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  1. 2 points
    What we need is for Luke to stop pretending we are the Warriors, and stop jacking up all these threes. We dominate in the paint not outside the arc. We need to start making free throws and stop turning the ball over. We need Luke to put in half court offense because we have NONE. Rotations are terrible. When Lonzo doesn't play we are the worst team in the league.
  2. 1 point
    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.
  3. 1 point
    6-29 over his last 4 games from 3....taking too many shots from kuzma, Hart is essentially the same player in mold and he seems to buy into Walton's offense more than Hero ball KCP who looking for Max contract....I didn't think it was good idea paying 17 million for one year to a guy looking for Max and ask him to buy into team concept on a losing team. The guy turned down like 80$ mil and fact is his PER is under 12 compared to Clarkson 17.34 that makes 12.5$. Honestly we should consider shipping him out, he is not helping us win. Kuzma is the only Laker who should be throwing up 10+ 3pta in a game. Kcp has been decent when he drives and then making free throws , but he wants to shoot 3's..I'll gladly take back Wayne Ellington to play the 2. KCP would be replaced by Hart in this scenario and Ellington would be our 3pt sniper (43% over 200att) now I'm not saying trade kcp for Wayne straight up as kcp value still higher, but sell now before he drops his value more. I see KCP for George scenarios and that ain't happening without throwing in Nance and prob Caruso and bryant. All I know is I'm sick of watching KCP play hero ball, and then look at stat sheet to see 1-10 3pt and we lose in OT to best team in NBA history. His defense is not good enough to compensate him shooting the 16th most 3pt by 2guard and being 41/44 on 3pt % at 33.5%. Just to make you understand how bad that is top 20 2gd shoot 38%+. Which really just makes me scratch my head to why we traded Lou Williams, supposedly he stole shots from youngster albeit at a 40% clip and for only 7$...I guess it netted us Josh Hart and Thomas Bryant.
  4. 1 point
    Lets built a dynasty like Golden State Warriors, no need for Lebron James and others.... Keep the kids, lets keep it interesting...!!!
  5. 1 point
    I Gotta Big Vote for LONZO!!! Last I Checked LAVAR Does not play in the NBA and he is a bit too pld to START NOW!!!
  6. 1 point
    In case you have not noticed BALL is his own man!! He does not get involved in his dads antics. You can keep James... He don't take nearly as good a care of himself as KOBE did... He should be about ready to start breaking down physically... Father Time is undefeated and in terms of mileage the years of NBA basketball; I think he has had a lot more pounding on his body than the New Iron Man Tom Brady in he NFL!!! Just Saying
  7. 1 point
    It is so wonderful to see the Lakers heading back to the "Lakers of yesteryears." The trophy giant! Kyle Kuzman is a player that I find appear to know the value of winning for the Lakers. He appears to know that points win games and he defends against the other team point advantage. There is no baggage or bragging just playing hard. I will never take anything away from other players; however, the hype of the other players is ok. "The love of winning for the franchise is, I believe, has sustained all these years. Kyle Kuzman is the player.
  8. 1 point
    What are the general feelings on the trade? I gave it some time to soak in and still don't care for it. throwing away some great young players that can build for the future for space that even if filled with the best scenario will still have a hard time against what is already been built. I am interested to hear how lakernation feels in general about it.
  9. 1 point
    IT is to much of a defensive liability. He will cost the Lakers as much as he scores. He will mess up their defensive prowess, watch and see. They aren't making the playoffs.
  10. 1 point
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AMEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  11. 1 point
    I don't know about Love or George but let's please stay away from LeBron. Let's keep building for the long haul. Magic... please don't show us LeBron in a Laker uniform.
  12. 1 point
    At first I was excited at the thought of the Lakers signing two superstars next offseason, but my view has changed now that Demarcus Cousins got hurt. I envisioned a starting lineup of Lonzo Ball, Paul George, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, & Demarcus Cousins. But now that Cousins tore his achilles, I want nothing to do with him (very tough injury to come back from, remember what happened to Kobe?). With that said, here's what I hope the Lakers do... 1. Don't Trade Clarkson or Randle The main purpose of trading them is to free up enough cap space to sign TWO max free agents. At this point I think we should only sign one. Clarkson has the potential to be a great 6th man year in and year out. We all know he can score with the best of them, and his facilitating and defense is only getting better. A lot of people were down on Randle, but look what he's done recently. He's been a beast! I think people forget that he missed his whole rookie season after being drafted 7th overall, so this is really only his 3rd year playing in the league. He may be the longest tenured Laker on this team, but he's still only 23. He's not even in his prime yet which is exciting to me. 2. Sign Paul George as a Free Agent. Don't Re-Sign KCP or Brook Lopez This is nothing against KCP or Brook Lopez, they are just gonna cost too much and we have several young pieces to start in their place without it being considered a huge downgrade. Josh Hart is a great defender and appears to be a solid 3pt shooter who plays smart. He may not be as good as KCP yet, but I think he could be in a few years. At Center I would like our young prospects of Zubac and Thomas Bryant to get a shot unless Lopez agrees to a short term contract. We also have Randle and Larry Nance who can play Center in our small ball lineup. As far as Paul George, he is a perfect fit with this team. He's a young superstar who is one of the BEST two-way players in the league, and he's from LA, and he's made it no secret that he wants to come to LA. Enough Said. 3. Eat Up The Luol Deng Contract Theres rumors that the Lakers could use the stretch provision to reduce his salary cap hit from 18 million to 7 million, but the math doesn't add up to me. We'd be paying 7 million a year for 5 years to someone who doesn't play? No thanks, let's just bite the bullet for the next 2 seasons and then finally rid ourselves of Jim Buss's stupidity. Nobody is willing to trade for him unless we give up a valuable young asset, and I'm not ready to do that. These are exciting times for me as a Laker fan. We've won 8 of 10 and our young core is learning how to win games finally. I don't know if anyone noticed, but we emulated some of the Warriors strategy in building this team. Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green all played 3 or 4 years in college and look how that turned out? Even before Durant they got themselves a chip. This year we drafted Kyle Kuzma (3 years at Utah), Josh Hart (4 years at Villanova), Thomas Bryant (2 years at Indiana) and Lonzo Ball obviously played only 1 year at UCLA. And we nabbed Luke Walton who was their assistant coach. It took Steph 3 seasons to make the playoffs, and 5 seasons to win the Finals (4 for Klay, 3 for Draymond). If we sign only Paul George, were not gonna be championship contenders. I think we will be anywhere from the 5-8 seed in the West, but our young core will continue to get better and who knows, maybe we could have multiple homegrown stars from the bunch. If we sign 2 max free agents next offseason, I think our young talent won't get the opportunity to become stars. Plus, the Warriors aren't going anywhere the next few seasons anyway. They don't have any aging players, no troubles in the locker room, and they have a couple more years until their salary cap situation will give them any issues. In a couple of years, our young core will have developed, built team chemistry, and matured physically and mentally. By then, the Warriors will no longer be unbeatable, Luol Deng's contract will be done, and we could potentially sign a big free agent that offseason to take us from playoff team to championship team. Sounds like a good timeline to me! But for next season, I hope this is our roster: Starters: Lonzo Ball, Paul George, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle, Thomas Bryant Bench: Jordan Clarkson, Josh Hart, Kyle Kuzma, Larry Nance, Ivica Zubac Small Ball: Lonzo Ball, Paul George, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Julius Randle Cheers!
  13. 1 point
    I agree we should not trade any of our young core. What we need to do is get help for Randle in rim protection and rebounds. Get rid of Lopez and his salary and KCP his salary, We also need a consistent 3 point shooter to help Kuzma from getting doubled up on. The way the second team has come in with it's defense has shown Walton to be a good coach.
  14. 1 point
    Lakers should trade Randle for Parker as a one for one swap. Parkers Pros: Lakers improve by getting a young, proven athletic scorer, rebounder and defender that is still only 22 YEARS OLD! Size and athleticism as LeBron James that can mesh well with current Lakers youthful talent. Parkers Cons: Injuries! Randle Pro's: will give the Bucks another big that can guard all positions, some inside scoring and toughness needed for a playoff run. Con's: Randle's style of play gets him in constant foul trouble, not ideal length and perimeter shot you'd want in a starting PF. IMO, both Bucks and Lakers win in this trade and Lakers get another attacking wing/PF that can stretch the defense with perimeter shot and Randle is going to wat a larger role than backing up Kuzma in the future.
  15. 1 point
    No way is Lonzo a bust. He's going to grow and his overall game looks good. His shot is already getting better. And the Lakers do seem to play better with him. Give him time and I think he's going to be great.
  16. 1 point
    #1 Randle, Nance to Suns for Josh Jackson #2 with Nance and Lopez for Hassan Whiteside.#3 To Utah with Nance and #1 in 2020 for Donvan Mitchell. #4 Randle to the Bulls for Valentine and Mirotec.#5 To Philly for Okafor www.dwan.fulwood@yahoo.com
  17. 1 point
    I am highly critical of Walton’s recent personnel decisions. Immediately after Kuzma’s 30/14 game, Walton implicitly criticized Kuzma’s ball movement in the post-game press conference, saying he needed to look for more assists. Ever since that game, Kuz has shown more hesitation on taking the open shot or driving to the rim. He is our best offensive weapon and his ppg went up significantly when he was inserted in the starting lineup for Nance. Nance comes back tonight from injury and replaces Kuz in the starting lineup getting 30 minutes to Kuz’ 20. Kuz (15 puts) and Clarkson (17 puts) were scoring well with high fg percentages, but Walton went with Ball (3 pts on 1 for 7) and Nance (9 pts) down the stretch. Nance should have come off the bench first game back with fewer minutes than Kuz and Clarkson and Kuz should have joined KCP, Ingram and Randle on the floor down the stretch, especially with Griffin out. Kuz has been our best scorer with a high fg percentage and good foul shot, yet for some reason Walton diminishes him but helps constant praise on Ball (a liability down the stretch with extremely weak fg and abysmal free throw percentages. I just don’t get it and don’t like it. It reminds me of Byron’s mistreatment of Russell.
  18. 1 point
    Don't get the sense Kuzma is jealous at all, he's enjoying proving teams wrong for letting him slip to 27th in the draft. Kuz and Lonzo are friends...
  19. 1 point
    First off he is 6th (tied with love .416) amount PF is 3pt FG % and 6th in Att so very efficient. Let's just look at his last 5 games 39.8 mpg .529 FG .564 3pt (7.8att) 7.4 Reb 3 ass .8 BLK 1.0stl 2.0TO and 27.8 PPG....that's super star stats. If you look at month of November 18.2 game and fact he only has had 1 bad game (vs 76ers 4pt 1-7 in a win) and that he can create his own shot, shoot hooks, and 4's and fact he can start game by shooting an air all and finish 6-11 from 3 means he got that Mamba mentality. Kuzma to me should be handled like a Max player meaning we only need to add one more and a 3pt specialist. I'd like to see us retain Randle add George, or Jordan...
  20. 1 point
    First off I have watched every game this year and since Randle got used to being benched around game 3 he has only had 3-4 off nights compared to about 15 by lopez. Lopez was brought in to create space, but is 15-71 over last month and my gear is though he shot about 35% last season is that he made 40% thru January then has been under 30% since up thru now. So, I Don't see this as a slump, but more of the norm. The problem with it is he shoots 4 a game. I won't mention Ball's struggles at 3pt line because he is actually starting to click last few games over top competition and isn't a 10+ year vet. I thought this would be a perfect marriage, but they actually look like better team with Randle at center running that pick n roll with JC and would love to see Ball run that, but untill he fully developes a mid range game and adds weight to take ball to the rim I Don't see him running that. Problem is Randle is a little undersized, so I would love to see how Lakers would do with a Noel splitting the minutes at Center with Randle. Just remember Lopez is only hitting 29% of his 3's since last January so saying he created space is a joke. Now If all of sudden Lopez decides to revert to playing primarily inside like pre '16 then forget this and he would fit in perfect, but his back I believe is holding him back and this is him reinventing himself. If we could spread out his 4 3pa a game (many games he shoots 7+) to guys shooting 35%+ like Kuzma 38, JC &KCP 35%, Ingram & Ball(% Don't matter need to develope). If not Randle may as well be in there shooting 3's as he is around a 29%. Randle has been Mr consistency though and some may argue he does what he does because he only plays around 20-22 minutes but as good of shape he's in and fact he never looks tired I think he could go 33 a night. I'd like to see him with Kuzma, Ingram in front court. The starting guards I could argue with starting JC(18PER )over Bal(11PER)or KCP(12PER), but won't ever happen, but we will see Hart in there for KCP. This is interesting because I think Hart even for rookie gives us near same amount of defense, but from what I have seen he has embraced Walton's offense more than Pope. I see pope do a lot of hero ball type play and opting to shoot over passing for much better shot. Let's remember he is on 1 yr deal and looking for 100+$ contract(not gonna happen I think he screwed up big-time and may not get more than JC). If Hart continues to perform well when kcp is out, I would not be surprised to see KCP traded...Lopez either. I'm also to point that I'd like to see Thomas Bryant get a shot at being primary backup. If anything you want to see what you got in Hart and Bryant. If Hart can show he can be another steal(starting to look like it) he is on a massively valuable contract like Nance and Kuzma are on and that helps absorb the Deng contract.. if Nance or kuzma were FA tomorrow they'd each get 10$ if not 15$ million a year each. To me if you watch the games it's evident Hart will be a core rotational player for years to come maybe not an all star...maybe he. Makes 1-2, but he will be value for next 4 years.
  21. 1 point
    I agree with you completely. I'm so frustrated with Luke Walton's lineup decisions. Last night I'm thinking who can score in this starting lineup? Well they had one basket after about 10 minutes, and we fell way behind. If it hadn't been for KCP getting hot, we would have never scored. Totally unbalanced. If he "has" to play Lonzo, at least put in some shooters alongside him. I like Larry Nance, but he isn't a scorer-yet. If he plays Nance, let Clarkson play the point. The decision to take out Kuz and Clarkson was unbelievable and probably lost us the game. I hope someone in the front office or anywhere will talk to Walton about his very questionable lineups and substitution choices. I'm still upset this morning.