Lakers News: L.A. Waives Jabari Brown, Keeps Metta World Peace
Lakers News: L.a. Waives Jabari Brown, Keeps Metta World Peace
Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers needed to trim down their roster to a maximum of 15 players before the start of the 2015-16 NBA season. After waiving Robert Upshaw, Jonathan Holmes and Michael Frazier, the Lakers needed to cut one more player before the season opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

With one roster spot remaining, head coach Byron Scott and company had to choose between Metta World Peace and Jabari Brown. Despite being a talented young scorer, the Lakers waived Brown in favor of World Peace’s experience.

Here is the press release via the Los Angeles Lakers:

EL SEGUNDOThe Los Angeles Lakers have waived guard Jabari Brown, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

Brown appeared in six games for the Lakers this preseason, averaging 6.0 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 0.8 assists in 14.3 minutes per game. In 19 games (five starts) for the Lakers last season, Brown, who was signed to a multi-year contract on April 1, averaged 11.9 points, 2.1 assists, and 1.9 rebounds in 29.9 minutes per contest.

The Lakers roster (attached) now stands at 15.

Not a shock. Metta has been great for the youngsters and brown’s skills are redundant in the Lakers’ current back court. Let’s roll

  • Not a shock. Metta has been great for the youngsters and brown’s skills are redundant in the Lakers’ current back court. Let’s roll

  • I like this move, I think we have more than enough talent on the back court, I would’ve prefered if the Lakers had gotten rid of Sacre though…

  • I like this move, I think we have more than enough talent on the back court, I would’ve prefered if the Lakers had gotten rid of Sacre though…

  • Horrible! ! When are we gonna waive Byron Scott and get a real coach like Tibbs. We keep Artest because of he has a history of being a good defender. He struggles he doesn’t have the foot speed nor offensive skill to be in the NBA in 2015

  • I wish nothing but the best for JB! He can be a great role player on an NBA team.

  • Horrible! ! When are we gonna waive Byron Scott and get a real coach like Tibbs. We keep Artest because of he has a history of being a good defender. He struggles he doesn’t have the foot speed nor offensive skill to be in the NBA in 2015

  • I wish nothing but the best for JB! He can be a great role player on an NBA team.

  • we usually dont see eye to eye but u are dead on with this comment.. it was one reason why i was mad that Upshaw got cut.. i know he out played Sacre during pre season. But I know why now, Sacre must go

  • relax. he’s not gonna start and he’s gonna play limited minutes. and thibs runs his players into the ground — yes, even more than byron does.

  • He’s there to teach the younger players how to play defense, I thought everyone knew this by now.

  • Russell/Huertas
    Clarkson/Williams/ABrown
    Kobe/Young/MWP
    Randle/Bass/Kelly/Nance
    Hibbert/Black/Sacre

  • we usually dont see eye to eye but u are dead on with this comment.. it was one reason why i was mad that Upshaw got cut.. i know he out played Sacre during pre season. But I know why now, Sacre must go

  • relax. he’s not gonna start and he’s gonna play limited minutes. and thibs runs his players into the ground — yes, even more than byron does.

  • He’s there to teach the younger players how to play defense and other things, I thought everyone knew this by now.

  • Russell/Huertas
    Clarkson/Williams/ABrown
    Kobe/Young/MWP
    Randle/Bass/Kelly/Nance
    Hibbert/Black/Sacre

  • Jabari put a lot of effort sucks he has to go but yeah they should have gotten rid of sacre.

  • Jabari put a lot of effort sucks he has to go but yeah they should have gotten rid of sacre.

  • i read theres a rumor, and its a RUMOR, that Bass might get traded for Gibson after Dec

  • looking at it now, i don’t think bass was necessary. i think the FO didn’t realize how good julius would look. and if they wanted a mentor for julius, metta has filled that role nicely. besides, it would be better to get minutes for nance jr. i wouldn’t mind trading bass and sacre.

  • i read theres a rumor, and its a RUMOR, that Bass might get traded for Gibson after Dec

  • looking at it now, i don’t think bass was necessary. i think the FO didn’t realize how good julius would look. and if they wanted a mentor for julius, metta has filled that role nicely. besides, it would be better to get minutes for nance jr. i wouldn’t mind trading bass and sacre.

  • He’s not teaching at all that’s what coaching is for. Metta played horrible defense himself in preaseaon. The coaching staff need a better defensive scheme. And that weak Princeton offensive doesn’t fit the current roster and it’s outdated Scott needs to quit being stubborn and quit living in the past it’s not the 80 ‘ s nomore

  • He’s not teaching at all that’s what coaching is for. Metta played horrible defense himself in preaseaon. The coaching staff need a better defensive scheme. And that weak Princeton offensive doesn’t fit the current roster and it’s outdated Scott needs to quit being stubborn and quit living in the past it’s not the 80 ‘ s nomore

  • as far as signing bass, i also think the FO didn’t realize how well and energetically kelly would be playing. we have way too many PFs. bass should be dealt sometime soon.

  • as far as signing bass, i also think the FO didn’t realize how well and energetically kelly would be playing. we have way too many PFs. bass should be dealt sometime soon.

  • We should be developing instead of bringing in has been players and holding on to scrubs (Sacre)

  • We should be developing instead of bringing in has been players and holding on to scrubs (Sacre)

  • Who did? Lol
    Don’t think it will be a big issue. Nance should spend some quality time on D-League assignments to develop his game

  • Who did? Lol
    Don’t think it will be a big issue. Nance should spend some quality time on D-League assignments to develop his game

  • You’re right. I wouldn’t mind getting a decent PG or a 7 footer for Bass and Sacre.

  • metta can still affect the tenor of a game defensively and nance will be a constant threat for the lob.

  • You’re right. I wouldn’t mind getting a decent PG or a 7 footer for Bass and Sacre.

  • metta can still affect the tenor of a game defensively and nance will be a constant threat for the lob.

  • Brown can play both pg and sg plus I’m not sold on Huertas. His defense is bad I guess Metta will make up for it tho

  • metta will help the youngsters develop more than jabari would have helped us win games.

  • Brown can play both pg and sg plus I’m not sold on Huertas. His defense is bad I guess Metta will make up for it tho

  • metta will help the youngsters develop more than jabari would have helped us win games.

  • great question. sacre has to be one of them, right? i guess you can change it from game to game.

  • Black is trash he’s undersized for C he’s basically a hussle man he provides no rim protection

  • great question. sacre has to be one of them, right? i guess you can change it from game to game.

  • Black is trash he’s undersized for C he’s basically a hussle man he provides no rim protection

  • he will give you some good back up C minutes. he is undersized, you’re right. but he’s athletic and smart.. runs the floor well, too.

  • only two 7 footers on the team. Nance should be getting a lot of d-league assignments. the other one might come down to what team they’re playing

  • he will give you some good back up C minutes. he is undersized, you’re right. but he’s athletic and smart.. runs the floor well, too.

  • only two 7 footers on the team. Nance should be getting a lot of d-league assignments. the other one might come down to what team they’re playing

  • Bass should get 20 min a game Randle plays outa control and his jumper is broke. Until Randle makes shots consistently Bass should be playing

  • Horrible move by management, just another sign of how badly things are run. They sign a used up, no longer athletic 36 year old and waive a good shooting guard with potential. Jabari was struggling early this year but his play last year was solid, should’ve been given another chance. Instead we get a slow footed no longer defensive specialst who will eventually get zero playing time.

    to top things off, we keep another unathletic, short-armed player in sacre, who 1. can’t shoot, 2. doesn’t block shots, 3 not especially great rebounder, 4. can’t post up. so what can he do? cheer on his teammates?

    top brass is not doing well…

  • Bass should get 20 min a game Randle plays outa control and his jumper is broke. Until Randle makes shots consistently Bass should be playing

  • Horrible move by management, just another sign of how badly things are run. They sign a used up, no longer athletic 36 year old and waive a good shooting guard with potential. Jabari was struggling early this year but his play last year was solid, should’ve been given another chance. Instead we get a slow footed no longer defensive specialst who will eventually get zero playing time.

    to top things off, we keep another unathletic, short-armed player in sacre, who 1. can’t shoot, 2. doesn’t block shots, 3 not especially great rebounder, 4. can’t post up. so what can he do? cheer on his teammates?

    top brass is not doing well…

  • Relax one thing is to TEACH and one thing is to PLAY, Artest was once a great defensive player, he’s not anymore because he’s old, you can’t expect him to play the same way he played in his younger years, take for example Kobe and MJ, both of them were GREAT in their younger years but as time went on their playing level went down not because they stopped having that killer instinct but because their bodies got old, every single person in this world goes through the “young to old” period.

    Now about Scott, yeah his tactics are REALLY old school, if we had options I would even say that we should fire him but right now we only have one candidate that would work and please don’t say Thibs, he’s a great coach but he always ends up burning his team’s stars because he makes them play WAY too many minutes, so NO to thibs sorry, the only coach that I think would fit with the LAKERS is Scott Brooks.

  • why not? when they signed him you had a young rookie coming off 2 surgeries, you had kelly who everyone wanted gone and you had black who’s a mediocre player. bass was a good pick up imo

  • Relax one thing is to TEACH and one thing is to PLAY, Artest was once a great defensive player, he’s not anymore because he’s old, you can’t expect him to play the same way he played in his younger years, take for example Kobe and MJ, both of them were GREAT in their younger years but as time went on their playing level went down not because they stopped having that killer instinct but because their bodies got old, every single person in this world goes through the “young to old” period.

    Now about Scott, yeah his tactics are REALLY old school, if we had options I would even say that we should fire him but right now we only have one candidate that would work and please don’t say Thibs, he’s a great coach but he always ends up burning his team’s stars because he makes them play WAY too many minutes, so NO to thibs sorry, the only coach that I think would fit with the LAKERS is Scott Brooks.

  • why not? when they signed him you had a young rookie coming off 2 surgeries, you had kelly who everyone wanted gone and you had black who’s a mediocre player. bass was a good pick up imo

  • relax. you can’t have ALL young players on the team. julius even came out recently and said that it would be valuable to have metta in the locker room. besides, shooting guards are a dime a dozen in the NBA. you can easily call up some athletic dude from the d league who can drill jumpers.

  • relax. you can’t have ALL young players on the team. julius even came out recently and said that it would be valuable to have metta in the locker room. besides, shooting guards are a dime a dozen in the NBA. you can easily call up some athletic dude from the d league who can drill jumpers.

  • Not a surprise — I thought they might take a chance with Holmes, but once he was waived it was clear that MWP would make the team.

  • Not a surprise — I thought they might take a chance with Holmes, but once he was waived it was clear that MWP would make the team.

  • It’s the right decision. A hard decision, but ultimately I think the best one. When you’re looking at that 15th spot, what you’re looking for is solid defense and a good locker room presence. That gave Metta the edge, in addition to the fact that he has shown that he can mentor Randle effectively. I’ll bet Jabari lands on an NBA team, he is certainly good enough.

  • then you would be limiting with JR development.. JR, Kelly, Larry are good PFs for us.. Bass, even tho at the time was a good pick up, is kind of not needed now..

  • Agreed. Kelly and Bass can platoon the backup #4 depending on the match-up.

    Nance is fine for an injury replacement but could benefit from playing every day.

  • It’s the right decision. A hard decision, but ultimately I think the best one. When you’re looking at that 15th spot, what you’re looking for is solid defense and a good locker room presence. That gave Metta the edge, in addition to the fact that he has shown that he can mentor Randle effectively. I’ll bet Jabari lands on an NBA team, he is certainly good enough.

  • then you would be limiting with JR development.. JR, Kelly, Larry are good PFs for us.. Bass, even tho at the time was a good pick up, is kind of not needed now..

  • Agreed. Kelly and Bass can platoon the backup #4 depending on the match-up.

    Nance is fine for an injury replacement but could benefit from playing every day.

  • i can care less about josh he aint stanley johnson he’s just a low life who spends his days here

  • u miss him dont lie lmao.. but Rival right.. looking back, that would of been the most solid pick.. i like Russ still but man.. that young Core would of been nice.. I do not know why Lakers did not adress the SF position more..

  • Lakers haven’t played 1 regular season game…and all I hear is these Arm chair GM’S over here on the Lakers Blog complaining….Some of your comments are Ridiculous……Go Lakers.

  • Difficult but correct decision. The Lakers need defense and toughness in that second unit more than it needs offense outside of Lou and Nick.

  • i can care less about josh he aint stanley johnson he’s just a low life who spends his days here

  • u miss him dont lie lmao.. but Rival right.. looking back, that would of been the most solid pick.. i like Russ still but man.. that young Core would of been nice.. I do not know why Lakers did not adress the SF position more..

  • Lakers haven’t played 1 regular season game…and all I hear is these Arm chair GM’S over here on the Lakers Blog complaining….Some of your comments are Ridiculous……Go Lakers.

  • Difficult but correct decision. The Lakers need defense and toughness in that second unit more than it needs offense outside of Lou and Nick.

  • It was my suggestion all along to trade our 2nd pick for two lower lottery picks.

  • METTA WORLD PEACE stays. JABARI BROWN gets cut, IT MAKE SCENSE.

    + Metta is like by Mitch

    + Metta is strongly like by Julius Randle

    + Metta is Julius Randle mentor / Trainor

    + Strongly enforce by Kobe Bryant

    – Jabari Brown would have been a decent peace for the near future (2/3 years ) but Metta is the better piece for this year 2016.

    – As much as like what he brings , Jabari was a little redundant with all guards. Huertas, Russel, Clarkson, Willams, Bryant, Young.

  • Scott Brooks is a horrible coach he’s no better than Mike Brown. Brooks made a living off of both KD and Westbrook. Horrible offensive scheme it was is stars and make something happen.
    Idc how old MWP is he currently doesn’t have the skills this had to be a publicity stunt. Lakers like big names

  • It was my suggestion all along to trade our 2nd pick for two lower lottery picks.

  • METTA WORLD PEACE stays. JABARI BROWN gets cut, IT MAKE SCENSE.

    + Metta is liked by Mitch

    + Metta is strongly liked by Julius Randle

    + Metta is Julius Randle mentor / Trainor

    + Strongly enforced by Kobe Bryant

    + Metta brings toughness and defense

    + Good locker room presence, will mentor others

    – Jabari Brown would have been a decent peace for the near future (2/3 years ) but Metta is the better piece for this year 2016.

    – As much as like what he brings , Jabari was a little redundant with all guards. Huertas, Russel, Clarkson, Willams, Bryant, Young.

    – Jabari will find a home somewhere , he is a well rounded basketball player and is a solid scorer. Wish him luck.

  • Scott Brooks is a horrible coach he’s no better than Mike Brown. Brooks made a living off of both KD and Westbrook. Horrible offensive scheme it was is stars and make something happen.
    Idc how old MWP is he currently doesn’t have the skills this had to be a publicity stunt. Lakers like big names

  • isnt that the reason this site was made for? fans, to share their opinions .. GOod OR Bad?

  • Well I guess you can’t argue with someone that complains about everything…just chill out.

  • isnt that the reason this site was made for? fans, to share their opinions .. GOod OR Bad?

  • Well I guess you can’t argue with someone that complains about everything…just chill out.

  • Yeah I heard about that too but I’ve been hearing Taj rumors since last season tho
    Idk I guess I’m waiting on a trade in the works for atleast players like Bass, Young, Sacre etc.

  • Yall get to caught up in this veteran leadership. MWP isn’t teaching he’s there to steal min at the SF spot

  • FO obviously hoping that metta’s presence (along with kobe’s) will mitigate the learning curve for the lakers’ young ‘big three’.

  • Yeah I heard about that too but I’ve been hearing Taj rumors since last season tho
    Idk I guess I’m waiting on a trade in the works for atleast players like Bass, Young, Sacre etc.

  • Yall get to caught up in this veteran leadership. MWP isn’t teaching he’s there to steal min at the SF spot

  • FO obviously hoping that metta’s presence (along with kobe’s) will mitigate the learning curve for the lakers’ young ‘big three’.

  • No but that does not change the fact that Metta should be on the coaching staff not the roster.

  • No but that does not change the fact that Metta should be on the coaching staff not the roster.

  • He’s a good scorer. There are teams that can use some of that. He’s an NBA player, I think.

  • Brown is a combo guard he can play pg if not Lou Williams can play pg with the 2nd unit. Huertas played 3 games

  • He’s a good scorer. There are teams that can use some of that. He’s an NBA player, I think.

  • Brown is a combo guard he can play pg if not Lou Williams can play pg with the 2nd unit. Huertas played 3 games

  • Let’s hold on for a second, although I agree Stanley will be good the season hasn’t even started
    We gotta wait until the dust has cleared before making conclusions
    Imo Russell needs to be more aggressive this time around

  • huertas has had the second unit humming for the most part. what games have you been watching?

  • Let’s hold on for a second, although I agree Stanley will be good the season hasn’t even started
    We gotta wait until the dust has cleared before making conclusions
    Imo Russell needs to be more aggressive this time around

  • huertas has had the second unit humming for the most part. what games have you been watching?

  • Constructive views as opposed to Ridicilous-ness…..The decisions have been made….let’s see how they come together before they even given a chance.

  • Constructive views as opposed to Ridicilous-ness…..The decisions have been made….let’s see how they come together before they even given a chance.

  • Its going to take time for Russ.. He’s nice, but he really was ball dominate in college. More of a scorer.. His passes and IQ are good enough for the PG position but its still a new position for him. In Due time he will be nice.. Stanly J is a beast man.. and would of been a nice addition to our SF.. but we got Russ im not mad

  • Its going to take time for Russ.. He’s nice, but he really was ball dominate in college. More of a scorer.. His passes and IQ are good enough for the PG position but its still a new position for him. In Due time he will be nice.. Stanly J is a beast man.. and would of been a nice addition to our SF.. but we got Russ im not mad

  • I have to agree with @Randy — I’m not mad at Jabari Brown, but he was available for any team’s training camp and nobody signed him.

    Might be better served playing overseas where he can command a 7 figure salary

  • jabari was just all over the place…..he doesn’t know how to control himself….at times throughout the preseason I was just like wtf are you doin….he would have stretches where he would have bad plays but then you would also see him get buckets here and there…..he was just inconsistent. Metta even at his age is probably one of our top 5 defenders and also he is another mentor on this team who can help kobe teach the rookies. Metta doesnt back down from anyone so im sure he will bring a spark of energy of the bench. I also need metta for 2k LOL.

  • I have to agree with @Randy — I’m not mad at Jabari Brown, but he was available for any team’s training camp and nobody signed him.

    Might be better served playing overseas where he can command a 7 figure salary

  • jabari was just all over the place…..he doesn’t know how to control himself….at times throughout the preseason I was just like wtf are you doin….he would have stretches where he would have bad plays but then you would also see him get buckets here and there…..he was just inconsistent. Metta even at his age is probably one of our top 5 defenders and also he is another mentor on this team who can help kobe teach the rookies. Metta doesnt back down from anyone so im sure he will bring a spark of energy of the bench. I also need metta for 2k LOL.

  • I agree we need a new coach but scott brooks is just an OK coach and that was proven when KD went down. I want becky hammon. The lakers need to get her before someone else does

  • I agree we need a new coach but scott brooks is just an OK coach and that was proven when KD went down. I want becky hammon. The lakers need to get her before someone else does

  • Give Lakers a few years .. we will be back in the Hunt.. or have good trade baits..

  • ummm they kept him because they have way to many guards already. if there is an injury they will call jabari up if he doesnt sign else where

  • Give Lakers a few years .. we will be back in the Hunt.. or have good trade baits..

  • ummm they kept him because they have way to many guards already. if there is an injury they will call jabari up if he doesnt sign else where

  • Everybody within the organization credits his work with Randle over the offseason and there are things coaches simply can’t teach….you can only learn by observing guys like MWP.

  • Everybody within the organization credits his work with Randle over the offseason and there are things coaches simply can’t teach….you can only learn by observing guys like MWP.

  • I disagree, we have only wathed preseason…. do you think nance and kelly are going to play this well during the season Bass is proven and he is agreat player to have

  • I disagree, we have only wathed preseason…. do you think nance and kelly are going to play this well during the season Bass is proven and he is agreat player to have

  • Best case scenario for me is 35 wins this year, 55 and the 4th seed next year with Durant as our starting SF.

    (hey, I said “best case”)

  • the preseason means nothing…… we have no idea how good kelly and nance will be in the regular season we know what bass is and I love him along side of huertas

  • off topic, but one thing the sixers don’t understand about what they’re doing is this — amassing all those draft picks is great, but there’s no guarantee that they pan out and become dominant players. and more importantly, there’s no guarantee that once their rookie deals are up, guys like okafor and noel aren’t going to sign free agent contracts elsewhere. think about it — you think joel embiid wouldn’t want to be a laker when his rookie deal is up??? would you rather play in freezing philly in a terrible, toxic culture or play in sunny miami for a proven winner in pat riley?

  • I would’ve kept him and Metta and dump Sacre. Jabari was just trying to make the squad. They kept throwing him in with odd lineups so it was tough.

  • Something tells me she’s already expected to replace Pops when he retires but I guess it would be cool if we had her as a coach, I completely forgot about her, good job!

  • What has he showed em hopefully it’s not that take it reckless to the basket when you gotta open shot crap

  • Best case scenario for me is 35 wins this year, 55 and the 4th seed next year with Durant as our starting SF.

    (hey, I said “best case”)

  • the preseason means nothing…… we have no idea how good kelly and nance will be in the regular season we know what bass is and I love him along side of huertas

  • off topic, but one thing the sixers don’t understand about what they’re doing is this — amassing all those draft picks is great, but there’s no guarantee that they pan out and become dominant players. and more importantly, there’s no guarantee that once their rookie deals are up, guys like okafor and noel aren’t going to sign free agent contracts elsewhere. think about it — you think joel embiid wouldn’t want to be a laker when his rookie deal is up??? would you rather play in freezing philly in a terrible, toxic culture or play in sunny miami for a proven winner in pat riley?

  • I would’ve kept him and Metta and dump Sacre. Jabari was just trying to make the squad. They kept throwing him in with odd lineups so it was tough.

  • Something tells me she’s already expected to replace Pops when he retires but I guess it would be cool if we had her as a coach, I completely forgot about her, good job!

  • What has he showed em hopefully it’s not that take it reckless to the basket when you gotta open shot crap

  • True which is my point I haven’t seen enough in 3 games to give him back pg honors

  • Tru…if we had a choice between metta, jabari, and sacre im pretty sure everyone would pick sacre lol….but byron scott said he likes roberts presence in the locker room.

  • I hear you, but the new CBA makes it really hard to leave after your rookie contract.

    I suspect, however, that they’ll sit on those guys and hope a proven vet comes available via direct or sign/trade.

  • True which is my point I haven’t seen enough in 3 games to give him back pg honors

  • Tru…if we had a choice between metta, jabari, and sacre im pretty sure everyone would pick sacre lol….but byron scott said he likes roberts presence in the locker room.

  • I hear you, but the new CBA makes it really hard to leave after your rookie contract.

    I suspect, however, that they’ll sit on those guys and hope a proven vet comes available via direct or sign/trade.

  • I like that. I love MWP’s poise. He will be add experience and great spirit for our young group. More than that. He will be a calm voice (yes, he will), when Kobe lost his patience.
    He don’t have to play that much to be huge for us this season.

  • I like that. I love MWP’s poise. He will be add experience and great spirit for our young group. More than that. He will be a calm voice (yes, he will), when Kobe lost his patience.
    He don’t have to play that much to be huge for us this season.

  • Huertas played in great competition all his carrer. He is far alway mor trusteable than Jabari Brown.

  • Some of these young players need No Back Down Mentality because they are going to be Tested…..Wearing that Lakers jersey is like a Bulls Eye….They will have to Stand Up and take that Challenge…..MWP,Kobe and Hibbert are the ones to lead the Way.

  • Huertas played in great competition all his carrer. He is far alway mor trusteable than Jabari Brown.

  • Some of these young players need No Back Down Mentality because they are going to be Tested…..Wearing that Lakers jersey is like a Bulls Eye….They will have to Stand Up and take that Challenge…..MWP,Kobe and Hibbert are the ones to lead the Way.

  • Byron talent and coaching is in question. Last year he said no 3’s he also preaches defense we were the worst defensive team

  • It has to be that. The decision to keep Sacre definitely has nothing to do with his basketball ability

  • You obviously haven’t been paying attention if you think Jabari could’ve played point guard. If he wasn’t dribbling in a straight line he was either turning it over or drawing a charge.

  • Byron talent and coaching is in question. Last year he said no 3’s he also preaches defense we were the worst defensive team

  • It has to be that. The decision to keep Sacre definitely has nothing to do with his basketball ability

  • You obviously haven’t been paying attention if you think Jabari could’ve played point guard. If he wasn’t dribbling in a straight line he was either turning it over or drawing a charge.

  • Point is the second unit has a couple guys that can go off/ball hog/deviate from game plan n huertas and world peace will be great to keep those young bucks in check

  • Point is the second unit has a couple guys that can go off/ball hog/deviate from game plan n huertas and world peace will be great to keep those young bucks in check

  • who mention Pre Season? Kelly had a good rookie Season, was hurt last season, and is now coming back to form. I like Bass as well. NIce dude, but to not start Kelly over him. i dont know. Kelly Reb, Defense, Spread the floor, go to the rim, IQ, and mind you 6 11. Larry is a rookie. I dont expect to see him alot. But JR should start and Kelly should get the opt to back him up .. Black should back up Hibb. my opinion

  • Let’s be honest though…whether it’s the off season or game 1 or game 40. Sacre still sucks. He’s not gonna change

  • who mention Pre Season? Kelly had a good rookie Season, was hurt last season, and is now coming back to form. I like Bass as well. NIce dude, but to not start Kelly over him. i dont know. Kelly Reb, Defense, Spread the floor, go to the rim, IQ, and mind you 6 11. Larry is a rookie. I dont expect to see him alot. But JR should start and Kelly should get the opt to back him up .. Black should back up Hibb. my opinion

  • Let’s be honest though…whether it’s the off season or game 1 or game 40. Sacre still sucks. He’s not gonna change

  • lol Hopefully more but u never know .. no chemistry nor true SF .. its going to be rough. but its all about developing JC, Russ and JR..

  • lol Hopefully more but u never know .. no chemistry nor true SF .. its going to be rough. but its all about developing JC, Russ and JR..

  • V dogg u should know i Pray for Embiid.. i dont care about his foot injury.. i PRAYYYYYY he some how make it to us.. He will heal, and trust and believe in my opinion.. He wil be the best Center in the next 4 years.. Watch My gosh if the Lakers can get their hands on that guy

  • V dogg u should know i Pray for Embiid.. i dont care about his foot injury.. i PRAYYYYYY he some how make it to us.. He will heal, and trust and believe in my opinion.. He wil be the best Center in the next 4 years.. Watch My gosh if the Lakers can get their hands on that guy

  • Dana, you agree with every decision management makes. In your eyes they are perfect and make no mistakes. You probably still think the Steve Nash trade was the right move lol.

  • Dana, you agree with every decision management makes. In your eyes they are perfect and make no mistakes. You probably still think the Steve Nash trade was the right move lol.

  • 4yrs of awfulness.. He must go.. i would rather have that center Mavs just cut before Sace

  • 4yrs of awfulness.. He must go.. i would rather have that center Mavs just cut before Sace

  • Upshaw went undrafted, unsigned as a FA, and just cleared waivers….that should tell you all you need to know about his “potential”

  • Upshaw went undrafted, unsigned as a FA, and just cleared waivers….that should tell you all you need to know about his “potential”

  • To have him with JR, Russ and JC .. My gosh.. we would be contenders.. I know im dreaming and you right i feel he would love to be a Laker.. Spent his summers here working out.., but i would do anything in my power to get him over here.. crazy man i know its going on 2 years but damn i had Embiid to Lakers everywhere.. Thats my guy

  • To have him with JR, Russ and JC .. My gosh.. we would be contenders.. I know im dreaming and you right i feel he would love to be a Laker.. Spent his summers here working out.., but i would do anything in my power to get him over here.. crazy man i know its going on 2 years but damn i had Embiid to Lakers everywhere.. Thats my guy

  • Jabari averaged 12 ppg last season and played better than Sacre and Kelly. All of a sudden he can’t play and deserves to get cut?

  • Jabari averaged 12 ppg last season and played better than Sacre and Kelly. All of a sudden he can’t play and deserves to get cut?

  • Wish the Jabari well. For all the “we should’ve kept Jabari!” people, his skill set is the most common thing you can find in the basketball world today; Shooter/scorer who can’t play point full time.

    Just recently these were guys who the Lakers looked at that fit this description:

    Marshon Brooks
    Andrew Goudelock
    Sasha Vujacic
    Xavier Henry
    Smush Parker
    Darius Johnson-Odom
    Michael Frazier
    Kent Bazemore
    Vander Blue

    Point being that Jabari Brown’s skill set is easily replaceable at the moment. Metta’s knowledge, leadership, experience is not easily duplicated

  • 2018 smh crying over here.. smh but that should give him some time to heal and develop .. He is going to be a beast

  • Wish Jabari well. For all the “we should’ve kept Jabari!” people, his skill set is the most common thing you can find in the basketball world today; Shooter/scorer who can’t play point full time.

    Just recently these were guys who the Lakers looked at that fit this description:

    Marshon Brooks
    Shannon Brown
    Andrew Goudelock
    Sasha Vujacic
    Xavier Henry
    Smush Parker
    Darius Johnson-Odom
    Michael Frazier
    Kent Bazemore
    Vander Blue

    Point being that Jabari Brown’s skill set is easily replaceable at the moment. Metta’s knowledge, leadership, experience is not easily duplicated

  • 2018 smh crying over here.. smh but that should give him some time to heal and develop .. He is going to be a beast

  • Fans and People pretending to be fans, lets stop blaming the Coach, he is not on the floor, you need the best talent and skilled talent to win in the nba, so our agenda is growth and development and everyone knows it… so coach job as of right now is make it look good and make sure the youngsters are putting in the work to make them either effective or valuable!

  • heard a rumor that the lakers may be interested in pursuing chandler parsons next summer (if parsons opts out). thoughts?

  • Fans and People pretending to be fans, lets stop blaming the Coach, he is not on the floor, you need the best talent and skilled talent to win in the nba, so our agenda is growth and development and everyone knows it… so coach job as of right now is make it look good and make sure the youngsters are putting in the work to make them either effective or valuable!

  • heard a rumor that the lakers may be interested in pursuing chandler parsons next summer (if parsons opts out). thoughts?

  • Sacre doesn’t play like a 7-footer. Nance plays bigger than he does. Size means nothing if you’re a stiff.

  • Sacre doesn’t play like a 7-footer. Nance plays bigger than he does. Size means nothing if you’re a stiff.

  • I love all the Sacre hate — you’d think he owes fools money or kicked their dog or something.

  • I love all the Sacre hate — you’d think he owes fools money or kicked their dog or something.

  • thoughts are he is not a game changer which is why Houston let him walk instead of paying him and didn’t skip a beat with out him and dallas is not wreaking havoc on the league with him he is nothing more than ryan Kelly who has been empowered with more lead way!

  • What I am see is Metta’s energy in preseason was adrenaline; what he showed is not going to last and you can’t pump that energy to a full regular season.

    We’re down to a 15 man rotation; the real pertinent question is are we keeping this 15th spot full?

  • thoughts are he is not a game changer which is why Houston let him walk instead of paying him and didn’t skip a beat with out him and dallas is not wreaking havoc on the league with him he is nothing more than ryan Kelly who has been empowered with more lead way!

  • What I am see is Metta’s energy in preseason was adrenaline; what he showed is not going to last and you can’t pump that energy to a full regular season.

    We’re down to a 15 man rotation; the real pertinent question is are we keeping this 15th spot full?

  • i googled it, and it read he sign a two year deal with Phili.. Contract will be up 2018..wouldn’t put a stamp on it tho..might have to double chk i was watching his Utube highlights last night lol man he just need a purple and gold uniform.. smh

  • come on, bro. unless kelly has a meteoric rise this year (which i hope he does), parsons is better than kelly.

  • i googled it, and it read he sign a two year deal with Phili.. Contract will be up 2018..wouldn’t put a stamp on it tho..might have to double chk i was watching his Utube highlights last night lol man he just need a purple and gold uniform.. smh

  • come on, bro. unless kelly has a meteoric rise this year (which i hope he does), parsons is better than kelly.

  • Mike brown is a decent coach, he got lakers to second round in 2012, they knew they knew they made a mistake in letting him go

  • Didn’t say I wouldn’t have him on the squad for the RIGHT price, but he’s soft.

  • metta is not there to play 35 minutes a night, and he knows that. he can be effective in small doses.

  • Mike brown is a decent coach, he got lakers to second round in 2012, they knew they knew they made a mistake in letting him go

  • Didn’t say I wouldn’t have him on the squad for the RIGHT price, but he’s soft.

  • metta is not there to play 35 minutes a night, and he knows that. he can be effective in small doses.

  • Wouldn’t mind.. But his contract is a max one right? and idk why but i have a feeling Lakers are trying everything in its Organization power to get KD.. i dont understand the lack of SF attention these past off season..

  • @vdogg — I don’t know…depends on the salary. Not to hate on Parsons, but I’m tempted to say “roll the dice” with another FA or maybe look for a trade.

    I don’t have any names in mind, but a lower priced defensive specialist may do the job.

  • Wouldn’t mind.. But his contract is a max one right? and idk why but i have a feeling Lakers are trying everything in its Organization power to get KD.. i dont understand the lack of SF attention these past off season..

  • @vdogg — I don’t know…depends on the salary. Not to hate on Parsons, but I’m tempted to say “roll the dice” with another FA or maybe look for a trade.

    I don’t have any names in mind, but a lower priced defensive specialist may do the job.

  • I think you’re looking through the wrong end of the telescope. I’ve been saying for weeks that it’s better to keep Metta. So, really what you’re saying is that the Lakers management agrees with me.

  • of course the lakers are going to try for KD. they’d be stupid not to. but the chances are remote at best, especially after the stephen a smith fiasco. i hope I’m wrong..

  • We have to trade Bass until january, man. In that month Randle will be ready to go, and Kelly and Nance will be alright.

    D’angelo, Clarkson, Kobe, Randle, Hibbert;
    Huertas, Lou/Anthony Brown, Nick/MWP, Bass/Kelly/Nance/Black.

    We are ready to go. Let Nance and Brown play to our D-league team in the beggining of the season. That will be good for them!
    I’m really excited for Wed! We can win some games if Kobe play well and unselfish.

  • Ryan Kells is a PF tho.. Lakers need a SF so badly. He dont need to be a game changer, just a good player along the young core we have now

  • I think you’re looking through the wrong end of the telescope. I’ve been saying for weeks that it’s better to keep Metta. So, really what you’re saying is that the Lakers management agrees with me.

  • of course the lakers are going to try for KD. they’d be stupid not to. but the chances are remote at best, especially after the stephen a smith fiasco. i hope I’m wrong..

  • We have to trade Bass until january, man. In that month Randle will be ready to go, and Kelly and Nance will be alright.

    D’angelo, Clarkson, Kobe, Randle, Hibbert;
    Huertas, Lou/Anthony Brown, Nick/MWP, Bass/Kelly/Nance/Black.

    We are ready to go. Let Nance and Brown play to our D-league team in the beggining of the season. That will be good for them!
    I’m really excited for Wed! We can win some games if Kobe play well and unselfish.

  • Ryan Kells is a PF tho.. Lakers need a SF so badly. He dont need to be a game changer, just a good player along the young core we have now

  • lol i was thinking the same thing.. hope S.Smith didnt mess it up for us.. KD might try to prove him wrong and go elsewhere

  • Metta can start for us when Kobe sit in back to back games. I think Anthony Brown is not ready to play with D’angelo, Clarkson and Randle. We are too young when they play together

  • ^^ exactly. if we can get KD, great. if not, we don’t need a lebron. just someone who is an above average starter.

  • lol i was thinking the same thing.. hope S.Smith didnt mess it up for us.. KD might try to prove him wrong and go elsewhere

  • Metta can start for us when Kobe sit in back to back games. I think Anthony Brown is not ready to play with D’angelo, Clarkson and Randle. We are too young when they play together

  • ^^ exactly. if we can get KD, great. if not, we don’t need a lebron. just someone who is an above average starter.

  • Yep, because they’re mad the third string center sucks just as much as every other third string center who has ever played in the NBA.

  • Yep, because they’re mad the third string center sucks just as much as every other third string center who has ever played in the NBA.

  • you never know. brown has been playing well. and all he has to do when he is out there is play D and spot up from deep. so much depends on the learning curve of our young guys.

  • @Lucas — agreed…I like all three players but not all together. Not ready to go there just yet.

  • you never know. brown has been playing well. and all he has to do when he is out there is play D and spot up from deep. so much depends on the learning curve of our young guys.

  • @Lucas — agreed…I like all three players but not all together. Not ready to go there just yet.

  • that’s what I am refering to; he didn’t even play more than 10 minutes in each preason games and looked flat out slow and I am sure the FO is hoping to get much more. They made this decision based on very little playing time.

  • that’s what I am refering to; he didn’t even play more than 10 minutes in each preason games and looked flat out slow and I am sure the FO is hoping to get much more. They made this decision based on very little playing time.

  • he didn’t look great, but i didn’t think he looked that bad. agree to disagree, i guess.

  • he didn’t look great, but i didn’t think he looked that bad. agree to disagree, i guess.

  • I like Brown. But our young guys have to play with experienced guys to play under control. Other than that, we can lost our mind when teams play well. Like Warriors did.
    Our first unit get their confidence killed and put us in a big deficit

  • One thing I will say that I don’t like about B.S, I don’t like how he has marginalized our other 1rd pick in Nance since this is aout development and future he should’ve got way more burn during the pre-season with the Russel Clarkson Randle and Brown

  • I like Brown. But our young guys have to play with experienced guys to play under control. Other than that, we can lost our mind when teams play well. Like Warriors did.
    Our first unit get their confidence killed and put us in a big deficit

  • One thing I will say that I don’t like about B.S, I don’t like how he has marginalized our other 1rd pick in Nance since this is aout development and future he should’ve got way more burn during the pre-season with the Russel Clarkson Randle and Brown

  • Well, I disagree with you. I thought he looked good and he certainly changed the energy on the floor and gave some much needed perimeter defense. And he sacrificed his body, diving into the stands over loose balls without even having a guaranteed contract. Yeah, I definitely saw something different than you did.

  • Well, I disagree with you. I thought he looked good and he certainly changed the energy on the floor and gave some much needed perimeter defense. And he sacrificed his body, diving into the stands over loose balls without even having a guaranteed contract. Yeah, I definitely saw something different than you did.

  • In all honesty, I think Kelly caught everybody off guard and took Nance’s PT from him….and to his credit – sometimes you a little competition to bring out your best.

    I’d send Nance to the d-league to start the season so he can play every day and keep working on his jumper. Bring him up as an injury replacement or if Kelly’s contract comes into play at the trade deadline.

  • He’s a decent player who just happens to play the position where we have the most depth. It is what it is though.

  • In all honesty, I think Kelly caught everybody off guard and took Nance’s PT from him….and to his credit – sometimes you a little competition to bring out your best.

    I’d send Nance to the d-league to start the season so he can play every day and keep working on his jumper. Bring him up as an injury replacement or if Kelly’s contract comes into play at the trade deadline.

  • He’s a decent player who just happens to play the position where we have the most depth. It is what it is though.

  • What concerns me is the fact that the Lakers, officially, went only 1 and 5 against NBA teams in the preseason. There is a long way to go to show improvement over last season.

  • What concerns me is the fact that the Lakers, officially, went only 1 and 5 against NBA teams in the preseason. There is a long way to go to show improvement over last season.

  • *Sigh of relief* Metta is a brick layer but he has that uncanny quality of lifting the entire team when you least expect it. First I wanted him as an assistant but realized that would never happen so I’m totally on board with keeping him as a veteran player.

  • *Sigh of relief* Metta is a brick layer but he has that uncanny quality of lifting the entire team when you least expect it. First I wanted him as an assistant but realized that would never happen so I’m totally on board with keeping him as a veteran player.

  • Most depth? I think the Lakers have the least depth at the 3. The most depth is at the PF position, we are way loaded there. What do we have at the 3 without MWP? An aging Kobe and who knows how much he has to give or if he can last through the season, and perennial problem child Nick Young. I was thinking the FO was probably leaving that spot open for Kevin Durant.

  • Most depth? I think the Lakers have the least depth at the 3. The most depth is at the PF position, we are way loaded there. What do we have at the 3 without MWP? An aging Kobe and who knows how much he has to give or if he can last through the season, and perennial problem child Nick Young. I was thinking the FO was probably leaving that spot open for Kevin Durant.

  • How will be our rotation tomorrow?
    I think D’angelo, Clarkson, Kobe, Randle and Hibbert; Huertas, Lou, Young, Bass and Black will play.

    The major minutes of the bench will be on Huertas and Lou (and Young IF HOT).

    D’angelo will play at 25 minute mark, i guess. Clarkson and Hibbert will be the only players to play at 38 minute mark.

    What you guys think?

  • How will be our rotation tomorrow?
    I think D’angelo, Clarkson, Kobe, Randle and Hibbert; Huertas, Lou, Young, Bass and Black will play.

    The major minutes of the bench will be on Huertas and Lou (and Young IF HOT).

    D’angelo will play at 25 minute mark, i guess. Clarkson and Hibbert will be the only players to play at 38 minute mark.

    What you guys think?

  • I think we’ll see about 25 for Randle as well with Bass splitting the rest at the #4 pretty evenly.

    I just hope we don’t see much of Bass at the #5 — not even fair to ask him to do it.

  • I think we’ll see about 25 for Randle as well with Bass splitting the rest at the #4 pretty evenly.

    I just hope we don’t see much of Bass at the #5 — not even fair to ask him to do it.

  • Definitely not a surprise figured they would keep Metta he is the peoples champ, but i still cut Robert Sacre on Nba 2K16 in GM mode before the season started, and we are very competitive i kept the same starting lineup but when i play Golden State i like to go small ball i put
    I go Russell,Clarkson, Kobe,Metta, Randle and its very hard for Golden State to score, us having Kobe and metta in real life speeds up the process for the learning curve which Steph Curry didnt have in his rookie season, and also it took months and years before Curry became an elite player so we have to be very patient with Russell he is going to be great also Randle and Clarkson.

  • Keeping Metta is not a big deal (even though I don’t think a good move) and if it does not look like it works out then he can always clear a roster spot and be a bench coach before January’s guaranteed roster/contract is due.

    Like his energy in spots but I don’t see it lasting.

  • Definitely not a surprise figured they would keep Metta he is the peoples champ, but i still cut Robert Sacre on Nba 2K16 in GM mode before the season started, and we are very competitive i kept the same starting lineup but when i play Golden State i like to go small ball
    I go Russell,Clarkson, Kobe,Metta, Randle and its very hard for Golden State to score, us having Kobe and metta in real life speeds up the process for the learning curve which Steph Curry didnt have in his rookie season, and also it took months and years before Curry became an elite player so we have to be very patient with Russell he is going to be great also Randle and Clarkson. I just think Clarkson has to spend one summer just studying shooters like Ray Allen, Reggie Miller, Kobe ,Jordan and just work on his 3pt shot i think he has to soften his touch he shoot to hard.

  • Keeping Metta is not a big deal (even though I don’t think a good move) and if it does not look like it works out then he can always clear a roster spot and be a bench coach before January’s guaranteed roster/contract is due.

    Like his energy in spots but I don’t see it lasting.

  • They let J. Brown go for MWP 35 year old good guy, but will see small amounts of playing time for all I can see is for one year and could of had a good young player, that would have stayed with the Lakers a long time . that’s not the first mistake they have made stand by for the next one coming up soon.

  • They let J. Brown go for MWP 35 year old good guy, but will see small amounts of playing time for all I can see is for one year and could of had a good young player, that would have stayed with the Lakers a long time . that’s not the first mistake they have made stand by for the next one coming up soon.

  • His D does stink, but his team play is great, which will make up most mistakes he can make, and he can learn D DURING THE GAMES, IT SHOULD NOT TAKE HIM LONG.

  • how do you know that jabari would have stayed for a long time? i actually highly doubt that.

  • His D does stink, but his team play is great, which will make up most mistakes he can make, and he can learn D DURING THE GAMES, IT SHOULD NOT TAKE HIM LONG.

  • how do you know that jabari would have stayed for a long time? i actually highly doubt that.

  • The only win was the last second shot by Ryan Kelly over the Blazers to prevent the game from going into overtime.

  • The only win was the last second shot by Ryan Kelly over the Blazers to prevent the game from going into overtime.

  • He did look bad in our last game but so did the rest of the team, that game does not count, its not one of the 82 games starting in two days OCT 28, good luck guys.

  • He did look bad in our last game but so did the rest of the team, that game does not count, its not one of the 82 games starting in two days OCT 28, good luck guys.

  • Agreed Al. While I like both players, I think Jabari Brown could become a decent-good player in the league. The NBA ‘s a shooter’s league right now, and Jabari is a good shooter and is quite tough. Would hate to see him come back to bite us. Wish him well for the future

  • Agreed Al. While I like both players, I think Jabari Brown could become a decent-good player in the league. The NBA ‘s a shooter’s league right now, and Jabari is a good shooter and is quite tough. Would hate to see him come back to bite us. Wish him well for the future

  • If you want to call it weak, that’s fine but the rest of the team looked terrible, so that kind of evens things out.

  • If you want to call it weak, that’s fine but the rest of the team looked terrible, so that kind of evens things out.

  • They brought him here to run the bench team and his passing of the ball that he does and any thing extra is just gravy.

  • They brought him here to run the bench team and his passing of the ball that he does and any thing extra is just gravy.

  • thats cool, but sometimes he doesnt play third string minutes sooo that adds fuel to the fire

  • thats cool, but sometimes he doesnt play third string minutes sooo that adds fuel to the fire

  • Our first unit we have guys like Hibbert, Clarkson that can play decent defense but our second unit defense will be awful!

  • Our first unit we have guys like Hibbert, Clarkson that can play decent defense but our second unit defense will be awful!

  • Marcelo Huertas did not practice today (hamstring). Plan is for him to practice tomorrow. I’m worried about it.

  • Marcelo Huertas did not practice today (hamstring). Plan is for him to practice tomorrow. I’m worried about it.

  • I don’t think Clarkson can play decent defense. Our second unit has Bass and Black who can play some solid defense…

    To me, both are bad defensivily as individual. Has to pick up team defense

  • I don’t think Clarkson can play decent defense. Our second unit has Bass and Black who can play some solid defense…

    To me, both are bad defensivily as individual. Has to pick up team defense

  • A real coach keeps them under control, jf that’s the only reason the kept , MWP THEN we need a different coach.

  • The Lakers and the coaching staff continue to make some strange decisions. I truly wonder how they justify their choices. They could have hired Metta as a coach or something if they wanted his presence around for the young guys to go up against while learning from him too. Why sign Metta to mentor Randle and also sign Bass for Randle?

    I can also see why they cut Jabari because he does nothing other than shoot but at least he can shoot. Metta has yet to make a shot.

    I truly hope they package a few guys for a trade soon. We need good perimeter defenders. They should look at the Morris twin in Phoenix.

  • A real coach keeps them under control, jf that’s the only reason the kept , MWP THEN we need a different coach.

  • The Lakers and the coaching staff continue to make some strange decisions. I truly wonder how they justify their choices. They could have hired Metta as a coach or something if they wanted his presence around for the young guys to go up against while learning from him too. Why sign Metta to mentor Randle and also sign Bass for Randle?

    I can also see why they cut Jabari because he does nothing other than shoot but at least he can shoot. Metta has yet to make a shot.

    I truly hope they package a few guys for a trade soon. We need good perimeter defenders. They should look at the Morris twin in Phoenix.

  • yep but looking at Byron Scott’s rotation during the pre season he will most likely start the second unit with Bass at C and Kelly at PF….but i would like to see Black & Bass cuz Black can play pretty good defense and can rebound well!

  • yep but looking at Byron Scott’s rotation during the pre season he will most likely start the second unit with Bass at C and Kelly at PF….but i would like to see Black & Bass cuz Black can play pretty good defense and can rebound well!

  • Well according to Daryl and Joseph we need patience despite this being like the fourth year in a row this team has sucked. Don’t get excited for the season cause we will still be bad. Just hope we can get Ben Simmons.

  • Well according to Daryl and Joseph we need patience despite this being like the fourth year in a row this team has sucked. Don’t get excited for the season cause we will still be bad. Just hope we can get Ben Simmons.

  • No way. Swaggy B has been playing well. He should start in the back to back games, or Swaggy P.

  • No way. Swaggy B has been playing well. He should start in the back to back games, or Swaggy P.

  • And you are counting for Kobe to play D, when was the last time you saw KOBE play a full game of D. and remember I have been watching him for 20 years, and I can remember one.

  • Bass came to play. Not to mentor. MWP is a mentor who can help Randle and the rest of our youngster

  • And you are counting for Kobe to play D, when was the last time you saw KOBE play a full game of D. and remember I have been watching him for 20 years, and I can remember one.

  • Bass came to play. Not to mentor. MWP is a mentor who can help Randle and the rest of our youngster

  • Man even Justise Winslow is balling. If this kid doesn’t start to show up I am aiming straight for Jim Buss’ neck. Get him fired asap.

  • Man even Justise Winslow is balling. If this kid doesn’t start to show up I am aiming straight for Jim Buss’ neck. Get him fired asap.

  • Wait till our guards start getting hurt , and every one is saying why did we get rid of J. BROWN..

  • Wait till our guards start getting hurt , and every one is saying why did we get rid of J. BROWN..

  • 7 veterans
    Kobe
    Hibbert
    MVP
    Bass
    Nick
    Lou
    Huertas

    8 Rookies (Can Sacre still be considered a Rookie? lol
    Randle
    Clarkson
    Black
    Brown,
    Kelly
    Nance
    Russell
    (and of course Sacre lol)

    Nicely rounded out with veterans and rooks

  • 7 veterans
    Kobe
    Hibbert
    MVP
    Bass
    Nick
    Lou
    Huertas

    8 Rookies (Can Sacre still be considered a Rookie? lol
    Randle
    Clarkson
    Black
    Brown,
    Kelly
    Nance
    Russell
    (and of course Sacre lol)

    Nicely rounded out with veterans and rooks

  • Bass may have thought that but that is not why Mitch signed him. Its the same reason he signed Boozer and it wasn’t for their super special talents. Sadly Randle got injured and we were stuck with Boozers horrible game all season with no benefit.

  • Bass may have thought that but that is not why Mitch signed him. Its the same reason he signed Boozer and it wasn’t for their super special talents. Sadly Randle got injured and we were stuck with Boozers horrible game all season with no benefit.

  • I thought that they got BASS to have a guy who has played the pos. for years and a veteran player so now we are going to trade him, that must be a dreamers RUMOR, WE DID ONE DUMB THING TODAY ARE WE GOING TO MAKE IT TWO.

  • I thought that they got BASS to have a guy who has played the pos. for years and a veteran player so now we are going to trade him, that must be a dreamers RUMOR, WE DID ONE DUMB THING TODAY ARE WE GOING TO MAKE IT TWO.

  • But… but… Fire BS though… SMH. Nice to see Metta having and effect on the guys and mentoring they young bucks… as long as he NEVER plays, It’ll be great. Anthony Brown has definitely earned a spot ahead of Metta on the depth chart.

  • But… but… Fire BS though… SMH. Nice to see Metta having and effect on the guys and mentoring they young bucks… as long as he NEVER plays, It’ll be great. Anthony Brown has definitely earned a spot ahead of Metta on the depth chart.

  • That’s why I cant understand their thinking keeping MWP when he most likely not going to get many minutes and besides being KOBES and BS friend this makes no mistakes, but they have been kown to make mistakes.

  • That’s why I cant understand their thinking keeping MWP when he most likely not going to get many minutes and besides being KOBES and BS friend this makes no mistakes, but they have been kown to make mistakes.

  • Byron will start Kobe, Clarkson, Randle and Hibbert. Point guard position is up in the air – By Mark Medina

  • Byron will start Kobe, Clarkson, Randle and Hibbert. Point guard position is up in the air – By Mark Medina

  • It has been said by many that all the young guys respect and love what MWP brings in practices where he will play most of his minutes.

  • He just go here today I think, I think we have a new pain on the north bound heading south.

  • It has been said by many that all the young guys respect and love what MWP brings in practices where he will play most of his minutes.

  • He just go here today I think, I think we have a new pain on the north bound heading south.

  • Good decision.lakers have plenty of scorers so we don’t need JB. Metta can contribute on defense but the most important is his mentoring. This trio must be developed at all cost. They are the future of Los Angeles

  • Good decision.lakers have plenty of scorers so we don’t need JB. Metta can contribute on defense but the most important is his mentoring. This trio must be developed at all cost. They are the future of Los Angeles

  • Well the thing is he will be a coach on the Lakers soon so its a bad move

  • There was a time when horses was our ride, but when they got hurt we just shot them and got a young fresh one to ride, but now we just release them into the world. their still ride able but they don’t last long. I would rather have that good stallion that I could depend on.

  • There was a time when horses was our ride, but when they got hurt we just shot them and got a young fresh one to ride, but now we just release them into the world. their still ride able but they don’t last long. I would rather have that good stallion that I could depend on.

  • Whether Meta stays or goes is a whole different thing. I’m sorry for the kid but I don’t think Jabari Brown had a place in this team. I didn’t think he progressed enough to deserve a spot on this year’s roster.

    I’d like Huertas to start over D’Angelo though. I’m not saying stick the rook to the bench or limit his minutes. But if we are going to give away a draft pick this year, I rather it doesn’t end up being from 3 to 7.
    I think that between D’Angelo still not looking too great and Huertas dynamism we can get a few extra Ws by Starting Huertas.

    My Starting 5:
    PG: Huertas
    SG: Clarkson
    SF: Kobe
    PF: Randle
    C: Hibbert

    Second Unit:
    Russell
    Lou
    Young (how I wish we could wave him)
    Bass
    Black
    Crap, our second unit could be the worst defensive second unit in the league ouch.

    I really hope Nance Jr. and/or Kelly can see some minutes at the expense of Swaggy P.

    Don’t know if MWP and Anthony Brown could crack the rotation at at all. But here goes to hoping Brown picks up some good defensive advise from MWP and vanquishes Swaggy P from his spot on the second unit.

  • Whether Meta stays or goes is a whole different thing. I’m sorry for the kid but I don’t think Jabari Brown had a place in this team. I didn’t think he progressed enough to deserve a spot on this year’s roster.

    I’d like Huertas to start over D’Angelo though. I’m not saying stick the rook to the bench or limit his minutes. But if we are going to give away a draft pick this year, I rather it doesn’t end up being from 3 to 7.
    I think that between D’Angelo still not looking too great and Huertas dynamism we can get a few extra Ws by Starting Huertas.

    My Starting 5:
    PG: Huertas
    SG: Clarkson
    SF: Kobe
    PF: Randle
    C: Hibbert

    Second Unit:
    Russell
    Lou
    Young (how I wish we could wave him)
    Bass
    Black
    Crap, our second unit could be the worst defensive second unit in the league ouch.

    I really hope Nance Jr. and/or Kelly can see some minutes at the expense of Swaggy P.

    Don’t know if MWP and Anthony Brown could crack the rotation at at all. But here goes to hoping Brown picks up some good defensive advise from MWP and vanquishes Swaggy P from his spot on the second unit.

  • Anthony Brown ain’t no ariza… he had a good game in a blow out. He’s been Wesley Johnson so far. He needs to step it up big time

  • Anthony Brown ain’t no ariza… he had a good game in a blow out. He’s been Wesley Johnson so far. He needs to step it up big time

  • Yeah everybody has been talking about how much work he has been putting in with the young guys, even before he was signed. There is much more to the season than the 82 games you see. Most of the work and improvements come in practice where MWP is a hge asset compared to J. Brown.

  • Yeah everybody has been talking about how much work he has been putting in with the young guys, even before he was signed. There is much more to the season than the 82 games you see. Most of the work and improvements come in practice where MWP is a hge asset compared to J. Brown.

  • I do believe he will be a serviceable player somewhere (overseas maybe) but i think the right choice was MWP for this team, this year.

  • I do believe he will be a serviceable player somewhere (overseas maybe) but i think the right choice was MWP for this team, this year.

  • Look at the team who practiced today: White team: Russell, Lou, Young, Black, Kelly;

    And Byron also said Byron will start Kobe, Clarkson, Randle and Hibbert. Point guard position is up in the air.

    I have no doubt. Russel will come of the bench

  • Look at the team who practiced today: White team: Russell, Lou, Young, Black, Kelly;

    And Byron also said Byron will start Kobe, Clarkson, Randle and Hibbert. Point guard position is up in the air.

    I have no doubt. Russel will come of the bench

  • I don’t think anybody realized how good Julius or Nance Jr would’ve been. They both look great so far. And after Kelly’s season last year they couldn’t count on him being anything this year but he looks good too. I can see some trades happening this season.

  • I don’t think anybody realized how good Julius or Nance Jr would’ve been. They both look great so far. And after Kelly’s season last year they couldn’t count on him being anything this year but he looks good too. I can see some trades happening this season.

  • Could we possibly do a three team trade between Chicago, pelicans, and the Lakers? We could ship out bass & young (after December). Bulls will be looking to move taj or noah…Could possibly swipe dunleavy. Pelicans need a scorer.

  • Could we possibly do a three team trade between Chicago, pelicans, and the Lakers? We could ship out bass & young (after December). Bulls will be looking to move taj or noah…Could possibly swipe dunleavy. Pelicans need a scorer.

  • Neither of them would get much playing time. The difference is MWP has things he can teach other players in practice JB is still trying to find his way.

  • Neither of them would get much playing time. The difference is MWP has things he can teach other players in practice JB is still trying to find his way.

  • If JB looked like he did last year he’d still be on the roster. Unfortunately for him he looked about like he did last training camp and why he wound up in the D-League lat year. Consistancy keeps jobs.

  • If JB looked like he did last year he’d still be on the roster. Unfortunately for him he looked about like he did last training camp and why he wound up in the D-League lat year. Consistancy keeps jobs.

  • Didn’t you just comment below that our entire team plays no defense?? I’m looking for solutions. You just point out problems and complain

  • Didn’t you just comment below that our entire team plays no defense?? I’m looking for solutions. You just point out problems and complain

  • This is exactly right. Kelly looked terrible last season and Nance is a rook. You never know how they are going to play regular season. Bass has been consitantly the same guy for the last 10yrs. You have the stability if/when the others go through ups and downs.

  • This is exactly right. Kelly looked terrible last season and Nance is a rook. You never know how they are going to play regular season. Bass has been consitantly the same guy for the last 10yrs. You have the stability if/when the others go through ups and downs.

  • Yeah, I really want to see Huertas on the court with Kobe and Clarkson.
    Russel will still get his 25 min IMO but I definitely want to see what this team can do with Hibbert, Randle, Kobe, Clarkson, and Huertas starting.

  • Chemistry is a MAJOR peice of the puzzle. It is one of the main factors between good and great teams.

  • Yeah, I really want to see Huertas on the court with Kobe and Clarkson.
    Russel will still get his 25 min IMO but I definitely want to see what this team can do with Hibbert, Randle, Kobe, Clarkson, and Huertas starting.

  • Chemistry is a MAJOR peice of the puzzle. It is one of the main factors between good and great teams.

  • Any center from the d league would do a better job. He’s below average in every area for a center except height and the mini jumper…I’ll give him a pass on that. But overall, he’s a nightmare. He just doesn’t have the skills. It’s not hating. It’s just truth. His skills aren’t enough for the nba. How he made it this far? Who freaking knows

  • Any center from the d league would do a better job. He’s below average in every area for a center except height and the mini jumper…I’ll give him a pass on that. But overall, he’s a nightmare. He just doesn’t have the skills. It’s not hating. It’s just truth. His skills aren’t enough for the nba. How he made it this far? Who freaking knows

  • I think Russel should be coming off the bench to start the season too. Huertas looks much more polished and ready for the start. Russel can and will be better than Huertas but is not there yet.

  • I think Russel should be coming off the bench to start the season too. Huertas looks much more polished and ready for the start. Russel can and will be better than Huertas but is not there yet.

  • At his point A Brown is looking like one of if not our best 3 point shooter and being a 4 help space the floor. I think he has a lot more in his game than he is showing. He is just playing the position they are asking him to play “3 and D”. I think with more minutes and more confidence this kid could be better at that role than Kelly.

  • Metta could teach those things in practice as a player development coach also. Metta was not on the team or affiliated with the franchise when he worked with Randle before joining the team. Mentorship does not have to occupy a roster spot.

  • At his point A Brown is looking like one of if not our best 3 point shooter and being a 4 help space the floor. I think he has a lot more in his game than he is showing. He is just playing the position they are asking him to play “3 and D”. I think with more minutes and more confidence this kid could be better at that role than Kelly.

  • Metta could teach those things in practice as a player development coach also. Metta was not on the team or affiliated with the franchise when he worked with Randle before joining the team. Mentorship does not have to occupy a roster spot.

  • He still wants to play though. I dont think he is ready for jsut watching the games yet

  • Metta – NO, imo. Jim Buss decisions – NO, imo. Wow. . . Coach will play only nine Wed and every night – IF Object is to win. If winning is 2015-16 Object with Kobe – Here is what Jim Buss decided to do: Keep Metta, Sacre, and pick D’Angelo Guard. 15 – 3 = 12 players, use only nine. And sends Upshaw to Defenders. For guards: Kobe, Swaggy, Lou, Huertas, Clarkson and our #2 pick in draft = five guards, potentially. smh Can we send any Guards to Defenders to: Get plenty playing time and work with Upshaw? FO has Me wondering if they even Love our Lakes !!

  • He still wants to play though. I dont think he is ready for jsut watching the games yet

  • He still wants to play though. I dont think he is ready for jsut watching the games yet

  • Metta – NO, imo. Jim Buss decisions – NO, imo. Wow. . . Coach will play only nine Wed and every night – IF Object is to win. If winning is 2015-16 Object with Kobe – Here is what Jim Buss decided to do: Keep Metta, Sacre, and pick D’Angelo Guard. 15 – 3 = 12 players, use only nine. And sends Upshaw to Defenders. For guards: Kobe, Swaggy, Lou, Huertas, Clarkson and our #2 pick in draft = five guards, potentially. smh Can we send any Guards to Defenders to: Get plenty playing time and work with Upshaw? FO has Me wondering if they even Love our Lakes !!

  • Metta – NO, imo. Jim Buss decisions – NO, imo. Wow. . . Coach will play only nine Wed and every night – IF Object is to win. If winning is 2015-16 Object with Kobe – Here is what Jim Buss decided to do: Keep Metta, Sacre, and pick D’Angelo Guard. 15 – 3 = 12 players, use only nine. And sends Upshaw to Defenders. For guards: Kobe, Swaggy, Lou, Huertas, Clarkson and our #2 pick in draft = five guards, potentially. smh Can we send any Guards to Defenders to: Get plenty playing time and work with Upshaw? FO has Me wondering if they even Love our Lakes !!

  • Again, to Win: Kobe, Hibbert, Lou, Nick Young, Bass

    to Develop and winning TODAY is not objective: Kobe, Hibbert, Clarkson, Randle, #2 draft pick

    I don’t understand Laker Identity this year? Win or Develop

  • Again, to Win: Kobe, Hibbert, Lou, Nick Young, Bass

    to Develop and winning TODAY is not objective: Kobe, Hibbert, Clarkson, Randle, #2 draft pick

    I don’t understand Laker Identity this year? Win or Develop

  • We have plenty of shooters, we need vets, leadership and DEFENCE!!!

  • We have plenty of shooters, we need vets, leadership and DEFENCE!!!

  • We already have PLENTY to develope!!! Keeping Metta was the correct way to go!!!

  • We already have PLENTY to develope!!! Keeping Metta was the correct way to go!!!

  • Signing huertas was a joke. Yeah he can distribute some but he’s short, not the best athlete and not a very good shooter. Talk about redundant attributes with other players.

    Jabari is younger, probably cheaper, much better defender, shooter, better athlete… Ridiculous what the gm is doing.

  • Signing huertas was a joke. Yeah he can distribute some but he’s short, not the best athlete and not a very good shooter. Talk about redundant attributes with other players.

    Jabari is younger, probably cheaper, much better defender, shooter, better athlete… Ridiculous what the gm is doing.

  • Hope we don’t have to wait, for Another Entire Season, and Finally We Get It – Here is what I’m expecting: Our Identity. Buss wants Us to watch Sacre, Metta and give a whole ton of minutes to developing our #1 pick dlo. . . Kobe should help develop our Identity, and quick . . . I’m ready for 2015-16. If we were neighbors, You might consider calling the cops, My Place turns into quite a “loud” Laker place lol

  • Clearly MWP is a Kobe brown noser. Kobe picked him as his personal fan club. Jabari Brown has a future…as far away from Byron Scott as he can get.

  • Hope we don’t have to wait, for Another Entire Season, and Finally We Get It – Here is what I’m expecting: Our Identity. Buss wants Us to watch Sacre, Metta and give a whole ton of minutes to developing our #1 pick dlo. . . Kobe should help develop our Identity, and quick . . . I’m ready for 2015-16. If we were neighbors, You might consider calling the cops, My Place turns into quite a “loud” Laker place lol

  • Clearly MWP is a Kobe brown noser. Kobe picked him as his personal fan club. Jabari Brown has a future…as far away from Byron Scott as he can get.

  • Good suggestion. But would Thibadeau work for the Short Buss kids?

  • Good suggestion. But would Thibadeau work for the Short Buss kids?

  • The #1 goal going into a season should always be to win as many games as you can. That doesn’t mean you can’t develop the players who are the team’s future in the process.

  • The #1 goal going into a season should always be to win as many games as you can. That doesn’t mean you can’t develop the players who are the team’s future in the process.

  • Yeah he has a future, overseas until he can learn to develop an all around game. He can score, but that didn’t fit this team he needs to become a lockdown defender or playmaker.

  • Yeah he has a future, overseas until he can learn to develop an all around game. He can score, but that didn’t fit this team he needs to become a lockdown defender or playmaker.

  • Russell is a better defender then huertas and clarkson, that’s why he will start. Think I’m being a fanboy? Go back and watch the preseason, and don’t get me started on the idea of a rookie having to balance the ball distribution to Lou and swaggy.

  • Russell is a better defender then huertas and clarkson, that’s why he will start. Think I’m being a fanboy? Go back and watch the preseason, and don’t get me started on the idea of a rookie having to balance the ball distribution to Lou and swaggy.

  • No disrespect to Jabari Brown, but there’s a reason he was available to sign with the Lakers for training camp.

  • Yes but u need someone IN GAME to control the young guys there’s only so many timeouts a coach can call to rally his players doesn’t matter how well coached the team is every team needs a head check during the game

  • No disrespect to Jabari Brown, but there’s a reason he was available to sign with the Lakers for training camp.

  • Yes but u need someone IN GAME to control the young guys there’s only so many timeouts a coach can call to rally his players doesn’t matter how well coached the team is every team needs a head check during the game

  • He’s going to get atleast 5 mins a game whether it’s to spark the crowd or the second unit in intensity
    Haven’t u been watching how different we play when metta steps on the court intensity has gone up man and that’s priceless

  • He’s going to get atleast 5 mins a game whether it’s to spark the crowd or the second unit in intensity
    Haven’t u been watching how different we play when metta steps on the court intensity has gone up man and that’s priceless

  • Taj could seriously be moved somewhere because he is still very efficient, but the Bulls have, Mirotic, Gasol, Buttler and Snell. Taj is going to fight for minutes if he stays with the Bulls. Noah is also a player that could be moved considering that this is his final year in his contract and he’s also coming oft the bench.

  • Kobe, Young, Williams, and Clarkson are all sg’s. It is easily where we have the most QUALITY depth. Anthony Brown and D’Angelo both can play that position too if need be. It was just too crowded to find a place for Jabari.

  • Taj could seriously be moved somewhere because he is still very efficient and the Bulls have Mirotic, Gasol, Buttler, and Snell. Taj is going to fight for minutes if he stays with the Bulls. Noah could also be moved because this is his final year in his contract and he’s also coming oft the bench.

  • Kobe, Young, Williams, and Clarkson are all sg’s. It is easily where we have the most QUALITY depth. Anthony Brown and D’Angelo both can play that position too if need be. It was just too crowded to find a place for Jabari.

  • Will Lakes be that Good, to accomplish, what ur saying? Seems like 48 min is going to produce several outcomes, night after night: Win – Close (incl OT); Blowout and Loss – Close; Blowout. Byron Scott must show “Mastery of carrying out Win / Develop balance” of the minutes. I honestly would like to give Coach Byron a Good NBA Coaching Chance, to succeed – given the 15 players to chose from

  • Will Lakes be that Good, to accomplish, what ur saying? Seems like 48 min is going to produce several outcomes, night after night: Win – Close (incl OT); Blowout and Loss – Close; Blowout. Byron Scott must show “Mastery of carrying out Win / Develop balance” of the minutes. I honestly would like to give Coach Byron a Good NBA Coaching Chance, to succeed – given the 15 players to chose from

  • Boom S – whatcha mean Sis ? Way I see it, Front Office wants us to watch Sacre, cuz Dude has been here for his 4th attempt. Please elaborate . . . and on Occasion American Spirits Cigarettes, the Black pack lol

  • Boom S – whatcha mean Sis ? Way I see it, Front Office wants us to watch Sacre, cuz Dude has been here for his 4th attempt. Please elaborate . . . and on Occasion American Spirits Cigarettes, the Black pack lol

  • Kostas Papanikalou and Thanasis Antetokounmpo were both cut by their teams. Down the road if the injury bug hits us I can see either of these guys being signed.

  • Kostas Papanikalou and Thanasis Antetokounmpo were both cut by their teams. Down the road if the injury bug hits us I can see either of these guys being signed.

  • Wow 20 years watching and you dont remember Kobe defending very well against:
    Jordan
    LeBron
    Pierce
    T McGrady
    Wade
    Melo
    etc.

    Bad memory Al.

  • Wow 20 years watching and you dont remember Kobe defending very well against:
    Jordan
    LeBron
    Pierce
    T McGrady
    Wade
    Melo
    etc.

    Bad memory Al.

  • Don’t forget Bobby Portis. Undrafted rookie that tore it up during preseason

  • If you need “elaboration” on the role of a third string center, then you need a lot more help than I could ever possibly offer.

    Good luck!

  • If you need “elaboration” on the role of a third string center, then you need a lot more help than I could ever possibly offer.

    Good luck!

  • When the FO waived Upshaw you were blasyting the fans that questioned the FO’s move and now that you dont like their decision to keep MWP you are calling the FO incompetent.

    Isn’t that a little hypocritical buddy?

  • When the FO waived Upshaw you were blasyting the fans that questioned the FO’s move and now that you dont like their decision to keep MWP you are calling the FO incompetent.

    Isn’t that a little hypocritical buddy?

  • Why are you predicting our guards are ALL going to get hurt to the point we would have to go with J Brown?

  • Why are you predicting our guards are ALL going to get hurt to the point we would have to go with J Brown?

  • Thx Boom S got it – “don’t u just hate it when they put the fruity munch on the top shelf?”

  • Thx Boom S got it – “don’t u just hate it when they put the fruity munch on the top shelf?”

  • You’re in the minority who doesnt agree that keeping Metta was a good decision.I wonder why?

    Maybe its because the rest of us understand what basketball dynamics and defensive heart can mean to a team!

  • You’re in the minority who doesnt agree that keeping Metta was a good decision.I wonder why?

    Maybe its because the rest of us understand what basketball dynamics and defensive heart can mean to a team!

  • The Metta Haters are the same ones that praise Nance, Kelly, A Brown, and Sacre, YET THEY FAIL TO RECOGNIZE THAT METTA HAS ALLOT TO DO WITH THEIR FAST FORWARD DEVELOPMENT!

    INGRATES!

  • The Metta Haters are the same ones that praise Nance, Kelly, A Brown, and Sacre, YET THEY FAIL TO RECOGNIZE THAT METTA HAS ALLOT TO DO WITH THEIR FAST FORWARD DEVELOPMENT!

    INGRATES!

  • Relax, he wasn’t fully recovered when he had those two awesome games. If anything, he’s probably getting ready for the season. Even if he can’t make it to the opener there are 82 games.

  • Relax, he wasn’t fully recovered when he had those two awesome games. If anything, he’s probably getting ready for the season. Even if he can’t make it to the opener there are 82 games.

  • Whenever N.Young isn’t shooting the ball well Mettat pops in.
    Hueartas/ Lou/ Metta/ Bass/ Black

  • Whenever N.Young isn’t shooting the ball well Mettat pops in.
    Hueartas/ Lou/ Metta/ Bass/ Black

  • Metta’s shot in preseason has been rusty but know that Metta does possess a decent shot. Its a matter of time before he gets the kinks out.

  • Metta’s shot in preseason has been rusty but know that Metta does possess a decent shot. Its a matter of time before he gets the kinks out.

  • Yes. Metta is not really known for his shot even though he can hit, am I right? He is stupendous at the role he is supposed to be doing. Him providing that fire is what they need for him.

  • Yes. Metta is not really known for his shot even though he can hit, am I right? He is stupendous at the role he is supposed to be doing. Him providing that fire is what they need for him.

  • Could have kept JB & MWP if they just cut Sacre. He is a waste of size. If Tarik black had Sacres height that would be amazing. But Sacre was blessed with height & drafted by the lakers but have not developed anything but fouls

  • Could have kept JB & MWP if they just cut Sacre. He is a waste of size. If Tarik black had Sacres height that would be amazing. But Sacre was blessed with height & drafted by the lakers but have not developed anything but fouls

  • They can ball though. We gotta package some of these guys for someone worthy to help the rebuild along. They need to start thinking ahead instead of guessing and making random decisions. Who is going to come here just with the rookies we have? No one.

  • They can ball though. We gotta package some of these guys for someone worthy to help the rebuild along. They need to start thinking ahead instead of guessing and making random decisions. Who is going to come here just with the rookies we have? No one.

  • Really? NY must be crazy to cut Thanasis Antetokounmpo. i know he isnt on the same level as his brother. But he can be a quality bench player. but we already have Anthony Brown who is a better prosepect

  • Really? NY must be crazy to cut Thanasis Antetokounmpo. i know he isnt on the same level as his brother. But he can be a quality bench player. but we already have Anthony Brown who is a better prosepect

  • There’s no combo in Browns game, every attempt for him to run the point has been a disaster, he’s a shooter, nothing more, and we have tons of shooters, Huertas on the other hand in a true point guard

  • There’s no combo in Browns game, every attempt for him to run the point has been a disaster, he’s a shooter, nothing more, and we have tons of shooters, Huertas on the other hand in a true point guard

  • D’angelo will come of the bench Wednesdey! He said he will be a “energy guy” and practiced with Lou, Young, Kelly and Black today

  • D’angelo will come of the bench Wednesdey! He said he will be a “energy guy” and practiced with Lou, Young, Kelly and Black today

  • Short, he’s a point guard, not a center, what does height have to do with anything, he’s just as tall as CP3, and yes Jabari is younger but so is my daughter, doesn’t mean she should be on the Lakers final roster. Jabari’s defense was average at best, his point guard skills were non existent, he played out of control most of the preseason, forcing up shots that weren’t there, and didn’t make his teammates better, you can rag on Scott all you want, Worthy, and several other analysts saw the same thing.

  • Short, he’s a point guard, not a center, what does height have to do with anything, he’s just as tall as CP3, and yes Jabari is younger but so is my daughter, doesn’t mean she should be on the Lakers final roster. Jabari’s defense was average at best, his point guard skills were non existent, he played out of control most of the preseason, forcing up shots that weren’t there, and didn’t make his teammates better, you can rag on Scott all you want, Worthy, and several other analysts saw the same thing.

  • Oh wel, if you cut different players on a video game then it’s settled…. Your way MUST be best…..NOT.

  • Oh wel, if you cut different players on a video game then it’s settled…. Your way MUST be best…..NOT.

  • I actually have been rooting for Kelly since we drafted him. I was a little disappointed with him last year but as I’ve said he was playing out of position last year, but that’s my point. I think Brown can cover the 3 a little better than Kelly and still stretch the 4 and his D for a rook looks a little better than Kelly has on D.

  • I actually have been rooting for Kelly since we drafted him. I was a little disappointed with him last year but as I’ve said he was playing out of position last year, but that’s my point. I think Brown can cover the 3 a little better than Kelly and still stretch the 4 and his D for a rook looks a little better than Kelly has on D.

  • Because the Lakers are heavy in the front court with point guards and shooting guards but light in the center and small forward position, Jabari Brown was the most expendable player on the roster no matter how good he is. If you look at the team contracts and the need to fill the center position and or small forward, Metta World Peace was a more acceptable player in regards to how Byron Scott the coach chooses players. Metta is old like Kobe Bryant and his scoring has declined just around 40% field goal percentage over the past 5 years. At his best he would score 15 points in a game with an average below 10 but with Jabari Brown the problem would be how to give him court time. The Lakers screwed themselves over when they chose D’Angelo Russell over a big man in the draft because you knew they would have to let go a player in the 1,2 or 4 position just to balance the team roster.
    I have nothing against Russell but the team has other position needs that did not go filled.

  • Because the Lakers are heavy in the front court with point guards and shooting guards but light in the center and small forward position, Jabari Brown was the most expendable player on the roster no matter how good he is. If you look at the team contracts and the need to fill the center position and or small forward, Metta World Peace was a more acceptable player in regards to how Byron Scott the coach chooses players. Metta is old like Kobe Bryant and his scoring has declined just around 40% field goal percentage over the past 5 years. At his best he would score 15 points in a game with an average below 10 but with Jabari Brown the problem would be how to give him court time. The Lakers screwed themselves over when they chose D’Angelo Russell over a big man in the draft because you knew they would have to let go a player in the 1,2 or 4 position just to balance the team roster.
    I have nothing against Russell but the team has other position needs that did not go filled.

  • All the people complaining that we were thin at the three, are the ones saying Jabari Brown should have been retained over MWP, go figure. MWP brings so much more to this team than Jabari does, Jabari was a shooter, pure and simple, but we already have Clarkson, Kobe, Lou Williams and Nick Young who do the same thing. Jabari can’t play the point, anyone who says he can is fibbing. MWP can play the three, and is bigger and stronger than Kobe or Nick Young, as well as Anthony Brown.

  • All the people complaining that we were thin at the three, are the ones saying Jabari Brown should have been retained over MWP, go figure. MWP brings so much more to this team than Jabari does, Jabari was a shooter, pure and simple, but we already have Clarkson, Kobe, Lou Williams and Nick Young who do the same thing. Jabari can’t play the point, anyone who says he can is fibbing. MWP can play the three, and is bigger and stronger than Kobe or Nick Young, as well as Anthony Brown.

  • Position needs that went un filled ? That’s because we needed to fill five holes and had one top draft pick, and limited F/A prospects, given that we did solve several needs.
    True Center with good rim protection to replace under sized Hill
    True point Guard
    Back up power forward
    Back up point guard
    True 6th man
    And Small forward was another need, but that will have to be met by Kobe, Young, Anthony Brown (Rookie) and MWP.

  • Position needs that went un filled ? That’s because we needed to fill five holes and had one top draft pick, and limited F/A prospects, given that we did solve several needs.
    True Center with good rim protection to replace under sized Hill
    True point Guard
    Back up power forward
    Back up point guard
    True 6th man
    And Small forward was another need, but that will have to be met by Kobe, Young, Anthony Brown (Rookie) and MWP.

  • Kobe has more All Defensive Selections (9 First Team, 3 Second Team) than ANY OTHER GUARD IN NBA HISTORY. Even MJ and GP had only 9 overall.

  • Kobe has more All Defensive Selections (9 First Team, 3 Second Team) than ANY OTHER GUARD IN NBA HISTORY. Even MJ and GP had only 9 overall.

  • Good luck Jabari. Gotta keep in mind that 6 of our possible 10 rotation players (Russell, Hibbert , Williams, Huertas, A Brown, Randle) have yet to play a real game for the Lakes. And because of injuries Kobe, Young, Kelly/Black , Clarkson played very few games together last year. A year that will test our patience, Laker fans !!

  • Good luck Jabari. Gotta keep in mind that 6 of our possible 10 rotation players (Russell, Hibbert , Williams, Huertas, A Brown, Randle) have yet to play a real game for the Lakes. And because of injuries Kobe, Young, Kelly/Black , Clarkson played very few games together last year. A year that will test our patience, Laker fans !!

  • Meanwhile Robert Sacre sitting in the Lakers gym in ice bath water getting ready for the season. Smh.

  • Meanwhile Robert Sacre sitting in the Lakers gym in ice bath water getting ready for the season. Smh.

  • Well, my top 4 pick to get axed was Holmes, Frazier, J Brown, and Sacre, at least I got 3 right. How is Sacre still on the team is beyond me smh.

  • Well, my top 4 pick to get axed was Holmes, Frazier, J Brown, and Sacre, at least I got 3 right. How is Sacre still on the team is beyond me smh.

  • predictions are Lakers win 23 games, I don’t think it will matter they lose the draft pick if not in top three, that will take 7 less wins. Philadelphia will get their own first, and Laker first round pick and hope free agents come to L A , the free agent great players would rather come to Laker team with 10 wins and a Number 1 daft pick than a tea with no draf pick and winning 23 games or even 33 games and Kobe leaving . So much more they could do with one more great prospect locked up with rookie contract and he extra money to spend to put together a great team

  • predictions are Lakers win 23 games, I don’t think it will matter they lose the draft pick if not in top three, that will take 7 less wins. Philadelphia will get their own first, and Laker first round pick and hope free agents come to L A , the free agent great players would rather come to Laker team with 10 wins and a Number 1 daft pick than a tea with no draf pick and winning 23 games or even 33 games and Kobe leaving . So much more they could do with one more great prospect locked up with rookie contract and he extra money to spend to put together a great team

  • Obviously most fools that don’t know anything about what makes a player great would not know playing well on both sides of the ball and playing well on the biggest stages is what great players like Kobe does.

    Those that don’t know are typically haters looking for a reason no matter how small to hate great. Kobe is still capable of playing defense and offense on a super star level and will once again defy the odds and prove it on the court “this season”.

    Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Obviously most fools that don’t know anything about what makes a player great would not know playing well on both sides of the ball and playing well on the biggest stages is what great players like Kobe does.

    Those that don’t know are typically haters looking for a reason no matter how small to hate great. Kobe is still capable of playing defense and offense on a super star level and will once again defy the odds and prove it on the court “this season”.

    Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Lakers Lifer, I don’t want to see any player on any team get hurt but it does occasionally happen. Especially to the Lakers the past 3 or 4 seasons.

    I don’t like putting words out there that I don’t want to see happen so I will say this season will be different for the Lakers. This season we will be able to bring a healthy and confident team led by Kobe Bryant into the playoffs.

    But one thing I do agree with Al on is Jabari Brown can ball.

    I know a few Lakers who have lost their minds on how excited they are about Clarkson, Randle, and Russell won’t like the fact that in my opinion Jabari Brown may end up having a better NBA career than all three of them.

    That is why I was hoping it would be with the Lakers.

    The young man already led the D’ league in scoring and was the most comfortable young player IMO in the preseason.

    He will probably be playing some day on the Warriors or Lakers. Someone commented even the Cav’s might be smart enough to pick him up to compliment Kyrie Irving and Lebron. Hopefully the Lakers don’t live to regret that mistake.

    Paytc

  • Lakers Lifer, I don’t want to see any player on any team get hurt but it does occasionally happen. Especially to the Lakers the past 3 or 4 seasons.

    I don’t like putting words out there that I don’t want to see happen so I will say this season will be different for the Lakers. This season we will be able to bring a healthy and confident team led by Kobe Bryant into the playoffs.

    But one thing I do agree with Al on is Jabari Brown can ball.

    I know a few Laker fans who have lost their minds on how excited they are about Clarkson, Randle, and Russell won’t like the fact that in my opinion Jabari Brown may end up having a better NBA career than all three of them.

    That is why I was hoping it would be with the Lakers.

    The young man already led the D’ league in scoring and was the most comfortable young player IMO in the preseason.

    He will probably be playing some day on the Warriors or Lakers. Someone commented even the Cav’s might be smart enough to pick him up to compliment Kyrie Irving and Lebron. Hopefully the Lakers don’t live to regret that mistake.

    Paytc

  • in my honest opinion, Kobe is top-5 all time perimeter defenders.

    my list

    1) Scottie Pippen
    2) Gary Payton
    3) Sidney Moncrief
    4) MJ
    5) Kobe Bryant

  • in my honest opinion, Kobe is top-5 all time perimeter defenders.

    my list

    1) Scottie Pippen
    2) Gary Payton
    3) Sidney Moncrief
    4) MJ
    5) Kobe Bryant

  • I’m sure if you and I gave it more thought we would come up with some other good defenders like Michael Cooper, Dennis Rodman, Clyde Fraser, and a few others. Not sure I would put a list in any particular order for defenders. I would just say hey this guy or that guy was a very good defender.

    But as was mentioned I don’t think any guard made more all defensive teams than KB.

    Paytc

  • I’m sure if you and I gave it more thought we would come up with some other good defenders like Michael Cooper, Dennis Rodman, Clyde Fraser, Bruce Bowen, Tony Allen, and a few others. Not sure I would put a list in any particular order for defenders. I would just say hey this guy or that guy was a very good defender.

    But as was mentioned I don’t think any guard made more all defensive teams than KB.

    To me that was makes an argument for Kobe being an all time great.
    He is one of the greatest because he has been able to play at such a high level for so long.

    I remember how Kareem and MJ looked in their later years, nothing like Kobe. Kobe keeps defying the odds and playing like one of the top players in the league as he did in his 19th season.

    Paytc

  • Let the season begin. Hoping for an improve standing this time. God Bless LA Lakers. Go for the 1st win tomorrow and it will be a good way to start the season.

  • Let the season begin. Hoping for an improve standing this time. God Bless LA Lakers. Go for the 1st win tomorrow and it will be a good way to start the season.

  • We can get something from pelicans and possibly taj or noah from the bulls (they’re loaded at the 4/5).

    Have to look into getting some defense. Like at the wings.

  • We can get something from pelicans and possibly taj or noah from the bulls (they’re loaded at the 4/5).

    Have to look into getting some defense. Like at the wings.

  • Clarkson could be classed with them since he is just starting his second year, he is just a sophmore.

    Kelly is entering his 3rd year and Sacre is entering his 4th year.

  • Clarkson could be classed with them since he is just starting his second year, he is just a sophmore.

    Kelly is entering his 3rd year and Sacre is entering his 4th year.

  • Unless the Lakers can actually win 30+ games, they should give the youngsters big minutes this year –and preserve their lottery pick. One more quality player, together with a couple of good FA gets next summer might just get us back in it.

  • Unless the Lakers can actually win 30+ games, they should give the youngsters big minutes this year –and preserve their lottery pick. One more quality player, together with a couple of good FA gets next summer might just get us back in it.

  • I’m a MWP supporter, but I don’t understand why they hired him as a player and not as some sort of player development coaching assistant.
    Thots?
    Why would “assistant never happen?”

  • I’m a MWP supporter, but I don’t understand why they hired him as a player and not as some sort of player development coaching assistant.
    Thots?
    Why would “assistant never happen?”

  • I think Nance will get his minutes –and eventually (by January) out-play Kelly.

  • I think Nance will get his minutes –and eventually (by January) out-play Kelly.

  • That’s quite the list!
    Point guard is a special role, special talent.

  • “You can’t just make him a coach.”
    Why not? Don’t most NBA teams have a gazillion coaches?
    Is there some limit?

  • “You can’t just make him a coach.”
    Why not? Don’t most NBA teams have a gazillion coaches?
    Is there some limit?

  • time to tank this season and keep our pick not let Philadelphia get a lottery pick . Lakers would draw much better team and better free agents if we can get one more high draft pick to give us three players under rookie salary with much more cap space. That’s how to build a dynasty not become mediocre

  • time to tank this season and keep our pick not let Philadelphia get a lottery pick . Lakers would draw much better team and better free agents if we can get one more high draft pick to give us three players under rookie salary with much more cap space. That’s how to build a dynasty not become mediocre

  • Why would a high end free agent come to a losing team? We’ve experienced that exact scenario the past 2/3 seasons. This team has to show it has a solid foundation for a free agent to stand on. Tanking again will (unlikely) get us another top three pick but won’t help in free agency.

    Even with another to pick, that doesn’t guarantee wins. Just look at Philly, Minnesota, or early 2000’s Clippers and how well they did with a plethora of high draft picks.

  • Why would a high end free agent come to a losing team? We’ve experienced that exact scenario the past 2/3 seasons. This team has to show it has a solid foundation for a free agent to stand on. Tanking again will (unlikely) get us another top three pick but won’t help in free agency.

    Even with another to pick, that doesn’t guarantee wins. Just look at Philly, Minnesota, or early 2000’s Clippers and how well they did with a plethora of high draft picks.

  • Who the Pelicans have? They need to be on the young side too. I am thinking about longterm so they can grow with all the rookies we have and be an important piece 3-5 years from now.

  • Who the Pelicans have? They need to be on the young side too. I am thinking about longterm so they can grow with all the rookies we have and be an important piece 3-5 years from now.

  • I can’t tell you why as we don’t know the thought process of the FO. I was just saying that to me it became clear when they elected to sign him as a player. When this step was taken they wouldn’t go back and make him a coach. Now, there are rumors that he will EVENTUALLY transition into an assistant coach for the Lakers but you know how it is with rumors. Probably someone thinking out loud. Sure, it could happen but not right now.

  • I can’t tell you why as we don’t know the thought process of the FO. I was just saying that to me it became clear when they elected to sign him as a player. When this step was taken they wouldn’t go back and make him a coach. Now, there are rumors that he will EVENTUALLY transition into an assistant coach for the Lakers but you know how it is with rumors. Probably someone thinking out loud. Sure, it could happen but not right now.

  • I’m not talking just about preseason. It’s easy to forget how the entire Staples Center moaned when Metta was about to take a shot back in his first stint with us. He also was a master of the blown layup. But when things look really bad he suddenly steps up and saves the day. That’s why we love him and forget about the airballs. Also, he showed us during preseason that he still can change the energy of the game which is a fantastic quality.

  • I’m not talking just about preseason. It’s easy to forget how the entire Staples Center moaned when Metta was about to take a shot back in his first stint with us. He also was a master of the blown layup. But when things look really bad he suddenly steps up and saves the day. That’s why we love him and forget about the airballs. Also, he showed us during preseason that he still can change the energy of the game which is a fantastic quality.

  • We’d have to tank hard to even have a chance and we still might not get our pick, it’s not worth it. We’re at the point where we have a lot of young players and we need to develop them. That means we need to balance their playing time, winning and building their confidence. We need to give the young guys time while trying win enough games that they start to build a winning attitude and show free agents that we’re one our way back up.

  • We’d have to tank hard to even have a chance and we still might not get our pick, it’s not worth it. We’re at the point where we have a lot of young players and we need to develop them. That means we need to balance their playing time, winning and building their confidence. We need to give the young guys time while trying win enough games that they start to build a winning attitude and show free agents that we’re one our way back up.

  • Then it’s impossible. You’re looking for someone good right now, expecting them to stay 3-5 yrs, and hopefully they don’t decline.

    Pelicans need a scorer. Bulls need to get rid of gibson or noah. We have Nick young and bass. Pelicans don’t have much on the trading block except SFs. The Lakers would like a legit SF and some defense.

    When a team has a need, a trade is possible. it’s just about finding the perfect trading partner. Many teams are rebuilding or have tons of new additions, so a trade might not happen until every team gets to see what they’re working with.

    The Lakers missed out on trading for noah vonleh or gerald henderson/heraldson

  • Then it’s impossible. You’re looking for someone good right now, expecting them to stay 3-5 yrs, and hopefully they don’t decline.

    Pelicans need a scorer. Bulls need to get rid of gibson or noah. We have Nick young and bass. Pelicans don’t have much on the trading block except SFs. The Lakers would like a legit SF and some defense.

    When a team has a need, a trade is possible. it’s just about finding the perfect trading partner. Many teams are rebuilding or have tons of new additions, so a trade might not happen until every team gets to see what they’re working with.

    The Lakers missed out on trading for noah vonleh or gerald henderson/heraldson

  • Right call by the Lakers.
    I like Jabari’s effort, the guy has a scorers mentality and can put the ball in the hole -but with Kobe, Lou, Nick, Randle, Clarkson etc. ready to launch shots, I think Metta’s veteran presence outweigh’s Jabaris’ potential scoring upside.
    I wish him well.

  • Right call by the Lakers.
    I like Jabari’s effort, the guy has a scorers mentality and can put the ball in the hole -but with Kobe, Lou, Nick, Randle, Clarkson etc. ready to launch shots, I think Metta’s veteran presence outweigh’s Jabaris’ potential scoring upside.
    I wish him well.

  • Having now had the opportunity to read and listen to the many host of comments concerning the current state of the Los Angeles Lakers, mostly negative (most recently Charles Barkley), I can’t help but be consoled by memories of the 2007-2008 NBA season. For those that don’t remember, Kobe Bryant was the hottest topic that off-season with many believing he was finally going to leave the Lakers after 3 horrific seasons post Shaquille O’Neal. In fact, Magic Johnson strongly advocated for a trade to Chicago on opening night right after the Lakers had lost their first game against the Houston Rockets. You will recall that this team had Derek Fisher, Lamar Odom, Kwame Brown, a young Andrew Bynum, and another young player in Trevor Ariza that had arrived via the Knicks. All predictions had this team heading to the lottery. However, before the trade deadline that season, the Lakers pulled off the well-known Pau Gasol trade with the Memphis Grizzlies. And, the Lakers ended up making it to the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics that season, before eventually losing in 6 games.

    What I’ve noticed is that when most reflect on that season, they conveniently leave out the very details that I now take some consolation in as the new season begins.

    1) The Lakers had a winning record and were in the playoff hunt BEFORE Paul Gasol arrived that season, despite being predicted to be a lottery team on opening night.

    2) The ONLY changes to the entire roster from opening night to the playoffs were Kwame Brown, Marc Gasol (hadn’t played) and Javaris Crittendon for Paul Gasol. This means that the REST of the roster was good enough with the addition of Pau Gasol to make it to the finals.

    3) The NBA Western Conference was seen to be very deep that year, very similar to how it is being described right now.

    4) The Laker roster had a mix of both veterans and young players, however, NONE of the players aside from Kobe Bryant was viewed as an All-Star until Paul Gasol arrived.

    My takeways are simple:

    1) While many advocate for wholesale changes when a team is struggling, perhaps dramatic improvement could hinge on one player.

    2) Championships are won by rosters that play like a team…this doesn’t mean an equal sharing and balancing of roles. Instead, it means an understanding and commitment by everyone according to their roles. Many people have gotten caught up with the new belief that their must be a communal approach to the distribution of roles for a team to be successful. I beg to differ. You can win with a few dominant players and a host of others that know their roles.

    3) Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittendon and a NBA unknown Marc Gasol netted the All-Star Pau Gasol. Who really knows if someone on the current roster could end up being as valuable in a trade as they were?

    Let the games begin…

  • Having now had the opportunity to read and listen to the many host of comments concerning the current state of the Los Angeles Lakers, mostly negative (most recently Charles Barkley), I can’t help but be consoled by memories of the 2007-2008 NBA season. For those that don’t remember, Kobe Bryant was the hottest topic that off-season with many believing he was finally going to leave the Lakers after 3 horrific seasons post Shaquille O’Neal. In fact, Magic Johnson strongly advocated for a trade to Chicago on opening night right after the Lakers had lost their first game against the Houston Rockets. You will recall that this team had Derek Fisher, Lamar Odom, Kwame Brown, a young Andrew Bynum, and another young player in Trevor Ariza that had arrived via the Knicks. All predictions had this team heading to the lottery. However, before the trade deadline that season, the Lakers pulled off the well-known Pau Gasol trade with the Memphis Grizzlies. And, the Lakers ended up making it to the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics that season, before eventually losing in 6 games.

    What I’ve noticed is that when most reflect on that season, they conveniently leave out the very details that I now take some consolation in as the new season begins.

    1) The Lakers had a winning record and were in the playoff hunt BEFORE Paul Gasol arrived that season, despite being predicted to be a lottery team on opening night.

    2) The ONLY changes to the entire roster from opening night to the playoffs were Kwame Brown, Marc Gasol (hadn’t played) and Javaris Crittendon for Paul Gasol. This means that the REST of the roster was good enough with the addition of Pau Gasol to make it to the finals.

    3) The NBA Western Conference was seen to be very deep that year, very similar to how it is being described right now.

    4) The Laker roster had a mix of both veterans and young players, however, NONE of the players aside from Kobe Bryant was viewed as an All-Star until Paul Gasol arrived.

    My takeways are simple:

    1) While many advocate for wholesale changes when a team is struggling, perhaps dramatic improvement could hinge on one player.

    2) Championships are won by rosters that play like a team…this doesn’t mean an equal sharing and balancing of roles. Instead, it means an understanding and commitment by everyone according to their roles. Many people have gotten caught up with the new belief that their must be a communal approach to the distribution of roles for a team to be successful. I beg to differ. You can win with a few dominant players and a host of others that know their roles.

    3) Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittendon and a NBA unknown Marc Gasol netted the All-Star Pau Gasol. Who really knows if someone on the current roster could end up being as valuable in a trade as they were?

    Let the games begin…

  • Yeah but who do the Pelicans have that we want that they also want to part with? I doubt the Lakers are eager to trade for Noah(who has declined) or Gibson. They don’t bring anything that we don’t already have.

  • Yeah but who do the Pelicans have that we want that they also want to part with? I doubt the Lakers are eager to trade for Noah(who has declined) or Gibson. They don’t bring anything that we don’t already have.

  • Aside from Shaquille O’Neal, there have been no other well-noted free agents that the Lakers have acquired in the past 30 years that were not ALREADY on the team (i.e. re-signing Pau Gasol or Kobe Bryant). Yet, in that same amount of time, the Lakers won 7 championships, along with making many more Finals’ appearances. How did they do it…through trades mostly, and a few key draft picks (Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, etc.). In fact, the Lakes have managed to use previously drafted or acquired (through trades) players in order to eventually trade for cornerstone players for the team. I remember when the Lakers traded Shaq for Caron Butler, Brian Grant and Lamar Odom. Many thought that Caron would be the key acquisition from that trade, yet Lamar was the one that panned out, while Caron was traded to Washington for Kwame Brown (eventually used to get Pau Gasol).

    My point is simple, people who act as though the Lakers are now no longer a free agents dream, should realize that the top free agents have never flocked to LA…winning seasons or not. The Lakers have taken second (and third) level free agents and put them with their cornerstone players and won championships.

  • Aside from Shaquille O’Neal, there have been no other well-noted free agents that the Lakers have acquired in the past 30 years that were not ALREADY on the team (i.e. re-signing Pau Gasol or Kobe Bryant). Yet, in that same amount of time, the Lakers won 7 championships, along with making many more Finals’ appearances. How did they do it…through trades mostly, and a few key draft picks (Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, etc.). In fact, the Lakes have managed to use previously drafted or acquired (through trades) players in order to eventually trade for cornerstone players for the team. I remember when the Lakers traded Shaq for Caron Butler, Brian Grant and Lamar Odom. Many thought that Caron would be the key acquisition from that trade, yet Lamar was the one that panned out, while Caron was traded to Washington for Kwame Brown (eventually used to get Pau Gasol).

    My point is simple, people who act as though the Lakers are now no longer a free agents dream, should realize that the top free agents have never flocked to LA…winning seasons or not. The Lakers have taken second (and third) level free agents and put them with their cornerstone players and won championships.

  • Either way, your goal of tanking this season isn’t viable this year as this pick is protected. Even if the pick were not protected, it’s still probable that said player would not even pan out. As of right now we can see that the jury is still out on D’Angelo Russell

    If the team is to return to prominence via trade as you say, these guys have to up their trade value and perform at a high level. I don’t believe by tanking their value would rise any more than if they were winning

  • Either way, your goal of tanking this season isn’t viable this year as this pick is protected. Even if the pick were not protected, it’s still probable that said player would not even pan out. As of right now we can see that the jury is still out on D’Angelo Russell

    If the team is to return to prominence via trade as you say, these guys have to up their trade value and perform at a high level. I don’t believe by tanking their value would rise any more than if they were winning

  • What goal??? Are you responding to someone else? I didn’t say anything about tanking. I said TRADES. I said that the Lakers have used trades and key draft picks instead of free agency. No where in that am I advocating tanking. tanking can hurt you as much as help you.

  • What goal??? Are you responding to someone else? I didn’t say anything about tanking. I said TRADES. I said that the Lakers have used trades and key draft picks instead of free agency. No where in that am I advocating tanking. tanking can hurt you as much as help you.

  • he is offensive minded has a lil shot but a walk on defense they need an athlete at that position they have one in Anthony brown they should bring in Perry Jones III for versatility at the spot plus he be cheap

  • he is offensive minded has a lil shot but a walk on defense they need an athlete at that position they have one in Anthony brown they should bring in Perry Jones III for versatility at the spot plus he be cheap

  • From what I see, is that Parson has had more opportunity than Kelly has when Kelly had the opportunity under D’Antoni I see they have the same skill set and both not very good on the D end… I think a cheaper solution would be to go sign Perry Jones III since he is an skilled atlete who hasn’t been forwarded a real opportunity

  • From what I see, is that Parson has had more opportunity than Kelly has when Kelly had the opportunity under D’Antoni I see they have the same skill set and both not very good on the D end… I think a cheaper solution would be to go sign Perry Jones III since he is an skilled atlete who hasn’t been forwarded a real opportunity

  • Oh, so you are basically a newbie as a fan. You should pipe down then because me and some of these guys have been watching the Lakers for over 40 years. Let us know if we can help you understand any of the finer points of the game.

  • Oh, so you are basically a newbie as a fan. You should pipe down then because me and some of these guys have been watching the Lakers for over 40 years. Let us know if we can help you understand any of the finer points of the game.

  • We could also use a coach with a better appreciation for how the game has evolved and why, including DEFENSE!!!

    If we don’t go to school on the Spurs and GSW, we are retarded. Did anybody notice how the GSW passing game destroyed our defense? Passing offenses will always do that to “help” defenses. Just something to think about.

    Somebody just mentioned Dennis Rodman. I wonder if we could pay him to come teach Upshaw how to rebound, with or without his boa. The one place the Lakers could get an edge is by being a better development organization for young players.

  • We could also use a coach with a better appreciation for how the game has evolved and why, including DEFENSE!!!

    If we don’t go to school on the Spurs and GSW, we are retarded. Did anybody notice how the GSW passing game destroyed our defense? Passing offenses will always do that to “help” defenses. Just something to think about.

    Somebody just mentioned Dennis Rodman. I wonder if we could pay him to come teach Upshaw how to rebound, with or without his boa. The one place the Lakers could get an edge is by being a better development organization for young players.

  • They ARE incompetent. I hate agreeing with that prune, Al Haldie, but we have to get rid of Jim Buss. The very best people don’t want to work for Jimbo, whatever his sister and dad say. They think the Lakers are their own private family Pizzeria.

  • They ARE incompetent. I hate agreeing with that prune, Al Haldie, but we have to get rid of Jim Buss. The very best people don’t want to work for Jimbo, whatever his sister and dad say. They think the Lakers are their own private family Pizzeria.

  • Upshaw may or may not pan out. I really hope so. I don’t think they can dump Sacre until they get some sort of a replacement. Of Kelly, Nance, Bass and Black, can any of those guys play center? Maybe they could all learn. God help us if Hibbert goes down or doesn’t resign for next year.

  • Upshaw may or may not pan out. I really hope so. I don’t think they can dump Sacre until they get some sort of a replacement. Of Kelly, Nance, Bass and Black, can any of those guys play center? Maybe they could all learn. God help us if Hibbert goes down or doesn’t resign for next year.

  • Yeah, we know it but we don’t believe it. We could have had MWP as a coach and not chewed up a roster spot on a guy that isn’t going to play much. If the young guys wanted to shower with Metta, I think that could have been arranged without cutting Jabari.

  • Yeah, we know it but we don’t believe it. We could have had MWP as a coach and not chewed up a roster spot on a guy that isn’t going to play much. If the young guys wanted to shower with Metta, I think that could have been arranged without cutting Jabari.

  • BINGO!

    Why don’t the Lakers know this? Why is this news? Why isn’t stuff like this hiring criteria for a coach? My God, Scott was supposedly a TV analyst, he should know what’s happening in the league—in all of basketball.

    Other teams have been drafting only long, tall guys so that switching doesn’t create mismatches. Does anybody wonder why GSW had one of the best defenses in the league in spite of playing run and gun offense?

    If Scott doesn’t wise up, I would like to see us bring Luke Walton back as the next Lakers’ coach.

  • BINGO!

    Why don’t the Lakers know this? Why is this news? Why isn’t stuff like this hiring criteria for a coach? My God, Scott was supposedly a TV analyst, he should know what’s happening in the league—in all of basketball.

    Other teams have been drafting only long, tall guys so that switching doesn’t create mismatches. Does anybody wonder why GSW had one of t