Kobe Bryant On Young Core: ‘They Are Far Ahead Of The Curve’
Julius Randle Not Fazed By Star Opponents Because Of Kobe Bryant
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With a nice blend of veterans and prospects, the challenge for the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2015-16 season is attempting to accelerate the rebuilding process. Through four games in the preseason, D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson have shown plenty of promise.

Following their first preseason win against Maccabi Haifa at Staples Center, Kobe Bryant was encouraged by the team’s performance during the preseason via LakersNation.com’s Ryan Ward:

While the Lakers have established a young core for the post-Kobe era, two of them are essentially rookies and will experience highs and lows during the regular season. Although many are counting the Lakers out of the playoffs in the Western Conference, how quickly this team can come together will help them be in contention this season.

Heading into the new season, all the attention is on how the young core develops and if Kobe can remain relatively healthy for an entire season. With the season opener not until Oct. 28 against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Lakers will have an opportunity to build their team chemistry.

Somewhat true. If you compare this team to let’s say the Wolves, the 3 young guys we have in Randle, Clarkson, Russell are ahead of Towns, Wiggins, Lavine in their all around games

  • Somewhat true. If you compare this team to let’s say the Wolves, the 3 young guys we have in Randle, Clarkson, Russell are ahead of Towns, Wiggins, Lavine in their all around games

  • It would have been beneficial for us to play a few more games with Maccabi Haifa; this helps to build more confidence and comeraderie with the youths.

  • It would have been beneficial for us to play a few more games with Maccabi Haifa; this helps to build more confidence and comeraderie with the youths.

  • Like the optimism, but there are questions surrounding the young nucleus, whereas Wiggins put those questions to rest in his rookie season (shooting ability, killer instinct). Practically everyone is sold on the fact that he’ll be a perennial All-NBA player. The Lakers would trade any of the 3 for Wiggins (straight up) in heartbeat and the Timberwolves would not accept. Perhaps Randle will soon show that sort of upside, but Russell has a lot of work ahead of him, and Clarkson will never be on that level.

  • Like the optimism, but there are questions surrounding the young nucleus, whereas Wiggins put those questions to rest in his rookie season (shooting ability, killer instinct). Practically everyone is sold on the fact that he’ll be a perennial All-NBA player. The Lakers would trade any of the 3 for Wiggins (straight up) in heartbeat and the Timberwolves would not accept. Perhaps Randle will soon show that sort of upside, but Russell has a lot of work ahead of him, and Clarkson will never be on that level.

  • we’ll see. i think clarkson has a bigger ceiling than you think. and his work ethic is second to none.

  • we’ll see. i think clarkson has a bigger ceiling than you think. and his work ethic is second to none.

  • Don’t get me wrong, if his ceiling is a smarter version (decision making) of Monta Ellis, we’ll take it, but with Wiggins we’re talking about a future superstar.

  • Don’t get me wrong, if his ceiling is a smarter version (decision making) of Monta Ellis, we’ll take it, but with Wiggins we’re talking about a future superstar.

  • Absolutely. I wish we could schedule a few games against the Sparks too. It would help our kids develop.

  • Man, i trust our team will be good this year. We have the best player of the league to me with Huertas, Lou, Nick, Bass and Black.

  • Man, i trust our team will be good this year. We have the best player of the league to me with Huertas, Lou, Nick, Bass and Black.

  • I think you are lusting for the greener pastures while overlooking your own.

    Randle will follow very closely in Wiggins’ steps.

    Interestingly enough, as Randle and Russell seem to be rising, Clarkson’s own growth hasn’t been as meteoric.

    Starpower:
    1) Randle
    2) Russell
    3) Clarkson
    4) Nance
    5) ABrown
    6) Holmes

  • I think you are lusting for the greener pastures while overlooking your own.

    Randle will follow very closely in Wiggins’ steps.

    Interestingly enough, as Randle and Russell seem to be rising, Clarkson’s own growth hasn’t been as meteoric.

    Starpower:
    1) Randle
    2) Russell
    3) Clarkson
    4) Nance
    5) ABrown
    6) Holmes

  • wiggins will be great, but as a laker fan i really don’t care. i think we have the best up and coming ‘big three’ in the league. byron knows what he has in clarkson, so i actually feel like jordan is just playing ‘solid’ basketball in the preseason. i think he’s gonna turn it up when the real games start.

  • wiggins will be great, but as a laker fan i really don’t care. i think we have the best up and coming ‘big three’ in the league. byron knows what he has in clarkson, so i actually feel like jordan is just playing ‘solid’ basketball in the preseason. i think he’s gonna turn it up when the real games start.

  • i actually think jordan is kind of coasting right now, waiting for the real games to start.

  • i actually think jordan is kind of coasting right now, waiting for the real games to start.

  • Well said.

    What do we as LAKERS fans care about how well our competitors do.

  • Well said.

    What do we as LAKERS fans care about how well our competitors do.

  • Magic Johnson sure did care a lot about what Larry Bird and the Celtics did.

  • Magic Johnson sure did care a lot about what Larry Bird and the Celtics did.

  • ok. does that somehow mean that i have to care about wiggins? if magic has waffles for breakfast tomorrow, should i do the same? LOL

  • ok. does that somehow mean that i have to care about wiggins? if magic has waffles for breakfast tomorrow, should i do the same? LOL

  • Why are you underrating Russell so early on in his career.

    Let the boy firm up his skill’s then come talk about him.

  • Why are you underrating Russell so early on in his career.

    Let the boy firm up his skill’s then come talk about him.

  • All 3 I believe have superstar potential:
    – Randle (LeBron dominance potential, ball handling of Odom)
    – Clarkson (Westbrook lite potential)
    – Russell (Steve Nash facilitating potential, solid all around player too)

    1 or 2 have superstar potential:
    – Wiggins (superstar potential, elite defender, athletic, still needs a jump shot)
    – Lavine (haven’t watched too much of him, but looks athletic, seems like a pretty good shooter, not sure if how good he will be)
    – Towns (still don’t know if he’s a PF or C,good all around player. Btw, Upshaw killed him in Summer League)

    Based off this, the Lakers Young Big 3 right now is better than the Wolves. Who knows in the future, but I’d still take the Lakers 3 over the Wolves. Wiggins has potential to be a superstar or face of the league, but I think Randle has that potential too, maybe even Clarkson and Russell.

  • All 3 I believe have superstar potential:
    – Randle (LeBron dominance potential, ball handling of Odom)
    – Clarkson (Westbrook lite potential)
    – Russell (Steve Nash facilitating potential, solid all around player too)

    1 or 2 have superstar potential:
    – Wiggins (superstar potential, elite defender, athletic, still needs a jump shot)
    – Lavine (haven’t watched too much of him, but looks athletic, seems like a pretty good shooter, not sure if how good he will be)
    – Towns (still don’t know if he’s a PF or C,good all around player. Btw, Upshaw killed him in Summer League)

    Based off this, the Lakers Young Big 3 right now is better than the Wolves. Who knows in the future, but I’d still take the Lakers 3 over the Wolves. Wiggins has potential to be a superstar or face of the league, but I think Randle has that potential too, maybe even Clarkson and Russell.

  • as much as i love Randle, i’m going to put Russell at No 1. In fact, i won’t be surprised if Russell makes the All-Star game in his 2nd season (much like Kobe did).

  • as much as i love Randle, i’m going to put Russell at No 1. In fact, i won’t be surprised if Russell makes the All-Star game in his 2nd season (much like Kobe did).

  • Trust me all the D’Lo doubters are going to slowly but surely eat their shit.

  • Trust me all the D’Lo doubters are going to slowly but surely eat their shit.

  • offense look fluid, or at least thats what i got from looking at highlights but when the ball is being shared and players are slashing, its easier. but im sure the subpar defense on Maccabi’s end contributed to that

  • offense look fluid, or at least thats what i got from looking at highlights but when the ball is being shared and players are slashing, its easier. but im sure the subpar defense on Maccabi’s end contributed to that

  • your wrong. wiggens was not even better then the player that was coming off the bench for him.

    jc was the best rookie last season followed by payton then mertic then wiggens

  • your wrong. wiggens was not even better then the player that was coming off the bench for him.

    jc was the best rookie last season followed by payton then mertic then wiggens

  • if he plays well hge could make it this season as a starter just because hes a laker

  • disagree macibi played solid defense it was the lakers passing the broke the defense down.

  • disagree macibi played solid defense it was the lakers passing the broke the defense down.

  • FYI: Jordan Clarkson per 36 min. Averaged more points, rebounds, assist, and steals than Andrew Wiggins last season!!!!!!!

  • FYI: Jordan Clarkson per 36 min. Averaged more points, rebounds, assist, and steals than Andrew Wiggins last season!!!!!!!

  • That sub-par defence give Memphis a run for their money. They are not armless, The Lakers Played a beautifull basketball. I was like, wao, uhhh, really happy, even that was a preseason game, I really enjoyed the whole game.

  • That sub-par defence give Memphis a run for their money. They are not armless, The Lakers Played a beautifull basketball. I was like, wao, uhhh, really happy, even that was a preseason game, I really enjoyed the whole game.

  • you are wrong in everything about your post about Wiggens, even with a horrible team last year, Clarkson won each time against Wiggens hitting the dagger, and also having better numbers, it same reason why Clarkson stole a month from Wiggens in being player of the month……if Clarkson had started 2 months before, he would of got Rookie of the year easily, no one out did his starters stats, and he had the lowest turnovers out of all the Rookies on the nba first team…….I get it you like him, I think Wiggens is cool too

  • you are wrong in everything about your post about Wiggens, even with a horrible team last year, Clarkson won each time against Wiggens hitting the dagger, and also having better numbers, it same reason why Clarkson stole a month from Wiggens in being player of the month……if Clarkson had started 2 months before, he would of got Rookie of the year easily, no one out did his starters stats, and he had the lowest turnovers out of all the Rookies on the nba first team…….I get it you like him, I think Wiggens is cool too

  • The play where kobe had the ball in the corner, passed it, then had it swing all the way back to him in the corner for the 3 made me think I was watching the spurs for a play.

    Was very encouraging to see this team move the ball like that I enjoyed the hell out of this game too, now let’s do it agains an nba team. No reason we can’t cuz even if nba players are more athletic than maccabii, they aren’t athletic enough to keep up with passing the rock

  • The play where kobe had the ball in the corner, passed it, then had it swing all the way back to him in the corner for the 3 made me think I was watching the spurs for a play.

    Was very encouraging to see this team move the ball like that I enjoyed the hell out of this game too, now let’s do it against an nba team. No reason we can’t cuz even if nba players are more athletic than maccabii, they aren’t athletic enough to keep up with passing the rock

  • Randle is a beast. We will see him in many All Star games I feel. Russell is a little harder to judge. He as skills for sure, but his lack of quickness and athleticism could put him at a big disadvantage as a rookie. I think he will figure it out, but against quick teams that like to pressure I think he will struggle a lot this season.

  • Randle is a beast. We will see him in many All Star games I feel. Russell is a little harder to judge. He as skills for sure, but his lack of quickness and athleticism could put him at a big disadvantage as a rookie. I think he will figure it out, but against quick teams that like to pressure I think he will struggle a lot this season.

  • Anthony brown is a keep. the best guard defender they have. the Lakers will make a big mistake if they do not keep him. his shooting will come with time. it was proven in college

  • Anthony brown is a keep. the best guard defender they have. the Lakers will make a big mistake if they do not keep him. his shooting will come with time. it was proven in college

  • i am so sorry for sacre after all this years on the purple and gold uniform. still does show improvement . it is so hard to beleive

  • i am so sorry for sacre after all this years on the purple and gold uniform. still does show improvement . it is so hard to beleive

  • ryan kelly was bad last year. has shown some improvement so far. i will give him another chance

  • ryan kelly was bad last year. has shown some improvement so far. i will give him another chance

  • Randle has a better upside than Wiggins and Clarkson will equil Wiggins numbers this year, why all the talk of Wiggins, he’s not even a Laker and we had no chance of ever drafting him?

  • frazier and jonathan holmes will be good for the lakers d league . i do not know who vander blue is . showing on the roster he should be elimineted by now . not going to make the team sorry

  • Randle has a better upside than Wiggins and Clarkson will equil Wiggins numbers this year, why all the talk of Wiggins, he’s not even a Laker and we had no chance of ever drafting him?

  • frazier and jonathan holmes will be good for the lakers d league . i do not know who vander blue is . showing on the roster he should be elimineted by now . not going to make the team sorry

  • We retain his rights, so their listing him until we waive his rights. Look for us to waive Frazier, Holmes and I hope Robert Sacre October 29 th. That leaves us deciding between keeping Jabari Brown and Robert Upshaw, my money’s on Upshaw.

  • We retain his rights, so their listing him until we waive his rights. Look for us to waive Frazier, Holmes and I hope Robert Sacre October 29 th. That leaves us deciding between keeping Jabari Brown and Robert Upshaw, my money’s on Upshaw.

  • I wouldn’t count Clarkson out so soon, his work ethic on improving is second only to Kobe, he’s a jam rat with speed and skills.

  • I wouldn’t count Clarkson out so soon, his work ethic on improving is second only to Kobe, he’s a jam rat with speed and skills.

  • agreed. upshaw would be great as the third center — t black looks good, so he would be a capable back up to hibbert.

  • He is light years ahead of Ellis at this stage of his career, look at Ellis rookie numbers, and then realize, Clarkson has 4X Ellis work ethic.

  • agreed. upshaw would be great as the third center — t black looks good, so he would be a capable back up to hibbert.

  • He is light years ahead of Ellis at this stage of his career, look at Ellis rookie numbers, and then realize, Clarkson has 4X Ellis work ethic.

  • mwp , jabari brown, upshaw should fight for the last 2 spots left . mwp because of his experience and helping Randle has a good chance of making it. meaning one spot should be left to be fought between jabari brown and upsaw. the Lakers already have a lot of guard. the European guard didn’t even participate so far. I think he should be a keep unless he is not healthy at all. he came all the way from Europe . we have not seen him play yet. deserve the benefice of the doubt . upsaw at center may make it too many guard for jabari to make it. remember the lakers were looking to add a guard and a center. that may be the answer for you

  • mwp , jabari brown, upshaw should fight for the last 2 spots left . mwp because of his experience and helping Randle has a good chance of making it. meaning one spot should be left to be fought between jabari brown and upsaw. the Lakers already have a lot of guard. the European guard didn’t even participate so far. I think he should be a keep unless he is not healthy at all. he came all the way from Europe . we have not seen him play yet. deserve the benefice of the doubt . upsaw at center may make it too many guard for jabari to make it. remember the lakers were looking to add a guard and a center. that may be the answer for you

  • it is obvious russell is a good passer. still need to cut on his unnecessary turn overs cause by some times lazy passing like yesterday trying to pass the ball too far from his colleague by the time the ball travel to him it became a 50 50 ball then a turn over . looks like a good shooter should shoot more and improve on defense his rebounding is not bad at all.

  • it is obvious russell is a good passer. still need to cut on his unnecessary turn overs cause by some times lazy passing like yesterday trying to pass the ball too far from his colleague by the time the ball travel to him it became a 50 50 ball then a turn over . looks like a good shooter should shoot more and improve on defense his rebounding is not bad at all.

  • i am glade to see that coach baron has notice Anthony brown defensive skills and gave him a start yesterday. way to go coach. love it

  • i am glade to see that coach baron has notice Anthony brown defensive skills and gave him a start yesterday. way to go coach. love it

  • randle is an agressive player to the basket i like that but i would like to see him take that 15 foot shot to keep the defense guessing instead of always forcing things to the basket. i am sure it will come with time. he is a good offensive rebounder specially his own misses. but i would like to see him do the same thing on the defensive side. i like his pushing of the ball after a rebound

  • randle is an agressive player to the basket i like that but i would like to see him take that 15 foot shot to keep the defense guessing instead of always forcing things to the basket. i am sure it will come with time. he is a good offensive rebounder specially his own misses. but i would like to see him do the same thing on the defensive side. i like his pushing of the ball after a rebound

  • Clarkson is an aggressive scoring point guard good shooter from outside can penetrate and is fearless i like that . i just want to see him balance his passing a little more he is a good passer. on the defensive he likes to help which is good but it seem to leave the opposing player he is guarding wide open for a 3 pointers or when he cuts to the basket Clarkson often look a little lost like yesterday.. this can be improved I am sure it will come with time

  • Clarkson is an aggressive scoring point guard good shooter from outside can penetrate and is fearless i like that . i just want to see him balance his passing a little more he is a good passer. on the defensive he likes to help which is good but it seem to leave the opposing player he is guarding wide open for a 3 pointers or when he cuts to the basket Clarkson often look a little lost like yesterday.. this can be improved I am sure it will come with time

  • Yes you eat those fucking waffles! And if Magic has blackberry syrup on them, don’t even think about reaching for the strawberry! Don’t even think about it!

  • Yes you eat those fucking waffles! And if Magic has blackberry syrup on them, don’t even think about reaching for the strawberry! Don’t even think about it!

  • when hibbert goes to block a shot . some one need to replace him at his spot and ready to rebound. a lot of time the opposing player rebound and put it back in. that need to be rectified. too many offense of rebound for the opposing team

  • when hibbert goes to block a shot . some one need to replace him at his spot and ready to rebound. a lot of time the opposing player rebound and put it back in. that need to be rectified. too many offense of rebound for the opposing team

  • hibbert 17 rebounds there isn’t much i can say. if he can be consistent at that my goodness.he and randle are taking a lot of space specially on the offensive side. randle is so aggressive going after a miss. i wish he can do the same on the defensive side

  • hibbert 17 rebounds there isn’t much i can say. if he can be consistent at that my goodness.he and randle are taking a lot of space specially on the offensive side. randle is so aggressive going after a miss. i wish he can do the same on the defensive side

  • I have to agree with Vino, the young kids are playing much better than I expected. Honestly, it has looked like Randles team the last 3 games, not Kobe’s. He’s been a mostly solid defender, has used his quickness well, and his ability to handle the ball and initiate the break has been great. Once he gets that 15-18 foot jump shot in his Arsenal, he’s going to be an all star.

    Russell’s vision has been amazing, and his ability to thread the needle has
    Been very impressive. His assist to turnover ratio is far better than I expected this early in the year. I would like to see him be a little more agressive in looking for his own shot. Overall, I couldn’t be more happy with the way these guys have played in preseason.

  • I have to agree with Vino, the young kids are playing much better than I expected. Honestly, it has looked like Randles team the last 3 games, not Kobe’s. He’s been a mostly solid defender, has used his quickness well, and his ability to handle the ball and initiate the break has been great. Once he gets that 15-18 foot jump shot in his Arsenal, he’s going to be an all star.

    Russell’s vision has been amazing, and his ability to thread the needle has
    Been very impressive. His assist to turnover ratio is far better than I expected this early in the year. I would like to see him be a little more agressive in looking for his own shot. Overall, I couldn’t be more happy with the way these guys have played in preseason.

  • kobe, lu william, nick young these are some of the most aggressive shooter the world has known. any split second alone they will shoot and shoot it all the time. i wish they can play defense too so that they can put all 3 of them some times together at the same time with randle another aggressive shooter. there wont be any double teaming from the opposing team i can guarantee you that. they will be killed with all kind of bomb shooting from every where

  • kobe, lu william, nick young these are some of the most aggressive shooter the world has known. any split second alone they will shoot and shoot it all the time. i wish they can play defense too so that they can put all 3 of them some times together at the same time with randle another aggressive shooter. there wont be any double teaming from the opposing team i can guarantee you that. they will be killed with all kind of bomb shooting from every where

  • I think it was MAGIC and BIRD as friends watching each other, not so much on the CELTICS and LAKERS IF the truth be told.

  • I think it was MAGIC and BIRD as friends watching each other, not so much on the CELTICS and LAKERS IF the truth be told.

  • Because they have no better sense. 11 ast. in 18 min, let them talk, their not real bright.

  • I think Russell is going to be great but I do think Randle will make the all star team first because of Curry, Harden, Paul, Parker, Thompson, Lillard, Westbrook, and I’m sure I left some out.

  • Because they have no better sense. 11 ast. in 18 min, let them talk, their not real bright.

  • I think Russell is going to be great but I do think Randle will make the all star team first because of Curry, Harden, Paul, Parker, Thompson, Lillard, Westbrook, and I’m sure I left some out.

  • Apparently they’re doing a round of cuts after tomorrow’s game. I think Holmes and Frazier will be gone. Would love to see Upshaw make the team

  • Apparently they’re doing a round of cuts after tomorrow’s game. I think Holmes and Frazier will be gone. Would love to see Upshaw make the team

  • To much of that would hurt the team, this just gave them a taste of what is yet to come as the season goes on. GREAT GAME.

  • To much of that would hurt the team, this just gave them a taste of what is yet to come as the season goes on. GREAT GAME.

  • Holy crap! Byron actually played Kelly at the 4 and Hamster Face responded with a nice showing. I don’t see him getting cut. Even though I’ve never been Kelly supporter, you’ve got to hand it to him, he’s been looking good in the limited time we’ve seen him.

    Unfortunately Upshaw looks a bit lost. But I’ll take his “lost” over Sacre’s cheerleading any day.

    Cool to see D’lo racking up some assists. His court vision is really impressive and he looks quite mature in his playing style (for a rookie). And I guess it helps that open players actually knock down the shots they’re being fed. Not like when Kobe used to go on a dishing spree and the clank fest begun…

    Also, the win was nice and confidence building but that Haifa team was really scrubalicious in their stomach churning green unis.

  • Holy crap! Byron actually played Kelly at the 4 and Hamster Face responded with a nice showing. I don’t see him getting cut. Even though I’ve never been Kelly supporter, you’ve got to hand it to him, he’s been looking good in the limited time we’ve seen him.

    Unfortunately Upshaw looks a bit lost. But I’ll take his “lost” over Sacre’s cheerleading any day.

    Cool to see D’lo racking up some assists. His court vision is really impressive and he looks quite mature in his playing style (for a rookie). And I guess it helps that open players actually knock down the shots they’re being fed. Not like when Kobe used to go on a dishing spree and the clank fest begun…

    Also, the win was nice and confidence building but that Haifa team was really scrubalicious in their stomach churning green unis.

  • No thanks-he plays just for his self, he always trys to be on a loaded team but still only 2/6 championships, and if they don’t win this season he will want to jump teams again, no no no thanks.

  • No thanks-he plays just for his self, he always trys to be on a loaded team but still only 2/6 championships, and if they don’t win this season he will want to jump teams again, no no no thanks.

  • I can’t wait for a few years from now when these young guys are entering their prime, and Chris Paul is a shell of his former self, Griffin demands a trade, and the Flippers go right back where they belong to the basement of the western conference.

  • I can’t wait for a few years from now when these young guys are entering their prime, and Chris Paul is a shell of his former self, Griffin demands a trade, and the Flippers go right back where they belong to the basement of the western conference.

  • Kelly had a good game last night, in 17 minutes of play 5/7 shooting 3/3 behind the line 7 RB, 3 AST. 1 BLK and 15 PTS, they had him playing his normal spot @ PF..

  • Kelly had a good game last night, in 17 minutes of play 5/7 shooting 3/3 behind the line 7 RB, 3 AST. 1 BLK and 15 PTS, they had him playing his normal spot @ PF.. Not SF where they have had him playing.

  • You can’t let Sacre go and not keep Upshaw that only leaves us HIBBERT AND BLACK one or the other will have to stay, so I think SACRE STAYS and UPSHAW TO THE D-LEAGUE just in case some one gets hurt.

  • You can’t let Sacre go and not keep Upshaw that only leaves us HIBBERT AND BLACK one or the other will have to stay, so I think SACRE STAYS and UPSHAW TO THE D-LEAGUE just in case some one gets hurt.

  • @jamespubliusmadison:disqus

    you are correct about wiggins. wiggins has one thing non of our guys have. its that he was a known high level defender coming out of high school. and he’s getting better at that in the nba. he’s uber athletic on top of the fact he has a post game to supplement his 3 ball isnt money …YET. the only problem clarkson, russell, randle has right now is on the Defensive end. that offense is ahead of the curve. like wayyy ahead. i’m talking they’re like 3 years head of the offensive curve. the only thing i need to see is more post ups from randle and post ups period from russell( when you’re that tall at your position and you’re not some super athletic explosive guy, put those little midgets on your back and make them pay for being small.)

  • @jamespubliusmadison:disqus

    you are correct about wiggins. wiggins has one thing non of our guys have. its that he was a known high level defender coming out of high school. and he’s getting better at that in the nba. he’s uber athletic on top of the fact he has a post game to supplement his 3 ball isnt money …YET. the only problem clarkson, russell, randle has right now is on the Defensive end. that offense is ahead of the curve. like wayyy ahead. i’m talking they’re like 3 years head of the offensive curve. the only thing i need to see is more post ups from randle and post ups period from russell( when you’re that tall at your position and you’re not some super athletic explosive guy, put those little midgets on your back and make them pay for being small.)

  • @disqus_lGBd5Z5M2Z:disqus

    ellis has always had a great work ethic. the problem was, ellis wasnt a smart POINT guard. he was always a short shooting guard trying to score every time down. he was like a shorter more athletic nick young. 100% offense, zero defense, zero passing ability. but now that he’s older ellis looks like how we all thought he should years ago. he knows when to score and he knows when to pass. and he can shoot too .but i agree that clarkson is ahead of him in the learning curve dept.

  • @disqus_lGBd5Z5M2Z:disqus

    ellis has always had a great work ethic. the problem was, ellis wasnt a smart POINT guard. he was always a short shooting guard trying to score every time down. he was like a shorter more athletic nick young. 100% offense, zero defense, zero passing ability. but now that he’s older ellis looks like how we all thought he should years ago. he knows when to score and he knows when to pass. and he can shoot too .but i agree that clarkson is ahead of him in the learning curve dept.

  • @vdogg667:disqus

    jordan isnt coasting. he’s trying to see where he fits in the grand scheme of having kobe back(another scorer) having russell run point(that was all clarkson after guys kept getting hurt last year), and now that randle is running semi point. its taking the ball out of clarksons hands to some degree.

  • @vdogg667:disqus

    jordan isnt coasting. he’s trying to see where he fits in the grand scheme of having kobe back(another scorer) having russell run point(that was all clarkson after guys kept getting hurt last year), and now that randle is running semi point. its taking the ball out of clarksons hands to some degree.

  • That’s because his lateral quickness is off the charts good. I think he had one of the top five lateral quickness numbers out of all players in the 2015 NBA Combine (including vs. point guards!).

    As I said before, lateral quickness (and a defensive mindset) = good perimeter defense.

  • That’s because his lateral quickness is off the charts good. I think he had one of the top five lateral quickness numbers out of all players in the 2015 NBA Combine (including vs. point guards!).

    As I said before, lateral quickness (and a defensive mindset) = good perimeter defense.

  • He’s saying Randle going to make it first because of all the point guards in the Western Conference.

  • He’s saying Randle going to make it first because of all the point guards in the Western Conference.

  • Wiggins is already a star. What are you talking about? Towns isn’t doing half bad either. Lavine is the only question mark.

  • Wiggins is already a star. What are you talking about? Towns isn’t doing half bad either. Lavine is the only question mark.

  • There’s something special about this team. IDK if its the young talent or you can tell they like playing with each other. They all pass the ball alot. Kelly looks good playing the 4. D’angelo passing is crazy. Kobe’s 3 point game looks good, nicks playing defense while hitting his 3s. Lou Will stays at the free throw line. They just need to play better overall defense. Get rid of Jabari Brown he ball hogs & doesn’t even make the shot & turns it over.

  • There’s something special about this team. IDK if its the young talent or you can tell they like playing with each other. They all pass the ball alot. Kelly looks good playing the 4. D’angelo passing is crazy. Kobe’s 3 point game looks good, nicks playing defense while hitting his 3s. Lou Will stays at the free throw line. They just need to play better overall defense. Get rid of Jabari Brown he ball hogs & doesn’t even make the shot & turns it over.

  • The best quote I heard all year bye a NBA executive, ” the Lakers need to get reed of Kobe bye any means necessary”. Great quote, don’t ble me!

  • The best quote I heard all year bye a NBA executive, ” the Lakers need to get reed of Kobe bye any means necessary”. Great quote, don’t ble me!

  • Looks to me that if Randle can develop a consistant outside shot, he coudl be a 3 and not a 4. With Hibbert, Bass and Randle, I can’t even imagine the rebounds per game we can get. The way he handles the ball, and his mobility, you can use him at 3.
    The question and I agreed with some of the comments below, Clarkson is trying to figure out how to fit in this scheme, given the fact that he is not the PG anymore, that he has Kobe next to him that shoots the ball, and Randle that sometimes takes it all the way to the hoop.
    Antony Brown seems to be a good defense player, but he needs to be a lot more aggreesive on shooting the ball. 2 shots against the Macabi? He is not going to make it if you make 2 points a game in 20+ minutes.

  • Looks to me that if Randle can develop a consistant outside shot, he coudl be a 3 and not a 4. With Hibbert, Bass and Randle, I can’t even imagine the rebounds per game we can get. The way he handles the ball, and his mobility, you can use him at 3.
    The question and I agreed with some of the comments below, Clarkson is trying to figure out how to fit in this scheme, given the fact that he is not the PG anymore, that he has Kobe next to him that shoots the ball, and Randle that sometimes takes it all the way to the hoop.
    Antony Brown seems to be a good defense player, but he needs to be a lot more aggreesive on shooting the ball. 2 shots against the Macabi? He is not going to make it if you make 2 points a game in 20+ minutes.

  • Face it, none of the kids are going to look good on paper, until Kobe ball goes away. They would have to slap the ball out of Kobe hands. I wish they would.

  • Face it, none of the kids are going to look good on paper, until Kobe ball goes away. They would have to slap the ball out of Kobe hands. I wish they would.

  • The big problem will come the off season. If you think about his comments and if he can accept a lesser role, there is no way that this will be his last year. On the other side, I do not think he will go to another team, so if he is back next year, I hope he takes -10 million and maybe he accepts to play less than 20 minutes a game.
    Kobe, at least on the outside, has changed his tone, and he is sounding more as a mentoring figure than a egomaniac all about himself like years past. so we will see how that works.

  • The big problem will come the off season. If you think about his comments and if he can accept a lesser role, there is no way that this will be his last year. On the other side, I do not think he will go to another team, so if he is back next year, I hope he takes -10 million and maybe he accepts to play less than 20 minutes a game.
    Kobe, at least on the outside, has changed his tone, and he is sounding more as a mentoring figure than a egomaniac all about himself like years past. so we will see how that works.

  • There’s questions with anyone who’s yet to prove on the big stage. Give them a chance to show what they can do.

  • There’s questions with anyone who’s yet to prove on the big stage. Give them a chance to show what they can do.

  • Everyone talks about the D league as if it’s a protected league if you place a player there, It’s NOT, if Upshaw is not on the final Lakers 15 man roster, he will be signed by another team in less than a week, D league or not. Scare on the other hand, could be waived and stay on the waiver wire for weeks if not months, that should tell you something.

  • Everyone talks about the D league as if it’s a protected league if you place a player there, It’s NOT, if Upshaw is not on the final Lakers 15 man roster, he will be signed by another team in less than a week, D league or not. Scare on the other hand, could be waived and stay on the waiver wire for weeks if not months, that should tell you something.

  • Already a star, but Clarkson with better starter numbers than Wiggins last year isn’t? Talk about spin control, look if they get equal minutes this coming year, Clarkson will have better numbers than Wiggins and that’s with Clarkson competing for touches with Kobe, Russell and Lou Williams, and Wiggins being “The Man”.

  • Already a star, but Clarkson with better starter numbers than Wiggins last year isn’t? Talk about spin control, look if they get equal minutes this coming year, Clarkson will have better numbers than Wiggins and that’s with Clarkson competing for touches with Kobe, Russell and Lou Williams, and Wiggins being “The Man”.

  • Your delusional, All three of the lakers new core players are superior to Wiggins. Russell has longer to go in development, but has a much higher upside than Wiggins, Clarkson put’s up numbers equal to Wiggins, and Randle has an advantage Wiggins will NEVER have. If your so sold on Wiggins, their is a Wolves board out there in some obscure corner of cyber space.

  • Your delusional, All three of the lakers new core players are superior to Wiggins. Russell has longer to go in development, but has a much higher upside than Wiggins, Clarkson put’s up numbers equal to Wiggins, and Randle has an advantage Wiggins will NEVER have. If your so sold on Wiggins, their is a Wolves board out there in some obscure corner of cyber space.

  • Not necessarily. Gotta keep the lanes open for randle, Kobe, Clarkson, and Russell. Can’t pack the paint. If randle plays the 3, a stretch 4 would be used alongside him ala Robert horry

  • Not necessarily. Gotta keep the lanes open for randle, Kobe, Clarkson, and Russell. Can’t pack the paint. If randle plays the 3, a stretch 4 would be used alongside him ala Robert horry

    Also, bass gets 4-6 boards. So not a huge difference. Obviously, he’ll get 8 or 10 some nights, but consistently, you can count on 4-6

    This last game should have been for the guys 8-19 on the squad. Frazier, upshaw, Brown, jabari, Kelly, black, nance, etc. So kinda disappointed that scott relied on the starters. After the first half, upshaw and co should have started while the starters stayed on the bench

  • Kobe will take a pay cut. Especially if he sees he can win #6 with these young bloods.

  • Kobe will take a pay cut. Especially if he sees he can win #6 with these young bloods.

  • When you have two 6 man…your bench will be sold. Guaranteed 30 pts from them.

    Just wait, hopefully huertas can show what he can do in limited time. If he remains on the squad…the bench will be killer

    It’s chemistry. Chemistry is huge in sports, but executives and managers look for star players and home-run plays. Look at baseball, they change most of their roster every off season. Chemistry can do wonders. It leads to passion, effort, and good work ethic…those things can level out talent any day of the week

    I assure you that if it was up to the Lakers, they’d keep everyone on the team right now

  • When you have two 6 man…your bench will be sold. Guaranteed 30 pts from them.

    Just wait, hopefully huertas can show what he can do in limited time. If he remains on the squad…the bench will be killer

    It’s chemistry. Chemistry is huge in sports, but executives and managers look for star players and home-run plays. Look at baseball, they change most of their roster every off season. Chemistry can do wonders. It leads to passion, effort, and good work ethic…those things can level out talent any day of the week

    I assure you that if it was up to the Lakers, they’d keep everyone on the team right now

  • Hamster n1gga in the 4? Give him the ball, what can he do? Ain’t no tellin, aiiiint no tellin, aiiiiiint noooo telliiiin

    They think I’m soft, they think I’m innocent

    Okay, I had to switch the flow up. It was getting too predictable

    Drake feat hamster Kellz

  • Hamster n1gga in the 4? Give him the ball, what can he do? Ain’t no tellin, aiiiint no tellin, aiiiiiint noooo telliiiin

    They think I’m soft, they think I’m innocent

    Okay, I had to switch the flow up. It was getting too predictable

    Drake feat hamster Kellz

  • That’s what he should do. What he can do is a different story. He’s shown to grab 6-8 boards per game MAX.

    But since he’s motivated, he might do what he should have been able to do all along. Could be a great season for him n the lake show

  • That’s what he should do. What he can do is a different story. He’s shown to grab 6-8 boards per game MAX.

    But since he’s motivated, he might do what he should have been able to do all along. Could be a great season for him n the lake show

  • Crash the boards. It’s mostly the forwards job. It’ll be randles responsibility as Kobe won’t be crashing the boards like a normal athletic 3.

    Russ too soft for that. Clarkson might jump in and help.

  • Crash the boards. It’s mostly the forwards job. It’ll be randles responsibility as Kobe won’t be crashing the boards like a normal athletic 3.

    Russ too soft for that. Clarkson might jump in and help.

  • Brown is a 3 and D guy. Defense is his first and 3’s is his second. His job is to stop the opposing player he’s guarding. With so many scorers, getting shots up isn’t his primary goal unless he’s open. He’s more of a spot up shooter, so you need to get him the ball when he’s open.

  • Brown is a 3 and D guy. Defense is his first and 3’s is his second. His job is to stop the opposing player he’s guarding. With so many scorers, getting shots up isn’t his primary goal unless he’s open. He’s more of a spot up shooter, so you need to get him the ball when he’s open.

  • Everyone in the NBA even analysis are saying Wiggins will be an all star but not a superstar. The way he played on his rookie year didn’t show anything special just that his a scorer but when it came to Assists? Rebounds? Steals? Nothing was there. Of course, he has potential to be a great defender but that is yet to be seen.

  • Everyone in the NBA even analysis are saying Wiggins will be an all star but not a superstar. The way he played on his rookie year didn’t show anything special just that his a scorer but when it came to Assists? Rebounds? Steals? Nothing was there. Of course, he has potential to be a great defender but that is yet to be seen.

  • I am not as high on Wiggins; he is an above defender and shooter but have shown to be somewhat passive and is not a floor leader IMO. It’s still early and he is only a sophmore but if i have to compare him to a player it would have to be a poor man’s Tracy McGrady without the handles.

  • I am not as high on Wiggins; he is an above defender and shooter but have shown to be somewhat passive and is not a floor leader IMO. It’s still early and he is only a sophmore but if i have to compare him to a player it would have to be a poor man’s Tracy McGrady without the handles.

  • Looking at having Hibbert and Russell instead of just Okafor and Kobe stuck at SG, no one. I’ll take Hibbert’s D. Kobe already provides post offense as does Randle. Russell had 11 dimes last night coming back from being off for 2 games due to injury. Russell still has more upside and I like Hibbert.

  • Looking at having Hibbert and Russell instead of just Okafor and Kobe stuck at SG, no one. I’ll take Hibbert’s D. Kobe already provides post offense as does Randle. Russell had 11 dimes last night coming back from being off for 2 games due to injury. Russell still has more upside and I like Hibbert.

  • This is something Randle needs to look and learn to do. He needs to learn to rotate onto Hibbert’s man as well.

  • This is something Randle needs to look and learn to do. He needs to learn to rotate onto Hibbert’s man as well.

  • He needs to get that shot down first. He’s struggling with it and hasn’t made it yet.

  • He needs to get that shot down first. He’s struggling with it and hasn’t made it yet.

  • I don´t think they waste one of their picks to just dump it on preseason. I really like the way he plays, he move thorough screens like a shadow, he make it look so easy. He is a great pick, I wonder why he lasted so low in the draft.

  • I don´t think they waste one of their picks to just dump it on preseason. I really like the way he plays, he move thorough screens like a shadow, he make it look so easy. He is a great pick, I wonder why he lasted so low in the draft.

  • The funny thing is how people complain about Kobe’s contract, CP3 during his latter years will be making about the same as Kobe and still have no rings. I really hope the media bashes Kobe’s contract, at least Kobe has brought this city champions, unlike cry baby Paul. Can’t wait for the Lakers to be on top as you said and the Clippers become another big joke

  • The funny thing is how people complain about Kobe’s contract, CP3 during his latter years will be making about the same as Kobe and still have no rings. I really hope the media bashes Kobe’s contract, at least Kobe has brought this city champions, unlike cry baby Paul. Can’t wait for the Lakers to be on top as you said and the Clippers become another big joke

  • This comment is the epitome of why Lakers fans are mocked and ridiculed across the web. As not only an objective Lakers fan, but a fan of basketball in general, the Lakers have an extremely talented young nucleus, but to believe they defied all odds and drafted 3 of the top 10 players in basketball (at some point in the future), in back to back drafts, is the very definition of delusional. To also be told not to acknowledge any other talent around the league, even though that was the topic of discussion, is a flat out loser mentality. It’s like pretending Lebron James and Kevin Durant don’t exist, Kobe is still the best player in basketball, and no other teams exist. Welcome to the North Korea, I mean Lakers Nation. The insecurity of the fanatics here towards the truth (Wiggins is a future superstar), shows how insecure they are after two losing seasons.

  • This comment is the epitome of why Lakers fans are mocked and ridiculed across the web. As not only an objective Lakers fan, but a fan of basketball in general, the Lakers have an extremely talented young nucleus, but to believe they defied all odds and drafted 3 of the top 10 players in basketball (at some point in the future), in back to back drafts, is the very definition of delusional. To also be told not to acknowledge any other talent around the league, even though that was the topic of discussion, is a flat out loser mentality. It’s like pretending Lebron James and Kevin Durant don’t exist, Kobe is still the best player in basketball, and no other teams exist. Welcome to North Korea, I mean Lakers Nation. The hostility of the fanatics here towards the truth (Wiggins is a future superstar), shows how insecure they are after two losing seasons.

  • Showcase: 6’9″ F Holmes – Solid Like to see if can play Defense. Showcase
    Frazier G – Defense, is what I’am looking for. DR & JC have been
    allowing TOO many guards deep into paint, and unable SO Far to slow down
    Opponents on D. Showcase 7’0″ Upshaw – let Hibbert rest sore knees. (No
    MORE Sacre, Black, Kelly – they had years to showcase)

  • Showcase: 6’9″ F Holmes – Solid Like to see if can play Defense. Showcase
    Frazier G – Defense, is what I’am looking for. DR & JC have been
    allowing TOO many guards deep into paint, and unable SO Far to slow down
    Opponents on D. Showcase 7’0″ Upshaw – let Hibbert rest sore knees. (No
    MORE Sacre, Black, Kelly – they had years to showcase)

  • FiveThirtyEight projects Wiggins to be closest to Carmelo ’05 (20.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.6 apg, 0.9 spg) and Shareef Abdur-Rahim ’98 (22.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.1 spg) at the same age (20-21). ESPN fantasy has him at 20.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.1 spg. We all knew Kobe was a lock to be a superstar at that age and his stats were 19.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.4 spg. These projections can be mocked all day long, but it looks like a spot on prediction. If Wiggins never develops into a playmaker like Kobe or Lebron, it may differentiate him from being associated with two of the greatest players of all-time, but a player like Carmelo is about as close to a superstar as one can get without that ability.

  • FiveThirtyEight projects Wiggins to be closest to Carmelo ’05 (20.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.6 apg, 0.9 spg) and Shareef Abdur-Rahim ’98 (22.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.1 spg) at the same age (20-21). ESPN fantasy has him at 20.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.1 spg. We all knew Kobe was a lock to be a superstar at that age and his stats were 19.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.4 spg. These projections can be mocked all day long, but it looks like a spot on prediction. If Wiggins never develops into a playmaker like Kobe or Lebron, it may differentiate him from being associated with two of the greatest players of all-time, but a player like Carmelo is about as close to a superstar as one can get without that ability.

  • Now you’re starting to show your true troll colors.

    I’m going to go back and FLAG all your posts and all other posts going forward.

  • Now you’re starting to show your true troll colors.

    I’m going to go back and FLAG all your posts and all other posts going forward.

  • Don’t feed the trolls. Ignore him, he’s just a lonely person looking for attention.

    Flag all his comments from now on.

  • Don’t feed the trolls. Ignore him, he’s just a lonely person looking for attention.

    Flag all his comments from now on.

  • Macabi is known for their solid defense. Lakers just broke them down offensively.

  • Macabi is known for their solid defense. Lakers just broke them down offensively.

  • No way Lakers trade Randle for Wiggins. Also Wiggins started off slow his rookie year so at the end of this season Lakers may not even want to trade Russell for him straight up. Clarkson is the only promising youngster that I think is expendable unless he can add a consistent outside shot. Lakers should maybe trade him and some draft picks for Bradley Beal are some young perimeter scorer.

  • No way Lakers trade Randle for Wiggins. Also Wiggins started off slow his rookie year so at the end of this season Lakers may not even want to trade Russell for him straight up. Clarkson is the only promising youngster that I think is expendable unless he can add a consistent outside shot. Lakers should maybe trade him and some draft picks for Bradley Beal are some young perimeter scorer.

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