Game Recap: Marcelo Huertas Impresses Again As Lakers Top Blazers

The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off of a preseason victory over the defending champion Golden State Warriors. The game was called off in the third quarter due to unsafe court conditions, but the Lakers lead 85-70 with just a few minutes left in the third quarter.

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The Lakers will take the momentum of the win into their exhibition against Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers (3-2). The Lakers will then wrap up the preseason on Thursday in another game against the Warriors.

With just two games remaining in the preseason, the Lakers have yet to make any roster cuts, so tonight will be an important game for those who are on the bubble. The Lakers main objective is to get healthy so they have a complete team for opening night.

First Quarter:

D’Angelo Russell struck first as he hit a jumper in rhythm from the elbow off of Roy Hibbert’s screen. On the other end of the floor, Damian Lillard answered quickly with a contested three-pointer. Mason Plumlee drove past Hibbert and sunk an impressive running hook-shot over the outstretched arms of Hibbert. Hibbert then displayed his shooting touch with a set shot from the top of the key. Several possessions later, Julius Randle continued his habit of forcing the issue in the paint, but he was able to find Jordan Clarkson for an open three. Moe Harkless went backdoor on Anthony Brown and Lillard connected with him on the alley-oop, extending the Blazers’ lead to 17-11. After tenaciously grabbing a rebound, Randle pushed the ball in transition and fed Russell a bounce pass in traffic, then Russell proceeded to complete the play with a layup. Several possessions later Jordan Clarkson stripped the ball away from Meyers Leonard and finished the break with a layup after side-stepping Lillard. The Lakers stepped up their defensive intensity to end the quarter, but Lillard continued to make tough shots and the Blazers lead 25-21.

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Second Quarter:

The Lakers began the second quarter with Brandon Bass and a few players who are looking to earn a spot on the roster: Marcelo Huertas, Jabari Brown, Jonathan Holmes and Tarik Black. In an effort to make an impression on Coach Byron Scott, Holmes dove after a loose ball and dislocated his shoulder, but not before the Lakers completed the play in transition. Huertas did a great job creating shots for his teammates, but he also displayed a nice running jumper as part of his offensive repertoire. Tarik Black knocked the ball loose from former Laker, Chris Kaman, and then was on the receiving end of a ferocious alley-oop dunk assisted by Huertas. Black found himself open at the top of the key a few possessions later and hit a mid-range set shot. Huertas continued to display his craftiness with the ball, as he dropped off a between-the-legs pass for a trailing Nick Young, who drained a pull-up three in transition, tying the game at 36 apiece. Huertas and Black continued to connect in following possessions, as Huertas found an open Black in the paint for a layup, giving the Lakers a 43-42 advantage with two minutes remaining in the half. Huertas drilled a jumper off of a screen, but allowed a layup on the other end of the floor and the Lakers go into the half tied with the Blazers 47-47.

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Third Quarter:

Starting the second half alongside Clarkson and Young are a few more players who are trying to make the team: Robert Upshaw, Michael Frazier III, and Larry Nance Jr. Consequently the Blazers started the half on a 6-0 run, until Nance buried a three to halt the run. Nick Young turned the ball over on an inbounds pass and Leonard was sent to the free throw line, where he put the Blazers up 59-50. The Lakers answered with a 7-2 run after a Nick Young three-pointer out of the triple threat. The Blazers answered with a three of their own, but Young isolated his defender on the other end and made a step-back jumper. With four minutes left in the quarter, Young was hit hard on a drive to the basket where he missed the layup, but Nance was able to clean up with miss with a put-back dunk. Clarkson made a contested 15-foot jumper from the free-throw line, giving him 15 points and cutting the Lakers deficit to just two points. With just under two minutes remaining in the third, Nick Young isolated his defender on the perimeter and nailed another three under duress. Clarkson continued his efficiency from the field, making a turnaround jumper and the Lakers end the third quarter down 74-72.

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Fourth Quarter:

Another new lineup began the fourth quarter for the Lakers as Robert Sacre, Ryan Kelly, and Metta World Peace made their first appearances and were joined by Huertas and Anthony Brown. Huertas hit World Peace with another beautiful pass to get the Lakers on the board and a Sacre hook shot gave the Lakers a one point lead. Portland quickly responded with back-to-back scores to push back ahead by three points, but a short Huertas jumper cut the Blazers lead back to one. Huertas would hit Sacre for a jumper and Kelly for a three as the Lakers pulled back ahead by four. Kelly hit three free throws and Russell knocked down a midrange jumper to keep the Lakers ahead by five. Russell hit a nice fallaway as well to put the Lakers ahead by seven with under three minutes remaining. A layup from World Peace and another jumper from Russell gave the Lakers a comfortable nine point lead. The Blazers got two quick buckets to cut the lead to four, but Russell hit a pair of free throws to potentially ice the game. Pat Connaughton was fouled on a three, however and hit all three free throws. Jabari stepped up and knocked down two more free throws to put the Lakers back up five with only 17 seconds left. Kaman hit a jumper and the Lakers threw the ball away leading to Connaughton hitting a three and tying the game. Ryan Kelly made a great play and soared for a huge dunk to put the Lakers up two and Vonleh missed at the buzzer as the Lakers edged Portland 104-102.

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Kelly? Kellllyyyyyy!!!!!!!

  • Nice game by Huertas, Clarkson, Nance, Nick and Black… Kelly is a solid guy, we have to keep him. Not sure about Upshaw. He and Sacre will be close

  • Nice game by Huertas, Clarkson, Nance, Nick and Black… Kelly is a solid guy, we have to keep him. Not sure about Upshaw. He and Sacre will be close

  • True but Sacre isn’t going to get playing time so might as well keep and develop Upshaw

  • True but Sacre isn’t going to get playing time so might as well keep and develop Upshaw

  • Russ needs to be more assertive with his play making and I’m not sure about upshaw either but he might make it ovr sacre

  • Russ needs to be more assertive with his play making and I’m not sure about upshaw either but he might make it ovr sacre

  • Sacre tried his best to lose us this game. But Ryan Kelly had other plans with that dunk.

  • Yeah. Russ is too young. Are learning every game. I like his post move and his shot after the pick n roll

  • Upshaw doesn’t know what he’s doing on the court. Looks so lost at times, but Sacre is terrible so.

  • Sacre tried his best to lose us this game. But Ryan Kelly had other plans with that dunk.

  • Yeah. Russ is too young. Are learning every game. I like his post move and his shot after the pick n roll

  • Upshaw doesn’t know what he’s doing on the court. Looks so lost at times, but Sacre is terrible so.

  • Can’t cut Kelly…Hopefully his play continues into the regular season

  • Kelly almost cost us the game with that bad pass to Russell that got intercepted, but he redeemed himself on the game winning dunk.

  • Kelly almost cost us the game with that bad pass to Russell that got intercepted, but he redeemed himself on the game winning dunk.

  • Huertas give the Team a Rhythm…..Russell played good in the Closing moments…..This is what you call a BAD win.

  • Robert Sacre was playing well, made a hook shot after nearly losing his dribble, made an open shot from the key, a help block on Ed Davis after he torched Ryan Kelly……….But then the real Robert Sacre showed up, the guy who is a master tank sergeant, the Lakers up 6 points, he proceeds to cost the Lakers all 6 points.

  • Roy Hibbert / Tarik Black
    Julius Randle / Brandon Bass
    Kobe Bryant / Nick Young
    Jordan Clarkson / Lou Williams
    D’Angelo Russell / Marcelo Huertas

    Robert Upshaw
    Ryan Kelly
    Larry Nance
    Anthony Brown
    Metta World Peace

    Cut
    Robert Sacre
    Jonathan Holmes
    Michael Frazier
    Jabari Brown

  • Keep Sacre? Thats blasphemy.

    Sacre looks good only because Huertas makes everyone better.

  • Huertas give the Team a Rhythm…..Russell played good in the Closing moments…..This is what you call a BAD win.

  • Robert Sacre was playing well, made a hook shot after nearly losing his dribble, made an open shot from the key, a help block on Vonleh after he torched Ryan Kelly……….But then the real Robert Sacre showed up, the guy who is a master tank sergeant, the Lakers up 6 points, he proceeds to cost the Lakers all 6 points.

  • Roy Hibbert / Tarik Black
    Julius Randle / Brandon Bass
    Kobe Bryant / Nick Young
    Jordan Clarkson / Lou Williams
    D’Angelo Russell / Marcelo Huertas

    Robert Upshaw
    Ryan Kelly
    Larry Nance
    Anthony Brown
    Metta World Peace

    Cut
    Robert Sacre
    Jonathan Holmes
    Michael Frazier
    Jabari Brown

  • Keep Sacre? Thats blasphemy.

    Sacre looks good only because Huertas makes everyone better.

  • What about Huertas? Here in Brazil he’s already a idol, but in the Lakers i was comething unsure. But he’s the most talent brazilian basketball player. Better than Nene, Varejao, Leandrinho and Splitter. He will be huge for our bench

  • Upshaw can box out compare to Sacre…smh and that’s all that matters for a 3rd string center and he has a decent post move..

  • What about Huertas? Here in Brazil he’s already a idol, but in the Lakers i was comething unsure. But he’s the most talent brazilian basketball player. Better than Nene, Varejao, Leandrinho and Splitter. He will be huge for our bench

  • Upshaw can box out compare to Sacre…smh and that’s all that matters for a 3rd string center and he has a decent post move..

  • Not sure about Bass playing that much. He has to earn that spot. Both, Kelly and Nance are coming

  • What game were you watching? Or is this about your illogical dislike of Robert Upshaw?

  • The team looked great tonight. My roster is set:
    PG: Russell, Heurtas,
    SG: Clarkson, Williams, J. Brown
    SF: Bryant, Young, A. Brown
    PF: Randle, Bass, Kelly, Nance Jr.
    C: Hibbert, Black, Sacre

    D-League Affiliate – NBA now allows 4 players cut from training camp to be assigned as a D-League Player on an affiliate team (as of 2015-16 season):
    1: Upshaw
    2: Holmes
    3: Frazier

    Only problem with the affiliates is that if a team does not own the rights to the player as is the case for all these undrafted players then any other team is free to negotiate with them and sign them at any time during the season.

    Upshaw is indeed a project and I think thre will be some level of loyalty by him to remain on D-Fenders. HE could get a call up by the trade deadline after a move that may see Sacre gone.

    Metta World-Peace should be offered an Assistant Coach position like Mike Madsen and give the spot to J. Brown as a 3rd option at SG.

  • Not sure about Bass playing that much. He has to earn that spot. Both, Kelly and Nance are coming

  • But made some mid rang shots and a nice hook shot. And made a nice block

  • What game were you watching? Or is this about your illogical dislike of Robert Upshaw?

  • The team looked great tonight. My roster is set:
    PG: Russell, Heurtas,
    SG: Clarkson, Williams, J. Brown
    SF: Bryant, Young, A. Brown
    PF: Randle, Bass, Kelly, Nance Jr.
    C: Hibbert, Black, Sacre

    D-League Affiliate – NBA now allows 4 players cut from training camp to be assigned as a D-League Player on an affiliate team (as of 2015-16 season):
    1: Upshaw
    2: Holmes
    3: Frazier

    Only problem with the affiliates is that if a team does not own the rights to the player as is the case for all these undrafted players then any other team is free to negotiate with them and sign them at any time during the season.

    Upshaw is indeed a project and I think there will be some level of loyalty by him to remain on D-Fenders. He could get a call up by the trade deadline after a move that may see Sacre gone.

    Metta World-Peace should be offered an Assistant Coach position like Mike Madsen and give the spot to J. Brown as a 3rd option at SG.

  • Huertas has done more in two preseason games than Nash did in three years. This dude can get any team going. Give him 4 random players and it’s as if he’s been playing with them for years. Huertas impressive play is forcing Russell to be more aggressive (a good thing).

    Russell is too passive right now. If he doesn’t step up soon…huertas will take his spot. It’d be a shame since huertas can do wonders alongside lou, Nick, Kelly (3pt shooters), and black/bass/upshaw inside

  • Huertas has done more in two preseason games than Nash did in three years. This dude can get any team going. Give him 4 random players and it’s as if he’s been playing with them for years. Huertas impressive play is forcing Russell to be more aggressive (a good thing).

    Russell is too passive right now. If he doesn’t step up soon…huertas will take his spot. It’d be a shame since huertas can do wonders alongside lou, Nick, Kelly (3pt shooters), and black/bass/upshaw inside

  • C: Roy Hibbert
    PF: Julius Randle
    SF: Kobe Bryant
    SG: Jordan Clarkson
    PG: D’Angelo Russell

    C: (Sign) Larry Sanders
    PF: Brandon Bass
    SF: Trade Nick Young & Tarik Black for someone
    SG: Lou Williams
    PG: Marcelo Huertas

    C: Robert Upshaw
    PF: Larry Nance
    PF: Ryan Kelly
    SF: Anthony Brown

    Cut: Robert Sacre, Jonathan Holmes, Jabari Brown, Michael Frazier, and Metta World Peace(Hire him as a player development coach)

  • C: Roy Hibbert
    PF: Julius Randle
    SF: Kobe Bryant
    SG: Jordan Clarkson
    PG: D’Angelo Russell

    C: (Sign) Larry Sanders
    PF: Brandon Bass
    SF: Trade Nick Young & Tarik Black for someone
    SG: Lou Williams
    PG: Marcelo Huertas

    C: Robert Upshaw
    PF: Larry Nance
    PF: Ryan Kelly
    SF: Anthony Brown

    Cut: Robert Sacre, Jonathan Holmes, Jabari Brown, Michael Frazier, and Metta World Peace(Hire him as a player development coach)

  • Bass has to step up his game, because Nance and Kelly are coming for that backup PF spot.

  • Observations

    – hahahaha Ryan Kelly hahaha. Congrats on making the team, it’s obvious his teammates love him too.
    – is sacre trying to screw everything up or is it just his nature? Kick rocks dude
    – swaggy is horrible, but less so when paired with huertas
    – a brown isn’t that good, he’s failing the eye test. Nance at the 3 and cut metta? Nance hustles has hops and looks like he can stroke it
    – Russell looked better when he shoots more, decent night
    – Clarksons d on Lillard was miserable
    – Randle is really really good
    – Huertas is fun to watch, paired with lou and swag on the 2nd team, our bench could score slot of points

  • First off…. This year’s Lakers team will be exciting to watch. They might not win more than 35 games, but they will be exciting and be very competitive.

    Very interesting… It seems Randle was told to focus on rebounding and Hibbert was told to focus on offense…. (random observation)

    As of now, Huertas is the best PG on the team. I am glad that he will be on the team to help mature Russell. Interestingly enough, Russell LOVES the bounce pass whereas Hueartas throws the ball like a QB.

    Holmes getting injured might be a blessing in disguise for the front office. He can be cut and there is almost ZERO chance of being poached from the DLeague. Recovery = 3-12 weeks.

    Very quietly, Kelly is shooting 50% for the preseason!

    As sad as it seems, I think Russell should be a bench guy. I’m not sure what that means for the team in terms of PG, but Russell doesn’t contribute enough in terms of scoring and spacing the defense (as a scorer) to be with the 1st team. As of now, Huertas (and Clarkson) are better PG solutions.

    If nothing else, with each game I keep thinking that this team was assembled by Mitch with the perspective of 2-3 years from today. Clarkson, Kelly, Randle, Russell, ABrown, Nance, JBrown, Frazier, and Upshaw are still 3-4 years away from their peaks!

  • We need this to happen… But J brown is a tough player.. And we desperately need toughness. So I’m still not sure about him. He can ball though.

  • AND TURNED THE BALL OVER A FEW TIMES.. WHILE FOULING A THREE POINT SHOT!! YEAH! HE PLAYED OK!

  • Bass has to step up his game, because Nance and Kelly are coming for that backup PF spot.

  • Observations

    – hahahaha Ryan Kelly hahaha. Congrats on making the team, it’s obvious his teammates love him too.
    – is sacre trying to screw everything up or is it just his nature? Kick rocks dude
    – swaggy is horrible, but less so when paired with huertas
    – a brown isn’t that good, he’s failing the eye test. Nance at the 3 and cut metta? Nance hustles has hops and looks like he can stroke it
    – Russell looked better when he shoots more, decent night
    – Clarksons d on Lillard was miserable
    – Randle is really really good
    – Huertas is fun to watch, paired with lou and swag on the 2nd team, our bench could score slot of points

  • First off…. This year’s Lakers team will be exciting to watch. They might not win more than 35 games, but they will be exciting and be very competitive.

    Very interesting… It seems Randle was told to focus on rebounding and Hibbert was told to focus on offense…. (random observation)

    As of now, Huertas is the best PG on the team. I am glad that he will be on the team to help mature Russell. Interestingly enough, Russell LOVES the bounce pass whereas Hueartas throws the ball like a QB.

    Holmes getting injured might be a blessing in disguise for the front office. He can be cut and there is almost ZERO chance of being poached from the DLeague. Recovery = 3-12 weeks.

    Very quietly, Kelly is shooting 50% for the preseason!

    As sad as it seems, I think Russell should be a bench guy. I’m not sure what that means for the team in terms of PG, but Russell doesn’t contribute enough in terms of scoring and spacing the defense (as a scorer) to be with the 1st team. As of now, Huertas (and Clarkson) are better PG solutions.

    If nothing else, with each game I keep thinking that this team was assembled by Mitch with the perspective of 2-3 years from today. Clarkson, Kelly, Randle, Russell, ABrown, Nance, JBrown, Frazier, and Upshaw are still 3-4 years away from their peaks!

  • We need this to happen… But J brown is a tough player.. And we desperately need toughness. So I’m still not sure about him. He can ball though.

  • AND TURNED THE BALL OVER A FEW TIMES.. WHILE FOULING A THREE POINT SHOT!! YEAH! HE PLAYED OK!

  • Nothing new…do you remember that mavs game? That inbounds play where he gave them a dunk? Sacre-giving opposing teams momentum since 2011 (or whenever we got stuck with him)

  • Nothing new…do you remember that mavs game? That inbounds play where he gave them a dunk? Sacre-giving opposing teams momentum since 2011 (or whenever we got stuck with him)

  • Huertas would have gotten the Dodgers to the world series if he was pitching. That screwball to Young the other game was almost Fernando Valenzuela like

  • Huertas would have gotten the Dodgers to the world series if he was pitching. That screwball to Young the other game was almost Fernando Valenzuela like

  • On what planet did you get the idea that I dislike Upshaw? I’ve liked him since I met him in Vegas.

  • On what planet did you get the idea that I dislike Upshaw? I’ve liked him since I met him in Vegas.

  • I think they gave him a 1-year deal just in case he didn’t work out.
    He’s 32, but I think he could be a backup PG for 2-3 more seasons.

  • I think they gave him a 1-year deal just in case he didn’t work out.
    He’s 32, but I think he could be a backup PG for 2-3 more seasons.

  • Impressive so Far:
    Hibbert, Randle, Bryant, Clarkson, Young, Williams, Huertas, Nance, Kelly

    Decent so Far:
    Russell, Black, Bass, World Peace, A. Brown

    Bad so Far:
    Upshaw, Sacre, J. Brown, Holmes, Frazier

  • I actually felt that Randle wasn’t comfortable against the size that the Blazers had, but even then he contributed by getting those assists. I completely agree with Russell. Also if Clarkson can become a better distributor it’ll only make him a bigger threat to play against.

  • Nancy will be a monster if he can play the 3 and 4 and improve his handle. Imagine him and randle playing both the 3 and 4. That will be one of the best forward duo in the league.

    Clarkson seem to be tired. He still match up well with Lillard thoguh and Lillard can’t guard him also.

  • Impressive so Far:
    Hibbert, Randle, Bryant, Clarkson, Young, Williams, Huertas, Nance, Kelly

    Decent so Far:
    Russell, Black, Bass, World Peace, A. Brown

    Bad so Far:
    Upshaw, Sacre, J. Brown, Holmes, Frazier

  • I actually felt that Randle wasn’t comfortable against the size that the Blazers had, but even then he contributed by getting those assists. I completely agree with Russell. Also if Clarkson can become a better distributor it’ll only make him a bigger threat to play against.

  • Nancy will be a monster if he can play the 3 and 4 and improve his handle. Imagine him and randle playing both the 3 and 4. That will be one of the best forward duo in the league.

    Clarkson seem to be tired. He still match up well with Lillard thoguh and Lillard can’t guard him also.

  • Disagree on Young and your Russell points. Everything else is on point.

    Russell needs some work. Might be a project. Needs to be more aggressive. Needs to get his assists up (0 tonight)…11 assists against one of Israel’s worst teams means very little. Still having trouble with 24 sec clock. Shows flashy stuff here and there but that’s not gonna cut it

    Young…he is a high volume shooter. But most importantly, he is a threat. Spreads the floor. Him plus lou will be every teams nightmare. Now add huertas, damn

  • Right now i’m starting to accept the idea: who maybe have to cut Metta. Jabari Brown is not way too good, but is a ok guy. He’s very athletic, can shot, atack the basket a little bit. He is NBA material, can make a roster everywhere.

    And i’m impressed by Clarkson. His game is in another level. He can’t guard Lillard, ok. But Lillard can’t guard him too

  • Disagree on Young and your Russell points. Everything else is on point.

    Russell needs some work. Might be a project. Needs to be more aggressive. Needs to get his assists up (0 tonight)…11 assists against one of Israel’s worst teams means very little. Still having trouble with 24 sec clock. Shows flashy stuff here and there but that’s not gonna cut it

    Young…he is a high volume shooter. But most importantly, he is a threat. Spreads the floor. Him plus lou will be every teams nightmare. Now add huertas, damn

  • Right now i’m starting to accept the idea: who maybe have to cut Metta. Jabari Brown is not way too good, but is a ok guy. He’s very athletic, can shot, atack the basket a little bit. He is NBA material, can make a roster everywhere.

    And i’m impressed by Clarkson. His game is in another level. He can’t guard Lillard, ok. But Lillard can’t guard him too

  • Why would you need Jabari Brown? All he tries to do is score and can’t even do that properly. Lakers already have Lou and Young off the bench

  • But seriously why does Sacre think he’s Kareem/Mutombo once roster cuts are around the corner
    SMH

  • I’m starting to love Nance, man. He’s a beast. If he can shot… get out of his way

  • yea Metta is more valuable to this team with his defensive intensity and steals plus his persona

  • Why would you need Jabari Brown? All he tries to do is score and can’t even do that properly. Lakers already have Lou and Young off the bench

  • But seriously why does Sacre think he’s Kareem/Mutombo once roster cuts are around the corner
    SMH

  • I’m starting to love Nance, man. He’s a beast. If he can shot… get out of his way

  • yea Metta is more valuable to this team with his defensive intensity and steals plus his persona

  • But he can be asset. He is young, athletic and can shot. A ok trade guy. Metta is about mentality. Bring him as assistant

  • But he can be asset. He is young, athletic and can shot. A ok trade guy. Metta is about mentality. Bring him as assistant

  • Yes, he is a scorer. It’s barely his second season. But he’s EXTREMELY useful when and if Lou or swag have to sit a game. Especially now with huertas…You have to surround this Brazilian with shooters and scorers.

  • Hey you guy flag any comment you see by “buzzcity17”. He is a Lin troll and very likely a previous user back under a new name to troll Lakers fans. Let’s get him banned!

  • Yes, he is a scorer. It’s barely his second season. But he’s EXTREMELY useful when and if Lou or swag have to sit a game. Especially now with huertas…You have to surround this Brazilian with shooters and scorers.

  • Hey you guy flag any comment you see by “buzzcity17”. He is a Lin troll and very likely a previous user back under a new name to troll Lakers fans. Let’s get him banned!

  • Every post you’ve made where you seem intent on pointing out how underwhelming you think he is, ever since you saw him in an airport somewhere. Did you say hello and he blew you off or something irrational like that? Not to mention the post you’ve just put up there. Robert Sacre? Really?

  • Our bench will be dangerous. Young has his touch back! Huertas is above average backup and pass first. Lou is too consistent and smooth. If Kelly can continue to grown, well. He have one of the best bench of the league

  • Every post you’ve made where you seem intent on pointing out how underwhelming you think he is, ever since you saw him in an airport somewhere. Did you say hello and he blew you off or something irrational like that? Not to mention the post you’ve just put up there. Robert Sacre? Really?

  • Our bench will be dangerous. Young has his touch back! Huertas is above average backup and pass first. Lou is too consistent and smooth. If Kelly can continue to grown, well. He have one of the best bench of the league

  • How is Russell decent? And upshaw bad? Upshaw was undrafted and has exceeded expectations. Russell was #2 pick…and has done more talking than anything. Why do you think Russell is all quiet now? He knows the nba is no joke and he has to step it up, especially now with huertas

  • How is Russell decent? And upshaw bad? Upshaw was undrafted and has exceeded expectations. Russell was #2 pick…and has done more talking than anything. Why do you think Russell is all quiet now? He knows the nba is no joke and he has to step it up, especially now with huertas

  • we play with Clarkson, Frazier, Nick, Nance and Upshaw against them starting 5 all 3 quarter. Think about

  • we play with Clarkson, Frazier, Nick, Nance and Upshaw against them starting 5 all 3 quarter. Think about

  • Roy Hibbert / Larry Sanders
    Julius Randle / Brandon Bass
    Kobe Bryant / Nick Young
    Jordan Clarkson / Lou Williams
    D’Angelo Russell / Marcelo Huertas

    8th Seed here we come!!

  • The 2nd unit is dangerous and fun to watch with Huertas.
    PG Huertas SG Williams SF Young PF Bass / Kelly C Black (lobs all day)

  • Yeah, starters (except Clarkson) kinda struggled tonight. It happens sometimes.

  • Roy Hibbert / Larry Sanders
    Julius Randle / Brandon Bass
    Kobe Bryant / Nick Young
    Jordan Clarkson / Lou Williams
    D’Angelo Russell / Marcelo Huertas

    8th Seed here we come!!

  • The 2nd unit is dangerous and fun to watch with Huertas.
    PG Huertas SG Williams SF Young PF Bass / Kelly C Black (lobs all day)

  • Yeah, starters (except Clarkson) kinda struggled tonight. It happens sometimes.

  • The problem with starting Huertas will lie with his defensive deficiencies, he didn’t play against Lillard at all tonight, but he did get torched by some scrub rookie all the way from the in bounds with 6 seconds left on the clock for an easier last second shot. Clarkson couldn’t deal with Lillard and I’d hate to think what he would have done to Huertas.
    But you can definitely see he is a vastly experienced point guard despite being an NBA rookie.

  • Lakers need to cut Kobe
    $25M for ~30 games and terrible efficiency?
    Seems like a liability to me

  • Why do people want upshaw gone? Yes, he looks like an awkward young Andrew Bynum. But, he has shown flashes. He’s raw, but in 3 yrs, I bet he becomes way more than sacre ever hoped for.

  • I know right? I was worried for a minute that he might have a good performance and make the team. What was I thinking? Silly me.

  • If Nance can develop his shot as he seems to do right now, he can play at SF for sure

  • Flag any comment you see by “buzzcity17”. He is a Lin troll and very likely a previous user back under a new name to troll Lakers fans. Let’s get him banned!

  • Upshaw can shoot 19 footer, can box out like a real center, can block like a real center, and athletic. Just not conditioned right now. Probably has a potential of 20 sacres…

  • The problem with starting Huertas will lie with his defensive deficiencies, he didn’t play against Lillard at all tonight, but he did get torched by some scrub rookie all the way from the in bounds with 6 seconds left on the clock for an easier last second shot. Clarkson couldn’t deal with Lillard and I’d hate to think what he would have done to Huertas.
    But you can definitely see he is a vastly experienced point guard despite being an NBA rookie.

  • Lakers need to cut Kobe
    $25M for ~30 games and terrible efficiency?
    Seems like a liability to me

  • Why do people want upshaw gone? Yes, he looks like an awkward young Andrew Bynum. But, he has shown flashes. He’s raw, but in 3 yrs, I bet he becomes way more than sacre ever hoped for.

  • I know right? I was worried for a minute that he might have a good performance and make the team. What was I thinking? Silly me.

  • If Nance can develop his shot as he seems to do right now, he can play at SF for sure

  • Flag any comment you see by “buzzcity17”. He is a Lin troll and very likely a previous user back under a new name to troll Lakers fans. Let’s get him banned!

  • Upshaw can shoot 19 footer, can box out like a real center, can block like a real center, and athletic. Just not conditioned right now. Probably has a potential of 20 sacres…

  • Clarkson and Hibbert played well. Randle played ok. Russel and Brown can’t play right away, they have to take the season to develop and they will be fine

  • Clarkson and Hibbert played well. Randle played ok. Russel and Brown can’t play right away, they have to take the season to develop and they will be fine

  • Hibbert: 9.6 / 8.9 / 1.8
    Randle: 13.5 / 7.7 / 2.6
    Bryant: 17.4 / 5.3 / 4.8
    Clarkson: 14.7 / 4.4 / 3.2
    Russell: 10.8 / 5.5 / 6.7

  • Cuts:

    sacre
    frazier(dleague)
    holmes(dleague)
    jabari(dleague)

    Roster:

    Dlo,Huertas
    JC,Lou
    Kobe,SwagP,MWP,A-brwon
    Randle,bass,nance jr,kelly
    Hibbert,tarik,upshaw

  • Crazy how we lose to the Jazz and the Jazz beat the Blazers and then tonight we beat the Blazers. Everyone’s been saying the Jazz will make that 8th spot HA

  • Hibbert: 9.6 / 8.9 / 1.8
    Randle: 13.5 / 7.7 / 2.6
    Bryant: 17.4 / 5.3 / 4.8
    Clarkson: 14.7 / 4.4 / 3.2
    Russell: 10.8 / 5.5 / 6.7

  • Cuts:

    sacre
    frazier(dleague)
    holmes(dleague)
    jabari(dleague)

    Roster:

    Dlo,Huertas
    JC,Lou
    Kobe,SwagP,MWP,A-brwon
    Randle,bass,nance jr,kelly
    Hibbert,tarik,upshaw

  • Crazy how we lose to the Jazz and the Jazz beat the Blazers and then tonight we beat the Blazers. Everyone’s been saying the Jazz will make that 8th spot HA

  • it’s just the pre-season…won’t mean anything once the regular season starts.

  • Ryan Kelly has actually been pretty good this pre-season but we need to cut Sacre he almost cost us a game tonight!

  • Haha I was thinking…this dude is really gonna save himself tonight, then I started cheering

  • it’s just the pre-season…won’t mean anything once the regular season starts.

  • Ryan Kelly has actually been pretty good this pre-season but we need to cut Sacre he almost cost us a game tonight!

  • Haha I was thinking…this dude is really gonna save himself tonight, then I started cheering

  • Huertas needs to play with Upshaw — I’d like to see Upshaw have a break out Game

  • Lakers will probably be around 30-52 this season. I don’t see them getting more than 35+ games. There’s just too many good teams in the west.

  • Huertas needs to play with Upshaw — I’d like to see Upshaw have a break out Game

  • Lakers will probably be around 30-52 this season. I don’t see them getting more than 35+ games. There’s just too many good teams in the west.

  • Russel has to sit early in this season. I love him, but he’s clearly not ready.

  • Russel has to sit early in this season. I love him, but he’s clearly not ready.

  • You don’t know what you’re talking about lol.
    He kept pushing the lead in the 4th quarter surrounded by 3rd string players

  • Lakers were tired and exhausted from the training camp when they faced the jazz. Now we have fresh legs and our 3rd stringers are whoopin everyone out.. Minus Sacre of course.

  • Loving Marcelo Huertas game…A true floor general that gives these shooters the easy looks

  • You don’t know what you’re talking about lol.
    He kept pushing the lead in the 4th quarter surrounded by 3rd string players

  • Lakers were tired and exhausted from the training camp when they faced the jazz. Now we have fresh legs and our 3rd stringers are whoopin everyone out.. Minus Sacre of course.

  • Loving Marcelo Huertas game…A true floor general that gives these shooters the easy looks

  • I’m not sure Upshaw is better than Sacre, either way, if Upshaw can’t make the team Sacre should I’d be ok with Hibbert and Black and maybe bring in Metta and Jabari. Anthony Brown has not impressed me, but I know he’s making the team.

    PG: Clarkson/ Huertas
    SG: Russell/Lou (also capable passers)/ Jabari
    SF: Bryant/ Young/ Metta/ Brown
    PF: Randle/ Bass/ Kelly/ Nance Jr.
    C: Hibbert/ Black

  • Anyone else notice Russell has that Smush Parker haircut, wearing the headband and even wearing his number lol

  • Russell will be fine. Guys didn’t help him out much on the dimes — or lack thereof — but he proved he can be a threat offensively with some very efficient shooting

  • I’m not sure Upshaw is better than Sacre, either way, if Upshaw can’t make the team Sacre should still get cut!! I’d be ok with Hibbert and Black and maybe bring in Metta and Jabari. Anthony Brown has not impressed me, but I think he’s making the team.

    PG: Clarkson/ Huertas
    SG: Russell/Lou (also capable passers)/ Jabari
    SF: Bryant/ Young/ Metta/ Brown
    PF: Randle/ Bass/ Kelly/ Nance Jr.
    C: Hibbert/ Black

  • Anyone else notice Russell has that Smush Parker haircut, wearing the headband and even wearing his number lol

  • Russell will be fine. Guys didn’t help him out much on the dimes — or lack thereof — but he proved he can be a threat offensively with some very efficient shooting

  • Clarkson needs to play DEFENSE – Laker team can score, but need better Defense from the Guards

  • Fans see the size of Upshaw, but not the personality/issues-twitter likes to sweep those under the rug like they don’t exist – alas, they do.

    Sacre is a tremendous teammate, Upshaw got kicked off two teams, for reason so that could play a part, if he hasn’t earned Lakers’ trust

  • We will never know until march. But good that you’re lowering your expectation.

  • Clarkson needs to play DEFENSE – Laker team can score, but need better Defense from the Guards

  • Fans see the size of Upshaw, but not the personality/issues-twitter likes to sweep those under the rug like they don’t exist – alas, they do.

    Sacre is a tremendous teammate, Upshaw got kicked off two teams, for reason so that could play a part, if he hasn’t earned Lakers’ trust

  • Awhhhh damn, I knew it looked familiar. No wonder he playing the way he is

  • Awhhhh damn, I knew it looked familiar. No wonder he playing the way he is

  • One thing you guys don’t know… Huertas is also clutch. He was in Brazil and he was in Barcelona. He has a tremendous feel for the moment

  • I think Metta will make the team based on how much the front office loves him and his history with the team

  • One thing you guys don’t know… Huertas is also clutch. He was in Brazil and he was in Barcelona. He has a tremendous feel for the moment

  • I think Metta will make the team based on how much the front office loves him and his history with the team

  • Upshaw is worth the risk — give him the 15th roster spot and send him to the D-Fenders for the season.

    Won’t cost much and he should be able to develop into a decent reserve.

  • Who brought back the Lakers and gave us the lead…yea, the Brazilian with the weird haircut, that guy…not Russell

  • He’s been torn between who stays. Tonight he is leaning towards LAL keeping Sacre

  • A bad win indeed. Thanks to Sacre that is.. That was supposed to be an easy free taco moment,

  • Kelly can play.. The injury last year is the only thing that really put him down.

  • Upshaw is worth the risk — give him the 15th roster spot and send him to the D-Fenders for the season.

    Won’t cost much and he should be able to develop into a decent reserve.

  • Who brought back the Lakers and gave us the lead…yea, the Brazilian with the weird haircut, that guy…not Russell

  • He’s been torn between who stays. Tonight he is leaning towards LAL keeping Sacre

  • A bad win indeed. Thanks to Sacre that is.. That was supposed to be an easy free taco moment,

  • Upshaw stays. Will see Huertas with Upshaw. Rather then put Rookie Upshaw with second unit

  • The Lakers are actually playing better without Kobe, i bet when he gets back he’s gonna start ball-hogging…I hope he gets injured again and hes out for season.

  • Upshaw stays. Will see Huertas with Upshaw. Rather then put Rookie Upshaw with second unit

  • The Lakers are actually playing better without Kobe, i bet when he gets back he’s gonna start ball-hogging…I hope he gets injured again and hes out for season.

  • Hibbert: Stay consistent
    Randle: Polish his game, add a 15 ft jumper
    Bryant: Stay Healthy, play around 30 min
    Clarkson: Work on man to man D and 3pt j
    Russell: Lower dribble, Lower to, work on D

    Black: Become rim protector, Add a jumper
    Bass: Stay consitent
    Young: Work on Defense, take good shots
    Williams: Work on Defense, take good shots
    Huertas: Stay healthy

    Upshaw: Refine game, day 2 day process
    Nance: Work on consitent jumper
    Brown: Knock down 3’s, work on D
    World Peace: Be a mentor, bring toughness
    Kelly: stretch the floor, consitent jumper

  • Hibbert: Stay consistent
    Randle: Polish his game, add a 15 ft jumper
    Bryant: Stay Healthy, play around 30 min
    Clarkson: Work on man to man D and 3pt j
    Russell: Lower dribble, Lower to, work on D

    Black: Become rim protector, Add a jumper
    Bass: Stay consitent
    Young: Work on Defense, take good shots
    Williams: Work on Defense, take good shots
    Huertas: Stay healthy

    Upshaw: Refine game, day 2 day process
    Nance: Work on consitent jumper
    Brown: Knock down 3’s, work on D
    World Peace: Be a mentor, bring toughness
    Kelly: stretch the floor, consitent jumper

  • Would like to See UPSHAW with Kobe, Huertas – Just in case Hibbert gets in foul trouble (Last year we seen Kobe / Sacre – Black – Kelly Combo)

  • HUERTAS is the only LOCK to make the team. Looks like KELLY is not going anywhere. I think Black and Brown have a good chance to make the team because they were both very useful and benificial to have last year therefore they are proven assets.

    HUERTAS – who knew this guys was a magician. He makes incredible passes, he has a soft shot, he looks comfortable on the floor, pushes the ball well, makes cross court passes, makes other players better.

    BLACK is a tank. He has a lot of upper body strength, is a great rebounder, a hussle energy guy. Protects the ball and can score inside the paint. Works well true point guards, we now have 2. He just need to be a little more fierce.

    J. BROWN is a player he has a great 3 point shot, get make the mid j, is great at attacking the basket, can make shots after contact, is an excellent free throw shooter. If you need scoring he is a guy you can turn to.

    M.W.PEACE – brings veteran leadership, makes the locker room light, can teach the kids a thing or two, though defense, an enforcer.

    UPSHAW – Do we roll the dice on his potential ? He brings monster shot blocking ability, good rebounder but he still has a lot of work to do. As we saw tonight.

    I think HOLMES and FRAZIER will be cut.

    We can only have 3 of these players unless we cut players with contracts.

  • Would like to See UPSHAW with Kobe, Huertas – Just in case Hibbert gets in foul trouble (Last year we seen Kobe / Sacre – Black – Kelly Combo)

  • HUERTAS is the only LOCK to make the team. Looks like KELLY is not going anywhere. I think Black and Brown have a good chance to make the team because they were both very useful and benificial to have last year therefore they are proven assets.

    HUERTAS – who knew this guys was a magician. He makes incredible passes, he has a soft shot, he looks comfortable on the floor, pushes the ball well, makes cross court passes, makes other players better.

    BLACK is a tank. He has a lot of upper body strength, is a great rebounder, a hussle energy guy. Protects the ball and can score inside the paint. Works well true point guards, we now have 2. He just need to be a little more fierce.

    J. BROWN is a player he has a great 3 point shot, get make the mid j, is great at attacking the basket, can make shots after contact, is an excellent free throw shooter. If you need scoring he is a guy you can turn to.

    M.W.PEACE – brings veteran leadership, makes the locker room light, can teach the kids a thing or two, though defense, an enforcer.

    UPSHAW – Do we roll the dice on his potential ? He brings monster shot blocking ability, good rebounder but he still has a lot of work to do. As we saw tonight.

    I think HOLMES and FRAZIER will be cut or sent to D-league.

    We can only have 3 of these players unless we cut players with contracts.

  • Upshaw 21 yo Rookie, I would like to see with Kobe & Huertas. Last yr and so far this yr, Not Impressed with points allowed in paint / lack of D by Sacre / Kelly / Black

  • Upshaw 21 yo Rookie, I would like to see with Kobe & Huertas. Last yr and so far this yr, Not Impressed with points allowed in paint / lack of D by Sacre / Kelly / Black

  • Warriors have signed Xavier Henry. I guess they want revenge for the vicious dunk on Ezeli.

  • PGs: Huertas, DLo
    SGs: Lou, Clarkson
    SFs: A Brown, N Young, Kobe
    PFs: Randle, Bass, Kelly, Nance
    Cs: Hibbert, Black, Upshaw

    Cuts:
    Holmes: Hasn’t played enough and with injury looks a certain cut, likely to be sent to the D-Fenders, injury will likely prevent poaching.
    J Brown: Guy is just about scoring and is usually out of control when he does, send him to the D-Fenders, he will unlikely get poached.
    Frazier: D-Fenders, can’t see him being poached either
    MWP: Roster flexibility prevents MWP from earning the 15th spot, but he would be a useful guy to have, if the Lakers do take 15 he’d be the next choice.
    Sacre: That he is an NBA player is one of the great mysteries

    Obviously 14 member squad cause I can’t see the Lakers carrying 15 into the season, especially if they want some trade flexibility. I’d expect Upshaw definitely and potentially Nance/A Brown to be sent to the D-League to get them some consistent minutes.

  • Oddly enough, he’s only 85% recovered from his knee injury.

    He really looks like his dad….
    And Larry Nance Sr. was an All Star!

  • PGs: Huertas, DLo
    SGs: Lou, Clarkson
    SFs: A Brown, N Young, Kobe
    PFs: Randle, Bass, Kelly, Nance
    Cs: Hibbert, Black, Upshaw

    Cuts:
    Holmes: Hasn’t played enough and with injury looks a certain cut, likely to be sent to the D-Fenders, injury will likely prevent poaching.
    J Brown: Guy is just about scoring and is usually out of control when he does, send him to the D-Fenders, he will unlikely get poached.
    Frazier: D-Fenders, can’t see him being poached either
    MWP: Roster flexibility prevents MWP from earning the 15th spot, but he would be a useful guy to have, if the Lakers do take 15 he’d be the next choice.
    Sacre: That he is an NBA player is one of the great mysteries

    Obviously 14 member squad cause I can’t see the Lakers carrying 15 into the season, especially if they want some trade flexibility. I’d expect Upshaw definitely and potentially Nance/A Brown to be sent to the D-League to get them some consistent minutes.

  • Oddly enough, he’s only 85% recovered from his knee injury.

    He really looks like his dad….
    And Larry Nance Sr. was an All Star!

  • dont agree this was a great win. we had kobe and lou on the bench and played or starters less and still won

  • Marcelo Huertas with Swaggy P and Lou off the bench…that’s gonna be fun to watch!!

  • dont agree this was a great win. we had kobe and lou on the bench and played or starters less and still won

  • Marcelo Huertas with Swaggy P and Lou off the bench…that’s gonna be fun to watch!!

  • Most think Upshaw should be the backup.
    To me, Upshaw is the epitome of the 3rd string center. He’s exactly the type of guy a team keeps in hopes that he becomes a solid player in 2-3 years.

    Just think, if the team kept Davis it would have had the perfect #2 center, and Upshaw as a project.

  • Most think Upshaw should be the backup.
    To me, Upshaw is the epitome of the 3rd string center. He’s exactly the type of guy a team keeps in hopes that he becomes a solid player in 2-3 years.

    Just think, if the team kept Davis it would have had the perfect #2 center, and Upshaw as a project.

  • Who?
    Maybe we should flag all comments by “Legacy”.

    I’m not down for a witchhunt. And until BuzzCity17 crosses the line, I’m not one to flag folks for speaking their mind.

  • Good for him. I’m not mad at Xavier but he’s a real stretch to keep an NBA roster spot

  • Who?
    Maybe we should flag all comments by “Legacy”.

    I’m not down for a witchhunt. And until BuzzCity17 crosses the line, I’m not one to flag folks for speaking their mind.

  • Good for him. I’m not mad at Xavier but he’s a real stretch to keep an NBA roster spot

  • Couple players with off games, imao – Hibbert; Upshaw; Bass Our bigs will have to get toughened up

  • they will keep 15. mwp and brown should fight for the 15th spot and nither has a guarenteed deal so both can be just to add some one

  • Couple players with off games, imao – Hibbert; Upshaw; Bass Our bigs will have to get toughened up

  • they will keep 15. mwp and brown should fight for the 15th spot and nither has a guarenteed deal so both can be just to add some one

  • If Kelly can work in that pick n pop with Huertas our bench is almost unstoppable. High pick n roll, Huertas and Kelly, if defense let Kelly shot, he will made them pay. If the defense buy his shot, he can drive and kick to Lou or to Nick.

  • If Kelly can work in that pick n pop with Huertas our bench is almost unstoppable. High pick n roll, Huertas and Kelly, if defense let Kelly shot, he will made them pay. If the defense buy his shot, he can drive and kick to Lou or to Nick.

  • The problem with trades is sometimes they can happen out of the blue without warning, if the Lakers were to cut MWP with not even a day’s notice after already amnestying him last time. I don’t think that would be too cool a look for the Lakers’ image.

  • The problem with trades is sometimes they can happen out of the blue without warning, if the Lakers were to cut MWP with not even a day’s notice after already amnestying him last time. I don’t think that would be too cool a look for the Lakers’ image.

  • I wish D’Angelo would assert himself as Huertas does. The talent is there, just needs to amp it up just a tad bit. Speaking of Huertas, he may secretly be the best off season signing this offseason. He’s a bit of a defensive liability……but he gives the offense so much more. Oh and by the way, SACRE needs to be gone……..like right now. He has guaranteed money, but oh well…..buy his clumsy tail out.

  • To me, JBrown is a casualty of a roster limit, not skill or potential.

    At the end of the day, JBrown is the 4th or 5th SG and if you had to pick between JBrown or MWP, he loses.

    He’s exactly the type of guy you stash in the Dleague and hope he doesn’t get poached. And sometime in the mid season, you bring up and continue grooming. But, if he got poached, you wish him the best of luck and a successful career.

    Behind Clarkson, Williams there are no more minutes. Add the fact that Young is shooting over 40% 3-point shots, and Frazier is close to the same…. Jbrown is redundant and trimming a 15 man roster sucks.

    I hope that JBrown finds a way to be on the team long term. Next year, with a more stream lined roster, he’s the perfect backup SG.

  • Upshaw just has better and a higher BB I.Q. then Sacre / Kelly / Black. Upshaw appears patient for a big man on Offense, very Agile, and smarter at Defense

  • I wish D’Angelo would assert himself as Huertas does. The talent is there, just needs to amp it up just a tad bit. Speaking of Huertas, he may secretly be the best off season signing this offseason. He’s a bit of a defensive liability……but he gives the offense so much more. Oh and by the way, SACRE needs to be gone……..like right now. He has guaranteed money, but oh well…..buy his clumsy tail out.

  • To me, JBrown is a casualty of a roster limit, not skill or potential.

    At the end of the day, JBrown is the 4th or 5th SG and if you had to pick between JBrown or MWP, he loses.

    He’s exactly the type of guy you stash in the Dleague and hope he doesn’t get poached. And sometime in the mid season, you bring up and continue grooming. But, if he got poached, you wish him the best of luck and a successful career.

    Behind Clarkson, Williams there are no more minutes. Add the fact that Young is shooting over 40% 3-point shots, and Frazier is close to the same…. Jbrown is redundant and trimming a 15 man roster sucks.

    I hope that JBrown finds a way to be on the team long term. Next year, with a more stream lined roster, he’s the perfect backup SG.

  • Upshaw just has better and a higher BB I.Q. then Sacre / Kelly / Black. Upshaw appears patient for a big man on Offense, very Agile, and smarter at Defense

  • I’m not sure that either Russell or Huertas play against the opponent’s starters.

    So far Hibbert, Randle, Kobe, Clarkson and Williams are the best players. Young, MWP, and Huertas are the next 3. <- The top 8 as shown in preseason.

  • I’m not sure that either Russell or Huertas play against the opponent’s starters.

    So far Hibbert, Randle, Kobe, Clarkson and Williams are the best players. Young, MWP, and Huertas are the next 3. <- The top 8 as shown in preseason.

  • You mean you want 19 year old D’Angelo Russell who has one year of college bball under his belt to play like a point guard with 11 years of European basketball experience, and countless international tournament experiences like the Olympics, FIBA World Championships etc.?

  • You mean you want 19 year old D’Angelo Russell who has one year of college bball under his belt to play like a point guard with 11 years of European basketball experience, and countless international tournament experiences like the Olympics, FIBA World Championships etc.?

  • I agree. Upshaw is a project and he’s not NBA ready (as of today).

    I think he’s outplayed Sacre for the #3 spot, but he’s clearly not a #2 option…. Take a second to think of the nightmare we’d have if Hibbert got injured (*knock on wood*) and Upshaw were the starting center.

    I’m not thrilled about Black, but I feel a bit more confident in him if he had to be a starter. If anything it shows exactly why the team STILL needs a #2 center.

  • Nope…but like a #2 pick would be more than fine.

    The only reason he came in aggressive in the fourth was because of huertas (good thing). So it might motivate him knowing there’s someone that can take his mins

  • I agree. Upshaw is a project and he’s not NBA ready (as of today).

    I think he’s outplayed Sacre for the #3 spot, but he’s clearly not a #2 option…. Take a second to think of the nightmare we’d have if Hibbert got injured (*knock on wood*) and Upshaw were the starting center.

    I’m not thrilled about Black, but I feel a bit more confident in him if he had to be a starter. If anything it shows exactly why the team STILL needs a #2 center.

  • Nope…but like a #2 pick would be more than fine.

    The only reason he came in aggressive in the fourth was because of huertas (good thing). So it might motivate him knowing there’s someone that can take his mins

  • Sacre has gotten better. And I’d argue that he’s reached his ceiling and is a legitimate #2 center. He’s nothing more than a backup, but he’s not a bad backup…

  • Sacre has gotten better. And I’d argue that he’s reached his ceiling and is a legitimate #2 center. He’s nothing more than a backup, but he’s not a bad backup…

  • Black and Kelly have Trade value.

    Kelly is worth a Large Pizza. (aka 2nd round)
    and Black is worth a small pizza (to the right team).

    Being overly dramatic works since LA is the home of actors and bartenders trying to pretend to be actors, but in the GM world let’s talk reality.

  • Black and Kelly have Trade value.

    Kelly is worth a Large Pizza. (aka 2nd round)
    and Black is worth a small pizza (to the right team).

    Being overly dramatic works since LA is the home of actors and bartenders trying to pretend to be actors, but in the GM world let’s talk reality.

  • Didn’t mean to ruffle a few of your feathers. I guess my out of love criticism of D’Angelo wasn’t appreciated. So, yes I know he’s young, yes I know he’s just a rookie, yes I know he’s going to get better……….I will never ever ever say anything bad about him again. Lol.

  • Didn’t mean to ruffle a few of your feathers. I guess my out of love criticism of D’Angelo wasn’t appreciated. So, yes I know he’s young, yes I know he’s just a rookie, yes I know he’s going to get better……….I will never ever ever say anything bad about him again. Lol.

  • Did you watch the game?
    Obviously not if you say that Upshaw has a better Basketball IQ than Kelly. And it’s arguable that his IQ is higher than Black.

  • Did you watch the game?
    Obviously not if you say that Upshaw has a better Basketball IQ than Kelly. And it’s arguable that his IQ is higher than Black.

  • I’d keep Black and trade Bass for Taj Gibson, but it’s too early to talk about trades Bass just got here.

  • I’d keep Black and trade Bass for Taj Gibson, but it’s too early to talk about trades Bass just got here.

  • In Practice, who wins first unit or second unit? First: D’lo, Clark, JRand, KB, Hibbert and Second: Huertas, Sweet Lou, Swag, Kelly, Upshaw ?

  • We hope.
    He wasn’t an amazing attacker in college.

    While I see “silent confidence” that might make him very good, it can also be construed as silent cockiness. I want to see the same competitive edge (and thirst) that Cp3 has before I start expecting more out of Russell. He seems to “want it” but every college kid thrives on dreams…..

    But, does the “want” borderline compulsion and fuel the need to win?

  • In Practice, who wins first unit or second unit? First: D’lo, Clark, ABrown, JRand, Hibbert and Second: Huertas, Sweet Lou, Swag, Kelly, Upshaw ?

  • We hope.
    He wasn’t an amazing attacker in college.

    While I see “silent confidence” that might make him very good, it can also be construed as silent cockiness. I want to see the same competitive edge (and thirst) that Cp3 has before I start expecting more out of Russell. He seems to “want it” but every college kid thrives on dreams…..

    But, does the “want” borderline compulsion and fuel the need to win?

  • I wouldn’t trade Black and Kelly…Kelly has been actually pretty good this pre season..but Sacre has to go!!

  • 2 rookie Point Guards. Russell 19 yrs old – Huertas 32, 13 years older. Russell, 1 yr college, not one regular season pro game. Huertas, 13 yrs international play & the Olympics. Be patient with DLO, he too may become a good PG, but has a nice shooting touch & looks more like a combo or SG to me.

  • I wouldn’t trade Black and Kelly…Kelly has been actually pretty good this pre season..but Sacre has to go!!

  • 2 rookie Point Guards. Russell 19 yrs old – Huertas 32, 13 years older. Russell, 1 yr college, not one regular season pro game. Huertas, 13 yrs international play & the Olympics. Be patient with DLO, he too may become a good PG, but has a nice shooting touch & looks more like a combo or SG to me.

  • Step back bro.
    Scott can’t be in Kelly’s head and make a better pass.

    The game was won with 1:14 left in the game…. a bad pass from Kelly to JBrown almost lost the game.

  • Step back bro.
    Scott can’t be in Kelly’s head and make a better pass.

    The game was won with 1:14 left in the game…. a bad pass from Kelly to JBrown almost lost the game.

  • “basketcase” sanders?
    The guy who quit on the NBA for anxiety, nervousness and “personal issues?”

    Might as well sign Royce White too.

  • “basketcase” sanders?
    The guy who quit on the NBA for anxiety, nervousness and “personal issues?”

    Might as well sign Royce White too.

  • Don’t get it wrong Sacre is no good. Give Upshaw minutes and he makes Sacre look overpaid.

  • I am sure OKC will be 50-62 games too.
    and Utah will be 30-42.
    and Philadelphia will be 16-28.

  • Don’t get it wrong Sacre is no good. Give Upshaw minutes and he makes Sacre look overpaid.

  • I am sure OKC will be 50-62 games too.
    and Utah will be 30-42.
    and Philadelphia will be 16-28.

  • Are you a troll?
    you have a very similar name as Clippers 2015 Champs….

    The mods kick out ClippersRunLA, and yet he returns.

  • I bet all you came to do is post hogging.

    There, you got your 2 minutes of fame. Are you happy child.

    Now be gone.

  • Why is your name similar to “clipper 2016 champs” ???

    You must have 3-4 email accounts.

    A troll is a troll is a troll.

  • Are you a troll?
    you have a very similar name as Clippers 2015 Champs….

    The mods kick out ClippersRunLA, and yet he returns.

  • I bet all you came to do is post hogging.

    There, you got your 2 minutes of fame. Are you happy child.

    Now be gone.

  • Why is your name similar to “clipper 2016 champs” ???

    You must have 3-4 email accounts.

    A troll is a troll is a troll.

  • What?
    Bass is guaranteed a spot.

    Just because you didn’t see him for 2 games, and then barely saw him in the last one doesn’t mean his job is in jeopardy.

    Mitch signed him for a reason.

  • Am I the only one who’s kinda worried that Russell and Clarkson playing together might not work? When they’re both on the floor Clarkson is always the one with the ball in his hands (where he’s best at) while Russ goes off-the-ball which he’s good at but his true playmaking ability and impact comes from when he’s handling the ball. And Clarksons not really a catch-and-shoot player(consistently) so it might be harder for him to play off the ball.

  • Griffin does not jump any higher than Randle. They both had a 35.5″ vert at the combine. Keep in mind Randle did that with an injured foot.

  • What?
    Bass is guaranteed a spot.

    Just because you didn’t see him for 2 games, and then barely saw him in the last one doesn’t mean his job is in jeopardy.

    Mitch signed him for a reason.

  • Am I the only one who’s kinda worried that Russell and Clarkson playing together might not work? When they’re both on the floor Clarkson is always the one with the ball in his hands (where he’s best at) while Russ goes off-the-ball which he’s good at but his true playmaking ability and impact comes from when he’s handling the ball. And Clarksons not really a catch-and-shoot player(consistently) so it might be harder for him to play off the ball.

  • Griffin does not jump any higher than Randle. They both had a 35.5″ vert at the combine. Keep in mind Randle did that with an injured foot.

  • Put Upshaw with Huertas – Imao Upshaw will be replacing Hibbert for C, this year

  • Roasted or Smashed with a good amount of butter and oil so
    they get nice and crispy on the outside, with lots of sauteed garlic and fresh
    basil, rosemary and olive oil and a bit of salt and coarsely ground black
    pepper, with either goat cheese or sour cream mixed in….mmmmm now I’m hungry!!

  • Put Upshaw with Huertas – Imao Upshaw will be replacing Hibbert for C, this year

  • Roasted or Smashed with a good amount of butter and oil so
    they get nice and crispy on the outside, with lots of sauteed garlic and fresh
    basil, rosemary and olive oil and a bit of salt and coarsely ground black
    pepper, with either goat cheese or sour cream mixed in….mmmmm now I’m hungry!!

  • Exactly Kobe balls when he has a supporting cast that can ball. Just ask all the Laker championship players who scored with Kobe on the team. Like Shaq, Gasol,Odom,Bynum, Fisher,Ariza,Ron Artest, Farmar,Horry,Shaw,Richmond, Fox, Sasha Vujacic, etc……

    He gets his as he should, he is a shooting guard, and a scorer. One of the best scorers of all time. That won’t change. But notice the key to Kobe’s game and the Lakers is solid point guard play.

    Huertas, Russell, Clarkson, Williams , and Kobe in a pinch can all play some point guard. We have not had a healthy and capable point since Fisher left the team. Marshall, and Sessions have been as close as we’ve gotten till this season.

    Hopefully the team stays healthy.

    Paytc

  • Put Hibbert with scrubs, and then Hibbert would be on bubble with Scare, Kelly & Black. Instead of always putting Hibbert with KB

  • Exactly ! Kobe balls when he has a supporting cast that can ball. Just ask all the Laker championship players who scored with Kobe on the team. Like Shaq, Gasol,Odom,Bynum, Fisher,Ariza,Ron Artest, Farmar,Horry,Shaw,Richmond, Fox, Walton, Sasha Vujacic, etc……

    He gets his as he should. He is a shooting guard, and a scorer. One of the best scorers of all time. That won’t change. Why do you think they pass him the ball? But notice the key to Kobe’s game and the Lakers is solid point guard play.

    Huertas, Russell, Clarkson, Williams , and Kobe in a pinch can all play some point guard. We have not had a healthy and capable point since Fisher left the team. Marshall, and Sessions have been as close as we’ve gotten till this season.

    Hopefully the team stays healthy.

    Paytc

  • Put Hibbert with scrubs, and then Hibbert would be on bubble with Scare, Kelly & Black. Instead of always putting Hibbert with KB

  • He’s pretty good defensively…the only reason he is starting cuz of Kobe, once kobe comes back i doubt he will get much minutes.

  • This A WIN.
    Get used to it….. This team will be inconsistent due to youth.

    Some nights they will all be playing their best…and on others they will look like chumps.

    Do you realize that the only proven consistent “starter” grade veterans are Kobe and Hibbert (and MWP)? And then you are looking at Huertas, Young, Williams, and Bass as the foundation of the bench.

    Clarkson, Russell, Randle, Nance, Abrown, JBrown, Upshaw, Holmes, Frazier are all unproven rookies (or unknowns).

    But, in the years after Kobe, the team has 3 All Star players as starers who are under 23 (and Hibbert for 5 years).

  • Just one game, plus he’s a rookie. You can’t expect rookies to put up numbers or be a huge impact each night. I’m still hoping he turns into a top 3&D guy for us, like a Khris Middleton or Jimmy Butler guy

  • Please. Nash gave us 13/3/6 while shooting 50/40/90 in 50 games last season we made the playoffs.

  • He’s pretty good defensively…the only reason he is starting cuz of Kobe, once kobe comes back i doubt he will get much minutes.

  • This A WIN.
    Get used to it….. This team will be inconsistent due to youth.

    Some nights they will all be playing their best…and on others they will look like chumps.

    Do you realize that the only proven consistent “starter” grade veterans are Kobe and Hibbert (and MWP)? And then you are looking at Huertas, Young, Williams, and Bass as the foundation of the bench.

    Clarkson, Russell, Randle, Nance, Abrown, JBrown, Upshaw, Holmes, Frazier are all unproven rookies (or unknowns).

    But, in the years after Kobe, the team has 3 All Star players as starers who are under 23 (and Hibbert for 5 years).

  • Just one game, plus he’s a rookie. You can’t expect rookies to put up numbers or be a huge impact each night. I’m still hoping he turns into a top 3&D guy for us, like a Khris Middleton or Jimmy Butler guy

  • Please. Nash gave us 13/3/6 while shooting 50/40/90 in 50 games last season we made the playoffs.

  • Upshaw replacing Hibbert this year???

    That must be some good stuff you smoking dude.

  • Upshaw replacing Hibbert this year???

    That must be some good stuff you smoking dude.

  • Hibbert is Great, but Upshaw is Raw talent. I would feel way more comfortable with big Upshaw, should Hibbert have foul trouble – better yet, both together on D

  • Hibbert is Great, but Upshaw is Raw talent. I would feel way more comfortable with big Upshaw, should Hibbert have foul trouble – better yet, both together on D

  • i kinda see were your coming from but it might be worse to cut him before the season even starts

  • i kinda see were your coming from but it might be worse to cut him before the season even starts

  • We know they want attention. And many are jealous that Kobe can ball at such a high level through 3 decades. I know it must be hard for them all to take.LOL…….. i can’t stop laughing at them………. LOL………
    I know they must be suffering hard LOL…… But I don’t feel sorry for them.

    Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • We know they want attention. And many are jealous that Kobe can ball at such a high level through 3 decades. I know it must be hard for them all to take.LOL…….. i can’t stop laughing at them………. LOL………
    I know they must be suffering hard LOL…… But I don’t feel sorry for them. Real Busters can’t find anything else to do but be busters. They have no skill, life, or talent. We must ignore them.

    Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Huertas is better than Nash.

    As annoying as some of @NotSoAnonymous posts are, I have to agree with him on this one.

  • Huertas is better than Nash.

    As annoying as some of @NotSoAnonymous posts are, I have to agree with him on this one.

  • nope i have been saying it for a wile its going to take dlo awile to learn the nba defenses

  • nope i have been saying it for a wile its going to take dlo awile to learn the nba defenses

  • hes not good he still make mistakes rookies make and hes started over 82 games in his career

  • hes not good he still make mistakes rookies make and hes started over 82 games in his career

  • No J Taylor, Sacre just doesn’t give me confidence that he can be our back up.

    I know you’re not convinced about Upshaw but I would take him over Sacre any day.

  • No J Taylor, Sacre just doesn’t give me confidence that he can be our back up.

    I know you’re not convinced about Upshaw but I would take him over Sacre any day.

  • We need to see Upshaw / Huertas / Kobe combo – only showed Upshaw with Scrubs and no playmakers

  • There is no way Upshaw can do half of what Hibbert is doing for the team.

    Hibbert is quietly holding the defense line for the team and not getting enough praise for it.

    Without Hibbert our defense falls apart and our offense also suffers.

    Hibbert is so good that he makes it look easy but make no mistake the dynamics of the entire team changes for the worse if we replace him.

  • We need to see Upshaw / Huertas / Kobe combo – only showed Upshaw with Scrubs and no playmakers

  • There is no way Upshaw can do half of what Hibbert is doing for the team.

    Hibbert is quietly holding the defense line for the team and not getting enough praise for it.

    Without Hibbert our defense falls apart and our offense also suffers.

    Hibbert is so good that he makes it look easy but make no mistake the dynamics of the entire team changes for the worse if we replace him.

  • not really fans see the 5blocks per game of upshaw and the butterfingers and nonexistent boxing out of sacre

  • not really fans see the 5blocks per game of upshaw and the butterfingers and nonexistent boxing out of sacre

  • We need Hibbert . . . In practice, I betcha, Upshaw guards Hibbert. So Hibbert knows and Coach B knows too Upshaw’s worth on Defense

  • We need Hibbert . . . In practice, I betcha, Upshaw guards Hibbert. So Hibbert knows and Coach B knows too Upshaw’s worth on Defense

  • If Lakers were up one, three seconds on clock last quarter, and Coach needs a STOP on Defense, Coach would have on Floor: Kobe – Clarkson – Upshaw – Bass – Hibbert

  • If Lakers were up one, three seconds on clock last quarter, and Coach needs a STOP on Defense, Coach would have on Floor: Kobe – Clarkson – Upshaw – Bass – Hibbert

  • You might be right, there might only be one way to find out, but no way is he taking play time from Hibbert. He definitely can compete with Sacre for his spot.

  • You might be right, there might only be one way to find out, but no way is he taking play time from Hibbert. He definitely can compete with Sacre for his spot.

  • Lakes could be REALLY dangerous, should they involve Upshaw – 82 games is a lot, I would feel most comfortable putting Upshaw to give Hibbert a rest (already seen Sacre too much, not impressed)

  • Lakes could be REALLY dangerous, should they involve Upshaw – 82 games is a lot, I would feel most comfortable putting Upshaw to give Hibbert a rest (already seen Sacre too much, not impressed)

  • I wonder what Coach was looking at when had Kelly and Sacre in at same time? Why not Upshaw and Hibbert at same time, for Defense purposes ? ?

  • I wonder what Coach was looking at when had Kelly and Sacre in at same time? Why not Upshaw and Hibbert at same time, for Defense purposes ? ?

  • Russell just needs to look for his shot. He’s a good mid-range shooter with sweet handle. He should only shoot 3s or long 2s when he is left wide open.

    It’s better for him to contribute as a shooting guard than not at all.

  • Russell just needs to look for his shot. He’s a good mid-range shooter with sweet handle. He should only shoot 3s or long 2s when he is left wide open.

    It’s better for him to contribute as a shooting guard than not at all.

  • Russell played well in limited minutes. Russell just needs to stick to shooting mid-range jumpers for now until he can find his shot from long range. Essentially Russell is a shooting guard that can pass when the defense collapses, but he is not a natural point guard like Kupchak was hoping. They just need to stop trying to make him out to be the next Magic and let him contribute the best way he can.

  • Russell played well in limited minutes. Russell just needs to stick to shooting mid-range jumpers for now until he can find his shot from long range. Essentially Russell is a shooting guard that can pass when the defense collapses, but he is not a natural point guard like Kupchak was hoping. They just need to stop trying to make him out to be the next Magic and let him contribute the best way he can.

  • Just not ready to start yet, which is fine, I love his skill set though for this team. 3 and D!

  • Just not ready to start yet, which is fine, I love his skill set though for this team. 3 and D!

  • Funny how you claim to know he seems to “want it.” Yet every staff member has said he is a workaholic and has the desire to be great. I guess you would know more though right?

  • Funny how you claim to know he seems to “want it.” Yet every staff member has said he is a workaholic and has the desire to be great. I guess you would know more though right?

  • I think at some point Upshaw might prove to be mentally unstable. Also, he has a history of using narcotics. I seriously want Upshaw to do well, but I think he could potentially hurt the team in the future.

  • I think at some point Upshaw might prove to be mentally unstable. Also, he has a history of using narcotics. I seriously want Upshaw to do well, but I think he could potentially hurt the team in the future.

  • with the way the rookies are playing, I wouldn’t say that hasn’t crossed my mind.

  • with the way the rookies are playing, I wouldn’t say that hasn’t crossed my mind.

  • relax people, Upshaw is signed for two years. With year 2 a team option. So, there is time to evaluate it is all up to the Lakers.

  • relax people, Upshaw is signed for two years. With year 2 a team option. So, there is time to evaluate it is all up to the Lakers.

  • at this point I’d rather have Huertas with 8.2/2.3/7. The man is playing solid. A true PG.

  • at this point I’d rather have Huertas with 8.2/2.3/7. The man is playing solid. A true PG.

  • Exum is out with ACL, but I think the Jazz really are looking that good.

  • Exum is out with ACL, but I think the Jazz really are looking that good.

  • Sacre is a solid 3rd string center. Issues aside, I think the Lakers might have to roll the dice with Upshaw.

  • Sacre is a solid 3rd string center. Issues aside, I think the Lakers might have to roll the dice with the younger player.

  • Remember russell got hurt and to let y know penny hardaway struggled in pre season in 93 his rookie year. So give russell time he will be a player

  • Remember russell got hurt and to let y know penny hardaway struggled in pre season in 93 his rookie year. So give russell time he will be a player

  • Yeah, he has looked really good on both ends of the floor. Too bad we are so stock piled at the 4. Randle, Bass, Nance, Kelly, Black. Ugh. Although I can see us playing small with Bass, Black at center.
    But not a lot of minutes to spread between the 5 of them.

  • Yeah, he has looked really good on both ends of the floor. Too bad we are so stock piled at the 4. Randle, Bass, Nance, Kelly, Black. Ugh. Although I can see us playing small with Bass, Black at center.
    But not a lot of minutes to spread between the 5 of them.

  • He just looks so lazy out there for some reason. Like he isn’t trying hard. It bothers me. Nick Young syndrome.

  • He played some really nice defense. All I really want from him is good d and to shoot the open 3.

  • He just looks so lazy out there for some reason. Like he isn’t trying hard. It bothers me. Nick Young syndrome.

  • He played some really nice defense. All I really want from him is good d and to shoot the open 3.

  • Russell doesn’t fight hard enough for the ball. Especially on inbounds plays. Almost like he isn’t trying. Can’t be a point guard if you cannot get an inbounds pass.

  • Russell doesn’t fight hard enough for the ball. Especially on inbounds plays. Almost like he isn’t trying. Can’t be a point guard if you cannot get an inbounds pass.

  • Final Roster.
    Clarkson, Huertas
    Russell, Lou, Young
    Kobe, Brown, Metta
    Julius, Bass, Nance, Kelly, Black
    Roy, Upshaw

  • No, Russell is a natural #1 and will be fine. All the tools are there, he just needs experience.

  • Kelly/Sacre are still bubble players and didn’t get much PT due to the Warriors game cancellation. That’s the only reason they played together and for as long as they did.

    HIbbert/Upshaw is just too slow…giving up a lot of foot speed.

  • Final Roster.
    Clarkson, Huertas
    Russell, Lou, Young
    Kobe, Brown, Metta
    Julius, Bass, Nance, Kelly, Black
    Roy, Upshaw

  • No, Russell is a natural #1 and will be fine. All the tools are there, he just needs experience.

  • Kelly/Sacre are still bubble players and didn’t get much PT due to the Warriors game cancellation. That’s the only reason they played together and for as long as they did.

    HIbbert/Upshaw is just too slow…giving up a lot of foot speed.

  • So you’re giving up on Russell before he ever plays a regular season game?

  • So you’re giving up on Russell before he ever plays a regular season game?

  • He is starting! Second line.

    Just discouraged but I won’t give up on him. Not at least for a couple of years.

  • Out of position, which means you’re giving up on him before he ever plays a regular season game.

  • Out of position, which means you’re giving up on him before he ever plays a regular season game.

  • He isn’t ready to play PG. He can develop into that over time. But for now, it is too much pressure.

  • He isn’t ready to play PG. He can develop into that over time. But for now, it is too much pressure.

  • MWP has a non-guarenteed contract and can be waived at any time, so keeping 15 is fine, since some guys have non-guaranteed deals

  • MWP has a non-guarenteed contract and can be waived at any time, so keeping 15 is fine, since some guys have non-guaranteed deals

  • I don’t know — seems to me that asking him to learn PG while he’s playing SG is even more pressure.

    Not only that, but Clarkson is just better as a #2….would be better served running Russell with the second unit and Huertas with the starters.

  • I don’t know — seems to me that asking him to learn PG while he’s playing SG is even more pressure.

    Not only that, but Clarkson is just better as a #2….would be better served running Russell with the second unit and Huertas with the starters.

  • He has been a 2 guard in HS and College, it is what is comfortable for him. Plus he can’t get open on inbounds which is really important if you want to bring the ball up the court.
    It wouldn’t be fair to him or the team to put him in a position to fail.

  • He has been a 2 guard in HS and College, it is what is comfortable for him. Plus he can’t get open on inbounds which is really important if you want to bring the ball up the court.
    It wouldn’t be fair to him or the team to put him in a position to fail.

  • I do agree about Clarkson though, he is also better at the 2. But with the roster we have and since he is able to get an inbounds pass, he is our guy to bring the ball up the court. With Princeton it really doesn’t matter once the offense is initiated so not a big deal.

  • I do agree about Clarkson though, he is also better at the 2. But with the roster we have and since he is able to get an inbounds pass, he is our guy to bring the ball up the court. With Princeton it really doesn’t matter once the offense is initiated so not a big deal.

  • It looked like Huertas had more freedom to run the offense. He ran a lot of high pick n rolls, something the starters didn’t do

  • It looked like Huertas had more freedom to run the offense. He ran a lot of high pick n rolls, something the starters didn’t do

  • Huertas was not running the Princeton, neither did Chris Paul haha. They are running straight up pick and roll basketball. When you have guards like that, you almost have to! They are too good.

  • Huertas was not running the Princeton, neither did Chris Paul haha. They are running straight up pick and roll basketball. When you have guards like that, you almost have to! They are too good.

  • I would like to see Russell do the same, but I think Byron is calling the plays when Russell is playing PG

  • I would like to see Russell do the same, but I think Byron is calling the plays when Russell is playing PG

  • I thought Scott and Mitch already said something about Huertas teaching Russell the PnR? I’ll try to find the quote

  • Russell isn’t good enough to be honest. Not yet. Not quick enough to get around the screens, teams rotate too quickly in the nba and it leads to turnovers.

  • I thought Scott and Mitch already said something about Huertas teaching Russell the PnR? I’ll try to find the quote

  • Russell isn’t good enough to be honest. Not yet. Not quick enough to get around the screens, teams rotate too quickly in the nba and it leads to turnovers.

  • That’s what the preseason is for. Russell should have been playing more minutes and getting more reps

  • That’s what the preseason is for. Russell should have been playing more minutes and getting more reps

  • First Take will talk about Jim Buss’ latest quotes. Sick and tired of the hate

  • First Take will talk about Jim Buss’ latest quotes. Sick and tired of the hate

  • True, but he cannot get into the lane and make a play. I don’t think I have seen it once. Which is really frustrating. He is just not NBA ready as far as ball handling, strength and quickness.

  • True, but he cannot get into the lane and make a play. I don’t think I have seen it once. Which is really frustrating. He is just not NBA ready as far as ball handling, strength and quickness.

  • I honestly believe our best option for ball handling on the first unit is Randle. He is being guarded by a slower 4 and when a small 1 or 2 tries to pressure him he can easily pass over the top. It will break the defenses down the second he passes the mid court line. He also is the best passer in our starting lineup, besides Kobe.

  • I honestly believe our best option for ball handling on the first unit is Randle. He is being guarded by a slower 4 and when a small 1 or 2 tries to pressure him he can easily pass over the top. It will break the defenses down the second he passes the mid court line. He also is the best passer in our starting lineup, besides Kobe.

  • They’ll likely take a quote and provide no context to it and start bashing Jim like they always do.

  • They’ll likely take a quote and provide no context to it and start bashing Jim like they always do.

  • Holmes, Frazier, Sacre, Jabari. Sad to see Sacre and Jabari go but I do think it is the right call. Only so many roster spots.

  • Holmes, Frazier, Sacre, Jabari. Sad to see Sacre and Jabari go but I do think it is the right call. Only so many roster spots.

  • In the piece the great Jerry West praises Jim for the job he has done, and Jim said if Pat Riley or Jerry West would have come out and say he was doing a bad job he would accept it, but they haven’t

  • In the piece the great Jerry West praises Jim for the job he has done, and Jim said if Pat Riley or Jerry West would have come out and say he was doing a bad job he would accept it, but they haven’t

  • Of course not. Nash is done now. Huretas can only dream of producing in the NBA, like Nash did for us in 12-13.

  • Of course not. Nash is done now. Huretas can only dream of producing in the NBA, like Nash did for us in 12-13.

  • Second unit has looked much better without Lou. But I think that is just because Huertas is much better at running an offense. That said though, I do think the lineup I like best for the second unit won’t have Lou.
    Huertas
    Young
    Metta
    Kelly
    Bass

  • Second unit has looked much better without Lou. But I think that is just because Huertas is much better at running an offense. That said though, I do think the lineup I like best for the second unit won’t have Lou.
    Huertas
    Young
    Metta
    Kelly
    Bass

  • That’s not credible. Eye test does not compute to a 5+ inch increase in vertical. Amare Stoudimire had the same vert as Griffin and Randle but looked like he jumped higher.

  • That’s not credible. Eye test does not compute to a 5+ inch increase in vertical. Amare Stoudimire had the same vert as Griffin and Randle but looked like he jumped higher.

  • “He’s the leader of that second unit,”
    — Byron Scott on Huertas (10/20/15)….I’m interpreting this to mean Russell will be starting PG on Thursday and again next Wednesday.

  • If you have Kelly and Bass then playing MWP makes sense. But second unit should be:
    Huertas
    Williams
    Young
    Bass
    Black

  • Clarkson has started at PG the last two games and we won, so I expect that trend to continue. I do think Russell will start though!

  • “He’s the leader of that second unit,”
    — Byron Scott on Huertas (10/20/15)….I’m interpreting this to mean Russell will be starting PG on Thursday and again next Wednesday.

  • If you have Kelly and Bass then playing MWP makes sense. But second unit should be:
    Huertas
    Williams
    Young
    Bass
    Black

  • Clarkson has started at PG the last two games and we won, so I expect that trend to continue. I do think Russell will start though!

  • I want Metta. He turns up the intensity so high. Even if he isn’t putting up stats that intensity is contagious.

  • I want Metta. He turns up the intensity so high. Even if he isn’t putting up stats that intensity is contagious.

  • Plus, Kelly has been killing it. Guy is shooting something like 60% from the 3 point line! Can’t keep that on the bench haha.

  • Plus, Kelly has been killing it. Guy is shooting something like 60% from the 3 point line! Can’t keep that on the bench haha.

  • A lot of options on the bench, I like Nance’s energy and hustle as well. I think Bass should get traded

  • I do agree with that. So many options at the 4. Too many! Bass seems like the best candidate to move.

  • A lot of options on the bench, I like Nance’s energy and hustle as well. I think Bass should get traded

  • I do agree with that. So many options at the 4. Too many! Bass seems like the best candidate to move.

  • Especially if Nance continues to hit his outside shot. Bass becomes more of a hindrance to development than a help.

  • Especially if Nance continues to hit his outside shot. Bass becomes more of a hindrance to development than a help.

  • Yeah, remember when Byron said Kobe might play some 4? Don’t think that’s happening lol

  • Yeah, remember when Byron said Kobe might play some 4? Don’t think that’s happening lol

  • Do you think it is fair that Russell is getting so much playing time even though he is struggling and not bringing energy? I get it from a business perspective, we are invested, but it really sucks for the guys playing harder and getting less recognition.

    If it wasn’t for his draft position, not sure he would make the team, and that really hurts, damn it. Trying to remember he is just 19.

  • Do you think it is fair that Russell is getting so much playing time even though he is struggling and not bringing energy? I get it from a business perspective, we are invested, but it really sucks for the guys playing harder and getting less recognition.

    If it wasn’t for his draft position, not sure he would make the team, and that really hurts, damn it. Trying to remember he is just 19.

  • Jabari has played well I don’t know. I just don’t see why they would retain Metta when there are younger guys that can use some playing time in his spot like Nance Jr. and A. Brown. Sign Metta to the training staff to mentor these players. That’s where I see him being most effective. This is a tough call.

  • Jabari has played well I don’t know. I just don’t see why they would retain Metta when there are younger guys that can use some playing time in his spot like Nance Jr. and A. Brown. Sign Metta to the training staff to mentor these players. That’s where I see him being most effective. This is a tough call.

  • IMO Russell should have been playing a lot more in preseason. But he’s been dealing with a couple injuries and hasn’t gotten plenty reps

  • IMO Russell should have been playing a lot more in preseason. But he’s been dealing with a couple injuries and hasn’t gotten plenty reps

  • Because of who he is or his play? I agree based on the fact we are invested and have to develop him, but it seems really unfair since he isn’t producing or even trying hard.

  • I prefer Frazier over Jabari but I see your point. However, MWP has proven he can still play and can up the intensity on the court. Jabari wouldn’t be getting playing time

  • Because of who he is or his play? I agree based on the fact we are invested and have to develop him, but it seems really unfair since he isn’t producing or even trying hard.

  • I prefer Frazier over Jabari but I see your point. However, MWP has proven he can still play and can up the intensity on the court. Jabari wouldn’t be getting playing time

  • Jabari has played well, just redundant. Lou, Young will get any minutes he had a shot at. Metta, is bringing so much intensity to the entire team, hate to see that go. Plus we are thin at the 3

  • Jabari has played well, just redundant. Lou, Young will get any minutes he had a shot at. Metta, is bringing so much intensity to the entire team, hate to see that go. Plus we are thin at the 3

  • Because he is a rookie pg who has to adjust to playing in the NBA and he has to know his teammates and read defenses

  • Because he is a rookie pg who has to adjust to playing in the NBA and he has to know his teammates and read defenses

  • Kelly was running out of time and no one was moving to get the ball, that was not his fault, if he had held the ball , it was to turn over under their their basket, he did the only thing he could do and that was take a chance.

  • Kelly was running out of time and no one was moving to get the ball, that was not his fault, if he had held the ball , it was to turn over under their their basket, he did the only thing he could do and that was take a chance.

  • He only played 17 minutes and went 5/8 for 12 points, what’s wrong with that?

  • I agree, UPSHAW is really lost out there, and maybe Sacre woke up and starting to play.

  • He only played 17 minutes and went 5/8 for 12 points, what’s wrong with that?

  • I agree, UPSHAW is really lost out there, and maybe Sacre woke up and starting to play.

  • He did nothing last night, just got in the way, he is very very lost, a year with the D-LEAGUE would be good for him.

  • He did nothing last night, just got in the way, he is very very lost, a year with the D-LEAGUE would be good for him.

  • We don’t have time for UPSHAW to learn what he should know by now, he is just lost out there, they pushed him right out from under the rim and he did nothing to go for the ball.

  • We don’t have time for UPSHAW to learn what he should know by now, he is just lost out there, they pushed him right out from under the rim and he did nothing to go for the ball.

  • He did hit a few open jumpers, but he looked bad. Wasn’t moving well “looks like he is sleep walking”, couldn’t hit the open man, couldn’t get open for inbounds passes, wasn’t getting through screens on defense etc. Jabari Brown who will get cut played a better game.

  • He did hit a few open jumpers, but he looked bad. Wasn’t moving well “looks like he is sleep walking”, couldn’t hit the open man, couldn’t get open for inbounds passes, wasn’t getting through screens on defense etc. Jabari Brown who will get cut played a better game.

  • One thing about BLACK he gives 110 % every night on both ends, and he gets his share of RB.

  • One thing about BLACK he gives 110 % every night on both ends, and he gets his share of RB.

  • Maybe we could try to flip Kelly for a draft pick while he’s hot. Would be nice to be able to keep an extra player on the roster like MWP. There’s also too many 4s.

  • Maybe we could try to flip Kelly for a draft pick while he’s hot. Would be nice to be able to keep an extra player on the roster like MWP. There’s also too many 4s.

  • There is a big difference between almost and doing it—OFF WITH HIS HEAD. Sad fans we have.

  • There is a big difference between almost and doing it—OFF WITH HIS HEAD. Sad fans we have.

  • We’re in the middle of a complete rebuild, what do you mean “we don’t have the time” we’re not winning the title this year, develop Upshaw and decide between Black and Sacre as our backup to Hibbert. Stick Upshaw in the D league for three to four months and presto, a good usable center.

  • We’re in the middle of a complete rebuild, what do you mean “we don’t have the time” we’re not winning the title this year, develop Upshaw and decide between Black and Sacre as our backup to Hibbert. Stick Upshaw in the D league for three to four months and presto, a good usable center.

  • Yea but not knowing the system can be fixed, but you can’t teach athletism, you either have it or you don’t , and Sacre doesn’t .

  • Yea but not knowing the system can be fixed, but you can’t teach athletism, you either have it or you don’t , and Sacre doesn’t .

  • Clarkson may be a 2nd year but he’s been the most consistent player when you look at Summer League, practice, and preseason games. He leads the team in points scored, and could in the regular season as well.

  • Clarkson may be a 2nd year but he’s been the most consistent player when you look at Summer League, practice, and preseason games. He leads the team in points scored, and could in the regular season as well.

  • I agre, that would be the best final roster, Sacre has a lower upside than Upshaw, and Black is currently the best back up to Hibbert.
    Holmes doesn’t bring anything that MWP has other than youth, and we have enough youth.
    Frazier doesn’t give us anything that Clarkson, Lou, Swaggy, Anthony Brown, Kobe, Russell, and Huertas bring.
    Ditto for Jabari Brown, although he’s the one I hate to see cut the most of the four.
    The hard fact is your only allowed 15, and the above 15 are the best team.

  • I agre, that would be the best final roster, Sacre has a lower upside than Upshaw, and Black is currently the best back up to Hibbert.
    Holmes doesn’t bring anything that MWP has other than youth, and we have enough youth.
    Frazier doesn’t give us anything that Clarkson, Lou, Swaggy, Anthony Brown, Kobe, Russell, and Huertas bring.
    Ditto for Jabari Brown, although he’s the one I hate to see cut the most of the four.
    The hard fact is your only allowed 15, and the above 15 are the best team.

  • you think they could develop nance into a SF? good things happen with that guy on the floor, and it’s not just dunking. his defense is pretty good, too. smart player.

  • you think they could develop nance into a SF? good things happen with that guy on the floor, and it’s not just dunking. his defense is pretty good, too. smart player.

  • I think he could play the 3 or 4 depending on the other guys on the court for sure!

  • I think he could play the 3 or 4 depending on the other guys on the court for sure!

  • Clarksons offense is ahead of his defense, but in his defense, Lillard makes almost everyone look bad.
    A. Brown is a young raw rookie straight out of college, try to look at what a player could become, rather than making snap judgements based on three preseason games.

  • If you look a few post up you will see I said that, its not like you are the only one who thought of it.

  • Clarksons offense is ahead of his defense, but in his defense, Lillard makes almost everyone look bad.
    A. Brown is a young raw rookie straight out of college, try to look at what a player could become, rather than making snap judgements based on three preseason games.

  • If you look a few post up you will see I said that, its not like you are the only one who thought of it.

  • Don’t forget headaches and frustration.

    The only reason we made the playoffs that year was KOBE. Nash had Dwight inside, and pau outside.

    Kobe went down and who put the cape on? Steve Blake…even darius Morris had his career high during the elimination game of the playoffs

    13 pts and 6 assists for a star PG that was brought in to put the Lakers over the top? You really think that’s good? Did he show flashiness? Did he bring Showtime back? What did he accomplish with HIS coach on the sidelines and HIS favorite system in place?

  • Don’t forget headaches and frustration.

    The only reason we made the playoffs that year was KOBE. Nash had Dwight inside, and pau outside.

    Kobe went down and who put the cape on? Steve Blake…even darius Morris had his career high during the elimination game of the playoffs

    13 pts and 6 assists for a star PG that was brought in to put the Lakers over the top? You really think that’s good? Did he show flashiness? Did he bring Showtime back? What did he accomplish with HIS coach on the sidelines and HIS favorite system in place?

  • Agree, but the only one that has a reason to have played poorly is Upshaw, Sacre has had three years in the pros to get it right, J. Brown, Holmes, and Frazier all had full years in College, Upshaw did not.

  • Agree, but the only one that has a reason to have played poorly is Upshaw, Sacre has had three years in the pros to get it right, J. Brown, Holmes, and Frazier all had full years in College, Upshaw did not.

  • .????? Mentally unstable, please…….no more than any other player, and while he has had a drug problem in college, he’s shown no problem here, I think your just making things up.

  • .????? Mentally unstable, please…….no more than any other player, and while he has had a drug problem in college, he’s shown no problem here, I think your just making things up.

  • I have been saying I thought NANCE JR would make a good 3 he has every thing a 3 should have, the kid has it all Mitch found another good player, I enjoy watching him. Just think what we have with MWP, AND NANCE JR, they don’t come any tougher then that.

  • I have been saying I thought NANCE JR would make a good 3 he has every thing a 3 should have, the kid has it all Mitch found another good player, I enjoy watching him. Just think what we have with MWP, AND NANCE JR, they don’t come any tougher then that.

  • He is right J Taylor.

    @BuzzCity17 is indeed a troll.

    On another article BuzzCity17 was trolling with that familiar Joshhh pattern of posts and responses.

    Interestingly there were other trolls on that article with names like Clippers2016, and Lakers Tank, with that same Joshhh pattern.

    Im starting to come to the conclusion that Joshhh is literally mentally challenged.

    What upsets me is if Joshhh needs mental help, where are his parents? Where are his caretakers? Where is the supervision?

  • He is right J Taylor.

    @BuzzCity17 is indeed a troll.

    On another article BuzzCity17 was trolling with that familiar Joshhh pattern of posts and responses.

    Interestingly there were other trolls on that article with names like Clippers2016, and Lakers Tank, with that same Joshhh pattern.

    Im starting to come to the conclusion that Joshhh is literally mentally challenged.

    What upsets me is if Joshhh needs mental help, where are his parents? Where are his caretakers? Where is the supervision?

  • He got bruised. It’s nothing serious. Of course he has time to improve and reach his potential, but confidence is huge for potential star rookies…any rookies as a matter of fact. So he needs to pile up some good games before it gets to him. Seeing huertas fueled him, and he ended his game well.

  • Can he keep up with the smaller #3s? He’s athletic but still a pretty big body

  • He got bruised. It’s nothing serious. Of course he has time to improve and reach his potential, but confidence is huge for potential star rookies…any rookies as a matter of fact. So he needs to pile up some good games before it gets to him. Seeing huertas fueled him, and he ended his game well.

  • Can he keep up with the smaller #3s? He’s athletic but still a pretty big body

  • That’s why I had to laugh when he said the Lakers weren’t tanking last year — the team he put together was build to lose.

  • That’s why I had to laugh when he said the Lakers weren’t tanking last year — the team he put together was built to lose.

  • Seek help if you think Sacre is better than Upshaw and remember your comparing a fourth year player with two years of college with a zero year player with a half of a year of college, and it’s still close, give Upshaw, Sacre’s experience and it would be night and day

  • Seek help if you think Sacre is better than Upshaw and remember your comparing a fourth year player with two years of college with a zero year player with a half of a year of college, and it’s still close, give Upshaw, Sacre’s experience and it would be night and day

  • Huertas is amazing he has control and is a excellent floor general. and clarkson againshooting great. smaller guards are gona have a problem with clarkson this year i like our momentum

  • Huertas is amazing he has control and is a excellent floor general. and clarkson againshooting great. smaller guards are gona have a problem with clarkson this year i like our momentum