Kobe Bryant, D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson After Season Opener (VIDEOS)
Kobe Bryant, D’angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson After Season Opener (videos)

The Los Angeles Lakers gave up a 16-point lead in their season-opener on Wednesday night, falling to the Minnesota Timberwolves, 112-111. The Lakers had a good look from Lou Williams at the buzzer, that would have sealed the game, but couldn’t knock it down.

“I told my coaches, I said with three minutes left in the third quarter, I don’t like the way this is going,” Byron Scott told the media post-game. “I thought we just stopped playing, on both ends of the floor. We started settling for jump shots, we stopped attacking, they kept attacking. We just seemed to be on our heels.”

The Lakers looked strong in the first half, especially their bench unit of Lou Williams and Nick Young, who finished with 21 and 14 points. Kobe Bryant, who officially entered his 20th season with the Lakers and set a new record for the most consecutive seasons played with one team, went 8-24, finishing with 24 points. Bryant also attempted 13 three-pointers (making three of them), which Scott addresses in the post-game videos below.

D’Angelo Russell discusses his debut and the adjustments that he knows he needs to make. Plus, Julius Randle talks about playing against Kevin Garnett, one of the best trash-talkers in the game.

Kobe Bryant Enters His 20th Season With The Lakers

Byron Scott On The Final Play With Lou Williams

Julius Randle On Trash-Talking With Kevin Garnett

D’Angelo Russell On Where He Needs To Adjust After His Debut

Jordan Clarkson Says Lakers Need To Have More Of A Killer Instinct

Kobe Bryant’s Pre-Game Message To The Fans

Best thing about this season premiere was the cockiness of Randle with the bouncing-ball-off-KG play and Kobe’s insane footwork clinic in the 2nd qt.

However…Byron, Byron, Byron… I once again ask: WTF? He noticed that the team stopped playing and did…nothing. And who will be calling the critical timeouts when Kobe retires? It sure as shizznit won’t be Byron.

  • Best thing about this season premiere was the cockiness of Randle with the bouncing-ball-off-KG play and Kobe’s insane footwork clinic in the 2nd qt.

    However…Byron, Byron, Byron… I once again ask: WTF? He noticed that the team stopped playing and did…nothing. And who will be calling the critical timeouts when Kobe retires? It sure as shizznit won’t be Byron.

  • Low percentage shots with the defense all over him. Signature Kobe. 24 shots, 8 makes. Missed all five shots in the 4th…..1 assist. I guess the Black Mamba is back.

  • Low percentage shots with the defense all over him. Signature Kobe. 24 shots, 8 makes. Missed all five shots in the 4th…..1 assist. I guess the Black Mamba is back.

  • If anything, Byron Scott lost that game. He waited too long to bring Roy Hibbert back in and control the paint. He let Ricky Rubio and Kevin Martin hand it to them. Byron Scott should have put Kobe Bryant on Rubio and Clarkson more on Martin. Lakers need to address the lack of wing defenders. Nick Young is a horrible defender. Metta World Peace could have probably helped at a certain degree, but I am not sure what role he has, as far as playing.

    Best player was probably Jordan Clarkson. He played in control, but still needs to bring more intensity(Westbrook-ish). Roy Hibbert did his job at contending and challenging shots and patrolling the paint.

    D’Angelo Russell was all caught up with the bright lights and big stage, in front of a nationally televised game. He was too worried and was thinking a lot. Hopefully, he got all the butterflies out of his stomach now.

    Julius Randle needs to finish. He can get into the paint, but he must finish. Although, he can grab his own rebound, he misses around the rim. You’ll see him having to exert energy a few times on a missed shot. He needs to finish with authority. He does rely too much on his left. He needs to develop that off hand.

    Bench is much improved compared to previous seasons. They can finally hit open 3 point shots, finally! I like Marcelo Huertas running that unit.

    I am just happy that basketball is back.

  • If anything, Byron Scott lost that game. He waited too long to bring Roy Hibbert back in and control the paint. He let Ricky Rubio and Kevin Martin hand it to them. Byron Scott should have put Kobe Bryant on Rubio and Clarkson more on Martin. Lakers need to address the lack of wing defenders. Nick Young is a horrible defender. Metta World Peace could have probably helped at a certain degree, but I am not sure what role he has, as far as playing.

    Best player was probably Jordan Clarkson. He played in control, but still needs to bring more intensity(Westbrook-ish). Roy Hibbert did his job at contending and challenging shots and patrolling the paint.

    D’Angelo Russell was all caught up with the bright lights and big stage, in front of a nationally televised game. He was too worried and was thinking a lot. Hopefully, he got all the butterflies out of his stomach now.

    Julius Randle needs to finish. He can get into the paint, but he must finish. Although, he can grab his own rebound, he misses around the rim. You’ll see him having to exert energy a few times on a missed shot. He needs to finish with authority. He does rely too much on his left. He needs to develop that off hand.

    Bench is much improved compared to previous seasons. They can finally hit open 3 point shots, finally! I like Marcelo Huertas running that unit.

    I am just happy that basketball is back.

  • Just first game. Should learn from it. Clarkson said himself they just fell off in the 4th. They had good looks but the shots just wasn’t falling. Scott should learn more of the rotation he should have on the floor in the 3rd and 4th. Even if we had some disappointments in this game, I see lots of improvements moving forward with this NEW team. Season just started. Best thing is to always stay positive Laker fans, Lots of us are getting negative too quick!

  • Just first game. Should learn from it. Clarkson said himself they just fell off in the 4th. They had good looks but the shots just wasn’t falling. Scott should learn more of the rotation he should have on the floor in the 3rd and 4th. Even if we had some disappointments in this game, I see lots of improvements moving forward with this NEW team. Season just started. Best thing is to always stay positive Laker fans, Lots of us are getting negative too quick!

  • Kobe needs to pass more. Clarkson also needs to pass sometimes. Too many black holes on the team

  • Kobe needs to pass more. Clarkson also needs to pass sometimes. Too many black holes on the team

  • That 4th quarter stunk, no doubt about it. Kobe was looking great early on but forced it way to much at the end and I am sure all the Kobe haters are blowing their horns. Point is he still has it and if he can focus it and pass a bit more things will improve. Kelly? Bass? Hibbert looked very good. Russell has A LONG way to go, not much doubt about that. Still, there is a lot to be encouraged about even though it came out bad at the end. This is a work in progress. Go Lakers.

  • That 4th quarter stunk, no doubt about it. Kobe was looking great early on but forced it way to much at the end and I am sure all the Kobe haters are blowing their horns. Point is he still has it and if he can focus it and pass a bit more things will improve. Kelly? Bass? Hibbert looked very good. Russell has A LONG way to go, not much doubt about that. Still, there is a lot to be encouraged about even though it came out bad at the end. This is a work in progress. Go Lakers.

  • That’s the problem with Kobe though. We all say he should pass more but he doesn’t. 24 shots in 30 minutes is insane while only shooting 33%

  • That’s the problem with Kobe though. We all say he should pass more but he doesn’t. 24 shots in 30 minutes is insane while only shooting 33%

  • Yeah, you are right. Last year he showed some great passing near the end, before he got hurt, so we know it’s there. But somebody, LIKE SCOTT, has to rein him in a bit and curb the forced shots right now before it gets out of hand like it did last year. Kobe can still be amazing but he thinks he has to do it all by himself and thats the problem. And that shooting coach we hired really needs to put the pedal to the metal and work on our guys shooting. Randel need to FINISH, and not just bull his way in and toss it up near the basket. I don’t know what to say about Russel so far, trying to give him time…

  • Yeah, you are right. Last year he showed some great passing near the end, before he got hurt, so we know it’s there. But somebody, LIKE SCOTT, has to rein him in a bit and curb the forced shots right now before it gets out of hand like it did last year. Kobe can still be amazing but he thinks he has to do it all by himself and thats the problem. And that shooting coach we hired really needs to put the pedal to the metal and work on our guys shooting. Randel need to FINISH, and not just bull his way in and toss it up near the basket. I don’t know what to say about Russel so far, trying to give him time…

  • It’s funny because the Lakers cut the player they needed the most -> ROBERT UPSHAW. With Kelly and Bass on the floor, not only the Lakers have no rim protection, they also have no inside game as well because Kelly prefers to stay at the 3 pts line while Bass is way too undersized to go against bigger center.

    I just don’t see the Lakers reaching 40 wins this season if we keep this up. Byron is clearly too dumb to be the Lakers coach. All he did was smiling every time the Lakers get the call against them whereas coach like Pop/Phil/Thibs/etc would be furious. The only good thing about Byron is that bimbo next to him during the Summer League games.

  • It’s funny because the Lakers cut the player they needed the most -> ROBERT UPSHAW. With Kelly and Bass on the floor, not only the Lakers have no rim protection, they also have no inside game as well because Kelly prefers to stay at the 3 pts line while Bass is way too undersized to go against bigger center.

    I just don’t see the Lakers reaching 40 wins this season if we keep this up. Byron is clearly too dumb to be the Lakers coach. All he did was smiling every time the Lakers get the call against them whereas coach like Pop/Phil/Thibs/etc would be furious. The only good thing about Byron is that bimbo next to him during the Summer League games.

  • Kobe will always be Kobe. He’s been that way for the past 19 season, he’s never going to change.

    The Lakers should stop feeding him the ball all the time and create chances for the others. Kobe’s mentality is very simple. If I get the ball, I will shoot.

  • Kobe will always be Kobe. He’s been that way for the past 19 season, he’s never going to change.

    The Lakers should stop feeding him the ball all the time and create chances for the others. Kobe’s mentality is very simple. If I get the ball, I will shoot.

  • I don’t understand how BS can sit there and watch the team change the way they were playing and did nothing to tell them to get back how they had played, he said he told the COACHES, the coaches were not the ones playing, terrible coaching job, he just sat there and watched the game get away, check one loss for BS.

  • I don’t understand how BS can sit there and watch the team change the way they were playing and did nothing to tell them to get back how they had played, he said he told the COACHES, the coaches were not the ones playing, terrible coaching job, he just sat there and watched the game get away, check one loss for BS.

  • KOBE 8/24=33% behind the line 3/13=24 % BUT HE DID HAVE ONE AST. —-Williams % Young 11/22 50% = 35pts & 6 ast.

  • This team won’t truly turn a corner until both Scott and Kobe are gone. Yep, both. Anyone who doesn’t think so is in denial.

  • This team won’t truly turn a corner until both Scott and Kobe are gone. Yep, both. Anyone who doesn’t think so is in denial.

  • Kobe 1 ast 24 shots, that’s not team play, nothing has changed in 20 years.

  • Kobe 1 ast 24 shots, that’s not team play, nothing has changed in 20 years.

  • Totally agree.. bring in Luke Walton next year and hopefully K. Durant and we might have something. Randle is real deal, but not sure about Russell. Looked a step slow last night, but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt at 19 yrs old.

  • Totally agree.. bring in Luke Walton next year and hopefully K. Durant and we might have something. Randle is real deal, but not sure about Russell. Looked a step slow last night, but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt at 19 yrs old.

  • Add Kelly and Sacre to that list. Since Scott loves both of them so much, he can keep them with him.

  • Add Kelly and Sacre to that list. Since Scott loves both of them so much, he can keep them with him.

  • Jim Buss did it, drafting a bust over Jahlil Okafor with the #2 overall pick.

  • Jim Buss did it, drafting a bust over Jahlil Okafor with the #2 overall pick.

  • Despite letting that W get away, one thing I really enjoyed seeing was the Lakers hitting their free throws, especially big man Hibbs.

  • Despite letting that W get away, one thing I really enjoyed seeing was the Lakers hitting their free throws, especially big man Hibbs.

  • Agree that Randle play off KG was awesome. Not only not backing down from the biggest trash talker in the league, but making him look stupid.

  • Agree that Randle play off KG was awesome. Not only not backing down from the biggest trash talker in the league, but making him look stupid.

  • Give up the Durant dream. No way he’s going to a lotto team. I think Luke needs some seasoning before he’s ready to be a HC and I doubt the LAL eat Scott’s contract so the timing may work out well.

    It’s hard giving Russell the benefit of the doubt when his 19 year old peers don’t seem to be having his issues. His really is a project and should of been drafted mid to late 1st round.

  • Give up the Durant dream. No way he’s going to a lotto team. I think Luke needs some seasoning before he’s ready to be a HC and I doubt the LAL eat Scott’s contract so the timing may work out well.

    It’s hard giving Russell the benefit of the doubt when his 19 year old peers don’t seem to be having his issues. His really is a project and should of been drafted mid to late 1st round.

  • Or how about the coach pulls him when he goes super hero mode? You know, BS should try coaching for a change.

  • Nice to see the coach finally speaking out about Kobe’s shot selection.

  • Or how about the coach pulls him when he goes super hero mode? You know, BS should try coaching for a change.

  • Nice to see the coach finally speaking out about Kobe’s shot selection.

  • I thought not caling the TO looked a good play. Randle would have gotten a foul call.

  • I thought not caling the TO looked a good play. Randle would have gotten a foul call.

  • They almost never call a foul in the last few seconds of a game though. Could have been better to take the timeout after the rebound, move the ball up, and run a play with a few extra seconds on the clock.

  • They almost never call a foul in the last few seconds of a game though. Could have been better to take the timeout after the rebound, move the ball up, and run a play with a few extra seconds on the clock.

  • The standard set rotation that B Scott made up for the regular season can be debated as good or bad but I’m putting that issue aside for the moment; what he should realize is at all cost we need this win and we needed our best line up in the 3rd quarter to hold that lead above double digits. This meant that we throw out the window the reserve rotation for the 3rd Q and go with some regulars Hibbert/Randle/Clarkson/A. Brown/Lou.

    Randle had foul issue but looking at the score card no one played over 30 minutes last night; young guys should have stayed in and played 40 minutes each.

    Playing time for starters:

    J. Clarkson 30min
    Randle 30min
    Bryant 29min
    Hibbert 28min
    Russell 26min
    Lou 27min

    Just speculation here: Did Kobe tell Scott if I’m going to play 30 minutes or less a game all of the guys on the team are going to have to play the same amount.

    I know Kobe can be narcissistic and know the FO’s weak tendencies.

  • The standard set rotation that B Scott made up for the regular season can be debated as good or bad but I’m putting that issue aside for the moment; what he should realize is at all cost we need this win and we needed our best line up in the 3rd quarter to hold that lead above double digits. This meant that we throw out the window the reserve rotation for the 3rd Q and go with some regulars Hibbert/Randle/Clarkson/A. Brown/Lou.

    Randle had foul issue but looking at the score card no one played over 30 minutes last night; young guys should have stayed in and played 40 minutes each.

    Playing time for starters:

    J. Clarkson 30min
    Randle 30min
    Bryant 29min
    Hibbert 28min
    Russell 26min
    Lou 27min

    Just speculation here: Did Kobe tell Scott if I’m going to play 30 minutes or less a game all of the guys on the team are going to have to play the same amount?

    I know Kobe can be narcissistic and know the FO’s weak tendencies.

  • Yeah you Lou and Nick were really effective last night. Despite the loss, I like this squad a whole lot more than lasts years team.

  • Yeah you Lou and Nick were really effective last night. Despite the loss, I like this squad a whole lot more than lasts years team.

  • Russell Disaster !! MTWolf Towns, another Rookie, played awesome. D’Angelo backcourt violation with Kelly ? Most Important Facto: Developmental Minutes Spent – 26 on D’Angelo Development . . . Does Byron / Mitch / JBuss need to see More? ? ?

    Russell throwing up 3’s ? ? Did we need threes ? ? How many Developmental Minutes is Coach Byron can allow ? ?

    More time with Veterans: Lou, Huertas, Nick Young to “build” on lead, not Run Laker Project Development – there is not a big enough lead yet to do Rook Project, if Got to do at all !!!!

  • Should Lakers have another losing season, It would because Too many Rookie Developmental Minutes

    Russell Disaster !! MTWolf Towns, another Rookie, played awesome. D’Angelo backcourt violation with Kelly ? Most Important Facto: Developmental Minutes Spent – 26 on D’Angelo Development . . . Does Byron / Mitch / JBuss need to see More? ? ?

    Russell throwing up 3’s ? ? Did we need threes ? ? How many Developmental Minutes is Coach Byron can allow going forward, can We just get the win ? ? (Lakers should have a Developmental Team, to work on Project Rookie D’Angelo, and name it D’Fenders)

    More time with Veterans: Lou, Huertas, Nick Young to “build” on lead, and Not Run Laker Project Development – there is not a big enough lead yet (or BlowOut) to do Rook Project, if Got to do at all !!!!

  • No disrespect to the Mamba, but does anyone think Kobe is scared to shoot midrange / post up / drive to the paint? Scared to get injured. He’s just staying at the 3 point line and usually if Kobe would get cold at a spot, he’d change up his game like post up, or drive into the lane, etc. but now he seems like he’s glued to the 3 point line.

  • No disrespect to the Mamba, but does anyone think Kobe is scared to shoot midrange / post up / drive to the paint? Scared to get injured. He’s just staying at the 3 point line and usually if Kobe would get cold at a spot, he’d change up his game like post up, or drive into the lane, etc. but now he seems like he’s glued to the 3 point line.

  • When you put him in the game after you loose momentum and down after he left when u up 15 point ..what do u expect..first thing come in his mind no one is scoring I have to do something. .simply I still think he shot 7 too many 3s but..if we have better coach he wouldn’t need that..timing was awful from coach..

  • When you put him in the game after you loose momentum and down after he left when u up 15 point ..what do u expect..first thing come in his mind no one is scoring I have to do something. .simply I still think he shot 7 too many 3s but..if we have better coach he wouldn’t need that..timing was awful from coach..

  • I think Kobe needs to feed Randle more in the post. Randle needs more touches. He could easy average 20+ this season if he could. He just really started getting the ball in the second half.

  • I think Kobe needs to feed Randle more in the post. Randle needs more touches. He could easy average 20+ this season if he could. He just really started getting the ball in the second half.

  • I don’t know why switch bass from his natural position to center why you have black more active at c..is it because u have so many power forward players !!!! It’s sad I even think sacre would of done better in that 8 minutes period. .good luck next game lakers..this one on coach period

  • I don’t know why switch bass from his natural position to center why you have black more active at c..is it because u have so many power forward players !!!! It’s sad I even think sacre would of done better in that 8 minutes period. .good luck next game lakers..this one on coach period

  • My theory is that he tanked the game in honor of flip.Hopefully im right

  • You’re exactly right. Everyone keeps blaming Kobe, but Scott lost us the game in the 3rd. Kobe shouldn’t just be standing at the 3 point line, he needs to change up, but we lost when that bench came in the 3rd.

    The duo of Bass and Kelly is not working off the bench. Bass is a 4, and needs to play the 4. The Lakers NEED to use Black at the 5, I don’t understand why he’s not playing. We’re not a threat in the paint with Bass and Kelly.

    The wings off the bench (Young and Williams) also cost us the game, giving Martin fouls and letting Rubio go off. MWP would’ve been nice to insert, but he wasn’t suited up to play. I was expecting there would be nights the wings off the bench would get cold, but didn’t think it would happen last night since they were on fire in the first half, but I think MWP needs to play.

    JC and Hibbert played well.

    Randle just needs to learn to start using his right hand. I thought he played well, but he needs to learn to use his right hand in the paint.

    I still can’t believe Scott didn’t even try to call a timeout in the last seconds of the 4th. I think he has to go.

  • Okafor dropped 26 in his first game – with the way Randle handles the ball he would have been a better fit with this squad.

    We should have gotten a pass first + defensive specialist point guard.

    Sorry guys – Russell is not the answer. I will give him until 23 games into the season to completely rip into him tho.

  • You’re exactly right. Everyone keeps blaming Kobe, but Scott lost us the game in the 3rd. Kobe shouldn’t just be standing at the 3 point line, he needs to change up, but we lost when that bench came in the 3rd.

    The duo of Bass and Kelly is not working off the bench. Bass is a 4, and needs to play the 4. The Lakers NEED to use Black at the 5, I don’t understand why he’s not playing. We’re not a threat in the paint with Bass and Kelly.

    The wings off the bench (Young and Williams) also cost us the game, giving Martin fouls and letting Rubio go off. MWP would’ve been nice to insert, but he wasn’t suited up to play. I was expecting there would be nights the wings off the bench would get cold, but didn’t think it would happen last night since they were on fire in the first half, but I think MWP needs to play.

    JC and Hibbert played well.

    Randle just needs to learn to start using his right hand. I thought he played well, but he needs to learn to use his right hand in the paint.

    I still can’t believe Scott didn’t even try to call a timeout in the last seconds of the 4th. I think he has to go.

  • Okafor dropped 26 in his first game – with the way Randle handles the ball he would have been a better fit with this squad.

    We should have gotten a pass first + defensive specialist point guard.

    Sorry guys – Russell is not the answer. I will give him until 23 games into the season to completely rip into him tho.

  • Well, apparently you can’t type “i.s.h” (without the periods) in the comments because it is considered a swear word?! What the ****?

  • I think Kobe just has to be versatile in every area. He can’t just keep shooting 3s, he needs to shoot midrange, drive into the paint, but at the same time feed his teammates.

    Randle also needs to learn to use the right, but last night I thought he played pretty good. Randle might have a really impressive year. He dominated in pre season, but against talent in the regular season, he doesn’t seem intimidated. If only this counted as his rookie season, no doubt he might get it. He seems like he can average a double double, a few assists, and probably average 13-16 points this year.

  • Well, apparently you can’t type “i.s.h” (without the periods) in the comments because it is considered a swear word?! What the ****?

  • I think Kobe just has to be versatile in every area. He can’t just keep shooting 3s, he needs to shoot midrange, drive into the paint, but at the same time feed his teammates.

    Randle also needs to learn to use the right, but last night I thought he played pretty good. Randle might have a really impressive year. He dominated in pre season, but against talent in the regular season, he doesn’t seem intimidated. If only this counted as his rookie season, no doubt he might get it. He seems like he can average a double double, a few assists, and probably average 13-16 points this year.

  • And that’s exactly why he should stay with the midrange/in the paint shots and keep the 3 point attempts under 6-7. Much more efficient from inside.

  • And that’s exactly why he should stay with the midrange/in-the-paint shots and keep the 3 point attempts under 6-7. Much more efficient from inside.

  • Give it time. Regular season Kelly showed up again last night and if his normal plays out, we’ll be demanding him to be traded and Black will get playing time.

  • Give it time. Regular season Kelly showed up again last night and if his normal plays out, we’ll be demanding him to be traded and Black will get playing time.

  • This game was sad, guys. We played really well some quarters. But in the final of 3rd and almost all 4 we suck and Minesota get back. I broke things in my house. Sad game! Thats the definition

  • This game was sad, guys. We played really well some quarters. But in the final of 3rd and almost all 4 we suck and Minesota get back. I broke things in my house. Sad game! Thats the definition

  • He needed to let Randle get his chance to shine. The Lakers need him to be a star and he is stepping up. Kobe took that away from him because Kobe still believes that he is the only one that can lead this team.

  • He needed to let Randle get his chance to shine. The Lakers need him to be a star and he is stepping up. Kobe took that away from him because Kobe still believes that he is the only one that can lead this team.

  • I’ll never understand why people use points to compare performances, never looking at the whole picture. Fatlil Okafor handled the ball about ten times more than Russell did, he had 8 turnovers and grabbed 7 boards in 38 minutes. He had the green light to play how he plays, that is catch in the post and go to work. Russell has clearly been told to play how he doesn’t want to play all the while playing with a bunch of selfish gunners with their own agendas. Fatlil Okafor also offered no rim protection, allowing one of the shortest NBA players (Isaiah Thomas) to make layups all damn game. You want to pair an unathletic old school paint clogging guy who can’t play defense with Randle another guy who has questionable defense and likes to drive into the paint to get his points?

  • I’ll never understand why people use points to compare performances, never looking at the whole picture. Fatlil Okafor handled the ball about ten times more than Russell did, he had 8 turnovers and grabbed 7 boards in 38 minutes. He had the green light to play how he plays, that is catch in the post and go to work. Russell has clearly been told to play how he doesn’t want to play all the while playing with a bunch of selfish gunners with their own agendas. Fatlil Okafor also offered no rim protection, allowing one of the shortest NBA players (Isaiah Thomas) to make layups all damn game. You want to pair an unathletic old school paint clogging guy who can’t play defense with Randle another guy who has questionable defense and likes to drive into the paint to get his points?

  • everyone blaming kobe for de L. But, guys. Just think about. When Kobe left the floor in the 3rd we was in double digit leade. Our second unit, the same unit who give us a good lead in the first half, lose that lead.
    Stop it guys. D’angelo cannot play at point with the second unit. When Clarkson played with them in the first and second we kill them

  • everyone blaming kobe for de L. But, guys. Just think about. When Kobe left the floor in the 3rd we was in double digit leade. Our second unit, the same unit who give us a good lead in the first half, lose that lead.
    Stop it guys. D’angelo cannot play at point with the second unit. When Clarkson played with them in the first and second we kill them

  • Nah, he seemed pretty aggressive and shot well in the first half. Maybe there were some conditioning issues in the 2nd half or whatever but he looked ok to me. Opposing teams still see him as a major threat regardless of what % he shoots.

  • That’s the reason why Kobe wants BS in a first place. Kobe can step on BS shiny head anytime he wants.

  • Nah, he seemed pretty aggressive and shot well in the first half. Maybe there were some conditioning issues in the 2nd half or whatever but he looked ok to me. Opposing teams still see him as a major threat regardless of what % he shoots.

  • That’s the reason why Kobe wants BS in a first place. Kobe can step on BS shiny head anytime he wants.

  • I don’t blame Kobe at all. It’s all BS faults. The Lakers had 15 pts lead and instead of controlling the pace and keep the players that performing well on the floor, BS went on experiment-mode and give Russell extra minutes, pair Kelly + Bass, keep Huertas out when it matters the most and let the refs do whatever they want without any argument whatsoever.

    BS is clearly an idiot. Only idiot would keep Sacre and Kelly while letting go Upshaw when we have been in defensive crisis for years.

  • I don’t blame Kobe at all. It’s all BS faults. The Lakers had 15 pts lead and instead of controlling the pace and keep the players that performing well on the floor, BS went on experiment-mode and give Russell extra minutes, pair Kelly + Bass, keep Huertas out when it matters the most and let the refs do whatever they want without any argument whatsoever.

    BS is clearly an idiot. Only idiot would keep Sacre and Kelly while letting go Upshaw when we have been in defensive crisis for years.

  • Suns loosed badly. Pelicas is awfull. The west has 2 open spots for the playoffs. And that lost almost kill my hope to see the Lakers getting there

  • Suns loosed badly. Pelicas is awfull. The west has 2 open spots for the playoffs. And that lost almost kill my hope to see the Lakers getting there

  • Well when your the only good offensive player on the 76ers that happens. I watched the game he was getting double-team and remember he’s a rookie. Image him with us having all these weapons around him?

  • I like Black but I would prefer pairing him with a taller C who can block shot because Black is more of a hustle type of guy and bring energy to the game.

    Yes, Russell is not ready yet. Need to give him more time just like when he was in college. He better not dating Jenner or anyone right now and focus 100% on his development. Damn, Kardashians are like parasites.

  • Well when your the only good offensive player on the 76ers that happens. I watched the game he was getting double-team and remember he’s a rookie. Image him with us having all these weapons around him?

  • I like Black but I would prefer pairing him with a taller C who can block shot because Black is more of a hustle type of guy and bring energy to the game.

    Yes, Russell is not ready yet. Need to give him more time just like when he was in college. He better not dating Jenner or anyone right now and focus 100% on his development. Damn, Kardashians are like parasites.

  • Imagine if those weapons would actually give him the ball in the first place? Imagine how many points he’d give up too. All DLo needs is the green light to be himself rather than Ronnie Price.

  • Imagine if those weapons would actually give him the ball in the first place? Imagine how many points he’d give up too. All DLo needs is the green light to be himself rather than Ronnie Price.

  • Luckily, Russell is among the youngest from the draft. That would give him some time to develop his game. I’ll be patient and let him develop for now.

    I get your point and I was one of those people who said we should take Okafor over Russell. Okafor + Hibbert would be scary. Randle could slide to SF.

    PG: Clarkson
    SG: Kobe
    SF: Randle
    PF: Okafor
    C: Hibbert

    That’s pretty good line up.

  • Luckily, Russell is among the youngest from the draft. That would give him some time to develop his game. I’ll be patient and let him develop for now.

    I get your point and I was one of those people who said we should take Okafor over Russell. Okafor + Hibbert would be scary. Randle could slide to SF.

    PG: Clarkson
    SG: Kobe
    SF: Randle
    PF: Okafor
    C: Hibbert

    That’s pretty good line up.

  • Dude when he did have the ball. He could even break down his opponent and get into the lane and cause defenses to collapse. Another thing have you seen Russell defense last night? Ricky was murdering him! imagine what can a Curry, Wall, Rose, and Westbrook would do to him. I would have benched him myself just like what Scott did last night. Okafor in season opener got 2 blocks and a steal by the way.

  • Dude when he did have the ball, he couldn’t even break down his opponent and get into the lane and cause defenses to collapse. Another thing have you seen Russell defense last night? Ricky was murdering him! imagine what can a Curry, Wall, Rose, and Westbrook would do to him. I would have benched him myself just like what Scott did last night. Okafor in season opener got 2 blocks and a steal by the way.

  • Nice job copying and pasting.

    Nope I blame a lot of people

    1. The bench could not keep up the lead in the 3rd Q
    2. Kelly and Bass useless on offense and defense.
    3. This team fouling way too much sending the Wolves to the line
    4. Kobe playing iSO hero ball jacking up stupid shots

    So nope, I don’t just blame Kobe if that’s what you’re complaining about

  • Right now, Randle is doing good at the PF getting that double double last night. I would like to see Scott bench Russell and start A.Brown at the SF tomorrow.

  • Nice job copying and pasting.

    Nope I blame a lot of people

    1. The bench could not keep up the lead in the 3rd Q
    2. Kelly and Bass useless on offense and defense.
    3. This team fouling way too much sending the Wolves to the line
    4. Kobe playing iSO hero ball jacking up stupid shots

    So nope, I don’t just blame Kobe if that’s what you’re complaining about

  • Right now, Randle is doing good at the PF getting that double double last night. I would like to see Scott bench Russell and start A.Brown at the SF tomorrow.

  • Ok? Nope, he looked great……for the first half and took a 180 degree to brick city in the 2nd half.

  • Ok? Nope, he looked great……for the first half and took a 180 degree to brick city in the 2nd half.

  • I agree with 1, 2, and 4 but 3 nah. Those were some bad refs last night. Not gonna lie we got some tic-tac fouls also getting to the line alot

  • I agree with 1, 2, and 4 but 3 nah. Those were some bad refs last night. Not gonna lie we got some tic-tac fouls also getting to the line alot

  • Ricky was on a mission to be honest, and he torched Clarkson too. It was just one of those career nights that scrubs tend to have against the Lakers. The real problem is the coaching, DLo gets the ball and everyone just wants to ISO or do their own thing, it’s not playing as a team. Kobe also is not helping anyone with the way he is playing, if anything it just makes everyone else copy that and they all start chucking and ISO. It was just ugly from everyone not just DLo. 18 team assists says it all.

  • Ricky was on a mission to be honest, and he torched Clarkson too. It was just one of those career nights that scrubs tend to have against the Lakers. The real problem is the coaching, DLo gets the ball and everyone just wants to ISO or do their own thing, it’s not playing as a team. Kobe also is not helping anyone with the way he is playing, if anything it just makes everyone else copy that and they all start chucking and ISO. It was just ugly from everyone not just DLo. 18 team assists says it all.

  • Not really, for starters drafting Okafor means no Hibbert. Second, you have a C who can only operate in the post, a PF who can only operate in the post, a SF who can’t stretch the floor and likes to cut into the post, two guards who aren’t reliable 3 point shooters and a point guard who cannot facilitate any of this. It would be ugly.

  • Not really, for starters drafting Okafor means no Hibbert. Second, you have a C who can only operate in the post, a PF who can only operate in the post, a SF who can’t stretch the floor and likes to cut into the post, two guards who aren’t reliable 3 point shooters and a point guard who cannot facilitate any of this. It would be ugly.

  • Upshaw, hope develops well / quickly, Kobe will need rim protection

    U mentioned bimbo . . . Mr Mark Madsen ? That who sits next to him.

    Oooh, my bad, I misread, you said during summer League. oopps

  • Upshaw, hope develops well / quickly, Kobe will need rim protection

    U mentioned bimbo . . . Mr Mark Madsen ? That who sits next to him.

    Oooh, my bad, I misread, you said during summer League. oopps

  • You mention refs, now I’m thinking they gave the win to the Wolves to honor Flip.

  • You mention refs, now I’m thinking they gave the win to the Wolves to honor Flip.

  • I blame Kobe for not moving the ball, and the team watching him just ISO all last night. We had that problem for years it seems. It like they are scared they don’t want to get in his way. I want to see Kobe play more into his role as a shooter/spot-up shooter like in the preseason.
    But when Kobe wasn’t on the floor, the ball started moving. You could have seen that in the first qtr when Kobe went out. If Kobe start playing like he did in the preseason, we should see more ball movement while he is on the court.
    In the 3rd we did get plenty of good looks but they just wasn’t falling. Clarkson said this in his after game interview. I would also like to see Randle get most of them touches Kobe getting because Randle has been killing it as our go-to option so far, just not many touches.

  • I blame Kobe for not moving the ball, and the team watching him just ISO all last night. We had that problem for years it seems. It like they are scared they don’t want to get in his way. I want to see Kobe play more into his role as a shooter/spot-up shooter like in the preseason.
    But when Kobe wasn’t on the floor, the ball started moving.

    You could have seen that in the first qtr when Kobe went out. If Kobe start playing like he did in the preseason, we should see more ball movement while he is on the court.

    In the 3rd we did get plenty of good looks but they just wasn’t falling. Clarkson said this in his after game interview. I would also like to see Randle get most of them touches Kobe getting because Randle has been killing it as our go-to option so far, just not many touches.

  • I love the comments. Its like when Kobe gets criticism, Kobe homers think that Kobe is the only one being attacked lolzzz Failing to realize that Kobe was one of the many reason why Lakers lost. I guess Kobe homers would blame everyone BUT Kobe.

  • I love the comments. Its like when Kobe gets criticism, Kobe homers think that Kobe is the only one being attacked lolzzz Failing to realize that Kobe was one of the many reason why Lakers lost. I guess Kobe homers would blame everyone BUT Kobe.

  • Patrick…. you are right on. They need to let DLo play. And front office needs to get him guys that roll, cut and finish as well as setting some monster pick… much like Black…. We have too many guys that need the balls in their hands (Randle, Clarkson, Kobe, Lou, Young). What do expect DLo to do when everyone stands at the free throw lines and above asking for the ball. There are no cuts, no aggressive pick and roll. The plays are obviously set up not to DLo strength. If you surround DLo with A. Brown, Nance, Black, Kelly, I think you will see a total different game on the floor and he can be aggressive setting the plates for the other guys, so they can either shoot and finish at rim with easy passes.

    Also, they should be physical with Rubio after he makes 5 or more outside shoots and start to force him to go left. Bump him or give him some hard fouls. If you watch the games, Lou, Clarkson and the company only put their hands up every time the shot go up. No one even tries to contest the shot.

  • Patrick…. you are right on. They need to let DLo play. And front office needs to get him guys that roll, cut and finish as well as setting some monster pick… much like Black…. We have too many guys that need the balls in their hands (Randle, Clarkson, Kobe, Lou, Young). What do expect DLo to do when everyone stands at the free throw lines and above asking for the ball? There are no cuts, no aggressive pick and roll. In fact, Clarkson keeps asking for the pick all game long and the pick come late in the shot clock. Go back and watch the tape. The plays are obviously are not set up not to DLo strength and are really to get Kobe’s the ball or as primary option.

    If you surround DLo with A. Brown, Nance, Black, Kelly, I think you will see a total different game on the floor and he can be aggressive setting the plates for the other guys, so they can either shoot and finish at rim with easy passes.

    Also, they should be physical with Rubio after he makes 5 or more outside shoots and start to force him to go left. Bump him or give him some hard fouls. If you watch the games, Lou, Clarkson and companies only raise their hands up every time the shot go up. No one even tries to contest the shot.

  • While there is always some period of adjustment, rookies who are selected in the top 3 of their draft class are expected to be more than NBA-ready and capable of immediate production. No one should really worry about Russell yet, but given the trend from summer league, preseason up until now there are definitely some concerns.

  • While there is always some period of adjustment, rookies who are selected in the top 3 of their draft class are expected to be more than NBA-ready and capable of immediate production.

    No one should really worry about Russell yet, but given the trend from summer league and preseason up until now, there are definitely some concerns.

  • Didn’t we win our first game after Senior Buss died? I remember Lakers playing harder after he died then Kobe tears his achilles

  • Didn’t we win our first game after Senior Buss died? I remember Lakers playing harder after he died then Kobe tears his achilles

  • I can guess we did but its hard to say when we had so many injuries with Pau and Nash that season.

  • I can guess we did but its hard to say when we had so many injuries with Pau and Nash that season.

  • I think Kobe has Lakers front office by the balls. If Scott challenged Kobe, I would not be surprise if the front office took Kobe’s side since Kobe makes so much money for the Lakers. All these years Kobe jerseys are still top 3 in sales, he markets the Lakers brand, and he is the reason why Lakers tickets still sells even if the team sucks.

  • I think Kobe has Lakers front office by the balls. If Scott challenged Kobe, I would not be surprise if the front office took Kobe’s side since Kobe makes so much money for the Lakers. All these years Kobe jerseys are still top 3 in sales, he markets the Lakers brand, and he is the reason why Lakers tickets still sells even if the team sucks.

  • Nash was the worst but Pau’s injury wasn’t that bad. I think we bested Boston right after Buss died.

  • Nash was the worst but Pau’s injury wasn’t that bad. I think we bested Boston right after Buss died.

  • I was telling people yesterday before the game in another post that Garnett plays dirty, and the garnett fanboys were all over me.

    As a real Lakers fan I would NEVER root for a dirty tics player.

  • I was telling people yesterday before the game in another post that Garnett plays dirty, and the garnett fanboys were all over me.

    As a real Lakers fan I would NEVER praise a dirty tics player.

  • You dont know that. You are assuming he was going to get fouled, but theres no way you can bank on that happening.

  • You dont know that. You are assuming he was going to get fouled, but theres no way you can bank on that happening.

  • How do you know what Kobe was thinking? Can you please explain?

    You are aware that Randle is Kobes favorite teammate right?

    Kobe has been mentoring him for a while now and Randle is the only one that Kobe comes in to practice together with.

    Sounds to me like we should be praising Kobe for Randles fast forward development instead, dont you think?

  • How do you know what Kobe was thinking? Can you please explain?

    You are aware that Randle is Kobes favorite teammate right?

    Kobe has been mentoring him for a while now and Randle is the only one that Kobe comes in to practice together with.

    Sounds to me like we should be praising Kobe for Randles fast forward development instead, dont you think?

  • Not that anyone will care (and I’m okay with that), but I
    have seven takeaways from last night.

    1 – Clarkson and Randle are on a serious upward trajectory. All
    future personnel decisions should center on them as the core of the team.

    2 – The second unit is the right place for both Williams and
    Young. They are streaky, explosive scorers that can create, extend and lose
    leads all in the same game. That is typical of your reserves. Williams has the
    more complete offensive game of the two, which is why it would not surprise me
    if Young is traded by mid-season.

    3 – Clarkson or
    Huertas need to be on the court at all times to be the primary ball handlers until
    Russell develops more as an overall player. In the meantime he can play with
    them but not separate from them.

    4 – Last night was a microcosm of what Bryant can now
    provide to the team. He can provide short 5 minute bursts of offense
    reminiscent of his better years; however he can produce extended periods of
    offensive draughts in the same game. The plan is clear that he will have long
    periods of rest during games, which means he will likely have difficulty
    maintaining any offensive rhythm during a game. He has never been a “sit for
    10-12 game minutes and still remain hot” type of player, so an easy adjustment
    to it now is unlikely. The key going forward will be to maximize his strengths as
    part of filling the needs of the team. Being a “pound the basketball” from the perimeter
    player should before over (last night hammered the final nail in that coffin).
    He should now be a “catch and shoot, post and fade-away, or off the ball slash
    or pop” player. His touches should be limited, but when he touches the ball the
    expectation should be that he will be shooting it. The ONLY variance will be
    when he is possibly double-teamed. That is when passing will be expected. The
    Lakers should have at least 2-3 other facilitators on the court with him at all
    times, so that should not be his role.

    5 – Hibbert was a wise calculated risk for the Lakers. His
    defensive presence and intensity not only cleaned up some missed assignments, he
    cleaned up the rebounds as well. He was perfect from the free-throw line (when
    was the last time that the Lakers had a center capable of doing that?). If
    possible, the Lakers need to look for a trade to find a better backup center by
    the trade deadline.

    6 – Bass and Kelly are serviceable overall due to their energy;
    however, they should be trade assets for later this season. Taj Gibson (F/C) and
    Terrence Ross (G/F) should be trade targets if they are .500 or better at
    Christmas. If the Lakers trade Bass, Kelly, Sacre, and Young for Gibson and
    Ross, they should then call up Upshaw from the D-League and make Nance active.

    7 – Finally, last night showed that the Lakers are headed in
    the right direction (despite popular opinion). Clarkson and Randall are the
    primary reasons for that optimism. Losing last night can be balanced out if
    they bounce back well on Friday. I wish I could be the Coach/GM for this season
    alone. I believe that this team, roster with changes identified above (#6)
    would be one of the deepest teams in the league, and be ready to contend in the
    West. What is currently seen as deepness in the West, I believe is really more
    or less parity. The Lakers would then be par with that parity.

  • Kobe has only played how many games after his absence?

    When Kobe starts knocking those 3s efficiently people are going to forget what they posted today.

    When Kobe plays great and wins the game, it was a team win.
    When we lose its ONLY Kobes fault.

    Great logic the trolls use, HAHAHA.

    Kobe was playing great up until Byron over used him, Kelly, and Bass, and didnt use Black.

    Kobe needs to fire away to get hot, thats how he operates, but Byron needs to know when to use him and when to rest him.

  • Not that anyone will care (and I’m okay with that), but I
    have seven takeaways from last night.

    1 – Clarkson and Randle are on a serious upward trajectory. All
    future personnel decisions should center on them as the core of the team.

    2 – The second unit is the right place for both Williams and
    Young. They are streaky, explosive scorers that can create, extend and lose
    leads all in the same game. That is typical of your reserves. Williams has the
    more complete offensive game of the two, which is why it would not surprise me
    if Young is traded by mid-season.

    3 – Clarkson or
    Huertas need to be on the court at all times to be the primary ball handlers until
    Russell develops more as an overall player. In the meantime he can play with
    them but not separate from them.

    4 – Last night was a microcosm of what Bryant can now
    provide to the team. He can provide short 5 minute bursts of offense
    reminiscent of his better years; however he can produce extended periods of
    offensive draughts in the same game. The plan is clear that he will have long
    periods of rest during games, which means he will likely have difficulty
    maintaining any offensive rhythm during a game. He has never been a “sit for
    10-12 game minutes and still remain hot” type of player, so an easy adjustment
    to it now is unlikely. The key going forward will be to maximize his strengths as
    part of filling the needs of the team. Being a “pound the basketball” from the perimeter
    player should before over (last night hammered the final nail in that coffin).
    He should now be a “catch and shoot, post and fade-away, or off the ball slash
    or pop” player. His touches should be limited, but when he touches the ball the
    expectation should be that he will be shooting it. The ONLY variance will be
    when he is possibly double-teamed. That is when passing will be expected. The
    Lakers should have at least 2-3 other facilitators on the court with him at all
    times, so that should not be his role.

    5 – Hibbert was a wise calculated risk for the Lakers. His
    defensive presence and intensity not only cleaned up some missed assignments, he
    cleaned up the rebounds as well. He was perfect from the free-throw line (when
    was the last time that the Lakers had a center capable of doing that?). If
    possible, the Lakers need to look for a trade to find a better backup center by
    the trade deadline.

    6 – Bass and Kelly are serviceable overall due to their energy;
    however, they should be trade assets for later this season. Taj Gibson (F/C) and
    Terrence Ross (G/F) should be trade targets if they are .500 or better at
    Christmas. If the Lakers trade Bass, Kelly, Sacre, and Young for Gibson and
    Ross, they should then call up Upshaw from the D-League and make Nance active.

    7 – Finally, last night showed that the Lakers are headed in
    the right direction (despite popular opinion). Clarkson and Randall are the
    primary reasons for that optimism. Losing last night can be balanced out if
    they bounce back well on Friday. I wish I could be the Coach/GM for this season
    alone. I believe that this team, roster with changes identified above (#6)
    would be one of the deepest teams in the league, and be ready to contend in the
    West. What is currently seen as deepness in the West, I believe is really more
    or less parity. The Lakers would then be par with that parity.

  • Kobe has only played how many games after his absence?

    When Kobe starts knocking those 3s efficiently people are going to forget what they posted today.

    When Kobe plays great and wins the game, it was a team win.
    When we lose its ONLY Kobes fault.

    Great logic the trolls use, HAHAHA.

    Kobe was playing great up until Byron over used Kobe, Kelly, and Bass. Black never got a chance.

    Kobe needs to fire away to get hot, thats how he operates, but Byron needs to know when to use him and when to rest him.

  • GREAT POST!

    Agree 100% on 1-5 and 7.
    No 6I’m not sure about because we haven’t seen enough of Bass to make a determination of his future.

  • GREAT POST!

    Agree 100% on 1-5 and 7.
    Point 6 I’m not sure about because we haven’t seen enough of Bass to make a determination of his future.

  • Im glad he hasnt changed hes still aggressive. As long as we win no one complains about him taking those shots.

  • Im glad he hasnt changed hes still aggressive. As long as we win no one complains about him taking those shots.

  • I agree and I’m not blaming the L on Kobe, I just said his midrange J is more efficient than his 3 ball. He forced it last night.

    Black should’ve played all of Bass’ minutes, could’ve gotten the W that way. Kelly played like Wes Johnson did last season: no effect on the game whatsoever.

  • I loved Young and Williams offense but their defense was ZERO against K Mart and Rubio.

  • I agree and I’m not blaming the L on Kobe, I just said his midrange J is more efficient than his 3 ball. He forced it last night.

    Black should’ve played all of Bass’ minutes, could’ve gotten the W that way. Kelly played like Wes Johnson did last season: no effect on the game whatsoever.

  • I loved Young and Williams offense but their defense was ZERO against K Mart and Rubio.

  • No, I know youre not blaming Kobe. You’re one of the smart fans. You’re cool in my book.

    I was merely responding to you because other members in this thread are trolls and I dont want to wast my time patronizing idiots.

    I agree with you but you and I know that if the rest of the team plays well Kobe passes, but when the others start missing shots, Kobe goes into take over control mode, for good or bad!

  • No, I know youre not blaming Kobe. You’re one of the smart fans. You’re cool in my book.

    I was merely responding to you because other members in this thread are trolls and I dont want to wast my time patronizing idiots.

    I agree with you but you and I know that if the rest of the team plays well Kobe passes, but when the others start missing shots, Kobe goes into take over control mode, for good or bad!

  • Yup. On the side note: our 6th mEn played great. Swaggy P was lighting it up from downtown and Lou was 6-14 which is not bad considering how everyone else was shooting.

    Looking forward to the next game, I think it’s impossible not to have a better performance shooting wise (35% or something like that).

  • Agree: Some of us fans are so eager for a turn around that we are being a little too critcal and negative.

    We better win the next game based on what we learned this game!

  • Yup. On the side note: our 6th mEn played great. Swaggy P was lighting it up from downtown and Lou was 6-14 which is not bad considering how everyone else was shooting.

    Looking forward to the next game, I think it’s impossible not to have a better performance shooting wise (35% or something like that).

  • Agree: Some of us fans are so eager for a turn around that we are being a little too critcal and negative.

    We better win the next game based on what we learned this game!

  • The Lou and Nich combo are over exceeding my previously low expectations on the offensive side. No one knew how they would work out together. Wow!

    The only negative to them yesterday was their defense on Rubio and Martin. If the defense was a little bit tighter we would have won.

    I know people dont want to hear this, but if Metta was in at the 3rd or 4th he would have shut them down! He would have changed the dynamics of the game! Or even Black!

  • I’m sick and tired of hearing this bullshit excuse that he’s been this way for 19 seasons. He also has one of the highest assists averages for a shooting guard in those 19 seasons. As a matter of fact he’s one of the all-time leaders in assists per game at the shooting guard position with a career average of above 5apg. He had the highest apg on his team while he played last season at 5.6. The only reason you guys complain is because his shooting is so prominent you let it overshadow everything else about his game. But if you actually took the time to look at it from a broad perspective you’d quickly realize he does both, he’s a very active player, and when he passes they’re usually good passes not useless ones. And the fact that he averages that many assists with rosters that tend to screw it up when he does pass it to them is a testament to how much he does actually try and get others involved.

    But even with all that said, he’s a SHOOTING guard. His primary job is to shoot and you’re surprised he favors shooting? Why are you expecting him to play like a traditional point guard all of a sudden? We have players who can do that in Russell and Huertas. Enough with the ignorance.

  • The Lou and Nich combo are over exceeding my previously low expectations on the offensive side. No one knew how they would work out together. Wow!

    The only negative to them yesterday was their defense on Rubio and Martin. If the defense was a little bit tighter we would have won.

    I know people dont want to hear this, but if Metta was in at the 3rd or 4th he would have shut them down! He would have changed the dynamics of the game! Or even Black!

  • I’m sick and tired of hearing this bullshit that he’s been this way for 19 seasons. He also has one of the highest assists averages for a shooting guard in those 19 seasons. As a matter of fact he’s one of the all-time leaders in assists per game at the shooting guard position with a career average of 5apg. He had the highest apg on his team while he played last season at 5.6. The only reason you guys complain is because his shooting is so prominent you let it overshadow everything else about his game. But if you actually took the time to look at it from a broad perspective you’d quickly realize he does both, he’s a very active player, and when he passes they’re usually good passes not useless ones. And the fact that he averages that many assists with rosters that tend to screw it up when he does pass it to them is a testament to how much he does actually try and get others involved.

    But even with all that said, he’s a SHOOTING guard. His primary job is to shoot and you’re surprised he favors shooting? Why are you expecting him to play like a traditional point guard all of a sudden? We have players who can do that in Russell and Huertas. Enough with the ignorance.

  • I was surprised to hear that he’s injured. We definitely need him down the stretch when the game is close like this or we have a small lead. It’s the most frustrating thing seeing our lead slim down in a matter of minutes.

  • I was surprised to hear that he’s injured. We definitely need him down the stretch when the game is close like this or we have a small lead. It’s the most frustrating thing seeing our lead slim down in a matter of minutes.

  • If youre that tired of hearing that, don’t subject yourself to it any further, there are 29 other teams out there.

    Kobe played well till he was over played.

    Kobe passes well until the others stop making his shots. When other start missing, Kobe will go into “Take Over Control” mode, for good or bad.

    When it works we win championships. When it doesnt he gets singled out as the ONLY reason for the loss. Great logic, smh!

    Kobe has only played a few games, this year. I’m confident he will become deadly from the 3.

    To blame one person on a 10 person team for a loss is just STUPID!

  • Kobe played well till he was over played.

    Kobe passes well until the others stop making his shots. When other start missing, Kobe will go into “Take Over Control” mode, for good or bad.

    When it works we win championships. When it doesnt he gets singled out as the ONLY reason for the loss. Great logic, smh!

    Kobe has only played a few games, this year. I’m confident he will become deadly from the 3.

    To blame one person on a 10 person team for a loss is just STUPID!

  • Agree, but that was on Byron. Kobe has only played a few games after his injury and he needs to be rested when his technique starts suffering. He should have been rested and only brought back in rested in the 4th

  • Agree, but that was on Byron. Kobe has only played a few games after his injury and he needs to be rested when his technique starts suffering. He should have been rested and only brought back in rested in the 4th

  • Black needs to be the backup at center, not Bass. Kelly has also been shooting terribly, not just in this game but in several preseason games.

    Put Black as the backup center, keep Bass as the backup PF and reduce Kelly’s minutes drastically. Increase Huertas’ minutes and reduce Russell’s until he develops his game.

  • Black needs to be the backup at center, not Bass. Kelly has also been shooting terribly, not just in this game but in several preseason games.

    Put Black as the backup center, keep Bass as the backup PF and reduce Kelly’s minutes drastically. Increase Huertas’ minutes and reduce Russell’s until he develops his game.

  • 3rd attempt at posting this, made a mistake on spelling and moderation kicked in:

    Rookie of the year? Yes looks like he would have.

    But remember Kobe has been mentoring Randle all this time.
    Randle is Kobes boy.

    If Randle would have played last year, we would not know if he would play as well as this year with all the help Kobe has been able to afford him the past year.

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    Rookie of the year? Yes looks like he would have.

    But remember Kobe has been mentoring Randle all this time.
    Randle is Kobes boy.

    If Randle would have played last year, we would not know if he would play as well as this year with all the help Kobe has been able to afford him the past year.

  • So true, but Kobe does respect Byron, I doubt he would ever challenge him.

  • Didn’t Scott put min restrictions on Kobe though? The announcer said Kobe was only allow to play a max 30 mins.

  • Didn’t Scott put min restrictions on Kobe though? The announcer said Kobe was only allow to play a max 30 mins.

  • Agreed, but what if Scott challenges Kobe’s shot selection or tells Kobe to sit down you need to rest? And Kobe doesn’t want to?

  • Agreed, but what if Scott challenges Kobe’s shot selection or tells Kobe to sit down you need to rest? And Kobe doesn’t want to?

  • Get ready for many more games like last night Byron Scott is horrible with his rotations. When the other team goes small ball he follows. Allowing the opposing team to attack the basket at will while Hibbert our rim protector is on the bench.

  • Get ready for many more games like last night Byron Scott is horrible with his rotations. When the other team goes small ball he follows. Allowing the opposing team to attack the basket at will while Hibbert our rim protector is on the bench.

  • Why else would Kobe call timeout when the coach made it clear that he didn’t want to call timeout? Scott told Randle to go.

    Kobe says all the right things, but we know Kobe. He has a killer instinct that can’t be shut off.

    Yes and no. I don’t know where Randle got that swagger and confidence from. Maybe Kobe had something to do with that, but Randle also needs to have the ball in his hands a lot more. If somebody is going to take 24 shots it should be Randle.

  • Why else would Kobe call timeout when the coach made it clear that he didn’t want to call timeout? Scott told Randle to go.

    Kobe says all the right things, but we know Kobe. He has a killer instinct that can’t be shut off.

    Yes and no. I don’t know where Randle got that swagger and confidence from. Maybe Kobe had something to do with that, but Randle also needs to have the ball in his hands a lot more. If somebody is going to take 24 shots it should be Randle.

  • As I said before, this year Lakers line-up is strong enough to be in the playoff
    Russell as Point Guard, Clarkson, Kobe, Randle, Hibbert
    Huertas, Williams, Young, Nance, Black.

    I prefer Nance and Black(better rebounder and shot blocker), rather than Kelly and Bass. Or Bass and Black.

  • As I said before, this year Lakers line-up is strong enough to be in the playoff
    Russell as Point Guard, Clarkson, Kobe, Randle, Hibbert
    Huertas, Williams, Young, Nance, Black.

    I prefer Nance and Black(better rebounder and shot blocker), rather than Kelly and Bass. Or Bass and Black.

  • IMO
    Kobe – 8/24 FG wasn’t good for any team.
    Randle- Drive hard, finish hard. Try to dunk the ball if possible.
    Scott- Please dont use Kelly and Bass as 4&5, And please don’t wait for the lead to be gone before making a move.

  • IMO
    Kobe – 8/24 FG wasn’t good for any team.
    Randle- Drive hard, finish hard. Try to dunk the ball if possible.
    Scott- Please dont use Kelly and Bass as 4&5, And please don’t wait for the lead to be gone before making a move.

  • even though kobe took too many shots and only had 1 assist it was and will continue to be the defensive end that will win these games. Stop the other team from scoring. 112 points is way too many. 22 first quarter but avg. 30 the next 3. Not winning many games that way.

  • even though kobe took too many shots and only had 1 assist it was and will continue to be the defensive end that will win these games. Stop the other team from scoring. 112 points is way too many. 22 first quarter but avg. 30 the next 3. Not winning many games that way.

  • If Kobe is shooting 35% from the field and shooting 24 shots a game the Lakers will shut him down injured or not. At least if Randle is shooting that many shots he is learning.

  • If Kobe is shooting 35% from the field and shooting 24 shots a game the Lakers will shut him down injured or not. At least if Randle is shooting that many shots he is learning.

  • You’re missing the point HE DOESN’T HAVE A JUMPSHOT. He sat out a whole year he could’ve been working on his shot then. Not the 1st game of the season.

  • You’re missing the point HE DOESN’T HAVE A JUMPSHOT. He sat out a whole year he could’ve been working on his shot then. Not the 1st game of the season.

  • SMH, lol. He has a great jumpshot for a power forward. He just needs to be enough of a threat from mid range to keep the defense honest. That’s all. He’s got a great touch inside. He will be a great pro.

  • SMH, lol. He has a great jumpshot for a power forward. He just needs to be enough of a threat from mid range to keep the defense honest. That’s all. He’s got a great touch inside. He will be a great pro.

  • “Great Jumpshot” lol Shut up!!! I guarantee you he won’t make one midrange shot tonight matter of fact he won’t make any shot that isn’t close to the basket.

  • “Great Jumpshot” lol Shut up!!! I guarantee you he won’t make one midrange shot tonight matter of fact he won’t make any shot that isn’t close to the basket.

  • I don’t see great but hopefully I’m wrong. No jumper and no shot blocking are his 2 weaknesses.

  • I don’t see great but hopefully I’m wrong. No jumper and no shot blocking are his 2 weaknesses.

  • You might be thinking of Aldridge, Nowitzki, Anthony Davis, Duncan, and people like that when you talk about power forwards with a jump shot. I’m thinking of more traditional power forwards like Larry Johnson, Shawn Kemp, Horrace Grant, etc. etc. Horrace Grant couldn’t shoot that well as the vocal point of the offense, but he could hit wide open 15 foot jumpers off Jordan double teams. That’s fine for Randle because he can face the basket and penetrate, he has good footwork etc. etc.

    I knew Randle wouldn’t be a good shot blocker, but neither was Karl Malone.

  • You might be thinking of Aldridge, Nowitzki, Anthony Davis, Duncan, and people like that when you talk about power forwards with a jump shot. I’m thinking of more traditional power forwards like Larry Johnson, Shawn Kemp, Horrace Grant, etc. etc. Horrace Grant couldn’t shoot that well as the vocal point of the offense, but he could hit wide open 15 foot jumpers off Jordan double teams. That’s fine for Randle because he can face the basket and penetrate, he has good footwork etc. etc.

    I knew Randle wouldn’t be a good shot blocker, but neither was Karl Malone.

  • Horace Grant! That’s what you’re hoping for? Smh aim higher we might as well trade him if that’s what we’re getting. And Karl Malone would probably have a championship or 2 if he could block shots 🙂 Randle doesn’t have to be Dirk, Duncan, or Aldridge. Serge Ibaka & Blake Griffin couldn’t shoot that well either but they’ve worked on it and is a lot more consistent from midrange than they used to be. I like Randle I just think he would be better if he could knock down a few shots that’s all. He could easily be a better more athletic version of Zach Randolph.

  • Horace Grant! That’s what you’re hoping for? Smh aim higher we might as well trade him if that’s what we’re getting. And Karl Malone would probably have a championship or 2 if he could block shots 🙂 Randle doesn’t have to be Dirk, Duncan, or Aldridge. Serge Ibaka & Blake Griffin couldn’t shoot that well either but they’ve worked on it and is a lot more consistent from midrange than they used to be. I like Randle I just think he would be better if he could knock down a few shots that’s all. He could easily be a better more athletic version of Zach Randolph.

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