Kobe Bryant On D’Angelo Russell: ‘His Vision Is Astronomical’
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Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers first preseason game is now in the books and although the Lakers failed to get the win over the Utah Jazz, there were some positive takeaways.

One of those was the play of second overall pick D’Angelo Russell.

Russell had a couple of beautiful passes in the game and afterwards, Kobe complimented his vision according to ESPN’s Baxter Holmes:

Russell impressed in his first game action for the Lakers, totaling five points and three assists while only turning the ball over twice. The bone bruise in his foot did not seem to bother him in any way during the game.

The Lakers first basket came on a perfect pass from Russell to Julius Randle on the pick-and-roll. Arguably Russell’s most impressive play came on a no-look pass to Randle in transition. Though Randle was unable to finish the dunk due to a hard foul by Trevor Booker, it showed off what Russell is capable of in transition with his passing ability.

For his part, Kobe looked solid in 12 minutes. He only made one of his five field goal attempts, but was very active on both ends of the floor and looked like his normal self. It has only been one game, but Russell is already impressing many in the Lakers organization.

Kobe is the worst player on the Lakers squad. Even Sacre is better than him.

  • Why even bother coming here? You are here before the real fans even get here. Says everything about you and your agenda.

  • Why even bother coming here? You are here before the real fans even get here. Says everything about you and your agenda.

  • you keep writing the same tired BS over and over. we get it, you don’t like kobe. point taken. leave the site already.

  • you keep writing the same tired BS over and over. we get it, you don’t like kobe. point taken. leave the site already.

  • They need to keep feeding Randle the ball. And he needs to be patient on the offense. Sometimes, he’s too eager and keeps forcing his drive. He should try his face-up jumper more, and build his confidence. And also, DEFENSE Randle! I feel so bad for Hibbert. He looks good, but cannot handle all the defensive help all by himself. JC looks good. Russell looks promising. Good start though.

  • They need to keep feeding Randle the ball. And he needs to be patient on the offense. Sometimes, he’s too eager and keeps forcing his drive. He should try his face-up jumper more, and build his confidence. And also, DEFENSE Randle! I feel so bad for Hibbert. He looks good, but cannot handle all the defensive help all by himself. JC looks good. Russell looks promising. Good start though.

  • He’s starting to grow on me, even though I still don’t like his defense. Hibbert looks like he can clean his mess up though which is great then.

    Anyone else ever notice how fast Clarkson developed? Damn imagination him next season.

  • He’s starting to grow on me, even though I still don’t like his defense. Hibbert looks like he can clean his mess up though which is great then.

    Anyone else ever notice how fast Clarkson developed? Damn imagination him next season.

  • you’re right about feeding him the ball. randle will be a beast. he just needs one break out game in the preseason to get his confidence flying.. and he’ll get it.

  • you’re right about feeding him the ball. randle will be a beast. he just needs one break out game in the preseason to get his confidence flying.. and he’ll get it.

  • I thought there were a lot of bright spots today. Randle was getting the looks he wanted. Just has to stick the shot which will come. He had a “bad” game and was near a double double. I agree with the comments below. Hibbert did just fine out there (altered A LOT of shots) but defense needs to be a collective effort. Randle has to really put in work on that end. Our transition D is still TERRIBLE smh. Shouldn’t happen with 3 players under 21 out there. The bench will be solid this year. I think with Clarkson and Russell doing most of the ball handling Kobe will have a very efficient FG%. Might even become a 3 point threat this yr if he’s mostly spotting up. Can’t be any worse than Wes right??

  • Rondo is a playmaker, but poor shooting.
    Marshall is a playmaker, but poor shooting.
    Russell is a “rediculous playmaker”…..

    Luckily for him, he does show that he has an offense and can be more than a 1-dimensional player who is a liability on the court.

  • I thought there were a lot of bright spots today. Randle was getting the looks he wanted. Just has to stick the shot which will come. He had a “bad” game and was near a double double. I agree with the comments below. Hibbert did just fine out there (altered A LOT of shots) but defense needs to be a collective effort. Randle has to really put in work on that end. Our transition D is still TERRIBLE smh. Shouldn’t happen with 3 players under 21 out there. The bench will be solid this year. I think with Clarkson and Russell doing most of the ball handling Kobe will have a very efficient FG%. Might even become a 3 point threat this yr if he’s mostly spotting up. Can’t be any worse than Wes right??

  • Rondo is a playmaker, but poor shooting.
    Marshall is a playmaker, but poor shooting.
    Russell is a “rediculous playmaker”…..

    Luckily for him, he does show that he has an offense and can be more than a 1-dimensional player who is an offensive liability on the court.

  • I keep reminding myself that this year is about building a foundation more than chasing a championship.

    And in the process, Randle and the Thing-1 and Thing-2 combo will be much better toward the end of the season.

    It’s interesting how Mitch has built a his “core” and almost all of the key starters and bench guys are signed for the next 2-3 years. <- The only missing piece is a long term SF solution.

  • I keep reminding myself that this year is about building a foundation more than chasing a championship.

    And in the process, Randle and the Thing-1 and Thing-2 combo will be much better toward the end of the season.

    It’s interesting how Mitch has built a his “core” and almost all of the key starters and bench guys are signed for the next 2-3 years. <- The only missing piece is a long term SF solution.

  • Agreed..it seems like Randle needs to get into a smoother rhythm like last preseason.

  • Agreed..it seems like Randle needs to get into a smoother rhythm like last preseason.

  • 6’9 wingspan..he diverts certain shots and plays..if anything his foot speed isn’t as up to par on the defensive end.
    But it’s not like Curry or Harden are lockdown defenders either
    The pg position usually gets a pass on defense but I appreciate Russell’s effort..he’s a nice rebounder as well

  • 6’9 wingspan..he diverts certain shots and plays..if anything his foot speed isn’t as up to par on the defensive end.
    But it’s not like Curry or Harden are lockdown defenders either
    The pg position usually gets a pass on defense but I appreciate Russell’s effort..he’s a nice rebounder as well

  • I really like our core. If they can show their promise and we can win a few big ball games we’ll def be turning heads. That SF could be KD? Who knows…

    The goal should be for this core to develop each and every game. I’m confident they will. Lots of heart on this squad.

  • I really like our core. If they can show their promise and we can win a few big ball games we’ll def be turning heads. That SF could be KD? Who knows…

    The goal should be for this core to develop each and every game. I’m confident they will. Lots of heart on this squad.

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  • If they miss the playoff this year, and somehow ended with the top three spot in the draft and grab Ben Simmons, I would be the happiest person in the world. Just picture the lineup:
    D’Angelo
    Clarkson
    Simmons
    Randle
    Upshaw

  • If they miss the playoff this year, and somehow ended with the top three spot in the draft and grab Ben Simmons, I would be the happiest person in the world. Just picture the lineup:
    D’Angelo
    Clarkson
    Simmons
    Randle
    Upshaw

  • Five titles and numerous playoff appearances aside of the fan chants say otherwise fart-face.

  • Five titles and numerous playoff appearances aside of the fan chants say otherwise fart-face.

  • What fcking game did you watch? 2 for 10 = 7 points. His style of play being forcing his way inside was a lost cause aside of his horrible shooting. Fck confidence, they’re in the spotlight, playing with the big boys.

    Man up, the coach shouldn’t have to baby sit grown men. JC6 capitalized on his opportunity. Russell doesn’t lack confidence too, more so physical conditioning.

  • What fcking game did you watch? 2 for 10 = 7 points. His style of play being forcing his way inside was a lost cause aside of his horrible shooting. They’re in the spotlight, playing with the big boys.

    Man up, the coach shouldn’t have to baby sit grown men. JC6 capitalized on his opportunity. Russell doesn’t lack confidence too (more so physical conditioning).

  • That’s the main thing that Kobe hopefully focuses on in helping Russell. Being helping to slow the game down for him aside of showing him how to read the offense/defense. Russell’s still learning to play/visualize the game. But when the day comes when everything clicks then those will be different times. Hopefully his improved upon his shooting and physical conditioning by then too.

  • That’s the main thing that Kobe hopefully focuses on in helping Russell. Being helping to (visualize) slow the game down aside of showing him how to read the offense/defense.

    Russell’s still learning the ropes, but when the day comes when everything clicks then those will be different times. Hopefully he’s mastered his shooting/skills and physical conditioning by then too.

  • Russell’s control for the tempo, floor vision and IQ has been impressive so far..but as you said at 19 years old it’s a process
    Most people expect him to dominate from the jump..but it’ll all come together I’m expecting ROY next up

  • Russell’s control for the tempo, floor vision and IQ has been impressive so far..but as you said at 19 years old it’s a process
    Most people expect him to dominate from the jump..but it’ll all come together I’m expecting ROY next up

  • Physically he needs to improve b/c he looks like he can barely keep up with the pace of the game. Not sure about roy given he’s playing a facilitator type of role currently. Unless he throws up some double doubles often to have that type of impact.

    He’ll be a good shooter down the road too (no diss tho better than JC and JR). But he’ll have to improve his strength and conditioning to keep his lower legs/feet conditioned given that IMO that’s where his weakness lies.

  • Physically he needs to improve b/c he looks like he can barely keep up with the pace of the game. Not sure about roy given he’s playing a facilitator type of role currently. Unless he throws up some double doubles often to have that type of impact.

    He’ll be a top shooter down the road too (no diss, better than JC and JR). But he’ll have to improve his strength and conditioning to keep his legs/feet conditioned given IMO that’s where his weakness lies.

  • marshell is a great shooter what are u talking about. a career 38% three point shooter

  • marshell is a great shooter what are u talking about. a career 38% three point shooter

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  • Agreed with everything you said, but Randle is playing better defense. I saw a few plays he put an end to on that side of the floor. Hibbert does have to do a majority of the work on that end, but with time Randle will improve. I’m also happy to see how good Hibbert was for us defensively and going after the boards, much of an upgrade from Hill and Boozer for sure

  • Agreed with everything you said, but Randle is playing better defense. I saw a few plays he put an end to on that side of the floor. Hibbert does have to do a majority of the work on that end, but with time Randle will improve. I’m also happy to see how good Hibbert was for us defensively and going after the boards, much of an upgrade from Hill and Boozer for sure

  • Unlike those you mentioned, Russell’s shot isn’t all that bad. Glad we have him on our team

  • Unlike those you mentioned, Russell’s shot isn’t all that bad. Glad we have him on our team

  • He wasn’t a bad shooter, but his negatives are his speed and defense. I couldn’t stand watching him play for us because he was ridiculously slow and not a solid defender at all.

  • He wasn’t a bad shooter, but his negatives are his speed and defense. I couldn’t stand watching him play for us because he was ridiculously slow and not a solid defender at all.

  • Do you realize we’d have to lose pretty much the whole season to get Simmons. I like the kid as well, but I doubt we’ll be that bad again this year, unless we have guys getting injured left and right again. Even then, it wouldn’t be great for the team since the chemistry on the court won’t come together for another season. In my opinion, this team is fighting for a playoff spot (realistic or not)

  • Do you realize we’d have to lose pretty much the whole season to get Simmons. I like the kid as well, but I doubt we’ll be that bad again this year, unless we have guys getting injured left and right again. Even then, it wouldn’t be great for the team since the chemistry on the court won’t come together for another season. In my opinion, this team is fighting for a playoff spot (realistic or not)

  • Russell’s defense is pretty good. I don’t know if you watched SL, but he’s a pretty solid/decent defender. He was forcing turnovers and even getting a few blocks. The only negative to Russell is turnovers, but he’s young so it’s expected. I really am starting to think this kid might be a real threat with Clarkson and Randle in the future

  • Russell’s defense is pretty good. I don’t know if you watched SL, but he’s a pretty solid/decent defender. He was forcing turnovers and even getting a few blocks. The only negative to Russell is turnovers, but he’s young so it’s expected. I really am starting to think this kid might be a real threat with Clarkson and Randle in the future

  • Actually Rondo was a pretty efficient shooter injury prior to his career-threatening injury few years ago. he shot 50 per cent from the field three seasons in row for Boston (2008-2011). He shot at least 48 per cent few more years. Even though he never avgd more than 13ppg, he was never a horrific shooter before.

  • Actually Rondo was a pretty efficient shooter injury prior to his career-threatening injury few years ago. he shot 50 per cent from the field three seasons in row for Boston (2008-2011). He shot at least 48 per cent few more years. Even though he never avgd more than 13ppg, he was never a horrific shooter before.

  • in a few years, Russell’s mid-range pull up trigger is going to be automatic. I can see him becoming one of those 50/40/90 guys but with more offensive weapons. I think at least 60 per cent of all his future points will come from that mid range, probably 25-30 from deep. The best way to judge a young shooter is the angle of the release and timing of the jump. Russell’s jump shot is really sweet. And that is always a super sign.

  • in a few years, Russell’s mid-range pull up trigger is going to be automatic. I can see him becoming one of those 50/40/90 guys but with more offensive weapons. I think at least 60 per cent of all his future points will come from that mid range, probably 25-30 from deep. The best way to judge a young shooter is the angle of the release and timing of the jump (and the sync). Russell’s jump shot is really sweet. And that is always a super sign.

  • hey confidence always help. but i’ve got to partly agree with Jim here. Randle is definitely forcing a lot of drives and his mid-range shot doesn’t look as sweet as last pre-season. Hopefully, he gets “his game” back. Randle needs to become more of a hustling presence by facing up more and rebounding more. That is the kind of skill Larry Nance will bring. But Randle needs to learn to do that. If he does, he’ll get a lot more easier scoring options. You see guys like Kobe (of the old), LBJ, Durant get so many easy scoring opps because they handle the ball a lot. Randle will never get that chance because of so many guards around. He needs to become a post presence who cleans up others’ mess and capitalize. He has the athleticism and finishing ability (near the rim) to do it.

  • hey confidence always help. but i’ve got to partly agree with Jim here. Randle is definitely forcing a lot of drives and his mid-range shot doesn’t look as sweet as last pre-season. Hopefully, he gets “his game” back. Randle needs to become more of a hustling presence by facing up more and rebounding more. That is the kind of skill Larry Nance will bring. But Randle needs to learn to do that. If he does, he’ll get a lot more easier scoring options. You see guys like Kobe (of the old), LBJ, Durant get so many easy scoring opps because they handle the ball a lot. Randle will never get that chance because of so many guards around. He needs to become a post presence who cleans up others’ mess and capitalize. He has the athleticism and finishing ability (near the rim) to do it.

  • I’ll read it to you, “Kobe is the worst player on the Lakers. Even Sacre is better than him”. There, does that help?

  • it will be interesting to see how nance does when he gets some PT this preseason.

  • it will be interesting to see how nance does when he gets some PT this preseason.

  • “It has only been one game, but Russell is already impressing many in the Lakers organization.”

    How many are impressed, and how many did you talk to after the game? Not a shot at Russell, just questioning the depth of the reporters inside knowledge, or b.s.

  • “It has only been one game, but Russell is already impressing many in the Lakers organization.”

    How many are impressed, and how many did you talk to after the game? Not a shot at Russell, just questioning the depth of the reporters inside knowledge, or b.s.

  • He impressed, really?? I want some of the Kool Aid that the Laker’s FO is drinking. They’re delusional. He didn’t impress at all yesterday, I don’t know what game they were watching. He couldn’t blow by anybody. I bet if my grandpa was guarding him, he wouldn’t be able to get by him. He’s slow as molasses. He did make a couple good passes, but he looked nowhere near a 2nd overall pick. The scary thing is, Clarkson is way better than him, and it’s not close…and he was taken 44 spots later in last year’s draft. Russell isn’t impressing me at all. He has a long, long way to go.

  • He impressed, really?? I want some of the Kool Aid that the Laker’s FO is drinking. They’re delusional. He didn’t impress at all yesterday, I don’t know what game they were watching. He couldn’t blow by anybody. I bet if my grandpa was guarding him, he wouldn’t be able to get by him. He’s slow as molasses. He did make a couple good passes, but he looked nowhere near a 2nd overall pick. The scary thing is, Clarkson is way better than him, and it’s not close…and he was taken 44 spots later in last year’s draft. Russell isn’t impressing me at all. He has a long, long way to go.

  • YES Russell isn’t quick like Wall nor is he athletic like Westbrook
    You gotta see the bigger picture
    The average basketball fan will not see his intangibles and potential..it’s gonna take a little bit of time
    Obviously Clarkson is better rn he’s 23 and has a year of NBA experience
    Russell is just 19 patience

  • YES Russell isn’t quick like Wall nor is he athletic like Westbrook
    You gotta see the bigger picture
    The average basketball fan will not see his intangibles and potential..it’s gonna take a little bit of time
    Obviously Clarkson is better rn he’s 23 and has a year of NBA experience
    Russell is just 19 patience

  • It’s more to basketball then blowing by defenders. smh. He runs the offense well and plays under control. Clarkson is 4 almost 5 years older than Russell so you can’t compare the two.

  • It’s more to basketball then blowing by defenders. smh. He runs the offense well and plays under control. Clarkson is 4 almost 5 years older than Russell so you can’t compare the two.

  • Exactly these fans who have no knowledge of the game expect every player to be Lebron or Kobe like from day one. lol.

  • Exactly these fans who have no knowledge of the game expect every player to be Lebron or Kobe like from day one. lol.

  • Russell will never blow by anybody, that’s not his game.

    Nor does he need to, with Randle and Clarkson on the floor — his job will be to distribute the ball and knock down outside shots.

  • Russell will never blow by anybody, that’s not his game.

    Nor does he need to, with Randle and Clarkson on the floor — his job will be to distribute the ball and knock down outside shots.

  • Russell will never blow by anybody, that’s not his game. His job is to put guys into position to score and knock down jumpers.

  • I watched the SL and was is getting blown by players still. He let undrafted players iso and drive right pass him without in need for a screen. That’s why I said Hibbert should be able to clean up his mess because you know Hibbert is a all-star defensive big-man and was the best shot-blocking for his position at C last season.. Your giving the rookie too much credit and not going into his weaknesses more.

  • I watched the SL and was is getting blown by players still. He let undrafted players iso and drive right pass him without in need for a screen. That’s why I said Hibbert should be able to clean up his mess because you know Hibbert is a all-star defensive big-man and was the best shot-blocking for his position at C last season.. Your giving the rookie too much credit and not going into his weaknesses more.

  • Blame Scott? The Laker’s savior? How so? Any team would love to run the Princeton as well as it works in Byron’s mind.

  • Blame Scott? The Laker’s savior? How so? Any team would love to run the Princeton as well as it works in Byron’s mind.

  • I thought Williams looked great . He was blowing around people. Hope he shots a higher percentage.

  • I thought Williams looked great . He was blowing around people. Hope he shots a higher percentage.

  • He has to learn how to use it more than just keeping them on his side. He is not playing hard on that end as we all know and you should to if you are paying attention. I see the effort but not intensely I want.
    By the way, NO POSITION GETS A PASS ON DEFENSE. To play team defense, every has to play smart defense and know when to switch. See the way the Warriors defense is? They know when to switch and/or when to double team a player, which leads to lots of TO’s. They were number 2 in defense the first half of the season for a reason when everyone was healthy.

  • He has to learn how to use it more than just keeping them on his side. He is not playing hard on that end as we all know and you should to if you are paying attention. I see the effort but not intensely I want.
    By the way, NO POSITION GETS A PASS ON DEFENSE. To play team defense, every has to play smart defense and know when to switch. See the way the Warriors defense is? They know when to switch and/or when to double team a player, which leads to lots of TO’s. They were number 2 in defense the first half of the season for a reason when everyone was healthy.

  • Would not have meshed well with Randle
    Russell was the best and correct choice

  • Russell will be nice for the Lakers in the long run. I need that jumper to be more polished though.

  • Russell will be nice for the Lakers in the long run. I need that jumper to be more polished though.

  • Wow, Laker fans have really embraced grade inflation if they think that Russell or the Lakers for that matter did anything ‘impressive’ in that pre-season game.

  • Wow, Laker fans have really embraced grade inflation if they think that Russell or the Lakers for that matter did anything ‘impressive’ in that pre-season game.

  • V Dogg at it again….man I thought you trolls stay under a bridge or at clipper games. Don’t worry people v Dogg is a fan of kobe I once saw v Dogg with a kobe jersey and kobe x sneakers…while listening to kobe by little Wayne with the license plate reading kobe824…..he just bothers people just he can test you…go ahead v Dogg….let the world know how big a fan you are…

  • V Dogg at it again….man I thought you trolls stay under a bridge or at clipper games. Don’t worry people v Dogg is a fan of kobe I once saw v Dogg with a kobe jersey and kobe x sneakers…while listening to kobe by little Wayne with the license plate reading kobe824…..he just bothers people just he can test you…go ahead v Dogg….let the world know how big a fan you are…

  • 30% butt hurt fans from teams the lakers have dominated over the years…. 30% nba 2k wannabe gm’s who know exactly what move the lakers need to make to fix the team and 30% who think our prospecs are busts cuz they aren’t already in the hall of fame averaging a tripple double on 50% 40% and 90% averages for fg/3pt/ft Gotta wade through a lot of $#!^ to read the 10% that are actual laker fans wanting to discuss the team constructively

  • 30% butt hurt fans from teams the lakers have dominated over the years…. 30% nba 2k wannabe gm’s who know exactly what move the lakers need to make to fix the team and 30% who think our prospecs are busts cuz they aren’t already in the hall of fame averaging a tripple double on 50% 40% and 90% averages for fg/3pt/ft Gotta wade through a lot of $#!^ to read the 10% that are actual laker fans wanting to discuss the team constructively

  • Yea imagine Okafor next to Randle in the paint. It would be a layup drill for opposing teams. We’d have no interior defense.

  • Yea imagine Okafor next to Randle in the paint. It would be a layup drill for opposing teams. We’d have no interior defense.

  • “I keep reminding myself that this year is about building a foundation more than chasing a championship.”

    Then why when I say this you claim I’m spoiled? I never said I wanted them or expected them to win or compete for a championship this year.

  • “I keep reminding myself that this year is about building a foundation more than chasing a championship.”

    Then why when I say this you claim I’m spoiled? I never said I wanted them or expected them to win or compete for a championship this year.

  • Clarkson isn’t a better passer than him. Russell is more like a pure point guard. He has skills JC can never learn and vice versa.

  • Clarkson isn’t a better passer than him. Russell is more like a pure point guard. He has skills JC can never learn and vice versa.

  • Due to the fact that they actually had no legs because of training camp. I’ll give them a good game a B-. The first half was competive but you can tell they were tired by the beginning of the fourth. I see potential and Huertas will be needed so Lou cannot be the only ball handler.

  • Due to the fact that they actually had no legs because of training camp. I’ll give them a good game a B-. The first half was competive but you can tell they were tired by the beginning of the fourth. I see potential and Huertas will be needed so Lou cannot be the only ball handler for the second unit.

  • Dshow made a couple passes that I’ve only seen Magic make…

    Are we sure hes only 19 and that was his first game?

  • Dshow made a couple passes that I’ve only seen Magic make…

    Are we sure hes only 19 and that was his first game?

  • That jumper is smooth bro. He is just not making them. You have to keep in mind they have been doing 2 a days all week for training camp. Once they get their legs back you’ll see the difference.

  • Lol. Lakers not getting Simmons. They have zero chance. Although I would love for him to stay in Purple & Gold.

  • That jumper is smooth bro. He is just not making them. You have to keep in mind they have been doing 2 a days all week for training camp. Once they get their legs back you’ll see the difference.

  • Lol. Lakers not getting Simmons. They have zero chance. Although I would love for him to stay in Purple & Gold.

  • Look at the vdogg name. If you see vdogg in purple, it’s vdogg. If you see it in grey, it’s joshhh.

  • Look at the vdogg name. If you see vdogg in purple, it’s vdogg. If you see it in grey, it’s joshhh.

  • I don’t think Huertas makes the team or is even in rotation come season time. Lakers would be better served letting Lou and Nick Young handle the ball handling in the second unit.

  • I don’t think Huertas makes the team or is even in rotation come season time. Lakers would be better served letting Lou and Nick Young handle the ball handling in the second unit.

  • Most of Rondo’s shots came at the basket. It’s when he stepped out to mid range and the perimeter that his shot fell off. Credit his shooting percentage to shots near the basket.

  • Most of Rondo’s shots came at the basket. It’s when he stepped out to mid range and the perimeter that his shot fell off. Credit his shooting percentage to shots near the basket.

  • You sound like a fan.. Of mine. I’ve never met you kiddo, but the support is always appreciated. You run along now, eat your veggies and stay in school.

  • You sound like a fan.. Of mine. I’ve never met you kiddo, but the support is always appreciated. You run along now, eat your veggies and stay in school.

  • Your Perspective is Bullshit. I think youre talking about the man in your pic.. Lmfao

  • Even Kobe wasn’t Kobe from day one. It takes hard work and patience from Russell and from the fans.

  • Even Kobe wasn’t Kobe from day one. It takes hard work and patience from Russell and from the fans.

  • Man, D’angelo impressed me.He’s amazing. What a player! I miss Huertas (i’m brazilian, i know he’s better than Prigioni when he comes to the league, for example) Lou cannot be our backup PG.
    Jabari Brown will not make the team, not at ball handler. The downside of the match was Randle, he has no confidence actually. He was so depress after miss some shots and keeped forcing without trust in himself.
    Clarkson will be fine. Lou and Young too. Hibbert too… Kobe will be good at SF offensively, i prefer wait to see how he defends in a true game… We will be all right if we improve our transition defense. We can compete and win 35-40 games.

  • Man, D’angelo impressed me.He’s amazing. What a player! I miss Huertas (i’m brazilian, i know he’s better than Prigioni when he comes to the league, for example) Lou cannot be our backup PG.
    Jabari Brown will not make the team, not at ball handler. The downside of the match was Randle, he has no confidence actually. He was so depress after miss some shots and keeped forcing without trust in himself.
    Clarkson will be fine. Lou and Young too. Hibbert too… Kobe will be good at SF offensively, i prefer wait to see how he defends in a true game… We will be all right if we improve our transition defense. We can compete and win 35-40 games.

  • You aint been watching basketball for very long if you were impressed by those passes. I’ve seen way better.

  • You aint been watching basketball for very long if you were impressed by those passes. I’ve seen way better.

  • Huertas has a spot to lose…he’s one of those unconventional players who somehow seems to make plays even though he’s outmatched physically.

    Should be an above-average backup PG

  • Huertas has a spot to lose…he’s one of those unconventional players who somehow seems to make plays even though he’s outmatched physically.

    Should be an above-average backup PG

  • He’s just got to put it together. I stand by my earlier rookie numbers: 13/5/4 on 44% shooting. I want CP3 type of rookie numbers, but that’s not happening. I’m feeling confident he’s going to catch up to the NBA game around all star break and have a string of impressive games.

  • He’s just got to put it together. I stand by my earlier rookie numbers: 13/5/4 on 44% shooting. I want CP3 type of rookie numbers, but that’s not happening. I’m feeling confident he’s going to catch up to the NBA game around all star break and have a string of impressive games.

  • With clarkson getting a few minutes at PG, Huertas won’t get as much time as we think.

    If nothing else, I think we saw yesterday why Williams is a sg and why playing him at PG is a waste of his ability.

    And surprisingly, Young looks like a great backup for kobe and between the two the sf position should have amazing firepower.

  • With clarkson getting a few minutes at PG, Huertas won’t get as much time as we think.

    If nothing else, I think we saw yesterday why Williams is a sg and why playing him at PG is a waste of his ability.

    And surprisingly, Young looks like a great backup for kobe and between the two the sf position should have amazing firepower.

  • I think ROY is a realistic goal and I expect that he wi be in the discussion.

    His physical size was well documented in the scouting reports. Next year he’ll be up to speed physically. But we shouldn’t discount the impact he’ll have being a 6’5″ PG. It’s not as great as it could be because I expect he’ll guard SG’s who are his size, but it will help some that he’s 2-4 inches taller than most PG’s.

  • I think ROY is a realistic goal and I expect that he wi be in the discussion.

    His physical size was well documented in the scouting reports. Next year he’ll be up to speed physically. But we shouldn’t discount the impact he’ll have being a 6’5″ PG. It’s not as great as it could be because I expect he’ll guard SG’s who are his size, but it will help some that he’s 2-4 inches taller than most PG’s.

  • Because all you post about is disappointment about losing like a child throwing a tantrum.

    You are one of the respected voices on this forum, lead by example.

  • Because all you post about is disappointment about losing like a child throwing a tantrum.

    You are one of the respected voices on this forum, lead by example.

  • Ben simmons…
    When was the last time ANY international guy live up to the hype?

    Especially an australian. To me, he’s one step better than Exum. Both will probably be good one day, but I doubt every foreign player who skips college and thinks that whatever second tier basketball system they came from would prepare them for the nba at age 18.

  • Ben simmons…
    When was the last time ANY international guy live up to the hype?

    Especially an australian. To me, he’s one step better than Exum. Both will probably be good one day, but I doubt every foreign player who skips college and thinks that whatever second tier basketball system they came from would prepare them for the nba at age 18.

  • Why not, instead of tanking, try to get 40+ wins and talk to Durant.

    If Randle, Russell, Clarkson, Hibbert and Williams can play up to their potential, the team is “1 Durant” short of championship contention.

    The ben simmons idea is kicking the can down the road and hoping an international guy can be a game changer out of high school.

  • Why not, instead of tanking, try to get 40+ wins and talk to Durant.

    If Randle, Russell, Clarkson, Hibbert and Williams can play up to their potential, the team is “1 Durant” short of championship contention.

    The ben simmons idea is kicking the can down the road and hoping an international guy can be a game changer out of high school.

  • Clarkson really stepped up his game and it shows. I think he will be a top 5 SG this year. He has learned how to change speeds, and is making MUCH better decisions. And I think that being a SG and in attack mode on every possession is helping him.

  • Clarkson really stepped up his game and it shows. I think he will be a top 5 SG this year. He has learned how to change speeds, and is making MUCH better decisions. And I think that being a SG and in attack mode on every possession is helping him.

  • Hmmm.
    We’d have no hibbert, a barely capable starter at center who is a defensive seive, and no point guard…Ok, maybe rondo.

    And I was a huge Okafor guy, but I look back and realize that I was wrong and why Mitch and his staff are paid professionals.

  • Hmmm.
    We’d have no hibbert, a barely capable starter at center who is a defensive seive, and no point guard…Ok, maybe rondo.

    And I was a huge Okafor guy, but I look back and realize that I was wrong and why Mitch and his staff are paid professionals.

  • Actually, Scott said that he saw some blow by ability in practices and said that Russells SL was limited by a knee and foot issue.

  • Actually, Scott said that he saw some blow by ability in practices and said that Russells SL was limited by a knee and foot issue.

  • Obviously, Scott knows better than any of us and my sample size of Russell is limited to about a dozen college games, summer league, and this game.

    My guess is that he’s talking more about shiftiness/misdirection than pure speed, which even Russell admits he doesn’t have.

    Bottom line is that Russell looked like an NBA PG last night…how far he will ultimately develop is still up in the air.

  • Obviously, Scott knows better than any of us and my sample size of Russell is limited to about a dozen college games, summer league, and this game.

    My guess is that he’s talking more about shiftiness/misdirection than pure speed, which even Russell admits he doesn’t have.

    Bottom line is that Russell looked like an NBA PG last night…how far he will ultimately develop is still up in the air.

  • I can see the Lakers ending up with two or three really good assets to trade up with this season. I would love to see it happen.

  • I can see the Lakers ending up with two or three really good assets to trade up with this season. I would love to see it happen.

  • I respect your opinion but a 20 point loss IS disappointing.

    All I said was I am tired of the mantra that “it’s just summer league” or “it’s just preseason”. Trust me I’ve used those excuses too and it’s just us fans trying to placate ourselves. That definitely wasn’t a tantrum on my part.

  • I respect your opinion but a 20 point loss IS disappointing.

    All I said was I am tired of the mantra that “it’s just summer league” or “it’s just preseason”. Trust me I’ve used those excuses too and it’s just us fans trying to placate ourselves. That definitely wasn’t a tantrum on my part.

  • I don’t think huertas makes the team either. In the training camp videos he looked slow and added zero on either side of the ball. There are probably 50 d league guys and 30 former college players without teams or playing overseas who are better. He’s terrible actually.

    I see dlo starting, then jc sliding over to the 1 when dlo comes out. I see jc playing like 36-40 minutes a game TBH.

  • I don’t think huertas makes the team either. In the training camp videos he looked slow and added zero on either side of the ball. There are probably 50 d league guys and 30 former college players without teams or playing overseas who are better. He’s terrible actually.

    I see dlo starting, then jc sliding over to the 1 when dlo comes out. I see jc playing like 36-40 minutes a game TBH.

  • No saying he won’t have an impact on the team, but it’ll be challenging if one expect him to be ROY.

  • No saying he won’t have an impact on the team, but it’ll be challenging if one expect him to be ROY.

  • Yeah. I ‘m tired of all the big-game talk about Randle. Time to play Bass and let Randle go fumble around in the back somewhere and find himself—just take the pressure off and let him be. I always said he would find the Pro’s a lot more difficult than college just because he relies so much on physical play.

  • Yeah. I ‘m tired of all the big-game talk about Randle. Time to play Bass and let Randle go fumble around in the back somewhere and find himself—just take the pressure off and let him be. I always said he would find the Pro’s a lot more difficult than college just because he relies so much on physical play.

  • Bass? Nah. In the unlikely event that Randle can’t pull things together, I’d take a flier on nance as the PF. He’d be a constant threat for the lob and he seems like a great help defender.

  • Bass? Nah. In the unlikely event that Randle can’t pull things together, I’d take a flier on nance as the PF. He’d be a constant threat for the lob and he seems like a great help defender.

  • That’s why Bass is here. Fans don’t realize rookies face seasoned faster bigger competition with a new system (?). They need time to come up to speed. Scott likes to let them all earn their minutes. I think once the season starts, most of these rookies will be riding the pine. They will do better developing against our competitor’s second string.

  • That’s why Bass is here. Fans don’t realize rookies face seasoned faster bigger competition with a new system (?). They need time to come up to speed. Scott likes to let them all earn their minutes. I think once the season starts, most of these rookies will be riding the pine. They will do better developing against our competitor’s second string.

  • Constructively? Russel has a very poor TO to assist ratio because he tries too often to make the dazzling passes. In some interviews, Russel compares himself to Steph Curry, but in reality his shooting is nowhere near Steph Curry’s shooting at the same age. D’Angelo will have to live with being picked #2 and the pressure that comes with it. In the draft, Russel was one of the biggest enigma, His late surge in the NCAA help raise his stock, but still has to actual make a game that anyone can call stellar.A virtual wildcard that could have a high ceiling or he could might as well be out of the NBA in a few years, but right now I would compare his to Ricky Rubio than Stephen Curry.

  • Constructively? Russel has a very poor TO to assist ratio because he tries too often to make the dazzling passes. In some interviews, Russel compares himself to Steph Curry, but in reality his shooting is nowhere near Steph Curry’s shooting at the same age. D’Angelo will have to live with being picked #2 and the pressure that comes with it. In the draft, Russel was one of the biggest enigma, His late surge in the NCAA help raise his stock, but still has to actual make a game that anyone can call stellar.A virtual wildcard that could have a high ceiling or he could might as well be out of the NBA in a few years, but right now I would compare his to Ricky Rubio than Stephen Curry.

  • yup, Javaris Crittenton played way better as a rookie in summer league than Russel. Where is he now?

  • yup, Javaris Crittenton played way better as a rookie in summer league than Russel. Where is he now?

  • Don’t pretend your an nba talent evaluator because your not.. although if you were, I would have to assume you would likely be fired rather fast after declaring someone a bust before his first nba game… let this kid develop and put in some work then I’ll have a reasonable conversation with you about bust or not

  • Don’t pretend your an nba talent evaluator because your not.. although if you were, I would have to assume you would likely be fired rather fast after declaring someone a bust before his first nba game… let this kid develop and put in some work then I’ll have a reasonable conversation with you about bust or not

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