Lakers News: Jordan Clarkson’s Status For Season Opener ‘In Doubt’
Jordan Clarkson Always Gives The Lakers Everything He’s Got

As if losing to the Golden State Warriors by nearly 40 points wasn’t enough, the Los Angeles Lakers also had to deal with the news of Jordan Clarkson injuring his shoulder in the second quarter.

The severity of his injury is still unknown at this time, but Ryan Ward of Lakers Nation reports that head coach Byron Scott says Clarkson’s status for next week’s season opener is in doubt:

For his part, however, Jordan Clarkson believes that he will be able to play against the Timberwolves next week according to Shahan Ahmed of NBC Los Angeles:

The Lakers can ill-afford to lose Clarkson for any long period of time. Kobe Bryant has already missed the last three preseason games, though Scott has maintained that he will play in the season opener. Losing Clarkson as well would rob the Lakers of arguably their second best scorer.

Clarkson is scheduled to receive an MRI on his shoulder Friday, and things will likely become clearer once those results are revealed.

If Clarkson is forced to miss some time, the Lakers will likely lean more on veterans Lou Williams and Nick Young to pick up the slack. Rookie Anthony Brown, who scored 14 points in the preseason finale, could also find himself with more minutes if Clarkson is out.

His defense is horrible.

  • and i don’t understand why. Because he has all the tools to be a good defensive guard

  • and i don’t understand why. Because he has all the tools to be a good defensive guard

  • Yeah he’s gonna have to get better defensively. He has to improve his technique on the pick and roll, by pressuring the ball and getting skinny to avoid getting screened. He gets screened way too easily and often, which breaks our whole defense down. Overall a decent on the ball defender, but a horrible pick and roll and help defender.

  • Yeah he’s gonna have to get better defensively. He has to improve his technique on the pick and roll, by pressuring the ball and getting skinny to avoid getting screened. He gets screened way too easily and often, which breaks our whole defense down. Overall a decent on the ball defender, but a horrible pick and roll and help defender.

  • First off we can’t forget that Clarkson is only in his second season. He still has quite a bit to learn and many areas of his game to improve on both sides of the ball.

    I hope he is able to play in the season opener. Injuries are what bothers me most. The Lakers have had more injuries than any team the past 3 seasons. At least it seems that way.

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  • First off we can’t forget that Clarkson is only in his second season. He still has quite a bit to learn and many areas of his game to improve on both sides of the ball. And he will.
    He appears to have a great attitude and work ethic.

    I hope he is able to play in the season opener. Injuries are what bothers me most. The Lakers have had more injuries than any team the past 3 seasons. At least it seems that way.

    Paytc

  • Hahaha, 1st thing Clipper fans do after a Laker game…..Troll. Cute little brothers. One day maybe Clipper Darrel will create a fan site for all 6 of you true fans. LOL (:

  • Hahaha, 1st thing Clipper fans do after a Laker game…..Troll. Cute little brothers. One day maybe Clipper Darrel will create a fan site for all 6 of you true fans. LOL (:

  • Byron Scott is not only a lousy coach, he’s bad luck too. Look at all the injuries to key players. Byron, please do the right thing, resign ASAP for the sake of your Lakers.

  • Byron Scott is not only a lousy coach, he’s bad luck too. Look at all the injuries to key players. Byron, please do the right thing, resign ASAP for the sake of your Lakers.

  • My problem with Byron right now is his ego he has this” my way, or the highway mentality.” Only person he doesn’t have full control over is Kobe. Not to sound like I fanboy but I wish our fan base would understand one point I’m trying to make about Russell. Normally you get drafted to a #2

  • My problem with Byron right now is his ego he has this” my way, or the highway mentality.” Only person he doesn’t have full control over is Kobe. Not to sound like I fanboy but I wish our fan base would understand one point I’m trying to make about Russell. Normally you get drafted #2 to a horrible team your expected to be the best player( remember lebron melo cp3) . Therefore you can take as many shots as you want and fail as many times because in the end your team was expected to do anything. This is what mudiay and okafor are going through, Towns Kristaps and Russell are dealing with other star players they have to figure out how to play with. I could argue Dlo has the toughest job because there three other guys who think they should take more shots then him in the starting lineup alone. If this team was centered around him I think we would have a better ability to judge his game.

  • Way to shrink him over an inch, he’s over 6’5″, good size for a shooting guard, so stop with the 6’4″ crap.

  • Way to shrink him over an inch, he’s over 6’5″, good size for a shooting guard, so stop with the 6’4″ crap.

  • Let me guess……… Clarkson got hurt because he’s too old or Kobe was holding the ball and/ or shooting too much right? There has to be a way to put this on Kobe? I’m sure the media and Kobe haters will figure out how to blame Kobe for the injury and team getting blown out too. Kobe had to have contributed to things whenever they don’t go as planned? He just had to be the problem !

    Just more confirmation that any player young or old can get injured. And it is why health has been at the top of my list of priorities necessary to build trust, chemistry, and confidence.

    And we all could see the difference in a team that has played together and one that hasn’t.
    We saw the difference in veteran players who understand how to play in the NBA and young players needing time to learn.

    I think there were many bright points discovered during preseason. We also saw some of the young players (Randle and Russell in particular) still have a learning curve. Russell will obviously take longer because his position is required to carry the largest load on the team.

    How serious will Clarkson’s injury be? What will that do to the starting line up and rotations?

    I think Lou Williams may need to be given a shot at the point guard position?
    I am not sold on Russell being able to handle that responsibility completely quite yet?
    And Huertas does look like the most natural point guard but he appears a bit slow and that is ok as long as we have a good change of pace point guard to bring in when needed.
    But hopefully in time the team also learns how to play good team and individual defense.
    Even the Warrior’s won’t often shoot as well as they did tonight. But the team defense must get better, and it will.

    The smart move would be to not over load the young player’s plates. Bring them along slowly as the team starts to build chemistry and all understand what roles, skill-set, and tendencies they all have. If you throw young players into too much confusion that compounds all that they must learn IMO.

    I think we have to be optimistic yet realistic. There will be ups and down. The players must not get too high on the wins or too low on the losses. We know the fans for the most part will do just the opposite.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Let me guess……… Clarkson got hurt because he’s too old, and his body is breaking down? Or Kobe was holding the ball and/ or shooting too much right? There has to be a way to put this on Kobe? I’m sure the media and Kobe haters will figure out how to blame Kobe for the injury and team getting blown out too. Kobe had to have contributed to things whenever they don’t go as planned? He just had to be the problem ! Please tell me it was because of Kobe !

    Just more confirmation that any player young or old can get injured. And it is why health has been at the top of my list of priorities necessary to build trust, chemistry, and confidence.

    And we all could see the difference in a team that has played together and one that hasn’t.
    We saw the difference in veteran players who understand how to play in the NBA and young players needing time to learn.

    I think there were many bright points discovered during preseason. We also saw some of the young players (Randle and Russell in particular) still have a learning curve. Russell will obviously take longer because his position is required to carry the largest load on the team.

    How serious will Clarkson’s injury be? What will that do to the starting line up and rotations?

    I think Lou Williams may need to be given a shot at the point guard position?
    I am not sold on Russell being able to handle that responsibility completely quite yet?
    And Huertas does look like the most natural point guard but he appears a bit slow and that is ok as long as we have a good change of pace point guard to bring in when needed.
    But hopefully in time the team also learns how to play good team and individual defense.
    Even the Warrior’s won’t often shoot as well as they did tonight. But the team defense must get better, and it will.

    The smart move would be to not over load the young player’s plates. Bring them along slowly as the team starts to build chemistry and all understand what roles, skill-set, and tendencies they all have. If you throw young players into too much confusion that compounds all that they must learn IMO. It’s all about confidence. It will take time for young players to learn to be confident yet real with themselves about the amount of work and sacrifice they must be willing to contribute to the overall process.

    I think we have to be optimistic yet realistic. There will be ups and down. The players must not get too high on the wins or too low on the losses. We know the fans for the most part will do just the opposite.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • maybe a blessing in disguise for Russell to be ball dominant rather than having to give it up to both Randle and Clarkson.

  • maybe a blessing in disguise for Russell to be ball dominant rather than having to give it up to both Randle and Clarkson.

  • Our weakness is with the SF and the guards on defense; BS say he teaches defense but I see these guys constantly out of position defensively. They are not playing up close enough to contend with the 3 and are not defensive minded enough to keep their player from driving past them.

    I just don’t see a strong defensive philosophy coming out of BS.

  • Our weakness is with the SF and the guards on defense; BS say he teaches defense but I see these guys constantly out of position defensively. They are not playing up close enough to contend with the 3 and are not defensive minded enough to keep their player from driving past them.

    I just don’t see a strong defensive philosophy coming out of BS.

  • Clarkson has been our best player and most consistent scorer in preseason. Defenses have more freedom to overload and take away passing and driving lanes for the offense. So how exactly will this be helpful for a passing guard?

  • Clarkson has been our best player and most consistent scorer in preseason. Defenses have more freedom to overload and take away passing and driving lanes for the offense. So how exactly will this be helpful for a passing guard?

  • I’m not so certain it is that simple. This is a entire new group of players who were playing against a confident, stacked, defending NBA world championship team.

    It will take time before the Lakers will be able to all get on the same page.
    You could have your favorite so call great coach and under the same circumstances he too would take time to solve the Lakers situation.

    I think with Kobe the team would have had a player who would have helped communicate some of the troubles on the fly and that would have helped. I think at times when the team looked like it was searching to find an offensive rhythm, Kobe, one of the greatest scorers of all time may have helped. I think Larry Nance who didn’t play could have helped. As would have MWP because of his toughness and overall experience of playing in the NBA at a championship level.

    The Lakers are not as bad a team as they looked last night. But being that there are so many players who have never played together and some young, we must expect so growing pains and ups and downs.

    Keep the faith because the Lakers have the building blocks of a good team. Sure they may be one or two players away. And they may pick up those one or two players by mid season trade deadline. One game at a time. Good preseason because it showed the team what it needs to work on.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • I’m not so certain it is that simple. This is a entire new group of players who were playing against a confident, stacked, defending NBA world championship team.

    It will take time before the Lakers will be able to all get on the same page.
    You could have your favorite so call great coach and under the same circumstances he too would take time to solve the Lakers situation.

    I think with Kobe the team would have had a player who would have helped communicate some of the troubles on the fly and that would have helped. I think at times when the team looked like it was searching to find an offensive rhythm, Kobe, one of the greatest scorers of all time may have helped. I think Larry Nance who didn’t play could have helped. As would have MWP because of his toughness and overall experience of playing in the NBA at a championship level. The Warriors threw their starting line up and championship experienced team at the Lakers for a good amount of the game. They already know their final roster, starting line up, and rotations. The Laker’s were not as fortunate with their best player and team leader on the sideline.

    The Lakers are not as bad a team as they looked last night. But being that there are so many players who have never played together and some young, we must expect so growing pains and ups and downs.

    Keep the faith because the Lakers have the building blocks of a good team. Sure they may be one or two players away. And they may pick up those one or two players by mid season trade deadline. One game at a time. Good preseason because it showed the team what it needs to work on.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Building straw men to defend Kobe is getting dumb. He deserves a lot of criticism for his play. For example LeBron has received a lot of criticism for his play and he’s a top 3 player in the NBA, and right now Kobe is no LeBron.

    And who knew that blowing up a team would destroy chemistry that would take time to rebuild? Other than EVERYONE IN THE NBA? Everyone here is talking playoffs when 30 wins is going to be a struggle with a bunch of young talent and injury prone vets with a coach that’s not the sharpest tool in the shed.

    LAL had a losing record in SL and a losing record in preseason and that does not = 7-8 seed in the playoffs. If we can remain relatively healthy it’s a marginally better team than last year. If Hibbert or Clarkson get hurt…were going to keep our pick.

  • Building straw men to defend Kobe is getting dumb. He deserves a lot of criticism for his play. For example LeBron has received a lot of criticism for his play and he’s a top 3 player in the NBA, and right now Kobe is no LeBron.

    And who knew that blowing up a team would destroy chemistry that would take time to rebuild? Other than EVERYONE IN THE NBA? Everyone here is talking playoffs when 30 wins is going to be a struggle with a bunch of young talent and injury prone vets with a coach that’s not the sharpest tool in the shed.

    LAL had a losing record in SL and a losing record in preseason and that does not = 7-8 seed in the playoffs. If we can remain relatively healthy it’s a marginally better team than last year. If Hibbert or Clarkson get hurt…were going to keep our pick.

  • I wonder if his overzealous training camp isn’t setting up players for injuries. I remember when the Pistons won there first championship against the LAL and up until that series LAL were undefeated. Pre-series Riley had the players run hard to gear up and Byron pulled a hamy before the series began and Magic pulled his during the 2nd game. The LAL got swept that series and I think modern sports medicine would put the blame on overaggressive training.

  • I wonder if his overzealous training camp isn’t setting up players for injuries. I remember when the Pistons won there first championship against the LAL and up until that series LAL were undefeated. Pre-series Riley had the players run hard to gear up and Byron pulled a hamy before the series began and Magic pulled his during the 2nd game. The LAL got swept that series and I think modern sports medicine would put the blame on overaggressive training.

  • Mark Jackson or Scott Brook to be a new coach, this squad will look more better in offense and defense.
    No more old school.

  • Mark Jackson or Scott Brook to be a new coach, this squad will look more better in offense and defense.
    No more old school.

  • We can respectfully agree to dis agree. We can spend our time pointing out fault and blame or getting beyond the excuses which is the path I choose to focus on. And had the Lakers won your post would have been about how amazing our young players look and how bright the Lakers future is.

    Kobe didn’t even play and your blaming him? Did you even watch the game?
    And if you give Kobe the kind of league and player support Lebron has had
    and they met up we all know Kobe would destroy Lebron as he embarrassed him in the last all star game they met in. Or when he threw out about 17 assist against the Cav’s with practically no supporting cast.

    I can’t change what’s in your heart or your head as you can’t change my out look on things. I will roll with Kobe and the Lakers in good and not so good times because I am far from a finger pointing band wagon buster.

    I see this as just one loss in a preseason game.
    I see a team that will have some growing pains and ups and downs but I am not counting them out before the season even starts.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • We can respectfully agree to dis agree. We can spend our time pointing out fault and blame or getting beyond the excuses, which is the path I choose to focus on. And had the Lakers won your post would have been about how amazing our young players look and how bright the Lakers future is.

    Kobe didn’t even play and your blaming him? Did you even watch the game?
    And if you give Kobe the kind of league and player support Lebron has had
    and they met up we all know Kobe would destroy Lebron as he embarrassed him in the last all star game they met in. Or when he threw out about 17 assist against the Cav’s with practically no supporting cast.

    Why do you think the league vetoed the CP3 trade to L.A.? And the Lakers were giving up both Pau Gasol and Odom to give an aging Kobe CP3.

    Because they know what Kobe “with help ” would do.
    Lebron would not have won the two championships the league practically purchased for him by allowing him to team up with D. wade and vetoeing CP3 to L.A.

    When did Lebron get all this criticism your claiming he’s getting?
    And there is a big difference in getting a lot of criticism to getting all the criticism. The fact is both players are the best players on their teams so they are far from the problem.

    I can’t change what’s in your heart or your head as you can’t change my positive out look on things. I will roll with Kobe and the Lakers in good and not so good times because I am far from a finger pointing band wagon buster.

    I see this as just one loss in a preseason game.
    I see a team that will have some growing pains and ups and downs. But I am not counting the Lakers out before the season even starts.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • WHERE DO YOU GET ALL THAT KNOWLEDGE-or is it that you ARE JUST A NEGITIVE TYPE PERSON THAT does not know what he is looking at-or do you even watch the games ?

  • WHERE DO YOU GET ALL THAT KNOWLEDGE-or is it that you ARE JUST A NEGITIVE TYPE PERSON THAT does not know what he is looking at-or do you even watch the games ?

  • Mark Jackson. Scott Brooks was handed a loaded roster and let them do as they pleased

  • Mark Jackson. Scott Brooks was handed a loaded roster and let them do as they pleased

  • I have been critical of LAL since SL and for LAL to have won this game, there roster would have to be very different. I didn’t blame Kobe for the lose but saying Clarkson’s injury is Kobe fault…Not! therefore all criticism of Kobe is false is just dumb.

    And did you watch last year’s final? LeBron came close with a roster with exactly what talent on it? Delladelova? JR Smith? TT? Swap Kobe for LeBron and do you think they get past the bulls? or even Toronto. I don’t think so either.

    Hey you can keep dreaming how wonderful the LAL are, and how they are going to be so awesome this year. But I like to look at the situation a little more critically and point out there obvious flaws and shortcomings. Call me a finger pointer but that doesn’t change the fact that I am right.

  • I have been critical of LAL since SL and for LAL to have won this game, there roster would have to be very different. I didn’t blame Kobe for the lose but saying Clarkson’s injury is Kobe fault…Not! therefore all criticism of Kobe is false is just dumb.

    And did you watch last year’s final? LeBron came close with a roster with exactly what talent on it? Delladelova? JR Smith? TT? Swap Kobe for LeBron and do you think they get past the bulls? or even Toronto. I don’t think so either.

    Hey you can keep dreaming how wonderful the LAL are, and how they are going to be so awesome this year. But I like to look at the situation a little more critically and point out there obvious flaws and shortcomings. Call me a finger pointer but that doesn’t change the fact that I am right.

  • They are both 6’5″ CLARKSON AND RUSSELL taller then most guards, where did you learn BB ?

  • They are both 6’5″ CLARKSON AND RUSSELL taller then most guards, where did you learn BB ?

  • He was implying randle and Clarkson were ballhoging, and that now, Russell would takeover and dominate…

  • He was implying randle and Clarkson were ballhoging, and that now, Russell would takeover and dominate…

  • It is not that simple but I’m only bringing up the most obvious and glaring weakness last night; a point I made hours before the game began.

    “I think with Kobe the team would have had a player who would have helped communicate some of the troubles on the fly”

    Kobe communicating would not have helped because the game is moving too quickly; only on occasion if a player is not switching to his assignment I can see that but you can’t teach fundamentals while on the court obviously.
    Kobe’s presence can help indirectly by settling the offense and controlling the half court pace of the offense therefore easing some o f the pressure on the transition defense through fewer turnovers and more baskets.

  • It is not that simple but I’m only bringing up the most obvious and glaring weakness last night; a point I made hours before the game began.

    “I think with Kobe the team would have had a player who would have helped communicate some of the troubles on the fly”

    Kobe communicating would not have helped because the game is moving too quickly; only on occasion if a player is not switching to his assignment I can see that but you can’t teach fundamentals while on the court obviously.
    Kobe’s presence can help indirectly by settling the offense and controlling the half court pace of the offense therefore easing some o f the pressure on the transition defense through fewer turnovers and more baskets.

  • I can agree with that. But the point is some of what we saw had to be expected because the Warriors were the deepest team last season. I don’t think the Warriors have gotten worse. And the fact they have been playing together longer just adds to the challenge for a Laker team that is searching to find an identity and was missing their best player and team leader.

    Sure they would have most likely still loss by double digits especially if the Warriors would have shot the ball as well as they did.

    Some times even a great defense gets beaten by a better offensive effort. And I think we can agree the Warriors shots were on.

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  • I can agree with that. But the point is some of what we saw had to be expected because the Warriors were the deepest team last season. I don’t think the Warriors have gotten worse. And the fact they have been playing together longer just adds to the challenge for a Laker team that is searching to find an identity and was missing their best player and team leader.

    Sure they would have most likely still loss by double digits especially if the Warriors would have shot the ball as well as they did.

    Some times even a great defense gets beaten by a better offensive effort. And I think we can agree the Warriors shots were on.

    Paytc

  • Kobe deserves no criticism. Just stop. FO is inept at times…as seen by the wasted “kobe peak prime years”
    Now this situation. The FO sometimes needs a good slap, otherwise they don’t do their job effectively.

    The triangle never used a legit PG. Kobe has never had a true PG. He’s been trained to play without a true PG. However, he is more than willing if asked to welcome a skilled hard working player.

    LeBron deserves the criticism. Heck, it’s not even close to what Kobe got. Lebron gets praise for random crap. Stats about playing with and without a headband. By default, LeBron is still a top 3/5 player. Kobe is older, you can’t compare a guy coming from injuries to play his twentieth season to a guy who hasn’t had a major injury.

  • Kobe deserves no criticism. Just stop. FO is inept at times…as seen by the wasted “kobe peak prime years”
    Now this situation. The FO sometimes needs a good slap, otherwise they don’t do their job effectively.

    The triangle never used a legit PG. Kobe has never had a true PG. He’s been trained to play without a true PG. However, he is more than willing if asked to welcome a skilled hard working player.

    LeBron deserves the criticism. Heck, it’s not even close to what Kobe got. Lebron gets praise for random crap. Stats about playing with and without a headband. By default, LeBron is still a top 3/5 player. Kobe is older, you can’t compare a guy coming from injuries to play his twentieth season to a guy who hasn’t had a major injury.

  • really? did you just started watching basketball 2years ago…
    Jackson and Brook they’re the one mold this warriors and okc team.

  • really? did you just started watching basketball 2years ago…
    Jackson and Brook they’re the one mold this warriors and okc team.

  • Any one with any brains knew that game was out of reach before the game even started-how are we going to beat the champions of last season with a brand new team, with very little knowledge of each , this is going to take a year of two before we can call them a team ready to make their name known, and that is not negative its just the way things go, just enjoy what your seeing A TEAM WORKING THEIR WAY TO THE TOP.

  • Any one with any brains knew that game was out of reach before the game even started-how are we going to beat the champions of last season with a brand new team, with very little knowledge of each , this is going to take a year of two before we can call them a team ready to make their name known, and that is not negative its just the way things go, just enjoy what your seeing A TEAM WORKING THEIR WAY TO THE TOP.

  • I agree even if we had played a great defensive game we wouldn’t have beat these guys last night; they were on their game and in playoff intensity mode to prove our last game against them was a fluke 85-70 and we can see the fire in D. Green wanting payback for being embarrassed by Randall (litterally) previously.

    But I was particularly disappointed with our perimeter defense; they looked lost out there.

  • I agree even if we had played a great defensive game we wouldn’t have beat these guys last night; they were on their game and in playoff intensity mode to prove our last game against them was a fluke 85-70 and we can see the fire in D. Green wanting payback for being embarrassed by Randall (litterally) previously.

    But I was particularly disappointed with our perimeter defense; they looked lost out there.

  • I thing you and I know most of these are Kids very young most know nothing about BB but need some one to talk to and to pick sides , like when they are in school every day, its a sorry day for LAKERS NATION, where REAL LAKER FANS should be able to talk and say what happened in the last game and understand each other with out all this other BULL CRAP.

  • I think you and I know most of these are Kids very young most know nothing about BB but need some one to talk to and to pick sides , like when they are in school every day, its a sorry day for LAKERS NATION, where REAL LAKER FANS should be able to talk and say what happened in the last game and understand each other with out all this other BULL CRAP.

  • Look, if you’re gonna be disrespectful…don’t reply.

    Did I criticize Mark Jackson? I said, Mark Jackson. As in, my choice is Mark Jackson.

    Scott Brooks was heavily criticized throughout his tenure with okc. Until he proves something without a star studded team (which didn’t win anything) he’d be the wrong choice for this team. he was handed the “keys” to a lambo and couldn’t win the race

  • Look, if you’re gonna be disrespectful…don’t reply.

    Did I criticize Mark Jackson? I said, Mark Jackson. As in, my choice is Mark Jackson.

    Scott Brooks was heavily criticized throughout his tenure with okc. Until he proves something without a star studded team (which didn’t win anything) he’d be the wrong choice for this team. he was handed the “keys” to a lambo and couldn’t win the race

  • I agree ! I think that is what preseason is designed to do. It lets you see what you are working with and what you need to work on.

    Hopefully B.S. saw what you saw as did the team when they do film study. And hopefully not just B.S. wants to improve the team defense. Hopefully the players themselves will hold themselves accountable and want to do what is necessary personally to get better to a man.

    Paytc

  • I agree ! I think that is what preseason is designed to do. It lets you see what you are working with and what you need to work on.

    Hopefully B.S. saw what you saw as did the team when they do film study. And hopefully not just B.S. wants to improve the team defense. Hopefully the players themselves will hold themselves accountable and want to do what is necessary personally to get better to a man.

    Paytc

  • Yes Al I agree. We must be optimistically realistic. This is not a get fixed quick team. There will be ups ad downs, Highs and lows.

    The players can’t get too high on the wins or too low on the losses.

    Paytc

  • Yes Al I agree. We must be optimistically realistic. This is not a get fixed quick team. There will be ups ad downs, Highs and lows.

    The players can’t get too high on the wins or too low on the losses.

    Paytc

  • Clarkson had a great summer league, he’s been just okay in preseason. I’ve noticed he doesn’t play any defense and is a mediocre shooter

  • Clarkson had a great summer league, he’s been just okay in preseason. I’ve noticed he doesn’t play any defense and is a mediocre shooter

  • We as LAKERS fans we don’t care what other teams are doing and what is happing with LEBRON, we care about our players and the game they are playing, the rest is just TRIVIA, unwanted.

  • We as LAKERS fans we don’t care what other teams are doing and what is happing with LEBRON, we care about our players and the game they are playing, the rest is just TRIVIA, unwanted.

  • No it’s not a good size unless you’re buff like wade or harden, clarkson should come off the bench or play pg with the starters

  • No it’s not a good size unless you’re buff like wade or harden, clarkson should come off the bench or play pg with the starters

  • Very true, I was going to answer that but read your post , and could have done any better then that. good post

  • Very true, I was going to answer that but read your post , and could have done any better then that. good post

  • Thought the same thing it’s so hard for this kid to know when to be a aggressive and passive. Love Clarkson, but he’s looked the same as last year a scoring guard that can’t make anyone else better.

  • Thought the same thing it’s so hard for this kid to know when to be a aggressive and passive. Love Clarkson, but he’s looked the same as last year a scoring guard that can’t make anyone else better.

  • I’m already over the preseason. Those games don’t count so no reason to whine about them. The only thing that matters is preparing for the T-wolves Wednesday.

  • I’m already over the preseason. Those games don’t count so no reason to whine about them. The only thing that matters is preparing for the T-wolves Wednesday.

  • Fact is Kobe stayed on one team went through the highs and the lows to win his championships unlike Lebron. Fact is Lebron had to go out of his way to team up with D.Wade( the 2nd best player in the NBA at the time Kobe #1) and form an all star team adding Ray allen, Chris Bosh and others. Fact is after that run was done Lebron jumped on the Cav’s with Kyrie Irving perhaps the best all around point guard in the league, Love, Thompson, Varejao, Shumpert, Mozgov, J.R.Smith etc…. hardly a poor line up and who’s fault that his players got hurt late in the year or the fact he was in the easy eastern conference? sure he went to the finals. Given the same circumstances I would have too and I ‘m not as good a player as Kobe.

    But you know what…..

    I was trained not to stoop down to the hater level.
    Both Lebron James and Kobe Bryant are great players period.

    We all know Lebron has had the benefit of the League’s support and Kobe has had just the opposite.

    We all know Kobe has still managed to do more with less help and greater resistance. We can lie to others but we can’t lie to ourselves.

    You, I , and the world knows Kobe Bryant is the greatest of his era and one of the all time greatest.

    You see I am not online spending my time and energy knocking great, poor, fair, or good players like many of the world’s losers do.

    I know that most of the NBA players have accomplished what the haters, doubters, critics, fake fans, and bandwagon busters will never accomplish. And guess what…… The NBA players don’t hear or pay attention to the B.S. and hate anyway.

    You can be right if you like to lie to yourself. I can agree with that fact.

    You can have the last word Jim Rome.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Fact is Kobe stayed on one team went through the highs and the lows to win his championships unlike Lebron. Fact is Lebron had to go out of his way to team up with D.Wade( the 2nd best player in the NBA at the time Kobe #1) and form an all star team adding Ray allen, Chris Bosh and others. Fact is after that run was done Lebron jumped on the Cav’s with Kyrie Irving perhaps the best all around point guard in the league, Love, Thompson, Varejao, Shumpert, Mozgov, J.R.Smith etc…. hardly a poor line up and who’s fault that his players got hurt late in the year or the fact he was in the easy eastern conference? sure he went to the finals. Given the same circumstances I would have too and I ‘m not as good a player as Kobe.

    But you know what…..

    I was trained not to stoop down to the hater level.
    Both Lebron James and Kobe Bryant are great players period.

    We all know Lebron has had the benefit of the League’s support and Kobe has had just the opposite.

    We all know Kobe has still managed to do more with less help and greater resistance. We can lie to others but we can’t lie to ourselves.

    You, I , and the world knows Kobe Bryant is the greatest of his era and one of the all time greatest.

    You see I am not online spending my time and energy knocking great, poor, fair, good, or bad players like many of the world’s losers do.

    I know that most of the NBA players have accomplished what the haters, doubters, critics, fake fans, and bandwagon busters will never accomplish. And guess what…… The NBA players don’t hear or pay attention to the B.S. and hate anyway.

    You can be right if you like to lie to yourself. I can agree with that fact.

    You can have the last word Jim Rome.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Way too early to be hitting the panic button but there are plenty of red flags in how Scott is managing the team. Sometimes it is easier but the person in charge has the wrong message.

    I often reference Del Harris and how he turned around the post Magic Lakers instantly in 94. The team was as young if not younger than this team and were very new to each other. Vlade and Elden Campbell were the oldest starters at 26. Van Exel a 2nd year player like Clarkson, Eddie Jones a rookie like Russell and Ceballos a new FA addition like Hibbert but Cedric was only 25. That team won 48 games, as Harris conditioned great team chemistry from the jump. For some reason we haven’t had good team chemistry in almost 5 years now.

    I hope Scott disproves my doubt in his ability to condition good team chemistry. These young players and our future hinge on this.

  • Way too early to be hitting the panic button but there are plenty of red flags in how Scott is managing the team. Sometimes it is easier but the person in charge has the wrong message.

    I often reference Del Harris and how he turned around the post Magic Lakers instantly in 94. The team was as young if not younger than this team and were very new to each other. Vlade and Elden Campbell were the oldest starters at 26. Van Exel a 2nd year player like Clarkson, Eddie Jones a rookie like Russell and Ceballos a new FA addition like Hibbert but Cedric was only 25. That team won 48 games, as Harris conditioned great team chemistry from the jump. For some reason we haven’t had good team chemistry in almost 5 years now.

    I hope Scott disproves my doubt in his ability to condition good team chemistry. These young players and our future hinge on this.

  • I can agree with a lot of that. But it is hard to compare different conditions and different times even when they appear to be similar.

    I hardly believe any of the young prospects the Lakers have will be the next Kobe or the next Magic. I hope they even become the next Fisher or the next Van Excel, Worthy, or Eddie Jones and even that is a stretch.

    That said, I think the players of the past were not only better players ,but had better basketball IQ’s. Gone are the days when players studied the greats that came before them. Today’s player for the most part think the league started with Michael Jordan. Some won’t even go back that far and think it started with Kobe or Lebron James.

    Not just the coach but the players have to be accountable.

    It will take accountability from the coach down to the players to turn the ship around. And as I have said in the past the team needs to put team success before player development so they can stop creating a culture that believes it’s ok to lose.

    That is what happened to the Raiders once they abandoned Al Davis “Just win baby” philosophy and adopted the it’s ok to lose culture.

    The team has one of the greatest winners in the game’s history still healthy enough to lead if they will just provide the right support and demand the right work and expectations. Put the most capable on the floor. Or those that produce the most consistently.

    Or they can let the opportunity pass and look back like the Bulls who have gone decades without a championship since Jordan. And they have Derek Rose and other good talent on the team.

    As much as I like our young players I don’t think either are as good as Derek Rose, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, CP3, Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis, Blake Griffin,Liliard, etc,,,, And they have not won championships. And we could name hundreds of other good players like Stockton, Malone, Payton, Ewing, Barkley, Nash, Carter, Ice man, Maravich,Wilkins, Miller, Iverson, Anthony, Baylor etc…. who did not win a championship.

    There are no guarantees. That is why the league vetoed the CP3 deal. They knew Lebron had no guarantee if Kobe had help.

    There is no time like the present. Do what it takes to win now and later. Don’t just put things off for later.

    Paytc

  • I can agree with a lot of that. But it is hard to compare different conditions and different times even when they appear to be similar.

    I hardly believe any of the young prospects the Lakers have will be the next Kobe or the next Magic. I hope they even become the next Fisher or the next Van Excel, Worthy, or Eddie Jones and even that is a stretch.

    That said, I think the players of the past were not only better players ,but had better basketball IQ’s. Gone are the days when players studied the greats that came before them. Today’s player for the most part thinks the league started with Michael Jordan. Some won’t even go back that far and think it started with Kobe or Lebron James.

    Not just the coach but the players have to be accountable.

    It will take accountability from the coach down to the players to turn the ship around. And as I have said in the past the team needs to put team success before player development so they can stop creating a culture that believes it’s ok to lose.

    That is what happened to the Raiders once they abandoned Al Davis “Just win baby” philosophy and adopted the “it’s ok to lose” culture.

    The team has one of the greatest winners in the game’s history still healthy enough to lead if they will just provide the right support and demand the right work and expectations. Put the most capable on the floor. Or those that produce the most consistently.

    Or they can let the opportunity pass and look back like the Bulls who have gone decades without a championship since Jordan. And they have Derek Rose and other good talent on the team.

    As much as I like our young players I don’t think either are as good as Derek Rose, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, CP3, Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis, Blake Griffin,Liliard, etc,,,, And they have not won championships. And we could name hundreds of other good players like Stockton, Malone, Payton, Ewing, Barkley, Nash, Carter, Ice man, Maravich,Wilkins, Miller, Iverson, Anthony, Baylor etc…. who did not win a championship.

    There are no guarantees. That is why the league vetoed the CP3 deal. They knew Lebron had no guarantee if Kobe had help.

    There is no time like the present. Do what it takes to win now and later. Don’t just put things off for later. If so it may be decades.

    Paytc

  • The number one scorer for this team might be a dude (Jordan Clarkson) making the league minimum ($845K)….. hahahaha….

  • The number one scorer for this team might be a dude (Jordan Clarkson) making the league minimum ($845K)….. hahahaha….

  • It didn’t look bad when he was walking back to the locker room. He should be good to go for the opener.

  • He is guarding players bigger than he is. You expect him to be prime Ron Artest?

  • It didn’t look bad when he was walking back to the locker room. He should be good to go for the opener.

  • He is guarding players bigger than he is. You expect him to be prime Ron Artest?

  • You two realize they always lie about their heights for scouting purposes right? Kobe isn’t 6’6 either. Clarkson is more like 6’4. Watch him next to Klay Thompson who is legit 6’6.

  • You two realize they always lie about their heights for scouting purposes right? Kobe isn’t 6’6 either. Clarkson is more like 6’4. Watch him next to Klay Thompson who is legit 6’6.

  • So Kobe stayed true to LAL and NEVER demanded a trade. Does that right a bell? Saint Kobe was pushing to be traded to a contender after Shaq left due to lack of talent on the roster. He wanted rings. The Pau trade saved the LAL a$$. So their situation is pretty similar if you ask me.

    Kobe fans and Lin fans are on the same level. All criticism of the fav player is just hate because it’s impossible for them to have flaws. Get over yourselves.

    Hey, it’s easy for us to determine who is right and who is wrong. If the LAL make the playoffs your right, if they win less than 30 games I am right.

    On the bright side at the end of the season when I am proven right we’ll have a shot at Ben Simmons.

    Go Lakers!

  • So Kobe stayed true to LAL and NEVER demanded a trade. Does that right a bell? Saint Kobe was pushing to be traded to a contender after Shaq left due to lack of talent on the roster. He wanted rings. The Pau trade saved the LAL a$$. So their situation is pretty similar if you ask me.

    Kobe fans and Lin fans are on the same level. All criticism of the fav player is just hate because it’s impossible for them to have flaws. Get over yourselves.

    Hey, it’s easy for us to determine who is right and who is wrong. If the LAL make the playoffs your right, if they win less than 30 games I am right.

    On the bright side at the end of the season when I am proven right we’ll have a shot at Ben Simmons.

    Go Lakers!

  • wOW you cant type, and you can’t spell and you know nothing about BB WOW.

  • wOW you cant type, and you can’t spell and you know nothing about BB WOW.

  • It sounds like just a good stinger, that will make your shoulder and arm go numb, if its a good one it can last a while.

  • It sounds like just a good stinger, that will make your shoulder and arm go numb, if its a good one it can last a while.

  • What I have noticed also is they inly run like 3/4 plays, I hope BS gives them some plays in the next 5 days, this is going to be a long season, and it can only get better.

  • What I have noticed also is they inly run like 3/4 plays, I hope BS gives them some plays in the next 5 days, this is going to be a long season, and it can only get better.

  • Yeah, I hate the Clippy’s but I’d never wish injury, let alone a career ending (potentially) ACL injury, on a player.

    I just wish for the team in question to choke massively for three straight games in the playoffs and behold…!

  • Yeah, I hate the Clippy’s but I’d never wish injury, let alone a career ending (potentially) ACL injury, on a player.

    I just wish for the team in question to choke massively for three straight games in the playoffs and behold…!

  • There are too many new players and players who have never worked together to try to expand the play book. And we had too many players rotating in to see who to keep and who to cut. Now once the roster is set and roles are defined they can work on building and expanding the playbook.

    Your right it is a long season. We can only hope each player can stay healthy and that consistency can help the team develop trust, chemistry, and confidence.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • There are too many new players and players who have never worked together to try to expand the play book. And we had too many players rotating in to see who to keep and who to cut. Now once the roster is set and roles are defined they can work on building and expanding the playbook.

    Your right it is a long season. We can only hope each player can stay healthy and that consistency can help the team develop trust, chemistry, and confidence.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • what are you talking about when he jc played point he was doing great funny thing is jordan shot the same attempts as dlo jordan just makes his .

  • what are you talking about when he jc played point he was doing great funny thing is jordan shot the same attempts as dlo jordan just makes his .

  • how much your paid as a rookie, and how good you are don’t have a direct connection

  • how much your paid as a rookie, and how good you are don’t have a direct connection

  • THAT is why MWP will make the team over Jabari Brown, because we need help at the 3, not so much that MWP is better than Jabari, we have Clarkson, Russell, Williams, Young, Kobe, and Anthony Brown that can all play Jabari’s position.
    At small forward, all we have is Kobe (Old), Nick Young (Not a starter) and Anthony Brown (Rookie). MWP IS making the team.
    Nance could possibly play some three if his outside shot continues to develop

  • THAT is why MWP will make the team over Jabari Brown, because we need help at the 3, not so much that MWP is better than Jabari, we have Clarkson, Russell, Williams, Young, Kobe, and Anthony Brown that can all play Jabari’s position.
    At small forward, all we have is Kobe (Old), Nick Young (Not a starter) and Anthony Brown (Rookie). MWP IS making the team.
    Nance could possibly play some three if his outside shot continues to develop

  • Your going to have nights when they look like they could beat anybody, and nights when they look like they couldn’t beat a D league team this year, get used to it, it’s the nature of a predominate young rookie team, Randle, Clarkson, Russell in the starter mix, and Huertas, Black, Nance, Kelly and Anthony Brown in the reserves. The few Vet’s we have won’t be enough to even out the outcomes most nights.
    But next year, with a full year of experience for Randle, Clarkson, Russell playing together plus Brown, and Nance learning the NBA ropes, we will be good.
    NO TRADES busting up that new young core….

  • Your going to have nights when they look like they could beat anybody, and nights when they look like they couldn’t beat a D league team this year, get used to it, it’s the nature of a predominate young rookie team, Randle, Clarkson, Russell in the starter mix, and Huertas, Black, Nance, Kelly and Anthony Brown in the reserves. The few Vet’s we have won’t be enough to even out the outcomes most nights.
    But next year, with a full year of experience for Randle, Clarkson, Russell playing together plus Brown, and Nance learning the NBA ropes, we will be good.
    NO TRADES busting up that new young core….

  • How about dangelo Russell hes looked like a bust and the same man he said he was the best player but he has sucked so far!

  • How about dangelo Russell hes looked like a bust and the same man he said he was the best player but he has sucked so far!

  • You obviously can’t understand having a good game as a pg has so much more to do with then just scoring.

  • You obviously can’t understand having a good game as a pg has so much more to do with then just scoring.

  • I can agree with you for the most part. What i see as the best case scenario is the Lakers being able to bring a healthy team led by a healthy Kobe Bryant into the playoffs in what could be his last year as a Laker.

    That’s what I want to see. Then i’ll join in on the Lakers are gonna be great in the future crowd who fails to realize so will so many other teams. Just do as well as you can today and tomorrow because I’m sure…….

    As much as I like our young players I don’t think either are as good as Derek Rose, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, CP3, Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis, Blake Griffin,Liliard, etc,,,, And they have not won championships. And we could name hundreds of other good players like Stockton, Malone, Payton, Ewing, Barkley, Nash, Carter, Ice man, Maravich,Wilkins, Miller, Iverson, Anthony, Baylor etc…. who did not win a championship.

    There are no guarantees. Make the best each day, each game, and each season.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • I can agree with you for the most part. What i see as the best case scenario is the Lakers being able to bring a healthy team led by a healthy Kobe Bryant into the playoffs in what could be his last year as a Laker. (Hopefully not his last season as a Laker)

    That’s what I want to see. Then i’ll join in on the Lakers are gonna be great in the future crowd who fails to realize so will so many other teams. Just do as well as you can today and tomorrow because I’m sure…….

    As much as I like our young players I don’t think either are as good as Derek Rose, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, CP3, Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis, Blake Griffin,Liliard, etc,,,, And they have not won championships. And we could name hundreds of other good players like Stockton, Malone, Payton, Ewing, Barkley, Nash, Carter, Ice man, Maravich,Wilkins, Miller, Iverson, Anthony, Baylor etc…. who did not win a championship.

    There are no guarantees.

    Prime examples are Derek Rose and Tracy Mcgrady. Lets hope the players and team can stay healthy year after year.

    Hope Clarkson returns soon and continues to improve.

    Make the best of each day, each game, and each season.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • As if your sorry excuse of a team is going to the NBA final. Go troll on your own board, wait, your ramshackle clips have a board?

  • As if your sorry excuse of a team is going to the NBA final. Go troll on your own board, wait, your ramshackle clips have a board?

  • when did i say it was just scoring we play better when jc ran point fact dont even try to deny it.

  • when did i say it was just scoring we play better when jc ran point fact dont even try to deny it.

  • but did he leave as soon as he lost no, he just wanted results once he got them he stayed not like lebron who left the heat cause they lost.

  • Yeah they have both won championships and hit the biggame winning shots to do so? And have both been the veteran voice in the locker room of 5 championships. Even though one has never played a regular season game and the other one never even won a meaningful regular season game. They are not even as good as Steve Blake or Steve Nash for that matter.

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  • but did he leave as soon as he lost no, he just wanted results once he got them he stayed not like lebron who left the heat cause they lost.

  • Yeah they have both won championships and hit the biggame winning shots to do so? And have both been the veteran voice in the locker room of 5 championships. Even though one has never played a regular season game and the other one never even won a meaningful regular season game. They are not even as good as Steve Blake or Steve Nash for that matter. Not yet anyway.

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  • huh yea i’m not going to even try if you really think fish is better then jordan.

  • huh yea i’m not going to even try if you really think fish is better then jordan.

  • One guy is a proven champion. The other is a lot of potential. I like to wait until the potential is cashed in before comparing rookie and 1st year players to proven champions like Fisher who played well on both ends of the court. And had one of the biggest hearts in the league with ice water in his veins knocking down championship final shots. It’s not even close at this point.

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  • One guy is a proven champion. The other is a lot of potential. I like to wait until the potential is cashed in before comparing rookie and 1st year players to proven champions like Fisher who played well on both ends of the court. And had one of the biggest hearts in the league with ice water in his veins knocking down championship final shots. A five time champion vs. rookies and second year players who have done nothing in the NBA. It’s not even close at this point.

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  • he had kobe and shaq like come on he wasn’t hitting clutch shots like robert why are we even debating about this jc on the bench then starting his rookie year he had better numbers then fish 4 years, it took fish 5 years to get in double digits please fish was a good role player that all don’t compare him to jc or russ.

  • he had kobe and shaq like come on he wasn’t hitting clutch shots like robert why are we even debating about this jc on the bench then starting his rookie year he had better numbers then fish 4 years, it took fish 5 years to get in double digits please fish was a good role player that all don’t compare him to jc or russ.

  • A five time champion vs. rookies and second year players who have done nothing in the NBA. It’s not even close at this point.

    Promising potential vs proven productivity.

    And Fisher has knocked down countless number of big shots in big games. And Fisher had played better defense than either of the youngsters you are comparing a proven veteran to.

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  • A five time champion vs. rookies and second year players who have done nothing in the NBA? It’s not even close at this point.

    Promising potential vs proven productivity ? Not even debatable.

    And Fisher has knocked down a countless number of big shots in big games. And Fisher has played better defense than either of the youngsters you are comparing a proven veteran to.

    Not worth the debate. Until one of these youngster help us win a meaningful regular season game, not to mention a playoff game or a championship, and then 4 more championships.

    Once they help us win a meaningful game in the regular season or start shaving (which ever comes first) contact me and then we will scratch the surface of comparing a puppy to a proven road dog champion.

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  • If you are talking Michael Jordan then yes you may be right because I think MJ is a bit better than Derek Fisher. But not an un proven player who has not even helped his team win one meaningful regular season game.

    I would never insult a proven professional by comparing them to a novice who is an apprentice still working to make an identity for themselves.

    Like it or not Fisher is a proven champion. Clarkson, Russell, and Randle still have a lot to prove. That’s the difference.

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  • If you are talking Michael Jordan then yes you may be right because I think MJ is a bit better than Derek Fisher. But not an un proven player who has not even helped his team win one meaningful regular season game.

    I would never insult a proven professional by comparing them to a novice who is an apprentice still working to make an identity for themselves.

    Like it or not Fisher is a proven champion. Clarkson, Russell, and Randle still have a lot to prove. And they haven’t won anything. That’s the difference.

    Paytc

  • Yeah MJ was a bit better than Fisher and just about everyone else in the league. I am a MJ fan but I think he gets enough hype that I don’t need to add to the hype.

    MJ is one of the greatest to ever play and Fisher although a really good player is not quite in the same class with MJ and company.

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  • Yeah MJ was a bit better than Fisher and just about everyone else in the league. I am a MJ fan but I think he gets enough hype that I don’t need to add to the hype.

    MJ is one of the greatest to ever play. And Fisher, although a really good player, is not quite in the same class with MJ and company.

    Oh and by the way the homie Jabari Brown may end up having as good or a better career than either Clarkson, Russell, or Randle.

    You know the young guys that people are putting a bit too much sauce on way too early before they even accomplish anything of significance?

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  • couldn’t of said it better my self his scheme was give it to russ or KD iso then lets see what they can do reminds of the old kobe days when luke walton was on the teamand we all know how that turned out, scott was a terrible coach.

  • couldn’t of said it better my self his scheme was give it to russ or KD iso then lets see what they can do reminds of the old kobe days when luke walton was on the team and we all know how that turned out, scott was a terrible coach.

  • About time! I like this kid and think he has potential to be a really good role player. He did look much better in preseason than he has in the regular season, but he has had no time to get any kind of rythym. Like RIVAL said, hopefully he can come back from the D-League like Clarkson did last year.

  • I looked up his stats just like clarkson last year bits min.garbage but impact in them! Why dot we play brown more for d?

  • that’s what i’ve been thinking too. lou williams has been god awful, so why not put someone else in? he can play the two or the three so it doesnt matter where nick young will play.

  • williams needs to stop shooting like hes a steve kerr or something,thats the problems with shooters like williams dont know how to play than one thing, what made classic shooters ike reggie miller great they ould steal and make right decision shots!

  • look at curry hes a shooter type like williams only faster release, looke at sometimes he does not take dumb 3 pt shots like Williams and gets 3 point play at the rim shots! curry also has big assists numbers for as shooter!

  • Although many of you will disagree about Russell, I’m happy with the Lakers’ recent picks/scouting.

    Clarkson and Nance are steals
    Randle has been inconsistent but he’s young and the talent is there
    Russell doesn’t have a flashy game but is efficient and doesn’t turn the ball over (pretty mature on the court for a 19 yo).
    Tarik Black is solid and deserves more minutes and Kelly is okay in spots.

    I’m sure Brown will be a contributor.

  • Least he is getting playing time somewhere , such a waste to be sitting on the sidelines.

  • Is this a Laker 1st round pick, going to D-League?

    Interesting . . . so, front office is Not set on not sending a Draft pick to D-League? ?

    Hhmmm . . . wonder if Any other Draft Picks of Lakers, could use some More burn time development ? ?

    I absolutely “Love” the idea of sending Younger players for Burn time, and minutes
    this way they can “Develop” !!

  • What could Front Office be looking for Anthony Brown, to accomplish, while in D’League?

    I know AB can shoot with some accuracy . . . and have any of U seen a D’League game recently??

    I did. Wow, talk about the Wild Wild West . . . Shoot – shoot – shoot

    Makes Rucker park, or any outside streetball, hero basketball game interesting. lol

  • thx 4 that. Could remember order: d’lo, brown, nance? or d’lo, nance, brown? lol

  • black is undersize and is a decent player, bass has more size and has played pretty decent D. i like the move. alot of the moves scott made improve the team some what. they still need alot of work

  • good move brown could use some playing time. lakers could use more guys that play d. but with young and MWP in front of him there really no room for him to get time

  • I agree with Byron’s moves thus far too – I also Love Bass play, even more so lately

  • alot of the players make mistakes, it not just bass. if you saw the suns game there were so many bone head plays. plus bass is a vet while black is a young player.

  • well Williams is a shooter. so he going to shoot. sure he could have better shot section. but without him the second unit wont have any shooters besides young

  • When’s the next D-league game and how are people watching it? Are their free streams of their games?

  • Kelly looked ok the few games he played. It was Bass that looked like hot garbage. They need to more Bass asap.

  • This would be too logical for BS. I think BS gave a quote about A Brown was our best perimeter defender in preseason and right now our perimeter defense is bad. So it would seem logical to play him, right?

  • It is tonight at 7pst. You can see the games on the Dleague youtube channel. youtube dot com forward-slash user forward-slash nbadleague

  • agreed we play bass and lou and huertas who give up points like its nothing!

  • I like Brown better than Russell…..Kid has a Nice stroke from the Perimeter…..and plays Defense……Get him on the Court.

  • Did Brown play more then 1 year at Stanford?

    Guy just seems more poised then Russell.

    I like Brown more then Russell too !!

  • yes hes played4 years college but even if he was not a senior I bet he would of been a better pick than russell at #2

  • I’m talking about the talent evaluation and player acquisition…not the coach’s decisions.

  • I dont know Ithink they just put him there to play and not get rusty which he has played good but I don’t get why we don’t play him same as Clarkson last year!

  • Why? He is one of the better players on this team. Players like Russell and Randle need it more than he does. This team makes some strange decisions.

  • no why just wrong move deserve give him playing minutes to anthony brown assign d fenders i suggest just mwp assign d fenders

  • there was a dude streaming the laker games on youtube but he got shutdown. know any good streams? its hard to find one without a virus

  • i use nba – stream dot com. I use a mac (with an anti-virus) so I’m usually not that concerned about viruses.

  • Russell and randle need to take their assets down there too! F it make it a summer league team

  • Huh?!?

    Bass is like 6’8″ 235-240

    Black is 6’9″ 250+

    Black also has freakishly long arms. Almost a 7’4″ wingspan. I’d even venture to say Black has a higher vertical. Bass is not close to being bigger than Black.

  • After 3 quarters of play –
    Anthony Brown with DFenders: 25 minutes off the bench, 17pts, 6-14 shooting, 1 assist.

    And here’s a tidbit about Upshaw from the first game of the season –
    “He’s a monster,” starting point guard Josh Magette said. “When he comes
    in, he’s instant impact. He’s one of the most talented guys I’ve ever
    played with.” – But he fouled out tonight after 13 minutes (game 2).

    FWIW, Frazier is considered the DLeague #11 best prospect. — who knew?

    And, there are only 550 people in attendance!

  • The games we have seen so far which includes Summer League and preseason. More impressive than Russell and Randle has totally disappeared but apparently being drafted higher makes you immune to being sent to the D-League.

  • It wouldn’t surprise me that once his Chinese stint is done that he comes back. — Sometime mid February.

  • Corey:

    ‘…The Knicks went on to beat the Hornets, 102-94, behind a monster night from rookie Kristaps Porzingis, who finished with a career-high 29 points and 11 rebounds’.

  • It’s not being immune, it’s bad for the ego.

    And outside of working on shooting, Russell’s already better than anyone on the DLeague court.

    I could see a DLeague game morning, and a Lakers game night however.

  • Anthony Brown (final):
    32 Minutes: 22pts, 8-17 shooting (and 3-10 3pts). 3 ast, 3 rb.
    Tied for #3 most points (both teams).

    Upshaw: Fouled out after 13 minutes.

    Frazier: DNP

    * seems like playing time is doing good for ABrown. He’s so deep on the Lakers pecking order it’s almost impossible for him to find minutes at either SG or SF. I didn’t watch the game so I can’t comment on his defense.

  • His defense was solid. Switched off on bigger guys a lot and held his own. Wish he would have shot the three ball a bit better but overall his stroke looked very nice.

  • Brown did OK tonight. Solid for D League chucking.

    On another note, I like how Upshaw is moving but he has a loooooong ways to go before a call up.

  • Some of y’all talk about why doesn’t he play this player instead of this one and his defense is better than one of the starters or why doesn’t he give Russel more minutes to develop, but you fail to see that BScott is doing it again. Come on guys, it’s clear to see his trying to tank. Keeping our top 3 pick I guess…

    But on a serious note. We suck it’s clear to see, but I’ll be honest I see potential in this team specially in our 3 core players. Just give it a couple years.

  • i would have waived sacre and traded kelly for a decent PG or Center.
    and kept j brown.

  • lets hope he dont hold this against the fans.
    i know most of us were pulling for him….

  • time warner cable sportsnet channel.
    or time warner cable deportes channel.
    or NBA league pass.
    i dont know any illegal i always pay to watch the Lakers.
    i love and support my team!

  • we might pick up frazier and robert upshaw next year since we have no draft picks.
    i think if Kobe retires and MWP is gone maybe try to get jabari brown back also.

  • who cares if we are tanking.

    philly isnt stealking our top 3 pick!
    but were mad bc byron scott wont give the rookies mins.
    hes playing vets like nick young MWP lou williams brandon bass hibbert obviously…. and Kobe obviously.
    But i think our rookies all need MUCH more playing time dude.

  • He needs to run up a hill everyday. He also needs to learn to stay close to the basket so he’s not out of position. He likes to help and the others don’t rotate so he has to foul(gets called for the foul). He’s young but he has a nice offensive skill set which is surprising.

  • Yet Frazier hasn’t had a chance to play because Harris and Blue both play about 40 minutes a game and Magette is obviously needed at PG. Poor Mike.

  • just gotta do work….hope brown and upshaw dominate dleague for sacre to be cut and a trade to be work on soon(bass,kelly,tarik)

  • whoa, that’s it one of the reasons he gets benched, his shooting in college still needs time to translate to nba……Frazier,Brown and Upshaw those guys should carry their team to wins

  • I forgot blue and harris with frazier and magette at the guard(too crowded imho)…good thing brown is an SF

  • MWP has been quite productive for the Lakers. It would make no sense to send him away.

    If the Lakers did bring up Upshaw in replace of Sacre he would play just as many minutes as Sacre is….ZERO. So why bring him up? It makes way more sense to have him in the D-League where he can get a lot of minutes and continue developing his game so that next year or even later in this season, he can come in and have immediate impact.

  • Upshaw and Brown are in the best place for them right now. I would much rather be in the D-League getting consistent minutes every game while I learn and develop my game, instead of being in street clothes for the Lakers only getting minutes in practice. If they take advantage of this opportunity when the time comes for them to get called up they will be ready. They have to put the work in though.

    If the Lakers cut Sacre and trade Bass, Kelly and Tarik, Upshaw still wouldn’t get minutes. Whoever the Lakers got for those guys would get the minutes.

    You guys are complaining about a guy that was only going to be the 3rd string center no matter what this season.

  • Why go after Jabari Brown. There should be some better prospects than that next year.

  • Except that if they waive MWP and sign Upshaw, they control him. Right now, Upshaw could sign with any NBA team. The Lakers aren’t going anywhere this year and Upshaw has a whole lot more upside for the future than MWP.

  • He can, although not ideal. He was guarding Earl Clark on some plays last night, although Clark isn’t exactly a banger haha.

  • Upshaw is fairly mobile so him rotating and being aggressive is good. He should be watching taps of Whiteside and Duncan to learn better defensive positioning.

  • It was good to see him guard Earl Clark for a stretch. Earl was definitely their best offensive player last night. Munford who played in LAL SL team looked good too for them.

  • I feel we are going to be kicking ourselves for passing on this guy. He was suppose to be a project and he could end up as ROY.

  • Is he injuried or are they better than him? Harris and Blue both played well, I think Blue looks more like an NBA player. Magette looked like a D-Leaguer though. If Frazier can’t get on the court because of Magette he pretty far from being an NBA player.

  • There’s better prospects out there right now. Jordan McCrae, JP Tokoto, Nick Johnson, Thanasis Antetokounmpo.

  • I do decision support for IT. I don’t see the decision support rationale for the Laker ‘Brain[less]’ Trust… passing on Okafor AND Porzingis.

  • Good assessment. I can tell you really watched him play with the Defenders. I was shocked to see his three point range and face up footwork. Outside of his motor and conditioning he looks likev he could be a better version of Spencer Hawes as a stretch 5. Andrea Bargnani with better defense and rebounding prowess.

  • If the Lakers coaching staff won’t play Russell D., then why not let him play in the Defenders like what they did to Clarkson?

  • Randle?, Randle is putting up good numbers against NBA starters RIGHT now in the NBA, WHY would he need D league burn time?

  • Relax, people are starting to think Kobe’s body won’t hold up for all 82, so if Kobe hangs it up mis season, Brown will be ready to step in, getting a call up from the D league.

  • My predictions for next season

    #1 we retain our 1st round pick
    #2 We sign Kevin Durant
    #3 we “can” Scott and sign a new coach with Durant’s input
    #4 we trade Nick Young to the Grizzlies for future draft pick (s). 2nd rounders
    #5 Sacre, & Kelly will be traded /or waived next year
    #6 Kobe Retires
    #7 MWP Retires (Again)
    #8 We sign a good point guard as a F/A
    #9 We sign a good BU center as a F/A
    #10 Black will be traded/waived, Upshaw called up and signed.

    Hibbert, BU Center?, Upshaw
    Randle, Nance, Bass
    Durant, A. Brown, ???
    Clarkson, Williams, ???
    F/A point guard, Russell, Huertas

    If situation goes south in Sacramento, Lakers may trade Russell, Draft for Sacrament W/retained top 3 2016 pick, sign him, then trade, & include 2018 1st round pick for Cousins, in which case Hibbert becomes B/U center.

  • #1 possible but I think we have a 1 in 3 chance of keeping it.
    #2 Not going to happen. Durant is not going to a bottom 3 team.
    #3 I am less worried of the when BS gets fired, and more worried who they get to replace him. I would prefer a young coach.
    #4 I’d rather we traded Lou than Nick but agree that one of them should go.
    #5 End of benchers make little diff.
    #6 Agreed
    #7 Agreed
    #8 Mike Conley is the only good PG other than Rondo available. Rondo may be more likely to come to LAL.
    #9 Hibbert is in the final year of his contract. We may need to sign BU center and starter.
    #10 I watched the D-league game last night with Upshaw. He’s got talent but is far from NBA level.

    Sacramento will get a lot more than that for Cousins. Boston would be the team with the most to offer for him IMO. With the advantage that it’s not us since Sac hates the LAL.

  • He’s playing 25 min a night. A lot of rookies would kill for that amount of PT.

  • dont be a fool.
    Russell possibly?
    Randle? man dont get me started………..
    me and you are on good terms let just keep it that way ok?

  • Re: Free agents
    Even if we resign Hibbert, give Clarkson the RFA max we have $40m. Out of $92m for cap, the team has about $28m already guaranteed.

    With creativity it’s possible to then add Durant, Rondo (or jennings) and Noah.

    Or draft a sf and enter free agency with $35m or more depending on when they sign clarkson.

  • Sacramento will get more than three first rounders for cousins? I doubt it, that’s what’s been rumored they would be getting from Boston, what makes their 1st round picks any better?
    Iv’e heard Durant to the Lakers from 3 separate sources now, A: I think he’s leaving for a big market, and B: with Kobe gone, I think we will be the front runner, Particularly if we have Cousins and Rondo or Conley. If they get eliminated in the first round he’s definitely going to be looking elsewhere.
    Cousins, Randle, Durant, Clarkson, Rondo is a formidable starting five.
    Hibbert is in a simular position that Rondo was in last year, I see him signing for WAY less than 15 million/yr.
    Upshaw may have a ways to go now, but a complete year in the D league, and even possibly some time toward the end of the season as a call up, plus the off season, and he should be a serviceable reserve center in 2016.

  • Clarkson’s the least of our worries as far as cap space, we can reach a verbal and then exceed cap space if needed to sign him after signing everyone else we want. With Kobe’s 25 million falling off, plus Hibbert taking less, and Kelly’s 2 mill, & Nick’s 5 mill gone, we will have plenty to spend.

  • JJ – Who can they get? After all, that’s what management said when it passed on Whiteside.

  • Russell would be a salary dump like Anthony Bennett and we can’t trade our 2018 anyways. So it would be exactly like the Love trade except Cousins contract isn’t expiring. Sac would definitely try and not trade him to a team in their own conference if they could avoid it. So I think LAL would have to package more to get him than that.
    If Durant leaves for a big market he’s going to Miama, DC, or Houston. All potential finals team. He’d be in a rebuild with the LAL. So not likely, and anyways didn’t he call Steph A Smith a lier for saying he was interested in the LAL?
    Rondo, Clarkson, ???, Randle, ??? Sorry, that’s not really a playoff team. Hibbert probably goes to SAS and once again we are rummaging through the garbage can looking for players. At this point we are going to have to overpay people to play for us.
    Hibbert is going to sign for less it won’t be in LAL. He can get his 10-12 mil on a potential finals team, SAS. His friend West already plays for them and he’d be ideal for their needs.
    Hard to predict on Upshaw, he’s definitely a project at this point. Still he will need more than 1 year to be a serviceable big in the NBA, imo.

  • It is way too early to be thinking about whether or not Upshaw should be brought up next year. He is a reserve…2nd or 3rd string for now.

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