D’Angelo Russell, Byron Scott Talk Role Clarity, Defensive Focus

The Los Angeles Lakers trimmed their roster down to 15 players this morning, after waiving guard Jabari Brown. At Monday’s practice, head coach Byron Scott said cutting Brown was one of the most difficult decisions he’s had to make as a head coach, but they ultimately had to balance youth and experience and chose the veteran leadership of Metta World Peace.

Throughout training camp, World Peace maintained a simplistic, work-hard approach, publicly unconcerned about whether or not he would make the Lakers final roster, and after making the cut, his goal remains the same.

“Some would say I would feel relief and joy but it is a flat emotion, cause I’m focused on one thing. My goal hasn’t changed since the first day I signed my non-guaranteed contract,” Peace said when asked about his state of mind after making the 15-man roster. “I wanted to come here and try to win a championship and my goal hasn’t changed, so there’s nothing to fill. It’s the same exact goals that I had when I came here.”

The Lakers open up the regular season in two days, but the starting point guard position is still up in the air. Scott said Kobe Bryant (assuming he’s healthy), Roy Hibbert, Julius Randle and likely Jordan Clarkson will be in the starting lineup, but he is still making a decision on D’Angelo Russell.

What will D’Angelo Russell make this season? Find out here!

“It’s just the fact that he’s still very young, very talented, he’s still getting a grasp of everything that’s going on,” Scott said when asked about Russell’s undecided starting lineup status. “What I will say is, that his last couple of days of practice have been really good. I like the direction that he’s headed.”

Scott also said he sat down with Russell Sunday to talk about his role, which he does with all of his players, individually. Russell mentioned in an interview after the Lakers preseason loss to the Sacramento Kings that once his role was clarified during the season, things would fall into place much easier for him.

On Monday, Scott said he was confident Russell was clear now with his role, even inviting the media to ask Russell about it. The media obliged.

“Just be really focused on playing hard all the time, defense, rebound,” Russell responded when asked about his conversation with Scott. “I told him I thought my role was facilitate, be a play-maker, he said, ‘That’s what you’re going to do naturally, so I’m not going to label you with that.’ He was just saying if I do all of those other things, play-making and decision-making will come easier.”

Russell simplified his understanding of his role as a “defensive, play-making energy type guy,” and said with everyone knowing their role, everything is easier.

It’s clear Scott wants to challenge Russell to become a better defender, and rather than hand Russell the keys because of his draft status, wants him to prove himself. We’ll find out Wednesday in the Lakers season-opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves, whether Russell has earned the starting role.

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He’s going to start. I expect him to hit a major growth spurt this season.

  • really smart of byron to say that to d’angelo. russell is already a great playmaker and everyone knows that ; he needs to focus on D, rebounding and intensity. the playmaking he can probably do in his sleep (once he gets used to his teammates). that’s good coaching.

  • really smart of byron to say that to d’angelo. russell is already a great playmaker and everyone knows that ; he needs to focus on D, rebounding and intensity. the playmaking he can probably do in his sleep (once he gets used to his teammates). that’s good coaching.

  • Heres My Question, If The number 2 pick, starts the season, coming off the bench, would he be considered a bust pick, in this previous draft? me personally i like him coming off the bench at the moment, . just til he gets his feet wet, and no he wouldnt, but some might say, it was a waste of pick, to draft a 2nd overall pick that will start the season on the bench..

  • Heres My Question, If The number 2 pick, starts the season, coming off the bench, would he be considered a bust pick, in this previous draft? me personally i like him coming off the bench at the moment, . just til he gets his feet wet, and no he wouldnt, but some might say, it was a waste of pick, to draft a 2nd overall pick that will start the season on the bench..

  • If he’s riding the bench by the end of the season, then we’re in trouble. He’s only 19, people need to relax on the bust talk.

  • If he’s riding the bench by the end of the season, then we’re in trouble. He’s only 19, people need to relax on the bust talk.

  • He just has to show improvement as the year goes along. Doesn’t matter if he starts or comes off the bench.

  • He just has to show improvement as the year goes along. Doesn’t matter if he starts or comes off the bench.

  • “Play hard”

    “Ok, I hear you, but how about some general sense of strategy or defensive schemes?”

    “Just play hard”

    “It’s just, you know, most teams have a system and we don’t really have an identity…”

    “Hard. Play that way. Hurrr. Aaaarrrr. Ddddd. Play h-h-hard.”

    “Sigh [dumps it off to Kobe for a contested fade-away elbow jumper]”

  • “Play hard”

    “Ok, I hear you, but how about some general sense of strategy or defensive schemes?”

    “Just play hard”

    “It’s just, you know, most teams have a system and we don’t really have an identity…”

    “Hard. Play that way. Hurrr. Aaaarrrr. Ddddd. Play h-h-hard.”

    “Sigh [dumps it off to Kobe for a contested fade-away elbow jumper]”

  • yup that’s pretty much it. But at least he “knows what it means to be a Laker”

  • yup that’s pretty much it. But at least he “knows what it means to be a Laker”

  • Personally, to me a #2 pick should be an unquestioned starter right away and immediate contributor as a rook with all star potential maybe by year 3. Way too early to be talking bust though.

  • Personally, to me a #2 pick should be an unquestioned starter right away and immediate contributor as a rook with all star potential maybe by year 3. Way too early to be talking bust though.

  • It’s obvious Russell might not be ready of Scott hasn’t said he’s our PG. Doesn’t matter what pick you are, if you’re not ready, then you’ll sit on the bench until you are.

  • It’s obvious Russell might not be ready of Scott hasn’t said he’s our PG. Doesn’t matter what pick you are, if you’re not ready, then you’ll sit on the bench until you are.

  • Right, and that’s the whole point. Wasn’t there some guys we could’ve selected #2 that are more ready now?

  • u right to some degree.. the thing is if you have number 2 your whole objective is to pick a ready college player.. we are lakers fans therefore we know this process thats happening with Russ, but outsiders , which why i started this thread our lookin at this pic as a waste since hes not starting.. if you are a top 5 pick in a draft you are suppose to start..but as i said, im happy he MIGHT not.. MIGHT

  • Right, and that’s the whole point. Wasn’t there some guys we could’ve selected #2 that are more ready now?

  • u right to some degree.. the thing is if you have number 2 your whole objective is to pick a ready college player.. we are lakers fans therefore we know this process thats happening with Russ, but outsiders , which why i started this thread our lookin at this pic as a waste since hes not starting.. if you are a top 5 pick in a draft you are suppose to start..but as i said, im happy he MIGHT not.. MIGHT

  • as Lakers fans, you right.. but picking top 5 in a draft your whole objective is to pic a player that does start..

  • as Lakers fans, you right.. but picking top 5 in a draft your whole objective is to pic a player that does start..

  • Towns was their guy if Minny didn’t get him. After he was taken, I was sure they would go after Okafor, but I guess they saw something in Russell. I like Mudiay over Russell as well.

  • and thats going to be tough with lack of chemistry, and development.. but it should be interesting..

  • Towns was their guy if Minny didn’t get him. After he was taken, I was sure they would go after Okafor, but I guess they saw something in Russell. I like Mudiay over Russell as well.

  • and thats going to be tough with lack of chemistry, and development.. but it should be interesting..

  • i thought Russ was the correct pick. i was for Oak as well but him and JR for our front court is as bad as Kelly and Bass.. i think Russ, by watching him in college, is more of a scorer. i thought he would play SG for us.. i mean he has shown he has skills at the PG but its new.. Mudiay is nice but we have JC .. didnt need another guard like that. Russ will be great ..IN TIME AND USED PROPERLY

  • i thought Russ was the correct pick. i was for Oak as well but him and JR for our front court is as bad as Kelly and Bass.. i think Russ, by watching him in college, is more of a scorer. i thought he would play SG for us.. i mean he has shown he has skills at the PG but its new.. Mudiay is nice but we have JC .. didnt need another guard like that. Russ will be great ..IN TIME AND USED PROPERLY

  • Yeah, I doubt Mitch was popping champagne bottles after learning we won the 2nd pick just to select a guy who isn’t ready fo the big time.

  • Yeah, I doubt Mitch was popping champagne bottles after learning we won the 2nd pick just to select a guy who isn’t ready for the big time.

  • Scott has had some success with PGs’ like Kidd, Paul and Irving. We shall see what he does with Russell.

  • lol just watching him in college Russ is a bad man.. but he has to be used like he was in college.. similar to Harden.

  • Scott has had some success with PGs’ like Kidd, Paul and Irving. We shall see what he does with Russell.

  • lol just watching him in college Russ is a bad man.. but he has to be used like he was in college.. similar to Harden.

  • Russel will come of the bench. He played with Lou, Nick, Kelly and Black in today’s scrimmage

  • wouldnt that be the same as what im saying to start and contribute right away? please name me a top 5 pick that was picked just to start off the bench?

  • Russel will come of the bench. He played with Lou, Nick, Kelly and Black in today’s scrimmage

  • wouldnt that be the same as what im saying to start and contribute right away? please name me a top 5 pick that was picked just to start off the bench?

  • u are right Mr Garrett.. i wont judge B Scott til after mid season.. we have to build chemsitry as well as help mentor these kids.. i can’t wait..

  • I don’t think is just bucause of that. Is about chemistry too. Byron want develop that

  • u are right Mr Garrett.. i wont judge B Scott til after mid season.. we have to build chemsitry as well as help mentor these kids.. i can’t wait..

  • I don’t think is just bucause of that. Is about chemistry too. Byron want develop that

  • I don’t buy it. I think D’angelo will come of the bench. But we will see
    The first unit will be way more mature with Huertas starting. And D’angelo also seems more confortable with a lesser role, in my eyes.

  • I don’t buy it. I think D’angelo will come of the bench. But we will see
    The first unit will be way more mature with Huertas starting. And D’angelo also seems more confortable with a lesser role, in my eyes.

  • yeah, but that means nothing. there is no way huertas will start. NO WAY. if not russell right away, then byron will move JC to the PG and kobe to the SG with brown at SF. huertas is not a starting PG in the NBA.

  • I get a kick out of some people who feel that if Russel doesn’t start, that Byron is some how a bad coach or Russell is a bust of some sort.

    This season, the Lakers don’t need immediate contribution from Russell. What they do need is for him to acclimate to the NBA game, to learn. I always wonder what some players would do in the pros (football and basketball) if they were given a season or so to just learn. No pressure to start, no pressure to come in and win games right off the bat. Basketball is much different than football, of course, but if Russell were to come off the bench to start the season, and then slowly get worked into the rotation, I’d be happy with that.

    Long term success is the goal, and if Byron has his eye on the big picture, then that’s great.

  • yeah, but that means nothing. there is no way huertas will start. NO WAY. if not russell right away, then byron will move JC to the PG and kobe to the SG with brown at SF. huertas is not a starting PG in the NBA.

  • I get a kick out of some people who feel that if Russel doesn’t start, that Byron is some how a bad coach or Russell is a bust of some sort.

    This season, the Lakers don’t need immediate contribution from Russell. What they do need is for him to acclimate to the NBA game, to learn. I always wonder what some players would do in the pros (football and basketball) if they were given a season or so to just learn. No pressure to start, no pressure to come in and win games right off the bat. Basketball is much different than football, of course, but if Russell were to come off the bench to start the season, and then slowly get worked into the rotation, I’d be happy with that.

    Long term success is the goal, and if Byron has his eye on the big picture, then that’s great.

  • bingo and ask OKC how that turn out.. he should of never came off the bench.. thats why he is no longer with them and that is why he has his own team.. like i said im all for Russ not starting.. i know the process…but outsiders, as well as those that know the draft process will critique

  • bingo and ask OKC how that turn out.. he should of never came off the bench.. thats why he is no longer with them and that is why he has his own team.. like i said im all for Russ not starting.. i know the process…but outsiders, as well as those that know the draft process will critique

  • Huertas can start to me. Until D’angelo is not ready. Russel will be a huge player, a star, no doubt. But right now he has to play of the bench.

  • Huertas can start to me. Until D’angelo is not ready. Russel will be a huge player, a star, no doubt. But right now he has to play of the bench.

  • russell will be a star. but huertas is best coming off the bench. clarkson would be better against starting NBA PGs than huertas. much better.

  • Russel is not a bust. Relax, people. He’s too talent to be that… But he’s not ready, he’s 19. He has to come of the bench in the first 20 games, at least

  • russell will be a star. but huertas is best coming off the bench. clarkson would be better against starting NBA PGs than huertas. much better.

  • Russel is not a bust. Relax, people. He’s too talent to be that… But he’s not ready, he’s 19. He has to come of the bench in the first 20 games, at least

  • But the flow of the offense will be not so good, we will have too much isolation ball with Clarkson as major ball handler. To me Huertas can start, bro. He has the poise to do that.

  • But the flow of the offense will be not so good, we will have too much isolation ball with Clarkson as major ball handler. To me Huertas can start, bro. He has the poise to do that.

  • nah. clarkson has better court vision than you think. trust me, byron is not going to start huertas. it’s gonna be russell or JC.

  • nah. clarkson has better court vision than you think. trust me, byron is not going to start huertas. it’s gonna be russell or JC.

  • Russell is going to be a good defender with his length and size and is already a good rebounder

  • Russell is going to be a good defender with his length and size and is already a good rebounder

  • If it goes to JC, who will be the starting 5?

    Clarkson, ?, Kobe, Randle and Hibbert

  • If it goes to JC, who will be the starting 5?

    Clarkson, ?, Kobe, Randle and Hibbert

  • he is a Before bust because he can do pretty well on the defense end like metta

  • he is a Before bust because he can do pretty well on the defense end like metta

  • Metta and let Kobe play SG for a second. We do need some perimeter D in the starting lineup.

  • Russel has to be a SG to me. A passer SG. Like Manu Ginobili and James Harden. He has a good shot, a feel for the basket. When he gets a complete NBA body he will be able to atack the basket too. So that’s will free the passes for him. He has too much talent to be a “one dimensional passer PG”

  • Metta and let Kobe play SG for a second. We do need some perimeter D in the starting lineup.

  • Russel has to be a SG to me. A passer SG. Like Manu Ginobili and James Harden. He has a good shot, a feel for the basket. When he gets a complete NBA body he will be able to atack the basket too. So that’s will free the passes for him. He has too much talent to be a “one dimensional passer PG”

  • Nice tough. But Huertas will get out of rotation with that starting 5. I don’t think he will

  • Nice tough. But Huertas will get out of rotation with that starting 5. I don’t think he will

  • Maybe but don’t count on it. He can add muscle though which will help his slashing to the rim

  • I like JC, Lou, Kobe, Randle and Hibbert
    with our second unit comming with Huertas, D’angelo, Young, Kelly and Black

  • Maybe but don’t count on it. He can add muscle though which will help his slashing to the rim

  • I like JC, Lou, Kobe, Randle and Hibbert
    with our second unit comming with Huertas, D’angelo, Young, Kelly and Black

  • Why?
    With Clarkson, Kobe, AB, Randle and Hibbert; our second unit will come with D’angelo, Lou, Nick, Kelly/Bass and Tarik. Or what you are thinking?

  • probably , probably not.. i think they took him for granted.. but his situation is similar to ours.. OKC drated Westbrook year before ..so guard was already in development.. same here with JC .. i love Russ good or bad i think he’s worth it.. im just reading and listenting to other people that do have a point in why Lakers benching a 2nd round pick.. Might be.. thats why i made this thread to get other thought on it..

  • Why?
    With Clarkson, Kobe, AB, Randle and Hibbert; our second unit will come with D’angelo, Lou, Nick, Kelly/Bass and Tarik. Or what you are thinking?

  • probably , probably not.. i think they took him for granted.. but his situation is similar to ours.. OKC drated Westbrook year before ..so guard was already in development.. same here with JC .. i love Russ good or bad i think he’s worth it.. im just reading and listenting to other people that do have a point in why Lakers benching a 2nd round pick.. Might be.. thats why i made this thread to get other thought on it..

  • Curry is fast enough to use the screens of the ball. Is not D’angelo’s case

  • it’s not even a given that the ‘second pick’ is going to be benched. relax.

  • Curry is fast enough to use the screens of the ball. Is not D’angelo’s case

  • it’s not even a given that the ‘second pick’ is going to be benched. relax.

  • i agree ..thats how he was in college.. ball dominate.. green like to score and do so with ease, with the skills of passing.. but in this level they are making him a PG .. time will tell he do have the vision and skills for a pg but he is a scorer

  • Well that’s why metta made the team to address the SF position which would allow the team not to need brown as much

  • i agree ..thats how he was in college.. ball dominate.. green like to score and do so with ease, with the skills of passing.. but in this level they are making him a PG .. time will tell he do have the vision and skills for a pg but he is a scorer

  • Well that’s why metta made the team to address the SF position which would allow the team not to need brown as much

  • He’s not that fast. More like a D-Will, deceptive quickness, but can’t blow by you like a Curry or RW.

  • That is what i think. A Manu Ginobili type of player. Smart, capable to pass. But a SG

  • He’s not that fast. More like a D-Will, deceptive quickness, but can’t blow by you like a Curry or RW.

  • That is what i think. A Manu Ginobili type of player. Smart, capable to pass. But a SG

  • He has to work on in his body, and he will be good. But i don’t think he will ever play off screens like steph does. But he moves well off the ball, i saw a lot of nice cuts into the paint in preseason

  • He has to work on in his body, and he will be good. But i don’t think he will ever play off screens like steph does. But he moves well off the ball, i saw a lot of nice cuts into the paint in preseason

  • first of all whos panicing? u guys act like conversing about something is pancking.. like your opinions are the only ones right.. read my thread on why i started it and then repsond.. i think everyone knows its a MIGHT .. But its a good MIGHT.. chill out its a debate.. damn

  • If only young played more D he would be a 3 and D player. For now he’s Jr Smith 2.0

  • first of all whos panicing? u guys act like conversing about something is pancking.. like your opinions are the only ones right.. read my thread on why i started it and then repsond.. i think everyone knows its a MIGHT .. But its a good MIGHT.. chill out its a debate.. damn

  • If only young played more D he would be a 3 and D player. For now he’s Jr Smith 2.0

  • Russell is no knock down shooter either. I like Combo Guards, and Mudiay would of been perfect in LA.

  • Russell is no knock down shooter either. I like Combo Guards, and Mudiay would of been perfect in LA.

  • 13 active
    C – Hibbert, Black, Sacre
    PF – Randle, Bass, Kelly
    SF – A. Brown, Young
    SG – Bryant, Williams
    PG – Clarkson, Russell, Huertas

    If A. Brown & Sacre comes up with poor games i expect Metta & Nance Jr. to take their active roster spot. Or Kelly if he’s shooting ain’t working. I’d love to see Metta with Kobe on the floor again, see if they can inspire the young ones to play all out.

  • 13 active
    C – Hibbert, Black, Sacre
    PF – Randle, Bass, Kelly
    SF – A. Brown, Young
    SG – Bryant, Williams
    PG – Clarkson, Russell, Huertas

    If A. Brown & Sacre comes up with poor games i expect Metta & Nance Jr. to take their active roster spot. Or Kelly if he’s shooting ain’t working. I’d love to see Metta with Kobe on the floor again, see if they can inspire the young ones to play all out.

  • I’m excited for the season. But i think with D’angelo, Clarkson, Kobe, Randle and Hibbert starting, we will win less games than we can.
    Byron wants to win now. He cut Upshaw and Jabari for Sacre and MWP. He’s not only thinking about the future

  • I’m excited for the season. But i think with D’angelo, Clarkson, Kobe, Randle and Hibbert starting, we will win less games than we can.
    Byron wants to win now. He cut Upshaw and Jabari for Sacre and MWP. He’s not only thinking about the future

  • Hes much better than hes shown and wa better than mudiay, in the laker draft workout it showed that russell did much much much better and u will see what im talking about in the future

  • Hes much better than hes shown and wa better than mudiay, in the laker draft workout it showed that russell did much much much better and u will see what im talking about in the future

  • lol yea i see why Josh was always on you …its panicking with out the k .. i didnt know U were Randy body guard..

  • NO !! Do NOT start. Why? Having seen Dlo in Laker Tryouts; Practice; Summer League; Preseason – Do Not Start Dlo. Need more Information then That?? Even Coach Byron stated in this article: “It’s just the fact that he’s still very young, very talented, he’s still getting a grasp of everything that’s going on,”. My Truth? NO NBA Coach would give Dlo more then, IF THAT, (after watching all listed above) less then 2 minutes, every other Month !! Too Weak Physically, No Defense, Can’t pass Under Pressure, Lacks the BB IQ for NBA Guards !! If U think start kid, then either U are buying the Media Crap and or a Dlo Fanboy or Haven’t Accurately Absorb Dlo performance this far. Dlo had to prove hisself or Ur a Laker Hater and u want Lakers to Fail . . . Kobe will choose every day, every time, twice on Sunday when in a Game TO WIN, either Lou Williams or Huertas. In Closing, I haven’t seen the skills to even have Dlo in the NBA league, but if FO puts in front of Me, like they have: I hope THEN Dlo does continue to develop, because if remains a Laker I want nothing but the best and success. I honestly see another 3-4 yr Sacre Pray of, I hope I develop. But if I was Byron, which I know Byron will eventually do (mark my words) put Dlo in Defender uniform, sooner the better, for kids development. Defenders will allow Kid to develop and hopefully mature into what FO and most of this website loves, a good Dlo – Godspeed

  • lol yea i see why Josh was always on you …its panicking with out the k .. i didnt know U were Randy body guard..

  • NO !! Do NOT start. Why? Having seen Dlo in Laker Tryouts; Practice; Summer League; Preseason – Do Not Start Dlo. Need more Information then That?? Even Coach Byron stated in this article: “It’s just the fact that he’s still very young, very talented, he’s still getting a grasp of everything that’s going on,”. My Truth? NO NBA Coach would give Dlo more then, IF THAT, (after watching all listed above) less then 2 minutes, every other Month !! Too Weak Physically, No Defense, Can’t pass Under Pressure, Lacks the BB IQ for NBA Guards !! If U think start kid, then either U are buying the Media Crap and or a Dlo Fanboy or Haven’t Accurately Absorb Dlo performance this far. Dlo had to prove hisself or Ur a Laker Hater and u want Lakers to Fail . . . Kobe will choose every day, every time, twice on Sunday when in a Game TO WIN, either Lou Williams or Huertas. In Closing, I haven’t seen the skills to even have Dlo in the NBA league, but if FO puts in front of Me, like they have: I hope THEN Dlo does continue to develop, because if remains a Laker I want nothing but the best and success. I honestly see another 3-4 yr Sacre Pray of, I hope I develop. But if I was Byron, which I know Byron will eventually do (mark my words) put Dlo in Defender uniform, sooner the better, for kids development. Defenders will allow Kid to develop and hopefully mature into what FO and most of this website loves, a good Dlo – Godspeed

  • yes but it will be more like
    PG Russell / Huertas / Willaims
    SG Clarkson / Williams / Anthony Brown
    SF Kobe / Young / Randle
    PF Randle / Bass / Kelly
    C Hibbert / Sacre / Black

  • yes but it will be more like
    PG Russell / Huertas / Willaims
    SG Clarkson / Williams / Anthony Brown
    SF Kobe / Young / Randle
    PF Randle / Bass / Kelly
    C Hibbert / Sacre / Black

  • so you’re seeing something from the same viewpoint as ‘shhhit for brains’? LOL. take a minute and try and put that in perspective, kiddo.

  • so you’re seeing something from the same viewpoint as ‘shhhit for brains’? LOL. take a minute and try and put that in perspective, kiddo.

  • Btw I agree with those who say to start Marcelo over Dlo for the early part of the season

  • Btw I agree with those who say to start Marcelo over Dlo for the early part of the season

  • James also played with players that demanded doubte team as well as a playoff team.. Russ is playing with probably one person that demands a doubte team. its going to be tougher for Russ

  • James also played with players that demanded doubte team as well as a playoff team.. Russ is playing with probably one person that demands a doubte team. its going to be tougher for Russ

  • BS should start Russell right off the bat. There’s no really good reason not to. Let him build chemistry with Randle and JC early on and get a good feel for the NBA.

  • BS should start Russell right off the bat. There’s no really good reason not to. Let him build chemistry with Randle and JC early on and get a good feel for the NBA.

  • James Harden didn’t start with Westbrook and KD but became very effective off the bench and is now a superstar. Wether D’angelo starts or not he’s growing.

  • D’Angelo skill looks like a Elementary Kid, compared to what a PROfessional Huertas, Williams are able to accomplish. We have then Six Guards: Kobe, Huertas; Williams; Nick Young; then drops way off to Clarkson; then D’Lo. I Love for a Laker to succeed, thats why our DEFENDERS organization is in place. I called that D’Angelo Russell belongs in Defender Uniform, from just the first summer league play . Here in DLeague kid can play many minutes, rather then set up for failure, which Kid is just too Young not physically ready, and just doesn’t have what it takes (yet) to be a nba player. If U are unable to see D’Angelo and what Dlo CANNOT bring to Lakers then, look at what Huertas does or what Lou Williams does when a True Point Guard is on the floor. I Love Kobe, and Kobe WILL NOT benefit from having D’Angelo getting large minutes !!

  • James Harden didn’t start with Westbrook and KD but became very effective off the bench and is now a superstar. Wether D’angelo starts or not he’s growing.

  • D’Angelo skill looks like a Elementary Kid, compared to what a PROfessional Huertas, Williams are able to accomplish. We have then Six Guards: Kobe, Huertas; Williams; Nick Young; then drops way off to Clarkson; then D’Lo. I Love for a Laker to succeed, thats why our DEFENDERS organization is in place. I called that D’Angelo Russell belongs in Defender Uniform, from just the first summer league play . Here in DLeague kid can play many minutes, rather then set up for failure, which Kid is just too Young not physically ready, and just doesn’t have what it takes (yet) to be a nba player. If U are unable to see D’Angelo and what Dlo CANNOT bring to Lakers then, look at what Huertas does or what Lou Williams does when a True Point Guard is on the floor. I Love Kobe, and Kobe WILL NOT benefit from having D’Angelo getting large minutes !!

  • U triping williams is not apoint guard. Russell is 19 and will be e some terific player

  • Dlo has the capacity to get better in the real games. If you watch him play, you see that development league is not necessary for him. Besides he was number two pick in the draft so that must mean something. p.s. please post in paragraphs, it is harder to read when sentences are just bunched together

  • U triping williams is not apoint guard. Russell is 19 and will be e some terific player

  • Dlo has the capacity to get better in the real games. If you watch him play, you see that development league is not necessary for him. Besides he was number two pick in the draft so that must mean something. p.s. please post in paragraphs, it is harder to read when sentences are just bunched together

  • Let Marcelo start the game. With JC and JR we have enough youths with vets. And as the game develops and how DLo plays you can play him more mins or less down the stretch of the game until he matures. Marcelo is good enough to come in and out of the game and still play his “role”.

  • Let Marcelo start the game. With JC and JR we have enough youths with vets. And as the game develops and how DLo plays you can play him more mins or less down the stretch of the game until he matures. Marcelo is good enough to come in and out of the game and still play his “role”.

  • When Dlo says he wants to know his role he meant “coach, you know what I want right?”

  • When Dlo says he wants to know his role he meant “coach, you know what I want right?”

  • huertas guarding westbrook, curry, lawson, paul, parker, and conley is just a joke

  • huertas guarding westbrook, curry, lawson, paul, parker, and conley is just a joke

  • I think Russell can potentially be a superstar one day, but those of you who are expecting Steph Curry 2.0 are going to be disappointed…

  • Shoulda woulda coulda It’s over with
    Russell is a Laker and the future of this franchise

  • I think Russell can potentially be a superstar one day, but those of you who are expecting Steph Curry 2.0 are going to be disappointed…

  • Shoulda woulda coulda It’s over with
    Russell is a Laker and the future of this franchise

  • Also people who say Huerta CANNOT guard the best PGs, how often you have to hear that VERY FEW IF NOT NO PGs in the league can guard each other. They are taught to channel them to help in the middle.

  • Also people who say Huerta CANNOT guard the best PGs, how often you have to hear that VERY FEW IF NOT NO PGs in the league can guard each other. They are taught to channel them to help in the middle.

  • i think russel should come off the bench until ready to start. but i think him and heurtas should split mins 20 something a piece. i really think russel will do better with the second unit, what he had something like 11 assist in17 mins the one game. with heurtas starting i believe the offense will run smoother and we will have better ball movement

  • i think russel should come off the bench until ready to start. but i think him and heurtas should split mins 20 something a piece. i really think russel will do better with the second unit, what he had something like 11 assist in17 mins the one game. with heurtas starting i believe the offense will run smoother and we will have better ball movement

  • Russell will be ok, i remember a guard out of oregon state name gary payton who started off slow became a all star his fourth year in league and is one if the best point guards ever. Payton is somewhere on the top10 or 12 of point guards so im saying is russell will be e fine and he was younger than payton toowhen payton came in

  • Russell will be ok, i remember a guard out of oregon state name gary payton who started off slow became a all star his fourth year in league and is one if the best point guards ever. Payton is somewhere on the top10 or 12 of point guards so im saying is russell will be e fine and he was younger than payton toowhen payton came in

  • Ummm…no comment lol
    First things first Durant is coming next year!!

  • Wish your logic then Durant is the future and not Dlo. They are just a different “tier” players

  • Wish your logic then Durant is the future and not Dlo. They are just a different “tier” players

  • When all is said and done KD will be top 5 all time SF. Dlo will not make top 10.

  • When all is said and done KD will be top 5 all time SF. Dlo will not make top 10.

  • Welcome to the big leagues D’lo — time for a Kobe to reminder about blocking out the noise. Gonna be a lot for the next few months.

  • Welcome to the big leagues D’lo — time for a Kobe to reminder about blocking out the noise. Gonna be a lot for the next few months.

  • If BS waited to say that to RUSSELL never said anything until now makes no sense, how does a team function with a coach that does not talk to them, I have been watching them play and cant really see where the have any amount of plays to work with- unless telling RUSSELL just to go out there and work hard is a play, coach BS has been a big let down in my mind of what a NBA couch should be.

  • If BS waited to say that to RUSSELL never said anything until now makes no sense, how does a team function with a coach that does not talk to them, I have been watching them play and cant really see where the have any amount of plays to work with- unless telling RUSSELL just to go out there and work hard is a play, coach BS has been a big let down in my mind of what a NBA couch should be.

  • True, but Westbrook and KD did struggle that first year together — if they have the mental toughness, it can be a good thing.

  • True, but Westbrook and KD did struggle that first year together — if they have the mental toughness, it can be a good thing.

  • lol seems to be a BIGGER JOKE too have a Laker Uniform wearer 19 yo out there – Haven’t u seen enough to know the truth of the LACK OF MATURITY; LACK OF NBA SKILL; LACK OF DEFENSE; LACK OF PHYSICAL STRENGTH? ? Huertas is a Point Guard. Dlo has shown GETS SCRUB MINUTES if that, BELONGS ON OUR DEFENDERS PERIOD. There in Defenders over time, yes, after I see development of my above listed skills bruh. I want to see Dlo play alot of minutes too, on the dleague WHERE HE BELONGS

  • lol seems to be a BIGGER JOKE too have a Laker Uniform wearer 19 yo out there – Haven’t u seen enough to know the truth of the LACK OF MATURITY; LACK OF NBA SKILL; LACK OF DEFENSE; LACK OF PHYSICAL STRENGTH? ? Huertas is a Point Guard. Dlo has shown GETS SCRUB MINUTES if that, BELONGS ON OUR DEFENDERS PERIOD. There in Defenders over time, yes, after I see development of my above listed skills bruh. I want to see Dlo play alot of minutes too, on the dleague WHERE HE BELONGS

  • @Russel — I agree with you that Huertas isn’t a starter, but, in all fairness, I’m not sure anybody on the Lakers can guard those guys.

    My concern with Huertas is that he’s a bit predictable already….not sure his style will work as a starter in crunch time.

  • m lew – if Front Office wants d’lo on team – then I want to development too, great success. But we can hope, pray all we want AND KID D’LO DOESN’T HAVE IT yet. yes I want d’lo to have it, he’s a Laker, dude. BUT WHAT I HAVE SEEN, AND HOPEFULLY U WERE WATCHING TOO, D’LO IS YEARS AWAY bruh. My Shining example is watching a True Point Huertas, now there is our Point Guard

  • @Russel — I agree with you that Huertas isn’t a starter, but, in all fairness, I’m not sure anybody on the Lakers can guard those guys.

    My concern with Huertas is that he’s a bit predictable already….not sure his style will work as a starter in crunch time.

  • m lew – if Front Office wants d’lo on team – then I want to development too, great success. But we can hope, pray all we want AND KID D’LO DOESN’T HAVE IT yet. yes I want d’lo to have it, he’s a Laker, dude. BUT WHAT I HAVE SEEN, AND HOPEFULLY U WERE WATCHING TOO, D’LO IS YEARS AWAY bruh. My Shining example is watching a True Point Huertas, now there is our Point Guard

  • If he dose not start he is the only one working out with the starters PG, it would be a little tough on HUERTAS, I will never understand why BS waits to say who is starting, he should be that smart to know who is playing.

  • If he dose not start he is the only one working out with the starters PG, it would be a little tough on HUERTAS, I will never understand why BS waits to say who is starting, he should be that smart to know who is playing.

  • At last, I am glad most of those commented so far agreed that Byron Scott has failed as a coach our the Lakers. He is as much a bust as Russell. At least, Russell is just 19 and has plenty of time to improve and prove himself. Byron should just resign.

  • At last, I am glad most of those commented so far agreed that Byron Scott has failed as a coach our the Lakers. He is as much a bust as Russell. At least, Russell is just 19 and has plenty of time to improve and prove himself. Byron should just resign.

  • Coach Byron is a smart man – AND WITHOUT A DOUBT D’ANGELO WILL PLAY FOR OUR D LEAGUE. After what Coach has seen, and what We as Fans witnessed, D’Angelo WILL BE WAIVED TO D league, based on his LACK OF PHYSICALITY; LACK OF NBA IQ; LACK OF NBA SKILL. I seen it day one of Summer League as did Coach, BUT it seems appears most on this website will have to see SOON THAT D’ANGELO WILL BE WAIVED. Honestly, not sure how / why D’lo made the 15 roster cut !! smh WE HAVE SIX GUARDS: Kobe; Huertas; Williams; Nick Young; Clarkson; and D Leaguer D’Angelo. D’Angelo = D’Fenders. If Byron misses this one, I will be glad to agree then, that Byron MUST GO too

  • Coach Byron is a smart man – AND WITHOUT A DOUBT D’ANGELO WILL PLAY FOR OUR D LEAGUE. After what Coach has seen, and what We as Fans witnessed, D’Angelo WILL BE WAIVED TO D league, based on his LACK OF PHYSICALITY; LACK OF NBA IQ; LACK OF NBA SKILL. I seen it day one of Summer League as did Coach, BUT it seems appears most on this website will have to see SOON THAT D’ANGELO WILL BE WAIVED. Honestly, not sure how / why D’lo made the 15 roster cut !! smh WE HAVE SIX GUARDS: Kobe; Huertas; Williams; Nick Young; Clarkson; and D Leaguer D’Angelo. D’Angelo = D’Fenders. If Byron misses this one, I will be glad to agree then, that Byron MUST GO too

  • I think Russell will be great in due time he has all the tools that some of the best pgs didnt have Chris Paul, Steph Curry, or any pg never had a locker beside the greatest basketball player in Laker history Kobe Bryant and play alongside him he has to feel like the chosen one rite now, On top of B.Scott has a great track record with Pgs so im sure he tell Cp3, Kyrie and Magic to give him advice so evryone saying he is a bust is just people who never wanna be around for the process they just want to come around wen eryone poping bottles and we winning again.

  • I think Russell will be great in due time he has all the tools that some of the best pgs didnt have Chris Paul, Steph Curry, or any pg never had a locker beside the greatest basketball player in Laker history Kobe Bryant and play alongside him he has to feel like the chosen one rite now, On top of B.Scott has a great track record with Pgs so im sure he tell Cp3, Kyrie and Magic to give him advice so evryone saying he is a bust is just people who never wanna be around for the process they just want to come around wen eryone poping bottles and we winning again.

  • Lol D league though man most of the time players who struggle become greats, Steph Curry didnt become elite over night i think he only scored 16pts his first career game it all takes time i remember last yr when J.C. was getting minutes and he struggled and made mistakes it just takes time u seem like a seasonal fan only around wen we winning.

  • Lol D league though man most of the time players who struggle become greats, Steph Curry didnt become elite over night i think he only scored 16pts his first career game it all takes time i remember last yr when J.C. was getting minutes and he struggled and made mistakes it just takes time u seem like a seasonal fan only around wen we winning.

  • Lakers starting lineup in three years
    PG-Russell Westbrook
    SG-Jordan Clarkson
    SF-Kevin Durant
    PF-Julius Randall
    C-Roy Hibbert/Nerlens Noel

  • You guys hate every coach unless they are taking us to the championship. This guy is coaching during a rebuild and is already looking better then last season. Learn some damn patience

  • Lakers starting lineup in three years
    PG-Russell Westbrook
    SG-Jordan Clarkson
    SF-Kevin Durant
    PF-Julius Randall
    C-Roy Hibbert/Nerlens Noel

  • You guys hate every coach unless they are taking us to the championship. This guy is coaching during a rebuild and is already looking better then last season. Learn some damn patience

  • Mr Clo Cask – I’m D’lo Biggest Fan, just will speak Truth of d’lo’s ability. One Day, yes. But just not This season. Kobe will take Huertas, Sweet Lou in a minute . . . One day yes for Mr D’lo, just not today

  • Mr Clo Cask – I’m D’lo Biggest Fan, just will speak Truth of d’lo’s ability. One Day, yes. But just not This season. Kobe will take Huertas, Sweet Lou in a minute . . . One day yes for Mr D’lo, just not today

  • Thanks Mr. Jman – help me understand your word capacity, please. On another note, every 11 yo wants to drive the Porshe, or the BMW, Hummer down the LA Freeways. But every loving Adult says, in a truthful manner, No. To Drive u need to mature, get older, grow some muscle, go to Driver’s Ed, study the DMV Manual, practice driving first. Lastly, u are further assuming, correct me if I’am wrong, but ur assuming that Front Office made the Right Decision?

  • Thanks Mr. Jman – help me understand your word capacity, please. On another note, every 11 yo wants to drive the Porshe, or the BMW, Hummer down the LA Freeways. But every loving Adult says, in a truthful manner, No. To Drive u need to mature, get older, grow some muscle, go to Driver’s Ed, study the DMV Manual, practice driving first, past Tests. Lastly, u are further assuming, correct me if I’am wrong, but ur assuming that Front Office made the Right Decision in the draft?

  • Kobe the greatest Laker ever? Are we just going to forget about the NBA’s top scorer Kareem Abdul Jabbar? What about the greatest point guard ever, Magic Johnson? Jerry West is the NBA logo!

    Other than that, I agree with the rest of your statement.

  • Kobe the greatest Laker ever? Are we just going to forget about the NBA’s top scorer Kareem Abdul Jabbar? What about the greatest point guard ever, Magic Johnson? Jerry West is the NBA logo!

    Other than that, I agree with the rest of your statement.

  • Kareem started with the bucs kobe a laker his whole career only magic might be e better and jerry west, oh my lost 8 finals won 1 im sorry but no way is west a better laker than kobe.

  • Kareem started with the bucs kobe a laker his whole career only magic might be e better and jerry west, oh my lost 8 finals won 1 im sorry but no way is west a better laker than kobe.

  • Bric k , hate is a strong word. Coach has the toughest job. Coach has 48 min to react, assemble, the right combos. Just to be clear, u believe Laker’s Identity is Rebuild?
    Go Lakers

  • Bric k , hate is a strong word. Coach has the toughest job. Coach has 48 min to react, assemble, the right combos. Just to be clear, u believe Laker’s Identity is Rebuild?
    Go Lakers

  • Russell’s struggles are simple, he’s a pick and roll combo guard being asked to run an offense that he’s not accustomed to. He’s simply over thinking the process right now. Playing time can fix that

  • Russell’s struggles are simple, he’s a pick and roll combo guard being asked to run an offense that he’s not accustomed to. He’s simply over thinking the process right now. Playing time can fix that

  • He struggled hard against elite teams in college. His struggles are because he isn’t physically ready to compete at this level. He is so skilled though, he will figure it out.

  • He struggled hard against elite teams in college. His struggles are because he isn’t physically ready to compete at this level. He is so skilled though, he will figure it out.

  • OH yeah … foolish Byron never like P&R and Three pointers. Why is he coaching in this era?

  • OH yeah … foolish Byron never like P&R and Three pointers. Why is he coaching in this era?

  • Honestly, it is looking like Lakers made a huge mistake. Mudiay is just so much better. I still like Russell, but we probably drafted the wrong guy : (

  • Thomas I have to say. well, yes. Lakers aren’t really going to win anything now. putting him in the starting lineup will help him get the feel for things and help him develop faster. To be honest, putting Russell in the development league would be a waste of time especially since they picked him second in the draft.

  • Honestly, it is looking like Lakers made a huge mistake. Mudiay is just so much better. I still like Russell, but we probably drafted the wrong guy : (

  • Thomas I have to say. well, yes. Lakers aren’t really going to win anything now. putting him in the starting lineup will help him get the feel for things and help him develop faster. To be honest, putting Russell in the development league would be a waste of time especially since they picked him second in the draft.

  • Hes not so much better. He played pro in china and still couldnt press the lakers in workouts because he cant shoot. Its to early to tell whos better.

  • Hes not so much better. He played pro in china and still couldnt press the lakers in workouts because he cant shoot. Its to early to tell whos better.

  • Teaching a young guy shooting is easy. Teaching an unathletic guy to be athletic is impossible.

  • Teaching a young guy shooting is easy. Teaching an unathletic guy to be athletic is impossible.

  • Kobe is going for jugular, once he steps on court, not sure Kobe would allow Coach to concede game, and begin subbing in Development players, unless game is at hand & won. Therefore, I believe Coach will surround Kobe with the best like a Huertas, Williams to success / succeed. Lastly, u are too, assuming the Front Office has made the correct decision / best decision in the draft ? D’lo would be working with Upshaw, not too sure that would be a total waste in D league bruh

  • Kobe is going for jugular, once he steps on court, not sure Kobe would allow Coach to concede game, and begin subbing in Development players, unless game is at hand & won. Therefore, I believe Coach will surround Kobe with the best like a Huertas, Williams to success / succeed. Lastly, u are too, assuming the Front Office has made the correct decision / best decision in the draft ? D’lo would be working with Upshaw, not too sure that would be a total waste in D league bruh

  • Mudiay is also being asked to carry the load on offense…Lakers don’t need Russell to do that, they only need him to play defense and hit the open shooter.

  • Mudiay is also being asked to carry the load on offense…Lakers don’t need Russell to do that, they only need him to play defense and hit the open shooter.

  • Magic was not athletic nash, stockton andre miller, but the man d russell will b a player

  • Magic was not athletic nash, stockton andre miller, but the man d russell will b a player

  • Exactly, Mudiay will basically be the man on a garbage team so he’s going to put up solid stats. Same with Okafor. So I wouldn’t get too discouraged when comparing them with Russell.

  • Exactly, Mudiay will basically be the man on a garbage team so he’s going to put up solid stats. Same with Okafor. So I wouldn’t get too discouraged when comparing them with Russell.

  • Nash and Stockton were extremely quick. Nash even at 40 is way quicker than Russell. Magic, was deceptively athletic. So big, so strong. Andre Miller is a good comparison though, that is probably Russell at his prime. Which is good, but not number 2 draft material.

  • Nash and Stockton were extremely quick. Nash even at 40 is way quicker than Russell. Magic, was deceptively athletic. So big, so strong. Andre Miller is a good comparison though, that is probably Russell at his prime. Which is good, but not number 2 draft material.

  • We’ll see who starts Wednesday. Russell is a kid and it’ll take some time. I hope he can play as expected soon.

  • Yeah, I had mixed feelings, didn’t know much about Mud going into the draft, but now it is clear that he should have been the guy.

  • Now that I take a closer look, Mudiay’s pre-season stats aren’t really all that much better than Russell’s…he just played 10 more minutes per game.

  • We’ll see who starts Wednesday. Russell is a kid and it’ll take some time. I hope he can play as expected soon.

  • Yeah, I had mixed feelings, didn’t know much about Mud going into the draft, but now it is clear that he should have been the guy.

  • Now that I take a closer look, Mudiay’s pre-season stats aren’t really all that much better than Russell’s…he just played 10 more minutes per game.

  • No, Magic was a physical aberration – the NBA had never seen an athlete like that before: size, speed, incredible handles and eyes in the back of his head.

    He may not have had the leaps, but he was one of the best athletes in the NBA in that era.

  • Who says you have to play with the Lakers your whole career to be the greatest basketball player to ever play in L.A.? That’s a pretty dumb reason to pass over Kareem. He was definitely more successful than Kobe.

    Jerry West lost 8 finals because he was carrying a sorry team while the stacked Celtics were dominating everybody. The man was so good he won the finals MVP even though his team lost. He’s the NBA logo for a reason. I think he’s better than Kobe.

    Lastly, Magic might be the most versatile player the NBA has ever seen. He could literally play every postion. He also lead the Lakers to a Championship in his rookie season.

  • No way was he quicker than russell. Lol . I remember it took nash years to get use to the nba. Russel is ore athletic than nash stockton miller and magic. Russell vertical is 39

  • That’s the thing about the draft…you won’t know until years later if you made the right decision. I hope the Lakers did. Wish Russell the best.

  • No, Magic was a physical aberration – the NBA had never seen an athlete like that before: size, speed, agility, incredible handles and eyes in the back of his head.

    He may not have had the leaps, but he was one of the best athletes in the NBA in that era.

  • Who says you have to play with the Lakers your whole career to be the greatest basketball player to ever play in L.A.? That’s a pretty dumb reason to pass over Kareem. He was definitely more successful than Kobe.

    Jerry West lost 8 finals because he was carrying a sorry team while the stacked Celtics were dominating everybody. The man was so good he won the finals MVP even though his team lost. He’s the NBA logo for a reason. I think he’s better than Kobe.

    Lastly, Magic might be the most versatile player the NBA has ever seen. He could literally play every postion. He also lead the Lakers to a Championship in his rookie season.

  • No way was he quicker than russell. Lol . I remember it took nash years to get use to the nba. Russel is ore athletic than nash stockton miller and magic. Russell vertical is 39

  • That’s the thing about the draft…you won’t know until years later if you made the right decision. I hope the Lakers did. Wish Russell the best.

  • Watch him play though, you see a super star just about to break through. His ceiling is crazy. Russell doesn’t give that vibe at all. He looks like Kendall Marshall, and that really hurts.

  • Kobe is the best or second best laker wven magic said it and west said it and hes the most skilled. Kobe e is quicker better skilled than west bro

  • Watch him play though, you see a super star just about to break through. His ceiling is crazy. Russell doesn’t give that vibe at all. He looks like Kendall Marshall, and that really hurts.

  • Kobe is the best or second best laker wven magic said it and west said it and hes the most skilled. Kobe e is quicker better skilled than west bro

  • My grandma looks quicker than Russell. Roy Hibbert looks quicker than Russell. Probably the only point guard I have ever seen in the NBA who can’t get by a defender. Well except Kendall Marshall.

  • I’ve watched both play and think they will both be effective players at this level. I’m not ready to say either will be “super stars” just yet.

  • My grandma looks quicker than Russell. Roy Hibbert looks quicker than Russell. Probably the only point guard I have ever seen in the NBA who can’t get by a defender. Well except Kendall Marshall.

  • I’ve watched both play and think they will both be effective players at this level. I’m not ready to say either will be “super stars” just yet.

  • Sir… you need to watch film. Magic was a monster, he wasn’t freaky athletic but his all-around game at his size…woosh. Stockton and Nash were very quick even with the basketball. Miller is a solid comparison as far as athletic ability.

  • Sir… you need to watch film. Magic was a monster, he wasn’t freaky athletic but his all-around game at his size…woosh. Stockton and Nash were very quick even with the basketball. Miller is a solid comparison as far as athletic ability.

  • It is the last year for BScott. Kobe will be the next laker head coach. Estoy casi seguro

  • It is the last year for BScott. Kobe will be the next laker head coach. Estoy casi seguro

  • Broagic was not that quick i have all his games he won by smartness and he took advamtage of peoples mistakes better than everyone

  • Like I said in the earlier thread We should have picked Stanley Johnson. Ya’ll are ignoring him. Same age as Dlo, SJ has all the attributes you need for a sensational, hard-working, gritty, reliable, clutch player. He is a franchise level baller.

    Dlo < SJ

    That's all day any day. ASK LBJ, Kwaii, PG13, and all other current top SFs, they will tell you by the end of the season that SJ is IT

  • Seeing Mud break through the lane and finding open guys at the three line like Lebron is definitely exciting for Denver. Haven’t seen a guy like that as a rookie since… not even sure. He is the rookie I have the closest eye on for sure. He just exudes excitement, like a Westbrook.

  • Broagic was not that quick i have all his games he won by smartness and he took advamtage of peoples mistakes better than everyone

  • Like I said in the earlier thread We should have picked Stanley Johnson. Ya’ll are ignoring him. Same age as Dlo, SJ has all the attributes you need for a sensational, hard-working, gritty, reliable, clutch player. He is a franchise level baller.

    Dlo < SJ

    That's all day any day. ASK LBJ, Kwaii, PG13, and all other current top SFs, they will tell you by the end of the season that SJ is IT

  • Seeing Mud break through the lane and finding open guys at the three line like Lebron is definitely exciting for Denver. Haven’t seen a guy like that as a rookie since… not even sure. He is the rookie I have the closest eye on for sure. He just exudes excitement, like a Westbrook.

  • Stanley Johnson does look great. A lot of rookies look great. Which makes this Russell situation so much harder. Lakers had a huge list of talent to pick from and I sure hope this doesn’t set the franchise back many years.

  • Stanley Johnson does look great. A lot of rookies look great. Which makes this Russell situation so much harder. Lakers had a huge list of talent to pick from and I sure hope this doesn’t set the franchise back many years.

  • Just look at it now… Let’s work something out to trade for SJ!! Say bye to DLO and JC haha

  • You guys are crazy. Mudiay shot 37% in the preseason with 5 turnovers a game and okafor shot 38% which is terrible for an offensive minded C who is never more than 10 ft from the basket…towns and Johnson are the only rookies who have looked decent. Nobody wanted to draft Johnson at 2 and towns was gone already. Dlo is going to be fine, let the rookie plays a couple of dozen games and see if he starts to get it.

    He is smart enough and talented enough, he’s not gonna be an allstar before he plays a minute in the nba.

  • You guys are crazy. Mudiay shot 37% in the preseason with 5 turnovers a game and okafor shot 38% which is terrible for an offensive minded C who is never more than 10 ft from the basket…towns and Johnson are the only rookies who have looked decent. Nobody wanted to draft Johnson at 2 and towns was gone already. Dlo is going to be fine, let the rookie plays a couple of dozen games and see if he starts to get it.

    He is smart enough and talented enough, he’s not gonna be an allstar before he plays a minute in the nba.

  • Big mistake. Or at least it looks like it. Especially considering we took an athletic guy who couldn’t shoot with Clarkson just last season and they know how easy it is to improve shooting.

  • Big mistake. Or at least it looks like it. Especially considering we took an athletic guy who couldn’t shoot with Clarkson just last season and they know how easy it is to improve shooting.

  • They are crazy, mudiay and okafor struggled but it seems like russell got the attention on it, him being in la

  • This. He couldn’t/can’t shoot period. I understand that in his second workout the lakers called the workout off halfway through because mudiay was bricking up the joint.

  • They are crazy, mudiay and okafor struggled but it seems like russell got the attention on it, him being in la

  • This. He couldn’t/can’t shoot period. I understand that in his second workout the lakers called the workout off halfway through because mudiay was bricking up the joint.

  • Stanley is def better than Russell right now, but that’s coz he’s nba body ready and relies on his athleticism a lot. But overall i think Russell will be a better player in the future. He just needs few a years of experience till he blooms.

  • Stats are one thing.. watching them play is another. Mud gets where he wants, he passes over the defense, gets to the line and can run the break so well. Russell, well he can’t shake any defenders, even on a switch. Not sure what you do with a guy that slow.

  • Stanley is def better than Russell right now, but that’s coz he’s nba body ready and relies on his athleticism a lot. But overall i think Russell will be a better player in the future. He just needs few a years of experience till he blooms.

  • Stats are one thing.. watching them play is another. Mud gets where he wants, he passes over the defense, gets to the line and can run the break so well. Russell, well he can’t shake any defenders, even on a switch. Not sure what you do with a guy that slow.

  • The same can be said towards SJ. HE WILL WORK ON AL HIS FUNDAMENTALS. He has that dog in him. Look how much BLake Griffin got better. Athletic guy turned almost an all around player. The thing is SJ has what BG didnt have in him when he was new in this league: a fighter

  • See. put all veterans when the game is on the line. That’s understandable. However, if they are precisely rebuilding it seems that they would go all out with their younger talent to get them developed. And when you see russell play, he is most certainly ready for real games. But if they were to go the other way and sign him to develop league then that would make him even better than what he could become to be without it.

  • The same can be said towards SJ. HE WILL WORK ON AL HIS FUNDAMENTALS. He has that dog in him. Look how much BLake Griffin got better. Athletic guy turned almost an all around player. The thing is SJ has what BG didnt have in him when he was new in this league: a fighter

  • See. put all veterans when the game is on the line. That’s understandable. However, if they are precisely rebuilding it seems that they would go all out with their younger talent to get them developed. And when you see russell play, he is most certainly ready for real games. But if they were to go the other way and sign him to develop league then that would make him even better than what he could become to be without it.

  • Enough talk about how bad Russell has looked. Randle has looked as exciting as any rookie out there, can’t get every draft right but at least it looks like we got one right!

  • Enough talk about how bad Russell has looked. Randle has looked as exciting as any rookie out there, can’t get every draft right but at least it looks like we got one right!

  • Therea been great players that havent performedwell before the real season, like penny, payton, rose, duncan. So u never know

  • Therea been great players that havent performedwell before the real season, like penny, payton, rose, duncan. So u never know

  • I love our young talent! But as Coach sees it, with Veterans starting game, playing 3/4 of game, keep it close or get a lead, then will need veterans to close out. If in Development League, D’lo can play alot of minutes, develop, mature, get muscle. Maybe get called up, if improves develops enough

  • I love our young talent! But as Coach sees it, with Veterans starting game, playing 3/4 of game, keep it close or get a lead, then will need veterans to close out. If in Development League, D’lo can play alot of minutes, develop, mature, get muscle. Maybe get called up, if improves develops enough

  • After all I said about SJ, I am rooting for all current Lakers players to contribute to WINs this year!

  • Kobe might be better than West. Athletes in this era are on a different level. I remember when Magic the best. That’s called being humble. It doesn’t change what Magic did on the court. I don’t think Kobe is more skilled than Magic either.

  • After all I said about SJ, I am rooting for all current Lakers players to contribute to WINs this year!

  • Kobe might be better than West. Athletes in this era are on a different level. I remember when Magic the best. That’s called being humble. It doesn’t change what Magic did on the court. I don’t think Kobe is more skilled than Magic either.

  • Anybody know How many full time d-league players have become starters in the NBA? Lakers just cut J Brown & he was the d-league’s top scorer last year around 24ppg. Moving Russell to the Defenders full time makes no sense – maybe play some games with them to get more playing time like Clarkson did last year. Needs to stay on the Lakes roster & develop against real NBA players.

  • As far as Dlo one thing I do trust is the assessment of the great Jerry West and Kobe

  • Anybody know How many full time d-league players have become starters in the NBA? Lakers just cut J Brown & he was the d-league’s top scorer last year around 24ppg. Moving Russell to the Defenders full time makes no sense – maybe play some games with them to get more playing time like Clarkson did last year. Needs to stay on the Lakes roster & develop against real NBA players.

  • As far as Dlo one thing I do trust is the assessment of the great Jerry West and Kobe

  • Kobe is more skilled. I hate saying that because magic is my favorite player but kobe can do things that only magic can dream of

  • Kobe is more skilled. I hate saying that because magic is my favorite player but kobe can do things that only magic can dream of

  • Danny Green was plucked from the DLeague and went on to win a ring, the Birdman too.

  • No D’Angelo – In my Laker Victory Team, there are no Rookies: Kobe; Williams(Huertas); Nick Young; Bass; Hibbert as Starters, play 36 min, close game

  • Danny Green was plucked from the DLeague and went on to win a ring, the Birdman too.

  • No D’Angelo – In my Laker Victory Team, there are no Rookies: Kobe; Williams(Huertas); Nick Young; Bass; Hibbert as Starters, play 36 min, close game

  • Cant really remember a top 2 pick going to the DLeague. Most early picks that totally bust are centers.

  • You don’t need to teach me anything. Mudiay couldn’t make a shot in workouts but Russell can’t make a shot in Pre-season. If you’re going to make this about shooting/workouts… there’s a bunch of guys who do well in workouts but can’t play in the NBA. There are a bunch of guys who can’t shoot (Tony Allen, Lance, Giannis, MCW) who found other ways to have impact in the league. As of what we saw in SL and preseason…Mudiay has been the better player. Mudiay isn’t playing with garbage…The Manimal, Gallinari, Foye, Chandler, and Hickson are solid players. There is a reason why some analysts have them ahead of us. Like I said, we’ll find out if we made a mistake years later…both players have hugh ceilings.

  • Cant really remember a top 2 pick going to the DLeague. Most early picks that totally bust are centers.

  • You don’t need to teach me anything. Mudiay couldn’t make a shot in workouts but Russell can’t make a shot in Pre-season. If you’re going to make this about shooting/workouts… there’s a bunch of guys who do well in workouts but can’t play in the NBA. There are a bunch of guys who can’t shoot (Tony Allen, Lance, Giannis, MCW) who found other ways to have impact in the league. As of what we saw in SL and preseason…Mudiay has been the better player. Mudiay isn’t playing with garbage…The Manimal, Gallinari, Foye, Chandler, and Hickson are solid players. There is a reason why some analysts have them ahead of us. Like I said, we’ll find out if we made a mistake years later…both players have huge ceilings.

  • Clarkson – 2nd yr; Randle – 1st yr; D’Angelo – 1st yr; Upshaw – 21 yo 1st yr. No Doubt, everyone in a few years will be on All-Star Roster – Just not This Season (I’m under assumption “Win” season and not “development” season, thought process)

  • Clarkson – 2nd yr; Randle – 1st yr; D’Angelo – 1st yr; Upshaw – 21 yo 1st yr. No Doubt, everyone in a few years will be on All-Star Roster – Just not This Season (I’m under assumption “Win” season and not “development” season, thought process)

  • The only person who thinks Russell will go to the Defenders is the guy on here called ‘Thomas’, but he has his own agenda. I suspect he may be a butt hurt Lin fan due to his poor English.

  • What can Kobe do on the court that magic cant? Do you want my list of things Magic can do that Kobe cant?

  • The only person who thinks Russell will go to the Defenders is the guy on here called ‘Thomas’, but he has his own agenda. I suspect he may be a butt hurt Lin fan due to his poor English.

  • What can Kobe do on the court that magic cant? Do you want my list of things Magic can do that Kobe cant?

  • Russell whole game was better in the workouts. Jerry west magic and kobe predict great things in the future for russell.

  • Russell whole game was better in the workouts. Jerry west magic and kobe predict great things in the future for russell.

  • Randle is exciting but he’s still a bit of a project. Let’s not start filling in his all-star ballots yet.

  • Anyone else a little bit concerned about Huertas? He had a hamstring injury that caused him to miss time, and today he didn’t practice because of the hamstring. I remember Farmar (2 seasons ago) and Kelly (last season) dealt with hamstring injuries and would always reaggravate their hamstrings in the season and could never stay healthy. I just hope Huertas can stay healthy, because he’s a pretty dependable player at point.

  • Randle is exciting but he’s still a bit of a project. Let’s not start filling in his all-star ballots yet.

  • Anyone else a little bit concerned about Huertas? He had a hamstring injury that caused him to miss time, and today he didn’t practice because of the hamstring. I remember Farmar (2 seasons ago) and Kelly (last season) dealt with hamstring injuries and would always reaggravate their hamstrings in the season and could never stay healthy. I just hope Huertas can stay healthy, because he’s a pretty dependable player at point.

  • That doesn’t mean a thing. We can predict stuff but that doesn’t mean it’ll happen.

  • That doesn’t mean a thing. We can predict stuff but that doesn’t mean it’ll happen.

  • True, but he looks so good out there! He will be unguardable once he gets that 17 footer down. I look at him and dream about an all time great, the potential is there. And yes it is just a dream at this point, but I need something to dream about haha.

  • True, but he looks so good out there! He will be unguardable once he gets that 17 footer down. I look at him and dream about an all time great, the potential is there. And yes it is just a dream at this point, but I need something to dream about haha.

  • Yep. Considering his age and the fact that he’s never played an NBA schedule, I’d expect that to be a lingering injury all year.

  • They said he’s had a history of hamstring injuries so it might be just precautionary (minor tightness). I guess LA times is reporting that he’s 3rd string so he’s not going to see a lot of PT anyways.

  • Yep. Considering his age and the fact that he’s never played an NBA schedule, I’d expect that to be a lingering injury all year.

  • They said he’s had a history of hamstring injuries so it might be just precautionary (minor tightness). I guess LA times is reporting that he’s 3rd string so he’s not going to see a lot of PT anyways.

  • That’s exactly what I’m afraid of. I hope we’re wrong, because the guy is a great floor general

  • Kobw a shooting guard that has amazing footwork, can shoot left hand, can pass much better than given credit for. Kobe can score everywhere on the court, better skilled defensively has impecable footwork thats a little better than magics. Magic is a point sso of course his assit are better. Kobe even a better post up guard, magic was just bigger than his opponents when he post up

  • That’s exactly what I’m afraid of. I hope we’re wrong, because the guy is a great floor general

  • Kobw a shooting guard that has amazing footwork, can shoot left hand, can pass much better than given credit for. Kobe can score everywhere on the court, better skilled defensively has impecable footwork thats a little better than magics. Magic is a point sso of course his assit are better. Kobe even a better post up guard, magic was just bigger than his opponents when he post up

  • I just think it makes all the sense in the world to have him off the bench

  • True but we will see and im going to remember this and if im right i let you know about it, if im wrong then i will cangragulate you lisa

  • I just think it makes all the sense in the world to have him off the bench

  • True but we will see and im going to remember this and if im right i let you know about it, if im wrong then i will cangragulate you lisa

  • The more I see of Mudiay and Russell, the more I feel that it was a HUGE mistake not taking Mudiay. Mudiay would be the perfect PG for BS (a big CP3), and give LAL a really great defensive pairing with Clarkson. Someone described Mudiay as a stronger John Wall, and I was like “that’s an MVP candidate.”

  • The more I see of Mudiay and Russell, the more I feel that it was a HUGE mistake not taking Mudiay. Mudiay would be the perfect PG for BS (a big CP3), and give LAL a really great defensive pairing with Clarkson. Someone described Mudiay as a stronger John Wall, and I was like “that’s an MVP candidate.”

  • You can add Clarkson to the list as well — the D-League website promotes it’s alumni (for obvious reasons), but, in all honesty, I couldn’t tell you which ones are starters.

  • You can add Clarkson to the list as well — the D-League website promotes it’s alumni (for obvious reasons), but, in all honesty, I couldn’t tell you which ones are starters.

  • James Worthy was never a great shooter, but he was competent enough to have defenses honor it. You just need enough of a jumpshot to have defenses not play off. I bet he gets that. I don’t think John Wall is considered a good shooter either, FYI.

  • James Worthy was never a great shooter, but he was competent enough to have defenses honor it. You just need enough of a jumpshot to have defenses not play off. I bet he gets that. I don’t think John Wall is considered a good shooter either, FYI.

  • What amazes me is how quickly it became clear that Russell wasn’t athletic enough to be good in the NBA. The first SL game I was like “he’s slow.”

  • What amazes me is how quickly it became clear that Russell wasn’t athletic enough to be good in the NBA. The first SL game I was like “he’s slow.”

  • I think Chauncey Billups was considered quick. Also, a very good defender. Finding it hard to see that comp.

  • I think Chauncey Billups was considered quick. Also, a very good defender. Finding it hard to see that comp.

  • He was always a bit slow, had trouble getting around guys. Took a lot of very long three balls because he had no shake

  • He was always a bit slow, had trouble getting around guys. Took a lot of very long three balls because he had no shake

  • Gotta love his height, god have him some height, most people are not bless with what he has

  • Gotta love his height, god have him some height, most people are not bless with what he has

  • LOL! I had this conversation on another site where some poster claimed that Russell could improve his athleticism by 10-20% through training and maturing. I thought that 3% sounded more realistic (I based it on Bolten’s 200m times between 18 and 24). I think I was voted down too.

  • LOL! I had this conversation on another site where some poster claimed that Russell could improve his athleticism by 10-20% through training and maturing. I thought that 3% sounded more realistic (I based it on Bolten’s 200m times between 18 and 24). I think I was voted down too.

  • 6’9″ are a dime a dozen in the NBA. We are not talking about normal people.

  • 6’9″ are a dime a dozen in the NBA. We are not talking about normal people.

  • The reason Nash took so long to get use to the nba was his size. Once he learned to finish at the rim with those off balance leaning layups consistently that’s when I think his career took off.

  • Personally this is a little worrisome and confusing…he told the #2 pick to simply worry about rebounding, defense, and bringing energy…uhh, isn’t that sacres role? It’s like he saw he couldn’t handle the grill, so he gave him prep cook things to worry about

  • The reason Nash took so long to get use to the nba was his size. Once he learned to finish at the rim with those off balance leaning layups consistently that’s when I think his career took off.

  • Personally this is a little worrisome and confusing…he told the #2 pick to simply worry about rebounding, defense, and bringing energy…uhh, isn’t that sacres role? It’s like he saw he couldn’t handle the grill, so he gave him prep cook things to worry about

  • He was a freak. Some people are just able to do the craziest things. 6’4″ PF dominating, unbelievable.

  • He was a freak. Some people are just able to do the craziest things. 6’4″ PF dominating, unbelievable.

  • His hairstyle is a reflection of his game/role….both suffering an identity crisis.

    This look is better though, looks a little tougher.

  • His hairstyle is a reflection of his game/role….both suffering an identity crisis.

    This look is better though, looks a little tougher.

  • Remember….mustard on THABEET!
    But yes, if they go down…it’s a bad sign

  • Remember….mustard on THABEET!
    But yes, if they go down…it’s a bad sign

  • He looks like he stuck his finger in a wall socket. Hopefully it’s not an indication of his IQ.

  • Magic also had excellent footwork and he also could shoot with his left hand. Most players in the Nba can shoot with their left now.
    Kobe can definitely pass but not nearly as well as Magic.
    Magic was a more efficient scorer than Kobe is. Kobe does put up more points but Magic was more focused on being a team player than his individual scoring numbers.
    Magic was a better defender. He averaged more steals an blocks per game.
    Magic was definitely better in the post at 6’9. There are very few players in the NBA who can even handle the ball at 6’9 let alone pass it. Magic was a PG but he frequently played the other 4 positions on offense and defense. Kobe plays SG and sometimes SF.

  • He looks like he stuck his finger in a wall socket. Hopefully it’s not an indication of his IQ.

  • Magic also had excellent footwork and he also could shoot with his left hand. Most players in the Nba can shoot with their left now.
    Kobe can definitely pass but not nearly as well as Magic.
    Magic was a more efficient scorer than Kobe is. Kobe does put up more points but Magic was more focused on being a team player than his individual scoring numbers.
    Magic was a better defender. He averaged more steals an blocks per game.
    Magic was definitely better in the post at 6’9. There are very few players in the NBA who can even handle the ball at 6’9 let alone pass it. Magic was a PG but he frequently played the other 4 positions on offense and defense. Kobe plays SG and sometimes SF.

  • Hahaha, yea. It looks crazy and unpredictable. Like those troll dolls

    Better than that pretty boy middle schooler dreads he had.

  • Hahaha, yea. It looks crazy and unpredictable. Like those troll dolls

    Better than that pretty boy middle schooler dreads he had.

  • It’s not about being right or wrong. I hope he is the next best thing. As of right now, it doesn’t look like it. Look at Sebastian Telfair. People thought he’d do great in the NBA…didn’t happen. Some people said Kyrie Irving would be a great pg and others said he wouldn’t. He’s now one of the best PGs in the league. You never know. For the sake of his future and the Lakers, I hope he turns out to be great.

  • It’s not about being right or wrong. I hope he is the next best thing. As of right now, it doesn’t look like it. Look at Sebastian Telfair. People thought he’d do great in the NBA…didn’t happen. Some people said Kyrie Irving would be a great pg and others said he wouldn’t. He’s now one of the best PGs in the league. You never know. For the sake of his future and the Lakers, I hope he turns out to be great.

  • I was right about telfair, he didnt have the work ethic and i knew kyrie was going to be a baller. I played like him

  • I was right about telfair, he didnt have the work ethic and i knew kyrie was going to be a baller. I played like him

  • He really can’t run the P&R in the nba. His handles aren’t nearly tight enough (he was considered only an average ball handler in college), and he can’t finish at the rim. I think he was initially give more ball handling duties but they scaled that back pretty quickly in SL.

  • Learn what?

    Rebounding, energy, and defense are the basics of the game. Everyone should be able to do that. Unless he’s trying to ease him into the nba…which suggests (as I previously mentioned) that Scott thinks Russell isn’t ready and needs to focus on the little things first.

    What about my analysis is wrong? I have no bias. I am a laker fan and want him to succeed…but sometimes we gotta call it like we see it, even if it hurts. Until he proves otherwise or shows something, he is underachieving

  • He really can’t run the P&R in the nba. His handles aren’t nearly tight enough (he was considered only an average ball handler in college), and he can’t finish at the rim. I think he was initially give more ball handling duties but they scaled that back pretty quickly in SL.

  • Learn what?

    Rebounding, energy, and defense are the basics of the game. Everyone should be able to do that. Unless he’s trying to ease him into the nba…which suggests (as I previously mentioned) that Scott thinks Russell isn’t ready and needs to focus on the little things first.

    What about my analysis is wrong? I have no bias. I am a laker fan and want him to succeed…but sometimes we gotta call it like we see it, even if it hurts. Until he proves otherwise or shows something, he is underachieving

  • Like phil said just because u get more steals that doesnt make i a better defender. Magic is a good team defender and a horrible individual defender. Poont guard have a history of lighten up y favorite player magic.. Magic shots are more close to the rim thats whu jis percentages is higher.kobe is a shooting guard whos jumper is better than magics. Magic is nowjere near kobe defensively in kobes prime

  • Like phil said just because u get more steals that doesnt make i a better defender. Magic is a good team defender and a horrible individual defender. Poont guard have a history of lighten up y favorite player magic.. Magic shots are more close to the rim thats whu jis percentages is higher.kobe is a shooting guard whos jumper is better than magics. Magic is nowjere near kobe defensively in kobes prime

  • I find it a good habit to be more selective in whose opinion you listen too. For instance Jerry West will always be considered apart of the LAL. His son is being groomed to be the next GM. Why on God’s green earth would he ever shade the LAL? Especially when his son is apart of the talent evaluation staff. Same goes for Magic and Kobe.

  • I find it a good habit to be more selective in whose opinion you listen too. For instance Jerry West will always be considered apart of the LAL. His son is being groomed to be the next GM. Why on God’s green earth would he ever shade the LAL? Especially when his son is apart of the talent evaluation staff. Same goes for Magic and Kobe.

  • Thats what coaches tell there guards. Point guards are leaders that bring energy and hes a big guard that rebounds well

  • Thats what coaches tell there guards. Point guards are leaders that bring energy and hes a big guard that rebounds well

  • Exactly. It’s like telling your kids to stop thinking about becoming a nasa scientist one day, and instead focus on being the best dishwasher in town. You become what you’re fed.

  • Exactly. It’s like telling your kids to stop thinking about becoming a nasa scientist one day, and instead focus on being the best dishwasher in town. You become what you’re fed.

  • It’s a waste of talent. He can simply tell him to improve those areas…then show him clips of Jason kidd. Instead, he tells him to focus on that…meaning, those are his primary duties as of today. It may also mean he’s starting, and the first unit already has Kobe, jc, and randle controlling the rock…but once again, a waste of talent

  • It’s a waste of talent. He can simply tell him to improve those areas…then show him clips of Jason kidd. Instead, he tells him to focus on that…meaning, those are his primary duties as of today. It may also mean he’s starting, and the first unit already has Kobe, jc, and randle controlling the rock…but once again, a waste of talent

  • No, russell will ne a great point his passes will be even more deadly in a few years, and his jumper too. You see in the future

  • No, russell will ne a great point his passes will be even more deadly in a few years, and his jumper too. You see in the future

  • Simply stated……Magic is more beloved of the Lakers but Kobe is the greatest Laker….No laker have set the records he has.

  • Simply stated……Magic is more beloved of the Lakers but Kobe is the greatest Laker….No laker have set the records he has.

  • PNR combo guard is what I said he is. That does not mean pure PG. Magic struggled with his handles early on as he committed a ton of turnovers. If I’m correct he averaged like 4-5 a game. Curry’s handles were not what they are now as a rookie and he spent much more time in college honing his skills. The leadership and vision is what everyone touts as his natural abilities. Time and PT are the prescription for him to get better

  • PNR combo guard is what I said he is. That does not mean pure PG. Magic struggled with his handles early on as he committed a ton of turnovers. If I’m correct he averaged like 4-5 a game. Curry’s handles were not what they are now as a rookie and he spent much more time in college honing his skills. The leadership and vision is what everyone touts as DeAngelo’s natural abilities. Time and PT are the prescription for him to get better

  • Kobe can get assist too its just that s not kobes role. Kobe doesnt play point hes a shooting guard

  • Of course Magic was a good team defender. Defense is a team effort. The majority of teams play Zone Defense. Players rarely play Man on Man anymore. I don’t know what games you were watching but Magic was a great individual defender. Kobe has been criticized for not playing defense quite a few times in his career. Lastly 2 points is 2 points whether its a layup or a midrange jumper. The best players work to get the best shots. Most of Michael Jordan’s shots were layups and dunks as well.

  • Kobe can get assist too its just that s not kobes role. Kobe doesnt play point hes a shooting guard

  • Of course Magic was a good team defender. Defense is a team effort. The majority of teams play Zone Defense. Players rarely play Man on Man anymore. I don’t know what games you were watching but Magic was a great individual defender. Kobe has been criticized for not playing defense quite a few times in his career. Lastly 2 points is 2 points whether its a layup or a midrange jumper. The best players work to get the best shots. Most of Michael Jordan’s shots were layups and dunks as well.

  • How many times have Magic been on the 1st all defensive team?…Not many….If MJ is considered by Most the GOAT and Kobe is considered the closest thing to MJ….Case Closed as to who is the greatest Laker.

  • How many times have Magic been on the 1st all defensive team?…Not many….If MJ is considered by Most the GOAT and Kobe is considered the closest thing to MJ….Case Closed as to who is the greatest Laker.

  • Everybody knows magic got let up as a individual defender. I said kobes prime years. Magic never made all nba defense. Im old enough to seen it. Kevin johnson ishiah thomas alot of little guard blew past magic in his prime. I waich alot of nba and even stu lanz has said it magic is a good team defender but not individual.

  • How many times have Magic been on the All defensive 1st team?….Not many if any..
    Check Kobe defensive 1st team.

  • Everybody knows magic got let up as a individual defender. I said kobes prime years. Magic never made all nba defense. Im old enough to seen it. Kevin johnson ishiah thomas alot of little guard blew past magic in his prime. I waich alot of nba and even stu lanz has said it magic is a good team defender but not individual.

  • How many times have Magic been on the All defensive 1st team?….Not many if any..
    Check Kobe defensive 1st team.

  • Kobe fans always get that confused. Kobe is the closest thing to MJ because he is a SG and he uses almost all of MJ’s moves. Kobe didn’t get the same results as MJ though. There are 4 other positions with many great players. It’s kind of disrespectfull to them when you put Kobe on a pedastal.

  • Kobe fans always get that confused. Kobe is the closest thing to MJ because he is a SG and he uses almost all of MJ’s moves. Kobe didn’t get the same results as MJ though. There are 4 other positions with many great players. It’s kind of disrespectfull to them when you put Kobe on a pedastal.

  • No that’s a fact.
    Go on ahead and weep
    He hasn’t even played an official NBA game yet and he’s only 19
    I won’t write him off as quick as you will. I’m a true lakers fan

  • But hey jordans is the greatest and he couldnt play center and win on that team too. Magic was just three inches taller and 20 pounds more than kobe and jordan. Lets see if magic was 6’6 could be as effective of a shooting guard and magic is my favorite player

  • No that’s a fact.
    Go on ahead and weep
    He hasn’t even played an official NBA game yet and he’s only 19
    I won’t write him off as quick as you will. I’m a true lakers fan

  • But hey jordans is the greatest and he couldnt play center and win on that team too. Magic was just three inches taller and 20 pounds more than kobe and jordan. Lets see if magic was 6’6 could be as effective of a shooting guard and magic is my favorite player

  • Magic didn’t make the all defensive team because he was playing a zone defense with Kareem as the teams defensive anchor.

    Its like asking why Blake Griffin doesn’t get more rebounds. He’s playing with DeAndre Jordan who is a rebounding machine.

  • Magic didn’t make the all defensive team because he was playing a zone defense with Kareem as the teams defensive anchor.

    Its like asking why Blake Griffin doesn’t get more rebounds. He’s playing with DeAndre Jordan who is a rebounding machine.

  • I have been a LAL fan since we drafted Magic. So when did drafting poorly and being called on it make me not one?

  • So what alot of players tried to copy jordan and never came close.. Jordan copied david thomson and dr. J most players copied. Nobody could do what kobe did. He did copy jordan and became great nonody else could do it

  • I have been a LAL fan since we drafted Magic. So when did drafting poorly and being called on it make me not one?

  • So what alot of players tried to copy jordan and never came close.. Jordan copied david thomson and dr. J most players copied. Nobody could do what kobe did. He did copy jordan and became great nonody else could do it

  • Magic played in a different defensive system than Kobe. Just because he didn’t have to play Man on Man much that doesn’t mean he couldn’t.

  • Magic played in a different defensive system than Kobe. Just because he didn’t have to play Man on Man much that doesn’t mean he couldn’t.

  • Kobe has done things Jordan have never done on the court…Kobe learned Jordan style and succeeded with it …and Won..1 less ring than Jordan..Kobe in other instances got better results than Jordan..You are in Denial.

  • Bro magic got let upwatch the old playoff games, guards lit him up and it made me mad

  • Kobe has done things Jordan have never done on the court…Kobe learned Jordan style and succeeded with it …and Won..1 less ring than Jordan..Kobe in other instances got better results than Jordan..You are in Denial.

  • Bro magic got let upwatch the old playoff games, guards lit him up and it made me mad

  • But Magic isn’t 6’6 so its pointless to think about. Jordan is the greatest because his stats are the best of the modern era. Magic is better than Kobe because his stats are better than Kobe. Its really that simple.

  • But Magic isn’t 6’6 so its pointless to think about. Jordan is the greatest because his stats are the best of the modern era. Magic is better than Kobe because his stats are better than Kobe. Its really that simple.

  • That’s because everybody else is becoming great by being themselves not copying the last guy. For instance James Harden is the best SG right now and he doesn’t play anything like Kobe.

  • That’s because everybody else is becoming great by being themselves not copying the last guy. For instance James Harden is the best SG right now and he doesn’t play anything like Kobe.

  • Harden cant do what kobe done thats why. Kobe on top of most laker stats so deal with it

  • Harden cant do what kobe done thats why. Kobe on top of most laker stats so deal with it

  • And nobody is going to mistake him for a Kobe….He’s not a Kobe Bryant….Kobe and MJ is and was Box Office….

  • And nobody is going to mistake him for a Kobe….He’s not a Kobe Bryant….Kobe and MJ is and was Box Office….

  • I love Byron only for this same reason. He is hard on rookies. That’s what we need. He has molded CP3, Kyrie, Bass and many more. All have justified their draft positions or overachieved. Russell, as he said will always have god-gifted vision to pass and league will demand him to shoot better too.

    How can he become top 10 in league some years down the line is by rebounding and defense. Man if he grows some more and is 50% of a defensive pest that CP3 is, he will be an Al NBA talent.

  • I love Byron only for this same reason. He is hard on rookies. That’s what we need. He has molded CP3, Kyrie, Bass and many more. All have justified their draft positions or overachieved. Russell, as he said will always have god-gifted vision to pass and league will demand him to shoot better too.

    How can he become top 10 in league some years down the line is by rebounding and defense. Man if he grows some more and is 50% of a defensive pest that CP3 is, he will be an Al NBA talent.

  • Harden copied manu he said it himself, he copied some things every player copied things if they said no they lying i played ball we all took something from someone

  • Harden copied manu he said it himself, he copied some things every player copied things if they said no they lying i played ball we all took something from someone

  • Because when was the last time that we’ve had a top 5 draft pick that became a bust?
    Since when was a player a bust before ever playing one official NBA game?
    How did we draft poorly when the season begins Wednesday?
    Russell has the highest potential in the draft class and he’s one of the youngest. Too early man too early

  • Because when was the last time that we’ve had a top 5 draft pick that became a bust?
    Since when was a player a bust before ever playing one official NBA game?
    How did we draft poorly when the season begins Wednesday?
    Russell has the highest potential in the draft class and he’s one of the youngest. Too early man too early

  • Besides the 81 point game wherw he only had 1 assist and the 3 point record there is nothing Kobe has done that MJ hasnt.

  • Besides the 81 point game wherw he only had 1 assist and the 3 point record there is nothing Kobe has done that MJ hasnt.

  • Watch old tapes fool and u will see. Nba writer bill simmons even wrote about it.

  • Kobe diagnosed the GOAT (MJ) and found out the things he needed and incorporated it into his game….And pulled it Off.Kobe Aimed for the Best .

  • Harden is 25 years old and he’s a top 3 player in the league right now. Kobe is 37. Lol how about we give Harden 12 years and then we can compare.

  • Watch old tapes fool and u will see. Nba writer bill simmons even wrote about it.

  • Kobe diagnosed the GOAT (MJ) and found out the things he needed and incorporated it into his game….And pulled it Off.Kobe Aimed for the Best .

  • Harden is 25 years old and he’s a top 3 player in the league right now. Kobe is 37. Lol how about we give Harden 12 years and then we can compare.

  • Harden is a 25 year old superstar. he’s still at the beginning of his career. Give him some time.

  • Harden is a 25 year old superstar. he’s still at the beginning of his career. Give him some time.

  • Had one assist because nobody could score , remember they came back from 19 and kobe had to do his thing

  • Isn’t it Ironic…that now your are comparing him to the GOAT…It was the greatest Laker…now it’s vs MJ….Really you have proven what we were telling you All The Time…Greatest Laker.

  • Had one assist because nobody could score , remember they came back from 19 and kobe had to do his thing

  • Isn’t it Ironic…that now your are comparing him to the GOAT…It was the greatest Laker…now it’s vs MJ….Really you have proven what we were telling you All The Time…Greatest Laker.

  • Magic Averaged 19 points 11 assists 7 rebounds and 2 steals on 52% shooting

    Kobe averages 25 points 5 assists 5 rebounds and 1 steal per game on 45% shooting

    How is magic not better? Kobe averages 6 more points but Magic get 6 more assists 2 more rebounds and 1 more steal per game. An assist is 2-3 points that you helped your teammate score.

  • Magic Averaged 19 points 11 assists 7 rebounds and 2 steals on 52% shooting

    Kobe averages 25 points 5 assists 5 rebounds and 1 steal per game on 45% shooting

    How is magic not better? Kobe averages 6 more points but Magic get 6 more assists 2 more rebounds and 1 more steal per game. An assist is 2-3 points that you helped your teammate score.

  • Don’t forget most consecutive 50pt games….40pts games..60pt games….62pts in only 3qts didn’t play the 4th…Just Google Kobe accomplishments.

  • Don’t forget most consecutive 50pt games….40pts games..60pt games….62pts in only 3qts didn’t play the 4th…Just Google Kobe accomplishments.

  • That’s simply because MJ was brought into the conversation to prove an earlier point. Don’t get carried away.

  • That’s simply because MJ was brought into the conversation to prove an earlier point. Don’t get carried away.

  • The only thing Harden copied was the euro step. Ginobli didn’t create the euro step though.

  • The only thing Harden copied was the euro step. Ginobli didn’t create the euro step though.

  • Keep telling yourself that. The sad part about imitations is that they are never as good as the original.

  • Keep telling yourself that. The sad part about imitations is that they are never as good as the original.

  • True but like I said earlier Kobe tends to focus on his individual scoring instead of team play. Many of those games resulted in losses partly because he was inefficient. Kobe tends to isolate a lot. Greats like Magic, MJ and Bird did their scoring within their teams system.

  • You love Byron? Ok, please tell me what has he really done with the Lakers that impressed u so far.

  • True but like I said earlier Kobe tends to focus on his individual scoring instead of team play. Many of those games resulted in losses partly because he was inefficient. Kobe tends to isolate a lot. Greats like Magic, MJ and Bird did their scoring within their teams system.

  • You love Byron? Ok, please tell me what has he really done with the Lakers that impressed u so far.

  • Same thing they said about the Song ” heard it through the grape vine by Gladys Knight and the Pips…Marvin Gaye re-did it…and everybody thinks Marvin Gaye made that song….So much for your Theory.

  • Same thing they said about the Song ” heard it through the grape vine by Gladys Knight and the Pips…Marvin Gaye re-did it…and everybody thinks Marvin Gaye made that song….So much for your Theory.

  • LOL. Byron is making all his PGs play like Ronnie Price. If you take away P&R from PGs, they all look like Ronnie Price!!!

  • LOL. Byron is making all his PGs play like Ronnie Price. If you take away P&R from PGs, they all look like Ronnie Price!!!

  • True but that’s because MJ is the best. Theyre going keep comparing great players to MJ until somebody better comes along. You may not have noticed but Lebron and KD get compared to Jordan all the time. Anthony Davis is even starting to get those comparisons now.

  • True but that’s because MJ is the best. Theyre going keep comparing great players to MJ until somebody better comes along. You may not have noticed but Lebron and KD get compared to Jordan all the time. Anthony Davis is even starting to get those comparisons now.

  • Like I said….Google it….When Kobe scores over 30pts what is the team winning pct…72.6pct….Pretty Dam Good.

  • Like I said….Google it….When Kobe scores over 30pts what is the team winning pct…72.6pct….Pretty Dam Good.

  • True. I’m sure if Harden got to start his career with Shaq and and that stacked team then he’d have 3 rings too. The ring argument is so played out. Shaq got all three of those finals MVPS and that was an amazing team.

  • What part of Payton game makes you think of Russell? They seem very dissimilar to me.

  • well..he did appropriately tank so we could draft D’Angelo. D’Antoni couldn’t even do that luckily we’ve ended up with Julius but it could’ve been Wiggins

  • True. I’m sure if Harden got to start his career with Shaq and and that stacked team then he’d have 3 rings too. The ring argument is so played out. Shaq got all three of those finals MVPS and that was an amazing team.

  • What part of Payton game makes you think of Russell? They seem very dissimilar to me.

  • well..he did appropriately tank so we could draft D’Angelo. D’Antoni couldn’t even do that luckily we’ve ended up with Julius but it could’ve been Wiggins

  • That conversation have rapidly faded with Lebron results on the big stage….Kobe is 5-2 Lebron 2-4.

  • That conversation have rapidly faded with Lebron results on the big stage….Kobe is 5-2 Lebron 2-4.

  • In what way? His game doesn’t generate easy shots, everything is long contested 2s which he shots at a low %.

  • In what way? His game doesn’t generate easy shots, everything is long contested 2s which he shots at a low %.

  • No you are not Sure…..Harden is no Kobe Bryant….Neither was Penny Hardaway.

  • That’s because newer generations only know the present, not the past. It’s why current NBA fans keep disrespecting the greats. They only know Kobe and refuse to believe there was someone better before him. Just wait in 30 years some kids will be arguing about if the new Superstars are better than Anthony Davis. They won’t even remember Kobe Carmelo and Lebron, let alone Michael Jordan or Magic Johson.

  • That’s because newer generations only know the present, not the past. It’s why current NBA fans keep disrespecting the greats. They only know Kobe and refuse to believe there was someone better before him. Just wait in 30 years some kids will be arguing about if the new Superstars are better than Anthony Davis. They won’t even remember Kobe Carmelo and Lebron, let alone Michael Jordan or Magic Johson.

  • We’ve never had any top 5 draft picks that was a bust but that just might mean we’re due 🙂

    I am just concerned with his lack of athleticism so I am not saying bust. It’s just really hard to see a star in his game. Just too slow. He looks like a major project and my guess is that he ends up a solid bench player. So when you say he’s the future of LAL then that means LAL will be stuck in mediocrity to me. Hence the weeping.

  • We’ve never had any top 5 draft picks that was a bust but that just might mean we’re due 🙂

    I am just concerned with his lack of athleticism so I am not saying bust. It’s just really hard to see a star in his game. Just too slow. He looks like a major project and my guess is that he ends up a solid bench player. So when you say he’s the future of LAL then that means LAL will be stuck in mediocrity to me. Hence the weeping.

  • This is not a generational statement….It show some one else can improve on the original product…and make it better.

  • This is not a generational statement….It show some one else can improve on the original product…and make it better.

  • If we are talking music then that depends on the listener. If we are talking basketball, Jordan is statistically better than Kobe and he had a more successful career.

  • If we are talking music then that depends on the listener. If we are talking basketball, Jordan is statistically better than Kobe and he had a more successful career.

  • Agreed. Ni two men are the same, not even twins. Harden is a different person. He will have his own path to the Hall of Fame. Penny Hardaway had a tragic run with early injuries and he did get to play with Shaq but not Shaq in his prime or or with a talented Laker team. But yes Penny is also not Kobe.

  • Agreed. Ni two men are the same, not even twins. Harden is a different person. He will have his own path to the Hall of Fame. Penny Hardaway had a tragic run with early injuries and he did get to play with Shaq but not Shaq in his prime or or with a talented Laker team. But yes Penny is also not Kobe.

  • I think basketball fans are realizing that championships are a team accomplishment. They dont really measure an individual players greatness. You really only hear Kobe fans still using those arguments.

  • I think basketball fans are realizing that championships are a team accomplishment. They dont really measure an individual players greatness. You really only hear Kobe fans still using those arguments.

  • Yes but Kobe has spent the majority of his career on winning teams with other great players. Those years that Kobe was setting scoring records, the Lakers were barely making the playoffs. They missed the playoffs his first year without Shaq.

  • Yes but Kobe has spent the majority of his career on winning teams with other great players. Those years that Kobe was setting scoring records, the Lakers were barely making the playoffs. They missed the playoffs his first year without Shaq.

  • Byron Scott had absolutely nothing to do with Bass, he barely played him and had no interest in re-signing him after two seasons. If he lets the young guys on this roster go that same way, the Lakers will be in for a very long rebuild. Don’t confuse the natural talent of Kyrie and Chris Paul with Byron Scott’s supposed developmental ability. If shouting at someone to ‘play hard’ and running them ragged all the while establishing one of the slowest, most archaic systems (poorly executed) is going to be any good for the young guys on this roster, I’ll eat my damn hat.

  • Byron Scott had absolutely nothing to do with Bass, he barely played him and had no interest in re-signing him after two seasons. If he lets the young guys on this roster go that same way, the Lakers will be in for a very long rebuild. Don’t confuse the natural talent of Kyrie and Chris Paul with Byron Scott’s supposed developmental ability. If shouting at someone to ‘play hard’ and running them ragged all the while establishing one of the slowest, most archaic systems (poorly executed) is going to be any good for the young guys on this roster, I’ll eat my damn hat.

  • Trust me i am as pissed as anyone with Byron. To me he is a scapegoat to take the burns while we lose some seasons. But its undeniable across NBA how he develops rookies. Right now we need D’Lo,JC and Randle to be future All stars and Larry, Anthony, kelly as future role players. He is doing ok in that department.

  • Trust me i am as pissed as anyone with Byron. To me he is a scapegoat to take the burns while we lose some seasons. But its undeniable across NBA how he develops rookies. Right now we need D’Lo,JC and Randle to be future All stars and Larry, Anthony, kelly as future role players. He is doing ok in that department.

  • Well, four seasons as a lottery team may bring Byron some young talents to develop. Hey your wish may just come true!

  • Well, four seasons as a lottery team may bring Byron some young talents to develop. Hey your wish may just come true!

  • Why are you assuming, I am anti-laker and want our team to continue to bottom feed? Trust me thats the last thing i want. I am just saying that given current situation when we didnt had pull power for free agents and lesser draft picks over year after losses of Nash and Dwight, we needed young talent to grow. Thats why Byron is here. I will be 1st person to want him out if we get big free agent. Byron doesnt have defensive principles, just does lip service in Defense department. And offensively his Princeton offense is just not suited to fast paced league in shot clock era.

  • Why are you assuming, I am anti-laker and want our team to continue to bottom feed? Trust me thats the last thing i want. I am just saying that given current situation when we didnt had pull power for free agents and lesser draft picks over year after losses of Nash and Dwight, we needed young talent to grow. Thats why Byron is here. I will be 1st person to want him out if we get big free agent. Byron doesnt have defensive principles, just does lip service in Defense department. And offensively his Princeton offense is just not suited to fast paced league in shot clock era.

  • Are you confused or what? You said he’s bad yet you want him? NVM. You have right to your opinion. We shall stop it right here.

  • Are you confused or what? You said he’s bad yet you want him? NVM. You have right to your opinion. We shall stop it right here.

  • Shooting guards never average more assist than point guards bro come on now u should know this. Kobe jumper is better ore athletic, a little more footwork, magic had footwork too, but not like kobe, and kobe was a better defender.

  • Shooting guards never average more assist than point guards bro come on now u should know this. Kobe jumper is better ore athletic, a little more footwork, magic had footwork too, but not like kobe, and kobe was a better defender.

  • The operative Word is Playoffs…
    With terrible players and a complete re-vamp team….Smush Parket,Kwame Brown etc….But he still got them in the playoffs and it was and is the Western Conference…..When Kobe has played a Full season…he only missed the playoffs Twice in a 19yr career….the last was the 2012-2013 season when he got injured 2 games before season end but he got them in the playoffs….Baaaaaaad Man.

  • The operative Word is Playoffs…
    With terrible players and a complete re-vamp team….Smush Parket,Kwame Brown etc….But he still got them in the playoffs and it was and is the Western Conference…..When Kobe has played a Full season…he only missed the playoffs Twice in a 19yr career….the last was the 2012-2013 season when he got injured 2 games before season end but he got them in the playoffs….Baaaaaaad Man.

  • just because you capable of doing something does not give you and excuse of not doing it. many players in the NBA are capable of defending at a high level but choose not to. The fact that Kobe has multiple all def 1st team means he went out there and did it himself. Zone or not you can still be a great individual defender.

  • just because you capable of doing something does not give you and excuse of not doing it. many players in the NBA are capable of defending at a high level but choose not to. The fact that Kobe has multiple all def 1st team means he went out there and did it himself. Zone or not you can still be a great individual defender.

  • You Think?…..You’re having a Bad case of Denial…..It’s like someone telling you it’s pouring down Rain…..You go out in it and get soaking Wet and tell everybody it’s not raining…..People look at you…Shake their heads….Walk in the opposite direction……Time to Go.

  • You Think?…..You’re having a Bad case of Denial…..It’s like someone telling you it’s pouring down Rain…..You go out in it and get soaking Wet and tell everybody it’s not raining…..People look at you…Shake their heads….Walk in the opposite direction……Time to Go.

  • James harden has like 0 rings and will never be on all defensive 1st team let alone win a ring…plz don’t put him in the same conversation as kobe that blatant disrespect!!!!

  • James harden has like 0 rings and will never be on all defensive 1st team let alone win a ring…plz don’t put him in the same conversation as kobe that blatant disrespect!!!!

  • That Orlando Magic team had a talented team….Shaq was in his Prime…He just ran into Hakeem….Kobe Won with Shaq(3)and without (2)…..and all with one team…Ala MJ, Magic,Bird,Russell,Duncan…..I completely Rest My Case….All the evidence is Solid.

  • That Orlando Magic team had a talented team….Shaq was in his Prime…He just ran into Hakeem….Kobe Won with Shaq(3)and without (2)…..and all with one team…Ala MJ, Magic,Bird,Russell,Duncan…..I completely Rest My Case….All the evidence is Solid.

  • Dude..those teams were built to tank – nobody can win when Wesley Johnson and Ed Davis are playing big minutes.

    Or did you think it was a coincidence that the Lakers signed decent role players THIS year as opposed to the last two?

  • Dude..those teams were built to tank – nobody can win when Wesley Johnson and Ed Davis are playing big minutes.

    Or did you think it was a coincidence that the Lakers signed decent role players THIS year as opposed to the last two?

  • not really becuase Russell Clarkson and Williams should all be getting a ton of minutes

  • not really becuase Russell Clarkson and Williams should all be getting a ton of minutes

  • Well Kobe played with a bunch of different coaches = different defensive style and played at 3 different era of defensive system. So give Kobe some credit he can adapt to all these and still get the 1st team multiple times.

  • Well Kobe played with a bunch of different coaches = different defensive style and played at 3 different era of defensive system. So give Kobe some credit he can adapt to all these and still get the 1st team multiple times.

  • Lol. So Jordan is not great? Because he copied a lot of greats before him. And Kobe did become himself, you see those 81 points? Lol.. He’s the best at copying a lot of great player moves that other players can’t even copy and that’s also a unique quality. Do you see Lebron or these new “superstar” have the footwork or killer instinct of a prime Jordan and Kobe? Nope.. Harden became himself and look how that work.. 13 turnover choke In “the playoffs” and that’s a huge deal breaker to be great. Lol.

  • Russell will start without a question!! The last time the Lakers had a left handed point guard, a left handed power foward and the 6th man of the year, they were NBA Champions. Look to see the Lakers playing in June of 2016!! You heard it here first. Lakers/Heat Finals.

  • Lol. So Jordan is not great? Because he copied a lot of greats before him. And Kobe did become himself, you see those 81 points? Lol.. He’s the best at copying a lot of great player moves that other players can’t even copy and that’s also a unique quality. Do you see Lebron or these new “superstar” have the footwork or killer instinct of a prime Jordan and Kobe? Nope.. Harden became himself and look how that work.. 13 turnover choke In “the playoffs” and that’s a huge deal breaker to be great. Lol.

  • Russell will start without a question!! The last time the Lakers had a left handed point guard(Fisher=Russell), a left handed power foward(Odom=Randle) and the 6th man of the year(Odom=Lou Will) and a talented spanish player (Gasol=Huertas), they were NBA Champions. Look to see the Lakers playing in June of 2016!! You heard it here first. Lakers/Heat Finals.

  • Ahh the Shaq excuse.. It will never end just to discredit one of the greats. The real finals back then is the western conference where Kobe carried the team. And the east has always been weak and why Shaq dominated those stick figure players (in comparison to shaq that is) on the east and that’s why he became “finals” MVP. You seem to forgot that Shaq got outclassed by some of the good centers back and there’s a reason Kobe was the Mr. 4th quarter and the fact that no one can stop him besides an injury (slowed him down technically)..

  • Ahh the Shaq excuse.. It will never end just to discredit one of the greats. The real finals back then is the western conference where Kobe carried the team. And the east has always been weak and why Shaq dominated those stick figure players (in comparison to shaq that is) on the east and that’s why he became “finals” MVP. You seem to forgot that Shaq got outclassed by some of the good centers back and there’s a reason Kobe was the Mr. 4th quarter and the fact that no one can stop him besides an injury (slowed him down technically)..

  • Kobe is more skilled than Magic. Magic was great but he could not even shoot the ball. Have you seen his form? His defense? He played to his strengths in the open court and the occasional post up but he was a much more flawed player than Kobe is.

  • Kobe is more skilled than Magic. Magic was great but he could not even shoot the ball. Have you seen his form? His defense? He played to his strengths in the open court and the occasional post up but he was a much more flawed player than Kobe is.

  • Top 3 in this weak era of shooting guard. Stanley, Justise, and Zack is coming after him. And those guys have a potential Jordan/Kobe killer instinct based on their game.

  • Top 3 in this weak era of shooting guard. Stanley, Justise, and Zack is coming after him. And those guys have a potential Jordan/Kobe killer instinct based on their game.

  • Well he did put out some serious stat record that no other great shooting guard can beat..

    13 turnovers yo! Even smush parker is probably more clutch than that.

  • Well he did put out some serious stat record that no other great shooting guard can beat..

    13 turnovers yo! Even smush parker is probably more clutch than that.

  • Because his team sucks during those times. Still made the playoffs in the west, so your point?

  • Because his team sucks during those times. Still made the playoffs in the west, so your point?

  • Don’t make everyone laugh.. Championship is indeed a team accomplishment, but there’s always that 1 player that leads them to it. If your team has a bunch of insanely talented players yet all of them are soft or don’t have a killer instinct, you’ll go nowhere. e.g: 90’s/2009 Magic and 2011 Heat.

  • Don’t make everyone laugh.. Championship is indeed a team accomplishment, but there’s always that 1 player that leads them to it. If your team has a bunch of insanely talented players yet all of them are soft or don’t have a killer instinct, you’ll go nowhere. e.g: 90’s/2009 Magic and 2011 Heat.

  • Because he had personal issues, injury, change on coaching, media dissing, head management died etc, I doubt a man can focus with that insane amount of pressure, I guess people here are right, you’re an in denial troll.

  • Because he had personal issues, injury, change on coaching, media dissing, head management died etc, I doubt a man can focus with that insane amount of pressure, I guess people here are right, you’re an in denial troll.

  • Rofl! If that’s the case, everyone should copy the wright brothers for their plane design since original is better to your eye. Or the ABA/NBA style of dribbling is better than today’s NBA. Lol, You really need to get your head check.

  • Rofl! If that’s the case, everyone should copy the wright brothers for their plane design since original is better to your eye. Or the ABA/NBA style of dribbling is better than today’s NBA. Lol, You really need to get your head check.

  • Kobe was from the old era. Lol. All the kids now a day are Lebron, Curry, Harden, Kyrie..and Jordan based on thenice shoes, not for his playing days..

  • Kobe was from the old era. Lol. All the kids now a day are Lebron, Curry, Harden, Kyrie..and Jordan based on thenice shoes, not for his playing days..

  • Don’t get it twisted, prime Jordan played in 2 different era so less adjustment, Kobe played in 3 different era in his prime so he need more adjustment.. Do you even play basketball? Lol

  • Don’t get it twisted, prime Jordan played in 2 different era so less adjustment, Kobe played in 3 different era in his prime so he need more adjustment.. Do you even play basketball? Lol

  • Sadly we said the same thing with Mike brown and D antoni era. At least in my opinion D antoni is the better coach. If only he utilized a real center then incorporate it to his system and become more strict to Kobe we’ll be solid especially for the benefit of Randle, Clarkson, and D angelo. B Scot system seem to make our player clueless for some reason. Hope I’m wrong this season and this is the Bscot we expect to be good. But so far, it’s a Lakers fans nightmare this two season.