Kobe Bryant Impressed With Jordan Clarkson’s Play

The Los Angeles Lakers kicked off their 2015-16 season with a matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves and No. 1 pick, Karl Anthony-Towns. After failing to reach the playoffs for two consecutive years, the Lakers were hoping to get their rebuilding process off on the right foot.

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Despite a solid first half where the Lakers headed into halftime up by nine, the team completely lost its momentum in the fourth quarter. However, there were definitely some positives to take away from the game following the 112-111 loss to the Wolves.

Kobe Bryant praised second-year player Jordan Clarkson and the improvements he’s shown thus far in his career, via LakersNation reporter Serena Winters:

Clarkson finished the night with 14 points and he tacked on four rebounds to go along with three assists. The young guard made some timely baskets down the stretch in the fourth quarter, but his one miss at the free-throw line proved costly as the Lakers came up short at the buzzer.

As for his backcourt partner, D’Angelo Russell, the rookie struggled with plus/minus of -9. Nevertheless, it will take time for the guards to develop chemistry and figure out how to play with each other. At this point, it seems as though Bryant will start at the small forward position moving forward and if Clarkson and Russell can get on the same page, this team will surprise many this season.

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i hope russell got the memo

  • Kobe must be impressed with CLARKSONS passing- he WAS INTERESTED in knowing how a 2nd year player can do that so easy!

  • Kobe must be impressed with CLARKSONS passing- he WAS INTERESTED in knowing how a 2nd year player can do that so easy!

  • Clarkson was equally selfish at times. He passed more than Kobe in that game but thats hardly saying much. Bith need to pass more as the season progresses

  • Clarkson was equally selfish at times. He passed more than Kobe in that game but thats hardly saying much. Bith need to pass more as the season progresses

  • Clarkson was great. Too bad a certain someone didn’t let him get more involved.

  • Clarkson was great. Too bad a certain someone didn’t let him get more involved.

  • You must of been watching the CLIPPERS GAME, because you sure did not watch this one. A 2 yr player and a 20 year player, and the 2 year player playing the game like it should be played.

  • I think Russell is kind of given up. He knows he can’t get open and that is pretty vital to being an NBA player. Wish there was a way to teach quickness.

  • You must of been watching the CLIPPERS GAME, because you sure did not watch this one. A 2 yr player and a 20 year player, and the 2 year player playing the game like it should be played.

  • I think Russell is kind of given up. He knows he can’t get open and that is pretty vital to being an NBA player. Wish there was a way to teach quickness.

  • He need to drop a few pounds and build he legs, when I was 18 I went into the ARMY over weight and could not get around well buat after boot camp is just fine– he needs a little boot camp.

  • Would like to see a starting lineup of Clarkson, Lou, Young, Randle and Hibbert. Then have Huertas, Kobe, Nance, Kelly and Black off the bench.

  • He need to drop a few pounds and build he legs, when I was 18 I went into the ARMY over weight and could not get around well but after boot camp i was just fine– he needs a little boot camp.

  • Would like to see a starting lineup of Clarkson, Lou, Young, Randle and Hibbert. Then have Huertas, Kobe, Nance, Kelly and Black off the bench.

  • That is fine. Rookies are going to struggle. Russell needs to go through this to ever have hope of getting better. If they aren’t going to send him to the DLeague he has to lead the team. Personally I would like to see him go to the DLeague though. I don’t see what is so shameful about letting a guy develop in a system that isn’t so stressful.

  • You guys have to realize Russell is not a ‘PG’. He is a scoring 2 guard with PG skills.

  • yeah he reminds so much of Westbrook 3 years ago doesn’t have the vision yet to make routine passes

  • That is fine. Rookies are going to struggle. Russell needs to go through this to ever have hope of getting better. If they aren’t going to send him to the DLeague he has to lead the team. Personally I would like to see him go to the DLeague though. I don’t see what is so shameful about letting a guy develop in a system that isn’t so stressful.

  • You guys have to realize Russell is not a ‘PG’. He is a scoring 2 guard with PG skills.

  • yeah he reminds so much of Westbrook 3 years ago doesn’t have the vision yet to make routine passes

  • Passing abilities is a better description. He is no PG. Can’t even get open for an inbounds pass let alone by a defender.

  • Passing abilities is a better description. He is no PG. Can’t even get open for an inbounds pass let alone by a defender.

  • overall i would say the lakers met their expectations last night;

    kobe; showed good signs then got cold and ended up with too many shots

    clarkson; confirmed he is the real deal and will only get better

    randle; pushed garnett enough said

    hibbert; better than hill and will improve offensively as the season goes on

    swaggy; told his haters to stfu and stop trying to trade him, there is definitely room for him on this team

    lou; 6th man who needs to be on the court

    russell; ?????

  • overall i would say the lakers met their expectations last night;

    kobe; showed good signs then got cold and ended up with too many shots

    clarkson; confirmed he is the real deal and will only get better

    randle; pushed garnett enough said

    hibbert; better than hill and will improve offensively as the season goes on

    swaggy; told his haters to stfu and stop trying to trade him, there is definitely room for him on this team

    lou; 6th man who needs to be on the court

    russell; ?????

  • His body fat is actually extremely low. It isn’t that he isn’t in shape, he is just slow.

  • His body fat is actually extremely low. It isn’t that he isn’t in shape, he is just slow.

  • Russell, needs to play with some more passion, like J.C. did last year. He’s just a little, to reserved, for me, with his demeanor. He’s kind of like Wiggins, whereas , he’s incredibly talented, but not driven. He needs more fire, aggression, assertiveness.

  • Loved Clarkson’s aggressiveness in attacking the rim and thats about it…
    1-Clarkson should not have the ball in his hands to start the offense, he dribbles too much and is a shooter 1st, 2nd and 3rd which uses too much clock and makes him dish off in traffic creating difficult shots for others.
    2-He also needs to try and dunk more often when he attacks the rim to try and get opponents into foul trouble or in other words he should be getting to the line far more often.
    3-This goes for all the Lakers, run some time off the clock, quit chucking the 3pt shot 5 seconds into the shot clock which is why the t’Wolves were able to get out on the break and back into the game…..

    Jordan Clarkson is our SG not our PG, he needs to let DLO create/pass/run on offense and do what he does best which is slash to the basket….

  • Russell, needs to play with some more passion, like J.C. did last year. He’s just a little, to reserved, for me, with his demeanor. He’s kind of like Wiggins, whereas , he’s incredibly talented, but not driven. He needs more fire, aggression, assertiveness.

  • Loved Clarkson’s aggressiveness in attacking the rim and thats about it…
    1-Clarkson should not have the ball in his hands to start the offense, he dribbles too much and is a shooter 1st, 2nd and 3rd which uses too much clock and makes him dish off in traffic creating difficult shots for others.
    2-He also needs to try and dunk more often when he attacks the rim to try and get opponents into foul trouble or in other words he should be getting to the line far more often.
    3-This goes for all the Lakers, run some time off the clock, quit chucking the 3pt shot 5 seconds into the shot clock which is why the t’Wolves were able to get out on the break and back into the game…..

    Jordan Clarkson is our SG not our PG, he needs to let DLO create/pass/run on offense and do what he does best which is slash to the basket….

  • Really impressed with Clarkson’s defense on Wiggins and Lavine too. Especially Wiggins. He was giving up size and still locking him up. Randle also played great defense even if he got a couple of calls for being a little too aggressive.
    Russell’s defense was…. bad, really really bad.

  • Really impressed with Clarkson’s defense on Wiggins and Lavine too. Especially Wiggins. He was giving up size and still locking him up. Randle also played great defense even if he got a couple of calls for being a little too aggressive.
    Russell’s defense was…. bad, really really bad.

  • I for sure certainly want for us to win as many games as possible, but in order for us to be successful is to let Russell get better and better every game. Russell might not be having the best games now but with time by January you will see a way better player. Russell is being thrown in the fire getting more minutes and he will gain more and more experience, we already know what Clarkson can do but Clarkson wasnt as good when he first played so it will take time but we looked okay last night we should have won but gotta fight next game and just get better.

  • I for sure certainly want for us to win as many games as possible, but in order for us to be successful is to let Russell get better and better every game. Russell might not be having the best games now but with time by January you will see a way better player. Russell is being thrown in the fire getting more minutes and he will gain more and more experience, we already know what Clarkson can do but Clarkson wasnt as good when he first played so it will take time but we looked okay last night we should have won but gotta fight next game and just get better.

  • Clarkson is more of a natural scorer than a playmaker, but until Russell can learn to get around a statue we will need him to be our PG.

  • Clarkson is more of a natural scorer than a playmaker, but until Russell can learn to get around a statue we will need him to be our PG.

  • Honestly they should put Russell on the DFenders. It will accelerate the process by giving him more touches and running an offense. They did a similar thing with Clarkson last season to great effect.

  • Honestly they should put Russell on the DFenders. It will accelerate the process by giving him more touches and running an offense. They did a similar thing with Clarkson last season to great effect.

  • People thinks he should be the one bringing it up court and run the offense. He is not ready for that. He is not also playing his game also. He is trying to be a passer when he is not playing more as a scorer which is his REAL bread and butter. Only true PG on this team is H which is why he playing more……..(forgot his name lol). Ball movement is key for this team and Russell has to fight around screens if he wants the ball. He is acting like Lin last year.

  • People thinks he should be the one bringing it up court and run the offense. He is not ready for that. He is not also playing his game also. He is trying to be a passer when he is not playing more as a scorer which is his REAL bread and butter. Only true PG on this team is H which is why he playing more……..(forgot his name lol). Ball movement is key for this team and Russell has to fight around screens if he wants the ball. He is acting like Lin last year.

  • So not trying to hate or give up or anything like that, but do you all think Russell looks comfortable out there? He seems real timid to me. Maybe because the starting lineup has such ball dominant players in Bryant, Clarkson, and Randle.

    The dynamic doesn’t seem to fit completely. Just a thought.. What do you all think?

  • Agree for the most part. Russell was most effective in college off the ball. But they ran a constant motion offense, with the Lakers he is just standing around when he is off the ball. It is actually quite maddening. Looks like he doesn’t want to be out there.

  • So not trying to hate or give up or anything like that, but do you all think Russell looks comfortable out there? He seems real timid to me. Maybe because the starting lineup has such ball dominant players in Bryant, Clarkson, and Randle.

    The dynamic doesn’t seem to fit completely. Just a thought.. What do you all think?

  • Agree for the most part. Russell was most effective in college off the ball. But they ran a constant motion offense, with the Lakers he is just standing around when he is off the ball. It is actually quite maddening. Looks like he doesn’t want to be out there.

  • After summer league, preseason and last night… I am perfectly fine sending Russell to the DFenders to develop. I have faith that he can, but he isn’t ready for the NBA.

  • After summer league, preseason and last night… I am perfectly fine sending Russell to the DFenders to develop. I have faith that he can, but he isn’t ready for the NBA.

  • The whole starting wasn’t moving the ball. Russell’s who game is about moving the ball and attacking while guys close out on him. So when Kobe jacks up shots, and doesn’t make passes, the offense isn’t suited to Russell’s style. Russell has to rely a lot on ball movement since he can’t blow by defenders

  • It’s Byron’s system. You bet if Kobe would have passed the ball more, we would have seen a better Russell

  • The whole starting wasn’t moving the ball. Russell’s who game is about moving the ball and attacking while guys close out on him. So when Kobe jacks up shots, and doesn’t make passes, the offense isn’t suited to Russell’s style. Russell has to rely a lot on ball movement since he can’t blow by defenders

  • It’s Byron’s system. You bet if Kobe would have passed the ball more, we would have seen a better Russell

  • I agree, also one thing that JC needs to do is look at film and realize that any guy he guards is waiting for him to turn his head to look for the screen and run on him like Rubio did. His head needs to be on a swivel and he needs to fight through screens instead of running underneath them. He was badly exposed by Ricky Rubio last night, but the tools are their for him to be a STAR…

  • honestly i don’t wanna hear he had so many opportunties to make a play but chose to pass and still was shotting bad when he did. so i don’t agree that its kobe,jordan, and randle fault he needs to be more aggressive.

  • Maybe, but there have been plenty of games over Summer and Preseason without Kobe where he looked just as bad if not worse. He has skill, he is just not athletic enough for the NBA game. It is going to be a struggle for him when he has such a huge athletic disadvantage. Guys like Mud, Towns, Winslow etc all came into the NBA physically able to match up. Russell simply cannot.

  • I agree, also one thing that JC needs to do is look at film and realize that any guy he guards is waiting for him to turn his head to look for the screen and run on him like Rubio did. His head needs to be on a swivel and he needs to fight through screens instead of running underneath them. He was badly exposed by Ricky Rubio last night, but the tools are their for him to be a STAR…

  • honestly i don’t wanna hear he had so many opportunties to make a play but chose to pass and still was shotting bad when he did. so i don’t agree that its kobe,jordan, and randle fault he needs to be more aggressive.

  • Maybe, but there have been plenty of games over Summer and Preseason without Kobe where he looked just as bad if not worse. He has skill, he is just not athletic enough for the NBA game. It is going to be a struggle for him when he has such a huge athletic disadvantage. Guys like Mud, Towns, Winslow etc all came into the NBA physically able to match up. Russell simply cannot.

  • That’s on the coach. There are plenty of unathletic guys in the league. If D’Antoni was the coach, Russell would be putting up numbers.

  • That’s on the coach. There are plenty of unathletic guys in the league. If D’Antoni was the coach, Russell would be putting up numbers.

  • Metta needs to be on the activitie roster. We was getting torched by Rubio. At least when metta in the game the whole team plays better defense. Rubio was killing our guards. I thought he was Steph curry out there.

  • Metta needs to be on the activitie roster. We was getting torched by Rubio. At least when metta in the game the whole team plays better defense. Rubio was killing our guards. I thought he was Steph curry out there.

  • Do you have some examples of slow young guards who are playing well today in the NBA?

  • Clarkson impresses me too. He is already a very good player. I still optmistic. With our team (WITH THE RIGHT ROTATION, I’M STARTING TO BUY THE IDEA TO FIRE BYRON) we can win a lot of games

  • Do you have some examples of slow young guards who are playing well today in the NBA?

  • Clarkson impresses me too. He is already a very good player. I still optmistic. With our team (WITH THE RIGHT ROTATION, I’M STARTING TO BUY THE IDEA TO FIRE BYRON) we can win a lot of games

  • It’s a fact bro. Every pg who played under D’Antoni put up numbers especially in the assists category

  • It’s a fact bro. Every pg who played under D’Antoni put up numbers especially in the assists category

  • I believe that’s why he is playing more off-ball in this offense. If that’s the case people need to stop complaining about him not having the ball in his hands because he is not a pure PG like Mudiay. He is hurting himself not fighting around screens to try and get the ball. he is already not good at driving the lane or getting past his opponent.
    If you think about it, Russell is hurting Clarkson. Clarkson has to try to defend the best perimeter defender at the 1 or 2 and sometimes 3. Clarkson had to defend Wiggins last night because you Kobe not gonna be able to keep up with his speed and quickness while Russell take care of Rubio which would seem like a great match-up for him but as we seen last night no……
    Would like to see Scott bench Russell(sry if that sounds bad) but he needs to be bench and let A.Brown start at SF, while Clarkson runs the PG because Clarkson is our best player who can get into the lane and cause trouble. The thing about people shouldn’t expect Clarkson to pass it more because he is a scoring guard just like Russell.
    I am really wondering how will Clarkson and Russell play together in the future, unless Russell becomes more of PG and not score so much and leave the scoring duties to Randle and Clarkson.

  • I believe that’s why he is playing more off-ball in this offense. If that’s the case people need to stop complaining about him not having the ball in his hands because he is not a pure PG like Mudiay. He is hurting himself not fighting around screens to try and get the ball. he is already not good at driving the lane or getting past his opponent.

    If you think about it, Russell is hurting Clarkson. Clarkson has to try to defend the best perimeter defender at the 1 or 2 and sometimes 3. Clarkson had to defend Wiggins last night because you Kobe not gonna be able to keep up with his speed and quickness while Russell take care of Rubio which would seem like a great match-up for him but as we seen last night no……

    Would like to see Scott bench Russell(sry if that sounds bad)because he needs to be benched and let A.Brown start at SF for his defense and 3 point shooting, while Clarkson runs the PG because Clarkson is our best player who can get into the lane and cause trouble. Thing about A.Brown he doesn’t need the ball in his hands and has great off-ball shooting.

    The thing is people shouldn’t expect Clarkson to pass it more but he is a scoring guard just like Russell. I am really wondering how will Clarkson and Russell play together in the future, unless Russell becomes more of PG and not score so much and leave the scoring duties to Randle and Clarkson.

  • Please fire Bryon Scott please he have no iq kobe have to do every thing man just like last year when he told lin don’t foul we shouldn’t of fired dantoni

  • Please fire Bryon Scott please he have no iq kobe have to do every thing man just like last year when he told lin don’t foul we shouldn’t of fired dantoni

  • I think he looks too comfortable — like he’s worried about stepping on toes or not feeding the vets.

    But I counted 5 plays yesterday where he made the right plays and guys couldn’t convert

  • True, best to send Russell to the development league. He just isn’t ready and that is sad but it is ok. Let him develop down there for a year and reevaluate later.

  • I think he looks too comfortable — like he’s worried about stepping on toes or not feeding the vets.

    But I counted 5 plays yesterday where he made the right plays and guys couldn’t convert

  • True, best to send Russell to the development league. He just isn’t ready and that is sad but it is ok. Let him develop down there for a year and reevaluate later.

  • Byron needs to go with a 3 guard rotation with Russell Clarkson and Lou. Don’t play Huertas and give Brown some playing time instead. And Byron needs to play Black or Sacre as the backup center instead of Bass.

  • Byron needs to go with a 3 guard rotation with Russell Clarkson and Lou. Don’t play Huertas and give Brown some playing time instead. And Byron needs to play Black or Sacre as the backup center instead of Bass.

  • He be open 70 percent of the time but when kobe or Randle or Hibbert get it in the post they never kick it out to him

  • He be open 70 percent of the time but when kobe or Randle or Hibbert get it in the post they never kick it out to him

  • The about it as Huertas is only player on this team with true PG skills. Some of the less obvious but highly important aspects of playing PG are as follows:

    1.Pace

    2.P&R Navigation

    3.Knowing how a play will materialize before you initiate it

    4.Bball IQ

    Russell has 2, 3 and 4 which is great but the thing number 1 is most important one. He doesn’t have the speed or quickness to get around his opponents and get into the lane to cause trouble. Russell has to hit the weight room after this season.

  • Can we all get together as laker fans to get byron scott fired like why was Ryan Kelly in the fourth quarter period man like damn why do he let kobe shoot 13 3s? Why do he wait until we blow a 15 point lewd to call timeout? Why was he barely playing Russell in summer league and preseason? Why tf did we hire this guy we will never move forward with him he lost us this game and will lose us alot more and no I’mnot a troll I love the lakLakers and ik this is a playoff team with the right coach

  • The about it as Huertas is only player on this team with true PG skills. Some of the less obvious but highly important aspects of playing PG are as follows:

    1.Pace

    2.P&R Navigation

    3.Knowing how a play will materialize before you initiate it

    4.Bball IQ

    Russell has 2, 3 and 4 which is great but the thing number 1 is most important one. He doesn’t have the speed or quickness to get around his opponents and get into the lane to cause trouble. Russell has to hit the weight room after this season.

  • Can we all get together as laker fans to get byron scott fired like why was Ryan Kelly in the fourth quarter period man like damn why do he let kobe shoot 13 3s? Why do he wait until we blow a 15 point lewd to call timeout? Why was he barely playing Russell in summer league and preseason? Why tf did we hire this guy we will never move forward with him he lost us this game and will lose us alot more and no I’mnot a troll I love the lakLakers and ik this is a playoff team with the right coach

  • I am in. But need to fire our scouts first. Mud or Winslow would look so nice next to Clarkson and Randle.

  • I am in. But need to fire our scouts first. Mud or Winslow would look so nice next to Clarkson and Randle.

  • Kobe just told reporters Russell will play point next game. But again, Rondo will be all over him

  • We have to wait. Russell’s hasn’t been giving control to run the offense like Mudiay who had 11 turnovers last night

  • In all fairness, Kelly had a good enough pre-season that he earned a shot to be out there.

    Just have to hope that it wasn’t a fluke or, if it was, Scott has him on a short leash.

  • We have to wait. Russell’s hasn’t been giving control to run the offense like Mudiay who had 11 turnovers last night

  • In all fairness, Kelly had a good enough pre-season that he earned a shot to be out there.

    Just have to hope that it wasn’t a fluke or, if it was, Scott has him on a short leash.

  • Mudiay has a huge learning curve, but damn does he look good. Like future of the league good. Russell looks like he could be locked up by most grandma’s. Huge talent gap between them

  • I’d take his 11 turnovers and 4th quarter play. He looked great for a 19 year old.

  • Mudiay has a huge learning curve, but damn does he look good. Like future of the league good. Russell looks like he could be locked up by most grandma’s. Huge talent gap between them

  • I’d take his 11 turnovers and 4th quarter play. He looked great for a 19 year old.

  • Because Russell has a different role bro. Russell’s usage % was the lowest on the team last night compared to Mudiay having total control and letting him make mistakes with his 11 turnovers

  • Because Russell has a different role bro. Russell’s usage % was the lowest on the team last night compared to Mudiay having total control and letting him make mistakes with his 11 turnovers

  • Watch the summer league tapes where both lead their teams. Mud is in a different league. He will be unguardable once he gets a consistent shot which he is already showing signs of. Sky s the limit.

  • Watch the summer league tapes where both lead their teams. Mud is in a different league. He will be unguardable once he gets a consistent shot which he is already showing signs of. Sky s the limit.

  • But hey the system does fit Randle and Clarkson which is great. I say we should have traded back and got Stanley or Winslow. I put the blame of Mitch for picking a player that may not fit the system. But idk maybe he does we have to see in the upcoming future.

  • True true but at the same time in the 4th we needed defense and rebounding not Ryan Kelly I don’t blame Ryan I blame bryon Scott

  • But hey the system does fit Randle and Clarkson which is great. I say we should have traded back and got Stanley or Winslow. I put the blame of Mitch for picking a player that may not fit the system. But idk maybe he does we have to see in the upcoming future.

  • True true but at the same time in the 4th we needed defense and rebounding not Ryan Kelly I don’t blame Ryan I blame bryon Scott

  • Agree, Kelly earned those minutes. He played really hard last night too. He wasn’t the reason we lost although he can play much better

  • Not this year. Chemistry will be bad (high turnover and few people played together last year). Plus I see a lot of holes in the roster (perimeter defenders, backup center, backup SF) for this to be a lot of wins. Definitely BS isn’t getting people in the right situations to be successful so we’ll lose more than we should but win a lot of games, no.

  • Agree, Kelly earned those minutes. He played really hard last night too. He wasn’t the reason we lost although he can play much better

  • Not this year. Chemistry will be bad (high turnover and few people played together last year). Plus I see a lot of holes in the roster (perimeter defenders, backup center, backup SF) for this to be a lot of wins. Definitely BS isn’t getting people in the right situations to be successful so we’ll lose more than we should but win a lot of games, no.

  • Fair enough — I’ll even go back to the 3rd when the second unit couldn’t stop fouling Martin.

    Scott makes a change there and maybe they don’t need a defensive stand in the fourth at all.

  • Fair enough — I’ll even go back to the 3rd when the second unit couldn’t stop fouling Martin.

    Scott makes a change there and maybe they don’t need a defensive stand in the fourth at all.

  • Nick young needs more minutes he really does I been reading for years and never commented how yal bash him but he really is a decent player

  • I wouldn’t say that too early. We have to see how this season plays out. Remember we new roster and Scott is still messing around with the rotations. I can bet he learned Kelly and Bass don’t fit together at all. We should see A.Brown and Black next game. Maybe even MVP because we are going against Rudy Gay and Cousins.

  • Nick young needs more minutes he really does I been reading for years and never commented how yal bash him but he really is a decent player

  • I wouldn’t say that too early. We have to see how this season plays out. Remember we new roster and Scott is still messing around with the rotations. I can bet he learned Kelly and Bass don’t fit together at all. We should see A.Brown and Black next game. Maybe even MWP because we are going against Rudy Gay and Cousins.

  • Until Russell show he can get into the lane himself he won’t. Its not Scott not wanting to fit him, he has to want to fit himself which he isn’t showing. You can see that with the way he acts on the offensive end.

  • I was starting to think he was a bust but it is to earlyand EVERYONE on the team just look him off

  • 3 outta 13 from the three-point line isn’t good enough. Unless he’s on fire, I’d prefer Kobe to NOT take 24 shots in 29 minutes. Even if Russell turns out to be a bum, I’d like to see Clarkson and or Randle get about 7 of those shots per game. Kobe needs to do less, and do better.

  • Until Russell show he can get into the lane himself he won’t. Its not Scott not wanting to fit him, he has to want to fit himself which he isn’t showing. You can see that with the way he acts on the offensive end.

  • I was starting to think he was a bust but it is to earlyand EVERYONE on the team just look him off

  • 3 outta 13 from the three-point line isn’t good enough. Unless he’s on fire, I’d prefer Kobe to NOT take 24 shots in 29 minutes! Even if Russell turns out to be a bum, I’d like to see Clarkson and or Randle, get about 7 of those shots per game. Kobe needs to do less, and do better.

  • You could tell Clarkson in particular was upset with Russell, kept telling him to clear. Probably because Russell can’t get by him in practice so he knows it is hopeless.

  • You could tell Clarkson in particular was upset with Russell, kept telling him to clear. Probably because Russell can’t get by him in practice so he knows it is hopeless.

  • Russell looked lost out there. Rubio did some basic ball deny and he just couldn’t shake him. If Russell doesn’t have the ball, I agree with incendy, he just stands there. No energy, no movement. You’ve got to want the ball and go take it. No one is just going to give it to you.

  • Russell looked lost out there. Rubio did some basic ball deny and he just couldn’t shake him. If Russell doesn’t have the ball, I agree with incendy, he just stands there. No energy, no movement. You’ve got to want the ball and go take it. No one is just going to give it to you.

  • Yeah, Kobe wasn’t playing for the Lakers last night at all. He was playing for his agenda against ESPN over some stupid made up list. Sad that our veteran leader is our most immature player.

  • You can see the way Clarkson plays he has that killer instinct. He said himself that this team need build a more killer instinct which is true.

  • Yeah, Kobe wasn’t playing for the Lakers last night at all. He was playing for his agenda against ESPN over some stupid made up list. Sad that our veteran leader is our most immature player.

  • You can see the way Clarkson plays he has that killer instinct. He said himself that this team need build a more killer instinct which is true.

  • Pretty accurate. Also:

    Bass: Needs to show up on offense, finish better, he’s pretty disappointing so far

    Byron: give some of Kobe’s, Bass’ and Kelly’s minutes to Black (about 15 mins)

  • imo, My mind is pretty much “locked” on what roles: limited or None that the 3 players may have – Sacre / D’Angelo / Metta. But, soon to make this list is Kelly – only because Kelly seems to be stuck in a 6’11” body with a 6’9″ Nance frame of mind. Maybe try Nance more and Kelly less then . . . at “whatever” this offense set Coach is running, and it may produce slightly better results, idk

  • Pretty accurate. Also:

    Bass: Needs to show up on offense, finish better, he’s pretty disappointing so far

    Byron: give some of Kobe’s, Bass’ and Kelly’s minutes to Black (about 15 mins)

  • imo, My mind is pretty much “locked” on what roles: limited or None that the 3 players may have – Sacre / D’Angelo / Metta. But, soon to make this list is Kelly – only because Kelly seems to be stuck in a 6’11” body with a 6’9″ Nance frame of mind. Maybe try Nance more and Kelly less then . . . at “whatever” this offense set Coach is running, and it may produce slightly better results, idk

  • He’s always been extremely immature. For someone who thinks of himself as being so tough, his ego seems to be made of egg shells.

  • He’s always been extremely immature. For someone who thinks of himself as being so tough, his ego seems to be made of egg shells.

  • But Russell isn’t a “get into the lane” player. If that’s the expectation then you will absolutely be disappointed.

  • Kelly isn’t really the problem in my mind so substituting him isn’t going to change much. The LAL have bigger problems.

  • But Russell isn’t a “get into the lane” player. If that’s the expectation then you will absolutely be disappointed.

    EDIT: oops, that was supposed to be a response to @Bad

  • Kelly isn’t really the problem in my mind so substituting him isn’t going to change much. The LAL have bigger problems.

  • Unfortunately that is a requirement of running an NBA team. Not sure what system will fit a PG who can’t get by a defender. Lakers, Spurs, Warriors run Princeton motion offenses which do not require any PG, but to make it work you still need guy who can cut and make plays.

  • Unfortunately that is a requirement of running an NBA team. Not sure what system will fit a PG who can’t get by a defender. Lakers, Spurs, Warriors run Princeton motion offenses which do not require any PG, but to make it work you still need guy who can cut and make plays.

  • You’ve got to get in the lane on occasion to keep the defense honest, and what better way to disrupt the defense is there for a guard not name Steph Curry?

  • You’ve got to get in the lane on occasion to keep the defense honest, and what better way to disrupt the defense is there for a guard not name Steph Curry?

  • Kobe had 50 touches and only made 15 total passes and only had 3 assists opportunities

  • Kobe had 50 touches and only made 15 total passes and only had 3 assists opportunities

  • Too many scorers on the first unit and not enough defense:
    Clarkson, Lou, Brown, Randle, Hibbert (Clarkson, Lou, Randle scoring options)
    Huertas, Young, Kobe, Bass/Kelly, Black

  • Nance can do more things that actually help a team win. Kelly is only a shooter who is shaky at that

  • Too many scorers on the first unit and not enough defense:
    Clarkson, Lou, Brown, Randle, Hibbert (Clarkson, Lou, Randle scoring options)
    Huertas, Young, Kobe, Bass/Kelly, Black

  • Nance can do more things that actually help a team win. Kelly is only a shooter who is shaky at that

  • Clarkson, Randle and Hibbert are our 3 best defenders. I actually think that unit would be pretty good on defense. And offensively, I think they will be great, if they let Randle set everything up. He is so good at making defenses react. Should open the 3 shooters to do work.

  • Huh? Chris Paul can’t beat anybody off the dribble and he’s widely regarded as one of the league’s best.

    …and no, I’m NOT saying Russell is Chris Paul

  • Clarkson, Randle and Hibbert are our 3 best defenders. I actually think that unit would be pretty good on defense. And offensively, I think they will be great, if they let Randle set everything up. He is so good at making defenses react. Should open the 3 shooters to do work.

  • Huh? Chris Paul can’t beat anybody off the dribble and he’s widely regarded as one of the league’s best.

    …and no, I’m NOT saying Russell is Chris Paul

  • This is true, but what people are pointing out is will he be effective? Lots of great but slow pg in college never play nba ball.

  • This is true, but what people are pointing out is will he be effective? Lots of great but slow pg in college never play nba ball.

  • What? lol. CP3 does almost all his passing in the lane. He lives there. He uses screens a lot, similar to Harden but he is a master of getting into the lane and making plays.

  • What? lol. CP3 does almost all his passing in the lane. He lives there. He uses screens a lot, similar to Harden but he is a master of getting into the lane and making plays.

  • Parker and Manu were usually the get to the lane to collapse the def players. GS is the only team without a penetrating pg but Curry is Curry. His shooting is pretty much best ever.

  • “He uses screens a lot”
    ===
    Exactly. No reason Russell can’t do the same.

  • Curry gets in the lane quite often, plus Iggy is does too. You have to be able to.

  • Parker and Manu were usually the get to the lane to collapse the def players. GS is the only team without a penetrating pg but Curry is Curry. His shooting is pretty much best ever.

  • “He uses screens a lot”
    ===
    Exactly. No reason Russell can’t do the same.

  • Curry gets in the lane quite often, plus Iggy is does too. You have to be able to.

  • Yeah but those teams have great spacing and ball movement which the lakers don’t have

  • I meant it was more his shot that creates this. His play style is more of a shooter.

  • Yeah but those teams have great spacing and ball movement which the lakers don’t have

  • I meant it was more his shot that creates this. His play style is more of a shooter.

  • CP3 is much, much quicker and Russell’s handles are very weak. He can work on his handles but will they ever be great? That’s hard for me to picture, and the quickness part, you’ve either got it or not.

  • CP3 is much, much quicker and Russell’s handles are very weak. He can work on his handles but will they ever be great? That’s hard for me to picture, and the quickness part, you’ve either got it or not.

  • I have seen every single game he has played since becoming a Laker and I have not seen this. Not sure what games you have been watching.

  • I have seen every single game he has played since becoming a Laker and I have not seen this. Not sure what games you have been watching.

  • Randle is ok on man to man but his rotations are not, but considering this team that does make him one of the better defenders.

  • it’s because of the system. Put Russell in a D’Antoni system and he will put up numbers, like all the other pgs who have played under him

  • On the Lakers championship teams we didn’t have a PG, Lamar was the primary ball handler. I propose we do the same thing with Randle. Defenses will crumble.

  • Randle is ok on man to man but his rotations are not, but considering this team that does make him one of the better defenders.

  • it’s because of the system. Put Russell in a D’Antoni system and he will put up numbers, like all the other pgs who have played under him

  • On the Lakers championship teams we didn’t have a PG, Lamar was the primary ball handler. I propose we do the same thing with Randle. Defenses will crumble.

  • The starters played ok defense. it was the second unit of Bass and Kelly giving up shots in the lane

  • The starters played ok defense. it was the second unit of Bass and Kelly giving up shots in the lane

  • You’ve got to have a certain level of quickness to be effective. Russell looks too slow and can’t create space or passing lanes.

  • So the only way he can put up numbers is in a system where any bad PG can put up numbers. Interesting.

  • You’ve got to have a certain level of quickness to be effective. Russell looks too slow and can’t create space or passing lanes.

  • So the only way he can put up numbers is in a system where any bad PG can put up numbers. Interesting.

  • BS isn’t really holding Russell back. Russell’s lack of athleticism doesn’t allow him easy looks, and if your a run the team pg and a total noob. Your going to get owned a lot.

  • BS isn’t really holding Russell back. Russell’s lack of athleticism doesn’t allow him easy looks, and if your a run the team pg and a total noob. Your going to get owned a lot.

  • Or making a lemon look good. It is like a used cars trick, but it might work to drive up his value so we can get a guy who can play in a system that wins championships.

  • Or making a lemon look good. It is like a used cars trick, but it might work to drive up his value so we can get a guy who can play in a system that wins championships.

  • Unfortunately LAL fans are not interested in maximizing talent but winning games. We’re shallow I know. When D’Antoni wins something then we will talk.

  • Unfortunately LAL fans are not interested in maximizing talent but winning games. We’re shallow I know. When D’Antoni wins something then we will talk.

  • Coach Byron’s “Theory of Effective Defense” must shine through Tomorrow – I may be beginning to like 2nd yr Clarkson play, but without Defense, I too think 2nd yr Clarkson should come off bench

    Our “Offense” General Kobe = All plays must run through our GOAT.

    Coach Byron, hopefully has the “rotation” thing down – soon. (What Really bothers me, is on a substitution, in comes a whole new five, four to three at least – I stomached it for pre, but I think subtle substitutions would be far more effective, one player sub, maybe two at a time)

    Having a sub, with our semi-deep bench, is to improve whether on Defense or Offense. And not be this massive drop-off in talent, that he now needs three or more players to complete his substitution – makes better flow, Continuity

  • Coach Byron’s “Theory of Effective Defense” must shine through Tomorrow – I may be beginning to like 2nd yr Clarkson play, but without Defense, I too think 2nd yr Clarkson should come off bench

    Our “Offense” General Kobe = All plays must run through our GOAT.

    Coach Byron, hopefully has the “rotation” thing down – soon. (What Really bothers me, is on a substitution, in comes a whole new five, four to three at least – I stomached it for pre, but I think subtle substitutions would be far more effective, one player sub, maybe two at a time)

    Having a sub, with our semi-deep bench, is to improve whether on Defense or Offense. And not be this massive drop-off in talent, that he now needs three or more players to complete his substitution – makes better flow, Continuity

  • Russell’s defense made by brain hurt. T-wolves looked just to be out of sync and once they got their rhythm made us look ridiculous.

  • Russell’s defense made by brain hurt. T-wolves looked just to be out of sync and once they got their rhythm made us look ridiculous.

  • We are not running the triangle. Hard to see it working in this situation, and Clarkson may be the best option, imo.

  • We are not running the triangle. Hard to see it working in this situation, and Clarkson may be the best option, imo.

  • I like Clarkson, but he doesn’t break defenses down like Randle does. Randle is pretty special that way. One of those guys you have to react to.

  • I like Clarkson, but he doesn’t break defenses down like Randle does. Randle is pretty special that way. One of those guys you have to react to.

  • I think a two man game between Clarkson and Kobe seems more effective and when defenses react to that hitting Randle for the hard drive is the better overall plan. (Randle’s jumper and off-hand make it hard for me to see him as the #1 option). Throw in our two best defenders who won’t kill spacing and that’s would be my game plan.

  • I think a two man game between Clarkson and Kobe seems more effective and when defenses react to that hitting Randle for the hard drive is the better overall plan. (Randle’s jumper and off-hand make it hard for me to see him as the #1 option). Throw in our two best defenders who won’t kill spacing to make 5 and that’s would be my game plan.

  • If Clarkson could pass better out of the lane I would be fine with him setting everything up. But Randle is a much better passer. Kobe could pass if he wanted to, but let’s not go there.

  • This massacre of our Guards, was against a team, that hopefully Lakers can finish ahead of. Most NBA players, given that many attempts, will heat up. And with the massacre total destruction of our guard system, I’m getting a little worried

  • If Clarkson could pass better out of the lane I would be fine with him setting everything up. But Randle is a much better passer. Kobe could pass if he wanted to, but let’s not go there.

  • This massacre of our Guards, was against a team, that hopefully Lakers can finish ahead of. Most NBA players, given that many attempts, will heat up. And with the massacre total destruction of our guard system, I’m getting a little worried

  • Randle’s bully ball drives just don’t look like a good #1 option offense, it’s just basically more low efficiency hero ball . Kobe’s heard of passing, I think.

  • Randle’s bully ball drives just don’t look like a good #1 option offense, it’s just basically more low efficiency hero ball . Kobe’s heard of passing, I think.

  • When Rubio looks like a shoe-in for the all-star team in the west, I agree, our pg play is concerning.

  • When Rubio looks like a shoe-in for the all-star team in the west, I agree, our pg play is concerning.

  • Well the idea wouldn’t be for Randle to go at the teeth of the defense every play. The idea would be for him to force the double team and make the defense react and then pass it to the open shooter. Now if the defense decides to let him get to the rim then by all means let him bully it up. Worst case is it should set up an offensive rebound or possible foul call.

  • How is attacking the basket not efficient? He puts pressure on a defense and draws fouls by doing that.

  • Well the idea wouldn’t be for Randle to go at the teeth of the defense every play. The idea would be for him to force the double team and make the defense react and then pass it to the open shooter. Now if the defense decides to let him get to the rim then by all means let him bully it up. Worst case is it should set up an offensive rebound or possible foul call.

  • How is attacking the basket not efficient? He puts pressure on a defense and draws fouls by doing that.

  • I want to see Randle play more with the second unit as well for that exact reason.

  • I want to see Randle play more with the second unit as well for that exact reason.

  • When he tries to finish it’s always with the left and he always seeks contact. He ends up playing below the rim a lot and very vulnerable to weak side help. It seems only really effective to me when the defense is unbalanced by others or in transition when the defense isn’t set.

  • When he tries to finish it’s always with the left and he always seeks contact. He ends up playing below the rim a lot and very vulnerable to weak side help. It seems only really effective to me when the defense is unbalanced by others or in transition when the defense isn’t set.

  • It’s his first ever nba game and had 15 and 11. What does he need to do to impress YOU lol? You act like he can’t get any better

  • It’s his first ever nba game and had 15 and 11. What does he need to do to impress YOU lol? You act like he can’t get any better

  • Haha, yep. And they want the guy who had 4 points and 2 assists to run the team. Our fanbase is interesting.

  • Haha, yep. And they want the guy who had 4 points and 2 assists to run the team. Our fanbase is interesting.

  • Not at all. We are talking about running an offense as the first option. He’s got to do it night in, night out and he’s got to be consistent. That’s a tall order for basically a rookie.

  • Not at all. We are talking about running an offense as the first option. He’s got to do it night in, night out and he’s got to be consistent. That’s a tall order for basically a rookie.

  • Can someone tell me why is Byron Scott here when Kobe makes all the decisions? That timeout situation with Randle was like the situation with Lin last season except Lin wasn’t a rookie who is expected to make mistakes.

  • Can someone tell me why is Byron Scott here when Kobe makes all the decisions? That timeout situation with Randle was like the situation with Lin last season except Lin wasn’t a rookie who is expected to make mistakes.

  • Hey dummy he WAS on fire then had to fire desperstion shots to win the game. Did you watch the game or just check the boxscore?

  • I don’t understand why everyone is bashing Russell so much. Kid is uber talented, but wasn’t utilized last night. He rarely got a chance to run the offense, and had to act as a spot up shooter. One thing I didn’t like was all of the isolation ball with Kobe. Even the shots that he was making were difficult shots. It’s funny, because the good shots he took he missed. This team is still finding their rhythm, but Randle definitely needs to get more touches. He should really be the centerpiece on offense.

  • Hey dummy he WAS on fire then had to fire desperstion shots to win the game. Did you watch the game or just check the boxscore?

  • I don’t understand why everyone is bashing Russell so much. Kid is uber talented, but wasn’t utilized last night. He rarely got a chance to run the offense, and had to act as a spot up shooter. One thing I didn’t like was all of the isolation ball with Kobe. Even the shots that he was making were difficult shots. It’s funny, because the good shots he took he missed. This team is still finding their rhythm, but Randle definitely needs to get more touches. He should really be the centerpiece on offense.

  • He was able to create space for himself, yet he didn’t take those shots. He’s just playing a little nervous and it’s reasonable for a rookie to act like that. Once he gains that confidence in himself, the kid will ball out. He’s insanely skilled man.

  • Lies. When you blow a 15 point lead that Nick helped create you don’t put in a cold Ryan Kelly. You put Nick back in. You don’t wait until the score is tied to call timeout. Is he trying to be like Phil and Pop by letting players figure it out themselves? Well he aint on their level so he needs to stop doing that.

  • He was able to create space for himself, yet he didn’t take those shots. He’s just playing a little nervous and it’s reasonable for a rookie to act like that. Once he gains that confidence in himself, the kid will ball out. He’s insanely skilled man.

  • Lies. When you blow a 15 point lead that Nick helped create you don’t put in a cold Ryan Kelly. You put Nick back in. You don’t wait until the score is tied to call timeout. Is he trying to be like Phil and Pop by letting players figure it out themselves? Well he aint on their level so he needs to stop doing that.

  • Russells demeanor annoys me more than his lack of production. He walks around like he is in la la land daydreamung about McDinalds all day breakfast. No sense of urgency ordesire to win while Clarkson has always been the total opposite.

  • Russells demeanor annoys me more than his lack of production. He walks around like he is in la la land daydreaming about McDonalds all day breakfast. No sense of urgency or desire to win while Clarkson has always been the total opposite.

  • Thats not an excuse for him to stand in the corner looking stupid. Even after Byron benched him he sat there looking goofy.

  • Thats not an excuse for him to stand in the corner looking stupid. Even after Byron benched him he sat there looking goofy.

  • No the system doesn’t. We have yet to see proper and consistent offensive flow, good ball movement and proper execution of the motion aspect of the Princeton. All JC and Randle are doing is get theirs one on one.

  • No the system doesn’t. We have yet to see proper and consistent offensive flow, good ball movement and proper execution of the motion aspect of the Princeton. All JC and Randle are doing is get theirs one on one.

  • Byron had them playing way too much isolation ball last night. Byron needs to incorporate Russell into the game plan. Byron ignoring him and giving Kobe the ball in the high post every possession is a terrible way to run the offense. Russell isn’t a slasher, and if he plays off the ball he either is going to slash or spot up.

  • Byron had them playing way too much isolation ball last night. Byron needs to incorporate Russell into the game plan. Byron ignoring him and giving Kobe the ball in the high post every possession is a terrible way to run the offense. Russell isn’t a slasher, and if he plays off the ball he either is going to slash or spot up.

  • Except that Young was cold at that point as well and he can’t play the four.

    Besides, would have been a better move to put ABrown on Martin in the 3rd quarter when fools were sending him to the line on every possession.

  • Except that Young was cold at that point as well and he can’t play the four.

    Besides, would have been a better move to put ABrown on Martin in the 3rd quarter when fools were sending him to the line on every possession.

  • Generous Lakers, They gave Wolves a change to honor Coach Flip. Guys, dont blame our players. Its just that we came to the court not trying to win, but to share RESPECT to Coach Flip Saunders. Lakers next game is the REAL DEAL.

  • Here again u must be one that does not watch the games or just don’t understand.

  • Here again u must be one that does not watch the games or just don’t understand.

  • I hope you’re right.. That was supposed to be an easy win for the lakers and they blew it. I hope Lakers having too much respect for the old era won’t cost them their franchise winning attitude.

  • I hope you’re right.. That was supposed to be an easy win for the lakers and they blew it. I hope Lakers having too much respect for the old era won’t cost them their franchise winning attitude.

  • Even though Bass isn’t dumb, he shouldn’t play center on that 4th quarter situation. That was supposed to be an easy win for the Lakers.

  • Curry only gets into the lane because his shooting is so good that defenders have to overplay him, and he’s able to go around them. I don’t know if DLo will be able to do the same thing, but there is more than one way to skin a cat or get into the lane. Picks, for instance.

  • Even though Bass isn’t dumb, he shouldn’t play center on that 4th quarter situation. That was supposed to be an easy win for the Lakers.

  • Curry only gets into the lane because his shooting is so good that defenders have to overplay him, and he’s able to go around them. I don’t know if DLo will be able to do the same thing, but there is more than one way to skin a cat or get into the lane. Picks, for instance.

  • If he was finishing all his drives that he took last game I wouldn’t mind him going in and running that play. He just needs to dunk the damn ball, especially when his already 4feet from the basket cause I’ve noticed when he drives in the defenders go back and if they try to block they wouldn’t be able to, because they are directly under the rim.

  • If he was finishing all his drives that he took last game I wouldn’t mind him going in and running that play. He just needs to dunk the damn ball, especially when his already 4feet from the basket cause I’ve noticed when he drives in the defenders go back and if they try to block they wouldn’t be able to, because they are directly under the rim.

  • Help me understand. I can’t read your mind so what is your point?

  • Young can’t play the four just like Kelly can’t play the five. You can’t guard Lou, Kobe, Nick and Clarkson at once. One of them will be open.

    Yeah well Byron refuses to do anything logical so we are screwed.

  • Young can’t play the four just like Kelly can’t play the five. You can’t guard Lou, Kobe, Nick and Clarkson at once. One of them will be open.

    Yeah well Byron refuses to do anything logical so we are screwed.

  • Great points. Ive been saying this before. If bs will not adjust rotations and benched clarkson at 3rd. Similar game will keep on repeating and its gonna be a long season. Seems like bs is unmindful of gameflow and currently his mind is still trap at preseason experimenting player routines.

  • Great points. Ive been saying this before. If bs will not adjust rotations and benched clarkson at 3rd. Similar game will keep on repeating and its gonna be a long season. Seems like bs is unmindful of gameflow and currently his mind is still trap at preseason experimenting player routines.

  • Lmfao Dleague ? two totally different situations, Clarkson went to the dleague cause he wasnt getting any min with Kobe and other players getting those min then he decided to go to the dleague and he was already developed so he went their and made noise, Clarkson went to dleague same reason y he played n summer league to stay active, Russell already has the talent he just needs more time people catch on faster then others he will be great a couple months from now you will be feeling crazy for saying this cause i will remind u

  • Lmfao Dleague ? two totally different situations, Clarkson went to the dleague cause he wasnt getting any min with Kobe and other players getting those min then he decided to go to the dleague and he was already developed so he went their and made noise, Clarkson went to dleague same reason y he played n summer league to stay active, Russell already has the talent he just needs more time people catch on faster then others he will be great a couple months from now you will be feeling crazy for saying this cause i will remind u

  • Don’t get all “false positive” on me. You guys must have really low standards. I love Clarkson, but 3 assists for a primary ball handler is unacceptable. kobe’s ball-sharing was even more unacceptable. Huertas or D’Angelo must be given Pg duties ASAP

  • Don’t get all “false positive” on me. You guys must have really low standards. I love Clarkson, but 3 assists for a primary ball handler is unacceptable. kobe’s ball-sharing was even more unacceptable. Huertas or D’Angelo must be given Pg duties ASAP

  • Funny thing is, he has great vision when he does pass. Just like Kobe. When they both decide to pass they are among the best at it but they too often decide to go it alone. I guess its the supreme confidence they both have in their ability. It’s good as long as the shots fall

  • Funny thing is, he has great vision when he does pass. Just like Kobe. When they both decide to pass they are among the best at it but they too often decide to go it alone. I guess its the supreme confidence they both have in their ability. It’s good as long as the shots fall

  • Clarkson – In 30 minutes
    14 points, 3 assists.

    Isn’t that the same as Bledsoe, Lowry and in the top tier of guards?

    With the 4-6 extra minutes most starters get, he’d rank among the top tier of guards.

  • Clarkson – In 30 minutes
    14 points, 3 assists.

    Isn’t that the same as Bledsoe, Lowry and in the top tier of guards?

    With the 4-6 extra minutes most starters get, he’d rank among the top tier of guards.

  • Bledsoe and Lowry Imo are not part of the top tier pgs, guys like steph, kyrie, cp3, lillard… Are the top tier but yes Clarkson is showing signs of being in that second tier

  • Bledsoe and Lowry Imo are not part of the top tier pgs, guys like steph, kyrie, cp3, lillard… Are the top tier but yes Clarkson is showing signs of being in that second tier

  • Do you have the sickening feeling that the Lakers made a big mistake taking Russell with the second pick. Everyone keeps on talking on how the guards need to develop chemistry but that’s bullsh*t. Did Magic need to develop chemistry? Chris Paul? or any of the other great guards? That ‘develop chemistry’ comment only comes into play when teams are trying to rationalize having made a poor choice. I’d like to be proven wrong because the Lakers are my team, but I think Russell will never be more than average. Give Huertas the reins, keep Bass firmly on the bench, and limit Kobe to the first and last quarter. Here’s hoping that we can win more games than last year….

  • Do you have the sickening feeling that the Lakers made a big mistake taking Russell with the second pick. Everyone keeps on talking on how the guards need to develop chemistry but that’s bullsh*t. Did Magic need to develop chemistry? Chris Paul? or any of the other great guards? That ‘develop chemistry’ comment only comes into play when teams are trying to rationalize having made a poor choice. I’d like to be proven wrong because the Lakers are my team, but I think Russell will never be more than average. Give Huertas the reins, keep Bass firmly on the bench, and limit Kobe to the first and last quarter. Here’s hoping that we can win more games than last year….

  • Dlo and Clarkson were the same on assists and Dlo was trying to pass but just couldn’t get it done, so where is the dig on Dlo ????

  • Dlo and Clarkson were the same on assists and Dlo was trying to pass but just couldn’t get it done, so where is the dig on Dlo ????

  • Sending him to the d league is a horrible idea. He already played against weaker competition and dominated. He needs to learn how to beat the best players out there aka the nba. Give the guy some time… you are showing zero patience, the guy wasn’t even playing his natural position and by the way, that was his first game in the nba.

  • Sending him to the d league is a horrible idea. He already played against weaker competition and dominated. He needs to learn how to beat the best players out there aka the nba. Give the guy some time… you are showing zero patience, the guy wasn’t even playing his natural position and by the way, that was his first game in the nba.

  • DLeague players aren’t weak. I actually think he might struggle there too. A lot of very athletic defenders in that league.

  • DLeague players aren’t weak. I actually think he might struggle there too. A lot of very athletic defenders in that league.

  • Jabari brown lead the d league in ppg. Didn’t even make the lakers squad. While I agree they are still good players and he COULD learn in the d league it would only slow his development

  • Jabari brown lead the d league in ppg. Didn’t even make the lakers squad. While I agree they are still good players and he COULD learn in the d league it would only slow his development

  • If we were basing the roster completely on talent and not on status, do you think Russell makes the team over Jabari? Jabari played better in Summer and Pre-Season. Similar thing happened with Kendall Marshal when he come into the league, just wasn’t athletic enough for the NBA. He struggled in the DLeague but at least he learned where he could get his shot off and how he could be effective with his limited athletic abilities.
    Hopefully, Russell will be better than Marshall, but I do think he faces similar obstacles and learning in the NBA just might be a little bit too much to ask right now.

  • If we were basing the roster completely on talent and not on status, do you think Russell makes the team over Jabari? Jabari played better in Summer and Pre-Season. Similar thing happened with Kendall Marshal when he come into the league, just wasn’t athletic enough for the NBA. He struggled in the DLeague but at least he learned where he could get his shot off and how he could be effective with his limited athletic abilities.
    Hopefully, Russell will be better than Marshall, but I do think he faces similar obstacles and learning in the NBA just might be a little bit too much to ask right now.

  • Also worth noting that his position in College was the 2 guard. So although he may be a more natural 1 guard, he is more used to playing the 2.

  • Also worth noting that his position in College was the 2 guard. So although he may be a more natural 1 guard, he is more used to playing the 2.

  • I am definitely not feeling good about it. Only thing that is keeping me off the ledge is that Harden took a good year to figure things out and then become very good.

  • I am definitely not feeling good about it. Only thing that is keeping me off the ledge is that Harden took a good year to figure things out and then become very good.

  • He definitely needs to dunk more! Well he’s 15 & 11 doing it his way but i would like to see him dunk!

  • He definitely needs to dunk more! Well he’s 15 & 11 doing it his way but i would like to see him dunk!

  • What the cold trip is that in preseason Byron Scott found a definite cohesive unit with huertas lou swaggy kelly and black, thennnnn comes opening night and huertas gets the late sub, no tarik, and swaggy with minutes restriction…
    He can’t trust himself to make the proper adjustments, alot of times it’s not even the team it’s Byron Scott system!
    Guaranteed change system and watch this team sail to the playoffs like Disney cruise ship

  • What the cold trip is that in preseason Byron Scott found a definite cohesive unit with huertas lou swaggy kelly and black, thennnnn comes opening night and huertas gets the late sub, no tarik, and swaggy with minutes restriction…
    He can’t trust himself to make the proper adjustments, alot of times it’s not even the team it’s Byron Scott system!
    Guaranteed change system and watch this team sail to the playoffs like Disney cruise ship

  • Was Russell the best choice for the Lakers?

    Let me preface my comments below with saying, all things
    considered D’Angelo Russell was a calculated risk for the Lakers on draft
    night. I think he deserves time (at least one full season and another off-season)
    before we can really say rather or not it worked.

    However, in a vacuum, there are 2 other directions the Lakers
    could have reasonably taken…Jahlil Okafor or Justise Winslow.

    Okafor: 1 – NBA-ready rookie center for which the Lakers had
    no current known options. 2 –Vintage polished offensive low-post game that
    would have established an offensive system and identity for the team.

    Summary: Currently, the Lakers have no consistent offensive low-post
    option. Consequently, the current offense is inconsistent resulting in
    disjointed, highs and lows. Floor Spacing,
    passing lanes, ball movement and shot distribution would have all been created
    playing through him. The Lakers have been one of the worst transition defense
    teams for the past few years. Bad transition defense is oftentimes the result
    of poor offensive balance and positioning. When your players are out of
    position, they can’t react quickly to the change of ends for the floor. Half-court
    defense is more about systems, strategies and rules than anything else. The
    best defensive teams don’t necessarily have the best athletic talent. Instead
    they create a system that works to their overall strengths. Roy Hibbert nor
    Andrew Bogut are very athletic or quick. However, both have produced very
    impressive defensive seasons at times in their careers. Their size, positioning
    on the floor, and defensive strategies in place, have resulted in making them
    the last line of defense for solid defensive teams. Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom
    have never been known as strong individual defenders yet as a tandem, they
    produced solid and consistent crunch-time defense to a championship level.
    Okafor and Randle, with work, could have grown to provide the same.

    Winslow: 1 – NBA-ready defensive wing player (possibly the
    best defender in the draft) for which the Lakers had no current known options. 2
    – Offensive slasher with a solid (41.8% in college) 3-point shooting range.

    Summary: One of the many comments that have been made about
    the Lakers for the past few years is that they lack a solid perimeter defender.
    Most of the current upper-level NBA teams have a “3 and D” player on their
    team. It is easy to see that Winslow could have been that player. One of the
    reasons that the Lakers were a strong defensive team during their most recent
    championship run is that they had Trevor Ariza and Ron Artest as wing
    defenders. A strong wing defender in the backcourt can make up for defensive
    deficiencies in the frontcourt (and vice versa).

    Overall Summary: The argument against Winslow is simple: The
    number 2 pick is too much give to a player that doesn’t appear to be a future
    face for a franchise. However, in a vacuum, the Lakers could have traded down
    with the Knicks, sending Okafor there and getting Winslow and possibly another
    player (Hardaway Jr.) or future pick in return. The argument against Okafor is
    not as simple: Long-term, Russell may very well be the player with the better
    career as the better talent of the two with the most potential. However, in a vacuum,
    the Lakers would have instantly had a player that free agents around the league
    would have seen as the foundation for the future. For those wanting the ball less in the hands
    of Kobe Bryant…having a capable offensive low post center would have done that.

    Consider the other moves the Lakers made this summer; this
    is what the starting lineup could have been Clarkson, Bryant, WINSLOW, Randle,
    Hibbert or Clarkson, Bryant, Young, Randle, OKAFOR. I like both more than what
    we currently have.

  • Was Russell the best choice for the Lakers?

    Let me preface my comments below with saying, all things
    considered D’Angelo Russell was a calculated risk for the Lakers on draft
    night. I think he deserves time (at least one full season and another off-season)
    before we can really say rather or not it worked.

    However, in a vacuum, there are 2 other directions the Lakers
    could have reasonably taken…Jahlil Okafor or Justise Winslow.

    Okafor: 1 – NBA-ready rookie center for which the Lakers had
    no current known options. 2 –Vintage polished offensive low-post game that
    would have established an offensive system and identity for the team.

    Summary: Currently, the Lakers have no consistent offensive low-post
    option. Consequently, the current offense is inconsistent resulting in
    disjointed, highs and lows. Floor Spacing,
    passing lanes, ball movement and shot distribution would have all been created
    playing through him. The Lakers have been one of the worst transition defense
    teams for the past few years. Bad transition defense is oftentimes the result
    of poor offensive balance and positioning. When your players are out of
    position, they can’t react quickly to the change of ends for the floor. Half-court
    defense is more about systems, strategies and rules than anything else. The
    best defensive teams don’t necessarily have the best athletic talent. Instead
    they create a system that works to their overall strengths. Roy Hibbert nor
    Andrew Bogut are very athletic or quick. However, both have produced very
    impressive defensive seasons at times in their careers. Their size, positioning
    on the floor, and defensive strategies in place, have resulted in making them
    the last line of defense for solid defensive teams. Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom
    have never been known as strong individual defenders yet as a tandem, they
    produced solid and consistent crunch-time defense to a championship level.
    Okafor and Randle, with work, could have grown to provide the same.

    Winslow: 1 – NBA-ready defensive wing player (possibly the
    best defender in the draft) for which the Lakers had no current known options. 2
    – Offensive slasher with a solid (41.8% in college) 3-point shooting range.

    Summary: One of the many comments that have been made about
    the Lakers for the past few years is that they lack a solid perimeter defender.
    Most of the current upper-level NBA teams have a “3 and D” player on their
    team. It is easy to see that Winslow could have been that player. One of the
    reasons that the Lakers were a strong defensive team during their most recent
    championship run is that they had Trevor Ariza and Ron Artest as wing
    defenders. A strong wing defender in the backcourt can make up for defensive
    deficiencies in the frontcourt (and vice versa).

    Overall Summary: The argument against Winslow is simple: The
    number 2 pick is too much give to a player that doesn’t appear to be a future
    face for a franchise. However, in a vacuum, the Lakers could have traded down
    with the Knicks, sending Okafor there and getting Winslow and possibly another
    player (Hardaway Jr.) or future pick in return. The argument against Okafor is
    not as simple: Long-term, Russell may very well be the player with the better
    career as the better talent of the two with the most potential. However, in a vacuum,
    the Lakers would have instantly had a player that free agents around the league
    would have seen as the foundation for the future. For those wanting the ball less in the hands
    of Kobe Bryant…having a capable offensive low post center would have done that.

    Consider the other moves the Lakers made this summer; this
    is what the starting lineup could have been Clarkson, Bryant, WINSLOW, Randle,
    Hibbert or Clarkson, Bryant, Young, Randle, OKAFOR. I like both more than what
    we currently have.

  • Goes to show u how dumb Byron Scott is. … Nick young is the best buzzer beater on the team right now! Why wasn’t he on the floor even for the scheme even if he wasn’t gonna shoot it??? To throw the wolves defense off…

  • Goes to show u how dumb Byron Scott is. … Nick young is the best buzzer beater on the team right now! Why wasn’t he on the floor even for the scheme even if he wasn’t gonna shoot it??? To throw the wolves defense off…

  • Not really true. Give JC even a little bit of a pick and he can knife into the lane. That, at the very least, disrupts a defense. But, you are right. Randle does disrupt the defense more than JC generally.

  • Not really true. Give JC even a little bit of a pick and he can knife into the lane. That, at the very least, disrupts a defense. But, you are right. Randle does disrupt the defense more than JC generally.

  • JC’s ball handling and quicks allow him to be a PG in the NBA, but he’s not a natural PG. You’re right that JC isn’t a great passer, at least from an instinctive perspective.

  • JC’s ball handling and quicks allow him to be a PG in the NBA, but he’s not a natural PG. You’re right that JC isn’t a great passer, at least from an instinctive perspective.

  • Dude start the campaign and I’ll totally back you, I’m a t-shirt design entrepreneur and web developer we can make some noise somehow raise awareness to Byron Scott like they did for Dantoni. … cuz i can’t stand Byron as coach, love em as a showtime but let’s hold off til end of season because somehow i think this team can win 42 games even in this BS SYSTEM! That’s double the wins from last season 21 plus 21 more Byron Scott owes for clearly tanking! So let’s wait

  • Dude start the campaign and I’ll totally back you, I’m a t-shirt design entrepreneur and web developer we can make some noise somehow raise awareness to Byron Scott like they did for Dantoni. … cuz i can’t stand Byron as coach, love em as a showtime but let’s hold off til end of season because somehow i think this team can win 42 games even in this BS SYSTEM! That’s double the wins from last season 21 plus 21 more Byron Scott owes for clearly tanking! So let’s wait

  • Somehow someway nick young needs to be on that floor when he’s hot like that! He did win that spurs GAME with kobe on the floor and is the best buzzer beater on this team. .. Byron did say certain situations kobe would play the 4 and as always doesn’t make the right adjustments.
    Clarkson, lou, swag, kobe, hibbert in crunch time is deadly and should always be a threat in the right situation.

  • Somehow someway nick young needs to be on that floor when he’s hot like that! He did win that spurs GAME with kobe on the floor and is the best buzzer beater on this team. .. Byron did say certain situations kobe would play the 4 and as always doesn’t make the right adjustments.
    Clarkson, lou, swag, kobe, hibbert in crunch time is deadly and should always be a threat in the right situation.

  • If Byron used his mind to mimic the one five pick and roll like Dantoni, Russell and Randle will dominate hence nash and stoudamier! !!! And we got kobe, lou, and Dantoni do boy “swaggy” we’d have won by 36… damn i hate nash went with warriors

  • If Byron used his mind to mimic the one five pick and roll like Dantoni, Russell and Randle will dominate hence nash and stoudamier! !!! And we got kobe, lou, and Dantoni do boy “swaggy” we’d have won by 36… damn i hate nash went with warriors

  • Kobe definitely needs to pass more, he’s the super threat to teams that overplay and double him, he has the opportunity to make great plays and decides to shoot instead . If kb gets 15 5 & 5 he will be more effective and over time will equal more wins down THE Stretch

  • Kobe definitely needs to pass more, he’s the super threat to teams that overplay and double him, he has the opportunity to make great plays and decides to shoot instead . If kb gets 15 5 & 5 he will be more effective and over time will equal more wins down THE Stretch

  • Bro, I learned not to respond to this guy last season, literally all he does every post is bag out Kobe. It’s like he can’t respect a player that has given his team 5 championships and 20 years of service. I’d hate to see how he feels towards war vets.

  • Bro, I learned not to respond to this guy last season, literally all he does every post is bag out Kobe. It’s like he can’t respect a player that has given his team 5 championships and 20 years of service. I’d hate to see how he feels towards war vets.

  • Clarkson is our best young talent rookie though, one of the few bright spots of last season ‘alongside Lin leaving’ so our hopes and trust are riding on him, it makes sense people are going to scrutinize him if he doesn’t, can’t always smile and tell your kids they’re wonderful, sometimes you gotta smack em and tell em to do better.

  • Clarkson is our best young talent rookie though, one of the few bright spots of last season ‘alongside Lin leaving’ so our hopes and trust are riding on him, it makes sense people are going to scrutinize him if he doesn’t, can’t always smile and tell your kids they’re wonderful, sometimes you gotta smack em and tell em to do better.

  • That would be good but you gotta think about the money, for $20million noone is going to be satisfied with 25 minutes of game time from him. It’s a spectator sport after all.

  • That would be good but you gotta think about the money, for $20million noone is going to be satisfied with 25 minutes of game time from him. It’s a spectator sport after all.

  • I laughed at the moment when Russel had to guard the penetrating RRondo, and he was just covering his back with his hands lift up in the air, really no effort of stopping RR, and RR is not even a physical powerful PG, Russel has no tools to stop cp3, westbrook, lilard, wall etc. He really needs to work on his physical tools at least to stand in front of the people who he is guarding not… running after them like a sissy girl.., having him stated “I dont have the bunny legs” or w/e was bad sign for me because I am not sure he even tried to prove himself wrong, with the development of nowadays workouts routines personal trainers and whatever else you could beat your genes if you are determined and persistent, but this guy isn’t. Look Clarckson for 1 summer got all that bulk and poise… but he really wanted it.

  • I laughed at the moment when Russel had to guard the penetrating RRondo, and he was just covering his back with his hands lift up in the air, really no effort of stopping RR, and RR is not even a physical powerful PG, Russel has no tools to stop cp3, westbrook, lilard, wall etc. He really needs to work on his physical tools at least to stand in front of the people who he is guarding not… running after them like a sissy girl.., having him stated “I dont have the bunny legs” or w/e was bad sign for me because I am not sure he even tried to prove himself wrong, with the development of nowadays workouts routines personal trainers and whatever else you could beat your genes if you are determined and persistent, but this guy isn’t. Look Clarckson for 1 summer got all that bulk and poise… but he really wanted it.

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