Kobe Bryant Says D’Angelo Russell Moving Back To Point Guard
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Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Coming into the Los Angeles Lakers season opener, there was a question as to whether rookie D’Angelo Russell would start.

Head coach Byron Scott ultimately decided to start the second overall pick, but made him more of a shooting guard while allowing Jordan Clarkson to be the primary ball handler.

That will change when the Lakers take the court on Friday as Kobe Bryant told the media that Russell will move back to point guard via Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:

This was definitely the move to make as Russell was not comfortable off the ball. He was often just standing in the corner while Clarkson and Kobe ran the offense. As someone who has been lauded for his passing and court vision, taking the ball out of his hands made it very difficult for him to understand his role and make an impact on the game.

Clarkson did a solid job in the opener with 14 points, but only had three assists. The team leader in assists was actually center Roy Hibbert with four. Russell will surely be looking to change that in the next outing.

Many rookies including Karl-Anthony Towns, Emmanuel Mudiay, and Jahlil Okafor had excellent debut games, while Russell had more of a quiet season opener. Getting the ball back in his hands will give him more of a chance to show the world what he can do, and should benefit himself and the Lakers as a whole in the long run.

I really am scratching my head about Byron’s ability to coach… What is going on?

  • I really am scratching my head about Byron’s ability to coach… What is going on?

  • I have to agree. Can anyone tell me Kelly was in the game at crunch time instead of Hibbert and/or MWP? Also why did Kobe have to call a timeout? Should have been coach on the sideline

  • I have to agree. Can anyone tell me Kelly was in the game at crunch time instead of Hibbert and/or MWP? Also why did Kobe have to call a timeout? Should have been coach on the sideline

  • Mwp is dl list with LNJr BS need give it up so we can bring in a better coaching staff that can develop Russel to where he needs to be kelly is like Walton all over again

  • Mwp is dl list with LNJr BS need give it up so we can bring in a better coaching staff that can develop Russel to where he needs to be kelly is like Walton all over again

  • Well mwp was in a suit, my thing is id rather black on the floor more then bass, what happened to this guys mid range he has no value if he can’t hit that 15 footer.

  • Well mwp was in a suit, my thing is id rather black on the floor more then bass, what happened to this guys mid range he has no value if he can’t hit that 15 footer.

  • Sure…the Lakers should of won last night…but if I am correct……There’s 81 games left in this season….Some of you act like the Lakers have played half the season…..There’s going to be adjustments made…..Dimmer Down people.

  • Sure…the Lakers should of won last night…but if I am correct……There’s 81 games left in this season….Some of you act like the Lakers have played half the season…..There’s going to be adjustments made…..Dimmer Down people.

  • true but at the same time its losses like this that keep us out of the playoff race

  • true but at the same time its losses like this that keep us out of the playoff race

  • That same team thru the course of the year will beat other teams they are not suppose to….Again…it’s a long season….

  • That same team thru the course of the year will beat other teams they are not suppose to….Again…it’s a long season….

  • Playoffs?! Don’t talk about playoffs! Are you kidding me? Playoffs?! I’m just hoping we can win a game, another game! –

    Jim Mora

  • Playoffs?! Don’t talk about playoffs! Are you kidding me? Playoffs?! I’m just hoping we can win a game, another game! –

    Jim Mora

  • Wonder how Clarkson will play off-ball. He is best when he has the ball in his hands. Only thing I can say if Russell cant get into the lane, the offense will look horrible.

  • Wonder how Clarkson will play off-ball. He is best when he has the ball in his hands. Only thing I can say if Russell cant get into the lane, the offense will look horrible.

  • you have to win games like yesterdays in order to compete for that 8th seed

  • you have to win games like yesterdays in order to compete for that 8th seed

  • This article is correct:
    Russell looked out of place. Why was he not given point guard duties!

    Sorry Byron, much respect, but that falls on you. In fact there were allot of things that fall on you that were questionable my friend.

  • This article is correct:
    Russell looked out of place. Why was he not given point guard duties!

    Sorry Byron, much respect, but that falls on you. In fact there were allot of things that fall on you that were questionable yesterday my friend.

  • At least Kobe knows why they brought Russell here. It was to play pg not sg.
    That’s why I don’t understand why Russell played few minutes in preseason

  • On the Lakers championship teams we didn’t have a PG, Lamar was the primary ball handler. I propose we do the same thing with Randle. Defenses will crumble.

  • At least Kobe knows why they brought Russell here. It was to play pg not sg.
    That’s why I don’t understand why Russell played few minutes in preseason

  • On the Lakers championship teams we didn’t have a PG, Lamar was the primary ball handler. I propose we do the same thing with Randle. Defenses will crumble.

  • You finally post something sensible after quite a few unsubstantiated, finger pointing posts.

  • You finally post something sensible after quite a few unsubstantiated, finger pointing posts.

  • Russell MUST be allowed to distribute the ball, yesterday was too much experimenting. We need to go with what we know instead of trying to surprise.

  • Russell MUST be allowed to distribute the ball, yesterday was too much experimenting. We need to go with what we know instead of trying to surprise.

  • I agree. But there needs to be more ball movement among all 5 players on the court

  • Pre-season is meant to get ready for regular season. Try rotations you think will be successful. It is also a time to give guys a chance to make the team. Honestly, if Russell hadn’t been picked #2, I doubt he makes the team.

  • Russell is only effective if he gets into lane which causes defenses because it seems like his shot is not there still. A penetrator is what the system need out of the PG. Why you think Lin was only effective last year when was more aggressive going to the rim causing trouble between the defense. That’s what Clarkson does so well. Clarkson now has to play Russell role next game which is probably not too bad because Clarkson know how fight for the ball more.than Russell. Only thing am wondering how Clarkson will play off-ball and will Russell be able to get into the lane because he hasn’t shown that yet. Rondo is a harder defender than Rubio so its going be harder for Russell.

  • Pre-season is meant to get ready for regular season. Try rotations you think will be successful. It is also a time to give guys a chance to make the team. Honestly, if Russell hadn’t been picked #2, I doubt he makes the team.

  • Russell is only effective if he gets into lane which causes defenses to break down because it seems like his shot is not there still. A penetrator is what the system need out of the PG. Why you think Lin was only effective last year when was more aggressive going to the rim causing trouble between the defense. That’s what Clarkson does so well. Clarkson now has to play Russell role next game which is probably not too bad because Clarkson know how fight for the ball more.than Russell. Only thing am wondering how Clarkson will play off-ball and will Russell be able to get into the lane because he hasn’t shown that yet. Rondo is a harder defender than Rubio so its going be harder for Russell.

  • And thats were Russell can be his best, movement and distribution the ball!

  • And thats were Russell can be his best, movement and distribution of the ball!

  • Movement and distribution of the ball.

    He didnt get an opportunity to do that yesterday because Scott gave Clarkson those duties.

  • Movement and distribution of the ball.

    He didnt get an opportunity to do that yesterday because Scott gave Clarkson those duties.

  • Youre trying to steer the conversation.

    No, not just one person but without allowing Russell to do what comes natural to him, we have one LESS distributor.

  • Youre trying to steer the conversation.

    No, not just one person but without allowing Russell to do what comes natural to him, we have one LESS distributor.

  • Russell is not a pure PG. He is scorer. He is trying to how to play PG still which is a hard thing to do for most PG’s these days.

  • Curry doesn’t care if he has the ball or not. If he has the ball he makes a play. If he doesn’t have the ball he is constantly running, settings screens and getting open for the 3. Russell has to be able to do all those things.

  • Russell is not a pure PG. He is a scorer. He is trying to how to play PG still which is a hard thing to do for most PG’s these days.

  • Curry doesn’t care if he has the ball or not. If he has the ball he makes a play. If he doesn’t have the ball he is constantly running, settings screens and getting open for the 3. Russell has to be able to do all those things.

  • He played off ball in college. Not sure what changed between now and then. If he can’t do both he probably isn’t suited for the league.

  • He played off ball in college. Not sure what changed between now and then. If he can’t do both he probably isn’t suited for the league.

  • HAHAHAHA, are you really comparing a 19 yr old rookie to Curry, Incendy?

  • russel has a lot of potential but I believe he’s on the wrong team and Byron Scott is probably the worse coach in the NBA

  • russel has a lot of potential but I believe he’s on the wrong team and Byron Scott is probably the worse coach in the NBA

  • Russell will learn to run the offense. Once that happens he should be able to call the shots

  • No, but I am saying he has to put in that type of effort to become like Curry. Standing around and doing nothing because he doesn’t have the ball is frustrating for everyone.

  • Russell will learn to run the offense. Once that happens he should be able to call the shots

  • No, but I am saying he has to put in that type of effort to become like Curry. Standing around and doing nothing because he doesn’t have the ball is frustrating for everyone.

  • Corey Hansford – “a quiet season opener?” Try Disastrous !!

    Did U even watch the game? Better yet, do u even Understand the game?

    Back to Point, behind who? Huertas; Williams; Nick Young ???

  • Corey Hansford – “a quiet season opener?” Try Disastrous !!

    Did U even watch the game? Better yet, do u even Understand the game?

    Back to Point, behind who? Huertas; Williams; Nick Young ???

  • Curry also plays on a team with an amazing coach and system. Russell has a lot of potential but he’s going to struggle under Scott and the Princeton offense

  • Again, Russell was on the opposite side from Kobe and Kobe wasn’t looking to pass to anybody

  • Players can put in 100% effort in any system with any coach. That is a personal decision.

  • Curry also plays on a team with an amazing coach and system. Russell has a lot of potential but he’s going to struggle under Scott and the Princeton offense

  • Again, Russell was on the opposite side from Kobe and Kobe wasn’t looking to pass to anybody

  • Players can put in 100% effort in any system with any coach. That is a personal decision.

  • should be the point guard in their game against minny

    why Lou take the last shot? not Kobe
    why is kelly playing OVER MWP and tarik
    please coach call a timeout when the momentum is in favor of opponents

    anyway, looking forward to a WIN! next game….SAME STARTERS BUT please let our FINISHING LINEUP be Lou-JC-Kobe-SwagP(if hot shooting)-Randle OR Lou-JC-Kobe-Randle-Hibbert

  • Doesn’t matter. Still fight. You are being paid to play regardless of whether you get the ball and by being in motion you are helping your teammates regardless of whether it shows up in stats.

  • should be the point guard in their game against minny

    why Lou take the last shot? not Kobe
    why is kelly playing OVER MWP and tarik
    please coach call a timeout when the momentum is in favor of opponents

    anyway, looking forward to a WIN! next game….SAME STARTERS BUT please let our FINISHING LINEUP be Lou-JC-Kobe-SwagP(if hot shooting)-Randle OR Lou-JC-Kobe-Randle-Hibbert

  • Doesn’t matter. Still fight. You are being paid to play regardless of whether you get the ball and by being in motion you are helping your teammates regardless of whether it shows up in stats.

  • It’s more of the system, dude just got 6 blks against cavs and blocked lebron layup

  • He is a PG idk why he was even a SG last night. & if he was SG last night he barely touched the ball. Now watch next game his assist at between 7-11 because he gets to handle the ball. & i hope he shoots a little more maybe get some free throw attempts.

  • Not saying Kobe wants to throw D’Angelo “under the Bus”, but maybe Scott would, lol

    D’Lo is Not Effective ! Not effective as a point, shooting – at least Not this Year

    Three Cheerleaders: MWP / D’Angelo / Sacre

  • It’s more of the system, dude just got 6 blks against cavs and blocked lebron layup

  • He is a PG idk why he was even a SG last night. & if he was SG last night he barely touched the ball. Now watch next game his assist at between 7-11 because he gets to handle the ball. & i hope he shoots a little more maybe get some free throw attempts.

  • Not saying Kobe wants to throw D’Angelo “under the Bus”, but maybe Scott would, lol

    D’Lo is Not Effective ! Not effective as a point, shooting – at least Not this Year

    Three Cheerleaders: MWP / D’Angelo / Sacre

  • if we go 0-4 or 0-5 will byron be fired? and what coach would fit be realistic?

  • if we go 0-4 or 0-5 will byron be fired? and what coach would fit be realistic?

  • Last night: Dlo playing SG when his skillset is the PG, Clarkson playing PG when his strength is SG. Kobe playing SF but playing like a SG. Bass playing C when he is a PF. Tarik Black not playing, Ryan Kelly playing too much. Robert Sacre cheering on the bench. Ladies and gentleman, Byron Scott’s Lakers.

  • Last night: Dlo playing SG when his skillset is the PG, Clarkson playing PG when his strength is SG. Kobe playing SF but playing like a SG. Bass playing C when he is a PF. Tarik Black not playing, Ryan Kelly playing too much. Robert Sacre cheering on the bench. Ladies and gentleman, Byron Scott’s Lakers.

  • Isn’t today’s NBA pretty much positionless? Iggy and James played PG for the teams in the championship.

  • Isn’t today’s NBA pretty much positionless? Iggy and James played PG for the teams in the championship.

  • That is only true if the ball is shared. How many spot up shooters do the Lakers really have? A Brown didn’t play, Clarkson, Kobe, Lou and N Young all play their own game inside the game. It’s plain ugly. It was exactly the same last season. No movement, just everyone trying to get their own. Two guys battling to win 6th man, Kobe trying to prove he isn’t finished, Clarkson and Randle trying to prove they are stars, DLo standing around watching all these guys throw away the team and the system for their own selfish goals. That’s how I see it.

  • That is only true if the ball is shared. How many spot up shooters do the Lakers really have? A Brown didn’t play, Clarkson, Kobe, Lou and N Young all play their own game inside the game. It’s plain ugly. It was exactly the same last season. No movement, just everyone trying to get their own. Two guys battling to win 6th man, Kobe trying to prove he isn’t finished, Clarkson and Randle trying to prove they are stars, DLo standing around watching all these guys throw away the team and the system for their own selfish goals. That’s how I see it.

  • Until DLO can get open for an inbounds pass, playing PG might not be the best idea. Hopefully he can improve quickly but I have not seen him as a guy who can make plays. Can’t even get around a screen most times.

  • It was Lakers opening night on their home court and up by 16pts in the 2nd half, there’s a reason to be upset. This one is on Byron Scott. Hopefully they can figure this out.

  • Until DLO can get open for an inbounds pass, playing PG might not be the best idea. Hopefully he can improve quickly but I have not seen him as a guy who can make plays. Can’t even get around a screen most times.

  • It was Lakers opening night on their home court and up by 16pts in the 2nd half, there’s a reason to be upset. This one is on Byron Scott. Hopefully they can figure this out.

  • Hopefully he can develop into a good player, but it does seem that Mudiay should have been picked. Nothing we can do now though. Hope for the best. At least Randle looks good.

  • Hopefully he can develop into a good player, but it does seem that Mudiay should have been picked. Nothing we can do now though. Hope for the best. At least Randle looks good.

  • Why? It’s not his fault the team lost it was his first game

  • Agree. These guys didn’t even know if he was starting until yesterday, then put him off the ball? That means Clarkson and Russell were both not prepared for their role in yesterday’s game. That’s a decision that should’ve been made at least a day earlier so they could practice accordingly…. wtf.

  • Yea but he wasn’t getting the ball when open and they weren’t setting screens for him to get open

  • Agree. These guys didn’t even know if Russell was starting until yesterday, then put him off the ball? That means Clarkson and Russell were both not prepared for their role in yesterday’s game. That’s a decision that should’ve been made at least a day earlier so they could practice accordingly…. wtf.

  • Yea but he wasn’t getting the ball when open and they weren’t setting screens for him to get open

  • You obviously know nothing about basketball I’m just going after all of you fake fans this is comedy

  • You obviously know nothing about basketball I’m just going after all of you fake fans this is comedy

  • Dude do you know anything about basketball? Are you that amazing of a scout?
    It’s been one game! XD

  • Dude do you know anything about basketball? Are you that amazing of a scout?
    It’s been one game! XD

  • It’s been all Summer League, all Pre-season and one game. It is all we have to go off of as couch scouts. Although I also watched all his college games and he also struggled against athletic players.
    It doesn’t take a professional to see that he is struggling against more athletic competition.

  • It’s been all Summer League, all Pre-season and one game. It is all we have to go off of as couch scouts. Although I also watched all his college games and he also struggled against athletic players.
    It doesn’t take a professional to see that he is struggling against more athletic competition.

  • This guy is just a kid who played his first game in the NBA after spending just one year in college.

  • Does anyone know how many years Byron Scott has on his contract? I’m already sick of him

  • This guy is just a kid who played his first game in the NBA after spending just one year in college.

  • Does anyone know how many years Byron Scott has on his contract? I’m already sick of him

  • It’s not that he is making rookie mistakes that is frustrating. It is that he physically looks outmatched and also looks like he isn’t even trying. Sucks when you see guys like Winslow, Mud, Towns working so hard. What makes Russell think he doesn’t have to try?
    Is it because of his signature style that lulls the defender to sleep? If so it isn’t working.

  • It’s not that he is making rookie mistakes that is frustrating. It is that he physically looks outmatched and also looks like he isn’t even trying. Sucks when you see guys like Winslow, Mud, Towns working so hard. What makes Russell think he doesn’t have to try?
    Is it because of his signature style that lulls the defender to sleep? If so it isn’t working.

  • but still… 4 points?? Kobe, Lebron, Dwight, Garnett etc never even played a single game of college but had better debuts than that!

  • He has a lot of help defenders in Chicago. Makes it easier. He has always been a pretty good team/weak side defender but when you can’t defend as a team that makes that role very hard.

  • The problem with Russell is he started off his freshman year a late 1st round pick and then shot up all the way to #2, he might’ve not been that good to begin with

  • but still… 4 points?? Kobe, Lebron, Dwight, Garnett etc never even played a single game of college but had better debuts than that!

  • He has a lot of help defenders in Chicago. Makes it easier. He has always been a pretty good team/weak side defender but when you can’t defend as a team that makes that role very hard.

  • The problem with Russell is he started off his freshman year a late 1st round pick and then shot up all the way to #2, he might’ve not been that good to begin with

  • This was a home game against a team that did not play well. It’s a complete shame that we lost it! So yes there are still 81 games remaining. But there will be much better teams to face also…

  • True, have to blame Curry haha. Everyone wants that next Curry. Makes them not see straight.

  • This was a home game against a team that did not play well. It’s a complete shame that we lost it! So yes there are still 81 games remaining. But there will be much better teams to face also…

  • True, have to blame Curry haha. Everyone wants that next Curry. Makes them not see straight.

  • Then maybe Russel will not become a basketball legend but simply an all-star caliber type of player…

  • He was a good coach over 10 yrs ago for a short while with the Nets, every job since then, he’s been pretty bad.

  • Then maybe Russel will not become a basketball legend but simply an all-star caliber type of player…

  • He was a good coach over 10 yrs ago for a short while with the Nets, every job since then, he’s been pretty bad.

  • This loss wasn’t on Russell. Some of you making a big deal out of nothing. Based on the switching of roles today, it’s clear Byron made a mistake with having Russell playing off the ball

  • Harden is a very good example of a late bloomer and he also looked out matched physically. Hopefully that will be the case with Russell.

  • This loss wasn’t on Russell. Some of you making a big deal out of nothing. Based on the switching of roles today, it’s clear Byron made a mistake with having Russell playing off the ball

  • Harden is a very good example of a late bloomer and he also looked out matched physically. Hopefully that will be the case with Russell.

  • I agree with most people here that is was on BS. But with all the love for Kobe, who played a great first half, WHY THAT STUPID OLD HERO-BALL in the fourth? Only illadvised shots that lead to TOs and it set the tone for the Iso posessions that followed. More TOs which gave the Bucks the final momentum. Seriously Kobe, lead these young cats by example and play some teamball. I really hoped he’d be a little wiser by now.

  • I agree with most people here that is was on BS. But with all the love for Kobe, who played a great first half, WHY THAT STUPID OLD HERO-BALL in the fourth? Only illadvised shots that lead to TOs and it set the tone for the Iso posessions that followed. More TOs which gave the Bucks the final momentum. Seriously Kobe, lead these young cats by example and play some teamball. I really hoped he’d be a little wiser by now.

  • Everyone needs to pump the brakes on “he’s a bust” talk. This is 1 game that actually matters. The problem (IMO) is he’s a ball handling playmaking PG who was 6th on the team in touches that game. If his strengths aren’t gonna be at the forefront this will be a struggle for anyone. Secondly if he is going to be off the ball that much he has to learn & find ways to be effective without the ball. Scott has to play to his strengths & D’angelo has to learn how to be effective without the ball. I believe in this kid but it’s gonna be a process to progress it doesn’t happen overnight

  • Everyone needs to pump the brakes on “he’s a bust” talk. This is 1 game that actually matters. The problem (IMO) is he’s a ball handling playmaking PG who was 6th on the team in touches that game. If his strengths aren’t gonna be at the forefront this will be a struggle for anyone. Secondly if he is going to be off the ball that much he has to learn & find ways to be effective without the ball. Scott has to play to his strengths & D’angelo has to learn how to be effective without the ball. I believe in this kid but it’s gonna be a process to progress it doesn’t happen overnight

  • I knew this would happen, I knew Scott would not let russell do what he came here to do, he would begin over using the veterans….scott is going to have to trust the youngsters, its not like we are contending for a championship, the veterans were brought here to help the youngsters along……gotta do something about that stupid combo of kelly and bass, absolutely awful defense.

  • I knew this would happen, I knew Scott would not let russell do what he came here to do, he would begin over using the veterans….scott is going to have to trust the youngsters, its not like we are contending for a championship, the veterans were brought here to help the youngsters along……gotta do something about that stupid combo of kelly and bass, absolutely awful defense.

  • Practice the way you play the game, play the way you practice.

    amirite?

    Isn’t that a fundamental for any sport? So what was Russell doing in practice, playing the 2 or the 1?

  • Summer league doesn’t mean anything Bryce Cotton was balling out.
    Preseason doesn’t even count I could care less
    As far as I’m concerned when game 1 starts then it’s go time but you must be an amazing couch scout to declare that in one game where he handles the ball about 2.5 minutes the entire time

  • Of course it was Byrons dumb idea to draft a PG who was lauded as being another Magic Johnson with his passing then have him play off the ball to a kid we drafted 46th as an afterthought. What a shock it did not work last night.

  • Practice the way you play the game, play the way you practice.

    amirite?

    Isn’t that a fundamental for any sport? So what was Russell doing in practice, playing the 2 or the 1?

  • Summer league doesn’t mean anything Bryce Cotton was balling out.
    Preseason doesn’t even count I could care less
    As far as I’m concerned when game 1 starts then it’s go time but you must be an amazing couch scout to declare that in one game where he handles the ball about 2.5 minutes the entire time

  • Of course it was Byrons dumb idea to draft a PG who was lauded as being another Magic Johnson with his passing then have him play off the ball to a kid we drafted 46th as an afterthought. What a shock it did not work last night.

  • Here’s the issue I have, Byron if kobe could see after one look at film that Dlo should be at the one what were you thinking as the HC after seeing this team all preseason. Ok, I wanted to give you the benefit of the doubt that you were easing him in by taking the ball out of his hands. But F@!# that jordan clarkson is not a pg he is clearly a flat out scorer. We needed are facilitator(Lo) handling the ball with kobe and jc on the wing. Its the same dynamic with huertas and then Lou and Swag off the bench. These are the obvious decisions that will get you FIRED! That game is on Scott not our rookie or sophmores, and kobe 13 3s………cut that sh@! out.

  • Here’s the issue I have, Byron if kobe could see after one look at film that Dlo should be at the one what were you thinking as the HC after seeing this team all preseason. Ok, I wanted to give you the benefit of the doubt that you were easing him in by taking the ball out of his hands. But F@!# that jordan clarkson is not a pg he is clearly a flat out scorer. We needed are facilitator(Lo) handling the ball with kobe and jc on the wing. Its the same dynamic with huertas and then Lou and Swag off the bench. These are the obvious decisions that will get you FIRED! That game is on Scott not our rookie or sophmores, and kobe 13 3s………cut that sh@! out.

  • Um if your team is up 16 then loses in the 4th to a team that won 16 games last season you should be mad. Yes 81 games left and we will lose 85% of them.

    You all can keep making excuses but I have had enough. That was a horrible collapse.

  • Um if your team is up 16 then loses in the 4th to a team that won 16 games last season you should be mad. Yes 81 games left and we will lose 85% of them.

    You all can keep making excuses but I have had enough. That was a horrible collapse.

  • He looked bad at pg in SL and preseason so that could be an issue. I guess if he can’t cut playing pg he’s probably not going to play in the NBA so I agree with the move.

  • He looked bad at pg in SL and preseason so that could be an issue. I guess if he can’t cut playing pg he’s probably not going to play in the NBA so I agree with the move.

  • He can’t coach. A coach needs to be smart and I am convinced Byron is a little delayed mentally. He was hired for being a familiar face to make the fans calm down but I said it before he was hired that he sucks. Everyone here argued and said nope he is good cause he was a Laker. Foolish.

  • He can’t coach. A coach needs to be smart and I am convinced Byron is a little delayed mentally. He was hired for being a familiar face to make the fans calm down but I said it before he was hired that he sucks. Everyone here argued and said nope he is good cause he was a Laker. Foolish.

  • Maybe he wants to tank again for Ben Simmons. He looked very excited on draft night…no wait he is just a moron.

  • Maybe he wants to tank again for Ben Simmons. He looked very excited on draft night…no wait he is just a moron.

  • No he won’t because this team wasn’t built to win so we have no expectations of winning. Mitch knows that.

  • No he won’t because this team wasn’t built to win so we have no expectations of winning. Mitch knows that.

  • It’s Scott’s fault but it was Kobe and Scott who came up with the idea to take the ball out of Russell’s hands.

  • It’s Scott’s fault but it was Kobe and Scott who came up with the idea to take the ball out of Russell’s hands.

  • We are SO DYSFUNCTUONAL that our stupid coach doesn’t call timeout with 9 seconds left while we are down two as our 7th pick doesn’t realize it while standing there looking stupid wasting clock. He then realizes the situaion and speeds down the court to score as finally KOBE yells for a timeout.

    Now today Kobe decides Russell will go back to PG. Who is in charge here again? Why is Byron even here?

  • We are SO DYSFUNCTUONAL that our stupid coach doesn’t call timeout with 9 seconds left while we are down two as our 7th pick doesn’t realize it while standing there looking stupid wasting clock. He then realizes the situaion and speeds down the court to score as finally KOBE yells for a timeout.

    Now today Kobe decides Russell will go back to PG. Who is in charge here again? Why is Byron even here?

  • LoL what is going on is Kobe is coaching the team…
    did you see when he stopped Randle fast break @ the end of the game with the time out to get the ball in the hand of a scorer.

  • LoL what is going on is Kobe is coaching the team…
    did you see when he stopped Randle fast break @ the end of the game with the time out to get the ball in the hand of a scorer.

  • He wasn’t putting up stats like that in SL when they tried to play him at pg. He had a 1 assist 8 turnover game and he’s been a sg basically since then.

  • He wasn’t putting up stats like that in SL when they tried to play him at pg. He had a 1 assist 8 turnover game and he’s been a sg basically since then.

  • Except Randle is a ballhog. He stands at the top of the key, tries to overpower his defender or does some iso crossover as he attacks the rim. I hope Kobe saw that too and told him to stop that crap and move the ball.

  • Except Randle is a ballhog. He stands at the top of the key, tries to overpower his defender or does some iso crossover as he attacks the rim. I hope Kobe saw that too and told him to stop that crap and move the ball.

  • it was a lot of 1 0n 1 ball… they could have won the game if lou would have thrown the ally oop, Randle had a lot of missed kick outs to shooters.

  • it was a lot of 1 0n 1 ball… they could have won the game if lou would have thrown the ally oop, Randle had a lot of missed kick outs to shooters.

  • No idea. They were praising his playmaking in practice but decide to have him play off ball

  • No idea. They were praising his playmaking in practice but decide to have him play off ball

  • Clarkson will get the scraps. Put backs, backdoor cuts, etc. This team has too many ballhogs. Mitch and co did a great job putting this team together lol. Hoping for a good trade come February.

  • Clarkson will get the scraps. Put backs, backdoor cuts, etc. This team has too many ballhogs. Mitch and co did a great job putting this team together lol. Hoping for a good trade come February.

  • Clarkson has looked solid off-ball, I wouldn’t be concerned about him. Russell getting into the lane and making plays, not going to happen.

  • Clarkson has looked solid off-ball, I wouldn’t be concerned about him. Russell getting into the lane and making plays, not going to happen.

  • The problem is I think they know or thought Russell was not ready and they want him to get use to the game speed still so they tried to hide him on offense, so now they will give it to him since it wasn’t such a good product that way they decided to let him sink or swim move next game. yall thoughts?

  • That also means taking the ball out of Randle’s, Clarkson, and Kobe’s hands. Kobe’s might be a good idea but do you really want a <40% shooting taking shots out of Randle and Clarkson's hands?

  • The problem is I think they know or thought Russell was not ready and they want him to get use to the game speed still so they tried to hide him on offense, so now they will give it to him since it wasn’t such a good product that way they decided to let him sink or swim move next game. yall thoughts?

  • That also means taking the ball out of Randle’s, Clarkson, and Kobe’s hands. Kobe’s might be a good idea but do you really want a <40% shooting taking shots out of Randle and Clarkson's hands?

  • had lou williams made that last shot many of your comments would be totally different…im just saying

  • had lou williams made that last shot many of your comments would be totally different…im just saying

  • dangelo still a bust even if lou hit that winner. Only guy with potential on the team is my boy randle.

  • dangelo still a bust even if lou hit that winner. Only guy with potential on the team is my boy randle.

  • How to steer the Lakers towards the right direction: –

    1. Fire Byron Scott
    2. Limit Kobe FGA unless he is really on fire
    3. Get rid of Kelly/Sacre
    4. Bring back Upshaw but send him back and for to D-League to gain experience just like Clarkson last season
    5. Huertas should be our starting PG until Russell is ready to take over

    Anymore?

  • The best thing kobe can do for the lakers this season is to be Player Coach…because byron scott is meathead. ..

  • How to steer the Lakers towards the right direction: –

    1. Fire Byron Scott
    2. Limit Kobe FGA unless he is really on fire
    3. Get rid of Kelly/Sacre
    4. Bring back Upshaw but send him back and for to D-League to gain experience just like Clarkson last season
    5. Huertas should be our starting PG until Russell is ready to take over

    Anymore?

  • The best thing kobe can do for the lakers this season is to be Player Coach…because byron scott is meathead. ..

  • Yes of course, but you really do need to give these youngsters time to develop, you need these guys to be a big part of the picture, otherwise all your left with is a bunch of role players, you get those guys going, then maybe you can talk playoffs.

  • Yes of course, but you really do need to give these youngsters time to develop, you need these guys to be a big part of the picture, otherwise all your left with is a bunch of role players, you get those guys going, then maybe you can talk playoffs.

  • kobe wouldnt be a good coach…his expectations would always be high… just like MJ in charlotte.

  • will somebody get fired if Russel doesn’t work out over picks like Okafur, Mudiay, Porzingis…
    how hot is that seat especially when you passed on all of them and the supposed knock on Okafur has not surfaced and been very serviceable on the defensive end

  • kobe wouldnt be a good coach…his expectations would always be high… just like MJ in charlotte.

  • will somebody get fired if Russel doesn’t work out over picks like Okafur, Mudiay, Porzingis…
    how hot is that seat especially when you passed on all of them and the supposed knock on Okafur has not surfaced and been very serviceable on the defensive end

  • Oh, I agree. But by “time to develop” I’m thinking months and games, and you’re thinking playing time per game. I don’t think they need to start or play significant minutes in order to develop. I like the way Clarkson was brought along.

    But I agree that Russell should be playing PG either as a starter (it’s what you do with a #2 pick on a losing team) or as the first PG off the bench.

  • Folks, put your hair out over Russell. It was one game, his first ever. Some of you are already calling him a bust.

    You know, Kobe’s debut NBA game was also against Minnesota and Kevin Garnett. Judging by Kobe’s game, he was even a bigger bust than Russell. Kobe had 0 points, 0 assists, 1 rebound, and 1 turnover. And, you know, I think he turned out to be an okay player.

    Relax…

  • Oh, I agree. But by “time to develop” I’m thinking months and games, and you’re thinking playing time per game. I don’t think they need to start or play significant minutes in order to develop. I like the way Clarkson was brought along.

    But I agree that Russell should be playing PG either as a starter (it’s what you do with a #2 pick on a losing team) or as the first PG off the bench.

  • Folks, put your hair out over Russell. It was one game, his first ever. Some of you are already calling him a bust.

    You know, Kobe’s debut NBA game was also against Minnesota and Kevin Garnett. Judging by Kobe’s game, he was even a bigger bust than Russell. Kobe had 0 points, 0 assists, 1 rebound, and 1 turnover. And, you know, I think he turned out to be an okay player.

    Relax…

  • Shouldnt you be on a Suns fanpage or was Ronnie cut by them as well?

  • Our line up could’ve shoulda been…hurts to think about it

    Clarkson
    Kobe
    Stanley Johnson
    Randle
    Hibbert

    We lucked out…atleast we got randle and clarkson.

  • It’s too early to panic but I feel you. I knew this going to happen considering Russell is a late bloomer in college. I’m willing to be patient with him but what I don’t like is if the rumor about him dating Kendall Jenner is true. Right now is the crucial time for him, if he is not focus and get involved in outside the court shenanigans, I won’t be surprised if he becomes a bust.

    After all, he has the highest bust percentage among the top 5 picks. The Lakers are taking a leap of faith that he is matured enough to take his development seriously but if he is dating a Kardashian, he can kiss that goodbye.

  • Our line up could’ve shoulda been…hurts to think about it

    Clarkson
    Kobe
    Stanley Johnson
    Randle
    Hibbert

    We lucked out…atleast we got randle and clarkson.

  • It’s too early to panic but I feel you. I knew this going to happen considering Russell is a late bloomer in college. I’m willing to be patient with him but what I don’t like is if the rumor about him dating Kendall Jenner is true. Right now is the crucial time for him, if he is not focus and get involved in outside the court shenanigans, I won’t be surprised if he becomes a bust.

    After all, he has the highest bust percentage among the top 5 picks. The Lakers are taking a leap of faith that he is matured enough to take his development seriously but if he is dating a Kardashian, he can kiss that goodbye.

  • Randle actually loves to pass, did in college too. But he is rarely getting touches now so he has to feast when he gets the chance. If you made him the primary handler he would have no issues passing.

  • Randle actually loves to pass, did in college too. But he is rarely getting touches now so he has to feast when he gets the chance. If you made him the primary handler he would have no issues passing.

  • He will become a bust if he doesn’t take his game training seriously and start dating Kendall Jenner. We all saw what happen to Nick Young last season with Iggy. I hope the rumor is untrue.

  • No because Clarkson was a second round pick that panned out and Randle just had his first game and was the best option @ number 7
    VS second overall with an abundance of talent left on the board when Russell was selected

  • did you see mudiays, okafor debuts?? when are we going to quit with this ”maybe next time” mentality it’s going nowhere…russell hasnt done didddly squat that stands out from summer league to preseason to now just stop.

  • No one should lose their job if Russell is a bust. You don’t play it safe when you get the #2 pick, you swing for the fences. Russell has a much higher potential ceiling than Okafor — serviceable defense? really? that’s not what you want from your best pick in 30 years — or any of the others. Yes, he has bust potential, too. But when you tank two seasons and wind up with your highest pick in a generation, you don’t play it safe. You make the best gamble you can.

    I think they did the right thing no matter how he turns out. You take risks or you don’t get the big rewards.

  • He will become a bust if he doesn’t take his game training seriously and start dating Kendall Jenner. We all saw what happen to Nick Young last season with Iggy. I hope the rumor is untrue.

  • No because Clarkson was a second round pick that panned out and Randle just had his first game and was the best option @ number 7
    VS second overall with an abundance of talent left on the board when Russell was selected

  • did you see mudiays, okafor debuts?? when are we going to quit with this ”maybe next time” mentality it’s going nowhere…russell hasnt done didddly squat that stands out from summer league to preseason to now just stop.

  • No one should lose their job if Russell is a bust. You don’t play it safe when you get the #2 pick, you swing for the fences. Russell has a much higher potential ceiling than Okafor — serviceable defense? really? that’s not what you want from your best pick in 30 years — or any of the others. Yes, he has bust potential, too. But when you tank two seasons and wind up with your highest pick in a generation, you don’t play it safe. You make the best gamble you can.

    I think they did the right thing no matter how he turns out. You take risks or you don’t get the big rewards.

  • Going into the draft I wanted Winslow. I still do. But Stanley Johnson also looks great

  • Going into the draft I wanted Winslow. I still do. But Stanley Johnson also looks great

  • Agreed. Winslow is though too. Either one would have been perfect for the Lakers.

  • Agreed. Winslow is though too. Either one would have been perfect for the Lakers.

  • We basically agree, the reason I would have them start is because I feel clarkson deserves it based on last season, randle has played pf better than anyone else, and russell just hasn’t had much of a chance in the preseason with the injury to show what he can do at the PG position, and I am not counting the summer league that is just school yard basketball. so many scorers its refreshing to have a player like russell who is a willing passer.

  • if the draft was today the top 5 picks would be

    Okafor
    Mudiay
    Towns
    Stanley J
    Porzingis

  • True, but it is fair to judge his game last night based on what it was. When he gets good, we will then be talking about how good he is. That is how discussions go. Right now he is bad. Doesn’t mean he will always be bad.

  • We basically agree, the reason I would have them start is because I feel clarkson deserves it based on last season, randle has played pf better than anyone else, and russell just hasn’t had much of a chance in the preseason with the injury to show what he can do at the PG position, and I am not counting the summer league that is just school yard basketball. so many scorers its refreshing to have a player like russell who is a willing passer.

  • if the draft was today the top 5 picks would be

    Okafor
    Mudiay
    Towns
    Stanley J
    Porzingis

  • True, but it is fair to judge his game last night based on what it was. When he gets good, we will then be talking about how good he is. That is how discussions go. Right now he is bad. Doesn’t mean he will always be bad.

  • Dude, I love your name (ronniebuckets), but you must be very, very young. You have the patience of a coked up mosquito. Patience, Padawan.

  • I would not panic, over a one game mistake by one person, we still have 4 team players trying their best to make a go of it, and not worried about trying to make their name in stead of wins.

  • He didn’t have a higher ceiling than Mudiay who dragged him in HS and showed him up in the McDonalds all American game swing for the fences then we would’ve got Porzingis he had the highest upside by being 7-3 with skills of a two guard! so kill that people get canned for less

  • Dude, I love your name (ronniebuckets), but you must be very, very young. You have the patience of a coked up mosquito. Patience, Padawan.

  • I would not panic, over a one game mistake by one person, we still have 4 team players trying their best to make a go of it, and not worried about trying to make their name in stead of wins.

  • He didn’t have a higher ceiling than Mudiay who dragged him in HS and showed him up in the McDonalds all American game swing for the fences then we would’ve got Porzingis he had the highest upside by being 7-3 with skills of a two guard! so kill that people get canned for less

  • i agree with you on winslow. I’m just saying there was no need to russell.

  • Maybe Byron just experience some combination and see if he can play different rolls as well.

  • i agree with you on winslow. I’m just saying there was no need to russell.

  • Maybe Byron just experience some combination and see if he can play different rolls as well.

  • I don’t see him being a bust @ all I see that he may be serviceable but I don’t see second overall pick! that’s a drafting place where you are saying he is the best at that position and looks to dominate his position.

  • I don’t see him being a bust @ all I see that he may be serviceable but I don’t see second overall pick! that’s a drafting place where you are saying he is the best at that position and looks to dominate his position.

  • I agree with you, but I do think Swinging for the Fences was getting Mudiay. He has potential to be the next Westbrook. Russell isn’t a good athlete, so it is hard to imagine his potential.

  • We do agree. What fun is that? Lol! 😀

    Man, I think Randle is going to kill some folks, especially if he can develop an outside shot. That will clear a lot of room for his drives. Randle is playing at a starter level right now, on just about any team. And he’s only going to get better.

  • I agree with you, but I do think Swinging for the Fences was getting Mudiay. He has potential to be the next Westbrook. Russell isn’t a good athlete, so it is hard to imagine his potential.

  • We do agree. What fun is that? Lol! 😀

    Man, I think Randle is going to kill some folks, especially if he can develop an outside shot. That will clear a lot of room for his drives. Randle is playing at a starter level right now, on just about any team. And he’s only going to get better.

  • Well, I just disagree with you. Period. In five years, one of us will be proven right and the other wrong. Until then, we will just have to disagree.

  • Well, I just disagree with you. Period. In five years, one of us will be proven right and the other wrong. Until then, we will just have to disagree.

  • Well good. Russell needs the ball to be effective. It was so frustrating to watch him barely touch the ball last night and just sit out on the wing. The guy can score, but he is not a 2 guard. Russell is a facilitator first and foremost. Plus he isn’t the number one option on the Lakers, like Mudiay and Okafor are for their teams. So while some of us are starting to get worried about his play (myself included), we have to take those things into account. Hopefully we see more from him going forward now.

  • I liked last nights game. They showed they can ball, but as soon as they got comfortable things happened and they couldn’t react. Overral, they did have a chance to finish the game with the W, but that just shows you how young the team is and how the vets are letting them make those little mistakes. The game was theirs for the taking. Now, on Friday we will see how they stack up with a Kings team that almost defeated the clippers in their opening game. If they play how they did last night they can win I just hope they correct those mistakes. Laker fans y’all need to calm down they won’t be very great this year but there will be flashes of something special. #PatienceIsKey

  • Well good. Russell needs the ball to be effective. It was so frustrating to watch him barely touch the ball last night and just sit out on the wing. The guy can score, but he is not a 2 guard. Russell is a facilitator first and foremost. Plus he isn’t the number one option on the Lakers, like Mudiay and Okafor are for their teams. So while some of us are starting to get worried about his play (myself included), we have to take those things into account. Hopefully we see more from him going forward now.

  • I liked last nights game. They showed they can ball, but as soon as they got comfortable things happened and they couldn’t react. Overral, they did have a chance to finish the game with the W, but that just shows you how young the team is and how the vets are letting them make those little mistakes. The game was theirs for the taking. Now, on Friday we will see how they stack up with a Kings team that almost defeated the clippers in their opening game. If they play how they did last night they can win I just hope they correct those mistakes. Laker fans y’all need to calm down they won’t be very great this year but there will be flashes of something special. #PatienceIsKey

  • Trying to find some rhyme or reason to it, I suspect Byron wanted Russell to focus on defense and energy and not on ball handling (just like he said the day before). Personally, I think it was a mistake, because before he can focus on one thing or another, he first has to be in a place where he fits. Russell was sold as a combo guard, but he clearly is not one. Clarkson is.

  • I’m not saying Russell has played perfect since summer league
    But his skill and potential is undeniable.
    I can’t expect to much from a 19 year old at this point
    Imo he is deferring a lot and playing with little urgency at times.
    But this is all part of the learning process
    It doesn’t really help when BS makes his boneheaded rotations either
    Everyone acts like Rubio torched Russell no Rubio torched everyone he was getting to the rim like he was steph curry.
    Russell is not getting many touches either not with Kobe, Clarkson and Russell attacking like they do.
    Russell is a combo guard which is why he switches it up by passing in search of ball movement and showing his range. However he does need to better improve his shooting percentage and be fearless when attacking the rim but that will come in time
    It’s a long season I’m not gonna panic in his debut it’s a marathon not a race

  • Trying to find some rhyme or reason to it, I suspect Byron wanted Russell to focus on defense and energy and not on ball handling (just like he said the day before). Personally, I think it was a mistake, because before he can focus on one thing or another, he first has to be in a place where he fits. Russell was sold as a combo guard, but he clearly is not one. Clarkson is.

  • I’m not saying Russell has played perfect since summer league
    But his skill and potential is undeniable.
    I can’t expect to much from a 19 year old at this point
    Imo he is deferring a lot and playing with little urgency at times.
    But this is all part of the learning process
    It doesn’t really help when BS makes his boneheaded rotations either
    Everyone acts like Rubio torched Russell no Rubio torched everyone he was getting to the rim like he was steph curry.
    Russell is not getting many touches either not with Kobe, Clarkson and Russell attacking like they do.
    Russell is a combo guard which is why he switches it up by passing in search of ball movement and showing his range. However he does need to better improve his shooting percentage and be fearless when attacking the rim but that will come in time
    It’s a long season I’m not gonna panic in his debut it’s a marathon not a race

  • You make some good points, but that was really disheartening to watch. Twolves are more inexperienced then the Lakers. That just shouldn’t have happened.

  • You make some good points, but that was really disheartening to watch. Twolves are more inexperienced then the Lakers. That just shouldn’t have happened.

  • I did enjoy watching Clarkson and Randle! If Kobe can get out of the way a bit and let them develop this will be a fun season.

  • I did enjoy watching Clarkson and Randle! If Kobe can get out of the way a bit and let them develop this will be a fun season.

  • Kobe might have said, “hey byron we need to f***ing win this year, do your experimentation sh*t next season!. But seriously Scott compared Russell before to Magic Johnson because of his vision and passing, but now he plays him off the ball. If you think about it, it’s also like trying to tell Magic to play the SG which he knows is not Russells strength.

  • Absolutely, he was the guy I felt most comfortable with after watching him last season before the injury, I knew he was capable of this. One problem with him is he is going to have to learn to slow down just a bit, not take the games personal when someone is giving you a hard time, you cant get into a one on one contest, although I do love his willing to battle, just need to use the energy in a more team oriented way, and yes if he gets a shot going wow!

  • I wished the Lakers traded with Knicks or someone else and got Winslow he’s gonna be a beast in the NBA

  • Negatives: Kobe shooting 24 shots, D’Angelo Russell is not ready to start, Streaky Swaggy P, Bryon Scotts bad decisions and depth chart.

    Positives: Kobes 2nd qtr was vintage, Julius Randle is the center piece, Clarkson could do more, Lou Williams showing why he was 6th man.

  • Kobe might have said, “hey byron we need to f***ing win this year, do your experimentation sh*t next season!. But seriously Scott compared Russell before to Magic Johnson because of his vision and passing, but now he plays him off the ball. If you think about it, it’s also like trying to tell Magic to play the SG which he knows is not Russells strength.

  • Absolutely, he was the guy I felt most comfortable with after watching him last season before the injury, I knew he was capable of this. One problem with him is he is going to have to learn to slow down just a bit, not take the games personal when someone is giving you a hard time, you cant get into a one on one contest, although I do love his willing to battle, just need to use the energy in a more team oriented way, and yes if he gets a shot going wow!

  • I wished the Lakers traded with Knicks or someone else and got Winslow he’s gonna be a beast in the NBA

  • Negatives: Kobe shooting 24 shots, D’Angelo Russell is not ready to start, Streaky Swaggy P, Bryon Scotts bad decisions and depth chart.

    Positives: Kobes 2nd qtr was vintage, Julius Randle is the center piece, Clarkson could do more, Lou Williams showing why he was 6th man.

  • Why is it silly? I was actually going to say Kendall Marshall who is worse than MCW

  • Why is it silly? I was actually going to say Kendall Marshall who is worse than MCW

  • He put up 15 and 11 in his sleep. Imagine if some of Kobe’s shots went to Randle instead……

  • He put up 15 and 11 in his sleep. Imagine if some of Kobe’s shots went to Randle instead……

  • What’s dumb is Randle can’t win rookie of the year cause he played 14 min NBA needs to change that rule. It should be like this…. To be considered a rookie you must play 5 games

  • What’s dumb is Randle can’t win rookie of the year cause he played 14 min NBA needs to change that rule. It should be like this…. To be considered a rookie you must play 5 games

  • Yeah. Kind of funny that Huertas has been a professional for 11 years and is considered a rookie but Randle isn’t because he played 14 minutes.

  • Yeah. Kind of funny that Huertas has been a professional for 11 years and is considered a rookie but Randle isn’t because he played 14 minutes.

  • I know he’s underwhelming for someone drafted at #2, but at least give it until the All Star break before labeling him a bust.

  • I know he’s underwhelming for someone drafted at #2, but at least give it until the All Star break before labeling him a bust.

  • Russell should play with the 2nd unit and let him run loose like the freedom Scott gives to Huertas. Too many players that need the ball to be effective in the starting lineup.

    My starters

    Hibbert
    Randle
    A. Brown ( is the 3 & D player )
    Kobe ( not a 3 & D player )
    Clarkson

    Bench
    Black
    Bass or Kelly ( not both of them at the same time )
    Young
    Williams
    Russell/Huertas

  • When Julius caught the rebound Byron should’ve called the TO. Julius running the fastbreak down the stretch??? WTF

  • He did play with the second unit yesterday. That is when we lost our big lead : (

  • Russell should play with the 2nd unit and let him run loose like the freedom Scott gives to Huertas. Too many players that need the ball to be effective in the starting lineup.

    My starters

    Hibbert
    Randle
    A. Brown ( is the 3 & D player )
    Kobe ( not a 3 & D player )
    Clarkson

    Bench
    Black
    Bass or Kelly ( not both of them at the same time )
    Young
    Williams
    Russell/Huertas

  • When Julius caught the rebound Byron should’ve called the TO. Julius running the fastbreak down the stretch??? WTF

  • He did play with the second unit yesterday. That is when we lost our big lead : (

  • That’s on Byron. He should have left Clarkson in during the 3rd qtr.
    But Byron had no intention to play Russell in the 4th, so he let him play it out

  • That’s on Byron. He should have left Clarkson in during the 3rd qtr.
    But Byron had no intention to play Russell in the 4th, so he let him play it out

  • The only problem with that is the ball is going to be in Young and Lous’ hands most of the time. Russell is going to be fighting for touches

  • I am giving him 3 years because I feel that 22 is the age when most guys are really ready for the NBA. But I do wish he could show me some sort of hope that it isn’t all just a waste.

  • we need to get rid of Young asap. give him away for a 2nd round draft pick in 2019…i don’t care just get rid of him.

  • The only problem with that is the ball is going to be in Young and Lous’ hands most of the time. Russell is going to be fighting for touches

  • I am giving him 3 years because I feel that 22 is the age when most guys are really ready for the NBA. But I do wish he could show me some sort of hope that it isn’t all just a waste.

  • we need to get rid of Young asap. give him away for a 2nd round draft pick in 2019…i don’t care just get rid of him.

  • Not to mention, the idiot refused to call a timeout when the Twolves made a 10-0 run.

  • We lost because he overplayed Russell, Bass & Kelly all at the same time. Forgot to play Black, didnt play Brown, the defensive guy on Rubio or Martin. And didnt call the f*****g timeout right away.

  • Clarkson at pg? That would be Byron Scott admitting they should’ve drafted okafor

  • Not to mention, the idiot refused to call a timeout when the Twolves made a 10-0 run.

  • We lost because he overplayed Russell, Bass & Kelly all at the same time. Forgot to play Black, didnt play Brown, the defensive guy on Rubio or Martin. And didnt call the f*****g timeout right away.

  • Clarkson at pg? That would be Byron Scott admitting they should’ve drafted okafor

  • his rotations that worked in the 1st half but he changed it in the 3rd qtr by subbing out Clarkson instead of Russell

  • Yeah there aren’t too many on the schedule where you say “there’s a win”.

  • his rotations that worked in the 1st half but he changed it in the 3rd qtr by subbing out Clarkson instead of Russell

  • Yeah there aren’t too many on the schedule where you say “there’s a win”.

  • Well yeah. Clarkson is a much better player. But I think you have to play Russell, either that or send him to the DLeague but he has to get reps one way or the other.

  • Well yeah. Clarkson is a much better player. But I think you have to play Russell, either that or send him to the DLeague but he has to get reps one way or the other.

  • Where was Randle in the 4th? Looks like towns locked him down towards the end

  • Where was Randle in the 4th? Looks like towns locked him down towards the end

  • Everyone was watching Kobe chuck. Sure it was worse for the players than it was for the fans. And it was really bad for the fans.

  • Everyone was watching Kobe chuck. Sure it was worse for the players than it was for the fans. And it was really bad for the fans.

  • In 2009 Kobe often moved over to the 3 as Phil went with Farmar and Sasha together with Kobe as a smaller line up to match quicker teams.

  • In 2009 Kobe often moved over to the 3 as Phil went with Farmar and Sasha together with Kobe as a smaller line up to match quicker teams.

  • I’m not going to lie Trey, but yes it was disheartening to watch our team just lose a lead should’ve have been increasing but that’s basketball. The team with momentum on their side on the fourth quarter usually wins. Like I said hopefully they correct their mistakes and improve the next game.

  • I’m not going to lie Trey, but yes it was disheartening to watch our team just lose a lead should’ve have been increasing but that’s basketball. The team with momentum on their side in the fourth quarter usually wins. Like I said, hopefully they correct their mistakes and improve the next game.

  • Byron Scott’s rotations are kind of whack. Kelly and Bass isn’t a good front court combo….no rebounding and no D. I believe in Russell but he needs the ball in his hands to be effective. Kobe needs to shoot when he needs to, not when he wants to. I love kobe’s game but he gotta give up the rock and let the young bucks do work so they can grow.

  • It might have worked then because everything seemed to work in that era…but it isn’t going to work now.

  • Byron Scott’s rotations are kind of whack. Kelly and Bass isn’t a good front court combo….no rebounding and no D. I believe in Russell but he needs the ball in his hands to be effective. Kobe needs to shoot when he needs to, not when he wants to. I love kobe’s game but he gotta give up the rock and let the young bucks do work so they can grow.

  • It might have worked then because everything seemed to work in that era…but it isn’t going to work now.

  • who cares? Not everyone is curry who makes 3 pointers blindfolded with his left hand

  • who cares? Not everyone is curry who makes 3 pointers blindfolded with his left hand

  • I care. I wanted to see them exploit the matchups with Randle. And maybe win.

  • I care. I wanted to see them exploit the matchups with Randle. And maybe win.

  • Me too!! Kobe doesn’t need to fall back as much maybe on the amount of 3’s his shooting. I believe he shot 13 of them. He needs to focus on his sweet spots. Like on the elbow, or anything below 17feet. You can tell he wanted to carry the team but using all that energy on shooting 3’s won’t help the TEAM.

  • Me too!! Kobe doesn’t need to fall back as much maybe on the amount of 3’s his shooting. I believe he shot 13 of them. He needs to focus on his sweet spots. Like on the elbow, or anything below 17feet. You can tell he wanted to carry the team but using all that energy on shooting 3’s won’t help the TEAM.

  • Lol why? because is spell my name Briannn? i can guarante you i am not this Joshhh figure everyone is talking about here.

  • Lol why? because is spell my name Briannn? i can guarante you i am not this Joshhh figure everyone is talking about here.

  • Randle was a +2 on the game. Kobe was a -6. Team was 8 points better with Randle vs Kobe. Randle only took 2 shots in the 4th quarter. And 1 of them led to free throws. He had 5 rebounds in the 4th.
    Kobe and Lou took almost every single shot. For who knows what reason.

  • Randle was a +2 on the game. Kobe was a -6. Team was 8 points better with Randle vs Kobe. Randle only took 2 shots in the 4th quarter. And 1 of them led to free throws. He had 5 rebounds in the 4th.
    Kobe and Lou took almost every single shot. For who knows what reason.

  • Who’s fault is that? If Randle wants the ball he’s gotta call for it instead of trying to argue with KG all night

  • Randle fought and called for the ball all night. Kobe didn’t care, just chucked another.

  • Who’s fault is that? If Randle wants the ball he’s gotta call for it instead of trying to argue with KG all night

  • Randle fought and called for the ball all night. Kobe didn’t care, just chucked another.

  • Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina 3h3 hours ago
    Clarkson said both Byron and Kobe brought up the idea about putting D’Angelo back at PG

    SIGH

    Here’s my dilemma; I’m really not tryna be that fan who calls for the coach to be fired this early in the season but Scott is stressing me…

    He couldn’t make up his mind who to cut between Metta and Jabari Brown, he couldn’t make up his mind if Russell should start up to the last minute before game one. He failed to communicate in a timeout situation last season when Kobe got on Lin, he did it again last night, he consulted with Kobe on taking the ball out of Russell’s hand and now Kobe announcing Russell going back to PG to run the offense.

    #LosingPatiences

  • Randle was more interested in talking trash and throwing the ball at garnetts back. Kg got in his head

  • Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina 3h3 hours ago
    Clarkson said both Byron and Kobe brought up the idea about putting D’Angelo back at PG

    SIGH

    Here’s my dilemma; I’m really not tryna be that fan who calls for the coach to be fired this early in the season but Scott is stressing me…

    He couldn’t make up his mind who to cut between Metta and Jabari Brown, he couldn’t make up his mind if Russell should start up to the last minute before game one. He failed to communicate in a timeout situation last season when Kobe got on Lin, he did it again last night, he consulted with Kobe on taking the ball out of Russell’s hand and now Kobe announcing Russell going back to PG to run the offense.

    #LosingPatiences

  • Randle was more interested in talking trash and throwing the ball at garnetts back. Kg got in his head

  • Seems we need to remind BS these are regular season games and player adjustments should have been decided prior to starting the season.

  • Seems we need to remind BS these are regular season games and player adjustments should have been decided prior to starting the season.

  • That is a negative. Randle and Clarkson were the only starters with a positive +/-. Kobe, Russell and Roy were the guys with negative.

  • That is a negative. Randle and Clarkson were the only starters with a positive +/-. Kobe, Russell and Roy were the guys with negative.

  • Who’s laughing at the end KG or Randle? Randle should’ve tried making some shots in the 4th

  • Who’s laughing at the end KG or Randle? Randle should’ve tried making some shots in the 4th

  • we need a trustworthy long term coach who is is up to date with the league and knows how to work with young players.

    Scott Brooks and Tom Thibedou fit that role.

  • Randle had 15 and 11, KG had 4 and 7. If anything, Randle locked up KG. Only thing that stopped Randle was his chucking teammate.

  • I know y’all need something to talk about, but good grief, let your foot up off the panic pedal a little. This team showed that it has talent. They got way out in front. They played solid D when they had to. And they demonstrated an ability to come back from down late.

    This is a young and inexperienced team. Only two of them actually played the whole season with the Lakers last year, and three of them had never played a whole NBA game before. No combination of more than two Lakers players had ever even played together in a regular season game before. What do you want from a team like that?

    I say they did great. They should have won the game, but these kinds of losses are going to happen this season. Learn to live with it without setting your hair on fire over it. Just enjoy watching them grow between now and March. I think you’ll really enjoy it, that way.

  • we need a trustworthy long term coach who is is up to date with the league and knows how to work with young players.

    Scott Brooks and Tom Thibedou fit that role.

  • Randle had 15 and 11, KG had 4 and 7. If anything, Randle locked up KG. Only thing that stopped Randle was his chucking teammate.

  • I know y’all need something to talk about, but good grief, let your foot up off the panic pedal a little. This team showed that it has talent. They got way out in front. They played solid D when they had to. And they demonstrated an ability to come back from down late.

    This is a young and inexperienced team. Only two of them actually played the whole season with the Lakers last year, and three of them had never played a whole NBA game before. No combination of more than two Lakers players had ever even played together in a regular season game before. What do you want from a team like that?

    I say they did great. They should have won the game, but these kinds of losses are going to happen this season. Learn to live with it without setting your hair on fire over it. Just enjoy watching them grow between now and March. I think you’ll really enjoy it, that way.

  • I’ve been trying to stay possitive about BS and his coaching style but as it goes on longer it just seems like he is out of touch with where the league is and even how and who to play. Russel has looked good about 10% of the time. Most of the time he looks lost and then tries to make the spectacular pass instead of the one that is ACTUALLY going to work. And don’t get me started with how bad Bass has looked since he got here. Can Larry get healthy already!?

  • I’ve been trying to stay possitive about BS and his coaching style but as it goes on longer it just seems like he is out of touch with where the league is and even how and who to play. Russel has looked good about 10% of the time. Most of the time he looks lost and then tries to make the spectacular pass instead of the one that is ACTUALLY going to work. And don’t get me started with how bad Bass has looked since he got here. Can Larry get healthy already!?

  • I loved watching the young guys play. Watching Kobe chuck bricks and holding back their development, not so much.

  • I loved watching the young guys play. Watching Kobe chuck bricks and holding back their development, not so much.

  • Thibs isn’t a good coach for this team. Not right now. He would ride Randle and Clarkson into the grave.

  • Hurts to see Myles Turner killing it right now call me crazy but I think he will end up being the best out of this draft class pacers got a steal and it also hurts to see every lottery pick have great games or at least most

  • Kobe was awesome until the 4th quarter. Judging just on the first three quarters, Kobe was a rock star.

  • Thibs isn’t a good coach for this team. Not right now. He would ride Randle and Clarkson into the grave.

  • Hurts to see Myles Turner killing it right now call me crazy but I think he will end up being the best out of this draft class pacers got a steal and it also hurts to see every lottery pick have great games or at least most

  • Kobe was awesome until the 4th quarter. Judging just on the first three quarters, Kobe was a rock star.

  • I’m not questioning Russell or Bass, or how any player has looked so far. My problem is Scott’s indecision and lack of leadership in checking Kobe to make sure he’s running things instead of a player. Nothing wrong with Kobe having input but Scott must be the ultimate decider and not a puppet!

  • 24 shots in 29 minutes is downright selfish basketball. He didn’t get a single assist until the end of the game.

  • if you notice Kobe was trying to shoot them back into the game after the lead his unit had was lost. I know it isnt the right way to do things but if the second unit could have held the lead a bit there might not have been so much chucking. but either way people will try and blame this on kobe even though when he left the game they were up 14. lol

  • Give it up. Neither Scott or Kobe are going anywhere this season. Just accept it.

  • I’m not questioning Russell or Bass, or how any player has looked so far. My problem is Scott’s indecision and lack of leadership in checking Kobe to make sure he’s running things instead of a player. Nothing wrong with Kobe having input but Scott must be the ultimate decider and not a puppet!

  • 24 shots in 29 minutes is downright selfish basketball. He didn’t get a single assist until the end of the game.

  • if you notice Kobe was trying to shoot them back into the game after the lead his unit had was lost. I know it isnt the right way to do things but if the second unit could have held the lead a bit there might not have been so much chucking. but either way people will try and blame this on kobe even though when he left the game they were up 14. lol

  • Give it up. Neither Scott or Kobe are going anywhere this season. Just accept it.

  • I don’t see Scott making any sound moves as a coach! Does he belong in the D league?

  • I don’t see Scott making any sound moves as a coach! Does he belong in the D league?

  • It took the Pistons 6 years to finally get a decent team going again. Rebuilding takes time we’re going to make mistakes in some drafts like the 2015 draft but then we could hit gold like we did in the 2014 draft with Randle and Clarkson. We’ll back on top soon it’s only a matter of time.

  • I don’t know much about that Kobe isn’t going anywhere but Scott’s job will depend how the 1st ten games go

  • And James Worthy shouldn’t even be in the studio anymore. He is a coach and has to filter his thoughts to protect Byron

  • It took the Pistons 6 years to finally get a decent team going again. Rebuilding takes time we’re going to make mistakes in some drafts like the 2015 draft but then we could hit gold like we did in the 2014 draft with Randle and Clarkson. We’ll back on top soon it’s only a matter of time.

  • I don’t know much about that Kobe isn’t going anywhere but Scott’s job will depend how the 1st ten games go

  • And James Worthy shouldn’t even be in the studio anymore. He is a coach and has to filter his thoughts to protect Byron

  • Yep and Randle does look extremely good. Randle and Clarkson are two big pieces. Lou is a great 6th man going forward. Roy is a nice center. We have pieces.

  • Yep and Randle does look extremely good. Randle and Clarkson are two big pieces. Lou is a great 6th man going forward. Roy is a nice center. We have pieces.

  • Lakers played their best basketball in the pre-season when Kobe was out. Last night they had their best run when Kobe was out. Seeing a trend here. Doesn’t make sense but it is a definite trend.

  • Lakers played their best basketball in the pre-season when Kobe was out. Last night they had their best run when Kobe was out. Seeing a trend here. Doesn’t make sense but it is a definite trend.

  • I really don’t blame the loss on the players. I believe they did play great, showed heart and resiliancy. I put this square on the shoulders of the coach.

  • oh c’mon the pistons got a nice young team. Pope, Stanley, Jackson…they look great.

  • I really don’t blame the loss on the players. I believe they did play great, showed heart and resiliancy. I put this square on the shoulders of the coach.

  • oh c’mon the pistons got a nice young team. Pope, Stanley, Jackson, drummond…they look great.

  • Probably couldn’t get much at this point. Not sure. His contract is kind of big since he was drafted so high. Reason Bennett was waived instead of traded.

  • True, but if Kobe plays selfless they would be even better with him. It’s like he doesn’t know that him jacking up 20+ shots isn’t a winning formula

  • I would definitely take that bet! Lol!

    I think Scott is here AT LEAST for the entire season. You’re going to see this team start to figure it out starting in January, and by March they will be playing good basketball, if they can manage to stay healthy.

    Byron always takes the first couple months of the season to play with rotations, and it looks chaotic, but he always settles in. Even last season, with all the injuries.

  • Probably couldn’t get much at this point. Not sure. His contract is kind of big since he was drafted so high. Reason Bennett was waived instead of traded.

  • True, but if Kobe plays selfless they would be even better with him. It’s like he doesn’t know that him jacking up 20+ shots isn’t a winning formula

  • I would definitely take that bet! Lol!

    I think Scott is here AT LEAST for the entire season. You’re going to see this team start to figure it out starting in January, and by March they will be playing good basketball, if they can manage to stay healthy.

    Byron always takes the first couple months of the season to play with rotations, and it looks chaotic, but he always settles in. Even last season, with all the injuries.

  • They lost their first ever game by one point, and were up 16 or so for much of the game. When they were up big in the 3rd, they figured the game was over and they quit. I put it on the players.

  • Because they figured he was a lock for his spot on the roster and they wanted to get a good look at guys they still needed to make a descision on.

  • They lost their first ever game by one point, and were up 16 or so for much of the game. When they were up big in the 3rd, they figured the game was over and they quit. I put it on the players.

  • Because they figured he was a lock for his spot on the roster and they wanted to get a good look at guys they still needed to make a descision on.

  • I think James worthy would be a nice team president like pat Riley is with mia

  • I think James worthy would be a nice team president like pat Riley is with mia

  • He wasn’t a main piece though, he was an addon. They traded for Wiggins. We could definitely deal Russell in a deal that was focused on Randle.

  • He wasn’t a main piece though, he was an addon. They traded for Wiggins. We could definitely deal Russell in a deal that was focused on Randle.

  • Worst case scenario with Russell would be he takes 4-5 years to develop and then when he’s finally good he leaves us for another team

  • Worst case scenario with Russell would be he takes 4-5 years to develop and then when he’s finally good he leaves us for another team

  • Not in the beginning of the first quarter. Look, I hate to come off like this but the ball stuck too much with Kobe. Randle and JC followed suit. Almost all of our offense was one on one. When you watch practice, they are executing the man and ball movement of the Princeton. Come game time it’s ISO sets for Kobe with high post face ups by Randle and JC coming off a high screen driving to the basket for a floater or jumper. Very minimal ball movement and little to no back door cuts like you see in practice.

  • this is one time i would disagree with you dana. the players scott had out there played way to long once that lead started to dwindle. scott should have pulled them and brought in a new look when he saw that group wasnt getting it done. He left that unit out there for almost 13 minutes and they lost the lead. yes they might have given up a little but that is all the more reason for scott to notice and pull them,

  • Best case scenario he has a break out game with 25+ points and 10+ assists tomorrow night vs Sacramento…lol.

  • Not in the beginning of the first quarter. Look, I hate to come off like this but the ball stuck too much with Kobe. Randle and JC followed suit. Almost all of our offense was one on one. When you watch practice, they are executing the man and ball movement of the Princeton. Come game time it’s ISO sets for Kobe with high post face ups by Randle and JC coming off a high screen driving to the basket for a floater or jumper. Very minimal ball movement and little to no back door cuts like you see in practice.

  • this is one time i would disagree with you dana. the players scott had out there played way to long once that lead started to dwindle. scott should have pulled them and brought in a new look when he saw that group wasnt getting it done. He left that unit out there for almost 13 minutes and they lost the lead. yes they might have given up a little but that is all the more reason for scott to notice and pull them,

  • Best case scenario he has a break out game with 25+ points and 10+ assists tomorrow night vs Sacramento…lol.

  • Well Kobe took 24 shots last night and missed 16 of them. He also only had 1 assist. It doesn’t take much to see that he was a big factor in the loss

  • Russell just needs to hit the gym and start firing off jump shots every day cause at this point his jumpshot is inconsistent and he needs to make the simple passes instead of trying to make the flashy passes cause this ain’t college. Also needs to work on some defensive drills

  • Well Kobe took 24 shots last night and missed 16 of them. He also only had 1 assist. It doesn’t take much to see that he was a big factor in the loss

  • Russell just needs to hit the gym and start firing off jump shots every day cause at this point his jumpshot is inconsistent and he needs to make the simple passes instead of trying to make the flashy passes cause this ain’t college. Also needs to work on some defensive drills

  • This just isn’t true. He started of what 1 for 5 (20%) through most of the first and then had a pretty good 2nd and part of the 3rd. Still 13 threes!? who does he think he is Steph?

  • This just isn’t true. He started of what 1 for 5 (20%) through most of the first and then had a pretty good 2nd and part of the 3rd. Still 13 threes!? who does he think he is Steph?

  • There were periods of that, and there were periods with good ball movement. Give them time, they will figure it out. I remember one point last night when they made three passes around the perimeter and got an open 3, and that started a period of about 10 minutes when they moved the ball well. They’ll get it.

  • There were periods of that, and there were periods with good ball movement. Give them time, they will figure it out. I remember one point last night when they made three passes around the perimeter and got an open 3, and that started a period of about 10 minutes when they moved the ball well. They’ll get it.

  • kobe’s been watching too much steph curry………………….. and russell needs to watch more

  • He is a top 5 draft pick with a high ceiling of potential. His possible future is worth more than any player we could probably get for him.

  • when kobe left the game in the 3rd quarter they we up by 14. so how is it kobe’s fault they lost? he came back in a tried to makes some shots. lol isnt that what any player will do? why aren’t you mad at the second unit who blew a 14 point lead? none of them were making shots either. yea blame kobe for the loss while he is on the bench that makes a lot of sense.

  • That was when Nick Young and Lou were on fire in the second quarter. Kobe was on the bench if I’m correct?

  • Agreed and again on BS for not getting on the guys in the huddle and stressing the importance of not running ISO ball.

  • kobe’s been watching too much steph curry………………….. and russell needs to watch more

  • He is a top 5 draft pick with a high ceiling of potential. His possible future is worth more than any player we could probably get for him.

  • when kobe left the game in the 3rd quarter they we up by 14. so how is it kobe’s fault they lost? he came back in a tried to makes some shots. lol isnt that what any player will do? why aren’t you mad at the second unit who blew a 14 point lead? none of them were making shots either. yea blame kobe for the loss while he is on the bench that makes a lot of sense.

  • That was when Nick Young and Lou were on fire in the second quarter. Kobe was on the bench if I’m correct?

  • Agreed and again on BS for not getting on the guys in the huddle and stressing the importance of not running ISO ball.

  • I just think we will have the same issues no matter what as long as Kobe is here. He has too much power, only coach that would ever work is Phil and that isn’t happening. As long as Kobe is a Laker the coach makes no difference.

  • He started 1 for 6, then 2 for 7, then 3 for 8, then 4 for 9, then 5 for 10. 50% on his first 10 shots. I’d say that’s pretty good.

    But yeah, 13 threes is unacceptable, unless he’s making 6 of them. If he’s super hot, okay. Otherwise, that’s no bueno.

  • I just think we will have the same issues no matter what as long as Kobe is here. He has too much power, only coach that would ever work is Phil and that isn’t happening. As long as Kobe is a Laker the coach makes no difference.

  • He started 1 for 6, then 2 for 7, then 3 for 8, then 4 for 9, then 5 for 10. 50% on his first 10 shots. I’d say that’s pretty good.

    But yeah, 13 threes is unacceptable, unless he’s making 6 of them. If he’s super hot, okay. Otherwise, that’s no bueno.

  • second unit shouldn’t have been allowed to lose the ENTIRE lead beofre BS started bringing back the starters. Which by the way didn’t give the Lakers the lead, that was Sweet Lou and Swag

  • second unit shouldn’t have been allowed to lose the ENTIRE lead beofre BS started bringing back the starters. Which by the way didn’t give the Lakers the lead, that was Sweet Lou and Swag

  • Scott allows ISO for Kobe to get into his sweet spots. That’s cool but it become too much of a steady diet and disrupts the flow of the offense. Kobe is good in ISO but team play is needed more to get this young group cohesive.

  • You are correct. Ball was moving with the Clarkson, Lou, Young lineup. When Kobe was in the only semblance of an offense was through Hibbert.

  • Scott allows ISO for Kobe to get into his sweet spots. That’s cool but it becomes too much of a steady diet and disrupts the flow of the offense. Kobe is good in ISO but team play is needed more to get this young group cohesive.

  • You are correct. Ball was moving with the Clarkson, Lou, Young lineup. When Kobe was in the only semblance of an offense was through Hibbert.

  • well no matter who gave them the lead it was still being held at 10-16 points most of the game until that terrible decision by Scott to keep that unit in for almost 13 minutes. I can see if kobe was chucking shots and they lost the lead but that isnt the case here.

  • well no matter who gave them the lead it was still being held at 10-16 points most of the game until that terrible decision by Scott to keep that unit in for almost 13 minutes. I can see if kobe was chucking shots and they lost the lead but that isnt the case here. and yes kobe doesn’t need to be the hero and try to do it himself but he needs to figure out that he actually has people who can score now.

  • I didn’t say it was all his fault. I said he was a big factor. When someone takes that many shots and shoots that badly (33%) teams usually lose. Shooting percentage is important in team success. That’s why it’s a stat we keep track of.

  • I guess I am failing to see the potential of a guy who can’t seem to get open or around any NBA players. Clarkson was a late pick and I see potential there. Draft position be damned.

  • This was the most bullshit part of the whole game. The Lakers get the ball with over 9 seconds on the clock. In the replay you see Kobe and Lou calling for the TO looking straight ath the ref and he ignored them, that’s when Julius took off down court because obviously (if you couldn’t tell by all of the whistles) the refs were not trying to help the Lakers out at all. SMH

  • I didn’t say it was all his fault. I said he was a big factor. When someone takes that many shots and shoots that badly (33%) teams usually lose. Shooting percentage is important in team success. That’s why it’s a stat we keep track of.

  • I guess I am failing to see the potential of a guy who can’t seem to get open or around any NBA players. Clarkson was a late pick and I see potential there. Draft position be damned.

  • This was the most bullshit part of the whole game. The Lakers get the ball with over 9 seconds on the clock. In the replay you see Kobe and Lou calling for the TO looking straight ath the ref and he ignored them, that’s when Julius took off down court because obviously (if you couldn’t tell by all of the whistles) the refs were not trying to help the Lakers out at all. SMH

  • Maybe. I see your point. But it’s also the first game they ever played together. I don’t know Scott’s thinking, but I think it would be a valid approach to leave them in and see if they could find a way to work through it. Because they are going to get into those situations in the future, and rather than get pulled every time, they have to be able to find a way to buckle down and get back in the game. They have to have the opportunity to fail and figure it out.

    I guess I just don’t put that much importance on the outcome of the first game so much as I do that it is a learning experience for them. Players just have to learn by struggling through things, sometimes. And it doesn’t inspire them to play edgy if every time they get down they get pulled. In the playoffs, yes. Vital games, yes. First game of the season with a brand new team? Meh. I don’t fault Scott for leaving them in and seeing what they can do. It builds confidence and skill. And it shows that the coach has confidence in them to let them play.

    I’m not saying Scott made the greatest decision, but I think it was a valid one. If it had worked out, everyone would be glowing. But maybe this set the stage for next time.

  • Maybe. I see your point. But it’s also the first game they ever played together. I don’t know Scott’s thinking, but I think it would be a valid approach to leave them in and see if they could find a way to work through it. Because they are going to get into those situations in the future, and rather than get pulled every time, they have to be able to find a way to buckle down and get back in the game. They have to have the opportunity to fail and figure it out.

    I guess I just don’t put that much importance on the outcome of the first game so much as I do that it is a learning experience for them. Players just have to learn by struggling through things, sometimes. And it doesn’t inspire them to play edgy if every time they get down they get pulled. In the playoffs, yes. Vital games, yes. First game of the season with a brand new team? Meh. I don’t fault Scott for leaving them in and seeing what they can do. It builds confidence and skill. And it shows that the coach has confidence in them to let them play.

    I’m not saying Scott made the greatest decision, but I think it was a valid one. If it had worked out, everyone would be glowing. But maybe this set the stage for next time.

  • well i think the main problem was the team couldn’t make a shot. pointing out 1 player doesnt really help. they only had 7 points in the 4th quarter at the 7 minute mark lol. the team shot terrible in the second half.

  • Yeah, Hibbert and Randle had a couple of great connections inside that kind of reminded me of Pau and Lamar.

  • They will never see it. Their blind love for Kobe won’t allow them to see it. Fans don’t want to hear that their favorite player hurts the team.

  • well i think the main problem was the team couldn’t make a shot. pointing out 1 player doesnt really help. they only had 7 points in the 4th quarter at the 7 minute mark lol. the team shot terrible in the second half.

  • Yeah, Hibbert and Randle had a couple of great connections inside that kind of reminded me of Pau and Lamar.

  • They will never see it. Their blind love for Kobe won’t allow them to see it. Fans don’t want to hear that their favorite player hurts the team.

  • Well when you have a guy go 10-17 for 28 Pts and 14 assists with only 1 turnover like Rubio, that team usually wins

  • Well when you have a guy go 10-17 for 28 Pts and 14 assists with only 1 turnover like Rubio, that team usually wins

  • Agree 100%. It was the ugly stretch of nothing but whistle after whistle and the lead dwindled away. It was pretty obvious the players on the floor had no clue what to do with how the refs were calling the game at that point. Get some new players for the refs to look at instead of the same ones they were just waiting for them to foul Martin everytime down the floor.

  • Agreed. Rubio was efficient with his shooting and passing last night. Kobe was not.

  • I think you are right. But it continued when Kobe came back in. He actually did spend some time playing team ball. It got overshadowed by his hero ball and jacking up 3s late in the game, though.

  • Agree 100%. It was the ugly stretch of nothing but whistle after whistle and the lead dwindled away. It was pretty obvious the players on the floor had no clue what to do with how the refs were calling the game at that point. Get some new players for the refs to look at instead of the same ones they were just waiting for them to foul Martin everytime down the floor.

  • Agreed. Rubio was efficient with his shooting and passing last night. Kobe was not.

  • I think you are right. But it continued when Kobe came back in. He actually did spend some time playing team ball. It got overshadowed by his hero ball and jacking up 3s late in the game, though.

  • I dont really care they lost either but a good coach knows when to pull a group if they aren’t getting the job done is my point. This has been something scott has done a lot over his career and has never been good with “Game” decisions. he is great at developing players dont get me wrong.

  • I dont really care they lost either but a good coach knows when to pull a group if they aren’t getting the job done is my point. This has been something scott has done a lot over his career and has never been good with “Game” decisions. he is great at developing players dont get me wrong.

  • Kobe had 50 touches but only made 15 passes which is very low. He only had 3 assists opportunities

  • Kobe had 50 touches but only made 15 passes which is very low. He only had 3 assists opportunities

  • Here is the thing about Curry… He is tireless in his effort to get open. Guy is always in motion, always moving. And when he gets the ball there is no hesitation, he either moves it again, cuts in the lane or shoots the 3. He is so quick thinking and works so hard no matter what the play or focus of the team is. Kobe and Russell are both guys that seems to sit and wait. And I hate it.

  • Kobes done things curry can only dream of like scoring 81 points and playing all-NBA defense

  • Here is the thing about Curry… He is tireless in his effort to get open. Guy is always in motion, always moving. And when he gets the ball there is no hesitation, he either moves it again, cuts in the lane or shoots the 3. He is so quick thinking and works so hard no matter what the play or focus of the team is. Kobe and Russell are both guys that seems to sit and wait. And I hate it.

  • Kobes done things curry can only dream of like scoring 81 points and playing all-NBA defense

  • well in all honesty, Kobe isnt running or setting up the offense anymore. yes he should look to pass more but now when he gets the ball it is catch and shoot or he is up against the clock most times from what i saw..

  • True. The team shot badly. Kobe had the largest contribution with 16 missed shots. He also missed all of his 4th quarter shot attempts. Not to mention 1 assist. It’s not all his fault but he leads the team.

  • My thing is, Kobe needs to adapt to this young group, but his first nature is to have his teammates adapt to him. This is a different phase of his career given the twilight. Kobe must be disciplined in not trying to do it by himself when things aren’t going well. It’s the only way this group will gain the confidence needed to become a cohesive unit.

  • Doesn’t have to be steroids, remember when Richard Sherman got suspended for using adderall? Curry is probably on adderall too

  • well in all honesty, Kobe isnt running or setting up the offense anymore. yes he should look to pass more but now when he gets the ball it is catch and shoot or he is up against the clock most times from what i saw..

  • True. The team shot badly. Kobe had the largest contribution with 16 missed shots. He also missed all of his 4th quarter shot attempts. Not to mention 1 assist. It’s not all his fault but he leads the team.

  • My thing is, Kobe needs to adapt to this young group, but his first nature is to have his teammates adapt to him. This is a different phase of his career given the twilight. Kobe must be disciplined in not trying to do it by himself when things aren’t going well. It’s the only way this group will gain the confidence needed to become a cohesive unit.

  • Doesn’t have to be steroids, remember when Richard Sherman got suspended for using adderall? Curry is probably on adderall too

  • More so a result of Byron’s system. No one on the team moved well off the ball

  • yea well kobe is going to have bad games and so is the rest of the team. its just the first game so i am not too worried about it. now if it becomes a trend then yea kobe needs to sit down or something because he has beter talent now than he has had the last couple years.

  • More so a result of Byron’s system. No one on the team moved well off the ball

  • yea well kobe is going to have bad games and so is the rest of the team. its just the first game so i am not too worried about it. now if it becomes a trend then yea kobe needs to sit down or something because he has beter talent now than he has had the last couple years.

  • No, that is just who Curry is. He played the exact same way in College and he played that way when Jackson was coach. He is just a tireless worker who thinks very quickly. He knows he is smaller and maybe not as athletic so he makes up for it by being quick in everything he does.
    Granted the new system Kerr put in place is tailored around Curry to give them their best chance at winning but you have to have guys like that to have a system like that.

  • I guess i have to go against what i said before and agree that they do need that experience too. I know it always would drive me crazy when Phil would do the same thing and leave the group in there that was giving up the lead to see if they could buckle down and prove that they could get it done instead of going to the bench thinking they were going to fail every time.

  • Dude shut up, I’ll meet up with you in person and we’ll see how tough you are u b*tch

  • No, that is just who Curry is. He played the exact same way in College and he played that way when Jackson was coach. He is just a tireless worker who thinks very quickly. He knows he is smaller and maybe not as athletic so he makes up for it by being quick in everything he does.
    Granted the new system Kerr put in place is tailored around Curry to give them their best chance at winning but you have to have guys like that to have a system like that.

  • I guess i have to go against what i said before and agree that they do need that experience too. I know it always would drive me crazy when Phil would do the same thing and leave the group in there that was giving up the lead to see if they could buckle down and prove that they could get it done instead of going to the bench thinking they were going to fail every time.

  • Dude shut up, I’ll meet up with you in person and we’ll see how tough you are u b*tch

  • I don’t think you can blame your shooting percentage on your teammates. After all, you choose what shots you will take. I do hope Kobe’s shooting gets better though. If not then I’m sure we’ll get another great draft pick. I guess its a win-win situation.

  • I don’t think you can blame your shooting percentage on your teammates. After all, you choose what shots you will take. I do hope Kobe’s shooting gets better though. If not then I’m sure we’ll get another great draft pick. I guess its a win-win situation.

  • That very well could be, too bad the NBA doesn’t have a regular testing policy.

  • That very well could be, too bad the NBA doesn’t have a regular testing policy.

  • san diego im lame? lol, cause i live in the 2nd biggest city in california? cause its got better weather and less traffic? i lived in l.a. before, that place is sht compared to here. you clown

  • Oh, I hear you and agree about Kobe, believe me. But, you know, old dogs and new tricks. I’ll be happy if he gets with the program 50% of the time.

  • san diego im lame? lol, cause i live in the 2nd biggest city in california? cause its got better weather and less traffic? i lived in l.a. before, that place is sht compared to here. you clown

  • Oh, I hear you and agree about Kobe, believe me. But, you know, old dogs and new tricks. I’ll be happy if he gets with the program 50% of the time.

  • One good thing about the first game is there was plenty of good and plenty of bad for them all to learn from. I have confidence that all the young guys that haven’t been there before learned a valuble leason, no lead is safe in the NBA.
    GO LAKERS!!!!

  • One good thing about the first game is there was plenty of good and plenty of bad for them all to learn from. I have confidence that all the young guys that haven’t been there before learned a valuble leason, no lead is safe in the NBA.
    GO LAKERS!!!!