Kobe Bryant On D’Angelo Russell: ‘He Has My Trust Already’
Lakers News: D’angelo Russell, Byron Scott Split Play Calling So Far
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

When the Los Angeles Lakers selected D’Angelo Russell with the second overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, many looked at him as the possible heir apparent to Kobe Bryant.

The coaches and front office believe he has superstar potential and could be the person to finally take the torch.

Training camp has just gotten underway and Kobe has been highly complimentary of the rookie, saying that Russell already has his trust because of his work ethic according to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:

One thing that has always been said about Kobe Bryant is that players have to earn his trust. People like Derek Fisher, Pau Gasol, and Metta World Peace always had the trust of Kobe because he knew he could go to war with them and they would give him everything they had.

Russell already gaining Kobe’s trust is an excellent sign for the rookie as he looks to make an impact early on this season. Kobe has already complimented his poise as a point guard, and head coach Byron Scott seems to be favoring a lineup featuring the two together.

There is still a long ways to go for Russell to really burst on to the scene, but early signs are encouraging. If the Lakers have indeed found their next big star in Russell, the team will be making a major leap very soon in the NBA.

That’s why the FO drafted Russell instead of Okafor

  • He needs to trust the entire squad…this is still good news. I’m giddy seeing my Lakers scrimmage. I hope they keep Huertas. We’ll need insurance. Kobe has to buy into a system where he isn’t the focal point of the offense. With any of the young guns down we’ll need someone to maintain it. Sunday!!! Lets get it.

  • He needs to trust the entire squad…this is still good news. I’m giddy seeing my Lakers scrimmage. I hope they keep Huertas. We’ll need insurance. Kobe has to buy into a system where he isn’t the focal point of the offense. With any of the young guns down we’ll need someone to maintain it. Sunday!!! Lets get it.

  • And because Russell has an all around game, leadership and more potential

  • And because Russell has an all around game, leadership and more potential

  • Lakers possible lineup:
    Pg:
    Bust/old rookie
    Sg:
    Wanna be/ young 2.0
    Sf:
    Rapist/trigger happy /scrub
    Pf:
    Donut/chubby chaser /scrub
    Center:
    Mentally challenged /short/GOAT/pot dealer
    Coach:
    Idiot,

  • ‘the lakers suck and aren’t even close to being worth talking about. that being said, i simply can’t stop talking about them!’

    – laker haters

  • ‘the lakers suck and aren’t even close to being worth talking about. that being said, i simply can’t stop talking about them!’

    – laker haters

  • Lakers possible lineup:
    Pg:
    Bust/old rookie
    Sg:
    Wanna be/ young 2.0
    Sf:
    Rapist/trigger happy /scrub
    Pf:
    Donut/chubby chaser /hobo/scrub
    Center:
    Mentally challenged /short/GOAT/pot dealer
    Coach:
    Idiot

  • Your right and wrong, right being the SUCK and wrong coz it’s great to talked about them because of the funny delusional comments of retarded fanboys like u hahaha

  • LOL! the funniest part is that you call me retarded.. and yet you write like a remedial kindergartener.

  • LOL! the funniest part is that you call me retarded.. and yet you write like a remedial kindergartener.

  • ‘the lakers suck and aren’t even close to being worth talking about. that being said, i simply can’t stop talking about them!’

    – im a laker hater

  • another well thought out, carefully pondered, intelligent rebuttal. consistent as gravity.

  • always good to meet a fan. you do your homework, eat your veggies and stay in school now, kiddo.

  • another well thought out, carefully pondered, intelligent rebuttal. consistent as gravity.

  • always good to meet a fan. you do your homework, eat your veggies and stay in school now, kiddo.

  • always good to meet a fan. you do your homework, eat your veggies and stay in school now, kiddo.

  • That’s great they have trust in one another this early on; but we’ll have to see the proof in the pudding when when the level of highest competition they are going up against will test their trust/bond and will display what level of chemistry/production they have between.

    This have little to do with whether they’ve made the correct choice or not out of drafting Russell for pg; IMO Payne and Rozier are better pg but I digress.

  • always good to meet a fan. you do your homework, eat your veggies and stay in school now, kiddo.

  • That’s great they have trust in one another this early on; but we’ll have to see the proof in the pudding when when the level of highest competition they are going up against will test their trust/bond and will display what level of chemistry/production they have between.

    This have little to do with whether they’ve made the correct choice or not out of drafting Russell for pg; IMO Payne and Rozier are better pg but I digress.

  • I will admit I was not happy about the Russell pick. Okafor was the sure thing IMO. Grabbing Hibbert was major and has allowed me look differently at the Russell selection. It’s still a huge gamble in my eyes, as D’Angelo and Okafor will be compared all throughout their careers.

    This is the type of bold move that could bring the franchise back to glory. Many haters/doubters but the FO may have the last laugh sooner rather than later.

  • I will admit I was not happy about the Russell pick. Okafor was the sure thing IMO. Grabbing Hibbert was major and has allowed me look differently at the Russell selection. It’s still a huge gamble in my eyes, as D’Angelo and Okafor will be compared all throughout their careers.

    This is the type of bold move that could bring the franchise back to glory. Many haters/doubters but the FO may have the last laugh sooner rather than later.

  • D’Angelo REQUESTED the locker next to Kobe’s so he could pick his brain and do whatever it took to learn about being the type of dedicated player Kobe is.
    Now Kobe’s says about him, “He’s a gym rat”
    Meaning, he’s willing to put in the work to be great.

    All these people calling Russell a “bust” after he played like the 19 year old rookie he is in the summer league will be eating those words.

    Let’s not forget, even the great Kobe rode the bench early in his career and tossed up those 4 airballs vs Utah in the playoffs. There will be growing pains, but I believe Russell is the real deal. Time will tell.

  • D’Angelo REQUESTED the locker next to Kobe’s so he could pick his brain and do whatever it took to learn about being the type of dedicated player Kobe is.
    Now Kobe’s says about him, “He’s a gym rat”
    Meaning, he’s willing to put in the work to be great.

    All these people calling Russell a “bust” after he played like the 19 year old rookie he is in the summer league will be eating those words.

    Let’s not forget, even the great Kobe rode the bench early in his career and tossed up those 4 airballs vs Utah in the playoffs. There will be growing pains, but I believe Russell is the real deal. Time will tell.

  • “This is the type of bold move that could bring the franchise back to glory.”

    Or set them back a decade.

  • “This is the type of bold move that could bring the franchise back to glory.”

    Or set them back a decade.

  • Surprised he said that. I expected and would have preferred, “He’s a good kid. We’ll see what he does in the game and he’ll have to earn it. I’m sure he will show that we can trust him.”. I’d say the only players Kobe has really ever trusted were Fisher and Gasol.

  • Surprised he said that. I expected and would have preferred, “He’s a good kid. We’ll see what he does in the game and he’ll have to earn it. I’m sure he will show that we can trust him.”. I’d say the only players Kobe has really ever trusted were Fisher and Gasol.

  • Why would you compare a post player and a pg? I’ve never done that, nor has anyone else who plays basketball. Unless the Sixers win a championship with Okafor (Not going to happen, as they will never make the playoffs) I’m fine with the pick we made. And honestly I’d rather have Hibbert alongside Randle than Okafor for matchup reasons on defense.

  • Why would you compare a post player and a pg? I’ve never done that, nor has anyone else who plays basketball. Unless the Sixers win a championship with Okafor (Not going to happen, as they will never make the playoffs) I’m fine with the pick we made. And honestly I’d rather have Hibbert alongside Randle than Okafor for matchup reasons on defense.

  • Nah. While it would absolutely suck if Russell becomes a bust, he’s just one of many young prospects the FO has in place. We’re in so much better position for the future. Solid foundation in the amount vested in the youth movement.

  • Nah. While it would absolutely suck if Russell becomes a bust, he’s just one of many young prospects the FO has in place. We’re in so much better position for the future. Solid foundation in the amount vested in the youth movement.

  • Simply because off the draft situation. Everyone thought Okafor was a lock to be a Laker. Their career success or failures will forever be compared.

  • Simply because of the draft situation. Everyone thought Okafor was a lock to be a Laker. Their career success or failures will forever be compared.

  • I was going to insult you, but I’m afraid I wouldn’t do as well as you do to yourself.

  • I was going to insult you, but I’m afraid I wouldn’t do as well as you do to yourself.

  • “We’re in so much better position for the future. Solid foundation in the amount vested in the youth movement. ”

    True we have many young players going forward for the future but we need the #2 to be an absolute stud/all star player. Without an all star type of player you can’t recruit another all star type in today’s nba FA.

    So if he is an all star the team can have the potential of two potential max type of player to compete for a title verses zero if he became a bust.

    You can see how that can set a franchise back in terms of many years.

  • “We’re in so much better position for the future. Solid foundation in the amount vested in the youth movement. ”

    True we have many young players going forward for the future but we need the #2 to be an absolute stud/all star player. Without an all star type of player you can’t recruit another all star type in today’s nba FA.

    So if he is an all star the team can have the potential of two potential max type of player to compete for a title verses zero if he became a bust.

    You can see how that can set a franchise back in terms of many years.

  • I think we still have a chance on signing Okafor in the future. He’s in a bad team in Philly and I don’t think he’ll be signing an extension. During the pre-draft, it looked like he really wanted to be a Laker.

  • I think we still have a chance on signing Okafor in the future. He’s in a bad team in Philly and I don’t think he’ll be signing an extension. During the pre-draft, it looked like he really wanted to be a Laker.

  • Kobe growing soft in his old age? Or just pushing the party line like a good soldier…

  • Kobe growing soft in his old age? Or just pushing the party line like a good soldier…

  • The offense still needs a lot of work. Lakers really need an upgrade at coach. I’m sick and tired of seeing the bigs holding the ball at the top of the key wasting the shot clock

  • Maybe he’s realizing that he needs to fix his image so that he’ll have a good career in broadcasting.

  • Maybe he’s realizing that he needs to fix his image so that he’ll have a good career in broadcasting.

  • Yea, but the real question is – can DLo trust you Kobe? Are you going to play nice and share the ball or are you going to be a one man wrecking ball to the Lakers like you were at the start of last season?

  • Yea, but the real question is – can DLo trust you Kobe? Are you going to play nice and share the ball or are you going to be a one man wrecking ball to the Lakers like you were at the start of last season?

  • No everyone didn’t. I always wanted LA to draft Russell. Okafor never was an option for me. Okafor and Randle never made sense on paper. Russell was the clear decision.

  • No everyone didn’t. I always wanted LA to draft Russell. Okafor never was an option for me. Okafor and Randle never made sense on paper. Russell was the clear decision.

  • ok……….. dont be a fool 99% of people believed okafor was going to be a laker.

    russel was a shocker to everyone..

  • ok……….. dont be a fool 99% of people believed okafor was going to be a laker.

    russel was a shocker to everyone..

  • Well I must be in the 1 percent. I never once wanted LA to draft Okafor, and I’m glad they didn’t. We will be better off with Russell. We don’t need a scoring center who doesn’t provide interior defense.

  • Well I must be in the 1 percent. I never once wanted LA to draft Okafor, and I’m glad they didn’t. We will be better off with Russell. We don’t need a scoring center who doesn’t provide interior defense.

  • Why would you want Okafor & Randle in the post together? I swear some of you know nothing about basketball. smh. Those two would have been horrible next to each other.

  • Why would you want Okafor & Randle in the post together? I swear some of you know nothing about basketball. smh. Those two would have been horrible next to each other.

  • You don’t know that for sure. Please refrain from acting like an all knowing guru.

  • You don’t know that for sure. Please refrain from acting like an all knowing guru.

  • If you can’t change shots as a center in the NBA you don’t help the defense. You do realize LA’s interior defense was next to last, last season right? smh

  • If you can’t change shots as a center in the NBA you don’t help the defense. You do realize LA’s interior defense was next to last, last season right? smh

  • I know Okafor & Randle make no sense, and the Lakers will be better off securing a backcourt as they did.

  • I know Okafor & Randle make no sense, and the Lakers will be better off securing a backcourt as they did.

  • Randle is a faceup 4 with a little mid range jumpshot, Okafor is a back to the basket big man who can potentially develop a mid range jumpshot, it’s not that hard to believe that they can work together.

  • Randle is a faceup 4 with a little mid range jumpshot, Okafor is a back to the basket big man who can potentially develop a mid range jumpshot, it’s not that hard to believe that they can work together.

  • yes i also realize that okafors allowed less ppp in the paint last year at duke then towns did at kuntucky and he also allowed les ppp in the paint in summer league then towns did. ergo okafors defense at least atm is better then towns

  • yes i also realize that okafors allowed less ppp in the paint last year at duke then towns did at kuntucky and he also allowed les ppp in the paint in summer league then towns did. ergo okafors defense at least atm is better then towns

  • Hi my name is Josh and all I do all day is impersonate other people and troll a Lakers site because I have no social skills.

    You need to quit that. you’re not cute dude. Grow up already.

  • they fit on the offensive side of the ball as both were/are great passers and both can hit a face up 10-15 footer.

    on defense both are great at using their bodies to keep their man in frount of them with out fouling and challenging shots with out fouling.

  • Hi my name is Josh and all I do all day is impersonate other people and troll a Lakers site because I have no social skills.

    You need to quit that. you’re not cute dude. Grow up already.

  • they fit on the offensive side of the ball as both were/are great passers and both can hit a face up 10-15 footer.

    on defense both are great at using their bodies to keep their man in frount of them with out fouling and challenging shots with out fouling.

  • Please. Okafor is not a rim protector. He actually makes more sense for PHI because they can pair him with Noel, who is.

  • Please. Okafor is not a rim protector. He actually makes more sense for PHI because they can pair him with Noel, who is.

  • For you it was clear, but that was your opinion.

    I wanted a big like Karl Anthony Towns or Okafor.

    I am glad Russell has Kobes endorsement, and I know Russell has the heart and skill to take our franchise where it deserves to return to, but initially Okafor was my first choice.

  • you make a very basic mistake in a draft, you draft for the best talent and not for the best fit or position….period.

    it’s obvious from the outside looking in Okafor and Randle appears not to look like the best fit BUT you don’t know that for sure.

    What I do know for sure from my vast experience in following rookies and watching them is that Okafor will be almost a lock for ROY but Russell will not be.

  • For you it was clear, but that was your opinion.

    I wanted a big like Karl Anthony Towns or Okafor.

    I am glad Russell has Kobes endorsement, and I know Russell has the heart and skill to take our franchise where it deserves to return to, but initially Okafor was my first choice.

  • you make a very basic mistake in a draft, you draft for the best talent and not for the best fit or position….period.

    it’s obvious from the outside looking in Okafor and Randle appears not to look like the best fit BUT you don’t know that for sure.

    What I do know for sure from my vast experience in following rookies and watching them is that Okafor will be almost a lock for ROY but Russell will not be.

  • He can easily provide shot blocking but hes smart not to injure himself so early in his career.

  • the stats disagree with you.

    in college and the sl okafor allowed less ppp in the paint then towns did

  • He can easily provide shot blocking but hes smart not to injure himself so early in his career.

  • the stats disagree with you.

    in college and the sl okafor allowed less ppp in the paint then towns did

  • and

    in college and sl okafors teams had a better defensive rating with him on the court then they did with towns on the court

  • I would have to disagree.

    People said the same thing about Randle, remember that?

  • Many reasons for that. The lakers knew okafor couldn’t protect the rim. They made the right choice.

  • and

    in college and sl okafors teams had a better defensive rating with him on the court then they did with towns on the court

  • I would have to disagree.

    People said the same thing about Randle, remember that?

  • Many reasons for that. The lakers knew okafor couldn’t protect the rim. They made the right choice.

  • ROY is irrelevant. All that matters is where they are in 5 years. At this point it’s anybody’s guess.

  • ROY is irrelevant. All that matters is where they are in 5 years. At this point it’s anybody’s guess.

  • Bro, towns has the best defensive win share percentage of any player in college over the last five years.

  • true but its 90% likely okafor is in the nba as a starter averging around 15-20ppg and 8-12rpg and 1-2 bpg

  • Bro, towns has the best defensive win share percentage of any player in college over the last five years.

  • true but its 90% likely okafor is in the nba as a starter averging around 15-20ppg and 8-12rpg and 1-2 bpg

  • In retrospect we did. At the time it looked like a very questionable decision. We didnt have Hibbert at that time.

  • In retrospect we did. At the time it looked like a very questionable decision. We didnt have Hibbert at that time.

  • he played on a great defensive team. but once towns sat his teams defense only fell by 2.6ppg

    when okafor sat his teams defense fell over 11ppg

  • he played on a great defensive team. but once towns sat his teams defense only fell by 2.6ppg

    when okafor sat his teams defense fell over 11ppg

  • Last year’s team had a bunch of career bench players I don’t see how that’s Kobe’s fault??

  • I’m agreeing that Its true Mitch and the FO believed Russell was the best decision. At that time I thought the FO took a terrible risk by picking up a PG when we badly needed a center.

  • we have hibbert now so ya we did. but if we pick okafor we trade for lawson and stii have the cap space for LA.

    what looks better to LA. lawson, kobe, randle, okafor
    or russ,clark, kobe, scare?????

  • Last year’s team had a bunch of career bench players I don’t see how that’s Kobe’s fault??

  • I’m agreeing that Its true Mitch and the FO believed Russell was the best decision. At that time I thought the FO took a terrible risk by picking up a PG when we badly needed a center.

  • we have hibbert now so ya we did. but if we pick okafor we trade for lawson and stii have the cap space for LA.

    what looks better to LA. lawson, kobe, randle, okafor
    or russ,clark, kobe, scare?????

  • Nobody knows if Russell or Okafor is the better choice neither player still hasn’t played a single NBA game.

  • Not true bro. Give credit where credit is due. Okafor is a great athlete with a bright future.

  • Nobody knows if Russell or Okafor is the better choice neither player still hasn’t played a single NBA game.

  • Not true bro. Give credit where credit is due. Okafor is a great athlete with a bright future.

  • i ment his shot blocking is no were near towns. if okafor blocked shots like towns his defense would have been talked about like a god send

  • i ment his shot blocking is no were near towns. if okafor blocked shots like towns his defense would have been talked about like a god send

  • i think la wanted to come to la with okafor and when we passed on him for russ we killed any chance at him.

  • i think la wanted to come to la with okafor and when we passed on him for russ we killed any chance at him.

  • I do. Hes a baby just like Russell, a big baby, but a baby none the less. Okafor WILL develop his defensive bro.

  • I do. Hes a baby just like Russell, a big baby, but a baby none the less. Okafor WILL develop his defensive bro.

  • Makes me sigh a bit thinking about that possibility.

    But on the flip side, we have a fierce offensive squad bro.

  • Makes me sigh a bit thinking about that possibility.

    But on the flip side, we have a fierce offensive squad bro.

  • I dont agree based on his natural handle of the ball and fluidity to the basket but I’m sure you see something I dont.

  • I dont agree based on his natural handle of the ball and fluidity to the basket but I’m sure you see something I dont.

  • Actually as the draft was getting near I was afraid the FO would draft Russell and I made a long statement about that.

    Vdogg was there he recalled and responded to that.

  • kobe talks like he is the authority who cares about his approval? or it might just be the media hype.

  • Actually as the draft was getting near I was afraid the FO would draft Russell and I made a long statement about that.

    Vdogg was there he recalled and responded to that.

  • kobe talks like he is the authority who cares about his approval? or it might just be the media hype.

  • Kobe just needs to be Kobe. The passers need to know who to pass and when to pass.

  • true as it got closer that was my fear but i must admit in sl alot of my russel fears turned out to be some what untrue

  • Kobe just needs to be Kobe. The passers need to know who to pass and when to pass.

  • true as it got closer that was my fear but i must admit in sl alot of my russel fears turned out to be some what untrue

  • when your a top 5 player all time the greatest laker ever and in your 20th possiblly last season everyone with a brain cares about what kobe says

  • when your a top 5 player all time the greatest laker ever and in your 20th possiblly last season everyone with a brain cares about what kobe says

  • Kobe doesn’t have to buy into that system as much as that system has to be proven offensively capable to where he knows he can step back a bit.

  • Kobe doesn’t have to buy into that system as much as that system has to be proven offensively capable to where he knows he can step back a bit.

  • Riiiiiiiiiiiight… that is until we see Kobe shoot over 3 defenders instead of passing it to Russell. Talk is cheap.

  • Riiiiiiiiiiiight… that is until we see Kobe shoot over 3 defenders instead of passing it to Russell. Talk is cheap.

  • People compare Bowie and Jordan because of draft position after all. Same with Durant and Oden. It happens.

  • People compare Bowie and Jordan because of draft position after all. Same with Durant and Oden. It happens.

  • Kobe shot 37% from the floor, 29% from 3 point while taking 5 threes a game, played horrible defense, played only 35 games, and made $24 million effective acting like a cap clog. And he wasn’t the issue at any point?

    Sure.

  • Kobe shot 37% from the floor, 29% from 3 point while taking 5 threes a game, played horrible defense, played only 35 games, and made $24 million effective acting like a cap clog. And he wasn’t the issue at any point?

    Sure.

  • It does happen, but I just get tired of hearing Lakers fans say “WE” all wanted Okafor. No we didn’t. I never did. I wanted Russell the day I seen we won the 2nd pick. No one else crossed my mind (unless Towns slipped to 2).

  • It does happen, but I just get tired of hearing Lakers fans say “WE” all wanted Okafor. No we didn’t. I never did. I wanted Russell the day I seen we won the 2nd pick. No one else crossed my mind (unless Towns slipped to 2).

  • Lakers possible lineup:
    Pg:
    Bust/old rookie
    Sg:
    Wanna be/ young 2.0
    Sf:
    Rapist/trigger happy /scrub/hobo
    Pf:
    Donut/chubby chaser /scrub
    Center:
    Mentally challenged /short/GOAT/pot dealer
    Coach:
    Idiot,,,

  • Lakers possible lineup:
    Pg:
    Bust/old rookie
    Sg:
    Wanna be/ young 2.0
    Sf:
    Rapist/trigger happy /scrub/hobo
    Pf:
    Donut/chubby chaser /scrub
    Center:
    Mentally challenged /short/GOAT/pot dealer
    Coach:
    Idiot,,,

  • They sometimes have similar writing patterns. I don’t know if that’s by coincidence, but i can’t say it’s by design.

  • They sometimes have similar writing patterns. I don’t know if that’s by coincidence, but i can’t say it’s by design.

  • Josh stop stealing people’s names.

    Maybe the following advice is more at your level:
    SWIPER, NO SWIPING!

  • Josh stop stealing people’s names.

    Maybe the following advice is more at your level:
    SWIPER, NO SWIPING!

  • Yea but by selecting Russell over Okafor their destinies are forever connected. If Okafor turns into a MVP candidate while Russell struggles to stay a starter people will forever point at the Lakers and say “told you so” much like they do with the Trailblazers and Durant (nevermind that most draft experts at the time said to go with Oden). It’s inevitable that they’ll be compared.

  • Yea but by selecting Russell over Okafor their destinies are forever connected. If Okafor turns into a MVP candidate while Russell struggles to stay a starter people will forever point at the Lakers and say “told you so” much like they do with the Trailblazers and Durant (nevermind that most draft experts at the time said to go with Oden). It’s inevitable that they’ll be compared.

  • I guess McHale and Parrish made no sense. Robinson and Duncan were both low post players. Harford and Milsaph, ETC…

    On paper don’t mean shit. Players play the game.

  • I guess McHale and Parrish made no sense. Robinson and Duncan were both low post players. Harford and Milsaph, ETC…

    On paper don’t mean shit. Players play the game.

  • 1. kobe did play defense and it was above league average
    2.if you took the time to break down kobes shooting 5 vs were hes taking shots compared to league average kobe was still slightly above average.
    3.everyone was injured not just kobe. it was nashs 10m that hurt more then kobes because if we did not own nash 10 me we could have got two full max players last off season.
    4.the lakers were better last season with kobe. so I stand by he was not the reason for the poor season.

  • 1. kobe did play defense and it was above league average
    2.if you took the time to break down kobes shooting 5 vs were hes taking shots compared to league average kobe was still slightly above average.
    3.everyone was injured not just kobe. it was nashs 10m that hurt more then kobes because if we did not own nash 10 me we could have got two full max players last off season.
    4.the lakers were better last season with kobe. so I stand by he was not the reason for the poor season.

  • Although preferred Russell, felt bad for Okafor. Russell posted an Instagram pick at the rookie photo shoot while messing around with Anthony Brown. Who’s their in the back ground watching Russell and Brown play around ? Okafor But year it’s possible. .

  • Although preferred Russell, felt bad for Okafor. Russell posted an Instagram pick at the rookie photo shoot while messing around with Anthony Brown. Who’s their in the back ground watching Russell and Brown play around ? Okafor But year it’s possible. .

  • HAHHAHAHAHAAH!!!! not even close to being in the same universe as the truth!

    your sense of humor is on the rise, though.

  • HAHHAHAHAHAAH!!!! not even close to being in the same universe as the truth!

    your sense of humor is on the rise, though.

  • you need to rephrase — i could not stand your “wit” (if you can call it that), as in stand to be around it. it’s an insult to my vastly superior intelligence. i’m done here. go ahead and get the last word in… i hear that you kindergarteners love to do that.

  • you need to rephrase — i could not stand your “wit” (if you can call it that), as in stand to be around it. it’s an insult to my vastly superior intelligence. i’m done here. go ahead and get the last word in… i hear that you kindergarteners love to do that.

  • 1 You worship Kobe like an infallible god
    2 You worship Kobe like an infallible god
    3 You make up stats
    4 You worship Kobe like an infallible god
    5 Kobe Bryant ranked 340th out of 368 total players in defensive efficiency
    Kobe Bryant ranked 358th out of 368 total players in offensive efficiency vs defensive efficiency, but obviously he is still above the league average because afterall he is an infallible god and the numbers are lies..

  • 1 You worship Kobe like an infallible god
    2 You worship Kobe like an infallible god
    3 You make up stats
    4 You worship Kobe like an infallible god
    5 Kobe Bryant ranked 340th out of 368 total players in defensive efficiency
    Kobe Bryant ranked 358th out of 368 total players in offensive efficiency vs defensive efficiency, but obviously he is still above the league average because afterall he is an infallible god and the numbers are lies..

  • He’s had moments of brilliance where he’s more of a facilitator. He played several years alongside of Shaq and had to rely on the triangle to get him his looks. I guess I’m misunderstood here… I just don’t want to see Kobe shooting impossible shots again. He’s got a young core that can get him the easy looks. The pieces are here now. I agree that all of this has to be proven yet. But this team is far from Chucky Atkins, Chris Mihm, etc… Kobe needs to buy into that in order to extend his career. Duncan for example, has continued to do work and isn’t always option 1. You can argue he’s not the focal point anymore. Some give has to happen at some point.

  • He’s had moments of brilliance where he’s more of a facilitator. He played several years alongside of Shaq and had to rely on the triangle to get him his looks. I guess I’m misunderstood here… I just don’t want to see Kobe shooting impossible shots again. He’s got a young core that can get him the easy looks. The pieces are here now. I agree that all of this has to be proven yet. But this team is far from Chucky Atkins, Chris Mihm, etc… Kobe needs to buy into that in order to extend his career. Duncan for example, has continued to do work and isn’t always option 1. You can argue he’s not the focal point anymore. Some give has to happen at some point.

  • You just stated that Kobe’s defense was just above the league average, when in fact he was so bad that you need to scroll down all the way to the bottom to find his name.

  • You just stated that Kobe’s defense was just above the league average, when in fact he was so bad that you need to scroll down all the way to the bottom to find his name.

  • They expected to get Aldridge, Monroe, love, deandre, etc

    Hibbert was a last sec desperation move. Hopeful it turns out

  • They expected to get Aldridge, Monroe, love, deandre, etc

    Hibbert was a last sec desperation move. Hopeful it turns out

  • Maybe at the beginning.

    But come on vdogg do you really dislike Oakfor that much?

    You don’t see him becoming a great player?

  • Maybe at the beginning.

    But come on vdogg do you really dislike Oakfor that much?

    You don’t see him becoming a great player?

  • Weak and irrelevant points. Kobe has been the best player on this team.

    It’s ungrateful to bash him like that.

    We real Laker fans would never think that way about our legend Kobe.

  • Weak and irrelevant points. Kobe has been the best player on this team.

    It’s ungrateful to bash him like that.

    We real Laker fans would never think that way about our legend Kobe.

  • Out of curiosity I’m going to be watching this entire draft class.

    You might be right, maybe Oakfor never develops a proper defensive at the rim. If so he will never be successful.

    A center without rim protection is not a center.

    But then again look at Paul Gasol. He wasn’t the most defensively gifted center but he did pretty good for us despite that.

  • Out of curiosity I’m going to be watching this entire draft class.

    You might be right, maybe Okafor never develops a proper defensive at the rim. If so he will never be successful.

    A center without rim protection is not a center.

    But then again look at Paul Gasol. He wasn’t the most defensively gifted center but he did pretty good for us despite that.

  • Kobe’s ORTG was 96 per 100 poss and DRTG was 110 per 100 poss; and guess what? Those numbers are bad. I’m not saying Kobe was THE reason for the bad season, but to say Kobe wasn’t a reason at all is blind. And there isn’t a basketball expert in the world who would say Kobe played acceptable defense last year. Maybe the move to SF will help him this year because it will mitigate the speed disadvantage he’s been at with his declining athleticism due to age, we’ll have to see. But the last two years? One of the worst at his position defensively.

  • Kobe’s ORTG was 96 per 100 poss and DRTG was 110 per 100 poss; and guess what? Those numbers are bad. I’m not saying Kobe was THE reason for the bad season, but to say Kobe wasn’t a reason at all is blind. And there isn’t a basketball expert in the world who would say Kobe played acceptable defense last year. Maybe the move to SF will help him this year because it will mitigate the speed disadvantage he’s been at with his declining athleticism due to age, we’ll have to see. But the last two years? One of the worst at his position defensively.

  • Sorry but this is a blind fan comment. Bill Russell was a legend but C’s fans wouldn’t want him at center right now. Michael Jordan was a legend but he’d be a trainwreck for the Bulls. Age catches up to everyone. Kobe HAS BEEN the best player on the Lakers but now if he’s your best player your team is going to be a lottery team. He needs to be the third best player and a facilitator if you’re going to win. Offensively he’s best equipped to be a 6th man taking advantage of bench players rather than the focus of the offense. That’s not disrespectful, just honest evaluation. He’s 37, the fact he has spurts where he can play at a high level is amazing.

  • Sorry but this is a blind fan comment. Bill Russell was a legend but C’s fans wouldn’t want him at center right now. Michael Jordan was a legend but he’d be a trainwreck for the Bulls. Age catches up to everyone. Kobe HAS BEEN the best player on the Lakers but now if he’s your best player your team is going to be a lottery team. He needs to be the third best player and a facilitator if you’re going to win. Offensively he’s best equipped to be a 6th man taking advantage of bench players rather than the focus of the offense. That’s not disrespectful, just honest evaluation. He’s 37, the fact he has spurts where he can play at a high level is amazing.

  • offensive rating and defensive rating are misleading. those stats are directly effected by who your playing with and against.

    the lakers had the hardest schedule in the nba in the games kobe played.

    the teams kobe played vs hadan offensive rating of 109pp100p and held teams to an average of 98pp100p. when taken iton account that kobe also pl;ayed on one of the worse defensive and offensive teams in the nba the stats look different

  • offensive rating and defensive rating are misleading. those stats are directly effected by who your playing with and against.

    the lakers had the hardest schedule in the nba in the games kobe played.

    the teams kobe played vs hadan offensive rating of 109pp100p and held teams to an average of 98pp100p. when taken iton account that kobe also pl;ayed on one of the worse defensive and offensive teams in the nba the stats look different

  • You understand that defensive rating and offensive rating is a personal stat that takes into account your teammates? Kobe’s stats are HIS stats for the games HE played. The stats I pulled were from basketball-reference. So he was responsible for his team generating 96 points per 100 possessions and giving up 110 per 100 possessions.

    Again, no basketball expert in the world right now regards Kobe as a good defender anymore. None. Only fanboys.

  • You understand that defensive rating and offensive rating is a personal stat that takes into account your teammates? Kobe’s stats are HIS stats for the games HE played. The stats I pulled were from basketball-reference. So he was responsible for his team generating 96 points per 100 possessions and giving up 110 per 100 possessions.

    Again, no basketball expert in the world right now regards Kobe as a good defender anymore. None. Only fanboys.

  • its not a personal stat.

    they try to sell it like a personal stat but its not it is directly effected by the team you play with.

  • its not a personal stat.

    they try to sell it like a personal stat but its not it is directly effected by the team you play with.

  • Lakers starters played 14 minutes together vs. the Suns, had an OEff of 123.9 & a DEff of 95.7. Played zero 4th quarter minutes together.

    Absolutely true.

  • The starters have been more consistent with Russell in that group. Kobe plays better with DR not Young.

  • Line up for what? So the fans can bash them and cry for them to be fired too. Because no matter who you get. This team is not going to look any better with the talent that we have.

  • I agree with that because you stick with whats working nothing else. That is how you “Win Anyway” not one set way. Because many times things could change.

    It takes a coach with some guts to put their neck on the line and do what they feel is in the best interest of the “team’s” success. Hopefully this will encourage them all to step up. Then it won’t matter who’s on the floor because they will all be personally accountable every time they are on the court. Go “Team.” One common goal. Want to most importantly “win” and do it as a “team” for yourself and your team mates. Real team mates support each other and put team success first.

    Iguodala and the Warriors proved doing what is in the best interest of the” team” and “sacrificing me for we” wins Championships in today’s game.

    Go Byron ! Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • They don’t understand that usually Williams and Young come in playing against the other teams bench and then they cool off in crunch time playing against the starters.

  • What about when the team is down by 15 points with 5 minutes to go? Wouldn’t it be best to just give Russell that time out on the floor?

    While Mudiay leads his team in usage rate, Russell (20.4 percent) ranks fifth among Lakers who have played in more than one game while playing the majority of his minutes with three of the four guys ahead of him.

  • best chemistry rotation beat best individual player…Did scott really know basketball?

  • NOT

    Hibbert usage is 14.6
    Russell usage is 20.4

    It’s ridiculous that people make stuff up.

  • Crap article. basketball – reference dot com totally disagrees with them.

  • we have talented players at every position.
    pg dangelo and huertas?
    sg clarkson and lou williams
    sf Kobe
    PF Randle and Nance Jr.
    C Hibbert
    thats 8 decent players starters on any team.
    not just the Lakers.
    playing together as 1 team and not solo hero ball is whats more important.
    problem is we have alot of 1 on 1 players most are in my fav 5 too.
    Kobe Randle and Clarkson.
    If these guys will pass more and move the ball one of them will be open or cut to the basket and get an easier shot.
    we cant just do this solo thing everytime.
    thats whats killing us man…….
    move the ball and someone cuts to the hoop either make a layup or get a foul.
    or 2 people cut and 1 cutter passes to another.
    how mwp passed to hibbert in the one game….forget who it was against.
    we need to do that ALOT more to win games in the 4th quarter.
    Ball movement yes, picks and most definately cutters.

  • It was on silverscreenandroll. I just edited the comment and put the quote in it. The mistake I made was thinking they were talking about Hibbert instead of Young or Williams.

  • silverscreenandroll had an article how Russell’s defense is actually good. They are the ultimate fanbody fantasy site. Totally a crap site.

  • I wouldn’t just dismiss it. If his man uses a pick or comes off a screen there has to be some help. He can’t be blamed for that. The league is filled with great point guards.

  • we have talented players at every position.
    pg- dangelo and huertas?
    sg- clarkson and lou williams
    sf- Kobe
    pf Randle and Nance Jr.
    C Hibbert
    thats 8 decent players starters on any team not just the Lakers.
    playing together as 1 team meshing geling and not solo hero ball IS whats more important.
    problem is we have alot of 1 on 1 players most are in my fav 5 too.
    These 3 are like superstars Kobe, Randle and Clarkson.
    If these guys will pass more and move the ball one of them will be open to SHOOT WIDE OPEN or cut to the basket and get an easy layup/dunk.
    we cant just do this solo thing everytime we need to mix it up and try different things. yeah sometimes iso 1 on 1 works but not everytime.
    thats whats killing us.
    move the ball AND someone NEEDS cuts to the hoop.
    or 2 people cut and 1 cutter passes to another cutter.
    how mwp passed to hibbert in the one game….forget who it was against.
    we need to do that ALOT more to win games.
    Especially in the 4th quarter.
    Ball movement yes, picks yes. and most definately cutter to the hoop.
    Cmon Lakers!
    lets get back to winning ball games.

  • He’s looked terrible when I watched him and most numbers I’ve seen back this up. It’s ok to say he will improve over time. It’s underly ridiculous to make the argument that he’s actually decent. They totally cherry-picked a few plays he did ok on.

  • well personally i think mark jackson would be perfect for the job. he can come in give them confidence now and implement his system slowly and get to know his players for the rest of the year. He got fired in GS because he didnt get along with the front office but the players loved him and he made them the team they were last year. But that is just my opinion. steve Kerr inherited a fully finished product and all he had to do was be competent.

  • With the #2 overall selection this year, the Lakers selected a 6-4 stiff who can’t score, can’t assist, can’t defend, and can’t make free throws. They passed on KP6, potentially the best player in the 2015 NBA draft.

  • Hey we are 1-1 in our last two games and have a 1 game home winning streak. We have to feel good about that based on how the season has gone thus far. Raptors will be a tough battle even with a rested Kobe. But if they can pull the upset it may give them a surge of confidence. I won’t run out and bet on the Lakers beating the Raptor in this game but hope they find a way to pull the upset. Even if they don’t if they play well it still would be a positive because the Raptors are certainly a playoff bound team.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Huertas a talented player? Maybe in Europe, in the NBA not so much. Kobe is shooting 34%, that is horrible. He has a PER of 12.4 and 15 is average. Lou is shooting 33% with a 14 PER. Randle WILL be good. Right now he’s a rookie and very inconsistent. Nance is a bit more complete but still inconsistent. Roy has been very good.

  • It’s game 12. Kobe has played only 8 games. Big 9 month layoff. Lets see how we shoot and play as we play another month and round into mid season form.

    I think Kobe has settled down and is taking better shots. He appeared to be checking to see just what he had in the first few games of the season. He had a big layoff and was trying too hard to rush back to the top of his game. I think the near triple double speaks volumes about the approach he is now taking. But we will have to see how his game goes in the next month or so.

    Personally I like the Kobe that throws out near to or triple doubles. I like the one who continues to exceed all hate and low expectations.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • He’s decent at staying in front of his man and his reflexes on D are actually pretty good. His transition defense is bad because he is pretty slow getting back to his man. His pick and roll defense is horrible, but that has more to do with the coaching than Russell’s ability. The Lakers don’t hedge on pick and rolls, don’t go under, don’t switch. They just let their man go to basket hoping that Hibbert will block the shot.

  • what do you think of my evaluation?
    more ball movement and cutters.
    pick and roll basketball with clarkson and randle or huertas and bass or huertas and black.

  • Most indeed paytc.
    We need the win but we lost to alot of non-playoff teams.
    now our hope is to beat these key playoff teams.
    i just dont see it happening.
    the 1st 10 games we should have been 7-3 or 6-4.
    Instead we lost some by under 5 points and started 1-9.
    thats not a good start by any measurement and alot are starting to lose faith.
    either coach scott makes some major changes or the players change their style up.
    but we have to win some more games or we can kiss the playoffs bye bye…….

  • Also his team defense is terrible. He gets out of position a lot. Fails to make the proper rotations. I’ve watched him fail 3-4 straight times in the forth quarter leaving his man with open shots. Overall a very bad defender.

  • Huertas doesn’t get PT on the LAL, a bottom 5 team. I doubt he gets PT on any other team. He’s not a starter, he’s not really even an NBA player.

  • If you give Huertas Anthony Brown and Tariq Black more playing time they will show up.
    problem is coach scott plays only certain guys and never plays the others……
    the problem is the coach not players they cant help being put on the bench and never used in games.

  • Oh i guess kobe and lou have been the best players buahahha this guy is an idiot

  • Clarkson, Randall, Black, Nance & as much as it hurts to say it, Russell…

  • again thats not true, the starters are -25 on the season wile the lineup i gave is a +3
    the starters get alot more burn then the linup i have given

  • DR has better court vision and manning the PG responsibility but he can’t do anything else better than Zinger. Although, They might be even as perimeter shooter in the long run.
    Even defending PG. Did you see him shut down Kemba twice in 1 stretch. The kid has a great future cuz he is all about improving and making his best effort on the court. He doesn’t have fear of the moment, cuz that’s what they made him do in Europe. used him as a SG. Easily my choice right after Towns before the draft.

  • If Scott had went with the starters in the 4th VS his affinity for the vet’s, we may have beat the Suns.

  • Tell me again why Lou has been closing nearly every game so far, with the only efficient thing about him, being his ability to con the officials into believing his ridiculous circus shots are fouls. Sadly, Byron and his three sycophants have no business closing basketball games.

  • Nice to see you’ve hitched your wagon to KP now. I remember you were all for Okafor, what happened there? That 0-12 start and player with the most points given up in the entire NBA change your tune?

  • Anyone in the top 15 of this year draft is better than the bust that jim buss picked at #2. A 6-4 guard who can’t shoot. The guy FT% in high school and college was the warning sign. He got one lucky shooting year at the 3pt% in college. That was a fluke and he got back to his normal 3pt shooting touch this year.

  • Yes to everything you said, but we also need guys on the floor that can make the corner-3. Otherwise other teams clog the paint and nobody can cut. Byron talks a good game but in the end he goes for “leadership” (old vet) instead of the hot hand.

    Randle’s game is stalled because he can’t make a jump shot to save his life, let alone a corner-3. Why don’t we get Randle to come in off the bench until he learns that? I rather have Nance or Kelly out there at the 4 and Young or Brown at the 3. Kobe can play the point in short bursts or cheer from the bench.

  • I don’t see what the problem is, D’Angelo’s Field goal percentage is ranked #2 among all guards from the draft (Behind Rashad Vaughn). He is only 1.4 percent worse than Porzingis. You expect a rookie to come into the NBA and shoot over 45 percent? Do you even follow basketball?

  • I think dlo, towns, and porzingis will be equals when the dust settles.

    And Okafor and Mudiay will be in a tier behind.

    All 5 will be stars in some sort, but the first 3 will shine the brightest.

  • Thank you. I’m watching that game and I’m like,”Wth, Scott?” It seems like he just lives to take a player out before they can get too much into a ryhtyhm. How often have we seen a Laker just killing it on both ends of the floor only to have Scott sub the player out?

  • agreed. however thats 1 game in around 17min sample size thats not enough to say they are the best when other linups have played a ton more pt and look better

  • yes we do have to play better in the 4th to pull out the games that are within reach.

    Paytc

  • I think Byron may have read “Win Anyway” one of my favorite books and philosophies. I think there will be certain situations and certain games where your evaluation of what’s going on and what to do will work great. But in other games and situations we must adapt and find a way to change and still pull out the win. There is no one way that works every time. I say “Win Anyway” that works that game, that season, or that day.

    I will also say that winning cures all ills, doubts, and smack talking.
    Once the Lakers start winning watch the about face the haters, doubters, and band wagon busters make. They always get caught up into the way things are going at the moment. Lets change what is happening in the moment.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Rhythm and Basic basketball philosophy , something that is lost to this coach.

  • I think this is just a cop out so byron doesn’t have to answer why hes not playing the youngsters, if there were 5 lou williams he would play them all in the 4th, hes misusing bench players, lou is great at bringing in bench points and energy not for this, nick same thing. Lakers need a coach who can teach, this man is a moviator type coach who is better suited to play with a bunch of veterans who know the game, wrong coach for this team. Del Harris was so good for nick, eddie and cedric, lakers need to find that type of coach.

  • Clarkson, Kobe, MWP/Bass, Randle, Hibbert.
    Russel, Williams, Young, Nance, Black.

    If Byron Scott wants Williams or Young to finish the game instead of Russell, at least give them 2 minutes rest not continuous 16 minutes of playing.

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  • Considering the team hasn’t won a game without Kobe and has had several to try, I would say that Kobe needs to be in the game.

  • Actually young teams tend to play harder against the better teams so having stiffer competition coming up may cause the Lakers to player harder.

  • How can you include Russell in a top tier ahead of Okafor and Mudiay based on what we have seen so far? What are you basing it on?

  • Why are you so low on Okafor? Russell hasn’t had great results yet, but he is easily defended by you and others and the blame is quickly placed on others as to his statistical production.

    However, Okafor, who is also a 19 yr old rookie, is easily criticized for the flaws in his game, while his statistical production is discounted.

    Should either both be criticized for their flaws or both given the benefit of the doubt because it is early? Why are you choosing one over the other?

  • Wrong again, we should be going with the youngsters, at least when theyn lose they learn, when the old guys lose, they just collect a check.

  • I still contend that things would be looking much different now had we won game 1 of the season. Young teams are so fragile and as a result, each thing that happens has a much bigger effect on them. I remember when Lebron arrived in Miami, things started off rocky, including people calling for Spoestra’s head! However, because they were not a young team, they weathered the storm.

    What also hurts a team like this one is that they are playing in the media center for the NBA. LA would be a focus for the media regardless, but when you have the dynamics of Kobe’s career ending possibly, it just adds way more pressure. Phil Jackson seemed to be great at handling pressure like this situation. Byron doesn’t seem to handle the pressure well.

    I hope they can fight through this and stay the course in their development as a team. If they can show improvement and after 45 games have 20 wins, things will look much different then.

  • Is playing large minutes in games the only way young players can learn? When did that change, because I don’t remember that always being the way. Derek Fisher had been a Lakers for about 2 or 3 years before Phil came to LA. When Phil arrived, he brought in Ron Harper as the starting point guard instead of making Fisher the starter. However, Fisher played his role and gradually over the next 2 years increased his role to becoming the starter. He credited playing behind Harper as a good way of learning what to do.

    It sounds like now that rookies only develop if they are playing 35-40 minutes a night. If that is the case, that’s a bad commentary on where the league has gotten.

  • The flaws they both possess are complete lack of speed and athleticism, I don’t foresee either of them improving this, they will both likely be poor to average defenders for their NBA careers. With Russell this flaw can be hidden much easier, Okafor on the other hand cannot be hidden, he plays the last line of defense and is essential to keeping possessions down with rebounding, something he will also likely never possess.

    Statistically there is a reason their productions are different: Usage rate, where Okafor leads his entire team while D’Angelo only has the 5th highest usage rate, of which 3 of those above him play in the same unit he does.

    I knew before the draft that Okafor was a terrible choice, he didn’t fit the team and his college red flags would not translate to the NBA center position. Unfortunately many many fans on here were duped by his offensive game and wanted that over an actual Center who could play some defense, after witnessing the countless layup drills over the previous two seasons with the myriad of make shift power forwards attempting to play center, I did not want this to continue for the next 5-7 years with Okafor. Yet as we witness Okafor’s deficiencies in play every game, fans are still clinging on to the idea that passing up on him was a bad idea, it perplexes me.

    Towns was always going to be #1, I’m sure had the TWolves taken Okafor the Lakers would have taken Towns. That left the real decision between DLo, Mudiay and KP. Only time will tell if the Lakers got that decision right, but passing up on Okafor was always the correct move.

  • Patrick, here is where I think we differ.

    I never made the decision be about one compared to the other. Instead, my was always about Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle. Here’s what I mean…

    I have felt since last season that if given the opportunity, Jordan Clarkson could be our point guard for the future. I still believe that. Combo guards are exactly the direction that the NBA has gone. No longer do we have traditional point guards dominating the league. Consequently, I see that position as being filled. However, I have and continue to have many concerns about Julius Randle being the foundation for the Lakers front court. He was the best option at our #7 pick, but that doesn’t mean I see him as a solid power forward option for the next 10 years. Furthermore, taking all of these things into account, I chose Okafor.

    Here is what I find interesting. Okafor has been given a ceiling of Al Jefferson as it relates to the potential for his career. For sake of argument, I will agree. Al Jefferson’s stats for last season 8-9 years have hovered around 20 PPG, 10 RPG, 1.5 APG and 1 BPG with a FG% of about 50% (FT- 70%) in about 35 MPG. I would be VERY happy with having a center that provided those numbers on a nightly basis for the next 10 years! Why would anybody not want that? Even if it means having to figure out the role for Randle with possibly moving him, I think it is worth it if you are getting that kind of production from your center.

    Like I said, we are clearly just seeing things different…which is fine.

  • Yep those are good numbers, and Okafor like Big Al, Vucevic, Pekovic and Kanter will have good numbers for his career, as he will be an excellent offensive center and post option. However the numbers that don’t show with these guys are the W’s and L’s those numbers contribute to. Teams generally score 100 points a game, and someone has to get those points, but the wins come from keeping the points down on the other end. Big Al has had a fantastic individual career, but he has made the playoffs 3 times in 11 years. This is not something I want for the Lakers.

  • I preach this for the longest. Play KOBE back and the SG position, and Move Russ on the bench to back him up.. thats simple.. Russ is not a PG, lef JC, play PG, let Russ have the freedom to shoot. they are really determine to change Russel into an PG. smh time will tell

  • Have any of those guys had the opportunity to be on a well constructed team? Kanter has the best chance right now because he is on OKC. Who have the answer to having a deficient defensive center…you have a very good defensive power forward (Ibaka). If OKC could stay healthy, you would see Kanter be the starting center of a really good team which would contradict your point.

    At the end of the day, I would much rather have something than nothing. Right now we have no longer term answer to our front court issues. Our best players are more away from the basket than near the basket. Championship teams need a great player near the basket. They always have and always will.

  • Here’s another thing. What were the results of the teams with Pau Gasol before the Lakers? What were the results of the teams with Kevin Love before the Cavs? Yet the Lakers won with Pau, and the Cavs could end up winning with Love. Neither of them are known for their defense.

  • So who would have been this great defensive power forward? Randle? Again did not fit. Kanter is such an incredibly poor athlete that the Thunder even start the more mobile defense first Steven Adams next to Ibaka, not just for his defense though, also for his ability to actually get around the floor and set some screens. Right now even, Okafor has Nerlens Noel at PF and he is as defense first as they come, yet the 76ers are still giving up layup lines and getting destroyed on pick and rolls. I don’t believe championship teams need great players near the basket any more, the Warriors certainly didn’t and Chris Bosh and Dirk did most of their damage with their jump shooting rather than in the post. Tim Duncan used to do the damage in the post like Shaq did, but his last championship was won with the slickest passing I’ve ever seen from an NBA team.

  • They are both Power Forwards, I don’t get the connection. Pau in his youth was a very good defender I thought. Kevin Love though is horrible, and he played next to Pekovic(another slow offense only C) at the Wolves and they were bad, real bad. Then when he joined the Cavs, they were bad too (with another non defensive C in Varajao), until they traded for a defense first C in Mozgov. Honestly just think about Okafor and Randle for the next 5-7 years. So thankful the Lakers got Hibbert.

  • First of all, identified Kanter in the same line of offensive big men like Al Jefferson. I didn’t say I agreed with that as it wasn’t a major point of contention. However, since we are now zeroing in on him, He doesn’t provide the offense that Al Jefferson does, so you can’t consider him in the same way.

    I have said since before the draft that Randle should have been moved from power forward. He either should have been the small forward this season or been traded. In no way should he have been a factor in a decision concerning Okafor. I would have seen a pairing of Nance and Okafor as a better match than what we have now.

    One championship is not enough to clearly say that traditional big men are no longer a part of a winning NBA formula. I contend that a young Shaq would dominate the league today just like he did years ago. Coaches have stopped developing big men to be traditional scorers. That has aided in the shift. Okafor is a rare player because he is that traditional scorer.

    Once again, I just believe that you don’t let a player that has a developed game on either end of the court slip through your hands like the Lakers did. The reasons you have given although understandable, don’t change my thought on that.

  • I like Mark Jackson too. If the Lakers were looking to fire Byron he would be my first choice. But again Most coaches dont want to take on a job in the middle of the season with no training camp to put in the system they want. So if there is a coaching change. More than likely it will be after the season.

  • Again, you are pairing Randle with Okafor and that has never been my thought. Here’s what you are missing in all I have said…

    I choose Clarkson over Russell. I choose Okafor over Randle. See…I have never made it about Russell over Okafor. Also, I think Russell with Clarkson is just as poor of a pairing as Randle with Okafor.

    We can disagree, but do you at least see what I’m saying?

  • I agree with you, but MWP was on the radio yesterday parroting everything Scott has said about young players and playing time. Looks like team leaders are all on board with the coaching staff in that regard.

  • Not nearly enough games played to say “they can’t win without him.”

  • That’s what the 76ers do, they draft players who are of simliar position and don’t fit together and hope they can move one in a trade for something better or of equal value, bet they still wish they had MCW, all they got for him was the Lakers draft pick which they might not even see until 2017 at this rate. Randle would have had about as much trade value as Joel Embiid after being out an entire season, he has pretty much no outside game thus far, so moving him to SF isn’t really an option. So basically you wanted the Lakers to surrender their previous draft pick for the sake of Okafor (who two teams passed on I might add) knowing full well that two draft picks are gone in the next 3 years. That doesn’t seem like a sensible thing to do unless you are the 76ers.

  • We do have some young players with potential. But this team is a long way from contention. And were talking playoff contention not title contention. So with any potential head coaching job becoming available. You’ll have some guys lining up for the job. But that doesn’t make them the right guy for the job. Or that they can do any better than Byron. If a change needs to be made it should be in the off season. There will be a better pool of coaches who can start the job off with a full training camp for next season.

  • I think in the era of space and pace perimeter defense has become more important than interior defense. Duncan was a second team all nba defensive center last year and he was 37. I doubt it was because of his quickness and explosiveness. The dominate Bulls teams never had good interior defense but had awesome perimeter defense.

    This is an old-fashion way of looking at today’s NBA. Clearly the times have changed.

  • Clearly not his play on the court. At this point Russell looks like a bench player and not even a starter for his career. Look at Lou WIlliams, he can score but if you can’t defend you’re a bench guy.

  • No it’s not. You can clearly make assessments of his defense after 11 games. You lose a lot of credibility if those assessments are straight up bad. Projections are the ones that are tricking after so few games and become more reliable with more data.

  • The sad part here is this playing the old guys who still lose does nothing for the future of the team. NO ONE over 25 ro so should be starting & NO one over 25 should be finishing as well. We need to bring back the kids we sent to the D. League, trade or cut Kelley & Sacre as well as the old guy they brought in as a point makin g nroom for three youngsters….Lastly Scott needs to go and we need a coach that can deal with young kids & pay them to teach the kids….

  • Russell has far better vision and passing skills than Lin. I’m of the belief that the offense be center around Russell in order to see his full potential the best pgs in the game have the ball in their hands to create.

  • I agree I think Russell is playing not to make mistakes instead of with no care.

  • BS is the only nba head coach with a top three pick say they have earn minutes on a bad team. Also I think that Russell will continue to struggle if they don’t use him the way he is most effective pick n roll basketball. Part of the coach job is understand his players strengths you would play okafor as a stretch four so why wouldn’t you use a guy who has great vision and passing mostly in sets that take advantage of that

  • What you just said is very reason Scott should go. Because if the team is bad there is no reason why Russell should not be the focus of their offense to see more of him the number two pick is major not allow him to be getting major minutes right now

  • Exactly, which when you look at it in that way, it changes everything else.

  • Clarkson and Russell are way more similar in style of play than Okafor and Randle. Plus, I believe that had they chose Okafor they would have had the best of both comparisons for the front court and backcourt.

    Philly should be disqualified as being used for any legitimate argument. Nobody has tried what they are doing. As for Randle’s trade value…I believe he had trade value…for the right trade. Had the Lakers offered him to the Kings for Stein, they may have said yes. He may have worked out well in Karl’s uptempo offense. Stein would have been the type of player to fit with Okafor.

  • Well…we will revisit it later in the year. My guess is that we will have plenty of opportunity to see if they can win without him this year.

  • My point had nothing to do with them being power forwards. It’s about them being big men. You have used the Sixers record and the scoring stats of other teams on Okafor to indicate him as a poor defender. I am simply pointing out that neither Love nor Gasol had stellar team records before recent years. Neither one had great stats for their defense with their teams as well. Yet both are regarded as great big men and both are having success with their current teams because they have good defenders next to them. All Okafor would need is a good defender next to him.

  • Nick Young or MWP at SF and Nance or Randle at PF.
    kelly and brown shouldnt be in the game now.
    Nance can hit 3s so can MWP and Nick.
    we have 3 point shooters we just dont move the ball enough and fast enough.
    its on coach scott bro.

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  • I was supporting the Lakers last year when Lin was there, and I dropped by to see how things are going for the Lakers. It feels like stepping back into a slow-motion trainwreck nightmare, hearing all the gripes about Byron Scott. I am so glad to be out of here. I guess you can only support the teams that you have in your town.

  • Line up for the Chance to coach the new era of Lakers with Kobe coming off the books and lots of money to spend…Now all the negative fans can view it how they want… We all have opinions… I keep it on the positive… You have your view, good for you…I have mine also.

  • DDub i can respect that. I’m just sayin you cant just jump up and fire the coach because things aren’t going the way we liked or hoped for after 12 games. You have to let these guys get use to the system. Everyone keeps saying give Russell sometime. Apart of that is giving him time to learn Byron’s system and how to apply his game to it.

  • You act as if He cant apply his vision and passing in this offense. If he would look to get out on the fast break more the passing lanes would open up. Clarkson does it in the same offense. And he a shooting guard. Russell has to apply himself to the offense not the other way around. Everyone else has to play that way. Russell no different 2nd overall or not.

  • Russell has better vision and passing than Lin. Yet Lin looked better doing it. And the offense wasn’t built around Lin either. Why are there so many excuses for what’s stoping Russell from playing his game. Why is it wrong to question Russell approach to the offense. He is an unproven rookie who was one and done in college. ( a very small sample size to make a judgement on a kids potential) Yet the analytics say he will either be a star or a huge bust. The fact remains he hasn’t shown his court vision or passing so far. Blame the offense all you want. But a true star, a true playmaker finds away to make plays despite the offense. He not doing that. Mudiay turns the ball over a lot. But he still makes plays.

  • Your right about the offense but how can he make plays when the ball is continually taking out of his hands. Mudiay has the ball a lot I have a couple of Denver games and the ball runs through him. It’s not about offense it’s about focal point Russell should at this moment in have the ball run through him it’s not. Unless you call bringing the ball up and passing it the wing everytime having the ball in his hands. All the top pgs have one thing in common they have the ball a large percentage of the time. Denver at least are using mudiay to his strength. BS is not if he gets 30 plus mins a game and is heavy flow of pick and roll and still is producing the same you have a point

  • Clarkson bc his scoring opportunity was stop so that’s only option. If clarkson was such a great creator they wouldnt have drafted Russell. Clarkson is a scorer first and scorers are not long term pg option unless they are big time scorers. I would like for to watch next game and see how much the ball is actually in his hands, and when Russell goes to the bench how much is it in clarkson hands it’s a big difference. I get your point he should find ways within the offense but from what most after he passes the ball he does not see again. I get your argument I’m not trying to compare him to Steve Nash but if the lakers had him in his prime right now do really believe all he would use as just a guy in a system no he would be use for what he does best pick n roll basketball. Russell is no Steve Nash but he has a feel for pick n roll that is what he did best in college. It’s a waste to have him pass the ball to the wing and have him sit in the corner.

  • Your Point taken, but Scott has had a season plus the start of this one and defensively his teams aren’t getting it done and he need to rely less on Kobe,who is shooting 20 from Three but you keep allowing him to shoot them.He could do a much better job.

  • Scott cannot hold everyone accountable and let Kobe do whatever… It will never work.He isn’t coaching the little things…Randlle doesn’t throw out let passes ,he dribble upcourt every time now.Since Kobe can ISO,on offense,now Randle is becoming a Black hole too.Pay attention… The kids will eventually tube him out…Its like when parents allow the older kids freedom and discipline the young ones…SOON THE Young will tune him out.

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