Lakers Vs. Kings Preview: L.A. Looks To Rebound From Season Opener Loss

By Maximo Gonzales

The Los Angeles Lakers took on the Minnesota Timberwolves at home Wednesday to start the season in a game that featured high emotion honoring the late Flip Saunders and celebrating Kobe Bryant’s 20th season. It was also the first time that the No. 1 and No. 2 picks in the NBA Draft squared off in a season opener. However, the night would be spoiled as the T-Wolves would rally back late in the fourth quarter to escape with a 112-111 win.

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Despite the loss, there was some positives the Lakers can build on as they move forward. Kobe showed no signs of slowing as he got his shot going early and was extremely active all over the floor, finishing with 24 points, four rebounds and two steals. Meanwhile, Julius Randle flashed his athleticism along with grittiness that took even 21-year veteran Kevin Garnett by surprise. The Lakers will now try to bounce back as they head to the state capital to play the Sacramento Kings. The Kings are coming off a loss in their season opener to the team across the hall, the Los Angeles Clippers. Both teams will be looking for their first win of the season in this Pacific Division battle that has all the makings of a competitive showdown.

Frontcourt:

Anchoring the Kings frontcourt is DeMarcus Cousins, who is coming off his first All-Star selection in his career. His rare combination of size and skill, along with his tenacity make him one of the premiere big men in the NBA. Cousins made the move to power forward this year and is now more dangerous than ever, adding the deep ball to his already loaded repertoire. He finished his last game with 32 points and 13 rebounds, while going 4-for-5 from three-point land.

Taking over at center is Kousta Koufos, who the Kings signed this past summer. Koufos brings his playoff experience to Sacramento after serving a three-year stint with the Memphis Grizzlies. Rounding out the frontcourt is veteran Rudy Gay, who is now entering his 12th season in the NBA. Gay has long been a steady three man and now brings experience to a Sacremento team that like the Lakers, has a dose of young talent and older veterans.

Backcourt:

Leading this volatile mix of players is the former Celtic Rajon Rondo. After a brief stint with the Dallas Mavericks, the Kings quickly swooped in on the one-time champion. There is no doubt Rondo is one of the few remaining true point guards in the league, capable of making the game very easy for those playing with him. In his last outing, Rondo recorded a mere four points. He did, however, add four assists and seven rebounds to the stat sheet.

Alongside Rondo is third-year man Ben McLemore, who is coming off a season in which he improved in nearly every category compared to his rookie year. The freakishly athletic McLemore is certainly a rising star in the league and is looking to establish himself as such this year. Capable of being a threat on both ends of the floor, the former Kansas product struggled in the opener with his new cast of teammates, producing only five points.

Keys To Victory:

Win the Boards: Despite coming up short in the loss, the Lakers did a terrific job of this last game against Minnesota as they out-rebounded the T-Wolves 51-39. However, that statistic would carry much more weight against the Kings as they scored nearly half of their points last game inside the paint. The Kings are bigger inside than year’s past, and with Kentucky product Willie Cauley-Stein coming off the bench, you can expect them to be very active on the boards.

Lay off the Three: Though the Lakers are easily capable of letting it fly from behind-the-arc, they need to have a bit more discipline when the deep ball isn’t working. The Lakers shot 25 percent going 9-for-35 from three-point land. They need to settle down on offense and get better looks at the rim, rather than chucking up a three right away.

Let Russell Run the Offense: Some of you may have noticed that D’Angelo Russell wasn’t on the floor for much of the fourth quarter and during crunch time. When the T-Wolves made their run in the fourth quarter, the Lakers tried to answer back taking turns going one-on-one on consecutive possessions. Though he didn’t play particularly well up to that point, the reason the Lakers drafted him with the second pick is because of his ability to coordinate the offense. Russell’s playmaking ability was exactly what the Lakers needed at that point but didn’t get because he wasn’t in the game. If Russell is our point guard of the future, then he needs to go through his trials and tribulations in moments like those.

Los Angeles Lakers (0-1) at Sacramento Kings (0-1)
7:00 PM PST, October 30, 2015
Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, California
TV: TWC SportsNet
Radio: 710 ESPN (English), 1330 ESPN (Spanish)

Kings Projected Starting Lineup
PG: Rajon Rondo
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: DeMarcus Cousins
C: Willie Cauley-Stein

Key Reserves: C Kosta Koufos, SF Marco Belinelli, PG Darren Collison

Lakers Projected Starting Lineup
PG: D’Angelo Russell
SG: Jordan Clarkson
SF: Kobe Bryant
PF: Julius Randle
C: Roy Hibbert

Key Reserves: SG Lou Williams, PG Marcelo Huertas, SF Nick Young

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So Randle and Cousins will be matched up.Wildcat fight! Seriously though, that is a tough matchup haha.

Predictions:
Randle has a great game, 20 and 10.
Rudy Gay goes off and destroys the Lakers. : (

  • Russell needs to relax, dont over think and run the offense. I know he can play

  • So Randle and Cousins will be matched up.Wildcat fight! Seriously though, that is a tough matchup haha.

    Predictions:
    Randle has a great game, 20 and 10.
    Rudy Gay goes off and destroys the Lakers. : (

  • Russell needs to relax, dont over think and run the offense. I know he can play

  • If we had won the Wolf’s game would Russell start in his next game with the Kings? The loss against Minnesota wasn’t because Russell didn’t start at the point but due to many other factors including poor rotational adjustments; a there can be a general set rotation BUT you as a coach need to be FLEXIBLE with your in game adjustments.

  • If we had won the Wolf’s game would Russell start in his next game with the Kings? The loss against Minnesota wasn’t because Russell didn’t start at the point but due to many other factors including poor rotational adjustments; a there can be a general set rotation BUT you as a coach need to be FLEXIBLE with your in game adjustments.

  • Think they are just trying to get him involved. Can’t have a guy playing 26 minutes only have 4 points and 2 assists. Either he sits or he contributes.

  • Containing rudy is the key. Lakers gotta stop him if they do and play defense, they should be fine

  • Think they are just trying to get him involved. Can’t have a guy playing 26 minutes only have 4 points and 2 assists. Either he sits or he contributes.

  • Containing rudy is the key. Lakers gotta stop him if they do and play defense, they should be fine

  • Yeah, Rondo is going to get anywhere he wants but his target of choice seems to be Gay and with Kobe never sticking with his guy, it could be a massacre.

  • Yeah, Rondo is going to get anywhere he wants but his target of choice seems to be Gay and with Kobe never sticking with his guy, it could be a massacre.

  • I think he will have a good game. But Randle won’t back down and the Roy’s length usually gives Cousins trouble in deep. More worried about Kobe guarding Gay and Russell on Rondo.

  • I think he will have a good game. But Randle won’t back down and the Roy’s length usually gives Cousins trouble in deep. More worried about Kobe guarding Gay and Russell on Rondo.

  • Another tough matchup. Gay might have his way tonight. Marco will probably hurt our perimeter rotational defense. Cousins will be Cousins. The kings will have solid guard play. We will win if Hibbert and Randle control the paint. If Lou, Clarkson, Young, and KOBE all play in balance. Bass needs a solid game. And hope Gay struggles with his jumper.

  • Yeah, kobe can play defense when he wants and he always play good against gay, kobe gambles alot, and this is a game that he shouldnt. The lakers can beat this team if they play smart

  • Here’s what I want to see tonight:
    D’angelo- no more then 3 TOs shoot a better percentage, should be more involved in the game playing the 1 get at least 5 assist. Don’t care about how many points playing with so many scorers.
    Clarkson- Keep doing exactly what your doing at sg with less decision making turnovers should be limited
    Kobe- better fg percentage no more then 5 3s, attempt to move the ball more with the attention you get, should be able to get 4 easy assist within the offense.
    Randle- same thing as last game just need to see more right hand and mid range jumpers won’t start falling till you trust it
    Hibbert- exact same game double double all day a couple blocks
    Bench- bring energy don’t always settle for jumpers
    Team- better on ball defense from everyone
    Byron- you need to adjust the front court off the bench black brings more to the table then bass and kelly. To me jelly has been active enough to play but I’d rather see him or lance jr. over bass he has been horrible to me since the preseason.

  • Another tough matchup. Gay might have his way tonight. Marco will probably hurt our perimeter rotational defense. Cousins will be Cousins. The kings will have solid guard play. We will win if Hibbert and Randle control the paint. If Lou, Clarkson, Young, Russ and KOBE all play in balance. Bass needs a solid game. And hope Gay struggles with his jumper.

  • Yeah, kobe can play defense when he wants and he always play good against gay, kobe gambles alot, and this is a game that he shouldnt. The lakers can beat this team if they play smart

  • Here’s what I want to see tonight:
    D’angelo- no more then 3 TOs shoot a better percentage, should be more involved in the game playing the 1 get at least 5 assist. Don’t care about how many points playing with so many scorers.
    Clarkson- Keep doing exactly what your doing at sg with less decision making turnovers should be limited
    Kobe- better fg percentage no more then 5 3s, attempt to move the ball more with the attention you get, should be able to get 4 easy assist within the offense.
    Randle- same thing as last game just need to see more right hand and mid range jumpers won’t start falling till you trust it
    Hibbert- exact same game double double all day a couple blocks
    Bench- bring energy don’t always settle for jumpers
    Team- better on ball defense from everyone
    Byron- you need to adjust the front court off the bench black brings more to the table then bass and kelly. To me kelly has been active enough to play but I’d rather see him or lance jr. over bass he has been horrible to me since the preseason.

  • I think this game is where Kobe can move to the 2 and we start A. Brown at the 3; with Rondo not a threat outside Kobe can play off of him and not be exposed as much. Brown will match up with Gay and Clarkson on McLemore.

  • Kobe’s on-ball defense is still decent, it’s his off-ball defense that bothers me.

  • I think this game is where Kobe can move to the 2 and we start A. Brown at the 3; with Rondo not a threat outside Kobe can play off of him and not be exposed as much. Brown will match up with Gay and Clarkson or Russell depending on rotations on McLemore.

  • Kobe’s on-ball defense is still decent, it’s his off-ball defense that bothers me.

  • I think they did that in the preseason game. Kobe took a bunch of shots early on then got hurt

  • I think they did that in the preseason game. Kobe took a bunch of shots early on then got hurt

  • It is a good plan. But it would require Russell to be out so probably not this game. They seem set on starting Russell.

  • It is a good plan. But it would require Russell to be out so probably not this game. They seem set on starting Russell.

  • It seems since he got older he has been lazy off ball on defense and he gambles alot. Need consistentcy on defense and offense tonight

  • Then why not have Russell and Kobe in the back court and have Clarkson coming off the bench for this game?

  • It seems since he got older he has been lazy off ball on defense and he gambles alot. Need consistentcy on defense and offense tonight

  • Then why not have Russell and Kobe in the back court and have Clarkson coming off the bench for this game?

  • If Cousins is guarding Randle then Randle should be attacking him all night. Try to get him in foul trouble

  • Possible, but again. Not going to happen this game. They are starting Russell, Clarkson, Kobe, Randle, Roy.

  • If Cousins is guarding Randle then Randle should be attacking him all night. Try to get him in foul trouble

  • Possible, but again. Not going to happen this game. They are starting Russell, Clarkson, Kobe, Randle, Roy.

  • And try to push every time time possible. Cousins and Koufos can get back decently but they won’t be set and forced to foul.

  • And try to push every time time possible. Cousins and Koufos can get back decently but they won’t be set and forced to foul.

  • Both can play; i think only two players are on inactive Metta and possibly Nance, Black, or Sacre?

  • Both can play; i think only two players are on inactive Metta and possibly Nance, Black, or Sacre?

  • He’s 5 times better as a pure passer then Clarkson, and jc is a far better scorer right now it’s simple. Idiotic move to have at the two when he played pg all preseason anyway.

  • He’s 5 times better as a pure passer then Clarkson, and jc is a far better scorer right now it’s simple. Idiotic move to have at the two when he played pg all preseason anyway.

  • Yep, he wants a 9/10 man rotation. Which is fine. Brown will get reps on the DFenders to start out and earn his way in.

  • Yep, he wants a 9/10 man rotation. Which is fine. Brown will get reps on the DFenders to start out and earn his way in.

  • To be fair, he was really really really bad as PG in pre-season. But here is to hoping for quick improvement!

  • To be fair, he was really really really bad as PG in pre-season. But here is to hoping for quick improvement!

  • We all know Byron is terrible at making adjustments even going back to his Nets days

  • We all know Byron is terrible at making adjustments even going back to his Nets days

  • Kings bench is gonna be a problem also. Collison will be trouble. Koufos too as WCS is starting tonight.

  • Kings bench is gonna be a problem also. Collison will be trouble. Koufos too as WCS is starting tonight.

  • What a start for Randle, first he goes at it with Garnett and now he gets cousins. Good thing he has some balls and I don’t mean basketballs

  • What a start for Randle, first he goes at it with Garnett and now he gets cousins. Good thing he has some balls and I don’t mean basketballs

  • at least we have Randle who can bang with cousins. Randle should be able to attack cousins bad perimeter defense

  • at least we have Randle who can bang with cousins. Randle should be able to attack cousins bad perimeter defense

  • Was stupid move u right..why draft pg and play him sg why did u draft him then .coach is stupid..let Russell play what he best at

  • Was stupid move u right..why draft pg and play him sg why did u draft him then .coach is stupid..let Russell play what he best at

  • I think they are going to need to bring in Sacre or Black with Cousins playing at the 4 they are a big team.

  • I think they are going to need to bring in Sacre or Black with Cousins playing at the 4 they are a big team.

  • Thought is around the Cowbell Kingdom today that Wille Stein will get the start tonight. George Karl has been indicating as such.

  • Thought is around the Cowbell Kingdom today that Wille Stein will get the start tonight. George Karl has been indicating as such.

  • This is going to be a much tougher game than against the Wolves. All the match ups from 1 to 5 are tough, for the starters and the bench. I hope they come out with some aggresion and don’t back off this time.

  • This is going to be a much tougher game than against the Wolves. All the match ups from 1 to 5 are tough, for the starters and the bench. I hope they come out with some aggresion and don’t back off this time.

  • As much disarray as Sacto is in, they have a better roster than the Lakers do, at the moment, and the matchups favor the Queens. The Lakers can win, but it will take 48 minutes of their best team basketball, and a serious commitment to team defense. They are going to have to be faster on switches and much, much better at PnR defense when the ball goes over the top of the pick.

  • As much disarray as Sacto is in, they have a better roster than the Lakers do, at the moment, and the matchups favor the Queens. The Lakers can win, but it will take 48 minutes of their best team basketball, and a serious commitment to team defense. They are going to have to be faster on switches and much, much better at PnR defense when the ball goes over the top of the pick.

  • Cousins is now the best center in the NBa and Randle will have to match up against (tall order), i previously proposed a trade where we send Russell and Hibbert to Sacramento and people here think I’m crazy. The FO would do that in a heartbeat.

  • Cousins is now the best center in the NBa and Randle will have to match up against (tall order), i previously proposed a trade where we send Russell and Hibbert to Sacramento and people here think I’m crazy. The FO would do that in a heartbeat.

  • If WCS starts, he’s the PF.
    And Cousins the C.

    Are you sure Randle will cover Cousins?

  • If WCS starts, he’s the PF.
    And Cousins the C.

    Are you sure Randle will cover Cousins?

  • This Lakers team is far from a finished product and they will get better and better as they get in sync with each other and roles become more defined. As Clarkson and Randle grow as players, so will the team. Whatever their record is, this team is far more enjoyable to watch than the last 3 seasons. They all interview with a sense of urgency to win games, I’ll give them that. We’re gonna beat the Queens tonite, straight up.

  • There is no way the front office would do that.

    Why would they trade a 5-year starter at center and a 10 year starter at point, just for a 7 year starter at center?

    That’s downgrading the team. You are way overselling the ability of Cousins, underselling Hibbert’s contributions and almost completely ignoring the future of Russell.

  • This Lakers team is far from a finished product and they will get better and better as they get in sync with each other and roles become more defined. As Clarkson and Randle grow as players, so will the team. Whatever their record is, this team is far more enjoyable to watch than the last 3 seasons. They all interview with a sense of urgency to win games, I’ll give them that. We’re gonna beat the Queens tonite, straight up. Stay healthy, guys.

  • There is no way the front office would do that.

    Why would they trade a 5-year starter at center and a 10 year starter at point, just for a 7 year starter at center?

    That’s downgrading the team. You are way overselling the ability of Cousins, underselling Hibbert’s contributions and almost completely ignoring the future of Russell.

  • Kobe has always played off ball causing problems for the LAKERS, and with our young line up they cant cover for KOBE, EXCEPT to see MWP get minutes this game when KOBE comes out early, if we had a coach, that is.

  • Kobe has always played off ball causing problems for the LAKERS, and with our young line up they cant cover for KOBE, EXCEPT to see MWP get minutes this game when KOBE comes out early, if we had a coach, that is.

  • He needs to be dbl. timed , that will slow down their ball movement. Stop Cousins win the game.

  • I don’t really like mark Cuban but I love what he said about the clippers “you can change owners and players but the clippers are still there clippers” lol Cuban has a ring I can respect that

  • He needs to be dbl. teamed , that will slow down their ball movement. Stop Cousins win the game.

  • I don’t really like mark Cuban but I love what he said about the clippers “you can change owners and players but the clippers are still there clippers” lol Cuban has a ring I can respect that

  • I think the FO would totally do that trade, you’re talking about the best frontcourt in the NBA with cousins and Randle, the reason that trade never happened was because the Lakers didn’t want to trade Randle or Clarkson not Russell or hibbert

  • I think the FO would totally do that trade, you’re talking about the best frontcourt in the NBA with cousins and Randle, the reason that trade never happened was because the Lakers didn’t want to trade Randle or Clarkson not Russell or hibbert

  • Maybe but I still have them out of the top 3 western conference teams, so close but yet so far

  • Maybe but I still have them out of the top 3 western conference teams, so close but yet so far

  • If we want to lose, that’s all we need, and if we want to win we better play Team ball we will know real fast which one we get.

  • If we want to lose, that’s all we need, and if we want to win we better play Team ball we will know real fast which one we get.

  • He may as well start at he beginning of the season, if he is going to be with us a long time.

  • He may as well start at he beginning of the season, if he is going to be with us a long time.

  • They need the bench to run smooth and HUERTAS can do that, and he is not a bad shot either, plus LOU and NICK love playing with him, we do have a good bench.

  • They need the bench to run smooth and HUERTAS can do that, and he is not a bad shot either, plus LOU and NICK love playing with him, we do have a good bench.

  • Win or lose we need to support him, and don’t ride him, I think he reads all this stuff.

  • Win or lose we need to support him, and don’t ride him, I think he reads all this stuff.

  • Randle can check Boogie if he’s on the perimeter. If Boogie goes down low just switch Hibbert onto him. Randle will check WCS.

  • Randle can check Boogie if he’s on the perimeter. If Boogie goes down low just switch Hibbert onto him. Randle will check WCS.

  • They are banking on Paul Pierce to be healthy. & they are putting faith in there mediocre bench.

  • They are banking on Paul Pierce to be healthy. & they are putting faith in there mediocre bench.

  • Please why did the Lakers not get a real backup c, byron how stupid are you for putting bass at c,I knew we should if we didn’t keep upshaw at least get hollins or some other backup c!

  • Please why did the Lakers not get a real backup c, byron how stupid are you for putting bass at c,I knew we should if we didn’t keep upshaw at least get hollins or some other backup c!

  • We will see, if your allowed to stay up that late and see who is who in the world of BB.

  • We will see, if your allowed to stay up that late and see who is who in the world of BB.

  • What’s the difference between off the ball, and gambling-they are both the same, if your off the ball you are gambling some one will cover for you.

  • What’s the difference between off the ball, and gambling-they are both the same, if your off the ball you are gambling some one will cover for you.

  • Hehehe damn bro, I think that you portrayed the formula for success. I think too, that this match-up between Randle – Cousins will be very funny… Cousins for sure will try to throttle JR, let´s see how he respond to the challenge Go Lakers…

  • Hehehe damn bro, I think that you portrayed the formula for success. I think too, that this match-up between Randle – Cousins will be very funny… Cousins for sure will try to throttle JR, let´s see how he respond to the challenge Go Lakers…

  • I was making fun of the kings not Dana stupid you’re to old for this site

  • I was making fun of the kings not Dana stupid you’re to old for this site

  • In their defense, a lot people have drank the GSW small ball lineup idea. Why would you want two 7-footers when going with a 6-8 undersized PF at C can win you a championship???

    I still believe that it is possible to win a title going big. It all depends on who are your bigs. You can’t tell me that a young Shaquille right now in his prime would not dominate the league today just like he did years ago. I guarantee you that his team would force the rest of the league to adjust to them and not the other way around.

    Phoenix tried to get teams to go small, but still lost to two big teams repeatedly…Lakers and Spurs.

  • In their defense, a lot people have drank the GSW small ball lineup idea. Why would you want two 7-footers when going with a 6-8 undersized PF at C can win you a championship???

    I still believe that it is possible to win a title going big. It all depends on who are your bigs. You can’t tell me that a young Shaquille right now in his prime would not dominate the league today just like he did years ago. I guarantee you that his team would force the rest of the league to adjust to them and not the other way around.

    Phoenix tried to get teams to go small, but still lost to two big teams repeatedly…Lakers and Spurs.

  • I would put the Clippers ahead of the Rockets but I might put the Grizzlies ahead of both of them by the end of the season.

  • I would put the Clippers ahead of the Rockets but I might put the Grizzlies ahead of both of them by the end of the season.

  • I’m glad they have internet at retirement homes but please don’t abuse it Al

  • I’m glad they have internet at retirement homes but please don’t abuse it Al

  • For the Russell fans, here is a good example of a player ready to start his 3rd year into the league: CJ McCollum drafted 10th in 2013 out of Lehigh.This guy is ready to break out , him and Lillard will make up a dynamic back court and make the Blazers an underrated team this year.

    Russell can be a good player like McCollum but will need time adjustment like this guy did for a couple of years.

  • For the Russell fans, here is a good example of a player ready to start his 3rd year into the league: CJ McCollum drafted 10th in 2013 out of Lehigh.This guy is ready to break out , him and Lillard will make up a dynamic back court and make the Blazers an underrated team this year.

    Russell can be a good player like McCollum but will need time adjustment like this guy did for a couple of years.

  • Cuban is an idiot, I won’t even pay attention to something he says even if it helps my team. He’s just salty and a jerk so let’s move on.

  • Cuban is an idiot, I won’t even pay attention to something he says even if it helps my team. He’s just salty and a jerk so let’s move on.

  • If your man doesn’t have the ball, that is off ball defense. Gambling is when you leave your man or cheat on position trying to get a steal etc.

  • If your man doesn’t have the ball, that is off ball defense. Gambling is when you leave your man or cheat on position trying to get a steal etc.

  • 1. OKC/LAC great starting 5 and a deep bench
    2. LAC/OKC ditto
    3. GSW ditto but undersized
    4. HOU need a third all-star to carry the scoring load and I don’t think Ty Lawson can be that guy
    5. SAS Tony Parker looks to have lost a step and the bench is weaker than the others
    6. MEM Not enough scoring
    7. NO Not enough support for The Brow
    8. UTAH I give them the edge because they have good defense and 3 good scorers

  • 1. OKC/LAC great starting 5 and a deep bench
    2. LAC/OKC ditto
    3. GSW ditto but undersized
    4. HOU need a third all-star to carry the scoring load and I don’t think Ty Lawson can be that guy
    5. SAS Tony Parker looks to have lost a step and the bench is weaker than the others
    6. MEM Not enough scoring
    7. NO Not enough support for The Brow
    8. UTAH I give them the edge because they have good defense and 3 good scorers

  • They looked good last night. Super deep and Blake looks better than last year.

  • They looked good last night. Super deep and Blake looks better than last year.

  • real talk Scott has no good reason for not playing Black. He has better interior defense and will get rebounds it makes absolutely no sense.

  • real talk Scott has no good reason for not playing Black. He has better interior defense and will get rebounds it makes absolutely no sense.

  • The FO is in disarray but right now the team doesn’t appear to be. They seem to be making all the right comments (especially Boogie). The team looks well structured and if McLemore is able to become that third scorer for them they will be very good. The LAL just don’t looked well coached at this point coupled with less talent our odds of winning aren’t good.

  • The FO is in disarray but right now the team doesn’t appear to be. They seem to be making all the right comments (especially Boogie). The team looks well structured and if McLemore is able to become that third scorer for them they will be very good. The LAL just don’t looked well coached at this point coupled with less talent our odds of winning aren’t good.

  • Black’s SL play was pretty mediocre. We may need his play but in reality the FO left the roster without a good backup center.

  • Black’s SL play was pretty mediocre. We may need his play but in reality the FO left the roster without a good backup center.

  • They have been playing WCS at center and boogie at PF. They may change that for matchup reasons but that’s how they have been playing in preseason.

  • They have been playing WCS at center and boogie at PF. They may change that for matchup reasons but that’s how they have been playing in preseason.

  • No, they were plain straight up idiots for at least not bringing back Ed Davis. That was a major brain fart.

  • No, they were plain straight up idiots for at least not bringing back Ed Davis. That was a major brain fart.

  • It’s difficult because the motivation is there to have a backup center that is really an undersized PF. Look at GSW and many other teams that have now moved to that. Bass fits that better than Upshaw. As far as playing Black, I’m in favor of it, but if you play Black, what does that do for Kelly? Kelly worked himself into the rotation as a very good reserve in preseason. To now sit him completely after showing some positive things would make so that you kill his confidence. Give it time, it was just one game.

  • It’s difficult because the motivation is there to have a backup center that is really an undersized PF. Look at GSW and many other teams that have now moved to that. Bass fits that better than Upshaw. As far as playing Black, I’m in favor of it, but if you play Black, what does that do for Kelly? Kelly worked himself into the rotation as a very good reserve in preseason. To now sit him completely after showing some positive things would make so that you kill his confidence. Give it time, it was just one game.

  • Agreed, but Bass has been the one playing poorly. Why would you bench Kelly leaving the weak link on the floor? Perhaps it was a function of him playing out of position, but it seems Kelly is the better backup PF at this point. Until Bass can prove he’s the better backup PF I say it’s Kelly’s position to lose.

  • Agreed, but Bass has been the one playing poorly. Why would you bench Kelly leaving the weak link on the floor? Perhaps it was a function of him playing out of position, but it seems Kelly is the better backup PF at this point. Until Bass can prove he’s the better backup PF I say it’s Kelly’s position to lose.

  • You do realize that Ed Davis wasn’t coming back for free, right? Had he not signed with the Trailblazers the Lakers probably would have brought him back. It is the main problem with free agency. Teams are locked in with their salary flexibility when they go after a big free agent and during that time other teams are able to sign the smaller ones. Once the big ones sign, many times the smaller ones have already found homes. Ed would have had to wait until the Lakers saw how things were going.

    This is why I was never in favor of going after the big names. That has NEVER been the Lakers way to win. We trade, draft wisely, and sign 2nd or 3rd tier free agents to fill out the roster. Shaquille O’Neal is the ONLY big free agent the Lakers have brought to the organization is the last 35 years. The only other thing is that we have historically been able to re-sign our big name players once they become free agents. That has now seemingly changed as well.

  • You do realize that Ed Davis wasn’t coming back for free, right? Had he not signed with the Trailblazers the Lakers probably would have brought him back. It is the main problem with free agency. Teams are locked in with their salary flexibility when they go after a big free agent and during that time other teams are able to sign the smaller ones. Once the big ones sign, many times the smaller ones have already found homes. Ed would have had to wait until the Lakers saw how things were going.

    This is why I was never in favor of going after the big names. That has NEVER been the Lakers way to win. We trade, draft wisely, and sign 2nd or 3rd tier free agents to fill out the roster. Shaquille O’Neal is the ONLY big free agent the Lakers have brought to the organization is the last 35 years. The only other thing is that we have historically been able to re-sign our big name players once they become free agents. That has now seemingly changed as well.

  • So what do you do with Bass? Bass has been a solid producer for the last some many years. That should mean something. Give him time. He has joined a new team and a new system and is playing in a new position after missing most of preseason…and yet some are already saying that we should give up on him! Really?

  • So what do you do with Bass? Bass has been a solid producer for the last some many years. That should mean something. Give him time. He has joined a new team and a new system and is playing in a new position after missing most of preseason…and yet some are already saying that we should give up on him! Really?

  • I wouldn’t be surprised if they did at some point this season. Just be patient, these things take time. Who knew that Kwame Brown would net us Pau Gasol? Marc Gasol hadn’t entered the NBA yet so really that trade only costed the Lakers Brown and Crittendon. The rest of our roster didn’t change, and that team went to the Finals and that same roster won the championship the following year.

  • I wouldn’t be surprised if they did at some point this season. Just be patient, these things take time. Who knew that Kwame Brown would net us Pau Gasol? Marc Gasol hadn’t entered the NBA yet so really that trade only costed the Lakers Brown and Crittendon. The rest of our roster didn’t change, and that team went to the Finals and that same roster won the championship the following year.

  • He didn’t play him ONE game, ONE GAME, and you guys are acting like he has him on the Inactive list for the season. Give them man time. He had limited time to see what Bass could bring as a backup center due to his injuries. He is trying to figure out some things.

  • He didn’t play him ONE game, ONE GAME, and you guys are acting like he has him on the Inactive list for the season. Give them man time. He had limited time to see what Bass could bring as a backup center due to his injuries. He is trying to figure out some things.

  • I think it’s more about Russell being able to create shots for guys. They drafted him to be a playmaker all the top pg have one thing in common they have the ball in their hands. I dont get why everyone on here fail to realize that curry,Paul,rondo, they all need the ball.

  • I think it’s more about Russell being able to create shots for guys. They drafted him to be a playmaker all the top pg have one thing in common they have the ball in their hands. I dont get why everyone on here fail to realize that curry,Paul,rondo, they all need the ball.

  • To be really fair Scott did not allow him to consistently operate as pg in preseason for him to get more of a feel for nba game its a adjustment. He would switch off with clarkson pretty often. The guy has great vision combine with passing skills. Very few pg come into the nba off the bat tearing it up without an adjustment period.

  • To be really fair Scott did not allow him to consistently operate as pg in preseason for him to get more of a feel for nba game its a adjustment. He would switch off with clarkson pretty often. The guy has great vision combine with passing skills. Very few pg come into the nba off the bat tearing it up without an adjustment period.

  • I agree I for Russell it’s not about points he scored its about the assists I would like to see ten plus assist. That would mean his making the game easier for the scorers

  • I agree I for Russell it’s not about points he scored its about the assists I would like to see ten plus assist. That would mean his making the game easier for the scorers

  • You are really one mean no manners smelly mouth mother bashing donkey head!!!!!

  • You are really one mean no manners smelly mouth mother bashing donkey head!!!!!

  • Either way its wrong, and we don’t need any wrong, if we want to win games.

  • Either way its wrong, and we don’t need any wrong, if we want to win games.

  • What can expect from the clueless when he played Russell at SG after calling him D Magic Russell?

  • What can expect from the clueless when he played Russell at SG after calling him D Magic Russell?

  • We are talking about the undrafted guy who has a very unrefined game right? I mean he has potential but you aren’t planning on this guy winning games for us are you?

  • We are talking about the undrafted guy who has a very unrefined game right? I mean he has potential but you aren’t planning on this guy winning games for us are you?

  • James Harden was another somewhat late bloomer. He looked terrible his first few months and then it just started to click.

  • James Harden was another somewhat late bloomer. He looked terrible his first few months and then it just started to click.

  • Huertas is the only player in this team who can communicate with Kobe in 4 different languages.

  • Huertas is the only player in this team who can communicate with Kobe in 4 different languages.

  • We support the team..we know we not going to win a lot and it’s ok..but too loose for a dump decision that is not accepted..but here we talk about playing Russell sg can u tell me one good healthy reason to do so?!!!! There is no good answer. Just stupid dump stubborn mistake..not that was the reason for the loss no at all its just show our coach not smart or move from bold head ..he need to hire good asistance and give him some autherity so he can preform better

  • We support the team..we know we not going to win a lot and it’s ok..but too loose for a dump decision that is not accepted..but here we talk about playing Russell sg can u tell me one good healthy reason to do so?!!!! There is no good answer. Just stupid dump stubborn mistake..not that was the reason for the loss no at all its just show our coach not smart or move from bold head ..he need to hire good asistance and give him some autherity so he can preform better

  • Doesn’t matter he still been playing c he is pf..we seen him play he is a good player..again if you have employees u need to give them the best tools to preform even the bad employees they do good when u let them do what they know better..why all our team playing different positions?!!!

  • Doesn’t matter he still been playing c he is pf..we seen him play he is a good player..again if you have employees u need to give them the best tools to preform even the bad employees they do good when u let them do what they know better..why all our team playing different positions?!!!

  • So Kobe can say: Dame la pelota, dammi il pallone, da’ me a bola, give me the ball.

  • So Kobe can say: Dame la pelota, dammi il pallone, da’ me a bola, give me the ball.

  • Key to win this game
    1. Kobe should take a better percentage shot.
    2. Russel should be the Point Guard and not Clarkson.
    3. Nance and Black should play, instead of weak Kelly and Bass.
    4. Lakers should have some Set Plays, and not all 1on1
    5. Byron Scott

  • Key to win this game
    1. Kobe should take a better percentage shot.
    2. Russel should be the Point Guard and not Clarkson.
    3. Nance and Black should play, instead of weak Kelly and Bass.
    4. Lakers should have some Set Plays, and not all 1on1
    5. Byron Scott

  • as much as i love randle i don’t think he will be a big threat with boogie going against him.

  • as much as i love randle i don’t think he will be a big threat with boogie going against him.

  • I get what your saying but unfortunately it sounds like a excuse. I think I speak for a lot of fans when I say his signature skill is suppose to be that mid range shot. Well he’s been building multiple communities with all those Bricks! I’d rather see nance or black.

  • I get what your saying but unfortunately it sounds like a excuse. I think I speak for a lot of fans when I say his signature skill is suppose to be that mid range shot. Well he’s been building multiple communities with all those Bricks! I’d rather see nance or black.

  • you make sound like jc had alot, bench played great, kobe gotta slow down and not force things.our def was decent but with players like gay and demarcus we have to play better.

  • bench played great last time hoping we see it again, kobe gotta slow down and not force things.our def was decent but with players like gay and demarcus we have to play better. last but not least i think russ and jc should have the ball the most in this game.

  • boy stop i’m taking that trade you must be crazy if you think there equal value to boogie.

  • boy stop i’m taking that trade you must be crazy if you think there equal value to boogie.

  • I have to agree with @cj — there were only 2 or 3 “bad” looks.

    My issue was the minutes – limiting him to 25 max will also limit the number of attempts and keep his legs fresh so that they continue to fall in the 4th.

  • I have to agree with @cj — there were only 2 or 3 “bad” looks.

    My issue was the minutes – limiting him to 25 max will also limit the number of attempts and keep his legs fresh so that they continue to fall in the 4th.

  • I don’t know if Bass will ever fit in to that role because he’s just not a banger and that’s what you need in an undersized center.

    That said, I also don’t think it’s fair to blame him because he’s being asked to play out of position.

  • I don’t know if Bass will ever fit in to that role because he’s just not a banger and that’s what you need in an undersized center.

    That said, I also don’t think it’s fair to blame him because he’s being asked to play out of position.

  • I hope Scott calls ABrown’s number tonight — Rudy Gay is a tough cover for anybody but would be a great challenge for Brown

  • I hope Scott calls ABrown’s number tonight — Rudy Gay is a tough cover for anybody but would be a great challenge for Brown

  • Just get Kobe out of the game. Every touch is a 3pts, ball just stuck with him.

  • Just get Kobe out of the game. Every touch is a 3pts, ball just stuck with him.

  • Our defense is weak AF! IT’S GON BE TOUGH TO WATCH MAN! NO FLOW, C’MON BEN SIMMONS F IT!
    MAAAAN WE BETTER WIN THIS GAME!

  • Our defense is weak AF! IT’S GON BE TOUGH TO WATCH MAN! NO FLOW, C’MON BEN SIMMONS F IT!
    MAAAAN WE BETTER WIN THIS GAME!

  • OMG KOBE THINKS HE’S RAY ALLEN, IT’S OVER PUT LOU AND SWAGGY IN PLEEEEAAAAASSSEEE!

  • OMG KOBE THINKS HE’S RAY ALLEN, IT’S OVER PUT LOU AND SWAGGY IN PLEEEEAAAAASSSEEE!

  • Byron Scott system is no match for George Karl system! !! Smh embarrassing 25 – 10 kings score

  • Byron Scott system is no match for George Karl system! !! Smh embarrassing 25 – 10 kings score

  • I love Kobe, but I can’t defend him no more. He has become a blackhole for the Lakers.

  • He’s taking bad shots, but look at the flow. Guys are holding the ball, there’s no movement. They panic and give it to Kobe then he looks around sees no one to pass it to and chucks it up. This offense is out of sorts.

  • I love Kobe, but I can’t defend him no more. He has become a blackhole for the Lakers.

  • He’s taking bad shots, but look at the flow. Guys are holding the ball, there’s no movement. They panic and give it to Kobe then he looks around sees no one to pass it to and chucks it up. This offense is out of sorts.

  • Remember when people said they didn’t want Rondo and he was washed? lmfao Where they at tho

  • Remember when people said they didn’t want Rondo and he was washed? lmfao Where they at tho

  • I could libe with the defense if we could score! BYRON SCOTT SYSTEM HAS TO BE CHANGED! IT’S SUPER OBVIOUS IF EVERYTIME WE HAVE TO GO ZONE!

  • Bass at Center, Horrible idea.Kelly is not a good defender,

    I would rather Have (1) Larry Nance or Black or even (2) Sacre and Black for defensive reasons.

  • Bass and Kelly again. Here we go again. They’re dominating the paint. Get Black in there please, call Upshaw.. Gimme Sacre lol well not sacre.. This is bad smh

  • I could libe with the defense if we could score! BYRON SCOTT SYSTEM HAS TO BE CHANGED! IT’S SUPER OBVIOUS IF EVERYTIME WE HAVE TO GO ZONE!

  • Bass at Center, Horrible idea.Kelly is not a good defender,

    I would rather Have (1) Larry Nance and Black or even (2) Sacre and Black for defensive reasons.

  • Bass and Kelly again. Here we go again. They’re dominating the paint. Get Black in there please, call Upshaw.. Gimme Sacre lol well not sacre.. This is bad smh

  • Idk he made 1 shot then kobe and clarkson didn’t let no one touch the ball again lmfao

  • I love kobe to death but i would not re-sign him either unless he’s on the bench

  • Idk he made 1 shot then kobe and clarkson didn’t let no one touch the ball again lmfao

  • I love kobe to death but i would not re-sign him either unless he’s on the bench

  • Its not all on him, this offense is bunk and the first unit doesn’t have a PG to get the team good shots. That said, Kobe can’t settle for contested 3s.

  • Its not all on him, this offense is bunk and the first unit doesn’t have a PG to get the team good shots. That said, Kobe can’t settle for contested 3s.

  • Why Bass and Kelly? We need a big man!!! We need defense and a system at the o!

  • Why Bass and Kelly? We need a big man!!! We need defense and a system at the o!

  • Well, he can’t blow by defenders at his age now. Get in the post or the high post where your midrange is good.

  • Well, he can’t blow by defenders at his age now. Get in the post or the high post where your midrange is good.

  • They’re getting punked. Its like watching a lion eat a baby gazelle, Kelly on cousins.

  • They’re getting punked. Its like watching a lion eat a baby gazelle, Kelly on cousins.

  • Cuz he can’t even get open for an inbound. And if he does they press him full court. No respect.

  • Cuz he can’t even get open for an inbound. And if he does they press him full court. No respect.

  • And the Lakers wonder why FA won’t come to LA. Kobe is not ready to take a step down and be a 2nd or 3rd option.

  • And the Lakers wonder why FA won’t come to LA. Kobe is not ready to take a step down and be a 2nd or 3rd option.

  • I agree, Kobe needs to get in the post. Put Huertas in with that unit. Might create some offense.

  • I agree, Kobe needs to get in the post. Put Huertas in with that unit. Might create some offense.

  • Smh my head we gotta get ben simmons try again next year and pray for Westbrook because if Durant thought about the Lakers, he’s forgotten all about them now

  • Smh my head we gotta get ben simmons try again next year and pray for Westbrook because if Durant thought about the Lakers, he’s forgotten all about them now

  • If Kobe is there, he ain’t coming. He wasn’t coming anyway, but this team is nowhere near a title contender. Why waste his prime with the Lakers, when he can stay with the Thunder or go form a Big with the Wiz in his hometown?

  • Huertas is our Rondo… start him over Russell. This kid is so raw, he is not NBA level. And will not be this year.

  • If Kobe is there, he ain’t coming. He wasn’t coming anyway, but this team is nowhere near a title contender. Why waste his prime with the Lakers, when he can stay with the Thunder or go form a Big with the Wiz in his hometown?

  • Huertas is our Rondo… start him over Russell. This kid is so raw, he is not NBA level. And will not be this year.

  • Just sit Kobe down for the rest of the game. I don’t care about respect if you don’t play as a team.

  • Just sit Kobe down for the rest of the game. I don’t care about respect if you don’t play as a team.

  • I love Kobe, but the Lakers should of never offered him that extension. Should of let him become a FA, and let him go to contender. I hate to see him go out like this, but it’s time to start over.

  • I love Kobe, but the Lakers should of never offered him that extension. Should of let him become a FA, and let him go to contender. I hate to see him go out like this, but it’s time to start over.

  • This system is ridiculous! & predictable
    And the so called defense is non existent
    Byron Scott Can’t say nothing about Dantoni NOTHING! at least his offense flowed

  • Nope…They’re just a bad team. Chuck, ESPN and every outlet was right about this team. 25-30 wins for them.

  • Kelly is at least trying to compete, still over matched. But i am move un-inmpresses by Bass.

  • This system is ridiculous! & predictable
    And the so called defense is non existent
    Byron Scott Can’t say nothing about Dantoni NOTHING! at least his offense flowed

  • Nope…They’re just a bad team. Chuck, ESPN and every outlet was right about this team. 25-30 wins for them.

  • Kelly is at least trying to compete, still over matched. But i am move un-inmpresses by Bass.

  • Yes, 3 pointers and no defense can win the game. I am not sure what Scott does in off season. Obviously, this team will struggle throughout the season. Hopefully, we keep our top 3 draft picks.

  • Yes, 3 pointers and no defense can win the game. I am not sure what Scott does in off season. Obviously, this team will struggle throughout the season. Hopefully, we keep our top 3 draft picks.

  • you know something is wrong when nick young is out there fighting for rebounds… SMH

  • you know something is wrong when nick young is out there fighting for rebounds… SMH

  • what about this rotation? Young and Williams to carry the ball… what a joke.

  • Speechless. First my dead mom got insulted by a low life donk head and now the Lakers got insulted by the Kings. 50+points early 2nd half? xxxx

  • what about this rotation? Young and Williams to carry the ball… what a joke.

  • Speechless. First my dead mom got insulted by a low life donk head and now the Lakers got insulted by the Kings. 50+points early 2nd half? xxxx

  • The top three spots are looking good. More young talents for clueless Byron Scott ti develop. Right, guys? Hello, dont blame Scotty fans?

  • Kinda wish we were watching the first game right about now. Somehow giving up a 15 point lead and losing by one isn’t looking that shabby at the momment. haha

    Kings are schooling us in this game.

  • The top three spots are looking good. More young talents for clueless Byron Scott ti develop. Right, guys? Hello, dont blame Scotty fans?

  • Kinda wish we were watching the first game right about now. Somehow giving up a 15 point lead and losing by one isn’t looking that shabby at the momment. haha

    Kings are schooling us in this game.

  • I got your silver lining . D’Angelo Russel career high in scoring
    5 pts, haha.

  • I got your silver lining . D’Angelo Russel career high in scoring
    5 pts, haha.

  • Now the kings been practicing that mess we be seeing on sportsnet is rehearsal, no excuses both teams are fairly new, it’s our system I’m telling y’all, it doesn’t hold up! In this nba era

  • Now the kings been practicing that mess we be seeing on sportsnet is rehearsal, no excuses both teams are fairly new, it’s our system I’m telling y’all, it doesn’t hold up! In this nba era

  • The magic has even battled the thunder double overtime and only loss by 4, and the thunder will demolish the kings so no excuses for our system man all the other teams system are working better than ours and they don’t have a star player

  • Kobe not even trying to teach these young guys. It’s all about personal accolades and records for him now in his career. That’s too bad.

  • The magic has even battled the thunder double overtime and only loss by 4, and the thunder will demolish the kings so no excuses for our system man all the other teams system are working better than ours and they don’t have a star player

  • Kobe not even trying to teach these young guys. It’s all about personal accolades and records for him now in his career. That’s too bad.

  • Maaan why he keep playing bass at center??? At least put bass and black

  • Maaan why he keep playing bass at center??? At least put bass and black

  • PG’s in the NBA can’t wait to play the Lakers. Rubio and now the Lakers making Rondo look like an All-Star again.

  • PG’s in the NBA can’t wait to play the Lakers. Rubio and now the Lakers making Rondo look like an All-Star again.

  • No way, panic a bit much. We just have a brand new squad, that has to learn new players and new system. We will be a better team half way through the season.

  • No way, panic a bit much. We just have a brand new squad, that has to learn new players and new system. We will be a better team half way through the season.

  • Espn, first take, highly questionable, sportsnation, his&hers, pti, nNBATV get ready for a jonesing to remember!

  • Espn, first take, highly questionable, sportsnation, his&hers, pti, nNBATV get ready for a jonesing to remember!

  • Last year’s team wasn’t bad, and that was with Scott tanking on purpose.

  • I know, I’m just messing. But this is ugly, and if we don’t change that Kelly / Bass lineup..

  • Last year’s team wasn’t actually that bad, and this was with Scott tanking on purpose.

  • I know, I’m just messing. But this is ugly, and if we don’t change that Kelly / Bass lineup..

  • There is only one solution… FIRE BYRON SCOTT!!! Don’t blame the players. Blame the coach. Where is the defense? Where is the rotation? Where is the help? WHere is the system? No offense nothing.

  • There is only one solution… FIRE BYRON SCOTT!!! Don’t blame the players. Blame the coach. Where is the defense? Where is the rotation? Where is the help? WHere is the system? No offense nothing.

  • The Lakers playing like the jerseys are gonna magically help them win.
    The defense Byron Scott claims to instill, the kings system and determination determined that’s a lie!!!

  • The Lakers playing like the jerseys are gonna magically help them win.
    The defense Byron Scott claims to instill, the kings system and determination determined that’s a lie!!!

  • Players are bad. Coach is even worse. It’s like a D-league team vs Sac right now.

  • Players are bad. Coach is even worse. It’s like a D-league team vs Sac right now.

  • U r right.. defense is huge problem 74 point in first half !!!! Coach think defense come only from saying he is defense coach he forget that he need to teach it. I think it’s going to be long season unless coach is fired

  • This looks like when you show up to the gym with all your boys, and you can all ball. And you step on the court and get matched up with a bunch of old Asian men and you just completely dominate them and run them off the court. Dunk at will, get past them with no resistance, block all their shots.. This sucks

  • U r right.. defense is huge problem 74 point in first half !!!! Coach think defense come only from saying he is defense coach he forget that he need to teach it. I think it’s going to be long season unless coach is fired

  • This looks like when you show up to the gym with all your boys, and you can all ball. And you step on the court and get matched up with a bunch of old Asian men and you just completely dominate them and run them off the court. Dunk at will, get past them with no resistance, block all their shots.. This sucks

  • It’s quite simple!
    FIRE THE COACHINGSTAFF AND OR CHANGE THE SYSTEM WE SHOULD BE PICK N ROLLING PPL TO SLEEP WITH RUSSELL AND RANDLE

  • It’s quite simple!
    FIRE THE COACHINGSTAFF AND OR CHANGE THE SYSTEM WE SHOULD BE PICK N ROLLING PPL TO SLEEP WITH RUSSELL AND RANDLE

  • Seriously, I don’t see the court vision handling PG talents some said this kid Russell has. I don’t see those talents since Pre season. It’s all media and FO hype or what?

  • Seriously, I don’t see the court vision handling PG talents some said this kid Russell has. I don’t see those talents since Pre season. It’s all media and FO hype or what?

  • Scott doesn’t like P&R. He’s not doing it now, and he didn’t run it much last season either when Jeremy Lin and Ed Davis were here.

  • Scott doesn’t like P&R. He’s not doing it now, and he didn’t run it much last season either when Jeremy Lin and Ed Davis were here.

  • Sac 2 Pgs 20 pts/8 assts. Lakers 3 Pg 8 pts /5 asts. Byron’s system needs a Kidd, a Paul to work on both side of the court. Byron giving up since he has no PG willing to defend and dish.
    Kobe looking like and old man, getting stripped by a center. Bricking everything from deep. He may call it quits mid season. A shadow of the true Mamba’s toe nails.

  • And that’s exactly what i mean! That’s why we get smoked so much. That Dantoni style one five pick n roll will have the Lakers looking like the showtime not NoShow

  • Sac 2 Pgs 20 pts/8 assts. Lakers 3 Pg 8 pts /5 asts. Byron’s system needs a Kidd, a Paul to work on both side of the court. Byron giving up since he has no PG willing to defend and dish.
    Kobe looking like and old man, getting stripped by a center. Bricking everything from deep. He may call it quits mid season. A shadow of the true Mamba’s toe nails.

  • And that’s exactly what i mean! That’s why we get smoked so much. That Dantoni style one five pick n roll will have the Lakers looking like the showtime not NoShow

  • I can’t believe Laker fans didn’t want to trade for Cousins. There should of been no hesitation whatsoever if the Kings were serious.

  • I can’t believe Laker fans didn’t want to trade for Cousins. There should of been no hesitation whatsoever if the Kings were serious.

  • Oh yeah The players failed Byron. Why cant they play like Kidd, Paul, MJ, James and Shaq and make the coach looks like a Champ? Poor Byron.

  • Oh yeah The players failed Byron. Why cant they play like Kidd, Paul, MJ, James and Shaq and make the coach looks like a Champ? Poor Byron.

  • Randle with 5 fouls with 7 minutes left in the 3rd. Man, this team is a complete joke.

  • Randle with 5 fouls with 7 minutes left in the 3rd. Man, this team is a complete joke.

  • Get Byron Scott out. I don’t know what kind of coach is he. The team is not better and playing worst then ever.

  • Get Byron Scott out. I don’t know what kind of coach is he. The team is not better and playing worst then ever.

  • You beat me to it! Kobe not even thinking D no more he’s thinking 333333333 score score score score 33333333 score score score cllank brick clank no call clank no call brick brick brick

  • You beat me to it! Kobe not even thinking D no more he’s thinking 333333333 score score score score 33333333 score score score cllank brick clank no call clank no call brick brick brick

  • The writing was on the wall for Russell in Summer League. He had trouble guarding and going by guys who didn’t make rosters, so what do you think was gonna happen during the real games? Rubio had a career night, and now Rondo out there looking his old self again.

  • The writing was on the wall for Russell in Summer League. He had trouble guarding and going by guys who didn’t make rosters, so what do you think was gonna happen during the real games? Rubio had a career night, and now Rondo out there looking his old self again.

  • They’ll still win 50+ games, while the Lakers will be lucky to see 25 wins.

  • They lagging off rondo, like they did rubio and it’s backfiring it’s becoming a pattern since last season so u know it’s being instructed to do so

  • They’ll still win 50+ games, while the Lakers will be lucky to see 25 wins.

  • They lagging off rondo, like they did rubio and it’s backfiring it’s becoming a pattern since last season so u know it’s being instructed to do so

  • It’s a good strategy though, seeing they can’t shoot. Even if they decide to play up, our guards are slow on D, they’ll just get to the cup with no resistance.

  • It’s a good strategy though, seeing they can’t shoot. Even if they decide to play up, our guards are slow on D, they’ll just get to the cup with no resistance.

  • Clarkson trying to single handedly keep the Lakers alive.. He’s got heart. Won’t go down without a fight.

  • Clarkson trying to single handedly keep the Lakers alive.. He’s got heart. Won’t go down without a fight.

  • Where is metta, ??? & is it me or are the kings defending like the claims Byron Scott makes???

  • Sorry to say, but he’s the Lakers best player now. No disrespect to Kobe, but it’s time to let the young guys take the reigns.

  • Where is metta, ??? & is it me or are the kings defending like the claims Byron Scott makes???

  • Sorry to say, but he’s the Lakers best player now. No disrespect to Kobe, but it’s time to let the young guys take the reigns.

  • We won a quarter lol…if we just have an OK defense we would beat them..but with this defense we can’t win games

  • I didn’t want to trade when I thought the 2nd pick was going to yield us Okafor.

  • maybe another season of tanking to develop young guys.. Then get rid of Kobe and Byron

  • We won a quarter lol…if we just have an OK defense we would beat them..but with this defense we can’t win games

  • I didn’t want to trade when I thought the 2nd pick was going to yield us Okafor.

  • maybe another season of tanking to develop young guys.. Then get rid of Kobe and Byron

  • Kobe without the 3’s these 2 games is shooting over 50%, but it’s obvious he doesn’t care about his efficiency. Bruh, you are not Allen or Curry, stop with the jacking of the 3’s. 3-4 is cool, but 13 the other night, and on pace for another double digit night from 3 is not your game.

  • Kobe without the 3’s these 2 games is shooting over 50%, but it’s obvious he doesn’t care about his efficiency. Bruh, you are not Allen or Curry, stop with the jacking of the 3’s. 3-4 is cool, but 13 the other night, and on pace for another double digit night from 3 is not your game.

  • There was still talks after the Lakers snagged Russell. Most Laker fans didn’t wanna give him up and Randle for Cousins. You don’t pass up on a deal for arguably the best C in the game and he’s only 24.

  • There was still talks after the Lakers snagged Russell. Most Laker fans didn’t wanna give him up and Randle for Cousins. You don’t pass up on a deal for arguably the best C in the game and he’s only 24.

  • A. Brown should be a starter, let Kobe play the SG again. Let A. Brown shoot all the 3’s that Kobe is taking and i bet there is a better chance it will go in. Kobe is not a 3pt shooter

  • A. Brown should be a starter, let Kobe play the SG again. Let A. Brown shoot all the 3’s that Kobe is taking and i bet there is a better chance it will go in. Kobe is not a 3pt shooter

  • F.U. Scott. Sorry to say this but you are worse than D’antoni. Defensive coach, you let a team score 102 in 3 quarters only.

  • The guard group of Clarkson, Lou, Nick seem to be our most effective

  • F.U. Scott. Sorry to say this but you are worse than D’antoni. Defensive coach, you let a team score 102 in 3 quarters only.

  • The guard group of Clarkson, Lou, Nick seem to be our most effective

  • THIS IS A SHAME, A BIG SHAME. What they are doing with My Lakers?????

  • If this unit gets close or take the lead byron Scott gon put kobe in or take a key player out that helped change the game, WATCH

  • THIS IS A SHAME, A BIG SHAME. What they are doing with My Lakers?????

  • If this unit gets close or take the lead byron Scott gon put kobe in or take a key player out that helped change the game, WATCH

  • Can someone tell Scott it’s the regular season already, lineup experimentation should be done during training camp & preseason.

  • Can someone tell Scott it’s the regular season already, lineup experimentation should be done during training camp & preseason.

  • This Laker team will be worse than 92-94 Randy Pfund teams, if you true Laker fans remember those teams.

  • This Laker team will be worse than 92-94 Randy Pfund teams, if you true Laker fans remember those teams.

  • Activate MWP for Sacre. Even Nance Jr. for Kelly. Nance can also shoot the 3 but hustle’s more than Kelly.

  • send Russell to d-league, this kid is two years away from being one year away.

  • Activate MWP for Sacre. Even Nance Jr. for Kelly. Nance can also shoot the 3 but hustle’s more than Kelly.

  • send Russell to d-league, this kid is two years away from being one year away.

  • Kobe doesn’t deserve a season like this. This is just sad if this continues. They should have won the last game, but due to Scott coaching wisdom we lost it.

  • Kobe doesn’t deserve a season like this. This is just sad if this continues. They should have won the last game, but due to Scott coaching wisdom we lost it.

  • Now he sends Black & Russell. Stupid coach, even the commentator said that he should put Russell earlier so he can gain confidence since they have nothing to lose in this game already.

  • Now he sends Black & Russell. Stupid coach, even the commentator said that he should put Russell earlier so he can gain confidence since they have nothing to lose in this game already.

  • Stop…Kobe deserves everything that’s coming to him. He was a big part of that last game loss as well.

  • Stop…Kobe deserves everything that’s coming to him. He was a big part of that last game loss as well.

  • byron is playing to lose, clearly. this is a shame to my lakers tradition.

  • Clarkson deserves better than this. I hope when he’s a FA, if the Lakers are not contending and haven’t made the right moves, he leaves this trash.

  • byron is playing to lose, clearly. this is a shame to my lakers tradition.

  • Clarkson deserves better than this. I hope when he’s a FA, if the Lakers are not contending and haven’t made the right moves, he leaves this trash.

  • The cold plot twist to the whole thing is if we tweak the lineup just two tweaks we would win like heck!
    Y’all gonna have to follow me
    Russell
    Lou
    kobe
    Bass
    Hibbet
    bench:
    huertas
    Clarkson
    swaggy
    randle
    Black

  • The cold plot twist to the whole thing is if we tweak the lineup just two tweaks we would win like heck!
    Y’all gonna have to follow me
    Russell
    Lou
    kobe
    Bass
    Hibbet
    bench:
    huertas
    Clarkson
    swaggy
    randle
    Black

  • I agree with the Lakers having 1 of the highest scoring benches in the League. We’ll be getting blown out a lot this year, so those numbers will be skewed.

  • I agree with the Lakers having 1 of the highest scoring benches in the League. We’ll be getting blown out a lot this year, so those numbers will be skewed.

  • A. Brown should play the 3 position slide Kobe to the 2. Let Russell develop with the 2nd unit.

  • Huertas and Russell showing some chmistry. Huertas/Russell/Kobe/Randle/Hibbert, bench: Clarkson/Williams/Young/Kelly/MWP

  • A. Brown should play the 3 position slide Kobe to the 2. Let Russell develop with the 2nd unit.

  • Huertas and Russell showing some chmistry. Huertas/Russell/Kobe/Randle/Hibbert, bench: Clarkson/Williams/Young/Kelly/MWP

  • Huertas/Russell/Kobe/Randle/Hibbert, bench: Clarkson/Williams/Young/Kelly/MWP

  • Painful to watch. No defense, fall in love with 3 pts and Kobe the ball hogger.

  • Huertas/Russell/Kobe/Randle/Hibbert, bench: Clarkson/Williams/Young/Kelly/MWP

  • Painful to watch. No defense, fall in love with 3 pts and Kobe the ball hogger.

  • The Lakers play well but they come up short. Other teams score too easily on the Lakers.

  • The Lakers play well but they come up short. Other teams score too easily on the Lakers.

  • Really? As far as i remember he wasn’t coaching the game. If they have any semblancr of offensive system instead of Scott telling them to just give the ball to Kobe and iso. Yeah Kobe took those shots, but it was the play called. And he did make 2 passes to Williams. He missed 1 & made 1. Even Jordan would look bad if he plays with this coach.

  • Really? As far as i remember he wasn’t coaching the game. If they have any semblancr of offensive system instead of Scott telling them to just give the ball to Kobe and iso. Yeah Kobe took those shots, but it was the play called. And he did make 2 passes to Williams. He missed 1 & made 1. Even Jordan would look bad if he plays with this coach.

  • You’re a Kobe fan who can’t see that he’s a hindrance to this team now. I’m not even gonna debate with you. Enjoy your night dude.

  • You’re a Kobe fan who can’t see that he’s a hindrance to this team now. I’m not even gonna debate with you. Enjoy your night dude.

  • Kobe is shooting 3’s because the system/play is set up for him to take those shots. Scott is trying to turn him to Ray Allen the same while trying to turn Russell to a SG.Same as trying to turn Bass to a C.

  • I won’t even read into that. It was garbage time early in the 1st quarter.

  • Kobe is shooting 3’s because the system/play is set up for him to take those shots. Scott is trying to turn him to Ray Allen the same while trying to turn Russell to a SG.Same as trying to turn Bass to a C.

  • I won’t even read into that. It was garbage time early in the 1st quarter.

  • 80 points in the paint.. Think dumb dumb Scott will figure out Kelly and Bass won’t work? Lol I don’t.

  • 80 points in the paint.. Think dumb dumb Scott will figure out Kelly and Bass won’t work? Lol I don’t.

  • or you can read it as Scott failed himself by not knowing how to adapt and be an actual coach and not a figure head. Yes poor Byron, coaches like a jackarse and stubborn like a mule. Actually, poor us. We’ve got to watch it happen.

  • or you can read it as Scott failed himself by not knowing how to adapt and be an actual coach and not a figure head. Yes poor Byron, coaches like a jackarse and stubborn like a mule. Actually, poor us. We’ve got to watch it happen.

  • We actually won the second half … lol..seriously we need to work on defense. .I don’t think Lakers will fire Scott so please hire assistant coach to help defense. .it’s obvious man how could they not see that…

  • garbage time and still won’t get in the paint. Sac got 80 in the paint, at least get some of that back. Lou tried, though. he only took 3 from the arc.

  • We actually won the second half … lol..seriously we need to work on defense. .I don’t think Lakers will fire Scott so please hire assistant coach to help defense. .it’s obvious man how could they not see that…

  • garbage time and still won’t get in the paint. Sac got 80 in the paint, at least get some of that back. Lou tried, though. he only took 3 from the arc.

  • 56 rebs by an opponent means they’re getting outworked. Bass/Kelly was a huge culprit.

  • 56 rebs by an opponent means they’re getting outworked. Bass/Kelly was a huge culprit.

  • Byron Scott’s probably going to make them run tomorrow and think that’s going to fix all the teams issues.

  • Byron Scott’s probably going to make them run tomorrow and think that’s going to fix all the teams issues.

  • you betcha. nothing like suicides to make men out of these bums. Should result in better energy, right?

  • you betcha. nothing like suicides to make men out of these bums. Should result in better energy, right?

  • He’s only had 3 years to work out his weaknesses. Normally it takes 5 years. Cut him some slack.

  • He probably should’ve focused more on practicing basketball than running in training camp. Defensive rotations, fundamentals, x’s and o’s probably help a basketball team more than suicides.

  • He’s only had 3 years to work out his weaknesses. Normally it takes 5 years. Cut him some slack.

  • He probably should’ve focused more on practicing basketball than running in training camp. Defensive rotations, fundamentals, x’s and o’s probably help a basketball team more than suicides.

  • they say, he actually uses 70% of practice to work on defense. D’antoni uses less than 10 %. Yet the results are the same. Go figure.

  • Doesn’t matter how fresh your legs are in the 4th if you get run off the court in the 1st.

  • they say, he actually uses 70% of practice to work on defense. D’antoni uses less than 10 %. Yet the results are the same. Go figure.

  • Doesn’t matter how fresh your legs are in the 4th if you get run off the court in the 1st.

  • they get run off the court in the 1st probably because they ran suicides. There’s no such thing as fresh legs during an nba in-season week.

  • they get run off the court in the 1st probably because they ran suicides. There’s no such thing as fresh legs during an nba in-season week.

  • not exactly. Ray allen actually has to work to get his 3s, running thru multiple screens. Kobe gets the ball at the top of the arc, dribbles side to side and shoots, not even have to work. Russel is the same. Takes 3s without having to work. Dribble, dribble shot. At least he’s getting mentoring from the right guy.

  • not exactly. Ray allen actually has to work to get his 3s, running thru multiple screens. Kobe gets the ball at the top of the arc, dribbles side to side and shoots, not even have to work. Russel is the same. Takes 3s without having to work. Dribble, dribble shot. At least he’s getting mentoring from the right guy.

  • I’d be more understanding if he didn’t have a lowsey rotation last season too

  • I’d be more understanding if he didn’t have a lowsey rotation last season too

  • No I want so rebounds and better post D to help the bench keep the lead j a wii bit longer

  • No I want so rebounds and better post D to help the bench keep the lead j a wii bit longer

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