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Re: Lakers Thread

Postby air gordon on Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:38 am

actually me posting the dunc'd on comments was more about a respectable podcast actually debating on whether a player will buy in or not. why even bother coming to LA if you're going to be disruptive/do whatever. maybe he's just there to expand his riches. who knows

i don't think it's a secret players take plays off, some more than others. but the magnifying glass is bigger for certain players... specifically for a 35yr old no less. i haven't seen a player cam since the Jeter cam back in the yankees world series reign....

lonzo ball being injured? really? that's the reason is lost for the lakers bahaha.

i say its management's fault for putting this roster together and also the environment created (davis no trade saga). too bad walton will be the fall guy
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Re: Lakers Thread

Postby mp3 on Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:19 am

I actually think he bolts to LA to be with LeBron too Dee, I just think there both like "we need each other" and he's going to join the Lakers
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Re: Lakers Thread

Postby [Q] on Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:47 am

mp3 wrote:I actually think he bolts to LA to be with LeBron too Dee, I just think there both like "we need each other" and he's going to join the Lakers

Both Lebron and Kyrie were very disappointed in how this season has gone, especially if Boston has a first round exit. Kyrie's apology earlier in the season imo has set up a potential reunion. It couldn't hurt, as it would give the Lakers a star player who can hit open 3s, which has been an achilles heel all season

I agree Walton will be the fall guy. The only reason why he hasn't been dumped this season was because of a promise but I could see him being let go early next year for Lue
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Re: Lakers Thread

Postby Andrew on Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:41 am

Some great points all around Dee, but I wanted to highlight this one in particular:

Dee4Three wrote:Since LeBrons return, they are WAYYY below .500, and he looks as healthy as ever offensively, whether it is flying in for dunks and quickly rebounding afterwards, etc. If you watch healthy CLE LeBron side by side with post injury LeBron, they are moving identical. I literally see no difference.


That obviously is part of the narrative right now, and to be fair, who knows if he is 100%. Not many players are at this point of the season, especially if they have suffered an injury in the interim. However, as you noted, he certainly looks fine when he's barrelling to the hoop and finishing with emphatic dunks. The notion that he's too injured to play good defense, but is moving fine and looking as athletic as ever on offense, doesn't add up. It's making an excuse for a lack of effort, which has been a problem with him for a while.
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Re: Lakers Thread

Postby air gordon on Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:02 am

Dee4Three wrote:
[Q] wrote:With suspensions and injuries, it doesn't seem like they ever got off on the right foot. Not saying that they'd be in first place if Ball wasn't injured, but it does make me wonder "what if?"


They had one of the easiest schedules in the NBA for the first 30-35 games, and some obvious problems were already on the table pre-Lebron injury. They were in 4th place, but 1.5 games out of 10th. Thats with one of the easiest schedules to that point.....

well said here. i agree with the points made in this post

it's a shame if the lakers don't make the playoffs. on a side note- what a great story for the clips if they make the postseason
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Re: Lakers Thread

Postby Dee4Three on Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:56 am

air gordon wrote:
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[Q] wrote:With suspensions and injuries, it doesn't seem like they ever got off on the right foot. Not saying that they'd be in first place if Ball wasn't injured, but it does make me wonder "what if?"


They had one of the easiest schedules in the NBA for the first 30-35 games, and some obvious problems were already on the table pre-Lebron injury. They were in 4th place, but 1.5 games out of 10th. Thats with one of the easiest schedules to that point.....

well said here. i agree with the points made in this post

it's a shame if the lakers don't make the playoffs. on a side note- what a great story for the clips if they make the postseason


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Playoffs are going to be interesting in both the East and the West. The East is the best it's been in many, many years (top 6 anyway), and the West has a couple teams that could surprise the Warriors. I don't think Houston is one of those teams, but OKC and Denver could give them a fight IMO.

I don't see the style Houston is playing this season translating well to the playoffs, they are going to need contributions from more than 2 or 3 guys. The ISO heavy ball they are playing now won't win in the later rounds of the playoffs IMO.
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Re: Lakers Thread

Postby cavs4872 on Sat Mar 09, 2019 9:46 am

I don't understand how any player (especially LeBron) can go into a season expecting to not be a title contender -- what a horrible mindset. They're all professionals... anything can happen. A lot of the guys like LeBron, Rondo and McGee have championship experience. Time is limited too... each season should be precious.
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Re: Lakers Thread

Postby Andrew on Sat Mar 09, 2019 12:11 pm

I'd say it's not so much about that, but being realistic about the chances and the challenges you face in reaching that goal. It doesn't mean you don't try, but the bar isn't the same for everyone.
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Re: Lakers Thread

Postby shadowgrin on Sat Mar 09, 2019 9:32 pm

cavs4872 wrote:I don't understand how any player (especially LeBron) can go into a season expecting to not be a title contender...

Time is limited too... each season should be precious.

I'm pretty sure LeBron knows that judging by how he handled his career by joining that Heat team and his second stay with the Cavs and yet all he got for having that win now mindset was being unfairly scrutinized by his haters despite being the most successful player of his generation.

imo he already knew the Lakers suck even with that young core. If he wanted a championship contender he wouldn't have joined the Lakers.
He didn't join LAL to compete for championships, unless he has some guaranteed help like Anthony Davis, and he's too old to stay around waiting for a young core to mature and be a championhsip contender.

He went to LA primarily because his wife wanted to and he's just after that career scoring list like Kobe did in his last few seasons.
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Re: Lakers Thread

Postby sticky-fingers on Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:07 am

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This Lakers young team exposes LeBron's defense.
Off the ball, he never was a huge defender, but since 3/4 years, it's distressing.
But you cant see that if you just looking on scoreboard...
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Re: Lakers Thread

Postby [Q] on Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:40 am

Finally, they threw in the towel. Tryin for Zion. Ball is getting shut down. Ingram shut down for a blood clot in his shoulder. LeBron getting reduced minutes. Hope those ping pong balls fall our way!
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Re: Lakers Thread

Postby shadowgrin on Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:52 am

HE'S USING HYPNOSIS!
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Re: Lakers Thread

Postby air gordon on Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:47 am

oopsies. let the daggers fly from the talking heads
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Re: Lakers Thread

Postby [Q] on Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:20 pm

I mean, not many people were willing to sign 1 year deals, and apparently Magic really took Lebron's request for "playmakers" to heart (as opposed to the shooters he had in Cleveland)
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