Lakers Vs. Nuggets Preview: L.A. Looks For Home Win Before Road Trip

By: Nathaniel Lastrapes

The start of the 2015-16 regular season has not been ideal for the Los Angeles Lakers, who have lost their first three games. However, hope is on the horizon as the team is set for a winnable game against the Denver Nuggets. The Lakers struggles have been plenty over the course of the first three regular season games. Kobe Bryant just cannot seem to buy a bucket and has been extremely frustrated with his performance so far.

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The lone bright spot early in the season has been Julius Randle, who impressed in his matchup against Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night. Randle played well on both ends of the floor, scoring 22 points and grabbing 15 rebounds, significantly impacting the game and even keeping the Lakers within striking distance for most of the game.

The Lakers will face the Nuggets on Tuesday night at Staples Center before going on a five-game road trip. A win would be critical for the confidence of this young squad as they are set to leave town for their first road trip of the season.

Frontcourt:

The Denver Nuggets have a relatively thin frontcourt, featuring Kenneth Faried, Danilo Gallinari, and J.J. Hickson off the pine. Faried established a reputation for himself as a hustle player and outstanding rebounder a few years ago under George Karl. Faried does not have a versatile offensive repertoire, but his energy around the rim can have an impact on the game. Faried is an excellent offensive rebounder, so the Lakers frontcourt needs to pay close attention to him and keep him off of the glass.

Gallinari has been the centerpiece for the Nuggets since being exchanged for Carmelo Anthony in a trade with the New York Knicks. Gallinari is an offensive weapon that can have a big night out of nowhere, and the Lakers are known to allow players to have big nights. Gallinari stands at 6’10, but has a great outside jumper. The Lakers wings cannot lose track of him on the defensive end and must close out hard when he does catch the ball.

A solid player off the bench is former Cleveland Cavaliers first round pick, J.J. Hickson. Hickson has been a journeyman since his departure from Cleveland via trade, but he seems to have found a home in Denver. Hickson possesses a nice midrange jumper, but also crashes the offensive glass with similar ferocity to Faried.

Backcourt:

The Nuggets have a dynamic backcourt that features Randy Foye and this year’s No. 7 overall pick, Emmanuel Mudiay. Foye has established a name for himself as a scorer, but he doesn’t do much besides scoring. Foye has been a journeyman himself, playing for five different teams over the span of his ten year career. Foye has the ability to knock down open threes, so the Lakers must not lose track of him while rotating on defense.

Mudiay is an interesting prospect and he was looked at very closely by the Lakers front office this summer. The Lakers chose D’Angelo Russell in favor of Mudiay with the No. 2 overall pick this year, so the two young point guards will be inevitably compared throughout their NBA careers. Mudiay is a dynamic scoring point guard who does not make great decisions with the ball. If the Lakers can fluster the young point guard, he will be a non-factor in the contest.

The young point guard does have some guidance from veteran point guard, Jameer Nelson. Nelson is a seasoned point guard whose best days are behind him. The last true success that Nelson has had in his career was with the Orlando Magic, when they lost to the Lakers in the NBA Finals in 2009. Nelson still has the ability to carve through the young Lakers backcourt, so the Lakers need to stay alert when he has the basketball.


Keys to Victory:

Defensive Rebounding: With the Nuggets active frontcourt, Julius Randle and Roy Hibbert must be diligent in boxing out and limiting offensive rebounds. Faried and Hickson will crash the glass ferociously and the only way to prevent offensive boards is sticking with the fundamentals and boxing out. If the Lakers rebound well defensively, they will limit second chance opportunities and increase their chances of winning.

Better Shot Selection: The Lakers have been shooting an abysmal 40 percent from the field and an even worse 29 percent from beyond the arc in their first three games of the season. The Lakers have averaged 34 three-point attempts per game. The Golden State Warriors, by comparison, who feature the best shooting backcourt in the NBA, only take 29 three-point attempts per game. If the Lakers want to improve their chances of winning, they will need to drive the ball and get better shot attempts instead of settling for threes.

Defense, Defense, Defense: The Lakers have struggled from the field, but they have managed to average 106 points per game. This would not be a problem if they were not allowing 116 points per game to the opposition. A general rule of thumb is to limit the opposition to under 100 points, and the Lakers have failed to do this as of yet. If the Lakers tighten up their defensive schemes, they will have a great chance of winning tonight against the Nuggets.

Denver Nuggets (1-2) at Los Angeles Lakers (0-3)
7:30 PM PST, November 2, 2015
Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
TV: TWC SportsNet, NBA TV
Radio: 710 ESPN (English) / 1330 ESPN (Spanish)

Nuggets Projected Starting Lineup
PG: Emmanuel Mudiay
SG: Gary Harris
SF: Danilo Gallinari
PF: Kenneth Faried
C: Joffrey Lauvergne

Key Reserves: SG: Randy Foye, PF: J.J. Hickson, PG: Jameer Nelson

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

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remove kelly and sacre and kobe not to play today rest them on line up replace larry narce and tarik and mwp with brown let play on floor add minutes

  • remove kelly and sacre and kobe not to play today rest them on line up replace larry narce and tarik and mwp with brown let play on floor add minutes

  • Youknow I acrually wish we had bernie bickerstaff backtwith that 667. short stint when dantoni was sick and had togo to the hospital, whydid we get rid of him?!

  • Youknow I acrually wish we had bernie bickerstaff backtwith that 667. short stint when dantoni was sick and had togo to the hospital, whydid we get rid of him?!

  • agreedbut well his coach play was more active and better than byron who is a bad no good coach! even dantoni was better and nicer and helped the players more than byron!

  • agreedbut well his coach play was more active and better than byron who is a bad no good coach! even dantoni was better and nicer and helped the players more than byron!

  • kobe blameshimself so excludehimhes alradydown enough the big idiot lose arrogant bald loser is byron man if mudiay pulverize us and other nuggets do the same tonight, fire scott after this 4th game i dont care!

  • kobe blameshimself so excludehimhes alradydown enough the big idiot lose arrogant bald loser is byron man if mudiay pulverize us and other nuggets do the same tonight, fire scott after this 4th game i dont care!

  • I’m not sure that forcing the team to learn a new system and removing the best scorer on the team would help generate wins.

  • lets see! We will win for double digits. I already bet that on sporting bet

  • I’m not sure if forcing the team to learn a new system and removing the best scoring player on the team achieves the results you are seeking.

    Seems to me like it would make things worse. Do you really think Randle, Russell, ABrown, Clarkson and Hibbert would be better?

  • lets see! We will win for double digits. I already bet that on sporting bet

  • I’m not sure if forcing the team to learn a new system and removing the best scoring player on the team achieves the results you are seeking.

    Seems to me like it would make things worse. Do you really think Randle, Russell, ABrown, Clarkson and Hibbert would be better?

  • Are you really going to come on here and say the same things every day until April?

    We’re 3 games into the season and it’s obvious the front office (and scott) have chosen a deliberate path of player growth over wins.

  • Are you really going to come on here and say the same things every day until April?

    We’re 3 games into the season and it’s obvious the front office (and scott) have chosen a deliberate path of player growth over wins.

  • I know that capayain idiot Iamsayingwere not developing anything with bald whywas me no blame loseridiotbyron!

  • I know that capayain idiot Iamsayingwere not developing anything with bald whywas me no blame loseridiotbyron!

  • If you think todays Kobe is a better scorer than swaggy, Lou or maybe even Clarkson you are tripping. And what system is Scott implementing on the team?

  • dude we lost to the wolves when leading them, beat down by kings, and lostto mavs , the nuggets espicially after byro insulting mudiay and have ga hand in Mitch choice will kill us

  • If you think todays Kobe is a better scorer than swaggy, Lou or maybe even Clarkson you are tripping. And what system is Scott implementing on the team?

  • dude we lost to the wolves when leading them, beat down by kings, and lostto mavs , the nuggets espicially after byro insulting mudiay and have ga hand in Mitch choice will kill us

  • let me say that again… I said we can, not we will. The only sure i have is: Randle will kill Faried

  • let me say that again… I said we can, not we will. The only sure i have is: Randle will kill Faried

  • What plan is better? Wolves or Lakers?

    The Wolves starts Rubio in Zach Lavine or even Tyus Jones place. They starts KG in Adrian Payne or even Dienge Place. K. Martin’s playing way more minutes than Shabazz Muhamed…
    We start D’angelo, Clarkson and Randle, even with vets like Lou and Bass on the squad.

  • What plan is better? Wolves or Lakers?

    The Wolves starts Rubio in Zach Lavine or even Tyus Jones place. They starts KG in Adrian Payne or even Dienge Place. K. Martin’s playing way more minutes than Shabazz Muhamed…
    We start D’angelo, Clarkson and Randle, even with vets like Lou and Bass on the squad.

  • How do you know anything about player growth?

    Is there some sort of magical coaching system that is going to teach rookies to be All-Stars in 3 weeks?

  • How do you know anything about player growth?

    Is there some sort of magical coaching system that is going to teach rookies to be All-Stars in 3 weeks?

  • no, but if your a true high draft pick you so teams that your serious if you asked anybody about russell and is he dangerous they laugh at you but clarkson is adifferent story evenifhe wa notpicked secondhe looks more like a top 5 than russell!

  • no, but if your a true high draft pick you so teams that your serious if you asked anybody about russell and is he dangerous they laugh at you but clarkson is adifferent story evenifhe wa notpicked secondhe looks more like a top 5 than russell!

  • agreed but he at leastadmitedhesnotthesame and gaveclarkson crdit showingthatclarkson istheuard and clarkson is like a youngkobe clone to me leading the future!

  • agreed but he at leastadmitedhesnotthesame and gaveclarkson crdit showingthatclarkson istheuard and clarkson is like a youngkobe clone to me leading the future!

  • Go check the stats and remind us how Williams and Young compare to Kobe this season.

    The starting squad has 4 new faces this year, and almost entire bench are new additions. Somehow you expect a cohesive system to be present with new faces, rookies, and 32 days.

    It sure seems to me like most of t he regular faces on this forum are part of the spoiled fans the media talks about.

  • Go check the stats and remind us how Williams and Young compare to Kobe this season.

    The starting squad has 4 new faces this year, and almost entire bench are new additions. Somehow you expect a cohesive system to be present with new faces, rookies, and 32 days.

    It sure seems to me like most of t he regular faces on this forum are part of the spoiled fans the media talks about.

  • If Russell is playing so poorly when compared to others, how is that Scott’s problem?

    In fact, it should help give Scott some sort of breathing room as he’s forced to play a subpar player.

  • Randle is going to be great to agree ,I wa just maning the guard area, notpf but randle is are star pf, I justwishwedid not selctrussell when wehad clarkson,we only needed a backup for clarkson!

  • If Russell is playing so poorly when compared to others, how is that Scott’s problem?

    In fact, it should help give Scott some sort of breathing room as he’s forced to play a subpar player.

  • Randle is going to be great to agree ,I wa just maning the guard area, notpf but randle is are star pf, I justwishwedid not selctrussell when wehad clarkson,we only needed a backup for clarkson!

  • We’re stuck with Russell, let him grow and hope he becomes something. Randle on the other hand is exciting to watch.

  • We’re stuck with Russell, let him grow and hope he becomes something. Randle on the other hand is exciting to watch.

  • It’s the coach’s job to put their players in position to succeed. Scott doesn’t do that.

  • It’s the coach’s job to put their players in position to succeed. Scott doesn’t do that.

  • scott get no excuses for plaing a player inthe startinglineup thats playing bad against nba prosand giving keys to an arrogantbig-mouth,heknewrusel was not ready to start should have startedyoung

  • scott get no excuses for plaing a player inthe startinglineup thats playing bad against nba prosand giving keys to an arrogantbig-mouth,heknewrusel was not ready to start should have startedyoung

  • He is retired after coaching for the Lakers in my earlier post pick him over Byron!

  • He is retired after coaching for the Lakers in my earlier post pick him over Byron!

  • Nick is better than Kobe in every statistic aside from rebounding and assists per 36 min. He’s shooting 50% from the field and behind the arc and also averages 1 less TO and 1 more steal than Kobe.

  • Nick is better than Kobe in every statistic aside from rebounding and assists per 36 min. He’s shooting 50% from the field and behind the arc and also averages 1 less TO and 1 more steal than Kobe.

  • Oh, you’re one of those guys. I love Kobe bro he gave me some of the best laker memories ever even more so than magic but those days are over let it go and embrace the “tank”(lol). Ben Simmons can cure your condition(I know it’s not guaranteed), many of you thought we were going to lose last year’s pick and I said to you guys not only will we keep the pick we are going to get a top 3. The NBA draft works in mysterious ways and the NBA gods(mafia) will smile upon us on draft day. Book it f@ckers.

  • kobe called himself 200th player which was way harsh for himself even though he hasnplayed good, I blameloser baldbyronforhis players getting down/!

  • Oh, you’re one of those guys. I love Kobe bro he gave me some of the best laker memories ever even more so than magic but those days are over let it go and embrace the “tank”(lol). Ben Simmons can cure your condition(I know it’s not guaranteed), many of you thought we were going to lose last year’s pick and I said to you guys not only will we keep the pick we are going to get a top 3. The NBA draft works in mysterious ways and the NBA gods(mafia) will smile upon us on draft day. Book it f@ckers.

  • kobe called himself 200th player which was way harsh for himself even though he hasnplayed good, I blameloser baldbyronforhis players getting down/!

  • trade him we can hes not growing at all do you not see or your just blind dude!

  • trade him we can hes not growing at all do you not see or your just blind dude!

  • dude speaking spoiled when he has a picture pf a 1800s wealthy man pic calling people spoiled wow how idiot hiprocrite you are!

  • dude speaking spoiled when you has a picture pf a 1800s wealthy man pic calling people spoiled wow how idiot hiprocrite you are!

  • most coaches would bring him of the bench after the first game he struggled but byron starts him and thinks he is going to get a diff result hes an idiot!

  • He didn’t do so well against Cousins. Faried is no scrub on D. Should be a fun matchup.

  • most coaches would bring him of the bench after the first game he struggled but byron starts him and thinks he is going to get a diff result hes an idiot!

  • He didn’t do so well against Cousins. Faried is no scrub on D. Should be a fun matchup.

  • dude I believe they can win this game but the way Byron method have been arrogant losing like and insulting a player that will kill you is complete wanting to have a death wish by Byron!

  • dude I believe they can win this game but the way Byron method have been arrogant losing like and insulting a player that will kill you is complete wanting to have a death wish by Byron!

  • Is winning better for development or playing minutes? I have seen quotes (from LeBron about Irving) which suggest playing big minutes and losing builds bad habits. So as long as a rookie is getting 20+ minutes winning I think is better than more minutes.

  • Is winning better for development or playing minutes? I have seen quotes (from LeBron about Irving) which suggest playing big minutes and losing builds bad habits. So as long as a rookie is getting 20+ minutes winning I think is better than more minutes.

  • Just kidding with you, where have you been hiding, have not seen much of you ?

  • Just kidding with you, where have you been hiding, have not seen much of you ?

  • I would hope that people would stop talking about Russell (especially the hopefully ones but the hate isn’t good either) and start talking about the positives.

    Randle and Clarkson are looking great. You can start to build a team with that.

  • I would hope that people would stop talking about Russell (especially the hopefully ones but the hate isn’t good either) and start talking about the positives.

    Randle and Clarkson are looking great. You can start to build a team with that.

  • I don’t hate the guy dude but all these picks and undrafted at least making an effort I just could not understand why we got a pg when we have clarkson?!

  • Which RIVAL there is so many , I guess they cant make up a name like others, why not use your real name ?

  • I don’t hate the guy dude but all these picks and undrafted at least making an effort I just could not understand why we got a pg when we have clarkson?!

  • Which RIVAL there is so many , I guess they cant make up a name like others, why not use your real name ?

  • In What Universe, r we Stuck with Rookie Developmental Player D’dud = D’Lo ? ?

    Only thing stuck with, is Byron allowing D’lo to play.

    No NBA Team would start d’lo over a Lou / Huertas, Except Byron

    Where has starting d’lo gotten us ? ? 0-3 thats where

    I’m Sick of losing

  • In What Universe, r we Stuck with Rookie Developmental Player D’dud = D’Lo ? ?

    Only thing stuck with, is Byron allowing D’lo to play.

    No NBA Team would start d’lo over a Lou / Huertas, Except Byron

    Where has starting d’lo gotten us ? ? 0-3 thats where

    I’m Sick of losing

  • almighty I meant in good fun sir lol, Ionely don tuse my real name because of security reasons and my mom tells me goodly but I would use it if I could but how have you been doing?

  • almighty I meant in good fun sir lol, Ionely don tuse my real name because of security reasons and my mom tells me goodly but I would use it if I could but how have you been doing?

  • I’m Sick of Losing !!

    Where is “protecting our own House gone” ? Every team is allowed to enter our home, and allowed to do what ever they darn well please

  • I’m Sick of Losing !!

    Where is “protecting our own House gone” ? Every team is allowed to enter our home, and allowed to do what ever they darn well please

  • I hear you. It’s just the only thing people talk about is how bad Russell is or how he’s amazing, how bad Kobe is, no he’s the GOAT, or how bad BS is (hah he gets no love).

    I just want to talk more about Randle, Clarkson, Hibbert and how Nick and Lou are great off the bench.

  • agreed Byron said he is playing Lakers basketball when he gott hired but hes playing 12 year old on a basketball!

  • I hear you. It’s just the only thing people talk about is how bad Russell is or how he’s amazing, how bad Kobe is, no he’s the GOAT, or how bad BS is (hah he gets no love).

    I just want to talk more about Randle, Clarkson, Hibbert and how Nick and Lou are great off the bench.

  • agreed Byron said he is playing Lakers basketball when he gott hired but hes playing 12 year old on a basketball!

  • We’re all sick of losing, but those are the cards that have been dealt to the team. We have ride it out and hope for the best.

  • We’re all sick of losing, but those are the cards that have been dealt to the team. We have ride it out and hope for the best.

  • I think Faried matches up well against Randle. He has the quickness to stay in front of him and the strength to bang. He’s an energy guy who will be fighting for everything. I don’t get how Randle is going to kill him.

  • It’s too early to make that call. He’s a rookie man, he should be seen as such even if he was a number 2 pick.

  • I am fine I have been waiting for some thing to happen positive, I got my fingers crossed for tonight, other wise, I just read some of the stupid post some put up, there is really no one talking BB, A lot of very young guys.

  • I think Faried matches up well against Randle. He has the quickness to stay in front of him and the strength to bang. He’s an energy guy who will be fighting for everything. I don’t get how Randle is going to kill him.

  • It’s too early to make that call. He’s a rookie man, he should be seen as such even if he was a number 2 pick.

  • I am fine I have been waiting for some thing to happen positive, I got my fingers crossed for tonight, other wise, I just read some of the stupid post some put up, there is really no one talking BB, A lot of very young guys.

  • When Start Rookies, We Lose !!

    When choose Veterans Over Rookies, much better chance of Winning !!

    D League is for Developmental Players !!

    NBA is using Best players on Roster to Win games, make Playoffs !!

    Developmental Players r playing because Coach Byron Does Not Want to Win !!

    Y Not start, Veterans and play Rookies the last two minutes of Qtr 1, 2, 3 = Fifteen minutes for Rookies, tops

    I’M Sick of Losing

  • To me I srsly believe we need to either let go of Clarkson or hope somehow he develops into a passing guard(highly doubt) because Randle, Russell and Clarkson all scorers and yes Russell is a natural scorer not passer. I say Clarkson because Lakers are not gonna give up on Russell early. This team still needs someone who can consistently be the floor general of the team(starting line-up) because we have too many young scorers. Its either let Clarkson go in Free Agency, or trade him by mid-season for a defensive SF.

  • Agreeddidnt mean anything bad butI justthink he needs someotherteam nooffense totekid but eventhough nottrying to be negativebyronhas become tome controlly no carecoachwhatsoever he said thatpreasogamesdi notmatter which onlygotme mad because theylost a pre-seasongame we payed moneytatwedonthave a lotto see!

  • When Start Rookies, We Lose !!

    When choose Veterans Over Rookies, much better chance of Winning !!

    D League is for Developmental Players !!

    NBA is using Best players on Roster to Win games, make Playoffs !!

    Developmental Players r playing because Coach Byron Does Not Want to Win !!

    Y Not start, Veterans and play Rookies the last two minutes of Qtr 1, 2, 3 = Fifteen minutes for Rookies, tops

    I’M Sick of Losing

  • To me I srsly believe we need to either let go of Clarkson or hope somehow he develops into a passing guard(highly doubt) because Randle, Russell and Clarkson all scorers and yes Russell is a natural scorer not passer. I say Clarkson because Lakers are not gonna give up on Russell early. This team still needs someone who can consistently be the floor general of the team(starting line-up) because we have too many young scorers. Its either let Clarkson go in Free Agency, or trade him by mid-season for a defensive SF.

  • Agreeddidnt mean anything bad butI justthink he needs someotherteam nooffense totekid but eventhough nottrying to be negativebyronhas become tome controlly no carecoachwhatsoever he said thatpreasogamesdi notmatter which onlygotme mad because theylost a pre-seasongame we payed moneytatwedonthave a lotto see!

  • We know theylose lakeshoo butits the wway they lose and Byron reaction like I don’t care if I am the biggest loser!

  • Trading him might not be a bad idea. Realistically how long is he going to take to become good and how long is LAL going to wait? The lights in LA are very bright and if he isn’t performing up to his draft position soon, I could see trading him to a place that will allow for his slower growth curve to be a better fit.

  • Nice talking with you but some of my grand kids showed up wanting to use the POOL got to go, have fun, get good grades in school.. catch ya later.

  • We know theylose lakeshoo butits the wway they lose and Byron reaction like I don’t care if I am the biggest loser!

  • Trading him might not be a bad idea. Realistically how long is he going to take to become good and how long is LAL going to wait? The lights in LA are very bright and if he isn’t performing up to his draft position soon, I could see trading him to a place that will allow for his slower growth curve to be a better fit.

  • Nice talking with you but some of my grand kids showed up wanting to use the POOL got to go, have fun, get good grades in school.. catch ya later.

  • I was thinking today with more perspective. We will not win the ring this year, so the best for us is develop our talent. Put Nance and Brown on the floor and maximize the minutes of D’angelo and Randle (Clarkson is already a solid player).
    In january this minutes will pay out and our rookies will be huge for next season.

    Our project has to be 3 seasons back to contention

  • I was thinking today with more perspective. We will not win the ring this year, so the best for us is develop our talent. Put Nance and Brown on the floor and maximize the minutes of D’angelo and Randle (Clarkson is already a solid player).
    In january this minutes will pay out and our rookies will be huge for next season.

    Our project has to be 3 seasons back to contention

  • As a rookie he will be prone to being overaggressive and getting fouls (like against Sac). It will be a good test for Randle.

  • dudedidyoulose marble orsomething losing clarksonwouldbethemost stupidest idioticmove then a steal pick thatteamswould be grabbing for like phili are youloco?!

  • . . . Honestly, I would Never start either D’angelo, Clarkson, or even Randle.
    Y?

    Development is letting them in for Zero to 15 minutes, in a NBA game – Byron has it Backwards

  • As a rookie he will be prone to being overaggressive and getting fouls (like against Sac). It will be a good test for Randle.

  • dudedidyoulose marble orsomething losing clarksonwouldbethemost stupidest idioticmove then a steal pick thatteamswould be grabbing for like phili are youloco?!

  • . . . Honestly, I would Never start either D’angelo, Clarkson, or even Randle.
    Y?

    Development is letting them in for Zero to 15 minutes, in a NBA game – Byron has it Backwards

  • I maybe can agree with you! Clarkson is RFA next year. Maybe the we will have to overpay him, so… Maybe is better for us grab another player.

  • I maybe can agree with you! Clarkson is RFA next year. Maybe the we will have to overpay him, so… Maybe is better for us grab another player.

  • Agreed that Nance and Brown need minutes, but after 20 any rookie got to earn more. Right now Clarkson and Randle have earned their min and should be featured players. Russell hasn’t earned any more minutes.

  • Agreed that Nance and Brown need minutes, but after 20 any rookie got to earn more. Right now Clarkson and Randle have earned their min and should be featured players. Russell hasn’t earned any more minutes.

  • areyoutwocrazyteamswouldsaythatsthedumbestlakers move and laugh aus foryears kupchak saiclrksonis auture lakers youfools and letinghim go would be suicide!

  • D League is for Developmental Players. In D League, yes, hopefully Players will be ready for NBA play in about 2 – 3 years, Max them out in D League

    Start: Kobe; Sweet Lou; Nick Young; Bass; Hibbert

    Bring “one” sub in at a time

    I’m Sick Of Losing !!

  • See now if we had a chance to get a defensive SF who is a point-forward then we could keep Clarkson but finding someone like Iggy or Lebron is impossible.

  • areyoutwocrazyteamswouldsaythatsthedumbestlakers move and laugh aus foryears kupchak saiclrksonis auture lakers youfools and letinghim go would be suicide!

  • D League is for Developmental Players. In D League, yes, hopefully Players will be ready for NBA play in about 2 – 3 years, Max them out in D League

    Start: Kobe; Sweet Lou; Nick Young; Bass; Hibbert

    Bring “one” sub in at a time

    I’m Sick Of Losing !!

  • See now if we had a chance to get a defensive SF who is a point-forward then we could keep Clarkson but finding someone like Iggy or Lebron is impossible.

  • Agreed. Getting rid of your best player because you have to pay him doesn’t sound like a strategy for building a contender.

  • Agreed. Getting rid of your best player because you have to pay him doesn’t sound like a strategy for building a contender.

  • Nope. He’s the one with the highest potential. Don’t confuse the two.

  • Nope. He’s the one with the highest potential. Don’t confuse the two.

  • Lakers will lose by 20. And Mudiay is going to have a career night thanks to Scott’s horrible statements.

  • What More do We need to see against Nuggets, in our Current Starting Five, that has not been Already shown 0-3 ??

    When we Dig a hole with our D’Angelo; clarkson; randle starting, then we try to go for a “Protect” house, win Strategy !!! what is that???

  • Lakers will lose by 20. And Mudiay is going to have a career night thanks to Scott’s horrible statements.

  • What More do We need to see against Nuggets, in our Current Starting Five, that has not been Already shown 0-3 ??

    When we Dig a hole with our D’Angelo; clarkson; randle starting, then we try to go for a “Protect” house, win Strategy !!! what is that???

  • Naw bro. Nuggets are a much better team right now. LA has no defense. Worst team in the conference right now.

  • Actually Randle is because he is the only one who has been playing consistent on both ends of the floor and put up 2 double-doubles in 3 games. You didn’t his last game?

  • Naw bro. Nuggets are a much better team right now. LA has no defense. Worst team in the conference right now.

  • Actually Randle is because he is the only one who has been playing consistent on both ends of the floor and put up 2 double-doubles in 3 games. You didn’t his last game?

  • notonlythat nugets will murderus I wonderhowscott islosely stupid towiglehisdumb statements out?

  • notonlythat nugets will murderus I wonderhowscott islosely stupid towiglehisdumb statements out?

  • Lol. Randle plays good and we will still lose. I don’t care if he has a great offensive night, but we give up 50 plus points in the paint.

  • I also remember his 3 pt 2 reb performance against Sac. His a rookie and is going to be inconsistent. BS basically iced Clarkson last game playing him as the #4 option on a team that doesn’t move the ball. Only a genuis like BS would ice their best player.

  • Lol. Randle plays good and we will still lose. I don’t care if he has a great offensive night, but we give up 50 plus points in the paint.

  • I also remember his 3 pt 2 reb performance against Sac. His a rookie and is going to be inconsistent. BS basically iced Clarkson last game playing him as the #4 option on a team that doesn’t move the ball. Only a genuis like BS would ice their best player.

  • Last game was 40… My concern is the 3 point line. We have to keep Gary Harris and Gallinari contested all night long

  • Last game was 40… My concern is the 3 point line. We have to keep Gary Harris and Gallinari contested all night long

  • My concern today is the 3 point line. Nuggets don’t have post players and slashers. We just have to keep Gallinari and Gary Harris contested all night long

  • My concern today is the 3 point line. Nuggets don’t have post players and slashers. We just have to keep Gallinari and Gary Harris contested all night long

  • Nuggets 112
    Lakers 105
    Mudiay going for a career high 32 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals.

  • Nuggets 112
    Lakers 105
    Mudiay going for a career high 32 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals.

  • Gallinari is going to have a field day shooting over Kobe. Mudiay is going to be able to get into the paint at will. So loads of points in the paint.

  • Lakers 110
    Nuggets 94

    Randle with a near triple double with 21 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists

  • Gallinari is going to have a field day shooting over Kobe. Mudiay is going to be able to get into the paint at will. So loads of points in the paint.

  • Lakers 110
    Nuggets 94

    Randle with a near triple double with 21 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists

  • That’s only one bad game playing against Stein and Cousins in the paint. Kobe playing like shit(like he said) so far this season. Hibbert only being a defensive threat. Russell not showing anything(yet). Clarkson all I seen make some pretty layup’s and out in transition a couple of times. Second best player yes. Randle is clearly the best player so far.

  • That’s only one bad game playing against Stein and Cousins in the paint. Kobe playing like shit(like he said) so far this season. Hibbert only being a defensive threat. Russell not showing anything(yet). Clarkson all I seen make some pretty layup’s and out in transition a couple of times. Second best player yes. Randle is clearly the best player so far.

  • He didn’t do that against “No D” Dirk but is going to do that against Faried. I guess better living through modern chemisty 😉

  • He didn’t do that against “No D” Dirk but is going to do that against Faried. I guess better living through modern chemisty 😉

  • are you stupid clarkson has tmade dunks, amazing assists and almost one us back he game we gave to the wolves are you drunk?

  • are you stupid clarkson has tmade dunks, amazing assists and almost one us back he game we gave to the wolves are you drunk?

  • Not a chance in heII this team holds the Nuggets to 94 points.

  • Well your just increasing my point. He is making HIGHLIGHT plays not really showing it on the score board.

  • Well your just increasing my point. He is making HIGHLIGHT plays not really showing it on the score board.

  • Clarkson is shooting near 50%. For a guard that very good. On any other team a guy like that would be the #1 option, but on LAL you got to give our 30% shooters the ball.

    Clarkson would be able to average 20pts 5,5 on 48-50% shooting if the #1 option. He’s the best LAL right now.

  • Clarkson is shooting near 50%. For a guard that very good. On any other team a guy like that would be the #1 option, but on LAL you got to give our 30% shooters the ball.

    Clarkson would be able to average 20pts 5,5 on 48-50% shooting if the #1 option. He’s the best LAL right now.

  • that’s part of basketball making things happen duh did you study bball 101, andhiscoreboard doefill up where have you been withyour facts?

  • Right now Randle is increasing his role it seems with that last performance he had against the Mavs. Feeding Randle gives us the best chance to win it seems then.

  • that’s part of basketball making things happen duh did you study bball 101, andhiscoreboard doefill up where have you been withyour facts?

  • Right now Randle is increasing his role it seems with that last performance he had against the Mavs. Feeding Randle gives us the best chance to win it seems then.

  • Guys here are too much “right now”. Until last wed we was a “dark horse to the playoff sport”. Now we are worse than Nuggets… Stop it

  • If that’s the case Terrance Ross is the best player on Rapors because his amazing dunks and HIGHLIGHT plays…..

  • This is the lineup i would like to for the first 5mins of the game to try and set tone. Clarkson,Young,Metta,Randle,Hibbert. I think this would give us enough offense and defense to get a good start to the game. For 5 mins metta can still be a force on defense and i think this would help us from starting out of the gate down 15pts. I know kobe will never come off the bench so this is a pipe dream before all the trolls start talking but if he was hurt i think this could work. Also you could switch lou with swaggy either way is fine.

  • Guys here are too much “right now”. Until last wed we was a “dark horse to the playoff sport”. Now we are worse than Nuggets… Stop it

  • If that’s the case Terrance Ross is the best player on Raptors because his amazing dunks and HIGHLIGHT plays…..

  • This is the lineup i would like to for the first 5mins of the game to try and set tone. Clarkson,Young,Metta,Randle,Hibbert. I think this would give us enough offense and defense to get a good start to the game. For 5 mins metta can still be a force on defense and i think this would help us from starting out of the gate down 15pts. I know kobe will never come off the bench so this is a pipe dream before all the trolls start talking but if he was hurt i think this could work. Also you could switch lou with swaggy either way is fine.

  • he has also made goof ups contributing toother teams clarkson is the only efficent laker playing really good!

  • he has also made goof ups contributing toother teams clarkson is the only efficent laker playing really good!

  • I foresee 3 potential problems this game, 1 will be rebounding, especially giving up offensive boards, Tarik Black really should play this game, even as backup PF if necessary as Kelly will not get the job done. 2. Who is Kobe going to guard? The athletic Gary Harris? Or the ridiculous mismatch on Gallinari? 3. Mudiay will likely go off simply because Byron Scott poked the bear with his ill informed opinions, which he should have kept to himself.

  • He’s about as 1-dimensional as they come. No jumper and no right hand. He’s going to be inconsistent. To be a #1 option is got to have a lot more moves. It’s crazy to think he can average 20 for a season with basically a single move as the #1 option. You really don’t know basketball if you think that.

  • I foresee 3 potential problems this game, 1 will be rebounding, especially giving up offensive boards, Tarik Black really should play this game, even as backup PF if necessary as Kelly will not get the job done. 2. Who is Kobe going to guard? The athletic Gary Harris? Or the ridiculous mismatch on Gallinari? 3. Mudiay will likely go off simply because Byron Scott poked the bear with his ill informed opinions, which he should have kept to himself.

  • He’s about as 1-dimensional as they come. No jumper and no right hand. He’s going to be inconsistent. To be a #1 option is got to have a lot more moves. It’s crazy to think he can average 20 for a season with basically a single move as the #1 option. You really don’t know basketball if you think that.

  • Lol. It’s the truth. The Nuggets are a better team right now. I honestly though going into the season they would be as well. And the Lakers never had a shot at a playoff spot in all honesty.

  • Lol. It’s the truth. The Nuggets are a better team right now. I honestly though going into the season they would be as well. And the Lakers never had a shot at a playoff spot in all honesty.

  • It’s a must win game..we need it ..I see Russell will play better every game..go Lakers ..let’s win

  • its not that but when something looks bad the way you start Byron really making us look bad!

  • He is averaging more PPG than randle how is he not showing it on the scoreboard.

  • It’s a must win game..we need it ..I see Russell will play better every game..go Lakers ..let’s win

  • its not that but when something looks bad the way you start Byron really making us look bad!

  • He is averaging more PPG than randle how is he not showing it on the scoreboard.

  • Basically a rehash of the previous three games. No perimeter defense. No backup center on our roster. I would add how is the offense going to be structured. Kobe the #1 option working the pinch post or something else?

    People were saying before the season we’d be a ~15 ranked defense because of Hibbert. I think I got my head chopped off when I suggested that Clarkson, Russell, Kobe would make a horrible perimeter defensive unit and with the emphasis on the 3pt shot it would make us a very bad defensive team.

  • Mudiay is not that good. We will win by double digitis IF we keep they 3 point shooters contested.
    I think we will win the rebound batle. Hibbert will have a easy job today because they don’t have the players to atack the basket and they bigs have no post game

  • Basically a rehash of the previous three games. No perimeter defense. No backup center on our roster. I would add how is the offense going to be structured. Kobe the #1 option working the pinch post or something else?

    People were saying before the season we’d be a ~15 ranked defense because of Hibbert. I think I got my head chopped off when I suggested that Clarkson, Russell, Kobe would make a horrible perimeter defensive unit and with the emphasis on the 3pt shot it would make us a very bad defensive team.

  • Mudiay is not that good. We will win by double digitis IF we keep they 3 point shooters contested.
    I think we will win the rebound batle. Hibbert will have a easy job today because they don’t have the players to atack the basket and they bigs have no post game

  • If you have to been watching the last game he used his right hand multiple of times and was just not about post,post,post all game. He also used his speed and change of direction to get into the lane to make shots. He was also hustled on the board with 15 rebs. Did you see how fast he ran to make that pass to Bass for the easy Dunk in transition? That’s was all about Randle right there. Didn’t I mention he also got 4 steals and an amazing block shot from the behind on the break. Yo this isn’t even a guy known for defense lol. I see that as a breakout game for Randle believe it or not. We should see more tonight if your watching….

  • Kobe and Clarkson HAS to atack the basket. If they do it. We will score like we did agains Wolves

  • If you have to been watching the last game he used his right hand multiple of times and was just not about post,post,post all game. He also used his speed and change of direction to get into the lane to make shots. He was also hustled on the board with 15 rebs. Did you see how fast he ran to make that pass to Bass for the easy Dunk in transition? That’s was all about Randle right there. Didn’t I mention he also got 4 steals and an amazing block shot from the behind on the break. Yo this isn’t even a guy known for defense lol. I see that as a breakout game for Randle believe it or not. We should see more tonight if your watching….

  • Kobe and Clarkson HAS to atack the basket. If they do it. We will score like we did agains Wolves

  • Then Russell has got to slow Mudiay’s penetration. Hibbert can’t rotate fast enough to play help defense because Russell offers near zero resistance on defense.

  • Then Russell has got to slow Mudiay’s penetration. Hibbert can’t rotate fast enough to play help defense because Russell offers near zero resistance on defense.

  • Let Russel guard Harris (he don’t have a very good ball handle to atack D’angelo with the ball), and Clarkson guard Mudiay. Give him space, let him shot

  • Against DIrk. Dirk wasn’t a good defender in his prime. He certainly hasn’t gotten better with age.

  • Russell is the one that has to attack and do something Kobe and Clarkson have been doing it!

  • Let Russel guard Harris (he don’t have a very good ball handle to atack D’angelo with the ball), and Clarkson guard Mudiay. Give him space, let him shot

  • Against DIrk. Dirk wasn’t a good defender in his prime. He certainly hasn’t gotten better with age.

  • Russell is the one that has to attack and do something Kobe and Clarkson have been doing it!

  • dude clarkson is not going to be guarding mudiaybyronwillstupidly put rusell on him!

  • dude clarkson is not going to be guarding mudiaybyronwillstupidly put rusell on him!

  • Have you looked at the stat sheets the only thing that randle is doing much better than clarkson is rebounds. imagine that a power forward averages more rebounds than a shooting guard smh. Clarkson is average 3 times more blocks than randle.

  • Kobe and Clarkson are sticking too much at the 3 point line in the last two games

  • Read my first sentence again. He just wasn’t posting up against Dirk or anyone for that matter all game.

  • Have you looked at the stat sheets the only thing that randle is doing much better than clarkson is rebounds. imagine that a power forward averages more rebounds than a shooting guard smh. Clarkson is average 3 times more blocks than randle.

  • Kobe and Clarkson are sticking too much at the 3 point line in the last two games

  • Read my first sentence again. He just wasn’t posting up against Dirk or anyone for that matter all game.

  • Mudiay will do well because they will run a lot of P&R and both Hibbert and Randle will struggle to contain. Gallinari is basically going to be unguard and we hope he doesn’t make all his shots and now Harris is going to have a good game being guard by a terrible defender. Yet you are so optimistic.

  • Honestly with Randle clogging up the paint and teams not having to respect his jumpshot yet unless there is a fast break or clarkson just blows by somebody(which he can’t do with russel controlling the ball) that is where they have to play.

  • Mudiay will do well because they will run a lot of P&R and both Hibbert and Randle will struggle to contain. Gallinari is basically going to be unguard and we hope he doesn’t make all his shots and now Harris is going to have a good game being guard by a terrible defender. Yet you are so optimistic.

  • Honestly with Randle clogging up the paint and teams not having to respect his jumpshot yet unless there is a fast break or clarkson just blows by somebody(which he can’t do with russel controlling the ball) that is where they have to play.

  • Its funny because you fail to mention that Randle is better at stealing the ball than Clarkson with 1.3 to 0.7 and is actually getting players involve more than Clarkson.

  • Its funny because you fail to mention that Randle is better at stealing the ball than Clarkson with 1.3 to 0.7 and is actually getting players involve more than Clarkson.

  • really those fake stats you look at instead of the game wow dude you suck at watching bball and the game!

  • really those fake stats you look at instead of the game wow dude you suck at watching bball and the game!

  • A litle bit. We don’t have the indentity to play with a big like him in the middle. We have young guys who can run… Well, i’m over thinking. Our situation is killing me

  • Fake stats? First dude for one thing this is coming from Espn(dot)com and second you could clearly see this for yourself if you’d watched the past 3 games.

  • A litle bit. We don’t have the indentity to play with a big like him in the middle. We have young guys who can run… Well, i’m over thinking. Our situation is killing me

  • Fake stats? First dude for one thing this is coming from Espn(dot)com and second you could clearly see this for yourself if you’d watched the past 3 games.

  • so they are both basically achieving 1 steal per game and all of randles came against dallas so that still does not show he is consistant

  • so they are both basically achieving 1 steal per game and all of randles came against dallas so that still does not show he is consistant

  • ESPN which actually have had not true facts for years and predicted cavs would win finals that’s a joke!

  • ESPN which actually have had not true facts for years and predicted cavs would win finals that’s a joke!

  • Does anybody realize Nick Young is our most efficient scorer? He’s the only player shooting above 45% FG and 40% three point. Still early but that’s crazy given everyone wanted his head last season.

  • When he drives I thought he always changed to his left to finish. I remember a lot of his buckets against Dirk like that. Randle in the post? He’s a face up player, he’s never been a post player. I may be wrong but I don’t think he posted much even in college.

    I think we are getting off topic. Who is the best as #1 option. Until Randle develops his off hand and can hit his jumpers. Learn to be able to produce consistently. It better to have someone who can like Clarkson be #1 option.

  • Does anybody realize Nick Young is our most efficient scorer? He’s the only player shooting above 45% FG and 40% three point. Still early but that’s crazy given everyone wanted his head last season.

  • When he drives I thought he always changed to his left to finish. I remember a lot of his buckets against Dirk like that. Randle in the post? He’s a face up player, he’s never been a post player. I may be wrong but I don’t think he posted much even in college.

    I think we are getting off topic. Who is the best as #1 option. Until Randle develops his off hand and can hit his jumpers. Learn to be able to produce consistently. It better to have someone who can like Clarkson be #1 option.

  • Its been 3 games only into the season. What I seen Randle has been the only one to get a two Double-Doubles(no has even got a Double-Double yet).

  • Hibbert cannot. If Randle is doing well guarding the P&R then they will just run it through Hibbert.

    Rondo had a field day do stuff like that.

  • honestly i think he has even shown small amounts of defensive prowess. He is at least trying to contend shots and honestly moves better than kobe on that side of the ball.

  • Its been 3 games only into the season. What I seen Randle has been the only one to get a two Double-Doubles(no has even got a Double-Double yet).

  • Hibbert cannot. If Randle is doing well guarding the P&R then they will just run it through Hibbert.

    Rondo had a field day do stuff like that.

  • honestly i think he has even shown small amounts of defensive prowess. He is at least trying to contend shots and honestly moves better than kobe on that side of the ball.

  • Pretty much this. In their effort to make Russell look good they basically sacrificed Clarkson’s offense last game. Those two need to learn how to play off Clarkson. In preseason their were a bunch of times Clarkson would penetrate and kick out to Randle for him to attack a disorganized defense. They should stick to that, and P&R with Clarkson and Randle.

  • Not everyone I wanted to keep him. It was clear he was injured all last year and tore a ligament in his thumb on his shooting hand which caused his bad shooting.

  • Pretty much this. In their effort to make Russell look good they basically sacrificed Clarkson’s offense last game. Those two need to learn how to play off Clarkson. In preseason their were a bunch of times Clarkson would penetrate and kick out to Randle for him to attack a disorganized defense. They should stick to that, and P&R with Clarkson and Randle.

  • Not everyone I wanted to keep him. It was clear he was injured all last year and tore a ligament in his thumb on his shooting hand which caused his bad shooting.

  • He’s shooting 50% (from 2 and 3) unless you are including preseason. Kinda hard to figure out why he’s playing so few minutes (17).

  • I don’t expect him to keep these shooting percentages up but he can contribute.

  • He’s shooting 50% (from 2 and 3) unless you are including preseason. Kinda hard to figure out why he’s playing so few minutes (17).

  • I don’t expect him to keep these shooting percentages up but he can contribute.

  • He drew many fouls going to right hand at the basket. He plays both face-up and low-post. In college spent most of his time in the low-post. I give you that he did spend most of time facing-up against Dallas which was effort nevertheless.

    To me Randle is the better #1 option. At least we actually had a chance to get back into the game with Randle against Mavs. Clarkson showed points in a blow-out win for the Kings.

  • I just threw those numbers out to highlight how bad everyone else on the team is shooting.

  • He drew many fouls going to right hand at the basket. He plays both face-up and low-post. In college spent most of his time in the low-post. I give you that he did spend most of time facing-up against Dallas which was effort nevertheless.

    To me Randle is the better #1 option. At least we actually had a chance to get back into the game with Randle against Mavs. Clarkson showed points in a blow-out win for the Kings.

  • I just threw those numbers out to highlight how bad everyone else on the team is shooting.

  • Not is it only his shooting though. He’s been moving the ball very well and his defense is better. He’s been all around good.

  • he also helped us lower thebeating you idiot fool and he scored morethan that part younumbskull!

  • First of all Hibbert had 12 and 10 vs. timberwolves. and secondly thats because he is a power forward who lives in the paint of course he should be getting a double double when he gets the green light to do wtf he wants. He has also made alot of mistakes by driving in lane and not making the right play and make 2.7 turnovers a game.

  • Not is it only his shooting though. He’s been moving the ball very well and his defense is better. He’s been all around good.

  • he also helped us lower thebeating you idiot fool and he scored morethan that part younumbskull!

  • First of all Hibbert had 12 and 10 vs. timberwolves. and secondly thats because he is a power forward who lives in the paint of course he should be getting a double double when he gets the green light to do wtf he wants. He has also made alot of mistakes by driving in lane and not making the right play which is why he has 2.7 turnovers a game.

  • agreed why doebyron not start him at sf kobe atsg natural position andclark at pg with randle and hibbert!

  • agreed why doebyron not start him at sf kobe atsg natural position andclark at pg with randle and hibbert!

  • good post i can completely agree with this. In summer league it looked like they were developing a great two man game together but it has since stalled.

  • good post i can completely agree with this. In summer league it looked like they were developing a great two man game together but it has since stalled.

  • I second that. Always thought he was good in a role off the bench. I honestly would rather see him start at SF.

  • I second that. Always thought he was good in a role off the bench. I honestly would rather see him start at SF.

  • well I had how to at least try that’s all I wanted but the way byron coaches is so bad my mother could coach better than him!

  • Dude wtf is your problem? A blow-out is still a blow-out. Scoring garbage points ain’t good for the team.

  • well I had how to at least try that’s all I wanted but the way byron coaches is so bad my mother could coach better than him!

  • Dude wtf is your problem? A blow-out is still a blow-out. Scoring garbage points ain’t good for the team.

  • The point is they refuse to give him his touches. It’s crazy not giving the ball to someone like that, he’d be putting up big numbers.

    I thought the league was all crazy for high scoring pg. We basically have one and use him as the #4 option. Running the P&R he can get an easy jumper or take it to the basket every time. Super high percentage shots. Until team’s are able to take that away he’s our best offense.

  • lets see how bad we would have lost without his contribtutuin we would lose by 50! wtf is your problem man,talking about Clarkson who works his butt off!

  • Did you know Lakers are on pace to break most attempted 3’s in a season this year set by the Rockets last year. We have been taking close to 34 3’s PER GAME. We either need to start feeding Randle in paint or do more PnR’s with Clarkson because we ain’t winning anything taking a bunch of 3’s all game without making them.

  • If given Cards: Sweet Lou Williams; Nick Young; Bass; Huertas then,
    Y
    Not give them each 38 minutes, and a Starting Role ? ?

    fyi, If you stay we are a development team and we want our rookies to develop, My Advance Reply shall Always be: Send them to Our Defenders !! Here they can develop until they are ripe

    and if Byron is conceding the Win, and saying I don’t care if we win, then, get rid of Lou, Hibbert so they can join a team contending for a title

  • The point is they refuse to give him his touches. It’s crazy not giving the ball to someone like that, he’d be putting up big numbers.

    I thought the league was all crazy for high scoring pg. We basically have one and use him as the #4 option. Running the P&R he can get an easy jumper or take it to the basket every time. Super high percentage shots. Until team’s are able to take that away he’s our best offense.

  • lets see how bad we would have lost without his contribtutuin we would lose by 50! wtf is your problem man,talking about Clarkson who works his butt off!

  • Did you know Lakers are on pace to break most attempted 3’s in a season this year set by the Rockets last year. We have been taking close to 34 3’s PER GAME. We either need to start feeding Randle in paint or do more PnR’s with Clarkson because we ain’t winning anything taking a bunch of 3’s all game without making them.

  • If given Cards: Sweet Lou Williams; Nick Young; Bass; Huertas then,
    Y
    Not give them each 38 minutes, and a Starting Role ? ?

    fyi, If you stay we are a development team and we want our rookies to develop, My Advance Reply shall Always be: Send them to Our Defenders !! Here they can develop until they are ripe

    and if Byron is conceding the Win, and saying I don’t care if we win, then, get rid of Lou, Hibbert so they can join a team contending for a title

  • Our three point pace is led by Kobe. Kobe should not be taking more than 5 per game.

  • Our three point pace is led by Kobe. Kobe should not be taking more than 5 per game.

  • and hes not trying to be involved and goofing around getting eaten up that’s whatrussell is doing!

  • and hes not trying to be involved and goofing around getting eaten up that’s whatrussell is doing!

  • Russell isn’t goofing around, and have you seen the team defense? Everyone is getting “eaten up” as you say.

  • Russell isn’t goofing around, and have you seen the team defense? Everyone is getting “eaten up” as you say.

  • No, I’m looking at a 19 year old rookie struggling. Meanwhile our best player is taking ill advised wild shots every game. But Russell is goofing off?

  • No, I’m looking at a 19 year old rookie struggling. Meanwhile our best player is taking ill advised wild shots every game. But Russell is goofing off?

  • yes dating a kardashian talking arrogant insulting fans, clarkson and randle are working while russell is looking like a 3 year old playing ball wake up man!

  • Frustrated . . . Actually Physically Sick, having to “lose” at Staples . . . Not understanding What Coach Byron’s “substitution” system is all about – sometimes all five come out – not a fan of that kind of subbing

    Not a Fan of Starting 1st y D’angelo; 2nd y Clarkson; even 2nd y Randle

    If Bryon keeps Rookies starting, heavy minutes and we continue to Lose, then

    I say Y keep Veterans: Hibbert; Lou Williams; Bass; Nick Young; even Huertas? Let them go. Release our Veterans so that they could join a Team Contending for a Title

  • yes dating a kardashian talking arrogant insulting fans, clarkson and randle are working while russell is looking like a 3 year old playing ball wake up man!

  • Frustrated . . . Actually Physically Sick, having to “lose” at Staples . . . Not understanding What Coach Byron’s “substitution” system is all about – sometimes all five come out – not a fan of that kind of subbing

    Not a Fan of Starting 1st y D’angelo; 2nd y Clarkson; even 2nd y Randle

    If Bryon keeps Rookies starting, heavy minutes and we continue to Lose, then

    I say Y keep Veterans: Hibbert; Lou Williams; Bass; Nick Young; even Huertas? Let them go. Release our Veterans so that they could join a Team Contending for a Title

  • His personal life is none of my business. Get out of the tabloids and keep your focus on the court. SMH

  • His personal life is none of my business. Get out of the tabloids and keep your focus on the court. SMH

  • this ispart of basketball because i tis a distraction nitwit, get out of fantasy idiot land and talk the truth moron smh

  • this ispart of basketball because i tis a distraction nitwit, get out of fantasy idiot land and talk the truth moron smh

  • WOW you are one of those. I could care less about what any player does with his personal time long as it’s not illegal. Grow up son.

  • WOW you are one of those. I could care less about what any player does with his personal time long as it’s not illegal. Grow up son.

  • Anyone who thought we were a dark horse to the playoffs knows nothing about basketball.

  • Anyone who thought we were a dark horse to the playoffs knows nothing about basketball.

  • Hey, there’s a reason I picked him up off waivers for my fantasy team. I need 3s, pts, good ft shooting, and decent fg average.

    Anyways, he’s balling right now. Yet, Scott still has a grudge against him. If he makes one mistake…sit down Nick. Even though he’s playing well (even got a block the other game)

    Scott is leaning heavily on Lou. Lou should be used as a weapon…a scorer like Nick. I don’t understand why he handles the ball. If anything, JC should handle the rock until huertas comes in.

    Side note: Nick, lou, and jc should not play together. Lou and Nick should play with huertas

  • Hey, there’s a reason I picked him up off waivers for my fantasy team. I need 3s, pts, good ft shooting, and decent fg average.

    Anyways, he’s balling right now. Yet, Scott still has a grudge against him. If he makes one mistake…sit down Nick. Even though he’s playing well (even got a block the other game)

    Scott is leaning heavily on Lou. Lou should be used as a weapon…a scorer like Nick. I don’t understand why he handles the ball. If anything, JC should handle the rock until huertas comes in.

    Side note: Nick, lou, and jc should not play together. Lou and Nick should play with huertas

  • Randle doesn’t post. He drives like a bull and forces his way in.

    We should focus on Kobe in the high post and hibbert. Especially tonight…hibbert should get a lot of touches in the post.

    We also need people to cut

    Overall, it’s massive confusion in our O system.

    Defensively we’re great for 20 secs, then we’re trash in the last 4 secs

  • Randle doesn’t post. He drives like a bull and forces his way in.

    We should focus on Kobe in the high post and hibbert. Especially tonight…hibbert should get a lot of touches in the post.

    We also need people to cut

    Overall, it’s massive confusion in our O system.

    Defensively we’re great for 20 secs, then we’re trash in the last 4 secs

  • It’s led by Scott and his trash system. 3pt shooters should knock them down (lou, Nick, Kelly, Russell, etc)

    In all honesty, Kobe looks confused as to what to do. What position to play, how to play, when and where to shoot.

    The players are a reflection of the coach

  • Nick and Lou have chemistry. I kinda like Nick with less minutes. He seems more hungry like that. It does seem Scott may have Young on a short leash.

  • It’s led by Scott and his trash system. 3pt shooters should knock them down (lou, Nick, Kelly, Russell, etc)

    In all honesty, Kobe looks confused as to what to do. What position to play, how to play, when and where to shoot.

    The players are a reflection of the coach

  • Nick and Lou have chemistry. I kinda like Nick with less minutes. He seems more hungry like that. It does seem Scott may have Young on a short leash.

  • No excuse for Kobe’s shot selection.

    I can’t argue Scott and his coaching. I think it’s more to it than just that tho. The main problem I see with Scott is his inability to coach Kobe. The team practices a certain way but must deviate from that on game day to accommodate Kobe.

  • No excuse for Kobe’s shot selection.

    I can’t argue Scott and his coaching. I think it’s more to it than just that tho. The main problem I see with Scott is his inability to coach Kobe. The team practices a certain way but must deviate from that on game day to accommodate Kobe.

  • They do, I enjoy them together as long as they have someone feeding them the ball.

    I really disliked this line up: Lou, JC, Young, Kelly, Bass. 3 SGs and 2 PFs.
    Scott needs to decide on either Kelly or bass. He also needs to substitute jc for huertas OR let JC handle the ball (instead of lou)

    Bass has great energy…but he’s not a C. Kelly is either on or off. When he’s off, he’s a liability.

    Anthony Brown should get some mins soon if this losing trends continues

    Young deserves more mins. At least 20. We don’t want him to get butthurt because Scott only throws 15 mins at him

  • They do, I enjoy them together as long as they have someone feeding them the ball.

    I really disliked this line up: Lou, JC, Young, Kelly, Bass. 3 SGs and 2 PFs.
    Scott needs to decide on either Kelly or bass. He also needs to substitute jc for huertas OR let JC handle the ball (instead of lou)

    Bass has great energy…but he’s not a C. Kelly is either on or off. When he’s off, he’s a liability.

    Anthony Brown should get some mins soon if this losing trends continues

    Young deserves more mins. At least 20. We don’t want him to get butthurt because Scott only throws 15 mins at him

  • Even Clarkson is frustrated with BS. We can’t afford him to leave because of this idiot coach. Please go on change(dot)org and sign the petition for the Lakers to fire Byron Scott! We’re nearing 500, let’s get this going!

  • Even Clarkson is frustrated with BS. We can’t afford him to leave because of this idiot coach. Please go on change(dot)org and sign the petition for the Lakers to fire Byron Scott! We’re nearing 500, let’s get this going!

  • I can dig all of that. Especially on Young. I’m a fa of Kelly but he absolutely needs to knock down more shots. His shooting percentages are unacceptable. His defense is actually better than most give him credit. Especially when paired with Hibbert. Those to protect the rim when playing together! Bass is that hustle man at PF not center. Scott should play them according to match ups.

  • I can dig all of that. Especially on Young. I’m a fa of Kelly but he absolutely needs to knock down more shots. His shooting percentages are unacceptable. His defense is actually better than most give him credit. Especially when paired with Hibbert. Those to protect the rim when playing together! Bass is that hustle man at PF not center. Scott should play them according to match ups.

  • Looking at the Nuggs injury report they have 2 Centers on the injury list plus one questionable for today’s game. Best to play Black and Bass for the 2nd unit. May need to get Hibbert more offensively involved since the paint will likely end up being one of the keys today.

  • Looking at the Nuggs injury report they have 2 Centers on the injury list plus one questionable for today’s game. Best to play Black and Bass for the 2nd unit. May need to get Hibbert more offensively involved since the paint will likely end up being one of the keys today.

  • The simple solution would be the most effective being the pick n roll. Russell would look like nash and randle amare stoudamire

  • The simple solution would be the most effective being the pick n roll. Russell would look like nash and randle amare stoudamire but Byron Scott hates p&r so either way we’re doomed with Byron at the helm

  • I would rather see us do that with Hibbert. Julius moves better so Roy could find him diving into the lane. Roy showed us he’s a good passer.

  • That’s another problem we don’t throw it down to hibbert enough he can score and hit Freebies and pass

  • I would rather see us do that with Hibbert. Julius moves better so Roy could find him diving into the lane. Roy showed us he’s a good passer.

  • That’s another problem we don’t throw it down to hibbert enough he can score and hit Freebies and pass

  • Obviously no excuse for 14 shots beyond the arc, but this is a frustrating time for Kobe…and Scott isn’t making it easier.

    I would think Kobe at the elbow/high post would be great. Especially with hib down low. Plus, randle doesn’t like staying inside too much.

    Scott has a lot of work to do. He should try nance and brown. Especially Brown.

    Russell might be more comfortable leading the second unit.

    There’s many problems and many untested solutions. Scott has yet to address one problem…that’s my beef with him.

  • Obviously no excuse for 14 shots beyond the arc, but this is a frustrating time for Kobe…and Scott isn’t making it easier.

    I would think Kobe at the elbow/high post would be great. Especially with hib down low. Plus, randle doesn’t like staying inside too much.

    Scott has a lot of work to do. He should try nance and brown. Especially Brown.

    Russell might be more comfortable leading the second unit.

    There’s many problems and many untested solutions. Scott has yet to address one problem…that’s my beef with him.

  • All I can say is Kobe and Scott are in cohorts in running the offense. Scott is catering to Kobe.

  • All I can say is Kobe and Scott are in cohorts in running the offense. Scott is catering to Kobe.

  • I will be very disappointed if we don’t get a win tonight. Denver is very banged up. Both of their big men are questionable. This should be a confidence building win tonight.

  • I will be very disappointed if we don’t get a win tonight. Denver is very banged up. Both of their big men are questionable. This should be a confidence building win tonight.

  • Coach Byron Stays, IF – U like D’Angelo Russell; Clarkson; and even Randle Starting and playing with Heavy Minutes

    Byron is the Only NBA Coach, with this Strategy

    Don’t say, U never heard, what would happen to Ur current Starting Five, should Byron ever leave Bruh

  • Coach Byron Stays, IF – U like D’Angelo Russell; Clarkson; and even Randle Starting and playing with Heavy Minutes

    Byron is the Only NBA Coach, with this Strategy

    Don’t say, U never heard, what would happen to Ur current Starting Five, should Byron ever leave Bruh

  • Young should start over Kobe, he’s been better at both sides of the court without question.

  • Young should start over Kobe, he’s been better at both sides of the court without question.

  • It’s in the news on several sites and in social media the talks, the rumblings,
    TANKING!
    Hooprumorsdot:
    The Lakers would be better off if Kobe Bryant retired, John Smallwood of the Philadelphia Daily News opines. Bryant hasn’t been an impact player since the 2012/13 season and no longer serves a useful role on a rebuilding team, Smallwood continues. The veteran wing player doesn’t have the mentality to help develop the Lakers’ younger players and his burning desire to win actually hurts the team’s chances of holding onto its first-round pick, Smallwood adds. The Lakers must convey their 2016 pick to the Sixers unless it’s in the top three. Becoming a role player on a contending team via a trade or buyout doesn’t suit Bryant’s personality or ego, so there’s no point in Bryant continuing his career, Smallwood concludes.

  • It’s in the news on several sites and in social media the talks, the rumblings,
    TANKING!
    Hooprumorsdot:
    The Lakers would be better off if Kobe Bryant retired, John Smallwood of the Philadelphia Daily News opines. Bryant hasn’t been an impact player since the 2012/13 season and no longer serves a useful role on a rebuilding team, Smallwood continues. The veteran wing player doesn’t have the mentality to help develop the Lakers’ younger players and his burning desire to win actually hurts the team’s chances of holding onto its first-round pick, Smallwood adds. The Lakers must convey their 2016 pick to the Sixers unless it’s in the top three. Becoming a role player on a contending team via a trade or buyout doesn’t suit Bryant’s personality or ego, so there’s no point in Bryant continuing his career, Smallwood concludes.

  • Losing at home and looking bad doing it, it’s another thing to lose but battle til the end. Not losing and no fight can’t keep losing in staples center of all places

  • Losing at home and looking bad doing it, it’s another thing to lose but battle til the end. Not losing and no fight can’t keep losing in staples center of all places

  • Randle is a 6-9 250 athletic pound pf jc is playing the sg spot, Randle has the easiest job on this team he took half of the attempts then THE whole team, jc is the best player on this team Dirk gave him 25 and missed only like what three shots but Jordan def his horrible, had jordan been a 1 round pick nobody would have a problem with him but his fault the offense Isn’t good and if you watched that game you can see Jordan barely get any touches Julius had 17 attempts if only had 8 Russ had more than him but let get back to randle attempt it took randle 17 attempts to get to 22 it took jc 15.

  • Randle is a 6-9 250 athletic pound pf jc is playing the sg spot, Randle has the easiest job on this team he took half of the attempts then THE whole team, jc is the best player on this team Dirk gave him 25 and missed only like what three shots but Jordan def his horrible, had jordan been a 1 round pick nobody would have a problem with him but his fault the offense Isn’t good and if you watched that game you can see Jordan barely get any touches Julius had 17 attempts if only had 8 Russ had more than him but let get back to randle attempt it took randle 17 attempts to get to 22 it took jc 15.

  • HE did good against a old skinny Dirk are you kidding me but when Jordan kills nobody cares he scored 22 on a 37 year old who was never a good defender but jc scores 22 on Ben mclemore who’s a good defender and had a crazy percentage of 66 wtf no just no i like Julius but he’s not better then jc so far.

  • HE did good against a old skinny Dirk are you kidding me but when Jordan kills nobody cares he scored 22 on a 37 year old who was never a good defender but jc scores 22 on Ben mclemore who’s a good defender and had a crazy percentage of 66 wtf no just no i like Julius but he’s not better then jc so far.

  • What dallas is no where better than Sacramento nice try what crazy is randle bad game 3 points Jordan’s bad game which wasn’t a bad game just wasn’t getting the ball 7 pts,2blk,3ast and 1stl he the better player.

  • What dallas is no where better than Sacramento nice try what crazy is randle bad game 3 points Jordan’s bad game which wasn’t a bad game just wasn’t getting the ball 7 pts,2blk,3ast and 1stl he the better player.

  • Lmao looking for any reason to blame Russell, Kobe has by far been the biggest reason we’re losing so far this year.

  • Lmao looking for any reason to blame Russell, Kobe has by far been the biggest reason we’re losing so far this year.

  • if we can’t utilize pf larry nance, shift him to sf…nick young is our first unit, Lary nance is our 2nd unit….just give kobe rest for 4th quarter…PW Randle/ Bass…Hibbert/Black….Its good to see Nance and Randle on the floor…just blend and mix…beast 🙂 Go Lakers…

  • if we can’t utilize pf larry nance, shift him to sf…nick young is our first unit, Lary nance is our 2nd unit….just give kobe rest for 4th quarter…PW Randle/ Bass…Hibbert/Black….Its good to see Nance and Randle on the floor…just blend and mix…beast 🙂 Go Lakers…

  • he’s just a randle fanboy jc the better player he got 4 ast and extra points from stat padding. If had two 3 ast games randle has ast only one game more then 3 not more efficient then jc the only thing randle is doing better then jc is reb which he should be doing.

  • he’s just a randle fanboy jc the better player he got 4 ast and extra points from stat padding. If had two 3 ast games randle has ast only one game more then 3 not more efficient then jc the only thing randle is doing better then jc is reb which he should be doing.

  • How is Jordan going to get. A double with this team he’s a sg not a pf.

  • How is Jordan going to get. A double with this team he’s a sg not a pf.

  • Gotta remember Lakes have a starting five that never even played a game together last season. Clarkson & Kobe may have but JC hardly played at all til January & Kobe was injured by then. Any other NBA teams in a similar situation that are winning right now?

  • Gotta remember Lakes have a starting five that never even played a game together last season. Clarkson & Kobe may have but JC hardly played at all til January & Kobe was injured by then. Any other NBA teams in a similar situation that are winning right now?

  • I like the “Will the Lakers Win Their Season Opener?” poll question — time for an update @LN

  • I like the “Will the Lakers Win Their Season Opener?” poll question — time for an update @LN

  • 9 min left in the fourth. Charlotte has 108 pts.

    Edit: 9:30 left and they have 110

  • 9 min left in the fourth. Charlotte has 108 pts.

    Edit: 9:30 left and they have 110

  • Lakers better win this game tonight, I can’t imagine going winless before the 5 game road trip.

  • Lakers better win this game tonight, I can’t imagine going winless before the 5 game road trip.

  • Lakers by fi ve or six..just got into the zone ready to see what we gave…i love the lake show good or bad…energy

  • Lakers by fi ve or six..just got into the zone ready to see what we gave…i love the lake show good or bad…energy

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