Roy Hibbert On Julius Randle: ‘He’s The Future’ Of Los Angeles Lakers
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After only playing 14 minutes in his rookie season due to a fractured tibia, Julius Randle has shown flashes of his potential during Summer League and training camp. While he was unable to find his shot in the Los Angeles Lakers first preseason game, Randle exploded for 15 points, five rebounds and four assists in 26 minutes.

While Roy Hibbert had himself a double-double, he had high praise for Randle following the 117-114 loss to the Utah Jazz. After Randle’s breakout performance, Hibbert believes the second-year forward is the future of the Lakers via LakersNation.com reporter Serena Winters:

While the Lakers have D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson, Randle’s unique skillset for his size provides an opportunity for him to become the leader of this young core. Although he suffered a devastating injury in his rookie season, Randle’s teammates have all praised him for his work ethic.

Heading into the new season, the Lakers have a nice blend of veterans and prospects. While the Lakers are currently 0-2 in preseason, there is optimism for this year’s team as they have shown what they are capable of on both ends of the court.

It’s funny…

Randle HAS a good mid-range shot, but for some reason it disappeared when he became a professional. And, has always been a good free throw shooter, but for some reason it has disappeared this preseason.

Randle is clearly the future of the team.
but so is Russell,
and Clarkson,
and Hibbert,
and most of the rookies we see this year.

  • It’s funny…

    Randle HAS a good mid-range shot, but for some reason it disappeared when he became a professional. He has always been a good free throw shooter, but for some reason it has disappeared this preseason. Without the mid-range, if he had just made his free throws last night he would have had 20+ points!

    Randle is clearly the future of the team,
    but so is Russell,
    and Clarkson,
    and Hibbert,
    and most of the rookies we see this year.

  • With all due respect to Randle and Hibbert. Let’s be clear here. Clarkson and D’Angelo are the faces of the team. The Lakers will only go as far as they lead us in the future. Randle will likely be a 3rd option most his career.

  • With all due respect to Randle and Hibbert. Let’s be clear here. Clarkson and D’Angelo are the faces of the team. The Lakers will only go as far as they lead us in the future. Randle will likely be a 3rd option most his career.

  • People keep saying Charles Barkley, but Julius doesn’t rebound enough to be in that category. Ditto with being compared to Zach Randolph. In addition to scoring they were rebounding monsters. I don’t see that with Julius yet. Matter of fact the Jazz got several offensive rebounds over these last two games cause he wasn’t boxing out. Need to fix that

    To me right now he’s somewhere between Lamar Odom and Antoine Walker (less the threes). Still needs to refine that post up game but all in all he played loose and well yesterday

  • People keep saying Charles Barkley, but Julius doesn’t rebound enough to be in that category. Ditto with being compared to Zach Randolph. In addition to scoring they were rebounding monsters. I don’t see that with Julius yet. Matter of fact the Jazz got several offensive rebounds over these last two games cause he wasn’t boxing out. Need to fix that

    To me right now he’s somewhere between Lamar Odom and Antoine Walker (less the threes). Still needs to refine that post up game but all in all he played loose and well yesterday

  • Damn if Metta can play like that off the bench, we’re gonna have a crazy second unit

  • Damn if Metta can play like that off the bench, we’re gonna have a crazy second unit

  • The Barkley comparison is the ball handling, though I’m more inclined to compare him to Lamar Odom. He looks more like a guard when he’s running the floor with the ball than how Barkley looks. It’s his body where he gets the Randolph comparison, as well as his strength not so much his overall game. He doesn’t have Z-Bo’s long arms to be as good a rebounder as him, but he does have that bullish post game though. He’s not as polished either, that’ll take time. But there are similarities.

  • The Barkley comparison is the ball handling, though I’m more inclined to compare him to Lamar Odom. He looks more like a guard when he’s running the floor with the ball than how Barkley looks. It’s his body where he gets the Randolph comparison, as well as his strength not so much his overall game. He doesn’t have Z-Bo’s long arms to be as good a rebounder as him, but he does have that bullish post game though. He’s not as polished either, that’ll take time. But there are similarities.

  • Disagree completely, Randle has the most potential. He was the number 1 pick going into college for a reason.

  • Disagree completely, Randle has the most potential. He was the number 1 pick going into college for a reason.

  • He’s got excellent lateral quickness. Can handle and push the ball better than most in the NBA for his size (except LBJ), but ferocious on offensive putback/rebounds. Aka mini-Moses Malone?

  • I’m a big Clarkson fan, but he strikes me as a #2 or #3 in a Big 3, meaning he’s an impact role player/borderline all-star.

    Yes, Clarkson is better than Randle right now, but Randle has all the physical tools to be a game breaker — whether or not he’ll reach that point remains to be seen.

  • He’s got excellent lateral quickness. Can handle and push the ball better than most in the NBA for his size (except LBJ), but ferocious on offensive putback/rebounds. Aka mini-Moses Malone?

  • I’m a big Clarkson fan, but he strikes me as a #2 or #3 in a Big 3, meaning he’s an impact role player/borderline all-star.

    Yes, Clarkson is better than Randle right now, but Randle has all the physical tools to be a game breaker — whether or not he’ll reach that point remains to be seen.

  • On your board? Clearly Wiggins or Jabari Parker were the better all around players. Wiggins will like become a MVP candidate before it’s all said and done. I think Randle has potential but it seems like people ignore his flaws. I can’t see him leading the Lakers franchise back to the playoffs. Honestly he should come off the bench and Bass should start.

  • On your board? Clearly Wiggins or Jabari Parker were the better all around players. Wiggins will likely become a MVP candidate before it’s all said and done. I won’t even add Embiid as he hasn’t played, but he had way more potential than Randle. lol. I think Randle has potential but it seems like people ignore his flaws. I can’t see him leading the Lakers franchise back to the playoffs. Honestly he should come off the bench and Bass should start.

  • Yea Clarkson would be better served as the #2 guy, but I still don’t see Randle as being a first option on a playoff team.

  • Yea Clarkson would be better served as the #2 guy, but I still don’t see Randle as being a first option on a playoff team.

  • Who’s? Barkley’s? That move he did with the tranny years ago? I’m sure it was effective lol.

  • Who’s? Barkley’s? That move he did with the tranny years ago? I’m sure it was effective lol.

  • Randle is amazing. I recognize this early in the college. His handles, his body, his feel for the game… Man, he can be the best player in his class, above Wiggins and Jabari Parker.
    I think he’s our franchise player, in front of Russel (who is a very very good player)..

  • Randle is amazing. I recognize this early in the college. His handles, his body, his feel for the game… Man, he can be the best player in his class, above Wiggins and Jabari Parker.
    I think he’s our franchise player, in front of Russel (who is a very very good player)..

  • All about rhythm and confidence just wait.The more games he played the shot will come around for him he improves every game. This was the most aggressive I’ve ever seen him since summer league in his rookie year.

  • All about rhythm and confidence just wait.The more games he played the shot will come around for him he improves every game. This was the most aggressive I’ve ever seen him since summer league in his rookie year.

  • Funny how all the negative Randle posts turned positive the next game he played well: one game doesn’t make a season.

    Here is how the roster should look 1st and 2nd string, 3rd string is still not clear:

    Starters by positions:
    Clarkson PG
    Russell SG
    Kobe SF
    Randle PF
    Hibbert C

    Backups by positions:
    Huertas PG
    Williams SG
    Young SF
    Bass PG
    Black C

    3rd String by positions:
    J. Brown PG
    Frazier SG
    A. Brown SF
    Nance PF
    Kelly C

    Why I put Kelly at Center is because he makes 1.7 mil and the FO like him due to his ability to stretch the floor and high IQ AND let’s not forget he played Center in the 4th Q yesterday and didn’t look bad when the other teams went small ball.

    Upshaw, Holmes and others will have an uphill battle. Upshaw obviously have great defensive skills but he can only play in spurts which tells me his health is still a concern and he needs to show he can just keep pace for 20 minutes in a game to make the roster.

    Except for Nance the 3rd stringers are a complete guessing game.

  • Funny how all the negative Randle posts turned positive the next game he played well: one game doesn’t make a season.

    Here is how the roster should look 1st and 2nd string, 3rd string is still not clear:

    Starters by positions:
    Clarkson PG
    Russell SG
    Kobe SF
    Randle PF
    Hibbert C

    Backups by positions:
    Huertas PG
    Williams SG
    Young SF
    Bass PG
    Black C

    3rd String by positions:
    J. Brown PG
    Frazier SG
    A. Brown SF
    Nance PF
    Kelly C

    Why I put Kelly at Center is because he makes 1.7 mil and the FO like him due to his ability to stretch the floor and high IQ AND let’s not forget he played Center in the 4th Q yesterday and didn’t look bad when the other teams went small ball.

    Upshaw, Holmes and others will have an uphill battle. Upshaw obviously have great defensive skills but he can only play in spurts which tells me his health is still a concern and he needs to show he can just keep pace for 20 minutes in a game to make the roster.

    Except for Nance the 3rd stringers are a complete guessing game.

  • The second game of the year, why not say they did better in the second game then they did in the first and all the players showed improvement nice game, Instead of picking out one guy , and using the word DISAPPEARED its like he was not trying he had a dbl dbl great game

  • The second game of the year, why not say they did better in the second game then they did in the first and all the players showed improvement nice game, Instead of picking out one guy , and using the word DISAPPEARED its like he was not trying .

  • I was thinking the same thing. If Randle was able to get his normal shots off he would have really raised the leagues eyebrows!

  • I was thinking the same thing. If Randle was able to get his normal shots off he would have really raised the leagues eyebrows!

  • You are right it was a better TEAM game, but you have to admit Randle was a standout Al.

  • You are right it was a better TEAM game, but you have to admit Randle was a standout Al.

  • Why would you deny Randle?

    Our core 3 and our FUTURE consists of:
    Russell
    Clarkson
    Randle

    Yes Randle was projected a top 2 draft pick before his foot issue.

    WE NEED TO JUST BE HAPPY WE GOT LUCKY AND LANDED HIM !

  • Why would you deny Randle?

    Our core 3 and our FUTURE consists of:
    Russell
    Clarkson
    Randle

    Yes Randle was projected a top 2 draft pick before his foot issue.

    Stat-wise Wiggins had a great year, but Randle didnt play the entire year!

    WE NEED TO JUST BE HAPPY WE GOT LUCKY AND LANDED HIM !

  • My words exactly.

    The so called Lakers fans are never fucken happy!

    Im just thrilled we have him on our team.

  • My words exactly.

    The so called Lakers fans are never fucken happy!

    Im just thrilled we have him on our team.

  • Are you seriously compring a 20 year old rookie Randle to a Barkley and Zach Randolph in their prime?

    What the heck Ron!

  • Are you seriously compring a 20 year old rookie Randle to a Barkley and Zach Randolph in their prime?

    What the heck Ron!

  • Right, never fucking happy. Never praise the lakers when they do soom good things, bit quick to bash.

  • Right, never fucking happy. Never praise the lakers when they do soom good things, bit quick to bash.

  • he played a little better last night…just off to a slow start is all. He’ll be ready by regular season

  • he played a little better last night…just off to a slow start is all. He’ll be ready by regular season

  • Actually i’m one of the few real Lakers fans left. I don’t care if they lose or win I’ll always be a fan of the team. I’m just not going to go as far as calling Randle the “FACE” of the Lakers. That means he is going to be what Durant is to OKC, or what Lebron is to the Cavs. lol. He has long way to go, before I would say that. And I’ve been a Randle fan way before the Lakers drafted him. I live in Dallas and have seen him play multiple times in person. This is no knock on him, but more of me disagreeing with Hibbert’s comment.

  • Actually i’m one of the few real Lakers fans left. I don’t care if they lose or win I’ll always be a fan of the team. I’m just not going to go as far as calling Randle the “FACE” of the Lakers. That means he is going to be what Durant is to OKC, or what Lebron is to the Cavs. lol. He has long way to go, before I would say that. And I’ve been a Randle fan way before the Lakers drafted him. I live in Dallas and have seen him play multiple times in person. This is no knock on him, but more of me disagreeing with Hibbert’s comment.

  • good to see both hibbert and randle clicking..2 peas in a pot they compliment each other

  • good to see both hibbert and randle clicking..2 peas in a pot they compliment each other

  • Randle is not Wiggins, not even close. Wiggins is a two way player. I never said I was not happy LA got him, I just said he’s not a #1 option.

  • Randle is not Wiggins, not even close. Wiggins is a two way player. I never said I was not happy LA got him, I just said he’s not a #1 option.

  • He is Brandon Bass. Never been very good haha. He is a decent role player, but don’t expect much.

  • He is Brandon Bass. Never been very good haha. He is a decent role player, but don’t expect much.

  • I disagree in a very big way. Randle is the only guy on this team that has superstar written on him.

  • I disagree in a very big way. Randle is the only guy on this team that has superstar written on him.

  • I agree its too early to make those types of predictions, but being that your in Dallas, dont you feel a little proud of the boy and don’t you think he deserves the praise he is receiving?

  • I agree its too early to make those types of predictions, but being that your in Dallas, dont you feel a little proud of the boy and don’t you think he deserves the praise he is receiving?

  • Not even close you say?

    Stat-wise Wiggins is impressive, but Wiggins has a whole year advantage plus the seasoning that comes with that play experience.

    Why would you not like to see Randle as a top option, assuming his performance continues to impress?

    Or who would you prefer as our top 3 youth core going forward and in what order of preference?

  • Not even close you say?

    Stat-wise Wiggins is impressive, but Wiggins has a whole year advantage plus the seasoning that comes with that play experience.

    Why would you not like to see Randle as a top option, assuming his performance continues to impress?

    Or who would you prefer as our top 3 youth core going forward and in what order of preference?

  • What is Randles ceiling?
    You have already seen it? I havent.

    Who is better still remains to be seen.

  • What is Randles ceiling?
    You have already seen it? I havent.

    Who is better still remains to be seen.

  • I think Scott took him out towards the end as a precautionary measure becuase he had some minor strain or something along those lines the day before.

  • I think Scott took him out towards the end as a precautionary measure becuase he had some minor strain or something along those lines the day before.

  • ???all i said was he has to chill before saying julius is better than the the ROY after two preaseason games

  • ???all i said was he has to chill before saying julius is better than the the ROY after two preaseason games

  • Randle is not scared. Love that about him. He was making opponents fly back when he drives to the basket. Every player has his flaw, but his positives def outweigh his negatives. He will be the most complete player on our team this year. If that mid-range is consistent… The league needs to watch out.

  • Randle is not scared. Love that about him. He was making opponents fly back when he drives to the basket. Every player has his flaw, but his positives def outweigh his negatives. He will be the most complete player on our team this year. If that mid-range is consistent… The league needs to watch out.

  • Oh, I see…what @DKWTTY said — nothing more than a “knee knock”. Painful but shouldn’t be an issue.

  • Oh, I see…what @DKWTTY said — nothing more than a “knee knock”. Painful but shouldn’t be an issue.

  • That 2nd quarter Metta got his contract guaranteed. Only two things can fuck that up: He plays like shit the rest of the way or Scott & Co. turn out to be drooling retards.

  • That 2nd quarter Metta got his contract guaranteed. Only two things can fuck that up: He plays like shit the rest of the way or Scott & Co. turn out to be drooling retards.

  • It’s a bummer the editor cherry picked part of the quote to make a headline and sell add space….

    here’s the rest of the quote, and it says a lot about Hibbert:

    “We play together,” Hibbert said. “I’m not going to speak too much about
    that play. Like I said, (Randle’s) the face of this team for the future
    and, one through 15, I’d step up for anybody, anybody in the starting
    five to the guys at the end of the bench. We play as a team and I have
    everybody’s back.”

  • It’s a bummer the editor cherry picked part of the quote to make a headline and sell add space….

    here’s the rest of the quote, and it says a lot about Hibbert:

    “We play together,” Hibbert said. “I’m not going to speak too much about
    that play. Like I said, (Randle’s) the face of this team for the future
    and, one through 15, I’d step up for anybody, anybody in the starting
    five to the guys at the end of the bench. We play as a team and I have
    everybody’s back.”

  • Me too.
    In the short term, his closest comparison will be Blake Griffen… But when his shot starts to develop he will separate himself and push toward being Sir Randle.

  • Me too.
    In the short term, his closest comparison will be Blake Griffen… But when his shot starts to develop he will separate himself and push toward being Sir Randle.

  • I’ve been saying this for a long time…..
    but folks got enamored on the shiny new toy named Russell.

  • I’ve been saying this for a long time…..
    but folks got enamored on the shiny new toy named Russell.

  • Are you serious?
    There is always one guy who wants to stand out by saying something completely different.

  • Are you serious?
    There is always one guy who wants to stand out by saying something completely different.

  • RE: Randle being the face of the Lakers

    Kobe has said the same.
    Hibbert has said the same.
    Scott has said the same.
    The front office has alluded to it.

    But some guy who gets paid by McDonalds (and not the NBA) is saying differently.

    – There is always one guy who thinks he’s smarter than professionals.

  • RE: Randle being the face of the Lakers

    Kobe has said the same.
    Hibbert has said the same.
    Scott has said the same.
    The front office has alluded to it.

    But some guy who gets paid by McDonalds (and not the NBA) is saying differently.

  • Wiggins has the skills, talent and potential, but I am a bit suspect about his attitude.

    He reminds me a lot of Rudy Gay on steroids, and too nice of a guy to be a legend.

    Jae – Try spending time focused on your own team rather than drooling over another team’s player. “I wish that I had Jesse’s Girl.”

  • Wiggins has the skills, talent and potential, but I am a bit suspect about his attitude.

    He reminds me a lot of Rudy Gay on steroids, and too nice of a guy to be a legend.

    Jae – Try spending time focused on your own team rather than drooling over another team’s player. “I wish that I had Jesse’s Girl.”

  • Whatever you want to say….
    he scored 16 points yesterday while going 2-8 at the free throw line and missing almost every mid-range shot he makes.

    HE WILL get 20+ point games, and he WILL take over games. All you want to do is be contrarian. And somehow you are talking about how “good” a guy will be based on the first games of his rookie year.

    wow.

    there is always one guys who has gotta be a turd.

  • Whatever you want to say….
    he scored 16 points yesterday while going 2-8 at the free throw line and missing almost every mid-range shot he makes.

    HE WILL get 20+ point games, and he WILL take over games. All you want to do is be contrarian. And somehow you are talking about how “good” a guy will be based on the first games of his rookie year.

    wow.

    there is always one guys who has gotta be a turd. Is Jae short for Joshhh?

  • Bet my house that Randles not the future lol, Russel and Clarkson are the future. Randle’s coming back from a season ending injury and has yet to prove himself in the league if he can stay health. Stupid post lol.

  • Bet my house that Randles not the future lol, Russel and Clarkson are the future. Randle’s coming back from a season ending injury and has yet to prove himself in the league if he can stay health. Stupid post lol.

  • That was my thought process. When Metta showed he could still keep up, still defend, still get buckets, empower the entire team to play defense… man. That was it right there. Suddenly Randle was a bigger beast, especially on defense. I don’t think he gets that steal later in the game on a guard of all people if not for the tone Metta set earlier on. The Lakers were just getting destroyed up to that point.

  • That was my thought process. When Metta showed he could still keep up, still defend, still get buckets, empower the entire team to play defense… man. That was it right there. Suddenly Randle was a bigger beast, especially on defense. I don’t think he gets that steal later in the game on a guard of all people if not for the tone Metta set earlier on. The Lakers were just getting destroyed up to that point.

  • Upshaw has yet to play in the preseason so, that’s a bit premature. We haven’t seen him since he’s lost over 20lbs. J Brown and Frazier are both SG’s and neither showed anything to warrant keeping either to tell you the truth.

    Russell/Huertas
    Clarkson/Williams
    Kobe/Young/Metta/A Brown
    Randle/Bass/Nance Jr
    Hibbert/Black/Upshaw

    I haven’t see Holmes yet to make a judgment but outside of a yay or nay on him, this is it for me. Williams obviously can play PG, Young and A Brown are capable of sliding to SG to make up any depth there as well and Clarkson can play point too so you have some versatility there at the wing and the guard positions. 14 players here.

  • Upshaw has yet to play in the preseason so, that’s a bit premature. We haven’t seen him since he’s lost over 20lbs. J Brown and Frazier are both SG’s and neither showed anything to warrant keeping either to tell you the truth.

    Russell/Huertas
    Clarkson/Williams
    Kobe/Young/Metta/A Brown
    Randle/Bass/Nance Jr
    Hibbert/Black/Upshaw

    I haven’t see Holmes yet to make a judgment but outside of a yay or nay on him, this is it for me. Williams obviously can play PG, Young and A Brown are capable of sliding to SG to make up any depth there as well and Clarkson can play point too so you have some versatility there at the wing and the guard positions. 14 players here.

  • Even with the jumper he could still closely compare to Blake Griffin, minus some of the flash plus more of the bull. Sir Chuck was a great rebounder but not the best defender though and liked to post with his back to the basket for an extended period, draining the clock before making a move. As talented as he could be with the ball, he wasn’t always smart with it.

  • Even with the jumper he could still closely compare to Blake Griffin, minus some of the flash plus more of the bull. Sir Chuck was a great rebounder but not the best defender though and liked to post with his back to the basket for an extended period, draining the clock before making a move. As talented as he could be with the ball, he wasn’t always smart with it.

  • Both are the real deal, it’s the question of who is willing to put in the work to really reach their potential.

  • Both are the real deal, it’s the question of who is willing to put in the work to really reach their potential.

  • Wiggins is 2 way, but he’s a bit passive. There is a difference though in experience right now and time played. Randle is effectively a rookie all over again while Wiggins is a sophomore at this point. Let’s make the judgment after the year.

  • Wiggins is 2 way, but he’s a bit passive. There is a difference though in experience right now and time played. Randle is effectively a rookie all over again while Wiggins is a sophomore at this point. Let’s make the judgment after the year.

  • Here is why I think your roster is not realistic:

    Teams have a maximum 15 man roster and typically 3 players deep at each to provide provisions for injuries and your roster is thin on guards and deep on SF at 4. Ordinarily there is six by average number to a complete guard rotation; if you have 5 to a guard rotation- that is low and you have only 4 here. In a league dominated by guards this isn’t likely to happen. highly doubt the FO will have a 37year old,35 year old, and 31 to be year old at SF and then you add in a rookie who isn’t even ready.

    Metta will likely be a bench coach and IMO he would be just as good as a motivating force whether he is a player or a coach and it does not cost the team a roster spot.

  • Here is why I think your roster is not realistic:

    Teams have a maximum 15 man roster and typically 3 players deep at each to provide provisions for injuries and your roster is thin on guards and deep on SF at 4. Ordinarily there is six by average number to a complete guard rotation; if you have 5 to a guard rotation- that is low and you have only 4 here. In a league dominated by guards this isn’t likely to happen. highly doubt the FO will have a 37year old,35 year old, and 31 to be year old at SF and then you add in a rookie who isn’t even ready.

    Metta will likely be a bench coach and IMO he would be just as good as a motivating force whether he is a player or a coach and it does not cost the team a roster spot.

  • And here is why my roster is realistic. Young, Kobe and Brown. Yes, I’m 4 deep on the SF spot. Those 3 guys could easily still slide to the SG spot. Kobe can also play PG while Clarkson and Williams are capable at the PG as well. What you have there is versatility. It’s not 2 deep at the guard positions each, it’s taking advantage of the versatility of your wings and interchanging the parts. You could easily say this as well

    Russell/Clarkson/Huertas/Williams/Kobe
    Clarkson/Williams/Young/Russell/Kobe
    Kobe/Young/Metta/Brown

    No, teams don’t go typically 3 deep at each position. In fact, most teams to start the season don’t keep 15 guys. They keep 13 to 14 players. They utilize versatility on the wings and in the back court and keep depth in the front court. A guy like Nance Jr you can still slide to the SF position when needed and Black down to the PF position if necessary. There is a reason you see PG/G, SG/G, G/GF for some players positions. Last night, no Huertas, Russell went down early, Young shifted to the SG position and Clarkson and Williams played point. You keep that 15 spot open for depth issues and suddenly you bring in a Frazier or J Brown from the D League to take that spot for 10 days or on a couple 10 day deals to provide depth.

  • And here is why my roster is realistic. Young, Kobe and Brown. Yes, I’m 4 deep on the SF spot. Those 3 guys could easily still slide to the SG spot. Kobe can also play PG while Clarkson and Williams are capable at the PG as well. What you have there is versatility. It’s not 2 deep at the guard positions each, it’s taking advantage of the versatility of your wings and interchanging the parts. You could easily say this as well

    Russell/Clarkson/Huertas/Williams/Kobe
    Clarkson/Williams/Young/Russell/Kobe
    Kobe/Young/Metta/Brown

    No, teams don’t go typically 3 deep at each position. In fact, most teams to start the season don’t keep 15 guys. They keep 13 to 14 players. They utilize versatility on the wings and in the back court and keep depth in the front court. A guy like Nance Jr you can still slide to the SF position when needed and Black down to the PF position if necessary. There is a reason you see PG/G, SG/G, G/GF for some players positions. Last night, no Huertas, Russell went down early, Young shifted to the SG position and Clarkson and Williams played point. You keep that 15 spot open for depth issues and suddenly you bring in a Frazier or J Brown from the D League to take that spot for 10 days or on a couple 10 day deals to provide depth.

  • and you still say Kobe and Young is versatile? neither guy can chase an pg or sg, so yeah I am only seeing 4 guard rotation to your roster scenarios.

  • and you still say Kobe and Young is versatile? neither guy can chase an pg or sg, so yeah I am only seeing 4 guard rotation to your roster scenarios.

  • Kobe’s always been an SG, Young has always been a G/F. You’re seeing what you want to see to make your senseless argument seem valid. Young playing SG last night alone made my argument valid. Young playing SF and SG last season made my argument valid. Just as Metta is capable of playing PF as well. Hell, we once had a cat by the name of Xavier Henry who was our bench SF and ended up being our PG for a fair duration of time before getting hurt. The beauty of versatility is you can throw Kobe or Young at the SG spot when needed, bring in A Brown, stick Brown on the opposing SG’s on defense while keeping Kobe or Young on SF’s on defense and switch that on offense. Funny thing about todays NBA is guys don’t always have to be plugged into one spot.

  • Kobe’s always been an SG, Young has always been a G/F. You’re seeing what you want to see to make your senseless argument seem valid. Young playing SG last night alone made my argument valid. Young playing SF and SG last season made my argument valid. Just as Metta is capable of playing PF as well. Hell, we once had a cat by the name of Xavier Henry who was our bench SF and ended up being our PG for a fair duration of time before getting hurt. The beauty of versatility is you can throw Kobe or Young at the SG spot when needed, bring in A Brown, stick Brown on the opposing SG’s on defense while keeping Kobe or Young on SF’s on defense and switch that on offense. Funny thing about todays NBA is guys don’t always have to be plugged into one spot.

  • So Randle is to the Lakers what Anthony Davis is to the Pelicans, or Lebron is to the Cavs? lol. Randle won’t even make a all star team his whole career, how is he the face of the franchise?

  • So Randle is to the Lakers what Anthony Davis is to the Pelicans, or Lebron is to the Cavs? lol. Randle won’t even make a all star team his whole career, how is he the face of the franchise?

  • Lakers are the only team I support. Been a fan since I was probably 5 or 6 years old around the time Kobe was drafted. Wiggins and Randle are not in the same class. Period. Wiggins is well on his way to becoming the best SG/SF in the NBA.

  • Lakers are the only team I support. Been a fan since I was probably 5 or 6 years old around the time Kobe was drafted. Wiggins and Randle are not in the same class. Period. Wiggins is well on his way to becoming the best SG/SF in the NBA.

  • Agree, Russell has the most potential out of the 3. Court vision, can shoot, will help make plays for his teammates and likely help attract top tier talent in the future. Although, a work in progress as a rookie. As Russell said he and JC are thing 1 and 2.

    What Russell lacks in athleticism JC has which goes with his ability to fight his way inside thru contact and score as well as really put defensive pressure on his opponents.

  • Agree, Russell has the most potential out of the 3. Court vision, can shoot, will help make plays for his teammates and likely help attract top tier talent in the future. Although, a work in progress as a rookie. As Russell said he and JC are thing 1 and 2.

    What Russell lacks in athleticism JC has which goes with his ability to fight his way inside thru contact and score as well as really put defensive pressure on his opponents.

  • The best part about having these rotations at 13,14 or 15 is having the versatility to interchange when you need provisions to fill in on per injury basis and the best teams do it SMARTEST OR BEST; if you think Nick and Kobe with four legitimate guard rotations is our best option on the Western Conference man I’m glad you’re not the GM. You do understand players filling in other postions is not a new or innovative idea, it is why teams have this expanded roster to have afforded teams the luxury to be specialists and/or have depth for injury provisions.

    Since today’s game of spread offense and more threes why not have more depth at guard and fewer front court players; PF can play at the C and. You can have two legitimate centers and have three PF of whom several can play C. It just seems your roster is going in opposition to the present trend here.

  • The best part about having these rotations at 13,14 or 15 is having the versatility to interchange when you need provisions to fill in on per injury basis and the best teams do it SMARTEST OR BEST; if you think Nick and Kobe with four legitimate guard rotations is our best option on the Western Conference man I’m glad you’re not the GM. You do understand players filling in other postions is not a new or innovative idea, it is why teams have this expanded roster to have afforded teams the luxury to be specialists and/or have depth for injury provisions.

    Since today’s game of spread offense and more threes why not have more depth at guard and fewer front court players; PF can play at the C and. You can have two legitimate centers and have three PF of whom several can play C. It just seems your roster is going in opposition to the present trend here.

  • “Young playing SG last night alone made my argument valid”

    It is called back up provision and does not mean best; this is preseason and does not prove your theory as this is all a test to find out the best roster combinations.

    Either way we will see who is MORE correct in roster prediction.

  • “Young playing SG last night alone made my argument valid”

    It is called back up provision and does not mean best; this is preseason and does not prove your theory as this is all a test to find out the best roster combinations.

    Either way we will see who is MORE correct in roster prediction.

  • I agree with your comment about Randle, but it’s still too early to tell. Hibbert likely said it to provide him some confidence. He’s just returning from an injury that side lined him the entire 2015 season.

    However, wouldn’t say he doesn’t have the potential. It’s more so can he put it all together to help the franchise’s overall objective for the long-term. Truthfully, I’d prefer a stretch 4 but time will tell. This is a shooters league now.

  • I agree with your comment about Randle, but it’s still too early to tell. Hibbert likely said it to provide him some confidence. He’s just returning from an injury that side lined him the entire 2015 season.

    However, wouldn’t say he doesn’t have the potential. It’s more so can he put it all together to help the franchise’s overall objective for the long-term. Truthfully, I’d prefer a stretch 4 but time will tell. This is a shooters league now.

  • I never said Nick or Kobe are the best options, but it’s the options we have, and that’s what you’re missing. You think Michael Frazier or Jabari Brown are our better options? I don’t. If you do, then I’m questioning you right back, especially for questioning my judgment. But I’m going with what this team has NOW. I look at Golden States roster and do you know what I see? A roster full of names that go G, G/PG, G/F, FC, PF/FC, GF/SG. Go look at their roster. 2 legit centers on the roster, some guys who are PF’s that play C and PF, guys who can play SF and PF, guys who are guard/forward and guys who play multiple guard positions. The Lakers have 2 legit centers right now in Upshaw and Hibbert. No Suckre doesn’t count, he shouldn’t be in the league. Black is a PF/C. Bass can play C in a pinch or against a small lineup. I can go on and on through the lineup, but it’s guys who play a combination of positions.

    So say we go with a guard heavy, big light lineup. Who do we can? Black or Upshaw? Do we really want to get rid of the upside of Upshaw? A guy who isn’t ready and will likely be in the DLeague while on the roster? Make him available for another team to nab up? Do we can Black? Hibbert, Randle and Bass aren’t going anywhere and Nance Jr is probably going to be in the D-League himself too. You can only have 12 guys available to play. Suppose we D League those 2 guys. Now you have:

    Russell/Huertas
    Clarkson/Williams
    Kobe/Young/Metta/A Brown
    Randle/Bass
    Hibbert/Black

    Nance and Upshaw – D League

    2 deep at each guard spot, 2 deep each in the front court and 4 deep at the SF spot with guys who can shift up or down accordingly. 12 guys. You still have an open roster spot to sign a temporary player. Nance is guaranteed, Upshaw is someone you want to keep and develop for the future. That 15 spot, open for when a guard goes down. The logic is there. This is what we have. With so many scorers, Jabari Brown is expendable and Frazier needs time in the D League to develop.

  • I never said Nick or Kobe are the best options, but it’s the options we have, and that’s what you’re missing. You think Michael Frazier or Jabari Brown are our better options? I don’t. If you do, then I’m questioning you right back, especially for questioning my judgment. But I’m going with what this team has NOW. I look at Golden States roster and do you know what I see? A roster full of names that go G, G/PG, G/F, FC, PF/FC, GF/SG. Go look at their roster. 2 legit centers on the roster, some guys who are PF’s that play C and PF, guys who can play SF and PF, guys who are guard/forward and guys who play multiple guard positions. The Lakers have 2 legit centers right now in Upshaw and Hibbert. No Suckre doesn’t count, he shouldn’t be in the league. Black is a PF/C. Bass can play C in a pinch or against a small lineup. I can go on and on through the lineup, but it’s guys who play a combination of positions.

    So say we go with a guard heavy, big light lineup. Who do we can? Black or Upshaw? Do we really want to get rid of the upside of Upshaw? A guy who isn’t ready and will likely be in the DLeague while on the roster? Make him available for another team to nab up? Do we can Black? Hibbert, Randle and Bass aren’t going anywhere and Nance Jr is probably going to be in the D-League himself too. You can only have 12 guys available to play. Suppose we D League those 2 guys. Now you have:

    Russell/Huertas
    Clarkson/Williams
    Kobe/Young/Metta/A Brown
    Randle/Bass
    Hibbert/Black

    Nance and Upshaw – D League

    2 deep at each guard spot, 2 deep each in the front court and 4 deep at the SF spot with guys who can shift up or down accordingly. 12 guys. You still have an open roster spot to sign a temporary player. Nance is guaranteed, Upshaw is someone you want to keep and develop for the future. That 15 spot, open for when a guard goes down. The logic is there. This is what we have. With so many scorers, Jabari Brown is expendable and Frazier needs time in the D League to develop.

  • “I never said Nick or Kobe are the best options, but it’s the options we have, and that’s what you’re missing”

    That’s where we’re disagreeing and differ; you want to keep Metta and won’t give up the possibility of Upshaw possibly being signed in the D league while I think those two roster spot is needed for a deeper guard rotation. Let me remind you that Clarkson is the only returning guard from last year’s team which says a lot about this team’s weaknesses. I don’t count neither Nick or Kobe as guards anymore, we do have option just not the one that makes you feel comfortable pondering about.

  • “I never said Nick or Kobe are the best options, but it’s the options we have, and that’s what you’re missing”

    That’s where we’re disagreeing and differ; you want to keep Metta and won’t give up the possibility of Upshaw possibly being signed in the D league while I think those two roster spot is needed for a deeper guard rotation. Let me remind you that Clarkson is the only returning guard from last year’s team which says a lot about this team’s weaknesses. I don’t count neither Nick or Kobe as guards anymore, we do have option just not the one that makes you feel comfortable pondering about.

  • RUSSELL, CLARKSON and RANDLE . . . they’ll be the ones that will get the Lakers going. Interchangeable guards at 1 & 2 and a quick strong forward who can handle and pass the ball. If they can all pass the leather, then the off-ball game can be hard to stop. Nyahahahahahahaha!!!

  • RUSSELL, CLARKSON and RANDLE . . . they’ll be the ones that will get the Lakers going. Interchangeable guards at 1 & 2 and a quick strong forward who can handle and pass the ball. If they can all pass the leather, then the off-ball game can be hard to stop. Nyahahahahahahaha!!!

  • “Michael Frazier or Jabari Brown are our better options? I don’t. If you do, then I’m questioning you right back”

    BTW; it’s not about better but the issue is depth and provisions and so it is what is best overall for the team which is depth at guard or depth in the front court.

  • “Michael Frazier or Jabari Brown are our better options? I don’t. If you do, then I’m questioning you right back”

    BTW; it’s not about better but the issue is depth and provisions and so it is what is best overall for the team which is depth at guard or depth in the front court.

  • FUTURE FACE OF LAKERS! I agree but NBA? Not now I belive it’s AD the unibrow not the BEAST RANDLE, but if Randle can somehow WORKHARD LIKE KOBE, I can see it happening(Randle beating AD)

  • FUTURE FACE OF LAKERS! I agree but NBA? Not now I belive it’s AD the unibrow not the BEAST RANDLE, but if Randle can somehow WORKHARD LIKE KOBE, I can see it happening(Randle beating AD)

  • They all will become a trio because they all have different skills. Russ has his passing and shooting Clarkson has his aggressiveness to attack other guards and explosiveness and finally Randle which he has a mixture of both guards since he can dribble and his quick. All he needs is the shot and he will be dangerous. You guys need to stop saying who’s better. Them 3 are our future of the Lakers

  • They all will become a trio because they all have different skills. Russ has his passing and shooting Clarkson has his aggressiveness to attack other guards and explosiveness and finally Randle which he has a mixture of both guards since he can dribble and his quick. All he needs is the shot and he will be dangerous. You guys need to stop saying who’s better. Them 3 are our future of the Lakers

  • Im going to remember this statement that u said.when randle blossoms more im be quick to remind you, thats if you still around

  • Im going to remember this statement that u said.when randle blossoms more im be quick to remind you, thats if you still around

  • I honestly believe you think that but that was before Randle displayed his true talent for the league to see; now you don’t want to be wrong so you gotta stick with it. Randle will still have his ups and downs but the future is now and no time to waste on his talent sitting on the pine.

  • I honestly believe you think that but that was before Randle displayed his true talent for the league to see; now you don’t want to be wrong so you gotta stick with it. Randle will still have his ups and downs but the future is now and no time to waste on his talent sitting on the pine.

  • Got a die hard Laker fan he tree in Idaho. Be patient, we’re coming baaack..

  • Got a die hard Laker fan he tree in Idaho. Be patient, we’re coming baaack..

  • Everyone was hating on Randle but I was saying he’ll be fine and will figure it out. He’s too hungry and too hard a worker to fail. A guy that beastly and determined, it’s ONLY a matter of time. Now those doubters are flip-flopping and the haters are disappearing. This kid is an animal. He’s even playing aggressive on defense. He has the ability to do whatever he puts his mind to. Keep on hating so he can make fools out of you.

  • Everyone was hating on Randle but I was saying he’ll be fine and will figure it out. He’s too hungry and too hard a worker to fail. A guy that beastly and determined, it’s ONLY a matter of time. Now those doubters are flip-flopping and the haters are disappearing. This kid is an animal. He’s even playing aggressive on defense. He has the ability to do whatever he puts his mind to. Keep on hating so he can make fools out of you.

  • Metta, Young, Williams, Bass…. that’s probably the best second unit in the league.

    There will be no drop off in terms of production from the SG, SF, and PF ranks.

  • Metta, Young, Williams, Bass…. that’s probably the best second unit in the league.

    There will be no drop off in terms of production from the SG, SF, and PF ranks.

  • Interestingly enough…
    Metta seems to be a PF in Scott’s system more than a SF.

    But, it’s also been said that the forwards (and guards) are interchangeable in the princeton….

  • Interestingly enough…
    Metta seems to be a PF in Scott’s system more than a SF.

    But, it’s also been said that the forwards (and guards) are interchangeable in the princeton….

  • Randle has always been a good rebounder. And given enough time next to Hibbert it’s not a stretch to say project that he might become elite….

    let’s step back and let the kid grow….

  • Randle has always been a good rebounder. And given enough time next to Hibbert it’s not a stretch to say project that he might become elite….

    let’s step back and let the kid grow….

  • If you think that Randle won’t make the All Star team when he just put up 16 points with 2/8 free throws, and only 1 shooting bucket (as a rookie) you are obviously making things up…..

  • If you think that Randle won’t make the All Star team when he just put up 16 points with 2/8 free throws, and only 1 shooting bucket (as a rookie) you are obviously making things up…..

  • I will agree.. but add to it.
    Randle is the only one that has the ability to be a transcendent Legend.

    I think Russell can compare to Cp3 and a Superstar.
    And Clarkson’s perfect compliment IS Russell… and paired together Russel can make him a Star.

    Future Star Ranking:

    Randle = Sir Charles
    Russell = Cp3
    Clarkson = Klay Mathews

  • I will agree.. but add to it.
    Randle is the only one that has the ability to be a transcendent Legend.

    I think Russell can compare to Cp3 and a Superstar.
    And Clarkson’s perfect compliment IS Russell… and paired together Russel can make him a Star.

    Future Star Ranking:

    Randle = Sir Charles
    Russell = Cp3
    Clarkson = Klay Mathews

  • But JC and Russ don’t have the talent and ability.

    Russ will be a gifted playmaker, but *at best* an above average 3-point shooter and average in almost all other metrics. — Cp3 is good, but he’s not Westbrook….

    JC has athleticism…. And as a result, he is an above average rim attacker. His shot is average, his defense is average….. BUT, to his credit, he works very hard and has the hunger to get better which usually helps push most players 1 “star” grade higher than their talent level.

    Interestingly enough,
    I was thinking about how things will settle in the future and I beleive that the team NEEDS 1 superstar ABOVE Randle to be complete. As I think Randle is an amazing “compliment” superstar, and the Showtime Brothers make great #3 options….

    Think:
    #1 Durant
    #2 Randle
    #3 Russell/ Clarkson

    I know Randle will be amazing, but I am not quite confident to think he’ll be the #1 option and would be best carrying the offense. And the same with Russell / Clarkson one step behind Randle. <- The Randle, Russell, Clarkson trio seems a bit askew when you think of an average SF and C beside them.

  • But JC and Russ don’t have the talent and ability.

    Russ will be a gifted playmaker, but *at best* an above average 3-point shooter and average in almost all other metrics. — Cp3 is good, but he’s not Westbrook….

    JC has athleticism…. And as a result, he is an above average rim attacker. His shot is average, his defense is average….. BUT, to his credit, he works very hard and has the hunger to get better which usually helps push most players 1 “star” grade higher than their talent level.

    Interestingly enough,
    I was thinking about how things will settle in the future and I beleive that the team NEEDS 1 superstar ABOVE Randle to be complete. As I think Randle is an amazing “compliment” superstar, and the Showtime Brothers make great #3 options….

    Think:
    #1 Durant
    #2 Randle
    #3 Russell/ Clarkson

    I know Randle will be amazing, but I am not quite confident to think he’ll be the #1 option and would be best carrying the offense. And the same with Russell / Clarkson one step behind Randle. <- The Randle, Russell, Clarkson trio seems a bit askew when you think of an average SF and C beside them.

  • Them gaudy double-digit rebound numbers is what’s gonna make him elite.

    I hope that’s something he emphasizes going forward but I’ve seen him now in the summer league and preseason two years in a row and it doesn’t seem like he’s that kinda rebounder.

  • Them gaudy double-digit rebound numbers is what’s gonna make him elite.

    I hope that’s something he emphasizes going forward but I’ve seen him now in the summer league and preseason two years in a row and it doesn’t seem like he’s that kinda rebounder.

  • I’m talking specifically just rebounding. Some things are just obvious from the beginning. Go back and watch the tape. It doesn’t seem like dude is gonna go out of his way to be an out of this world rebounder.

    Probably top off at 8ish rebounds per game which is okay but not Barkley-esque

  • I’m talking specifically just rebounding. Some things are just obvious from the beginning. Go back and watch the tape. It doesn’t seem like dude is gonna go out of his way to be an out of this world rebounder.

    Probably top off at 8ish rebounds per game which is okay but not Barkley-esque

  • imo russ can be a prime jason kid at most.

    imo jc can be westbrook 2.0 if you take a look at their rokkie numbers as starters its really close

  • imo russ can be a prime jason kid at most.

    imo jc can be westbrook 2.0 if you take a look at their rokkie numbers as starters its really close

  • Kobe and Young can handle the guard position in the interim if something happens. As far as Upshaw, if he is “signed” to a D-League team, any other team has the ability to nab him up anytime, end of story. Once he’s gone, he’s gone. He’s not exclusive to the Lakers. He’s better served signed to the Lakers and sent down to the D-League. I want to keep Metta because of what he’s doing so far for the Lakers. We saw it when he came in with the Lakers down 19, gave the team a defensive identity and the Lakers ran with it. You need a guy like him to teach this team quality defense, to get these guys physical, to guide these kids. He did that. The entire team can’t be about youth, you need a mentor on the floor, someone who can lead and Metta did just that. With a 12 man limitation for any game, I’ve created depth using versatility. PG/SG and SG/SF is where many teams are utilizing their versatility including Golden State for creating guard depth. The Lakers aren’t built much different. But we also saw the Lakers not only suffer from back court depth issues, but front court depth issues in the last couple years as well. But now that Kobe is no longer the lead point guard, now that Steve Nash is no longer holding a roster spot at the PG position, those spots are now occupied by younger, healthier legs.

  • Kobe and Young can handle the guard position in the interim if something happens. As far as Upshaw, if he is “signed” to a D-League team, any other team has the ability to nab him up anytime, end of story. Once he’s gone, he’s gone. He’s not exclusive to the Lakers. He’s better served signed to the Lakers and sent down to the D-League. I want to keep Metta because of what he’s doing so far for the Lakers. We saw it when he came in with the Lakers down 19, gave the team a defensive identity and the Lakers ran with it. You need a guy like him to teach this team quality defense, to get these guys physical, to guide these kids. He did that. The entire team can’t be about youth, you need a mentor on the floor, someone who can lead and Metta did just that. With a 12 man limitation for any game, I’ve created depth using versatility. PG/SG and SG/SF is where many teams are utilizing their versatility including Golden State for creating guard depth. The Lakers aren’t built much different. But we also saw the Lakers not only suffer from back court depth issues, but front court depth issues in the last couple years as well. But now that Kobe is no longer the lead point guard, now that Steve Nash is no longer holding a roster spot at the PG position, those spots are now occupied by younger, healthier legs.

  • Klay Thompson? And that’s still a bad comparison. At least be lazy and say Westbrook

  • Klay Thompson? And that’s still a bad comparison. At least be lazy and say Westbrook

  • Randle gives you an instant mis match, Clarkson, as much as I love his game, gives you no such thing. Put a big strong player on Randle, he goes right around them, put a quicker player on him, he overpowers them. There are only a handfull of players strong enough and quick enough to stay with him.

  • Randle gives you an instant mis match, Clarkson, as much as I love his game, gives you no such thing. Put a big strong player on Randle, he goes right around them, put a quicker player on him, he overpowers them. There are only a handfull of players strong enough and quick enough to stay with him.

  • the only thing holding them back is a coach that really knows defense and a coach that knows how to draw up plays to get the PG, etc. into the paint to score, instead of having everyone out on the perimeter standing around watching their team mate get into trouble and not having anyone to pass the damn ball to because everyone is staying at their assigned spots, come on Byron teach some flexibility, Byron has been a major disappointment since day 1 (last season).

  • the only thing holding them back is a coach that really knows defense and a coach that knows how to draw up plays to get the PG, etc. into the paint to score, instead of having everyone out on the perimeter standing around watching their team mate get into trouble and not having anyone to pass the damn ball to because everyone is staying at their assigned spots, come on Byron teach some flexibility, Byron has been a major disappointment since day 1 (last season).

  • well yes you have the right to your opinion just as everyone has but it is alittle strong when you say that Randle will never make the all star team his whole career, you do realize that many players don’t reach their full potential until after their 3rd season and this is basically Randle’s rookie season and he is drawing some awesome opinions from noted professionals, it’s not like we are looking at Sacre and handing out those strong opinion’s about Sacre being the face of the Lakers, maybe you should chill a bit because I doubt you can really see 16 yrs. into the future.

  • well yes you have the right to your opinion just as everyone has but it is alittle strong when you say that Randle will never make the all star team his whole career, you do realize that many players don’t reach their full potential until after their 3rd season and this is basically Randle’s rookie season and he is drawing some awesome opinions from noted professionals, it’s not like we are looking at Sacre and handing out those strong opinion’s about Sacre being the face of the Lakers, maybe you should chill a bit because I doubt you can really see 16 yrs. into the future.

  • His game is different from vince a little bit. He will be a better defender than carter

  • His game is different from vince a little bit. He will be a better defender than carter

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  • once Randle can knock down that mid-range jumper he’ll be unstoppable. Similar to Blake Griffin in his early years

  • once Randle can knock down that mid-range jumper he’ll be unstoppable. Similar to Blake Griffin in his early years in terms of developing that jumper

  • i noticed lakers did a lot of switching on defense. This team can have a lot of versatility on defense

  • i noticed lakers did a lot of switching on defense. This team can have a lot of versatility on defense

  • I just see a team (TEAM) getting better and playing great D we could pick out man by man and say every thing they did, yes RANDLE had a great game so did Hibbert, I could go down the line and find one of two good things each did, but it was a team playing together.

  • I just see a team (TEAM) getting better and playing great D we could pick out man by man and say every thing they did, yes RANDLE had a great game so did Hibbert, I could go down the line and find one of two good things each did, but it was a team playing together.

  • I still have no idea how this roster will shape up. The only player i give no shot to make the roster is Holmes.

  • I still have no idea how this roster will shape up. The only player i give no shot to make the roster is Holmes.

    My guess would be:

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

    My preference would be:

    Russell/Huertas
    Clarkson/Williams/Frazier
    Kobe/Young/MWP/ABrown
    Randle/Bass/Nance
    Hibbert/Black/Upshaw

  • His second game its really hard to say who is who but its even harder to ignore the (FACT) the he filled the STATS sheet in ONLY his second game, don’t you think ?

  • His second game its really hard to say who is who but its even harder to ignore the (FACT) the he filled the STATS sheet in ONLY his second game, don’t you think ?

  • Again its only your thinking not many others I would have to go with HIBBERT because he is the one playing side by side with RANDLE and should know what a great help he is, not some one watching TV and not just watching RANDLE.

  • Again its only your thinking not many others I would have to go with HIBBERT because he is the one playing side by side with RANDLE and should know what a great help he is, not some one watching TV and not just watching RANDLE.

  • No but he will be, this being only being his second game, look at ANTHONY DAVIS he has been in the NBA for a shorter time then LeBron but he is better , and not jumping teams trying to win his RING. JAMES has only got 2 rings because of the good players around him 2/6 try’s is not that good.

  • No but he will be, this being only his second game, look at ANTHONY DAVIS he has been in the NBA for a shorter time then LeBron but he is better , and not jumping teams trying to win his RING. JAMES has only got 2 rings because of the good players around him 2/6 try’s is not that good.

  • Clarkson was 500% last night not bad , I would take that if everyone did the same.

  • Clarkson was 500% last night not bad , I would take that if everyone did the same.

  • Julius is much more aggressive than Odom was. If Odom had Randle’s hunger and aggressive nature, he would’ve been a lot more than just a 6th man of the year winner. Odom was good, but he actually had the all-around talent to be GREAT if he had the right mindset.

  • Julius is much more aggressive than Odom was. If Odom had Randle’s hunger and aggressive nature, he would’ve been a lot more than just a 6th man of the year winner. Odom was good, but he actually had the all-around talent to be GREAT if he had the right mindset.

  • I think ever one is over looking the ability of RANDLE he is a great passer , can handle the ball like a PG, can and does RB and plays both ends of the court, and guess what he is still a ROOKIE- GIVE THE GUY A BREAK.

  • I think ever one is over looking the ability of RANDLE he is a great passer , can handle the ball like a PG, can and does RB and plays both ends of the court, and guess what he is still a ROOKIE- GIVE THE GUY A BREAK.

  • Stop it. You can’t compare AD to Lebron. They don’t even play the same position. James will go down as one of the top 3 players to ever play the game.

  • Stop it. You can’t compare AD to Lebron. They don’t even play the same position. James will go down as one of the top 3 players to ever play the game.

  • “Kobe and Young can handle the guard position in the interim if something happens.”

    Your philosophy is fundamentally flawed due to age and injuries to the middle of your roster scenario; (almost guaranteed worse in the league)real GMs would look at this and declare non competitive when you go with either of those guys to fill in at guards. Slow becomes even slower when you have no one at SF who could defend the Jazz’s other SF (Burk,Hayward) but now due to injuries you’re splitting up that position to fill in at guard. You have to look at the roster like you’re looking at a chess board; a weak move means you’ve just left your flank vulnerable which is exactly what this middle roster of Kobe/Young/Metta/A. Brown would do to you. To be honest when I first glanced at your lineup that middle roster was a big eye sore; can’t believe what I just saw. I kind of get it though, you’ve become attached to Metta and Upshaw and i think it kind of skewed your judgement.

    Essentially my 3rd string scenarios is wide open and if I would have to bet on it, one of the guards will be added. Metta likely will not make the roster and it’s up to Upshaw (changed my mind and think it’s a possibility) and other to make the final 14th roster spot.

    Here is who would be on 3rd String:

    Kelley SF?PF

    Nance PF

    Frazier, Brown or whoever SG/PG
    Final Roster any of SF,C,SG,PG

  • “Kobe and Young can handle the guard position in the interim if something happens.”

    Your philosophy is fundamentally flawed due to age and injuries to the middle of your roster scenario; (almost guaranteed worse in the league)real GMs would look at this and declare non competitive when you go with either of those guys to fill in at guards. Slow becomes even slower when you have no one at SF who could defend the Jazz’s other SF (Burk,Hayward) but now due to injuries you’re splitting up that position to fill in at guard. You have to look at the roster like you’re looking at a chess board; a weak move means you’ve just left your flank vulnerable which is exactly what this middle roster of Kobe/Young/Metta/A. Brown would do to you. To be honest when I first glanced at your lineup that middle roster was a big eye sore; can’t believe what I just saw. I kind of get it though, you’ve become attached to Metta and Upshaw and i think it kind of skewed your judgement.

    Essentially my 3rd string scenarios is wide open and if I would have to bet on it, one of the guards will be added. Metta likely will not make the roster and it’s up to Upshaw (changed my mind and think it’s a possibility) and other to make the final 14th roster spot.

    Here is who would be on 3rd String:

    Kelley SF?PF

    Nance PF

    Frazier, Brown or whoever SG/PG
    Final Roster any of SF,C,SG,PG

  • So this is the Julius Randle they’ve all been talking about. No wonder the Front Office war room was very jubilant with all the hoorays when he was drafted. Nice work Kobe and Metta. We need this locomotive well oiled for this coming season. I might agree with Hibbert that he could be the future of this team as we have not seen Clarkson or Russell at their best yet. The most important for this team is the full development of this Trio because I believe that these three are the future of the Los Angeles Lakers.

  • So this is the Julius Randle they’ve all been talking about. No wonder the Front Office war room was very jubilant with all the hoorays when he was drafted. Nice work Kobe and Metta. We need this locomotive well oiled for this coming season. I might agree with Hibbert that he could be the future of this team as we have not seen Clarkson or Russell at their best yet. The most important for this team is the full development of this Trio because I believe that these three are the future of the Los Angeles Lakers.

  • Defense isn’t playing great yet but you can already see the influence Hibbert has as the last line of defense. Hopefully no more easy layups like last year and it’s been a successful development. Transition D is still a very weak spot for us

  • Defense isn’t playing great yet but you can already see the influence Hibbert has as the last line of defense. Hopefully no more easy layups like last year and it’s been a successful development. Transition D is still a very weak spot for us

  • When Tiger Woods blasted the Masters for the first time we all saw his greatness. The Pre season showcase of Julius Randle is so far promising just in two games. I see this ‘Animal” as one of the most ferocious bull on the League . We shall see. If this is not a fluke then with Metta and Hibbert along with this Bull, Byron Scott’s prayers will be answered. Kobe and Metta’s hard work is coming into a frutuition. Buckle up your seat belts Boy and Girls and were in for a ride.

  • When Tiger Woods blasted the Masters for the first time we all saw his greatness. The Pre season showcase of Julius Randle is so far promising just in two games. I see this ‘Animal” as one of the most ferocious bull on the League . We shall see. If this is not a fluke then with Metta and Hibbert along with this Bull, Byron Scott’s prayers will be answered. Kobe and Metta’s hard work is coming into a frutuition. Buckle up your seat belts Boy and Girls and were in for a ride.

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