Kobe Bryant Out Of Rhythm, Jordan Clarkson Ties Career-High (VIDEOS)

Jordan Clarkson picThe Los Angeles Lakers open their 2015-16 regular season 0-4, after dropping 120-109 to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night at Staples Center. Jordan Clarkson tied a career-high with 30 points, 20 of which came in the first half, on a 12-19 clip, knocking down four of his six three-point attempts.

“Dโ€™Angelo (Russell), he got me some easy looks,” Clarkson said on why he was so effective. “He was getting in there off the pick-and-roll, throwing it back, letting us play on the other side. So I give a lot of the credit to him.”

Lou Williams also scored 24 points, hitting a career-high 16 free throws on 19 attempts, which was the main reason for Williams getting the nod over Russell to end the game.

“What factored was that Lou was getting to the free throw line and really kept us in the game,” Scott responded when asked about Russell sitting for the final minutes.

What will Kobe Bryant make this season? Find out here!

Kobe Bryant had another off rhythm shooting night, hitting just one of his five three-point attempts, including a couple airballs, finishing 4-11. Bryant was given the day off from Monday’s practice to rest and recover, after a public self-critical assessment of his poor performance in the Lakers last loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

Scott, though, says it’s not Bryant that he’s concerned about.

“Kobe’s kind of the last person I worry about. I know how he is. He’s going to come to work, to get ready and do everything he has to do to get ready for the game. I’m not worried about him,” Scott said Tuesday. “I’m worried about all our young guys. On the court physically, as well as, emotionally and mentally.”

Check out all of the post-game videos below. The Lakers will practice on Wednesday before heading out East for a five-game roadtrip, starting with the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night at 4:30PM PST.

Post-Game Recap: Byron Scott Not Worried About Kobe Bryant, Jordan Clarkson Ties Career-High

Kobe Bryant On What To Tell Lakers Fans That Are ‘Freaking Out’

Byron Scott On Why D’Angelo Russell Sat In Final Minutes Of The Game

Bryon Scott needs to start worrying about himself and his coaching abilities.

  • Kobe needs to play SG again. put Metta on SF position, Hibbert at C more minutes, and randle at PF, Jordan at PG, make the rookie star from the bench but give him quality minutes.

  • Kobe needs to play SG again. put Metta on SF position, Hibbert at C more minutes, and randle at PF, Jordan at PG, make the rookie star from the bench but give him quality minutes.

  • Sorry to be right in this case, but it seems we should be already prepping our “Tank for Simmons” rallies and chants. It’s a bummer, but Lakers’ defense seems beyond redeemable this year, and Russell is not developing quickly enough.

  • Sorry to be right in this case, but it seems we should be already prepping our “Tank for Simmons” rallies and chants. It’s a bummer, but Lakers’ defense seems beyond redeemable this year, and Russell is not developing quickly enough.

  • Guys, i`m trying as hard as possible not lose my enjoy to watch the Lakers. I live in Brazil and the game finished 4 am in the morning. My class in the college starts 7 am. I saw all game and i`m pretty much dead today.
    Is hard to me see that poor defense. Byron Scott is really a bad coach… We need another one to build a indentity for next season. We have no `face`.

  • Guys, i`m trying as hard as possible not lose my enjoy to watch the Lakers. I live in Brazil and the game finished 4 am in the morning. My class in the college starts 7 am. I saw all game and i`m pretty much dead today.
    Is hard to me see that poor defense. Byron Scott is really a bad coach… We need another one to build a indentity for next season. We have no `face`.

  • Js wanna make a point..

    People should accept the fact, that a late 2nd rounder, half asian is the star of this team right now!! Theyd rather associate him to dbust & randle as the future. .wen infact JC is right now more than ready to go. And that bscott should design more plays around him and players that correlate to his game if they want wins coming. Especially the 3rd & 4th quarter.

    He s our BEST finisher RIGHT NOW!! Coz randle is clearly not ready. And no other star player is coming. They should look for who is having the burning FIRE within that is contagious. .so other players follow through. .building their confidence to WIN !! Hope bs & kobe wud recognize JC & let him run d plays NOW and WIN !!

  • Js wanna make a point..

    People should accept the fact, that a late 2nd rounder, half asian is the star of this team right now!! Theyd rather associate him to dbust & randle as the future. .wen infact JC is right now more than ready to go. And that bscott should design more plays around him and players that correlate to his game if they want wins coming. Especially the 3rd & 4th quarter.

    He s our BEST finisher RIGHT NOW!! Coz randle is clearly not ready. And no other star player is coming. They should look for who is having the burning FIRE within that is contagious. .so other players follow through. .building their confidence to WIN !! Hope bs & kobe wud recognize JC & let him run d plays NOW and WIN !!

  • They should trade Hibert during the deadline and bring Upshaw back during the second half so he can play with Russell, Clarkson and Randle…..Hibert plays with no defensive passion in the paint….He also has the worse rebounding skills for a 7 footer….smh….

  • Time is Over Byron Scott Fired Right Now for Replace Tom Thibodeau or Scott Brooks as Next Head Coach LA Lakers

  • Time is Over Byron Scott Fired Right Now for Replace Tom Thibodeau or Scott Brooks as Next Head Coach LA Lakers

  • How long they will keep the Lakers losing like that? Is it not clear that the team does not have a defense system at all? Byron Scott will finish his nice/cute job and leave the Lakers with 0-82? The starting lineup (Bryant-Randle-Hibbert-Russell-Clarkson) it is not working properly. Take Russell out and MWP in. Change Kobe to SG. Please Mitch, fire Byron Scott. For God Sake!

  • How long they will keep the Lakers losing like that? Is it not clear that the team does not have a defense system at all? Byron Scott will finish his nice/cute job and leave the Lakers with 0-82? The starting lineup (Bryant-Randle-Hibbert-Russell-Clarkson) it is not working properly. Take Russell out and MWP in. Change Kobe to SG. Please Mitch, fire Byron Scott. For God Sake!

  • The million dollar question is will the Lakers seize the moment and win the battle of the two winless teams on Friday. That is if the Nets lose to Atlanta this evening as they may indeed. The first point is sometimes the hardest to score. Well that sometimes goes for the first win. Let’s start a win streak and play well on the road.

    It starts with a win on Friday. No team is ever really as bad as their record or they look. I personally think the Lakers are playing worst than they are. And they need to start playing better to prove it. They need to hold teams closer to 100 than 130 because they are not gonna win a lot of shootouts for a while anyway.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • The million dollar question is will the Lakers seize the moment and win the battle of the two winless teams on Friday. That is if the Nets lose to Atlanta this evening as they may indeed. The first point is sometimes the hardest to score. Well that sometimes goes for the first win. Let’s start a win streak and play well on the road.

    It starts with a win on Friday. No team is ever really as bad as their record or they look. I personally think the Lakers are playing worst than they are. And they need to start playing better to prove it. They need to hold teams closer to 100 than 130 because they are not gonna win a lot of shootouts for a while anyway.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • There is no story here.
    Kobe is going to come back its just a matter of time.
    Like he said let them freak out who cares.
    It was a tough loss though but you get over it and get ready for the next game.
    End of story people.
    Cmon Kobe the Lakers need you right now we can do this together lets get it done mamba!

  • There is no story here.
    Kobe is going to come back its just a matter of time.
    Like he said let them freak out who cares.
    It was a tough loss though but you get over it and get ready for the next game.
    End of story people.
    Cmon Kobe the Lakers need you right now we can do this together lets get it done mamba!

  • Randle is the best player right now.
    It isnt even close.
    Randle gets to the basket at will.
    He can almost score anytime he wants to or feels like it.
    they need to keep Randle in the game and use him more.
    Thats all.

  • Randle is the best player right now.
    It isnt even close.
    Randle gets to the basket at will.
    He can almost score anytime he wants to or feels like it.
    they need to keep Randle in the game and use him more.
    Thats all.

  • Me too bro i dont live in la either im from NY.
    i stayed up to about 2am even though it ended at 1am or something.
    We got close only 3 points to tie.
    With Kobe not himself we have noone to take the game from them.
    Randle and Clarkson need to see this and go at them full force.
    We could have at least tried to win i wanna see a fight not a 11 point loss.
    Its so disappointing we need to step it up in the 4th quarter not the 1st two only.

  • Me too bro i dont live in la either im from NY.
    i stayed up to about 2am even though it ended at 1am or something.
    We got close only 3 points to tie.
    With Kobe not himself we have noone to take the game from them.
    Randle and Clarkson need to see this and go at them full force.
    We could have at least tried to win i wanna see a fight not a 11 point loss.
    Its so disappointing we need to step it up in the 4th quarter not the 1st two only.

  • Idk what’s wrong with Kobe…11 shots to get 11 points plus 2 air balls…looks like he uses a lot of energy just to get the shot up even tho he had practice off….last year he was pretty active and could drive to the basket at times but this year its different he just shoots 3’s…..no more post fadaways or crossover pull ups or attacking the basket….either he’s scared of getting injured or that calf injury in the preseason got to him but this is not Kobe and it is killin me seeing him like this….hopefully he can snap out of this.

  • Idk what’s wrong with Kobe…11 shots to get 11 points plus 2 air balls…looks like he uses a lot of energy just to get the shot up even tho he had practice off….last year he was pretty active and could drive to the basket at times but this year its different he just shoots 3’s…..no more post fadaways or crossover pull ups or attacking the basket….either he’s scared of getting injured or that calf injury in the preseason got to him but this is not Kobe and it is killin me seeing him like this….hopefully he can snap out of this.

  • 1) No offensive co-ordination.
    2) Too many ball hogs (Clarkson, Randle, Lou, Kobe, Young)
    3) Ball hogs playing too much ISO. No fluid passing.
    4) Terrible shooters – when compared to Super West squads.
    5) No post defense. Hibbert sucks. He was good only for 1-2 years.
    6) I hate to admit it, but we are easily the worst team in the NBA. Maybe not talent-wise (because Randle and Clarkson look impressive), but definitely the worst system, coaching and playbook.

    Time for Kobe to retire. I love him but no point tarnishing your legacy. Last impressions always loom large when you recall a career. Bird, Magic and MJ all started playing second or third fiddle by the end. Kobe is not capable of doing that because he’s unable to play Point or doesn’t have the defensive ferocity anymore. He’s adding zero value. I know it’s emotional thing and all to see his LAST SEASON but this is pointless.

    If we’re losing either way, why not lose with the young guys?

  • 1) No offensive co-ordination.
    2) Too many ball hogs (Clarkson, Randle, Lou, Kobe, Young)
    3) Ball hogs playing too much ISO. No fluid passing.
    4) Terrible shooters – when compared to Super West squads.
    5) No post defense. Hibbert sucks. He was good only for 1-2 years.
    6) I hate to admit it, but we are easily the worst team in the NBA. Maybe not talent-wise (because Randle and Clarkson look impressive), but definitely the worst system, coaching and playbook.

    Time for Kobe to retire. I love him but no point tarnishing your legacy. Last impressions always loom large when you recall a career. Bird, Magic and MJ all started playing second or third fiddle by the end. Kobe is not capable of doing that because he’s unable to play Point or doesn’t have the defensive ferocity anymore. He’s adding zero value. I know it’s emotional thing and all to see his LAST SEASON but this is pointless.

    If we’re losing either way, why not lose with the young guys?

  • Kobe has to get that “calling”. If he really wishes to, that would be amazing. Imagine if Kobe retires tomorrow and takes over as new head coach? We’ve had enough of BS already.

  • Kobe has to get that “calling”. If he really wishes to, that would be amazing. Imagine if Kobe retires tomorrow and takes over as new head coach? We’ve had enough of BS already.

  • First off …… Bryant is not old Bryant……he’s older Bryant ….people need to get thru their heads and temper their expectations….. he needs others to create space for him now, not the other way around , he also doesn’t just need to retire because he isn’t all world Bryant anymore, they need to figure out a way to create the space for him at times to help him out a bit…….. he will struggle with it at times if the offence dictates he shoot the long range perimeter shot (which he’s never been great at) and not off screens and double screens for mid range shots ….. the Princeton is suppose to have those in the arsenal….where are they? I saw one or 2 which created good shots ….outside of that he’s being put in position to fail right now……
    The real issue is too many 1 dimensional players right now…it’s all offence or they give you nothing……. it’s an unbalanced roster that if they don’t put up 120+ points they are going to lose way more than they win……that is the reality of this roster right now…… there are some things Scott can do to help a bit, he started that in the second half by not playing Kelly with a PF as a centre, a Bass/Black combo made it a bit more difficult for Denver to attack the paint…… but more than that is needed really…… I expect the starters to struggle some on that end because we have 3 very young players on it…..they need to develop that part of the game…… but you can’t than in turn have bench that can’t defend their own shadows as veterans and expect to stay balanced and in control of the rhythm of the game…..recipe for disaster IMO and that IS the issue right now….. all offence and very little defence will not get you beat more times than not…….

  • First off …… Bryant is not old Bryant……he’s older Bryant ….people need to get thru their heads and temper their expectations….. he needs others to create space for him now, not the other way around , he also doesn’t just need to retire because he isn’t all world Bryant anymore, they need to figure out a way to create the space for him at times to help him out a bit…….. he will struggle with it at times if the offence dictates he shoot the long range perimeter shot (which he’s never been great at) and not off screens and double screens for mid range shots ….. the Princeton is suppose to have those in the arsenal….where are they? I saw one or 2 which created good shots ….outside of that he’s being put in position to fail right now…… at 37 you don’t have the legs and the lift to create your own…..he’s now a serviceable vet that needs to be used properly to be affective…..off ball movement and move him off screens for catch and shoot opportunities …….
    The real issue is too many 1 dimensional players right now…it’s all offence or they give you nothing……. it’s an unbalanced roster that if they don’t put up 120+ points they are going to lose way more than they win……that is the reality of this roster right now…… there are some things Scott can do to help a bit, he started that in the second half by not playing Kelly with a PF as a centre, a Bass/Black combo made it a bit more difficult for Denver to attack the paint……gave them a bit more grit and toughness …and two guys not easily rooted out within the paint area ……. but more than that is needed really…… I expect the starters to struggle some on that end because we have 3 very young players on it…..they need to develop that part of the game…… but you can’t than in turn have bench that can’t defend their own shadows as veterans and expect to stay balanced and in control of the rhythm of the game or to help set a tone that counters the starters ability to defend right now because of their youth…..recipe for disaster IMO and that IS the issue right now….. all offence and very little defence WILL get you beat more times than not……. That my friends is on your president of basketball operations …… mismatch of talent for the coach you hired in the first place……is that the cooks fault (Scott) or the guy buying the groceries (Buss) …… The issue starts at the very top, it’s the top that sets the philosophy…… Scott is just the deer caught in the headlights right now and is getting torched by fans.
    And for those banging on Hibbert …… please……. takes more than 1 guy to shore up your defence …….. he’s also being put in position too fail because you need more than an anchor at centre to defend for pete’s sake …… that’s a junior league thought process if you actually believe that and he just sucks lmfao ….. junior league!

  • They’re gonna tinker with rotations, but they want a larger sample size before doing so.

  • They’re gonna tinker with rotations, but they want a larger sample size before doing so.

  • Missing 3s doesn’t help your defense. Missed 3s tend to turn into rebounds away from the basket which start the break. They’re not scoring efficiently, and it’s adversely affecting their defense. Teams aren’t bad because of one phase of the game…

  • Missing 3s doesn’t help your defense. Missed 3s tend to turn into rebounds away from the basket which start the break. They’re not scoring efficiently, and it’s adversely affecting their defense. Teams aren’t bad because of one phase of the game…

  • The roster is just not built to win for many of the reason you stated.

  • The roster is just not built to win for many of the reason you stated.

  • You don’t make it to the NBA by being a ball hog. It’s not ball hogs…it’s about what makes certain players most effective. Would we be talking about Steph Curry the same way we are now were he playing off the ball? He would be just like his father at that point…a very good spot up shooter that plays no defense. However, he is at his best with the ball in his hands. The Lakers have at least 6 players like that on the roster. That is too many for one team.

  • You don’t make it to the NBA by being a ball hog. It’s not ball hogs…it’s about what makes certain players most effective. Would we be talking about Steph Curry the same way we are now were he playing off the ball? He would be just like his father at that point…a very good spot up shooter that plays no defense. However, he is at his best with the ball in his hands. The Lakers have at least 6 players like that on the roster. That is too many for one team.

  • He is still getting back in game shape. That could have something to do with it. Plus he is older now. It;s a combination, but I still believe he can be successful in the league. Look at Paul Pierce. He has no athleticism and is slow on defense, but is still able to provide great minutes.

  • He is still getting back in game shape. That could have something to do with it. Plus he is older now. It;s a combination, but I still believe he can be successful in the league. Look at Paul Pierce. He has no athleticism and is slow on defense, but is still able to provide great minutes.

  • To be fair, Lakers played better defense last night as far as stats go when Kelly played vs Black. Is Kelly a better defender? I don’t know, he definitely fouls less. There is no good solution there. Maybe try Nance.

  • That’s the answer…keep firing coaches after 1 or 2 years and eventually you will get it right.

  • To be fair, Lakers played better defense last night as far as stats go when Kelly played vs Black. Is Kelly a better defender? I don’t know, he definitely fouls less. There is no good solution there. Maybe try Nance.

  • That’s the answer…keep firing coaches after 1 or 2 years and eventually you will get it right.

  • I think there was 3 airballs. Unless the one that hit the backboard isn’t considered an airball.

  • I think there was 3 airballs. Unless the one that hit the backboard isn’t considered an airball.

  • He was fouled on that play I think, so it didn’t count. I know there was one that he was fouled on if that isn’t the one.

  • He was fouled on that play I think, so it didn’t count. I know there was one that he was fouled on if that isn’t the one.

  • Curry would have been a spot-up shooter who can’t play defense? Clearly, your understanding of the game is very poor. Curry can create off-the-dribble, penetrate defenses and even get to the rim if he wants. Curry does so much just with his handles and quickness. You must be blind. And Curry pretty much orchestrates the warrior offense. In our offense right now, there isn’t any such player. They all need the ball in their hand and go into ISO mode. You will never see Curry going into complete ISO mode. Either his shot goes off real quick or teammates are setting up nice screens for him. You’ll never see him holding the ball for more than 7-8 seconds. Problem is we don’t have efficient shooters. All mediocre shooters. Clarkson uses his motor and athleticism really well, but he’s still not a high efficiency shooter like Curry, Redick, Durant or Klay.

  • Curry would have been a spot-up shooter who can’t play defense? Clearly, your understanding of the game is very poor. Curry can create off-the-dribble, penetrate defenses and even get to the rim if he wants. Curry does so much just with his handles and quickness. You must be blind. And Curry pretty much orchestrates the warrior offense. In our offense right now, there isn’t any such player. They all need the ball in their hand and go into ISO mode. You will never see Curry going into complete ISO mode. Either his shot goes off real quick or teammates are setting up nice screens for him. You’ll never see him holding the ball for more than 7-8 seconds. Problem is we don’t have efficient shooters. All mediocre shooters. Clarkson uses his motor and athleticism really well, but he’s still not a high efficiency shooter like Curry, Redick, Durant or Klay.

  • Kobe has been in a slump before. The reason people are calling for his head isn’t because of the slump. It’s because people don’t like him. Never have….and that is his fault.

  • Kobe has been in a slump before. The reason people are calling for his head isn’t because of the slump. It’s because people don’t like him. Never have….and that is his fault.

  • Liked what I saw in the first half. Randle was aggressive, Clarkson was hitting outlet 3’s, Russell was hitting the outlet 3 with passes. It was nice. We stopped doing that in the second half though. Will have to watch the game again to see if I can figure out why.

  • Did you read my message? I said, “if the ball was taken out of his hands and he was required to play off the ball” he would be a very good spot up shooter.

  • Liked what I saw in the first half. Randle was aggressive, Clarkson was hitting outlet 3’s, Russell was hitting the outlet 3 with passes. It was nice. We stopped doing that in the second half though. Will have to watch the game again to see if I can figure out why.

  • Did you read my message? I said, “if the ball was taken out of his hands and he was required to play off the ball” he would be a very good spot up shooter.

  • I couldn’t remember for sure. I know there was a shot where a foul was called.

  • I couldn’t remember for sure. I know there was a shot where a foul was called.

  • fair enough. i did read it. i was replying to your stupid statement: “The Lakers have at least 6 players like that (Curry) on the roster. That is too many for one team.” None of the six guys can create off-the-dribble. Randle is more back-to-the-basket/face-up (point forward), Clarkson is a high motor beast, Swaggy and Lou have terrible handles, Kobe has lot his game.

  • fair enough. i did read it. i was replying to your stupid statement: “The Lakers have at least 6 players like that (Curry) on the roster. That is too many for one team.” None of the six guys can create off-the-dribble. Randle is more back-to-the-basket/face-up (point forward), Clarkson is a high motor beast, Swaggy and Lou have terrible handles, Kobe has lot his game.

  • It is more than a slump. Look at him when he gets foul’d, he can’t even get an attempt off. His jump shot no longer has much jump, and yet he can’t even stick the landing half the time. His time as a superstar has passed. But I think he can still have a role with the team. He made some great reads and passes yesterday from the elbow.

  • We won’t get Simmons and will instead make it less likely that people will want to play here next year.

  • It is more than a slump. Look at him when he gets foul’d, he can’t even get an attempt off. His jump shot no longer has much jump, and yet he can’t even stick the landing half the time. His time as a superstar has passed. But I think he can still have a role with the team. He made some great reads and passes yesterday from the elbow.

  • We won’t get Simmons and will instead make it less likely that people will want to play here next year.

  • The stupid one is you. My statement was correct. The Lakers have Kobe, Clarkson, Randle, Russell, Young and Williams whose offense is predicated on them having the ball in their hands to create their own shots. I NEVER said how successful they were at it. I was simply stating that having too many guys that are at their best when creating their shots isn’t a balanced roster. You need spot up shooters, you need low post guys and you need guys that get garbage points.

    Pay attention!

  • The stupid one is you. My statement was correct. The Lakers have Kobe, Clarkson, Randle, Russell, Young and Williams whose offense is predicated on them having the ball in their hands to create their own shots. I NEVER said how successful they were at it. I was simply stating that having too many guys that are at their best when creating their shots isn’t a balanced roster. You need spot up shooters, you need low post guys and you need guys that get garbage points.

    Pay attention!

  • I would prefer to wait until he has had enough time to really shake off the dust from the past 3 years of injuries before pronouncing him being done.

  • If Worthy and Magic refuse to blame BS, they owe D’Antoni a gift basket and a public segment dedicated to how they cannot be trusted with analyzing basketball fairly.

  • If you read my first post to you, I clearly mentioned: “Problem is we don’t have efficient shooters. All mediocre shooters.” Also, my original post said exactly what we are both agreeing upon – too many ISO guys. We are basically arguing over nothing because you’re extremely stupid ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I would prefer to wait until he has had enough time to really shake off the dust from the past 3 years of injuries before pronouncing him being done.

  • If Worthy and Magic refuse to blame BS, they owe D’Antoni a gift basket and a public segment dedicated to how they cannot be trusted with analyzing basketball fairly.

  • If you read my first post to you, I clearly mentioned: “Problem is we don’t have efficient shooters. All mediocre shooters.” Also, my original post said exactly what we are both agreeing upon – too many ISO guys. We are basically arguing over nothing because you’re extremely stupid ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I agree, but firing another coach without a real plan for the future is only going to create a different problem. This would be the fourth or fifth coach in 4 years (given the interim coaches included).

  • I agree, but firing another coach without a real plan for the future is only going to create a different problem. This would be the fourth or fifth coach in 4 years (given the interim coaches included).

  • I never argued. I made a statement. You disagreed. I never disagreed with your first statement.

  • what about the terrible shots he’s taking? i seen him force like 5 shots yesterday instead of kicking it out to a wide open lou or clark

  • I never argued. I made a statement. You disagreed. I never disagreed with your first statement.

  • what about the terrible shots he’s taking? i seen him force like 5 shots yesterday instead of kicking it out to a wide open lou or clark

  • I don’t think he is done. But his days of being a star are done. And that is fine. We have guys that are ready to be molded into that role so it is perfect timing.

  • He has ALWAYS taken horrible shots. When he hit 81, half of those shots were horrible. They just went in.

  • this is precisely why the minute they signed Lou Williams, I said “trade swaggy for an efficient spot-up shooter.” Guys here said Swaggy and Lou would form “a lethal duo” off the bench. No offense can survive these many ISO guys.

  • I don’t think he is done. But his days of being a star are done. And that is fine. We have guys that are ready to be molded into that role so it is perfect timing.

  • He has ALWAYS taken horrible shots. When he hit 81, half of those shots were horrible. They just went in.

  • this is precisely why the minute they signed Lou Williams, I said “trade swaggy for an efficient spot-up shooter.” Guys here said Swaggy and Lou would form “a lethal duo” off the bench. No offense can survive these many ISO guys.

  • Ready to be molded is not what i had hoped for this team. Ready to be the star is what I had hoped for.

  • Ready to be molded is not what i had hoped for this team. Ready to be the star is what I had hoped for.

  • lol, well maybe hold out for Durant! But personally I am very excited. I want to mold the next Kobe, a guy who will be a lifetime Laker.

  • so that makes it ok? i know he’s kobe and i know everything he’s done for us but i also know when he’s killing us(not blaming him for the losses)

  • lol, well maybe hold out for Durant! But personally I am very excited. I want to mold the next Kobe, a guy who will be a lifetime Laker.

  • so that makes it ok? i know he’s kobe and i know everything he’s done for us but i also know when he’s killing us(not blaming him for the losses)

  • Why? Did you ever think it wasn’t personal. I fail understand why people are surprised that they aren’t coming down on Byron. Plus, D’Antoni was guilty of playing Pau out of position and running an offense that didn’t fit the roster. On top of that, at the time, the uptempo offense had a bad name. Were D’Antoni coming in today, he would be viewed MUCH different because now his offense has won a championship. Do you think Gentry would have gotten the head coaching for the Pelicans if not for GSW winning? Timing is everything.

  • Why? Did you ever think it wasn’t personal. I fail understand why people are surprised that they aren’t coming down on Byron. Plus, D’Antoni was guilty of playing Pau out of position and running an offense that didn’t fit the roster. On top of that, at the time, the uptempo offense had a bad name. Were D’Antoni coming in today, he would be viewed MUCH different because now his offense has won a championship. Do you think Gentry would have gotten the head coaching for the Pelicans if not for GSW winning? Timing is everything.

  • They don’t come around often. You do realize that it was 5 years between Magic retiring and the Lakers drafting Kobe?

  • They don’t come around often. You do realize that it was 5 years between Magic retiring and the Lakers drafting Kobe?

  • Clarkson 30 points but a plus/minus rating of -9
    Lou 24 points with the same plus/minus rating

    Too much ISO basketball. Not fun to watch.

  • As I said, they are not capable of analyzing basketball fairly. They need to apologize. And if Worthy isn’t capable of doing that, maybe find a job for a team that doesn’t hire his friends.

  • Nope. It just makes it so it should be a surprise or something we criticize any different than before. He hasn’t done anything for me….he’s played great for a team i choose to like. It’s that simple.

  • Clarkson 30 points but a plus/minus rating of -9
    Lou 24 points with the same plus/minus rating

    Too much ISO basketball. Not fun to watch.

  • As I said, they are not capable of analyzing basketball fairly. They need to apologize. And if Worthy isn’t capable of doing that, maybe find a job for a team that doesn’t hire his friends.

  • Nope. It just makes it so it should be a surprise or something we criticize any different than before. He hasn’t done anything for me….he’s played great for a team i choose to like. It’s that simple.

  • ISO is one thing…you said ball hog in your first post. if there was anything I disagreed with, that was it.

  • Clarkson’s 20 in the first half came within the flow of the offense as the outlet 3 guy. In the second half he was going one on one. Not sure why. But what he did in the first half was perfect!

  • ISO is one thing…you said ball hog in your first post. if there was anything I disagreed with, that was it.

  • Clarkson’s 20 in the first half came within the flow of the offense as the outlet 3 guy. In the second half he was going one on one. Not sure why. But what he did in the first half was perfect!

  • It’s pretty much the same thing. You have to be a bit of a ball hog to play so much ISO. The terrible system doesn’t help either. Lou and Swaggy are too old to improve. At least Randle and Clarkson have a chance to become good passers and good readers of the game, if the played under a good coach. Unfortunately, they aren’t learning anything now.

  • We cant worry about next year, its this year that will make or brake next year

  • It’s pretty much the same thing. You have to be a bit of a ball hog to play so much ISO. The terrible system doesn’t help either. Lou and Swaggy are too old to improve. At least Randle and Clarkson have a chance to become good passers and good readers of the game, if the played under a good coach. Unfortunately, they aren’t learning anything now.

  • We cant worry about next year, its this year that will make or brake next year

  • You need to start worrying about kobe, his shots are hurting the team defensively especially the air balls. Mid range should be his game with a couple of threes. Better ball movement this game but it has to be consistent and lastly, get back on defense!

  • “What?” What I’m saying is that at some point, you have to go with what you have for at least a few years. The only stable thing from a team (not front office) stand point right now is Kobe Bryant. We have made so many changes to the roster and coaching staff since we last won the title (2010) that if I were a player or coach, I wouldn’t want to come here. The message has become…if you mess up, you will be fired.

  • You need to start worrying about kobe, his shots are hurting the team defensively especially the air balls. Mid range should be his game with a couple of threes. Better ball movement this game but it has to be consistent and lastly, get back on defense!

  • “What?” What I’m saying is that at some point, you have to go with what you have for at least a few years. The only stable thing from a team (not front office) stand point right now is Kobe Bryant. We have made so many changes to the roster and coaching staff since we last won the title (2010) that if I were a player or coach, I wouldn’t want to come here. The message has become…if you mess up, you will be fired.

  • Yes. And so was Peak Kobe. But coaches ran their offense through THEM and they were very effective in winning games. So they both deserve a pass for being ball hogs. Guys like Lou and Swaggy don’t deserve that pass because they’ve been inefficient scorers/shooters all their lives. Surely, Lou has improved last 2-3 years but Swaggy still shoots less than 40 per cent.

  • No we didn’t get lucky with Randle. We lost games to get Randle. That had nothing to do with Luck. That’s the way the system is designed to work.

    We traded Divac for Kobe…that wasn’t luck either.

  • Yes. And so was Peak Kobe. But coaches ran their offense through THEM and they were very effective in winning games. So they both deserve a pass for being ball hogs. Guys like Lou and Swaggy don’t deserve that pass because they’ve been inefficient scorers/shooters all their lives. Surely, Lou has improved last 2-3 years but Swaggy still shoots less than 40 per cent.

  • No we didn’t get lucky with Randle. We lost games to get Randle. That had nothing to do with Luck. That’s the way the system is designed to work.

    We traded Divac for Kobe…that wasn’t luck either.

  • Still takes luck. Randle looks special. We could have ended up with Smart or Vonleh. And I actually like Smart a lot, but he doesn’t have that star potential.

  • How many people commentating on basketball are analyzing fairly????

    The critics of Kobe aren’t analyzing fairly. Nor are the ones for Russell. It is all subjective. Most of the world is filled with subjectivity.

  • Outside of you and a few other people going through the denial phase, most are analyzing Kobe fairly.

  • Still takes luck. Randle looks special. We could have ended up with Smart or Vonleh. And I actually like Smart a lot, but he doesn’t have that star potential.

  • How many people commentating on basketball are analyzing fairly????

    The critics of Kobe aren’t analyzing fairly. Nor are the ones for Russell. It is all subjective. Most of the world is filled with subjectivity.

  • Outside of you and a few other people going through the denial phase, most are analyzing Kobe fairly.

  • Really???? I’m not in denial. I just know that Kobe would be analyzed different if he were likable.

  • Ya….. but there was difference on how Denver attacked the Lakers with that combo relative to a Kelly/Bass combo ……. I just think the other teams lick their chops and attack the basket much more when they see Kelly in the game which collapses your defence …… not that Black is this big rim protector or anything, but the opponent seems to attack the Lakers differently when they see the undersized Bass at the 5 with a stretch 4 with him (Kelly)

  • Really???? I’m not in denial. I just know that Kobe would be analyzed different if he were likable.

  • Ya….. but there was difference on how Denver attacked the Lakers with that combo relative to a Kelly/Bass combo ……. I just think the other teams lick their chops and attack the basket much more when they see Kelly in the game which collapses your defence …… not that Black is this big rim protector or anything, but the opponent seems to attack the Lakers differently when they see the undersized Bass at the 5 with a stretch 4 with him (Kelly)

  • What bothers me is when BS said he sat RUSSELL in the fourth qtr because he wanted more fire power with LOU. RUSSELL shot 3/11 and 1/5 3s 6 ast 7 pts===KOBE 4/11 1/5 3s 5 ast. 11 pts is there that much difference between the two.. and why are we not playing NANCE JR great D and can score, wants up with this, we needed him last night.

  • Maybe, I don’t know. Kelly is definitely more intriguing to me than Black if he can start hitting the 3. Just wish we had a defensive guy we could pair him with. Maybe Black can become the next Ben Wallace, but so far he is just a human fouling machine who struggles to get rebounds with very little offensive upside.

  • What bothers me is when BS said he sat RUSSELL in the fourth qtr because he wanted more fire power with LOU. RUSSELL shot 3/11 and 1/5 3s 6 ast 7 pts===KOBE 4/11 1/5 3s 5 ast. 11 pts is there that much difference between the two.. and why are we not playing NANCE JR great D and can score, wants up with this, we needed him last night.

  • Maybe, I don’t know. Kelly is definitely more intriguing to me than Black if he can start hitting the 3. Just wish we had a defensive guy we could pair him with. Maybe Black can become the next Ben Wallace, but so far he is just a human fouling machine who struggles to get rebounds with very little offensive upside.

  • Feel bad for the players getting stifled in this terrible offense. It’s a free-for-all offense. All the ball hogs can do as they please. No system at all.

    Why BS is a terrible offensive coach (almost as bad as a defensive coach)

    Game 1
    T’Wolves: 24 assists
    Lakers: 18 assists

    Game 2
    Kings: 26 assists
    Lakers: 20 assists

    Game 3
    Mavs: 28 assists
    Lakers: 18 assists

    Game 4
    Nuggets: 28 assists
    Lakers: 18 assists

    Mind you, all these four teams are doubtful to make the playoffs. Imagine how we’ll get blown out (on assists, forget about the losses) by Warriors, Clippers, Spurs, Thunder and Rockets. There is no offensive co-ordination.

  • Did he say that he went with Kobe over Russell? I thought you said Lou over Russell.

  • Feel bad for the players getting stifled in this terrible offense. It’s a free-for-all offense. All the ball hogs can do as they please. No system at all.

    Why BS is a terrible offensive coach (almost as bad as a defensive coach)

    Game 1
    T’Wolves: 24 assists
    Lakers: 18 assists

    Game 2
    Kings: 26 assists
    Lakers: 20 assists

    Game 3
    Mavs: 28 assists
    Lakers: 18 assists

    Game 4
    Nuggets: 28 assists
    Lakers: 18 assists

    Mind you, all these four teams are doubtful to make the playoffs. Imagine how we’ll get blown out (on assists, forget about the losses) by Warriors, Clippers, Spurs, Thunder and Rockets. There is no offensive co-ordination.

  • Did he say that he went with Kobe over Russell? I thought you said Lou over Russell.

  • You can’t change what a player is. If he is an ISO player, he is an ISO player. Byron can’t change that.

  • You can’t change what a player is. If he is an ISO player, he is an ISO player. Byron can’t change that.

  • it’s the truth, buddy. great players are allowed to be ball hogs. they’ve earned the right. look at LeBron playing ISO in the finals last year.

  • sure …. more upside on the side of the floor we have plenty of though …… I really don’t think Kelly will be here next year, they need to find a balance with this core and you have to drop some of this offensive potential to reach that balance ….. out of all the potential he offers the least IMO, I just think he is what he is……. The problem with his shot is it’s flat, not good for a perimeter shooter that is suppose to stretch the floor as his niche ……. I know he’s considered a decent perimeter big but honestly when your shot is that flat it comes and goes….. he needs a little more arc to fix that…..

  • They started out playing with an offense. And it actually looked decent. But second half that all went away for one on one.

  • We got Lucky that Clarkson has actually been good. Do you even understand the game?????

  • BS should have traded Swaggy or not signed Lou. Maybe he should have looked at better perimeter (spot-up) shooters.

  • it’s the truth, buddy. great players are allowed to be ball hogs. they’ve earned the right. look at LeBron playing ISO in the finals last year.

  • sure …. more upside on the side of the floor we have plenty of though …… I really don’t think Kelly will be here next year, they need to find a balance with this core and you have to drop some of this offensive potential to reach that balance ….. out of all the potential he offers the least IMO, I just think he is what he is……. The problem with his shot is it’s flat, not good for a perimeter shooter that is suppose to stretch the floor as his niche ……. I know he’s considered a decent perimeter big but honestly when your shot is that flat it comes and goes….. he needs a little more arc to fix that….. and if that is inconsistent he doesn’t really give you much of a deterrence on the other end ……… he becomes a liability at that point.

  • They started out playing with an offense. And it actually looked decent. But second half that all went away for one on one.

  • We got Lucky that Clarkson has actually been good. Do you even understand the game?????

  • BS should have traded Swaggy or not signed Lou. Maybe he should have looked at better perimeter (spot-up) shooters.

  • Now when he wasn’t high on Young, fans were upset. Now you are saying he should have traded him. BS can’t win.

  • You are just arguing for arguing’s sake right now. There is no argument to be had here. We got lucky with both.

  • Now when he wasn’t high on Young, fans were upset. Now you are saying he should have traded him. BS can’t win.

  • You are just arguing for arguing’s sake right now. There is no argument to be had here. We got lucky with both.

  • Fans are stupid. BS is calling the shots. But he is so out of touch. Why would you sign a new ISO guy when Kobe, Swaggy and Clarkson are already there? It doesn’t make any sense. That’s BS for you. He’s a terrible coach.

  • Fans are stupid. BS is calling the shots. But he is so out of touch. Why would you sign a new ISO guy when Kobe, Swaggy and Clarkson are already there? It doesn’t make any sense. That’s BS for you. He’s a terrible coach.

  • Agree about the arc, but I think he can fix that. Would prefer that Nance becomes our stretch 4 for sure, but I still think Kelly makes more sense than Black. Even if he isn’t part of our future, there are a lot of teams wanting a stretch 4 so his trade value will be higher than Black.

  • The TRUTH is that there was never talk about “ball hogs” until Lebron James came into the league. Once he came in, the shift happened. The NBA shifted their whole marketing to be about team ahead of individuals.

    Also the shift has gone to “equal opportunity basketball” instead of “star focused basketball”.

  • Agree about the arc, but I think he can fix that. Would prefer that Nance becomes our stretch 4 for sure, but I still think Kelly makes more sense than Black. Even if he isn’t part of our future, there are a lot of teams wanting a stretch 4 so his trade value will be higher than Black.

  • The TRUTH is that there was never talk about “ball hogs” until Lebron James came into the league. Once he came in, the shift happened. The NBA shifted their whole marketing to be about team ahead of individuals.

    Also the shift has gone to “equal opportunity basketball” instead of “star focused basketball”.

  • Clarkson said he gives the credit to RUSSELL finding him when he was open, but Russell was sat down much of the second half, he should have been in there, LOU should have been in for KOBE not RUSSELL. KOBE’S 3s were most air balls in the second half.

  • I said this about team assists last week in pointing out how much better we’d be if we’d kept D’Antoni.

  • Nope…how can getting a solid player with a lottery pick be considered lucky? Getting a second rounder that was traded on draft day for cash…that turns out to be a solid starter, is lucky.

  • Clarkson said he gives the credit to RUSSELL finding him when he was open, but Russell was sat down much of the second half, he should have been in there, LOU should have been in for KOBE not RUSSELL. KOBE’S 3s were most air balls in the second half.

  • I said this about team assists last week in pointing out how much better we’d be if we’d kept D’Antoni.

  • Nope…how can getting a solid player with a lottery pick be considered lucky? Getting a second rounder that was traded on draft day for cash…that turns out to be a solid starter, is lucky.

  • When Nance Jr returns from injury, Kelly can join Sacre in the cheer leading squad. The Laker Girls are hiring. Sacre has applied.

  • When Nance Jr returns from injury, Kelly can join Sacre in the cheer leading squad. The Laker Girls are hiring. Sacre has applied.

  • our offense would have been 800 times better. but defensively, we would have still sucked. at least D’Antoni would have signed the right players – guys who can shoot lights out. If D’Antoni was coach, Anthony Brown and Michael Frazier would be playing every game. BS wants guys to shoot 3s but he doesn’t pick the right guys to do it.

  • our offense would have been 800 times better. but defensively, we would have still sucked. at least D’Antoni would have signed the right players – guys who can shoot lights out. If D’Antoni was coach, Anthony Brown and Michael Frazier would be playing every game. BS wants guys to shoot 3s but he doesn’t pick the right guys to do it.

  • I can agree with that if you see him as trade bait down the road…….. but you got to be careful over exposing his weaknesses early in the season before teams really start thinking about trades ……… not sure what he can net you though, not much value when you have a lot of weaknesses and are shaky at what you do best……. To fix it is simple, the angle of his extension is wrong, got to be at a 45deg angle or higher , he pushes the ball… I think he’s squaring up fine and his feet are properly spaced on his release….. but his release angle is off IMO

  • I can agree with that if you see him as trade bait down the road…….. but you got to be careful over exposing his weaknesses early in the season before teams really start thinking about trades ……… not sure what he can net you though, not much value when you have a lot of weaknesses and are shaky at what you do best……. To fix it is simple, the angle of his extension is wrong, got to be at a 45deg angle or higher , he pushes the ball… I think he’s squaring up fine and his feet are properly spaced on his release….. but his release angle is off IMO

  • Thank the Spurs for the “equal opportunity basketball”. And even D’Antoni’s Suns.

  • Thank the Spurs for the “equal opportunity basketball”. And even D’Antoni’s Suns.

  • Well guess what…people complained…like many of you AT THE TIME and they got rid of him. I could make a case that Brown could have been successful with the roster that D’Antoni had. D’Antoni would have been successful with the roster Byron has. AND Byron would have been successful with the roster Brown had. The Lakers keep changing coaches and players with no real cohesive plan in mind.

  • Nah the Manimal, my fave pf, js schoold him there..28-15 to randles 16-5. .is not so good now.. Randle needs to smoothen his post game, midrange and his D. Needs more time to develop. Wait til he develops a more consistent long range and id become a big fan.

  • Well guess what…people complained…like many of you AT THE TIME and they got rid of him. I could make a case that Brown could have been successful with the roster that D’Antoni had. D’Antoni would have been successful with the roster Byron has. AND Byron would have been successful with the roster Brown had. The Lakers keep changing coaches and players with no real cohesive plan in mind.

  • Nah the Manimal, my fave pf, js schoold him there..28-15 to randles 16-5. .is not so good now.. Randle needs to smoothen his post game, midrange and his D. Needs more time to develop. Wait til he develops a more consistent long range and id become a big fan.

  • Its a shame when you need extra help on the RIM and 50/50 ball NANCE JR is sitting on the bench, he is getting NO minutes, its just plain stupid not playing him, and I agree he should be getting KELLY’S AND BLACK NEED MORE MINUTES he had a short time last night but had more rebounds then any one, we are not playing our power guys for some dumb reason- oh yea that BS.

  • You know that is all subjective. D’Antoni would have stayed if he felt welcomed. He didn’t leave for another coaching job.

  • There are two ways to go about this. Either hire Thibs and give this team an identity: become ferocious on defense. Or bring in a guy like Scott Brooks who preaches pnr on literally every play, and is a decent defensive coach. BS has some thing up his *** when it comes to running picks.

  • Its a shame when you need extra help on the RIM and 50/50 ball NANCE JR is sitting on the bench, he is getting NO minutes, its just plain stupid not playing him, and I agree he should be getting KELLY’S AND BLACK NEED MORE MINUTES he had a short time last night but had more rebounds then any one, we are not playing our power guys for some dumb reason- oh yea that BS.

  • You know that is all subjective. D’Antoni would have stayed if he felt welcomed. He didn’t leave for another coaching job.

  • There are two ways to go about this. Either hire Thibs and give this team an identity: become ferocious on defense. Or bring in a guy like Scott Brooks who preaches pnr on literally every play, and is a decent defensive coach. BS has some thing up his *** when it comes to running picks.

  • You are the one that is keeping this going simply because you want it to be considered luck.

  • Or go with a young experimental coach that will grow with our core. Luke Walton or Becky Hammon sound good to me.

  • it didn’t help that Pau kept badmouthing him. I was okay with D’Antoni leaving because I like defensive-minded teams. This is why I hope for Thibs.

  • The player has to be willing to change. Wade did so he could coexist with LeBron. Kobe did it with Shaq. Dr. J did it with Moses Malone and Barkley. David Robinson made concessions for Duncan.

    The coach must be able to sell his vision in order to create that willingness to change.

  • You are the one that is keeping this going simply because you want it to be considered luck.

  • Or go with a young experimental coach that will grow with our core. Luke Walton or Becky Hammon sound good to me.

  • it didn’t help that Pau kept badmouthing him. I was okay with D’Antoni leaving because I like defensive-minded teams. This is why I hope for Thibs.

  • The player has to be willing to change. Wade did so he could coexist with LeBron. Kobe did it with Shaq. Dr. J did it with Moses Malone and Barkley. David Robinson made concessions for Duncan.

    The coach must be able to sell his vision in order to create that willingness to change.

  • Nance Jr is injured. That’s why he’s not playing. I HOPE! If Nance Jr is fit and not playing, more reason to hate BS.

  • Nance Jr is injured. That’s why he’s not playing. I HOPE! If Nance Jr is fit and not playing, more reason to hate BS.

  • I said he should replace KOBE in the 4 th qtr with LOU and left RUSSELL run the team they had about the same stats, and RUSSELL and CLARKSON was working great in the first half, where CLARKSON had 20 pts.

  • I said he should replace KOBE in the 4 th qtr with LOU and left RUSSELL run the team they had about the same stats, and RUSSELL and CLARKSON was working great in the first half, where CLARKSON had 20 pts.

  • The Suns were not like the Spurs. The Suns system was all centered on the point guard. If you look back at their box scores, Nash was the only one with a significant amount of assists. The Spurs are about all 5 players passing the ball. The results of shot distribution looks similar on paper, but the process is much different. That is why the system worked in GSW for the same reason. They have a mix of both for obvious reasons when you figure Steve Kerr is the coach…played in one system and was President for the team of the other system.

  • The Suns were not like the Spurs. The Suns system was all centered on the point guard. If you look back at their box scores, Nash was the only one with a significant amount of assists. The Spurs are about all 5 players passing the ball. The results of shot distribution looks similar on paper, but the process is much different. That is why the system worked in GSW for the same reason. They have a mix of both for obvious reasons when you figure Steve Kerr is the coach…played in one system and was President for the team of the other system.

  • D’Antoni was able to reach Young. Nick found his groove and willingly did other things

  • Every one plays with a broken nose, he got it in practice, so he was ready to go.

  • D’Antoni was able to reach Young. Nick found his groove and willingly did other things

  • Every one plays with a broken nose, he got it in practice, so he was ready to go.

  • That’s because D’Antoni has a shooter friendly offense. Curry said it after game 1 of the season. He has the clearance to shoot whenever he wants to.

  • That’s because D’Antoni has a shooter friendly offense. Curry said it after game 1 of the season. He has the clearance to shoot whenever he wants to.

  • Those were great players conceding to great players. That is a much different situation.

  • well ….. they got to start setting screens for Bryant and have him move without the ball to set up some mid range catch and shoot situations and adjust to the fact that Bryant needs others to create some space for him instead of the other way around….when you are 37 you no longer have the legs and lift to create your own space …… and Bryant has never been a great long range spot up shooter……. the offence they try and run (variation of the Princeton) have screens and double screens incorporated within it….. they got to start thinking about using Bryant like Rip Hamilton and have him shake guys for easier looks coming of screens …….. as of right now they are trying to use Bryant at times to open up space for others or as a spot up spacer……that won’t work anymore, he’s no longer that guy.

  • Those were great players conceding to great players. That is a much different situation.

  • well ….. they got to start setting screens for Bryant and have him move without the ball to set up some mid range catch and shoot situations and adjust to the fact that Bryant needs others to create some space for him instead of the other way around….when you are 37 you no longer have the legs and lift to create your own space …… and Bryant has never been a great long range spot up shooter……. the offence they try and run (variation of the Princeton) have screens and double screens incorporated within it….. they got to start thinking about using Bryant like Rip Hamilton and have him shake guys for easier looks coming of screens …….. as of right now they are trying to use Bryant at times to open up space for others or as a spot up spacer……that won’t work anymore, he’s no longer that guy……

    That has been my biggest disappointment with Bryant himself and how he is used…..I expect over time for him and the team to make this adjustment…… whether it’s Bryant or just denial from Scott, they haven’t made the necessary adjustment to best get what you can from the player …….. Bryant can still be highly effective if they would just do what I have been asking for…..all players as they age have to adjust, no matter how great they use to be.

  • First D’Fenders game is on the 13th! Who is tuning in. Upshaw and Frazier are both interesting prospects.

  • The game is just that simple. If you have an open look, take it. What MDA does is not rocket science.

  • First D’Fenders game is on the 13th! Who is tuning in. Upshaw and Frazier are both interesting prospects.

  • The game is just that simple. If you have an open look, take it. What MDA does is not rocket science.

  • Just be prepared for a poor offensive system. Plus, part of the way Thibs gets great defensive teams is by slowing the pace of the game. You decrease the number of possessions when you hold the ball for 24 seconds. You disrupt rhythm. Memphis does that now.

  • Just be prepared for a poor offensive system. Plus, part of the way Thibs gets great defensive teams is by slowing the pace of the game. You decrease the number of possessions when you hold the ball for 24 seconds. You disrupt rhythm. Memphis does that now.

  • Kobe was at his best when a solid passing big like Pau created great opportunities at every play. The triangle works at perfection when you have one athletic shooter/scorer like Kobe and one super passing big who can finish well.

  • What difference would it of been KOBE was not guarding by then not in the 4 th qtr, it would not of hurt a thing.

  • Kobe was at his best when a solid passing big like Pau created great opportunities at every play. The triangle works at perfection when you have one athletic shooter/scorer like Kobe and one super passing big who can finish well.

  • What difference would it of been KOBE was not guarding by then not in the 4 th qtr, it would not of hurt a thing.

  • No, but it does take a specific roster. Gentry is seeing that right now. Watch the Pelicans change their roster over the next few years. If Gentry is going to get success there, they will have to.

  • No, but it does take a specific roster. Gentry is seeing that right now. Watch the Pelicans change their roster over the next few years. If Gentry is going to get success there, they will have to.

  • Not sure why Kobe doesn’t move without the ball around screens. That would help.

  • true. but at least we won’t leak so many points. i rather we suck on offense than on defense. we have been giving up 130 points without breaking a sweat. that really annoys me. i rather we lose games but closely. Thibs would instantly make changes. He might even get Noah to come here since he’s a UFA next year. Noah and Thibs would make our team good at one end at least.

  • Not sure why Kobe doesn’t move without the ball around screens. That would help.

  • true. but at least we won’t leak so many points. i rather we suck on offense than on defense. we have been giving up 130 points without breaking a sweat. that really annoys me. i rather we lose games but closely. Thibs would instantly make changes. He might even get Noah to come here since he’s a UFA next year. Noah and Thibs would make our team good at one end at least.

  • exactly. even kyrie became the focal point of his offense (in his rookie year itself). don’t know why nobody sets screens for russell.

  • You will have guys upset because they will want a more flowing offense, especially the young players. They will win more games but won’t look good.

    I’m not sure LA is ready for that. LA wants flash…even if they are losing.

  • exactly. even kyrie became the focal point of his offense (in his rookie year itself). don’t know why nobody sets screens for russell.

  • You will have guys upset because they will want a more flowing offense, especially the young players. They will win more games but won’t look good.

    I’m not sure LA is ready for that. LA wants flash…even if they are losing.

  • quite honestly, this adjustment should have been in the works slowly for the last 4 years now, even during Bryant’s last good season

  • quite honestly, this adjustment should have been in the works slowly for the last 4 years now, even during Bryant’s last good season …… but you have to have a willingness by both parties to do this……. perhaps it’s Bryant still refusing it or Scott not adjusting …….. but when you have a few guys not being used properly I start to wonder if Scott is trapped in 1999 looking that the player…… Russell for instance needs more pick and play options with shooters around him ….. not Lou running the point with the second unit at times ….. everything is poorly matched trying to force it right now IMO.

  • Clarkson, Lou and Russell guarding the perimeter is a scary thought. I’d rather we go with Hibbert-Randle-MWP-Clarkson-Russell/Lou to close out games

  • Clarkson, Lou and Russell guarding the perimeter is a scary thought. I’d rather we go with Hibbert-Randle-MWP-Clarkson-Russell/Lou to close out games

  • I agree. But Kobe has never worked well off the ball. I thought when he mentioned that he would start to change his game to a “Paul Pierce” type game, he would become more off the ball. Pierce still can shoot 3’s but you will notice that most of his activity is elbow down. He barely jumps, used footwork and fakes, and is very effective offensively.

  • I agree. But Kobe has never worked well off the ball. I thought when he mentioned that he would start to change his game to a “Paul Pierce” type game, he would become more off the ball. Pierce still can shoot 3’s but you will notice that most of his activity is elbow down. He barely jumps, used footwork and fakes, and is very effective offensively.

  • then Scott Brooks is the way to go. Russell will instantly become a 16ppg 7apg guy. as a rookie, he may not score at a high clip but the offense will start to flow.

  • Young was the best spot up shooter in the NBA from 3 heading into game 4. He was terrible last night though, granted.

  • Points over D, in the 4 th KOBE was done trying to play D , at that point we needs POINTS not air balls,

  • then Scott Brooks is the way to go. Russell will instantly become a 16ppg 7apg guy. as a rookie, he may not score at a high clip but the offense will start to flow.

  • Young was the best spot up shooter in the NBA from 3 heading into game 4. He was terrible last night though, granted.

  • Points over D, in the 4 th KOBE was done trying to play D , at that point we needs POINTS not air balls,

  • Jordan Hill had his best season as a pro under MDA, and he was beefing with Mike all season. Gasol had one of his better years that season under MDA amidst the big man rebellion. Kaman has not produced better since he left. Steve Blake is not a shooter as a PG yet he looked like Nash running our offense. Barrymore was on fire.Kendall Marshall is no shooter but was leading the league in three point Percentage along with showing floor generaship like never before.

    I’m not saying MDA is the greatest but he sells his vision to those willing to listen.

  • Why are you pushing Russell. How many great games does Clarkson have to have before he becomes the focus?

  • Jordan Hill had his best season as a pro under MDA, and he was beefing with Mike all season. Gasol had one of his better years that season under MDA amidst the big man rebellion. Kaman has not produced better since he left. Steve Blake is not a shooter as a PG yet he looked like Nash running our offense. Bazemore was on fire.Kendall Marshall is no shooter but was leading the league in three point Percentage along with showing floor generaship like never before.

    I’m not saying MDA is the greatest but he sells his vision to those willing to listen.

  • Why are you pushing Russell. How many great games does Clarkson have to have before he becomes the focus?

  • What’s so mind boggling is that BS wouldn’t play any of our defensive guys if we needed them. Here’s to hoping that he knows what he’s doing, but it seems that he still has a lot of work to do. I know this season is all about developing our players…so can we start DEVELOPING our players? Do I hear a Larry Nance Jr.? Where is Anthony Brown anyway? And Kobe needs to stop taking those jumpshots. If it doesn’t go in, it doesn’t go in. I feel as if Kobe is in that denial stage like “Oh, I know I can still be great, let me still pull up, I know I’ll make it.” When in reality, he’s hurting the Lakers. Not to mention that ludicrous and somewhat controversial contract of his. And firing BS is not the solution people, stop it. Don’t make this a trend that whenever a coach doesn’t do well, we immediately fire him. Although, I will say, BS should certainly fix his offense. You’re talking about a mixture of youth and veterans, MOSTLY youth. So why not implement a fast, high-octane offense for these guys? It’s really gotten to that point that I can’t stand watching them lose like this, after leading by 10-13 points, and they blow that lead in the second half. These 4 games, maybe 3 of them, were WINNABLE games! Either BS is that oblivious, or they just can’t make anything work with this Princeton offense…Fix it.

  • Unless the Lakers end up with the top pick, forget Simmons. Though if they get him, then you have a future of Russell/Clarkson/Simmons/Randle/Hibbert. Would be very interesting.

  • On a day after Clarkson scores 30 points (again), most of the talk concerning the Lakers has to do with everybody else but him. Clarkson has been the brightest star for the Lakers since last season. His game continues to get better. He is not a volume scorer, he is an efficient scorer. His game is looking more and more like Dwyane Wade.

    I say that the Lakers should invest in him for the future before he decides to leave.

  • I still want Clarkson, Randle, Kobe and Lou to get 70% of the shots. Russell is not a scorer but under a system that runs a lot of picks, he will instantly thrive. that’s all i’m saying. And i see great fundamentals in Russell. Granted he lacks the first step and quickness, but his shooting stroke and vision are really impressive for a teenager.

  • What’s so mind boggling is that BS wouldn’t play any of our defensive guys if we needed them. Here’s to hoping that he knows what he’s doing, but it seems that he still has a lot of work to do. I know this season is all about developing our players…so can we start DEVELOPING our players? Do I hear a Larry Nance Jr.? Where is Anthony Brown anyway? And Kobe needs to stop taking those jumpshots. If it doesn’t go in, it doesn’t go in. I feel as if Kobe is in that denial stage like “Oh, I know I can still be great, let me still pull up, I know I’ll make it.” When in reality, he’s hurting the Lakers. Not to mention that ludicrous and somewhat controversial contract of his. And firing BS is not the solution people, stop it. Don’t make this a trend that whenever a coach doesn’t do well, we immediately fire him. Although, I will say, BS should certainly fix his offense. You’re talking about a mixture of youth and veterans, MOSTLY youth. So why not implement a fast, high-octane offense for these guys? It’s really gotten to that point that I can’t stand watching them lose like this, after leading by 10-13 points, and they blow that lead in the second half. These 4 games, maybe 3 of them, were WINNABLE games! Either BS is that oblivious, or they just can’t make anything work with this Princeton offense…Fix it.

  • Unless the Lakers end up with the top pick, forget Simmons. Though if they get him, then you have a future of Russell/Clarkson/Simmons/Randle/Hibbert. Would be very interesting.

  • On a day after Clarkson scores 30 points (again), most of the talk concerning the Lakers has to do with everybody else but him. Clarkson has been the brightest star for the Lakers since last season. His game continues to get better. He is not a volume scorer, he is an efficient scorer. His game is looking more and more like Dwyane Wade.

    I say that the Lakers should invest in him for the future before he decides to leave.

  • I still want Clarkson, Randle, Kobe and Lou to get 70% of the shots. Russell is not a scorer but under a system that runs a lot of picks, he will instantly thrive. that’s all i’m saying. And i see great fundamentals in Russell. Granted he lacks the first step and quickness, but his shooting stroke and vision are really impressive for a teenager.

  • The pelicans are also very banged up. Davis and Ryan Anderson should be monsters in that offense. Anderson is not shooting well?

  • i don’t put much faith in plus minus numbers, as evidenced by just that, anyone with eyes could see Clarkson was the best Laker on the floor all night.

  • You don’t play 13 guys in one game normally. Kelly and Bass deserved time due to previous performances. There has only been 4 games now and clearly BS is adjusting by now playing Black. Give him time to get to Nance and Brown.

  • The pelicans are also very banged up. Davis and Ryan Anderson should be monsters in that offense. Anderson is not shooting well?

  • i don’t put much faith in plus minus numbers, as evidenced by just that, anyone with eyes could see Clarkson was the best Laker on the floor all night.

  • You don’t play 13 guys in one game normally. Kelly and Bass deserved time due to previous performances. There has only been 4 games now and clearly BS is adjusting by now playing Black. Give him time to get to Nance and Brown.

  • we’d be be putting up 120 points a game while giving up 150 with MDA …… MDA would use some of this roster correctly but what would happen with Randle that doesn’t fit his system ? again it’s not the coach, it’s not the players, it’s the guy buying the groceries that really has no concept of the game ……. and the guy really thinks to highly of his skills and relies to much on things without a general understanding of the game itself….. until he steps down I expect things to continue being disjointed in that manner….. his respect for the game and for those who know it is mind boggling low …… his hubris is in the way.

  • not denying. he has Russell Westbrook written all over him. No kidding. But he still plays too much ISO ball for my liking. It’s not his fault because the system sucks. Once there is more spacing and once good picks are run, Clarkson can become a better passer.

  • we’d be be putting up 120 points a game while giving up 150 with MDA …… MDA would use some of this roster correctly but what would happen with Randle that doesn’t fit his system ? again it’s not the coach, it’s not the players, it’s the guy buying the groceries that really has no concept of the game ……. and the guy really thinks to highly of his skills and relies to much on things without a general understanding of the game itself….. until he steps down I expect things to continue being disjointed in that manner….. his respect for the game and for those who know it is mind boggling low …… his hubris is in the way. Make no mistake Buss is a bigger problem than the coach.

  • not denying. he has Russell Westbrook written all over him. No kidding. But he still plays too much ISO ball for my liking. It’s not his fault because the system sucks. Once there is more spacing and once good picks are run, Clarkson can become a better passer.

  • free throws are better than air balls from Kobe with tired legs, that lead to lay ups by Denver, thats how

  • BB is not a one man game , and saying the guys have to make it easy for KOBE to score with his 30/20 % shooting when they do get him open its not worth, trying to get Kobe shot, those the are on the move all the time gets good shots, but KOBE cant do that any longer.

  • free throws are better than air balls from Kobe with tired legs, that lead to lay ups by Denver, thats how

  • BB is not a one man game , and saying the guys have to make it easy for KOBE to score with his 30/20 % shooting when they do get him open its not worth, trying to get Kobe shots, those that are on the move all the time gets good shots, but KOBE cant do that any longer.

  • Good point. Curry is Nash’s successor but only a better shooter and ball-handler.

  • Why does he have to pass. Shooting guards use to shoot. Point guards use to pass. Power forwards and centers use to post up.

    I miss the old days!

  • Good point. Curry is Nash’s successor but only a better shooter and ball-handler.

  • Why does he have to pass. Shooting guards use to shoot. Point guards use to pass. Power forwards and centers use to post up.

    I miss the old days!

  • can’t survive playing like that anymore. you said it yourself, Spurs and Suns changed the game with “equal opportunity offense”. This is why metrics don’t like guys like Westbrook, Kobe and now Clarkson.

  • can’t survive playing like that anymore. you said it yourself, Spurs and Suns changed the game with “equal opportunity offense”. This is why metrics don’t like guys like Westbrook, Kobe and now Clarkson.

  • I wouldn’t say he is better in either way. He is a better athlete. Go look at Nash’s stats.

  • Maybe they js dont want to give him d hype so opposing teams will not mind him much on d D come games. Or maybe fo intends to pay him less.

  • Exactly. Marshall came off the street looking like a slow footed Nash. Shawnee Williams, Xavier Henry, Farmar, even Kelly and Wes Johnson looked nice.

  • JC is a diamond in the rough. That’s all I gotta say. He has star potential. And don’t forget about Julius Randle! They are the future after all. Here’s to hoping Lakers could plug DLo in that trio.

  • are you kidding me? Randle and Clarkson are locked in for years to come.

  • because getting even a good player in the lottery is still a crap game, the world is littered with number one,two,and three picks that have gone bust, so even if you have the #1 pick, there’s still luck involved.

  • I wouldn’t say he is better in either way. He is a better athlete. Go look at Nash’s stats.

  • Maybe they js dont want to give him d hype so opposing teams will not mind him much on d D come games. Or maybe fo intends to pay him less.

  • Exactly. Marshall came off the street looking like a slow footed Nash. Shawnee Williams, Xavier Henry, Farmar, even Kelly and Wes Johnson looked nice.

  • JC is a diamond in the rough. That’s all I gotta say. He has star potential. And don’t forget about Julius Randle! They are the future after all. Here’s to hoping Lakers could plug DLo in that trio.

  • are you kidding me? Randle and Clarkson are locked in for years to come.

  • because getting even a good player in the lottery is still a crap game, the world is littered with number one,two,and three picks that have gone bust, so even if you have the #1 pick, there’s still luck involved.

  • But the Spurs don’t push that to the point of ignoring the other end of the floor ……. big difference on how it’s applied and why the Suns and MDA could never win a title

  • The NBA has cycles. You can’t tell me that if Shaq was playing today he wouldn’t dominate.

  • ah ok now understand that your opinion but for me my opinon is byron scott it’s not perfect fit the coach style for LA Lakers done finish time to go now

  • But the Spurs don’t push that to the point of ignoring the other end of the floor ……. big difference on how it’s applied and why the Suns and MDA could never win a title while Pop has incorporating some of what MDA use to do

  • The NBA has cycles. You can’t tell me that if Shaq was playing today he wouldn’t dominate.

  • ah ok now understand that your opinion but for me my opinon is byron scott it’s not perfect fit the coach style for LA Lakers done finish time to go now

  • Have you not watched the front office the past few years? Is anything a given anymore?

  • ya but we’re not talking about defense here. and spurs are great on transition defense because of Tim Freakin Duncan and Kawhi Leonard. We don’t have that luxury. BS still plays Hibberrt for 17-20 mpg. It’s really sad.

  • Have you not watched the front office the past few years? Is anything a given anymore?

  • ya but we’re not talking about defense here. and spurs are great on transition defense because of Tim Freakin Duncan and Kawhi Leonard. We don’t have that luxury. BS still plays Hibberrt for 17-20 mpg. It’s really sad.

  • The Lakers interior defense is the worst I’ve seen in 40 years of watching ball. Guys are getting int he paint and throwing down at will. Painful to watch

  • Did you happen to watch NBA TV last night? Isiah said it all about Russell.

  • The Lakers interior defense is the worst I’ve seen in 40 years of watching ball. Guys are getting int he paint and throwing down at will. Painful to watch

  • Did you happen to watch NBA TV last night? Isiah said it all about Russell.

  • we don’t have that option because of the philosophy ….. we went MDAs way of giving up one end of the floor for the other…… the hole bring back showtime BS that Buss is really trying to accomplish ……. problem with that is Showtime could defend too….. The Spurs had been closer to Showtime than this moron of a Buss member could ever accomplish….. that’s what happens when Pop runs the team for the owner instead of the owner thinking he knows more than the basketball guys …… Pop can use the new data available to properly adjust…all we got is a guy who will mess it up entirely by not understanding the game to make an adjustment based on the data.

  • Shaq wouldn’t be able to run back to defend. This is why guys like Karl Anthony-Towns and Anthony Davis are changing the game. Shaq couldn’t handle PNR. In today’s game, Shaq would have still killed offensively but would have got screwed on the other end., You need bigs who can get back quickly.

  • Duncan doesn’t run the floor! The Spurs have balance, which puts them in position to get back on defense.

  • But did it help, when he knows he is only shooting 20% 3s and his legs were gone, every one could see that.

  • How many times has Kobe said he sacrificed his game for Shaq and the team?

  • we don’t have that option because of the philosophy ….. we went MDAs way of giving up one end of the floor for the other…… the hole bring back showtime BS that Buss is really trying to accomplish ……. problem with that is Showtime could defend too….. The Spurs had been closer to Showtime than this moron of a Buss member could ever accomplish….. that’s what happens when Pop runs the team for the owner instead of the owner thinking he knows more than the basketball guys …… Pop can use the new data available to properly adjust…all we got is a guy who will mess it up entirely by not understanding the game while making an adjustments based on the data….. data is only useful for the guys who know the game, other than that data can take you down the rabbit hole real quick……

  • Shaq wouldn’t be able to run back to defend. This is why guys like Karl Anthony-Towns and Anthony Davis are changing the game. Shaq couldn’t handle PNR. In today’s game, Shaq would have still killed offensively but would have got screwed on the other end., You need bigs who can get back quickly.

  • Duncan doesn’t run the floor! The Spurs have balance, which puts them in position to get back on defense.

  • But did it help, when he knows he is only shooting 20% 3s and his legs were gone, every one could see that.

  • How many times has Kobe said he sacrificed his game for Shaq and the team?

  • lol but when is the last time such great talent came around via draft? not since Bynum. there’s no doubt here. when you draft such awesome rookies, it’s only natural.

  • we go to the playoffs last time. Don’t you remember? When Mike Brown got fired and Mike D’antoni come in, we get the 7 seed, with a painfull injury of Kobe B

  • lol but when is the last time such great talent came around via draft? not since Bynum. there’s no doubt here. when you draft such awesome rookies, it’s only natural.

  • we go to the playoffs last time. Don’t you remember? When Mike Brown got fired and Mike D’antoni come in, we get the 7 seed, with a painfull injury of Kobe B

  • true but we don’t have great defenders like Kawhi, Daniel Green, Boris Diaw to pull that off.

  • How many games with the opposition walking all over Bass/Kelly or Black/Kelly is it going to take to call up Upshaw from the D league, and play Nance?
    God I hope the reason he’s playing Kelly so much is to showcase him for a trade.

  • true but we don’t have great defenders like Kawhi, Daniel Green, Boris Diaw to pull that off.

  • How many games with the opposition walking all over Bass/Kelly or Black/Kelly is it going to take to call up Upshaw from the D league, and play Nance?
    God I hope the reason he’s playing Kelly so much is to showcase him for a trade.

  • the triangle works perfectly with 1 awesome post scorer and 1 awesome slasher/scorer. they both benefited.

  • the triangle works perfectly with 1 awesome post scorer and 1 awesome slasher/scorer. they both benefited.

  • There is a reason why the Suns couldn’t dominate in the post season. The bigs wouldn’t let them. Were Shaq playing, his team would kill the GSW. There are no teams that currently force the GSW to matchup. You put the Lakers lineup of Ron Harper, Kobe Bryant, Rick Fox, Robert Horry and Shaquille O’Neal against the GSW and you don’t think they would dominate?

    This is why I thought the Lakers should be going against the grain and instead of going small, go big. Small ball won’t last long, mark my words. Why it is going right now is because there is a lack of skilled bigs in the post. Okafor will prove to help change things.

  • There is a reason why the Suns couldn’t dominate in the post season. The bigs wouldn’t let them. Were Shaq playing, his team would kill the GSW. There are no teams that currently force the GSW to matchup. You put the Lakers lineup of Ron Harper, Kobe Bryant, Rick Fox, Robert Horry and Shaquille O’Neal against the GSW and you don’t think they would dominate?

    This is why I thought the Lakers should be going against the grain and instead of going small, go big. Small ball won’t last long, mark my words. Why it is going right now is because there is a lack of skilled bigs in the post. Okafor will prove to help change things.

  • I hope so…I’m just not putting any stock in the front office for making the right decision.

  • I would say small ball would evolve to “Athletic ball”. You must understand that KAT and Brow can defend the perimeter despite being 7-footers. That’s the change I’m talking about. If the guy Shaq was guarding wants to shoot threes, what would Shaq do? You think he can guard a stretch4 or 5?

  • I hope so…I’m just not putting any stock in the front office for making the right decision.

  • I would say small ball would evolve to “Athletic ball”. You must understand that KAT and Brow can defend the perimeter despite being 7-footers. That’s the change I’m talking about. If the guy Shaq was guarding wants to shoot threes, what would Shaq do? You think he can guard a stretch4 or 5?

  • look …. it’s up to a coach to use the assets the GM decided to give him ….whinning about who that is gets you nowhere in life ……… it’s a coaches responsibility to get everything they can out of any player…..I give you the best option for that specific player….not saying make it all Kobe show, I’m saying for his touches help him out no matter how many touches that is…… one directional hate for a guy gets you nowhere, that’s why opinions from guys like yourself are irrelevant and useless.

  • Funny as the defense has been worse than it was in 13-14. This season is way worse than MDA so far. 13-14 saw above .500 through 19 games to start the season before injury derailed it.

  • look …. it’s up to a coach to use the assets the GM decided to give him ….whinning about who that is gets you nowhere in life ……… it’s a coaches responsibility to get everything they can out of any player…..I give you the best option for that specific player….not saying make it all Kobe show, I’m saying for his touches help him out no matter how many touches that is…… one directional hate for a guy gets you nowhere, that’s why opinions from guys like yourself are irrelevant and useless.

  • Funny as the defense has been worse than it was in 13-14. This season is way worse than MDA so far. 13-14 saw above .500 through 19 games to start the season before injury derailed it.

  • you can’t compare just to compare….the roster was totally different too…… MDA had vets, not rookies lmfao ……. people need to seriously give their head a shake …. you better be better on that end with the guys MDA had….. you should expect struggles with so much young talent

  • That could be said about any position and any player. If Russell turns out to be great, somebody could still say that the Lakers were luck that he did. The point is that lottery picks working out use to be a given.

  • I AGREE, but that only leaves two shooters CLARKSON & LOU. and maybe RANDLE maybe.

  • you can’t compare just to compare….the roster was totally different too…… MDA had vets, not rookies lmfao ……. people need to seriously give their head a shake …. you better be better on that end with the guys MDA had….. you should expect struggles with so much young talent

  • That could be said about any position and any player. If Russell turns out to be great, somebody could still say that the Lakers were luck that he did. The point is that lottery picks working out use to be a given.

  • I AGREE, but that only leaves two shooters CLARKSON & LOU. and maybe RANDLE maybe.

  • lol don’t blame you. this is the same FO that picked up Sacre’s option this off season.

  • lol don’t blame you. this is the same FO that picked up Sacre’s option this off season.

  • Sabonis shot 3’s for Portland and Shaq killed him on the other end. That’s what use to happen.

  • Sabonis shot 3’s for Portland and Shaq killed him on the other end. That’s what use to happen.

  • Hibbert didn’t just forget defense, it’s more the poor perimeter defense, it’s so bad it’s overwhelming even a good rim protector, Hibbert can’t be everywhere, heck he’s averaging 3 blocks a game. Russell is continually getting beat off the dribble, and is trailing his man coming around the screen, I know he’s 19 but it’s like he’s never seen a screen before. Clarkson is a little better, but still not a stellar defender. If Randle and kobe were all class defenders we could get by with two inexperienced guards on defense, but there not, one’s too old, and one’s too young.

  • Hibbert didn’t just forget defense, it’s more the poor perimeter defense, it’s so bad it’s overwhelming even a good rim protector, Hibbert can’t be everywhere, heck he’s averaging 3 blocks a game. Russell is continually getting beat off the dribble, and is trailing his man coming around the screen, I know he’s 19 but it’s like he’s never seen a screen before. Clarkson is a little better, but still not a stellar defender. If Randle and kobe were all class defenders we could get by with two inexperienced guards on defense, but there not, one’s too old, and one’s too young.

  • X, Wes, Kelly, Marshall, Sacre, Johnson and even Hill were all newbies to playing heavy NBA minutes. Gasol started that season under minutes restricted given his knees. Kobe was not on the floor till game 20. Last season we had vets in Kobe, Boozer, Price, Lin and Hill just to name a few.

  • X, Wes, Kelly, Marshall, Sacre, Johnson and even Hill were all newbies to playing heavy NBA minutes. Gasol started that season under minutes restricted given his knees. Kobe was not on the floor till game 20. Last season we had vets in Kobe, Boozer, Price, Lin and Hill just to name a few.

  • When you say that it is clear that you are not being objective in your view. I could see it if you had some ideas of what could be done after that, but you are simply just wanting a guy out that had a team full of injuries last year and 4 games so far this year. Has he had a chance?

  • One question. Mitch will build a team to tank with guys like Hibbert and Lou? I think he’s not ‘ok’ with our poor performance. Soon or later Byron will pay the price.

  • When you say that it is clear that you are not being objective in your view. I could see it if you had some ideas of what could be done after that, but you are simply just wanting a guy out that had a team full of injuries last year and 4 games so far this year. Has he had a chance?

  • One question. Mitch will build a team to tank with guys like Hibbert and Lou? I think he’s not ‘ok’ with our poor performance. Soon or later Byron will pay the price.

  • What does that mean? That instead of taking 25 shots a game he would have taken 50?

  • What does that mean? That instead of taking 25 shots a game he would have taken 50?

  • who was on the roster when MDA was hired…… he took over with Howard, Gasol, Bryant …… he took us down his philosophy of again ….. caring about one end with no regard for the other and it went down hill form there ……. again, revisionist history picking 1 roster year when MDA was here is just leaning towards fitting it to your argument …. he started off with a much better roster to succeed and he took it another direction forcing his 1 dimensional thought process …… and lost 2 very highly effective bigs ….. I see the Bulls figured out how to use Gasol while still being very stunt defensively….why is that? because Gasol was washed up when he was last here?….nope I don’t think so.

  • who was on the roster when MDA was hired…… he took over with Howard, Gasol, Bryant …… he took us down his philosophy of again ….. caring about one end with no regard for the other and it went down hill form there ……. again, revisionist history picking 1 roster year when MDA was here is just leaning towards fitting it to your argument …. he started off with a much better roster to succeed and he took it another direction forcing his 1 dimensional thought process …… and lost 2 very highly effective bigs ….. I see the Bulls figured out how to use Gasol while still being very stout defensively….why is that? because Gasol was washed up when he was last here?….nope I don’t think so…….
    and before you say it was all Bryant’s fault…… Howard made it clear what he thought of MDA and his system too

  • Yet they fought tooth and nail the whole way. the pointis there was sacrifice in buying into PhilI

  • Yet they fought tooth and nail the whole way. the pointis there was sacrifice in buying into PhilI

  • Is that what is best for the team? I don’t know. Brown got the team to the playoffs, but was fired the next season after 5 games. D’Antoni came in and got that team to the playoffs but was fired at the end of the next season while dealing with a lot of injuries. Byron had an injury filled team last year as well, missed the playoffs, and now has started this season 0-4. ALL THREE have had very successful teams in the past. Two have made it to the NBA Finals and one has been to the conference finals. Yet, all three have been treated like they are horrible coaches. Interesting….

  • Is that what is best for the team? I don’t know. Brown got the team to the playoffs, but was fired the next season after 5 games. D’Antoni came in and got that team to the playoffs but was fired at the end of the next season while dealing with a lot of injuries. Byron had an injury filled team last year as well, missed the playoffs, and now has started this season 0-4. ALL THREE have had very successful teams in the past. Two have made it to the NBA Finals and one has been to the conference finals. Yet, all three have been treated like they are horrible coaches. Interesting….

  • I don’t like his system. The team has not set up plays and can’t defend too. When he was with the Cavs was the same.
    I was against him even when Mike D’antoni was our coach. I wanted Jeff Van Gundy in that time…

    Now i want a proven coach like Thibb (his defense ability is good for our young players). I don’t think Mark Jackson is that guy too, the Warriors became much better after fire him, they offense get amazing with multiple screens, guards off the ball and the Bigs as playmakers.

  • It has been said that when Phil came to the Lakers most of his practice time was spent teaching the Triangle Offense because he believed that if the team ran the Triangle correctly, the defense would be good as well.

  • I don’t like his system. The team has not set up plays and can’t defend too. When he was with the Cavs was the same.
    I was against him even when Mike D’antoni was our coach. I wanted Jeff Van Gundy in that time…

    Now i want a proven coach like Thibb (his defense ability is good for our young players). I don’t think Mark Jackson is that guy too, the Warriors became much better after fire him, they offense get amazing with multiple screens, guards off the ball and the Bigs as playmakers.

  • It has been said that when Phil came to the Lakers most of his practice time was spent teaching the Triangle Offense because he believed that if the team ran the Triangle correctly, the defense would be good as well.

  • True, but the book makes Kobe look like he was a reluctant sacrificer.

  • no that iOS flat out not true lol ……. Phil was on his long vacation when this all went down….was thought of possibly being hired but we all know who’s ego couldn’t handle that now don’t we ……. good old Jimbo…… he distanced himself from the Lakers from that point on …… like another poster said …. the guy picks coaches that don’t fit his roster over and over and over again…..who is the problem than?

  • The Lakers could have won 3 of the 4 games they have played so far. So they need to know they are capable. They need to learn how to break the game down into 4 quarters. Try to not let any of the 4 totally get away from them. And then close the game out in the 4th and decisive quarter.

    It will be a sad day if they don’t win on Friday. That is where they can start the turn around. That game should even be where Kobe begins to get into a better rhythm. He still needs to not try to force things , but I think it will be a good game for the Lakers. I’m sure the Nets think the same thing, but in their own favor.

    Sometimes teams play better on the road when they are struggling anyway.

    I know it might sound strange but I’m kind of enjoying the struggle. I think it can build character.

    I agree with Lebron Kobe should once again take this on as a personal challenge. The team is already on the bottom they have nowhere to go but up.

    Go Lakers ! I know they’re doubting you, but find a way to “Win Anyway”

    Paytc

  • True, but the book makes Kobe look like he was a reluctant sacrificer.

  • no that is flat out not true lol ……. Phil was on his long vacation when this all went down….was thought of possibly being hired but we all know who’s ego couldn’t handle that now don’t we ……. good old Jimbo…… he distanced himself from the Lakers from that point on …… like another poster said …. the guy picks coaches that don’t fit his roster over and over and over again…..who is the problem than?

  • The Lakers could have won 3 of the 4 games they have played so far. So they need to know they are capable. They need to learn how to break the game down into 4 quarters. Try to not let any of the 4 totally get away from them. And then close the game out in the 4th and decisive quarter.

    It will be a sad day if they don’t win on Friday. That is where they can start the turn around. That game should even be where Kobe begins to get into a better rhythm. He still needs to not try to force things , but I think it will be a good game for the Lakers. I’m sure the Nets think the same thing, but in their own favor.

    Sometimes teams play better on the road when they are struggling anyway.

    I know it might sound strange but I’m kind of enjoying the struggle. I think it can build character.

    I agree with Lebron Kobe should once again take this on as a personal challenge.

    The team is already on the bottom they have nowhere to go but up.

    Go Lakers ! I know they’re doubting you, but find a way to “Win Anyway”

    Paytc

  • Byron had success with the Nets early in the 2000’s. After that he shine a little bit with the Hornets – a team with CP3, Chandler, West, Peja…
    D’antoni is a good coach, i think. I always like his offense style, even our team played an excited basketball some moments.
    Brown is poor. With Lebron James in his prime every coach can make good records, the guy is basketball genius, makes everyone better.

  • Byron had success with the Nets early in the 2000’s. After that he shine a little bit with the Hornets – a team with CP3, Chandler, West, Peja…
    D’antoni is a good coach, i think. I always like his offense style, even our team played an excited basketball some moments.
    Brown is poor. With Lebron James in his prime every coach can make good records, the guy is basketball genius, makes everyone better.

  • Byron is not the best. He has poor IQ. Look at his rotations and his ‘system’. The man just think “play hard” is good enough.

  • Byron is not the best. He has poor IQ. Look at his rotations and his ‘system’. The man just think “play hard” is good enough.

  • Brown was a good coach. People said that Phil was just sitting there on the bench with the Bulls and that MJ was the coach. Great coaches can’t win.

  • odds for this year
    68% – The chance of keeping our pick if we have the worst record,
    0%- The chance of this squad making the playoffs unless several players on multiple west coast teams break their legs like Randle did last year
    100% – The percentage of games either the coach or Fox Sports Net announcers use the word ” Develop” in their speeches
    75% – the odds Mitch makes a trade at the trade deadline
    100% – The odds it doesn’t make much of a difference because the only players he could trade that are worth anything, our the players we NEED to keep.

  • Brown was a good coach. People said that Phil was just sitting there on the bench with the Bulls and that MJ was the coach. Great coaches can’t win.

  • odds for this year
    68% – The chance of keeping our pick if we have the worst record,
    0%- The chance of this squad making the playoffs unless several players on multiple west coast teams break their legs like Randle did last year
    100% – The percentage of games either the coach or Fox Sports Net announcers use the word ” Develop” in their speeches
    75% – the odds Mitch makes a trade at the trade deadline
    100% – The odds it doesn’t make much of a difference because the only players he could trade that are worth anything, our the players we NEED to keep.

  • See what you just said? So you are not blaming Gentry, right? So can last season be blamed on Byron? If it can’t then, are we not really judging him on 4 games? 4 games???

  • Flagged for speaking the truth? Are you watching the games, Hey I LOVE the Lakers, but this is painful to watch, way worse than last year at the beginning, and it only got worse last year…..

  • See what you just said? So you are not blaming Gentry, right? So can last season be blamed on Byron? If it can’t then, are we not really judging him on 4 games? 4 games???

  • Flagged for speaking the truth? Are you watching the games, Hey I LOVE the Lakers, but this is painful to watch, way worse than last year at the beginning, and it only got worse last year…..

  • People need to get off this just tank thing…… you can tank, be dead last and still lose this pick with the lottery system because it’s only top 3 protected ……. being last does not guarantee you much, you just have to be part of the lottery to have a chance at the 3 overall, not necessarily the worse team out there……

  • People need to get off this just tank thing…… you can tank, be dead last and still lose this pick with the lottery system because it’s only top 3 protected ……. being last does not guarantee you much, you just have to be part of the lottery to have a chance at the 3 overall, not necessarily the worse team out there……

  • No…I’m not watching the games. I don’t know anything about basketball. I am making up everything I’m saying.

    Is that what you want me to say?

  • I know you are a patience guy. And you like to respect people. I saw you talking about Kobe Bryant and i complete agree with you.
    But our team don’t make screens, don’t move of the ball. Is desorganized. And on the defense end… Man, is horrible.
    I know we don’t have the most talented roster, but we are better than Wolves, Nuggets at least

  • No…I’m not watching the games. I don’t know anything about basketball. I am making up everything I’m saying.

    Is that what you want me to say?

  • I know you are a patience guy. And you like to respect people. I saw you talking about Kobe Bryant and i complete agree with you.
    But our team don’t make screens, don’t move of the ball. Is desorganized. And on the defense end… Man, is horrible.
    I know we don’t have the most talented roster, but we are better than Wolves, Nuggets at least

  • just heard this on the radio and i thought it was interesting(off topic)but michael jordans shoes are responsible for more black kid homicides than cops are.

  • just heard this on the radio and i thought it was interesting(off topic)but michael jordans shoes are responsible for more black kid homicides than cops are.

  • Unless this is YOUR personal Blog site, YOU don’t get to decide that someone shouldn’t be here, because they didn’t go all Pollyanna when the Lakers were Sucking big time. Trolls are people looking to start arguments and instigating personal attacks, I did no such thing, I just posted odds

  • Unless this is YOUR personal Blog site, YOU don’t get to decide that someone shouldn’t be here, because they didn’t go all Pollyanna when the Lakers were Sucking big time. Trolls are people looking to start arguments and instigating personal attacks, I did no such thing, I just posted odds

  • I didn’t say you shouldn’t be here. i liked an earlier post you posted. I was specifically responding to ONE post.

  • I didn’t say you shouldn’t be here. i liked an earlier post you posted. I was specifically responding to ONE post.

  • You used percentages in your post that you clearly made up as if that makes the post valid. That’s why I flagged it. It was just a horrible post. It’s not personal…

  • You used percentages in your post that you clearly made up as if that makes the post valid. That’s why I flagged it. It was just a horrible post. It’s not personal…

  • I tell you what …… if the Lakers do indeed decide to make a trade I wouldn’t be afraid to trade a young asset if it gave me another first round pick for this year’s draft plus a young serviceable wing defender ………. that would at least protect themselves a bit from losing this years pick while getting something that might help balance the roster some ………. not sure if that kind of trade realistically exists but I wouldn’t just write it off …… the only 2 guys that should be off the trade table is Russel and Randle …… outside of that there is a right deal for any other player on this roster if you can accomplish it

  • I tell you what …… if the Lakers do indeed decide to make a trade I wouldn’t be afraid to trade a young asset if it gave me another first round pick for this year’s draft plus a young serviceable wing defender ………. that would at least protect themselves a bit from losing this years pick while getting something that might help balance the roster some ………. not sure if that kind of trade realistically exists but I wouldn’t just write it off …… the only 2 guys that should be off the trade table is Russel and Randle …… outside of that there is a right deal for any other player on this roster if you can accomplish it

  • Tell me not what you want, but what you think will happen… Lakers will fire Scott?

  • Tell me not what you want, but what you think will happen… Lakers will fire Scott?

  • I think the only percentage made up was the 75 percent one. ‘Mitch makes a trade’

  • I think the only percentage made up was the 75 percent one. ‘Mitch makes a trade’

  • They will fire him. When is the question.

    There is an article out now (since yesterday) talking about the online petition to fire Byron Scott for Tom Thibodeau. If that petition actually works, it will be the worst move they could make right now. Sometimes you have to leave it alone. I hate the decisions that have been made up to now but at some point you need to stick with what you have and wait for your turn. I enjoyed the 1980’s Lakers and the 2000’s Lakers, but I had to live through the 1990’s Lakers. Sometimes you have to live through some things.

  • MDA was the wrong hire for that team but the right guy for the vision the FO had thereafter. I did not mention 12-13 because that was clearly a stacked veteran team. BTW, that team went 40-32 under MDA after having suffered 0-8 in the preseason and 1-4 under Brown. When did I ever state MDA was a defensive guru or even competent at it? Check Gasol’s numbers from 13-14? They were better than they were his previous two to three season’s.

    There’s nothing revisionist about my take. 13-14 is clearly a good comparison given the roster make up. Scott has yet to match the 27 wins MDA had that year and he’s 4 games into his second season. Are you at all confident Scott will turn this season around?

  • They will fire him. When is the question.

    There is an article out now (since yesterday) talking about the online petition to fire Byron Scott for Tom Thibodeau. If that petition actually works, it will be the worst move they could make right now. Sometimes you have to leave it alone. I hate the decisions that have been made up to now but at some point you need to stick with what you have and wait for your turn. I enjoyed the 1980’s Lakers and the 2000’s Lakers, but I had to live through the 1990’s Lakers. Sometimes you have to live through some things.

  • MDA was the wrong hire for that team but the right guy for the vision the FO had thereafter. I did not mention 12-13 because that was clearly a stacked veteran team. BTW, that team went 40-32 under MDA after having suffered 0-8 in the preseason and 1-4 under Brown. When did I ever state MDA was a defensive guru or even competent at it? Check Gasol’s numbers from 13-14? They were better than they were his previous two to three season’s.

    There’s nothing revisionist about my take. 13-14 is clearly a good comparison given the roster make up. Scott has yet to match the 27 wins MDA had that year and he’s 4 games into his second season. Are you at all confident Scott will turn this season around?

  • of course they will …… almost all coaches get fired eventually …… most don’t leave on their own terms in all professional sports. The only real question is will Buss fire himself ? owners or part owners rarely do that….that is the real question

  • Made Up? well lets break them down, one by one
    #1 – The first is completely accurate, statistically we have a 32% chance of loosing our pick, EVEN if we have the league’s worst record, which means we have a 68% chance of keeping it.
    #2 is debatable, but lets see what the vegas odd’s makers have to say if we scratch on this road trip, vegas odds are never 0% but i’m guessing it will be Long odds to say the least.
    #3 Go back and listen to all the pre-season games, AND the four regular season games, the word ” Develop” has been used EVERY TIME, thats 100% so far…
    #4 This number is understated, Mitch IS going to make a trade of some sort, if only to relieve pressure on management
    #5 is TRUTH, Clarkson, Randle and Russell are all off the table, and Clarkson is always the guy asked for in a trade.

  • of course they will …… almost all coaches get fired eventually …… most don’t leave on their own terms in all professional sports. The only real question is will Buss fire himself ? owners or part owners rarely do that….that is the real question

  • Made Up? well lets break them down, one by one
    #1 – The first is completely accurate, statistically we have a 32% chance of loosing our pick, EVEN if we have the league’s worst record, which means we have a 68% chance of keeping it.
    #2 is debatable, but lets see what the vegas odd’s makers have to say if we scratch on this road trip, vegas odds are never 0% but i’m guessing it will be Long odds to say the least.
    #3 Go back and listen to all the pre-season games, AND the four regular season games, the word ” Develop” has been used EVERY TIME, thats 100% so far…
    #4 This number is understated, Mitch IS going to make a trade of some sort, if only to relieve pressure on management
    #5 is TRUTH, Clarkson, Randle and Russell are all off the table, and Clarkson is always the guy asked for in a trade.

  • I have a feeling they will fire him though. This would be the last fire we could afford to make for a while. Thibs would have to stay for while. Are any of you sure he is the guy you want around for 5-10 years?

  • I have a feeling they will fire him though. This would be the last fire we could afford to make for a while. Thibs would have to stay for while. Are any of you sure he is the guy you want around for 5-10 years?

  • no but president of basketball operations can be ….that just happens to be our boob of a part time owner

  • no but president of basketball operations can be ….that just happens to be our boob of a part time owner

  • I’m a certified public accountant registered with the government, and an employee with Price Waterhouse for the last 23 years……..Nah, just messing with you, I’m a unemployed bum who drives some Uber on the side, but my numbers are golden.

  • I’m willing to give Scott a pass for last season. I’m trying hard to look past this start given the youth but make no mistake, this is his judgement season in my eyes.

  • I’m a certified public accountant registered with the government, and an employee with Price Waterhouse for the last 23 years……..Nah, just messing with you, I’m a unemployed bum who drives some Uber on the side, but my numbers are golden.

  • I’m willing to give Scott a pass for last season. I’m trying hard to look past this start given the youth but make no mistake, this is his judgement season in my eyes.

  • Of course it is, but we have 4 games to look at. No one has said that Gentry should be fired and he has a playoff team starting 0-4.

  • Of course it is, but we have 4 games to look at. No one has said that Gentry should be fired and he has a playoff team starting 0-4.

  • sure…..but watching from the stands like most owners ….. not directly affecting the product on the floor like the president of basketball operations does….. that position sets the philosophy and is a huge part of doing the groceries…..Buss needs to stand down from that IMO ….. owners always have last say but some owners interfere with the process more than others….. ours is right in the middle of this……

  • sure…..but watching from the stands like most owners ….. not directly affecting the product on the floor like the president of basketball operations does….. that position sets the philosophy and is a huge part of doing the groceries…..Buss needs to stand down from that IMO ….. owners always have last say but some owners interfere with the process more than others….. ours is right in the middle of this……

  • What’s best for the team? Developing the young guys who could potentially be the core players of the future. That is Clarkson, Russell and Randle. I will get back to this.

    Mike Brown inherited a team that had players who won championships and made the playoffs. That team was at least poised to make the playoffs. The thing is, Mike Brown over coached a veteran team, like as if they didn’t know how to play. With that, players tuned him out, just based on body language on floor.

    Let me correct you with Mike D’Antoni. He resigned at his own will.
    D’Antoni had the two best big man that could possibly play together. But, he was too stubborn to change his ways. Why he didn’t let Gasol and Dwight Howard work down low, is beyond me. He wanted to shoot 3’s, when no one on the team could consistently make them nor anyone was a threat.

    Byron Scott. I will agree that he has had injured players in his tenure. But, he does not develop young players or a young team. No one should be fooled with the success he has had with the Nets team and Hornets team he respectively guided to the playoffs. The Nets team was a veteran team who was led with Jason Kidd. The New Orleans Hornets, then, also feature a veteran team, although Chris Paul was an emerging star, that team was lead by a veteran group of players named David West and Tyson Chandler. Those two helped who Chris Paul is today.

    Then look at Byron Scott’s Cleveland Cavaliers team. Young up and coming team. Kyrie Irving is a superstar in the making given that he was injured while Scott was coach. But, he did not develop that young team.

    What the Lakers needs is a coach who can develop young guys and develop the team. Lakers is and will always have championship aspirations. But, let’s be real. Lakers are far from that. I will put all the blame on management. Since the Buss kids, Jimmy and Jennie seems like they are in contrast with how the team should be. If the Lakers do indeed decide to search for a new coach. They should have Scott Brooks on top of their list. Not only he is a good coach. He knows how to develop players and young team.

  • What’s best for the team? Developing the young guys who could potentially be the core players of the future. That is Clarkson, Russell and Randle. I will get back to this.

    Mike Brown inherited a team that had players who won championships and made the playoffs. That team was at least poised to make the playoffs. The thing is, Mike Brown over coached a veteran team, like as if they didn’t know how to play. With that, players tuned him out, just based on body language on floor.

    Let me correct you with Mike D’Antoni. He resigned at his own will.
    D’Antoni had the two best big man that could possibly play together. But, he was too stubborn to change his ways. Why he didn’t let Gasol and Dwight Howard work down low, is beyond me. He wanted to shoot 3’s, when no one on the team could consistently make them nor anyone was a threat.

    Byron Scott. I will agree that he has had injured players in his tenure. But, he does not develop young players or a young team. No one should be fooled with the success he has had with the Nets team and Hornets team he respectively guided to the playoffs. The Nets team was a veteran team who was led with Jason Kidd. The New Orleans Hornets, then, also feature a veteran team, although Chris Paul was an emerging star, that team was lead by a veteran group of players named David West and Tyson Chandler. Those two helped who Chris Paul is today.

    Then look at Byron Scott’s Cleveland Cavaliers team. Young up and coming team. Kyrie Irving is a superstar in the making given that he was injured while Scott was coach. But, he did not develop that young team.

    What the Lakers needs is a coach who can develop young guys and develop the team. Lakers is and will always have championship aspirations. But, let’s be real. Lakers are far from that. I will put all the blame on management. Since the Buss kids, Jimmy and Jennie seems like they are in contrast with how the team should be. If the Lakers do indeed decide to search for a new coach. They should have Scott Brooks on top of their list. Not only he is a good coach. He knows how to develop players and young team.

  • Do you see this team making any kind of improvement going forward under Scott?

  • Do you see this team making any kind of improvement going forward under Scott?

  • It just feels like it’s coming. I think it’s a bad move, but I feel it’s coming. Doc Rivers had a horrible record as a coach until the trade was made for Garnett and Allen. Now he is seen as one of the best. He gets a constant pass with the Clippers even though they haven’t produced much since he’s been there.

  • It just feels like it’s coming. I think it’s a bad move, but I feel it’s coming. Doc Rivers had a horrible record as a coach until the trade was made for Garnett and Allen. Now he is seen as one of the best. He gets a constant pass with the Clippers even though they haven’t produced much since he’s been there.

  • For Jeanie? Why do you feel she would be a better GM? What proof do we have?

  • For Jeanie? Why do you feel she would be a better GM? What proof do we have?

  • no not for Jeanie either lol ….. NO BUSS MEMBER ….. an actual basketball professional at the position

  • no not for Jeanie either lol ….. NO BUSS MEMBER ….. an actual basketball professional at the position

  • I really don’t like Rivers as a coach too. I like smart coachs, not “hard nose” ones.
    I prefer guys like Pop and Phill than guys like Riley, for example.

  • I really don’t like Rivers as a coach too. I like smart coachs, not “hard nose” ones.
    I prefer guys like Pop and Phill than guys like Riley, for example.

  • Scott Brooks is a California guy =) who remember his offense? How was? Pick n’ roll? Run n gun? I don’t remember. I only remember the isolation plays of Durant and Westbrook hahaha i don’t like this type of offense too…

  • Your stretch 4 or 5 can’t hit 3’s if there sitting on the bench with 5 fouls, and that’s what they would have trying to guard Shaq in the paint, you talking about a guy who made them change the game rules he was so dominant.

  • Scott Brooks is a California guy =) who remember his offense? How was? Pick n’ roll? Run n gun? I don’t remember. I only remember the isolation plays of Durant and Westbrook hahaha i don’t like this type of offense too…

  • Your stretch 4 or 5 can’t hit 3’s if there sitting on the bench with 5 fouls, and that’s what they would have trying to guard Shaq in the paint, you talking about a guy who made them change the game rules he was so dominant.

  • Let me correct you…

    It will show that D’Antoni resigned but he stated in doing so that the Lakers didn’t show any interest of wanting to re-sign him after his contract was up and he didn’t want to be a lame duck coach. Get your facts straight.

    Veterans or not, you still need a coach to get them to play together. Brown did that. Give the man at least a little credit for that.

    Most coaches have a system they are most comfortable with..Phil with the Triangle. Have you not already heard the questioning of Gentry with AD? He is trying to get AD to do the same thing D’Antoni did with Pau. It’s the system they know. When you have the right roster, you get GSW. When you don’t, you get the Lakers two years ago.

    Chris Paul was young when Scott got there and Chris didn’t want Scott fired. Go look up the articles from back then. Much the same as Curry not wanting Mark Jackson fired, CP3 didn’t want Byron fired. We ca only presume that he saw him as a good coach for him. Neither West nor Chandler were veterans back then. It is funny that you actually suggested that they were.

    The Cavs went from lottery to Finals in one summer and you want to claim Byron was the problem? Look at the roster changes!

    If the Lakers need a coach that can develop young guys, Thibs is not your guy. Who did he develop?

  • Let me correct you…

    It will show that D’Antoni resigned but he stated in doing so that the Lakers didn’t show any interest of wanting to re-sign him after his contract was up and he didn’t want to be a lame duck coach. Get your facts straight.

    Veterans or not, you still need a coach to get them to play together. Brown did that. Give the man at least a little credit for that.

    Most coaches have a system they are most comfortable with..Phil with the Triangle. Have you not already heard the questioning of Gentry with AD? He is trying to get AD to do the same thing D’Antoni did with Pau. It’s the system they know. When you have the right roster, you get GSW. When you don’t, you get the Lakers two years ago.

    Chris Paul was young when Scott got there and Chris didn’t want Scott fired. Go look up the articles from back then. Much the same as Curry not wanting Mark Jackson fired, CP3 didn’t want Byron fired. We ca only presume that he saw him as a good coach for him. Neither West nor Chandler were veterans back then. It is funny that you actually suggested that they were.

    The Cavs went from lottery to Finals in one summer and you want to claim Byron was the problem? Look at the roster changes!

    If the Lakers need a coach that can develop young guys, Thibs is not your guy. Who did he develop?

  • But Sabonis couldn’t defend to save his life. i’d love to see how Shaq can match-up against Anthony Davis.

  • Yea, like that’s gonna happen, The Buss family own’s the Lakers, End of Story, even if you take away Jeannie and Jimmy, there are still other Buss family members that own part of the team. Our problem isn’t Jimmy Buss as much as it is the wrong coach, and a player core that’s two years away from competing at an NBA level. Mistakes have been made, but MOST organizations make mistakes.

  • if the lakers win the next game
    that means that it 5 games for the lakers to win 1 so
    in 10 games lakers win 2, in 20->4, 40->8, 80->16
    if lakers keep loosing at this rate they will only win 16-18 games. The good think is there’s a chance to get Simmons.

  • But Sabonis couldn’t defend to save his life. i’d love to see how Shaq can match-up against Anthony Davis.

  • Yea, like that’s gonna happen, The Buss family own’s the Lakers, End of Story, even if you take away Jeannie and Jimmy, there are still other Buss family members that own part of the team. Our problem isn’t Jimmy Buss as much as it is the wrong coach, and a player core that’s two years away from competing at an NBA level. Mistakes have been made, but MOST organizations make mistakes.

  • if the lakers win the next game
    that means that it takes 5 games for the lakers to win 1 so
    in 10 games lakers win 2, in 20->4, 40->8, 80->16
    if lakers keep loosing at this rate they will only win 16-18 games. The good think is there’s a chance to get Simmons.

  • Yes….in time. They actually looked better last night from the first 3 games.

  • Yes….in time. They actually looked better last night from the first 3 games.

  • What I think the Lakers need is obviously to fire Byron Scott, his 80s mentality and brand of “coaching” is not going to help develop an NBA player for today’s NBA. He got this job based on his past and certainly not his future potential. Clarkson and Randle have shown excellent ISO sort of talent, if they can work that into a more team oriented system they can really use those numbers to start getting W’s rather than just personal big numbers.

    That’s why I think the next Lakers coach should be someone with either little or no NBA head coaching experience. Enough with these veteran coaches who are living off of their past accomplishments. I’m not talking about a long term option, but there are coaches in the college game who are exceptional tacticians/teachers and are perfect for developing younger players. Brad Stevens(had zero NBA experience) has done an excellent job with the Celtics’ young guys, and he will have between 1-4 1st round picks next year, that team is doing some serious rebuilding and have the ideal coach to get that going. My personal favorite would be poaching Luke Walton from GSW.

  • Byron is like Riley. There is a reason why Riley came down to coach Shaq but not Lebron. Lebron would not have played for Riley…too hard nosed.

  • you seem to be mistaking owner with president of basketball operations …..they are not one and the same thing, just happens to be that our ownership put them self as it …….. I don’t want the Buss family to sell the team, I want them to get help running it effectively instead of driving it to the ground.

  • What I think the Lakers need is obviously to fire Byron Scott, his 80s mentality and brand of “coaching” is not going to help develop an NBA player for today’s NBA. He got this job based on his past and certainly not his future potential. Clarkson and Randle have shown excellent ISO sort of talent, if they can work that into a more team oriented system they can really use those numbers to start getting W’s rather than just personal big numbers.

    That’s why I think the next Lakers coach should be someone with either little or no NBA head coaching experience. Enough with these veteran coaches who are living off of their past accomplishments. I’m not talking about a long term option, but there are coaches in the college game who are exceptional tacticians/teachers and are perfect for developing younger players. Brad Stevens(had zero NBA experience) has done an excellent job with the Celtics’ young guys, and he will have between 1-4 1st round picks next year, that team is doing some serious rebuilding and have the ideal coach to get that going. My personal favorite would be poaching Luke Walton from GSW.

  • Byron is like Riley. There is a reason why Riley came down to coach Shaq but not Lebron. Lebron would not have played for Riley…too hard nosed.

  • you seem to be mistaking owner with president of basketball operations …..they are not one and the same thing, just happens to be that our ownership put them self as it …….. I don’t want the Buss family to sell the team, I want them to get help running it effectively instead of driving it to the ground.

  • Half time is for the COACHES to clean up any and all mistakes made in the first half, but when you dont have a COACH, its a little tough.

  • Half time is for the COACHES to clean up any and all mistakes made in the first half, but when you dont have a COACH, its a little tough.

  • We need a Coach with Experience someone with a proven track record as a Coach. I don’t see us winning any games playing the way we are, the subs make no sense, it looks like a Sunday league team with a very talented squad.

  • Most teams have either/or President or GM running the show. They don’t have both making the decisions. West was GM.

  • We need a Coach with Experience someone with a proven track record as a Coach. I don’t see us winning any games playing the way we are, the subs make no sense, it looks like a Sunday league team with a very talented squad.

  • Most teams have either/or President or GM running the show. They don’t have both making the decisions. West was GM.

  • well most teams have the GM/President of basketball operations….. here it is split for Buss to have more say in certain aspects of the organization …… I want them to run like most teams, not like this which is direct involvement from the owner ……… one sets the stage to handicap the other making both ineffective…….. basically just Mitch to make all the calls since you have him as GM, stop interfering or fire Mitch and have someone else do it without them , again interfering

  • well most teams have the GM/President of basketball operations….. here it is split for Buss to have more say in certain aspects of the organization …… I want them to run like most teams, not like this which is direct involvement from the owner ……… one sets the stage to handicap the other making both ineffective…….. basically just Mitch to make all the calls since you have him as GM, stop interfering or fire Mitch and have someone else do it without them , again interfering

  • He doesn’t cut it for me, and no that is not a proven record for me, not for a team like the Lakers.

  • Only thing better is someone with championships. Do you see any of them lying around?

  • He doesn’t cut it for me, and no that is not a proven record for me, not for a team like the Lakers.

  • Only thing better is someone with championships. Do you see any of them lying around?

  • Russell and Clarkson has their games together , but the coach (I hate saying coach) takes RUSSELL out of the game in the 4 th qtr, and Clarkson only got half the points then he did when RUSSELL IS IN THE GAME. But that IDIOT can see that.

  • Blood is thicker than water, The board of the Lakers management is made up of Jeannie and several other siblings, plus a few outsiders, who all are supporting jimmy, and will continue to do so, Mitch would be sacrificed on the alter before Jimmy, and Byron before Mitch, and the defensive co-ordinator before Byron, you get my point, many , many heads would have to roll before Jimmy’s.

  • By your comments it sounds like you want an unproven coach with potential.

  • Russell and Clarkson has their games together , but the coach (I hate saying coach) takes RUSSELL out of the game in the 4 th qtr, and Clarkson only got half the points then he did when RUSSELL IS IN THE GAME. But that IDIOT can see that.

  • Blood is thicker than water, The board of the Lakers management is made up of Jeannie and several other siblings, plus a few outsiders, who all are supporting jimmy, and will continue to do so, Mitch would be sacrificed on the alter before Jimmy, and Byron before Mitch, and the defensive co-ordinator before Byron, you get my point, many , many heads would have to roll before Jimmy’s.

  • By your comments it sounds like you want an unproven coach with potential.

  • Brad Stevens has done “excellent” given the level of expectations.

  • Not at the moment. Firing him now is also pointless,we just gotta ride it out like last year ๐Ÿ™

  • not sure about that Jennie is already putting pressure on Jimbo to step down from that specific position if things down turn around within a certain time limit …… at some point you have to know if you are the problem or not……

  • Brad Stevens has done “excellent” given the level of expectations.

  • Not at the moment. Firing him now is also pointless,we just gotta ride it out like last year ๐Ÿ™

  • not sure about that Jennie is already putting pressure on Jimbo to step down from that specific position if things down turn around within a certain time limit …… at some point you have to know if you are the problem or not…… and if he doesn’t it’s my opinion that we can kiss our tradition of winning goodbye …… we will be like any other run of the mill team ………

  • Most have the coach assuming that role now…Would you want Byron to have that authority??? LOL

  • Not too soon. Steve Kerr is great. I know that since he was a GM in Phoenix…
    The work is done by him, not Walton. But well, Walton was always a good IQ player in his times.

  • Most have the coach assuming that role now…Would you want Byron to have that authority??? LOL

  • Not too soon. Steve Kerr is great. I know that since he was a GM in Phoenix…
    The work is done by him, not Walton. But well, Walton was always a good IQ player in his times.

  • Most don’t…some teams do however like Pop in SA ……. well if Buss would have hired Phil for the Job I would have been ok with it for instance …. heck I think Mitch is more than qualified for it…but you can’t effectively override him on certain parts of how to maintain or rebuild …….. there is a difference here. Trust the man to do the job or keep interfering and handicap him ….that is the choice….. I firmly believe he is handicapping Mitch….I don’t blame Mitch here at all.

  • Most don’t…some teams do however like Pop in SA ……. well if Buss would have hired Phil for the Job I would have been ok with it for instance …. heck I think Mitch is more than qualified for it…but you can’t effectively override him on certain parts of how to maintain or rebuild …….. there is a difference here. Trust the man to do the job or keep interfering and handicap him ….that is the choice….. I firmly believe he is handicapping Mitch….I don’t blame Mitch here at all….trust me …he is very good….. problem is not Mitch, it’s Jim. I don’t think for a new york second that Mitch wanted to hire MDA for that roster he accumulated…..my guess isa there was a struggle of opinion and Buss hand picked his guy for the position…….. that’s why there was confusion and speculation before the MDA hire and all that fiasco….. how else would 1 minute Phil thinks he has the job after talking to Mitch and the next thing you know MDA was hired after talking to Jim a few years back …… makes no sense if they were on the same page…this is allllllll Jim IMO … and that is just 1 example looking from the outside, I imagine there are more that none of us know about

  • I want a coach with fresh ideas and someone who is more in tune with the way basketball is played TODAY. I don’t want Thibs, because he doesn’t develop younger players and runs older guys into the ground, ideally he’d make a great assistant coach. Steve Kerr, Brad Stevens, Mike Budenholzer, Dave Joerger, David Platt, Erik Spoelstra, all these guys had basically no NBA head coaching experience and they all seem to be doing well don’t you think? Surely there is a pattern here….this roster is actually even perfectly tailor made for D’Antoni’s run and gun.

  • I want a coach with fresh ideas and someone who is more in tune with the way basketball is played TODAY. I don’t want Thibs, because he doesn’t develop younger players and runs older guys into the ground, ideally he’d make a great assistant coach. Steve Kerr, Brad Stevens, Mike Budenholzer, Dave Joerger, David Platt, Erik Spoelstra, Hornacek all these guys had basically no NBA head coaching experience and they all seem to be doing well don’t you think? Surely there is a pattern here….this roster is actually even perfectly tailor made for D’Antoni’s run and gun.

  • He is learning and it’s showing now that Kerr is gone,his game Management is great rotation is great his interaction with the players seems awesome,he has what it takes.

  • He is learning and it’s showing now that Kerr is gone,his game Management is great rotation is great his interaction with the players seems awesome,he has what it takes.

  • I told someone on here yesterday Randle can’t guard a shadow. Faried bodied him last night. This team is horrible. We should just tank for Ben Simmons. He’d be the best player on the roster right now if we had him.

  • I told someone on here yesterday Randle can’t guard a shadow. Faried bodied him last night. This team is horrible. We should just tank for Ben Simmons. He’d be the best player on the roster right now if we had him.

  • Wasn’t Kerr the one GM that traded for Shaq in Phoenix? Wasn’t Kerr the GM that let several pieces for Phoenix leave the team requiring D’Antoni to win with less each year? Wasn’t Kerr the GM that once said that the 7 seconds or less offense couldn’t win in the playoffs and instead you need a low post game?

    I’m sorry but Kerr gets no praise from me. He is nothing short of being an opportunistic hypocrite. Mark Jackson built that team in GSW. Mark Jackson developed the young players.

    What Kerr did is like when Gruden went to Tampa and won a superbowl with Tony Dungy’s team. I don’t like it!

  • Your the only one using the HATE for excuses, and if you can find a real COACH one the LAKERS please let me know because we have not had one for going on 3 years, a unbeliever is worst then a bad 3 pt shooter with no knowledge of why.

  • Wasn’t Kerr the one GM that traded for Shaq in Phoenix? Wasn’t Kerr the GM that let several pieces for Phoenix leave the team requiring D’Antoni to win with less each year? Wasn’t Kerr the GM that once said that the 7 seconds or less offense couldn’t win in the playoffs and instead you need a low post game?

    I’m sorry but Kerr gets no praise from me. He is nothing short of being an opportunistic hypocrite. Mark Jackson built that team in GSW. Mark Jackson developed the young players.

    What Kerr did is like when Gruden went to Tampa and won a superbowl with Tony Dungy’s team. I don’t like it!

  • Your the only one using the HATE for excuses, and if you can find a real COACH on the LAKERS please let me know because we have not had one for going on 3 years, a unbeliever is worst then a bad 3 pt shooter with no knowledge of why. Such as you.

  • Coach plays are confusing. .he always succeeds to miss with d flow.. If russel can turn into curry then that wud be bigtime sumday. Clarkson penetrate inside yl russel getting ready in d high arc!

  • Coach plays are confusing. .he always succeeds to miss with d flow.. If russel can turn into curry then that wud be bigtime sumday. Clarkson penetrate inside yl russel getting ready in d high arc!

  • Man, not disrespect. But you are blind if you don’t saw the differences between Mark Jackson system and Steve Kerr.
    With Kerr the guards play way more time off the ball, Draymond maximized his time as a playmaker in the pick and roll. Bogut turned a great playmaker on the elbows… He uses way more screens on the weak side… The players get the ball on the corners easily.
    The Kerr system is too much different of Jackson.

    Jackson make a great foundation and developed the young players great. But the system’s are totally diferents.

  • Man, not disrespect. But you are blind if you don’t saw the differences between Mark Jackson system and Steve Kerr.
    With Kerr the guards play way more time off the ball, Draymond maximized his time as a playmaker in the pick and roll. Bogut turned a great playmaker on the elbows… He uses way more screens on the weak side… The players get the ball on the corners easily.
    The Kerr system is too much different of Jackson.

    Jackson make a great foundation and developed the young players great. But the system’s are totally diferents.

  • The most points of Faried came without Randle on the floor and Faried can’t guard Randle too.

  • Regardless what the reports was said, he still resigned. No, I give Mike Brown credit for holding his own with that veteran team. We’ll agree to disagree. ๐Ÿ™‚ I will put all the blame on management for the debacle within the Lakers struggles.

    I don’t know what Gentry is doing with AD. It is horrendous and unacceptable for a guy that can dominate in so many ways. Shooting too much jumpers is not one of them.

    That’s fine that Curry and CP3 did not want their respective coaches fired. But, look at how the flourished with their new coach. I am pretty sure Tyson Chandler and David West was veterans having already been in the league 7-5 seasons respectively. I am pretty sure that team also featured Bonzi Wells, Peja Stojakovic, Morris Petterson, James Posey, Mike James. Guys that has had over 7 season at least. Chris Paul was 3 seasons. I will say that his veteran team helped speed his ascendance as the player he is today.

    I never did say Thibs. I am not a fan of his coaching style. I will give credit that he gave that Bulls teams he coached the “tenacity”.

    System is everything. It really is depending on what the team needs. Clearly the Lakers needs a developer. Scott is not that. Scott is better suited with a veteran team. I look at Doc Rivers. He’s best suited for veteran teams. He wasn’t successful with a young Magic team.

  • The most points of Faried came without Randle on the floor and Faried can’t guard Randle too.

  • Regardless what the reports was said, he still resigned. No, I give Mike Brown credit for holding his own with that veteran team. We’ll agree to disagree. ๐Ÿ™‚ I will put all the blame on management for the debacle within the Lakers struggles.

    I don’t know what Gentry is doing with AD. It is horrendous and unacceptable for a guy that can dominate in so many ways. Shooting too much jumpers is not one of them.

    That’s fine that Curry and CP3 did not want their respective coaches fired. But, look at how the flourished with their new coach. I am pretty sure Tyson Chandler and David West was veterans having already been in the league 7-5 seasons respectively. I am pretty sure that team also featured Bonzi Wells, Peja Stojakovic, Morris Petterson, James Posey, Mike James. Guys that has had over 7 season at least. Chris Paul was 3 seasons. I will say that his veteran team helped speed his ascendance as the player he is today.

    I never did say Thibs. I am not a fan of his coaching style. I will give credit that he gave that Bulls teams he coached the “tenacity”.

    System is everything. It really is depending on what the team needs. Clearly the Lakers needs a developer. Scott is not that. Scott is better suited with a veteran team. I look at Doc Rivers. He’s best suited for veteran teams. He wasn’t successful with a young Magic team.

  • The Kerr system WAS the D’Antoni system first. I’m not blind. Plus, you give credit to the guy that built the team when you come in the first year and win with his roster. It would be different if the roster was drastically changed. But it was mostly all the same key pieces. Used different….in some case, mind you….but the same pieces.

  • The Kerr system WAS the D’Antoni system first. I’m not blind. Plus, you give credit to the guy that built the team when you come in the first year and win with his roster. It would be different if the roster was drastically changed. But it was mostly all the same key pieces. Used different….in some case, mind you….but the same pieces.

  • Yeah. I don’t desagree. But he use the pieces in a more effective way. That’s no doubt. And that’s a good coaching

  • Yeah. I don’t desagree. But he use the pieces in a more effective way. That’s no doubt. And that’s a good coaching

  • I don’t want to hear that. If you play PF and the opposing PF goes for career high like numbers, that’s on you. Randle will need to move to the SF position at some point in his career. His interior defense is horrible. I think he’s quick enough to guard most SF’s in the NBA.

  • I don’t want to hear that. If you play PF and the opposing PF goes for career high like numbers, that’s on you. Randle will need to move to the SF position at some point in his career. His interior defense is horrible. I think he’s quick enough to guard most SF’s in the NBA.

  • I don’t think so. I think without him the Warrios probally not win the ring.

  • I don’t think so. I think without him the Warrios probally not win the ring.

  • I almost say: “we will win the Nets game”. But with that loses to Wolves and Nuggets i have my serious doubts

  • I almost say: “we will win the Nets game”. But with that loses to Wolves and Nuggets i have my serious doubts

  • I don’t see us Wining the next 6 – 8 games the Nets one is the easiest. What have we come down to.

  • Your right that was irrelevant and useless to all of us who have been hearing the same song and dance routine going on to 3 years now with the same results >

  • I don’t see us Wining the next 6 – 8 games the Nets one is the easiest. What have we come down to.

  • Your right that was irrelevant and useless to all of us who have been hearing the same song and dance routine going on to 3 years now with the same results >

  • Mark Jackson would be the best hire. He will speed the offense way up and let the young guys develop just like he did in Golden State. It makes no sense for Russell to be on the bench in the 4th when we are going to lose anyways. I still think we need to go after some defense first guys next summer but he will bring the intensity up on that end as well.

  • Mark Jackson would be the best hire. He will speed the offense way up and let the young guys develop just like he did in Golden State. It makes no sense for Russell to be on the bench in the 4th when we are going to lose anyways. I still think we need to go after some defense first guys next summer but he will bring the intensity up on that end as well.

  • That’s what i was wondering about last night. He will kill his confidence or whatever is left.

  • If defense is the problem, why does Byron continue to play Huertas Lou Young Kelly Bass for long stretches? Stop playing Huertas and give minutes to Brown. And Byron has to find a way to get Nance some minutes

  • That’s what i was wondering about last night. He will kill his confidence or whatever is left.

  • If defense is the problem, why does Byron continue to play Huertas Lou Young Kelly Bass for long stretches? Stop playing Huertas and give minutes to Brown. And Byron has to find a way to get Nance some minutes

  • Clarkson and D’angelo has to mix the minutes at PG. Huertas can help us a rebuilding team, try trade him to a contender, he has game!

    Play Clarkson all first quarter like yesterday and bring D’angelo again on the beggining of the second.

  • Clarkson and D’angelo has to mix the minutes at PG. Huertas can help us a rebuilding team, try trade him to a contender, he has game!

    Play Clarkson all first quarter like yesterday and bring D’angelo again on the beggining of the second.

  • Some of you have to realize, a new coach won’t make these players better on the defensive end. What made Thibs job easy was that he had defensive player of year in Noah and was also the leagues biggest hustler and rebounders(basketball wise lol). Butler who came into the league as a defensive minded player. T.Gibson is a very good shot-blocker and is very strong in the paint.

    Only thing we have is Hibbert who is a really good shot-blocker and a wall in the paint. No lockdown defenser. No other shot-blocking big or other defensive minded players that deserve minutes. MWP is old and not in prime so no. A.Brown is a 3 and D. But he is not strong or is just slightly athletic.

    Even with a new coach hiring(highly doubt) this team is still gonna play bad. Players have to want to play defense to play defense. Way too many offensive minded players on this team for the past three years. Drafting Russell wouldn’t make the team defense better. Not saying we shouldn’t have but it wasn’t going to make a difference on defensive end is what am saying. Hibbert can’t help on every player man cutting or sliding to the rim. He has no help whatsoever and that is the reason why we are giving up so many points in the paint.

  • Some of you have to realize, a new coach won’t make these players better on the defensive end. What made Thibs job easy was that he had defensive player of year in Noah and was also the leagues biggest hustler(basketball wise lol) and rebounder. Butler who came into the league as a defensive minded player. T.Gibson is a very good shot-blocker and is very strong in the paint and Rose who was a super athletic guard who had great defensive potential.

    Only thing we have is Hibbert who is a really good shot-blocker and a wall in the paint. No lockdown defenser. No other shot-blocking big or other defensive minded players that deserve minutes. MWP is old and not in prime so no. A.Brown is a 3 and D player, but he is not strong and is just slightly athletic.

    Even with a new coach hiring(highly doubt) this team is still gonna play bad. Players have to want to play defense to play defense. Way too many offensive minded players on this team for the past three years. Drafting Russell wouldn’t make the team defense better. Not saying we shouldn’t have but it wasn’t going to make a difference on defensive end is what am saying. Hibbert can’t help on every player man cutting or sliding to the rim. He has no help whatsoever and that is the reason why we are giving up so many points in the paint. Stop putting all the blame on the coach. Yes he had his fair share of bad coaching but when he doesn’t have the players he need, then what can he do? A lot of the blame goes to the front office for giving us these no defensive rosters for the past 3 years

  • So everyone poo poo my idea at the end of last season when the best coach in college was available “Billy Donovan”; we could have offered this guy a contract offer even though I am not sure he would have accept it .When you compare OKC’s roster to ours he would likely picked OKC but there was always a chance that he wouldn’t chose LA.

    No surprise BS is this bad.

  • Random; I just saw some stats that totally went over my head from game one. Kobe went 8-24 in scoring 24 points. That’s 33% shooting.

    Kobe wore the number 33 in high school, and the 8-24.

  • So everyone poo poo my idea at the end of last season when the best coach in college was available “Billy Donovan”; we could have offered this guy a contract offer even though I am not sure he would have accept it .When you compare OKC’s roster to ours he would likely picked OKC but there was always a chance that he wouldn’t chose LA.

    No surprise BS is this bad.

  • Random; I just saw some stats that totally went over my head from game one. Kobe went 8-24 in scoring 24 points. That’s 33% shooting.

    Kobe wore the number 33 in high school, and the 8-24.