Lakers Won’t Turn To Metta World Peace After Two Straight Losses
Lakers News: Metta World Peace Says ‘everybody’s Soft’ In Today’s Nba
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Sacramento Kings crushed the Los Angeles Lakers at Sleep Train Arena on Saturday with Los Angeles looking more like a D-League team rather than an NBA squad. The defense was awful with the Lakers giving up 80 points in the paint to DeMarcus Cousins and company. This was the first time an NBA team had given up 80 points in the paint to an opponent in 20 years.

With the Lakers’ defensive effort being a major concern moving forward, head coach Byron Scott was asked whether Metta World Peace should be given a chance to play in order to help improve the team on that side of the floor.

Coach Scott admitted World Peace may get a shot down the road, but not right now, via Bill Oram of the OC Register.

Probably later on,” he said Saturday after a light practice at the Lakers’ facility. “I’m not going to panic after two games and all of the sudden change everything that we’ve been doing.”

During the season opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves last week, the Lakers were up by as much as 16 points and seemed to be well on their way to starting the year off with a win at the Staples Center. Although the Lakers showed signs of promise, Los Angeles let Minnesota come from behind and get the one-point victory.

Despite the loss, no one was panicking in Los Angeles. The consensus was the Lakers may be better than anticipated, but that drastically changed after an embarrassing loss to the Kings on Saturday.

There’s no question this team is more talented than last year’s squad. The additions of Lou Williams, Roy Hibbert, D’Angelo Russell, and the return of a healthy Julius Randle has the Lakers headed in the right direction.

Unfortunately, Saturday’s loss to the Kings looked a lot like many of the losses last year with players fatigued and lost at times on both ends of the basketball floor. If the team continues to play with the same effort as they did against the Kings, the pressure will be on Coach Scott to make some changes. World Peace getting minutes in the rotation may be his first move.

of course not, scott has his secret weapons in Bass and Kelly upfront

  • Metta sets the tone period and some how he needs to get some min or find a way to get Julius fired up early to get the team goin, After Julius punked Garnett his reputation for team enforcer has grown so i think they need to find a way to light a spark under these guys, at least metta come in for 10 min set the tone then sit down because we are playing soft, when we played the jazz once metta dived over the chair Kobe,Randle,Hibbert got aggressive and thats what needs to happen.

  • Metta sets the tone period and some how he needs to get some min or find a way to get Julius fired up early to get the team goin, After Julius punked Garnett his reputation for team enforcer has grown so i think they need to find a way to light a spark under these guys, at least metta come in for 10 min set the tone then sit down because we are playing soft, when we played the jazz once metta dived over the chair Kobe,Randle,Hibbert got aggressive and thats what needs to happen.

  • It hurts to watch the Lakers. The lack of defense is killing the Lakers. Byron plays Bass out of position. He is a PF but he plays him for C. Yes, Kelly helps offensively but he’s a huge liability for the defense. He may hustle every once in a while but the regular bad switching and bad positioning hurts the team a lot. He gives up a lot of offensive rebounds which doesn’t help the team.

  • It hurts to watch the Lakers. The lack of defense is killing the Lakers. Byron plays Bass out of position. He is a PF but he plays him for C. Yes, Kelly helps offensively but he’s a huge liability for the defense. He may hustle every once in a while but the regular bad switching and bad positioning hurts the team a lot. He gives up a lot of offensive rebounds which doesn’t help the team.

  • Why not change anything? Says Byron. Because things have been going well so far. Buffoonery.

  • Why change anything? Says Byron. Because things have been going well so far. Buffoonery.

  • Well i think the first thing Lakers must do is get some hard fouls in early to let guys know they cant come in the paint easy even if they get a quick tech they just let it be known we aint soft and the offense will think twice about coming in the paint and Julius shud be the one to set that tone if Metta isnt in and the team will follow.

  • Well i think the first thing Lakers must do is get some hard fouls in early to let guys know they cant come in the paint easy even if they get a quick tech they just let it be known we aint soft and the offense will think twice about coming in the paint and Julius shud be the one to set that tone if Metta isnt in and the team will follow.

  • I don’t buy lack of talent as an excuse for byron, 2 things they can fix right now, get back on defense in transitions, and cover the 3 point shooters, rotations are too slow, that is something a good coach can bring to just about any team….As for interior defense, at least try black but don’t go with the same stupid combination that doesn’t work, kelly and bass not getting anything done, mitch has to get a legit backup center, we have a bunch of PFs and a 3rd string center in sacre (if you can call him a NBA center) , only legit center is hibbert.

  • I don’t buy lack of talent as an excuse for byron, 2 things they can fix right now, get back on defense in transitions, and cover the 3 point shooters, rotations are too slow, that is something a good coach can bring to just about any team….As for interior defense, at least try black but don’t go with the same stupid combination that doesn’t work, kelly and bass not getting anything done, mitch has to get a legit backup center, we have a bunch of PFs and a 3rd string center in sacre (if you can call him a NBA center) , only legit center is hibbert.

  • Even though I hold back cascades of vomit when watching my dear Lakers while opposing commentators giggle and laugh at them I couldn’t help but laugh when reading Byron’s comment. Indeed, why change anything in this championship recipe?

  • Even though I hold back cascades of vomit when watching my dear Lakers while opposing commentators giggle and laugh at them I couldn’t help but laugh when reading Byron’s comment. Indeed, why change anything in this championship recipe?

  • I don’t mean to get on Clarkson, but if he’s truly going to be our SG for the future (post Kobe), he should really work on his defense. Even though Kobe isn’t the defender he used to be, he was still elite on that end of the floor. We need a wing defender desperately and now that he’s in a contract year, it would be a huge benefit for him as well as the Lakers, if he can pick up that end of the floor. I will say Clarkson is great at picking off the pass, I just would love to see him become a lockdown one on one perimeter defender and not just let his man into the paint, resulting in a Hibbert foul.

    Also, Anthony Brown needs to see some time to grow as a Khris Middleton type player.

  • I don’t mean to get on Clarkson, but if he’s truly going to be our SG for the future (post Kobe), he should really work on his defense. Even though Kobe isn’t the defender he used to be, he was still elite on that end of the floor. We need a wing defender desperately and now that he’s in a contract year, it would be a huge benefit for him as well as the Lakers, if he can pick up that end of the floor. I will say Clarkson is great at picking off the pass, I just would love to see him become a lockdown one on one perimeter defender and not just let his man into the paint, resulting in a Hibbert foul.

    Also, Anthony Brown needs to see some time to grow as a Khris Middleton type player.

  • It’s all mr overrated Kobe again, who is ruining our FRANCHISE! Fanboys can cry, but facts are OBVIOUS!

  • It’s all mr overrated Kobe again, who is ruining our FRANCHISE! Fanboys can cry, but facts are OBVIOUS!

  • All I know is I better not only see our starters getting 20 mins again smh people are paying too watch!

  • Kobe’s been top worst defender in NBA for years. He was never elite defender, educate yourself

  • Kobe’s been top worst defender in NBA for years. He was never elite defender, educate yourself

  • So 80 points in the paint? Would DeAndre Jordan on the Clips allow that? No way! Was Hibbert in there for most of those points? If so, did the Laker ‘braintrust’ ever wonder why he was so available from Larry Bird’s Pacers? Could he be too slow to do anything but stand under the cup and block only shooters that directly challenge him?

  • So 80 points in the paint? Would DeAndre Jordan on the Clips allow that? No way! Was Hibbert in there for most of those points? If so, did the Laker ‘braintrust’ ever wonder why he was so available from Larry Bird’s Pacers? Could he be too slow to do anything but stand under the cup and block only shooters who directly challenge him? Gotta be able to be a force in the paint, not just 16 sq. feet right under the cup.

  • Wasn’t Hibbert’s fault. He was in foul trouble throughout the game, because players kept letting their men in the paint. Hibbert’s been extremely solid for us in the paint so far.

  • Wasn’t Hibbert’s fault. He was in foul trouble throughout the game, because players kept letting their men in the paint. Hibbert’s been extremely solid for us in the paint so far.

  • theres no excuse for not playing World Peace. He is much more valuable than Brown or Sacre.

  • Agreed. It’s the perimeter defense that’s been woeful. Any perimeter defense with Russell and Kobe on it is going to be nonexistent.

  • theres no excuse for not playing World Peace. He is much more valuable than Brown or Sacre.

  • Agreed. It’s the perimeter defense that’s been woeful. Any perimeter defense with Russell and Kobe on it is going to be nonexistent.

  • Face it, he’s washed up. The only reason he made the squad was to be a coach in practice. Since we are rebuilding it makes more sense to play the rookies Brown, Black, Nance.

  • Face it, he’s washed up. The only reason he made the squad was to be a coach in practice. Since we are rebuilding it makes more sense to play the rookies Brown, Black, Nance.

  • As bad as Kobe is defensively he’s not even the worse of the starters. D’Slow would have trouble guarding a garbage can.

  • As bad as Kobe is defensively he’s not even the worse of the starters. D’Slow would have trouble guarding a garbage can.

  • Don’t bother replying, he’s just a Kobe hate troll. He does this quite often. Best thing to do is flag and pay him no attention.

  • Don’t bother replying, he’s just a Kobe hate troll. He does this quite often. Best thing to do is flag and pay him no attention.

  • Kobe don’t even try to play any defense, he’s been leading Lakers to worst defense in NBA history in recent years.

  • Kobe don’t even try to play any defense, he’s been leading Lakers to worst defense in NBA history in recent years.

  • MWP isn’t the answer. It’s not a question of Talent but people knowing their roles. All this testing players should have been done in the offseason. Same with Russell’s case , lets play him as shooting guard , oh no lets put him back on point. The players are confused. This is on the coaching staff and for us fans that have been watching the game for a long time it is evident this team isn’t ready for regular season play. I’m echoing what Wes Johnson said , “So nobody really knew what was going on. Nobody ever knew, so it was hard for anyone to come in and get into a good rhythm or flow. Nobody was playing together.”

  • MWP isn’t the answer. It’s not a question of Talent but people knowing their roles. All this testing players should have been done in the offseason. Same with Russell’s case , lets play him as shooting guard , oh no lets put him back on point. The players are confused. This is on the coaching staff and for us fans that have been watching the game for a long time it is evident this team isn’t ready for regular season play. I’m echoing what Wes Johnson said , “So nobody really knew what was going on. Nobody ever knew, so it was hard for anyone to come in and get into a good rhythm or flow. Nobody was playing together.”

  • Nope. you’re trolling. One post is saying how it is. Doing it over and over again with insults is trolling. This place is nicer now that it’s being moderated a bit. Don’t ruin it.

  • Nope. you’re trolling. One post is saying how it is. Doing it over and over again with insults is trolling. This place is nicer now that it’s being moderated a bit. Don’t ruin it.

  • Very poor reporting. And deliberate cherry picking of information.

    Here’s the full quote from ESPN –

    “Later on means that I’m not going to panic after two games and all of the sudden change everything that we’ve been doing,” Scott said. “We’ve just got to do it better and it’s something that we’ve been working on for a little over a month. We’re going to stick to it. Our philosophy is still the same. We’re going to keep pounding it into guys’ heads. Sooner or later, they’ll get it. If not, then I will make changes.”

    Scott also said that World Peace will be active soon.

    “I’m going to change that every four, five, six games,” he said. “It’s not going to be the same two guys on the inactive list for the whole year.”

  • I agree, clearly this team isn’t ready for regular season play, it’s not the talent but the coach , coaching staff. These players need to know their roles. Same issue last year which Wes mentioned ” no one knew what they were doing”.

  • Very poor reporting. And deliberate cherry picking of information.

    Here’s the full quote from ESPN –

    “Later on means that I’m not going to panic after two games and all of the sudden change everything that we’ve been doing,” Scott said. “We’ve just got to do it better and it’s something that we’ve been working on for a little over a month. We’re going to stick to it. Our philosophy is still the same. We’re going to keep pounding it into guys’ heads. Sooner or later, they’ll get it. If not, then I will make changes.”

    Scott also said that World Peace will be active soon.

    “I’m going to change that every four, five, six games,” he said. “It’s not going to be the same two guys on the inactive list for the whole year.”

  • I agree, clearly this team isn’t ready for regular season play, it’s not the talent but the coach , coaching staff. These players need to know their roles. Same issue last year which Wes mentioned ” no one knew what they were doing”.

  • Why not give guys continuity?

    Weren’t you the same guy who said that the team suffered last year from too many changes and NO continuity?

    All you do is complain.

  • “I’m going to change that every few games” lol this is starting to really remind me of last season but without the lin fans

  • Why not give guys continuity?

    Weren’t you the same guy who said that the team suffered last year from too many changes and NO continuity?

    All you do is complain.

  • “I’m going to change that every few games” lol this is starting to really remind me of last season but without the lin fans

  • Seems to me like developing guys is more important than winning games.

    If MWP plays, Kelly sits.
    If MWP plays, Randle sits.
    If MWP plays, ABrown sits.

    Scott can’t win…. Unless he’s undefeated, there is always going to be someone who comes on here and complains.

  • Seems to me like developing guys is more important than winning games.

    If MWP plays, Kelly sits.
    If MWP plays, Randle sits.
    If MWP plays, ABrown sits.

    Scott can’t win…. Unless he’s undefeated, there is always going to be someone who comes on here and complains.

  • How does Kobe have any impact on MWP?
    Sounds like you are on some Anti-Kobe Trolling trip.

  • How does Kobe have any impact on MWP?
    Sounds like you are on some Anti-Kobe Trolling trip.

  • He’s gotta give the guys a chance and continuity. They all have to get playing time to grow but, he has to control the situation enough to be a learning experience.

    Given the strength of the schedule, and that they are deliberately focusing on player grooming, I see that they are shooting for a top 3 pick again and finding a long term solution at SF.

    They aren’t tanking, but focusing on the “top 8 core” who are almost all rookies is a sure way to only win 21 games.

  • He’s gotta give the guys a chance and continuity. They all have to get playing time to grow but, he has to control the situation enough to be a learning experience.

    Given the strength of the schedule, and that they are deliberately focusing on player grooming, I see that they are shooting for a top 3 pick again and finding a long term solution at SF.

    They aren’t tanking, but focusing on the “top 8 core” who are almost all rookies is a sure way to only win 21 games.

  • Yeah, that must be it Byron. The players are worse morons than Lin fans. Strange how you always seem to get these mentally challenged players to work with Byron. What a rotten piece of luck…

  • Yeah, that must be it Byron. The players are worse morons than Lin fans. Strange how you always seem to get these mentally challenged players to work with Byron. What a rotten piece of luck…

  • we just don’t a have any defensive players. It’s as simple as that. They just don’t understand the concept of team defense

  • we just don’t a have any defensive players. It’s as simple as that. They just don’t understand the concept of team defense

  • Agreed. Byron is fond of playing Pf’s at the 5 and it always shows with a lack of rim protection. Its sad to say but Sacre is our best bet as center defensively because of his height

  • Agreed. Byron is fond of playing Pf’s at the 5 and it always shows with a lack of rim protection. Its sad to say but Sacre is our best bet as center defensively because of his height

  • Ever one can see how that KELLY has been with BS for going on 3 years and he has not been given D training, and KELLY is not stupid ,so whos fault could it be if he does not know BS D.

  • Ever one can see how that KELLY has been with BS for going on 3 years and he has not been given D training, and KELLY is not stupid ,so whos fault could it be if he does not know BS D.

  • Thank you.
    How this never fails to become a Kobe-killed-the-Lakers story on every single thread is beyond me. This is a team ball game. Focusing on hitting the tree up front and failing to see the forest behind it is just… Sounds like some people ought to play in a team sport to have any idea about how the strengths and flaws of a team are not a single’s persons doing, however good or bad he may be. If one guy fails to defend, or gets in iso all the time, or takes all the bad shots… No, wait, could that be coming from the full team putting him in a situation with only bad choices?
    Team effort. One fail, all fails. Team sport rule number one.

  • Thank you.
    How this never fails to become a Kobe-killed-the-Lakers story on every single thread is beyond me. This is a team ball game. Focusing on hitting the tree up front and failing to see the forest behind it is just… Sounds like some people ought to play in a team sport to have any idea about how the strengths and flaws of a team are not a single person’s doing, however good or bad he may be. If one guy fails to defend, or gets in iso all the time, or takes all the bad shots… No, wait, could that be coming from the full team putting him in a situation with only bad choices?
    Team effort. One fails, all fail. Team sport rule number one.

  • Not if its the same player every game wanting to do what he wants to do with no respect for the others.

  • Not if its the same player every game wanting to do what he wants to do with no respect for the others.

  • He is a rental BS wants to get his young team to get it together, they have to learn under fire.

  • Makes sense not playing our best perimeter defender when we’re getting torched on defense. But plays Bass at center against 7 footers while he done get any rebounds & no defense. But Scott is a defensive coach.

  • He is a rental BS wants to get his young team to get it together, they have to learn under fire.

  • Makes sense not playing our best perimeter defender when we’re getting torched on defense. But plays Bass at center against 7 footers while he done get any rebounds & no defense. But Scott is a defensive coach.

  • You do realize to make defensive teams, it’s not up to the fan’s votes.

  • You do realize to make defensive teams, it’s not up to the fan’s votes.

  • Yup , you got it. A big part is preparation , that is what offseason is for.

  • Yup , you got it. A big part is preparation , that is what offseason is for.

  • 80 points in the paint.
    As I’ve said before, Kelly and Bass at 4&5 is TOO WEAK.
    I hope Scott will try Nance and Black instead.

  • 80 points in the paint.
    As I’ve said before, Kelly and Bass at 4&5 is TOO WEAK.
    I hope Scott will try Nance and Black instead.

  • Problem with Scott as coach
    1. No Set Play offense, it’s always 1 on 1 play.
    2. No Team Defense
    3. Used Kelly and Bass at 4 & 5.
    4. Players tired in practice. I don’t know what they are practicing.
    5. How can Russel get an assist, if they don’t have SET PLAY. Look at GSW.

  • Problem with Scott as coach
    1. No Set Play offense, it’s always 1 on 1 play.
    2. No Team Defense
    3. Used Kelly and Bass at 4 & 5.
    4. Players tired in practice. I don’t know what they are practicing.
    5. How can Russel get an assist, if they don’t have SET PLAY. Look at GSW.

  • Don’t reply to him he’s a known troll.

    Just flag and report him to moderators. He WILL get banned.

  • Don’t reply to him he’s a known troll.

    Just flag and report him to moderators. He WILL get banned.

  • Lakers need to trade Kobe, Clarkson, Young and Russell for draft picks asap. Clarkson only plays ”okay” on a bad team. He scores 22 points and for what? we still get blown out of the house by the Sacramento Queens and destroyed by the brick layer Rubio, Pathetic. Kobe, Clarkson, Russell got to go. Let’s rebuild with decent players and not misfits, fads and has-beens.

  • Lakers need to trade Kobe, Clarkson, Young and Russell for draft picks asap. Clarkson only plays ”okay” on a bad team. He scores 22 points and for what? we still get blown out of the house by the Sacramento Queens and destroyed by the brick layer Rubio, Pathetic. Kobe, Clarkson, Russell got to go. Let’s rebuild with decent players and not misfits, fads and has-beens. With this current team we won’t see the playoffs for decades to come. inb4 fanboys murder me.

  • Samurai, I’d need to see the video. But noticed Clippers on D also let their man into the paint, if not channeling ’em into DeAndre, who is more nimble, faster, and terrifying than the slower Hibbert.

  • Samurai, I’d need to see the video. But noticed Clippers on D also let their man into the paint, if not channeling ’em into DeAndre, who is more nimble, faster, and terrifying than the slower Hibbert.

  • It’s going to be a long season bud , one light at the end could be hitting that top 3 in the draft. I say give our young guys all the minutes they can handle , hopefully that breaks them in.

  • It’s going to be a long season bud , one light at the end could be hitting that top 3 in the draft. I say give our young guys all the minutes they can handle , hopefully that breaks them in.

  • I can’t put the entire blame on Clarkson or most of the other players because the defensive scheme Byron is using is not working in today’s NBA, it appears that not only did the players need to work on their game over the summer but the coaches should of worked on their coaching and bringing it up to date, this scheme has everyone scrambling, thus putting them out of position to even defend their own opponents or to get in position to get rebounds, Byron used this same scheme last season and we can see where that got us and apparently Byron just doesn’t feel that he needs improvement, how much more proof does he need ?????

  • I can’t put the entire blame on Clarkson or most of the other players because the defensive scheme Byron is using is not working in today’s NBA, it appears that not only did the players need to work on their game over the summer but the coaches should of worked on their coaching and bringing it up to date, this scheme has everyone scrambling, thus putting them out of position to even defend their own opponents or to get in position to get rebounds, Byron used this same scheme last season and we can see where that got us and apparently Byron just doesn’t feel that he needs improvement, how much more proof does he need ?????

  • the only problem is your facts are not NBA facts, yes I can agree Kobe is not the defender he used to be but in his prime he was very proficient in defending his man but apparently you just judge a portion of Kobe’s career and label him without looking at the total picture, if you recall MJ was not a defensive beast either, especially at the tail end of his career but nobody berated MJ for his poor defense at that point in time ??????

  • the only problem is your facts are not NBA facts, yes I can agree Kobe is not the defender he used to be but in his prime he was very proficient in defending his man but apparently you just judge a portion of Kobe’s career and label him without looking at the total picture, if you recall MJ was not a defensive beast either, especially at the tail end of his career but nobody berated MJ for his poor defense at that point in time ??????

  • maybe you should learn about the concept of Helping the Helper, DJ would have the same trouble but they have a coach and the Lakers don’t and don’t make DJ out to be some super hero because I’ve seen him get scored on quite a bit, it’s hard to block anything when you are up in the air swinging at air !!!!!

  • maybe you should learn about the concept of Helping the Helper, DJ would have the same trouble but they have a coach and the Lakers don’t and don’t make DJ out to be some super hero because I’ve seen him get scored on quite a bit, it’s hard to block anything when you are up in the air swinging at air !!!!!

  • It makes no sense to completely not give World Peace a chance in the season. Are you kidding me? Why did we even sign him at all if he’s just going to be a developmental coach. Face it, World Peace still has top notch defense and hustle skills and doesn’t take bad shots. World Peace should be starting at 3 right now with Kobe at the two and Marcelo at 1.

  • It makes no sense to completely not give World Peace a chance in the season. Are you kidding me? Why did we even sign him at all if he’s just going to be a developmental coach. Face it, World Peace still has top notch defense and hustle skills and doesn’t take bad shots. World Peace should be starting at 3 right now with Kobe at the two and Marcelo at 1.

  • MJ or any other legend were never even close to ruining his team like Kobe is now. Kobe’s shooting 30-40%, his offense and defense are absolutely devastating for us. He’s really long way to even top 200 in the league, but still got most money and his fanboys are saying all the time he’s top player in the league or top in the history. He was top player in the league for years, but now can’t face his real value and all franchise suffer because of that. Sad but true

  • MJ or any other legend were never even close to ruining his team like Kobe is now. Kobe’s shooting 30-40%, his offense and defense are absolutely devastating for us. He’s really long way to even top 200 in the league, but still got most money and his fanboys are saying all the time he’s top player in the league or top in the history. He was top player in the league for years, but now can’t face his real value and all franchise suffer because of that. Sad but true

  • Who the eff is this guy saying kobe was never a elite defender. .do your homework weirdo…nuff sed

  • Who the eff is this guy saying kobe was never a elite defender. .do your homework weirdo…nuff sed

  • Maybe you should learn about post play… No one who has played would compare DJ to Bill Russell to the extent he is still caught out of position, doesn’t close, and gets scored on. But Hibbert is a slow twitch guy who is clumsy, and at 7′ 2″ has almost no hops.

    DJ can move and block a lay-up when not fooled or out of position. Team do fear him in the post. Hibbert is a slow motion post that teams shoot over, around, and under.

    Did you see the game last night? From under the cup, Hibbert clanked a lay-up when almost anyone above 6’3″ would’ve dunked it, as noted by the announcers. Ya think Larry Bird and his team didn’t notice how slow Hibbert is now?

    Congrats to the Lakers on acquiring a slow moving high post who can’t get off the floor. Scott might be moving Randall to the 5, and try the Warriors style, assuming Kobe won’t keep chucking up bad shots. Kobe looked to be laboring last night.

  • Maybe you should learn about post play… No one who has played would compare DJ to Bill Russell to the extent he is still caught out of position, doesn’t close, and gets scored on. But Hibbert is a slow twitch guy who is clumsy, and at 7′ 2″ has almost no hops.

    You’re right about Doc vs. Scott as coaches. Even with all the young players, the Lakers look unprepared and without a scheme.

    DJ can move and block a lay-up when not fooled or out of position. Teams do fear him in the post. Hibbert is a slow motion post that teams shoot over, around, and under.

    Did you see the game last night? From under the cup, Hibbert clanked a lay-up when almost anyone above 6’3″ would’ve dunked it, as noted by the announcers. Ya think Larry Bird and his team didn’t notice how slow Hibbert is now?

    Congrats to the Lakers on acquiring a slow moving high post who can’t get off the floor. Scott might be moving Randall to the 5, and try the Warriors style, assuming Kobe won’t keep chucking up bad shots. Kobe looked to be laboring last night.

  • well get over it and move on. like we always have done!
    afterall we are 16 time NBA champions lets not forget guys.
    we arent the cavs struggling just to get 1 title. lol.
    relax guys thats why we got robert sacre.

  • well get over it and move on. like we always have done!
    afterall we are 16 time NBA champions lets not forget guys.
    we arent the cavs struggling just to get 1 title. lol.
    relax guys thats why we got robert sacre.

  • Kobe is not the prime Kobe of yester years but he is far from ruining the team, he is avg. about 22min. pg and his scoring has been respectable for the most part, he playing better than Russell and a few others, so no he is not ruining the team, please get your facts straight, I believe your hatred for Kobe is ruining your common sense and if your mad at the Lakers because of their record for the past years, look at the FO, Kobe has nothing to do about their decisions, Kobe will come around maybe not to his normal standards but he will contribute to this team, like it or not !!!!!

  • Kobe is not the prime Kobe of yester years but he is far from ruining the team, he is avg. about 22min. pg and his scoring has been respectable for the most part, he playing better than Russell and a few others, so no he is not ruining the team, please get your facts straight, I believe your hatred for Kobe is ruining your common sense and if your mad at the Lakers because of their record for the past years, look at the FO, Kobe has nothing to do about their decisions, Kobe will come around maybe not to his normal standards but he will contribute to this team, like it or not !!!!!

  • Yes, Hibbert is not as fast as DJ but Hibbert is accomplishing as much as DJ, even at his slower pace and you describe Hibbert as if he isn’t an impact on the team, you don’t block 3-5 shots per game because you are slow and I’ll stand by my position that Hibbert needs help when ever he goes to help a weak defender and gets scored on by someone else that hasn’t been defended by the supposedly helper and also I stand by my position that DJ has been scored on just as Hibbert and lastly I’ll take Hibberts mid-range scoring ability over DJ non-scoring ability at mid-range, he may be slower than DJ but he is more versatile than DJ who can only score within 5′ of the rim.

  • Yes, Hibbert is not as fast as DJ but Hibbert is accomplishing as much as DJ, even at his slower pace and you describe Hibbert as if he isn’t an impact on the team, you don’t block 3-5 shots per game because you are slow and I’ll stand by my position that Hibbert needs help when ever he goes to help a weak defender and gets scored on by someone else that hasn’t been defended by the supposedly helper and also I stand by my position that DJ has been scored on just as Hibbert and lastly I’ll take Hibberts mid-range scoring ability over DJ non-scoring ability at mid-range, he may be slower than DJ but he is more versatile than DJ who can only score within 5′ of the rim.

  • I doubt ANY coach would take Hibbert over DJ, who is not asked to score much for the Clips (Don’t count on a coaching career 🙂 Intimidating dunks by DJ, yes! Can’t make a 4 foot lay-up, yep. But he moves… Slow twitch Hibbert getting blocks is from players running into a tree. He does not move. Byron yanked him last night when he couldn’t protect the cup or rebound against ‘Manimal’ Fareed. The only nods I’d give Hibbert over DJ is on free throws and short jumpers. Not enough. Look at the analytics. Did Dallas go after Hibbert?

  • I doubt ANY coach would take Hibbert over DJ, who is not asked to score much for the Clips (Don’t count on a coaching career 🙂 Intimidating dunks by DJ, yes! Can’t make a 4 foot lay-up, yep. But he moves… Slow twitch Hibbert getting blocks is from players running into a tree. He does not move. Byron yanked him last night when he couldn’t protect the cup or rebound against ‘Manimal’ Fareed. The only nods I’d give Hibbert over DJ is on free throws and short jumpers. Not enough. Look at the analytics. Did Dallas go after Hibbert?

  • and how many teams went after DJ when he was throwing a rant about leaving the clippers, you notice only dallas who are in need of a C, I agree Hibbert is not the fastest but you don’t exactly have to be fast as a C, there are quite a few C’s that fit that description and are doing just fine, as I said Hibbert’s problem is the lack of help and the only reason BS took Hibbert out was because he wanted to keep him out of foul trouble and what you don’t think that PG/SG can shoot over, under or around DJ, that’s ridiculous, Shaq was not as fast as DJ but he was a beast under the boards, I’m not saying that Hibbert is Shaq but the point is slow C’s have been very dominant, one example is Mosgov for Cle almost threw a monkey wrench in the Warriors small ball but they did not have enough help either to counter the Warriors outside shooting but that wasn’t Mosgov’s fault !!!!!

  • and how many teams went after DJ when he was throwing a rant about leaving the clippers, you notice only dallas who are in need of a C, I agree Hibbert is not the fastest but you don’t exactly have to be fast as a C, there are quite a few C’s that fit that description and are doing just fine, as I said Hibbert’s problem is the lack of help and the only reason BS took Hibbert out was because he wanted to keep him out of foul trouble and what you don’t think that PG/SG can shoot over, under or around DJ, that’s ridiculous, Shaq was not as fast as DJ but he was a beast under the boards, I’m not saying that Hibbert is Shaq but the point is slow C’s have been very dominant, one example is Mosgov for Cle almost threw a monkey wrench in the Warriors small ball but they did not have enough help either to counter the Warriors outside shooting but that wasn’t Mosgov’s fault !!!!!

  • Okay, Mr. Anonoymous screen name, you’re a borderline opinion troll with wrong info. DJ is from Texas, and made it clear to teams that he wanted to return… Until the Clips ‘romanced’ him back. Other teams were interested in him. Where’d you get your info?

    Don’t agree at all that Hibbert’s problem is lack of help. He’s slow, which I’m concluding you might also be. Or in denial. Hibbert lacks agility and body control at 7’2″, so he can get into foul trouble in 8 minutes. Mosgov was never as slow as Hibbert. As for DJ, you obviously don’t watch Clipper games that closely. DJ is averaging 4.5 blocks a game, and discouraging drives to the cup. I can score on Hibbert. The Cavs needed Kevin Love. Duh! Enough, bro.

  • Okay, Mr. Anonoymous screen name, you’re a borderline opinion troll with wrong info. DJ is from Texas, and made it clear to teams that he wanted to return… Until the Clips ‘romanced’ him back. Other teams were interested in him. Where’d you get your info?

    Don’t agree at all that Hibbert’s problem is lack of help. He’s slow, which I’m concluding you might also be. Or in denial. Hibbert lacks agility and body control at 7’2″, so he can get into foul trouble in 8 minutes. Mosgov was never as slow as Hibbert. As for DJ, you obviously don’t watch Clipper games that closely. DJ is averaging 4.5 blocks a game, and discouraging drives to the cup. I can score on Hibbert. The Cavs needed Kevin Love. Duh! Enough, bro.

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