D’Angelo Russell Is Still Loading For Lakers
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“The more I watch D’Angelo Russell the more I think he’s just another guy. Doesn’t stick out, doesn’t seem to make impact plays.”

“Right now, he looks like a rich man’s Kendall Marshall.”

“Lakers should have drafted Okafor… Russell is extremely overrated.”

“D’Angelo Bust-ell.”

These are just a few quotes that I harvested from the internet following the Los Angeles Lakers debacle against the Sacramento Kings on Friday night. D’Angelo Russell, the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, had just shot 50 percent from the field and scored 13 points to go along with two rebounds and two assists. For a 19 year-old playing against veterans the likes of Rajon Rondo, Rudy Gay, and DeMarcus Cousins most would consider that a successful night.

However, that hasn’t been the case so far for Russell. Fans across the league are chomping at the bit to label him a bust, and consider his struggles to be proof that the Lakers organization is in shambles.

There are two reasons for this, with the first being that the Lakers were embarrassingly blown out by the Kings, and the blame has to fall somewhere. Most of it has been directed towards head coach Byron Scott, some at Kobe Bryant, but nearly everyone on the team has found themselves within the public blast radius during this string of three straight losses. These struggles are exactly what fans were praying they wouldn’t see.

While expectations are relatively low for this season’s Lakers (by their standards, anyway), supporters are anxious to see the purple and gold claw their way back to contention. After two seasons in a row of misery, fans are looking for something, anything to give them hope for the future. Consequently, anything less than domination from the team’s young core of Russell, Jordan Clarkson, and Julius Randle is met with a disproportionate amount of frustration.

Secondly, Russell’s rookie contemporaries have almost all had at least one big game at this point, or at the very least shown flashes of brilliance. To the Lakers weary, sometimes paranoid fan base, the strong play of Jahlil Okafor, Kristaps Porzingis, and Emmanuel Mudiay, who the Lakers passed on to select Russell, is proof positive that something is wrong in the front office.

To that I say: breathe. Take a long, deep breath, hold it in, and then slowly exhale. Everything is going to be OK.

I get it, the Lakers have a ton riding on the development of their young players. The draft is now the best method with which to build a team, and with their 2016 first-rounder likely going to Philadelphia next summer and another one owed to Orlando in 2018, the margin for error is nil. Simply put, in order for Los Angeles to fully recover from the “basketball reasons” fallout, each of their young players have to live up to their potential — and then some.

That’s a lot of pressure to put on a bunch of kids, but these are desperate times. As a result, Russell is being unfairly raked over the coals, even at this early stage of the season.

Russell has unquestionably been thrown into the proverbial deep end, thrust into a starting role in front of the league’s largest fan base with just a year of college experience under his belt. Let’s not forget that Russell came from almost out of nowhere in college; no one was expecting him to be one of the top picks in the draft when his stint at Ohio State began.

Players like Okafor and Mudiay were touted as blue chip prospects for years, and playing in the NBA seemed to be an inevitability for them. They have had time to mentally prepare for this NBA journey, while Russell has had just months. His rise has been a whirlwind that would leave anyone’s head spinning, and the burden of not only adapting to being a professional athlete but also having the kinds of expectations that Russell has on him doesn’t make things any easier.

Furthermore, Russell isn’t the freak athlete that some of his compatriots are. Mudiay has a chiseled frame to go along with elite quickness and strength. Okafor is a mountain of a human being with almost comically huge hands. Porzingis is essentially a human Imperial Walker, stepping over everyone and everything.

None of those things necessarily equate to being a good basketball player, but they help. Most importantly, those physical advantages create a little bit of leeway when it comes to competing at the NBA level. For Russell, whose game is based around the use of angles and trickery, the margin for error is much, much lower because he can’t rely on his athletic attributes to carry him through. If Mudiay doesn’t come off a screen just right, he has the strength and quickness to create space and absorb contact. However, for Russell misreading an angle often means his attack is thwarted or his pass will be picked off. He has to play things perfectly, but so far, Russell hasn’t been able to hit that level.

It’s something he can certainly overcome. The NBA has plenty of examples of guards who weren’t elite athletes but still found success like Steve Nash, John Stockton, and Jason Kidd. It’s just going to take time for Russell to adapt to the pace of the NBA game.

We also can’t forget that the Lakers have a bevy of players who are more than willing to attack when the ball is in their hands, and the offense is currently run around them. Russell hasn’t been as aggressive as he needs to be, but he hasn’t been forced to step up the way Mudiay and Okafor have because he plays alongside Randle, Bryant, and Clarkson.

To complicate matters, Russell isn’t being put into an ideal offense- one based around the high pick and roll. At his best right now, Russell is a phenomenal passer who reads the floor better than most and can step into space and consistently hit the 20-foot jumper. More often than not, he is currently being used off the ball or initiating the Princeton offense with a pass to the wing and then cutting to the basket. The Byron Scott offense simply doesn’t play to his strengths at this juncture.

It’s the equivalent to asking Mudiay to become a spot up shooter or Okafor to be a stretch four. Russell gets criticism for not standing out, but he has yet to truly have an opportunity to play his game. Again though, it takes time. Russell has to prove that he is ready for an offense to be built around him before it can be done.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and NBA stars aren’t made overnight. For now, just enjoy the building process and remember that D’Angelo Russell is still just a 19 year old kid. The skill and talent are there, so let’s give him a chance to grow as a player and a person before we label him a bust.

if it’s any consolation, here are a few other quotes about NBA players early in their careers:

“James Harden is the biggest bust of the draft.”

“…to this point Steph Curry has been a tremendous bust.”

It’s far too early to give up on Russell. Hang in there, Lakers fans, and try to practice some patience.

great article. people need to calm down. russell will be fine.

  • Yeah, I think it is unfair to judge guys who are 19 years old as busts. Curry, Clarkson, Lillard etc wouldn’t have even been drafted if they had entered the draft at 19. That is a very young age and your body isn’t done developing.

  • Yeah, I think it is unfair to judge guys who are 19 years old as busts. Curry, Clarkson, Lillard etc wouldn’t have even been drafted if they had entered the draft at 19. That is a very young age and your body isn’t done developing.

  • Great article, up until this day I really can’t understand how easily most “fans” give up on our players, Russell still has 2 more years to increase his height and muscle mass and I do believe Russell will be shutting mouths just like Julius Randle is doing right now.

  • Great article, up until this day I really can’t understand how easily most “fans” give up on our players, Russell still has 2 more years to increase his height and muscle mass and I do believe Russell will be shutting mouths just like Julius Randle is doing right now.

  • This is a weak article. Harden and Curry showed in SL that they had the potential to be stars so using them as examples is just dumb. Harden had a 40pt game and Curry average 17.4 for SL.

    Russell was definitely the man in SL but failed to deliver. What makes you believe that playing against NBA level talent he would now be able to? Sounds like wishful thinking.

    Using comps of guys who struggled initially in SL and their rookie season, and then were able to perform is reasonable. Stockton, Nash, Billups. Lazy journalism trying to equate what Curry did in his rookie season and somehow if given the chance Russell would that is just weak.

  • This is a weak article. Harden and Curry showed in SL that they had the potential to be stars so using them as examples is just dumb. Harden had a 40pt game and Curry average 17.4 for SL.

    Russell was definitely the man in SL but failed to deliver. What makes you believe that playing against NBA level talent he would now be able to? Sounds like wishful thinking.

    Using comps of guys who struggled initially in SL and their rookie season, and then were able to perform is reasonable. Stockton, Nash, Billups. Lazy journalism trying to equate what Curry did in his rookie season and somehow if given the chance Russell would that is just weak.

  • People who call a 19 year old a bust this early are hilarious

  • “Russell is a phenomenal passer who reads the floor better than most and
    can step into space and consistently hit the 20-foot jumper”

    I have not seen it yet; Russell is a shooter who needs screens because as I’ve stated he has a very slow delivery mechanic on his shooting and he has been trying to make adjustments to improve on it. I guarantee if anybody would go and ask Tracy Murray he would tell you he is working with Russell on that; also I’ve seen his adjustments to keep his foot together on his jump shots which previously they tend to spread wide on his lift off the court floor.

    “More often than not, he is currently being used off the ball or
    initiating the Princeton offense with a pass to the wing and then
    cutting to the basket. The current offense simply doesn’t play to his
    strengths.”

    I disagree, Russell have been mostly playing off the ball and getting wide open but he is just not hitting it. The shooting adjustments will take time; he just needs to continue playing off the ball and everyone need to lower the expectations and let him develop. He will get better because he is a natural scorer but he isn’t a natural point guard.

  • “Russell is a phenomenal passer who reads the floor better than most and
    can step into space and consistently hit the 20-foot jumper”

    I have not seen it yet; Russell is a shooter who needs screens because as I’ve stated he has a very slow delivery mechanic on his shooting and he has been trying to make adjustments to improve on it. I guarantee if anybody would go and ask Tracy Murray he would tell you he is working with Russell on that; also I’ve seen his adjustments to keep his foot together on his jump shots which previously they tend to spread wide on his lift off the court floor.

    “More often than not, he is currently being used off the ball or
    initiating the Princeton offense with a pass to the wing and then
    cutting to the basket. The current offense simply doesn’t play to his
    strengths.”

    I disagree, Russell have been mostly playing off the ball and getting wide open but he is just not hitting it. The shooting adjustments will take time; he just needs to continue playing off the ball and everyone need to lower the expectations and let him develop. He will get better because he is a natural scorer but he isn’t a natural point guard.

  • He will be great once we start featuring more pnr action. He has a great mid range pull-up and he can see.The rest will come with game time. The real question is “can Byron Scott maximize his abilities?”

  • He will be great once we start featuring more pnr action. He has a great mid range pull-up and he can see.The rest will come with game time. The real question is “can Byron Scott maximize his abilities?”

  • If you watched Curry in his freshman year he dominated the competition at every level of college hoop; Russell didn’t do that. For sure Curry would have been a lottery in his freshman year but everyone develop at different age progression.

  • If you watched Curry in his freshman year he dominated the competition at every level of college hoop; Russell didn’t do that. For sure Curry would have been a lottery in his freshman year but everyone develop at different age progression.

  • I think its his brand of basketball more than anything. He’s not athletic, and people are not used to seeing unathletic guys dominate the game. Hence the skepticism. You can count on one hand the number of unathletic stars in the league.

  • I think its his brand of basketball more than anything. He’s not athletic, and people are not used to seeing unathletic guys dominate the game. Hence the skepticism. You can count on one hand the number of unathletic stars in the league.

  • All those saying he is a bust have their own agendas, they are Kobe fanboys looking to deflect the blame or just have no trust in the FO for their very many past poor decisions. Impatience is the biggest thing driving these people. DLo may not turn out to be what we hope, but that doesn’t mean he does not possess all the tools to be a star, those saying athleticism is key, should look at older Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, John Stockton even Chris Paul and Curry aren’t all that athletic. It’s the athletic ones who tend to also develop serious knee issues too.

    That the Lakers passed on Okafor was an excellent call, he is also not athletic (averaging 5.3 rebounds per game) and did not fit with the Lakers other long term project Julius Randle.

    The real thing I believe keeping Russell from flourishing, is this system and the team mates he is playing with. Russell thrives coming off screens and in the pick and roll, yet they are not a staple of this offense. Nor does playing with Kobe Bryant help any point guard’s numbers. He has always suited non ball dominant point guards and that is why Ronnie Price and Derek Fisher worked well with him.

    For the record the Lakers are dead last in the NBA in number of team passes (240 per game), a full 20 passes less than the next worse team (the biggest gap between any of the teams). Kobe Bryant has passed the ball 56 times, he has shot 51 times. This is the worst ratio of any player currently in the NBA. How do you expect a point guard to thrive in these conditions to begin with? Set up for failure.

  • Is almost funny these guys who call D’angelo a bust. The guy is so smooth… All he have to do is work in his body, be more agily, increase his range for three (the touch he already has).
    He will be a superstar down the line…

    Same for the guys who call Clarkson better than Exum too… My goodness! Exum will dominate the league, but has only 19 years old. Sadly injuried his self.

  • All those saying he is a bust have their own agendas, they are Kobe fanboys looking to deflect the blame or just have no trust in the FO for their very many past poor decisions. Impatience is the biggest thing driving these people. DLo may not turn out to be what we hope, but that doesn’t mean he does not possess all the tools to be a star, those saying athleticism is key, should look at older Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, John Stockton even Chris Paul and Curry aren’t all that athletic. It’s the athletic ones who tend to also develop serious knee issues too.

    That the Lakers passed on Okafor was an excellent call, he is also not athletic (averaging 5.3 rebounds per game) and did not fit with the Lakers other long term project Julius Randle.

    The real thing I believe keeping Russell from flourishing, is this system and the team mates he is playing with. Russell thrives coming off screens and in the pick and roll, yet they are not a staple of this offense. Nor does playing with Kobe Bryant help any point guard’s numbers. He has always suited non ball dominant point guards and that is why Ronnie Price and Derek Fisher worked well with him.

    For the record the Lakers are dead last in the NBA in number of team passes (240 per game), a full 20 passes less than the next worse team (the biggest gap between any of the teams). Kobe Bryant has passed the ball 56 times, he has shot 51 times. This is the worst ratio of any player currently in the NBA. How do you expect a point guard to thrive in these conditions to begin with? Set up for failure.

  • Is almost funny these guys who call D’angelo a bust. The guy is so smooth… All he have to do is work in his body, be more agily, increase his range for three (the touch he already has).
    He will be a superstar down the line…

    Same for the guys who call Clarkson better than Exum too… My goodness! Exum will dominate the league, but has only 19 years old. Sadly injuried his self.

  • Its not just Russle the entire team isn’t good and this is probably going to be the same as it was for the last 3 years. Lakers just couldn’t get lucky with the right team.

  • Its not just Russle the entire team isn’t good and this is probably going to be the same as it was for the last 3 years. Lakers just couldn’t get lucky with the right team.

  • I wouldn’t say he will be a superstar. Maybe a all-star once or twice. I don’t see him being on Curry, Harden, or Lebron kind of superstar level. Randle I see is the real superstar for the Lakers.

  • I wouldn’t say he will be a superstar. Maybe a all-star once or twice. I don’t see him being on Curry, Harden, or Lebron kind of superstar level. Randle I see is the real superstar for the Lakers.

  • Those explosive athletic types are also far more likely to pick up those serious knee injuries too.

  • Those explosive athletic types are also far more likely to pick up those serious knee injuries too.

  • his ability to drive to the basket is a thing of beauty, he obviously doesn’t have the confidence(yet) or the physique to translate that to the nba yet. he has to hit basketball puberty to fully show what he can do……………… and in the process recruit ben simmons(i know I’m obsessed)

  • his ability to drive to the basket is a thing of beauty, he obviously doesn’t have the confidence(yet) or the physique to translate that to the nba yet. he has to hit basketball puberty to fully show what he can do……………… and in the process recruit ben simmons(i know I’m obsessed)

  • yea it does look like Russel body needs 2 develope still got sum baby fat so does J. Okafor n Jabari Parker. I noticed in SL he had a hard time beating guys off the dribble as da #2 pick unacceptable

  • yea it does look like Russel body needs 2 develope still got sum baby fat so does J. Okafor n Jabari Parker. I noticed in SL he had a hard time beating guys off the dribble as da #2 pick unacceptable

  • I can’t say i’ve seen much of the superstar talent from Russell. His passing hasn’t worked as often as it should if he has the uncanny ability to read the floor. His shooitng is just average. His quickness to create space and score is not there. He is very young and I sure hope he can develop his body and skills, because it sure ain’t there yet and if he doesn’t continue to grow he will just be a mediocre backup. Scott sure isn’t helping him with the style of play though.

  • I can’t say i’ve seen much of the superstar talent from Russell. His passing hasn’t worked as often as it should if he has the uncanny ability to read the floor. His shooitng is just average. His quickness to create space and score is not there. He is very young and I sure hope he can develop his body and skills, because it sure ain’t there yet and if he doesn’t continue to grow he will just be a mediocre backup. Scott sure isn’t helping him with the style of play though.

  • I think in order for russell to become a star, he needs to become a great shooter. He cant get to the basket at will, but becoming a dead eye shooter will unlock alot of the rest of his offense

  • I think in order for russell to become a star, he needs to become a great shooter. He cant get to the basket at will, but becoming a dead eye shooter will unlock alot of the rest of his offense

  • “Furthermore, Russell isn’t the freak athlete that some of his compatriots are. Mudiay has a chiseled frame to go along with elite quickness and strength. Okafor is a mountain of a human being with almost comically huge hands. Porzingis is essentially a human Imperial Walker, stepping over everyone and everything.”

    ….So why didn’t we choose them instead? Why did we choose Russell over them??

  • “Furthermore, Russell isn’t the freak athlete that some of his compatriots are. Mudiay has a chiseled frame to go along with elite quickness and strength. Okafor is a mountain of a human being with almost comically huge hands. Porzingis is essentially a human Imperial Walker, stepping over everyone and everything.”

    ….So why didn’t we choose them instead? Why did we choose Russell over them??

  • Russell has great court vision, he read his teammates moves different than the rest of the players. I think this is the hardest thing to teach… so he will be fine, he need more nba games to addapt, but he will be a great pg…

  • Russell has great court vision, he read his teammates moves different than the rest of the players. I think this is the hardest thing to teach… so he will be fine, he need more nba games to addapt, but he will be a great pg…

  • Curry is one of the best 3 players in the league right now… and he is not “athletic” if you compare him to Lebron… but he is the current MVP and his team won the tittle… not bad for someone who isn’t a freak atlete.

    Athletic bodies isn’t everything, I prefer basketball IQ over big muscles, it’s harder to find.

  • Curry is one of the best 3 players in the league right now… and he is not “athletic” if you compare him to Lebron… but he is the current MVP and his team won the tittle… not bad for someone who isn’t a freak atlete.

    Athletic bodies isn’t everything, I prefer basketball IQ over big muscles, it’s harder to find.

  • Kobe’s first season stats: 71 games, 15.5 MPG, 1.9 Reb, 1.3 Ast, 7.6 Ppg, 1.6 tov.

    So, if we go with some NBA fans logic, Kobe is a bust…

    You can’t judge a 19 years old kid with his 3 first games.

  • Kobe’s first season stats: 71 games, 15.5 MPG, 1.9 Reb, 1.3 Ast, 7.6 Ppg, 1.6 tov.

    So, if we go with some NBA fans logic, Kobe is a bust…

    You can’t judge a 19 years old kid with his 3 first games.

  • This kid barely gets a chnace to run the offense. Give him some time, you can tell he has a good fell for the game.

  • This kid barely gets a chnace to run the offense. Give him some time, you can tell he has a good feel for the game.

  • Here is quote from Alan Gentry about Kobe’s play during SL his rookie season: “He’s impressive. I’ve never seen a better player at his age at his position.”

    Seems most good players show flashes early on. Even 3 games in.

  • Here is quote from Alan Gentry about Kobe’s play during SL his rookie season: “He’s impressive. I’ve never seen a better player at his age at his position.”

    Seems most good players show flashes early on. Even 3 games in.

  • Or maybe Alan knew Kobe’s dad and Kobe as a kid so he just had nice things to say.

  • Yeah anyone watching the lakers can clearly see russell does not feel comfortable out there yet. It’s his rookie year he is 19 years old. He is still in a sorta nervous staged right now once he gets used to the NBA more and the lakers system of course he will be much better. As for his potential and who we could compare him to I would go with Chris Paul. Westbrook as well but take away the crazy athletic ability westbrook has obviously. Again though he is clearly not comfortable out there yet. Could be nerves could be he is not NBA ready. Only time will tell. Id look for russell to look a lot better come Christmas time or after new years jan 2016. We will definitely see flashes of his potential once he is comfortable out there.

  • Or maybe Alan knew Kobe’s dad and Kobe as a kid so he just had nice things to say.

  • Yeah anyone watching the lakers can clearly see russell does not feel comfortable out there yet. It’s his rookie year he is 19 years old. He is still in a sorta nervous staged right now once he gets used to the NBA more and the lakers system of course he will be much better. As for his potential and who we could compare him to I would go with Chris Paul. Westbrook as well but take away the crazy athletic ability westbrook has obviously. Again though he is clearly not comfortable out there yet. Could be nerves could be he is not NBA ready. Only time will tell. Id look for russell to look a lot better come Christmas time or after new years jan 2016. We will definitely see flashes of his potential once he is comfortable out there.

  • I’ve seen Russell flashes, some of his assist are insane, remind me a little of Nash’s assists.

  • Also worth noting that many coaches and scouts said the same thing about Russell last season during college ball.

  • I’ve seen Russell flashes, some of his assist are insane, remind me a little of Nash’s assists.

  • Also worth noting that many coaches and scouts said the same thing about Russell last season during college ball.

  • Curry isn’t an elite athlete but he still drives to the basket with ease. D Russell hasn’t hit shots, he doesn’t drive. Curry was the #7 pick. In his first game he had 14 pts/7assts and only took only 1 3ptr. First 3 games. 33 pts/ 20 assts/ 7 steals. 3/6 on 3 ptrs. DLO is already at 4/15 on 3 ptrs. No comparison between 2 “non athletes.”

  • Curry isn’t an elite athlete but he still drives to the basket with ease. D Russell hasn’t hit shots, he doesn’t drive. Curry was the #7 pick. In his first game he had 14 pts/7assts and only took only 1 3ptr. First 3 games. 33 pts/ 20 assts/ 7 steals. 3/6 on 3 ptrs. DLO is already at 4/15 on 3 ptrs. No comparison between 2 “non athletes.”

  • College doesn’t count. Talent level is too all over the place or else Jimmer Fredette would be a great NBA player.

  • Summer league isn’t much different. Especially back when Kobe was a rookie where not very many teams participated or cared about it.

  • College doesn’t count. Talent level is too all over the place or else Jimmer Fredette would be a great NBA player.

  • Summer league isn’t much different. Especially back when Kobe was a rookie where not very many teams participated or cared about it.

  • You can’t teach quickness or length. You do realize Curry was rated as a better athlete than Russell (average vs below average)? It’s hard seeing him reaching Curry level skill that just doesn’t seem humanly possible.

  • Go watch him in college go look how comfortable he is with running the offense and dribbling. He is not there yet with lakers. He looks like he doesn’t want to run the offense or no how too I think its because he still a little nervous. It will wear off. Once he looks more comfortable with the ball in his hands he will show you. For those that actually watch the lakers and are lakers fan if you watch summer league he showed flashes of his phenomal court vision. Even in 1 game in the preseason. So don’t give me this bs that you have not seen him be a good passer.

  • You can’t teach quickness or length. You do realize Curry was rated as a better athlete than Russell (average vs below average)? It’s hard seeing him reaching Curry level skill that just doesn’t seem humanly possible.

  • Curry was 21 not 19 when played his first nba game. Two years at that age are a lot, but that was not the point, I’m not saying that he will become Curry or something like that.

    I’m just saying that Basketball IQ it’s harder to find, Curry strenghts are his shoot and his basketball iq, Russell strenght it’s his basketball IQ. That’s all…

  • Curry is a better athlete than Russell, and it’s highly unlikely Russell ever reaches Curry’s level of skill which is in the realm of best ever. Curry is elite or best ever in so many shooting categories it’s just ridiculous.

  • Curry was 21 not 19 when played his first nba game. Two years at that age are a lot, but that was not the point, I’m not saying that he will become Curry or something like that.

    I’m just saying that Basketball IQ it’s harder to find, Curry strenghts are his shoot and his basketball iq, Russell strenght it’s his basketball IQ. That’s all…

  • Curry is a better athlete than Russell, and it’s highly unlikely Russell ever reaches Curry’s level of skill which is in the realm of best ever. Curry is elite or best ever in so many shooting categories it’s just ridiculous.

  • yeah he dominated against “big time” college programs like wofford and samford and western carolina. he was basically an unknown until the 08 run to the elite 8. even when drafted nobody thought he was going to be this good. just a catch and shoot type player like his dad. please educate yourself

  • If we are going to use Summer League as a measuring stick. Anthony Randolph will be the best NBA player to ever play the game.. Just keep waiting for it.

  • I picked Kobe for ROY, so yeah, that was kinda of disappointing. But that was because he didn’t get any minutes behind Eddie Jones. 8pts in 16 min as a role player ain’t a bust, especially with the skillset he showed – every bit jordanesque.

    Russell gets 25 min/game in a starter role. a good pass here and there.

  • yeah he dominated against “big time” college programs like wofford and samford and western carolina. he was basically an unknown until the 08 run to the elite 8. even when drafted nobody thought he was going to be this good. just a catch and shoot type player like his dad. please educate yourself

  • If we are going to use Summer League as a measuring stick. Anthony Randolph will be the best NBA player to ever play the game.. Just keep waiting for it.

  • I picked Kobe for ROY, so yeah, that was kinda of disappointing. But that was because he didn’t get any minutes behind Eddie Jones. 8pts in 16 min as a role player ain’t a bust, especially with the skillset he showed – every bit jordanesque.

    Russell gets 25 min/game in a starter role. a good pass here and there.

  • yes summer league counts lookat clarkson he dominated summerleague and give teams fits whydidyouthinkmemphis put tony allen onclarkson a defesive sf!

  • yes summer league counts lookat clarkson he dominated summerleague and give teams fits whydidyouthinkmemphis put tony allen onclarkson a defesive sf!

  • Another one… I’m not saying russell is better than Curry, just that both of them have high basketball IQ.

  • Then we should definitely trade Randle for Anthony Randolph, someone alert Mitch!

  • Another one… I’m not saying russell is better than Curry, just that both of them have high basketball IQ.

  • Then we should definitely trade Randle for Anthony Randolph, someone alert Mitch!

  • I know one thing the Lakers and Byron Scott are tanking! & a few of the players are furious about it, they keep dropping seeds in their post game interview.
    Just listen to certain things they say about the offense, positioning, or defense, etc.

  • I know one thing the Lakers and Byron Scott are tanking! & a few of the players are furious about it, they keep dropping seeds in their post game interview.
    Just listen to certain things they say about the offense, positioning, or defense, etc.

  • agreed not even great passes mudiay has made more assists and points than russell!

  • agreed not even great passes mudiay has made more assists and points than russell!

  • Yeap, Curry is quicker, and you can’t teach quickness, but we are talking about the best basketball player in the league right now.

    But my point is that you don’t have to be Usain Bolt to be a good pg. If you see the court in a different way the rest of the players do, that’s a great weapon to use.

  • Actually you used their similar athlecism together with iQ to make the comparison. Curry’s athleticism hasn’t change that much over his career, let alone 19 to 21. I’d expect D’angelo to remain below par athletic for the remainder of his career. The question is how will he get over that deficiency.

  • Yeap, Curry is quicker, and you can’t teach quickness, but we are talking about the best basketball player in the league right now.

    But my point is that you don’t have to be Usain Bolt to be a good pg. If you see the court in a different way the rest of the players do, that’s a great weapon to use.

  • Actually you used their similar athlecism together with iQ to make the comparison. Curry’s athleticism hasn’t change that much over his career, let alone 19 to 21. I’d expect D’angelo to remain below par athletic for the remainder of his career. The question is how will he get over that deficiency.

  • lane, russell is a bust, noi.q. whatsoevre, hestupidlyfouled gobertandalmost injured himself, you have nojournalistic things inyoulane, pathetic journalism!

  • Davidson had less talent than OSU and he took them further. Curry proved he could do it. Russell never proved he could do that. So that’s a big difference. Everyone wants to look at Curry and extrapolate Russell to being a star. That makes as much sense as seeing a 6’4″ PF and expecting him to play like Barkley.

  • lane, russell is a bust, noi.q. whatsoevre, hestupidlyfouled gobertandalmost injured himself, you have nojournalistic things inyoulane, pathetic journalism!

  • Davidson had less talent than OSU and he took them further. Curry proved he could do it. Russell never proved he could do that. So that’s a big difference. Everyone wants to look at Curry and extrapolate Russell to being a star. That makes as much sense as seeing a 6’4″ PF and expecting him to play like Barkley.

  • It’s a stupid stat because this season just started but, Mudiay 6.3 TOV vs 1.7 Russell

    I’m not saying Russell is better than Mudiay, it’s to early to know that, but we have to be pacient and let Russell develop. The worst thing we can do it’s put a lot of pressure on him, and that’s what we are doing.

  • It’s a stupid stat because this season just started but, Mudiay 6.3 TOV vs 1.7 Russell

    I’m not saying Russell is better than Mudiay, it’s to early to know that, but we have to be pacient and let Russell develop. The worst thing we can do it’s put a lot of pressure on him, and that’s what we are doing.

  • Byron Scott is tanking early and it doesn’t sit to well with Kobe Bryant also is the Lakers system a good fit for players like Russell, Randle, and Clarkson?
    The Lakers would be better off if Kobe Bryant retired, John Smallwood of the Philadelphia Daily News opines. Bryant hasn’t been an impact player since the 2012/13 season and no longer serves a useful role on a rebuilding team, Smallwood continues. The veteran wing player doesn’t have the mentality to help develop the Lakers’ younger players and his burning desire to win actually hurts the team’s chances of holding onto its first-round pick, Smallwood adds. The Lakers must convey their 2016 pick to the Sixers unless it’s in the top three. Becoming a role player on a contending team via a trade or buyout doesn’t suit Bryant’s personality or ego, so there’s no point in Bryant continuing his career, Smallwood concludes.

  • and russell has been clanking shots dumbo its usual for guard to make turnover they handle the ball the most and rusell has made turnovers himself!s

  • Byron Scott is tanking early and it doesn’t sit to well with Kobe Bryant also is the Lakers system a good fit for players like Russell, Randle, and Clarkson?
    The Lakers would be better off if Kobe Bryant retired, John Smallwood of the Philadelphia Daily News opines. Bryant hasn’t been an impact player since the 2012/13 season and no longer serves a useful role on a rebuilding team, Smallwood continues. The veteran wing player doesn’t have the mentality to help develop the Lakers’ younger players and his burning desire to win actually hurts the team’s chances of holding onto its first-round pick, Smallwood adds. The Lakers must convey their 2016 pick to the Sixers unless it’s in the top three. Becoming a role player on a contending team via a trade or buyout doesn’t suit Bryant’s personality or ego, so there’s no point in Bryant continuing his career, Smallwood concludes.

  • and russell has been clanking shots dumbo its usual for guard to make turnover they handle the ball the most and rusell has made turnovers himself!s

  • actually mudiayiswayfarout better thanrusell thereason forturnovers isbecause he isdriving and doing something ratherhave that thanpathetic weakling dlo stupid!

  • Randle’s skillsets are more apparent from day 1. he’s not perfect but having athleticism will help him be more.

  • actually mudiayiswayfarout better thanrusell thereason forturnovers isbecause he isdriving and doing something ratherhave that thanpathetic weakling dlo stupid!

  • Randle’s skillsets are more apparent from day 1. he’s not perfect but having athleticism will help him be more.

  • Randle was just voted most disappointing summer league player a month ago by CBS Sports. Look at him now. Give Russell a chance to figure the NBA game out. He is looking better each game.

  • What I said is that Currys main strenght is not atlecism, he is far away of some nba players.

    And about the age, is not only about the body, is madurity, experience in life and in games, etc.

  • Randle was just voted most disappointing summer league player a month ago by CBS Sports. Look at him now. Give Russell a chance to figure the NBA game out. He is looking better each game.

  • What I said is that Currys main strenght is not atlecism, he is far away of some nba players.

    And about the age, is not only about the body, is madurity, experience in life and in games, etc.

  • IQ is great weapon if you have other tools. Luke has great IQ and great court vision but guys like Grainger get to the all-star game.

  • Lol idk either wsy Byron Scott not trying to win games he’s trying to win the lottery because his rotation sucks, his decisions suck, and when key players wind up do getting hot, he takes them out sooo yea maybe even by playing kobe

  • Same conclusion, give the kid some time to develop, stop putting that pressure over him.

  • IQ is great weapon if you have other tools. Luke has great IQ and great court vision but guys like Grainger get to the all-star game.

  • Lol idk either wsy Byron Scott not trying to win games he’s trying to win the lottery because his rotation sucks, his decisions suck, and when key players wind up do getting hot, he takes them out sooo yea maybe even by playing kobe

  • Same conclusion, give the kid some time to develop, stop putting that pressure over him.

  • So your point is correct but it’s a hard analogy to make when it implies developing some insane level skill to compensate. All Curry’s success flow directly from the ability to shoot the quickest ever, at an extremely high level of accuracy, with a defender glued next to him. Curry is going to be considered the greatest shooter to play in the NBA of all time. That’s a very high bar.

  • He hasn’t had in 11 in a game yet and thats too high regardless…last time I checked Mudiay is clanking shots as well lol

  • Yeah, I mean I just don’t think this roster is built to win. To me this season was always just about development.

  • So your point is correct but it’s a hard analogy to make when it implies developing some insane level skill to compensate. All Curry’s success flow directly from the ability to shoot the quickest ever, at an extremely high level of accuracy, with a defender glued next to him. Curry is going to be considered the greatest shooter to play in the NBA of all time. That’s a very high bar.

  • He hasn’t had in 11 in a game yet and thats too high regardless…last time I checked Mudiay is clanking shots as well lol

  • Yeah, I mean I just don’t think this roster is built to win. To me this season was always just about development.

  • last I checked russellhad 0assistslatgame and really nogoodpointsso your invalid lol!

  • Let’s give Russell a little time, is to soon to judge, and I think putting a lot of pressure over his shoulders is the worst thing we can do. We have to let him develop, support him as Lakers fan, I think we all want to see him become a true NBA player.

  • last I checked russellhad 0assistslatgame and really nogoodpointsso your invalid lol!

  • Let’s give Russell a little time, is to soon to judge, and I think putting a lot of pressure over his shoulders is the worst thing we can do. We have to let him develop, support him as Lakers fan, I think we all want to see him become a true NBA player.

  • hes the idiot who said he could contribute quick and is the best in the draft if you talk then prove that talk!

  • Russell ain’t that much better in the TOV department. 5 assts to 5 TO. EM has 16 assts to 19 TO. Mudiay just has more opportunities to screw up because his coach told him he could make mistakes.

  • hes the idiot who said he could contribute quick and is the best in the draft if you talk then prove that talk!

  • Russell ain’t that much better in the TOV department. 5 assts to 5 TO. EM has 16 assts to 19 TO. Mudiay just has more opportunities to screw up because his coach told him he could make mistakes.

  • I disagree P&R is going to help his game much at this point. In P&R the big will show to give the defender time to trail and contest. Russell looks to get easily bothered when people contest his shot.

  • Yeah I’m starting to see that now, i may be blinded by my own expectations, but really i see the tank, because we can win games and develop, their gonna get their development just by being at the game! Their tanking, I’m accepting it because I see it, Byron Scott slick man

  • I disagree P&R is going to help his game much at this point. In P&R the big will show to give the defender time to trail and contest. Russell looks to get easily bothered when people contest his shot.

  • Yeah I’m starting to see that now, i may be blinded by my own expectations, but really i see the tank, because we can win games and develop, their gonna get their development just by being at the game! Their tanking, I’m accepting it because I see it, Byron Scott slick man

  • Now I know its too early for tanking but…at this rate anyone thinking of Ben Simmons? Top 3 pick hm???

  • Now I know its too early for tanking but…at this rate anyone thinking of Ben Simmons? Top 3 pick hm???

  • I said that because sometimes we just see the good things in other team players and we don’t see their mistakes. Maybe if Byron let Russell be the true pg he will have the same numbers as Mudiay in ast and tov, but some people will just see the tovs…

  • Duncan said my pick Porzingis was impressive. Dirk sees Randle as a special player. MJ saw alot of himnself in Kobe. Stars get noticed.

  • Name some guards in the last decade that were rated below nba level athletes that did well in the NBA. (Curry and Harden weren’t rated below average nba athletes).

  • I said that because sometimes we just see the good things in other team players and we don’t see their mistakes. Maybe if Byron let Russell be the true pg he will have the same numbers as Mudiay in ast and tov, but some people will just see the tovs…

  • Duncan said my pick Porzingis was impressive. Dirk sees Randle as a special player. MJ saw alot of himnself in Kobe. Stars get noticed.

  • Name some guards in the last decade that were rated below nba level athletes that did well in the NBA. (Curry and Harden weren’t rated below average nba athletes).

    Edit: Not directing this at you Ray. More a general question.

  • That prooves he is immature, he needs time to become a mature player and a mature guy.

  • I am looks beter than russell may be if phili picks him we trade Russell for him?

  • That prooves he is immature, he needs time to become a mature player and a mature guy.

  • I am looks beter than russell may be if phili picks him we trade Russell for him?

  • Byron Scott, the Tanking-Award winner of 2014-2015 is back. His co-recipient, Derek Fisher, will co-win with Byron again this year. Prediction…Jim Short Buss will be back next year after some dramatic marketing gestures

  • Byron Scott, the Tanking-Award winner of 2014-2015 is back. His co-recipient, Derek Fisher, will co-win with Byron again this year. Prediction…Jim Short Buss will be back next year after some dramatic marketing gestures

  • I doubt the LAL give him that time. We’re suppose to be back in the WCF in two years remember (according to Jim and Jeanie Buss).

  • I doubt the LAL give him that time. We’re suppose to be back in the WCF in two years remember (according to Jim and Jeanie Buss).

  • dont forget randolph said of clarkson last year2nd round pick whos scouting these guys today, hes a top pick!

  • Yes, but I see some bright spots, Randle, Clarkson, Hibbert is doing better that I expected, we will have some cap space, and with some work, Russell will be much better in 2 years.

  • dont forget randolph said of clarkson last year2nd round pick whos scouting these guys today, hes a top pick!

  • Yes, but I see some bright spots, Randle, Clarkson, Hibbert is doing better that I expected, we will have some cap space, and with some work, Russell will be much better in 2 years.

  • I hear what you’re saying, but you should affirm that fans aren’t thrilled with the progress. Summer league. Camp. Go time. Like other people said, he hyped himself up, time is already passed to show who he is.

    The last thing I want to see is Steve Blake Jr. Hi IQ. Not too athletic. Doesn’t drive. Shoots from the perimeter all the time.

  • Probably means Hibbert will not resign unless we give him an overpay.

    Maybe we should trade Hibbert and get something before we let him walk away.

  • What you failed to mention is that he and the Lakers organization invited the criticism by calling him the future. We had quotes from everyone with nothing but praise, yet through summer league, preseason, and the first 3 games there have been no flashes to give us hope. I understand it’s not completely his fault. But don’t tease me with I’m going to have the greatest burger and then drive me through McD’s!

  • how will he if hes suckingnowusually even if theystruglefirstyear topplayers showflashes and terror to teams that theregood,did you seetheteamsrecently justletrussell outthere likehe not athreat!

  • I hear what you’re saying, but you should affirm that fans aren’t thrilled with the progress. Summer league. Camp. Go time. Like other people said, he hyped himself up, time is already passed to show who he is.

    The last thing I want to see is Steve Blake Jr. Hi IQ. Not too athletic. Doesn’t drive. Shoots from the perimeter all the time.

  • Probably means Hibbert will not resign unless we give him an overpay.

    Maybe we should trade Hibbert and get something before we let him walk away.

  • What you failed to mention is that he and the Lakers organization invited the criticism by calling him the future. We had quotes from everyone with nothing but praise, yet through summer league, preseason, and the first 3 games there have been no flashes to give us hope. I understand it’s not completely his fault. But don’t tease me with I’m going to have the greatest burger and then drive me through McD’s!

  • how will he if hes suckingnowusually even if theystruglefirstyear topplayers showflashes and terror to teams that theregood,did you seetheteamsrecently justletrussell outthere likehe not athreat!

  • dontinsilt steve at least he madeshots andsomeclutch ones and he did make some shots going inthe lane, Russellhas notdrivenand thetimehedid okafor smashed his lay-up1

  • dontinsilt steve at least he madeshots andsomeclutch ones and he did make some shots going inthe lane, Russellhas notdrivenand thetimehedid okafor smashed his lay-up1

  • Yes! and comps like Harden level scorer but the passing of Magic didn’t help his cause. I think the FO just overthought this one, he’s a mid-level first round pick.

  • Yes! and comps like Harden level scorer but the passing of Magic didn’t help his cause. I think the FO just overthought this one, he’s a mid-level first round pick.

  • I agree he’s underperformed but let’s not call him a bust. He just should of never been picked #2. If he was a mid-level first, I think everyone would be fine with him.

  • I agree he’s underperformed but let’s not call him a bust. He just should of never been picked #2. If he was a mid-level first, I think everyone would be fine with him.

  • your rightI think even if wegothibbertweshould ofgotmudiay or a wingsf or a backuprookiebig like kristapsto back uphibbert!

  • your rightI think even if wegothibbertweshould ofgotmudiay or a wingsf or a backuprookiebig like kristapsto back uphibbert!

  • agreed wealeadyhad ourstating pg in clarkson weneeded asflikebensimmonsorsomething likethatin thatdraft!

  • agreed wealeadyhad ourstating pg in clarkson weneeded asflikebensimmonsorsomething likethatin thatdraft!

  • Bpowell1 you need a new computer. I feel like I am trying to translate a foreign language LOL

  • Curry freshman year vs Duke,Missouri,Michigan. All powerhouses and Curry in November of his first month of college played well against all three schools leading his team in scoring. They went into the tournament and again he dominated #4 Maryland scoring 30 pts before losing 82-70. In his second year of college he led his team to the tournament dominating Kansas in scoring before losing by 2 points to the eventual champion Kansas.

    For a freshman in a small school like Davidson that is impressive and teams usually double team your best player.

    Know your basketball JOHN.

  • Bpowell1 you need a new computer. I feel like I am trying to translate a foreign language LOL

  • Curry freshman year vs Duke,Missouri,Michigan. All powerhouses and Curry in November of his first month of college played well against all three schools leading his team in scoring. They went into the tournament and again he dominated #4 Maryland scoring 30 pts before losing 82-70. In his second year of college he led his team to the tournament dominating Kansas in scoring before losing by 2 points to the eventual champion Kansas.

    For a freshman in a small school like Davidson that is impressive and teams usually double team your best player.

    Know your basketball JOHN.

  • nothing about russels game is ready. hes overthinking passes. hes slow to get the offense running. he takes screens like a snail.hes not even a back up pg yet

  • nothing about russels game is ready. hes overthinking passes. hes slow to get the offense running. he takes screens like a snail.hes not even a back up pg yet

  • sorry my computer type writer gives but yeah no offense to the kid russell but should of taken a wing or big!

  • sorry my computer type writer gives but yeah no offense to the kid russell but should of taken a wing or big!

  • I wouldn’t call him a bust yet either, I’m on him because of he presents himself as elite. We had other choices. So far my pick, another 19 year old, has vastly out shined DLO and will continue to do so.

  • I wouldn’t call him a bust yet either, I’m on him because of he presents himself as elite. We had other choices. So far my pick, another 19 year old, has vastly out shined DLO and will continue to do so.

  • In SL I think Larry Drew III had some nice passes. He’s playing in Europe.

  • In SL I think Larry Drew III had some nice passes. He’s playing in Europe.

  • I for one have been very pleased with Russell. He’s not the fastest or strongest, but he’s only 19 years old! Give him time for his body to catch up with his mind.

  • I for one have been very pleased with Russell. He’s not the fastest or strongest, but he’s only 19 years old! Give him time for his body to catch up with his mind.

  • Lots of 19 year olds doing well. They don’t seem to have a mind, body disconnect.

  • Lots of 19 year olds doing well. They don’t seem to have a mind, body disconnect.

  • I might be sticking my neck under the guillotine by saying this, but I don’t think any player can bring out their TRUE potential unless being COACHED properly, and I have completely given up on Byron Scott. In my honest opinion, I don’t think this team wants the Princeton at all, nor his half-assed decision making. Nash questioned the Princeton, Lin couldn’t operate under it, the NBA practically defend easily against it, takes too much time do learn it, so on and so forth. Literally EVERY PG in the league has out-performed our PGs last and this yr so far. I bet if Russell was under Steve Kerr, or Eric Spaulstra, this would not be a discussion at all. Coaching plays a key roll in development, and I don’t think our team has that.

  • I might be sticking my neck under the guillotine by saying this, but I don’t think any player can bring out their TRUE potential unless being COACHED properly, and I have completely given up on Byron Scott. In my honest opinion, I don’t think this team wants the Princeton at all, nor his half-assed decision making. Nash questioned the Princeton, Lin couldn’t operate under it, the NBA practically defend easily against it, takes too much time do learn it, so on and so forth. Literally EVERY PG in the league has out-performed our PGs last and this yr so far. I bet if Russell was under Steve Kerr, or Eric Spaulstra, this would not be a discussion at all. Coaching plays a key roll in development, and I don’t think our team has that.

  • I see no rotation that will win games on this team. Not yet anyway. Maybe in a few months once the young guys get more comfortable with the NBA pace and competition. We have one good vet right now in Hibbert. Going to take time to develop some help for him.

  • I see no rotation that will win games on this team. Not yet anyway. Maybe in a few months once the young guys get more comfortable with the NBA pace and competition. We have one good vet right now in Hibbert. Going to take time to develop some help for him.

  • I agree, Another coach could get more out of D’angelo. Not a big fan of Mark Jackson, but he’s a coach who could relate to DLO’s physical deficiencies and use him accordingly.

  • This may be true but unfortunately LAL are not going to fire BS right now. At best they’d end up with an interm coach and still have to pay BS, and look like idiots. We’re just going to have to suck it up till the FO moves on.

  • Agreed. Had Russell been running pick and roll in Summer and even preseason you would see much better numbers. It is what he is used to.

  • I agree, Another coach could get more out of D’angelo. Not a big fan of Mark Jackson, but he’s a coach who could relate to DLO’s physical deficiencies and use him accordingly.

  • This may be true but unfortunately LAL are not going to fire BS right now. At best they’d end up with an interm coach and still have to pay BS, and look like idiots. We’re just going to have to suck it up till the FO moves on.

  • Agreed. Had Russell been running pick and roll in Summer and even preseason you would see much better numbers. It is what he is used to.

  • same was said for brown, oden, morrison, beasely, tabeet, benett…….. should i go on?

  • Different positions. Not many PG’s doing that well. Mudiay looks exciting but also leading the NBA in turnovers.

  • same was said for brown, oden, morrison, beasely, tabeet, benett…….. should i go on?

  • Different positions. Not many PG’s doing that well. Mudiay looks exciting but also leading the NBA in turnovers.

  • bowie lets not forgetportland fansstillregret thatsince 92 finals pickinghim overjordan!

  • bowie lets not forgetportland fansstillregret thatsince 92 finals pickinghim overjordan!

  • they are. but in order to make the pnr work you need shooters at the 2 and 3 something clark and kobe are not

  • Exactly, an we have a coach only running a system based on his own liking as opposed to the strength of the players. Russell is not the problem at all.

  • they are. but in order to make the pnr work you need shooters at the 2 and 3 something clark and kobe are not

  • Exactly, an we have a coach only running a system based on his own liking as opposed to the strength of the players. Russell is not the problem at all.

  • That’s a good argument. Yet I feel (which is a bad argument) that he should be doing more based on my basketball intuition. So we wait.

  • Clarkson and Kobe are pretty bad 3 point shooters, but they will either have to get better at it, or make way for Lou, Young, Brown, Kelly.

  • most coach’s run their own systems its the job of the fo to give the coach a team that fits their system

  • Slow clap. Give him & the rest of our guys some time. Great article, thank you!

  • Im a Heat fan and Winslow is looking much better than Russell, yes its early but if the pup doesn’t bite while young it will never bite…

  • That’s a good argument. Yet I feel (which is a bad argument) that he should be doing more based on my basketball intuition. So we wait.

  • Clarkson and Kobe are pretty bad 3 point shooters, but they will either have to get better at it, or make way for Lou, Young, Brown, Kelly.

  • most coach’s run their own systems its the job of the fo to give the coach a team that fits their system

  • Slow clap. Give him & the rest of our guys some time. Great article, thank you!

  • Im a Heat fan and Winslow is looking much better than Russell, yes its early but if the pup doesn’t bite while young it will never bite. The thing about Russell is he’s not overly athletic, not very tall, fast or agile. SO what exactly does he do great?

  • or you run the princton and russ just needs to hit open threes something he has not been doing

  • agredkobewas17and picked13th not eventop10 and became one of the best no excuses for russell

  • After looking at the way he played against us, we should have signed Rondo to start at PG. We should have drafted Winslow, so we would actually have an impact player at SF. Then we could have rolled with Rondo, Clarkson, Winslow, Randle and Hibbert. Kobe and Young would come off the bench to provide firepower. I was ridiculing Rondo after last season with the Mavs, but he has definitely found new life with the Kings. At the end of the day, he’s a seasoned, savvy PG.

  • after 3 games we’re sure that Towns deserves the top spot. Okafor deserves at least the #3 spot. 3 year project Porzingis clearly ahead of his curve and worthy of at least the #4.

  • That is fine, but just know it isn’t a system he knows or is comfortable in. Expect the learning curve to be much higher.

  • or you run the princton and russ just needs to hit open threes something he has not been doing

  • agredkobewas17and picked13th not eventop10 and became one of the best no excuses for russell

  • After looking at the way he played against us, we should have signed Rondo to start at PG. We should have drafted Winslow, so we would actually have an impact player at SF. Then we could have rolled with Rondo, Clarkson, Winslow, Randle and Hibbert. Kobe and Young would come off the bench to provide firepower. I was ridiculing Rondo after last season with the Mavs, but he has definitely found new life with the Kings. At the end of the day, he’s a seasoned, savvy PG.

  • after 3 games we’re sure that Towns deserves the top spot. Okafor deserves at least the #3 spot. 3 year project Porzingis clearly ahead of his curve and worthy of at least the #4.

  • That is fine, but just know it isn’t a system he knows or is comfortable in. Expect the learning curve to be much higher.

  • Good coaches change their system based on personnel. Good coaches also run two different systems based on starter talents and bench talents. Pop is know to change his style every year and he’s has had the same players every year.

  • Steph curry was my bust. I always thought he would never make it in the nba with his skinny frame and the only ankles he’s going to break are his. I was wrong and I hope I am right that D’Angelo Russell will be a star.

  • Good coaches change their system based on personnel. Good coaches also run two different systems based on starter talents and bench talents. Pop is know to change his style every year and he’s has had the same players every year.

  • Steph curry was my bust. I always thought he would never make it in the nba with his skinny frame and the only ankles he’s going to break are his. I was wrong and I hope I am right that D’Angelo Russell will be a star.

  • Mudiay is doing ok. He looks exciting, I see the potential, but he is a turnover machine right now.

  • Winslow looks great, congrats. He is in the most perfect situation for him too. You’re going to have a great player in Winslow.

  • i do. however when the draft was comming i pointed out why i would not draft russel and so far i have been 100% right. and im not seeing the flashes like i was hoping.

    i have seen a few but clark and randle showed me more flashes last season then russ has this season.

  • Mudiay is doing ok. He looks exciting, I see the potential, but he is a turnover machine right now.

  • Winslow looks great, congrats. He is in the most perfect situation for him too. You’re going to have a great player in Winslow.

  • i do. however when the draft was comming i pointed out why i would not draft russel and so far i have been 100% right. and im not seeing the flashes like i was hoping.

    i have seen a few but clark and randle showed me more flashes last season then russ has this season.

  • Still loading? He must be using a dial-up 14.4kbps modem…. Ha couldn’t resist.

    I actually agree with giving the guy some time. How he gets through this season (including the criticism) will determine what this guy’s made of.

  • Well Clarkson was 22. At 19 Clarkson wasn’t even good enough to make a high division college team. Randle is special, I admit. He is just an explosive player.

  • Still loading? He must be using a dial-up 14.4kbps modem…. Ha couldn’t resist.

    I actually agree with giving the guy some time. How he gets through this season (including the criticism) will determine what this guy’s made of.

  • Well Clarkson was 22. At 19 Clarkson wasn’t even good enough to make a high division college team. Randle is special, I admit. He is just an explosive player.

  • You know it’s bad when only hardcore Lakers fans stick up for the guy.

    Meanwhile as soon as you watch Okafor, Mudiay, Towns and Porzingis you see flashes of greatness within 5 minutes. I have seen nothing from Russell in 13 Summer League games, 8 Preseason games and 3 regular season games. So that only 3 games narrative is BS the kid has been in over 20 games and shown ABSOLUTELY NOTHING besides being an above average passer that can occasionally hit a wide open jumper.

  • Russell’s turnovers are actually almost non existent. Very impressed with his control. Although Summer League was a different story.

  • You know it’s bad when only hardcore Lakers fans stick up for the guy.

    Meanwhile as soon as you watch Okafor, Mudiay, Towns and Porzingis you see flashes of greatness within 5 minutes. I have seen nothing from Russell in 13 Summer League games, 8 Preseason games and 3 regular season games. So that only 3 games narrative is BS the kid has been in over 20 games and shown ABSOLUTELY NOTHING besides being an above average passer that can occasionally hit a wide open jumper.

  • Russell’s turnovers are actually almost non existent. Very impressed with his control. Although Summer League was a different story.

  • I don’t see Russell as being a good P&R guard right now. The big shows and the guard contests from behind. Sounds like a bad recipe for a slow player who is easily bothered by contests. I watched Knicks vs Wiz and Sasha was able to do this to Beal. Sasha would be able to block Russell I would think (or at least make it a low percentage shot).

  • I don’t see Russell as being a good P&R guard right now. The big shows and the guard contests from behind. Sounds like a bad recipe for a slow player who is easily bothered by contests. I watched Knicks vs Wiz and Sasha was able to do this to Beal. Sasha would be able to block Russell I would think (or at least make it a low percentage shot).

  • Winslow was my pick coming into the draft! I really like him. He was the reason Duke won a championship!

  • Winslow was my pick coming into the draft! I really like him. He was the reason Duke won a championship!

  • CP3 is above average nba level athlete. He just not a freak athlete like Westbrook. That’s nothing to do with non athletic.

  • Actually Kobe could start at SG, which is a much better position for him that SF. And yes, it would have required a different coach. Winslow isn’t putting up big numbers for the Heat, but he’s been steady and consistent.. high shooting percentage, low turnovers.

  • CP3 is above average nba level athlete. He just not a freak athlete like Westbrook. That’s nothing to do with non athletic.

  • Actually Kobe could start at SG, which is a much better position for him that SF. And yes, it would have required a different coach. Winslow isn’t putting up big numbers for the Heat, but he’s been steady and consistent.. high shooting percentage, low turnovers.

  • I just never understood why we drafted a PG when we had a young stud in Clarkson.

  • I see it, even saw some of it last game. Couple of great PNR plays with Russell and Randle last game. It usually ended up with Randle giving the ball back to Russell but it was very effective. It was how Russell played in college. He would give up the ball, then rotate to the three point for an open catch and shoot.

  • I just never understood why we drafted a PG when we had a young stud in Clarkson.

  • I see it, even saw some of it last game. Couple of great PNR plays with Russell and Randle last game. It usually ended up with Randle giving the ball back to Russell but it was very effective. It was how Russell played in college. He would give up the ball, then rotate to the three point for an open catch and shoot.

  • FO doesn’t believe in Clarkson is my guess. Will probably trade him at some point.

  • Yea I was surprised he fell so far thank goodness for MJ choosing Kamisky BOL

  • FO doesn’t believe in Clarkson is my guess. Will probably trade him at some point.

  • Yea I was surprised he fell so far thank goodness for MJ choosing Kamisky BOL

  • Here are a few reasons why I don’t think Russell is, or potentially will be anything special.

    Athletically – sub par. He’s on the Kendall Marshall level here in terms of quickness and speed. I get it, there are guards in the NBA without much athleticism and have been highly successful; Curry, Kyrie, Conley(even he is quick though) that brings me to the next point.

    Handles – mediocre at best. Curry, yes, known for his quick jumpshot, but more so. Have you seen this guys handle? He dribbles through 4 defenders with ease and gets to where he wants. The issue with Russell is that his handle is just mediocre. That’s an issue when a big switches onto him after a screen and he isn’t able to beat him off the dribble. I’ve seen so many instances where Russell has to settle for a step back contested jumper because of this.

    Defense – PPG, ASST, REB are all where we point to, to define a good point guard, or star but what use is it of you score 15, and the opposing point guard scores 25. It’s a losing battle. Russell is athletically challenged so much so that he isn’t able to guard any of the top guys in the league. That’s an issue!

    Like others have mentioned, stars in the league have shown flashes. Whether in per minute efficiency, or when they’re placed among lesser competition and they dominate (Lillard and all other SL killers).

    All this to say, he’s got some serious hills to climb to be the guy that everyone imagines him to be at the #2 pick. I’d much prefer Mudiay and Randle, or better yet Okafor and Payton.

  • Here are a few reasons why I don’t think Russell is, or potentially will be anything special.

    Athletically – sub par. He’s on the Kendall Marshall level here in terms of quickness and speed. I get it, there are guards in the NBA without much athleticism and have been highly successful; Curry, Kyrie, Conley(even he is quick though) that brings me to the next point.

    Handles – mediocre at best. Curry, yes, known for his quick jumpshot, but more so. Have you seen this guys handle? He dribbles through 4 defenders with ease and gets to where he wants. The issue with Russell is that his handle is just mediocre. That’s an issue when a big switches onto him after a screen and he isn’t able to beat him off the dribble. I’ve seen so many instances where Russell has to settle for a step back contested jumper because of this.

    Defense – PPG, ASST, REB are all where we point to, to define a good point guard, or star. He’s standing still out there.. What use is it of you score 15, and the opposing point guard scores 25. It’s a losing battle. Russell is athletically challenged so much so that he isn’t able to guard any of the top guys in the league. That’s an issue!

    Like others have mentioned, stars in the league have shown flashes. Whether in per minute efficiency, or when they’re placed among lesser competition and they dominate (Lillard and all other SL killers). None of which Russell seems to have been able to do.

    All this to say, he’s got some serious hills to climb to be the guy that everyone imagines him to be at the #2 pick. I’d much prefer Mudiay and Randle, or better yet Okafor and Payton.

  • Yea thanks. I actually want to see the Lakers back on top. Historic franchises needs to return to relevance

  • I don’t know. Defenses just don’t respect his game. It’s hard to draw conclusions when they go under screens leaving him open at the 3pt line type defense. When they are forced to guard him then we will see what he can do.

  • I actually don’t see curry as curry either. The curry that enter the league is weak and had bad ankles but look at him now.

  • He as also way more turnovers (won a record for his first game) and sees the ball all the time.

  • Yea thanks. I actually want to see the Lakers back on top. Historic franchises needs to return to relevance

  • I don’t know. Defenses just don’t respect his game. It’s hard to draw conclusions when they go under screens leaving him open at the 3pt line type defense. When they are forced to guard him then we will see what he can do.

  • I actually don’t see curry as curry either. The curry that enter the league is weak and had bad ankles but look at him now.

  • He as also way more turnovers (won a record for his first game) and sees the ball all the time.

  • They are actually pressuring him pretty hard. I think the scouting report on Russell is to apply pressure since he has trouble beating guys one on one.

  • As a hard core Laker fan I dont even see the above average passing from Russell.

  • They are actually pressuring him pretty hard. I think the scouting report on Russell is to apply pressure since he has trouble beating guys one on one.

  • As a hard core Laker fan I dont even see the above average passing from Russell.

  • Who’s not a PG? Clarkson? He played great at the position in the second half of last season.

  • naw Mitch said hes the future and Clarkson will be kept, Byron influenced him to think Clarkson was not a pg true fact byrons fault!never listen to Byron Mitch, he does not know talent,

  • Not a PG. Combo guard. I honestly see Clarkson as a second string energy player for his career. Which is fine. It is an important role.

  • Who’s not a PG? Clarkson? He played great at the position in the second half of last season.

  • naw Mitch said hes the future and Clarkson will be kept, Byron influenced him to think Clarkson was not a pg true fact byrons fault!never listen to Byron Mitch, he does not know talent,

  • Not a PG. Combo guard. I honestly see Clarkson as a second string energy player for his career. Which is fine. It is an important role.

  • I rather have a guard playing aggressively while turning the ball over. Than a PG that acts as passive as Russell does.

  • Agreed. people usually dismiss my criticism as learning curve but that’s a lot for someone to overcome. As I stated earlier if he was a mid-first people would be more patient. As a #2 he doesn’t have that time.

  • I rather have a guard playing aggressively while turning the ball over. Than a PG that acts as passive as Russell does.

  • Agreed. people usually dismiss my criticism as learning curve but that’s a lot for someone to overcome. As I stated earlier if he was a mid-first people would be more patient. As a #2 he doesn’t have that time.

  • Certain portion of the cry baby fans will have to be patient .
    D’Angelo’s a hands on learner, thus best to throw him into the lion’s
    den and let him either sink or swim. May be the best way for him to
    adjust the fastest, but Russell has to be more assertive to run the
    first unit as he seems very passive at times.

  • thatswhatIsaidwehad ourowncinley,wrestbrooketc others ijordanweshouldhave takenawing likesimmons!

  • It’s almost like he is a 19 year old rookie playing his 3rd real NBA game.

  • They usually lay off once they build a lead in the first. I was surprised Dallas hardly pressured him at all.

  • Certain portion of the cry baby fans will have to be patient .
    D’Angelo’s a hands on learner, thus best to throw him into the lion’s
    den and let him either sink or swim. May be the best way for him to
    adjust the fastest, but Russell has to be more assertive to run the
    first unit as he seems very passive at times.

  • thatswhatIsaidwehad ourowncinley,wrestbrooketc others ijordanweshouldhave takenawing likesimmons!

  • It’s almost like he is a 19 year old rookie playing his 3rd real NBA game.

  • They usually lay off once they build a lead in the first. I was surprised Dallas hardly pressured him at all.

  • second string are you stupid he could be a starter on other teams if they did not have star pgs themselves he is all-star calibur!

  • Tell that to Towns or Okafor. Okafor had 26 pts last game against the Cavs.

  • second string are you stupid he could be a starter on other teams if they did not have star pgs themselves he is all-star calibur!

  • Tell that to Towns or Okafor. Okafor had 26 pts last game against the Cavs.

  • He’s not passive, he doesn’t have the ball in his hands ! Randle/Kobe/JC touch it more often than he does.
    And excuse me, I’d rather have a PG that plays under control.
    What would you have said if D’Angelo had turned the ball 11 freaking times ?

  • It’s a long process. We won’t know if he is a bust, just a so-so player, or good for 3+ years. The earliest the Lakers will contend is 2018-2019. Sorry Jimmy Buss, these means you (should be) moving on…

  • hey loserboy mad people are telling the truth on your loser boy russell lol!

  • He’s not passive, he doesn’t have the ball in his hands ! Randle/Kobe/JC touch it more often than he does.
    And excuse me, I’d rather have a PG that plays under control.
    What would you have said if D’Angelo had turned the ball 11 freaking times ?

  • It’s a long process. We won’t know if he is a bust, just a so-so player, or good for 3+ years. The earliest the Lakers will contend is 2018-2019. Sorry Jimmy Buss, these means you (should be) moving on…

  • hey loserboy mad people are telling the truth on your loser boy russell lol!

  • What device are you using? Never seen spell check go so wrong. Anyhow, yes I see him as a 6th man type of player similar to Lou is now. He isn’t big enough or shoot well enough to play the 2 and he isn’t a good enough playmaker to be a 1.

  • I felt there was a lot of talent in this draft. People were going to fall.

  • What device are you using? Never seen spell check go so wrong. Anyhow, yes I see him as a 6th man type of player similar to Lou is now. He isn’t big enough or shoot well enough to play the 2 and he isn’t a good enough playmaker to be a 1.

  • I felt there was a lot of talent in this draft. People were going to fall.

  • I would say well at least he being aggressive. But even when he does have the ball he not being aggressive. But i understand he not being allowed to bring the ball up as much.

  • Don’t forget his last game in college. A good defensive team shut him down. A precursor of the diet he’d get going forward.

  • yes did you hear what Memphis said they would trade Courtney lee for Clarkson!

  • I would say well at least he being aggressive. But even when he does have the ball he not being aggressive. But i understand he not being allowed to bring the ball up as much.

  • Don’t forget his last game in college. A good defensive team shut him down. A precursor of the diet he’d get going forward.

  • yes did you hear what Memphis said they would trade Courtney lee for Clarkson!

  • They look a bad pairing. Either they double down on Russell or cash in on Clarkson. I just get the feeling like they don’t believe in Clarkson.

  • They look a bad pairing. Either they double down on Russell or cash in on Clarkson. I just get the feeling like they don’t believe in Clarkson.

  • Who actually said or believed that ? Russell is his own brand of a player.

  • actually hes better than russell is suppose to be so thats good trashy player I would want!

  • Okafor was known to have a pro-ready offensive game and a limited ceiling defensively. The game has changed from center-centric to guard-centric since the NBA instituted the Shaq rules several years ago.

    The Lakers are trying to hit a home run with a player that has an unteachable skill (passing). Will it work? I don’t know. But I think the Lakers drafted for potential upside rather than pick a player with a known ceiling.

  • Who actually said or believed that ? Russell is his own brand of a player.

  • actually hes better than russell is suppose to be so thats good trashy player I would want!

  • Okafor was known to have a pro-ready offensive game and a limited ceiling defensively. The game has changed from center-centric to guard-centric since the NBA instituted the Shaq rules several years ago.

    The Lakers are trying to hit a home run with a player that has an unteachable skill (passing). Will it work? I don’t know. But I think the Lakers drafted for potential upside rather than pick a player with a known ceiling.

  • It’s not the hardcore fans defending him, it’s the older, wiser fans, who have been through a rebuild before and have patience. The spoiled win-now Kobe generation of fan have no patience or recollection of worse times.

  • Russell said it for one. Something like I see a lot of my game when I watch Curry.

  • not them byron dude mitch said russell has to earn things byron said he was better than clarkson!

  • It’s not the hardcore fans defending him, it’s the older, wiser fans, who have been through a rebuild before and have patience. The spoiled win-now Kobe generation of fan have no patience or recollection of worse times.

  • Russell said it for one. Something like I see a lot of my game when I watch Curry.

  • not them byron dude mitch said russell has to earn things byron said he was better than clarkson!

  • Yes, the Lakers should have selected Curry with last year’s #2 pick. Wait…

  • Yes, the Lakers should have selected Curry with last year’s #2 pick. Wait…

  • For a 19 year old rookie how’s style of play has been undermined by rule changes he’s doing rather well don’t you think.

  • For a 19 year old rookie how’s style of play has been undermined by rule changes he’s doing rather well don’t you think.

  • They wanted to believe they did. They saw what they wanted to see. Common mistake.

  • Generally speaking too, bigs are the ones that need to get use to their body because of a sudden growth spurt. Which explains the lack of coordination. Usually guards have been guards. Not much of a difference in 6′ to 6’3.

    Mudiay leads the league in turnovers because he’s a rookie that is getting a feel for the nba speed. He of course also has the ball in his hands a ton. John Wall, and Russell Westbrook probably came in 1 & 2 in TO’s last season, yet it hasn’t diminished their return as super stars in the league.

  • They wanted to believe they did. They saw what they wanted to see. Common mistake.

  • Generally speaking too, bigs are the ones that need to get use to their body because of a sudden growth spurt. Which explains the lack of coordination. Usually guards have been guards. Not much of a difference in 6′ to 6’3.

    Mudiay leads the league in turnovers because he’s a rookie that is getting a feel for the nba speed. He of course also has the ball in his hands a ton. John Wall, and Russell Westbrook probably came in 1 & 2 in TO’s last season, yet it hasn’t diminished their return as super stars in the league.

    When you watch Mudiay play though, he’s 2 steps ahead of the play. His summer league highlights really give a glimpse of his court vision. It’s John Wall-esque

  • Yet Russell seems to get more touches on offense and Clarkson is iced in the corner as the #4 option on offense. Not how I’d coach them if I thought Clarkson the better player.

  • Yet Russell seems to get more touches on offense and Clarkson is iced in the corner as the #4 option on offense. Not how I’d coach them if I thought Clarkson the better player.

  • Here’s my thing, the writer of this article might be 100% correct. Russell may turn out to be a perennial all-star and future hall of famer. However, I still would not have taken him. I am the rare person that actually believes that you draft what you need not what you want. What’s funny to me is how many of the same people that argued against Rondo were in favor of Russell. I saw repeated posts by people saying that Rondo would hurt the development of Clarkson, yet the same people wanted Russell??? That made no sense to me at that time, and it still doesn’t today. I say you draft what you need and what will make your team better. The best teams don’t necessarily have the best talent.

    San Antonio doesn’t have the best talent in the league. None of their players are number 1 at any position, yet many have them picked as a possible championship team this year. It is because they have pieces that fit together to make for a great team.

  • Clarkson wouldn’t start in GSW, PHO, MIA, DET, SAS, WASH, TOR, HOU, CHI, CHA, LAC. Don’t know if he would start in: ATL, CLE, IND, ORL, POR. There just named 16 teams there are probably more but don’t have the time

  • Here’s my thing, the writer of this article might be 100% correct. Russell may turn out to be a perennial all-star and future hall of famer. However, I still would not have taken him. I am the rare person that actually believes that you draft what you need not what you want. What’s funny to me is how many of the same people that argued against Rondo were in favor of Russell. I saw repeated posts by people saying that Rondo would hurt the development of Clarkson, yet the same people wanted Russell??? That made no sense to me at that time, and it still doesn’t today. I say you draft what you need and what will make your team better. The best teams don’t necessarily have the best talent.

    San Antonio doesn’t have the best talent in the league. None of their players are number 1 at any position, yet many have them picked as a possible championship team this year. It is because they have pieces that fit together to make for a great team.

  • Clarkson wouldn’t start in GSW, PHO, MIA, DET, SAS, WASH, TOR, HOU, CHI, CHA, LAC. Don’t know if he would start in: ATL, CLE, IND, ORL, POR. There just named 16 teams there are probably more but don’t have the time

  • I’m a Laker fan of over 35 years. I’m willing to be patient and allow Russell to grow. But I also dont see anything that the Lakers saw in Russell to pick him #2 overall. He’s slow on D, he’s not aggressive. There is some righteous concern that this kid isn’t what Jim Buss and the Lakers think he is.

  • No one thought this team would win a championship this year however we did expect the #2 pick in the draft to be a factor and not practically invisible on the court

  • I’m a Laker fan of over 35 years. I’m willing to be patient and allow Russell to grow. But I also dont see anything that the Lakers saw in Russell to pick him #2 overall. He’s slow on D, he’s not aggressive. There is some righteous concern that this kid isn’t what Jim Buss and the Lakers think he is.

  • No one thought this team would win a championship this year however we did expect the #2 pick in the draft to be a factor and not practically invisible on the court

  • For a #2 pick, he should be highly criticized. I thought our main man was Mudiay all along. When we picked Russell at #2, I thought we would turn this around to the 76ers, for Okafor and Noel, we give 76ers D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson. Then we trade Noel to the nuggets for Mudiay. We would then have Okafor, Mudiay and still have Julius Randle.

  • I’ve a fan for a long time and I’m no fan of Russell. I hope that my experience of watching, playing basketball gives me a good sense of who is going to be good and bad. Just don’t see a happy ending with Russell.

    The 90s were fun even if the LAL struggled at times. That was a young core to get excited about.

  • I don’t think he meant that he would start over the guys that those teams had. He meant that if they had him instead of those guys, they would start him just like the Lakers are. Clearly, he wouldn’t start over Klay Thompson, Dwyane Wade, Bradley Beal….just to name a few.

  • For a #2 pick, he should be highly criticized. I thought our main man was Mudiay all along. When we picked Russell at #2, I thought we would turn this around to the 76ers, for Okafor and Noel, we give 76ers D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson. Then we trade Noel to the nuggets for Mudiay. We would then have Okafor, Mudiay and still have Julius Randle.

  • I’ve a fan for a long time and I’m no fan of Russell. I hope that my experience of watching, playing basketball gives me a good sense of who is going to be good and bad. Just don’t see a happy ending with Russell.

    The 90s were fun even if the LAL struggled at times. That was a young core to get excited about.

  • I don’t think he meant that he would start over the guys that those teams had. He meant that if they had him instead of those guys, they would start him just like the Lakers are. Clearly, he wouldn’t start over Klay Thompson, Dwyane Wade, Bradley Beal….just to name a few.

  • I was upset we passed on Okafor and I still am and I get all the people ripping into D’Angelo. That being said, I was hearing a lot of the same type of negative comments about Julius Randle early on until he had a couple of good games. Then all of a sudden everyone flip-flopped and started giving him props. So that’s all it takes this early into a career to silence people. A couple nice games and watch what happens.

  • I was upset we passed on Okafor and I still am and I get all the people ripping into D’Angelo. That being said, I was hearing a lot of the same type of negative comments about Julius Randle early on until he had a couple of good games. Then all of a sudden everyone flip-flopped and started giving him props. So that’s all it takes this early into a career to silence people. A couple nice games and watch what happens.

  • We could then trade Julius Randle for SF Stanley Johnson or some other wing player in the top 10.

  • That’s not true. He only brought the Curry comparison about his non-athletic profile. When it comes to modelling his game, the player he mentions is Ginobili.

  • We could then trade Julius Randle for SF Stanley Johnson or some other wing player in the top 10.

  • That’s not true. He only brought the Curry comparison about his non-athletic profile. When it comes to modelling his game, the player he mentions is Ginobili.

  • i disagree, drafting what you need is one of the worse draft mistakes you can make, draft the player that you think is the best player on the board dont draft by position, and besides we cant draft by need because this team needs everything except a pf

  • I loved those 90’s teams with Van Excel and Eddie Jones. That rebuild seem like more fun for some reason. I guess because we weren’t as bad as we are now. The team was still competitive.

  • Some reason I doubt he moves aside. More likely he just changes the definition of what success is and keeps his position. He’s not going to fire himself and Jeanie isn’t either.

  • Nah shtface, you’ll just look like a moron when he shows otherwise. By then you’d changed name b*ttface LOL.

  • i disagree, drafting what you need is one of the worse draft mistakes you can make, draft the player that you think is the best player on the board dont draft by position, and besides we cant draft by need because this team needs everything except a pf

  • I loved those 90’s teams with Van Excel and Eddie Jones. That rebuild seem like more fun for some reason. I guess because we weren’t as bad as we are now. The team was still competitive.

  • Some reason I doubt he moves aside. More likely he just changes the definition of what success is and keeps his position. He’s not going to fire himself and Jeanie isn’t either.

  • Nah bttface, you’ll just look like a moron when he shows otherwise. By then you’d changed name b*ttface LOL.

  • ditto, old timer. I’m probably looking at 45 years watching the purple and gold. I see too many deficiencies in this kid. Red flags predraft haven’t been dispelled one bit. And you’re right, it’s not like we have the #2 overall that often. We’d rather not see a screw up.

  • Reminds me a lot of the Celtics right now. Young but on the move up.

  • Probably not a bust, but looks like he has a the upside of a Mike Conley and not a superstar. There should be glimpses of superstar potential that is not shown in practice. He has failed to show much upside in SL, preseason, and now into the regular season. If he was downplayed like Porzingis then articles like this shouldn’t need to be written. Too much credit was given before it was earned.

  • ditto, old timer. I’m probably looking at 45 years watching the purple and gold. I see too many deficiencies in this kid. Red flags predraft haven’t been dispelled one bit. And you’re right, it’s not like we have the #2 overall that often. We’d rather not see a screw up.

  • Reminds me a lot of the Celtics right now. Young but on the move up.

  • Probably not a bust, but looks like he has a the upside of a Mike Conley and not a superstar. There should be glimpses of superstar potential that is not shown in practice (where supposedly he hands out magical assists). He has failed to show much upside in SL, preseason, and now into the regular season. If he was downplayed like Porzingis then articles like this shouldn’t need to be written. Too much credit was given before it was earned.

  • I have nothing against russ. but we never should have drafted him he does not fit the needs of the team

  • I remember when people said Wiggins was a bust after his first few games in the NBA, Jabari Parker was putting up better numbers, but we all saw how that turned out. This has been happening for years, impatient fans criticizing their own rookies especially the one and done guys who take far more time to develop these days

  • I have nothing against russ. but we never should have drafted him he does not fit the needs of the team

  • I remember when people said Wiggins was a bust after his first few games in the NBA, Jabari Parker was putting up better numbers, but we all saw how that turned out. This has been happening for years, impatient fans criticizing their own rookies especially the one and done guys who take far more time to develop these days

  • By your own words, the Lakers needed a center. They had one on the board that is NBA ready, yet they took the guy with more upside. That is a bad idea. There are times when you can do both, but if you have to choose you take what you need. Are you saying that if a power forward had been the best player at the 2nd pick, the Lakers would have taken them? That makes no sense if you have Randle.

  • By your own words, the Lakers needed a center. They had one on the board that is NBA ready, yet they took the guy with more upside. That is a bad idea. There are times when you can do both, but if you have to choose you take what you need. Are you saying that if a power forward had been the best player at the 2nd pick, the Lakers would have taken them? That makes no sense if you have Randle.

  • It comes down to lack of quickness. It’s the one thing that I don’t see any possible fix to. He doesn’t have it. All of his problems flow from it. So unless you’re saying he’s going to get quicker…

  • Randle showed signs last summer in summer league. He showed signs this summer in summer league. He showed signs in preseason. He has come through now in the regular season. Notice that in each event, he showed signs. Russell hasn’t shown signs outside of practice.

  • It comes down to lack of quickness. It’s the one thing that I don’t see any possible fix to. He doesn’t have it. All of his problems flow from it. So unless you’re saying he’s going to get quicker…

  • Randle showed signs last summer in summer league. He showed signs this summer in summer league. He showed signs in preseason. He has come through now in the regular season. Notice that in each event, he showed signs. Russell hasn’t shown signs outside of practice.

  • towns is a pf, had we picked first you’re saying we should have passed up on him because we had randle?

  • I wanted to trade our other two picks + Clarkson for another top ten pick. Either Winslow, Johnson, or at worst Turner. But its the past

  • towns is a pf, had we picked first you’re saying we should have passed up on him because we had randle?

  • I wanted to trade our other two picks + Clarkson for another top ten pick. Either Winslow, Johnson, or at worst Turner. But its the past

  • My problem with the Lakers draft is that they gambled on Russell. When they should have taken the sure thing in Okafor. With the disaster that was the Howard and Nash trades. The Lakers couldn’t afford to gamble with that pick. At least with Okafor the fans would have a 20 pt a night rookie player and a vision of the future instead of waiting to see if D will ever finish loading and run the program.

  • are you serious if we dont sign clarkson this offseason teams would scoop him up even if they have a star guard as a legitimate backup!

  • My problem with the Lakers draft is that they gambled on Russell. When they should have taken the sure thing in Okafor. With the disaster that was the Howard and Nash trades. The Lakers couldn’t afford to gamble with that pick. At least with Okafor the fans would have a 20 pt a night rookie player and a vision of the future instead of waiting to see if D will ever finish loading and run the program.

  • are you serious if we dont sign clarkson this offseason teams would scoop him up even if they have a star guard as a legitimate backup!

  • He’s shooting 30% and having trouble getting the offense into sets when the ball is in his hands. This also means you take the ball out of Clarkson hands who’s shooting 48% and is a proven #1 option, and also apart of the LAL trio. It just doesn’t make sense to do that right now.

  • john Wall and Kyrie Erving looked better in their rookie years. Russell hasnt done anything.

    No fancy passes at all. No driving down the middle of the lane. No layups. No defense. he just passes at the top of the key or makes jumpshots. wtf.

  • He’s shooting 30% and having trouble getting the offense into sets when the ball is in his hands. This also means you take the ball out of Clarkson hands who’s shooting 48% and is a proven #1 option, and also apart of the LAL trio. It just doesn’t make sense to do that right now.

  • john Wall and Kyrie Erving looked better in their rookie years. Russell hasnt done anything.

    No fancy passes at all. No driving down the middle of the lane. No layups. No defense. he just passes at the top of the key or makes jumpshots. wtf.

  • He made the all-Rookie team based on his performance last season as a PG.

  • Rival your my boy but i have to agree with JJ on this one. If the Lakers had the first pick they would have taken Towns and played him at center.

  • He made the all-Rookie team based on his performance last season as a PG.

  • Rival your my boy but i have to agree with JJ on this one. If the Lakers had the first pick they would have taken Towns and played him at center.

  • you said starter. so I named some teams. Pick one or more and tell me where he would start

  • Yes, and he let Kobe do his thing with was definitely not the triangle 🙂

  • Randle did struggle and was pressing and was very frustrated. All it took was a couple good games to get some confidence and that’s all Russell needs as well. I don’t see any difference in that regard other than Randle had a whole extra year to prepare himself mentally and physically.

  • I thought the same thing too. I viewed Myles Turner as a possible Kevin Durant type forward. That guy can shoot, and now I see him grabbing rebounds and blocking shots.

  • you said starter. so I named some teams. Pick one or more and tell me where he would start

  • Yes, and he let Kobe do his thing with was definitely not the triangle 🙂

  • Randle did struggle and was pressing and was very frustrated. All it took was a couple good games to get some confidence and that’s all Russell needs as well. I don’t see any difference in that regard other than Randle had a whole extra year to prepare himself mentally and physically.

  • I thought the same thing too. I viewed Myles Turner as a possible Kevin Durant type forward. That guy can shoot, and now I see him grabbing rebounds and blocking shots.

  • To your point, that’s one of the problems with the roster. The Lakers have way too many players that need the ball in their hands to be effective. There is only one ball. Think about the Shaq and Kobe Lakers. Only 2 players needed the ball in their hands to be effective…Kobe and Shaq.

    The Lakers have 4 starters that need the ball in order to be effective on offense.

  • that’s kinda the point of the article — Scott isn’t letting him run the offense.

  • To your point, that’s one of the problems with the roster. The Lakers have way too many players that need the ball in their hands to be effective. There is only one ball. Think about the Shaq and Kobe Lakers. Only 2 players needed the ball in their hands to be effective…Kobe and Shaq.

    The Lakers have 4 starters that need the ball in order to be effective on offense.

  • that’s kinda the point of the article — Scott isn’t letting him run the offense.

  • Yet the nba changed rules to diminish his style of play yet it’s effective. Russell perfectly fits the current style of play yet isn’t. Weird.

  • How can he? I don’t know of an offense that would fit the starting 5 we have.

  • wow jim looks like you are show hurt that people are telling the truth mad bro lol!

  • Yet the nba changed rules to diminish his style of play yet it’s effective. Russell perfectly fits the current style of play yet isn’t. Weird.

  • How can he? I don’t know of an offense that would fit the starting 5 we have.

  • wow jim looks like you are show hurt that people are telling the truth mad bro lol!

  • high PnR with Randle and Hibbert; Kobe is kick-out option on the wing

    Either Russell or Clarkson could run it. I thought that was the point of bringing in Huertas…so he could teach it?

  • high PnR with Randle and Hibbert; Kobe is kick-out option on the wing

    Either Russell or Clarkson could run it. I thought that was the point of bringing in Huertas…so he could teach it?

  • sounds nice until you realize that clark and russ cant shoot so teams will go under screens

  • sounds nice until you realize that clark and russ cant shoot so teams will go under screens

  • He may be of a different opinion. If LAL ping hole him as such he may leave for a team that starts him.

  • Don’t act like MJ fully ran the Triangle either. The difference is that MJ was NEVER the facilitator of the offense, whereas Kobe was. MJ was always on the back side where he could isolate. Kobe was always one of the parts of the triangle so the only way he could do his thing was to break away from it. Pippen was the facilitator for the Bulls. The Lakers didn’t have another guy during the Shaq and Kobe years. Odom did it a little during his time though.

  • I’ve been saying Russell should have been coming off the bench behind Huertas.

  • wow you ARE stupid for roaming around these blogs putting excuses for kobe and scott

  • He may be of a different opinion. If LAL ping hole him as such he may leave for a team that starts him.

  • Don’t act like MJ fully ran the Triangle either. The difference is that MJ was NEVER the facilitator of the offense, whereas Kobe was. MJ was always on the back side where he could isolate. Kobe was always one of the parts of the triangle so the only way he could do his thing was to break away from it. Pippen was the facilitator for the Bulls. The Lakers didn’t have another guy during the Shaq and Kobe years. Odom did it a little during his time though.

  • I’ve been saying Russell should have been coming off the bench behind Huertas.

  • wow you ARE stupid for roaming around these blogs putting excuses for kobe and scott

  • Ty Lawson, Patrick Beverly, James Harden. Would be a tough fight for Clark think he comes off the bench. He would probably start for the other 3 but I didn’t list them. I did list a lot of other teams though

  • Ty Lawson, Patrick Beverly, James Harden. Would be a tough fight for Clark think he comes off the bench. He would probably start for the other 3 but I didn’t list them. I did list a lot of other teams though

  • im not excusing scott hes horrible.
    but your blaming kobe for scotts system that’s stupid

  • Being a 6th man isn’t a bad thing. I love Lou, Lou is a stud. It is just the role I see him best suited to. Doesn’t mean he ins’t a good player. Heck he could even be an all star if he does that role well.

  • John Wall didn’t look all that good early on. He couldn’t shoot at all and it took a good while for him to find his swag.

  • Russell can hit from mid-range and has shown that he can get to his spot at the elbow. Clarkson is good enough to keep defenses honest.

    Besides, anything is better than stand around and watch.

  • no i totally agree but in college he was a pf and stein was the center

  • im not excusing scott hes horrible.
    but your blaming kobe for scotts system that’s stupid

  • Being a 6th man isn’t a bad thing. I love Lou, Lou is a stud. It is just the role I see him best suited to. Doesn’t mean he ins’t a good player. Heck he could even be an all star if he does that role well.

  • John Wall didn’t look all that good early on. He couldn’t shoot at all and it took a good while for him to find his swag.

  • Russell can hit from mid-range and has shown that he can get to his spot at the elbow. Clarkson is good enough to keep defenses honest.

    Besides, anything is better than stand around and watch.

  • no i totally agree but in college he was a pf and stein was the center

  • Face facts….The Lakers do not have the right starting 5 and changing it is too tough of a decision for Byron to make. I’ve been holding back from saying this, but the Lakers looked their best in preseason when Russell was not in the starting lineup. Go watch the tape. However, making that move now would stunt his growth through hurting his confidence.

  • He’d be a perfect fit next to Harden. He can play on ball or off. He can initiate the offense and be the primary ball handler to rest Harden. Plus he’s got a lot more defense then Ty Lawson. They’d be a way better team with him on their roster.

  • the system were running would work if russ could hit the open shots he gets every game.

  • Face facts….The Lakers do not have the right starting 5 and changing it is too tough of a decision for Byron to make. I’ve been holding back from saying this, but the Lakers looked their best in preseason when Russell was not in the starting lineup. Go watch the tape. However, making that move now would stunt his growth through hurting his confidence.

  • He’d be a perfect fit next to Harden. He can play on ball or off. He can initiate the offense and be the primary ball handler to rest Harden. Plus he’s got a lot more defense then Ty Lawson. They’d be a way better team with him on their roster.

  • the system were running would work if russ could hit the open shots he gets every game.

  • you’re too sensitive when it comes to kobe, kobe has been quoted saying we should run a princeton offense, and you are in total denial if you think scott doesn’t suck up to kobe

  • you’re too sensitive when it comes to kobe, kobe has been quoted saying we should run a princeton offense, and you are in total denial if you think scott doesn’t suck up to kobe

  • I thought that at first but he won’t learn jack on the bench. They need to throw him out there and let him find his game.

  • Nah, can’t appease the dumb one’s who have nothing better to do than b*tch. They should be complaining about the FO mostly as opposed to the players the majority of the time.

  • That’s the luxury of having 2 7-footers. Duncan played center in college and then power forward with the Spurs. it’s not unheard of to see 7-footers move like that.

  • So your proving my point? Coaches adapt to their personnel and their system is just a framework from which to start.

  • Ty Lawson is a better shooter, passer, and ball handler. Not looking at Lawson’s off court issues. Just player vs player. Would take Lawson in a heartbeat over clarkson

  • I thought that at first but he won’t learn jack on the bench. They need to throw him out there and let him find his game.

  • Nah, can’t appease the dumb one’s who have nothing better to do than b*tch. They should be complaining about the FO mostly as opposed to the players the majority of the time.

  • That’s the luxury of having 2 7-footers. Duncan played center in college and then power forward with the Spurs. it’s not unheard of to see 7-footers move like that.

  • So your proving my point? Coaches adapt to their personnel and their system is just a framework from which to start.

  • Ty Lawson is a better shooter, passer, and ball handler. Not looking at Lawson’s off court issues. Just player vs player. Would take Lawson in a heartbeat over clarkson

  • no your a fool if you think were running the princton because of kobe. scott ran the princton with the nets, hornets and with the cavs. was kobe there telling him to run it than too?????

  • no your a fool if you think were running the princton because of kobe. scott ran the princton with the nets, hornets and with the cavs. was kobe there telling him to run it than too?????

  • What Pop did was adapt. To say that Phil has ever adapted really shows how little you really know the game. Adapting is changing from being a half court team to being a transition team because you have the roster to do so. That’s adapting. Letting one player freelance at times is being flexible BECAUSE YOU’RE WINNING but is anything but adapting.

  • cant tell that Jim who is a Neanderthal cant see things and is dumber than three stooges

  • then he should not be starting. hes slowing down the offense because hes over thinking plays. his defense is the worst on the team. hes not passing the ball or making shots at a great rate.
    there is litteraly 0 point in staring him atm except jim bus wants him to start

  • What Pop did was adapt. To say that Phil has ever adapted really shows how little you really know the game. Adapting is changing from being a half court team to being a transition team because you have the roster to do so. That’s adapting. Letting one player freelance at times is being flexible BECAUSE YOU’RE WINNING but is anything but adapting.

  • cant tell that Jim who is a Neanderthal cant see things and is dumber than three stooges

  • then he should not be starting. hes slowing down the offense because hes over thinking plays. his defense is the worst on the team. hes not passing the ball or making shots at a great rate.
    there is litteraly 0 point in staring him atm except jim bus wants him to start

  • Clarkson is a way better fit next to Harden. Not even close. Even if Ty can get Houston more points Clarkson provides way better defense. I just see a lot more synergy better Clarkson and Harden.

  • Perhaps. right now they are giving him an opportunity to start but based on his play that is the role I see him best suited for so far.

  • Why does he need to get quicker? This recent influx of track star point guards havent won a damn thing calling him a bust because he doesnt fit that mould is ridiculous. I put more empasis on court vision than i do high flying

  • really?????? then how did kobe Bynum, randle, and Clarkson all get better coming off the bench?????

  • LOL….Kobe once said he liked the Triangle too. Do you really think he did?

  • Clarkson is a way better fit next to Harden. Not even close. Even if Ty can get Houston more points Clarkson provides way better defense. I just see a lot more synergy better Clarkson and Harden.

  • Perhaps. right now they are giving him an opportunity to start but based on his play that is the role I see him best suited for so far.

  • Why does he need to get quicker? This recent influx of track star point guards havent won a damn thing calling him a bust because he doesnt fit that mould is ridiculous. I put more empasis on court vision than i do high flying

  • really?????? then how did kobe Bynum, randle, and Clarkson all get better coming off the bench?????

  • LOL….Kobe once said he liked the Triangle too. Do you really think he did?

  • yeah and at the draft if he was picked higher Houston thought of picking him!

  • yeah and at the draft if he was picked higher Houston thought of picking him!

  • If you judge Russell by regular rookie standards he’s not doing bad, any other year and people would of said he’s doing ok so far, unfortunately for Russell the 2015 draft is loaded ( has the potential to be one of the best draft in nba bistory). Towns, Okafor, porzingis , mudiay, Johnson, Willie Cauley-Stein,  Kaminsky, ect. All have had great games .and for that reason people have the perception that Russell is a bust. Also the fact that the Lakers chose Russell instead of Okafor and Okafor is dropping jaws with his talent doesn’t help Russell at all.

  • Look at what Fisher is doing with the Knicks. It’s not the Phil triangle. Phil ran to different triangle offense with two different squads, I assume if the league was changing he’d change with it.

  • If you judge Russell by regular rookie standards he’s not doing bad, any other year and people would of said he’s doing ok so far, unfortunately for Russell the 2015 draft is loaded ( has the potential to be one of the best draft in nba bistory). Towns, Okafor, porzingis , mudiay, Johnson, Willie Cauley-Stein,  Kaminsky, ect. All have had great games .and for that reason people have the perception that Russell is a bust. Also the fact that the Lakers chose Russell instead of Okafor and Okafor is dropping jaws with his talent doesn’t help Russell at all.

  • Look at what Fisher is doing with the Knicks. It’s not the Phil triangle. Phil ran to different triangle offense with two different squads, I assume if the league was changing he’d change with it.

  • He would learn a lot playing behind Huertas plus the 2nd unit is more of a run and gun unit where Russell could get his assist in transition. Instead of passing the ball off at the top of the key in the half court. Not to mention having Williams and Young as spot up shooters. I think he would do well with that unit. Plus Clarkson started out on the bench and he was a flat out better player than Russell is as a rookie. So why should Russell get the start? Because we took him #2 overall when he wasn’t at the level of a #2 pick.

  • Only SGs clearly better than Clarkson are: Harden, Thompson, Butler, Derozan, Beal, Isiah Thomas, Wes Matthews and Korver after that everyone else is a toss up or he is clearly better than them

  • He would learn a lot playing behind Huertas plus the 2nd unit is more of a run and gun unit where Russell could get his assist in transition. Instead of passing the ball off at the top of the key in the half court. Not to mention having Williams and Young as spot up shooters. I think he would do well with that unit. Plus Clarkson started out on the bench and he was a flat out better player than Russell is as a rookie. So why should Russell get the start? Because we took him #2 overall when he wasn’t at the level of a #2 pick.

  • Only SGs clearly better than Clarkson are: Harden, Thompson, Butler, Derozan, Beal, Isiah Thomas, Wes Matthews and Korver after that everyone else is a toss up or he is clearly better than them

  • First of all, Phil cleaned house with the roster for the expressed reason of getting players that fit the system. What system do you think he was talking about?

  • First of all, Phil cleaned house with the roster for the expressed reason of getting players that fit the system. What system do you think he was talking about?

  • @Bpowell — yeah, that’s why you run the pick n roll

    And, for the record, he’s 7/15 from 2 point range this season and has only missed 2 or 3 times from 12-15 feet.

  • They gave up on JR Smith, not exactly the same as getting rid of good players.

  • @Bpowell — yeah, that’s why you run the pick n roll

    And, for the record, he’s 7/15 from 2 point range this season and has only missed 2 or 3 times from 12-15 feet.

  • They gave up on JR Smith, not exactly the same as getting rid of good players.

  • I think with howard clogging the middle, you must have a pg that can shoot and run an offense. And it would be harder for Clarkson to slash. Lawson plays passing lanes well and gets steals. 4 steals last night. I thin it would be Lawson/Harden and Patrick/Clark off the bench.

  • lol you’re a drama queen, my comment was about scott being scared of kobe, F@ck the princeton offense

  • I’m more worried about if Byron is even trying his best to help out Russell. He was struggling the past 3 games then started to warm up making 2 straight 3s then he just get’s pulled from the game. Makes 0 sense.

  • The point in starting him is to find out if he can be your PG of the future. Team won’t win many games this year so might as well throw him into the fire and see what he’s made of.

  • This sounds like the just a thought/Lin Win troll lol. You must not have wiped your behind correctly b/c your foulness is coming through the keyboard. Boom!

  • I think with howard clogging the middle, you must have a pg that can shoot and run an offense. And it would be harder for Clarkson to slash. Lawson plays passing lanes well and gets steals. 4 steals last night. I thin it would be Lawson/Harden and Patrick/Clark off the bench.

  • lol you’re a drama queen, my comment was about scott being scared of kobe, F@ck the princeton offense

  • I’m more worried about if Byron is even trying his best to help out Russell. He was struggling the past 3 games then started to warm up making 2 straight 3s then he just get’s pulled from the game. Makes 0 sense.

  • The point in starting him is to find out if he can be your PG of the future. Team won’t win many games this year so might as well throw him into the fire and see what he’s made of.

  • This sounds like the just a thought/Lin Win troll lol. You must not have wiped your behind correctly b/c your foulness is coming through the keyboard. Boom!

  • thosestatsare not accurate you dont really see himclankshots wen he gets pressured heonly hasthat from screens!

  • Not as a number two overall. If he were a middle of the pack pick. Maybe you say he doing ok. But as an #2 overall you better show some kind of flash of good to great talent.

  • thosestatsare not accurate you dont really see himclankshots wen he gets pressured heonly hasthat from screens!

  • Not as a number two overall. If he were a middle of the pack pick. Maybe you say he doing ok. But as an #2 overall you better show some kind of flash of good to great talent.

  • It makes 100% if you see the whole picture. Byron is all about player minute management. Not that i agree, but I do understand. If you looked at when he pulled him, it was the same time he has pulled him each game.

  • It makes 100% if you see the whole picture. Byron is all about player minute management. Not that i agree, but I do understand. If you looked at when he pulled him, it was the same time he has pulled him each game.

  • Those stats come from E S P N. In three regular season games he’s 7/15 from 2 point range and 4/15 from beyond the arc for 11/30 overall (.367)

  • wow I am not even lin fan so you just dumbly made your comment look lame lol boom!

  • I’d still move him to the bench. What going to hurt his confidence is going up against Westbrook and Curry. Rubio made Russell look like he was stuck in the mud. Theses guys will make him look like he playing in slow mo.

  • He has a good pullup from 15 feet. Not sure how his lob is since he really doesn’t have anyone on the team to throw it too, but lobing a guy like Dwight probably has a large window of error. I have seen more tear drops in the lane this year. Houston would love that trade.

  • Those stats come from E S P N. In three regular season games he’s 7/15 from 2 point range and 4/15 from beyond the arc for 11/30 overall (.367)

  • wow I am not even lin fan so you just dumbly made your comment look lame lol boom!

  • I’d still move him to the bench. What going to hurt his confidence is going up against Westbrook and Curry. Rubio made Russell look like he was stuck in the mud. Theses guys will make him look like he playing in slow mo.

  • He has a good pullup from 15 feet. Not sure how his lob is since he really doesn’t have anyone on the team to throw it too, but lobing a guy like Dwight probably has a large window of error. I have seen more tear drops in the lane this year. Houston would love that trade.

  • Bust do exist ppl and in this case we definitely drafted one….if your using his age and physical frame as an excuse his as shouldn’t have declared for the draft and developed one more year in college he is NOT curry lilard or Clarkson for that matter…you don’t draft second and wait 4yrs for a guy to become an Allstar while watching your team suffer wit this guy at the helm of the offense

  • Bust do exist ppl and in this case we definitely drafted one….if your using his age and physical frame as an excuse his as shouldn’t have declared for the draft and developed one more year in college he is NOT curry lilard or Clarkson for that matter…you don’t draft second and wait 4yrs for a guy to become an Allstar while watching your team suffer wit this guy at the helm of the offense

  • Because Scott is crazy — Boozer was benched by season end and, had he not been hurt, Randle would have been starting in his place.

  • Because Scott is crazy — Boozer was benched by season end and, had he not been hurt, Randle would have been starting in his place.

  • we can all name names. How many minutes per game did Wall, Curry, Rose, Irving play in there first season as PG?

  • Shirley you can do better than that? I mean really…it’s like you’re not even trying.

  • I can accept that. Just feels like an experiment with an already know result when they tried him at pg in SL and he stunk. I am not going to critics Russell till the ASB.

  • we can all name names. How many minutes per game did Wall, Curry, Rose, Irving play in there first season as PG?

  • Shirley you can do better than that? I mean really…it’s like you’re not even trying.

  • I can accept that. Just feels like an experiment with an already know result when they tried him at pg in SL and he stunk. I am not going to critics Russell till the ASB.

  • Scouting report pretty much showed that Russell struggled against athletic defenders in college and would also struggle early on in the NBA. But most scouts expect him to figure it out and be great. It is all about giving him time. It isn’t a sprint it is about a hopefully 20 year career.

  • I watched the Miami Heat the first year Lebron got there struggle for most of the year with their offense. The basic reason as they have stated is that they were each trying to do what they do best and it conflicted with each other. Until they learned how to marry their talents for the overall good, they had problems.

    To me, Clarkson is like Dwyane Wade. Wade is really not a very good perimeter shooter. He is a streaky and timely one though. Wade is mid-range and slasher. His athleticism and crafty play make him great. But Wade needed the ball when Lebron got there. He had to learn how to play off the ball. Kobe is another one that needs the ball, yet he is being reduced to a spot up shooter. No wonder he is missing so much. He isn’t a spot up shooter.

    Russell is a point guard but he is a Steve Nash point guard right now. He would be best served if all the passing ran through him on offense.

  • Scouting report pretty much showed that Russell struggled against athletic defenders in college and would also struggle early on in the NBA. But most scouts expect him to figure it out and be great. It is all about giving him time. It isn’t a sprint it is about a hopefully 20 year career.

  • I watched the Miami Heat the first year Lebron got there struggle for most of the year with their offense. The basic reason as they have stated is that they were each trying to do what they do best and it conflicted with each other. Until they learned how to marry their talents for the overall good, they had problems.

    To me, Clarkson is like Dwyane Wade. Wade is really not a very good perimeter shooter. He is a streaky and timely one though. Wade is mid-range and slasher. His athleticism and crafty play make him great. But Wade needed the ball when Lebron got there. He had to learn how to play off the ball. Kobe is another one that needs the ball, yet he is being reduced to a spot up shooter. No wonder he is missing so much. He isn’t a spot up shooter.

    Russell is a point guard but he is a Steve Nash point guard right now. He would be best served if all the passing ran through him on offense.

  • hey shaka your not really trying to make a good joke shirley theirs no name like that go back to naming names101 mr. doomed of getting boomed!

  • ASB is fair. I wouldn’t expect him to be playing at a high level by then but he should be making plays more consistently by then.

  • hey shaka your not really trying to make a good joke shirley theirs no name like that go back to naming names101 mr. doomed of getting boomed!

  • ASB is fair. I wouldn’t expect him to be playing at a high level by then but he should be making plays more consistently by then.

  • and you are probably a computer loser who has no friends no girl or anybody and just a loser for life sadboy lol!

  • and you are probably a computer loser who has no friends no girl or anybody and just a loser for life sadboy lol!

  • nope I guess you cant do better than me lol! hey is the name shacka meaning flamboyant boy you like like in your pick!

  • nope I guess you cant do better than me lol! hey is the name shacka meaning flamboyant boy you like like in your pick!

  • D’angelo will be fine. These comments are true in that he isn’t excelling as he was expected given the second overall pick. But the comparison to Jahlil and Mudiay are missing the main point in that the lakers still have the burden cloud looming over their head in an outdated Kobe. He shot 1-8 from 3 a few nights ago, he’s a “superstar” and the offense is built around him. Jahlil IS the star of his offense. Mudiay IS the star of his offense. Those teams are building their programs around their first round pick. D’angelo wasn’t even in the game in the closing minutes against the timberwolves when the game was close. This is a program that is not putting emphasis on their investment. He will not develop unless they force him to take the reigns, as they did Clarkson last year and look how well he turned out so far. You can’t have Randle bringing the ball up the court with 5 turnovers and expecting DLo to play PG.

  • D’angelo will be fine. These comments are true in that he isn’t excelling as he was expected given the second overall pick. But the comparison to Jahlil and Mudiay are missing the main point in that the lakers still have the burden cloud looming over their head in an outdated Kobe. He shot 1-8 from 3 a few nights ago, he’s a “superstar” and the offense is built around him. Jahlil IS the star of his offense. Mudiay IS the star of his offense. Those teams are building their programs around their first round pick. D’angelo wasn’t even in the game in the closing minutes against the timberwolves when the game was close. This is a program that is not putting emphasis on their investment. He will not develop unless they force him to take the reigns, as they did Clarkson last year and look how well he turned out so far. You can’t have Randle bringing the ball up the court with 5 turnovers and expecting DLo to play PG.

  • Kobe only sat because All Star Eddie Jones was ahead of him. Bynum was starting by his second season and didn’t really improve until he did.

    Randle was injured before he had a chance to come off the bench, and Clarkson got better by playing every day in the D League.

  • Kobe only sat because All Star Eddie Jones was ahead of him. Bynum was starting by his second season and didn’t really improve until he did.

    Randle was injured before he had a chance to come off the bench, and Clarkson got better by playing every day in the D League.

  • Ha ha. So what is boils down to, as usual, is that Scott sucks. Yup, that would be a correct assessment. Constantly playing players out of position and expecting them to shine. It’s been said a million times before, a good coach utilizes his players’ strengths and puts them in best possible situations to produce. A bad one does what Scott does.

  • D’Angelo is now dating Kendall Jenner.

    There’s the problem.

    Did he learn nothing from seeing what happened to Bruce and Lamar?

    You think Kanye’s going to escape unfazed?
    …It’s only a matter of time.

  • Ha ha. So what is boils down to, as usual, is that Scott sucks. Yup, that would be a correct assessment. Constantly playing players out of position and expecting them to shine. It’s been said a million times before, a good coach utilizes his players’ strengths and puts them in best possible situations to produce. A bad one does what Scott does.

  • D’Angelo is now dating Kendall Jenner.

    There’s the problem.

    Did he learn nothing from seeing what happened to Bruce and Lamar?

    You think Kanye’s going to escape unfazed?
    …It’s only a matter of time.

  • No, unlike yourself don’t spend my time here trolling. Contrary to your troll life.

  • No, unlike yourself don’t spend my time here trolling. Contrary to your troll life.

  • Making comparisons to other rookie guards who were called a bust and turn out ok. Doesn’t mean the same will happen for Russell. What about the hundreds of NBA rookies throughout history. Who were called a bust and that’s what they turned out to be.

  • Making comparisons to other rookie guards who were called a bust and turn out ok. Doesn’t mean the same will happen for Russell. What about the hundreds of NBA rookies throughout history. Who were called a bust and that’s what they turned out to be.

  • I don’t know dude — Clarkson and Williams both struggled at the point and after seeing Huertas in the regular season, I’m pretty convinced he’s still a backup.

    Even if you look at free agent PGs, there’s really none out there. Given the lack of options, might as well sink or swim with him.

  • I don’t know dude — Clarkson and Williams both struggled at the point and after seeing Huertas in the regular season, I’m pretty convinced he’s still a backup.

    Even if you look at free agent PGs, there’s really none out there. Given the lack of options, might as well sink or swim with him.

  • Yeah But Clarkson was brought along slowly. Getting No minutes to getting back up minutes to starting. They’ve thrown Russell into the fire. He should have started off the bench.

  • Yeah But Clarkson was brought along slowly. Getting No minutes to getting back up minutes to starting. They’ve thrown Russell into the fire. He should have started off the bench.