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  2. Thoughts about team

    I agree...I really like the team...my point being that great on paper is one thing...however you need people that can play...and both Ball and Ingram just are hurt to often...if they can fix that...I'm good...I just think Ingram is just to frail...same thing last year...so get George or Kawhi...however keep in mind the Lakers need an all-star center...shades of Chamberlin, Karem and Shaq...somewhere down the line that has to be addressed...today's game has changed...however a dominate center can protect the paint...guys are just getting beat left and right going to the basket...how many layups can a team really give away...the Lakers currently are handing them out like candy...
  3. Thoughts about team

    I like our current team. I just hope we do not sign Lebron James.
  4. LeBron James

    I hope we get anyone, but Lebron James.
  5. Thoughts about team

    Look...I'm not going to tear-up this year's team...actually I like them very much...I think Kuz has a chance to have his name in the rafters someday...but now it's time to get better...lot's of disappointing loses this year...I call them what could have been...what I saw was inexperience in how to close the game...trying to hard instead of flowing with the game...to much dribbling and not enough passing...here are my concerns...you can sneeze at either Ball or Ingram and they could bet hurt...so as good as they could be doesn't do any good if they are not able to play...with that said...I'd consider trading Ingram for Kawhi Leonard...if nothing more then you get a quality player that actually can suit up...as it is you also have the same problem with Ball...what happens if he misses like 30-40% of the game next year because of injury...you have some super backup players...but I'd like to see Leonard, Paul George and LeBron, Ball and then you need a Big...and I have no problem with Lopez as center...with Kuzma, Hart, Wear, Ennis, Zubac, Caruso and Frye on the bench...even throw-in Andre Ingram into the mix....the problem as you can see...is getting Kuzma into starting line-up...but that's one wow guy coming off the bench...Lopez can spread the floor out as a big...he hit's outside shot...would I like to keep Randle...absolutely...but where do you put him...he's not a closer...he's everything else...terrific player...really I'm conflicted...because it might only be one guy they need...they need someone to finish that scores 20 plus per night...just started this topic to see what everyone else thought about it...name your 12-13 players you'd like to see on the floor...if I could get the Greek freak on this team...I'd go nuts...a real fantasy...but it would win!!!
  6. Lonzo Ball for MVP

    Lonzo showed a lot of great promise this season. He may not be at that level yet but judging but these highlights he’s not too far from it.
  7. I agree with you about adding Lebron. I think it'd change the whole dynamic of the team. Personally, I like the idea of adding Leonard. I think he would fit in nicely with the young talent the Lakers currently have. When he's healthy he's one of the best two-way players in the league. He's also not a ball dominant scorer, which I think fits with the move-the-ball/pass first way Luke wants the team to play. I also really like Cousins. If he returns to full health, he could be just what the Lakers need: a tough big man with a competitive spirit who can score the ball at-will from anywhere on the court. Obviously, neither player is available via free agency this summer, so the Lakers would have to acquire them through some kind of trade, which means they would probably have to give up players or future draft picks up to get them. That might not be a bad tradeoff, considering how great Cousins and Leonard are, however the thing to consider is what kind of players these guys are going to be coming back from their injuries. Both are a risk, but maybe because of that they may each come at a value.
  8. I do want us to sign Lebron. Age is one reason. Others are he would demand to be option one, and not sure about our young talent growing like they should, in that environment. Then, there is his wanting to be coach and general manager. Again, not good around our young talent, or anyone. I would rather see Leonard, George, or anyone else.
  9. Alonzo Bust ??

    He’s a rookie! The reason Phil didn’t play em is they aren’t ready for the big stage yet but he has done well passing pace and defense his shot will be straight by next season. He’ll get stronger and get coached up as will all these guys you all are expecting way too much, check his stats on court he makes the team go!
  10. Lonzo Concern

    Yeah, I agree with Smooth. Rose's game relied pretty heavily on his athleticism. Lot's of cutting, crossovers and blow-bys. Lonzo's game is more cerebral and based on making the right decisions. Don't get me wrong, he's surprisingly fast on the break and makes lightning quick decisions, but he doesn't have the same lateral speed or quickness that Rose possessed in his prime. Lonzo isn't a prototypical athletic point guard and I think that works in his favor, injury-wise. Also, we shouldn't forget that Rose has always needed the ball in his hands to be effective, whereas Lonzo's game is more about making the right decisions and getting the ball out of his hands. To me this suggests that Lonzo's game will likely age better than Rose's and, hopefully, keep him free of injuries. Of course accidents happen and you can never predict these things, but from a purely speculative standpoint, I think Lonzo will have a much healthier season after he has a summer to focus getting his body ready to handle a full NBA season. I'm with you, Tririder. I think Lonzo and Ingram will become much more durable as they develop physically.
  11. Isaiah Thomas

    Btw IT is out till 3-4 months probably be ready for pre-season if they sign him.
  12. Isaiah Thomas

    Tririder you don’t see the big picture Linzo is just what players want someone unselfish that creates and plays solid D, his injury situation is management being smart and cautious, off season he’ll get his shot down beef up and have more durance for the 82 game season! He’s still very young give all of em a chance to grow into the league!
  13. Lonzo Concern

    Not the same thing at all Rose was a contortionist it was inevitable to break down, Linzos just a rookie getting a feel for the leagues schedule and play. Next season he’ll be 100% !
  14. Some 3 point shooters no projects thank you
  15. Since some are showing to be ballers you build around what you have. Ez solution
  16. Should the Lakers trade for Eric Bledsoe?

    No to Bledsoe we need 3 ball accuracy and team players only
  17. Ever since Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka took the reigns of the Lakers front office last year, we've been told that one of their goals is to create cap flexibility for this coming summer's free agent class, but beyond that it's difficult to envision, from what they've told us, the kind of team they're actually looking to create. In a few strategic moves that saw the Lakers lose young talent like Russell, Clarkson and Nance Jr., the Lakers have freed up the requisite cap space to sign a couple of top teir players this summer. It's no secret (wink wink) the Lakers are interested in Paul George. I get it. He's Paul freakin' George. He's averaging 21.6 points a game playing alongside Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony, two gunslingers who take away a lot of his touches. That's no small feat. And why wouldn't PG13 want to come to LA? The reasons are well-chronicled and aplenty: the Lakers have promising young talent, he idolized Magic Johnson as a kid, Luke seems like a chill dude to play for, we all imagine playing with Westbrook probably sucks and best of all he's from Los Angeles (Palmdale, actually, but no one's Google Mapping it). Aside from George, the other free agent who gets mentioned a lot, as someone the Lakers plan to target this summer, is The King himself, Lebron James. And who in their right mind wouldn't want to sign, arguably, one of the greatest players of all time in Lebron James to their team? He can single handedly take a crappy roster and make them a championship contender. And why would The King want stay with the Cavs? They're so frustrating to watch and be around, even their coach Tyrone Lue grew sick of them. Sure, a few years ago, when they stole that title from Golden State, they looked okay, but even at their best they were an overachieving squad completely dependent on Lebron's talents (and that was with Kyrie Irving). The bottom line is the Cavs are a sinking ship and Lebron has better options than to stay onboard to Dan Gilbert's delight. The Lakers young core represent, perhaps, the most promising of those options. While it might be exciting to imagine the Lakers signing both George and Lebron this summer, it's important to think about fit. Three of the Lakers top prospects (Ingram, Kuzma and Randle) are all around 6'9", the same height (give or take an inch) as Lebron and George. If the Lakers were to add both George and Lebron, Randle and Kuzma would likely have to come off the bench, which means less opportunity for them to develop into the stars we hope they can one day become. There's something exciting about watching these young players take ownership of their team this year. We've seen Kuzma impress us with his late game closer mentality and Randle come into his own as a fiery scorer and surprisingly good defender. Not to mention Ingram who seems to have embraced his role as the Lakers primary scorer and leader. If the Lakers acquire Lebron and George, the power will immediately change hands. No longer will Kuzma be closing games. No longer will the everyone clear the lane for Randle to go one-on-one against a mismatch. No longer will Ingram be the one the team looks to for leadership. Make no mistake, if they acquire Lebron and George, it will be Lebron's team and George will be second in charge. Perhaps this is a good thing, but it will undoubtedly change the entire direction and dynamic of the team as it stands today. No doubt, I'd take Lebron James and Paul George over all the young talent the Lakers currently possess any day of the week, and if the Lakers can get either of those guys they definitely should. But if the Lakers want to build on what they already have, maybe they should consider going after players that might fit in with their young prospects. Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Kawhi Leonard are a few who come to mind (I know, all players who'd likely have to be acquired via trade). The bottom line is if the Lakers really believe in the potential of their young players, they should consider adding players that compliment them rather than take their place.
  18. Lonzo Concern

    Lonzo Ball has a lot going for him. He is a very talented PG, all be it, his shooting stinks this year. But my biggest concern about him is his fragility. It doesn't take too much to take him out with an injury that keeps him out of the game. I think of D Rose and the decline in his career because of injury after injury. Lonzo seems very fragile to me. I also have the same concern for Brandon Ingram. Maybe things will change as they both become physically developed. Hope so.
  19. Isaiah Thomas

    A bird in hand. Luke, why not turn the team over to IT the rest of the season and tell him here's your chance, show us what you can do. He wants to stay a Laker, Zo may or may not be the superstar he was cranked up to be. He sure hasn't showed me anything near being a top notch NBA PG. You have someone who has been a superstar on your roster right now. Now is your moment of opportunity. Don't throw it away.
  20. It's simple. Lonzo is not a leader. Look around the league. When crunch time comes every PG worth his pay takes control of the game. They score or get their team mates involved with the goal of winning the game. They have the killer instinct that is absent with Lonzo. I'm not sure Lonzo can learn that. Even if he could then you have to be concerned about his shooting skills. Can he develop them. The other thing we've found out about Lonzo this season is how fragile he is. Too many games missed due to injury. Lonzo is a "backup" PG at best. If the Lakers hang their hopes on him leading this team we could be in for an extended dry spell in Laker Land. I think the Brass at the front office were dreaming when they hyped him up in the pre-season. Time for a reality check.
  21. Link to the t- shirt: https://teespring.com/kuzo-the-duo-of-the-future I really believe in the KuZo duo. They are getting comfortable and stronger. It is just their first year, so they will make a lot of mistakes, but they will be just fine and wreck to mess with in the future! Let me know if you guys like the shirt, please!
  22. I meant to say you ain't helping out the team when you don't drive through with the option and ability to score. You are screwing them over. I know you used to drive to the hoop and got rejected a few times so what? At least you let them fools know that you ain't scared of them, and at anytime you are able to jam it down their throats, keep them guessing, thats when it will open up your passing lanes and give your teammates some easy buckets.
  23. I'm a big Lonzo fan, I am frustrated with the fact that when he penetrates toward the hoop, he is so predictable. He is looking to pass first, pass last. With no intentions to score. The opposing players collapse on him then they see it's Lonzo and think oh he's gonna pass, so they just cut off all passing lanes. If u don't go in to score, then you are helping your teammates, because the other team gots u figured out. I truly think he is so worried about getting blocked that he rather just throw the ball away. F#CK what people are gonna say. Man up Lonzo!!!! Your are the crowned prince of Los Angeles, act like it. Gotta be more of a beast, get more gangsta wit it. Stop letting people punk u. Don't wait for your little bros to come in and show you how it's done, better set that Bar high. Do it now!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What are u waiting for? Ball out my boy, we got u!!!!
  24. Just a thought.....

    So - you mentioned a lot about his current and former teammates, but nothing about LeBron. Why is Paul George worth 30 million and LeBron not worth 35?
  25. If we simply let Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye walk, and use the stretch provision on Luol Deng. We can add LeBron James and re-sign everybody else to reasonable market rate contracts. That makes us competitors for the next three years, when we can go after the Unibrow etc. 2017 2018 2019 2020 Lonzo Ball 6,286,560.00 7,461,960.00 8,719,320.00 11,003,782.00 Isaiah Thomas 6,261,395.00 UFA - - Tyler Ennis 1,524,305.00 1,656,092.00 815,615.00 - KCP 17,745,894.00 14,000,000.00 14,000,000.00 Josh Hart 1,394,520.00 1,655,160.00 1,934,160.00 3,491,159.00 Luol Deng 17,190,000.00 7,362,000.00 7,362,000.00 7,362,000.00 Brandon Ingram 5,519,400.00 5,757,120.00 7,265,485.00 RFA Channing Frye 7,420,912.00 UFA - - Julius Randle 4,149,242.00 18,000,000.00 18,000,000.00 18,000,000.00 Kyle Kuzma 1,423,560.00 1,689,840.00 1,974,600.00 3,562,178.00 Brook Lopez 22,642,350.00 18,000,000.00 18,000,000.00 - Ivica Zubac 1,312,611.00 1,544,951.00 - Thomas Bryant 815,615.00 1,378,242.00 - LEBRON JAMES 35,000,000.00 38,000,000.00 40,000,000.00 DRAFT PICK 815,615.00 815,615.00 DRAFT PICK 815,615.00 815,615.00 DRAFT PICK 815,615.00 815,615.00 93,688,381.00 115,952,210.00 118,520,044.00 83,421,139.00
  26. Los Angeles Lakers at Denver Nuggets 6:00 PM PST TV: Spectrum SportsNet Radio: 710AM ESPNLA, 1330AM KWKW Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado Game Day Preview
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