TWITTER: Roy Hibbert Has High Praise For Lakers Young Core
Lakers May Need To Trade Young Talent To Fill Holes
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers rough start to the season continued as the team fell to 1-7 after back-to-back losses to the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic.

Despite the wins not coming just yet, there have been some promising moments coming from the team’s young core.

This has not been lost on the rest of the team and center Roy Hibbert took to his Twitter account to heap praise on the Lakers young players:

Hibbert is certainly right in that Lakers fans have a ton to look forward to with these young players, and they have shown flashes of just what to expect. Jordan Clarkson leads the Lakers in total points through eight games, and Julius Randle has looked unstoppable at times.

While many have been unhappy with D’Angelo Russell’s minutes, he is coming off one of his best games against the Magic and looked more aggressive than in any other game. Larry Nance Jr. has also quickly carved himself out a rotation spot after being inactive for the first three games of the season, and certainly looks like another keeper for the Lakers.

Though Hibbert failed to mention him, Anthony Brown looked very solid in the preseason and has all of the tools to be a very good ‘3-and-D’ player in this league as well. The wins aren’t coming just yet, but Hibbert is spot on as the future is beginning to look a little brighter for these Lakers.

I agree Roy!

  • just make sure you never post the comment you just posted on a different thread, the one that said “we dont need whiteside we have upshaw”. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • just make sure you never post the comment you just posted on a different thread, the one that said “we dont need whiteside we have upshaw”. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Too bad. With this core we’ll be bad for a while in the West. Likely we give up our pick next year and can keep the 2017 pick. Unfortunately or fortunately, that draft class is full of PG.
    They all have to step up for us to be decent. We need soph JC to bust out like Mccollum did.

  • Too bad. With this core we’ll be bad for a while in the West. Likely we give up our pick next year and can keep the 2017 pick. Unfortunately or fortunately, that draft class is full of PG.
    They all have to step up for us to be decent. We need soph JC to bust out like Mccollum did.

  • I think we will be a playoff team in two years and a contender in 3. Hopefully

  • Roy and Metta play with the most heart on this team, everybody should take an example from them! They might not be the best players on the squad, but I “most definitely” appreciate their enthusiasm and camaraderie.

  • I think we will be a playoff team in two years and a contender in 3. Hopefully

  • Roy and Metta play with the most heart on this team, everybody should take an example from them! They might not be the best players on the squad, but I “most definitely” appreciate their enthusiasm and camaraderie.

  • They should figure out who would be the best defensive group and start them. My guess: Clarkson, A Brown, MWP, Nance, Hibbert.

  • They should figure out who would be the best defensive group and start them. My guess: Clarkson, A Brown, MWP, Nance, Hibbert.

  • That’s fairly aggressive and would require FA signings. Still they do have some assets.

  • IMO Randle needst to start but I’m not sure about D’lo. I like the current starting 5 though. Good mixture of defense and offense, young guys and veterans.

  • That’s fairly aggressive and would require FA signings. Still they do have some assets.

  • IMO Randle needst to start but I’m not sure about D’lo. I like the current starting 5 though. Good mixture of defense and offense, young guys and veterans.

  • Very aggressive but I think Randle and Russell will develop quickly. Crazy to think if we could become a playoff team in two years Randle would be 22 and Russell 21.

  • Very aggressive but I think Randle and Russell will develop quickly. Crazy to think if we could become a playoff team in two years Randle would be 22 and Russell 21.

  • If only the fans on this page could have the kind of perspective and show the kind of class Roy Hibbert did in this tweet. Thanks Roy, you’re a good guy.

  • If only the fans on this page could have the kind of perspective and show the kind of class Roy Hibbert did in this tweet. Thanks Roy, you’re a good guy.

  • and to think Randle,JC and DLo will be in their prime years when AD will be a UFA, just need a better coach that time, it’ either LAL or Bulls(hometown) for Unibrow he wont win in NOH

  • and to think Randle,JC and DLo will be in their prime years when AD will be a UFA, just need a better coach that time, it’ either LAL or Bulls(hometown) for Unibrow he wont win in NOH

  • Anyone see how pumped Young was after getting that charge call on Harris! I love it.

  • Anyone see how pumped Young was after getting that charge call on Harris! I love it.

  • If the Lakers rotation looked like this I think it would help build a lot of chemistry among the team and the rookies as well.

    Starting.
    Pg- Lou Will
    Sg- Kobe/ Nick Young
    Sf- Nick Young/ Metta
    Pf- Brandon Bass
    C- Roy Hibbert

    Bench.
    Pg- D’Angelo
    Sg- Jc
    Sf- Larry Nance/ Anthony Brown
    Pf- Julius Randle/ Larry Nance
    C- Tarik Black

    Or Vice Versa with the Rookies Starting and the Veterans off the bench.

  • If the Lakers rotation looked like this I think it would help build a lot of chemistry among the team and the rookies as well.

    Starting.
    Pg- Lou Will
    Sg- Kobe/ Nick Young
    Sf- Nick Young/ Metta
    Pf- Brandon Bass
    C- Roy Hibbert

    Bench.
    Pg- D’Angelo
    Sg- Jc
    Sf- Larry Nance/ Anthony Brown
    Pf- Julius Randle/ Larry Nance
    C- Tarik Black

    Or Vice Versa with the Rookies Starting and the Veterans off the bench.

  • Speaking of ABrown — maybe it’s best to send him to the Dfenders? Playing every day has to be more productive than sitting at the end of the bench.

  • Speaking of ABrown — maybe it’s best to send him to the Dfenders? Playing every day has to be more productive than sitting at the end of the bench.

  • I think so too. Although I would like to see them try him in the rotation instead of Huertas for a few games just to see how it works.

  • I think so too. Although I would like to see them try him in the rotation instead of Huertas for a few games just to see how it works.

  • Would be AWSOME. Way to put things in perspective. Many of us want too much too soon out of these kid’s. Myself included.

  • Would be AWSOME. Way to put things in perspective. Many of us want too much too soon out of these kid’s. Myself included.

  • If we’re chasing Durant and someone offers JC a Tobias like contract and he asks us to match, do we give it to him. I think this core is fragile cuz JC isn’t locked in like Randle. Of course getting/striking out on Durant changes everything.

  • If we’re chasing Durant and someone offers JC a Tobias like contract and he asks us to match, do we give it to him. I think this core is fragile cuz JC isn’t locked in like Randle. Of course getting/striking out on Durant changes everything.

  • Ok so Lou will swaggy p and Kobe will play ISO and shoot each play got it sounds like there would be nice ball movement I like this starting unit

  • Ok so Lou will swaggy p and Kobe will play ISO and shoot each play got it sounds like there would be nice ball movement I like this starting unit

  • With bird rights you can go over signing jc as long as you sign the free agent first

  • With bird rights you can go over signing jc as long as you sign the free agent first

  • Durant will be 28 no way he joins a team of very young guys. Only way Durant comes here is if it is a package like KD, Rondo, Noah and Horford in which case we would have to shed some guys, JC included. That is a pipedream though. Most likely we don’t make a big signing next year and keep developing our core.

  • Durant will be 28 no way he joins a team of very young guys. Only way Durant comes here is if it is a package like KD, Rondo, Noah and Horford in which case we would have to shed some guys, JC included. That is a pipedream though. Most likely we don’t make a big signing next year and keep developing our core.

  • All 3 of those guys are declining…especially Noah. I wouldn’t cash any of those dudes out. LAL basically has to go all out for KD…we know Lebron aint coming and anybody else worth something is restricted (Andre Drummond)

  • All 3 of those guys are declining…especially Noah. I wouldn’t cash any of those dudes out. LAL basically has to go all out for KD…we know Lebron aint coming and anybody else worth something is restricted (Andre Drummond)

  • I think people need to slow there role on KD. free agency is a long time away and we arent a good enough team to get him. Also the other thing alot of people neglect when talking about durant is that he is a tall guy with a foot injury. If he gets nicked up some this year and misses time he will probably stay with his team with a 5 year contract with player options after year 2. He will want maximum security because who knows how the CBA will change in 17 and if he can stay healthy.

  • I think people need to slow there role on KD. free agency is a long time away and we arent a good enough team to get him. Also the other thing alot of people neglect when talking about durant is that he is a tall guy with a foot injury. If he gets nicked up some this year and misses time he will probably stay with his team with a 5 year contract with player options after year 2. He will want maximum security because who knows how the CBA will change in 17 and if he can stay healthy.

  • It is not punching him. It is just helping all the rookies “The Future” build chemistry with each other.

  • It is not punching him. It is just helping all the rookies “The Future” build chemistry with each other.

  • Ed Davis wanted to stay but he didn’t wait around. JC might just take the money and run.

    Signing Durant will cost a chunk of your cap plus getting another max guy to join him. Do the Lakers go over just to be another playoff team. Tricky situation.

  • Ed Davis wanted to stay but he didn’t wait around. JC might just take the money and run.

    Signing Durant will cost a chunk of your cap plus getting another max guy to join him. Do the Lakers go over just to be another playoff team. Tricky situation.

  • The team is on track for 10 wins as of today. Last year, 18 wins still got into the top-3.

    Why do you think we’ll lose our pick this year?

    The way I see things is that it’s a 2-horse race for the #1 ranking between LA and Philadelphia. There is NO WAY LA gets 21 wins and gets the #4 seed just to give it to Philly.

  • Yup I’m sure most of us fans knew this coming into the season. Let’s hope Laker Coaching staff can mold these kids moving forward. Or maybe not.

  • The team is on track for 10 wins as of today. Last year, 18 wins still got into the top-3.

    Why do you think we’ll lose our pick this year?

    The way I see things is that it’s a 2-horse race for the #1 ranking between LA and Philadelphia. There is NO WAY LA gets 21 wins and gets the #4 seed just to give it to Philly.

  • Yup I’m sure most of us fans knew this coming into the season. Let’s hope Laker Coaching staff can mold these kids moving forward. Or maybe not.

  • Is Brown a SF or SG? or just a generic wing?

    He’s got the size to be a SF, but he plays like a SG.

  • Is Brown a SF or SG? or just a generic wing?

    He’s got the size to be a SF, but he plays like a SG.

  • im going to go out on a limb here and say that the twolves will beat the warriors tonight(yes I am totally serious)

  • im going to go out on a limb here and say that the twolves will beat the warriors tonight(yes I am totally serious)

  • JC can’t take the money and run. He’s an RFA.

    His rookie contract is on the books for $1M+, and obviously the team is going to extend the RFA minimum and look to extend him to the RFA max.

    Unless the team waives JC, he’s playing for the Lakers in 2016/17. And I doubt he turns down the RFA max the team will give him sometime next August.

  • JC can’t take the money and run. He’s an RFA.

    His rookie contract is on the books for $1M+, and obviously the team is going to extend the RFA minimum and look to extend him to the RFA max.

    Unless the team waives JC, he’s playing for the Lakers in 2016/17. And I doubt he turns down the RFA max the team will give him sometime next August.

  • See how there’s a spectrum on this. KB24 believes we have chance to make the playoffs. You believe lakers will tank. I’m in between. I still believe this team can still win 30-35 games. But they need to get started soon.

    The fact that Byron is trying to win using his vets shows that he’s more likely to lead this team to a 21 season than a 10 win season.
    Extending this losing way to 1-10, 2-12. Byron will lose his job and we’ll have to tank like you said. Then yes we keep our pick.

  • See how there’s a spectrum on this. KB24 believes we have chance to make the playoffs. You believe lakers will tank. I’m in between. I still believe this team can still win 30-35 games. But they need to get started soon.

    The fact that Byron is trying to win using his vets shows that he’s more likely to lead this team to a 21 season than a 10 win season.
    Extending this losing way to 1-10, 2-12. Byron will lose his job and we’ll have to tank like you said. Then yes we keep our pick.

  • poor huertas first he’s gets crossed over so bad that his soul left his body then he dribbles straight in larry nance’s nut sack, smh

  • poor huertas first he’s gets crossed over so bad that his soul left his body then he dribbles straight in larry nance’s nut sack, smh

  • What about a poison pill contract.
    5 mil
    5.5 mil
    19 mil
    20 mil.
    Do Lakers match?

  • What about a poison pill contract.
    5 mil
    5.5 mil
    19 mil
    20 mil.
    Do Lakers match?

  • Yes, they can always move him (and get something back) if they want to go in another direction.

  • Yes, they can always move him (and get something back) if they want to go in another direction.

  • Want’s the diff between SF & SG? Doesn’t seem much of a distinction anymore. I think you can use him either way depending if you want to go big or small.

  • Want’s the diff between SF & SG? Doesn’t seem much of a distinction anymore. I think you can use him either way depending if you want to go big or small.

  • At this point not much is gained playing the vets over the rookies. That bench should start (and close out games) and the starters should be the bench. The lone except I would make is Hibbert.

  • At this point not much is gained playing the vets over the rookies. That bench should start (and close out games) and the starters should be the bench. The lone except I would make is Hibbert.

  • We are actually 3 wins away from that place. Unless, those teams keep winning then it’ll be a stretch to catch up. It’s to early to speculate though.

  • We are actually 3 wins away from that place. Unless, those teams keep winning then it’ll be a stretch to catch up. It’s to early to speculate though.

  • You will have to sell that to the Fans….are they going to be patient enough.

  • You will have to sell that to the Fans….are they going to be patient enough.

  • out of these guys heres where they are at right now.
    Clarkson id say hes about 80-85pct.
    Julius Randle is about 70-75 pct ready.
    Larry nance Jr. is around 60-70 pct of his potential.
    Dangelo is probably the slowest or least bit.
    I would say hes only at 40-50 pct of his potential which is super high.
    But when is it going to happen today tomorrow next week?
    Laker fans arent being patient yes.
    But you cant blame a 19 year old kid drafted out of high school like Kobe it took 3 years.
    Give him at least a year or two before you judge him people.
    He will get up to 80-90 pct eventually and youll all be on his bandwagon watch…..

  • out of these guys heres where they are at right now.
    Clarkson id say hes about 80-85pct.
    Julius Randle is about 70-75 pct ready.
    Larry nance Jr. is around 60-70 pct of his potential.
    Dangelo is probably the slowest or least bit.
    I would say hes only at 40-50 pct of his potential which is super high.
    But when is it going to happen today tomorrow next week?
    Laker fans arent being patient yes.
    But you cant blame a 19 year old kid drafted out of high school like Kobe it took 3 years.
    Give him at least a year or two before you judge him people.
    He will get up to 80-90 pct eventually and youll all be on his bandwagon watch…..

  • To me the difference is about being a fundamental SF versus a wing shooter and how they affect both the offense and defense.

    The traditional SF is a guy who shoots, attacks the rim and makes under the basket cuts. He has some post up skills and will work in the paint. Metta is a SF.

    Whereas, a “wing” is a shooter and to a big extent is interchangeable between SG and SF. Nick is a wing, durant is a wing.

  • To me the difference is about being a fundamental SF versus a wing shooter and how they affect both the offense and defense.

    The traditional SF is a guy who shoots, attacks the rim and makes under the basket cuts. His job is to exploit matchups and work in the paint area. He has some post up skills and will work in the paint. Metta, Lebron and Johnson are SF’s.

    Whereas, a “wing” is a shooter and a guy who’s sole purpose is to stretch the offense. To a big extent they are interchangeable between SG and SF. Nick is a wing. Harden, Durant and Winslow are wings.

  • Don’t forget the over the head beat shot clock chuck. I been getting killed as a Laker fan over that.

  • Don’t forget the over the head beat shot clock chuck. I been getting killed as a Laker fan over that.

  • For Randle, he needs to refine his jump shot. Probably two years from being proficient. Once he has that it is over though. No one can stop him.

    Nance might be the most ready right now. Just needs to keep working on that open 3.

    Russell, has a lot to work on. His form is great but he needs to get more consistent, his handle is really good but it needs to be elite. And he must improve his foot speed. He is already good but he has a ways to reaching his potential. Exciting!

  • I thought the league outlawed poison pill contracts, but let’s discuss the theory regardless…I could be wrong.

    To me,
    Absolutely… Just because they back load the money, doesn’t mean it changes the amount or the cap hit.

    So in the poison pill contract, it’s still just a $10M contract spread out over 4 years and the cap hit matches. And, the last 4 years are at the veteran max based on his number of years played. The last time i checked he can’t get anything more than *about * $45M over 4 years.

    Is he worth $20M in 4 years, it depends on whether or not he’s worth $5M next year, and an average of $10M per year. And, if the team thinks they have the extra cap space to allocate to JC in years 3-4 above what they could or would offer.

  • For Randle, he needs to refine his jump shot. Probably two years from being proficient. Once he has that it is over though. No one can stop him.

    Nance might be the most ready right now. Just needs to keep working on that open 3.

    Russell, has a lot to work on. His form is great but he needs to get more consistent, his handle is really good but it needs to be elite. And he must improve his foot speed. He is already good but he has a ways to reaching his potential. Exciting!

  • I thought the league outlawed poison pill contracts, but let’s discuss the theory regardless…I could be wrong.

    To me,
    Absolutely… Just because they back load the money, doesn’t mean it changes the amount or the cap hit.

    So in the poison pill contract, it’s still just a $10M contract spread out over 4 years and the cap hit matches. And, the last 4 years are at the veteran max based on his number of years played. The last time i checked he can’t get anything more than *about * $45M over 4 years.

    Is he worth $20M in 4 years, it depends on whether or not he’s worth $5M next year, and an average of $10M per year. And, if the team thinks they have the extra cap space to allocate to JC in years 3-4 above what they could or would offer.

  • his jumper or 3 pointer would make him 100 pct unstoppable.
    right now hes maybe 75 pct.
    i would say dangelo is like 40 pct of his potential being he isnt passing much or attacking the hoop.
    and hes not even shooting alot of 3s.
    larry nance jr. is probably 70 with his 3 point shot.
    what else should he add to his game?
    dribbling the ball up the floor?

  • his jumper or 3 pointer would make him 100 pct unstoppable.
    right now hes maybe 75 pct.
    i would say dangelo is like 40 pct of his potential being he isnt passing much or attacking the hoop.
    and hes not even shooting alot of 3s.
    larry nance jr. is probably 70 with his 3 point shot.
    what else should he add to his game?
    dribbling the ball up the floor?

  • Better handle would be nice. Basically want him to become a more athletic version of Draymond Green

  • Better handle would be nice. Basically want him to become a more athletic version of Draymond Green

  • who do you think is more athletic Nance Jr or Blake?
    i wanna see them in the dunk contest VS each other.
    add zach lavine and andrew wiggins and aaron gordon.

  • who do you think is more athletic Nance Jr or Blake?
    i wanna see them in the dunk contest VS each other.
    add zach lavine and andrew wiggins and aaron gordon.

  • 7’2 reach with a 47″ vertical.
    i think he will dethrone Blake griffin with ease!

  • 7’2 reach with a 47″ vertical.
    i think he will dethrone Blake griffin with ease!

  • So far this season, my worst fear has been a reality………everything has been about Kobe. I’m a huge Kobe fanboy (as they call us), but he NEEDS to be phased out in order for the future to take the reigns. If it’s any other player in the league, he’d be benched already. Trust me, I know what he’s done for the League, the franchise, the community and sports in general…..but like all the greats before him, his time is over. It doesn’t appear that we’ll be in the Playoffs this year, so the focus should be playing D’lo,JC and Randle together as much as possible. Sorry Kobe, the show must go on.

  • So far this season, my worst fear has been a reality………everything has been about Kobe. I’m a huge Kobe fanboy (as they call us), but he NEEDS to be phased out in order for the future to take the reigns. If it’s any other player in the league, he’d be benched already. Trust me, I know what he’s done for the League, the franchise, the community and sports in general…..but like all the greats before him, his time is over. It doesn’t appear that we’ll be in the Playoffs this year, so the focus should be playing D’lo,JC and Randle together as much as possible. Sorry Kobe, the show must go on.

  • Really?
    Kobe isnt finished yet bro.
    Coming back from 3 straight seasons of injuries is tough man.
    He almost retired before…..were lucky to have him back.
    We should tell him to get through it and keep on.
    Why give up and retire hes 37 MJ was 40 and still playing…..
    *sigh*

  • Really?
    Kobe isnt finished yet bro.
    Coming back from 3 straight seasons of injuries is tough man.
    He almost retired before…..were lucky to have him back.
    We should tell him to get through it and keep on.
    Why give up and retire hes 37 MJ was 40 and still playing…..
    *sigh*

  • Anyone else in here think we should play Anthony Brown more, and Lou Williams/Nick Young less? I like Lou’s ability to draw the occasional 4 point play opportunity, and Nick Young’s propensity for exciting, but mostly irrelevant and unreliable, hot streaks…but Brown is a high percentage 3 point shooter with defensive potential at the 3…something we sorely lack right now. Between Larry Nance Jr, Brown and Metta, the 3 should be locked up…that way Kobe can go back to guarding 2s, and our defense can get itself together. I say we should just dump Brandon Bass at this point…I’d rather give Upshaw (or some other project) a look.

  • Anyone else in here think we should play Anthony Brown more, and Lou Williams/Nick Young less? I like Lou’s ability to draw the occasional 4 point play opportunity, and Nick Young’s propensity for exciting, but mostly irrelevant and unreliable, hot streaks…but Brown is a high percentage 3 point shooter with defensive potential at the 3…something we sorely lack right now. Between Larry Nance Jr, Brown and Metta, the 3 should be locked up…that way Kobe can go back to guarding 2s, and our defense can get itself together. I say we should just dump Brandon Bass at this point…I’d rather give Upshaw (or some other project) a look. Maybe trade one of the fun guns (lou and nick) for a second round pick or cash or a bag of Doritos jacked and sign someone like Michael Frazier…who can 3 and D. We already have Kobe, Russell, Clarkson and Randle jacking up shots inefficiently as starters, we don’t need TWO guys off the bench doing it as well. It’s time to eschew the one dimensional journeymen in favor of some young players with upside. I say dump Huertas too…he isn’t athletic enough to play well at the NBA level, and he doesn’t fit our roster, or the goals/needs of our young prospects. We need young, athletic projects coming off the bench.

  • He’s great for the game and us fans from the emotional stand point, but as far as the actual game and the progress of the franchise, he’s doing more harm than good.

  • At this point of his career, he’s great for the game and us fans from the emotional stand point and that is all, but as far as the actual game and the progress of the franchise, he’s doing more harm than good.

  • I agree, Brown does show protential. But his focus this year should be to just observe. Then transition that focus to the weight room in the offseason. He’s way to small to be effective right now. Anyone can knock down some spot up shots, but he needs to beef up so that he can be a complete player

  • I agree, Brown does show protential. But his focus this year should be to just observe. Then transition that focus to the weight room in the offseason. He’s way to small to be effective right now. Anyone can knock down some spot up shots, but he needs to beef up so that he can be a complete player

  • We had Lou Williams playing some time at the 3 (defensively)against Orlando…I’m talking about using AB instead…he may be young and skinny, but he’s bigger and stronger than Lou Williams. Plus, Lou is shooting 17% from 3…I think AB can top that.

  • We had Lou Williams playing some time at the 3 (defensively)against Orlando…I’m talking about using AB instead…he may be young and skinny, but he’s bigger and stronger than Lou Williams. Plus, Lou is shooting 17% from 3…I think AB can top that.

  • No way does Scott give even a minute of Lous to AB…..and I don’t blame him. Brown will no way be the focal point of any team inside of 7 years, so why sacrifice points for no reason.

  • No way does Scott give even a minute of Lous to AB…..and I don’t blame him. Brown will no way be the focal point of any team inside of 7 years, so why sacrifice points for no reason.

  • Lakers could learn something from the Wolves, play for 48 minutes no matter what.

  • Lakers could learn something from the Wolves, play for 48 minutes no matter what.

  • Lou Williams has been an abject failure on this team, so there is NO reason to keep giving him star minutes and heaps of contested outside shots. It’s simply not working. I’m not PREDICTING that Scott will do this (in fact I’m about 100% sure he won’t) but that’s part of the problem. You need to learn more about how basketball works. When a person shoots a higher percentage, that means they make more shots. More shots made = more points scored. More efficiency means more points on fewer shots, which gives other players more shot attempts to get going…it’s not difficult to figure out.

  • Lou Williams has been an abject failure on this team, so there is NO reason to keep giving him star minutes and heaps of contested outside shots. It’s simply not working. I’m not PREDICTING that Scott will do this (in fact I’m about 100% sure he won’t) but that’s part of the problem. You need to learn more about how basketball works. When a person shoots a higher percentage, that means they make more shots. More shots made = more points scored. More efficiency means more points on fewer shots, which gives other players more shot attempts to get going…it’s not difficult to figure out.

  • The trickery of per stats. Well, per stats don’t tell u who was guarding the offensive player in reguards to fg%…..was it a starter guarding him? Was it a scrub defender because it was guarbage time during a blowout? Was it at the begining of the game when he’s fresh? Did his points come from mismatches? Analytics don’t account for situations……they just account for the raw data. Brown would get demolished if he played starter minutes. Too small for his position.

  • The trickery of per stats. Well, per stats don’t tell u who was guarding the offensive player in reguards to fg%…..was it a starter guarding him? Was it a scrub defender because it was guarbage time during a blowout? Was it at the begining of the game when he’s fresh? Did his points come from mismatches? Was it against a top ranked defense?……or was it against a bottom ranked defensive team. Analytics don’t account for situations……they just account for the raw data. Brown would get demolished if he played starter minutes. Too small for his position.

  • Will actually be 14.25 million per year. I am on the fence if it comes to that. Will have to see how this season goes.

  • Will actually be 14.25 million per year. I am on the fence if it comes to that. Will have to see how this season goes.

  • Lou helps keep the games close. It’s odd that he scores more points from the free throw line than the field however.

    But, without Lou and Young the games would be a blowout.

    I’m not saying either is a good (or bad) player, I’m just saying they may be a necessary evil.

  • Lou helps keep the games close. It’s odd that he scores more points from the free throw line than the field however.

    But, without Lou and Young the games would be a blowout.

    I’m not saying either is a good (or bad) player, I’m just saying they may be a necessary evil.

  • I can’t wait for the one game when everyone is on their peak and they all show their highest potential.

    It will only be one game, but it will be eye popping.
    Think of the game (48 minutes) where Randle, Clarkson and Russell show near elite contributions!

    I predict: Some time in January we’ll get a glimpse.

  • I can’t wait for the one game when everyone is on their peak and they all show their highest potential.

    It will only be one game, but it will be eye popping.
    Think of the game (48 minutes) where Randle, Clarkson and Russell show near elite contributions!

    I predict: Some time in January we’ll get a glimpse.

  • CHA: Lou, Ryan Kelly
    IND: Bass, Batum
    CHI: Nick, 2nd pick(La),
    LAL: Taj, Paul George

    2nd trade
    Sixers: Lakers 1st round pick
    Lakers: Embiid

    cut Sacre

  • CHA: Lou, Ryan Kelly
    IND: Bass, Batum
    CHI: Nick, 2nd pick(La),
    LAL: Taj, Paul George

    2nd trade
    Sixers: Lakers 1st round pick
    Lakers: Embiid

    cut Sacre

  • LMAO sure, the pacers are going to change their superstar for two scrubs…

  • When Mitch drafted Nance he said that he was “probably the most athletic player in the draft.”

    And a week or so ago, Nance said he was only 80% recovered from his knee injury a year ago!

    Nance could probably start for some teams (eventually) but he’s going to be a 1-man wrecking machine off the bench for the Lakers.

  • LMAO sure, the pacers are going to change their superstar for two scrubs…

  • When Mitch drafted Nance he said that he was “probably the most athletic player in the draft.”

    And a week or so ago, Nance said he was only 80% recovered from his knee injury a year ago!

    Nance could probably start for some teams (eventually) but he’s going to be a 1-man wrecking machine off the bench for the Lakers.

  • If I were GM, i’d take it.

    Mainly because of the fact that in 4 years, $14.25M will be a good deal for Clarkson’s contributions.

    To me, Clarkson will peak around the same level as R.Jackson, Lowry or Bledsoe. Which makes him a great #3 option, but if he’s the #1 or #2 it’s a good indicator the team needs more talent — just like Bledsoe or R.Jackson.

  • If I were GM, i’d take it.

    Mainly because of the fact that in 4 years, $14.25M will be a good deal for Clarkson’s contributions.

    To me, Clarkson will peak around the same level as R.Jackson, Lowry or Bledsoe. Which makes him a great #3 option, but if he’s the #1 or #2 it’s a good indicator the team needs more talent — just like Bledsoe or R.Jackson.

  • I really like Roy Hibbert… I wouldn’t mind if he was on the team for the next five plus years for the right price.

  • He is posting a 14 PER right now. Which is not bad if he was 20, but he is 23 and I am not sure how much more he will grow. I am hoping by the end of the season he will be playing consistent on both ends and then it will be a no brainer.

  • I really like Roy Hibbert… I wouldn’t mind if he was on the team for the next five plus years for the right price.

  • He is posting a 14 PER right now. Which is not bad if he was 20, but he is 23 and I am not sure how much more he will grow. I am hoping by the end of the season he will be playing consistent on both ends and then it will be a no brainer.

  • There is a rule where you can’t give a huge contract to a player with less than 4 years experience in the league. I’m pretty sure the most Clarkson can get in 3 years 25 million. Like the Jeremy Lin deal from a few years ago.

  • There is a rule where you can’t give a huge contract to a player with less than 4 years experience in the league. I’m pretty sure the most Clarkson can get in 3 years 25 million. Like the Jeremy Lin deal from a few years ago.

  • Hahaha, it will be short lived Dana.

    Trust me, Igcendy is a certified hater. LOL.

  • Hahaha, it will be short lived Dana.

    Trust me, Igcendy is a certified hater. LOL.

  • We finish last….but we finish well!

    At least thats what the ladies tell us. LOL

  • Noah doesnt thrill me. Honestly, I would rather take a risk and develop Upshaw.

  • Noah doesnt thrill me. Honestly, I would rather take a risk and develop Upshaw.

  • And Kobe has been playing with a bad back, imagine just how good he can be once he relearns his body and it starts cooperating.

  • And Kobe has been playing with a bad back, imagine just how good he can be once he relearns his body and it starts cooperating.

  • Before you do these fantasy trades, you should enter them into the realgm trade machine. This trade does not work for multiple reasons. The main one being sending out 16.9 Million in salary and taking back 25 million. That’s not even mentioning how poor this trade is for every other team except the Lakers.

    Your second trade also will not work due to the Lakers not having a tradeable 1st round pick until 2020.

  • Before you do these fantasy trades, you should enter them into the realgm trade machine. This trade does not work for multiple reasons. The main one being sending out 16.9 Million in salary and taking back 25 million. That’s not even mentioning how poor this trade is for every other team except the Lakers.

    Your second trade also will not work due to the Lakers not having a tradeable 1st round pick until 2020.

  • 1 He’s the exact same size as Nick Young
    2. he is projected as a defensive lock down defender, you cannot get better at that sitting and watching games. you need to be guarding the best guys night in night out. Andrew Wiggins is the perfect example of how to develop a lock down guy, just let them guard the opposing team’s best player every night and let them get beat and learn.
    3. Byron will never do this anyway as he is a horrible coach, so he should be sent to the DLeague to at least get some game time, cause “just observing” will do absolutely nothing for a guy whose primary job is to defend one on one.

  • 1 He’s the exact same size as Nick Young
    2. he is projected as a defensive lock down defender, you cannot get better at that sitting and watching games. you need to be guarding the best guys night in night out. Andrew Wiggins is the perfect example of how to develop a lock down guy, just let them guard the opposing team’s best player every night and let them get beat and learn.
    3. Byron will never do this anyway as he is a horrible coach, so he should be sent to the DLeague to at least get some game time, cause “just observing” will do absolutely nothing for a guy whose primary job is to defend one on one.

  • Kobe said that Randle is the kind of player that will be unstoppable in the next year or 2 bcoz of his non-stop work of his weaknesses(jumpshots and left hand)

  • Kobe said that Randle is the kind of player that will be unstoppable in the next year or 2 bcoz of his non-stop work of his weaknesses(jumpshots and left hand)

  • that’s why there is a PLAN B(Westbrook) and Plan C(Unibrow in 5 years) and sad to say Plan D(Simmons, Skal,Ingram,Jaylen)

  • that’s why there is a PLAN B(Westbrook) and Plan C(Unibrow in 5 years) and sad to say Plan D(Simmons, Skal,Ingram,Jaylen)

  • problem with drummond is that he is looking to stay, not yet signing a contract with pistons coz he wants to win(I smell paycut)

  • problem with drummond is that he is looking to stay, not yet signing a contract with pistons coz he wants to win(I smell paycut)

  • he is a 6’7 SF….a less athletic but bulkier Ariza….brown can guard 1-3 spots but not 4 and 5(this is where Nance jr and Upshaw comes in)

  • he is a 6’7 SF….a less athletic but bulkier Ariza….brown can guard 1-3 spots but not 4 and 5(this is where Nance jr and Upshaw comes in)

  • best option right now to win is SwagP for Dlo….Dlo-Lou-MWP/Brown-Nance jr-tarik will play more fast pace heavy PnR where DLo will excel(ala Nash) have an 11-man rotation to avoid overfatigue and injuries

  • best option right now to win is SwagP for Dlo….Dlo-Lou-MWP/Brown-Nance jr-tarik will play more fast pace heavy PnR where DLo will excel(ala Nash) have an 11-man rotation to avoid overfatigue and injuries

  • If you are comparing DLO to Kobe age wise….Kobe was Younger but you could see how good he was going to be and his confidence level was obvious….The jury is still out on DLo.

  • If you are comparing DLo to Kobe age wise….Kobe was Younger but you could see how good he was going to be and his confidence level was obvious….The jury is still out on DLo.

  • He is top 15 right now in PPG for Point Guards He would also be top 15 if you classify him as a SG. Yes hes 23 but he is still a sophomore who is having his role change once again. Everything he learned last year was how to run the point and become more of a facilitator/scorer. Now he is being asked to give up the ball to a guy 3 years younger cocky as **** and getting paid about 4.2 million dollars more. So i think you should give him a break.

  • He is top 15 right now in PPG for Point Guards He would also be top 15 if you classify him as a SG. Yes hes 23 but he is still a sophomore who is having his role change once again. Everything he learned last year was how to run the point and become more of a facilitator/scorer. Now he is being asked to give up the ball to a guy 3 years younger cocky as **** and getting paid about 4.2 million dollars more. So i think you should give him a break.

  • Yeah well said Roy, get fan boys excited and keep buying tickets and stuffs. Money money more money for Lakers!!!!!

  • As an inexpensive reserve big I would take him. Everybody on the team doesn’t need to be a superstar to win championships.

  • Indiana actually looks like a potential playoff team. No way they are trading George.

  • As an inexpensive reserve big I would take him. Everybody on the team doesn’t need to be a superstar to win championships.

  • Indiana actually looks like a potential playoff team. No way they are trading George.

  • I was thinking early today. If Nance became a solid 3 point shooter, we have our starting 5 set in 4 positions for the years come.

    D’angelo, Jordan, Nance, Randle, ??

    Lets work that group

  • I was thinking early today. If Nance became a solid 3 point shooter, we have our starting 5 set in 4 positions for the years come.

    D’angelo, Jordan, Nance, Randle, ??

    Lets work that group

  • And your not you are the only one using the HATE word, just because they don’t AGREE with you. You must be really different now that KOBE is not playing, scraping for some one to down grade to your LEVEL.

  • And your not you are the only one using the HATE word, just because they don’t AGREE with you. You must be really different now that KOBE is not playing, scraping for some one to down grade to your LEVEL.

  • Totally agree with you. If you put the right defensive scheme he’s very effective. Right now he’s about the only starter playing quality defense.

    Unfortunately, he will most likely leave this offseason. I would guess SAS.

  • Totally agree with you. If you put the right defensive scheme he’s very effective. Right now he’s about the only starter playing quality defense.

    Unfortunately, he will most likely leave this offseason. I would guess SAS.

  • CHA have Frank the Tank no way they want Kelly, and why would IND give up Paul George?

    I don’t know what we would want out of Memphis but they might be a better trade partner. They could use Kelly and maybe Nick/Lou. Also another team that could use bench players is Detroit and Phoenix is pretty thin at 4 they may be interested in Bass.

  • CHA have Frank the Tank no way they want Kelly, and why would IND give up Paul George?

    I don’t know what we would want out of Memphis but they might be a better trade partner. They could use Kelly and maybe Nick/Lou. Also another team that could use bench players is Detroit and Phoenix is pretty thin at 4 they may be interested in Bass.

  • A Brown should get some PT and Lou less imo. Nick is only getting 18 and is playing very well, I don’t think cutting his min is a good idea. Kobe is playing too many, and MWP is what he is. No reason for him to get more than 5-10 a night.

    Frazier looked bad in preseason, he could neither 3 or D. There are much better projects out there. I can think of about 4-5 off the top of my head.

    Huertas has looked good at running the offense. He just needs more defensive players around him to be effective (something that is lacking on this roster). He’s looked much better than Lou running pg. Having Huertas as the “vet” with a bunch of young, athletic, defensive-mind players would be a good way to use him.

    Agreed though, this roster is in need of some shuffling.

  • A Brown should get some PT and Lou less imo. Nick is only getting 18 and is playing very well, I don’t think cutting his min is a good idea. Kobe is playing too many, and MWP is what he is. No reason for him to get more than 5-10 a night.

    Frazier looked bad in preseason, he could neither 3 or D. There are much better projects out there. I can think of about 4-5 off the top of my head.

    Huertas has looked good at running the offense. He just needs more defensive players around him to be effective (something that is lacking on this roster). He’s looked much better than Lou running pg. Having Huertas as the “vet” with a bunch of young, athletic, defensive-mind players would be a good way to use him.

    Agreed though, this roster is in need of some shuffling.

  • Something makes me feel good about today’s game. Our guys are slowly getting confidence and experience. Our defense is way better. D’angelo seems starting to be more agressive.
    Clarkson always bounce in back after bad games. Nance’s confident… Dirk can pound us in offense glass (our main concern right now).

    We will click today. I guess

  • Something makes me feel good about today’s game. Our guys are slowly getting confidence and experience. Our defense is way better. D’angelo seems starting to be more agressive.
    Clarkson always bounce in back after bad games. Nance’s confident… Dirk can’t pound us in offense glass (our main concern right now).

    We will click today. I guess

  • No offense, but your post sounds like you are hoping for a win tonight. If development is the key focus, then wins can’t be included. That’s been the issue over the past few years.

    I contend that the return to championship contention could have been further up the road by now if the Lakers had been more focused in their direction and decisions. They were trying really hard to win games the year before they drafted Randle, when had they not, they would have drafted much higher. They were trying to win games last year, but were fortunate that they still moved up the draft order. Had they been more singular focused both seasons, they might have Andrew Wiggins and Karl Anthony Towns right now instead of Julius Randle and D’Angelo Russell. How much closer would they be to being a contending team with those differences?

  • No offense, but your post sounds like you are hoping for a win tonight. If development is the key focus, then wins can’t be included. That’s been the issue over the past few years.

    I contend that the return to championship contention could have been further up the road by now if the Lakers had been more focused in their direction and decisions. They were trying really hard to win games the year before they drafted Randle, when had they not, they would have drafted much higher. They were trying to win games last year, but were fortunate that they still moved up the draft order. Had they been more singular focused both seasons, they might have Andrew Wiggins and Karl Anthony Towns right now instead of Julius Randle and D’Angelo Russell. How much closer would they be to being a contending team with those differences?

  • I have not sure. I do not know who is better Wiggins or Randle. To me Randle will be better down the line. And D’angelo will be a superstar (Towns is way more ready right now)

    I don’t expect a win today, but i expect a good game. Another close one. Is good for our kids

  • I have not sure. I do not know who is better Wiggins or Randle. To me Randle will be better down the line. And D’angelo will be a superstar (Towns is way more ready right now)

    I don’t expect a win today, but i expect a good game. Another close one. Is good for our kids

  • Probably not….but I think that is a problem. I think the next move or shift in the league is going to be the team that goes back to being big. I was watching that game last night with the Warriors. Nobody exploits Curry on the defensive end. Guys like Mark Jackson would have taken Curry in the post and punished him. That’s how you balance things on the other end. Instead players try to match his speed and shooting. Not a good idea.

    That is also how GSW had such an advantage. They are winning because they have goated the rest of the league into playing the way that they play…or at least trying. I remember Phoenix trying to do the same, but in the playoffs teams like the Lakers and Spurs would slow the game down. Teams aren’t doing that with the Warriors.

  • Probably not….but I think that is a problem. I think the next move or shift in the league is going to be the team that goes back to being big. I was watching that game last night with the Warriors. Nobody exploits Curry on the defensive end. Guys like Mark Jackson would have taken Curry in the post and punished him. That’s how you balance things on the other end. Instead players try to match his speed and shooting. Not a good idea.

    That is also how GSW had such an advantage. They are winning because they have goated the rest of the league into playing the way that they play…or at least trying. I remember Phoenix trying to do the same, but in the playoffs teams like the Lakers and Spurs would slow the game down. Teams aren’t doing that with the Warriors.

  • Interesting how you compared Wiggins with Randle instead of Wiggins with Russell and Towns with Randle. I guess you went by when they were drafted. I was looking at positioning…Russell is a guard…Wiggins is a GF. Towns is a PF and so is Randle.

  • Interesting how you compared Wiggins with Randle instead of Wiggins with Russell and Towns with Randle. I guess you went by when they were drafted. I was looking at positioning…Russell is a guard…Wiggins is a GF. Towns is a PF and so is Randle.

  • I’m just put the players in the same year’s draft. I can’t want draft Towns in 2014 draft, and can’t wanna draft Randle in 2015.

    Towns to me is THE special. To me D’angelo, Wiggins and Randle will be allstars, but i’m have not sure about “superstar” (D’angelo to me is the most talented and might be). Towns is unbelieveble, the kid has it all.

  • I’m just put the players in the same year’s draft. I can’t want draft Towns in 2014 draft, and can’t wanna draft Randle in 2015.

    Towns to me is THE special. To me D’angelo, Wiggins and Randle will be allstars, but i’m have not sure about “superstar” (D’angelo to me is the most talented and might be). Towns is unbelieveble, the kid has it all.

  • I get it. I was simply taking the full composite of the last two years and saying here is what we could have as a result had the team been consistently focused on one goal.

    It is very difficult to focus on several things at once and yet arrive at a desired goal.

  • I get it. I was simply taking the full composite of the last two years and saying here is what we could have as a result had the team been consistently focused on one goal.

    It is very difficult to focus on several things at once and yet arrive at a desired goal.

  • Probably a good chance he won’t play.

    I hope all of the people that have been wanting him to just retire are happy. We are seeing life without him right now.

  • Probably a good chance he won’t play.

    I hope all of the people that have been wanting him to just retire are happy. We are seeing life without him right now.

  • We have to compete. Is bad for our youngsters try to lose. They will not develop some mental aspects of the game.

  • We have to compete. Is bad for our youngsters try to lose. They will not develop some mental aspects of the game.

  • This what i was talking about the other day when I said that losing can be a bad thing because you can develop bad habits and also become accustomed with losing.

    Think about Magic Johnson for a minute. He came to the NBA already having a mindset of winning. He hated losing from the beginning of his NBA career because all he knew was winning. By coming to a team that also had a culture of winning, he never developed bad habit that come in losing.

  • This what i was talking about the other day when I said that losing can be a bad thing because you can develop bad habits and also become accustomed with losing.

    Think about Magic Johnson for a minute. He came to the NBA already having a mindset of winning. He hated losing from the beginning of his NBA career because all he knew was winning. By coming to a team that also had a culture of winning, he never developed bad habit that come in losing.

  • I don’t know the answer. maybe you can tell me. What’s the max the Lakers can offer – the “RFA max” Would the lakers offer along the line of 9 11 12 13?

    But a 10 mil cap hit is a decision for the lakers. It’s not a slam dunk.

  • I don’t know the answer. maybe you can tell me. What’s the max the Lakers can offer – the “RFA max” Would the lakers offer along the line of 9 11 12 13?

    But a 10 mil cap hit is a decision for the lakers. It’s not a slam dunk.

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