant a decent point guard in CP3 even though Kobe and the Lakers are giving up Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom is so un-fair?

    Yet it is ok for Lebron (the 3rd best player in the NBA at the time) to join D.Wade (the 2nd best player in the league at the time) ? And then allow Lebron to walk away from the Heat once the run is over and join Kyrie Irving (the best point guard in the league IMO), Kevin Love, Mazgov, Thompson, J.R. Smith, Anderson etc…..

    I mean if one can’t see a few questionable events taking place and advantages being handed to some players and owners they really are hypnotized.

    And if you can’t see how Kobe bryant has been the common denominator in receiving the short end and disadvantage again you really are hypnotized, or retarded ?

    Hey, but it all could just be coincidental? You never know……..

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

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