Lakers Nation Roundtable: Will Julius Randle Or D’Angelo Russell Have Better ‘Rookie’ Year?
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Coming into the 2015-16 NBA season, the Los Angeles Lakers have a very promising young core of players and if the team plans on making some noise in the Western Conference, it will be because of the play of Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, and D’Angelo Russell.

Clarkson is more of a proven commodity than the other two at this stage. He was easily the Lakers best player down the stretch of last season and was named to the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team as a result. He has been in pressure situations in the NBA.

Russell, obviously, is a rookie, and Randle, after breaking his fibula in the season opener last year, might as well be a rookie also. How either of these players will look in major NBA minutes is a complete unknown at this time.

Both players have outstanding potential to turn into perennial All-Stars someday. Randle is a bruising power forward with surprising quickness and ball handling ability for his size. Russell is a smooth point guard with excellent poise, vision, and a great jumper as well. Both will have an excellent opportunity to shine this season, but which one will make a bigger impact this season?

We asked our panel of experts which player they believe will have a better ‘rookie’ season: D’Angelo Russell or Julius Randle? This is what they had to say:

Jabari Davis (@JabariDavisNBA): Even though Julius Randle’s 2014-15 season was cut to all of 14 minutes prior to suffering a broken leg during the opener vs. the Houston Rockets, he still reaped the benefits of not only being around the team and developing relationships with players and coaches alike, but he was also able to take the year in order to simply learn about what life is like in the NBA.

While that might sound minor, rookie D’Angelo Russell would probably be the first to acknowledge the inevitable adjustments that are required when you are suddenly elevated to ‘NBA player’ status regardless of how poised and prepared you are.

You’d like to see each of them escape training camp without any significant injuries or setbacks (see: D’Angelo’s foot scare) so that both can hit the ground running by the time the regular season arrives on October 28. While both will face incredible challenges on a nightly basis, the more difficult transition might understandably be in the capable hands of Russell.

Not only will he face a tough matchup each and every time he suits up, he’ll also be responsible for orchestrating things and generating scoring opportunities for teammates. Put simply, his main job is to actually make life easier for Randle and the rest of the team to produce on the offensive end.

Randle may find his groove and ultimately produce better numbers, but Russell’s continued leadership development and all-around productivity could ultimately prove to be more pivotal to the team’s overall success. Even if his contributions aren’t always as apparent in the box score.

Trevor Lane (@Trevor_Lane): Both D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle are exciting prospects who have the potential to be key cogs in the effort to pull the Lakers back from the brink. Russell in particular appears to have the highest upside, as his mixture of sweet shooting, ball handling, and otherworldly passing gives him the greatest probability of becoming a true superstar.

That said, when projecting who will have the best rookie season I have to give the nod to Randle. While he wasn’t able to play last season due to a broken leg, Randle still had the opportunity to be around the pro game and soak it all in. He learned the rigors of the NBA travel schedule, analyzed the systems that both the Lakers and other teams run, and observed first-hand what it takes to be a professional basketball player.

That information is invaluable, and will make Randle’s transition into the NBA this season easier than it will be for Russell. While it would appear that Russell’s skill set would give him a leg up on Randle, the NBA’s push towards playmaking power forwards with the versatility to put the ball on the floor and then make the correct decision fits Randle to a T.

After spending the summer slimming down a bit while maintaining muscle mass, Randle is as ready to take on the NBA. Teammates have also lent credibility to this notion, with players like Tarik Black and Jordan Clarkson raving about the progress Randle has made over the summer.

Russell is certainly an exciting prospect, but at the end of the day Randle appears to be primed to have a better rookie season. Regardless, both are going to be a lot of fun to watch and will give Lakers fans plenty of reason to be excited about the future.

Corey Hansford (@TheeCoreyH): This is a very tough decision for me. I, admittedly, wasn’t as high on D’Angelo Russell during the draft process and his play in summer league didn’t do much to excite me or much of the Lakers fan base. However, I am really starting to come around on him and feel he has the better chance to shine this season.

My feelings on Russell are beginning to change after hearing the comments of so many Lakers veterans, as well as limited views of him in practice during training camp. The main issue that plagues most rookie point guards is the speed of the game, and maintaining poise and control. By all accounts, that seems to be Russell’s strongest suit.

Something else that leans me towards Russell is that he is the one true point guard guaranteed to be on the roster. Marcelo Huertas could make the team, but that is far from a sure thing. Other than him, score-first options like Jordan Clarkson, Lou Williams, or even Kobe Bryant would be next in line. Needless to say, Russell will have a major opportunity with little competition.

Randle has all of the talent in the world, but he also has a little more competition with Brandon Bass breathing down his neck. It isn’t hard to picture the reliable veteran Bass taking minutes away from Randle if he struggles which would put a major dent in his production.

I have high hopes that both players will reach their potential and be part of the Lakers core for years to come, but Russell will have the ball in his hands all season, which makes me lean towards him as having the bigger year.

Randle will be our target due to his low post presence, strength and size he will get more touches than russell

  1. Bingo!
    Randle will be the offense in the paint. And his playing style should really shine next to Hibbert.

    Let’s keep in mind that all rookies play like rookies and that Russell is in the position with the toughest learning curve.

    1. if russell struggles or gets injured we have jc as a pg too but the more they feed randle the beastier he will become

  2. At the beginning of the year Randle, towards the end Russell has a chance to catch up or surpass.

    Russell has more on his plate. Randle benefits from Russells Hustle!

    However, based on what I saw in the last game of summer league Russell has the ability to go into Kobe mode and he becomes an offensive threat any place on the court. If he has plenty of nights like that then Russell can dominate.

  • Randle will be our target due to his low post presence, strength and size he will get more touches than russell

    1. Bingo!
      Randle will be the offense in the paint. And his playing style should really shine next to Hibbert.

      Let’s keep in mind that all rookies play like rookies and that Russell is in the position with the toughest learning curve.

      1. if russell struggles or gets injured we have jc as a pg too but the more they feed randle the beastier he will become

    2. At the beginning of the year Randle, towards the end Russell has a chance to catch up or surpass.

      Russell has more on his plate. Randle benefits from Russells Hustle!

      However, based on what I saw in the last game of summer league Russell has the ability to go into Kobe mode and he becomes an offensive threat any place on the court. If he has plenty of nights like that then Russell can dominate.

  • The odds have to favor Randle. This is his second training camp. He is a year older. More time working with the system. More time understanding life in the NBA. Even the injury gives him an edge. He has already had to overcome what had to be a major scare. Simple fact is, this isn’t really his rookie year. DR (who I think has a very high ceiling) has a lot to learn and will have a heavier load. He is the guy who has to make the magic happen. I hope he has a “good” year but even Kobe’s rookie year wasn’t always pretty.

  • The odds have to favor Randle. This is his second training camp. He is a year older. More time working with the system. More time understanding life in the NBA. Even the injury gives him an edge. He has already had to overcome what had to be a major scare. Simple fact is, this isn’t really his rookie year. DR (who I think has a very high ceiling) has a lot to learn and will have a heavier load. He is the guy who has to make the magic happen. I hope he has a “good” year but even Kobe’s rookie year wasn’t always pretty.

  • I’d say DR. It’s easier to have a higher usage percentage as a guard. Randle’s touches will be filtered down from Kobe, Russ, and Clarkson on the perimeter. Randle will also be more likely to get into foul trouble. It will be close.

  • I’d say DR. It’s easier to have a higher usage percentage as a guard. Randle’s touches will be filtered down from Kobe, Russ, and Clarkson on the perimeter. Randle will also be more likely to get into foul trouble. It will be close.

  • My Choice: Randle.
    After a year of studying film, building his body to his ideal NBA size, and very specialized training for his future position he’s in a much better position. So while it’s his “rookie year” by association, he’s actually 1 year ahead in terms of every veteran element except for actual playing experience, and some of which has been improved by the training regiments the team has given him in the last 4-5 months. I *kinda* expect a year similar to how Blake Griffen’s first “real” NBA season after his injury.

    RE: Russell
    I think Russell is a year away. He will have glimpses, and will play up to the level of a top-5 draft pick, but at the same time, the EXACT things that were listed on his “cons” from pre-draft scouting will be shown. So, while coupled with the NORMAL learning curve of a rookie at the most difficult position, he will face a disadvantage due to his size (weight and strength not height), his decision making will be suspect at times, his shot mechanics will be exposed, and in general, the elements of his “game” that aren’t NBA ready will take a year for veteran experience to overcome and solidify is true ability. But, at the same time, I think after the All Star break, he’ll start to stabilize and shine — much like Clarkson.<- i'm not saying he's going to suck, but I think he's going to look a lot more like a scrawny, 19 year old with ZERO professional experience and a #2 draft pick ROOKIE PG, than CP3.

    1. That’s why I’m wondering if him (DR) starting is a good thing or bad thing. I love the guy and think all signs point to him being a star. (good game, right attitude, right situation.) But does starting put too much pressure on a 19 year old with a high ceiling, but definite things to work on? Or does starting accelerate the learning curve and gets him ready faster? I am not too concerned about his rookie year and see it as setting the foundation for future greatness.

      1. I think starting him in small bits is the solution. I think Russell can handle the media, and that getting torched by Westbrook, Rose, Lillard, and simply “seeing” the high levels of play required by elite PG’s will motivate him and help him understand his potential.

        I still think he’ll be a “part time” starter, in that, he’ll be on the floor with the starters when the game starts, and that he’ll play with them for some minutes by rotation. But I’m not sure he’s a lock to be with the #1 team EVERY minute just yet. But, for his growth, I think he needs to be treated, and *assumed* to be the starter, all the while limiting his exposure and controlling his growth.

        1. As excited about this squad as I’ve been any in a long time. Even if they don’t have a great year, still feel like we are seeing the start of something special.

          1. Randle, Clarkson and Russell should be All Stars at some point in their career. Things are very bright in the future of the Purple and Gold.

        2. Very good points ! And I agree they have to manage Russell’s development right. We are in a kind of tweener situation. Meaning we need a mix between developing our young players and winning games at the same time.

          Because of that Russell, Clarkson , and Randle will have to “step up ” and handle the load or it will be broken off to them in manageable chunks.

          I’m sure Byron Scott saw how Mark Jackson worked his butt off to build the Warriors’s team and get the Warriors to be as confident as they were when the keys to that Rolls Royce line up was turned over to Steve Kerr.

          That said if Byron Scott wants to remain the Laker’s coach they must start winning sooner than later.

          I have said in a prior comment “this is not pre school”. Our players are getting paid big money to work hard at preparing themselves to “step up ” and carry the load sooner than later. Young or old we can’t make excuses for players who are struggling at the expense of the “team” No player young or old should come before “the team”. If a player young or old is not cutting it they need to be passing towels and filling up water bottles period. You can’t force maturity only give it chances to grow.

          That is why you have to almost be a freak or a nerd about getting better. That is why Kobe was and sometimes still is considered not as social as others. He takes film study and personal dedication to the highest regard. First in the gym last to leave attitude. And he makes the necessary sacrifices
          that make the difference.

          While others want to live the Hollywood life style.

          The homie E-40 said well when he said “every bodies got choices”.

          Choose to do what it takes to get better. There are no short cuts.

          No excuses “step up ” or support team mates who can and does get the job done.

          Paytc

          1. We will have a much better idea of how things will work out starting with our first pre season game and to see each and every game as a stepping stone and there should be improvement each and every game-then we can say we have a good team.

          2. Yes, I agree. It will be a work in progress. And it will definitely take some time to be able to call this newly assembled group of players a “good team.”

            I think we have to good mix of youth and veterans to compliment and help one another. That is the way a “team” should work. We do things for the “team” to progress. And individuals do what’s necessary for the individuals to progress.

            One game at a time.

            Go Lakers !

            Paytc

          3. I have to agree, we can visualize the success of this team all we want but until we start winning games, visualizing success means nothing, it has to be proven on the court,as always.

          4. For Byron Scott – I think winning “sooner or later” means sooner in the sense of the next two years. Not necessarily this season. For all intents and purposes, this is his first year with a real team and real talent, but a good dose of that talent is going to blossom in the next two years. He doesn’t need to make the playoffs this year (though it would be nice.) He just needs to get these guys playing at a solid level by the end of the season. I think you could see this almost exact same squat suiting up next year, which would be awesome for continuity and growth.

          5. I’ve always been an aim for the stars and land on the moon kind of guy.

            I think we should definitely set high expectations and be happy if we get pretty close to the goal.

          6. I bet Mike Brown thought the same thing. Unfortunately the truth is sooner or later means sooner than later for some. And I think Byron Scott fall into the some category. But regardless to what either of us believe, It would not surprise me to see Byron Scott trying to win as often as possible. Why else even play the game? I don’t think this is a tanking assembled team.

            I do agree with you we may see a lot of the same players suiting up to play with the team again next year.

            Go Lakers !

            Paytc

    2. Out of the gate last year Randle already had an NBA ready body, which is a huge advantage for a rookie to have.

  • My Choice: Randle.
    After a year of studying film, building his body to his ideal NBA size, and very specialized training for his future position he’s in a much better position. So while it’s his “rookie year” by association, he’s actually 1 year ahead in terms of every veteran element except for actual playing experience, and some of which has been improved by the training regiments the team has given him in the last 4-5 months. I *kinda* expect a year similar to how Blake Griffen’s first “real” NBA season after his injury. I also expect that Randle will start, and show that he is/was the second best player in the 2014 draft behind Wiggins. <- I am amazed at how much folks are sleeping on Randle.

    RE: Russell
    I think Russell is a year away. He will have glimpses, and will play up to the level of a top-5 draft pick, but at the same time, the EXACT things that were listed on his "cons" from pre-draft scouting will be shown. So, while coupled with the NORMAL learning curve of a rookie at the most difficult position and in the most fickle NBA market, he will face a disadvantage due to his size (weight and strength not height), his decision making will be suspect at times, and his shot mechanics will be exposed. And in general, the elements of his "game" that aren't NBA ready will take a year for veteran experience to overcome and solidify is true ability. But, at the same time, I think after the All Star break, he'll start to stabilize and shine, much like how Clarkson did last year. <- i'm not saying he's going to suck, but I think he's going to look a lot more like a scrawny, 19 year old with ZERO professional experience, a #2 draft pick, and ROOKIE PG than CP3.

    1. That’s why I’m wondering if him (DR) starting is a good thing or bad thing. I love the guy and think all signs point to him being a star. (good game, right attitude, right situation.) But does starting put too much pressure on a 19 year old with a high ceiling, but definite things to work on? Or does starting accelerate the learning curve and gets him ready faster? I am not too concerned about his rookie year and see it as setting the foundation for future greatness.

      1. I think giving him minutes with the first team (aka “Starter”) in small bits is the solution. I think Russell can handle the media, and that getting torched by Westbrook, Rose, Lillard, and simply “seeing” the high levels of play required by elite PG’s will motivate him and help him understand his potential.

        I still think he’ll be a “part time” starter, in that, he’ll be on the floor with the starters when the game starts, and that he’ll play with them for some minutes by rotation. But I’m not sure he’s a lock to be with the #1 team EVERY minute just yet. But, for his growth, I think he needs to be treated, and *assumed* to be the starter, all the while limiting his exposure and controlling his growth.

        To me, I think Russell is one of the rare guys, who can handle the pressure of being the Lakers point guard, and that validation of being named “the starting PG of the Los Angeles Lakers” is something he can handle from day-1 (and would be good for him)…. But, with that, also comes the realization that he’s a “puppy” and will need to be kept on a short leash for his own growth and to limit potential damage due to expectations and poor play.

        1. As excited about this squad as I’ve been any in a long time. Even if they don’t have a great year, still feel like we are seeing the start of something special.

          1. Randle, Clarkson and Russell should be All Stars at some point in their career. Things are very bright in the future of the Purple and Gold.

        2. Very good points ! And I agree they have to manage Russell’s development right. We are in a kind of tweener situation. Meaning we need a mix between developing our young players and winning games at the same time.

          Because of that Russell, Clarkson , and Randle will have to “step up ” and handle the load or it will be broken off to them in manageable chunks.

          I’m sure Byron Scott saw how Mark Jackson worked his butt off to build the Warriors’s team and get the Warriors to be as confident as they were when the keys to that Rolls Royce line up was turned over to Steve Kerr.

          That said if Byron Scott wants to remain the Laker’s coach they must start winning sooner than later.

          I have said in a prior comment “this is not pre school”. Our players are getting paid big money to work hard at preparing themselves to “step up ” and carry the load sooner than later. Young or old we can’t make excuses for players who are struggling at the expense of the “team.” No player young or old should come before “the team”. If a player young or old is not cutting it they need to be passing towels and filling up water bottles period. You can’t force maturity only give it chances to grow.

          That is why you have to almost be a freak or a nerd about getting better. That is why Kobe was and sometimes still is considered not as social as others. He takes film study and personal dedication to the highest regard. First in the gym last to leave attitude. And he makes the necessary sacrifices
          that make the difference.

          While others want to live the Hollywood life style.

          The homie E-40 said it well when he said “every bodies got choices”.

          Choose to do what it takes to get better. There are no short cuts.

          No excuses “step up ” or support a team mate who can and does get the job done.

          Go Lakers !

          Paytc

          1. We will have a much better idea of how things will work out starting with our first pre season game and to see each and every game as a stepping stone and there should be improvement each and every game-then we can say we have a good team.

          2. Yes, I agree. It will be a work in progress. And it will definitely take some time to be able to call this newly assembled group of players a “good team.”

            I think we have to good mix of youth and veterans to compliment and help one another. That is the way a “team” should work. We do things for the “team” to progress. And individuals do what’s necessary for the individuals to progress. There are no short cuts or magic formulas.
            Everyone must put the required work in for themselves to get better. Strong individuals make a strong team.

            Note to players :Don’t make excuses or look around pointing fingers check yourself.

            One game at a time.

            Go Lakers !

            Paytc

          3. I have to agree, we can visualize the success of this team all we want but until we start winning games, visualizing success means nothing, it has to be proven on the court,as always.

          4. For Byron Scott – I think winning “sooner or later” means sooner in the sense of the next two years. Not necessarily this season. For all intents and purposes, this is his first year with a real team and real talent, but a good dose of that talent is going to blossom in the next two years. He doesn’t need to make the playoffs this year (though it would be nice.) He just needs to get these guys playing at a solid level by the end of the season. I think you could see this almost exact same squat suiting up next year, which would be awesome for continuity and growth.

          5. I’ve always been an aim for the stars and land on the moon kind of guy.

            I think we should definitely set high expectations and be happy if we get pretty close to the goal.

          6. I bet Mike Brown thought the same thing. Unfortunately the truth is sooner or later means sooner than later for some. And I think Byron Scott falls into the some category.

            But regardless to what either of us believe, It would not surprise me to see Byron Scott trying to win as often as possible. Why else even play the game? I don’t think this is a tanking assembled team.

            Every game matters when it could come down to one or two games getting you into the playoffs. That is the goal “playoffs” at least to start the season.

            I do agree with you we may see a lot of the same players suiting up to play with the team again next year.

            Go Lakers !

            Paytc

    2. Out of the gate last year Randle already had an NBA ready body, which is a huge advantage for a rookie to have.

  • In terms of “numbers” I think Russell will average 13 points 4 rebounds 6 assists and 1 steal per game.

    I see Randle getting 15 points 9 rebounds and 2 assists

      1. Just to be devil’s advocate,
        If Randle is truly as good as people say, and a “blake griffen clone” as most expect, your scoring numbers are a but low.

        To me, 13ppg is very realistic, but at the same time, if he averaged 13ppg — to me — it would seem like he under-performed a bit.

        1. probably not, I don’t see Randle as the No. 1 option yet, there are a lot of scorer’s on this team and the No. 1 option will have to be worked out,if it isn’t Kobe !!

    1. 100% agree.

      I will say, however,
      My hunch is that Randle will try to get a double-double every night, so just out of determination and ego, he might find 10 rebounds…And, if his passing and point forward ability is “as promised” he might get 3 assists.

      1. I can see Randle getting 10 rebounds as well I just didn’t want to put double double expectations on him too quickly. The 3+ assists can happen but his points will lower a bit to about 12-13 points

  • In terms of “numbers” I think Russell will average 13 points 4 rebounds 6 assists and 1 steal per game.

    I see Randle getting 15 points 9 rebounds and 2 assists

      1. Just to be devil’s advocate,
        If Randle is truly as good as people say, and a “blake griffen clone” as most expect, your scoring numbers are a but low.

        To me, 13ppg is very realistic, but at the same time, if he averaged 13ppg it would seem like he under-performed a bit.

        1. probably not, I don’t see Randle as the No. 1 option yet, there are a lot of scorer’s on this team and the No. 1 option will have to be worked out,if it isn’t Kobe !!

    1. 100% agree.

      I will say, however,
      My hunch is that Randle will try to get a double-double every night, so just out of determination and ego, he might find 10 rebounds…And, if his passing and point-forward ability is “as promised” he might get 3 assists.

      1. I can see Randle getting 10 rebounds as well I just didn’t want to put double double expectations on him too quickly. The 3+ assists can happen but his points will lower a bit to about 12-13 points

  • As for Clarkson I see him being a monta Ellis type player which is a guy that puts up points in bunches but is a borderline all star

    1. At the end of last year, I thought the same. Now, after watching how hard he trains, and how much he seems to “want” to be a star I think his peak will be a bit higher. But, It really comes down to the when he peaks as a player and given he *should* grow for another 4-5 years, he might surpass Monta.

      I think his “floor” is Monta Ellis, but his ceiling is Westbrook. And luckily, somewhere in between is still a good player. I expect he’ll live up to the “Westbrook lite” comparisons.

      1. He has just begun and by the end of this season he will have become one of the best SG and player in the league He will not settle for any thing less.
        GO CLARKSON.

      2. 1.Monta Ellis was fresh out of high when he came into the Association

        2.By time he was Clarks age he was Top 10 in scoring

        3. The westbrook comparisons are unfair

  • As for Clarkson I see him being a monta Ellis type player which is a guy that puts up points in bunches but is a borderline all star

    1. At the end of last year, I thought the same. Now, after watching how hard he trains, and how much he seems to “want” to be a star I think his peak will be a bit higher. But, It really comes down to the when he peaks as a player and given he *should* grow for another 4-5 years, he might surpass Monta.

      I think his floor is Monta Ellis, but his ceiling is Westbrook. And luckily, somewhere in between is still a good player. I expect he’ll live up to the “Westbrook lite” comparisons.

      1. He has just begun and by the end of this season he will have become one of the best SG and player in the league He will not settle for any thing less.
        GO CLARKSON.

      2. 1.Monta Ellis was fresh out of high when he came into the Association

        2.By time he was Clarks age he was Top 10 in scoring

        3. The westbrook comparisons are unfair

  • What makes the people on this “panel of experts” experts? They don’t seem to have any particular expertise revealed in their comments. How are they experts?

    1. Dana,

      I can agree with you on that. That is what I typically like to do as well when dealing with young un-challenged rookie or 2nd year players. They have a lot to learn and must have the right attitude and workman like discipline to tap into their potential. And most importantly they must stay healthy. I’ll wait and see with optimism as well.

      Go Lakers !

      Paytc

  • What makes the people on this “panel of experts” experts? They don’t seem to have any particular expertise revealed in their comments. How are they experts?

    Personally, I can’t predict. I haven’t seen either of these players enough to have gotten a real understanding of where they are. I think Randle’s body and his study put him higher on one side, but Russell’s poise, court vision and passing ability give him the edge on that score. Plus, Russell will probably see more court time than Randle, and will have the ball in his hands more than Randle.

    Where they end up at the end of the season, I can’t say yet. They both have a lot of that word I really dislike: Potential. Potential means unrealized. I can’t predict which one will realize more of their potential this season because I haven’t seen enough of them yet. It would just be a guess based on bias at this point. So, I’ll wait and see. They are both promising.

    1. Dana,

      I can agree with you on that. That is what I typically like to do as well when dealing with young un-challenged rookie or 2nd year players. They have a lot to learn and must have the right attitude and workman like discipline to tap into their potential. And most importantly they must stay healthy. I’ll wait and see with optimism as well.

      Go Lakers !

      Paytc

      1. im confident he’s making the team.his ability to rebound and get to the foul will benefit us greatly

        1. If he gets on the floor past Kobe, Young, and Metta at the 3 and Randle, Bass, Moore at the 4. See him warming the bench

          1. i see him moving up to second unit this kid is all over the floor grabbing rebounds and not afraid to attack the rim

          2. That’s a lofty goal.
            He’s gotta beat out Bass, Young, ABrown, Bass, Nance and Black.

            He’s got a bright future…. no doubt. But, let’s focus on THIS year and not 2018.

          3. Who said he is not making team? Stop listening to the voices inside your head

          4. J Taylor said holmes is not making the team..i know for sure he is because who else is trying to be the garbage man besides him

          5. I don’t see that can you quote him? He said “bench guy” with “bright future”.

          6. Its a nice dream but you will wake up and say wow that was great, but maybe next year.

      1. im confident he’s making the team.his ability to rebound and get to the foul will benefit us greatly

        1. If he gets on the floor past Kobe, Young, and Metta at the 3 and Randle, Bass, Moore at the 4. See him warming the bench

          1. i see him moving up to second unit this kid is all over the floor grabbing rebounds and not afraid to attack the rim

          2. That’s a lofty goal.
            He’s gotta beat out Bass, Young, ABrown, Bass, Nance and Black.

            He’s got a bright future…. no doubt. But, let’s focus on THIS year and not 2018.

          3. Who said he is not making the team? Stop listening to the voices inside your head

          4. J Taylor said holmes is not making the team..i know for sure he is because who else is trying to be the garbage man besides him

          5. I don’t see that can you quote him? He said “bench guy” with “bright future”.

          6. Its a nice dream but you will wake up and say wow that was great, but maybe next year.

      1. He’s our future Robert Horry, but like you pointed out, the lack of time on the court may not allow us to see the best of him.

    1. Enough to get the FANS calling out LARRY LARRY LARRY FOR how hard he was playing and blocking shots and 50/50 balls, does that cover it.

      1. He’s our future Robert Horry, but like you pointed out, the lack of time on the court may not allow us to see the best of him.

    1. Enough to get the FANS calling out LARRY LARRY LARRY FOR how hard he was playing and blocking shots and 50/50 balls, does that cover it.

        1. need a high IQ pass first PG to compliment Williams/Young.
          Huertas
          LW
          NY
          Bass
          Black
          No need to make room for older MWP, a raw Holmes/Upshaw

          1. bass,young.lou out of your list are locked for sure the others have to fight for a spot even mwp with a strained calf smh

          2. huertas is no lock he must show he can defend at the nba level,his contract in non guaranteed lets just say he’s on your list of guys to make the team

          3. i prefer lou who can pass just as good as huertas and also score and defend better..id hate to have another jeremy lin on the team.if you watch day 4 huertas struggles on defense

          4. Lou is more of a SG. But lets say he is put at PG. Who is third string? Backup guards Williams (scorer), Young (scorer), Brown (scorer). All of which will probably be played more at the 2 spot and Young at the 3. Huertas is needed.

          5. im seeing that holmes can possibly move down to the 2 spot or 3.he loves to attack the rim and not afraid to shoot. lou should back up russell because he’s effective with the ball in his hand

          6. Holmes played stretch 4 in the summer league. Don’t know where you are getting 2 from. Feel free to just throw crap out there though. He loves to shoot but he wasn’t a good shooter in college. He also ranked one of the least explosive in the draft. His basketball IQ was also rated low and you want him to play the 2 spot? Also NO ONE SAID HOLMES WASNT GOING TO MAKE THE TEAM. Still looking for where Taylor said that. Huertas isn’t greedy and won’t be looking to shoot. That’s what you need when you have Williams and Young on the court. J.C. will play some pg also and Kobe will get some 2 spot time.

          7. we will see tomorrow eric calm down lol i like huertas but holmes looks good so far

          8. He does look good. NO ONE disagrees. I just take it as a lie when you say Taylor said something he didn’t say. Then you pussy out when you can’t find a quote and realize you’re an idiot. Can’t sack up and admit you’re wrong (which is nearly constant).

          9. He just goes on and on and on and makes very little sinse but every one answers him which just gets him fired up again.

          10. Holmes over Huertas…..NO WAY!

            A future PROVEN Holmes, maybe, but not at this stage.

          11. I like Holmes but not over Huertas.

            You dont know what a good deal we got with Huertas.
            Go watch film on Huertas.

          12. I saw him do just as well as Russell on defense but let’s not get carried away on these few days of training before you start criticizing !!!!

      1. I’m sure Mitch would not be wasting his time if he thought Huertas was garbage and you don’t stay 12 yrs. in the Euro league if you are garbage, maybe some common sense will help or are you a hate first kind of guy ?????

        1. need a high IQ pass first PG to compliment Williams/Young.
          Huertas
          LW
          NY
          Bass
          Black
          No need to make room for older MWP, a raw Holmes/Upshaw

          1. bass,young.lou out of your list are locked for sure the others have to fight for a spot even mwp with a strained calf smh

          2. huertas is no lock he must show he can defend at the nba level,his contract in non guaranteed lets just say he’s on your list of guys to make the team

          3. i prefer lou who can pass just as good as huertas and also score and defend better..id hate to have another jeremy lin on the team.if you watch day 4 huertas struggles on defense

          4. Lou is more of a SG. But lets say he is put at PG. Who is third string? Backup guards Williams (scorer), Young (scorer), Brown (scorer). All of which will probably be played more at the 2 spot and Young at the 3. Huertas is needed.

          5. im seeing that holmes can possibly move down to the 2 spot or 3.he loves to attack the rim and not afraid to shoot. lou should back up russell because he’s effective with the ball in his hand

          6. Holmes played stretch 4 in the summer league. Don’t know where you are getting 2 from. Feel free to just throw crap out there though. He loves to shoot but he wasn’t a good shooter in college. He also ranked one of the least explosive in the draft. His basketball IQ was also rated low and you want him to play the 2 spot? Also NO ONE SAID HOLMES WASNT GOING TO MAKE THE TEAM. Still looking for where Taylor said that. Huertas isn’t greedy and won’t be looking to shoot. That’s what you need when you have Williams and Young on the court. J.C. will play some pg also and Kobe will get some 2 spot time.

          7. we will see tomorrow eric calm down lol i like huertas but holmes looks good so far

          8. He does look good. NO ONE disagrees. I just take it as a lie when you say Taylor said something he didn’t say. Then you pussy out when you can’t find a quote and realize you’re an idiot. Can’t sack up and admit you’re wrong (which is nearly constant).

          9. He just goes on and on and on and makes very little sinse but every one answers him which just gets him fired up again.

          10. Holmes over Huertas…..NO WAY!

            A future PROVEN Holmes, maybe, but not at this stage.

          11. I like Holmes but not over Huertas.

            You dont know what a good deal we got with Huertas.
            Go watch film on Huertas.

          12. I saw him do just as well as Russell on defense but let’s not get carried away on these few days of training before you start criticizing !!!!

      1. I’m sure Mitch would not be wasting his time if he thought Huertas was garbage and you don’t stay 12 yrs. in the Euro league if you are garbage, maybe some common sense will help or are you a hate first kind of guy ?????

  • this is controversy but i feel like kelly will keep his spot on the roster.he’s one of our best 3 point shooters only only stretch 4

  • this is controversy but i feel like kelly will keep his spot on the roster.he’s one of our best 3 point shooters only only stretch 4

    1. Oh yeah the 30 year old who just had ankle surgery because he can’t support his own weight. Over the 23 year old athlete with a high PER.

    2. Now I know you are trolling!

      Black has more heart, agility, and of course youth, over that broken down foo.

        1. how Davis doesnt put up any stats and is aging. Black is way more agile, quicker, ambidextrous, and more than held his own against Deandre and Rudy Gobert

    1. Oh yeah the 30 year old who just had ankle surgery because he can’t support his own weight. Over the 23 year old athlete with a high PER.

    2. Now I know you are trolling!

      Black has more heart, agility, and of course youth, over that broken down foo.

        1. how Davis doesnt put up any stats and is aging. Black is way more agile, quicker, ambidextrous, and more than held his own against Deandre and Rudy Gobert

  • Randle. IF he learns how to read the D and if the team makes the right effort to spread the floor for him. But physically he is lightyears above D’Angelo in terms of readiness. D’Angelo has everything to learn from the nba and modify his body accordingly. Randle has done that already, although it was off the court.

    1. russel sees and the floor very well theres a reason why hes a pass first pg dumbo. the problem is hes to slow and soft which will cost him. he plays the game at a very slow pace

  • Randle. IF he learns how to read the D and if the team makes the right effort to spread the floor for him. But physically he is lightyears above D’Angelo in terms of readiness. D’Angelo has everything to learn from the nba and modify his body accordingly. Randle has done that already, although it was off the court.

    1. russel sees and the floor very well theres a reason why hes a pass first pg dumbo. the problem is hes to slow and soft which will cost him. he plays the game at a very slow pace

  • D’angelo Russel’s rookie year will be a forgettable one and so will his career. He’s got intimidating size for his position but the reality is hes weak and fragile for a guy his size and will be overpowered by 95% of all PGs in the nba. With Randle the only thing he needs to stop doing is stop playing basketball the wrong way like a crazy maniac. its good every once in a while when the opportunity presents itself on a fast break or something since not everyone has that ability to run the floor at ur size but dont be acting like a god damn nutcase. The biggest key for randle this season is controlling his emotions and letting the game come to him naturally and good things will happen.

    1. Guys can get stronger. He’s only 19 and is going to spend at least one season watching and learning from one of the top greatest “work ethic” guys of all time. Plus Clarks is proving to be a kid who puts the time in…..Randle is looking like a guy who is willing to do the work. So he is spending time with guys who are pushing themselves and him. No reason right now to think that DRuss won’t be a guy who works hard and all the people who count are saying his head is in the right place. Give the kid some time and I think we are going to see great things.

      1. i dont think he’s as hard of a worker as you think he is. i think he lovess the basketball aspect of workin way more than actual work which everyone knows is the fun part (free time enjoy yourself part of fitness) its the other aspects that are gonna make you who you are when its time to get on the basketball court.. he looks like a guy that if he had pick between doing cardio or hit the weight room something thats improving your body or just hitting the court play some hoops he would pick hoops 9 out of 10 times thats just my humble opinion

    2. Steph Curry is more weak and fragile than Russell is. Steph has glass ankles and is physically weaker than D’Angelo so I guess you can be weak and fragile but still be really good.

      1. With relation to Curry ‘was’ weaker. His lower body strength and conditioning have allowed him the ability to elevate his game. Quickest trigger in the league aside of best shooter.

        This is something that Russell will also need to conquer, being staying on top of his lower body strength to help his cause to be great. However, he’ll have to put alot more effort than that to achieve max potential.

  • D’angelo Russel’s rookie year will be a forgettable one and so will his career. He’s got intimidating size for his position but the reality is hes weak and fragile for a guy his size and will be overpowered by 95% of all PGs in the nba. With Randle the only thing he needs to stop doing is stop playing basketball the wrong way like a crazy maniac. its good every once in a while when the opportunity presents itself on a fast break or something since not everyone has that ability to run the floor at ur size but dont be acting like a god damn nutcase. The biggest key for randle this season is controlling his emotions and letting the game come to him naturally and good things will happen.

    1. Guys can get stronger. He’s only 19 and is going to spend at least one season watching and learning from one of the top greatest “work ethic” guys of all time. Plus Clarks is proving to be a kid who puts the time in…..Randle is looking like a guy who is willing to do the work. So he is spending time with guys who are pushing themselves and him. No reason right now to think that DRuss won’t be a guy who works hard and all the people who count are saying his head is in the right place. Give the kid some time and I think we are going to see great things.

      1. i dont think he’s as hard of a worker as you think he is. i think he lovess the basketball aspect of workin way more than actual work which everyone knows is the fun part (free time enjoy yourself part of fitness) its the other aspects that are gonna make you who you are when its time to get on the basketball court.. he looks like a guy that if he had pick between doing cardio or hit the weight room something thats improving your body or just hitting the court play some hoops he would pick hoops 9 out of 10 times thats just my humble opinion

    2. Steph Curry is more weak and fragile than Russell is. Steph has glass ankles and is physically weaker than D’Angelo so I guess you can be weak and fragile but still be really good.

      1. With relation to Curry ‘was’ weaker. His lower body strength and conditioning have allowed him the ability to elevate his game. Quickest trigger in the league aside of best shooter.

        This is something that Russell will also need to conquer, being staying on top of his lower body strength to help his cause to be great. However, he’ll have to put alot more effort than that to achieve max potential.

  • these lakers cant even stay on the floor and its only training camp?? :D!!! there all getting hurt 😀 what i am very impressed well not really super impressed cuz i knew what this guy is capable of is Robert Upshaw. I’ve heard that hes been really impressive on the defensive end in training camp. he lost 20 pounds this summer so u know hes serious about being here. i have complete confidence in Upshaw that he should definitely win the battle for backup center. Its not like he has any serious competition :D!! sacre is a JOKE anyone wins that battle :D, and black just does not have the size and amount of skill that upshaw has so it should be a no brainer easy battle for him to win that spot

  • these lakers cant even stay on the floor and its only training camp?? :D!!! there all getting hurt 😀 what i am very impressed well not really super impressed cuz i knew what this guy is capable of is Robert Upshaw. I’ve heard that hes been really impressive on the defensive end in training camp. he lost 20 pounds this summer so u know hes serious about being here. i have complete confidence in Upshaw that he should definitely win the battle for backup center. Its not like he has any serious competition :D!! sacre is a JOKE anyone wins that battle :D, and black just does not have the size and amount of skill that upshaw has so it should be a no brainer easy battle for him to win that spot

  • Really? . . . Honestly, honestly, both are YEARS, I mean YEARS, away from even thinking about competing at an NBA level and getting ANY meaningful Laker staggering stats!!! But, don’t get me wrong here. They are probably some REAL nice guys, awesome friends and family members! But, Pro Basketball players?? . . . In about three years for Randal (if can stay healthy), then Maybe Randal will be able to Really help out Lakers, honestly. For the other guy, . . . ummm, whats his name again? . . . Oh, ummmmm, D’Angelo Russell. Again, probably a very wonderful, outstanding person, awesome U.S. Citizen. Honestly, if D’Angelo could improve his game in D-League, then work real hard, maybe could see about two or three minutes of Laker games, if Lakers are WAY ahead or god forbid, way behind. So after spending about 3 YEARS to 5 YEARS in Our competitive D-League, D’Angelo POSSIBLY could earn those two to three minutes of real Laker time. Y? Even D’Angelo knows, he doesn’t quite have it, so stop pressuring D’Angelo to be a Laker this year. – kindest and Best (but always, honest:)

      1. How is D’Angelo is terrible pick by your GM. Just wait and watch, then maybe you’ll see what other Intelligent Lakers Fans see. Us Lakers need Lou and Bass, the most!! Really should be thinking twin towers, of Upshaw and Hibert, Swaggy, Bass and KB – now there are rings. Your two awesome citizens Randall and Russell, are D-League projects – Kindest and Best

          1. Big Upshaw, showed Me, during Summer League that there were NO real Superstar picks in this draft. Upshaw gave Okafor NIGHTMARES. Byron Scott is also considering sending Russell to D-League (or at least he should be). Mitch should have traded our pick, rather then make us try and fit a round peg into a square hole – by praising a sub sub sub par scrawny Russell pick, by Mitch – Kindest and Best

          2. Remember, those players our Lakers played and went 1-4, are NO Where Near, the second-string of current N.B.A. – Best

      1. Remember, those players our Lakers played and went 1-4, are NO Where Near, the second-string of current NBA – Best

          1. Kid will be placed in our competitive D-League. Guy has heart, great
            personality, just NO NBA skills. We want to wish Mr. Russell, the best
            of luck. Keeping working, in about six or seven years, Mr. Russell may
            be ready. Thanks Mr. D’Angelo – Best

          2. You’ll see, ur superstar – fall . . . and fast, right to D-League, if that or let go! You see, I’m a die hard Laker fan. U and others want Mitch to like u. So u mitch lovers have ur noses so far up mitch’s bum, it is hilarious. comical actually. I don’t want mitch (or u or anyone else, for that matter) to like me. I want championship rings. U guys want what mitch and media r saying, oh DR is great!! NOT. I feel bad for u. Lakers with twin towers (rim protectors) Upshaw & Hibbert r what KB needs, not some stupid mitch project pick for RINGS. If a project, more like a bust. Lou Williams is 100% better that DR – any day or any time. Mitch may have just saved his job, by getting Lou, Bass and Heurates (sic). It is guys like U, who have had ur say and Our Lakers did 20-62, and this yr summer 1-4. Ur kid, DR was throwing the ball away, turn over king against NOT the NBA Superstar PG, but SCRUBS. – Best

          3. it’s idiotic to base projections for someone’s career on a five game stint in summer league. but then you’re an idiot, so it all makes sense. oh, and btw.. jerry west called russell the best player in the draft — JERRY WEST, who saw all time greatness in a 17 year old kobe bryant when few others did. something tells me that west knows just a bit more about hoops than your dumb ass.

            best.

          4. Mr Clutch, 75 years old, works for Golden State? U kno, jerry was a’right, but it wasn’t until Big Dipper shows up, that legitimized our Lakers. Quick question, when Lakers play Jerr’s team, does Jerr hope Lakers win?? ? So, would I b asking an opposing employee, for advice? (wait my tex – mex commerical is on . . .). If the Lakers fo is stupid enough to ask another team, who we should take? I think it is time for a new Laker Front Office! I’m not a betting man, but I probably could call that one about 100% of the time, that I would be fed erroneous, wrong data and then be laughed at for listening to them. U must not be a true, educated strategist or competitor. If you are, well I hope I get to play u or ur team. I’ll just pay off some one u look up to, and have them tell u some bs story and watch u swallow, hookline and sinker – kindest and Best (but always honest).

          5. it’s hilarious — you keep getting dumber with each post. west has said on more than one occasion that the lakers are the team he feels most connected to. oh, and his son works for the lakers!! you really think he’s going to lead his own flesh and blood astray? i never said the lakers asked jerry west his opinion and made their decision based on that — i’m just telling you what west said about russell. jerry west knows talent. you obviously do not.

          6. Not 2 sure what world ur living in, but yes, when $$ is involved, I’m talking Millions yes. Like I brought u in this world and I’ll lead my team 2 victory. Since feelings r only emotions anyways, connected to or not. Maybe o’le west needs his medical bills paid, idk, sorry son. But millions are at stake. sidenote: Byron S knows that DR is not ready (& may nvr B) so here comes the lame excuses to cover for his boss mitchy. I’m a patient man, so tomorrow the pre-season begins – I just don’t want another 20-62 season bro. So don’t get me wrong, if bozo the clown dons a P&G, I’m on his side. So even bozo, must put up or shut up, now. Rings r the name, with Millions at stake. I can hardly wait for Lakers tearing up the weak Jazz tomorrow, but u will have to wait for your rude-awakening on DR performance, against the toughest league (west), in Whole NBA – Go Lakers. Kindest and Best.

          7. this has to be an act you’re putting on right now, right? you can’t really be this stupid, can you? west needs his medical bills paid?? LOL. where do you come up with this stuff? do you really think west sees the lakers as a threat to the warriors at this moment..? do you think that he saw the lakers as being just one number two pick away from competing with the warriors for the NBA crown? come on, bro. you need to learn something about the league. until you do, you should just stop posting. you are the one looking like a clown. quit embarrassing yourself, bozo.

          8. Not 2 sure what ol’e Jerr sees, feels. As a matter of fact, I really don’t care! I accidentally cut my finger, the other day, would u believe, it bleed P&G bro . . . So, a quick inside into my logic – when u wear a P&G, well u are pretty much a God. And if ur a Superstar, u are a God. But! But, should u ever leave, retire, quit, get let go, get hurt, then my memory begins to fade on who u are / were. SHOULD u ever compete against the P&G, I’m more like . . . dude, “what’s ur name”?. So yeah, would I be trusting ol’e Jerr?? Not in a zillion years bro. GO Lakers. Kindest and Best.

          9. So BOOM !! Just like Upshaw and twin tower partner Hibbert would tell ya, “don’t even try and bring that weak stuff, in here”!! This is where the Big Dogs live Baby – Best

          10. what weak stuff? i’ve poked holes in all your asinine arguments. jeez. maybe it’s not an act ; maybe you really are that stupid.

          11. So in closing, Lou Williams runs offense, as pg. Swaggy and KB with Upshaw and Hibbert protecting the rim. Huerta backs up Lou, and Maybe Clarkson gets to back up Huerta. Keep Black, and Holmes for small minutes. . . U will see that this is our finals starting five, and key to back2back rings. No room for Projects. We r keeping Bass to sub in for Swag, and Maybe Lance for additional small minutes. Then also keep J Brown and M Frazier. Thats 13. Get rid of rest, or send to D-League / trade, I really don’t care – but that is the True Starting five. – Best

  • Really? . . . Honestly, honestly, both are YEARS, I mean YEARS, away from even thinking about competing at an NBA level and getting ANY meaningful Laker staggering stats!!! But, don’t get me wrong here. They are probably some REAL nice guys, awesome friends and family members! But, Pro Basketball players?? . . . In about three years for Randal (if can stay healthy), then Maybe Randal will be able to Really help out Lakers, honestly. For the other guy, . . . ummm, whats his name again? . . . Oh, ummmmm, D’Angelo Russell. Again, probably a very wonderful, outstanding person, awesome U.S. Citizen. Honestly, if D’Angelo could improve his game in D-League, then work real hard, maybe could see about two or three minutes of Laker games, if Lakers are WAY ahead or god forbid, way behind. So after spending about 3 YEARS to 5 YEARS in Our competitive D-League, D’Angelo POSSIBLY could earn those two to three minutes of real Laker time. Y? Even D’Angelo knows, he doesn’t quite have it, so stop pressuring D’Angelo to be a Laker this year. – kindest and Best (but always, honest:)

      1. How is D’Angelo is terrible pick by your GM. Just wait and watch, then maybe you’ll see what other Intelligent Lakers Fans see. Us Lakers need Lou and Bass, the most!! Really should be thinking twin towers, of Upshaw and Hibert, Swaggy, Bass and KB – now there are rings. Your two awesome citizens Randall and Russell, are D-League projects – Kindest and Best

          1. Big Upshaw, showed Me, during Summer League that there were NO real Superstar picks in this draft. Upshaw gave Okafor NIGHTMARES. Byron Scott is also considering sending Russell to D-League (or at least he should be). Mitch should have traded our pick, rather then make us try and fit a round peg into a square hole – by praising a sub sub sub par scrawny Russell pick, by Mitch – Kindest and Best

          2. Remember, those players our Lakers played and went 1-4, are NO Where Near, the second-string of current N.B.A. – Best

      1. Remember, those players our Lakers played and went 1-4, are NO Where Near, the second-string of current NBA – Best

          1. Kid will be placed in our competitive D-League. Guy has heart, great
            personality, just NO NBA skills. We want to wish Mr. Russell, the best
            of luck. Keeping working, in about six or seven years, Mr. Russell may
            be ready. Thanks Mr. D’Angelo – Best

          2. You’ll see, ur superstar – fall . . . and fast, right to D-League, if that or let go! You see, I’m a die hard Laker fan. U and others want Mitch to like u. So u mitch lovers have ur noses so far up mitch’s bum, it is hilarious. comical actually. I don’t want mitch (or u or anyone else, for that matter) to like me. I want championship rings. U guys want what mitch and media r saying, oh DR is great!! NOT. I feel bad for u. Lakers with twin towers (rim protectors) Upshaw & Hibbert r what KB needs, not some stupid mitch project pick for RINGS. If a project, more like a bust. Lou Williams is 100% better that DR – any day or any time. Mitch may have just saved his job, by getting Lou, Bass and Heurates (sic). It is guys like U, who have had ur say and Our Lakers did 20-62, and this yr summer 1-4. Ur kid, DR was throwing the ball away, turn over king against NOT the NBA Superstar PG, but SCRUBS. – Best

          3. it’s idiotic to base projections for someone’s career on a five game stint in summer league. but then you’re an idiot, so it all makes sense. oh, and btw.. jerry west called russell the best player in the draft — JERRY WEST, who saw all time greatness in a 17 year old kobe bryant when few others did. something tells me that west knows just a bit more about hoops than your dumb ass.

            best.

          4. Mr Clutch, 75 years old, works for Golden State? U kno, jerry was a’right, but it wasn’t until Big Dipper shows up, that legitimized our Lakers. Quick question, when Lakers play Jerr’s team, does Jerr hope Lakers win?? ? So, would I b asking an opposing employee, for advice? (wait my tex – mex commerical is on . . .). If the Lakers fo is stupid enough to ask another team, who we should take? I think it is time for a new Laker Front Office! I’m not a betting man, but I probably could call that one about 100% of the time, that I would be fed erroneous, wrong data and then be laughed at for listening to them. U must not be a true, educated strategist or competitor. If you are, well I hope I get to play u or ur team. I’ll just pay off some one u look up to, and have them tell u some bs story and watch u swallow, hookline and sinker – kindest and Best (but always honest).

          5. it’s hilarious — you keep getting dumber with each post. west has said on more than one occasion that the lakers are the team he feels most connected to. oh, and his son works for the lakers!! you really think he’s going to lead his own flesh and blood astray? i never said the lakers asked jerry west his opinion and made their decision based on that — i’m just telling you what west said about russell. jerry west knows talent. you obviously do not.

          6. Not 2 sure what world ur living in, but yes, when $$ is involved, I’m talking Millions yes. Like I brought u in this world and I’ll lead my team 2 victory. Since feelings r only emotions anyways, connected to or not. Maybe o’le west needs his medical bills paid, idk, sorry son. But millions are at stake. sidenote: Byron S knows that DR is not ready (& may nvr B) so here comes the lame excuses to cover for his boss mitchy. I’m a patient man, so tomorrow the pre-season begins – I just don’t want another 20-62 season bro. So don’t get me wrong, if bozo the clown dons a P&G, I’m on his side. So even bozo, must put up or shut up, now. Rings r the name, with Millions at stake. I can hardly wait for Lakers tearing up the weak Jazz tomorrow, but u will have to wait for your rude-awakening on DR performance, against the toughest league (west), in Whole NBA – Go Lakers. Kindest and Best.

          7. this has to be an act you’re putting on right now, right? you can’t really be this stupid, can you? west needs his medical bills paid?? LOL. where do you come up with this stuff? do you really think west sees the lakers as a threat to the warriors at this moment..? do you think that he saw the lakers as being just one number two pick away from competing with the warriors for the NBA crown? come on, bro. you need to learn something about the league. until you do, you should just stop posting. you are the one looking like a clown. quit embarrassing yourself, bozo.

          8. Not 2 sure what ol’e Jerr sees, feels. As a matter of fact, I really don’t care! I accidentally cut my finger, the other day, would u believe, it bleed P&G bro . . . So, a quick inside into my logic – when u wear a P&G, well u are pretty much a God. And if ur a Superstar, u are a God. But! But, should u ever leave, retire, quit, get let go, get hurt, then my memory begins to fade on who u are / were. SHOULD u ever compete against the P&G, I’m more like . . . dude, “what’s ur name”?. So yeah, would I be trusting ol’e Jerr?? Not in a zillion years bro. GO Lakers. Kindest and Best.

          9. So BOOM !! Just like Upshaw and twin tower partner Hibbert would tell ya, “don’t even try and bring that weak stuff, in here”!! This is where the Big Dogs live Baby – Best

          10. what weak stuff? i’ve poked holes in all your asinine arguments. jeez. maybe it’s not an act ; maybe you really are that stupid.

          11. So in closing, Lou Williams runs offense, as pg. Swaggy and KB with Upshaw and Hibbert protecting the rim. Huerta backs up Lou, and Maybe Clarkson gets to back up Huerta. Keep Black, and Holmes for small minutes. . . U will see that this is our finals starting five, and key to back2back rings. No room for Projects. We r keeping Bass to sub in for Swag, and Maybe Lance for additional small minutes. Then also keep J Brown and M Frazier. Thats 13. Get rid of rest, or send to D-League / trade, I really don’t care – but that is the True Starting five. – Best

  • My pick is THE BEAST JULIUS RANDLE!!! dude is a matchup problem on both F spots,strength and agility in one, hope he can be a point forward hybrid of worthy,baylor,odom and lebron

    Expecting randle to play 28-30minutes, I can see him averaging 14-15pts per game, 7-9 rebounds, 3ast, 1 stl and almost a blk per game

    For Dlo, I expect him to play 18-26minutes per game along the lines of 9-13pts,4-6asts,3-5rebs and a stl per game
    Prediction PER 36 minutes:
    Randle — 19pts,11 rebs,4ast
    Dlo — 18pts, 7asts,5 rebs

    1. Nah lets see Randle go up against a better prospect in Trey Lyles who can spread the floor and drive aside of shoot.

  • My pick is THE BEAST JULIUS RANDLE!!! dude is a matchup problem on both F spots,strength and agility in one, hope he can be a point forward hybrid of worthy,baylor,odom and lebron

    Expecting randle to play 28-30minutes, I can see him averaging 14-15pts per game, 7-9 rebounds, 3ast, 1 stl and almost a blk per game

    For Dlo, I expect him to play 18-26minutes per game along the lines of 9-13pts,4-6asts,3-5rebs and a stl per game
    Prediction PER 36 minutes:
    Randle — 19pts,11 rebs,4ast
    Dlo — 18pts, 7asts,5 rebs

    1. Nah lets see Randle go up against a better prospect in Trey Lyles who can spread the floor and drive aside of shoot.

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