Lakers Vs. Nets Preview: L.A. Begins Five-Game Road Trip In Brooklyn

By Maximo Gonzales

With the Los Angeles Lakers off to yet another 0-4 start, this season already has even the most optimistic Laker fans tempering their already lowered expectations for this year. It was expected that the purple and gold would need some time to gel before seeing the improvement that everyone in Lakers Nation so desperately craves, but losing to teams that lack the talent this squad has is always a tough pill to swallow.

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The shooting struggles of Kobe Bryant and the adjustment of D’Angelo Russell to the NBA has seemed to overshadow the bright spots that are currently shining for the Lakers. Julius Randle recorded his third double-digit scoring performance so far this year and is quietly establishing himself as an electrifying up-and-coming forward in the league, even earning the respect of future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki. Meanwhile, Jordan Clarkson dropped 30 on the Denver Nuggets, tying his career-high.

The Lakers now begin a five-game road trip against another team that is also looking for their first win of the season in the Brooklyn Nets.

Frontcourt:

Headlining the frontcourt for the Nets is Brooke Lopez. The Stanford product has easily established himself as one of the most skilled big men in the league. A capable perimeter shooter, Lopez is also known for his craftiness in the paint and ability to finish at the rim. Alongside Lopez is the former Sixer Thaddeus Young and sharpshooter Joe Johnson. Young has been a dynamic scoring forward for most of his career, while Johnson is a seven-time NBA All-Star, capable of getting hot from deep any given night.

Backcourt:

Leading the way at point is 11-year veteran Jarrett Jack. Jack is a scoring guard that usually doesn’t take long to make his presence felt when he’s on the floor. Either Russell or Clarkson is going to have their hands full defending Jack, who is capable of scoring from anywhere on the court. With him is the second-year man out of Oklahoma State, Markel Brown. Brown was taken in the second round of last year’s draft and is still looking to establish his role with a Nets team that traded for his rights just after he was drafted.

Keys To Victory:

Defense, Defense, Defense: The blame for the slow start to the season has mainly fallen on Kobe’s shot selection and Russell’s slow adjustment, but perhaps the main reason for the winless start is the horrid defense. It should come as no surprise that the Lakers give up more points per game than every other team in the league. The Lakers offense certainly is not the problem, as it is currently top-five in the league in points per game, averaging 106 per contest. However, it is outweighed by the fact they surrender a league-high 116 points per game.

Bench Support:
With Larry Nance out with a broken nose, the energy coming off the bench has certainly taken a hit. Aside from Lou Williams and Nick Young, no one has been too productive off the bench. Of the 39 total bench points scored against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, 24 of them came from Sweet Lou. The Lakers will need contributions from Marcelo Huertas and frontcourt players if they want to start their road trip with a win.

Better Shot Selection:
The Lakers tend to get in a habit of letting it fly from deep, especially when there is still plenty of time left on the shot clock. Now this wouldn’t be an issue if they converted those attempts into points. However, that has not been the case, as they shot 23 percent going 6-for-26 from three-point land. By continuing to take these kinds of shots in games, the Lakers dig themselves into a deeper hole in which they have yet been able to get out of.

Los Angeles Lakers (0-4) at Brooklyn Nets (0-5)
4:30 PM PST, November 5, 2015
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
TV: TWC SportsNet
Radio: 710 AM ESPN (English)/ 1330 AM ESPN Deportes (Spanish)

Nets Projected Starting Lineup:
PG: Jarrett Jack
SG: Markel Brown
SF: Joe Johnson
PF: Thaddeus Young
C: Brooke Lopez

Key Reserves: C: Andrea Bargnani, G/F: Bojan Bogdanovic, F: Thomas Robinson

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

Key Reserves: G: Lou Williams, F: Nick Young, PG: Marcelo Huertas

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death stare time

  • vs. Nets
    Lakers play worse D than the Nets but rebound better as the Nets rank dead last in 3pt% (Lakers 26th) thus better odds lie in not forcing the long ball (bad shooting night) while settling more for a mid-range jumper game. The Nets are ranked 6th in the league in scoring two pointers while the Lakers rank 27th.

    Lakers will need to play with testicular FORTITUDE in their 5 game road trip to have have a chance to win some games on the road. Rather than force 3 pointers on bad shooting nights may be best to settle for the mid-range game.

    2016 Season -thus far
    Lakers are 4th overall in pts per game, but are 26th in 3P%, 13th in 2P% = 25th overall in FG%.

    Lakers ranked 16th in true/real shooting % BUT are #1 in 3PA (31 per game) while avg 9/3PM a game. They’re last on defense and efficiency while losing games by an avg. 10+ pts.

    Breaking the Lakers defense per quarter they’re 29th during 1st qtr play, 28th in the 2nd qtr, 30th in the 3rd qtr and 18th in the league during the 4th qtr so far.

  • vs. Nets
    Lakers play worse D than the Nets but rebound better as the Nets rank dead last in 3pt% (Lakers 26th) thus better odds lie in not forcing the long ball (bad shooting night) while settling more for a mid-range jumper game. The Nets are ranked 6th in the league in scoring two pointers while the Lakers rank 27th.

    Lakers will need to play with testicular FORTITUDE in their 5 game road trip to have have a chance to win some games on the road. Rather than force 3 pointers on bad shooting nights.

    2016 Season -thus far
    Lakers are 4th overall in pts per game, but are 26th in 3P%, 13th in 2P% = 25th overall in FG%.

    Lakers ranked 16th in true/real shooting % BUT are #1 in 3PA (31 per game) while avg 9/3PM a game. They’re last on defense and efficiency while losing games by an avg. 10+ pts.

    Breaking the Lakers defense per quarter they’re 29th during 1st qtr play, 28th in the 2nd qtr, 30th in the 3rd qtr and 18th in the league during the 4th qtr so far.

  • Scott wasn’t one of the preferred options by the fans from the start. But it’s unlikely, he will likely make his exit after the end of his 3rd year/ 4th year (option), thus exiting with Jim and a few others from the FO after the 16/17 season IMO. Time will tell tho.

  • Scott wasn’t one of the preferred options by the fans from the start. But it’s unlikely, he will likely make his exit after the end of his 3rd year/ 4th year (option), thus exiting with Jim and a few others from the FO after the 16/17 season IMO. Time will tell tho.

  • you should flag everyone that THINKS this team is “tanking” and are in denial about us being the worst team in the nba

  • you should flag everyone that THINKS this team is “tanking” and are in denial about us being the worst team in the nba

  • I wouldn’t say the Lakers are the worse team. Bottom 3 at this point, but worse means that the Sixers and Nets are both better. I don’t know that to be true yet.

  • I wouldn’t say the Lakers are the worse team. Bottom 3 at this point, but worse means that the Sixers and Nets are both better. I don’t know that to be true yet.

  • I see a record of 2-10 by 11/16 after the PHX game; but who knows we might get lucky and beat a team like Detroit we shouldn’t beat and be 3-9.

  • I see a record of 2-10 by 11/16 after the PHX game; but who knows we might get lucky and beat a team like Detroit we shouldn’t beat and be 3-9.

  • Their losing at this point is as much mental as physical. You have to believe you can win in order to win. Had the Lakers completed their performance in Game 1 and won that game cleanly, it would have changed everything after it. However, losing that game, the way that they did, began a tailspin that they have yet to get out of. Young teams don’t do well with turmoil, however, young teams do great when they feel confident.

    We will see, but none of the games thus far were unwinnable for this team. Even the Kings blowout loss was winnable. However, the Lakers never looked like they thought they could win that game.

  • Their losing at this point is as much mental as physical. You have to believe you can win in order to win. Had the Lakers completed their performance in Game 1 and won that game cleanly, it would have changed everything after it. However, losing that game, the way that they did, began a tailspin that they have yet to get out of. Young teams don’t do well with turmoil, however, young teams do great when they feel confident.

    We will see, but none of the games thus far were unwinnable for this team. Even the Kings blowout loss was winnable. However, the Lakers never looked like they thought they could win that game.

  • duh,and yours is a fact not an opinion? i thought everyone here posts their opinion?

  • This is a great point. If they would’ve won that first game I think the whole attitude towards the team would’ve been different.

  • duh,and yours is a fact not an opinion? i thought everyone here posts their opinion?

  • This is a great point. If they would’ve won that first game I think the whole attitude towards the team would’ve been different.

  • If the Lakers finish with a worse record than last year he is gone after this season. No way you can keep him with only 40 wins in 2 seasons.

  • If the Lakers finish with a worse record than last year he is gone after this season. No way you can keep him with only 40 wins in 2 seasons.

  • Something that cracks me up is how Nick Young is listed as 6’7″ when 6’6″ Kobe Bryant CLEARLY has him by about an inch and a half…

  • Something that cracks me up is how Nick Young is listed as 6’7″ when 6’6″ Kobe Bryant CLEARLY has him by about an inch and a half…

  • Nick Young, Lou Williams and Kobe Bryant never saw a 3 point attempt they didn’t like. Sometimes I think that Nick and Lou actually prefer to take contested 3 pointers so they can con the refs into making them 4 point plays.

  • If I see Russell benched again in the 4th tonight, I’m going to cancel my TWC subscription and would rather watch it on low-quality streaming free online.

  • Nick Young, Lou Williams and Kobe Bryant never saw a 3 point attempt they didn’t like. Sometimes I think that Nick and Lou actually prefer to take contested 3 pointers so they can con the refs into making them 4 point plays.

  • If I see Russell benched again in the 4th tonight, I’m going to cancel my TWC subscription and would rather watch it on low-quality streaming free online.

  • Tough there, on one hand (winning 20 games for season) the excuse to fire him is there but on the other hand it’ll make the inept FO look lousier given they hired/fired 3 coaches in less than 5 yrs.

    What top tier players would want to come to LA given the lack of consistency at the coaching position along with changes to abound in the FO after 16/17th? This FO don’t have their sht straight to keep it real, they’re the last one’s to the party.

  • Exactly. Winning changing everything. Think about it. Every complaint with the team would change, because no one would argue with wins. That’s why you have to be careful about making hasty changes.

  • Really? and what do you do when the next one still has a losing team this year?

  • Tough there, on one hand (winning 20 games for season) the excuse to fire him is there but on the other hand it’ll make the inept FO look lousier given they hired/fired 3 coaches in less than 5 yrs.

    What top tier players would want to come to LA given the lack of consistency at the coaching position along with changes to abound in the FO after 16/17? This FO doesn’t have their sht together to keep it real, they’re the last one’s to the party.

  • Exactly. Winning changing everything. Think about it. Every complaint with the team would change, because no one would argue with wins. That’s why you have to be careful about making hasty changes.

  • Really? and what do you do when the next one still has a losing team this year?

  • We are all spouting out opinions. However, you had already said the same in the previous message. So restating again after i disagreed left me with one thought…so what!

  • We are all spouting out opinions. However, you had already said the same in the previous message. So restating again after i disagreed left me with one thought…so what!

  • I don’t care.. he is a terrible all around basketball player. We couldn’t trade him for a bag of chips this off season. Total cancer

  • Trivia:
    Name the player that is taking 20 shots per game and shooting less than 30% overall and 16% from 3’s.
    Hint: He’s a guard
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    Answer: James Harder

  • i think after 8 to 10 games striaght loses byron scott going fired and i would my pick be next head coach la lakers tom thibodeau neither or scott brooks

  • That’s just about like being the world’s largest set of male nipples at the moment…

  • I don’t care.. he is a terrible all around basketball player. We couldn’t trade him for a bag of chips this off season. Total cancer

  • Trivia:
    Name the player that is taking 20 shots per game and shooting less than 30% overall and 16% from 3’s.
    Hint: He’s a guard
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    Answer: James Harder

    (made most of you think it was Kobe right?)

  • i think after 8 to 10 games striaght loses byron scott going fired and i would my pick be next head coach la lakers tom thibodeau neither or scott brooks

  • That’s just about like being the world’s largest set of male nipples at the moment…

  • I wouldn’t go so far as to call him terrible, but he’s a role player. Not a 6th man.

  • I can see them sticking with him until Luke Walton becomes available. I don’t think any of the available coaches at this time move the needle enough to come here and make a difference and until Kerr returns Walton will not leave GSW. There is a reason that Scott Brooks and Tom Thibs are still unemployed and both got out coached in playoffs with extremely talented rosters. injuries were a factor but they both lost in years they were healthy. These young guys need somebody that can grow with them and create a game plan that is built for them. Not a coach that has preconceived notions on how a team should play regardless of roster.

  • I wouldn’t go so far as to call him terrible, but he’s a role player. Not a 6th man.

  • I can see them sticking with him until Luke Walton becomes available. I don’t think any of the available coaches at this time move the needle enough to come here and make a difference and until Kerr returns Walton will not leave GSW. There is a reason that Scott Brooks and Tom Thibs are still unemployed and both got out coached in playoffs with extremely talented rosters. injuries were a factor but they both lost in years they were healthy. These young guys need somebody that can grow with them and create a game plan that is built for them. Not a coach that has preconceived notions on how a team should play regardless of roster.

  • jordan clarkson is shooting 46.7% on 3.8 attempts per game. thats pretty dang good.

  • Surprisingly Nick has a good % from the 3pt line. Lou’s struggling a little BUT his 15+ points from the ft line shows he’s adapting as opposed to forcing 3 pointers.

    Kobe’s as stubborn as they come, but IMO he’s best suited to hit mid-range jumpers for now given his shooting slumps. best adapt otherwise they’d likely be coming back 1-8 from their 5 game road stint.

  • We select coaches like we do players. No longer does experience and paying your dues mean anything. The very fact that somebody would think that Luke Walton is ready to be a head coach shows how little regard people have for the coaches today. However, it is consistent with the players because people have more regard for rookies than they do established players.

  • jordan clarkson is shooting 46.7% on 3.8 attempts per game. thats pretty dang good.

  • Surprisingly Nick has a good % from the 3pt line. Lou’s struggling a little BUT his 15+ points from the ft line shows he’s adapting as opposed to forcing 3 pointers.

    Kobe’s as stubborn as they come, but IMO he’s best suited to hit mid-range jumpers for now given his shooting slump. Best adapt, otherwise, they’d likely be coming back 1-8 from their 5 game road stint.

  • We select coaches like we do players. No longer does experience and paying your dues mean anything. The very fact that somebody would think that Luke Walton is ready to be a head coach shows how little regard people have for the coaches today. However, it is consistent with the players because people have more regard for rookies than they do established players.

  • This game, the Knicks and Magic are all winnable games. The Mavericks game could be had too so long as Dirk doesn’t go off on the Lakers like he did last game.

  • This game, the Knicks and Magic are all winnable games. The Mavericks game could be had too so long as Dirk doesn’t go off on the Lakers like he did last game.

  • IMO It would be hard to pull him away from Uconn considering he has already won a national championship there.

  • IMO It would be hard to pull him away from Uconn considering he has already won a national championship there.

  • AT minimum minutes per game:
    Russell: 36 MPG
    Randle (BEAST): 36 MPG
    Clarkson: 36MPG
    No less. I don’t want to watch Ryan Kelly, Brandon bass, or any of the other mudaf–ckas playing. If we lose, so be it. I don’t give a f–ck. We need to develop them. F–CK ryan Kelly.

  • AT minimum minutes per game:
    Russell: 36 MPG
    Randle (BEAST): 36 MPG
    Clarkson: 36MPG
    No less. I don’t want to watch Ryan Kelly, Brandon bass, or any of the other mudaf–ckas playing. If we lose, so be it. I don’t give a f–ck. We need to develop them. F–CK ryan Kelly.

  • LOL, you want to give Russell 36 minutes a night?

    Who will your reserves be in the front court?

  • LOL, you want to give Russell 36 minutes a night?

    Who will your reserves be in the front court?

  • Hopefully this is a start to a 5 game winning streak on the road.

    Hopefully our defense becomes solid.

    GO LAKERS!

  • Hopefully this is a start to a 5 game winning streak on the road.

    Hopefully our defense becomes solid.

    GO LAKERS!

  • Look at FG %’s. Nick is shooting 43% from 3 and 44.4% from the field. It was 50% and 50% prior to the last game. Randle doesn’t have a mid range jumper yet to be effective anywhere other than within 8ft and Williams is shooting 37% and 21% on his 3’s. Jordan is better than Nick at this point with 54% and 47% from fiend and 3 respectively.

  • Actually Jordan is, 54 and 47% from field and 3. Nick is the 2nd best right now.

  • Look at FG %’s. Nick is shooting 43% from 3 and 44.4% from the field. It was 50% and 50% prior to the last game. Randle doesn’t have a mid range jumper yet to be effective anywhere other than within 8ft and Williams is shooting 37% and 21% on his 3’s. Jordan is better than Nick at this point with 54% and 47% from field and 3 respectively.

  • Actually Jordan is, 54 and 47% from field and 3. Nick is the 2nd best right now.

  • Kerr is not supposed to come back before the All-star game if Luke keeps them playing at a high level by then what better experience can you ask for than coaching the best team in nation. Also got experience with the coaching side of things when he played for Phil. Also why would you keep hiring retreads as a professsional I would rather hire a guy that can grow with the company without bad habits than i would hire a guy who has bounced around and only found minor success. You have to look for the next great coach not a guy whose 20 years in and is already is what he is going to be.

  • Kerr is not supposed to come back before the All-star game if Luke keeps them playing at a high level by then what better experience can you ask for than coaching the best team in nation. Also got experience with the coaching side of things when he played for Phil. Also why would you keep hiring retreads as a professsional I would rather hire a guy that can grow with the company without bad habits than i would hire a guy who has bounced around and only found minor success. You have to look for the next great coach not a guy whose 20 years in and is already is what he is going to be.

  • Yeah, there’s a lot that goes into “best offensive player” that doesn’t have to do with personal shooting percentages, and I’m writing off everything other than Julius’ last two outings.

  • Yeah, there’s a lot that goes into “best offensive player” that doesn’t have to do with personal shooting percentages, and I’m writing off everything other than Julius’ last two outings.

  • That’s a stretch. He’s made some defensive plays but his offense is back where it’s supposed to be again. He’s shooting really well right now and has actually kept us in games with his shooting. We couldn’t trade him in the offseason because his value tanked between injuries and his offense disappearing on him last year. His offense disappeared because 1, he was the only guy who could create for himself and with his teammates dropping like flies, teams could load up on him and B, he was injured multiple times last year. He couldn’t stay healthy enough to get back into rhythm and shoot well.

  • That’s a stretch. He’s made some defensive plays but his offense is back where it’s supposed to be again. He’s shooting really well right now and has actually kept us in games with his shooting. We couldn’t trade him in the offseason because his value tanked between injuries and his offense disappearing on him last year. His offense disappeared because 1, he was the only guy who could create for himself and with his teammates dropping like flies, teams could load up on him and B, he was injured multiple times last year. He couldn’t stay healthy enough to get back into rhythm and shoot well.

  • Kevin Ollie ain’t leaving UCONN for the Lakers right now. Maybe we could lure Luke Walton away via good standing and money.

  • Kevin Ollie ain’t leaving UCONN for the Lakers right now. Maybe we could lure Luke Walton away via good standing and money.

  • Yeah I know, 4 games. But Jordan is more apt to take the open shot and least contested whereas Nick will still jack up a shot in someone’s face. He’s taken some well contested shots early in the clock. % and efficiency is on Clarkson’s side.

  • Yeah I know, 4 games. But Jordan is more apt to take the open shot and least contested whereas Nick will still jack up a shot in someone’s face. He’s taken some well contested shots early in the clock. % and efficiency is on Clarkson’s side.

  • A guy who is making 43% of his 3’s and 44.4% of his shots you want to get rid of? The only player shooting better than him right now is Jordan Clarkson.

  • A guy who is making 43% of his 3’s and 44.4% of his shots you want to get rid of? The only player shooting better than him right now is Jordan Clarkson.

  • Lou’s percentages are going to level out. Hopefully Kobe’s will as well. He just needs to do more from the post. Maybe self-impose a 3pt limit. Idk, he doesn’t have the same lift that he used to and that’s messing his shot up, but he’s gotta adjust. It’s insane to be that skilled and shoot so poorly.

  • Lou’s percentages are going to level out. Hopefully Kobe’s will as well. He just needs to do more from the post. Maybe self-impose a 3pt limit. Idk, he doesn’t have the same lift that he used to and that’s messing his shot up, but he’s gotta adjust. It’s insane to be that skilled and shoot so poorly.

  • His one-dimensionality is, to me, why he shouldn’t be a 6th man on a contending roster. Of course, you can critique Lou the same way and he won 6MoY last season… I guess Lamar spoiled me with Point Forward playmaking/rebounding/shot bothering off the bench. I’m hoping Nance develops into an athletic defender like Faried who can get to the rim via the pick and roll and hustle for the loose ball.

  • His one-dimensionality is, to me, why he shouldn’t be a 6th man on a contending roster. Of course, you can critique Lou the same way and he won 6MoY last season… I guess Lamar spoiled me with Point Forward playmaking/rebounding/shot bothering off the bench. I’m hoping Nance develops into an athletic defender like Faried who can get to the rim via the pick and roll and hustle for the loose ball.

  • I say let Nick play his contract out, but I don’t expect him to ever be an actual difference maker on a good roster.

  • I say let Nick play his contract out, but I don’t expect him to ever be an actual difference maker on a good roster.

  • Swaggy had 2 things going against him last year, 1 he got hurt and obviously didn’t play well through it. In fact, he got hurt what, 3 times? Leg injuries I believe? Always affects the shot. Secondly, with everyone dropping like flies and Nick being the only guy who could create his own shot, he became the #1 option on offense and teams loaded up on him. Nick is someone who needs to play off other offensive players. He’s gotta be that #2 or #3 on the floor to be effective and thus far, he is. Having Lou Williams coming off the bench with him and some of the starters has been a boon to him. It opens him to play 1 on 1 or open him up to hit his shots.

  • Swaggy had 2 things going against him last year, 1 he got hurt and obviously didn’t play well through it. In fact, he got hurt what, 3 times? Leg injuries I believe? Always affects the shot. Secondly, with everyone dropping like flies and Nick being the only guy who could create his own shot, he became the #1 option on offense and teams loaded up on him. Nick is someone who needs to play off other offensive players. He’s gotta be that #2 or #3 on the floor to be effective and thus far, he is. Having Lou Williams coming off the bench with him and some of the starters has been a boon to him. It opens him to play 1 on 1 or open him up to hit his shots.

  • Look at this Net’s backcourt, Shane Larkin 3 years (3 teams), Wayne Ellington 7 years (6 teams), Jarett Jack 11 years (7 teams), Markel Brown (Who?). Jeremy Lin would feel at home on that backcourt of journeymen.

  • Look at this Net’s backcourt, Shane Larkin 3 years (3 teams), Wayne Ellington 7 years (6 teams), Jarett Jack 11 years (7 teams), Markel Brown (Who?). Jeremy Lin would feel at home on that backcourt of journeymen.

  • Yeah I noticed that after the fact and forgot I made the comment. It’s only Clarkson and Young who are doing the job though. Brown is at 50% but he’s also only 1 for 2 so, he hasn’t hit enough to make a meaningful statement on it.

  • Also the consensus top two coaches in the league last year one had 1 year experience the other was a rookie coach. Kerr and Budenholzer both won over 60 games with there teams. How well did Hollins do in brooklyn he was somebody people were interested in when we hired Scott?

  • Yeah I noticed that after the fact and forgot I made the comment. It’s only Clarkson and Young who are doing the job though. Brown is at 50% but he’s also only 1 for 2 so, he hasn’t hit enough to make a meaningful statement on it.

  • Also the consensus top two coaches in the league last year one had 1 year experience the other was a rookie coach. Kerr and Budenholzer both won over 60 games with there teams. How well did Hollins do in brooklyn he was somebody people were interested in when we hired Scott?

  • It’s to be expected after dating a Kardashian and then losing said creature to a guy in a coma.

  • I’d pass, I’d roll with Messina from the Spurs to HELP mold this young core. One issue tho is if he’d have interest given the lack of roster depth along with job/position turnover.

  • It’s to be expected after dating a Kardashian and then losing said creature to a guy in a coma.

  • I’d pass, I’d roll with Messina from the Spurs to HELP mold this young core. One issue tho is if he’d have interest given the lack of roster depth along with job/position turnover.

  • I think Kobe can still hit from long, but seeing how he totally overshot one shot and another careened completely to the left, I think there is something completely wrong in his shot, form, something. Not sure if maybe related to the shoulder injury possibly? I think he needs to vacate the 3 in game and practice it hardcore, making sure he’s got that form and muscle memory going right before he does it again. It’s one thing when you’re just missing off the front or back of the rim, but when you’re airballing too far, too short or well off one way or the other, something is terribly wrong.

  • I think Kobe can still hit from long, but seeing how he totally overshot one shot and another careened completely to the left, I think there is something completely wrong in his shot, form, something. Not sure if maybe related to the shoulder injury possibly? I think he needs to vacate the 3 in game and practice it hardcore, making sure he’s got that form and muscle memory going right before he does it again. It’s one thing when you’re just missing off the front or back of the rim, but when you’re airballing too far, too short or well off one way or the other, something is terribly wrong.

  • I don’t see us beating Miami, the other 4 games are winnable, the Dallas game being the harder of those 4.

  • if he gets fired mid season then they will just get an interim coach from the current assistants. After the season you go after Thibs, Brooks. Luke Walton or maybe Jeff Van Gundy.

  • My biggest thing with Nick is his reluctance to move the ball. I’m ok with contested threes in a catch and shoot situation. Its when he puts the ball on the floor and takes the contested shot off a dribble pull up. Statistics show the second you put the ball on the floor your percentage goes down.

  • I don’t see us beating Miami, the other 4 games are winnable, the Dallas game being the harder of those 4.

  • if he gets fired mid season then they will just get an interim coach from the current assistants. After the season you go after Thibs, Brooks. Luke Walton or maybe Jeff Van Gundy.

  • My biggest thing with Nick is his reluctance to move the ball. I’m ok with contested threes in a catch and shoot situation. Its when he puts the ball on the floor and takes the contested shot off a dribble pull up. Statistics show the second you put the ball on the floor your percentage goes down.

  • He’s only ever had good statistics on bad teams. He isn’t a 2nd option, he’s a gunner off the bench. He’s streaky. He can come into a game and give the starters some rest, keeping the offense rolling by his jumpshot. That’s his upside. The downside is what happens when the shot isn’t falling. What happens is that he’s absolutely irrelevant given no other notable skills. On a contender, he’d be making no more than $3M a year, a lower mid-level contract. He’s mid-level currently with $5M+.

  • Thibs is the wrong coaches for the team. Luke would be a good candidate and JVG needs to disappear into oblivion. I’d much rather have Mike Dunleavy back than hire JVG. Brooks I could see.

  • He did okay in pre-season but after his minor knee injury he’s been inconsistent. Best to settle on his bread and butter for now (mid-range game) until he regains his form tho there’s always getting points from the FT line too.

    Lakers should be 2-2 but Scott’s lack in making the necessary changes to combat the momentum swing lost them the game vs. the Wolves. The pressure will only mount.

  • He’s only ever had good statistics on bad teams. He isn’t a 2nd option, he’s a gunner off the bench. He’s streaky. He can come into a game and give the starters some rest, keeping the offense rolling by his jumpshot. That’s his upside. The downside is what happens when the shot isn’t falling. What happens is that he’s absolutely irrelevant given no other notable skills. On a contender, he’d be making no more than $3M a year, a lower mid-level contract. He’s mid-level currently with $5M+.

  • Thibs is the wrong coaches for the team. Luke would be a good candidate and JVG needs to disappear into oblivion. I’d much rather have Mike Dunleavy back than hire JVG. Brooks I could see.

  • He did okay in pre-season but after his minor knee injury he’s been inconsistent. Best to settle on his bread and butter for now (mid-range game) until he regains his form tho there’s always getting points from the FT line too.

    Lakers should be 2-2 but Scott’s lack in making the necessary changes to combat the momentum swing lost them the game vs. the Wolves. The pressure will only mount.

  • I agree with this let somebody like Mad Dog of Worthy finish out the year with the understanding that they would get an interview at the end of the year along with the new potential hires.

  • I agree with this let somebody like Mad Dog of Worthy finish out the year with the understanding that they would get an interview at the end of the year along with the new potential hires.

  • I’ll be honest with you i didn’t know that Brown had even seen the court this year but i haven’t been staying up to see all the 4th quarter garbage time.

  • I’ll be honest with you i didn’t know that Brown had even seen the court this year but i haven’t been staying up to see all the 4th quarter garbage time.

  • Walton is a “Laker”. I think the Lakers already missed their chance on luring Ettore Messina. He may view that as a bad job now, whereas a couple of years ago it looked like his opening into the NBA.

  • Walton is a “Laker”. I think the Lakers already missed their chance on luring Ettore Messina. He may view that as a bad job now, whereas a couple of years ago it looked like his opening into the NBA.

  • Who else would be targeting a coach this season that Walton might have interest in, honestly?

  • As much as I hate to agree with you, I do on this. This Nets team is a game the Lakers should win. That team’s makeup is worse than the Lakers and if somehow they end up blowing out the Lakers, I think fans will really be pushing hard for Byron’s exit.

  • Who else would be targeting a coach this season that Walton might have interest in, honestly?

  • As much as I hate to agree with you, I do on this. This Nets team is a game the Lakers should win. That team’s makeup is worse than the Lakers and if somehow they end up blowing out the Lakers, I think fans will really be pushing hard for Byron’s exit.

  • My prediction is that the Lakers win and Byron lives to coach another day.

  • My prediction is that the Lakers win and Byron lives to coach another day.

  • That game vs Kings was really 3 quarters of garbage time, and Brown still only got a measly 4 minutes of burn.

  • Only my opinion but I’d say Pop retires at the end of his current contract so its probably better for Messina to just wait untill 2018-19 and take over there. He won’t have to go through a total rebuild and can stay into a system he is already comfortable with.

  • That game vs Kings was really 3 quarters of garbage time, and Brown still only got a measly 4 minutes of burn.

  • Only my opinion but I’d say Pop retires at the end of his current contract so its probably better for Messina to just wait untill 2018-19 and take over there. He won’t have to go through a total rebuild and can stay into a system he is already comfortable with.

  • Yeah, that seems like a safe bet. Pop says he’s gone whenever Duncan is.

  • Yeah, that seems like a safe bet. Pop says he’s gone whenever Duncan is.

  • The difference is Clarkson doesn’t try to force up bad shots from the perimeter because he has the speed to blow past players when they close out on him.

  • I can’t blame Scott entirely. He’s gone with hot hands and such but even against Minnesota, whoever he put out there the Lakers just weren’t moving the ball and playing as they should, be it the starters or bench. Honestly, at 106ppg the Lakers should be 4-0, not 0-4. It’s that 116ppg against that’s their biggest problem. Keep the offense up and shore up that defense and suddenly you win games. They need to learn to help Hibbert when Hibbert rotates off and they have to get a hand up in guys faces, not just run at them and not contest. I also think we need to somehow look at getting a better center off the bench. We need someone bigger than Black or Bass who can help defensively until Upshaw is ready for the big game.

  • The difference is Clarkson doesn’t try to force up bad shots from the perimeter because he has the speed to blow past players when they close out on him.

  • I can’t blame Scott entirely. He’s gone with hot hands and such but even against Minnesota, whoever he put out there the Lakers just weren’t moving the ball and playing as they should, be it the starters or bench. Honestly, at 106ppg the Lakers should be 4-0, not 0-4. It’s that 116ppg against that’s their biggest problem. Keep the offense up and shore up that defense and suddenly you win games. They need to learn to help Hibbert when Hibbert rotates off and they have to get a hand up in guys faces, not just run at them and not contest. I also think we need to somehow look at getting a better center off the bench. We need someone bigger than Black or Bass who can help defensively until Upshaw is ready for the big game.

  • Rumors are Pop intends to coach a little longer. Only way I see Messina leaving is for the right situation aside of Pop’s intent to coach longer if rumors are accurate. IMO, it’ll likely come down to the Spurs near future success given they’re still contenders.

  • Rumors are Pop intends to coach a little longer. Only way I see Messina leaving is for the right situation aside of Pop’s intent to coach longer if rumors are accurate. IMO, it’ll likely come down to the Spurs near future success given they’re still contenders.

  • It is insane how quickly and accurately he can get the ball from the floor to the basket from anywhere. I bet kids hated playing pickup ball against him when he was young.

  • Rumors are Pop intends to coach a little longer.They’ll likely still be contenders after Duncan retires.

  • It is insane how quickly and accurately he can get the ball from the floor to the basket from anywhere. I bet kids hated playing pickup ball against him when he was young.

  • Rumors are Pop intends to coach a little longer.They’ll likely still be contenders after Duncan retires.

  • Remember the cap increase. He’s actually more valuable contract wise now because of that. By 2nd option I don’t mean a literal second option for the team, but the 2nd option on the floor at the time. As a 6th man, you come on and play with part of the starters. Usually you have your best shooter still on the floor when he comes in, in this case you still have Clarkson on the floor and probably Randle. They’re your first 2 options and he becomes the 3rd option. From there, Lou Williams comes in later with Kelly and Bass and he becomes your second option behind Williams. That’s what I mean. If his shot isn’t falling, you bring in Brown to play alongside Williams.

  • Remember the cap increase. He’s actually more valuable contract wise now because of that. By 2nd option I don’t mean a literal second option for the team, but the 2nd option on the floor at the time. As a 6th man, you come on and play with part of the starters. Usually you have your best shooter still on the floor when he comes in, in this case you still have Clarkson on the floor and probably Randle. They’re your first 2 options and he becomes the 3rd option. From there, Lou Williams comes in later with Kelly and Bass and he becomes your second option behind Williams. That’s what I mean. If his shot isn’t falling, you bring in Brown to play alongside Williams.

  • That is absolutely true, we can beat teams we shouldn’t and it all depends on confidence which we now lacked due to horrible BS coaching in game one and so on.

  • Brooklyn, wizards, suns, and you can never count out the Kings who knows with their front office. Also if Cavs don’t win it all it wouldn’t surprise me if Lebron pulls the trigger on Blatt. Also this is the last year in Steve Cliffords contract with the hornets.

  • That is absolutely true, we can beat teams we shouldn’t and it all depends on confidence which we now lacked due to horrible BS coaching in game one and so on.

  • Brooklyn, wizards, suns, and you can never count out the Kings who knows with their front office. Also if Cavs don’t win it all it wouldn’t surprise me if Lebron pulls the trigger on Blatt. Also this is the last year in Steve Cliffords contract with the hornets.

  • Brooke Lopez…come on at least get the spelling right. I know the Nets are pretty terrible, but show some knowledge of the team players.

  • “That Walton might have interest in”. That probably narrows it to the Cavs and Lakers.

  • 4-5 is best case scenario, 3-6 is much more possible. I don’t see the Dallas game being won, but I think it’s winnable. It was winnable when we faced them but Dirk was just lights out unconscious. I can’t see him having that kind of shooting night again.

  • “That Walton might have interest in”. That probably narrows it to the Cavs and Lakers.

  • 4-5 is best case scenario, 3-6 is much more possible. I don’t see the Dallas game being won, but I think it’s winnable. It was winnable when we faced them but Dirk was just lights out unconscious. I can’t see him having that kind of shooting night again.

  • 3-2 would be a successful trip. Lets face it, the Lakers aren’t beating Miami unless Miami has a really bad night and the Lakers are playing out of their minds. 4-1 is honestly the absolute best you could hope for.

  • 3-2 would be a successful trip. Lets face it, the Lakers aren’t beating Miami unless Miami has a really bad night and the Lakers are playing out of their minds. 4-1 is honestly the absolute best you could hope for.

  • Wrong.

    I was hoping for a Nicholas trade but I’m glad it didnt happen. Young is playing very well as he is being used.

    Without Young we would be worse off.

  • Wrong.

    I was hoping for a Nicholas trade but I’m glad it didnt happen. Young is playing very well as he is being used.

    Without Young we would be worse off.

  • Its not always about who you are interested in as much as who shows interest in you. All HC’s have to start somewhere and honestly i don’t see how the lakers position is any better than the others i listed. Yes there is more prestige in being a successful lakers coach but there is also way more pressure. If you offered me more money to coach John Wall and Bradley Beal or less to coach JR DR and JC taking my fandom of the lakers aside I’m going to washington. Easier schedules and as long as Lebron is alive and playing in the East you can survive a long time never winning a championship.

  • I like what Nick been doing this season so far. Maybe we trade him to a contender who needs some instant offense off their bench. Because soon as we look out of the playoff hunt He’s going to be shooting 30% from the 3. When the team looks bad he checks out.

  • Its not always about who you are interested in as much as who shows interest in you. All HC’s have to start somewhere and honestly i don’t see how the lakers position is any better than the others i listed. Yes there is more prestige in being a successful lakers coach but there is also way more pressure. If you offered me more money to coach John Wall and Bradley Beal or less to coach JR DR and JC taking my fandom of the lakers aside I’m going to washington. Easier schedules and as long as Lebron is alive and playing in the East you can survive a long time never winning a championship.

  • I like what Nick been doing this season so far. Maybe we trade him to a contender who needs some instant offense off their bench. Because soon as we look out of the playoff hunt He’s going to be shooting 30% from the 3. When the team looks bad he checks out.

  • Guess I’ll follow my own advice — I’ve said it’s too early to judge Russell, so maybe it’s also too early to judge Kelly, but if he’s still bricking threes by the time LNJ’s nose heals…

    Same with Kobe; while I’m convinced his peak this year is average/below average by NBA standards (which is incredible by 37-year-old standards) I suppose he’s earned the opportunity to get there. But at least cut down his minutes…no reason to have him on the floor in crunch time unless he turns it around.

  • Guess I’ll follow my own advice — I’ve said it’s too early to judge Russell, so maybe it’s also too early to judge Kelly, but if he’s still bricking threes by the time LNJ’s nose heals…

    Same with Kobe; while I’m convinced his peak this year is average/below average by NBA standards (which is incredible by 37-year-old standards) I suppose he’s earned the opportunity to get there. But at least cut down his minutes…no reason to have him on the floor in crunch time unless he turns it around.

  • You would think that maddog would be better. Until you remember him coaching summer league. & I remember the play to end the game down by 1 or 2 he set a play for Randle to shoot the game winning 3 lol

  • I have more of a problem with his playing time than i do russell’s at this stage with as porous as our perimeter defense is.

  • You would think that maddog would be better. Until you remember him coaching summer league. & I remember the play to end the game down by 1 or 2 he set a play for Randle to shoot the game winning 3 lol

  • I have more of a problem with his playing time than i do russell’s at this stage with as porous as our perimeter defense is.

  • Right here, I was afraid they pick him over Smart when it was their time to make the selection. Smart is playing well defensively for what Stevens is running for their system though. Randle literally fell on their lap, it’s a no brainer.

  • Right here, I was afraid they pick him over Smart when it was their time to make the selection. Smart is playing well defensively for what Stevens is running for their system though. Randle literally fell on their lap, it’s a no brainer.

  • I will be happy with Kobe if he can get 5 out of 12 from the 3 spot, as long as we rebound missed shots and dont just stand around waiting for the ball to come to us.

    Im not too concerned with efficiency as much as I value hustle and defense.

  • Kobe, Sweet Lou, Nick Young, Bass, Hibbert to Start, get the W

    Lakers can’t be calling Brooklyn a bad team, when LAL have just as many wins as Nets

    Kobe is heating up

    Go Lakers, Beat Nets 90 – 120

  • I will be happy with Kobe if he can get 5 out of 12 from the 3 spot, as long as we rebound missed shots and dont just stand around waiting for the ball to come to us.

    Im not too concerned with efficiency as much as I value hustle and defense.

  • Kobe, Sweet Lou, Nick Young, Bass, Hibbert to Start, get the W

    Lakers can’t be calling Brooklyn a bad team, when LAL have just as many wins as Nets

    Kobe is heating up

    Go Lakers, Beat Nets 90 – 120

  • Smart isn’t bad.
    For their needs and system he is solid fit, maybe they would’ve preferred Payton for more of a facilitator, but looks like their mistake was drafting for their needs, not talent.

  • Fair strategy, but wouldn’t you rather have Brown, a 3 and D player, get to a point where Nick Young is phased out of the lineup? Brown is a 2 way player, that’s his upside. I’m not saying “give the rookie 2nd rounder Young’s minutes” so much as I am pointing to how potentially limiting it is to have Young in such a big role on any roster. The Lakers have two of those types of players in Young and Williams.

    It’s not always who can do what, it’s how pieces fit together. And right now, we’re putting those defensive liabilities together with a Kobe Bryant who has no legs anymore, limiting Russell’s minutes, and relying almost squarely on Roy Hibbert on the defensive end. Julius Randle still has some defensive question marks as well. He has short arms and average height for a PF. No way around that, but he’s quick, strong, and athletic. So his defense should come around and be consistent provided effort is there.

    To me it just seems like they’re putting players together who don’t belong on the same court. The team lacks an identity. I’d be worrying less about scoring as many points as possible than about protecting the paint, limiting transition, and guarding the perimeter. Defense is the building block of any championship team. So it’s odd to see the Lakers sacrificing team defense for volume scoring. It’s as if D’Antoni never left. Which makes me think that it doesn’t have as much to do with the coach as it does the front office.

  • Smart isn’t bad.
    For their needs and system he is solid fit, maybe they would’ve preferred Payton for more of a facilitator, but looks like their mistake was drafting for their needs, not talent.

  • Fair strategy, but wouldn’t you rather have Brown, a 3 and D player, get to a point where Nick Young is phased out of the lineup? Brown is a 2 way player, that’s his upside. I’m not saying “give the rookie 2nd rounder Young’s minutes” so much as I am pointing to how potentially limiting it is to have Young in such a big role on any roster. The Lakers have two of those types of players in Young and Williams.

    It’s not always who can do what, it’s how pieces fit together. And right now, we’re putting those defensive liabilities together with a Kobe Bryant who has no legs anymore, limiting Russell’s minutes, and relying almost squarely on Roy Hibbert on the defensive end. Julius Randle still has some defensive question marks as well. He has short arms and average height for a PF. No way around that, but he’s quick, strong, and athletic. So his defense should come around and be consistent provided effort is there.

    To me it just seems like they’re putting players together who don’t belong on the same court. The team lacks an identity. I’d be worrying less about scoring as many points as possible than about protecting the paint, limiting transition, and guarding the perimeter. Defense is the building block of any championship team. So it’s odd to see the Lakers sacrificing team defense for volume scoring. It’s as if D’Antoni never left. Which makes me think that it doesn’t have as much to do with the coach as it does the front office.

  • Is he a Laker?

    Lets reserve praise for our own players.

    As a Laker fan I grew up NEVER rooting for other teams players.
    It was always Lakers or no one else!

  • I’m thinking this team will play better away from Staples Centre ……. get away from the noise and start to Jell …… spend some time together during and after games … all the small thinks that it takes to become an actual team ……. I really feel like the pressure is way too high on our young squad and that pressure is felt more at home than on the road

  • I’m thinking this team will play better away from Staples Centre ……. get away from the noise and start to Jell …… spend some time together during and after games … all the small thinks that it takes to become an actual team ……. I really feel like the pressure is way too high on our young squad and that pressure is felt more at home than on the road

  • I don’t think head coaches make names for themselves by jumping into any job that comes along… I think there has to be a pickyness there, especially an awareness of being “in demand”.

  • I don’t think head coaches make names for themselves by jumping into any job that comes along… I think there has to be a pickyness there, especially an awareness of being “in demand”.

  • I really like Smart, but I definitely agree. Randle has that star potential where Smart at best will be a very good role player. Neither team did bad in that draft, but I feel we got lucky.

  • Only REAL option is to cut Nick Young’s or Marcelo Huertas’ minutes. The Lakers have built a couple positional logjams. I have no idea why they built that roster.

  • If we start out with that mentality , then we might as well give up now and bring the guys back. No point of going somewhere with the expectation of a loss.

  • I really like Smart, but I definitely agree. Randle has that star potential where Smart at best will be a very good role player. Neither team did bad in that draft, but I feel we got lucky.

  • Only REAL option is to cut Nick Young’s or Marcelo Huertas’ minutes. The Lakers have built a couple positional logjams. I have no idea why they built that roster.

  • If we start out with that mentality , then we might as well give up now and bring the guys back. No point of going somewhere with the expectation of a loss.

  • I didn’t bring him up. I didn’t praise him. just named his stats. You interpret those numbers as you see fit

  • I’d like to see Young phased out and Brown in, but I’m not sure that’s going to be this season. In fact, if we don’t pick up a starting caliber SF in the offseason after Kobe retires (if he does) then either Brown or Young becomes your starter and the other a bench guy. Something there to think about too. In fact, the way Young is shooting, he’d be a plus replacement for Kobe at this stage and Brown an ample reserve until he’s gotten some experience and shows he can be an NBA caliber starter (though he’s projected to be a bench player).

    Keep in mind Kobe’s health also. Kobe could still very well have another injury and go down for the season once again. If that’s the case, the above scenario becomes more immediate.

  • I didn’t bring him up. I didn’t praise him. just named his stats. You interpret those numbers as you see fit

  • I’d like to see Young phased out and Brown in, but I’m not sure that’s going to be this season. In fact, if we don’t pick up a starting caliber SF in the offseason after Kobe retires (if he does) then either Brown or Young becomes your starter and the other a bench guy. Something there to think about too. In fact, the way Young is shooting, he’d be a plus replacement for Kobe at this stage and Brown an ample reserve until he’s gotten some experience and shows he can be an NBA caliber starter (though he’s projected to be a bench player).

    Keep in mind Kobe’s health also. Kobe could still very well have another injury and go down for the season once again. If that’s the case, the above scenario becomes more immediate.

  • Hopefully Scott to can get away on the road too and start to work out his rotations to the point where they can settle in and get after it …… it’s hard for any coach with any talent level to figure that out when you have so much change from year to year as far as the personnel they are working with …….. hopefully some of our fanbase can collect themselves too and start to have a better feel for the situation and see some progress

  • I understand what your saying just in my opinion if he came to us over those other places it is just because he won a championship here and doesn’t want to move out of california. Not because we have a better roster.

  • Hopefully Scott to can get away on the road too and start to work out his rotations to the point where they can settle in and get after it …… it’s hard for any coach with any talent level to figure that out when you have so much change from year to year as far as the personnel they are working with …….. hopefully some of our fanbase can collect themselves too and start to have a better feel for the situation and see some progress

  • I understand what your saying just in my opinion if he came to us over those other places it is just because he won a championship here and doesn’t want to move out of california. Not because we have a better roster.

  • what is your opion of Jim Buss self imposed time-line and its impact on looking for a new coach. Is it actually hurt us with finding a coach after Scott? Stability is important in the professional world and I’m wondering if coaches might be hesitant to take a chance of getting caught up with all that FO drama that is bound to come to a head in the next 2 years.

  • what is your opinion of Jim Buss self imposed time-line and its impact on looking for a new coach. Is it actually hurt us with finding a coach after Scott? Stability is important in the professional world and I’m wondering if coaches might be hesitant to take a chance of getting caught up with all that FO drama that is bound to come to a head in the next 2 years.

  • Depends on what happens with Mitch, but being able to offer a coach control of personnel (which Jimmy Hat does now) would seem to be quite a carrot.

  • well my opinion is that timeline can’t get here fast enough ……. but by imposing it on himself I hope he doesn’t sabotage what’s most important….. letting the young guys gel and getting assets in place to compete long term, not short term to save face….. if he does that than he will have to live with the result and possibly step down as being that involved with the operations while being satisfied he got it off in the right direction with the young acquisitions. Realistically it’s going to take a huge FA or 2 year to make his deadline…that’s a tough order if you ask me right now.

  • Poor commentary on the NBA that it has now become big news that a coach decided not to play it’s rookie guard in the fourth quarter of Game 4 of the season. I keep seeing that story pop up on various news websites. I could see it if we were talking about the middle of the season or a guy that has already been putting up ROY numbers, but that isn’t the case.

  • I agree with you. Coach BS don’t have system to attack in paint,Center get only 2-3 touch a game ( more than 25mins )

  • i dont know if thats worse than orlando taking gordon or utah taking exum before randle

  • Depends on what happens with Mitch, but being able to offer a coach control of personnel (which Jimmy Hat does now) would seem to be quite a carrot.

  • well my opinion is that timeline can’t get here fast enough ……. but by imposing it on himself I hope he doesn’t sabotage what’s most important….. letting the young guys gel and getting assets in place to compete long term, not short term to save face….. if he does that than he will have to live with the result and possibly step down as being that involved with the operations while being satisfied he got it off in the right direction with the young acquisitions. Realistically it’s going to take a huge FA or 2 year to make his deadline…that’s a tough order if you ask me right now.

  • Poor commentary on the NBA that it has now become big news that a coach decided not to play it’s rookie guard in the fourth quarter of Game 4 of the season. I keep seeing that story pop up on various news websites. I could see it if we were talking about the middle of the season or a guy that has already been putting up ROY numbers, but that isn’t the case.

  • I agree with you. Coach BS don’t have system to attack in paint,Center get only 2-3 touch a game ( more than 25mins )

  • i dont know if thats worse than orlando taking gordon or utah taking exum before randle

  • This roster is one big logjam, honestly. Can’t sit Williams much because he’s making too much money. Can’t sit Huertas because he’s playing well. Can’t sit Kobe because he’s Kobe. Russell needs minutes to develop and adjust as a pro.

    Byron Scott honestly needs to stop riding the hot hands and actually put a team on the court that isn’t redundant. And he’s gonna have to hurt feelings to do so. It may even require sitting Huertas, who’s currently playing well. They need a 3 guard rotation with Russell, Clarkson, and Williams. This actually expands the roles/minutes of both Russell and Clarkson. And it may open some games up to getting Young minutes at SG paired with Anthony Brown at SF. Much as I like Huertas, he shouldn’t be playing. That’s not where this team’s priorities should be.

  • This roster is one big logjam, honestly. Can’t sit Williams much because he’s making too much money. Can’t sit Huertas because he’s playing well. Can’t sit Kobe because he’s Kobe. Russell needs minutes to develop and adjust as a pro.

    Byron Scott honestly needs to stop riding the hot hands and actually put a team on the court that isn’t redundant. And he’s gonna have to hurt feelings to do so. It may even require sitting Huertas, who’s currently playing well. They need a 3 guard rotation with Russell, Clarkson, and Williams. This actually expands the roles/minutes of both Russell and Clarkson. And it may open some games up to getting Young minutes at SG paired with Anthony Brown at SF. Much as I like Huertas, he shouldn’t be playing. That’s not where this team’s priorities should be.

  • We’ll see though. Melo is shooting about as well as Kobe, D Williams had a great first game and came back to earth after, be interesting to see how Porz does against Randle’s physical play. We do have the better back court in my opinion. Kobe has this thing about playing in New York though where he just goes nuts. Granted, I know that’s not likely to happen now but it’s something worth watching. Matchups will be interesting. I think you’ll see Clarkson guarding Calderon and Russell on Sasha defensively. Against Proz, Randle will need to be physical defensively, make him uncomfortable, otherwise I think Porz could make Randle pay for being shorter. Lopez and Hibbert are a wash.

  • We’ll see though. Melo is shooting about as well as Kobe, D Williams had a great first game and came back to earth after, be interesting to see how Porz does against Randle’s physical play. We do have the better back court in my opinion. Kobe has this thing about playing in New York though where he just goes nuts. Granted, I know that’s not likely to happen now but it’s something worth watching. Matchups will be interesting. I think you’ll see Clarkson guarding Calderon and Russell on Sasha defensively. Against Proz, Randle will need to be physical defensively, make him uncomfortable, otherwise I think Porz could make Randle pay for being shorter. Lopez and Hibbert are a wash.

  • And while it’s easy to dump on Jimmy Hat, he hasn’t been a total disaster.

    He got Howard for Bynum — didn’t work out in the long run, but was a coup at the time
    Each of the last two drafts were pretty good
    Decent FAs this year

    Biggest eggs were Brown/D’Antoni, Nash, and nothing for Gasol.

    All things considered, could be worse.

  • Just the writers trying to create drama and drive traffic to their lame stories. Scott made the right move. Williams was generating fouls, getting to the line a lot and keeping the Lakers in the game.

  • And while it’s easy to dump on Jimmy Hat, he hasn’t been a total disaster.

    He got Howard for Bynum — didn’t work out in the long run, but was a coup at the time
    Each of the last two drafts were pretty good
    Decent FAs this year

    Biggest eggs were Brown/D’Antoni, Nash, and nothing for Gasol.

    All things considered, could be worse.

  • Just the writers trying to create drama and drive traffic to their lame stories. Scott made the right move. Williams was generating fouls, getting to the line a lot and keeping the Lakers in the game.

  • Nah you are forgetting the worst piece of business they did this free agency, they picked up Robert Sacre’s team option.

  • Nah you are forgetting the worst piece of business they did this free agency, they picked up Robert Sacre’s team option.

  • R U High??? Sacre is a rock — Lebron James has never dunked on him in either the Finals OR the ASG. Not once.

  • I don’t think Wall and Beal have a higher upside than Randle and Clarkson. And if Russell gets anywhere near his hype…

  • R U High??? Sacre is a rock — Lebron James has never dunked on him in either the Finals OR the ASG. Not once.

  • I don’t think Wall and Beal have a higher upside than Randle and Clarkson. And if Russell gets anywhere near his hype…

  • talent aquasition wise you are right…… as far as coaches relative to the talent when he’s made those decisions……complete train wreck ………. picking your coach is about setting the philosophy …. that is pretty important piece to his job. …….. I don’t fault him for swinging for the fences on Nash considering the time it was attempted and the roster that had been accumulated at the time…especially after the league put it up his butt with blocking that trade for Paul.

  • talent aquasition wise you are right…… as far as coaches relative to the talent when he’s made those decisions……complete train wreck ………. picking your coach is about setting the philosophy …. that is pretty important piece to his job. …….. I don’t fault him for swinging for the fences on Nash considering the time it was attempted and the roster that had been accumulated at the time…especially after the league put it up his butt with blocking that trade for Paul. He had someone for Gasol until Stern stepped in with that ridiculous block on the trade.

  • It is difficult for me to put the blame of Game 1 on coaching. I was mystified how the team could lose the lead like they did in the third quarter. The players stopped playing.

  • The Center is Roy Hibbert… He can only score on putbacks and screens where he runs completely free.

  • By comparison, Ole Doc Buss bought the team at the end of the re-building process — they had Jabbar in his prime and already had the draft rights that would turn into Magic (maybe even Worthy’s rights too…will have to check the timeline).

    Not to say Jimmy Hat has been a great owner, but, like I said, he hasn’t been a TOTAL disaster.

  • It is difficult for me to put the blame of Game 1 on coaching. I was mystified how the team could lose the lead like they did in the third quarter. The players stopped playing.

  • The Center is Roy Hibbert… He can only score on putbacks and screens where he runs completely free.

  • By comparison, Ole Doc Buss bought the team at the end of the re-building process — they had Jabbar in his prime and already had the draft rights that would turn into Magic (maybe even Worthy’s rights too…will have to check the timeline).

    Not to say Jimmy Hat has been a great owner, but, like I said, he hasn’t been a TOTAL disaster.

  • Nash would have been a coup if not for the funky leg break that exposed and irritiated the nerve which set off his back and the rest of his body. Injuries happen, it sucks. It’s not like he came over and just played bad. D’Antoni wasn’t a bad move, it was just the wrong personnel for his style.

  • Nash would have been a coup if not for the funky leg break that exposed and irritiated the nerve which set off his back and the rest of his body. Injuries happen, it sucks. It’s not like he came over and just played bad. D’Antoni wasn’t a bad move, it was just the wrong personnel for his style.

  • LOL, the fact that Kerr or Bud were considered the consensus top coaches only speaks further to my point. How can either of them in ONE SEASON move ahead of the coach that taught them? So Pop is no longer one of the top coaches? I thought Spoe was considered a top coach just 2 years ago. This is what i mean about today’s NBA. Guys are pushed aside for new people so quickly.

  • Mitch was my biggest question mark as well. Its one thing if just Jim is gone but if they completely clean house. The whole reason i brought it up is with as many interviews as Byron had to go through it seems like they didn’t get the guy they really wanted from jump street.

  • LOL, the fact that Kerr or Bud were considered the consensus top coaches only speaks further to my point. How can either of them in ONE SEASON move ahead of the coach that taught them? So Pop is no longer one of the top coaches? I thought Spoe was considered a top coach just 2 years ago. This is what i mean about today’s NBA. Guys are pushed aside for new people so quickly.

  • Mitch was my biggest question mark as well. Its one thing if just Jim is gone but if they completely clean house. The whole reason i brought it up is with as many interviews as Byron had to go through it seems like they didn’t get the guy they really wanted from jump street.

  • Agreed — I thought they jumped the gun on Brown (both hiring and firing) and never understood the D’Antoni decision (even though I was NOT in favor of bringing back PJ).

  • Agreed — I thought they jumped the gun on Brown (both hiring and firing) and never understood the D’Antoni decision (even though I was NOT in favor of bringing back PJ).

  • The Celtics are a good example of how quickly things can change for a franchise. They are also an example of how you can go the road of veteran team instead of youth without getting a top free agent.

    The Celtics made two trades to bring in Garnett and Allen to go with Pierce. They drafted Perkins and Rondo. They won a title right away. They contended for a few years and then sold off mostly everybody and are starting over again.

  • The Celtics are a good example of how quickly things can change for a franchise. They are also an example of how you can go the road of veteran team instead of youth without getting a top free agent.

    The Celtics made two trades to bring in Garnett and Allen to go with Pierce. They drafted Perkins and Rondo. They won a title right away. They contended for a few years and then sold off mostly everybody and are starting over again.

  • Really what’s been unfair is that Paul trade. That Chris Paul trade would have sent this team in a different direction altogether. If you think about having Kobe, Howard and Paul as the Lakers big 3, having the ball in Paul’s hands to run the show and taking the load off Kobe, Jim Buss would have been lauded instead of trashed. It all started with that honestly. If Paul comes here, we’d have had something for Odom and Pau, we wouldn’t have had to do the Nash trade which meant giving up those picks we lost, the Bynum for Howard move would have been a bigger success with Howard likely staying to play with Paul despite any issues with Kobe, from there a number of other things could have been different. Kobe could still be playing at a high level without the achilles injury due to the reduced work rate from having Paul and Howard around, among other things.

  • Ya but Doc Buss also leaned heavily on his basketball guys to for the identity of the team ………. that’s where I think Jim has dropped the ball…..

  • Fair enough, although the personnel issue is why I didn’t understand the D’Antoni hiring. It’s just funny because this current team’s personnel is right in his wheelhouse.

  • Really what’s been unfair is that Paul trade. That Chris Paul trade would have sent this team in a different direction altogether. If you think about having Kobe, Howard and Paul as the Lakers big 3, having the ball in Paul’s hands to run the show and taking the load off Kobe, Jim Buss would have been lauded instead of trashed. It all started with that honestly. If Paul comes here, we’d have had something for Odom and Pau, we wouldn’t have had to do the Nash trade which meant giving up those picks we lost, the Bynum for Howard move would have been a bigger success with Howard likely staying to play with Paul despite any issues with Kobe, from there a number of other things could have been different. Kobe could still be playing at a high level without the achilles injury due to the reduced work rate from having Paul and Howard around, among other things.

  • Ya but Doc Buss also leaned heavily on his basketball guys to for the identity of the team ………. that’s where I think Jim has dropped the ball….. I think West had lots of say on the coaching selections , not sure Mitch is afforded the same sway under Jim’s tenure

  • Fair enough, although the personnel issue is why I didn’t understand the D’Antoni hiring. It’s just funny because this current team’s personnel is right in his wheelhouse.

  • The Lakers will play the Knicks on this trip, right? Kobe has had some pretty great games there. That would be a great place to break out of his slump.

  • The Lakers did that with Gasol and tried it again with Paul, and then Howard/Nash. Now they’ve dumped mostly everybody and are starting over again.

  • The Lakers will play the Knicks on this trip, right? Kobe has had some pretty great games there. That would be a great place to break out of his slump.

  • The Lakers did that with Gasol and tried it again with Paul, and then Howard/Nash. Now they’ve dumped mostly everybody and are starting over again.

  • yet still made the playoffs… while stockpiling picks. Meanwhile we got to give them away.

  • yet still made the playoffs… while stockpiling picks. Meanwhile we got to give them away.

  • Jerry Buss wanted to bring Showtime back. Wanted to bring in a running and gunning team. The team didn’t have the right players though and D’Antoni laid an egg because he couldn’t utilize a center that wasn’t named Amare Sodomizer.

  • One season does not put them ahead of Pop’s career but they did do better than him last year. Spoe was only toted as a top coach by lebron nut huggers. Bud took a team full of good role players and won over 60 games.

  • kind of reminds of devean george. Makes a great play then turns around with a bonehead play that costs them the game.

  • Jerry Buss wanted to bring Showtime back. Wanted to bring in a running and gunning team. The team didn’t have the right players though and D’Antoni laid an egg because he couldn’t utilize a center that wasn’t named Amare Sodomizer.

  • One season does not put them ahead of Pop’s career but they did do better than him last year. Spoe was only toted as a top coach by lebron nut huggers. Bud took a team full of good role players and won over 60 games.

  • kind of reminds of devean george. Makes a great play then turns around with a bonehead play that costs them the game.

  • absolutely!!!!!! that was the turning point and set this franchise back at least 5 years ……… I never thought that little tiny guy could take down a franchise like the Lakers…… he’s done more damage than anything I can thing off in the time I’ve been a Lakers fan …since 1981

  • Gasol was not the same. They basically shipped out one big in place of another. The other pieces were all in place already.

    Paul/Nash (same off season) and Howard is a better example in that they were looking to build a big three with Kobe.

  • Oh this team is now. D’Antoni would be the perfect coach at this moment offensively at least. Then again, at 106ppg, the team still isn’t having an issue scoring and D’Antoni can’t teach defense. Scott is only a good coach for the team at this moment because he’s always been good at developing guards and that’s something they need with Russell.

  • absolutely!!!!!! that was the turning point and set this franchise back at least 5 years ……… I never thought that little tiny guy could take down a franchise like the Lakers…… he’s done more damage than anything I can thing off in the time I’ve been a Lakers fan …since 1981

  • Gasol was not the same. They basically shipped out one big in place of another. The other pieces were all in place already.

    Paul/Nash (same off season) and Howard is a better example in that they were looking to build a big three with Kobe.

  • Oh this team is now. D’Antoni would be the perfect coach at this moment offensively at least. Then again, at 106ppg, the team still isn’t having an issue scoring and D’Antoni can’t teach defense. Scott is only a good coach for the team at this moment because he’s always been good at developing guards and that’s something they need with Russell.

  • No, I meant they did that when they acquired Gasol back in 2008…then they tried to do it again by acquiring Chris Paul as well as Howard/Nash.

  • No, I meant they did that when they acquired Gasol back in 2008…then they tried to do it again by trying to acquire Chris Paul as well as Howard/Nash.

  • Lakers are scoring a lot but shooting a horrible FG%, which is leading to easy transition buckets — I’m assuming D’Antoni would clean that up. Don’t think he’d make them a playoff team, but they would probably be at/near .500.

  • Lakers are scoring a lot but shooting a horrible FG%, which is leading to easy transition buckets — I’m assuming D’Antoni would clean that up. Don’t think he’d make them a playoff team, but they would probably be at/near .500.

  • I don’t think you can say making the playoffs in the East as an accomplishment they were a 7th seed but in the west they would have been the 10th seed.

  • I don’t think you can say making the playoffs in the East as an accomplishment they were a 7th seed but in the west they would have been the 10th seed.

  • MDA has never had much success since he hasn’t had a young Nash and Nash was every bit that good before he ever met MDA ….they were a good fit for each other but I’m not exactly completely sold on MDA being this genius most try and give him …… he brought a little Euro ball to the NBA, I give him credit for that but as a complete coach? I think complete coaches that are good can adjust to talent….MDA not so much, he needs the perfect fit…..

  • MDA has never had much success since he hasn’t had a young Nash and Nash was every bit that good before he ever met MDA ….they were a good fit for each other but I’m not exactly completely sold on MDA being this genius most try and give him …… he brought a little Euro ball to the NBA, I give him credit for that but as a complete coach? I think complete coaches that are good can adjust to talent….MDA not so much, he needs the perfect fit…..

  • No they didn’t. They were adding Gasol to an established roster. That’s not what Boston did. They built the team in one summer. Look at their roster from 2007 to the one that they won with in 2008, MUCH different. The Lakers swapped out Kwame Brown for Gasol. That was the only trade they made and it was after the season started.

    Chris Paul was part of the same summer that they got Nash. Had they gotten Paul, they would have still went for Howard (according to reports) but clearly not Nash. They also made additional trades that summer. That was much different. because they were adding 2 super stars to Kobe and then they changed other players on the roster that same summer. That is more like what Boston did.

  • No they didn’t. They were adding Gasol to an established roster. That’s not what Boston did. They built the team in one summer. Look at their roster from 2007 to the one that they won with in 2008, MUCH different. The Lakers swapped out Kwame Brown for Gasol. That was the only trade they made and it was after the season started.

    Chris Paul was part of the same summer that they got Nash. Had they gotten Paul, they would have still went for Howard (according to reports) but clearly not Nash. They also made additional trades that summer. That was much different. because they were adding 2 super stars to Kobe and then they changed other players on the roster that same summer. That is more like what Boston did.

  • LMFAO — whatever dude…the bottom line is the same: they brought in people to win right away and now they’re rebuilding. The Celtics just did a few years before the Lakers, that’s all.

  • LMFAO — whatever dude…the bottom line is the same: they brought in people to win right away and now they’re rebuilding. The Celtics just did a few years before the Lakers, that’s all.

  • CP3 veto happened in 2011 after the lockout. We traded for Sessions duing that season. then in summer 2012 nash/dwight trade

  • you’re knocking them for getting 40 wins while our 21 wins would be what seed in the east?

  • I can see your argument but at this point in time i think its a stretch. Beal is younger than clarkson so I’d say he has at least as much. Wall is currently top 5 at his position and is only 25.

  • Boston also gave up a lot of assets to get those two players, assets they had in place. The Lakers haven’t had any assets until now basically. This is the first season in about two years where the Lakers have a group of players who aren’t on one year deals. But still no picks to deal.

  • CP3 veto happened in 2011 after the lockout. We traded for Sessions duing that season. then in summer 2012 nash/dwight trade

  • you’re knocking them for getting 40 wins while our 21 wins would be what seed in the east?

  • I can see your argument but at this point in time i think its a stretch. Beal is younger than clarkson so I’d say he has at least as much. Wall is currently top 5 at his position and is only 25.

  • Boston also gave up a lot of assets to get those two players, assets they had in place. The Lakers haven’t had any assets until now basically. This is the first season in about two years where the Lakers have a group of players who aren’t on one year deals. But still no picks to deal.

  • The Lakers rolled the dice to win right away and it didn’t work. I’d rather have that than throw in the towel…even if it means pushing the rebuild back a few years (I’ve been a fan since 1977 — 3 more years doesn’t make much difference to me).

  • I’m not comparing the 2 I’m just saying you can list it as an accomplishment. Its like getting silver medal in the special olympics.

  • The Lakers rolled the dice to win right away and it didn’t work. I’d rather have that than throw in the towel…even if it means pushing the rebuild back a few years (I’ve been a fan since 1977 — 3 more years doesn’t make much difference to me).

  • I’m not comparing the 2 I’m just saying you can list it as an accomplishment. Its like getting silver medal in the special olympics while not being handicapped.

  • I will give the Celtics credit on going with new blood for their HC and giving him a chance to grow with his team. I’d prefer the Lakers do that than bring in another re-tread.

  • I will give the Celtics credit on going with new blood for their HC and giving him a chance to grow with his team. I’d prefer the Lakers do that than bring in another re-tread.

  • Perceived assets. Ray Allen was the principal player in the trade with Seattle and Jeff Green was the player they drafted and received in return. Based on the body of work for both, Seattle didn’t get the better of the two assets in that trade. The fact that I can’t even remember the names of the players received by the Twolves for KG indicates that none of them were great players.

    I believe that sometimes people let the thought of what they are losing get in the way of what they could be receiving.

  • Perceived assets. Ray Allen was the principal player in the trade with Seattle and Jeff Green was the player they drafted and received in return. Based on the body of work for both, Seattle didn’t get the better of the two assets in that trade. The fact that I can’t even remember the names of the players received by the Twolves for KG indicates that none of them were great players.

    I believe that sometimes people let the thought of what they are losing get in the way of what they could be receiving.

  • 40 wins is what they needed to get to the playoffs. To get there with what they had is an accomplishment. Special olympics medalists have zero chance to be even in the qualifiers in the real olympics. Celts played Cavs. Silver med in Spec Oly don’t get a run off against Husein Bolt.

  • 40 wins is what they needed to get to the playoffs. To get there with what they had is an accomplishment. Special olympics medalists have zero chance to be even in the qualifiers in the real olympics. Celts played Cavs. Silver med in Spec Oly don’t get a run off against Husein Bolt.

  • I wouldn’t give them too much credit. Going with the young coach while going with a young team took the pressure off. The fans have tempered their expectations and the players they have won’t buck the system. It’s giving Ainge a chance to relax. However, when they get serious about winning again, they will most likely go get some vets again, and the coach they have now will be sent away for a championship coach. It’s what happens.

  • I wouldn’t give them too much credit. Going with the young coach while going with a young team took the pressure off. The fans have tempered their expectations and the players they have won’t buck the system. It’s giving Ainge a chance to relax. However, when they get serious about winning again, they will most likely go get some vets again, and the coach they have now will be sent away for a championship coach. It’s what happens.

  • Except that there are only a few “championship coaches” and they’re not getting any younger. Thinking you’re going to lure one away is more than a little risky.

  • Except that there are only a few “championship coaches” and they’re not getting any younger. Thinking you’re going to lure one away is more than a little risky.

  • Big Al is legitimately a good player. Telfair not so much. But even Big Al was small potatoes in comparison to KG.

  • not me. not to say throw in the towel, but I’d have an eye on both. Wanted to trade Pau to Washington (who needed a big) for their pick to get Drummond.
    Lakers of old had this going. Had star vets core and could still get the Magic Worthys Scotts to keep it going longer.

  • For just a moment there I pictured Porzingis as Ivan Drago saying exactly that in 3rd person.

  • Big Al is legitimately a good player. Telfair not so much. But even Big Al was small potatoes in comparison to KG.

  • not me. not to say throw in the towel, but I’d have an eye on both. Wanted to trade Pau to Washington (who needed a big) for their pick to get Drummond.
    Lakers of old had this going. Had star vets core and could still get the Magic Worthys Scotts to keep it going longer.

  • For just a moment there I pictured Porzingis as Ivan Drago saying exactly that in 3rd person.

  • It wouldn’t the first time that a team dumps a coach when they feel like they are just a few steps from a championship. Isn’t that what happened to Mark Jackson???

  • It wouldn’t the first time that a team dumps a coach when they feel like they are just a few steps from a championship. Isn’t that what happened to Mark Jackson???

  • Ok let me make a different comparison its like doing well in a mid major conference and then getting blown out in a bowl game. Would you rather be a part of the SEC and have a couple rough years or be in the MAC and doing well.

  • Ok let me make a different comparison its like doing well in a mid major conference and then getting blown out in a bowl game. Would you rather be a part of the SEC and have a couple rough years or be in the MAC and doing well.

  • Dang…why you have to say the MAC. That’s my conference. We are actually doing well and gaining more respect each year.

  • Give an example from current NBA and if you say Doc Rivers they got him because he is also GM and not just Coach and he hasn’t done **** as a clipper.

  • Dang…why you have to say the MAC. That’s my conference. We are actually doing well and gaining more respect each year.

  • Give an example from current NBA and if you say Doc Rivers they got him because he is also GM and not just Coach and he hasn’t done **** as a clipper.

  • @JB – That’s not true. The Lakers traded players and picks to get the rights to Magic, Worthy and Scott. All their star vets have ALWAYS been acquired by trade.

  • @JB – That’s not true. The Lakers traded players and picks to get the rights to Magic, Worthy and Scott. All their star vets have ALWAYS been acquired by trade.

  • So you are basically agreeing with my first point then? So why did you keep posting only to agree?

  • So you are basically agreeing with my first point then? So why did you keep posting only to agree?

  • They did…but in fairness those trades were not all the year of that draft.

  • I’d rather know my surrounding and do the best in that surrounding with what I have.

  • They did…but in fairness those trades were not all the year of that draft.

  • I’d rather know my surrounding and do the best in that surrounding with what I have.

  • Exaclty — Magic and Worthy fell into their laps because Utah and Cleveland sucked. Scott was a little different, but even his rights were acquired when they traded Silk.

  • There’s no way he doesn’t pull in at least 7 MVPs. Can you say “Knicks dynasty”?

    In all seriousness, I really do think he’s gonna be a perennial All Star one day.

  • There was also beef between the FO and Jackson because he wasn’t willing to go out and get the best available staff.

  • Exaclty — Magic and Worthy fell into their laps because Utah and Cleveland sucked. Scott was a little different, but even his rights were acquired when they traded Silk.

  • There’s no way he doesn’t pull in at least 7 MVPs. Can you say “Knicks dynasty”?

    In all seriousness, I really do think he’s gonna be a perennial All Star one day.

  • There was also beef between the FO and Jackson because he wasn’t willing to go out and get the best available staff.

  • Considering the teams that have recently won, you know that there isn’t one currently. So, you win the argument because the last 3-5 years it hasn’t happened? Okay….didn’t know that’s how that works.

  • Considering the teams that have recently won, you know that there isn’t one currently. So, you win the argument because the last 3-5 years it hasn’t happened? Okay….didn’t know that’s how that works.

  • True….that’s commentary and context to the story. The point is that they DID send their developing coach away the summer before the team won the championship. You said it doesn’t happen…I said it does.

  • Luke Walton is 35. He doesn’t want to live in DC…

    Even if he did, he’d be saddled with trying to coach up one of the league’s historically irrelevant franchises. Good pieces or not, they probably aren’t winning anything. In LA, he’d have a bigger FA pipeline.

  • True….that’s commentary and context to the story. The point is that they DID send their developing coach away the summer before the team won the championship. You said it doesn’t happen…I said it does.

  • Luke Walton is 35. He doesn’t want to live in DC…

    Even if he did, he’d be saddled with trying to coach up one of the league’s historically irrelevant franchises. Good pieces or not, they probably aren’t winning anything. In LA, he’d have a bigger FA pipeline.

  • …but they acquired a rookie coach to replace him, not a “championship coach”.

  • …but they acquired a rookie coach to replace him, not a “championship coach”.

  • What argument? I said that the Celtics are a GOOD example of how quickly things can turn for a team. You said that the Lakers were, which is wrong because the Celtics won…good example….the Lakers lost….bad example. It’s really simple.

  • not sure what you think is not true. “trading” as you noted is a method by which they did it. and that follows under the “could get” denotation.

  • What argument? I said that the Celtics are a GOOD example of how quickly things can turn for a team. You said that the Lakers were, which is wrong because the Celtics won…good example….the Lakers lost….bad example. It’s really simple.

  • not sure what you think is not true. “trading” as you noted is a method by which they did it. and that follows under the “could get” denotation.

  • More commentary. If Stevens is fired at the point of the Celtics going for a championship, HE WILL BE FIRED, whether it is for a rookie coach or an old coach….HE WILL STILL BE FIRED. What part of that don’t you understand.

  • What’s not true is that they didn’t have star vets when they acquired the rights to Magic and Worthy and had to give up a star vet to get Scott.

  • More commentary. If Stevens is fired at the point of the Celtics going for a championship, HE WILL BE FIRED, whether it is for a rookie coach or an old coach….HE WILL STILL BE FIRED. What part of that don’t you understand.

  • What’s not true is that they didn’t have star vets when they acquired the rights to Magic and Worthy and had to give up a star vet to get Scott.

  • Right, and the Lakers turned things around quickly when they acquired Gasol in 2008 and were trying to turn things around quickly with the Chris Paul trade and then the Howard/Nash trades.

    See? You’re disagreeing with my agreement…

  • Right, and the Lakers turned things around quickly when they acquired Gasol in 2008 and were trying to turn things around quickly with the Chris Paul trade and then the Howard/Nash trades.

    See? You’re disagreeing with my agreement…

  • I said GOOD example. It it didn’t work, it’s not a good example. Gasol was one player added to a full team…that’s not what Boston did. So again, not a GOOD example.

    Are you really this stupid?

  • No, we’re not. He seems to think the Lakers have never rebuilt, but I’m watching it for the third time now.

  • I said GOOD example. It it didn’t work, it’s not a good example. Gasol was one player added to a full team…that’s not what Boston did. So again, not a GOOD example.

    Are you really this stupid?

  • No, we’re not. He seems to think the Lakers have never rebuilt, but I’m watching it for the third time now.

  • Lakers (0-4) vs Nets (0-5)

    If the Lakers lose tonight, Laker’s back office should just tank & gamble for the top 3 protected or think about a trade with the 6ers to get back the 1st round.pick.

  • Had the Paul trade worked or the Howard Nash project, then they could be consider GOOD examples.

  • Lakers (0-4) vs Nets (0-5)

    If the Lakers lose tonight, Laker’s back office should just tank & gamble for the top 3 protected or think about a trade with the 6ers to get back the 1st round.pick.

  • Had the Paul trade worked or the Howard Nash project, then they could be consider GOOD examples.

  • He said that they did…he said they did it though while maintaining a veteran foundation. You said the same thing just a few posts ago.

  • He said that they did…he said they did it though while maintaining a veteran foundation. You said the same thing just a few posts ago.

  • There have only been 3 coaches ever to win championships with 2 different franchises. Phil, Pat, and Alex Hannum from the 60’s. Pat came down from the FO to coach Wade he didn’t come from another coaching gig. Phil left a dissolving Chicago team to come coach Kobe. So i think i did win that one.

  • Umm, the Lakers won 42 games, a rookie Bynum and got knocked out of the first round the year before they acquired Gasol…how is that a “full” team???

  • There have only been 3 coaches ever to win championships with 2 different franchises. Phil, Pat, and Alex Hannum from the 60’s. Pat came down from the FO to coach Wade he didn’t come from another coaching gig. Phil left a dissolving Chicago team to come coach Kobe. So i think i did win that one.

  • Umm, the Lakers won 42 games, had a rookie Bynum and got knocked out of the first round the year before they acquired Gasol…how is that a “full” team???

  • So you’re saying that if Dan Snyder and Mark Cuban hadn’t whined to David Stern, the Lakers would be a GOOD example?

    Are you really this stupid?

  • So you’re saying that if Dan Snyder and Mark Cuban hadn’t whined to David Stern, the Lakers would be a GOOD example?

    Are you really this stupid?

  • I’m saying that you don’t consider examples where something didn’t work out as good examples that it can work. Do I need to say that more slowly.

  • I’m saying that you don’t consider examples where something didn’t work out as good examples that it can work. Do I need to say that more slowly.

  • There were only 3 players that changed on the Lakers roster from opening night October 2007 to June 2008 in the Finals. Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittendon and Marc Gasol were in ONE trade for Pau Gasol. That’s what I mean!

  • There were only 3 players that changed on the Lakers roster from opening night October 2007 to June 2008 in the Finals. Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittendon and Marc Gasol were in ONE trade for Pau Gasol. That’s what I mean!

  • More likely that you can’t argue your own point in a coherent fashion. To most people, “championship coach” means a coach who has actually won a championship….

  • More likely that you can’t argue your own point in a coherent fashion. To most people, “championship coach” means a coach who has actually won a championship….

  • DC is nice if you can afford to live in the good parts. that free agent pipeline is BS. Since 2000 the biggest free agents we have gotten were Metta the first time, and over the hill Gary Payton and Karl Malone. LA used to have an advantage because it was the most televised but now with internet streaming and league pass you don’t have to play in LA or Boston to be seen.

  • DC is nice if you can afford to live in the good parts. that free agent pipeline is BS. Since 2000 the biggest free agents we have gotten were Metta the first time, and over the hill Gary Payton and Karl Malone. LA used to have an advantage because it was the most televised but now with internet streaming and league pass you don’t have to play in LA or Boston to be seen.

  • If you didn’t know what i meant by championship coach you should have asked before arguing a point against it. Championship caliber is what i was saying.

  • If you didn’t know what i meant by championship coach you should have asked before arguing a point against it. Championship caliber is what i was saying.

  • In saying “example” doesn’t that indicate that you are looking back? how are your arguing against this?

  • what classify championship caliber because Byron has taken a team to the Finals.

  • I forgot that they also traded for Ariza but he was injured after he arrived.

  • In saying “example” doesn’t that indicate that you are looking back? how are your arguing against this?

  • what classify championship caliber because Byron has taken a team to the Finals.

  • I forgot that they also traded for Ariza but he was injured after he arrived.

  • Gentry is being considered a championship coach….He wasn’t even the head coach but he is being considered a championship coach.

  • Gentry is being considered a championship coach….He wasn’t even the head coach but he is being considered a championship coach.

  • I just read an article that said Larry Nance Jr. should get significant minutes tonight. I’m glad not to be in BScott’s shoes. Before every game somebody new is being suggested to him to get minutes. By the time he gets to 10 games somebody will be complaining that he plays too many different people.

  • I just read an article that said Larry Nance Jr. should get significant minutes tonight. I’m glad not to be in BScott’s shoes. Before every game somebody new is being suggested to him to get minutes. By the time he gets to 10 games somebody will be complaining that he plays too many different people.

  • Who is considering him as championship caliber he is below .500 on hes 335-370 for his career as a coach. and has the same record as us this year.

  • Who is considering him as championship caliber he is below .500 on hes 335-370 for his career as a coach. and has the same record as us this year.

  • Just went back to look at all the Lakers offered for Gasol. They trade a heck of a lot for him! Lakers traded Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie (who was re-signed specifically for the trade), the draft rights to Marc Gasol, two first-round draft picks (2008 and 2010) and cash for Pau Gasol and a second-round draft pick in 2010. Because the Lakers won, it seemed like they got the best deal. But when you consider Marc Gasol and 2 first round picks, that changes things a little.

  • Just went back to look at all the Lakers offered for Gasol. They trade a heck of a lot for him! Lakers traded Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie (who was re-signed specifically for the trade), the draft rights to Marc Gasol, two first-round draft picks (2008 and 2010) and cash for Pau Gasol and a second-round draft pick in 2010. Because the Lakers won, it seemed like they got the best deal. But when you consider Marc Gasol and 2 first round picks, that changes things a little.

  • I’m not…but it’s what was said the night they won when they were talking about him going to the Pelicans.

  • I’m not…but it was said the night they won when they were talking about him going to the Pelicans.

  • I’m not…but it’s what was said the night they won when they were talking about him going to the Pelicans.

  • I’m not…but it was said the night they won when they were talking about him going to the Pelicans.

  • Idk its only been in the last 2-3 years that marc has been considered the better of the Gasol Brothers and if it wasn’t for D’antonis misuse of Pau he might still be here. And Personally i think Pau fit better next to Bynum than what Marc would have.

  • Idk its only been in the last 2-3 years that marc has been considered the better of the Gasol Brothers and if it wasn’t for D’antonis misuse of Pau he might still be here. And Personally i think Pau fit better next to Bynum than what Marc would have.

  • Yeah it wasn’t a complete steal but I’ll take an Allstar for his unproven little brother and 2 guys that washed out any day.

  • To say…better of the Gasol brothers really needs to be clarified. Pau has a few years on Marc. Marc is in his prime now…Pau isn’t.

  • if byron is complaining that the players aren’t playing hard enough, the logical choice is to put guys who all they do is play hard. That’s a decision everybody understands without any 2nd guessing. If you’re gonna lose, might as well put some dents on the floor – fans can at least appreciate that.

  • Yeah it wasn’t a complete steal but I’ll take an Allstar for his unproven little brother and 2 guys that washed out any day.

  • To say…better of the Gasol brothers really needs to be clarified. Pau has a few years on Marc. Marc is in his prime now…Pau isn’t.

  • if byron is complaining that the players aren’t playing hard enough, the logical choice is to put guys who all they do is play hard. That’s a decision everybody understands without any 2nd guessing. If you’re gonna lose, might as well put some dents on the floor – fans can at least appreciate that.

  • Well now, some would say that Russell doesn’t “look like” he is playing hard most times on the floor. Just saying….

  • Well now, some would say that Russell doesn’t “look like” he is playing hard most times on the floor. Just saying….

  • Marc is 30 he is running into the end of his prime. Pau is 35 and ironically they are both averaging 12 pts a game.

  • Marc is 30 he is running into the end of his prime. Pau is 35 and ironically they are both averaging 12 pts a game.

  • that’s quite a reasonable saying. Balance works well with all things. Nance over Kelly would make a huge difference while appeasing the mass while DR snoozes.

  • that’s quite a reasonable saying. Balance works well with all things. Nance over Kelly would make a huge difference while appeasing the mass while DR snoozes.

  • What about their rebounding and defense? Can’t believe you are actually making a case for Pau over Marc. It’s like you just want to argue for the sake of arguing.

  • What about their rebounding and defense? Can’t believe you are actually making a case for Pau over Marc. It’s like you just want to argue for the sake of arguing.

  • next years lineup if Kobe retires:
    Pg: clarkson/ D Russell
    Sg: derozen/ young
    SF: KD/ a. brown
    Pf: Randle/ nance
    c: Skal(Kentucky)/ black

  • next years lineup if Kobe retires:
    Pg: clarkson/ D Russell
    Sg: derozen/ young
    SF: KD/ a. brown
    Pf: Randle/ nance
    c: Skal(Kentucky)/ black

  • maybe i don’t understand you’re saying but Kareem was the superstar in house when they acquired the picks to get Magic and Worthy. Scott was indeed traded for vet nixon but by that time Magic was in his 4th year, Kareem in his 14, Mcadoo in his 11, star vets.

  • maybe i don’t understand you’re saying but Kareem was the superstar in house when they acquired the picks to get Magic and Worthy. Scott was indeed traded for vet nixon but by that time Magic was in his 4th year, Kareem in his 14, Mcadoo in his 11, star vets.

  • Battle of the bottom feeders. The Nets are playing at home and hungry for their 1st win. Scott needs to get out his crayons and actually make a plan or else it will be 0-5.

  • Battle of the bottom feeders. The Nets are playing at home and hungry for their 1st win. Scott needs to get out his crayons and actually make a plan or else it will be 0-5.

  • we dont need him bro.
    btw we need to get on troll patrol more often.
    too much hate flying thru here.
    the mods are invisible its up to us to keep this place nice and a place we all call home.

  • we dont need him bro.
    btw we need to get on troll patrol more often.
    too much hate flying thru here.
    the mods are invisible its up to us to keep this place nice and a place we all call home.

  • If the Lakers lose this game, I’ll go ahead and preorder my Ben Simmons jersey.

  • If the Lakers lose this game, I’ll go ahead and preorder my Ben Simmons jersey.

  • We did last season when we lost 5 in row to stronger teams. We are losing to much weaker teams so far compared to last season where Magic says we should tank and BS changed the starting lineup after the panic. Coach was in full tank mode after.

  • We did last season when we lost 5 in row to stronger teams. We are losing to much weaker teams so far compared to last season where Magic says we should tank and BS changed the starting lineup after the panic. Coach was in full tank mode after.

  • Are you being serious right now pau has 5 allstar to marcs 2 pau 18ppg to marc 14ppg pau also average more blocks rebounds and assists. Pau 2 chips marc 0 now who is arguing just to argue.

  • Are you being serious right now pau has 5 allstar to marcs 2 pau 18ppg to marc 14ppg pau also average more blocks rebounds and assists. Pau 2 chips marc 0 now who is arguing just to argue.

  • Wonder why Magic is so quiet all of a sudden. He was pretty vocal when D’Antoni was coach. Pretty hateful I might add.

  • Wonder why Magic is so quiet all of a sudden. He was pretty vocal when D’Antoni was coach. Pretty hateful I might add.

  • And if you are talking about this season so far pau is average more blocks steals and rebounds. If i would have to choose one for my team today you say marc but if you want me to choose between the time at the trade its pau all day. I dont know if you win the last to rings without pau

  • And if you are talking about this season so far pau is average more blocks steals and rebounds. If i would have to choose one for my team today you say marc but if you want me to choose between the time at the trade its pau all day. I dont know if you win the last to rings without pau

  • Wins will be hard to come by this season. This is one game that I believe we can get. But Lakers D has to show up. Cant keep allowing easy layups and open shots. But more than a win i want to see some progress with our core rookies. Especially Russell. I’ve been one of his biggest critics. ( I wanted Okafor ) But he’s our draft pick and I’m rooting for him to do well. I think Byron should open the offense a bit and allow Russell a little more freedom. Like he did for Lin last season. I’m tried of seeing Russell pass the ball at the top of the key. Let this kid show what he can do. Kobe not a big concern for me this season. Yeah i want him to do well. But let face it. Lakers aren’t going anywhere this season,which makes it a lost season for Kobe. I dont think he comes back next season. So what he does this season is not a concern. Its about the future and the development of the core young guys. As long as i see steady improvement from those guys. I can care less about the win loss record. Lakers 4 life in it for the long hull.

  • Wins will be hard to come by this season. This is one game that I believe we can get. But Lakers D has to show up. Cant keep allowing easy layups and open shots. But more than a win i want to see some progress with our core rookies. Especially Russell. I’ve been one of his biggest critics. ( I wanted Okafor ) But he’s our draft pick and I’m rooting for him to do well. I think Byron should open the offense a bit and allow Russell a little more freedom. Like he did for Lin last season. I’m tried of seeing Russell pass the ball at the top of the key. Let this kid show what he can do. Kobe not a big concern for me this season. Yeah i want him to do well. But let face it. Lakers aren’t going anywhere this season,which makes it a lost season for Kobe. I dont think he comes back next season. So what he does this season is not a concern. Its about the future and the development of the core young guys. As long as i see steady improvement from those guys. I can care less about the win loss record. Lakers 4 life in it for the long hull.

  • Byron is his boy. But we knew this years team would be bad. No team wins out the gate. With nine new players most of which are rookies. I had no problem with Magic’s criticism of D’Antoni. His run and gun system was a bad fit for a roster with Howard and Gasol on it. Had Phil got the job Howard and Gasol might still be here.

  • Byron is his boy. But we knew this years team would be bad. No team wins out the gate. With nine new players most of which are rookies. I had no problem with Magic’s criticism of D’Antoni. His run and gun system was a bad fit for a roster with Howard and Gasol on it. Had Phil got the job Howard and Gasol might still be here.

  • Lakers dont have to tank. This team is going to lose games anyway. Too many rookies to many holes in the roster. Defense will be a problem all year long. Keeping that top three might not be as hard as people think.

  • Lakers dont have to tank. This team is going to lose games anyway. Too many rookies to many holes in the roster. Defense will be a problem all year long. Keeping that top three might not be as hard as people think.

  • patrick i read this and laughed so hard i almost cried.
    omg…. keep it up dude!

  • patrick i read this and laughed so hard i almost cried.
    omg…. keep it up dude!

  • time for the freakin black mamba to return.
    im tired of this struggle….
    cmon KOBE!

  • time for the freakin black mamba to return.
    im tired of this struggle….
    cmon KOBE!

  • true nick and lou will bring some extra scoring.
    and with Kobe struggling we desperately need every single point……..
    trading Nick is already out the window hes here to stay buudy.

  • true nick and lou will bring some extra scoring.
    and with Kobe struggling we desperately need every single point……..
    trading Nick is already out the window hes here to stay buudy.

  • tell scott to freakin put larry nance jr in the game.
    im tired of seeing him on the bench.
    his name is not bob sacre…..

  • tell scott to freakin put larry nance jr in the game.
    im tired of seeing him on the bench.
    his name is not bob sacre…..

  • 45 mins to go!
    cmon Lakers we can do this.
    Remember just offense wont win games help each other out….
    (help defense) (steals too).
    and please use anthony brown and larry nance jr scott.
    im tired of seeing 2 great defensive players just sit by and watch a murder happen.
    USE THEM!!!!!!!

  • 45 mins to go!
    cmon Lakers we can do this.
    Remember just offense wont win games help each other out….
    (help defense) (steals too).
    and please use anthony brown and larry nance jr scott.
    im tired of seeing 2 great defensive players just sit by and watch a murder happen.
    USE THEM!!!!!!!

  • Robert “THE GOAT” Sacre will get us the win! All u have to do is believe

  • Robert “THE GOAT” Sacre will get us the win! All u have to do is believe

  • The problem I see with this starting unit is Kobe/Russell combo. One is aggressive but can’t make a shot and the other is passive and doesn’t get his team a shot. Two dead weights. Got to lose one of them. This has to be Kobe’s last year, so Russel must sit.. DR can get his minutes after Kobe sits.

    I’m hating DR’s game more and more. Dribbles down the court, never attacks lets the other team set their defense every singe possession You’re the PG, don’t do favors for the other team. Fail if you have to. but Attack. Attack. Attack.

  • The problem I see with this starting unit is Kobe/Russell combo. One is aggressive but can’t make a shot and the other is passive and doesn’t get his team a shot. Two dead weights. Got to lose one of them. This has to be Kobe’s last year, so Russel must sit.. DR can get his minutes after Kobe sits.

    I’m hating DR’s game more and more. Dribbles down the court, never attacks lets the other team set their defense every singe possession You’re the PG, don’t do favors for the other team. Fail if you have to. but Attack. Attack. Attack.

  • Byron Scott flossing man just throwing metta and nance in , no structure, no valid order or reason other than seeing what they’ve got amongst the sharks, but let’s go Lakers.

  • Same here. Strictly perimeter. and the Dude’s not even making it close .

  • Byron Scott flossing man just throwing metta and nance in , no structure, no valid order or reason other than seeing what they’ve got amongst the sharks, but let’s go Lakers.

  • Same here. Strictly perimeter. and the Dude’s not even making it close .

  • Agreed, Russell is playing super soft! No aggression at either end of the floor. Kobe is trying to attack and can’t hit!

  • Agreed, Russell is playing super soft! No aggression at either end of the floor. Kobe is trying to attack and can’t hit!

  • We suck man! Ughhhhhh it’s ugly out here mane! All teams have to do is pressure us and we forget the whole gameplan being in scramble mode all night! Reacting instead of pro-acting

  • We suck man! Ughhhhhh it’s ugly out here mane! All teams have to do is pressure us and we forget the whole gameplan being in scramble mode all night! Reacting instead of pro-acting

  • THE FREAKING CROWD IS A LAKERS CROWD! #LET’SGOLAKERS dammn c’mon guys step it up!… for some reason we can’t make buckets.

  • THE FREAKING CROWD IS A LAKERS CROWD! #LET’SGOLAKERS dammn c’mon guys step it up!… for some reason we can’t make buckets.

  • Perfect time for Russ to take his chance, kobe not hitting so Russell take those shots !

  • Perfect time for Russ to take his chance, kobe not hitting so Russell take those shots !

  • Russell back to back 3’s he can hit up to 5 shots in a row some nights, he’s done it it before but he’s just not aggressive enough! I’m gonna have to get use to him and his style…

  • Russell back to back 3’s he can hit up to 5 shots in a row some nights, he’s done it it before but he’s just not aggressive enough! I’m gonna have to get use to him and his style…

  • If kobe was getting buckets we’d be up by twenty fortunately nets are worse than us but if we lose, we’re worse!
    We can beat them, we’re just not making shots and we’re missing free throws

  • If kobe was getting buckets we’d be up by twenty fortunately nets are worse than us but if we lose, we’re worse!
    We can beat them, we’re just not making shots and we’re missing free throws

  • Jordan hill would’ve been a good back up for julius! Doesn’t matter now but i peeped in on the heat and pacers game

  • Jordan hill would’ve been a good back up for julius! Doesn’t matter now but i peeped in on the heat and pacers game

  • We’re doing a poor job at winning but we’re winning, i don’t like thst we can never keep a lead, and by god can’t extend one! We’re not consistent because the coach gametime decisions aren’t consistent.

  • We’re doing a poor job at winning but we’re winning, i don’t like thst we can never keep a lead, and by god can’t extend one! We’re not consistent because the coach gametime decisions aren’t consistent.

  • I’m holding it down alone so far tonight!
    Byron better put Russell back in he was hot

  • I’m holding it down alone so far tonight!
    Byron better put Russell back in he was hot

  • Scott trying to lose. Well done! Starters who are playing well sitting on the bench and let the 2nd unit play. Well done! We can get our top 3 pick.

  • Scott trying to lose. Well done! Starters who are playing well sitting on the bench and let the 2nd unit play. Well done! We can get our top 3 pick.

  • We should have been took off with the lead! Scott likes to get the lead down and dig a hole to get out!

  • We should have been took off with the lead! Scott likes to get the lead down and dig a hole to get out!

  • Even if we win we still suck! In a tight game with another weaker team! Kobe is a brick house

  • Even if we win we still suck! In a tight game with another weaker team! Kobe is a brick house

  • They literally just robbed us on live with no discretion! So they had to overturn it quick

  • They literally just robbed us on live with no discretion! So they had to overturn it quick

  • I still think hibbert should get more touches, he’s either gonna dunk it or get fouled, he can free throw

  • I still think hibbert should get more touches, he’s either gonna dunk it or get fouled, he can free throw

  • Bynum was a rookie in 05-06 season when they won 45.next year they won 42 in bynum second season

  • Bynum was a rookie in 05-06 season when they won 45.next year they won 42 in bynum second season

  • nice win lakers! hope the team keeps it up…..

    anyway, Id like to share my idea since most of the players especially Kobe are struggling from the 3pt line

    Dlo-JC-Kobe-MWP-Randle

    with this lineup, Randle and MWP are roaming outside the paint giving picks and Randle, not only can make the opposing big guy outside the paint but also can beat him off the dribble when he has the ball……..yall might worry bout defense, but this starting lineup will only lasts for 3-4 minutes because Kobe and MWP will be subbed out for Lou/SwagP and Roy

  • nice win lakers! hope the team keeps it up…..

    anyway, Id like to share my idea since most of the players especially Kobe are struggling from the 3pt line

    Dlo-JC-Kobe-MWP-Randle

    with this lineup, Randle and MWP are roaming outside the paint giving picks and Randle, not only can make the opposing big guy outside the paint but also can beat him off the dribble when he has the ball……..yall might worry bout defense, but this starting lineup will only lasts for 3-4 minutes because Kobe and MWP will be subbed out for Lou/SwagP and Roy

  • also, with this lineup Kobe will be on the low-mid post most of the time operating(since he struggles from the 3pt line), this spacing I believe will help Kobe and the team more than the harm it can cause

  • also, with this lineup Kobe will be on the low-mid post most of the time operating(since he struggles from the 3pt line), this spacing I believe will help Kobe and the team more than the harm it can cause

  • 2nd unit is awesome..nance and metta make the lakers team lot of energy. Give more touches on hibbert @ center ..point guard must bring down the ball….Randle should not bring down the ball when rebounding….Give a lot of time for mettas defensive skills and nance high flying dunk..More practice at the 4th quarter offense and defense….Go lakers 🙂 Nice win….cheers

  • team rotation is awesome..nance and metta make the lakers team lot of energy. Give more touches on hibbert @ center ..point guard must bring down the ball….Randle is beast…but should not bring down the ball when rebounding….Give a lot of time for mettas defensive skills and nance high flying dunk…Bring back Upshaw…Sacre on the DLeage or waive…More practice at the 4th quarter offense and defense….Go lakers 🙂 Nice win….cheers

  • Can’t believe it took Scott 4 games to figure out that Kelly/Bass is the root of all the futility. If your defense sucks, at least try out defensive players. If your players aren’t playing hard, put in guys who play hard.. Nance over Kelly was a no brainer..

  • Can’t believe it took Scott 4 games to figure out that Kelly/Bass is the root of all the futility. If your defense sucks, at least try out defensive players. If your players aren’t playing hard, put in guys who play hard.. Nance over Kelly was a no brainer..

  • Looks like we found the light to the tunnel. I like BS choice of players this time. no bs.

  • Looks like we found the light to the tunnel. I like BS choice of players this time. no bs.

  • Russell had his best game so far, and the best of the LAKERS GAME, OVER ALL THE starters had a good game Russell 6/9 2/3 66% 4/rb 3/stl 1/to 16 pts the best of the team, 4 out of 5 in dbl fig. a fair game over all.

  • Russell had his best game so far, and the best of the LAKERS GAME, OVER ALL THE starters had a good game Russell 6/9 2/3 66% 4/rb 3/stl 1/to 16 pts the best of the team, 4 out of 5 in dbl fig. a fair game over all.

  • With KOBE and YOUNG both shooting to much KOBE 30% and 20 to 25 % on 3s and Young not any better Last night KOBE 5/16 -1/4 ON 3S , IT DOES NOT HELP ON our % of shooting for the team.

  • With KOBE and YOUNG both shooting to much KOBE 30% and 20 to 25 % on 3s and Young not any better Last night KOBE 5/16 -1/4 ON 3S , IT DOES NOT HELP ON our % of shooting for the team.

  • Kelly was playing hard. It was Bass that was sucking.

    It was the Nets we haven’t figured anything out yet. We beat a pathetic team that can’t shoot outside to save it’s life.

  • Kelly was playing hard. It was Bass that was sucking.

    It was the Nets we haven’t figured anything out yet. We beat a pathetic team that can’t shoot outside to save it’s life.

  • I feel like Kelly should get pt over Bass because he plays with more energy and gets more rebounds and if he was more consistent would average more points. Nonetheless Nance and Black seem to be a better combo that could put up more stats in just about every area

  • I feel like Kelly should get pt over Bass because he plays with more energy and gets more rebounds and if he was more consistent would average more points. Nonetheless Nance and Black seem to be a better combo that could put up more stats in just about every area

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