Kobe Bryant On What He Plans To Teach D’Angelo Russell

With 24 hours until Opening Night, the question remains whether D’Angelo Russell will be the starting point guard when the Los Angeles Lakers suit up against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday evening at Staples Center. Head coach Byron Scott said Russell has had a great few days of practice, and has been noticeably more aggressive and energetic, since Scott brought it to his attention over the weekend.

So, what is it that Scott is weighing when deciding whether to anoint Russell as the starting point guard?

“It’s really all based on his developing, it really has nothing to do with anything else,” responded Scott when asked about Russell starting. “I’m trying to figure out what’s best for him right now. And obviously, what’s best for him is, in my mind, probably what’s best for the team as well.”

As Russell’s been doing since the start of training camp, he again stayed late after Tuesday’s practice to get shots up, for at least 45 minutes. Kobe Bryant said he doesn’t need to teach the rookie about work ethic, his responsibility is more about the details of the game.

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“My responsibility is just to kind of show him the little intricacies of the game. Making the right reads with certain match-ups that he might have,” Bryant said before detailing an example of how to guard Andre Miller. “To educate him on some of these little tendencies that I’ve known since I’ve been in the league.”

Bryant (officially listed as “probable” for Wednesday) voiced little concern about his leg contusion, instead relying on his past seven months of training to get him ready for the regular season. On the balance of youth and veteran experience on the roster and whether the playoffs are a possibility, Bryant said it all depends on how they tackle the learning curve.

“It depends on how quickly we pick up the game. All depends on the learning curve,” Bryant responded to a question about whether the Lakers can make the playoffs. “You can say but so much, but once you get out there and start playing, and you have to travel and you have to get into it on the road and kind of work through the nuances of the schedule, that’s when you really learn, so it’s just a matter of how quickly you figure those things out.”

Marcelo Huertas practiced in full on Tuesday, after missing Monday’s practice to rest his hamstring, and is expected to be available Opening Night. Larry Nance, Jr. did not practice, due to right knee tendinitis and is officially listed as “doubtful” for the opener.

The Lakers kick off the regular season on Wednesday, October 28th against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center at 7:00 PM PST.

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What a great start to a career, Russell will be learning from the best!

  • Kobe’s team – Don’t feel this is a Developmental Squad, Kobe wants to Win. If Lakes want to jump on teams, right away, then Kobe needs Veteran scoring, Veteran Leadership. Basically, Mature; NBA Players that are ready to play today and win. Kobe knows, that a game can get away, pretty quickly. I Agree with Coach Byron, it is all about Development of Rookie D’angelo. Doesn’t say Rookie will have Large minutes, or a game-winning scenerio. This is not Summer League or Preseason or the Development League

  • Kobe’s team – Don’t feel this is a Developmental Squad, Kobe wants to Win. If Lakes want to jump on teams, right away, then Kobe needs Veteran scoring, Veteran Leadership. Basically, Mature; NBA Players that are ready to play today and win. Kobe knows, that a game can get away, pretty quickly. I Agree with Coach Byron, it is all about Development of Rookie D’angelo. Doesn’t say Rookie will have Large minutes, or a game-winning scenerio. This is not Summer League or Preseason or the Development League

  • Kobe wants to Win, today. And D’Angelo is “No Huertas” or “Sweet Lou”. To Appease Mitch, I bet Coach is forced to give Rookie D’lo Scrub minutes

  • Kobe wants to Win, today. And D’Angelo is “No Huertas” or “Sweet Lou” who both are NBA Ready Today. To Appease Mitch and JBuss, I bet they are Trying to force Coach Byron to give Rookie D’lo Scrub minutes

  • Kobe , dont forget J Clarkson .. We need to get both of them on the right path.. JC is till learning as well

  • Kobe , dont forget J Clarkson .. We need to get both of them on the right path.. JC is till learning as well

  • He did that all last year. he had triple dbl all the time- it helps to be wanted. Hw ha 6 blks tonight.

  • He did that all last year. he had triple dbl all the time- it helps to be wanted. He had 6 blks tonight.

  • We had D’Antoni, the guy who taught Gentry. And we ran him out of town because we are stupid.

  • We had D’Antoni, the guy who taught Gentry. And we ran him out of town because we are stupid.

  • Doesn’t matter who will start. Ultimate goal is to win the game . Play defense and good luck to the shooters. Team play guys. Team play.

  • Doesn’t matter who will start. Ultimate goal is to win the game . Play defense and good luck to the shooters. Team play guys. Team play.

  • Kobe my man! Great to see you back. In my opinion, the best way to teach is to share the ball while you’re out on the court.

  • Kobe my man! Great to see you back. In my opinion, the best way to teach is to share the ball while you’re out on the court.

  • The cavs-Bulls game was alright but this golden state vs Pelicans game is boring

  • davis needs to realize that he needs to come join durant and randle to beat the warriors.
    russell
    clarkson
    durant
    randle
    davis
    yes I am totally smoking right now

  • davis needs to realize that he needs to come join durant and randle to beat the warriors.
    russell
    clarkson
    durant
    randle
    davis
    yes I am totally smoking right now

  • Imagine Russell Clarkson Randle with his handles with Lou snd Young off the bench playing in the D’Anton system?

  • Imagine Russell Clarkson Randle with his handles with Lou snd Young off the bench playing in the D’Anton system?

  • Davis is better all-around, if they switched teams warriors would still be great and Pelicans would be mediocre

  • Davis is better all-around, if they switched teams warriors would still be great and Pelicans would be mediocre

  • Agree. Byron Scott is killing his star PG and the team. He’s making all his PGs playing like Ronnie Price!!!

  • Agree. Byron Scott is killing his star PG and the team. He’s making all his PGs playing like Ronnie Price!!!

  • Okay smh. You forget Byron helped develop the like of Kidd, Paul, and Irving right?

  • Okay smh. You forget Byron helped develop the like of Kidd, Paul, and Irving right?

  • Kidd was already a star from Dallas, Scott had nothing to do with Kidd, and they hated each other. Kidd got Scott ran out of Jersey. Paul was very experienced and was just that dude.

  • Kidd was already a star from Dallas, Scott had nothing to do with Kidd, and they hated each other. Kidd got Scott ran out of Jersey. Paul was very experienced and was just that dude.

  • Perhaps you should Kidd and Paul whether Byron ‘developed’ them. They were the reasons Byron got sacked. LOL.

  • Perhaps you should Kidd and Paul whether Byron ‘developed’ them. They were the reasons Byron got sacked. LOL.

  • What was Kobe’s first nugget of truth he laid down on J. Randle last year – “if you screw this up you’re an idiot”? If the young guys pick up a thing or two from Kobe then great. But, expecting Kobe to be some kind of Yoda to the young guys is expecting way too much.

  • I don’t hate Scott but there was straight up mutiny with the Hornets. David West call Scott out and it was a wrap for him there also.

  • What was Kobe’s first nugget of truth he laid down on J. Randle last year – “if you screw this up you’re an idiot”? If the young guys pick up a thing or two from Kobe then great. But, expecting Kobe to be some kind of Yoda to the young guys is expecting way too much.

  • I don’t hate Scott but there was straight up mutiny with the Hornets. David West call Scott out and it was a wrap for him there also.

  • Man up will you. You used the word mother. You may hate your mom but I loved mine. You may like to use the word mother a lot to compensate your inner pain but many of us love our moms. That is offensive to me. I Don’t need your apology but be a Man, if you are one, admit your intention.

  • Man up will you. You used the word mother. You may hate your mom but I loved mine. You may like to use the word mother a lot to compensate your inner pain but many of us love our moms. That is offensive to me. I Don’t need your apology but be a Man, if you are one, admit your intention.

  • It’s interesting to notice how well the Nets and the Hornets fared after Scott was fired.
    MDA is a brilliant offensive coach, and one of the prophets of the current era but the team was horrendous in 2014. No D, life and death due only to 3pts percentage, that was not a mistake to let him go.
    MDA is all about the PG to run the show, how would JC or Randle have a piece on the game ? I’d rather have a motion offense.

  • It’s interesting to notice how well the Nets and the Hornets fared after Scott was fired.
    MDA is a brilliant offensive coach, and one of the prophets of the current era but the team was horrendous in 2014. No D, life and death due only to 3pts percentage, that was not a mistake to let him go.
    MDA is all about the PG to run the show, how would JC or Randle have a piece on the game ? I’d rather have a motion offense.

  • Don’t play selfish Kobe. He shouldn’t be jacking up shots like he did last year

  • Don’t play selfish Kobe. He shouldn’t be jacking up shots like he did last year

  • Why the talk is all bwt russel. When its been clear that Jc is the best laker on the court right now??

  • Why the talk is all bwt russel. When its been clear that Jc is the best laker on the court right now??

  • Hype. Clarkson was a second round pick. He will need to “prove” to people that he is for real this year with even better performances. People are unconvinced because of his draft position. Russell on the other hand was no.2, which means high expectations

  • Hype. Clarkson was a second round pick. He will need to “prove” to people that he is for real this year with even better performances. People are unconvinced because of his draft position. Russell on the other hand was no.2, which means high expectations

  • It’s simple, Clarkson no longer needs to be discussed. He has solidified his position. He is a starter now and will be for the foreseeable future. Russell on the other hand is still in the process of proving his value. It has nothing to do with hype. It is all about relevance to the issues and needs of the present.

    The Lakers have four starters locked into their places. The only spot would be the position where Russell was drafted to fill. If the Lakers decide not to start him, I don’t think it would be a bad decision. James Harden came off the bench for years before he became the player he is with the Thunder. He was killing reserve guards and some starters well before he was a starter. He had time to grow.

    People keep saying that we should invest in the youth of the team. Well, with that, we should put them in positions to succeed and not to fail. Otherwise, we could destroy a player instead of developing them.

  • It’s simple, Clarkson no longer needs to be discussed. He has solidified his position. He is a starter now and will be for the foreseeable future. Russell on the other hand is still in the process of proving his value. It has nothing to do with hype. It is all about relevance to the issues and needs of the present.

    The Lakers have four starters locked into their places. The only spot would be the position where Russell was drafted to fill. If the Lakers decide not to start him, I don’t think it would be a bad decision. James Harden came off the bench for years before he became the player he is with the Thunder. He was killing reserve guards and some starters well before he was a starter. He had time to grow.

    People keep saying that we should invest in the youth of the team. Well, with that, we should put them in positions to succeed and not to fail. Otherwise, we could destroy a player instead of developing them.

  • Thomas, I am failing to see why many posters on here and commentators of the game are suggesting that you can’t develop young talent while also winning at the same time? I saw Greg P. develop Parker and Ginobli their first few years and at the same time, the team won games. They transitioned smoothly from the championship team of 1999 to the new era of the Spurs. Since then, they have done it at least one more time.

    Greg P. had a short “leash” when it came to Parker especially, yet there were times when he let him learn from his mistakes. Think about how many years it took for Parker to win a MVP. His growth took time.

  • Thomas, I am failing to see why many posters on here and commentators of the game are suggesting that you can’t develop young talent while also winning at the same time? I saw Greg P. develop Parker and Ginobli their first few years and at the same time, the team won games. They transitioned smoothly from the championship team of 1999 to the new era of the Spurs. Since then, they have done it at least one more time.

    Greg P. had a short “leash” when it came to Parker especially, yet there were times when he let him learn from his mistakes. Think about how many years it took for Parker to win a MVP. His growth took time.

  • Yes! With that block against the queen, we all shook our heads and relived Pau’s time with the Lakers, his last two seasons with the team. What could a have and what should heve been if he wasn’t such a damn cry baby.

  • Yes! With that block against the queen, we all shook our heads and relived Pau’s time with the Lakers, his last two seasons with the team. What could a have and what should heve been if he wasn’t such a damn cry baby.

  • Actually I think Julius Randle was the best Laker in pre-season. Both on offense and on defense. We have a bright future.

  • Actually I think Julius Randle was the best Laker in pre-season. Both on offense and on defense. We have a bright future.

  • Step one.. Do not wear hair bands in games. If you have to wear a hair band you are doing it wrong.

  • Step one.. Do not wear hair bands in games. If you have to wear a hair band you are doing it wrong.

  • JJLakersFan3977,

    But notice in your very own words that Parker and those “transitioned smoothly from a championship team in 1999 to the new era of the Spurs.” One coach one system.

    The Lakers young players are joining a team coming off a 21-61 season with a new coach and so many players who have never played together before. And even Kobe has been missing a lot of games the past few years? So that is a lot less leadership and stability to have to step into? There is a lot more disfunction.

    I think Byron intends to try to get some stability first from a few veteran ball players then he will slide D’ Angelo into a more stable situation. Where he will not get his ego beat up when he struggles and the large media market and Laker haters start calling him a bust before he even gets started and it effects his confidence and focus as a player. Not to mention it gives the Lakers a better chance to get off to a more successful season.

    Am I seeing it wrong or do may of you get that perspective?

    Paytc

  • JJLakersFan3977,

    But notice in your very own words that Parker and those “transitioned smoothly from a championship team in 1999 to the new era of the Spurs.” One coach one system.

    The Lakers young players are joining a team coming off a 21-61 season with a new coach and so many players who have never played together before. And even Kobe has been missing a lot of games the past few years? So that is a lot less leadership and stability to have to step into? There is a lot more disfunction.

    I think Byron intends to try to get some stability first from a few veteran ball players then he will slide D’ Angelo into a more stable situation. Where he will not get his ego beat up when he struggles and the large media market and Laker haters start calling him a bust before he even gets started and it effects his confidence and focus as a player. Not to mention it gives the Lakers a better chance to get off to a more successful season.

    Am I seeing it wrong? Or do many of you get that perspective?

    Paytc

  • Curry may be the best shooter the league has ever seen. But if you notice like most great scorers he was hot when hot and overall 14-26 he somewhat cooled off.

    That is why scorers shoot to get themselves into a rhythm where they feel like they can’t miss. It also really helps get the team off to a great start and lifts their team.

    Paytc

  • Curry may be the best shooter the league has ever seen. But if you notice like most great scorers he was hot when hot and overall 14-26 he somewhat cooled off.

    That is why scorers shoot to get themselves into a rhythm where they feel like they can’t miss. It also really helps get the team off to a great start and lifts their team. And it prepares them to knock down the game winner if it should come down to that.

    Paytc

  • An off shooting night. Even Curry, Thompson, Nowitzki, Ray Allen, Jordan, and Bird have had them. I would be willing to bet once Anthony Davis gets it going he has an all star season.

    First game and Curry was playing in med season to playoff form and Davis was still in preseason warming up mode. The Warriors are not an easy team to have an off shooting night against. Especially with the weapons, experience and confidence they have as a team coming off the Championship victory.

    Paytc

  • Sorry Kobe, you won’t teach this young man to be anything but a #2 bust.

  • An off shooting night. Even Curry, Thompson, Nowitzki, Ray Allen, Jordan, and Bird have had them. I would be willing to bet once Anthony Davis gets it going he has an all star season.

    He is definitely not too old.
    I don’t think off shooting nights have anything to do with age.

    Both young and veteran players will have off shooting nights.

    First game and Curry was playing in mid season to playoff form and Davis was still in preseason warming up mode. The Warriors are not an easy team to have an off shooting night against. Especially with the weapons, experience and confidence they have as a team coming off the Championship victory.

    Paytc

  • Sorry Kobe, you won’t teach this young man to be anything but a #2 bust.

  • Byron isn’t new…he was the coach last year. Clarkson, Randle, Bryant, Kelly, Black and Young (I suspect he will be leaving this year) are all holdovers from last year. Your take on their roster is not accurate as it isn’t as brand new as you make it sound. The Spurs had a ton of changeover when Parker and Ginobli came in. Robinson was the only real holdover besides Duncan. Plus, change and newness doesn’t directly mean dysfunction.

    Of course Byron is trying to minimize the potential for negativity with Russell’s development. That is why I disagree with those saying that he is not a good coach for the young players. I think he understands.

  • Byron isn’t new…he was the coach last year. Clarkson, Randle, Bryant, Kelly, Black and Young (I suspect he will be leaving this year) are all holdovers from last year. Your take on their roster is not accurate as it isn’t as brand new as you make it sound. The Spurs had a ton of changeover when Parker and Ginobli came in. Robinson was the only real holdover besides Duncan. Plus, change and newness doesn’t directly mean dysfunction.

    Of course Byron is trying to minimize the potential for negativity with Russell’s development. That is why I disagree with those saying that he is not a good coach for the young players. I think he understands.

  • Listen…if we are struggling by the all-star break Kobe needs to be traded. I love what the dude has done for us BUT…Jordan CP3 KD Lebron Westbrook Kyrie Curry all these young stars became stars by going through the fire early. With Kobe when the going gets tough hes gonna try and take over. Last shot of a game quess who’s gonna take it? These young dudes need to learn how to get through these moments by doing it not watching. Itll be ugly at first but its the only true way to find out what we have. They cannot just be role players watching in awwwe as Kobe goes go to work. Not Kobe hate just wanna see these guys develop quickly not when Kobes ready to let them…just saying.

  • At this point there is as much possibility that he is a bust as there is that he is a All-Star. That is why the team chose him WITH some trepidation. He is one of those guys that you swing for the fences for and hope that you hit a home run in doing so. Those bold moves are why some teams have such highs and lows as a franchise.

    The Lakers are establishing themselves for another 10-12 year period for potential success if all three (Russell, Clarkson and Randle) pan out based on their potential. That core looks a lot like the Thunder (before) and the Spurs (over a long period). It is a core of a PG, SG (combo guard) and Forward. With a core like that, the key is finding compliment players to fill in the holes.

  • Listen…if we are struggling by the all-star break Kobe needs to be traded. I love what the dude has done for us BUT…Jordan CP3 KD Lebron Westbrook Kyrie Curry all these young stars became stars by going through the fire early. With Kobe when the going gets tough hes gonna try and take over. Last shot of a game quess who’s gonna take it? These young dudes need to learn how to get through these moments by doing it not watching. Itll be ugly at first but its the only true way to find out what we have. They cannot just be role players watching in awwwe as Kobe goes go to work. Not Kobe hate just wanna see these guys develop quickly not when Kobes ready to let them…just saying.

  • At this point there is as much possibility that he is a bust as there is that he is a All-Star. That is why the team chose him WITH some trepidation. He is one of those guys that you swing for the fences for and hope that you hit a home run in doing so. Those bold moves are why some teams have such highs and lows as a franchise.

    The Lakers are establishing themselves for another 10-12 year period for potential success if all three (Russell, Clarkson and Randle) pan out based on their potential. That core looks a lot like the Thunder (before) and the Spurs (over a long period). It is a core of a PG, SG (combo guard) and Forward. With a core like that, the key is finding compliment players to fill in the holes.

  • You cannot trade 25 million. Plus it would be downright disrespectful to trade maybe the greatest Laker of all time. Some things are more important than 1 or 2 seasons.

  • You cannot trade 25 million. Plus it would be downright disrespectful to trade maybe the greatest Laker of all time. Some things are more important than 1 or 2 seasons.

  • I sort of agree Byron is not a new coach but when you consider what Byron inherited last season? I think Byron had no influence on the players selected last season. And didn’t Randle break his leg in the first game of the season? And didn’t Clarkson spend a good deal of time developing in the D league last season? And didn’t Young and Kobe miss quite a few games last season? And don’t you think Byron and the Lakers were in tank mode last season.

    And even with the 6 players (much of who didn’t play much last season) isn’t 9 new players still a lot to manage? And since none of these 15 players have actually had 5 of the same players or even 3 for that matter on the floor at the same time…. don’t you agree it will take time?

    I think it is not even close to compare the Lakers situation to the Spurs. A different time, space, set of challenges and circumstance IMO.

    Paytc

  • I sort of agree Byron is not a new coach. But when you consider what Byron inherited last season? I think Byron had no influence on the players selected last season. And didn’t Randle break his leg in the first game of the season? And didn’t Clarkson spend a good deal of time developing in the D league last season? And didn’t Young, Kelly, and Kobe miss quite a few games last season? And don’t you think Byron and the Lakers were in tank mode last season. They didn’t build anything that carried over to this year. Perhaps Clarkson’s confidence.

    And even with the 6 players (much of who didn’t play much last season) isn’t 9 new players still a lot to manage? And since none of these 15 players have actually had 5 of the same players or even 3 for that matter on the floor at the same time…. don’t you agree it will take time?

    They will be playing against teams with as much or more talent than they have who already have a lot of confidence and team chemistry.

    I think it is not even close to compare the Lakers situation to the Spurs. A different time, space, set of challenges,players, coaches, and circumstances IMO.

    Paytc

  • And a lot of luck that they develop into even anything close to the players both the Spurs and Thunder had and have. And luck that they remain healthy enough to even have a chance to do that.

    As good as I think Randle, Clarkson, and Russell have potential to become I’m not sure any of them will be as good as Westbrook, Durant, Shot blocka, Duncan, or Parker when all is said and done. I personally think Randle has the highest potential based on my limited view of them all. And Randle has to be brought along at the right pace and mentored IMO. Because Randle relies a lot on his super athletic and gifted ability. He will have to learn to balance the gifts with good decision making to continue to improve and stay healthy.

    Paytc

  • And a lot of luck that they develop into even anything close to the players both the Spurs and Thunder had and have. And luck that they remain healthy enough to even have a chance to do that.

    As good as I think Randle, Clarkson, and Russell have potential to become I’m not sure any of them will be as good as Westbrook, Durant, Shot blocka, Duncan, or Parker when all is said and done. I personally think Randle has the highest potential based on my limited view of them all. And Randle has to be brought along at the right pace and mentored IMO. Because Randle relies a lot on his super athletic and gifted ability. He will have to learn to balance the gifts with good decision making to continue to improve and stay healthy.

    Very few players have the discipline and ability to develop themselves as good NBA players. Most need to be managed, nurtured, and developed to become good NBA players. Because even if they thought they had an idea on what it would be like to play in the NBA against many of the best players in the world night after night…. They have no idea what it’s like to travel on hard long road trips in hostile environments and media scrutiny.

    Most also go from relatively broke with a few friends and family to all of a sudden having the biggest family and friends base they could imagine.

    A lot for a young player to deal with. And I haven’t even brought up trying to have a relationship or the groupies and party scene.

    Paytc

  • Kobe is untradable for a lot of reasons, the first being he has a no-trade clause and he’s stated many many times he’s a Laker for life and will not play for another team. Your post is pure nonsense.

  • Kobe is untradable for a lot of reasons, the first being he has a no-trade clause and he’s stated many many times he’s a Laker for life and will not play for another team. Your post is pure nonsense.

  • Be honest you don’t hate Kobe because he cheated on his wife, you hate him because he’s the goat

  • Be honest you don’t hate Kobe because he cheated on his wife, you hate him because he’s the goat

  • It’s very interesting how they fared after Scott. 2014 was horrendous due tothe lack of talent and more importantly injuries. I cannot defend MDA’s defensive repertoire but the makeup of the team this season and last is clearly better suited for his offensive system.

    Scott is all about the PG running the show also… Kidd, CP3 & Irving. He has not shown to be functional without a PG as floor general. While Nash was an extension of MDA on the floor with the Suns, players like Lin, Toney Douglas, Farmar, Kendall Marshall and Steve Blake are proof he gets more out of less with guards. Jordan Hill was a monster in MDA’s PNR system even though they had friction. Randle would thrive the same way Hill and Amare did. Let’s not forget Boris Diaw was developed by MDA and outside of his three point shot, his face up skills are very similar to Julius. Nance Jr. and Bass would fit like a Lou Amundson. We all know Kelly would be much further along right now if MDA had been kept. Young had his best year as a pro playing for MDA. Space and pace is exactly what these youngsters need to help them develop.

    The misconception many feed into about MDA’s system is all he wants is three point shots. While he leans heavy on them that’s not the only thing he did. PNR horns sets and constant side to side ball movement is the key to his system, and that is what most of the league has latched onto from his system. SA, Miami and the Warriors have master MDA’s “ball finds energy” mantra… The more you pass, cut with purpose, screen with force and sprint the floor the more that energy shows up. I’m not sure what motion is lacking in that style of play?

  • It’s very interesting how they fared after Scott. 2014 was horrendous due tothe lack of talent and more importantly injuries. I cannot defend MDA’s defensive repertoire but the makeup of the team this season and last is clearly better suited for his offensive system.

    Scott is all about the PG running the show also… Kidd, CP3 & Irving. He has not shown to be functional without a PG as floor general. While Nash was an extension of MDA on the floor with the Suns, players like Lin, Toney Douglas, Farmar, Kendall Marshall and Steve Blake are proof he gets more out of less with guards. Jordan Hill was a monster in MDA’s PNR system even though they had friction. Randle would thrive the same way Hill and Amare did. Let’s not forget Boris Diaw was developed by MDA and outside of his three point shot, his face up skills are very similar to Julius. Nance Jr. and Bass would fit like a Lou Amundson. We all know Kelly would be much further along right now if MDA had been kept. Young had his best year as a pro playing for MDA. Lou Williams would be fire in the MDA system. Space and pace is exactly what these youngsters need to help them develop.

    The misconception many feed into about MDA’s system is all he wants is three point shots. While he leans heavy on them that’s not the only thing he did. PNR horns sets and constant side to side ball movement are the key to his system, and that is what most of the league has latched onto from his system. SA, Miami and the Warriors have mastered MDA’s “ball finds energy” mantra… The more you pass, cut with purpose, screen with force and sprint the floor the more that energy shows up. I’m not sure what motion is lacking in that style of play?

  • Because MDA’s players are quite static, except for the roll man and the ball-handler obviously. And even if the Warriors and Spurs took a lot from MDA, they inspired from the Triangle and the Princeton as well. See how Bogut or Green distribute all the time. The Princeton allows several ball-handlers and includes big men in creating offense. That’s good when you have bigs like Randle or Hibbert who can make assists. When you have in your team Russell-Kobe-Clarkson-Randle-Hibbert-Huertas-Kelly, so players who can all create or facilitate offense, you don’t go full MDA.

  • Because MDA’s players are quite static, except for the roll man and the ball-handler obviously. And even if the Warriors and Spurs took a lot from MDA, they inspired from the Triangle and the Princeton as well. See how Bogut or Green distribute all the time. The Princeton allows several ball-handlers and includes big men in creating offense. That’s good when you have bigs like Randle or Hibbert who can make assists. When you have in your team Russell-Kobe-Clarkson-Randle-Hibbert-Huertas-Kelly, so players who can all create or facilitate offense, you don’t go full MDA.

  • Dont worry, my Davis fan. We know what he can do. It’s just one game, we know. It’s just that the media was trying to start a new Davis vs Curry rivalry. Within that context, I found the stats line amazing. Don’t you think so?

  • Dont worry, my Davis fan. We know what he can do. It’s just one game, we know. It’s just that the media was trying to start a new Davis vs Curry rivalry. Within that context, I found the stats line amazing. Don’t you think so?

  • Yes looking at it from that perspective it’s pretty funny.

    And I am a Curry fan also for what it is worth. I like Davis and Curry. I enjoy seeing great players like Davis and Curry go at it.

    Paytc

  • Yes. Looking at it from that perspective it’s pretty funny.

    And I am a Curry fan also for what it is worth. I like Davis and Curry.

    I’m a fan of the player(s) and the game.

    I enjoy seeing great players like Davis and Curry go at it.

    Paytc

  • You a fool because they will never trade kobe. If they struggle its because of inexperience. You got plenty to learn

  • You a fool because they will never trade kobe. If they struggle its because of inexperience. You got plenty to learn

  • Static players is another 3pt shot only misconception. Proof is in the offensive efficiency of MDA coached teams coupled with the higher number of assists his teams had. Diaw was a major offensive facilitator for MDA. While Nash averaged 10-12 assists per game, MDA’s teams were consistently around 25-27 APG, which is very high. 13-14 we saw 25 APG team average. 14-15 that dropped off to barely 20. Pau was allowed to facilitate the offense from the high post like Diaw under MDA. Hibbert and Randle would actually do well as passers for MDA.

  • Static players is another 3pt shot only misconception. Proof is in the much better offensive efficiency of MDA coached teams coupled with the higher number of assists his teams had. Diaw was a major offensive facilitator for MDA. While Nash averaged 10-12 assists per game, MDA’s teams were consistently around 25-27 APG, which is very high. 13-14 we saw 25 APG team average. 14-15 that dropped off to barely 20. Pau was allowed to facilitate the offense from the high post like Diaw under MDA. Hibbert and Randle would actually do well as passers for MDA.

  • LOL, how many years has that statement been uttered by fans and commentators since 2005? Even Magic Johnson has said it a couple times. On a positive note, I remember when it hit its peak right before the 2007/2008 season. That year turned out to be a Finals trip. Would love to see that happen this year. It could…given the fact that the preseason projections had the Lakers missing the playoffs that year as well.

  • I wrote, besides the ball-handler and the roll-man, there are not such motion. Do you remember how embarrassing our offense was after the defense could read our first move ? And assists are not relevant. Would you consider the Cavs’ assists rate impressive ? I wouldn’t, because without Lebron kicking it, their offense looks pretty static to me.
    And Pau couldn’t facilitate the way he wanted or could do within a Triangle-kind of system. Do you remember how fed up an depressed he was about playing under MDA ? He barely had the ball in his hands, the only he had it was on the perimeter to only give it laterally.

  • LOL, how many years has that statement been uttered by fans and commentators since 2005? Even Magic Johnson has said it a couple times. On a positive note, I remember when it hit its peak right before the 2007/2008 season. That year turned out to be a Finals trip. Would love to see that happen this year. It could…given the fact that the preseason projections had the Lakers missing the playoffs that year as well.

  • I wrote, besides the ball-handler and the roll-man, there are not such motion. Do you remember how embarrassing our offense was after the defense could read our first move ? And assists are not relevant. Would you consider the Cavs’ assists rate impressive ? I wouldn’t, because without Lebron kicking it, their offense looks pretty static to me.
    And Pau couldn’t facilitate the way he wanted or could do within a Triangle-kind of system. Do you remember how fed up an depressed he was about playing under MDA ? He barely had the ball in his hands, the only he had it was on the perimeter to only give it laterally.

  • JJLakersFan3977,

    Very very very good points made ! If only everyone was as brilliantly observant.

    I bet sometimes it often feels like your on an island alone doesn’t it?

    What seems so obvious to some others just have trouble seeing. Many times the very things you are looking for are right in your face. Too close for you to see them.

    Les Brown has said “sometimes you can’t see the picture because your in the frame”.

    Good post !

    Paytc

  • JJLakersFan3977,

    Very very very good points made ! If only everyone was as brilliantly observant.

    I bet sometimes it often feels like your on an island alone doesn’t it?

    What seems so obvious to some others just have trouble seeing. Many times the very things you are looking for are right in your face. Too close for you to see them.

    Les Brown has said “sometimes you can’t see the picture because your in the frame”.

    Good post !

    Paytc

  • Yea and Kobe is gonna be ok with watching “inexperience” take him to last place? Dont think so buddy. If hes healthy and this team blows I guarantee he oks a trade! BANK ON IT!! And there will be a contender thatll pull the trigger 25 mill or not!

  • Yea and Kobe is gonna be ok with watching “inexperience” take him to last place? Dont think so buddy. If hes healthy and this team blows I guarantee he oks a trade! BANK ON IT!! And there will be a contender thatll pull the trigger 25 mill or not!

  • We’ll see what he thinks if there in last place by the break. And he obviously has to ok it.

  • We’ll see what he thinks if there in last place by the break. And he obviously has to ok it.

  • “A lot of luck?” I fail to see how the degree of luck is any higher in this situation than it was for the Spurs or even the Thunder. First, Parker and Ginobli were second round international no-names. Who ever would have predicted that either one of them would have had the career that they have? Westbrook and Harden were lottery picks but neither showed that they were a lock for greatness in their first 2 seasons. Some of you are so hard the Lakers right now to the point that you everything is overly criticized. Yes, the Lakers missed the playoffs 2 years in a row, but there were many reasons for that beyond the talent on the roster. Besides that, the talent has been greatly improved this summer, yet people act as though it is the same coming into this season as before.

    Guess what…even Kobe Bryant needed mentoring (Byron Scott being one of them), so to act like Randle or the others need anything greater than before is just not being objective.

  • “A lot of luck?” I fail to see how the degree of luck is any higher in this situation than it was for the Spurs or even the Thunder. First, Parker and Ginobli were second round international no-names. Who ever would have predicted that either one of them would have had the career that they have? Westbrook and Harden were lottery picks but neither showed that they were a lock for greatness in their first 2 seasons. Some of you are so hard the Lakers right now to the point that you everything is overly criticized. Yes, the Lakers missed the playoffs 2 years in a row, but there were many reasons for that beyond the talent on the roster. Besides that, the talent has been greatly improved this summer, yet people act as though it is the same coming into this season as before.

    Guess what…even Kobe Bryant needed mentoring (Byron Scott being one of them), so to act like Randle or the others need anything greater than before is just not being objective.

  • MDA made the huge mistake of starting off the relationship with Pau poorly. From then on it was not good the same as he did with Hill. The strange thing is they both had very solid production under him? The Cavs reference is not relevant. What part of lacking talent and the injuries would not play a part in the offensive fall off we saw as the 13-14 season wore on? With Blake, Farmar, and pretty much all the guards out injured in Late Nov-Jan. why would you expect offensive effectiveness?

    The offensive flow and energy of the team those first 20 games was absolutely refreshing. Injury sapped the life out of that joy, and that played a huge part of the depressed state we saw. Pau was actually energized those first 20 games even though he was recovering from his offseason surgery.

  • MDA made the huge mistake of starting off the relationship with Pau poorly. From then on it was not good the same as he did with Hill. The strange thing is they both had very solid production under him? The Cavs reference is not relevant. What part of lacking talent and the injuries would not play a part in the offensive fall off we saw as the 13-14 season wore on? With Blake, Farmar, and pretty much all the guards out injured in Late Nov-Jan. why would you expect offensive effectiveness?

    The offensive flow and energy of the team those first 20 games was absolutely refreshing. Injury sapped the life out of that joy, and that played a huge part of the depressed state we saw. Pau was actually energized those first 20 games even though he was recovering from his offseason surgery.

  • You can’t sort of degree all you want, the fact is Byron Scott was the coach last season. Your previous statement said that he is new, not sort of. It is funny that you discount Scott for last year, yet others act as though he should get a decent amount of the blame. There are so many differing viewpoints in here that it is crazy.

    Scott is the one that brought Clarkson in and invested in him as a player. To act as though he had only a little involvement is just not accurate.

    The context in which I was referring to make this a solid comparison to the Spurs. However, it’s too inconsequential of a point to be concerned. The bottom-line is that based on your own assessment, this team has just as much potential to be great as they do to be a failure. So much has changed that no one knows for sure.

  • You can’t sort of degree all you want, the fact is Byron Scott was the coach last season. Your previous statement said that he is new, not sort of. It is funny that you discount Scott for last year, yet others act as though he should get a decent amount of the blame. There are so many differing viewpoints in here that it is crazy.

    Scott is the one that brought Clarkson in and invested in him as a player. To act as though he had only a little involvement is just not accurate.

    The context in which I was referring to make this a solid comparison to the Spurs. However, it’s too inconsequential of a point to be concerned. The bottom-line is that based on your own assessment, this team has just as much potential to be great as they do to be a failure. So much has changed that no one knows for sure.

  • I agree with everything you said. But like it or not call it what you want blessing, luck, fortunate etc…… There still is a process everyone has to go through to be successful. And life gives no one any guarantees.

    I am as optimistic as you can get. But I know there is no short cut or guarantees. And I like to present awards after the accomplishments not before them.

    None of our so call future super stars have won even one significant regular season game. They have quite a ways to go, and it will be a challenge no doubt.

    We are puling for them, no doubt either. But were not lifting the weights for them or studying the film for them and skipping the party scenes that they will encounter for them.

    Paytc

  • You forget that the team played at a very fast pace. That inflates all of your numbers. Offensively, it was not that good (21st in offensive ratings). Yes injuries hurt us big time in 13/14, but so they did in 14/15 (even more in my opinion). Even if some of the first games were refreshing, this team wasn’t going to contend.

  • I agree with everything you said. But like it or not call it what you want, blessing, luck, fortunate etc…… There still is a process everyone has to go through to be successful. And life gives no one any guarantees.

    I am as optimistic as you can get. But I know there is no short cut or guarantees. And I like to present awards after the accomplishments not before them.

    None of our so call future super stars have won even one significant regular season game. They have quite a ways to go, and it will be a challenge no doubt.

    We are puling for them, no doubt either. But were not lifting the weights for them or studying the film for them and skipping the party scenes that they will encounter for them. Going on the road or dealing with the media scutany etc….

    Paytc

  • You forget that the team played at a very fast pace. That inflates all of your numbers. Offensively, it was not that good (21st in offensive ratings). Yes injuries hurt us big time in 13/14, but so they did in 14/15 (even more in my opinion). Even if some of the first games were refreshing, this team wasn’t going to contend.

  • That goes without saying. My point is that you made it sound like these challenges are unique to the Lakers and this current situation. EVERY team goes through the same process to some degree, so to point it out in this situation and make it sound like it will be extra difficult is just not accurately assessing the situation.

  • That goes without saying. My point is that you made it sound like these challenges are unique to the Lakers and this current situation. EVERY team goes through the same process to some degree, so to point it out in this situation and make it sound like it will be extra difficult is just not accurately assessing the situation.

  • Ok sounds good ! Lets just keep pulling for them and wish for the best as always.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Ok sounds good ! Lets just keep pulling for them and wish for the best as always.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • I think you and I are agreeing more so than we are not.
    And I am supporting Byron Scott the Lakers coach and the young and veteran players on the team. We as fans will need them all to get on the same page as quickly as possible to have a successful season.

    That is what most fans want in the long run “success” as a team.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • I think you and I are agreeing more so than we are not.
    And I am supporting Byron Scott the Lakers coach and the young and veteran players on the team. We as fans will need them all to get on the same page as quickly as possible to have a successful season.

    That is what most fans want in the long run “success” as a team.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • If you think someone is really a troll, and you still respond, you’re just not very bright.

  • If you think someone is really a troll, and you still respond, you’re just not very bright.

  • LOL, yes with his one solitary MVP that he got out of pity. While Jordan, Jabbar, James and others all have plenty more. Let me guess, since Kobe only has one of them you will say they don’t matter.
    Kobe might be an all-time top 100 guy, I’ll give him that. But having never shot 50% in a season is just kind of sad.

  • LOL, yes with his one solitary MVP that he got out of pity. While Jordan, Jabbar, James and others all have plenty more. Let me guess, since Kobe only has one of them you will say they don’t matter.
    Kobe might be an all-time top 100 guy, I’ll give him that. But having never shot 50% in a season is just kind of sad.

  • Shaq has one, hakeem has one jerry west has none. He should have had 3 but that rape case hurt that. Why i know because this dude named ed that know who use to work for espn

  • Shaq has one, hakeem has one jerry west has none. He should have had 3 but that rape case hurt that. Why i know because this dude named ed that know who use to work for espn

  • Poor Kobe, having to take some fallout for the rape!
    But be real, he didn’t even deserve the one MVP he won. Poor shooting and bad clutch play.

  • Poor Kobe, having to take some fallout for the rape!
    But be real, he didn’t even deserve the one MVP he won. Poor shooting and bad clutch play.

  • In 08 he did, 45 percent is not bad for a shooting guard. Bill russell is a center and shot 44 now thats bad when u a center bro. U just a hater

  • In 08 he did, 45 percent is not bad for a shooting guard. Bill russell is a center and shot 44 now thats bad when u a center bro. U just a hater

  • Jordan essentially shot 50% for his career. Kobe couldn’t even do it in ONE season out of 19 years. He’s a gunner with no sense of intelligent shot selection. I state facts and you shout ‘hate’, stop being such a baby.

  • Jordan essentially shot 50% for his career. Kobe couldn’t even do it in ONE season out of 19 years. He’s a gunner with no sense of intelligent shot selection. I state facts and you shout ‘hate’, stop being such a baby.

  • No legit contender would want Kobe, he won’t try to fit into a scheme and he’s terrible in close playoff games.

  • No legit contender would want Kobe, he won’t try to fit into a scheme and he’s terrible in close playoff games.

  • True, and Kobe should just be bunched in with them, not above them. That 6 for 24 debacle was just an embarrassment King Fool.

  • True, and Kobe should just be bunched in with them, not above them. That 6 for 24 debacle was just an embarrassment King Fool.

  • U are a hater, like i said 45 for your career is still good, especially when he shoots alot of jumpers

  • U are a hater, like i said 45 for your career is still good, especially when he shoots alot of jumpers

  • Don’t bother responding if you think I’m just a hater. I state solid reasons for my low rating of Kobe.

  • Don’t bother responding if you think I’m just a hater. I state solid reasons for my low rating of Kobe.

  • Wack zach he had 16 rebounds though and was double teamed thats why guys like metta was opwn to hit that shot. Jordan in 96 was 5 for 19 but nobody says nothing about that chump.. If yoyr shot is nor falling then do somthing else and he did.

  • Wack zach he had 16 rebounds though and was double teamed thats why guys like metta was opwn to hit that shot. Jordan in 96 was 5 for 19 but nobody says nothing about that ,chump.. If yoyr shot is nor falling then do somthing else and he did.

  • U a idiot, who probably never played basketball like me. Kobe a guard who was the first guard to come out of high school and still in nba 20 years later. Wach zach u just a hater whos but hurt over kobes success and money and smartness he could have went to duke if he wanted too with his 1280 on s a t test. Lol

  • U a idiot, who probably never played basketball like me. Kobe a guard who was the first guard to come out of high school and still in nba 20 years later. Wach zach u just a hater whos but hurt over kobes success and money and smartness he could have went to duke if he wanted too with his 1280 on s a t test. Lol

  • Lol no top 10 of all time and the players knows this. Kobe beoke alot laker records. Kobe is second maybe first of all time lakers a, west said it magic said it, shaq said it. Dont cry just wipe your sissy eye, wack zach hatin on mamba black

  • Lol no top 10 of all time and the players knows this. Kobe beoke alot laker records. Kobe is second maybe first of all time lakers a, west said it magic said it, shaq said it. Dont cry just wipe your sissy eye, wack zach hatin on mamba black

  • Like i said they will never trade kobe. Lakers just gotta stay heallty, and they wont be last place

  • Like i said they will never trade kobe. Lakers just gotta stay heallty, and they wont be last place

  • It was 15, get your facts straight. Also, he kept gunning and missing and the rest of the team had to pull together to carry him. Looked like a scared rookie out there.

  • It was 15, get your facts straight. Also, he kept gunning and missing and the rest of the team had to pull together to carry him. Looked like a scared rookie out there.

  • And Horry is a 7-time champ. So you’re now stating firmly that Horry is the better player? Or will you continue to twist every stat and fact to support your rapist hero?

  • And Horry is a 7-time champ. So you’re now stating firmly that Horry is the better player? Or will you continue to twist every stat and fact to support your rapist hero?

  • If you’re starting a franchise do you take Prime Kobe or Prime Tony Parker?
    Discuss amongst yourselves…

  • Everybody missed like i said when jordan was 5 of 19 against the sonis in game 6. His teammates helped him ecause the focus wasnt on them, they was open while kobe had 2 and 3 players on him. I can tell u never played the game, your b ball iq is horrible

  • If you’re starting a franchise do you take Prime Kobe or Prime Tony Parker?
    Discuss amongst yourselves…

  • Everybody missed like i said when jordan was 5 of 19 against the sonis in game 6. His teammates helped him ecause the focus wasnt on them, they was open while kobe had 2 and 3 players on him. I can tell u never played the game, your b ball iq is horrible

  • I understND AT YOU ARE THINKING EXCEPT THIS WAS ANOTHER JIM BUSS PICK & we know what he has done so far. Lose Drew for D12, lose him for free, lose Gasol for free, sign a crippled on Nash, $50,000,000 for Kobe & passing on Okaror, all Jim Buss screw ups. Oh, keepMWP & lose the top scorer in the D league form last year.

  • I understND AT YOU ARE THINKING EXCEPT THIS WAS ANOTHER JIM BUSS PICK & we know what he has done so far. Lose Drew for D12, lose him for free, lose Gasol for free, sign a crippled on Nash, $50,000,000 for Kobe & passing on Okaror, all Jim Buss screw ups. Oh, keepMWP & lose the top scorer in the D league form last year.

  • You’re an absolute dunce King Fool. If there’s 2 or 3 guys on you that means one or two of your teammates are open. It’s not rocket science. But then again, your name means King Fool so I shouldn’t expect much. I played for years btw and know the game far better than you will ever come close to.

  • You’re an absolute dunce King Fool. If there’s 2 or 3 guys on you that means one or two of your teammates are open. It’s not rocket science. But then again, your name means King Fool so I shouldn’t expect much. I played for years btw and know the game far better than you will ever come close to.

  • Easy u fool lol, parker is not on kobes level. Parker is a very good player not great like kobe was. U start with the obvious and thats the black mamba, but a hater and clown like u cant give him that respect

  • Easy u fool lol, parker is not on kobes level. Parker is a very good player not great like kobe was. U start with the obvious and thats the black mamba, but a hater and clown like u cant give him that respect

  • I pose a simple question for discussion and you practically break into tears. Pathetic.

  • I pose a simple question for discussion and you practically break into tears. Pathetic.

  • Oh know u dnt. Ive coached players wach zach, i can play and will ball u up any day of the week. U obviously cant read. When i stated about the 2 or 3 guys open, fool he passed to mette and fisher and gasol. Him beind double teamed got those guys the shots to help win and that was because of the attention that kobe draws.

  • Oh know u dnt. Ive coached players wach zach, i can play and will ball u up any day of the week. U obviously cant read. When i stated about the 2 or 3 guys open, fool he passed to mette and fisher and gasol. Him beind double teamed got those guys the shots to help win and that was because of the attention that kobe draws.

  • Lmfao everybody onthis site knows how pathetic you are. A bias, hater loser on here, with no life

  • Let me guess, your mommy told you to coach? Gave you the plays to run? LOL. You clearly have no grasp of the game whatsoever. I’d bet my life you have never been close to an actual court.

  • Lmfao everybody onthis site knows how pathetic you are. A bias, hater loser on here, with no life

  • Let me guess, your mommy told you to coach? Gave you the plays to run? LOL. You clearly have no grasp of the game whatsoever. I’d bet my life you have never been close to an actual court.

  • So why respond? You either have a gay crush on me or way too much time on your hands.
    I can see now why they call you King Fool.

  • So why respond? You either have a gay crush on me or way too much time on your hands.
    I can see now why they call you King Fool.

  • Looks like Russell’s starting too. I like the decision. I had thought they might go with the more experienced Marcelo Huertas, but it’s great to see what the kid has in a REAL basketball game.

  • Does anyone know if there’s a way to ‘mute’ trolls like Meleke?
    I don’t want to flag him as I’m opposed to censorship, but would prefer to not personally see his senseless ravings any longer.

  • Lmfao, been balling for years, u have no grasp of the game. U bet your life, well your life should be gone now, maybe i should take u out myself loser

  • Looks like Russell’s starting too. I like the decision. I had thought they might go with the more experienced Marcelo Huertas, but it’s great to see what the kid has in a REAL basketball game.

  • Does anyone know if there’s a way to ‘mute’ trolls like Meleke?
    I don’t want to flag him as I’m opposed to censorship, but would prefer to not personally see his senseless ravings any longer.

  • Lmfao, been balling for years, u have no grasp of the game. U bet your life, well your life should be gone now, maybe i should take u out myself loser

  • Is that the violent side of your faith coming out King Fool?
    Hide behind your keyboard sweetheart, and type out all the silly threats you like. We both know you’ve never been a baller.

  • Is that the violent side of your faith coming out King Fool?
    Hide behind your keyboard sweetheart, and type out all the silly threats you like. We both know you’ve never been a baller.

  • I love women, i have no time for that. Im a good looking brother who can get an y women i like. Im at work right now wack zach

  • I love women, i have no time for that. Im a good looking brother who can get an y women i like. Im at work right now wack zach

  • Revisionist history that is leaving out some very important details. Andrew Bynum was not playing well when he was traded and all of the pundits thought Dwight Howard (a perennial All-Star and DPOY) was a huge upgrade. We didn’t lose Drew for D12, we took a calculated risk that didn’t pan out. Not the first time that has happened. We did lose Dwight to free agency, but that was as much about everything else outside of Jim Buss as it was about him. Dwight would not have been the right player to lead this team for the future. Looking at him with the Rockets the past few couple years should show you that. Is there anything about his performance since going there that screams leader? It was time for Gasol to go. He again was not playing well. If you saw the game last night, it was indicative of many nights the last few seasons with Gasol in LA. For everybody that wanted to keep him, there are just as many that agreed it was time for him to go. Nash was not crippled when we signed him. If the injuries to Kobe the past few years have taught us anything it is that you never know when injuries are going to mess things up. Don’t look now but LeBron is starting to show the first signs of the back problems that use to plague Nash. Paying Kobe is a judgement call. I tend to lean towards paying my superstars for what they have done if you didn’t pay them while they were doing it. Looking at the guys that have sacrificed, how many titles did it get them? Kobe has 5 and none of them have more than that. It is way to early to critique the Okafor/Russell question. We won’t know that answer for a while. I am a strong advocate for keeping MWP and letting Brown go. What benefit to the team would Brown have been as a regular on the inactive list? MWP is a benefit to the team in multiple ways whether active or otherwise.

    You say Jim Buss has screwed everything up based on your takes on the past and recent events. I understand that and you are entitled to your opinion. I tend to look more broad with my takes. For instance, I don’t see the very questionable decision of trading for Kwame Brown for Caron Butler. I see Kwame Brown being traded for Pau Gasol. Perhaps somebody currently on the team will be the next Kwame Brown trade bait.

  • Revisionist history that is leaving out some very important details. Andrew Bynum was not playing well when he was traded and all of the pundits thought Dwight Howard (a perennial All-Star and DPOY) was a huge upgrade. We didn’t lose Drew for D12, we took a calculated risk that didn’t pan out. Not the first time that has happened. We did lose Dwight to free agency, but that was as much about everything else outside of Jim Buss as it was about him. Dwight would not have been the right player to lead this team for the future. Looking at him with the Rockets the past few couple years should show you that. Is there anything about his performance since going there that screams leader? It was time for Gasol to go. He again was not playing well. If you saw the game last night, it was indicative of many nights the last few seasons with Gasol in LA. For everybody that wanted to keep him, there are just as many that agreed it was time for him to go. Nash was not crippled when we signed him. If the injuries to Kobe the past few years have taught us anything it is that you never know when injuries are going to mess things up. Don’t look now but LeBron is starting to show the first signs of the back problems that use to plague Nash. Paying Kobe is a judgement call. I tend to lean towards paying my superstars for what they have done if you didn’t pay them while they were doing it. Looking at the guys that have sacrificed, how many titles did it get them? Kobe has 5 and none of them have more than that. It is way to early to critique the Okafor/Russell question. We won’t know that answer for a while. I am a strong advocate for keeping MWP and letting Brown go. What benefit to the team would Brown have been as a regular on the inactive list? MWP is a benefit to the team in multiple ways whether active or otherwise.

    You say Jim Buss has screwed everything up based on your takes on the past and recent events. I understand that and you are entitled to your opinion. I tend to look more broad with my takes. For instance, I don’t see the very questionable decision of trading for Kwame Brown for Caron Butler. I see Kwame Brown being traded for Pau Gasol. Perhaps somebody currently on the team will be the next Kwame Brown trade bait.

  • That’s cool they let you use a laptop at Burger King. But pay attention to the orders too!

  • I tell u this face to face too, im from la denver lanes gang and i m outstanding on the courts and i help kids get thwre game together too

  • My mistake. I was going from memory. Whether late first round or somewhere in the second round, the key is that he was not considered a team changer when they drafted him. So…we shouldn’t jump to conclusions on players.

  • That’s cool they let you use a laptop at Burger King. But pay attention to the orders too!

  • I tell u this face to face too, im from la denver lanes gang and i m outstanding on the courts and i help kids get thwre game together too

  • My mistake. I was going from memory. Whether late first round or somewhere in the second round, the key is that he was not considered a team changer when they drafted him. So…we shouldn’t jump to conclusions on players.

  • Gangs are for people without the balls to stand up for themselves. I don’t even believe you’re out standing on a court, let alone outstanding.

  • Gangs are for people without the balls to stand up for themselves. I don’t even believe you’re out standing on a court, let alone outstanding.

  • Anybody that automatically has the Lakers as a lottery team this year is using last years’ team in their thinking which is totally inaccurate and highly biased. There are 8 new players this year, and 4 of the returners played limited games due to injuries or other things last year. So…the end result of last year can’t be used to determine this year when so much has changed. In all objectivity, it is really undetermined how good this team will be. They could be a lottery team or they could be a playoff team. It is too early to know.

    What is important is that the team views themselves as a playoff team. Teams that start the season already thinking they won’t make the playoffs tend to play worse than teams that believe the playoffs will happen. Those teams tend to win the 50/50 games because they play inspired basketball on nights when the opposing teams aren’t expecting it, and they pick wins unexpectedly. If the Lakers think playoffs and approach each game as a must win, they will win some games early in the season against some teams that expect to beat them easily. That will make all the difference by the end of the season.

  • Anybody that automatically has the Lakers as a lottery team this year is using last years’ team in their thinking which is totally inaccurate and highly biased. There are 8 new players this year, and 4 of the returners played limited games due to injuries or other things last year. So…the end result of last year can’t be used to determine this year when so much has changed. In all objectivity, it is really undetermined how good this team will be. They could be a lottery team or they could be a playoff team. It is too early to know.

    What is important is that the team views themselves as a playoff team. Teams that start the season already thinking they won’t make the playoffs tend to play worse than teams that believe the playoffs will happen. Those teams tend to win the 50/50 games because they play inspired basketball on nights when the opposing teams aren’t expecting it, and they pick wins unexpectedly. If the Lakers think playoffs and approach each game as a must win, they will win some games early in the season against some teams that expect to beat them easily. That will make all the difference by the end of the season.

  • He can’t be traded. No matter what happens, Kobe will retire a Laker. Take that to the bank.

  • He can’t be traded. No matter what happens, Kobe will retire a Laker. Take that to the bank.

  • Horry never won a championship as being either the first or second best player on a team. Kobe has done both. Horry has won all of his championships as a role player. So the comparison is stupid.

  • Horry never won a championship as being either the first or second best player on a team. Kobe has done both. Horry has won all of his championships as a role player. So the comparison is stupid.

  • How many times does Kobe have to say he’s a Laker for life, bleeds purple and gold, has no interest in being traded for it to sink in with you that there is zero chance of him being traded. He wants to be known as the greater Laker ever, having spent his whole career with the Lakers. He’s made that clear.

  • How many times does Kobe have to say he’s a Laker for life, bleeds purple and gold, has no interest in being traded for it to sink in with you that there is zero chance of him being traded. He wants to be known as the greater Laker ever, having spent his whole career with the Lakers. He’s made that clear.

  • No, it’s not actually. Horry has made HUGE clutch shots we can all remember, buzzer beaters that changed history (i.e. vs. Kings in 2002 and vs. Pistons in 2005 finals). Kobe never has. Has always been rescued by his team when the going got tough (Game 7, 2010 in particular). Kobe lovers want to twist everything to support his case. MVPs don’t matter, right, since Kobe only has one? Only rings matter! But then that doesn’t really matter either, if the guy has more than Kobe. It’s laughable.

  • No, it’s not actually. Horry has made HUGE clutch shots we can all remember, buzzer beaters that changed history (i.e. vs. Kings in 2002 and vs. Pistons in 2005 finals). Kobe never has. Has always been rescued by his team when the going got tough (Game 7, 2010 in particular). Kobe lovers want to twist everything to support his case. MVPs don’t matter, right, since Kobe only has one? Only rings matter! But then that doesn’t really matter either, if the guy has more than Kobe. It’s laughable.

  • You’re starting a franchise. Do you take Kobe or Steve Nash, who has 2x the MVPs? Discuss…

  • You’re starting a franchise. Do you take Kobe or Steve Nash, who has 2x the MVPs? Discuss…

  • Sounds like a team hypnotist is desperately needed. “You are getting sleeeeeeepy….you ARE a playoff team…”

  • Sounds like a team hypnotist is desperately needed. “You are getting sleeeeeeepy….you ARE a playoff team…”

  • So sickening. He gave up while here and I dont want to hear how bad we treated him. There are tons of Lakers fans who loved the guy.

  • So sickening. He gave up while here and I dont want to hear how bad we treated him. There are tons of Lakers fans who loved the guy.

  • Stop smoking crack. No team is taking on his contract and he can’t be traded. Plus he will probably get injured before then anyway.

  • Stop smoking crack. No team is taking on his contract and he can’t be traded. Plus he will probably get injured before then anyway.

  • Zach is an idiot, all he does is come on this site to bash kobe. Hes probably but hurt that he cant play the game and he tried out for the team and gor cut when he was younger lol and hes a celtic fan. Lol it hurts him

  • Zach is an idiot, all he does is come on this site to bash kobe. Hes probably but hurt that he cant play the game and he tried out for the team and gor cut when he was younger lol and hes a celtic fan. Lol it hurts him

  • Yeah like when kobe saved shaq in the 2000 west finals when shaq had it tough and kobe had 25 and 10. Without kobe in that game coming up big, they lose. Kobe did alot its just haters like u who wants to put him down. Hating on the great

  • Yeah like when kobe saved shaq in the 2000 west finals when shaq had it tough and kobe had 25 and 10. Without kobe in that game coming up big, they lose. Kobe did alot its just haters like u who wants to put him down. Hating on the great

  • It is pathetic every time you cry ‘hater’ and you know full well Shaquille carried Bryant, winning finals mvp for all three titles they won together. How can Kobe be the greatest Laker ever when he obviously rode Shaq’s coattails for years? Only a fool would make that claim.

  • It is pathetic every time you cry ‘hater’ and you know full well Shaquille carried Bryant, winning finals mvp for all three titles they won together. How can Kobe be the greatest Laker ever when he obviously rode Shaq’s coattails for years? Only a fool would make that claim.

  • There’s lots of other things he says to those guys that we don’t hear about.

  • There’s lots of other things he says to those guys that we don’t hear about.

  • He might’ve won even more, it would depend on who was there instead of Kobe. With Tracy McGrady, for example, they would have been significantly better.

  • He might’ve won even more, it would depend on who was there instead of Kobe. With Tracy McGrady, for example, they would have been significantly better.

  • Figure. Out. Rebounding?

    “There’s the ball, get the ball.” I solved it…

  • We could lose 60 games and miss out on those players. There is no absolute point.

  • As if the Lakers of all teams have an actual say in how many games they’re gonna lose… I can tell them that: A lot.

    There’s a difference in “tanking” and legitimately being the worst team in the league. Or bottom 3. Which they are.

  • Already bottom 3 without trying to tank. “Tanking” implies intent. Lakers can intend to win every game and still lose 90% of them.

  • The point is. We will not play to lose. Is too soon to talk about that. The main goal is develop a culture and find a core to start.
    We pretty much have decent players in Hibbert, Lou, Nick and Clarkson right now. Just have to bring D’angelo, Randle and Nance this season – as a players, not projects as they all now.

    Them we start next year with some chemistry with a lineup with D’angelo, Clarkson, SF (maybe Batum?), Randle and Hibbert.
    In that point we will have a team to develop, and win more games.
    When D’angelo and Randle became third year players they will be ready to play a major role, so we will add more talent in FA.

    Well, thats a long play. But to me worth the risk, more than tank tank tank tank, and have a new team every season…

  • Play to win, I’m all for that. They’re still gonna lose. And I’m okay with that. I’m sure there will be lots of “moral victories” along the way.

  • Yes, they have. Right now they are competitive. Are playing a lot of close games and holding opponents into poor % shooting.
    When they figure out rebound stuff and our rookies starts to show some mature we will win a bunch of games in late december and early january.

  • And, if the team is already bad enough to be close to the pick, wouldn’t they make sure it happens?

    I won’t be happy if the lottery balls make the team miss the opportunity, but I’d be raging mad if they end up with the #4 pick and blew it themselves.

  • Kids has to box out better. And Hibbert has to step up, he never was a solid rebounder.

  • What about the following:

    Russel / Jennings or Chalmers
    Clarkson / Williams or Young (depending on whom we managed to trade)
    Batum / Brown
    Randle / Nance Jr
    Hibbert / Noah

  • Teams spend 3 quarters figuring out how to beat the crap out of them in the 4th.

  • Well, i will not discuss with you anymore. I’m talking serious. You are kidding. So well, stick with your point =)

  • Have you looked at the schedule?
    You are still living in the dream of 10 games ago.

    The reality NOW is that the COULD get 25 wins, but what’s the point?

    Especially when they are on track to get a lottery pick if they do nothing.

    I understand some fans want to win, and try to win every game but I’m not sure the f.o. agrees or its the best long term strategy.

  • And Randle lacks the length. But that didn’t stop Rodman… There’s an effort aspect as well. Hibbert will be Roy Hibbert. He will never be anyone other than that. Kobe is not rebounding well (when he plays), either. He’s saving effort/energy. That will continue all season long.

  • I just saw the games. And we are getting better every game and de D efficience is way better.

  • I’m not kidding, though. That’s exactly how these games play out. That’s what they look like.

  • You assume every other team doesn’t improve too.

    The 76ers are in a similar situation and play a lot of games really close, but you don’t question their chances.

  • He knows how to box out. He needs to figure out how to read the trajectory of the ball. Boxing out is a fundamental, but it’s not the only key to rebounding. There’s a split second switch that needs to go off in a players head when they’re “reading” the shot on its way to the basket as far as where it will wind up if it misses. Put yourself in the right position, box that position out, and go up for the board. That’ll take more than a few games to get the hang of…

  • maybe individually but neither is contributing much to the team, the expectations were a lot higher for randle than they were for russell imo.

  • And every other team is getting better too.

    The bottom line is they don’t have the talent. And, what does getting 25 wins help? It misses durant and a top 3 pick.

  • We are what our record is right now but that could change.I made no mention of tanking.

  • That’s not giving the illusion of tanking. You assume that every tank job is to get the #1 pick. The lakers tanked last year but didn’t want to be labeled the worst team in the league.

  • Well, it’s not like they’re going to be out of contention in every single game, no, but over the course of a season?

  • I honestly do not know what type of basketball that is being played out on the floor.
    1. The ESPN rankings on Kobe is probably a lighter ranking, than what he should be ranked in the games he has played so far. As much as I love Kobe, he is just bad right now. His decision and shooting is horrible.
    2. Julius Randle is being easy on themselves. They didnt take a step backwards, they took yards or maybe even a couple miles backwards with how they played last night, especially him. He should of killed Jon Leuer!
    3. And I still do not understand why there was no substitutions after the 2nd unit just created way too many turnovers over and over in the 4th quarter. There should of been an automatic time out and substitution after the 2nd or at most 3rd turnover.
    4. I do not understand why there is no pick-n-roll. We play too much of this drive and do acrobatic BS out there, that we probably should of lost a lot worse.
    5. We have no closer. Kobe does not want to play that role anymore, and he probably shouldnt the way he is playing, but these guys like Ckarkson and Randle should be taking over these games and making progress each and every day. Whether it is reducing their TOs, getting that extra rebound, making that extra assist, or being more of a voice on the floor.

  • So “we could lose 60 games and miss out on those players; there is no point” is in response to a tanking suggestion. My point is that they probably wouldn’t have to tank to lose 60 games. Tanking is intentional, is it not? The Lakers losing may not be intentional…

  • Randle has gotten predictable with his offensive moves. That’s why he getting so many charges. He needs to thrown in some head and shoulder fakes. Work on the mid jumper too open up his game.

  • And again, the losing could change. There are too many unknown variables that can happen between now and the completion of the remaining 71 games.

  • Agreed Lakers dont need to tank. Fact is with this personal we have we’re not going to win many games anyway. We’re on pace to win about 20 games this year. We’re one game better than the Nets and Pelicans for 3rd worst record at the moment. Pelican will get better and end up with a better record. So even with trying to win we’re still in the running to keep that pick.

  • With every team, yes. The Lakers could get better. Most teams on their schedule WILL get better.

  • I hate to say it but our good D is a bit of fools gold. First off we haven’t played any of the real good teams yet. Spurs G-state Clippers Thunder Rockets…etc. We’ll really have our defense tested with those teams. I dont expect it to be pretty. Second, we’re actually on pace to win about 20 games and that with starting off with the weak schedule. Once the schedule get stronger that pace may take an even bigger dip. Look I’m a Laker fan too and i would love for them to get 27-30 games. But the fact is were no where near that pace and the schedule is only going to get harder.

  • As i said in your other post, fools gold. We haven’t played any of the good teams yet. Those numbers wont hold up as our schedule get tougher.

  • Yes they did. They could have won more games. Carmelo could have come back and played too. They tanked.

  • If you wrote coherently you would be understood. Don’t call me an idiot because your posts are so disjointed.

  • Well he trying to bulldoze his defender in the post up. He has to make the defender respect his jumper to open up his post game. Then when he give a should fake or head fake. He can either get the first step on his defender and go around them. Or create space on a mid jumper. Their crowding him in the post and daring him to either shoot a jumper or try and get around the defender. But Randle is trying to attack the basket and he’s running over the defender. He not doing anything to create space for himself.

  • “If they’re the worst team in the conference, they very well might. Would be hard pressed to find even 4 teams that might finish worse so far…”

    ^ How did you get “tanking” out of that? Because you assumed that the Lakers would have to tank in order to be the worst team. Then you called me ‘stupid’ for attempting to casually steer you towards my meaning. So I responded in kind… Don’t hate the player.

  • he said randle deserves blame when he has atleast proven he has upside russel has not

  • true but randle has shown flashes of a 15+ppg 10+rpg 5+apg 1+bpg 1+spg player

    at best russ has show flashes of being a 10+ppg 4+rpg 4+apg 0.5+bpg 0.5+spg player

  • For the Lakers to end as low as you suggest they would have to intentionally lose games. Otherwise, they won’t be in the bottom 3 this year. Your initial statement suggested that being in the bottom group would give them a reasonable shot to get the 3rd pick. I am saying that we just saw the Knicks have one of the worst records and still get bumped in the draft.

  • They gonna win no more then 15 games anyway, so why do people keep talking about “tanking” like we gotta chance at a winning season?

  • You took a step back randle blame your play, run into trees and get blocked,draw a charge or fall down, you have no iq or game knowledge!

  • So you have a crystal ball that lets you know every team remaining on the Lakers schedule will not sustain any injuries and will absolutely improve? Can you give me the winning lotto numbers?

  • Is it possible that the Lakers were just tired the last game after having 2 back to backs in one week?

  • this is like the 2004 lakers repeat in my mind some players lamely getting beaten up doing nothing, coach does nothing to stop the bleeding and one player clarkson came to play,similiar to kobe in 2004 finals!

  • Exactly. So far Russell is the weak link in the starting 5. I know he’s learning, but things are so much easier when you have a good floor General out there.

  • this is embarassing our defense, were letting every players score a point even garbage min. guys are scoring on us,we do not defend the 3,the paint points are ironically one-sided even though we have a big guy roy and are only real defenders are mwp, jc, larry and an the ony and nick is improving goodly thatonly help roy! We even make real defense minded teams look good on offense like that’s there trademark when its really they are a defense team!

  • Your criticisms are typical of a young guy with only 11 games of real nba action under his belt and obviously there’s much to learn. Blake Griffin had to develop that J as well and it didn’t happen in 11 games. He’s working on it and it will become respectable at some point just like Griffin’s did through tons of work and experience.

  • agreed, Why does Byron not bring him off the bench when hes being monitored like that, hes playing real bad and to help stop that, he needs to be on the bench,take world peace out and bring nick young to start!

  • Hey dude, Your typical of supporting a person who is getting the real man smacking him around like a little boy, like I said, randle was horrible,clarkson was the only bright spot!

  • Why are you getting all excited when I agreed with your comment? Maybe you need to take your meds and chill out.

  • sorry, I did not know that you agreed. Sorry my fault. I have taken my medicine already. I had a question is the way the team is playing like that 2004 finals team or worst?

  • The problem is who is going to strat for Russell. I said that earlier inthe season that i though he should be coming off the bench but how Huertas played last night and how Lou has been handling the ball I don’t see another choice.

  • Yeah i had to read it twice to get that you were agreeing with his statement. Glad to see people can own up to their stuff and work things out for a change 🙂

  • your right we should of got a legitimate pg but yet we got a hit or miss in huertas with sucky d and advertised passing which does not help!

  • agreed glad that we have a good post! question wh ydid we get huertas as a backup pg when we could of gotten luke ridnour or something/

  • Can anyone here imagine if we start playing the good teams the Lakers will get torched

  • Luke could’ve at least played some defense. Huertas is such a defensive liability out there.

  • hes not a liability hes a joke that crossover knightdid and knight was surprised huertas lost him that quick!

  • Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram or Skal Labissiere make a lot of sense.

    The fact that they could rebuild their entire team with all-stars for the next decade makes a lot of sense.

    The fact that 4 starters named Clarkson, Randle, Russell, and a top-3 pick would only account for $30M of a $100M cap makes a lot of sense.

    In fact, it’s sad to say, but in the current situation, it makes no sense to win games just to get 25 wins (and give our pick to Philly).

  • There are a lot of unknown variable.
    But there is one very well known variable – the team’s talent isn’t good enough.

    With or without tanking the team is going to be a top-5 lottery team, so why not find a way to secure a top-3 pick?

  • How do you know the team won’t end up top-3 without tanking. They will certainly end up close.

    And given how 26 of the teams are playing, they will all have 15 wins by January 1 and eliminate themselves from the race. There is almost certainly no chance a team would go 0-45 from January to April 15.

  • Players play to win.
    Not saying he will,but if Scott wanted to “stealth tank” he’d play Kelly and Bass…. Or let Russell play in the 4th quarter. Or put Young in the game when he’s having a bad game.

    But more so than the win aspect of the players, look at the strategy and focus of the organization. From their perspective, getting Ben simmons and solving the SF issue for a decade makes a lot of sense, especially since this season is lost already.

  • I agree , it would take winning over 60 games to even have a crack at those picks , and even if we loose 60 plus games , thats not even guaranteed.

  • Heat the Suns are good. And beat us by around 20. About what I expect, unfortunately.

  • Last year’s 21-win team beat Golden St. twice lol. They’ll probably get hyped up against some of the better teams and pull improbable upsets here and there. It’s the weaker teams you have to worry about.

  • I don’t presume to know either way. And I absolutely don’t buy into us keeping that top 3 pic. the chances of us keeping the pic are ridiculously low, and it’s foolish to even think like that right now.

  • Randle’s correct, I thought after Kobe hit that 3 in the last game and getting a win, the energy of the Lakers would carry over into the season, but it did look like they took a step back against the Suns

  • The difference is except clarkson they have players who have nba experience already compare to this year’s lineup with alot of newbies no matter how bad some here last yrs lineup is

  • It’s gonna be difficult to watch once they face the top ties teams

  • Let’s face it currently this squad just isn’t that good and even randle has a few very predictable moves

  • I thought last game would help them improve and play better overall, not necessarily start winning games. Randle is too predictable, he needs to work on the midrange and not using his body so aggressively creating charges in the paint, also needs to work on using his right.

  • Dude, but I thought all that conditioning in training camp would be so they were in better shape than opponents. It’s the 4th week of the season… this isn’t good.

  • Randle’s problem is he needs to focus more on doing power forward-type things instead of so much point forward stuff. He can be an animal on the boards and in the post if he really puts his mind to it. That’s the best way he can help the team. Leave the other stuff to Clarkson and Russell and the perimeter guys.

  • Agreed. We either play our vets big min so we can win 20 games or play all the young players min and win 15. Either way it’s a bad season but a 15 win team has a better chance of keeping the draft pick and we have a better idea about the abilities of our young players.

  • Personally I am not to worried about Randle. He’s a worker and is working hard on his jumper from what I hear. He will be fine.

  • Clarkson could run PG and have Young play SG.

    Still, we are a bad team. It might make more sense to chuck this season up to dev and play Russell more. The LAL seem committed right now and changing course might be a worse idea. If Russell can’t get it together we can always change course later.

  • Chalmers isn’t going anywhere and Jennings is coming off Achilles injury. For a guard who relies on quickness this is pretty major. Who are we giving up for Batum and Noah?

  • They also have to draft the right player, which is what they didn’t do last year. Russell isn’t ready for the league and is essentially a sophomore in college. His position is tough to learn even with more exprerience at the collegiate level.

    They should’ve drafted Okafor instead of thinking they could draft another Kobe.

  • They swung for the fences. Draft Russell, sign Aldridge, back on track. That was the plan, at least.

  • They don’t have to intentionally lose anything. They’re naturally disjointed, they lack talent, the best player is being inefficient and missing games, and they play in the toughest division in the toughest conference in basketball. That team has the ingredients to be one of the bottom three in the league…

  • Lakers are not even trying to tank. Hiring B.Scott has resulted in keeping these draft picks…

  • That or they really are hiding their aspirations to keep their pick. Trade deadline send offs are going to happen… Unfortunately, not a lot of talent or high picks would be the result.

    I think the Lakers FO knew D. Russ would take time to develop. He should have more minutes… But getting him NBA shape this offseason should help

  • Russell was a bad draft pick regardless of if they landed Aldridge. Guys like Okafor are hard to come by.

  • I keep saying they’re bad whether they’re playing for the win or not.

  • even if we had the worst record in the nba we might not get to keep our pick so there is no point in tanking

  • The problem that most fans don’t realize is you have to earn your minutes in the league. Russell isn’t doing anything to warrant more playing time, because he’s just not good enough yet. The front office essentially drafted a teenager for arguably the hardest position to grasp in professional basketball.

    We’ll see how he responds after the offseason, but my guess is he’s not going to be decent until his 3rd year.

  • I’m not all that concerned about Okafor. He’d be an odd pairing with Randle, and he’s probably not going to develop into an effective defender, but I think those stats are looking okay. On a bad team… Russell was a fine pick, he’s just stuck in a one-too-many guard rotation and having to share too many touches with ball-dominant veterans.

    Maybe he won’t ever match the hype, but he and Clarkson can be a deadly pairing. Russell still has a nice shot if it ever starts falling for him. He’s got good ball control as well, handles and can direct the defense to put his playera in position. That’s still there, no matter how consistent he is. So there’s hope for him. Okafor, I think, is only what meets the eye. But we’ll see.

  • MWP and Bass are suppose to help Randle with that…

    We know the biggest need for the Lakers is a modern center able to defend the P&R while recovering to protect the rim… Their not getting the top pick this past draft really slowed the turn around for this team… Imagine…
    1.M. Huertas (offense flows w/him)
    2.J. Clarkson
    3.Kobe
    4.J. Randle
    5.K. Anthony Townes

    Subs
    1. L. Williams
    2. A. Brown (3&D guy)
    3. Swaggy/MWP
    4. L. Nance Jr/ Kelly
    5. T. Black/Bass

    Back court would be need more bodies… In any case, this team seems more balanced…

    This year, the dream scenario is they get Labissiere as their pick and steal KD…
    D.Russell
    J. Clarkson
    KD
    Randle
    Labissiere
    … That is a young energetic team

    Alas… It won’t happen…

  • This breaks it down pretty good, Scott’s rotations aren’t producing and given his stubbornness it’ll take longer for his to adjust.

    http:// bleacherreport . com /articles/2590414-byron-scotts-man-up-philosophy-is-not-the-answer-for-los-angeles-lakers

  • http:// bleacherreport . com /articles/2590414-byron-scotts-man-up-philosophy-is-not-the-answer-for-los-angeles-lakers

  • randle’s jumpshot SHOULD start sinking in SOONER RATHER THAN LATER….too predictable right now, scouting reports everywhere

  • Lakers will go for an upset there…..Lakers,OKC,Spurs and Bulls the only teams which can stop Curry and the GSW right now hahahah

  • I see what you are saying, I don’t necessarily agree that this team could really try to win and still end with the 3rd worse record though.

    That is still a separate point from what I was saying from the beginning which is that even if they end up with the 3rd best record, it is not likely that they will get that 3rd pick. The Knicks were sitting in a great position last year and still didn’t get the pick they were banking on. I believe the Lakers were VERY fortunate this past year and now they won’t see that same fortune again.

  • Scouting reports also say he has no right hand whatsoever. He needs to develop it quick or else we will keep seeing 4-5 of his shots down low getting spiked back down his throat.

  • I have all the hope in the world for Randle, and I think he’s the next face of the franchise barring a Durant signing. I’m just saying that he’s not complete yet.

  • I really like Randle’s attitude. When things are going bad he always takes full responsibility and places the blame on himself to improve things. He’s going to be a great leader for this team someday.

  • his been working on it(Kobe said he will be unstoppable in a year or 2 with his relentless work on jumpshots and right hand), only time will tell

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