Game Recap: Lakers Lose In A Rout Against Division Rival Kings
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The Los Angeles Lakers (0-1) headed into their road game against the Sacramento Kings (0-1) with a feeling of unsettled business as the team dropped a tough contest in their opener after leading by double-digits at one point. Much has been made of rookie D’Angelo Russell’s slow start, but one adjustment that could help is the coaching staff’s acknowledgment that he should perhaps be permitted to handle the ball more and granted the freedom to generate offense.

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As one of his draft classes’ best passers and more creative ball-handlers, this is an adjustment that almost makes too much sense. Russell will still have the benefit of being able to lean upon Jordan Clarkson and others capable of initiating the offense, but the sense is that you may as well allow him to grow comfortable in a leadership role from the start and essentially “take his lumps” in games that will ultimately have far less meaning down the road.

First Quarter:

The Lakers kicked off tonight’s scoring when Kobe Bryant found a cutting D’Angelo Russell for a layup. Julius Randle was quick to join the mix as he dropped a smooth jump-hook on the left block over fellow former Kentucky Wildcat Willie Cauley-Stein. Early turnovers against the backcourt pressure of Rajon Rondo and Ben McLemore led to falling behind 12-4 and forcing Coach Scott to try to get them to regroup during a timeout. Jordan Clarkson was finally able to stem the tide a bit by utilizing a Bryant screen at the elbow in order to drive and finish at the rim and then followed with a three-pointer from the top of the key off a Russell drive-and-kick. The offense simply couldn’t get much going against a swarming Sacramento defense, but the lack of flow and unknown identity was a bit disconcerting to see at stage. Clarkson continued to pace (11 points) them and Nick Young continued his positive shooting start to the season with a couple log-range jumpers, but the Kings still led 40-24.

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Second Quarter:

Brandon Bass opened the second quarter scoring for the Lakers with a jump-hook in traffic inside. The Lakers continued to struggle with their rotations and communication on defense as Sacramento literally dominated the paint on both end of the court. Bryant returned at about the 7-minute mark and attempted to break Sacramento’s momentum with a corner three-pointer, but the Kings responded with consecutive fast break layups to extend their lead to 61-39. D’Angelo Russell made a three-pointer at the top of the arc and Bryant followed with a shot inside to cut the lead to 61-44. The Kings had an answer for small spurt the Lakers attempted to make. Randle split a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 67-48. The Lakers continued their early-season struggles defending point guards as Rajon Rondo had a 12 point, six assist half. The coaching staff is going to have to go back to the drawing board as Sacramento took a 74-50 lead into the half.

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Third Quarter:

Following some good ball movement from Clarkson and Randle, Russell started the second-half scoring for the Lakers with a three-pointer from the win. Clarkson quickly followed with a steal in the passing lane and dunk at the other end to cut the lead back down to 19 points, but the Lakers’ perimeter defense continued to prove porous as Rudy Gay immediately answered with a three-pointer of his own. Randle picked up his fourth foul attempting to assert himself on the offensive end against Rondo with over eight minutes left in the quarter. He then picked up his fifth on an offensive foul attempting to score on DeMarcus Cousins less than a minute later. Bryant made a pretty drive through traffic to reach 13 points on the night with about five minutes left in the quarter. Clarkson followed with a nice dive and finish of his own on the next possession, but the Kings continued to respond with buckets of their own. The most telling defensive possession of the game consisted of Cousins and Rondo essentially playing “hot-potato” with the ball behind the arc with little-to-know resistance resulting in a Rondo three-pointer to bring his total to 21 points for the game. To their credit, the Lakers were able to surmount a 20-7 run, but the 31-point hole they allowed themselves to fall in still left the Kings heading into the fourth with a 102-83 lead.

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Fourth Quarter:

Omri Casspi ends the offense drought by both teams with a layup and a free throw to get the scoring underway in the fourth quarter. After a turnover from Brandon Bass, Darren Collison connected on a layup assisted by Marco Bellinelli. Ryan Kelly got involved with a dunk putting the Lakers’ score total at 87. Following a missed Koufos jumper, Nick Young drained a three-pointer. Lou Williams chipped in with a two-pointer. Rudy Gay slammed it home extending the lead to 21 for the Kings. Bass countered with a dunk of his own. Young connected on yet another three-pointer. Casspi hits a smooth layup on a Rudy Gay assist. Williams hit another jumper cutting the lead down to 16. Collison countered with an 11-foot jumper. Rookie Willie Cauley-Stein sent Bass to the line for two. Bass hit both free throws. Marcelo Huertas assisted Kelly on a three-pointer. Cauley-Stein got on the board with an easy deuce. The Kentucky product sent to the line after being fouled by Bass. Cauley-Stein hit both shots from the charity stripe. Cauley-Stein improved his point total to 17 with another easy bucket. D’Angelo Russell connected on an 18-footer bringing the Lakers within 21. James Anderson made a 12-footer on an assist from Cauley-Stein. Rookie Anthony Brown made a pair of free throws with less than three minutes to go in the game. Robert Sacre dunked it home cutting the lead to 20. Huertas hit Russell for a driving layup off a turnover by the Kings. Seth Curry connected on a 10-footer. Eric Moreland threw down an easy dunk. Russell headed to the line and made one out of two. Brown hit a three-pointer. King go on to win in convincing fashion, 132-114.

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  • Can’t wait to hear Byrons post game interview
    I’m expecting the same speech from him
    Blame everyone but him and Kobe

  • This is all on Byron to me. Russell looked better than the last game, but he only played 20 something minutes. Lord Byron looks like a fool.

  • We had really serious problems on our bigs. Without Roy we are nothing. Sacre, Randle Kelly and Bass in not enough to grab all rebounds. And we had too much guards on the team. I dont understand why Byron Scott played Sacre. Sacre is the worst big in the NBA right now. TRADE! Sacre And Young and get just one qualified big.

  • Can’t wait to hear Byrons post game interview
    I’m expecting the same speech from him
    Blame everyone but him and Kobe

  • This is all on Byron to me. Russell looked better than the last game, but he only played 20 something minutes. Lord Byron looks like a fool.

  • We had really serious problems on our bigs. Without Roy we are nothing. Sacre, Randle Kelly and Bass in not enough to grab all rebounds. And we had too much guards on the team. I dont understand why Byron Scott played Sacre. Sacre is the worst big in the NBA right now. TRADE! Sacre And Young and get just one qualified big.

  • Clarkson, Young, Hibbert = Yes. Even Kelly had some nice plays.

    The rest of the team looked like they were in high school.

  • Clarkson, Young, Hibbert = Yes. Even Kelly had some nice plays.

    The rest of the team looked like they were in high school.

  • Russell is looking more comfortable I like that he only had one turnover
    This is a process but it doesn’t help when we have a inept coach messing everything up with his rotations and benching him so much

  • Id say if we don’t improve defense and shot selection we will have a decent chance to keep it

  • Russell is nowhere near ready to be playing in the NBA. He’s going to need a lot of time and patience.

  • Russell is looking more comfortable I like that he only had one turnover
    This is a process but it doesn’t help when we have a inept coach messing everything up with his rotations and benching him so much

  • Id say if we don’t improve defense and shot selection we will have a decent chance to keep it

  • agreed. Atleast We have Hibbert
    Imagine if we didn’t

  • Russell is nowhere near ready to be playing in the NBA. He’s going to need a lot of time and patience.

  • Sacre would barely bring back a bag of peanuts in a trade. Young is a one dimensional head case who has little value.

  • I hate to say it, but Kobe looks like he has nothing left in the tank. And Bryon never had a tank to begin with.

  • Sacre would barely bring back a bag of peanuts in a trade. Young is a one dimensional head case who has little value.

  • I hate to say it, but Kobe looks like he has nothing left in the tank. And Bryon never had a tank to begin with.

  • He’s not being coached well rn
    Nobody was hitting their shots tonight
    Russell however does need to attack more that’s what’s worrying me rn

  • Lakers always hire a wrong coach everytime…
    Byron is not the right coach for this team.

  • He’s not being coached well rn
    Nobody was hitting their shots tonight
    Russell however does need to attack more that’s what’s worrying me rn

  • Lakers always hire a wrong coach everytime…
    Byron is not the right coach for this team.

  • I love Kobe. But Kobe killed us in the first quarter
    The no defense didn’t help matters either

  • Russell needs to play more than 22 minutes, especially more than 5 minutes in the fourth.

  • I love Kobe. But Kobe killed us in the first quarter
    The no defense didn’t help matters either

  • Russell needs to play more than 22 minutes, especially more than 5 minutes in the fourth.

  • Scott should really consider bringing Kobe off the bench and letting the young guys get some confidence going. They are no use to the Lakers standing around once Kobe gets the ball and starts jacking up shots and 3’s. We know that won’t happen though.

  • Starting unit has really bad team defense. Same as last season the other teams PG is just having his way with our team.

  • I agree somewhat, but even in preseason it was easy to see how much smarter he is than other players. He needs the minutes to help his body catch up to his head.

  • If I have to see a front court of Bass and Kelly again then I’m convinced Byron is either the greatest tanker ever or he’s just that bad a coach

  • Scott should really consider bringing Kobe off the bench and letting the young guys get some confidence going. They are no use to the Lakers standing around once Kobe gets the ball and starts jacking up shots and 3’s. We know that won’t happen though.

  • Starting unit has really bad team defense. Same as last season the other teams PG is just having his way with our team.

  • I agree somewhat, but even in preseason it was easy to see how much smarter he is than other players. He needs the minutes to help his body catch up to his head.

  • If I have to see a front court of Bass and Kelly again then I’m convinced Byron is either the greatest tanker ever or he’s just that bad a coach

  • The team is averaging 111pts. Top 3 lottery teams score less than 95.

    It’s only time until they figure out how to win.
    38 wins.

  • Kobe shot 1-8 from the 3 point line. He made ALL 4 of his 2pt field goals, which where inside the paint. What does that show you? That he’s so much more effective from inside 17ft and should stop chucking up 3’s (especially contested ones) and keep them under 5 attemtps because this is getting ridiculous.

  • I dont have any problems with him. I just want this team in the playoff spot. Just saying what I am thinking. Trade would be great to grab a one qualified big so that on the defensive end we wont take 130 points.

  • Plays no defense and make horrible decisions with the basketball. That pretty much sums it up.

  • The team is averaging 111pts. Top 3 lottery teams score less than 95.

    It’s only time until they figure out how to win.
    38 wins.

  • Kobe shot 1-8 from the 3 point line. He made ALL 4 of his 2pt field goals, which where inside the paint. What does that show you? That he’s so much more effective from inside 17ft and should stop chucking up 3’s (especially contested ones) and keep them under 5 attemtps because this is getting ridiculous.

  • I dont have any problems with him. I just want this team in the playoff spot. Just saying what I am thinking. Trade would be great to grab a one qualified big so that on the defensive end we wont take 130 points.

  • Plays no defense and make horrible decisions with the basketball. That pretty much sums it up.

  • This team ain’t winning 38 games. They scored 111, because they played 2 bad teams just like themselves.

  • What I love about Russell rn is that he’s trying to start some ball movement also.
    He’s not just trying to chuck shots like everybody else either he’s a smart player I agree

  • Kelly had a good overall game. Bass wasn’t terrible either. Randle and Hibbert were horrible. Couldn’t stay out of foul trouble.

  • Dont worry guys according to Jim Buss we will make the playoffs, maybe he was on something during that interview. All i know is I cant watch these Laker games sober.

  • Feel bad for BScott cuz hes a true Laker BUT….he is a pretty bad coach. He looks and acts the part but this team has talent, maybe not playoff talent but definitely better than being blown out by Sacramento talent. They looked so outcoached and more organized than us by a #10 seed in the West. Bye bye BScott.

  • This team ain’t winning 38 games. They scored 111, because they played 2 bad teams just like themselves.

  • What I love about Russell rn is that he’s trying to start some ball movement also.
    He’s not just trying to chuck shots like everybody else either he’s a smart player I agree

  • Kelly had a good overall game. Bass wasn’t terrible either. Randle and Hibbert were horrible. Couldn’t stay out of foul trouble.

  • Dont worry guys according to Jim Buss we will make the playoffs, maybe he was on something during that interview. All i know is I cant watch these Laker games sober.

  • Feel bad for BScott cuz hes a true Laker BUT….he is a pretty bad coach. He looks and acts the part but this team has talent, maybe not playoff talent but definitely better than being blown out by Sacramento talent. They looked so outcoached and more organized than us by a #10 seed in the West. Bye bye BScott.

  • See.. I can see a loss like this after a back-to-back. Especially with a young team. But you had a day in between after that first loss (which I said would haunt them later)… this is unacceptable. It’s going to be a long season of back-and-forth, because it’s a development year. So patience is key. But this offense is just BAD… And I mean BAAAAAAAAAAAADDDDDDDD.

    The same simple sets are being run and run again. I’ve seen that same double screen over 100 times already! There’s no movement WHATSOEVER. And yeah I’m sure people will just say it’s Kobe, but even when Kobe isn’t involved with whatever they are running.. it’s the same damn thing. Kobe is actually very efficient in the one area analytics say is the worst are possible. WITHIN THE ARC. Take away Kobe’s 3 point attempts and he’s been very efficient from the field.

    Problem is he’s taking them. And everyone else was inefficient too. Just too many iso’s with everyone and hardly and multiple PnR in one set like you see with other teams. I’m not a BS hater or supporter.. but something has got to give. JUST SOMEBODY MOVE! And it’s like ANYBODY can score on the Lakers. One of the most inefficient shooters in Rubio and Rondo have destroyed us now. It’s been this way every year.

  • He’s pretty much the only consistent 3 point shooter on the team right now and his defense has improved in my opinion. Not saying he’s a good defender, but he’s definitely improved.

  • How bad do you want this team to be?
    He’s the #2 scorer.

    If nothing else, he will consistently get 16 points.

  • See.. I can see a loss like this after a back-to-back. Especially with a young team. But you had a day in between after that first loss (which I said would haunt them later)… this is unacceptable. It’s going to be a long season of back-and-forth, because it’s a development year. So patience is key. But this offense is just BAD… And I mean BAAAAAAAAAAAADDDDDDDD.

    The same simple sets are being run and run again. I’ve seen that same double screen over 100 times already! There’s no movement WHATSOEVER. And yeah I’m sure people will just say it’s Kobe, but even when Kobe isn’t involved with whatever they are running.. it’s the same damn thing. Kobe is actually very efficient in the one area analytics say is the worst area possible. WITHIN THE ARC. Take away Kobe’s 3 point attempts and he’s been very efficient from the field.

    Problem is he’s taking them. And everyone else was inefficient too. Just too many iso’s with everyone and hardly and multiple PnR in one set like you see with other teams. I’m not a BS hater or supporter.. but something has got to give. JUST SOMEBODY MOVE! And it’s like ANYBODY can score on the Lakers. One of the most inefficient shooters in Rubio and Rondo have destroyed us now. It’s been this way every year.

  • He’s pretty much the only consistent 3 point shooter on the team right now and his defense has improved in my opinion. Not saying he’s a good defender, but he’s definitely improved.

  • How bad do you want this team to be?
    He’s the #2 scorer.

    If nothing else, he will consistently get 16 points.

  • I think we should see hat bass has until trade deadline and c what we can get for him

  • Yeah, and sadly that means the starters outscored the Lakers starters by 30 points.

  • It blows my mind how Rondo and Collison can go off every single time they play against the Lakers.

  • I think he is.
    He’s teaching Clarkson, Russell, Randle, Nance, and Brown how to be the team’s future.

  • But if Kelly is playing the second most minutes in our team…you and I both know SOMETHING ain’t right.
    Bass is not a Center either

  • You’re a big fan of +/-, but it can be misleading at times. He torched Kobe BTW. LOL

  • I think we should see hat bass has until trade deadline and c what we can get for him

  • Yeah, and sadly that means the starters outscored the Lakers starters by 30 points.

  • It blows my mind how Rondo and Collison can go off every single time they play against the Lakers.

  • I think he is.
    He’s teaching Clarkson, Russell, Randle, Nance, and Brown how to be the team’s future.

  • But if Kelly is playing the second most minutes in our team…you and I both know SOMETHING ain’t right.
    Bass is not a Center either

  • You’re a big fan of +/-, but it can be misleading at times. He torched Kobe BTW. LOL

  • so earlier, if doesn’t be land in 3 tops project lakers by sixers since 0-2 then 80 remaining games left now.

    No one tankings ever always but it might be make wont playoffs

  • I do like that stat. Shows the teams performance when players were on the court.

  • It’s not about losing that made people angry. It’s the way they lost as if they had no game plan whatsoever. Clearly BS has no idea how to coach this team.

  • so earlier, if doesn’t be land in 3 tops project lakers by sixers since 0-2 then 80 remaining games left now.

    No one tankings ever always but it might be make wont playoffs

  • I do like that stat. Shows the teams performance when players were on the court.

  • It’s not about losing that made people angry. It’s the way they lost as if they had no game plan whatsoever. Clearly BS has no idea how to coach this team.

  • Darius said something I laughed at.. we gave Pringles the roster perfect for Scott, while Scott now has Pringles’ roster. Pretty much.

  • As we have said the Lakers have a bunch of players who have never played together. It will take some time and there will be a few ups and downs.

    I see why I wanted Rondo he sure would have helped. As far as I know the Lakers didn’t pick up any injuries. That is a positive. Sure wish Larry Nance Jr. was getting a shot to be in that 10 player rotation. They need an energy game time ready player like Nance Jr. helping out on both ends.

    It’s still just game two with quite a few more winnable games coming up. Hopefully the Lakers win Sunday.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Ik one thing i say BS tries a.brown .hope upshaw develops more in the dleague for us .. Clarkaon played good though

  • Darius said something I laughed at.. we gave Pringles the roster perfect for Scott, while Scott now has Pringles’ roster. Pretty much.

  • As we have said the Lakers have a bunch of players who have never played together. It will take some time and there will be a few ups and downs.

    I see why I wanted Rondo he sure would have helped. As far as I know the Lakers didn’t pick up any injuries. That is a positive. Sure wish Larry Nance Jr. was getting a shot to be in that 10 player rotation. They need an energy game time ready player like Nance Jr. helping out on both ends.

    It’s still just game two with quite a few more winnable games coming up. Hopefully the Lakers win Sunday.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Ik one thing i say BS tries a.brown .hope upshaw develops more in the dleague for us .. Clarkaon played good though

  • So far I am liking Kelly this season. Bass not so much, but I don’t think there is a better option. Black was by far the worst Laker in his short minutes.

  • I agree on consistent 3 point shooter stuff. But the problem is we had a lot of guys to make points. Defense is the PROBLEM. Kelly Young Bass D’Angelo these guy really need an asistance on how they stand on opponent player

  • After 2 games..im still see how we wasted the 2nd pick of the draft …looking like a bust to me..and all the other picks are making their mark…:(..Johnson, Okafor, Porzingis, Winslow, Mudiay, Stein, ..man we should have drafted Mudiay instead..

  • It’s not a development year if you play the #2 overall pick just over 20 minutes!! He and Randle should be playing 30+ a game! If that happened then these losses would be easier to take.

  • So far I am liking Kelly this season. Bass not so much, but I don’t think there is a better option. Black was by far the worst Laker in his short minutes.

  • I agree on consistent 3 point shooter stuff. But the problem is we had a lot of guys to make points. Defense is the PROBLEM. Kelly Young Bass D’Angelo these guy really need an asistance on how they stand on opponent player

  • After 2 games..im still see how we wasted the 2nd pick of the draft …looking like a bust to me..and all the other picks are making their mark…:(..Johnson, Okafor, Porzingis, Winslow, Mudiay, Stein, ..man we should have drafted Mudiay instead..

  • It’s not a development year if you play the #2 overall pick just over 20 minutes!! He and Randle should be playing 30+ a game! If that happened then these losses would be easier to take.

  • Scott has to roll with Russell, i mean 20 minutes is not enough for him. Let him play a lot of minutes and develop, Clarkson had to demote himself to the D-league last year because he knew he needed playing time to get better and look how he has turned out.

  • Kelly is trash! Got some buckets in trash time but when it counted nothing but bricks, t.o.’s and 0 D. No bueno.

  • Exactly what I’m saying. The way they lose is just bad. The first loss was completely avoidable. While this one was a blowout immediately, but that’s a pre-game/preparation error.

  • It’s only 2 games and I got a feeling Scott has already Lost this Team…..Saaad.

  • Bench guys aren’t usually defenders.
    There is a reason why he’s not a starter.

  • This is sad! I can’t keep watching us lose! Hurts too much.I guess I need to Think ahead to next year. Com’on top three!

  • Scott has to roll with Russell, i mean 20 minutes is not enough for him. Let him play a lot of minutes and develop, Clarkson had to demote himself to the D-league last year because he knew he needed playing time to get better and look how he has turned out.

  • Kelly is trash! Got some buckets in trash time but when it counted nothing but bricks, t.o.’s and 0 D. No bueno.

  • Exactly what I’m saying. The way they lose is just bad. The first loss was completely avoidable. While this one was a blowout immediately, but that’s a pre-game/preparation error.

  • It’s only 2 games and I got a feeling Scott has already Lost this Team…..Saaad.

  • Bench guys aren’t usually defenders.
    There is a reason why he’s not a starter.

  • This is sad! I can’t keep watching us lose! Hurts too much.I guess I need to Think ahead to next year. Com’on top three!

  • how can russell show anyone what he can do when bryon only plays him like 2mins a game? not to mention he takes the ball out of the kids hands by running the princeton offence, the same offense mike brown was fired for trying to implement because it doesnt work at the nba level…byron scott needs to go!

  • Where is MWP, we signed him over Jabari, Upshaw and even Frazier…if he was signed to mentor Randle..then they should have just signed him as an assistant coach…and one more thing..they signed Tracy Murray as a shooting coach…wow..sure saw that in this game…

  • Randle had about as bad of a game as a player can have. He was doing so well too. Hopefully he rebounds next game.

  • At least Clarkson is already a good player. We can count with him for our future

  • They are going nowhere without Kobe.

    What’s the difference?

    An even worse product. Do you really think ABrown is an upgrade to Kobe?

  • He is a disgrace, and I know it’s only been two games but this is just a continuation of last year. That being said, I think Buss doesn’t have the stones to do anything about it…

  • Mudiay was better all along thats why he was scouted for like 2 years in high school. Russell is more of mid 1st round pick that has a high ceiling but will take 2-3 years

  • how can russell show anyone what he can do when bryon only plays him like 2mins a game? not to mention he takes the ball out of the kids hands by running the princeton offence, the same offense mike brown was fired for trying to implement because it doesnt work at the nba level…byron scott needs to go!

  • Where is MWP, we signed him over Jabari, Upshaw and even Frazier…if he was signed to mentor Randle..then they should have just signed him as an assistant coach…and one more thing..they signed Tracy Murray as a shooting coach…wow..sure saw that in this game…

  • Randle had about as bad of a game as a player can have. He was doing so well too. Hopefully he rebounds next game.

  • At least Clarkson is already a good player. We can count with him for our future

  • They are going nowhere without Kobe.

    What’s the difference?

    An even worse product. Do you really think ABrown is an upgrade to Kobe?

  • He is a disgrace, and I know it’s only been two games but this is just a continuation of last year. That being said, I think Buss doesn’t have the stones to do anything about it…

  • Mudiay was better all along thats why he was scouted for like 2 years in high school. Russell is more of mid 1st round pick that has a high ceiling but will take 2-3 years

  • The team was bleeding pretty hard. They were down by 30 at one point. Russell needs more time, but they’re still trying to win games.

  • Very good points ! It’s still early in the season. I don’t think we have to worry about Kobe. In time he will be back in playing form. I however don’t like the pre figured out minutes for Kobe or any player. You let the game dictate lineups and number of minutes played. You don’t do like a CYO coach and map out the minutes before the game IMO.

    Paytc

  • Lakers should take notes from the late 3rd quarter/early 4th quarter play. They played with great defensive intensity, got a lot of fastbreak points and had good ball movement. That’s how it should be, not just standing in the corners while the bigs set a screen. There should be a lot more running from side to side with down-screens and stuff, but they’re just standing in place.

  • The Lakers have moved into the joke category along side the Browns, 76ers, and Phillies.

  • The team was bleeding pretty hard. They were down by 30 at one point. Russell needs more time, but they’re still trying to win games.

  • Very good points ! It’s still early in the season. I don’t think we have to worry about Kobe. In time he will be back in playing form. I however don’t like the pre figured out minutes for Kobe or any player. You let the game dictate lineups and number of minutes played. You don’t do like a CYO coach and map out the minutes before the game IMO.

    Paytc

  • Lakers should take notes from the late 3rd quarter/early 4th quarter play. They played with great defensive intensity, got a lot of fastbreak points and had good ball movement. That’s how it should be, not just standing in the corners while the bigs set a screen. There should be a lot more running from side to side with down-screens and stuff, but they’re just standing in place.

  • The Lakers have moved into the joke category along side the Browns, 76ers, and Phillies.

  • Exactly. If he played 35min tonight he easily gets 20 5 5. I’ll take that. Once he puts on some pounds and gets really comfortable the kids gonna be OK

  • Russell can’t be thrown in to play 30+ minutes a game right off the bat. If he get’s hurt, the first person you’ll run to blame is the man you’re begging to play him more. Randle the same. These guys haven’t played a whole NBA season yet. You have any idea what that does to an unprepared rookie body? And I’m not talking physically unconditioned.

    They need to be eased into big minutes, otherwise they’d get hurt in a blowout and things will get even uglier. Plus Vitti has say in minutes as well and I trust that man.

  • Where is Larry Nance Jr. could have used his fire off the bench..dunk on someone..and block a shot as well..just like what WCS did for the Kings..

  • So whats the situation with our pick? We would have to get a top 3 not to lose it?

  • Sometime you can take a lost and be happy because you see some promise…..Not so here.

  • Exactly. If he played 35min tonight he easily gets 20 5 5. I’ll take that. Once he puts on some pounds and gets really comfortable the kids gonna be OK

  • Russell can’t be thrown in to play 30+ minutes a game right off the bat. If he get’s hurt, the first person you’ll run to blame is the man you’re begging to play him more. Randle the same. These guys haven’t played a whole NBA season yet. You have any idea what that does to an unprepared rookie body? And I’m not talking physically unconditioned.

    They need to be eased into big minutes, otherwise they’d get hurt in a blowout and things will get even uglier. Plus Vitti has say in minutes as well and I trust that man.

  • Where is Larry Nance Jr. could have used his fire off the bench..dunk on someone..and block a shot as well..just like what WCS did for the Kings..

  • So whats the situation with our pick? We would have to get a top 3 not to lose it?

  • Atleast the Rockets are 0-2 at this moment in time like us lol

  • Sometime you can take a lost and be happy because you see some promise…..Not so here.

  • Let’s see; Rubio had a career night torching our BC, and Rondo looked like his old self again. You still have RW, Paul, Curry, Lawson, Teague, Wall, Lowry and the list goes on this year. This will be a tough season for the Lakers. We are not making the Playoffs, so please stop with the delusions. The Lakers should of let Kobe be a FA and let him go elsewhere so we can rebuild. I love the guy, but he is nothing but a inefficient jumpshooter this stage in his career. He plays no D or even tries, couldn’t even get by Wiggins or McLemore tonight.

  • It is just a really tough stage for the franchise. As much as Kobe has done for us. We have to wait till he leaves to truly rebuild. I think they went about it the right way, but it will be a struggle until we can move on.

  • One thing about our offense. The only players who drive to the basket are Clarkson and Lou. What Kobe want just shooting 3s? He can drive too, somebody can remember he?

  • This wasn’t even really a young team either, the veterans played 157 minutes total, while the young guys played 79 minutes. This team is not good enough for the play offs but also is not really giving their young guys huge minutes and developing them either, it’s in limbo until both Byron and Kobe are gone. What exactly was the point of leaving Kelly, Bass and Hibbert out there for so long when you are 20 odd points down already and only giving them a measly 4 minutes of garbage time. Use the whole damn quarter. Byron’s interests are selfish and are not the Lakers best interests.

  • The game was already lost at those points. If you’ve watched the Lakers recently, they never come back from big-deficits. They’ll get close, then they crumble defensively. It’s been their MO for a while now.

  • Let’s see; Rubio had a career night torching our BC, and Rondo looked like his old self again. You still have RW, Paul, Curry, Lawson, Teague, Wall, Lowry and the list goes on this year. This will be a tough season for the Lakers. We are not making the Playoffs, so please stop with the delusions. The Lakers should of let Kobe be a FA and let him go elsewhere so we can rebuild. I love the guy, but he is nothing but a inefficient jumpshooter this stage in his career. He plays no D or even tries, couldn’t even get by Wiggins or McLemore tonight.

  • It is just a really tough stage for the franchise. As much as Kobe has done for us. We have to wait till he leaves to truly rebuild. I think they went about it the right way, but it will be a struggle until we can move on.

  • One thing about our offense. The only players who drive to the basket are Clarkson and Lou. What Kobe want just shooting 3s? He can drive too, somebody can remember he?

  • This wasn’t even really a young team either, the veterans played 157 minutes total, while the young guys played 79 minutes. This team is not good enough for the play offs but also is not really giving their young guys huge minutes and developing them either, it’s in limbo until both Byron and Kobe are gone. What exactly was the point of leaving Kelly, Bass and Hibbert out there for so long when you are 20 odd points down already and only giving them a measly 4 minutes of garbage time. Use the whole damn quarter. Byron’s interests are selfish and are not the Lakers best interests.

  • The game was already lost at those points. If you’ve watched the Lakers recently, they never come back from big-deficits. They’ll get close, then they crumble defensively. It’s been their MO for a while now.

  • why is clarkson and russel playing less than 30 mintues in a blowout?#questionsforscott

  • Yeah, in garbage time. Those stats mean nothing. His D and speed are lacking right now. He’s not ready.

  • It’s over with dude what’s the point of bringing it up still

  • why is clarkson and russel playing less than 30 mintues in a blowout?#questionsforscott

  • Yeah, in garbage time. Those stats mean nothing. His D and speed are lacking right now. He’s not ready.

  • Its imposable for us to compete with out a coach that cared about how these guys play, you can see that they are not COACHED and have no game plan, the ROTATION is wrong, we have good players but no direction ! If it was not for CLARKSON out playing every one on the team, we would not have a thing to be PROUD of. Clarkson10/15 and 2/3 3 s 22pts====Russell 5/10 and 2/5 3 s and 13 pts.=======Kobe 5/12 and 1/8 3 s and 13 pts

  • I think Russell isnt being used properly plus he’s too skinny to switch on 2 guards. We need to put him on the bench and start Lou Williams

  • I’m more confused at the fact that Kelly had the second most minutes (27) behind Clarkson (28)
    This had to do with Hibbert and Randle being in foul trouble but still….that’s amazing to me

  • Its imposable for us to compete with out a coach that cared about how these guys play, you can see that they are not COACHED and have no game plan, the ROTATION is wrong, we have good players but no direction ! If it was not for CLARKSON out playing every one on the team, we would not have a thing to be PROUD of. Clarkson10/15 and 2/3 3 s 22pts====Russell 5/10 and 2/5 3 s and 13 pts.=======Kobe 5/12 and 1/8 3 s and 13 pts

  • I think Russell isnt being used properly plus he’s too skinny to switch on 2 guards. We need to put him on the bench and start Lou Williams

  • I’m more confused at the fact that Kelly had the second most minutes (27) behind Clarkson (28)
    This had to do with Hibbert and Randle being in foul trouble but still….that’s amazing to me

  • That is not true. I can count many guys who are known as defenders. In this team we dont need point makers. We need defenders for playoff spot. We got Lou and Young. We dont need two sixth man.

  • Hate to say it… Kobe looks cooked. He was slower than a coma patient… I guess you got to keep collecting those checks. Seriously though, he looks nothing like the Kobe we all know and love.

  • Agree. If he ever does get the balls to can him they better go after Mark Jackson. No to Thibs,Van Gundy or any other out of touch on offense Coach dammit!!

  • That is not true. I can count many guys who are known as defenders. In this team we dont need point makers. We need defenders for playoff spot. We got Lou and Young. We dont need two sixth man.

  • Hate to say it… Kobe looks cooked. He was slower than a coma patient… I guess you got to keep collecting those checks. Seriously though, he looks nothing like the Kobe we all know and love.

  • Agree. If he ever does get the balls to can him they better go after Mark Jackson. No to Thibs,Van Gundy or any other out of touch on offense Coach dammit!!

  • Only positive about this is it’s only 2 games….beyond that it’s ????????everywhere.

  • He will need time and patience I agree with you on that. The issues the Lakers were facing with so many new players who have never played together is not an easy situation to throw a 19 year old rookie point guard in to fix. Once the team gets settled in better it will be easier for Russell to manage things.

    I think it will take a few more games before the coach and players start to figure it out. At least I hope they will.

    The early struggles should be expected.

    It is far from time to push the panic button.

    Paytc

  • You think it’s bad now, it would be 10x worse with okafor in the paint instead of hibbert.

  • Only positive about this is it’s only 2 games….beyond that it’s ????????everywhere.

  • He will need time and patience I agree with you on that. The issues the Lakers were facing with so many new players who have never played together is not an easy situation to throw a 19 year old rookie point guard in to fix. Once the team gets settled in better it will be easier for Russell to manage things.

    I think it will take a few more games before the coach and players start to figure it out. At least I hope they will.

    The early struggles should be expected.

    It is far from time to push the panic button.

    Paytc

  • You think it’s bad now, it would be 10x worse with okafor in the paint instead of hibbert.

  • 3 years in a row. Man this rebuilding stuff is tough and taking a load on my liver.

  • Why? So he can play Kobe 40+ minutes a game and run all our players into the ground? Our defense won’t change with him as our HC because our offense will be just as worse as now.

  • i thought byron said russell was going to play more ball handling role this match, but all he did was take the ball up the court and hand it to either kobe or clarkson because of the stupid offense byron is running! seriously pick and roll is a staple of the NBA and byron has openly stated his distaste for it even though russell would thrive in a pick and roll system and even though we just got DESTROYED by the kings picks all night. BYEBYEBYRON

  • After a few more losses, Kobe will start raging at everyone and calling them soft as Charmin

  • We could at least have a low post threat though. All we have is a bunch of jumpshooting Clowns!!!

  • Ima wait for Anthony brown Larry nance Jr. and MWP to come in for some defensive energy
    But that makes too much sense for BS

  • Best Lakers lineup:
    pg: Lou Williams
    sg: Kobe
    sf: Nick Young
    pf: Randle
    C: Hibbert

  • 3 years in a row. Man this rebuilding stuff is tough and taking a load on my liver.

  • Why? So he can play Kobe 40+ minutes a game and run all our players into the ground? Our defense won’t change with him as our HC because our offense will be just as worse as now.

  • i thought byron said russell was going to play more ball handling role this match, but all he did was take the ball up the court and hand it to either kobe or clarkson because of the stupid offense byron is running! seriously pick and roll is a staple of the NBA and byron has openly stated his distaste for it even though russell would thrive in a pick and roll system and even though we just got DESTROYED by the kings picks all night. BYEBYEBYRON

  • After a few more losses, Kobe will start raging at everyone and calling them soft as Charmin

  • We could at least have a low post threat though. All we have is a bunch of jumpshooting Clowns!!!

  • Ima wait for Anthony brown Larry nance Jr. and MWP to come in for some defensive energy
    But that makes too much sense for BS

  • Best Lakers lineup:
    pg: Lou Williams
    sg: Kobe
    sf: Nick Young
    pf: Randle
    C: Hibbert

  • Russell was still terrible, but he did do better. Progress is what we want.
    Keep it up rook.

  • And all Byron can say is that the players were soft. How about you take some god damn blame on yourself!!! What a effin joke of a coach

  • Kobe is really taking the team down. Sad times to see that. His play is becoming comical as he has lost all of his hops. He cant get up quick as his legs are gone. His vertical is probably half what it was as a Rookie. Nick Young and Kelly although somewhat productive, they are probably the worst at defense, just horrible. Russell is having a hard time and needs more minutes. He needs to be on the floor when Kobe is not. Clarkson, Williams, Hibbert and Randle are the only NBA Caliber players on the team. The rest are D League quality. My god! They gave up 80 points in the paint! Extreme lack of effort.

  • clarkson out plays lou nick and kobe and deserves his spot as a starter more than any of the others

  • He’s just trying to make a joke guys. smh. serious a$$ people in here. vvv

  • Russell was still terrible, but he did do better. Progress is what we want.
    Keep it up rook.

  • And all Byron can say is that the players were soft. How about you take some god damn blame on yourself!!! What a effin joke of a coach

  • Kobe is really taking the team down. Sad times to see that. His play is becoming comical as he has lost all of his hops. He cant get up quick as his legs are gone. His vertical is probably half what it was as a Rookie. Nick Young and Kelly although somewhat productive, they are probably the worst at defense, just horrible. Russell is having a hard time and needs more minutes. He needs to be on the floor when Kobe is not. Clarkson, Williams, Hibbert and Randle are the only NBA Caliber players on the team. The rest are D League quality. My god! They gave up 80 points in the paint! Extreme lack of effort.

  • clarkson out plays lou nick and kobe and deserves his spot as a starter more than any of the others

  • He’s just trying to make a joke guys. smh. serious a$$ people in here. vvv

  • Why are people barking for minutes for our young guys? You want them to get hurt playing pointless minutes in a blowout? And yes they are pointless. Nothing to gain. Confidence comes from competition, not garbage minutes.

    They get hurt, and you’ll cursing Scott for listening to your wishes.

  • No, I’m done with the “all we need is this player or that player.” It’s over. The Dodgers haven’t won World Series in 27 years. Get used to it for the Lakers.

  • Why are people barking for minutes for our young guys? You want them to get hurt playing pointless minutes in a blowout? And yes they are pointless. Nothing to gain. Confidence comes from competition, not garbage minutes.

    They get hurt, and you’ll cursing Scott for listening to your wishes.

  • No, I’m done with the “all we need is this player or that player.” It’s over. The Dodgers haven’t won World Series in 27 years. Get used to it for the Lakers.

  • No he doesn’t. Get off that train. Kobe is a hindrance to the Lakers now. Time to let go

  • No he doesn’t. Get off that train. Kobe is a hindrance to the Lakers now. Time to let go

  • I keep hearing the internet expression SMH. I have a new one: BMH (Bangs my head).

    What makes me bang my head?

    1) BS continues to persist with Bass and Kelly as the second unit front court. BMH.
    2) BS plays Ryan Kelly for close to 30 minutes. BMH. BS expects Kelly to switch on defense and guard WCS and Cousins. BMH.
    3) BS keeps four defensive liabilities Kelly, Swaggy, Lou and Huertas on the floor together FOR extended periods of time. BMH. This awesome foursome can’t defend the perimeter of the paint. BMH.
    4) BS says prior to the game that he wants Kobe jakking up more threes, BMH.

  • It is just good for them to play together and build chemistry while not having to cater to the veterans.

  • I keep hearing the internet expression SMH. I have a new one: BMH (Bangs my head).

    What makes me bang my head?

    1) BS continues to persist with Bass and Kelly as the second unit front court. BMH.
    2) BS plays Ryan Kelly for close to 30 minutes. BMH. BS expects Kelly to switch on defense and guard WCS and Cousins. BMH.
    3) BS keeps four defensive liabilities Kelly, Swaggy, Lou and Huertas on the floor together FOR extended periods of time. BMH. This awesome foursome can’t defend the perimeter of the paint. BMH.
    4) BS says prior to the game that he wants Kobe jakking up more threes, BMH.

  • It is just good for them to play together and build chemistry while not having to cater to the veterans.

  • That Rondo steal where he caught up to him on what should have been an easy layup/dunk and pushed the ball out off Kobe, combined with even Cousins stealing the ball off Kobe was embarrassing. It’s sad to watch.

  • what train? i said clarkson is better than anyone in our starting lineup…not kobe…

  • So we draft a PG to have him bring the ball up and hand it off then just stand in the corner? I mean come on, first of all this offense does not fit Russell’s skill set. Say what you want about him being a bust or not but I cant judge him until Bryon puts him in situations to be successful. I mean sometimes i forget he is even on the floor even though Scott doesnt play him that much. I can handle the losing long as my young guys are showing promise like Clarkson did tonight. You look at Okafor, the offense is run through him thats why he is shinning, same thing in Minnesota.

  • That Rondo steal where he caught up to him on what should have been an easy layup/dunk and pushed the ball out off Kobe, combined with even Cousins stealing the ball off Kobe was embarrassing. It’s sad to watch.

  • what train? i said clarkson is better than anyone in our starting lineup…not kobe…

  • So we draft a PG to have him bring the ball up and hand it off then just stand in the corner? I mean come on, first of all this offense does not fit Russell’s skill set. Say what you want about him being a bust or not but I cant judge him until Bryon puts him in situations to be successful. I mean sometimes i forget he is even on the floor even though Scott doesnt play him that much. I can handle the losing long as my young guys are showing promise like Clarkson did tonight. You look at Okafor, the offense is run through him thats why he is shinning, same thing in Minnesota.

  • The second unit with Lou and Young seems to get much better looks. They have a lot of motion too where starters just stand around. Not sure why that is. Maybe it is because Kobe and Randle want ISO.

  • How? Seriously.. how? From shooting 3’s? He’s been great from within the arc. He’s missing his open 3’s and taking stupid ones. But everyone else was horribly inefficient as well. But hey, it’s Kobe’s fault right? His jumper looks fine so his “legs being gone” is crap. Of course his vertical is gone! HE’S 37! His game was never based on athleticism. It’s on fundamentals.

    You sir, are full of crap. You all were cheering when he looked great the first half of the game yesterday. I saw all your comments, now the dude is missing from 3 and you all are crying?? THE WHOLE TEAM PLAYED BAD! Get that through your heads! Kobe isn’t on the floor every minute and they still aren’t moving the ball!

  • Clarkson is the Lakers best player now, whether you want to admit or not. Kobe is cooked, that’s why he just jacks 3’s and jumpers all game. He can’t get by defenders no more, and his D, well you be the judge of that.

  • Clarkson is more aggresive while Russell is more passive, so far it hasnt worked at all

  • I agree with that. He is trying to force his game back into shape. He will take some time and should re consider taking as many 3’s. Especially since the best shooters in the league only make about 40% on three pointers. It’s usually either going in for you that night or not.

    I think things will start clicking soon. Larry Nance Jr. getting in the 10 man rotation could be part of the solution.

    Paytc

  • Don’t play them at all and that’s makes your plan work. Your goal not to get anyone hurt with lower minutes is ridiculous. Anyone can see the only salvation is for the young guys to mature.

  • The second unit with Lou and Young seems to get much better looks. They have a lot of motion too where starters just stand around. Not sure why that is. Maybe it is because Kobe and Randle want ISO.

  • How? Seriously.. how? From shooting 3’s? He’s been great from within the arc. He’s missing his open 3’s and taking stupid ones. But everyone else was horribly inefficient as well. But hey, it’s Kobe’s fault right? His jumper looks fine so his “legs being gone” is crap. Of course his vertical is gone! HE’S 37! His game was never based on athleticism. It’s on fundamentals.

    You sir, are full of crap. You all were cheering when he looked great the first half of the game yesterday. I saw all your comments, now the dude is missing from 3 and you all are crying?? THE WHOLE TEAM PLAYED BAD! Get that through your heads! Kobe isn’t on the floor every minute and they still aren’t moving the ball!

  • Clarkson is the Lakers best player now, whether you want to admit or not. Kobe is cooked, that’s why he just jacks 3’s and jumpers all game. He can’t get by defenders no more, and his D, well you be the judge of that.

  • Clarkson is more aggresive while Russell is more passive, so far it hasnt worked at all

  • I agree with that. He is trying to force his game back into shape. He will take some time and should re consider taking as many 3’s. Especially since the best shooters in the league only make about 40% on three pointers. It’s usually either going in for you that night or not.

    I think things will start clicking soon. Larry Nance Jr. getting in the 10 man rotation could be part of the solution.

    Paytc

  • Don’t play them at all and that’s makes your plan work. Your goal not to get anyone hurt with lower minutes is ridiculous. Anyone can see the only salvation is for the young guys to mature.

  • Now that I think of it, it probably is because there aren’t any catch and shoot players on the starting unit. Where we have multiple guys on the bench.

  • I would play Russell more with the second unit so he doesnt have that fear of “oh i gotta give Kobe the ball or he will kill me”.

  • Byron is a such poor coach (i like him as a person). He always speaks about play hard, compete, be aggressive… But he has no execution in his system. We don`t have a face as a team.
    Even with D`antoni we have that. We was a offensive team, and with much worse talent we have some good moments.
    He has to go. Mitch will do that or will wait for another season?

  • sure put in two defensive liabilities in the starting unit. WHY NOT PUT KELLY SCRUB IN THERE TOO?

  • Now that I think of it, it probably is because there aren’t any catch and shoot players on the starting unit. Where we have multiple guys on the bench.

  • Kelly Kobe and Young are the best defenders on the team :D:D:D #Sarcasm

  • I would play Russell more with the second unit so he doesnt have that fear of “oh i gotta give Kobe the ball or he will kill me”.

  • Byron is a such poor coach (i like him as a person). He always speaks about play hard, compete, be aggressive… But he has no execution in his system. We don`t have a face as a team.
    Even with D`antoni we have that. We was a offensive team, and with much worse talent we have some good moments.
    He has to go. Mitch will do that or will wait for another season?

  • sure put in two defensive liabilities in the starting unit. WHY NOT PUT KELLY SCRUB IN THERE TOO?

  • This is as clear as daylight… a coach’s loss. Nyahahahahahaha! Away with BS, find someone else to steer the Lakers team. I’m not gonna be surprised IF the team loses it’s first 10-15 games.

  • Plus it is great for a point guard to have catch and shoot guys to pass to. No need for a PG when you have all guys who want to create on their own.

  • As an assistant coach I’d be cool with it. But dude is a crap coach everywhere else.

  • completely correct! this princeton-hybrid bulls**t needs to go! it has never worked in the nba! russells entire skill set centres on him controlling the ball and byron is forcing it out of his hands and making people like kelly make decisions on the court…its a joke

  • This is as clear as daylight… a coach’s loss. Nyahahahahahaha! Away with BS, find someone else to steer the Lakers team. I’m not gonna be surprised IF the team loses it’s first 10-15 games.

  • Plus it is great for a point guard to have catch and shoot guys to pass to. No need for a PG when you have all guys who want to create on their own.

  • As an assistant coach I’d be cool with it. But dude is a crap coach everywhere else.

  • completely correct! this princeton-hybrid bulls**t needs to go! it has never worked in the nba! russells entire skill set centres on him controlling the ball and byron is forcing it out of his hands and making people like kelly make decisions on the court…its a joke

  • Yea Russell definitely doesnt seem to have that fight in him or fearlessness.

  • Okafor did not shine at all tonight, he played 36 minutes, 6 measly rebounds, shot 40 percent and had a team worst -35. But…he got 36 valuable minutes of experience, being the focal point of the 76ers attack.

  • Take off your homer glasses and watch the games. Kobe is done. And Kobe’s game was based on athleticism early in his career as he was cramming on everyone. He can’t even blow by defenders no more, and that’s why he’s been relegated to a jumpshooter now.

  • Okafor did not shine at all tonight, he played 36 minutes, 6 measly rebounds, shot 40 percent and had a team worst -35. But…he got 36 valuable minutes of experience, being the focal point of the 76ers attack.

  • Take off your homer glasses and watch the games. Kobe is done. And Kobe’s game was based on athleticism early in his career as he was cramming on everyone. He can’t even blow by defenders no more, and that’s why he’s been relegated to a jumpshooter now.

  • Yes, mature in the smart sense instead of have them play over 35 min a game. These guys aren’t built for a 82 game season yet.. You all are dumb! Clarkson is, but it’s a blowout. No sense playing big minutes. You clearly don’t understand how the game works. Casual watcher I assume.

    You ease them into big minutes over the course of the season. If they get hurt, you’ll look like a hypocrite pretending you never asked them to play big minutes during a blowout loss.

  • Yes, mature in the smart sense instead of have them play over 35 min a game. These guys aren’t built for a 82 game season yet.. You all are dumb! Clarkson is, but it’s a blowout. No sense playing big minutes. You clearly don’t understand how the game works. Casual watcher I assume.

    You ease them into big minutes over the course of the season. If they get hurt, you’ll look like a hypocrite pretending you never asked them to play big minutes during a blowout loss.

  • Yea, i mean you cant except rookies to be great every night, but like you said he got 36 minutes, thats going to allow him to get better. Scott is not giving Russell that chance.

  • I think it’s cause Lou and Young don’t play Byron’s system, they push the pace more and play a street ball type game. It’s more effective than whatever Byron is telling the rest to do.

  • Yea if the rest of ur team is trash minus Clarkson than of course in garbage time. Look at all the star PGs besides Lillard their rookie years! Played on garbage can teams just like this one and none of them looked like stars right away.

  • Certain players aren’t playing to their potential because of Byron.. Tbh I reckon this team would look much better playing under dantoni. Russell and Clarkson would thrive off a pick and roll based offensive system. Also hate the ISO that goes on at certain points of the game, especially like in the 4th quarter against timberwolves. Oh and our defense is terrible and we can’t play small ball, especially when you have players like cousins and WCS on the defensive end. Tbh Russell to me didn’t look to bad this game, people weren’t making shots (including himself) but his stats would have also looked better if others were making their shots, leading to less trolls calling him a bust..

  • Yea, i mean you cant except rookies to be great every night, but like you said he got 36 minutes, thats going to allow him to get better. Scott is not giving Russell that chance.

  • Thibs would raise the injury rate
    I like mark Jackson lol

  • I think it’s cause Lou and Young don’t play Byron’s system, they push the pace more and play a street ball type game. It’s more effective than whatever Byron is telling the rest to do.

  • Yea if the rest of ur team is trash minus Clarkson than of course in garbage time. Look at all the star PGs besides Lillard their rookie years! Played on garbage can teams just like this one and none of them looked like stars right away.

  • Certain players aren’t playing to their potential because of Byron.. Tbh I reckon this team would look much better playing under dantoni. Russell and Clarkson would thrive off a pick and roll based offensive system. Also hate the ISO that goes on at certain points of the game, especially like in the 4th quarter against timberwolves. Oh and our defense is terrible and we can’t play small ball, especially when you have players like cousins and WCS on the defensive end. Tbh Russell to me didn’t look to bad this game, people weren’t making shots (including himself) but his stats would have also looked better if others were making their shots, leading to less trolls calling him a bust..

  • I don’t care what anybody says..at number 2, Russell is a player the lakers could have passed.

  • Russel needs to go to the D League! He just looks so lost an uncertain of himself. Remember JC at the beginning of last year. He looked so outta control. A little time in the D League did him and Brown so much good. This trial by fire is not doing him any justice.

  • Wrong guy here, I am a Kobe fan of years ago but he is hurting the team now. You contradict yourself in the same paragraph. Here is what you said. “His jumper looks fine so his “legs being gone” is crap. Of course his vertical is gone! HE’S 37! ” LOL!

  • i completely agree, clarkson needs to start every game and russell needs to be out there with him, also throw anthony brown out there or even larry nance because this team is rebuilding, i get that we want to win games, i love it when we do but seriously how are the young guys supposed to improve when byron plays them 20min a game at 5-6min a quarter? rookie defense improves with gametime and none of them are getting it

  • You don’t even get a logical argument from me. I know how you feel and it’s well documented hater.

    And this:

    “He can’t even blow by defenders no more” is stupid. Is that how he went by Cousins and pulled up for the mid-J in the 2Q? Someone didn’t watch the game.. SMH.

    Again.. fundamentals. Early in his career means EARLY IN HIS CAREER.

  • yeah, but he’s only 19. He needs to hit the weight room and work on his 3’s. He’s got nice height 6’5(might even grow an inch or 2)

  • I don’t care what anybody says..at number 2, Russell is a player the lakers could have passed.

  • Russel needs to go to the D League! He just looks so lost an uncertain of himself. Remember JC at the beginning of last year. He looked so outta control. A little time in the D League did him and Brown so much good. This trial by fire is not doing him any justice.

  • Wrong guy here, I am a Kobe fan of years ago but he is hurting the team now. You contradict yourself in the same paragraph. Here is what you said. “His jumper looks fine so his “legs being gone” is crap. Of course his vertical is gone! HE’S 37! ” LOL!

  • i completely agree, clarkson needs to start every game and russell needs to be out there with him, also throw anthony brown out there or even larry nance because this team is rebuilding, i get that we want to win games, i love it when we do but seriously how are the young guys supposed to improve when byron plays them 20min a game at 5-6min a quarter? rookie defense improves with gametime and none of them are getting it

  • You don’t even get a logical argument from me. I know how you feel and it’s well documented hater.

    And this:

    “He can’t even blow by defenders no more” is stupid. Is that how he went by Cousins and pulled up for the mid-J in the 2Q? Someone didn’t watch the game.. SMH.

    Again.. fundamentals. Early in his career means EARLY IN HIS CAREER.

  • yeah, but he’s only 19. He needs to hit the weight room and work on his 3’s. He’s got nice height 6’5(might even grow an inch or 2)

  • Russell played a lot better tonight. Better than Kobe. He is a rookie on a very bad team. It is what it is.

  • Are you serious? Clarkson played barely 4 games in the D League, what made him better was all those minutes he got when Kobe went down and he got the keys to the Lakers offense.

  • A #2 pick going to the D-league means he would be one of the biggest busts ever.

  • Russell played a lot better tonight. Better than Kobe. He is a rookie on a very bad team. It is what it is.

  • Are you serious? Clarkson played barely 4 games in the D League, what made him better was all those minutes he got when Kobe went down and he got the keys to the Lakers offense.

  • A #2 pick going to the D-league means he would be one of the biggest busts ever.

  • Russell has sound fundamentals and a smooth shooting stroke. He’s unable to get past defenders, yes. But in a high motion offense, he will find his calling. It’s just really sad that he’s surrounded by inefficient shooters and a terrible coach.

  • You do know a jumpshot doesn’t equal jump over the moon athleticism right? He’s not going to dunk over people anymore, but he still jumps fine. Ever heard of Paul Pierce or Andre Miller? Youtube their jumpshots.

    You don’t need a great vertical to preform a J. SMH.

  • Could’ve traded #2 for stanley johnson and a different 1st round PG, but that’s history, now we see how important defense is when you’re not sinking shots. Nyahahahahahahaha!

  • As for the 80 PIP, Denver used to do that often when Karl was coach. It is what he coaches. It isn’t post plays either, they use PG’s to break the defense down and then clean up the misses.

  • Cousins is a C you moron. Of course he should be able to go by a big man. “Keyword” he shot a jumper instead of going to the hole for a more efficient shot. You’re not even a Laker fan, just another Kobe homer.

  • Randle scored one point more than Sacre – and Sacre played four minutes.

  • Russell has sound fundamentals and a smooth shooting stroke. He’s unable to get past defenders, yes. But in a high motion offense, he will find his calling. It’s just really sad that he’s surrounded by inefficient shooters and a terrible coach.

  • You do know a jumpshot doesn’t equal jump over the moon athleticism right? He’s not going to dunk over people anymore, but he still jumps fine. Ever heard of Paul Pierce or Andre Miller? Youtube their jumpshots.

    You don’t need a great vertical to preform a J. SMH.

  • Could’ve traded #2 for stanley johnson and a different 1st round PG, but that’s history, now we see how important defense is when you’re not sinking shots. Nyahahahahahahaha!

  • As for the 80 PIP, Denver used to do that often when Karl was coach. It is what he coaches. It isn’t post plays either, they use PG’s to break the defense down and then clean up the misses.

  • Cousins is a C you moron. Of course he should be able to go by a big man. “Keyword” he shot a jumper instead of going to the hole for a more efficient shot. You’re not even a Laker fan, just another Kobe homer.

  • Yeah and the opposing team is averaging what 123? It doesn’t matter how many points the lakers score if the opponent is scoring more than 10 points more.

  • Wesley Johnson statements seems to be True….Nobody seems to have a clue of what’s going on….He just might be right.

  • Yeah and the opposing team is averaging what 123? It doesn’t matter how many points the lakers score if the opponent is scoring more than 10 points more.

  • Wesley Johnson statements seems to be True….Nobody seems to have a clue of what’s going on….He just might be right.

  • Clarkson has to be our main guy. Please bench D`angelo and let him play with great scorers like Lou and Nick… I liked Anthony Brown poor minutes today, maybe he can defend. If he can`t, start Metta.
    Clarkson has to play with the ball in his hand. He`s our best player today.

  • I think it’s too early to tank. We were like lost in space. Start changing those Gator Aids

  • How are people complain about Russell? He had a decent offensive night. & his assist are low due to the starters missing every shot in the game even when he got them open looks

  • He would be a great addition a former teammate of Russell, he would fill a position that’s been weak, and he would be another lefty on the team. With that said the Lakers would need a coach who can manage all that talent and Scott just isn’t the right fit.

  • Well, it didn’t help the Lakers with long jumpshots and no one getting back in transition.

  • Next game the fans need to start chanting “WE WANT NEW COACH” or “FIRE BYRON” or SOMETHING…..I’ve seen enough Byron Scott needs to go NOW!!

  • Clarkson has to be our main guy. Please bench D`angelo and let him play with great scorers like Lou and Nick… I liked Anthony Brown poor minutes today, maybe he can defend. If he can`t, start Metta.
    Clarkson has to play with the ball in his hand. He`s our best player today.

  • I think it’s too early to tank. We were like lost in space. Start changing those Gator Aids

  • How are people complain about Russell? He had a decent offensive night. & his assist are low due to the starters missing every shot in the game even when he got them open looks

  • He would be a great addition a former teammate of Russell, he would fill a position that’s been weak, and he would be another lefty on the team. With that said the Lakers would need a coach who can manage all that talent and Scott just isn’t the right fit.

  • Well, it didn’t help the Lakers with long jumpshots and no one getting back in transition.

  • Next game the fans need to start chanting “WE WANT NEW COACH” or “FIRE BYRON” or SOMETHING…..I’ve seen enough Byron Scott needs to go NOW!!

  • F*** off. Don’t question my loyalty to the Lakers kid. Being a Kobe fan IS being a Laker fan. They are the same damn thing. Kobe is the definition of being a true Laker. You’re just a Kobe hating B, who thinks he knows basketball. And you said he couldn’t go around anyone anymore.. looks like you’re full of crap too. LOL.

  • Silly response. Less minutes is not getting them anywhere. Again you contradict yourself saying I am wrong yet calling for more minutes. No discussion here take a stand. It’s virtually universal in thought that more minutes will help.

  • This loss is definitely on the players it really looked like they weren’t giving it their all as if they were tired or something. no boxing out, letting a lot of loose balls slip away poor defense and unorganized offense.
    buut Russel seems to gradually be adapting to the game

  • Agreed, I thought he played alright, it’s just that there’s so much ISO and none of his teammates know how to shoot atm

  • Okay maybe not the D league but he looks NOTHING like any Lakers starting guard in the last 20 years.

  • F*** off. Don’t question my loyalty to the Lakers kid. Being a Kobe fan IS being a Laker fan. They are the same damn thing. Kobe is the definition of being a true Laker. You’re just a Kobe hating B, who thinks he knows basketball. And you said he couldn’t go around anyone anymore.. looks like you’re full of crap too. LOL.

  • Silly response. Less minutes is not getting them anywhere. Again you contradict yourself saying I am wrong yet calling for more minutes. No discussion here take a stand. It’s virtually universal in thought that more minutes will help.

  • This loss is definitely on the players it really looked like they weren’t giving it their all as if they were tired or something. no boxing out, letting a lot of loose balls slip away poor defense and unorganized offense.
    buut Russel seems to gradually be adapting to the game

  • Agreed, I thought he played alright, it’s just that there’s so much ISO and none of his teammates know how to shoot atm

  • Okay maybe not the D league but he looks NOTHING like any Lakers starting guard in the last 20 years.

  • thats cause he wasnt on the court when it mattered! seriously!! byron played him for 6 mins in the first and we didnt see russell again until 5mins left in the 2nd…his rotations are messed up

  • we need a total new coaching staff. I’m sorry, but Byron Scott is just not cutting it right now. Offense was just a lot of ISO, pass to Kobe and the defense….oh man, don’t even get me started on the defense

  • What is annoying to me is that you draft D’angelo Russell as a sign of the times and playing small ball but you have a coach that can’t coach offense to save his life. He can’t coach defense either. If the lakers are smart enough to draft the right players, then give them a young coach to develop them like Mark Jackson or anybody really.

  • Russell has sound fundamentals. too bad the coach is clueless. how do you expect russell to run transition offense when scrubs like bass and kelly can’t rebound?

  • Yea tell that to the other coaches, Okafor is averaging 37 mpg, Mudiay is 33 mpg, Towns 32 mpg.

  • I can see development in D`angelo`s game on the offense. His shot is better than in preseason. He has 19, we don`t have to burn him because of our bad playing. He will be fine. Just be patience

  • tarik black needs to be the back up C and metta needs a few minutes.. make sacre inactive.

  • lol why was i thinking the exact same thing watching the game

  • thats cause he wasnt on the court when it mattered! seriously!! byron played him for 6 mins in the first and we didnt see russell again until 5mins left in the 2nd…his rotations are messed up

  • During COMPETITIVE GAMES. The only contradiction here is you. Read my OP.

  • we need a total new coaching staff. I’m sorry, but Byron Scott is just not cutting it right now. Offense was just a lot of ISO, pass to Kobe and the defense….oh man, don’t even get me started on the defense

  • What is annoying to me is that you draft D’angelo Russell as a sign of the times and playing small ball but you have a coach that can’t coach offense to save his life. He can’t coach defense either. If the lakers are smart enough to draft the right players, then give them a young coach to develop them like Mark Jackson or anybody really.

  • Russell has sound fundamentals. too bad the coach is clueless. how do you expect russell to run transition offense when scrubs like bass and kelly can’t rebound?

  • Yea tell that to the other coaches, Okafor is averaging 37 mpg, Mudiay is 33 mpg, Towns 32 mpg.

  • I can see development in D`angelo`s game on the offense. His shot is better than in preseason. He has 19, we don`t have to burn him because of our bad playing. He will be fine. Just be patience

  • tarik black needs to be the back up C and metta needs a few minutes.. make sacre inactive.

  • 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks isn’t bad at all. Also the only Laker with a positive plus/minus. Kelly did well.

  • 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks isn’t bad at all. Also the only Laker with a positive plus/minus. Kelly did well.

  • to be fair to bass and kelly they shouldnt be on the court at the same time, neither of them play the centre. byron is a bloody moron, seriously somebody start a petition and il coach the team because at this rate il do a better job than byron!

  • Yes!! I agree…We have some really good coaches available atm, The Lakers need to fire Byron before its too late!!

  • He played “ok” but the kid looks like he has no heart, no fire in him. He just looks soft out there.

  • the second unit front court should be Black and Nance Jr. Bass can be the third unit guy. Kelly should be cut.

  • I think time will tell better than anything else. I don’t think two games is a large enough sample size to give a player who is still rounding back into shape. Even Steph Curry would be rusty if he was just returning 9 months away from the game. Kobe just needs to not try to force things to happen too fast, and limit the 3 point shots. Unless he gets off to a hot start making 2 or his first 3.

    I think we will have folks going back and forth as certain players have a good game they will be heroes and that same player may have a not so good game a couple of days later on a team where everyone is still learning how to play with one another.

    Of course those who want Kobe to either retire or step a side will talk garbage if he has an off game and disappear when he returns to dominate on a regular basis again like he will in due time.

    Game two is hardly time to call it a season.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • D’Angelo had a pretty good game honestly, I mean 13 pts on 5-10 shooting, 2-5 from 3 is not bad. The whole coaching staff is just clueless right now.

  • to be fair to bass and kelly they shouldnt be on the court at the same time, neither of them play the centre. byron is a bloody moron, seriously somebody start a petition and il coach the team because at this rate il do a better job than byron!

  • Yes!! I agree…We have some really good coaches available atm, The Lakers need to fire Byron before its too late!!

  • He played “ok” but the kid looks like he has no heart, no fire in him. He just looks soft out there.

  • the second unit front court should be Black and Nance Jr. Bass can be the third unit guy. Kelly should be cut.

  • I think time will tell better than anything else. I don’t think two games (one when he is sick) is a large enough sample size to give a player who is still rounding back into shape. Even Steph Curry would be rusty if he was just returning 9 months away from the game. Kobe just needs to not try to force things to happen too fast, and limit the 3 point shots. Unless he gets off to a hot start making 2 or his first 3.

    I think we will have folks going back and forth as certain players have a good game they will be heroes and that same player may have a not so good game a couple of days later on a team where everyone is still learning how to play with one another.

    Of course those who want Kobe to either retire or step a side will talk garbage if he has an off game and disappear when he returns to dominate on a regular basis again like he will in due time.

    Game two is hardly time to call it a season.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • D’Angelo had a pretty good game honestly, I mean 13 pts on 5-10 shooting, 2-5 from 3 is not bad. The whole coaching staff is just clueless right now.

  • I like both guys, but I don’t see them as complimentary. Randle needs to be next to a great defender. Kind of like Blake has with Jordan.

  • How many times has Kobe went to the hole these 1st two games? I’ll wait. He’s shot 21 freaking 3’s, and why do you think that it is? I’m far from a Kobe hater, he is not above criticism at all as you seem to think. You’ll see as the season goes on, it will only get worse for him.

  • Seems Byron is confused. Randle had 3 points and 2 rebounds. Noone would even try and get him the ball as he was in the rotation with Kobe.

  • Rondo destroyed Russell Rubio destroyed Russell he’s simply undersized at age 19

  • I like both guys, but I don’t see them as complimentary. Randle needs to be next to a great defender. Kind of like Blake has with Jordan.

  • How many times has Kobe went to the hole these 1st two games? I’ll wait. He’s shot 21 freaking 3’s, and why do you think that it is? I’m far from a Kobe hater, he is not above criticism at all as you seem to think. You’ll see as the season goes on, it will only get worse for him.

  • Seems Byron is confused. Randle had 3 points and 2 rebounds. Noone would even try and get him the ball as he was in the rotation with Kobe.

  • Rondo destroyed Russell Rubio destroyed Russell he’s simply undersized at age 19

  • Kelly should never be getting 28 min like wtf haha I think we’re already adding value too bench players for a trade… Unless Wer just tanking because I think nance with black should have been out ther

  • Welcome to the NBA Russell.
    In your first 2 games you saw two of the top pass first PG’s score 27 and 21 points.

    And despite, both, he wasn’t rattled and played hard.

  • Undersized, bro? What are you talking about. He`s one of the tallers PG in the league right now

  • Kelly should never be getting 28 min like wtf haha I think we’re already adding value too bench players for a trade… Unless Wer just tanking because I think nance with black should have been out ther

  • Welcome to the NBA Russell.
    In your first 2 games you saw two of the top pass first PG’s score 27 and 21 points.

    And despite, both, he wasn’t rattled and played hard.

  • Undersized, bro? What are you talking about. He`s one of the tallers PG in the league right now

  • He’s bigger than both those guys. Russell will never be a great defender. He has to learn how to use him length against smaller guys like that though.

  • right now, i almost feel like Larry Nance Jr will be our savior. If i were the coach, I’d throw him in as the starting small forward. Bench Kobe.

    My starting unit: Hibbert – Randle – NanceJr – Clarkson – Russell
    Second unit: Black – Bass – MWP – Lou – Kobe – Huertas

  • At least Kelly plays hard even though he’s not that good. Some of those guys out there ( including Kobe) just looked like they were going through the motions. Kelly was on the floor and crashing the boards, too bad he can’t actually pull them down haha

  • He’s bigger than both those guys. Russell will never be a great defender. He has to learn how to use his length against smaller guys like that though.

  • right now, i almost feel like Larry Nance Jr will be our savior. If i were the coach, I’d throw him in as the starting small forward. Bench Kobe.

    My starting unit: Hibbert – Randle – NanceJr – Clarkson – Russell
    Second unit: Black – Bass – MWP – Lou – Kobe – Huertas

  • At least Kelly plays hard even though he’s not that good. Some of those guys out there ( including Kobe) just looked like they were going through the motions. Kelly was on the floor and crashing the boards, too bad he can’t actually pull them down haha

  • BS. Kelly is a scrub. he plays hard to justify his roster spot. end of discussion.

  • Russell’s rotations are absolutely horrible, why is he play 3 lots of 5-6 mins. Not helping him at all

  • There is no savior haha. Sooner we all accept this season is about developing young guys and it will be a 3 to 5 year process the happier we can be.

  • Mark Jackson, Scott Brooks, Tom Thibodeau…I’m okay with either of them…They are all better than Byron Scott he really cant coach

  • BS. Kelly is a scrub. he plays hard to justify his roster spot. end of discussion.

  • Russell’s rotations are absolutely horrible, why is he play 3 lots of 5-6 mins. Not helping him at all

  • There is no savior haha. Sooner we all accept this season is about developing young guys and it will be a 3 to 5 year process the happier we can be.

  • Mark Jackson, Scott Brooks, Tom Thibodeau…I’m okay with either of them…They are all better than Byron Scott he really cant coach

  • You mean he blew by a 270lb Cousins? Wow impressive. Two of Kobe’s made field goals were from offensive rebounds right at the hoop. Defending Kobe after that game is what really is embarrassing. That’s not even mentioning the other end where Rudy Gay had his way all game ending with +30 ffs. You are just an apologist by the sounds of things.

  • No but I want to see Kobe flyyyy!!!!! Kobetards like me won’t forgive you!

  • russell doesn’t help team at all. When Coach finally took out Rookie Bust, Lakers were down by 12 points

  • You mean he blew by a 270lb Cousins? Wow impressive. Two of Kobe’s made field goals were from offensive rebounds right at the hoop. Defending Kobe after that game is what really is embarrassing. That’s not even mentioning the other end where Rudy Gay had his way all game ending with +30 ffs. You are just an apologist by the sounds of things.

  • No but I want to see Kobe flyyyy!!!!! Kobetards like me won’t forgive you!

  • russell doesn’t help team at all. When Coach finally took out Rookie Bust, Lakers were down by 12 points

  • It only makes sense. I mean other wise we are just complaining as fans again about sucking, then half way through the season saying well no playoffs again and then starting up the tank train. Three years of this nonsense is enough man. Before too long teams like the celtics, twolves, and sixers will be making the playoffs before us.

  • D`angelo has very good skills. The only thing who hold his game is his body. He has a lot of work to do in his body. Has to be way more athletic to really impact the game. 1 or 2 years of body work and he will be pretty good.

  • He is just simply lost on defense. It’s like he is just watching the game happen in front of him like he does on offense. It’s really like he doesn’t know what to do. I guess you can say he is only 19 but I’ve played with 16 year old kids that have better instincts and fundamentals.

  • It only makes sense. I mean other wise we are just complaining as fans again about sucking, then half way through the season saying well no playoffs again and then starting up the tank train. Three years of this nonsense is enough man. Before too long teams like the celtics, twolves, and sixers will be making the playoffs before us.

  • D`angelo has very good skills. The only thing who hold his game is his body. He has a lot of work to do in his body. Has to be way more athletic to really impact the game. 1 or 2 years of body work and he will be pretty good.

  • He is just simply lost on defense. It’s like he is just watching the game happen in front of him like he does on offense. It’s really like he doesn’t know what to do. I guess you can say he is only 19 but I’ve played with 16 year old kids that have better instincts and fundamentals.

  • Yea but he cant physically impose his will anymore. The most he can do is say he lets run a better offense.

  • Yeah you can’t blame him shooting 8/24 bricks 33%, playing iSO ball, and shooting 3s. Yeah that’s not Kobe’s fault. Kobe is love! Kobe is life! Yes I am a Kobe homer

  • Russell is lost in part due to Scott. What kind of offense is he running?!? No one looks good out there. And don’t say nothing bout defense. I’d rather have D’Antoni right now. At least we’d be able to score and the guards would learn something.

    No kinda offensive flow. We jacking up more bad three point shots then we did under MDA. Every score is one on one. No ball or man movement, and the Princeton is a motion/backdoor cut offense? No fast breaks. This is painful to watch. MDA at least entertained you with fast paced offense.

  • Yea but he cant physically impose his will anymore. The most he can do is say he lets run a better offense.

  • Yeah you can’t blame him shooting 8/24 bricks 33%, playing iSO ball, and shooting 3s. Yeah that’s not Kobe’s fault. Kobe is love! Kobe is life! Yes I am a Kobe homer

  • Russell is lost in part due to Scott. What kind of offense is he running?!? No one looks good out there. And don’t say nothin bout defense. I’d rather have D’Antoni right now. At least we’d be able to score with some kind of flow and the guards would learn something.

    We jacking up more bad three point shots then we did under MDA. Every score is one on one. No ball or man movement, and the Princeton is a motion/backdoor cut offense? No fast breaks. This is painful to watch. MDA at least entertained you with fast paced offense.

  • Hey i dont like him jacking up those shots either. Im just saying there is a lot more wrong with this team than Kobe.

  • Kelly is shooting over 50% from 3-point land.

    And for some reason, is only getting 6 shot attempts per game.

  • LAL lilliard,davis
    Port Dlo,Upshaw,bass,kelly

    Lakers can be a better team with the trade both offense and defense, boosting our chance for PLAYOFFS

    on the other hand, Portland can now tank/rebuild and PAIR DLO AND B-SIM in the near future

  • I didn’t even bother to watch this game, was working, and turned on TWCSN and seeing the score, knew it was another disaster night. Giving up 132 pts to the Kings, defense pretty much non-existence. 0-2 start, could’ve been 1-1, we are in for another long season smh.

  • Hey i dont like him jacking up those shots either. Im just saying there is a lot more wrong with this team than Kobe.

  • His game right now is worth a buck or two. Sad seeing him go out like this

  • Kelly is shooting over 50% from 3-point land.

    And for some reason, is only getting 6 shot attempts per game.

  • LAL lilliard,davis
    Port Dlo,Upshaw,bass,kelly

    Lakers can be a better team with the trade both offense and defense, boosting our chance for PLAYOFFS

    on the other hand, Portland can now tank/rebuild and PAIR DLO AND B-SIM in the near future

  • I didn’t even bother to watch this game, was working, and turned on TWCSN and seeing the score, knew it was another disaster night. Giving up 132 pts to the Kings, defense pretty much non-existence. 0-2 start, could’ve been 1-1, we are in for another long season smh.

  • This season is about developing him. Why would we sit him. All about the future right now.

  • Someone drafted that high should be pretty good -now-. Not 2 years from now. Russell will get better, but the entire league expected him to have an immediate impact.

  • We have enough youth for Thibs to run them all game. At least they will know there role & play some pick & rolls

  • Somewhere along the line fans got the idea that Kobe is a 3-point miracle, despite his .38 lifetime shooting average.

  • When you say every other one, don’t include Clarkson, he is the only one playing shot 66 % and the same on the 3 s and out scored all players on both team

  • This season is about developing him. Why would we sit him. All about the future right now.

  • Someone drafted that high should be pretty good -now-. Not 2 years from now. Russell will get better, but the entire league expected him to have an immediate impact.

  • We have enough youth for Thibs to run them all game. At least they will know there role & play some pick & rolls

  • Somewhere along the line fans got the idea that Kobe is a 3-point miracle, despite his .38 lifetime shooting average.

  • When you say every other one, don’t include Clarkson, he is the only one playing shot 66 % and the same on the 3 s and out scored all players on both team.and Russell was 5/10 50% and 2/5 on 3 s=13 pts but heres the crapper Kobe 5/12 and I/8 3 s 13 pts the guards out played the super STAR..

  • If Russell had more than 4 points in 23 minutes, the team would have won.

    That’s a Scott issue — yes.
    But, it’s also a Russell issue.

  • If Russell had more than 4 points in 23 minutes, the team would have won.

    That’s a Scott issue — yes.
    But, it’s also a Russell issue.

  • Hey he’s a rookie and they are gonna go at him until he figures it out and settles into a groove. He can play the game and in time it will show. I still think they should slowly work in him but either route it will take time. Just if you slowly work him in you might win a few more games and prevent him from taking too many but kicking by the quality starting point guards in the league. He might maintain a bit more confidence that way.

    Paytc

  • He can definitely afford it with the money he’s stealing from the Lakers this year.

  • that’s why I believe coach keeps on playing them(for the sake of increasing their trade value SOMEHOW)

  • mark has already succeeded in taking a young warriors team from crap to the playoffs, he is a great defensive coach and his offensive schemes are miles better than byrons. At least if we hire him we will be seeing results as opposed to watching byron turn this lakers team into some sort of self destructive joke

  • Hey he’s a rookie and they are gonna go at him until he figures it out and settles into a groove. He can play the game and in time it will show. I still think they should slowly work in him but either route it will take time. Just if you slowly work him in you might win a few more games and prevent him from taking too many butt kickings by the quality starting point guards in the league. He might maintain a bit more confidence that way.

    Paytc

  • He can definitely afford it with the money he’s stealing from the Lakers this year.

  • that’s why I believe coach keeps on playing them(for the sake of increasing their trade value SOMEHOW)

  • mark has already succeeded in taking a young warriors team from crap to the playoffs, he is a great defensive coach and his offensive schemes are miles better than byrons. At least if we hire him we will be seeing results as opposed to watching byron turn this lakers team into some sort of self destructive joke

  • Just glad one of the young guys played well tonight. Clarkson is the bright spot for sure.

  • I sure hope so bro….We have a roster than can compete and win games but with Byron coaching we might as well be in the lottery again he really is a bad coach for this team

  • Good Players:Kobe, clarkson, Randle, Young, Lou, Russell, Hibbert, Brown, maybe Bass, Nance jr.
    Bad: Everyone else

  • Seriously, what is wrong with this guy? More minutes is the key to growing an NBA talent.

  • Do you see us winning anything Thomas? Where is my 20 bucks lolzzz

  • Just glad one of the young guys played well tonight. Clarkson is the bright spot for sure.

  • I sure hope so bro….We have a roster than can compete and win games but with Byron coaching we might as well be in the lottery again he really is a bad coach for this team

  • Good Players:Kobe, clarkson, Randle, Young, Lou, Russell, Hibbert, Brown, maybe Bass, Nance jr.
    Bad: Everyone else

  • Seriously, what is wrong with this guy? More minutes is the key to growing an NBA talent.

  • Kobe had a good first half vs the wolves but he’s been crap since. The only good players have been Lou, Jordan, and Young.

  • And everyone on this forum thinks Black can play the 5.

    But, maybe, only Scott knows that Black can’t play the 5, and that the other option is a guy named Sacre.

  • Yeah I barely saw an offensive set. It’s almost like they want a 19 year old kid to go out there and run the team. He just looks like a dear in the headlights before he passes it off to someone else on the perimeter.

  • Kobe had a good first half vs the wolves but he’s been crap since. The only good players have been Lou, Jordan, and Young.

  • And everyone on this forum thinks Black can play the 5.

    But, maybe, only Scott knows that Black can’t play the 5, and that the other option is a guy named Sacre.

  • Yeah I barely saw an offensive set. It’s almost like they want a 19 year old kid to go out there and run the team. He just looks like a dear in the headlights before he passes it off to someone else on the perimeter.

  • JC was guarding Rondo also. No one but Hibbert plays any kind of defense on this team. Scott has failed!

  • if kobe swallows his pride and announces his retirement (faking an injury), we’ll get a 20 million trade exception. we can acquire joe johnson. brooklyn are desperate to get rid of him. we won’t make the playoffs but at least we’ll be competitive.

  • Portland have basically already rebuilt around Lillard, why would they give him up for exactly?

  • JC was guarding Rondo also. No one but Hibbert plays any kind of defense on this team. Scott has failed!

  • if kobe swallows his pride and announces his retirement (faking an injury), we’ll get a 20 million trade exception. we can acquire joe johnson. brooklyn are desperate to get rid of him. we won’t make the playoffs but at least we’ll be competitive.

  • Portland have basically already rebuilt around Lillard, why would they give him up for exactly?

  • Well it’s not looking so good. Bass I know can be a good player at PF, but he’s being forced to play C. Kelly hasn’t been good, but he hasn’t been all that bad, so I can only see him traded for a 2nd rounder. I still don’t know why Black doesn’t play.

  • My fault Clarkson was a beast tonight (as usual) shot 10/15 if I’m not mistaken.
    I have no idea why he only paid 28 minutes however
    We have too many guards
    We need a more consistent rotation it’s frustrating

  • I agree with you 100%. Scott is not the right coach for this team. His offensive and defensive schemes sucks balls. When you have one of the best defensive big man Hibbert protecting the paint, but he can’t do it alone, the rest of the guys don’t know what defense is, and obviously they don’t buy in what Scott is preaching. Scott needs to go, get a real coach up in here quick.

  • Yea this offense really does suck. Its a princeton hybrid but Mike brown was running some crap like that and got canned 5 games in.

  • Nance is an open court hustle man. We don’t run for some reason? Nance would be handcuffed

  • Well it’s not looking so good. Bass I know can be a good player at PF, but he’s being forced to play C. Kelly hasn’t been good, but he hasn’t been all that bad, so I can only see him traded for a 2nd rounder. I still don’t know why Black doesn’t play.

  • My fault Clarkson was a beast tonight (as usual) shot 10/15 if I’m not mistaken.
    I have no idea why he only paid 28 minutes however
    We have too many guards
    We need a more consistent rotation it’s frustrating

  • I agree with you 100%. Scott is not the right coach for this team. His offensive and defensive schemes sucks balls. When you have one of the best defensive big man Hibbert protecting the paint, but he can’t do it alone, the rest of the guys don’t know what defense is, and obviously they don’t buy in what Scott is preaching. Scott needs to go, get a real coach up in here quick.