Game Recap: Lakers Collapse In Fourth Quarter, Come Up Just Short In Season Opener

It is finally that time of the year, where the leaves on the trees are changing colors and the Los Angeles Lakers are playing basketball. The Lakers will face the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first of a long 82-game season.

What will Kobe Bryant make this season? Find out here!

Kobe Bryant will set an NBA record tonight for the most seasons with one franchise as he starts his 20th campaign with the Lakers. Kobe is coming off of yet another season-ending injury and he will hope to stay healthy in what many assume will be the final season of his career.

Lakers No. 2 two overall draft pick, D’Angelo Russell, will make his NBA debut tonight against Timberwolves No. 1 overall draft pick, Karl-Anthony Towns, who is making his debut as well. The two rookies have developed a friendship over the summer and are looking forward to competing against each other in their first matchup of their young careers.

Prior to tip-off the Lakers held a moment of silence to honor the late head coach of the Timberwolves, Flip Saunders, who passed away earlier this week. The Lakers also paid tribute to Saunders, wearing shooting shirts with Flip’s name across the front.

First Quarter:

The Wolves won the tip and scored on their first possession, swinging the ball around to an open Ricky Rubio in the corner for three. Two possessions later, Jordan Clarkson turned the corner off of a pick and converted a nice finger roll for the Lakers’ first field goal of the season. On the defensive end, Julius Randle and Hibbert fought for a defensive rebound but ultimately lost the ball, which landed in the hands of Towns who dunked in his first two points of his career. The following Lakers possession, Kobe Bryant caught the ball in the midpost and made a face-up jumper over Andrew Wiggins. D’Angelo Russell picked up his second personal foul with 6:04 remaining in the quarter, and was replaced by reigning Sixth Man of the Year, Lou Williams. With just under four minutes remaining in the first, Randle caught the ball in the paint and dunked it home, cutting the Wolves lead to 17-16. Nick Young drilled a buzzer beater from a step in front of half-court, capping a 21-5 run, and giving the Lakers a 31-22 advantage to end the first.

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Second Quarter:

The Lakers began the second quarter with Huertas, Williams, Young, Kelly, and Bass. Williams blew by Zach Lavine for the reverse layup, getting a nice reaction from the Staples Center crowd. Huertas, who is also making his NBA debut, has a knack for finding the open man, and this time he found Young open for a three. Kobe checked back into the game, put together a series of crossovers and nailed a pull-up jumper from the top of the key, increasing the Lakers’ lead to 13 points. Kobe made his next two field goals: one of them a deep three with the shot clock expiring and the other off of his signature turnaround jumper over the outstretched arms of Tayshaun Prince. Things got chippy with three minutes remaining, as Garnett and Randle got tangled up under the rim jostling for a rebound. The two exchanged a few words, but Garnett was hit with the technical foul. D’Angelo Russell finally scored his first two points of his NBA career with 2:01 left in the half with a jumper off after Randle freed him up with a screen. The Lakers continued to control the tempo on both ends of the floor and went into halftime with a 60-51 lead.

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Third Quarter:

Randle started the second half strong, rebounding his own miss, drawing the foul, and converting a three-point play. The Lakers got in foul trouble early in the third, committing three team fouls with 9:42 remaining in the quarter. Kobe Bryant curled strong off of a Hibbert handoff, stopped on a dime, and made a free-throw line jumper over Prince plus the foul. Kobe continued his hot shooting from deep, making a pull-up three off of Hibbert’s, giving him 21 points. With the Wolves down 15, Rubio stopped on a dime, drew a foul from Russell, and converted a three-point play. Randle displayed how he can be dominant in this league when he grabbed a rebound and took it coast-to-coast for a layup, giving the Lakers a 75-63 lead. Rubio continued his impressive play, easily driving past Russell for a layup, giving him 19 points. The Lakers began to get a bit lazy on defense after committing several fouls allowing the Wolves to go on a quick 7-0 run, reducing the Lakers lead to just eight points. Young halted the run with his hot shooting from the three-point line, knocking down back-to-back threes, putting the Lakers up 93-81 with 1:33 remaining in the third. Lavine scored the last bucket of the third with two seconds left and the Lakers went into the fourth with a 95-88 lead.

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Fourth Quarter:

Kevin Martin drew a foul on Marcelo Huertas to earn three free throws as the T-Wolves cut the Laker lead down to four. Those were the only points for either team early as both offenses struggled. Huertas finally got the Lakers first basket of the quarter with a nice layup to keep the Lakers ahead 97-91. LaVine got a layup in transition and Rubio continued his strong night with a jumper to bring Minnesota within two points at 97-95 with under eight minutes remaining. Towns hit a fadeaway over Hibbert to tie the game at 97 and Rubio drove in for a layup to give the T-Wolves their first lead since the second quarter. Clarkson quickly responded with a jumper, but Rubio matched him on the other end. Wiggins split a pair of free throws and Clarkson hit another mid-range jumper to bring the Lakers within 102-101. Another Rubio jumper gave him a career high 27 points and Wiggins hit a pair of free throws as Minnesota pulled ahead by six with less than three minutes remaining. A three from Bjelica gave the T-Wolves a nine point lead. Kobe made three free throws and the Lakers came up with a steal, but were unable to take advantage. A Randle layup brought the Lakers within five with 1:09 remaining. Clakson drew a foul but split the free throws as the Lakers remained down by four. The Lakers got a stop and Williams hit a huge three to bring the Lakers within a point. Williams got a great look but missed the floater at the buzzer as the Lakers fell 112-111.

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Great game

  • Great game tonight i was very impressed with how we looked tonight, of course i was about to snap my head off when we lost, but we definitely had an large lead that we should not have let them get back in the game, Randle played great i loved what i seen from him dude went right at K.G. and after that K.G. never said nothing else to him he is fearless, Clarkson played great and we played good basketball tonight could have been a lot better and of course we need to get better. Kobe played well tonight but dude can’t be shooting from 3 like that when he shot that air ball, like i said when Kobe starts hitting shots he thinks he’s 26 again get your team mates involved more but he did play well i must say but he can’t be going against B.Scott and calling timeouts when he wants to i believe rules should be changed and only coaches can call timeouts because Randle got to the basket and scored and would have either been fouled or made the shot as he did, but Russell needs more time dude is going to be great by January into Feb.

  • This will be another long year for the Lakers. The Defense is bad, Kobe still not ready to hand the keys over and take a step back. Russell is just not ready, made Rubio look like an All-Star tonight. Just wait for the other PG’s in the West or NBA. 25-30 wins top for the Lakers..

  • I blame byron scott for waiting until we lose the lead to change the line up, if you see something not working, change it, its common sense…….second blame goes to kobe….Randle had the fast break at the end and he was about to get the foul called on Towns but Kobe called time out……..this game was lost on the old heads Scott and Kobe……the young guys did well, shows the team have potential, they just need Scott to have better substitution plan when the team stinking up the place and Kobe to not call anything and trust his younger teammates,

  • HAHAAH WHAT? YOU LOST TO THE TIMBERWOLVES?
    Even last season’s roster didn’t lose to them
    Rubio 28pts 10-17 2-4 6-7 14AST?? What was guarding him? oh wait! Clarkshit HAHAHAHA
    Kobrick back into his regular season form 24 points 24 shots just like his number.
    Hows D Bust? is it regular season yet? 2ast 3 TO HOLY COW TURNOVER MACHINE

    Okafor was 26points 10-16 LOL GREAT PICK!

  • This will be another long year for the Lakers. The Defense is bad, Kobe still not ready to hand the keys over and take a step back. Russell is just not ready, made Rubio look like an All-Star tonight. Just wait for the other PG’s in the West or NBA. 25-30 wins top for the Lakers..

  • I blame byron scott for waiting until we lose the lead to change the line up, if you see something not working, change it, its common sense…….second blame goes to kobe….Randle had the fast break at the end and he was about to get the foul called on Towns but Kobe called time out……..this game was lost on the old heads Scott and Kobe……the young guys did well, shows the team have potential, they just need Scott to have better substitution plan when the team stinking up the place and Kobe to not call anything and trust his younger teammates,

  • That bass kelly lineup at the 4 & 5 will not work Byron please this isn’t preseason Anymore why is he still doing this

  • That bass kelly lineup at the 4 & 5 will not work Byron please this isn’t preseason Anymore why is he still doing this

  • Blame game time.
    I blame
    Byron
    bASS
    D’Angelo Bustell
    Ryan Kelly
    Kobe
    Randle

  • That non-call on the timeout though at the end there. We should have had a few more seconds to run a play. Not that we didn’t get a great look by Lou that just didn’t drop, but who knows if it could have made a difference.

    One game down, eighty to go.

  • Nuh uh. J. Taylor says Bass is clearly better. Couldn’t you tell by that superb defense?

  • That non-call on the timeout though at the end there. We should have had a few more seconds to run a play. Not that we didn’t get a great look by Lou that just didn’t drop, but who knows if it could have made a difference.

    One game down, eighty to go.

  • Nuh uh. J. Taylor says Bass is clearly better. Couldn’t you tell by that superb defense?

  • Game was lost in the 3rd quarter when Bass & Kelly were outplayed. Also overplayed Russell instead of giving him a rest and play Huertas. Scott’s weakness in making in-game adjustment cost us the game.

  • Didn’t watch the 2nd half, but I figured, Kobe still firing away bricks, 8-24fg smh, horrible defense, giving up 110+pts to the Wolves just not acceptable. Byron Scott needs to go, he’s not giving enough minutes to Russell, and what I don’t understand is he rather let Jordan Clarkson run point, pisses me off, how many time do I have to say JC is NOT a pg, he’s a combo SG. Overall a bad game, if we can’t even beat the Wolves at home, then we deserve to be 15th in the West.

  • If Kobe only has 1 assist and shoots 8-24, Lakers are gonna lose nearly all of those games

  • Game was lost in the 3rd quarter when Bass & Kelly were outplayed. Also overplayed Russell instead of giving him a rest and play Huertas. Scott’s weakness in making in-game adjustment cost us the game.

  • Didn’t watch the 2nd half, but I figured, Kobe still firing away bricks, 8-24fg smh, horrible defense, giving up 110+pts to the Wolves just not acceptable. Byron Scott needs to go, he’s not giving enough minutes to Russell, and what I don’t understand is he rather let Jordan Clarkson run point, pisses me off, how many time do I have to say JC is NOT a pg, he’s a combo SG. Overall a bad game, if we can’t even beat the Wolves at home, then we deserve to be 15th in the West.

  • If Kobe only has 1 assist and shoots 8-24, Lakers are gonna lose nearly all of those games

  • Your whack team lost tonight and rice boy had 1 assist. Lmao. off to report you to Dan to be banned. Bye bye.

  • I been in Scott corner for awhile…but this was Bad coaching….That 2nd unit came our struggling and he didn’t stop the bleeding…He went small ball and no defense….Scott Lost.

  • Russell needs to be benched asap. He is still 3-4 seasons away from being a decent player.

  • Wish Scott would play Black over Kelly or Bass mightve actually been able to finish inside and get some rebounds and fouls

  • Your whack team lost tonight and rice boy had 1 assist. Lmao. off to report you to Dan to be banned. Bye bye.

  • I been in Scott corner for awhile…but this was Bad coaching….That 2nd unit came our struggling and he didn’t stop the bleeding…He went small ball and no defense….Scott Lost.

  • Russell needs to be benched asap. He is still 3-4 seasons away from being a decent player.

  • Kobe + Byron = ultimate tank duo. One drives and the other cheers him on.

  • Wish Scott would play Black over Kelly or Bass mightve actually been able to finish inside and get some rebounds and fouls

  • He was really efficient in the first half. He wouldn’t have even had to come back in if it weren’t for the 2nd unit’s pathetic defense.

  • What was Kobe doing? Too many jumpers. After watching the majority of Kobe games over the past decade, this is the first time that I agree with the haters. He hurts the team if he plays like this. Randle is good, Russell has a huge curve ahead of him. B Scott has to come up with a better offensive plan

  • clarkson was nowhere to be found in the 2nd half.

    kobe needs to shoot less.

    if only the lakers could play defense like they did in the last 3 minutes of the game for the ENTIRE game we would get somewhere.

  • He was really efficient in the first half. He wouldn’t have even had to come back in if it weren’t for the 2nd unit’s pathetic defense.

  • What was Kobe doing? Too many jumpers. After watching the majority of Kobe games over the past decade, this is the first time that I agree with the haters. He hurts the team if he plays like this. Randle is good, Russell has a huge curve ahead of him. B Scott has to come up with a better offensive plan

  • clarkson was nowhere to be found in the 2nd half.

    kobe needs to shoot less.

    if only the lakers could play defense like they did in the last 3 minutes of the game for the ENTIRE game we would get somewhere.

  • I also forgot about that last play where they didn’t call a timeout. If you have an experienced team, like what the Lakers have before in Odom , Gasol & Fisher you can get away with that. But with this lineup, they need right coaching.

  • I also forgot about that last play where they didn’t call a timeout. If you have an experienced team, like what the Lakers have before in Odom , Gasol & Fisher you can get away with that. But with this lineup, they need right coaching.

  • BS does suck but letting Clarkson run the point in crunch time was way more effective. Russel couldnt really make an impact running with a bench full of shooters waiting to be assisted, not all of that is necessarily his fault but I think that for his performance BS played Russel decent minutes

  • Agreed. Hope this is not the norm. Every once in a while he does this like last season’s 37 shot game. Hope it ends here

  • Dude, you are still blaming Kobe Bryant that Jeremy Lin is stuck in hicksville on one of the worst rosters in the NBA. Deal with it.

  • B Scott needs to go, seems like he’s still trying to experiment different lineups, it’s the goddamn regular season for god sake. Scott better figure out the SAME 8 man rotation in every damn game.

  • BS does suck but letting Clarkson run the point in crunch time was way more effective. Russel couldnt really make an impact running with a bench full of shooters waiting to be assisted, not all of that is necessarily his fault but I think that for his performance BS played Russel decent minutes

  • Agreed. Hope this is not the norm. Every once in a while he does this like last season’s 37 shot game. Hope it ends here

  • Dude, you are still blaming Kobe Bryant that Jeremy Lin is stuck in hicksville on one of the worst rosters in the NBA. Deal with it.

  • B Scott needs to go, seems like he’s still trying to experiment different lineups, it’s the goddamn regular season for god sake. Scott better figure out the SAME 8 man rotation in every damn game.

  • Russell is a BUST…he looked lost out there…no rhythm, no confidence, no defense

  • What a choke job. FFS who are we, the Clippers? Can’t even properly express how frustrated I am right now. Just truly disgusted in Byron Scott.

  • Bass is a POWER FORWARD. Play him at the 4 Byron. Stop playing Kelly and Bass together, no rim protection and no rebounding. Bass and Russell should’ve been on the bench, Huertas and Black should’ve been on the floor. Kobe didn’t get anyone involved in the 4th until it was too late. Why change the lineup on the floor after we lose the lead? Oh well… 81 games left.

  • Russell is a BUST…he looked lost out there…no rhythm, no confidence, no defense

  • What a choke job. FFS who are we, the Clippers? Can’t even properly express how frustrated I am right now. Just truly disgusted in Byron Scott.

  • Bass is a POWER FORWARD. Play him at the 4 Byron. Stop playing Kelly and Bass together, no rim protection and no rebounding. Bass and Russell should’ve been on the bench, Huertas and Black should’ve been on the floor. Kobe didn’t get anyone involved in the 4th until it was too late. Why change the lineup on the floor after we lose the lead? Oh well… 81 games left.

  • too many defensive lapses, if they had just taken the ball outta rubio’s hand like in the start of the second half they would’ve been fine. He had a career night , unreal !!

  • Get used to three things this year – 1. Kobe jacking up threes. 2. Kobe posing with his arm up after shooting. 3. Lakers losing the game.

  • remember what we we were discussing last season about players losing nonclose games and coaches losing close games….

  • Randle, Clarkson and Hibbert looked good but they couldn’t overcome how bad Kobe and Russell were

  • too many defensive lapses, if they had just taken the ball outta rubio’s hand like in the start of the second half they would’ve been fine. He had a career night , unreal !!

  • Get used to three things this year – 1. Kobe jacking up threes. 2. Kobe posing with his arm up after shooting. 3. Lakers losing the game.

  • remember what we we were discussing last season about players losing nonclose games and coaches losing close games….

  • Randle, Clarkson and Hibbert looked good but they couldn’t overcome how bad Kobe and Russell were

  • Not defending Kobe but the offensive system is really bad, no flow especially in the 2nd half. Always HORNS and if nothing works let Kobe shoot it.

  • WHY THE F*** BYRON PLAYS KELLY INSTEAD OF TARIK BLACK…BLACK CAN REBOUND, KELLY IS F*** GARBAGE!!!

  • Not defending Kobe but the offensive system is really bad, no flow especially in the 2nd half. Always HORNS and if nothing works let Kobe shoot it.

  • WHY THE F*** BYRON PLAYS KELLY INSTEAD OF TARIK BLACK…BLACK CAN REBOUND, KELLY IS F*** GARBAGE!!!

  • Russell wasn’t bad tonight. The bench was awful in that 3rd and 4th qtr and Byron left them in too long. Should have played Black

  • STFU KELLY THE WHITE BOY DUNKED THE CRAP OUT OF THE RAPTORS FOR THE LAKERS SECOND NBA WIN !

  • Clarkson
    Kobe
    Metta
    Randle
    Hibbert

    Lou W.
    Young
    Huertas
    Russell
    Bass
    Black
    Kelly
    Nance Jr
    Brown
    Sacre

    That should be the depth chart.

  • I really have to applaud the guys on Access Sportsnet for their composure. They’re better then me.

  • Russel was horrible. Rubio torched him all night and had him in foul trouble all game.

  • Russell wasn’t bad tonight. The bench was awful in that 3rd and 4th qtr and Byron left them in too long. Should have played Black

  • STFU KELLY THE WHITE BOY DUNKED THE CRAP OUT OF THE RAPTORS FOR THE LAKERS SECOND NBA WIN !

  • Clarkson
    Kobe
    Metta
    Randle
    Hibbert

    Lou W.
    Young
    Huertas
    Russell
    Bass
    Black
    Kelly
    Nance Jr
    Brown
    Sacre

    That should be the depth chart.

  • I really have to applaud the guys on Access Sportsnet for their composure. They’re better then me.

  • Russel was horrible. Rubio torched him all night and had him in foul trouble all game.

  • I tried to defend Byron Scott but god he does some of the stupidest things as a coach. Is he even watching the game did you not see them making a run against that small line up you had in? Did you not see Brandon bass was playing horrible and was getting killed on the boards? We are fans and if we seen it watching TV I know he seen it. Tarik black has to play he is the best rebounder we got off the bench. Somebody needs to teach him how to coach cause he looks more lost than D’angelo Russell.

  • Ricky Rubio is one of the worst shooters in the NBA, but the Lakers defense made him look like an all star. Byron Scott is a diabolically bad coach, not a single thing has impressed me about him in his entire time here. Are the Lakers still tanking?

  • Byron scott is the best coach. We just had a “bad” roster last season. Now we have D Russell ! we will finally win our championship!

  • I have no idea why Byron doesn’t keep at least one starter on the floor at all times

  • I tried to defend Byron Scott but god he does some of the stupidest things as a coach. Is he even watching the game did you not see them making a run against that small line up you had in? Did you not see Brandon bass was playing horrible and was getting killed on the boards? We are fans and if we seen it watching TV I know he seen it. Tarik black has to play he is the best rebounder we got off the bench. Somebody needs to teach him how to coach cause he looks more lost than D’angelo Russell.

  • Ricky Rubio is one of the worst shooters in the NBA, but the Lakers defense made him look like an all star. Byron Scott is a diabolically bad coach, not a single thing has impressed me about him in his entire time here. Are the Lakers still tanking?

  • Byron scott is the best coach. We just had a “bad” roster last season. Now we have D Russell ! we will finally win our championship!

  • I have no idea why Byron doesn’t keep at least one starter on the floor at all times

  • Rubio made Russell his B**** tonight. Had him foul trouble and scored at will when he was on him.

  • He’s so dumb either Russell or Clarkson need to be on the floor with the 2nd unit cause Williams running point is a disaster

  • The 2nd unit had flow w/ Huertas. In the 3rd he changed the lineup and played Russell…which was a huge mistake. No execution on offense and Bass/Kelly can’t rebound or protect the rim. Game went down hill after that.

  • Rubio made Russell his B**** tonight. Had him foul trouble and scored at will when he was on him.

  • James used to go nuts behind the scenes but calmed down when the cameras came on.

  • He’s so dumb either Russell or Clarkson need to be on the floor with the 2nd unit cause Williams running point is a disaster

  • The 2nd unit had flow w/ Huertas. In the 3rd he changed the lineup and played Russell…which was a huge mistake. No execution on offense and Bass/Kelly can’t rebound or protect the rim. Game went down hill after that.

  • You all KNOW that I’m a Kobe fan but we are looking at another terrible season if he don’t limit his shot attempts. He only made:
    8 out of his 24 shots
    3 out of his 13 3pointer shots.
    ONE assist
    in only 30 minutes

    We have to many offensive weapons for him to play so selfishly. He’s a LIVING LEGEND but he hasn’t realized that he has to alter his game after 20 years of playing. Yes he scored 20+ points but who can’t do that shooting that many shots? ‪#‎StillLakersThough‬ but dain!

  • “Bust” is probably going too far. He’s just extremely underwhelming for someone who was picked #2, and this was against the TWolves and not someone actually good.

  • If the Lakers keep overhauling almost their entire roster year after year, it’s no wonder there’s no flow or chemistry. The main problem is the coach, the system, absolute garbage. As much as I love Kobe, he should not be taking 24 shots per game at this point in time, Scott and the entire Lakers organization is afraid of the Mamba, couldn’t tell Kobe in the face he is not the main scoring option now, the 3 young bucks are. As long as Kobe is with the team, this Lakers team will suffer.

  • yeah. that was dumb. why change it?? Guess Byron never planned on playing Russell in 4th qtr

  • Totally disageee. Randle missed that shot he didn’t make it and he wasn’t getting a foul called on that. Kobe did the right thing in calling timeout. Byron stood there like he had no clue what to do. Once again everyone stands around watching Kobe so how is he supposed to get them involved? He will and he as usual played team ball. Do not blame this loss on Kobe.

  • You all KNOW that I’m a Kobe fan but we are looking at another terrible season if he don’t limit his shot attempts. He only made:
    8 out of his 24 shots
    3 out of his 13 3pointer shots.
    ONE assist
    in only 30 minutes

    We have to many offensive weapons for him to play so selfishly. He’s a LIVING LEGEND but he hasn’t realized that he has to alter his game after 20 years of playing. Yes he scored 20+ points but who can’t do that shooting that many shots? ‪#‎StillLakersThough‬ but dain!

  • If the Lakers keep overhauling almost their entire roster year after year, it’s no wonder there’s no flow or chemistry. The main problem is the coach, the system, absolute garbage. As much as I love Kobe, he should not be taking 24 shots per game at this point in time, Scott and the entire Lakers organization is afraid of the Mamba, couldn’t tell Kobe in the face he is not the main scoring option now, the 3 young bucks are. As long as Kobe is with the team, this Lakers team will suffer.

  • Big mistake taking a unproven PG over a future allstar center in Okafor.

    Oh well.

  • yeah. that was dumb. why change it?? Guess Byron never planned on playing Russell in 4th qtr

  • That was probably our only chance to see the team above .500 for the season.

  • Totally disageee. Randle missed that shot he didn’t make it and he wasn’t getting a foul called on that. Kobe did the right thing in calling timeout. Byron stood there like he had no clue what to do. Once again everyone stands around watching Kobe so how is he supposed to get them involved? He will and he as usual played team ball. Do not blame this loss on Kobe.

  • Bench actually had a positive plus/minus which means our bench was better than Minny. Our starters were not. Especially Kobe and Russell were trash

  • Sorry to break it to you guys but the Lakers will never be considered decent until Kobe finally retires having a 38 year old taking 30 shots is not gonna make us good and it was horrible seeing Russell on the bench in the 4th quarter have no one to set up the offense, no plays, all iso

  • Where are all the Byron defenders like fat boy Daryl? Is he still figuring out the rotation with these bad lineups he keeps throwing out? Kelly and Bass the best frontcourt duo lololol

  • Bench actually had a positive plus/minus which means our bench was better than Minny. Our starters were not. Especially Kobe and Russell were trash

  • Sorry to break it to you guys but the Lakers will never be considered decent until Kobe finally retires having a 38 year old taking 30 shots is not gonna make us good and it was horrible seeing Russell on the bench in the 4th quarter have no one to set up the offense, no plays, all iso

  • Where are all the Byron defenders like fat boy Daryl? Is he still figuring out the rotation with these bad lineups he keeps throwing out? Kelly and Bass the best frontcourt duo lololol

  • He did. Clarkson played with them end of first and start of second and Russell played with them to start fourth.

  • Long season. We will win some games we shouldn’t. I think they’ll be over .500 early, but won’t finish over.

  • Russell didn’t play in the 4th. Huertas started the 2nd and 4th qtrs with no starters

  • He did. Clarkson played with them end of first and start of second and Russell played with them to start fourth.

  • Long season. We will win some games we shouldn’t. I think they’ll be over .500 early, but won’t finish over.

  • Russell didn’t play in the 4th. Huertas started the 2nd and 4th qtrs with no starters

  • Huertas looked great in preseason…tonight he looked completly lost out there….but he still has a edge over the disaster called Russell.

  • I figured that Russell wouldn’t be playing in the 4th. Hopefully he can improve his game.

  • It’s all for the love of the Lakers, Big Game bleeds purple and gold, and he can’t bear watching the Lakers suffer.

  • Huertas looked great in preseason…tonight he looked completly lost out there….but he still has a edge over the disaster called Russell.

  • I figured that Russell wouldn’t be playing in the 4th. Hopefully he can improve his game.

  • It’s all for the love of the Lakers, Big Game bleeds purple and gold, and he can’t bear watching the Lakers suffer.

  • Kobe just jacks up shot which kills the offense flow…we need more ball movement instead of Kobe ISO

  • He played with that second unit, he was awful. But then again he was awful within the starters too. -9 ugh. We are in trouble

  • Did you even watch the game? Kobe earned the Lakers the lead going into the 3rd, at which point his fg% was at 50. He took a couple of bad shots, but he only started chucking after the scrubs choked away the lead. Kobe is still by far the Lakers best player. Deal with it.

  • Have major doubts about Russell. I like the idea of B Scott but time and time again he is showing that he can’t draw up good offensive schemes. Best thing he did was Kobe inbound

  • Preseason is totally different than the real thing when the Intensity is ratcheted up and teams are trying to win then.

  • 8 turnovers, and 7 rebounds in 38 minutes, yea a real monster. Ryan Kellyesque.

  • Kobe just jacks up shot which kills the offense flow…we need more ball movement instead of Kobe ISO

  • He played with that second unit, he was awful. But then again he was awful within the starters too. -9 ugh. We are in trouble

  • Did you even watch the game? Kobe earned the Lakers the lead going into the 3rd, at which point his fg% was at 50. He took a couple of bad shots, but he only started chucking after the scrubs choked away the lead. Kobe is still by far the Lakers best player. Deal with it.

  • Have major doubts about Russell. I like the idea of B Scott but time and time again he is showing that he can’t draw up good offensive schemes. Best thing he did was Kobe inbound

  • Preseason is totally different than the real thing when the Intensity is ratcheted up and teams are trying to win then.

  • 8 turnovers, and 7 rebounds in 38 minutes, yea a real monster. Ryan Kellyesque.

  • I wouldn’t call that a good thing him being the best player. And Kobe went totally ISO just like the rest of the Lakers, and was a big reason they lost as well. Take off your Bias glasses guy.

  • I wouldn’t call that a good thing him being the best player. And Kobe went totally ISO just like the rest of the Lakers, and was a big reason they lost as well. Take off your Bias glasses guy.

  • Ryan Kelly only shows up to play in preseason too, when his job is on the line, then it’s back to business as usual.

  • I never said it was a good thing, I was just stating a fact because people like to pretend that Kobe is what’s hurting the Lakers when, in fact, it’s the opposite.

  • Main problem for this year’s team, B Scott and Kobe, both are in denial. Outdated system, Kobe still thinks he can put the team on his shoulders and take over to win games. Russell, JC, Randle need all the minutes they can get especially Russell.

  • Ryan Kelly only shows up to play in preseason too, when his job is on the line, then it’s back to business as usual.

  • I never said it was a good thing, I was just stating a fact because people like to pretend that Kobe is what’s hurting the Lakers when, in fact, it’s the opposite.

  • Main problem for this year’s team, B Scott and Kobe, both are in denial. Outdated system, Kobe still thinks he can put the team on his shoulders and take over to win games. Russell, JC, Randle need all the minutes they can get especially Russell.

  • KOBE I HOPE YOU GET INJURED AGAIN THIS SEASON AND JUST RETIRE…YOU ARE KILLING THIS TEAM!!!!

  • Meh on the Russell part. He is not even close to being ready for the keys to be handed off to him. Clarkson and Randle are cool, but they still need a lot of work as well.

  • The one thing Russell is good at right now is finding the open man, and moving the ball

  • Honestly… All those threes Kobe is shooting should be shot by Young and Lou. Never been his strong suit.

  • Greetings fellow citizens. Do you guys think that Brandon Bass was ineffective? Maybe Scott should use Tarik Black instead. Further, was it just my observation that Kobe was 2 for 13 in the second half and 0 for 5 in 4th? Could have been happier had he turned one of those missed field goals into an assist.

  • KOBE I HOPE YOU GET INJURED AGAIN THIS SEASON AND JUST RETIRE…YOU ARE KILLING THIS TEAM!!!!

  • Meh on the Russell part. He is not even close to being ready for the keys to be handed off to him. Clarkson and Randle are cool, but they still need a lot of work as well.

  • The one thing Russell is good at right now is finding the open man, and moving the ball

  • Honestly… All those threes Kobe is shooting should be shot by Young and Lou. Never been his strong suit.

  • Greetings fellow citizens. Do you guys think that Brandon Bass was ineffective? Maybe Scott should use Tarik Black instead. Further, was it just my observation that Kobe was 2 for 13 in the second half and 0 for 5 in 4th? Could have been happier had he turned one of those missed field goals into an assist.

  • That’s not a nice thing to say man, as a fan you just want to see Kobe going out healthy and play his last season. I just hope he doesn’t come back next year, it is really time for him to leave the game of basketball.

  • He has ok vision. Not good enough to make up for his complete lack of effort though

  • 8-24. He took the most shots on the team and was bricking in the second half and wasn’t passing

  • That’s not a nice thing to say man, as a fan you just want to see Kobe going out healthy and play his last season. I just hope he doesn’t come back next year, it is really time for him to leave the game of basketball.

  • He has ok vision. Not good enough to make up for his complete lack of effort though

  • 8-24. He took the most shots on the team and was bricking in the second half and wasn’t passing

  • this was a winable game. Im going to chop it up to inexperinece, bad rotations. kelly and bass played way too many mins we needed rebounding help should have played nace and black instead, ill expect that to be fixed by next game. but regardless im not going to get too low about this lost just like i wouldnt of got too high over a win. this team wont get into a grove until the allstar break, too many new faces and too many youngins. we will get there but it will take time.

  • We would have been better off playing with 4 guys on the court, that is how bad Bass was.

  • If you watched the game, every time time Kobe got the ball tonight, he either fired up 1 of his 14 3’s or shot a jumper. He made 1 pass all night at the end of the game to Lou on that 3. He was efficient early and went back to his old ways. The Lakers don’t need that Kobe no more.

  • this was a winable game. Im going to chop it up to inexperinece, bad rotations. kelly and bass played way too many mins we needed rebounding help should have played nace and black instead, ill expect that to be fixed by next game. but regardless im not going to get too low about this lost just like i wouldnt of got too high over a win. this team wont get into a grove until the allstar break, too many new faces and too many youngins. we will get there but it will take time.

  • We would have been better off playing with 4 guys on the court, that is how bad Bass was.

  • If you watched the game, every time time Kobe got the ball tonight, he either fired up 1 of his 14 3’s or shot a jumper. He made 1 pass all night at the end of the game to Lou on that 3. He was efficient early and went back to his old ways. The Lakers don’t need that Kobe no more.

  • Please tell me how Kobe is hurting the team? Do you dumb folks realize we would have loss by 25 without Kobe? You loved Kobe when he made shots. You hate him when he misses. You can’t have it both ways. Same clowns knocking Kobe would be saying how great he is had he finished 9-25 with a game winner.

  • He didn’t have much of a choice. None of the guys in the 2nd unit could get anything to fall.

  • Russell just needs to put effort in. I don’t mind him sucking, but he has to look like he wants to be there at least.

  • I said it before and feared that it might come true but D’Angelo Bustell is a glorified Kendall Marshall. Same player but at least Kendall hit a three.

    Seeing Winslow, Johnson and Okafor ball out makes me so mad. You all owe jossshh an apology.

  • Please tell me how Kobe is hurting the team? Do you dumb folks realize we would have loss by 25 without Kobe? You loved Kobe when he made shots. You hate him when he misses. You can’t have it both ways. Same clowns knocking Kobe would be saying how great he is had he finished 9-25 with a game winner.

  • He didn’t have much of a choice. None of the guys in the 2nd unit could get anything to fall.

  • Russell just needs to put effort in. I don’t mind him sucking, but he has to look like he wants to be there at least.

  • I said it before and feared that it might come true but D’Angelo Bustell is a glorified Kendall Marshall. Same player but at least Kendall hit a three.

    Seeing Winslow, Johnson and Okafor ball out makes me so mad. You all owe jossshh an apology.

  • is clarkson on minute restriction? he can play the entire game and not break a sweat. why didnt byron stop the bleeding at the end of 3rd and start of 4th by putting back the starters? is lou williams known as a finisher and was he having a great game? i would rather lose with kobe or clarkson taking the last shot. this game should have been won. once again another game lost because of poor coaching.

  • Fire Byron Scott and hire Scott Brooks or Tom Thibodeau while they are still available before its too late!!!

  • This is part of rebuilding…we took a gamble on Russell and it’s backfired on us. This is good though…Randle is a keeper and should be the centerpiece of the future. He has a high ceiling… Clarkson needs to quit hiding during the important parts of the game and prove his rookie season wasn’t just a fad. Russell will find himself being a journey man if he does not atleast prove himself just a little and being a rookie is no excuse not to.

  • Right now what Scott needs to do is have a concrete 8 man rotation that plays every night together. This team needs to build chemistry, and Scott needs to create a free flow offensive system. All I see right now is the ball is not moving, no flow, and still way too many iso ball.

  • is clarkson on minute restriction? he can play the entire game and not break a sweat. why didnt byron stop the bleeding at the end of 3rd and start of 4th by putting back the starters? is lou williams known as a finisher and was he having a great game? i would rather lose with kobe or clarkson taking the last shot. this game should have been won. once again another game lost because of poor coaching.

  • Fire Byron Scott and hire Scott Brooks or Tom Thibodeau while they are still available before its too late!!!

  • This is part of rebuilding…we took a gamble on Russell and it’s backfired on us. This is good though…Randle is a keeper and should be the centerpiece of the future. He has a high ceiling… Clarkson needs to quit hiding during the important parts of the game and prove his rookie season wasn’t just a fad. Russell will find himself being a journey man if he does not atleast prove himself just a little and being a rookie is no excuse not to.

  • Right now what Scott needs to do is have a concrete 8 man rotation that plays every night together. This team needs to build chemistry, and Scott needs to create a free flow offensive system. All I see right now is the ball is not moving, no flow, and still way too many iso ball.

  • Some of you look at a game and still can’t see….Kobe didn’t have nothing to do with the Lakers losing….the 2nd Unit gave away the lead which was 15 pts…….Down to 4pts…

  • Despite the bad coaching, especially the decision to play Bass over Black….I feel better about this team. Our bench will be better than most, our starters just aren’t good enough against elite starters. if we can figure out the defensive end, the season won’t be lost. Not bad for a 1st game. Byron step it up, lets go!

  • Sure wish we would have traded Randle and Bustell for Cousins. You all learn the hard way. Lets go check the record books for those who were against that trade shall we?

  • I watched every the game and every lakers game for the past 16 yrs. That’s my point. You are fine with him doing it to give us the lead. But when the bench gave up the lead you don’t like it when he’s doing it trying to get the lead back? Can’t have to both ways.

  • Some of you look at a game and still can’t see….Kobe didn’t have nothing to do with the Lakers losing….the 2nd Unit gave away the lead which was 15 pts…….Down to 4pts…

  • Despite the bad coaching, especially the decision to play Bass over Black….I feel better about this team. Our bench will be better than most, our starters just aren’t good enough against elite starters. if we can figure out the defensive end, the season won’t be lost. Not bad for a 1st game. Byron step it up, lets go!

  • Sure wish we would have traded Randle and Bustell for Cousins. You all learn the hard way. Lets go check the record books for those who were against that trade shall we?

  • I watched every the game and every lakers game for the past 16 yrs. That’s my point. You are fine with him doing it to give us the lead. But when the bench gave up the lead you don’t like it when he’s doing it trying to get the lead back? Can’t have to both ways.

  • Clarkson was injured going into tonight…that is probably why he was nowhere to be found when we needed him most.

  • No way the Kings were making that deal so don’t stress about it. Everyone would have made that trade, except for Sacremento.

  • Clarkson was injured going into tonight…that is probably why he was nowhere to be found when we needed him most.

  • No way the Kings were making that deal so don’t stress about it. Everyone would have made that trade, except for Sacremento.

  • Yep…It’s gonna sad seeing Kobe go out on a losing team. At least with Cousins and Kobe, they would have a shot at least to go to the Playoffs.

  • Growin pains fellas .. Its going to be like that but we shouldn’t have lost this game
    .bass at the 5? Not going to work where black or sac?

  • I was on that train as well, but I have done a 180 on Scott. I felt like he has done a good job of managing Russell despite his poor play. That’s all I really cared about. Now the only problem they have going forward is what to do with Kobe.

  • Is it possible that the Lakers threw this game. All jokes aside is there a possibility that given the gravity of the situation they agreed to lose in honor of Flip. It seemed like the Lakers completely stopped playing to the point that they were giving the game away. The fans were quiet and Byron called no timeouts including an obvious one he should have called at the end.

    All I’m saying is that this ending was awfully fishy.

  • The collapse was foreseeable. In the first 3 quarters they were getting other worldly performances from guys like Nick Young and Lou Williams. In the 4th, the team regressed to the mean. Kobe took a lot of shots too and wasn’t very efficient. They could’ve had a different result with Clarkson and Randle getting more touches. Minnesota has more talent on its roster.

  • Cousins wanted out! Two top ten picks and probably some more assets. Yeah they do it.

  • Yep…It’s gonna sad seeing Kobe go out on a losing team. At least with Cousins and Kobe, they would have a shot at least to go to the Playoffs.

  • Growin pains fellas .. Its going to be like that but we shouldn’t have lost this game
    .bass at the 5? Not going to work where black or sac?

  • I was on that train as well, but I have done a 180 on Scott. I felt like he has done a good job of managing Russell despite his poor play. That’s all I really cared about. Now the only problem they have going forward is what to do with Kobe.

  • Is it possible that the Lakers threw this game. All jokes aside is there a possibility that given the gravity of the situation they agreed to lose in honor of Flip. It seemed like the Lakers completely stopped playing to the point that they were giving the game away. The fans were quiet and Byron called no timeouts including an obvious one he should have called at the end.

    All I’m saying is that this ending was awfully fishy.

  • The collapse was foreseeable. In the first 3 quarters they were getting other worldly performances from guys like Nick Young and Lou Williams. In the 4th, the team regressed to the mean. Kobe took a lot of shots too and wasn’t very efficient. They could’ve had a different result with Clarkson and Randle getting more touches. Minnesota has more talent on its roster.

  • Cousins wanted out! Two top ten picks and probably some more assets. Yeah they do it.

  • Stop…Kobe and his shot selection in the 2nd half was atrocious. If you’re happy with him taking 14 3’s and ISO all game, then get ready for another long season. He didn’t help the situation either.

  • Stop…Kobe and his shot selection in the 2nd half was atrocious. If you’re happy with him taking 14 3’s and ISO all game, then get ready for another long season. He didn’t help the situation either.

  • I only have a problem with Kobe not getting his teammates involved more. I thought he was solely looking to shoot every time he touched the ball. I don’t mind him taking 24 shots, but he has to be more efficient. A lot of those shots were in rhythm and he had good looks. only about 3-5 of those shots were “bad” shots including that end of half heave

  • Not a chance. Cousins is the best center in the league. Look at what Minny got for Love. Going to take a lot more to get Cousins than that. We didn’t have the assets to get Cousins no matter what.

  • When it rains it pours! Every team has a young, strong, quick pg now and Jim Buss drafts Kendall Marshall 2.0 over Mudiay.

  • Did lebron suck tonight? Are you calling him a team cancer going 4-13? No because they won. Could Kobe have played better? Of course. But be honest what other laker was playing a good game? My point is Kobe has done this for 20 yrs. This is who he is. We’re you knocking him going 7-24 in the finals if we won? No u weren’t. So why criticize him now? He’s trying to get this team to a level of competing for the playoffs. Had a rough shooting night. Flush it and move on. It’s people like you who won’t see what Kobe means until he’s gone.

  • I only have a problem with Kobe not getting his teammates involved more. I thought he was solely looking to shoot every time he touched the ball. I don’t mind him taking 24 shots, but he has to be more efficient. A lot of those shots were in rhythm and he had good looks. only about 3-5 of those shots were “bad” shots including that end of half heave

  • Not a chance. Cousins is the best center in the league. Look at what Minny got for Love. Going to take a lot more to get Cousins than that. We didn’t have the assets to get Cousins no matter what.

  • When it rains it pours! Every team has a young, strong, quick pg now and Jim Buss drafts Kendall Marshall 2.0 over Mudiay.

  • Did lebron suck tonight? Are you calling him a team cancer going 4-13? No because they won. Could Kobe have played better? Of course. But be honest what other laker was playing a good game? My point is Kobe has done this for 20 yrs. This is who he is. We’re you knocking him going 7-24 in the finals if we won? No u weren’t. So why criticize him now? He’s trying to get this team to a level of competing for the playoffs. Had a rough shooting night. Flush it and move on. It’s people like you who won’t see what Kobe means until he’s gone.

  • If you watched the whole game you know that he was efficient until the bench lost the lead.

  • MWP needs to start instead of Russell…what was the point of bringing him back if he’s just going to sit on the bench in a suit cracking jokes? where was Nance Jr?

    BS needs to go…

  • If you watched the whole game you know that he was efficient until the bench lost the lead.

  • What about the 2nd Unit giving up a 15pt lead?….down to 4pt…get lost.

  • MWP needs to start instead of Russell…what was the point of bringing him back if he’s just going to sit on the bench in a suit cracking jokes? where was Nance Jr?

    BS needs to go…

  • Idk how.. He reb and scores better under basket compare to bass.. He needs to fix that asap

  • Bro they were in talks already for that trade but Lakers wouldn’t give up Randle. It could have happened.

  • I am saying he sucked tonight. It is an obvious observation. If he played well, I would have said that. Just calling it like it is.

  • I agree with everything you said except for Russell not being ready. It’s too early to say that. Plus, Clarkson didn’t do well guarding Rubio either. So the blame can’t be put on Russell’s shoulders alone.

  • Not the game I wanted from Kobe. Too many 3’s and not setting up other players. Not efficient.

  • Idk how.. He reb and scores better under basket compare to bass.. He needs to fix that asap

  • Bro they were in talks already for that trade but Lakers wouldn’t give up Randle. It could have happened.

  • I am saying he sucked tonight. It is an obvious observation. If he played well, I would have said that. Just calling it like it is.

  • I agree with everything you said except for Russell not being ready. It’s too early to say that. Plus, Clarkson didn’t do well guarding Rubio either. So the blame can’t be put on Russell’s shoulders alone.

  • Not the game I wanted from Kobe. Too many 3’s and not setting up other players. Not efficient.

  • That was all made up by the media, they had no news in the offseason. They have to get clicks. If Sacramento made that trade they would be laughed out of the league.

  • That was all made up by the media, they had no news in the offseason. They have to get clicks. If Sacramento made that trade they would be laughed out of the league.

  • I don’t like Kobe shooting 3’s at all honestly. Once he makes one or two, we know what comes next. He will keep shooting until he shoots LA out of the game. I’m not totally blaming him, but his shot selection is still bad. you would think a guy with that much experience would know when to dial it back. I don’t like this Kobe off ball, he needs to be back either in the post or in the midrange area, not sitting in the corner, he’s not a spot up shooter, and never has been one.

  • Flip gave Rubio a pep talk after the 2nd half, Lakers bench blew the 3rd quarter and by the 4th momentum has shifted

  • I don’t like Kobe shooting 3’s at all honestly. Once he makes one or two, we know what comes next. He will keep shooting until he shoots LA out of the game. I’m not totally blaming him, but his shot selection is still bad. you would think a guy with that much experience would know when to dial it back. I don’t like this Kobe off ball, he needs to be back either in the post or in the midrange area, not sitting in the corner, he’s not a spot up shooter, and never has been one.

  • Flip gave Rubio a pep talk after the 2nd half, Lakers bench blew the 3rd quarter and by the 4th momentum has shifted

  • Who do you see on the Lakers Kobe should had the Keys to….Nobody…like Mark Jackson said.

  • Right now from what I observe, Randle and JC seems legit, they have high ceilings and will be potential stars, but I just don’t see it from Russell. I know it’s only the 1st game, but let Scott give Russell more playing time, see how he does, then I will judge whether if he’s a bust.

  • I’m a Laker fan but I’m not a delusional Laker fan. The Lakers just lost to a team that won 16 (SIXTEEN) games last year the absolute worst team in the league and one of the worst teams NBA of all time.

    D’Angelo Russell got handled by RICKY RUBIO just imagine when
    Steph Curry
    Chris Paul
    Ty Lawson
    Damion Lilliard
    Tony Parker
    Mike Conley
    Russell Westbrook

    come to town…

  • Kobe looked good in the 2nd qtr…I even posted here that he looked good and right after I posted that he starts shooting up bricks.

  • Bryon scott pride is what lost us the game. He wants to show we can go small by playing bass and kelly. It didnt work against the kings warriors n now wolves. Hes clearly not a smart coach just as bad as mike brown. Hes got to go. Do you agree?

  • I was being serious. If they come out the next few games and play the way they did in the first half the whole game, it will clearly indicate this was a setup. Explain how Byron didn’t even want to call a timeout at the end.

  • Who do you see on the Lakers Kobe should had the Keys to….Nobody…like Mark Jackson said.

  • Right now from what I observe, Randle and JC seems legit, they have high ceilings and will be potential stars, but I just don’t see it from Russell. I know it’s only the 1st game, but let Scott give Russell more playing time, see how he does, then I will judge whether if he’s a bust.

  • I’m a Laker fan but I’m not a delusional Laker fan. The Lakers just lost to a team that won 16 (SIXTEEN) games last year the absolute worst team in the league and one of the worst teams NBA of all time.

    D’Angelo Russell got handled by RICKY RUBIO just imagine when
    Steph Curry
    Chris Paul
    Ty Lawson
    Damion Lilliard
    Tony Parker
    Mike Conley
    Russell Westbrook

    come to town…

  • Kobe looked good in the 2nd qtr…I even posted here that he looked good and right after I posted that he starts shooting up bricks.

  • Bryon scott pride is what lost us the game. He wants to show we can go small by playing bass and kelly. It didnt work against the kings warriors n now wolves. Hes clearly not a smart coach just as bad as mike brown. Hes got to go. Do you agree?

  • I was being serious. If they come out the next few games and play the way they did in the first half the whole game, it will clearly indicate this was a setup. Explain how Byron didn’t even want to call a timeout at the end.

  • Impressed the Lakers lost to a 16 win team? Are you also a fan of participation trophies?

  • Hibbert and Bass was garbage and Bywrong waive Upshaw who i think would of done a way better job than these 2 guys !!!

  • Forget MWP, he can’t play anymore. He’s only on the team to mentor Randle. I think A Brown should start.

  • dude you gotta realise kobe isnt running those plays scott is im sure kobe would want to get better shots than that need to stop blaming him hes not the reason its byrons whack offense

  • But he didn’t suck. He kept us afloat. Sucked would be what Russell did. But I read below u said ur ok with him sucking.

  • I hope BS doesn’t play him against Westbrook. That might completely break his confidence.

  • What the actually F? Worst Lakers fan ever, yeah he is inefficient but you should be praying that he gets more efficient, what you just said should be flagged

  • Probably best to move Russell to the Defenders and let him learn to put in effort. Doesn’t make sense to play a guy who acts like he doesn’t want to play. Give the spot to someone that will work for it.

  • You git a idiot coach who saw the lead slip away 4th quarter and no timeout or change in personel.. then he forgets to call timeout. ..hes a idiot, when is he leaving.. russell got burnt all famr by rubio, again rubio. Wait till the other top 10 guards burn this bust player. Kobe shooting way to much.when is he leaving. we had the game.damn byron call a time out and get players situated. Phil wouldve called 2 timeouts back to back. You suck old school menatality in a new game..

  • Impressed the Lakers lost to a 16 win team? Are you also a fan of participation trophies?

  • Hibbert and Bass was garbage and Bywrong waive Upshaw who i think would of done a way better job than these 2 guys !!!

  • Forget MWP, he can’t play anymore. He’s only on the team to mentor Randle. I think A Brown should start.

  • dude you gotta realise kobe isnt running those plays scott is im sure kobe would want to get better shots than that need to stop blaming him hes not the reason its byrons whack offense

  • But he didn’t suck. He kept us afloat. Sucked would be what Russell did. But I read below u said ur ok with him sucking.

  • I hope BS doesn’t play him against Westbrook. That might completely break his confidence.

  • What the actually F? Worst Lakers fan ever, yeah he is inefficient but you should be praying that he gets more efficient, what you just said should be flagged

  • Probably best to move Russell to the Defenders and let him learn to put in effort. Doesn’t make sense to play a guy who acts like he doesn’t want to play. Give the spot to someone that will work for it.

  • You git a idiot coach who saw the lead slip away 4th quarter and no timeout or change in personel.. then he forgets to call timeout. ..hes a idiot, when is he leaving.. russell got burnt all famr by rubio, again rubio. Wait till the other top 10 guards burn this bust player. Kobe shooting way to much.when is he leaving. we had the game.damn byron call a time out and get players situated. Phil wouldve called 2 timeouts back to back. You suck old school menatality in a new game..

  • He was shooting well in the 2nd but I could tell he was doing too much. He’s not going to be able to do that in anything but stretches. He’s got to run offense.

  • He was shooting well in the 2nd but I could tell he was doing too much. He’s not going to be able to do that in anything but stretches. He’s got to run offense.

  • Can we please give Russell atleast mid season before yall dog him.. Give him a chance

  • Russell played 26 minutes, you probably just didn’t notice since he was basically invisible on the court.

  • Can we please give Russell atleast mid season before yall dog him.. Give him a chance

  • Russell played 26 minutes, you probably just didn’t notice since he was basically invisible on the court.

  • Let him get experience in the NBA jezzz. A fricken rookie we talking about

  • Nick Young needs to go… Yeah he made some threes and a buzzer beater into the half but he hurts the team more then he helps…he is way too streaky for me. Trade young and look for a more defensive minded SF…it’s a shame we couldn’t draft Justin Anderson or Hollis-Jefferson.

  • Aint gonna lie it did warm my heart to see Lou get that last shot. Kobes face was priceless. If ur cold Kobe you dont get to take the last shot of the game! At least one decent thing Byron did.

  • The sad thing is I think he is giving 100% effort. He can’t outrun a snail, so he just looks like he doesn’t.

  • I don’t understand why BS didn’t call a timeout at the end. This guy is an idiot and it’s depressing to have him as coach. Kobe and even Lou were calling for one smh.

  • Yes man, I suppose that, we have the best girl here. But I’m too disappointed about Lakers game. Russell is a lay, Bscott a retrograde coach

  • Disagree with Bass over Black. Bass just needs to play the 4 and Black at the 5. Our bench can score, but not defend on the wing or in the paint. I’m not really confident in Scott anymore, his rotations are just horrible.

  • I would love to do that… If he would put in the effort. Can’t walk around the court and expect to play in the NBA though. There are guys dying to get a shot. It is downright disrespectful to put in the effort he did.

  • Let him get experience in the NBA jezzz. A fricken rookie we talking about

  • Nick Young needs to go… Yeah he made some threes and a buzzer beater into the half but he hurts the team more then he helps…he is way too streaky for me. Trade young and look for a more defensive minded SF…it’s a shame we couldn’t draft Justin Anderson or Hollis-Jefferson.

  • Aint gonna lie it did warm my heart to see Lou get that last shot. Kobes face was priceless. If ur cold Kobe you dont get to take the last shot of the game! At least one decent thing Byron did.

  • The sad thing is I think he is giving 100% effort. He can’t outrun a snail, so he just looks like he doesn’t.

  • I don’t understand why BS didn’t call a timeout at the end. This guy is an idiot and it’s depressing to have him as coach. Kobe and even Lou were calling for one smh.

  • Yes man, I suppose that, we have the best girl here. But I’m too disappointed about Lakers game. Russell is a lay, Bscott a retrograde coach

  • Disagree with Bass over Black. Bass just needs to play the 4 and Black at the 5. Our bench can score, but not defend on the wing or in the paint. I’m not really confident in Scott anymore, his rotations are just horrible.

  • I would love to do that… If he would put in the effort. Can’t walk around the court and expect to play in the NBA though. There are guys dying to get a shot. It is downright disrespectful to put in the effort he did.

  • Sounds like you are defending Kobe way too much, you know he wants those shots. Kobe still thinks he’s the best lol

  • Because he got burned on defense so many times it was like he wasn’t there

  • No, he just stands there half the time. He doesn’t even try. It makes me want to throw things.

  • I mean he did I legit only saw him look to get his teammates involved twice in the 2nd half other than that he was looking to score which normally i’d be okay with if he was making them. Poor shot selection, overworking your body for what?

  • Sounds like you are defending Kobe way too much, you know he wants those shots. Kobe still thinks he’s the best lol

  • Because he got burned on defense so many times it was like he wasn’t there

  • No, he just stands there half the time. He doesn’t even try. It makes me want to throw things.

  • I mean he did I legit only saw him look to get his teammates involved twice in the 2nd half other than that he was looking to score which normally i’d be okay with if he was making them. Poor shot selection, overworking your body for what?

  • Bass and kelly is the worst front court lakers had played since kwame brown and chris mimh. Bass isnt a center and kelly does not play like a power forward more like a soft forward. Bryon scott should resign as a coach. He doesnt want to admit when hes wrong

  • Please tell me how he didn’t get teammates involved? Because he had 1 ast? Remember the guy has to make the shot for the ast to get credited so it looks to you he “got his teammates involved ” but I guess you need a box score to show you that. He set may guys up for scores that they missed. But since it doesn’t reflect in the box score you say he didn’t get guys involved.

  • Rubio had a career night. That means no other point guard has ever been burned that much.

  • Can’t wait to get rid of BS, ”SwaggyP”, and the entire Lakers management top to bottom. Their tactics may have worked in the 2000’s but they do not work now.

  • How? He barely got any touched today and his turnovers were because the recipient wasn’t ready
    i rather see him in the fire he’s next up for this team

  • Bass and kelly is the worst front court lakers had played since kwame brown and chris mimh. Bass isnt a center and kelly does not play like a power forward more like a soft forward. Bryon scott should resign as a coach. He doesnt want to admit when hes wrong

  • Please tell me how he didn’t get teammates involved? Because he had 1 ast? Remember the guy has to make the shot for the ast to get credited so it looks to you he “got his teammates involved ” but I guess you need a box score to show you that. He set may guys up for scores that they missed. But since it doesn’t reflect in the box score you say he didn’t get guys involved.

  • Rubio had a career night. That means no other point guard has ever been burned that much.

  • Can’t wait to get rid of BS, ”SwaggyP”, and the entire Lakers management top to bottom. Their tactics may have worked in the 2000’s but they do not work now.

  • How? He barely got any touched today and his turnovers were because the recipient wasn’t ready
    i rather see him in the fire he’s next up for this team

  • Why? Kobe was shooting 30%. Lou was having a better game and that play got him a good look. Take that over a 30 foot Kobe fade away

  • no we dont hate kobe, we dislike when he takes a poor shot selection before even giving guys a chance to show wether or not they’re worthy of touching the ball

  • Kobe should not be responsible for getting others involved at this point. That is too much to ask of him at this point. I liked his game until the 4th. He was doing what he should do shoot the open shot. Things were already bad when he came back in.

  • Why? Kobe was shooting 30%. Lou was having a better game and that play got him a good look. Take that over a 30 foot Kobe fade away

  • no we dont hate kobe, we dislike when he takes a poor shot selection before even giving guys a chance to show wether or not they’re worthy of touching the ball

  • Kobe should not be responsible for getting others involved at this point. That is too much to ask of him at this point. I liked his game until the 4th. He was doing what he should do shoot the open shot. Things were already bad when he came back in.

  • I said “”””” IF “””””” Russell was putting in effort I would be ok with a rookie sucking. But I would still admit he was sucking. I am fine with Kobe playing too. But if he sucks, it is what it is.

  • what is up with bass and kelly playing together? did black give byron herpes? black is our best pick and roll player. he’s also the most athletic player and can rebound and finish in the key.

  • I said “”””” IF “””””” Russell was putting in effort I would be ok with a rookie sucking. But I would still admit he was sucking. I am fine with Kobe playing too. But if he sucks, it is what it is.

  • what is up with bass and kelly playing together? did black give byron herpes? black is our best pick and roll player. he’s also the most athletic player and can rebound and finish in the key.

  • Emmanuel Mudiay 17 pts 9 assists 5 Rebounds

    D’Angelo Russell 4 pts 2 assists 3 Turnovers

    I’m going to go cry myself to sleep…

  • Well we couldn’t beat the worst team in the league so there is much hope for that top 3 pick! Let the tanking begin!

  • What does Lebron have to do with this? Kobe playing ISO ball/ hero ball doesn’t help either. Seriously a old man like Kobe thinking he can shoot at a defenders face needs to wake up. Such a Kobe homer

  • Ive been saying the same thing since he tried bass n kelly against the kings n warriors. Bryon cant coach. Simple as that

  • JC was getting into a groove, Randall was drawing the foul and if Lou and more touches he mightve knocked down a few more

  • Emmanuel Mudiay 17 pts 9 assists 5 Rebounds

    D’Angelo Russell 4 pts 2 assists 3 Turnovers

    I’m going to go cry myself to sleep…

  • Well we couldn’t beat the worst team in the league so there is much hope for that top 3 pick! Let the tanking begin!

  • What does Lebron have to do with this? Kobe playing ISO ball/ hero ball doesn’t help either. Seriously a old man like Kobe thinking he can shoot at a defenders face needs to wake up. Such a Kobe homer

  • Ive been saying the same thing since he tried bass n kelly against the kings n warriors. Bryon cant coach. Simple as that

  • JC was getting into a groove, Randall was drawing the foul and if Lou and more touches he mightve knocked down a few more

  • So what okafor has been NBA ready Russell needs some time Sixers still lost who cares the draft is over

  • The more I look at him play, the more I realize he might not be able to play at this level. Yes he has great court vision, he finds open players, but he’s too slow, plays no defense, how is he going to go up against the elite guards in this league?? Idk, I also will give him till mid season to give my verdict.

  • How did he keep us afoat? He had a great first half but blew it the second half thinking he could play some hero ball. Stats don’t lie

  • i don’t think i can handle another losing season…i may go into a minor depression…the draft next year looks terrible.

  • But my point is Kobe has done this for 20 yrs now so why are you not ok with it now? You were fine with him being 7-24 at age 26. But not at 36? What’s the difference? This is how he won. Don’t knock it now

  • All you getting on Bass, Bass is a good player, he’s just playing out of his position and struggling. He’s a PF not a C, and as a result he’s struggling. Black needs to play C off the bench with Bass at PF, but Scott probably won’t play Black at all this season

  • Kelly was more aggressive than Bass though but he misses a lot of good looks

  • Kobe’s 3 years too long. Laker b-ball is been boring and unwatchable. Thx for nothing Jimbo.

  • So what okafor has been NBA ready Russell needs some time Sixers still lost who cares the draft is over

  • The more I look at him play, the more I realize he might not be able to play at this level. Yes he has great court vision, he finds open players, but he’s too slow, plays no defense, how is he going to go up against the elite guards in this league?? Idk, I also will give him till mid season to give my verdict.

  • How did he keep us afoat? He had a great first half but blew it the second half thinking he could play some hero ball. Stats don’t lie

  • i don’t think i can handle another losing season…i may go into a minor depression…the draft next year looks terrible.

  • But my point is Kobe has done this for 20 yrs now so why are you not ok with it now? You were fine with him being 7-24 at age 26. But not at 36? What’s the difference? This is how he won. Don’t knock it now

  • All you getting on Bass, Bass is a good player, he’s just playing out of his position and struggling. He’s a PF not a C, and as a result he’s struggling. Black needs to play C off the bench with Bass at PF, but Scott probably won’t play Black at all this season

  • Kelly was more aggressive than Bass though but he misses a lot of good looks

  • Kobe’s 3 years too long. Laker b-ball is been boring and unwatchable. Thx for nothing Jimbo.

  • You obviously are too biased to even debate with. If you watched the game, Kobe shot the ball everytime he touched it. He wasn’t looking to get teammates involved at all tonight. Kobe is as much to blame as the rest.

  • Please tell me how he didn’t get teammates involved? Because he had 1 ast? Remember the guy has to make the shot for the ast to get credited so it looks to you he “got his teammates involved ” but I guess you need a box score to show you that. He set may guys up for scores that they missed. But since it doesn’t reflect in the box score you say he didn’t get guys involved.

  • ONVIOUSLY RUSSELL IS A 19 YEAR ROOKIE WHAT DO YOU EXPECT HE NEEDS MORE TIME THAN ONE GAME DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT BASKETBALL!!!?

  • Clarkson did his thing. But the ball movement wasn’t there from anyone tonight. Only Russell and Huertas were creating for others. Hibbert made some nice passes as well

  • You obviously are too biased to even debate with. If you watched the game, Kobe shot the ball everytime he touched it. He wasn’t looking to get teammates involved at all tonight. Kobe is as much to blame as the rest.

  • Please tell me how he didn’t get teammates involved? Because he had 1 ast? Remember the guy has to make the shot for the ast to get credited so it looks to you he “got his teammates involved ” but I guess you need a box score to show you that. He set may guys up for scores that they missed. But since it doesn’t reflect in the box score you say he didn’t get guys involved.

  • ONVIOUSLY RUSSELL IS A 19 YEAR ROOKIE WHAT DO YOU EXPECT HE NEEDS MORE TIME THAN ONE GAME DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT BASKETBALL!!!?

  • Clarkson did his thing. But the ball movement wasn’t there from anyone tonight. Only Russell and Huertas were creating for others. Hibbert made some nice passes as well

  • I like the way you conveniently excluded Mudiay’s ELEVEN turnovers. It must be nice having no one in your team jacking up 24 odd shots though, and also being permitted to run the offense and play 38 minutes.

  • Anybody happy with Lou shooting the last shot is not a real Lakers fan. Regardless of what has happened the last 47 minutes you give the ball to Kobe. Had Lou done his job while Kobe was s on the bench Kobe would have never re-entered the game.

  • Once again. Russell is a bust, called it from preseason. Mudiay were you at, oh sorry we went with bustell..hes garbage…..

  • then I think you might need to go see a psychiatrist because it’s going to be another losing season, but at least I hope it will be better than last year record wise.

  • Kobe had to try and bail this team out. He did good in the first half but you won’t mention that. Smh.

  • Don’t forget that he carried Denver in the 4th against Houston, and they weren’t bad last year if I remember LOL.

  • nope. Kobe only created like 5 assists opportunities all game. He needs to move the ball

  • Wonder how long its gonna take for BS to figure out that Bass and Kelly is a weak AF front court. And the Kelly doesn’t belong in the game in crunch time. I’m pissed.

  • The 2016 draft class is awful…but the 2017 draft class is deep….. Thon Maker looks like a beast.

  • All this proves bryon should not coach in the nba anymore. If jim buss wants to keep his job hes got to let scott go. Do you agree?

  • I like the way you conveniently excluded Mudiay’s ELEVEN turnovers. It must be nice having no one in your team jacking up 24 odd shots though, and also being permitted to run the offense and play 38 minutes.

  • Anybody happy with Lou shooting the last shot is not a real Lakers fan. Regardless of what has happened the last 47 minutes you give the ball to Kobe. Had Lou done his job while Kobe was s on the bench Kobe would have never re-entered the game.

  • Once again. Russell is a bust, called it from preseason. Mudiay were you at, oh sorry we went with bustell..hes garbage…..

  • then I think you might need to go see a psychiatrist because it’s going to be another losing season, but at least I hope it will be better than last year record wise.

  • Kobe had to try and bail this team out. He did good in the first half but you won’t mention that. Smh.

  • Don’t forget that he carried Denver in the 4th against Houston, and they weren’t bad last year if I remember LOL.

  • nope. Kobe only created like 5 assists opportunities all game. He needs to move the ball

  • Wonder how long its gonna take for BS to figure out that Bass and Kelly is a weak AF front court. And the Kelly doesn’t belong in the game in crunch time. I’m pissed.

  • The 2016 draft class is awful…but the 2017 draft class is deep….. Thon Maker looks like a beast.

  • All this proves bryon should not coach in the nba anymore. If jim buss wants to keep his job hes got to let scott go. Do you agree?

  • When you have Lou Willams, Jordan Clarkson, Swaggy P and Kobe dominating the ball what can you really expect Russell to do Byron is playing him off the ball way to much. I understand the frustration with his defensive play though.

    P.S he is a playmaker put the ball in his hands and you’ll see a different player offensively

  • Nah there were worst players in this game. Kelly and Bass were complete trash

  • OMG WHO CARES RUSSELL IS A LAKER GO BE A SIXERS FAN THEN! IN CASE YOU HAVENT REALIZED THE SIXERS ARE GARBAGE IM NOT SURPRISE OKAFOR IS GETTING THOSE NUMBERS

  • So many players to choose from that could have helped this team and Jim Buss picks D’angelo Bustell.

  • What about Defensively or playing with some passion? He exhibited none of that tonight.

  • When you have Lou Willams, Jordan Clarkson, Swaggy P and Kobe dominating the ball what can you really expect Russell to do Byron is playing him off the ball way to much. I understand the frustration with his defensive play though.

    P.S he is a playmaker put the ball in his hands and you’ll see a different player offensively

  • Nah there were worst players in this game. Kelly and Bass were complete trash

  • OMG WHO CARES RUSSELL IS A LAKER GO BE A SIXERS FAN THEN! IN CASE YOU HAVENT REALIZED THE SIXERS ARE GARBAGE IM NOT SURPRISE OKAFOR IS GETTING THOSE NUMBERS

  • So many players to choose from that could have helped this team and Jim Buss picks D’angelo Bustell.

  • What about Defensively or playing with some passion? He exhibited none of that tonight.

  • Turnovers are the easiest thing to fix in your game. Being slow and looking completely lost there’s no quick fix for that, as far as the minutes if Russell did anything of note I’m sure he would have gotten more minutes down the stretch…

  • This guy always has something to say when Kobe plays bad, and oddly he has a Kobe pic in his avi. Every loss, he blames Kobe and not others, he should get a job at ESPN

  • Thank you, very rational, Byron Scott wants to turn him into Ronnie Price.

  • Our future lies with Randle. Learn to enjoy watching him develop on a terrible team. Eventually we will be able to build around him.

  • How many times did he set up guys lol. Yeah how come everyone else can get assist but not Kobe. The shot attempts and FG% proves my point. Kobe cares about scoring more than passing. He like hero ball over team ball movement. Just a Kobe homer

  • Turnovers are the easiest thing to fix in your game. Being slow and looking completely lost there’s no quick fix for that, as far as the minutes if Russell did anything of note I’m sure he would have gotten more minutes down the stretch…

  • This guy always has something to say when Kobe plays bad, and oddly he has a Kobe pic in his avi. Every loss, he blames Kobe and not others, he should get a job at ESPN

  • Thank you, very rational, Byron Scott wants to turn him into Ronnie Price.

  • Our future lies with Randle. Learn to enjoy watching him develop on a terrible team. Eventually we will be able to build around him.

  • How many times did he set up guys lol. Yeah how come everyone else can get assist but not Kobe. The shot attempts and FG% proves my point. Kobe cares about scoring more than passing. He like hero ball over team ball movement. Just a Kobe homer

  • He should not be responsible for the Lakers offense either but he wants to be the Lakers offense.

  • HOW IS HE A BUST IN ONE NBA GAME???? I’m done with this site lmao

  • He should not be responsible for the Lakers offense either but he wants to be the Lakers offense.

  • I absolutely agree with you. Russell is a playmaker, ball needs to be in his hands more. When I watched the game tonight I was like wtf is Byron playing Russell as a shooting guard or what, why is JC running point. Scott is just not making any sense to me.

  • We need a young coach not this idiotic dinasour.. he has no sense off the new nba game. He thinks we are in the 80s. No one really plays d, everyone tries to outscore each other. Ofcourse theyll say warriors do, but you make every shot you have time to set your d, we double team so much we leave 3 point shooters open and get burned. Why trade 2s for 3s because byron thinks its coaching.

  • Randle is the center piece and he is making his point. If we have a bright spot this year it will be Randle…Guy can do just about everything.

  • It’s the same shot attempts and fg he’s had his entire career. But u loved it when it the banners were raised. They have to make the shot to get the ast Einstein.

  • I absolutely agree with you. Russell is a playmaker, ball needs to be in his hands more. When I watched the game tonight I was like wtf is Byron playing Russell as a shooting guard or what, why is JC running point. Scott is just not making any sense to me.

  • We need a young coach not this idiotic dinasour.. he has no sense off the new nba game. He thinks we are in the 80s. No one really plays d, everyone tries to outscore each other. Ofcourse theyll say warriors do, but you make every shot you have time to set your d, we double team so much we leave 3 point shooters open and get burned. Why trade 2s for 3s because byron thinks its coaching.

  • Randle is the center piece and he is making his point. If we have a bright spot this year it will be Randle…Guy can do just about everything.

  • It’s the same shot attempts and fg he’s had his entire career. But u loved it when it the banners were raised. They have to make the shot to get the ast Einstein.

  • Honestly though, it’s the system and the lack of coaching involved. It must be demoralizing knowing that you are best with the ball, and having that ball sucked off you by high volume ISO gunners. We saw it all last season too, players just standing around watching Kobe make a fool of himself.

  • DUDE RUSSELL IS ATLEAST TRYING TO GET SOME BALL MOVEMENT HE WAS NOT GRTTING ANY TOUCHES EARLY ON AND HIS TURNIVERS CAME FROM THE RECIPIENTS NOT BEING READY IM DONE WJTH THIS SITE LMAO ALL THESE FAKE LAKER FANS ARE A JOKE

  • Someone was arguing that he could do special drills to increase his quickness by 20%. Fact.

    For some reason I was unwilling to accept this “fact.”

  • Yep and he does it in such an exciting fashion. We got very lucky in last years draft. Clarkson is also a lot of fun. Not sure how our scouts that did so well in that draft messed up this year so badly.

  • I want the best Laker that night taking the shot. Kobe wouldn’t have had a better look. Would have been a 30 ft fade away

  • Honestly though, it’s the system and the lack of coaching involved. It must be demoralizing knowing that you are best with the ball, and having that ball sucked off you by high volume ISO gunners. We saw it all last season too, players just standing around watching Kobe make a fool of himself.

  • DUDE RUSSELL IS ATLEAST TRYING TO GET SOME BALL MOVEMENT HE WAS NOT GRTTING ANY TOUCHES EARLY ON AND HIS TURNIVERS CAME FROM THE RECIPIENTS NOT BEING READY IM DONE WJTH THIS SITE LMAO ALL THESE FAKE LAKER FANS ARE A JOKE

  • Someone was arguing that he could do special drills to increase his quickness by 20%. Fact.

    For some reason I was unwilling to accept this “fact.”

  • Yep and he does it in such an exciting fashion. We got very lucky in last years draft. Clarkson is also a lot of fun. Not sure how our scouts that did so well in that draft messed up this year so badly.

  • I want the best Laker that night taking the shot. Kobe wouldn’t have had a better look. Would have been a 30 ft fade away

  • First it was summer league.
    Then it was preseason
    Now the excuses extend to the regular season. Face facts.

  • He missed that shot, but there should have been a foul called. Either way though, I love Randle taking that initiative! We want him to be that guy.

  • Should have draft Mudiay when they draft a pg instead… Mudiay was my first choice in pg. Look at him in denver game today his beasting.

    But to late.

    But im giving russell a chance to develop his only 19yrs. old. Hope he will turn like harden later this season.

  • First it was summer league.
    Then it was preseason
    Now the excuses extend to the regular season. Face facts.

  • He missed that shot, but there should have been a foul called. Either way though, I love Randle taking that initiative! We want him to be that guy.

  • Should have draft Mudiay when they draft a pg instead… Mudiay was my first choice in pg. Look at him in denver game today his beasting.

    But to late.

    But im giving russell a chance to develop his only 19yrs. old. Hope he will turn like harden later this season.

  • Since when has a shooting beeN responsible for assists. The rules keep changing against Kobe. Nobody use to focus on MJs assists.

  • Wrong, it’s this mentality that the ball needs to be on Kobe’s hands all times is what got this team in trouble, and it will continue if Scott and the FO keep catering to Kobe. Like I said, as long as Kobe is still playing, this team is going nowhere. The young bucks needs to shine, and Kobe is hindering their growth, not helping at all.

  • Dude, he’s not the same Kobe no more. LA doesn’t need a 37 yr old still jacking up 24-30 shots a game in this stage of his career.

  • B scott has to go. Horrible rotations. Doesnt call time outs when our lead was being cut down. I dont see any offense plays just iso and defense is non existence when bass n kelly is out there. I thought scott would see this during the kings game but he the type to not admit when hes wrong he rather make bass n kelly look bad.

  • How about you not trash talking until the Hornets actually win an NBA game?

  • Since when has a shooting beeN responsible for assists. The rules keep changing against Kobe. Nobody use to focus on MJs assists.

  • Wrong, it’s this mentality that the ball needs to be on Kobe’s hands all times is what got this team in trouble, and it will continue if Scott and the FO keep catering to Kobe. Like I said, as long as Kobe is still playing, this team is going nowhere. The young bucks needs to shine, and Kobe is hindering their growth, not helping at all.

  • Dude, he’s not the same Kobe no more. LA doesn’t need a 37 yr old still jacking up 24-30 shots a game in this stage of his career.

  • B scott has to go. Horrible rotations. Doesnt call time outs when our lead was being cut down. I dont see any offense plays just iso and defense is non existence when bass n kelly is out there. I thought scott would see this during the kings game but he the type to not admit when hes wrong he rather make bass n kelly look bad.

  • How about you not trash talking until the Hornets actually win an NBA game?

  • Jordan was efficient and didn’t take the amount of bad shots as Kobe. Jordan wouldn’t jack up 14 3’s either when you’re not even hot.

  • Regardless, his not handling the ball for a reason.. and give a effort on d please.. git freaking burned all night long by rubio….

  • In the first quarter Rubio was just doing a bit of denying and Russell could shake him to get the ball. He also does have a bad habit of just standing around. He looks to play without energy and expects others to give him what he wants.

  • Why are we talking about MJ? FYI Jordan is a great passer check he’s stats averaging 5 assist and 6 assist per game.

    Anyways when you shoot less than 40% while only having 1 assist that says a lot about you.

  • HOW THE WORLD CAN SCOTT LET KELLY SHARE THE PLAYING TIME IN THAT ROTATION.. NANCE OR BLACK WAY BETTER THAN HIM…THIS DUDE JUST NOT EVEN A NBA LEVEL PLAYER…FIRE BOTH OF THEM LAKERS WOULD BE FINE..OTHERWISE ANOTHER DRAFT YEAR ~WOHO

  • Jordan was efficient and didn’t take the amount of bad shots as Kobe. Jordan wouldn’t jack up 14 3’s either when you’re not even hot.

  • Regardless, his not handling the ball for a reason.. and give a effort on d please.. git freaking burned all night long by rubio….

  • In the first quarter Rubio was just doing a bit of denying and Russell could shake him to get the ball. He also does have a bad habit of just standing around. He looks to play without energy and expects others to give him what he wants.

  • Why are we talking about MJ? FYI Jordan is a great passer check he’s stats averaging 5 assist and 6 assist per game.

    Anyways when you shoot less than 40% while only having 1 assist that says a lot about you.

  • HOW THE WORLD CAN SCOTT LET KELLY SHARE THE PLAYING TIME IN THAT ROTATION.. NANCE OR BLACK WAY BETTER THAN HIM…THIS DUDE JUST NOT EVEN A NBA LEVEL PLAYER…FIRE BOTH OF THEM LAKERS WOULD BE FINE..OTHERWISE ANOTHER DRAFT YEAR ~WOHO

  • As Lakers fans we love Kobe but there’s is absolutely no doubt in mind at this time he is more of a negative than a positive at this time and having Nick Young going buckwild doesn’t help either. I like Lou Williams though…

  • Exactly..he is not afraid to use his body or take the last shot of the game…he is like a mix of Lamar Odom and Zach Randolf…he is the future.

  • Phil even said that unlike Kobe, Jordan passes even more when he has a bad shooting night, but Kobe likes to get out of a bad shooting night because he thinks he can get out of the slum.

  • He missed the shot. Kobe was smart to call the timeout. Don’t blame Randle or Kobe on last play. Randle will be great though.

  • Who gave us the lead? The guys you want him to defer to or him? Who blew the lead? Him or the guys you want him to defer to?

  • You’re really happy with the Lakers the past 4+ seasons? Lakers are rebuilding and it isn’t going to look good for a few seasons. Unless something big happens. Especially with Management. Quit hiring friends.

    Just because James Worthy and Magic Johnson are in love with BS, doesn’t mean he’s a right fit.

    And don’t get me started with the owners.

  • Somehow we dumped dirt cheap Kendall Marshall so we could draft super expensive worse version of Kendall Marshall.. Good lord.

  • I’ve always expected him to struggle defensively early in his career he’s 19 years old and has never really been asked to play defense.

  • Byron did a terrible job tonight. Bass/Kelly in the frontcourt wasn’t workimg, he stayed with it. He changed the 2nd unit rotation by playing Russell instead of Huertas. You can’t have Lou and Nick out there w/ a 19yr old rookie who is struggling. Just bad decisions and Kobe taking bad shots.

  • As Lakers fans we love Kobe but there’s is absolutely no doubt in mind at this time he is more of a negative than a positive at this time and having Nick Young going buckwild doesn’t help either. I like Lou Williams though…

  • Exactly..he is not afraid to use his body or take the last shot of the game…he is like a mix of Lamar Odom and Zach Randolf…he is the future.

  • Phil even said that unlike Kobe, Jordan passes even more when he has a bad shooting night, but Kobe likes to get out of a bad shooting night because he thinks he can get out of the slum.

  • He missed the shot. Kobe was smart to call the timeout. Don’t blame Randle or Kobe on last play. Randle will be great though.

  • Who gave us the lead? The guys you want him to defer to or him? Who blew the lead? Him or the guys you want him to defer to?

  • You’re really happy with the Lakers the past 4+ seasons? Lakers are rebuilding and it isn’t going to look good for a few seasons. Unless something big happens. Especially with Management. Quit hiring friends.

    Just because James Worthy and Magic Johnson are in love with BS, doesn’t mean he’s a right fit.

    And don’t get me started with the owners.

  • Somehow we dumped dirt cheap Kendall Marshall so we could draft super expensive worse version of Kendall Marshall.. Good lord.

  • I’ve always expected him to struggle defensively early in his career he’s 19 years old and has never really been asked to play defense.

  • Byron did a terrible job tonight. Bass/Kelly in the frontcourt wasn’t working, he stayed with it. He changed the 2nd unit rotation by playing Russell instead of Huertas. You can’t have Lou and Nick out there w/ a 19yr old rookie who is struggling. Just bad decisions and Kobe taking bad shots.

  • What? That makes no sense. Pick the player that will be a project instead of a quality NBA ready monster. What are you taking about?

  • Hopefully there is another Clarkson in A Brown or Nance. Though solid starters would be great too.

  • What? That makes no sense. Pick the player that will be a project instead of a quality NBA ready monster. What are you taking about?

  • Hopefully there is another Clarkson in A Brown or Nance. Though solid starters would be great too.

  • Missing it or making it doesn’t make a difference just the fact that he dribbled up the court with no fear or second thoughts to win the game shows he is a STAR and the future of the Lakers.

  • Honestly it’s not all about him now and he should realize that, probably does but his game doesnt translate. We all saw how much more successful and fluid the game was when he adjusted and became a facilitator also when he was shooting spot up jumpers this game the Lakers had more of a rhythm

  • I think Nance will have a bright future, maybe even very soon. He is physically NBA ready. Brown will probably take a couple of years in the DLeague to develop, hopefully similar to Green for San Antonio.

  • Missing it or making it doesn’t make a difference just the fact that he dribbled up the court with no fear or second thoughts to win the game shows he is a STAR and the future of the Lakers.

  • Honestly it’s not all about him now and he should realize that, probably does but his game doesnt translate. We all saw how much more successful and fluid the game was when he adjusted and became a facilitator also when he was shooting spot up jumpers this game the Lakers had more of a rhythm

  • I think Nance will have a bright future, maybe even very soon. He is physically NBA ready. Brown will probably take a couple of years in the DLeague to develop, hopefully similar to Green for San Antonio.

  • Pure joke. I live in Chicago and watched every single Jordan game. Jordan like Kobe get ast by making 1 pass and the guy scoring. Both are ball hogs with Jordan being the bigger one. Ast is the most misleading stat because a guy can be labeled a team player since he has 7 ast like Jordan. But u can get 7ast on 7 passes in say 40 mins. Same thing goes for Kobe has done his whole career. But Kobe gets the label as selfish and not Jordan. Yet Jordan was a team player and Kobe isn’t. Laughable

  • Should have drafted Okafor. Drafting another ball handler with a team full of wings that need the ball to be effective. There is not another Steph.

  • Pure joke. I live in Chicago and watched every single Jordan game. Jordan like Kobe get ast by making 1 pass and the guy scoring. Both are ball hogs with Jordan being the bigger one. Ast is the most misleading stat because a guy can be labeled a team player since he has 7 ast like Jordan. But u can get 7ast on 7 passes in say 40 mins. Same thing goes for Kobe has done his whole career. But Kobe gets the label as selfish and not Jordan. Yet Jordan was a team player and Kobe isn’t. Laughable

  • Should have drafted Okafor. Drafting another ball handler with a team full of wings that need the ball to be effective. There is not another Steph.

  • We all see that Russell is struggling on the defensive side, but how about we let him do what we drafted him to do which is be a playmaker

  • Thank you. Poor kid. I guess people forget what Steph looked like his 1st 20games when he averaged 10pts a game. Smh..

  • The GS game makes me hope that A Brown is ready now to start. He at least would be a major improvement over Russell. We might actually win a game once in a while.

  • Mudiay had 17 points, 9 assists, 5 rebounds and beat the Rockets. We’re screwed.

  • Exactly, pick a project in the second round. Draft a sure thing in the first, we can’t afford to gamble with a lottery pick. D’Angelo Russell is shaping up to be a Jamarcus Russell sized bust. Hope he develops but man, not looking good. They were pressing him full court, showing him no respect.

  • YO HES A 19 YEAR OLD ROOKIE YOU WANT HIM TO BE AN ALL STAR IN HIS DEBUT?

  • We all see that Russell is struggling on the defensive side, but how about we let him do what we drafted him to do which is be a playmaker

  • Thank you. Poor kid. I guess people forget what Steph looked like his 1st 20games when he averaged 10pts a game. Smh..

  • The GS game makes me hope that A Brown is ready now to start. He at least would be a major improvement over Russell. We might actually win a game once in a while.

  • Mudiay had 17 points, 9 assists, 5 rebounds and beat the Rockets. We’re screwed.

  • Exactly, pick a project in the second round. Draft a sure thing in the first, we can’t afford to gamble with a lottery pick. D’Angelo Russell is shaping up to be a Jamarcus Russell sized bust. Hope he develops but man, not looking good. They were pressing him full court, showing him no respect.

  • According to Jim Buss himself, he has 3 more years to go as head of basketball operations, Jeanie says 2 more years, so even they are not on the same page, that tells you something about the ownership.

  • I wonder what a Randle/Okafor front court would look like…especially after watching Randle own it tonight.

  • Kelly hasn’t been bad, but he should in no way play before Black. Kelly should only be inserted in small minutes to stretch the floor, not a role player off the bench

  • A statue at mid court would be a major improvement over Russell, so I guess I am saying I agree. Sort of.

  • According to Jim Buss himself, he has 3 more years to go as head of basketball operations, Jeanie says 2 more years, so even they are not on the same page, that tells you something about the ownership.

  • I wonder what a Randle/Okafor front court would look like…especially after watching Randle own it tonight.

  • Kelly hasn’t been bad, but he should in no way play before Black. Kelly should only be inserted in small minutes to stretch the floor, not a role player off the bench

  • A statue at mid court would be a major improvement over Russell, so I guess I am saying I agree. Sort of.

  • No but I want to see flashes of something. What has he shown so far? Not even his so called great vision. He hasn’t shown he can do anything. Why are other rookies being productive?

  • very unlikely he will breakout this year, I think he needs at least another year or two to get on track.

  • Pure joke, doubt you live in Chicago. Jordan and Kobe are ballhogs but the difference is Jordan makes more than Kobe. FG% doesn’t lie. Their is a reason why Jordan is the GOAT because he can give you 30pts every night while shooting 50%. Also the joke is you considering that I quoted Phil Jackson from his book 11 rings.

    Jordan’s typical stats 30pts on 50% shooting while dishing out 6 assist on average. Way better than Kobe’s stats

  • No but I want to see flashes of something. What has he shown so far? Not even his so called great vision. He hasn’t shown he can do anything. Why are other rookies being productive?

  • very unlikely he will breakout this year, I think he needs at least another year or two to get on track.

  • Pure joke, doubt you live in Chicago. Jordan and Kobe are ballhogs but the difference is Jordan makes more than Kobe. FG% doesn’t lie. There is a reason why Jordan is the GOAT because he can give you 30pts every night while shooting 50%. Also the joke is you considering that I quoted Phil Jackson from his book 11 rings.

    Jordan’s typical stats 30pts on 50% shooting while dishing out 6 assist on average. Way better than Kobe’s stats

  • We are talking about this game, I wasn’t talking about his career, do you have common sense?

  • We are talking about this game, I wasn’t talking about his career, do you have common sense?

  • No only a fake fan doesn’t criticize. Clarkson needs to give Bustell the ball so we can see his great passing abilities. Byron has zero control over this team. Its a mess!

  • Yea born and raised and still live in Chicago. Most of his pts came in the paint therefore I would hope he shot 50%.Kobe is a jump shooter

  • His court vision is great, but his teammates just haven’t been ready for the passes. I think he needs to be more aggressive looking to shoot like Clarkson did in his rookie season, and all the things will fall into place.

  • No only a fake fan doesn’t criticize. Clarkson needs to give Bustell the ball so we can see his great passing abilities. Byron has zero control over this team. Its a mess!

  • Yea born and raised and still live in Chicago. Most of his pts came in the paint therefore I would hope he shot 50%.Kobe is a jump shooter

  • His court vision is great, but his teammates just haven’t been ready for the passes. I think he needs to be more aggressive looking to shoot like Clarkson did in his rookie season, and all the things will fall into place.

  • hillbert got to learn to create space for randle to drive to the basket instead of demanding the ball down low. hillbet is not a finisher down low but he does have a big body to set screens or block outs for randle to finish. randle will become the best laker player by the all star game. book it!

  • Bryon scott is a joke. If im the coach i will tell russell what hes exact role is on the team and be more aggressive on offense and take charge at times. Russell is doing what he was told. Play hard on defense and rebound. Scott should have told him to look to score as well. Russell looks confuse because hes still not sure what hes role is. I do hope like you russell will find hes game like harden did. Nice comparison, most people forgot james harden struggled hes rookie season

  • Defenses know he wants to pass so give him no passing lanes. He’s got no 3 pt shoot, can’t drive, so he just settles for contested mid-range jumpers that he shoots below 40%. That’s why JC is the PG.

  • hillbert got to learn to create space for randle to drive to the basket instead of demanding the ball down low. hillbet is not a finisher down low but he does have a big body to set screens or block outs for randle to finish. randle will become the best laker player by the all star game. book it!

  • Bryon scott is a joke. If im the coach i will tell russell what hes exact role is on the team and be more aggressive on offense and take charge at times. Russell is doing what he was told. Play hard on defense and rebound. Scott should have told him to look to score as well. Russell looks confuse because hes still not sure what hes role is. I do hope like you russell will find hes game like harden did. Nice comparison, most people forgot james harden struggled hes rookie season

  • Defenses know he wants to pass so give him no passing lanes. He’s got no 3 pt shoot, can’t drive, so he just settles for contested mid-range jumpers that he shoots below 40%. That’s why JC is the PG.

  • Randle is a beast, very Z-Bo like and Clarkson is a good player. The Lakers are missing a 3 and D perimeter guy when Kobe leaves that should be top priority.

  • Clarkson has to take a lot of shot and stat pad. He needs to buildup his rank so he can leave LA fast.

  • I don’t think it’s a good idea to play Randle with Hibbert at the same time. Randle likes to take it to the hole, and Hibbert will always clog up the paint, it’s really not a pleasant thing to see.

  • Who gives a f’ck. Jordan is way more efficient and Kobe isn’t. Maybe Kobe should score more in the paint and stop jacking up bad jump shots. No excuse for shooting below 40%. Still think you’re a liar about living in Chicago

  • Randle is a beast, very Z-Bo like and Clarkson is a good player. The Lakers are missing a 3 and D perimeter guy when Kobe leaves that should be top priority.

  • Clarkson has to take a lot of shot and stat pad. He needs to buildup his rank so he can leave LA fast.

  • I don’t think it’s a good idea to play Randle with Hibbert at the same time. Randle likes to take it to the hole, and Hibbert will always clog up the paint, it’s really not a pleasant thing to see.

  • Who gives a f’ck. Jordan is way more efficient and Kobe isn’t. Maybe Kobe should score more in the paint and stop jacking up bad jump shots. No excuse for shooting below 40%. Still think you’re a liar about living in Chicago

  • I think Kobe was just trying leave a foundation for our young guys for when he retires. One brick at a time.

  • You said quote when you shoot 40% with 1 ast that says a lot you. Not a lot him tonight so common sense says you would be talking about his career not his evening. You lack common sense obviously. I can see like most of the people on this website ur a real fan only when things are going good.

  • LOL no. Harden is a ball hogging guard, plays no D and jacks up so many shot.

  • I think Kobe was just trying leave a foundation for our young guys for when he retires. One brick at a time.

  • You said quote when you shoot 40% with 1 ast that says a lot you. Not a lot him tonight so common sense says you would be talking about his career not his evening. You lack common sense obviously. I can see like most of the people on this website ur a real fan only when things are going good.