Game Recap: Julius Randle, Roy Hibbert Shine In Lakers Overtime Loss

After dropping their first preseason game of the 2015-16 season, the Los Angeles Lakers (0-1) were back in action Tuesday night, as they faced the Utah Jazz (1-0) once again, for their last game of two, at Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii in another sellout game.

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The Lakers managed to keep things steady at the beginning of the first game of the preseason Sunday, trying to find some type of rhythm and led by six heading into the second half. The team soon fell behind, as they struggled to get shots in and were handed a 90-71 loss.

This time around, the Lakers hoped to keep the momentum going and show some improvement, both offensively and defensively, to stop the Jazz throughout the game.

First Quarter:

Kobe Bryant opened the first quarter with a jump shot from the right side and a drive through the middle by Jordan Clarkson gave the Lakers an early 4-0 lead. Alec Burks made in a reverse layup, as he put in the first points for the Jazz. Two back-to-back steals by the Jazz put them up 11-7. Center Rudy Gobert went in for the layup and was fouled by D’Angelo Russell, who hit the floor hard and was carried off into the locker room. He did not return to the floor for the rest of the game. Gobert was able to convert the free throw for a three-point opportunity, 13-7. Midway through the game, the Lakers continued to suffer both offensively and defensively, giving up shots and committing turnovers left and right, as the Jazz continued to run them over, leading 21-9. With 4:22 left in the quarter, the Jazz pushed their lead to 19, 29-10, as the Lakers struggled to answer back and put shots up. Metta World Peace added an assist to Michael Frazier for a shot behind the arc, his first three of the night, but the Lakers still trailed, 31-17. With less than two minutes left in the first quarter of the game, the Lakers went on an 8-0 run, but Gordon Hayward hit a three from the corner, to put the Jazz up, 34-20. With 40 seconds to go, Brandon Bass put up a layup from under the rim with the assist of Lou Williams, as the Lakers were down, 11. Both teams attempted to get a shot in before the end, but failed, as the Lakers entered the second quarter down, 35-24.

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Second Quarter:

After a sloppy first quarter by the Lakers on both ends of the spectrum, the Jazz and Lakers exchanged points, though the Lakers still trailed, 37-26. Kobe managed to bank in a turnaround jumper for the Lakers, 39-29. Following Kobe, Julius Randle put in a shot of his own with a fadeaway from Clarkson, as the Lakers cut the deficit to eight, 39-31. Midway through the second, Clarkson dialed it in with a three-pointer, Lakers still down, 41-34. With five minutes on the clock, Bryant managed a turnaround fadeaway shot, cutting the deficit to six, 43-37. World Peace followed with a fadeaway shot, 43-39. Less than three minutes left to play in the first half, after trailing by double-digits, the Lakers managed to cut that to six, 47-41. World Peace continued to stay solid and managed to pull a three-point play opportunity, after being fouled by Rodney Hood, as the Lakers moved closer to take a lead, down by three, 47-44. With two free throws by Bass, the Lakers were down by just one. Clarkson went in for a layup down the middle, unfortunately missed, but Bass came right behind for the rebound to tip the ball in, as the Lakers took the lead, 48-47. The Jazz managed to get a shot in to beat the buzzer, to take a one-point lead, 49-48.

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Third Quarter:

After being down by at least 19 points in the first half, the Lakers managed to cut that deficit by one, heading into the third quarter. Clarkson started off the half with a floater and Kobe put up a shot from behind the arc with the assist from Clarkson, as the Lakers took a 53-51 lead. A no look bounce pass by Bryant to Randle for the finish, as the Lakers up, 57-55, eight minutes left in the game. Nick Young on the floor with a shot behind the arc with the assist from Randle, pushing the Lakers lead, to five, 60-55. Midway through the third, the Lakers led the Jazz, 64-59 and definitely showed energy throughout the court. A fast break by Randle ended up with a two-handed slam, to push the Lakers lead. Though Utah with consecutive shots, put them not too far behind. Kobe answered with a shot from behind the arc, for another three of the night, as the Lakers were up, 71-68. Less than two minutes left in the third, Jeff Whithey managed to tie the game with a dunk through the middle. Both teams went back-and-forth for the remainder of the game, but entered the fourth tied at 78.

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Fourth Quarter:

The Lakers got on the board first as Randle showed off his athleticism with a tip jam. The Jazz immediately responded with five straight points to take an 83-80 lead. Randle continued his strong play with another basket to bring the Lakers to within a point. A no-look pass from Randle to Williams led to a basket and foul to tie the game at 85. Rodney Hood hit a huge three to put Utah right back ahead by three. The Lakers would quickly tie the game again, but another Jazz three, this time from Alex Burks kept them ahead. Three free throws from Hibbert would tie the game and he would split another pair to give the Lakers a one-point lead. Young hit his patented step-back jumper to put the Lakers back up a point and a pair of free throws put them up three. Both teams found themselves at the free throw line, but it was Hibbert knocking down two more to keep the Lakers ahead by four. A deep three from Young gave the Lakers a six-point cushion, but a dunk from Utah dropped the gap back to four. A floater from Hood cut the Lakers lead to two points and a dunk from Withey tied the game with under 30 seconds left. Williams missed a jumper to win the game and this game would go to overtime.

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Overtime:

Nick Young split a pair of free throws, to start the scoring, but a pair of Burks free throws and a turnaround from Hood gave Utah a three-point lead. Lou Williams hit a jumper to cut the Lakers deficit to a point. Utah would quickly respond with four straight points to go ahead by five with two minutes left. Young hit a floater to bring the Lakers back within three. A mid-range jumper from Williams cut the deficit to a point with under a minute remaining. The Lakers got a stop, but Young missed a three with eight seconds left. Trey Lyles hit a pair of free throws as the Lakers had one more chance to tie the game. The Jazz intentionally fouled Williams who hit both free throws. Hood would knock down two free throws for the Jazz to put them back up three with 4.7 seconds remaining. Williams missed the three and the Lakers fell 117-114 in overtime.

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The only thing good to come out of this game was that they played better defense.

    1. Nope, the Jazz played their bench mostly aside of Booker’s ejection and Favors injury (DNP). Still couldn’t pull out a win.

        1. only hibbert played over 30 mins for our team. right. we played more players then the jazz right.

          in ot the jazz had their starting pg out there right???????

          what lakers starter played in ot ohhh thats right none of them right????

          dont be a fool

        2. You’re a douche bro,

          Hibbert played late in the fourth and did a decent job. The jazz rested their productive guys aside of Exum being the starter who happens to be out for the season right? So yeah they played their so called pg more minutes lol.

          Truthfully the Lakers will likely have a long season ahead b/c no one aside of Kobe and Lou can shoot the ball consistently. Most of their points came from inside and if a team can’t shoot the long ball in today’s game they’ll be left behind aside of players not being able to make their own plays.

        3. im not a douche your a fool. we out played the jazz in tonights game basicly from the opening tip if not for the russ injury wich took the life out of this team we would have won ever quarter.

        4. Where’s the fck is the win then dumbass, did you watch the first fckin qtr when they were down by 19? LOL WTF that say’s it all blockhead.

        5. we were up until russ got hurt and it took the wind out of us. it took mwp coming in to reignite the team

        6. ?!, in no way is this a diss to Russ but he’s still learning the ropes, so his impact isn’t felt much (YET). TO’s and lack of defense happened in the first qtr. Second unit helped a lot in the second.

        7. not disagreeing with you still does not change the fact that the lakers had the lead when russ went down and the whole starting unit kinda sleep walked for the next 3 to 5 mins

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        9. Starting line up???? Start of what??? How to lose as usual??….Right FAKER Fan of L.A. Court Jester c j…..Just a Thought!!!

        10. So, you’re now trolling as Pragmatic 38. Clippers Run LA. Just a thought!!!!

        11. Yo c j aka court jester of the Futile FAKER TANKERS of L.A……Being a dumbed down futile FAKER TANKER fan of L.A. and a total joke, Ha, Ha, Ha, ….your comments are as pathetic and pitiful as your 61 loss FAKER TANKERS of L.A.
          As it it is said, Birds of a feather and Turds usually stick together…..Just a Thought!!!

        12. I see youre still packing your foul mouth language and upbringing. Keep it up. CLIPPERS RUN LA. You are a fraud.

        13. Yo court jester…c j…..You are just one huge dumbed down joke, Ha, Ha, Ha, ….where do you get your material, from your FUTILE faker fan of L.A. spin bible?? It is typically old worn out FAKER fan of L.A. diatribe.a lot like your 61 Loss L.A.Futile FAKER TANKERS. When will the Futile FAKERS of L.A. in a game??? They now stand at 1-6 between the summer league and pre season. Are your Futile FAKER TANKERS practicing to set another record of losses for the coming season??? It sure looks like it, right c j -Court Jester, Futile FAKER fan of L.A…….Just a Thought!!!. .

        14. Your retard choker team just lost top the Raptors. Before you begin flooding the lLaker forum with your garbage mouth. Troll oin your own Clipper board. Just A thought!

        15. Why do all the Hap Less Futile FAKER TANKER fans have nothing to say but keep saying it???? That is the sign of
          B C S AKA the Pathologically cultural disorder of Brain Cramp Syndrome. Now off to see your Proctologist….Dr. Ben Dover, and you C J aka the Court Jester, make an appointment ASAP, your Brain Cramp is in a severe stage of going into Brain Freeze…..Ha, Ha, Ha, …..Just a Thought!!!

        16. Truthfully, it’s no diss but just keeping it real. JC still struggles when pressure is placed up on him. Young wanted to play hero and didn’t see much team cohesion offensively. Just shooters trying to hit jumpers. FGA/M points to this too.

        17. Randle was 7 for 12 for 16 points in 26 minutes, he hes geting more comfortable

        18. Let’s hope so but if he can’t help to stretch the floor then you’ll see team’s leaving him open for open jumpers which at times the jazz did yesterday. daring him to hit those long jumpers.

        19. Nah, lakers fanbase cares about it’s team as opposed to the clits bandwagon fan-base who’s mostly been M.I.A the past 30+ yrs LOl.

        20. Ahahaha, YOU DID IT AGAIN, PATHETIC! You just liked your own post. Sorry ass low lifer.

        21. Another Futile FAKER TANKER fan proving how pathetic and pitiful their Futile FAKER TANKERS and their Futile FAKER TANKER of L.A fan base is too. As it has been said, turds of a feather like birds STICK together, right Futile FAKER TANKER fan???, Ha, Ha, Ha, dumping on a mental midget I.Q.-5 Futile FAKER TANKER fan like you is very unfair,it is like taking cotton candy from a dimwit,Right Futile FAKER TANKER fan ha, Ha, Ha, ….Just a Thought!!!

        22. Nobody else paying attention to you here, Why dont you uplike it yourself too, fool. Just a thought!

        23. At least you are paying attention and obviously learning something from my comment. See you are as dumbed down as i have said, and a court jester and your clown act at Staples. Keep it coming, I need a laugh and you are one LARGE JOKE, you do prove to be a C J/ Court Jester and Futile FAKER fan of L.A. When atre you chnging your name to FUTILE FAKER fan of L.A.???? That wouild be so apropos for you and your comments,you already have changed your name, because you are embarrassed to be known as C J the Court jester, right little boy c J/ Court Jester..Ha, Ha, Ha, ha, ….Just a Thought!!!

        24. Trying to gain attention when evrybody ignores you. Liking your own post. Posting as another alias? Funny.

        25. Nice try with ypou make believe name. So childish, trying to hide your embarrassment. Typical Futile FAKER TANKER fan of L.A. I sure got your attention, right Court Jester of Staples and the Futile FAKER TANKERS, right Staples head Clown???…..JUst a Thought!!!

        26. Another c j …court jester comment of hilarity. Have some more Zombie juice, and read up on your Futile FAKER fan of L.A. spin bible of jokes and post another dumbed down comment for laughs. ….Just a Thought!!!

        27. Whats the matter CLIPPER RUN LA. Running out of people to agitate? Justa thought! Get a Life! I though you rolled over and died already.

        28. …That was a typical dumbed down mental midget I.Q.-5 comment from the court jester…C J . Your are a totally low information brain cramp. See your proctologist ASAP for that brain cramp. Don;t forget to practice bending over and touching your toes for the doctor ..Dr. Ben Dover
          It sounds like you have B C S aka Brain Cramp Syndrome….A pathological cultural disorder of Futile FAKER TANKER fans, and you are a prime suspect of that disorder. Now back to your Whine cellar and some more Zombie Juice and read up on your Futile FAKER TANKER fan spin bible for you next comment of dumbed down chlidish mental midget DUMB, and then you may get to be DUMBER.What is your next name of embarrassment and futility???….Just a Thought!!!

        29. So obviously, you stopped watching after the 1st quarter and missed the rest of the game.

          And, NO,
          being down by 19 in the first quarter means nothing…
          especially when the game was tied at the end of regulation. If you are following, that means the team beat the Jazz in the final 3 quarters….

          wow.
          Another spoiled fan.

        30. Trolling, keep it real, ain’t spinning shit tho they did play better D and Hibbert and Bass impressed the most.

        31. Randle bounced back in the 2nd half but still not noticing true progress to believe he’d be a lock at the 4 = helping the team attain wins as opposed to just gaining experience as a rookie.

          Kobe played okay but it looked like his long ball shots were off = his timing/flow of jumper. Metta, Kobe and Hibbert helped set the tone defensively which allowed them to comeback from the deficit.

        32. What games have you been watching, practice games??? Old Ball Hog Bryant is still like a traffic cop on defense, he just keeps directing the traffic past him and in the paint for dunks and lay ups. Great?? Yeah, for a dUmbed down Futile FAKER TANKER fan old Ball Hog Bryant just standing and watching is great for you and the other futiles of L.A., Ha, Ha, Ha, Great defense????, Ha, Ha, ha, really great defense???, Ha, Ha, ha, …You are a typical Futile FAKER TANKER fan and court jester, Ha, Ha, ha, I need a laugh some times, keep posting your hilarious comments of futility…..Just a Thought!!!

        33. Finally a comment other than a line up that never wins anything by J.Taylor. By the way, when is your next fantasy Fakerland line up of losers going to be published, I need a good laugh???….Just a Thought!!!

        34. Speaking of losers, your chokers just lost to the Raptors. Keep dreaming about them rings. Just a thought!!!! LOL

        35. My chokers??? Who are my Chokers?? I do not have a team that chokes, like your Futile 61 Loss FAKER TANKERS. Chokers??? who are they?? Have some more Zombie Juice and try again.actually do you know what you are saying??Very childish and thoroughly immature, needless to say, c j aka court jester , And stay out of Fantasy FAKERLAND your delusions are showing in all your comments. Seriously, do you actually know what you are saying??? It must that brain cramp you are suffering with that is doing all the commenting.So sad Too bad, you have been had, little boy. Now go back to your Whine cellar and come back when you are a big boy,Ha, Ha, Ha, …..Just a Thought!!! .

        36. WTH, it’s not about the stats, his shot mechanics is off which was brought up too. Work in progress.

        37. Yeah and he didn’t hit the side of the back board either. Give the old Ball Hog Bryant some credit. ….Just a Thought!!!

        38. Yeah, he didn’t hit the side of the back board that must be progress for old Ball Hog Bryant, right Milky ???….Just a Thought!!!

        39. Missed your post, down by nothing means nothing? LOL, that’s the funny post of the day. Down 19 is like not playing most of a qtr on both ends. Spoiled fan? Keep it real not making excuses like many.

          It’s about competitiveness mostly which they showed in coming back from the big deficit. That’s all one can ask for being leaving it all out-there on the floor.

        40. It’s not about the WIN in PRE-seaon….It’s about getting the right parts together…Actually I like what I see….Team getting a feel for each other….If this game meant something Both team Starters would be in….Jim213 knows the Lakers have some Good parts and he’s in DENIAL….I Rest My Case.

        41. Denial???, critiquing the team. it’s pre-season but come regular season they best know what parts fits where to which Scott’s fully accountable this season.

        42. Funny to see lakerfans arguing about who “won” a preseason game. Hahahahaha

        43. The Jazz played most of their starters in the final minutes of regulation and most of overtime.

          whereas, the lakers played:
          Young, Williams, Sacre, Nance and Frazier.

        44. ?!, didn’t see Hayward, Booker (ejected), and Gobert = 12 mins the team’s real starters.

        45. The court jester aka c j ..still trying to justify the Futiles of L.A. 2nd pre season loss. It appears that the Futile FAKER TANKER fans of L.A. are so ashamed of their futile FAKERS that tey will say anything to justify the futility of the L.A.FAKERS. Like children being caught lying about ..how old they to the “big” guys”. very childish. ” Your big guys played more than our big guys”,just wait ’till our big guys play your big guys again” yeah keep dreaming and making unnecessary excuses for unnecessary reasons, right kids?. Typical Futile FAKER TANKER fan of L.A
          …..Just a Thought

        46. Yeah, and your big guys played more than our big guys. Just wait until our big guys are allowed to play the whole game, you’ll see, you’ll see who’s big guys are better, just wait you’ll see. Is that how it is in Fantasy FAKERLAND.? and the Futile FAKER TANKER fan c j the court jester and his futile 61 LOSS FAKER TANKERS LOSERS. It is what it is, c j aka Court jester, you and your Futile FAKER TANKERS are birds of a feather……LOSERS
          . ….Just a Thought!!!

        47. Your big guys played more than our big guys grabage, your choker team still lost to the Raptors.Justa thought!

        48. Posted it in an earlier post. Likely comes down to better team cohesion b/c the Jazz’s team has been assembled for the last few years which much change taking place in Utah.

        49. YEAH, THERE IS GROUP OF STRANGERS IN PARADISE.
          With that group of “bench” players to depend on for support, the loss column should be expanded to show triple digit numbers. The Futile FAKER TANKER bench featuring the Strangers in Paradise, that is funny…..Just a Thought!!!

        50. That’s not exactly accurate. Getting O from the inside gives the added benefit of wearing the opposing team down as it takes more energy to play defense against it.

        51. True, but points accrue differently when settling for more 2’s than 3’s which is what the game is looking like currently (6 pt league). This is just pre-season but come time to play the elite team’s they’ll have to start averaging a certain amount consistently just to have a shot at winning. Not sayin they should shoot 20+ 3’s but just enough.

        52. I agree we are lacking in the outside shot game. Hopefully Russell will be able to work his magic with Louis and other perimeter players.

        53. the bigg issue with the out side shot is playing 16 people and linups that wont see the light of day in the future

        54. That’s why Scott has to play all these guys in order to properly asess our strengths and weaknesses and make the adjustments before regular season.

        55. Possibly but given that Russ is still learning the game thus more concerned about facilitating currently it may be awhile before he adjusts to start seeing him shot the long ball more.

          Although, with Kobe’s help in helping him slow down the game and understand the game at the NBA level it will likely come sooner than later IMO.

        56. Magic??? Didn’t he retire years ago?? Or is he returning to the FAKERS of L.A.?? He should make this team…..Just a Thought!!!

        57. Just ignore him. Baby wants attention. Best way to hurt them is just to ignore them. Why do you think they target certain posters? Because some will get into it with them while others ignore them and keep it about basketball.

          Flag and move on.

        58. ” certain amount of “consistently”. A certain amount of what?? To average a certain amount of consistently at what?? That is about as vague as who is the FAKERS staring line up? Then again when in doubt, confusion i the answer…..Just a Thought!!!

        59. What’s a staring lineup? the word should also be changed to consistency in your quotation. ha! Just a thought

        60. Wow that was profound. That must be a new chapter in the Futile FAKER TANKER spin bible of Fantasy in FAKERLAND…..Just a Thought!!!

        61. Yo court jester, what difference does it make whom played who and for how long??? You are a very immature and dumbed down FAKER FAN of L.A. and funny too, right court jester. You are getting your spin b ible excuses ready for the regular season. Will you be performing at half time at Staples as the FAKERS of L.A. New Clown Act c j aka…Court Jester, yeah another typical c j aka court jester funny comment. Did your ever try out for the circus and tell your comments to the audience, they would laugh, you out of the arena…..Just a Thought!!!

        62. Just to borrow your own pathetic post. ” You are a very immature and dumbed down FAN of L.A Choker”

        63. Yo Court Jester/C J sounds like you are getting ready for another RECORD LOSS season with your Hap Less Futile FAKER TANKERS and their roster of LOSERS, as usual. Seriously, how dumbed down are you??? Your replies are so typical of the Hap less Futile FAKER TANKER fan of L.A. You are a embarrassment to the L.A.Futile FAKER TANKERS, if that is possible. Those Hap less FAKERS of L.A and you the Hap less FAKER Fan Court Jester are real JOKES as usual. When are those Futile FAKERS ever going to win a game, in practice???, Ha, Ha, Ha,P.S….Hurry up… FLAG, you definitely do not want anyone to know the truth about the Hap Less FAKERS and their Dumbed down Futile FAKER fan C J aka The Court Jester, Ha, Ha, Ha, …..Just a Thought!!!.

        64. Yo c j aka the Court jester of the Hap Less FAKER fan club. Sounds like you and your Hap Less Futile FAKER TANKERS of L.A. are choking on their own pitiful performances, right Court Jester of Staples??/…By the way have you got a new clown act for your Staples half time performance to match the Clown act that your Clowns just played. How is your costume coming along, and your big red nose for the kids to laugh at, like your comments that are a big JOKE like you. Keep it coming I have more to dump on you and your Futile Hap Less FAKERS of L.A., Ha, Ha, Ha, Have you been to your resort on Manure Mountain lately, the DINGLE BERRIES are just waiting for you and your Zombie Juice, Ha, Ha, Ha, …..Just a Thought!!!

        65. Do you really have tunnel-vision for ONLY wins?

          There were so many positives tonight that they far outweigh whatever hollow victories come from winning a preseason game.

          smh.

        66. guess we watched different games lol…

          What positives did you get out of this game?

        67. NO, more like true progress. Even if they would’ve won it wouldn’t have mattered b/c they still have problems shooting and executing plays.

        68. The jazz defense is only going to be top ten because of Gobert, who didn’t play after the first quarter. Favors is another huge part and he didn’t play at all.

        69. not true at all they play great defense on a string. they were 15th ranked beofre gobert even was their starting c and their defense did not really improve untill exum stated playing great

        70. Nah, I don’t just watch the ball bounce, it’s execution, team play and defense.

        71. all of which was greatly improved in tonights game vs the team the espn experts picked as the wests 8th seed and to win about 50 games

        72. Will call it, if the Lakers happened to make the playoffs it’ll result from their defensive play and overall group cohesion offensively.

        73. Not trying to get on your case but there was a world of great in this game.

          I wish we would have won too but Scott had his reasons for putting Sacre and Young in.

          It is what it is, but don’t overlook the good either.

        74. Not overlooking, but there’s a lot of work ahead to exceed so called expectation in buying for a late seed playoff spot.

        75. I agree with you for once Dim. Jazz didn’t even play Hayward after the first quarter and he was tearing it up.

        76. 1-3 2 fouls and 1 turnover is tearing it up? at that rate he does not even get to play 30mins before fouling out

        77. He was blowing past Kobe and Metta like they were statues. Yup he was tearing it up. Another easy Jazz win without a couple of their best players. You all are in for a big surprise this season. God forbid Kobe goes down again we will win about 18 games.

        78. Go rewatch the game on youtube and tell me Kobe and Metta weren’t leaving them wide open for threes cause they can’t keep up…I will wait.

        79. If I could I would post it in gif form to post here. The replay is too long for me to format on those free gif maker websites but…it happened.

        80. Except Metta shut Hayward down.

          I’m sure Metta had something to do with Hayward being taken out.

        81. I didn’t think Metta could still play like that.

          I was like…is this for real!

          Lol.

        82. Wrong. Bron pulled Hibbert and Randle and Clarkson at the end when the game was close. That’s why we lost.

        83. Or,
          we lost because Scott decided to play his bench and development guys the entire OT period.

          Our starters clearly won their battle. And the backups won theirs (outside of the 19 point deficit afte Q1).

        84. Not the true regular season starters tho 1 likely played in OT given Exum’s injury.

        85. Whomever they were, Utah played their 2 highest scorers in OT.

          The Lakers played Young, Williams, Sacre and 2 Rookies.
          I am quite sure the Lakers would have won if they played Kobe, Hibbert, Randle, Clarkson, and ANY other 5th player.

        86. That’s possible but i haven’t been impressed with the overall team play on both ends

        87. Is it possible to be impressed by a team with 13 new faces and only 8 days of training camp?

        88. I just wanna see a team that is geared to compete in the tough west by opening day

        89. Unfortunately it’s not going to happen overnight, BUT today’s game was very promising of a good regular season.

          Let’s hope this progressive trend continues.

        90. True, cohesion takes time to develop but given their shooting struggles and missed assignments at times it makes one question their time spent at Lakers facility in the summer given the woes.

        91. Are you loving you some Utah bro.

          Seems like you’re more supportive of them, then our own youngsters.

        92. Seriously, did you guys see when they threw him the ball in the low post and the Utah defense switched to denying him from passing. Then he looked around, panicked when there was no one open and double dribbled. Pathetic, Sacre is a zero threat offensively, giving him the ball is a trap. Cut him already dammit..

        93. They were not the better team at all every time our starters came back in we was in the lead. Had they played the whole game we would’ve seen a different result.

        94. In the 4th, convo regarding starters playing most of the game (4th too) excluding OT.

        95. kinda like your team losing by 21 points last game. or you losing to the hou rockets

        96. Yo, court jester, anything for an excuse for another loss. And the FAKERS played their “first” string longer. Then again that “first” string is a like a bench any way you make excuses. Once again, Court Jester, your comment was funny again. You are living up to your name,c j….. court jester, Ha, Ha, Ha, …..Just a Thought!!!

        97. Exum was their starting PG, and he’s out for the season. They don’t know who is going to start between Burke and Neto.

          Burks was injured most of last season, so him getting playing time makes sense. And there’s no guarantee he’ll start over Hood either.

          The Jazz played much better than the Lakers in the first quarter with Hayward and Gobert in the game. And Favors didn’t even play! So congrats on forcing overtime!

      1. Okay, I just have to say that the lakers starters consist of 1 sophmore and 2 rookies with a rusty kobe in the mix along with hibbert. They’re going against a utah team that has players who have played for a year at least and have an nba season under their belt at least! You sound like a harsh critic or randall and he’s technically still a rookie. I’m not saying that you’re wrong about your observations, but he’s a rookie in terms of playing time and he’s getting it game by game. Just let him start and develop..we’re not going to win a championship…so give him as much time to develop and learn.

        1. Yo Futile Hap Less FAKER TANKER fan Jim, you are spending too much time at your Futile FAKER TANKER fan resort on Manure Mountain. You sound like you could be the Mayor of the Hapless FAKER Fan resort on Manure Mountain. BY the way how is the DINGLEBERRY juice that you Hapless FAKER TANKER fans mix with your Zombie Juice at your Mountain retreat on Manure Mountain.? When is your next election coming up??? It sounds like you will have plenty of competition from ypour other Hapless Futile FAKER TANKER fans on Manure Mountain. You sound like you are spending time in Fantasy FAKERLAND too, based on your Hap less FAKER fan dedlusions. It looks like your Hap less FAKER TANKERS are practicing for another year of RECORD LOSSES, right Hap Less Futile FAKER fan Jim???, Ha, Ha, Ha, can’t wait for another typical dumbed down Hap Less Futile FAKER TANKER Fan Jim’s spin bible reply of one word. Yeah, typical use less hap less FAKER TANKER fan reply……Just a Thought!!! , …..Just a Thought.

        2. True observation. Both of your brain lobes out of sync with each other …

    2. The better team??? Really?? At doing what??? LOSING, as usual??? Futile FAKER fan observation is so futile and dumbed down. Have some more Zombie Juice and read up on your L.A.FAKER fan spin bible for your next dumbed down comment. The better team, yeah at losing as usual, get used to it again. There was total lack of any system or cohesion in the game by the FAKERS. The Jazz looked like a high school yard bunch of pick up players. Both teams were in dire need of learning how to play at an NBA level. Yes, it is only the 2nd pre season game, however, there was little to say about either team in a productive manner, other than the Jazz dominated the paint again and Booker torched the FAKER defense for 27 points.
      It was a Ho Hum 2nd pre season game nothing more nothing less, other than another FAKER LOSS, which is nothing new for the hapless FAKERS of L.A. Right FAKER Fan c j? What does c j stand for …Court Jester???Ha, Ha, Ha, yeah your comment was really funny….Just a Thought!!!

      1. Flagged again for being a sorry ass, foul mouthed nutcase. Liking his own post and talking to oneself.

    3. 3 of their team had beaten our team with effortlessly, cj ๐Ÿ™‚ get real.. idk their names but the three guards and … these numb heands the french 5 and the other white joke.., we dont have length if we have length we dont have the strength …, guys just need to start playing like complete bullies.

      1. what are u talking about before the russ injury we were beating them and his injury derailed us. they played two starters in ot in order to beat us.

    1. No diss lol, but let’s go back and watch the first qtr smh, It took him a little longer to get things going.

        1. Benching Gobert could be the reason for his numbers. Nonetheless he was my lone bright spot from this game.

        2. Regardless bro.

          16 points for a rookies 3rd NBA game, are you kidding me, that’s ridiculous.

          Mind you, I don’t even know that his first game last year counts since he hardly played at all before going down with the injury.

        1. i dont need to he played well. untill the russ injurythat derailed the team for a good 5-6 mins

        2. Disagree, JC replaced him and he was the starting pg last season so Russell’s impact wasn’t felt much. Truthfully, ball rotation/facilitation lacks. The Jazz moved the ball MUCH better than the Lakers (which goes in hitting the long-ball) but that’s due to them being together a few seasons. Not much change has happened in Utah with relation to players being replaced as their youth development continues.

        3. Russell going down didn’t impact them physically but mentally it did. The feeling was “here we go again”. Just like last year. Another one of our top picks going down at the beginning of the season. So yes it did have a huge impact for about 5 min. You can see their energy and spirit going down after Russell went down. So it’s not about replacing the player physically. He’s a rookie! But it did affect them mentally. If you didn’t see that then you’re just watching the ball bounce and judging on whether it goes through the net or not. Cause there was a lot of positives in this game.

        4. Nah, offensively it may have hurt them a little at the time but no excuse to being down DEFENSIVELY 19 points. Game fundamental, go back and practice the A, B, C’s.

        1. Then stay focused bro.

          Snap out of it, and be patient.

          We will get there. We are taking puppies to a dogfight, but we didn’t get killed.

        2. Thanks for the encouraging words. I really wann get back to the playoffs

        3. The Lakers are my life, nothing would I enjoy more than making the playoffs.

          And I honestly don’t see why we couldn’t.

          I hope we get a W next game.

  1. Did you and I watch the same game?
    Randle had 16 points and was benched for the last 7 minutes of the game….as a rookie.

    I am not sure Bass has had a 16 point game in the last 3 years… [sarcasm]

    1. I don’t get why some people can’t see what all of us saw in the Randle Hibbert 1-2 combo J Taylor.

      1. Smh, there’s 6 pre-season games left. Let’s hope so for brand sake but things aren’t clicking offensively for all.

        1. I hate losing bro, even if it’s preseason, but Scott has so many new players that he has to take preseason as an opportunity to see what all these new guys are made of and also develop them as much as possible before regular season starts.

        2. Off course, no one disputes this but there’s shooting (jumper) woes that need to be addressed. Defense is improving, to which it seems to come with them playing with more b*alls to put it bluntly. Kobe, Metta and Hibbert know what needs to be done defensively to which they set the tone today. That was obvious.

        3. yes, evaluating players would be awesome. What can we learn about that kid Sacre. And that’s the problem. This club needs to evaluate Upshaw. It would be great if Upshaw comes in for Hibbert for 5 minutes. Then right after, Hibbert can tell the rook what he did wrong while Black is on the court instead of Sacre. That’s player development.

    2. Scott gave Randle 26+ mins compared to Bass’s 15+. Bass played a better game for the time he was given but he’s a vet so he knows his roll. Go back and watch the first half and tell me who had a better half out of Randle/Bass.

      Cool tho, being that Scott’s giving Randle more play given that now’s the time but not noticing much consistency out of Randle which goes in his offense/shooting (jumpers).

      1. You just proved J Taylor and CJ’s point.

        He purposely allowed Randle more time in order that he can develop.

        1. No, they didn’t bring that up being helping to develop his game. From their point of view, he was playing great and deserved to play OT. Field goal % shows they struggled offensively.

          This is a shooters league today, they struggled hitting jumpers and went 7-26 from the 3. Jazz’s FG% = 51% and 39% from the 3 pt line as opposed to the Lakers 43% (FG%) and 27% from the 3 pt line.

        2. But you don’t think individually Randle didn’t have a good game?

          He’s only 20 and this is only his 2nd full NBA game and he scored 16 points. …wow, what more can we ask of a rookie!

        3. So so game is average when comparing both half’s. The team struggles to execute plays (aside of players making plays for themselves) but the team played better when Kobe and Clarkson started to help make plays for others. Don’t think players are up to par with regards to their roles.

        4. Thats why this is pre season so they can adjust and learn from there mistakes.

        5. That’s why this is a critique not a rant. Defense improved the last 3 qtrs but better team play/ball rotation needs to result offensive. No flow aside of players standing around from time to time.

  • They played better defense, however, Hibbert and Bass impressed the most. Have to keep it real, but Randle played a so-so game. His first qtr play sucked, turnovers aside of having the ball stripped several+ times. This may be a looong season IMO, this is a critique as opposed to a rant but Randle should come off the bench.

    He has shooting problems and has trouble scoring inside. If Randle manages to make his way inside close to the paint he has better chances in finishing. However, once the 5 comes in and helps Randle’s defender that about shuts him down being he’ll throw it back out. Cool, work in progress but given he hasn’t shown much shooting consistency – that’s a problem.

      1. Nope, the Jazz played their bench mostly aside of Booker’s ejection and Favors injury (DNP). Still couldn’t pull out a win.

          1. only hibbert played over 30 mins for our team. right. we played more players then the jazz right.

            in ot the jazz had their starting pg out there right???????

            what lakers starter played in ot ohhh thats right none of them right????

            dont be a fool

          2. You’re a douche bro,

            Hibbert played late in the fourth and did a decent job. The jazz rested their productive guys aside of Exum being the starter who happens to be out for the season right? So yeah they played their so called pg more minutes lol.

            Truthfully, Lakers will likely have a long season ahead b/c no one aside of Kobe and Lou can shoot the ball consistently. Most of their points came from inside and if a team can’t shoot the long ball in today’s game they’ll be left behind aside of players not being able to make their own plays.

          3. im not a douche your a fool. we out played the jazz in tonights game basicly from the opening tip if not for the russ injury wich took the life out of this team we would have won ever quarter.

          4. Where’s the the win then, did you watch the first fckin qtr when they were down by 19? LOL WTF that say’s it all blockhead.

          5. we were up until russ got hurt and it took the wind out of us. it took mwp coming in to reignite the team

          6. ?!, in no way is this a diss to Russ but he’s still learning the ropes, so his impact isn’t felt much (YET). TO’s and lack of defense happened in the first qtr. Second unit helped a lot in the second.

          7. not disagreeing with you still does not change the fact that the lakers had the lead when russ went down and the whole starting unit kinda sleep walked for the next 3 to 5 mins

          8. Do you want to make money online from home completing simple jobs with your dekstop or laptop for 3-5 hr every day, earn $85 each hour and get paid at the end of each week and decide for your own the time when you work and for how long???

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          9. Starting line up???? Start of what??? How to lose as usual??….Right FAKER Fan of L.A. Court Jester c j…..Just a Thought!!!

          10. So, you’re now trolling as Pragmatic 38. Clippers Run LA. Just a thought!!!!

          11. Yo c j aka court jester of the Futile FAKER TANKERS of L.A……Being a dumbed down futile FAKER TANKER fan of L.A. and a total joke, Ha, Ha, Ha, ….your comments are as pathetic and pitiful as your 61 loss FAKER TANKERS of L.A.
            As it it is said, Birds of a feather and Turds usually stick together…..Just a Thought!!!

          12. I see youre still packing your foul mouth language and upbringing. Keep it up. CLIPPERS RUN LA. You are a fraud.

          13. Yo court jester…c j…..You are just one huge dumbed down joke, Ha, Ha, Ha, ….where do you get your material, from your FUTILE faker fan of L.A. spin bible?? It is typically old worn out FAKER fan of L.A. diatribe.a lot like your 61 Loss L.A.Futile FAKER TANKERS. When will the Futile FAKERS of L.A. in a game??? They now stand at 1-6 between the summer league and pre season. Are your Futile FAKER TANKERS practicing to set another record of losses for the coming season??? It sure looks like it, right c j -Court Jester, Futile FAKER fan of L.A…….Just a Thought!!!. .

          14. Your retard choker team just lost top the Raptors. Before you begin flooding the lLaker forum with your garbage mouth. Troll oin your own Clipper board. Just A thought!

          15. Why do all the Hap Less Futile FAKER TANKER fans have nothing to say but keep saying it???? That is the sign of
            B C S AKA the Pathologically cultural disorder of Brain Cramp Syndrome. Now off to see your Proctologist….Dr. Ben Dover, and you C J aka the Court Jester, make an appointment ASAP, your Brain Cramp is in a severe stage of going into Brain Freeze…..Ha, Ha, Ha, …..Just a Thought!!!

          16. Truthfully, it’s no diss but just keeping it real. JC struggles when pressure is placed up on him. Young wanted to play hero and didn’t see much team cohesion offensively. Just shooters trying to hit jumpers. FGA/M points to this too.

          17. Randle was 7 for 12 for 16 points in 26 minutes, he hes geting more comfortable

          18. Let’s hope so but if he can’t help to stretch the floor then you’ll see team’s leaving him open for open jumpers which at times the jazz did yesterday. daring him to hit those long jumpers.

          19. Nah, lakers fanbase cares about it’s team as opposed to the clits bandwagon fan-base who’s mostly been M.I.A the past 30+ yrs LOl.

          20. Ahahaha, YOU DID IT AGAIN, PATHETIC! You just liked your own post. Sorry ass low lifer.

          21. Another Futile FAKER TANKER fan proving how pathetic and pitiful their Futile FAKER TANKERS and their Futile FAKER TANKER of L.A fan base is too. As it has been said, turds of a feather like birds STICK together, right Futile FAKER TANKER fan???, Ha, Ha, Ha, dumping on a mental midget I.Q.-5 Futile FAKER TANKER fan like you is very unfair,it is like taking cotton candy from a dimwit,Right Futile FAKER TANKER fan ha, Ha, Ha, ….Just a Thought!!!

          22. Nobody else paying attention to you here, Why dont you uplike it yourself too, fool. Just a thought!

          23. At least you are paying attention and obviously learning something from my comment. See you are as dumbed down as i have said, and a court jester and your clown act at Staples. Keep it coming, I need a laugh and you are one LARGE JOKE, you do prove to be a C J/ Court Jester and Futile FAKER fan of L.A. When atre you chnging your name to FUTILE FAKER fan of L.A.???? That wouild be so apropos for you and your comments,you already have changed your name, because you are embarrassed to be known as C J the Court jester, right little boy c J/ Court Jester..Ha, Ha, Ha, ha, ….Just a Thought!!!

          24. Trying to gain attention when evrybody ignores you. Liking your own post. Posting as another alias? Funny.

          25. Nice try with ypou make believe name. So childish, trying to hide your embarrassment. Typical Futile FAKER TANKER fan of L.A. I sure got your attention, right Court Jester of Staples and the Futile FAKER TANKERS, right Staples head Clown???…..JUst a Thought!!!

          26. Another c j …court jester comment of hilarity. Have some more Zombie juice, and read up on your Futile FAKER fan of L.A. spin bible of jokes and post another dumbed down comment for laughs. ….Just a Thought!!!

          27. Whats the matter CLIPPER RUN LA. Running out of people to agitate? Justa thought! Get a Life! I though you rolled over and died already.

          28. …That was a typical dumbed down mental midget I.Q.-5 comment from the court jester…C J . Your are a totally low information brain cramp. See your proctologist ASAP for that brain cramp. Don;t forget to practice bending over and touching your toes for the doctor ..Dr. Ben Dover
            It sounds like you have B C S aka Brain Cramp Syndrome….A pathological cultural disorder of Futile FAKER TANKER fans, and you are a prime suspect of that disorder. Now back to your Whine cellar and some more Zombie Juice and read up on your Futile FAKER TANKER fan spin bible for you next comment of dumbed down chlidish mental midget DUMB, and then you may get to be DUMBER.What is your next name of embarrassment and futility???….Just a Thought!!!

          29. So obviously, you stopped watching after the 1st quarter and missed the rest of the game.

            And, NO,
            being down by 19 in the first quarter means nothing…
            especially when the game was tied at the end of regulation. If you are following, that means the team beat the Jazz in the final 3 quarters….

            wow.
            Another spoiled fan.

          30. Trolling, keep it real, ain’t spinning shit tho they did play better D and Hibbert and Bass impressed the most.

          31. Randle bounced back in the 2nd half but still not noticing true progress to believe he’d be a lock at the 4 = helping the team attain wins as opposed to just gaining experience as a rookie.

            Kobe played okay but it looked like his long ball shots were off = his timing/flow of jumper. Metta, Kobe and Hibbert helped set the tone defensively which allowed them to comeback from the deficit.

          32. What games have you been watching, practice games??? Old Ball Hog Bryant is still like a traffic cop on defense, he just keeps directing the traffic past him and in the paint for dunks and lay ups. Great?? Yeah, for a dUmbed down Futile FAKER TANKER fan old Ball Hog Bryant just standing and watching is great for you and the other futiles of L.A., Ha, Ha, Ha, Great defense????, Ha, Ha, ha, really great defense???, Ha, Ha, ha, …You are a typical Futile FAKER TANKER fan and court jester, Ha, Ha, ha, I need a laugh some times, keep posting your hilarious comments of futility…..Just a Thought!!!

          33. Finally a comment other than a line up that never wins anything by J.Taylor. By the way, when is your next fantasy Fakerland line up of losers going to be published, I need a good laugh???….Just a Thought!!!

          34. Speaking of losers, your chokers just lost to the Raptors. Keep dreaming about them rings. Just a thought!!!! LOL

          35. My chokers??? Who are my Chokers?? I do not have a team that chokes, like your Futile 61 Loss FAKER TANKERS. Chokers??? who are they?? Have some more Zombie Juice and try again.actually do you know what you are saying??Very childish and thoroughly immature, needless to say, c j aka court jester , And stay out of Fantasy FAKERLAND your delusions are showing in all your comments. Seriously, do you actually know what you are saying??? It must that brain cramp you are suffering with that is doing all the commenting.So sad Too bad, you have been had, little boy. Now go back to your Whine cellar and come back when you are a big boy,Ha, Ha, Ha, …..Just a Thought!!! .

          36. WTH, it’s not about the stats, his shot mechanics is off which was brought up too. Work in progress.

          37. Yeah and he didn’t hit the side of the back board either. Give the old Ball Hog Bryant some credit. ….Just a Thought!!!

          38. Yeah, he didn’t hit the side of the back board that must be progress for old Ball Hog Bryant, right Milky ???….Just a Thought!!!

          39. Missed your post, down by nothing means nothing? LOL, that’s the funny post of the day. Down 19 is like not playing most of a qtr on both ends. Spoiled fan? Keep it real not making excuses like many.

            It’s about competitiveness mostly which they showed in coming back from the big deficit. That’s all one can ask for being leaving it all out-there on the floor.

          40. It’s not about the WIN in PRE-seaon….It’s about getting the right parts together…Actually I like what I see….Team getting a feel for each other….If this game meant something Both team Starters would be in….Jim213 knows the Lakers have some Good parts and he’s in DENIAL….I Rest My Case.

          41. Denial???, critiquing the team. it’s pre-season but come regular season they best know what parts fits where to which Scott’s fully accountable this season.

          42. The Jazz played most of their starters in the final minutes of regulation and most of overtime.

            whereas, the lakers played:
            Young, Williams, Sacre, Nance and Frazier.

          43. ?!, didn’t see Hayward, Booker (ejected), and Gobert = 12 mins the team’s real starters.

          44. The court jester aka c j ..still trying to justify the Futiles of L.A. 2nd pre season loss. It appears that the Futile FAKER TANKER fans of L.A. are so ashamed of their futile FAKERS that tey will say anything to justify the futility of the L.A.FAKERS. Like children being caught lying about ..how old they to the “big” guys”. very childish. ” Your big guys played more than our big guys”,just wait ’till our big guys play your big guys again” yeah keep dreaming and making unnecessary excuses for unnecessary reasons, right kids?. Typical Futile FAKER TANKER fan of L.A
            …..Just a Thought

          45. Yeah, and your big guys played more than our big guys. Just wait until our big guys are allowed to play the whole game, you’ll see, you’ll see who’s big guys are better, just wait you’ll see. Is that how it is in Fantasy FAKERLAND.? and the Futile FAKER TANKER fan c j the court jester and his futile 61 LOSS FAKER TANKERS LOSERS. It is what it is, c j aka Court jester, you and your Futile FAKER TANKERS are birds of a feather……LOSERS
            . ….Just a Thought!!!

          46. Your big guys played more than our big guys grabage, your choker team still lost to the Raptors.Justa thought!

          47. Posted it in an earlier post. Likely comes down to better team cohesion b/c the Jazz’s team has been assembled for the last few years without much change taking place in Utah.

          48. YEAH, THERE IS GROUP OF STRANGERS IN PARADISE.
            With that group of “bench” players to depend on for support, the loss column should be expanded to show triple digit numbers. The Futile FAKER TANKER bench featuring the Strangers in Paradise, that is funny…..Just a Thought!!!

          49. That’s not exactly accurate. Getting O from the inside gives the added benefit of wearing the opposing team down as it takes more energy to play defense against it.

          50. True, but points accrue differently when settling for more 2’s than 3’s which is what the game is looking like currently (3 pt league). This is just pre-season but come time to play the elite team’s they’ll have to start averaging a certain amount consistently just to have a shot at winning. Not sayin they should shoot 20+ 3’s but just enough.

          51. I agree we are lacking in the outside shot game. Hopefully Russell will be able to work his magic with Louis and other perimeter players.

          52. the bigg issue with the out side shot is playing 16 people and linups that wont see the light of day in the future

          53. That’s why Scott has to play all these guys in order to properly asess our strengths and weaknesses and make the adjustments before regular season.

          54. Possibly but given that Russ is still learning the game thus more concerned about facilitating currently it may be awhile before he adjusts to start seeing him shot the long ball more.

            Although, with Kobe’s help in helping him slow down the game and understand the game at the NBA level it will likely come sooner than later IMO.

          55. Magic??? Didn’t he retire years ago?? Or is he returning to the FAKERS of L.A.?? He should make this team…..Just a Thought!!!

          56. Just ignore him. Baby wants attention. Best way to hurt them is just to ignore them. Why do you think they target certain posters? Because some will get into it with them while others ignore them and keep it about basketball.

            Flag and move on.

          57. ” certain amount of “consistently”. A certain amount of what?? To average a certain amount of consistently at what?? That is about as vague as who is the FAKERS staring line up? Then again when in doubt, confusion is the answer…..Just a Thought!!!

          58. What’s a staring lineup? the word should also be changed to consistency in your quotation. ha! Just a thought

          59. Wow that was profound. That must be a new chapter in the Futile FAKER TANKER spin bible of Fantasy in FAKERLAND…..Just a Thought!!!

          60. Yo court jester, what difference does it make whom played who and for how long??? You are a very immature and dumbed down FAKER FAN of L.A. and funny too, right court jester. You are getting your spin b ible excuses ready for the regular season. Will you be performing at half time at Staples as the FAKERS of L.A. New Clown Act c j aka…Court Jester, yeah another typical c j aka court jester funny comment. Did your ever try out for the circus and tell your comments to the audience, they would laugh, you out of the arena…..Just a Thought!!!

          61. Just to borrow your own pathetic post. ” You are a very immature and dumbed down FAN of L.A Choker”

          62. Yo Court Jester/C J sounds like you are getting ready for another RECORD LOSS season with your Hap Less Futile FAKER TANKERS and their roster of LOSERS, as usual. Seriously, how dumbed down are you??? Your replies are so typical of the Hap less Futile FAKER TANKER fan of L.A. You are a embarrassment to the L.A.Futile FAKER TANKERS, if that is possible. Those Hap less FAKERS of L.A and you the Hap less FAKER Fan Court Jester are real JOKES as usual. When are those Futile FAKERS ever going to win a game, in practice???, Ha, Ha, Ha,P.S….Hurry up… FLAG, you definitely do not want anyone to know the truth about the Hap Less FAKERS and their Dumbed down Futile FAKER fan C J aka The Court Jester, Ha, Ha, Ha, …..Just a Thought!!!.

          63. Yo c j aka the Court jester of the Hap Less FAKER fan club. Sounds like you and your Hap Less Futile FAKER TANKERS of L.A. are choking on their own pitiful performances, right Court Jester of Staples??/…By the way have you got a new clown act for your Staples half time performance to match the Clown act that your Clowns just played. How is your costume coming along, and your big red nose for the kids to laugh at, like your comments that are a big JOKE like you. Keep it coming I have more to dump on you and your Futile Hap Less FAKERS of L.A., Ha, Ha, Ha, Have you been to your resort on Manure Mountain lately, the DINGLE BERRIES are just waiting for you and your Zombie Juice, Ha, Ha, Ha, …..Just a Thought!!!

          64. Do you really have tunnel-vision for ONLY wins?

            There were so many positives tonight that they far outweigh whatever hollow victories come from winning a preseason game.

            smh.

          65. guess we watched different games lol…

            What positives did you get out of this game?

          66. NO, more like true progress. Even if they would’ve won it wouldn’t have mattered b/c they still have problems shooting and executing plays.

          67. The jazz defense is only going to be top ten because of Gobert, who didn’t play after the first quarter. Favors is another huge part and he didn’t play at all.

          68. not true at all they play great defense on a string. they were 15th ranked beofre gobert even was their starting c and their defense did not really improve untill exum stated playing great

          69. Nah, I don’t just watch the ball bounce, it’s execution, team play and defense.

          70. all of which was greatly improved in tonights game vs the team the espn experts picked as the wests 8th seed and to win about 50 games

          71. Will call it, if the Lakers happened to make the playoffs it’ll result from their defensive play and overall group cohesion offensively.

          72. Not trying to get on your case but there was a world of great in this game.

            I wish we would have won too but Scott had his reasons for putting Sacre and Young in.

            It is what it is, but don’t overlook the good either.

          73. Not overlooking, but there’s a lot of work ahead to exceed so called expectation in buying for a late seed playoff spot.

          74. I agree with you for once Dim. Jazz didn’t even play Hayward after the first quarter and he was tearing it up.

          75. 1-3 2 fouls and 1 turnover is tearing it up? at that rate he does not even get to play 30mins before fouling out

          76. He was blowing past Kobe and Metta like they were statues. Yup he was tearing it up. Another easy Jazz win without a couple of their best players. You all are in for a big surprise this season. God forbid Kobe goes down again we will win about 18 games.

          77. Go rewatch the game on youtube and tell me Kobe and Metta weren’t leaving them wide open for threes cause they can’t keep up…I will wait.

          78. If I could I would post it in gif form to post here. The replay is too long for me to format on those free gif maker websites but…it happened.

          79. Except Metta shut Hayward down.

            I’m sure Metta had something to do with Hayward being taken out.

          80. I didn’t think Metta could still play like that.

            I was like…is this for real!

            Lol.

          81. Wrong. Byron pulled Hibbert and Randle and Clarkson at the end when the game was close. That’s why we lost.

          82. Or,
            we lost because Scott decided to play his bench and development guys the entire OT period.

            Our starters clearly won their battle. And the backups won theirs (outside of the 19 point deficit afte Q1).

          83. Not the true regular season starters tho 1 likely played in OT given Exum’s injury.

          84. Whomever they were, Utah played their 2 highest scorers in OT.

            The Lakers played Young, Williams, Sacre and 2 Rookies.
            I am quite sure the Lakers would have won if they played Kobe, Hibbert, Randle, Clarkson, and ANY other 5th player.

          85. That’s possible but i haven’t been impressed with the overall team play on both ends

          86. Is it possible to be impressed by a team with 13 new faces and only 8 days of training camp?

          87. I just wanna see a team that is geared to compete in the tough west by opening day

          88. Unfortunately it’s not going to happen overnight, BUT today’s game was very promising of a good regular season.

            Let’s hope this progressive trend continues.

          89. True, cohesion takes time to develop but given their shooting struggles and missed assignments at times it makes one question their time spent at Lakers facility in the summer given the woes.

          90. Are you loving you some Utah bro.

            Seems like you’re more supportive of them, then our own youngsters.

          91. Seriously, did you guys see when they threw him the ball in the low post and the Utah defense switched to denying him from passing. Then he looked around, panicked when there was no one open and double dribbled. Pathetic, Sacre is a zero threat offensively, giving him the ball is a trap. Cut him already dammit..

          92. They were not the better team at all every time our starters came back in we was in the lead. Had they played the whole game we would’ve seen a different result.

          93. In the 4th, convo regarding starters playing most of the game (4th too) excluding OT.

          94. kinda like your team losing by 21 points last game. or you losing to the hou rockets

          95. Yo, court jester, anything for an excuse for another loss. And the FAKERS played their “first” string longer. Then again that “first” string is a like a bench any way you make excuses. Once again, Court Jester, your comment was funny again. You are living up to your name,c j….. court jester, Ha, Ha, Ha, …..Just a Thought!!!

          96. Exum was their starting PG, and he’s out for the season. They don’t know who is going to start between Burke and Neto.

            Burks was injured most of last season, so him getting playing time makes sense. And there’s no guarantee he’ll start over Hood either.

            The Jazz played much better than the Lakers in the first quarter with Hayward and Gobert in the game. And Favors didn’t even play! So congrats on forcing overtime!

        1. Okay, I just have to say that the lakers starters consist of 1 sophmore and 2 rookies with a rusty kobe in the mix along with hibbert. They’re going against a utah team that has players who have played for a year at least and have an nba season under their belt at least! You sound like a harsh critic or randall and he’s technically still a rookie. I’m not saying that you’re wrong about your observations, but he’s a rookie in terms of playing time and he’s getting it game by game. Just let him start and develop..we’re not going to win a championship…so give him as much time to develop and learn.

          1. Yo Futile Hap Less FAKER TANKER fan Jim, you are spending too much time at your Futile FAKER TANKER fan resort on Manure Mountain. You sound like you could be the Mayor of the Hapless FAKER Fan resort on Manure Mountain. BY the way how is the DINGLEBERRY juice that you Hapless FAKER TANKER fans mix with your Zombie Juice at your Mountain retreat on Manure Mountain.? When is your next election coming up??? It sounds like you will have plenty of competition from your other Hapless Futile FAKER TANKER fans on Manure Mountain. You sound like you are spending time in Fantasy FAKERLAND too, based on your Hap less FAKER fan delusions and replies.. It looks like your Hap less FAKER TANKERS are practicing for another year of RECORD LOSSES, right Hap Less Futile FAKER fan Jim???, Ha, Ha, Ha, can’t wait for another typical dumbed down Hap Less Futile FAKER TANKER Fan Jim’s spin bible reply of one word. Yeah, typical use less hap less FAKER TANKER fan reply……Just a Thought!!! , …..

          2. True observation. Both of your brain lobes out of sync with each other …

      2. 3 of their team had beaten our team with effortlessly, cj ๐Ÿ™‚ get real.. idk their names but the three guards and … these numb heands the french 5 and the other white joke.., we dont have length if we have length we dont have the strength …, guys just need to start playing like complete bullies.

        1. what are u talking about before the russ injury we were beating them and his injury derailed us. they played two starters in ot in order to beat us.

      1. No diss lol, but let’s go back and watch the first qtr smh, It took him a little longer to get things going.

          1. Benching Gobert could be the reason for his numbers. Nonetheless he was my lone bright spot from this game.

          2. Regardless bro.

            16 points for a rookies 3rd NBA game, are you kidding me, that’s ridiculous.

            Mind you, I don’t even know that his first game last year counts since he hardly played at all before going down with the injury.

            Big applause for Randle. So proud of the young guy.

          1. i dont need to he played well. untill the russ injurythat derailed the team for a good 5-6 mins

          2. Disagree, JC replaced him and he was the starting pg last season so Russell’s impact wasn’t felt much. Truthfully, ball rotation/facilitation lacks. The Jazz moved the ball MUCH better than the Lakers (which goes in hitting the long-ball) but that’s due to them being together a few seasons. Not much change has happened in Utah with relation to players being replaced as their youth development continues.

          3. Russell going down didn’t impact them physically but mentally it did. The feeling was “here we go again”. Just like last year. Another one of our top picks going down at the beginning of the season. So yes it did have a huge impact for about 5 min. You can see their energy and spirit going down after Russell went down. So it’s not about replacing the player physically. He’s a rookie! But it did affect them mentally. If you didn’t see that then you’re just watching the ball bounce and judging on whether it goes through the net or not. Cause there was a lot of positives in this game.

          4. Nah, offensively it may have hurt them a little at the time but no excuse to being down DEFENSIVELY 19 points. Game fundamental, go back and practice the A, B, C’s.

          1. Then stay focused bro.

            Snap out of it, and be patient.

            We will get there. We are taking puppies to a dogfight, but we didn’t get killed.

          2. The Lakers are my life, nothing would I enjoy more than making the playoffs.

            And I honestly don’t see why we couldn’t.

            I hope we get a W next game.

    1. Did you and I watch the same game?
      Randle had 16 points and was benched for the last 7 minutes of the game….as a rookie.

      I am not sure Bass has had a 16 point game in the last 3 years… [sarcasm]

      1. I don’t get why some people can’t see what the rest of us saw in the Randle Hibbert 1-2 combo J Taylor.

        1. Smh, there’s 6 pre-season games left. Let’s hope so for brand sake but things aren’t clicking offensively for all.

          1. I hate losing bro, even if it’s preseason, but Scott has so many new players that he has to take preseason as an opportunity to see what all these new guys are made of and also develop them as much as possible before regular season starts.

          2. Off course, no one disputes this but there’s shooting (jumper) woes that need to be addressed. Defense is improving, to which it seems to come with them playing with more b*lls to put it bluntly. Kobe, Metta and Hibbert know what needs to be done defensively to which they set the tone today. That was obvious.

          3. yes, evaluating players would be awesome. What can we learn about that kid Sacre. And that’s the problem. This club needs to evaluate Upshaw. It would be great if Upshaw comes in for Hibbert for 5 minutes. Then right after, Hibbert can tell the rook what he did wrong while Black is on the court instead of Sacre. That’s player development.

      2. Scott gave Randle 26+ mins compared to Bass’s 15+. Bass played a better game for the time he was given but he’s a vet so he knows his roll. Go back and watch the first half and tell me who had a better half out of Randle/Bass.

        Cool tho, being that Scott’s giving Randle more play given that now’s the time but not noticing much consistency out of Randle which goes in his offense/shooting (jumpers).

        1. You just proved J Taylor and CJ’s point.

          He purposely allowed Randle more time in order that he can develop.

          1. No, they didn’t bring that up being helping to develop his game. From their point of view, he was playing great and deserved to play OT. Field goal % shows they struggled offensively.

            This is a shooters league today, they struggled hitting jumpers and went 7-26 from the 3. Jazz’s FG% = 51% and 39% from the 3 pt line as opposed to the Lakers 43% (FG%) and 27% from the 3 pt line.

          2. But you don’t think individually Randle didn’t have a good game?

            He’s only 20 and this is only his 2nd full NBA game and he scored 16 points. …wow, what more can we ask of a rookie!

          3. So so game is average when comparing both half’s. The team struggles to execute plays (aside of players making plays for themselves) but the team played better when Kobe and Clarkson started to help make plays for others. Don’t think players are up to par with regards to their roles.

          4. Thats why this is pre season so they can adjust and learn from there mistakes.

          5. That’s why this is a critique not a rant. Defense improved the last 3 qtrs but better team play/ball rotation needs to result offensive. No flow aside of players standing around from time to time.

  • It’s a good thing scott shaves his head because i know there will be patches all over his head from hair pulling watchin nick young shoot them shots, but goddammm scott why put sacre in overtime? WHYYYYYYYYYY!

        1. Bro it’s obvious, Scott was just trying to get the game over with. Putting in Sacre during OT is a clear indicator that he didn’t really care about the win.

          1. I know bruh. Even then, these delusional Laker fans should know we have a 1% chance of making finals. In all honesty, I’ll be happy having a 35+ win season. Making playoffs would be cool too, but that’s going to be pretty hard in the western conf with houston, okc, warriors, spurs, etc. Its going to be a tough season, but hopefully we show signs of improvement to help lure more FA’s next summer

          2. imo the jazz are a solid team and i feel we outplayed them in both games. it makes me feel if healthy we can make the playoffs

          3. I think that it’s possible… A lot has to go right, but possible.

            I will say however, Scott has to find a way to get consistent scoring from ALL of his guys (Kobe, Williams, Young, Clarkson and Randle). He has the firepower to win but he has to find a way to get them to play at a high level (as a group) on nearly every night. – Scott’s gotta coach his ass of this year!

            And, Mitch needs to pull a rabbit out of his hat with a mid-season trade.

            But even if we don’t make the playoffs with 45 wins, getting 40 wins makes a huge statement.

          4. agreed but about your trade idea it would not shock me if we traded for pau.

            the bulls look like major players in the trade market later in the year if they can make a big trade pau might have to be part of said deal. the lakers could rade bass and 2 filler contracts like say kelly and scare + a future second rounder or two for pau.

          5. Ya def, if Russell proves to be a #2 pick, I feel like we are going to be an 8th seed threat. Hibbert played great today and showed signs of his all star days, Randle showed a lot of himself on both ends of the floor, and Kobe was just being Kobe. If everyone can continue what they’re doing, we have a good shot. Hopefully we are injury free. Btw not judging Russell’s poor shooting performances the past couple games like other misinformed laker fans because I know how hard Byron’s training can be on the legs. He’ll fasho come up when the season starts and hit those easy jumpers

  • Am Disappointed, Mr Scott can’t Coach, Fire him, he can’t manage the talent we have now. I don’t care whether if this 2 loss is preseason or regular season. He doesn’t give hope for playoff

    1. why he sat his starters when the jazz coach played his starters most of the game. he was not trying to win

      1. No Cj please don’t trust Scott, and his ideology. you need to create a winning mentality in your team by playing your best guys, and making things happen and let everybody earn his playing spot.

    2. STFU fake Laker fan. You don’t know WTF you are talking about. YOU don’t know how to coach or manage talent.. what makes you think then you’re qualified to make judgement calls on who is coaching and how they’re doing hmmm? That’s right, GTFO.

    3. If we had won it would have been great morale for the 2nd unit but a loss at this point in OT means nothing at all; we played competitive with the 1st unit and could have won it but Bs pulled the starters in 4th Q.

      1. Yeah, exactly. And the team knows they had that game won anyways and I’m sure BS had the team in the know that he wanted to see what was up with certain players and that he wasn’t worried about winning it.

  • It’s a good thing scott shaves his head because i know there will be patches all over his head from hair pulling watchin nick young shoot them shots, but goddammm scott why put sacre in overtime? WHYYYYYYYYYY!

        1. Bro it’s obvious, Scott was just trying to get the game over with. Putting in Sacre during OT is a clear indicator that he didn’t really care about the win.

          1. I know bruh. Even then, these delusional Laker fans should know we have a 1% chance of making finals. In all honesty, I’ll be happy having a 35+ win season. Making playoffs would be cool too, but that’s going to be pretty hard in the western conf with houston, okc, warriors, spurs, etc. Its going to be a tough season, but hopefully we show signs of improvement to help lure more FA’s next summer

          2. imo the jazz are a solid team and i feel we outplayed them in both games. it makes me feel if healthy we can make the playoffs

          3. I think that it’s possible… A lot has to go right, but possible.

            I will say however, Scott has to find a way to get consistent scoring from ALL of his guys (Kobe, Williams, Young, Clarkson and Randle). He has the firepower to win but he has to find a way to get them to play at a high level (as a group) on nearly every night. – Scott’s gotta coach his ass of this year!

            And, Mitch needs to pull a rabbit out of his hat with a mid-season trade.

            But even if we don’t make the playoffs with 45 wins, getting 40 wins makes a huge statement.

          4. agreed but about your trade idea it would not shock me if we traded for pau.

            the bulls look like major players in the trade market later in the year if they can make a big trade pau might have to be part of said deal. the lakers could rade bass and 2 filler contracts like say kelly and scare + a future second rounder or two for pau.

          5. Ya def, if Russell proves to be a #2 pick, I feel like we are going to be an 8th seed threat. Hibbert played great today and showed signs of his all star days, Randle showed a lot of himself on both ends of the floor, and Kobe was just being Kobe. If everyone can continue what they’re doing, we have a good shot. Hopefully we are injury free. Btw not judging Russell’s poor shooting performances the past couple games like other misinformed laker fans because I know how hard Byron’s training can be on the legs. He’ll fasho come up when the season starts and hit those easy jumpers

  • Am Disappointed, Mr Scott can’t Coach, Fire him, he can’t manage the talent we have now. I don’t care whether if this 2 loss is preseason or regular season. He doesn’t give hope for playoff

    1. why he sat his starters when the jazz coach played his starters most of the game. he was not trying to win

      1. No Cj please don’t trust Scott, and his ideology. you need to create a winning mentality in your team by playing your best guys, and making things happen and let everybody earn his playing spot.

    2. STFU fake Laker fan. You don’t know WTF you are talking about. YOU don’t know how to coach or manage talent.. what makes you think then you’re qualified to make judgement calls on who is coaching and how they’re doing hmmm? That’s right, GTFO.

    3. If we had won it would have been great morale for the 2nd unit but a loss at this point in OT means nothing at all; we played competitive with the 1st unit and could have won it but Bs pulled the starters in 4th Q.

      1. Yeah, exactly. And the team knows they had that game won anyways and I’m sure BS had the team in the know that he wanted to see what was up with certain players and that he wasn’t worried about winning it.

  • I can’t believe I stayed up late to watch this mess again. I am a glutton for punishment. Next time those geniuses decide to have preseason in Hawaii they need to schedule the games earlier in the day. And yes J. Taylor I am throwing a tantrum today!

          1. lmfao no he did not we lost the game when nance and frasher came into the game. the ot was scrub time

          2. Were they the one’s shooting contested 3’s in front of two people when we only down one point in two possessions with like 10 on the shot clock?

          3. no but who cares its preseason. we had the game won in regulation if he does not put nance in

          4. i care because nick young will do the same thing in regular season and i guess you can say he was also a factor in losing the lead.

          5. nance didnt play until ot. and actually he played better than scare. Nick young shot us out of the game in OT taking bad shots when he has missed his last 3 already.

        1. More Nick than Lou imo. Lou mostly played within the O and contributed in the game. Nick got gunhappy and started firing away from deep after a couple of shots went in.

    1. we gave them the game its preseason we were the better team for 90% of the game we lost the game when we put in frasher and nance

      1. regaurdless in a reg season game that unit will not be on the floor only up 4 with a min left much less in OT so its a mute conversation. BS just trying to get these guys pt so he can evaluate them

    2. Learn the time zone difference. Makes no sense to play in the middle of the day during a weekday. They get 2 preseason games it’s not like they won’t show a million replays anyways.

      1. I know the time zone difference and its still irrelevant. They have international friendly games during the middle of the day all over the world. 12 am eastern start time? Insane.

        1. Why couldn’t they have played the game 5 hours later so as to suit my personal time zone preferences, I should be watching every game with my 6pm dinner. Selfish nba.

      2. Dloading needs to improve his lower body conditioning to be able to take that type of blow aside of contact down the road (tho he can always step out the way when a big is charging).

        The key to his success in his career will be understanding ‘mind over matter ‘ scenarios/situations. That will come with time and maturation. Kobe would’ve bounced up that butt bruising. An ACL tear had minimal effect on 24, dloading will be a different player 2-3 yrs from now.

  • I can’t believe I stayed up late to watch this mess again. I am a glutton for punishment. Next time those geniuses decide to have preseason in Hawaii they need to schedule the games earlier in the day. And yes J. Taylor I am throwing a tantrum today!

          1. lmfao no he did not we lost the game when nance and frasher came into the game. the ot was scrub time

          2. Were they the one’s shooting contested 3’s in front of two people when we only down one point in two possessions with like 10 on the shot clock?

          3. no but who cares its preseason. we had the game won in regulation if he does not put nance in

          4. i care because nick young will do the same thing in regular season and i guess you can say he was also a factor in losing the lead.

          5. nance didnt play until ot. and actually he played better than scare. Nick young shot us out of the game in OT taking bad shots when he has missed his last 3 already.

        1. More Nick than Lou imo. Lou mostly played within the O and contributed in the game. Nick got gunhappy and started firing away from deep after a couple of shots went in.

    1. we gave them the game its preseason we were the better team for 90% of the game we lost the game when we put in frasher and nance

      1. regaurdless in a reg season game that unit will not be on the floor only up 4 with a min left much less in OT so its a mute conversation. BS just trying to get these guys pt so he can evaluate them

    2. Learn the time zone difference. Makes no sense to play in the middle of the day during a weekday. They get 2 preseason games it’s not like they won’t show a million replays anyways.

      1. I know the time zone difference and its still irrelevant. They have international friendly games during the middle of the day all over the world. 12 am eastern start time? Insane.

        1. Why couldn’t they have played the game 5 hours later so as to suit my personal time zone preferences, I should be watching every game with my 6pm dinner. Selfish nba.

      2. Dloading needs to improve his lower body conditioning to be able to take that type of blow aside of contact down the road (tho he can always step out the way when a big is charging).

        The key to his success in his career will be understanding ‘mind over matter ‘ scenarios/situations. That will come with time and maturation. Kobe would’ve bounced up that butt bruising. An ACL tear had minimal effect on 24, dloading will be a different player 2-3 yrs from now. This is all repetitive work just like a regular 40 hr job.

        However, what you put into it (work) is what you’ll get out of it.

    1. Yeah, same. Whatever Upshaw’s shortcomings are that are preventing him from getting minutes has to be better than Sacre being on the court.

    1. Yeah, same. Whatever Upshaw’s shortcomings are that are preventing him from getting minutes has to be better than Sacre being on the court.

  • Would have been Blessing in Disguise had #Russell got bounced out of the season, but supposedly it’s just a ‘bruised butt’ or something, lol

        1. Good luck, what does flagging even do? He still has the ability to comment. This site has no fucken moderator its a fucken joke. Trolls own this site smh…Lakers fan have to take it in the ass

  • I like the Effort….It’s Coming Around…..Lakers have some Good pieces….It’s Weaning Out time…..MWP looks Good.

  • Hibbert
    Randle
    Bryant
    Clarkson
    Russell

    Black
    Bass
    World Peace
    Young
    Williams

    Upshaw
    Nance
    Brown
    Frazier
    Huertas

    Cut
    Sacre
    Kelly

    Dleague
    Holmes
    Brown

    1. I agree with everything except I would switch Frazier with JBrown. He’s more aggressive and he gets buckets plus if we have Huertas he doesn’t have to play PG. Great spot up shooter.

  • I like the Effort….It’s Coming Around…..Lakers have some Good pieces….It’s Weaning Out time…..MWP looks Good.

  • Hibbert
    Randle
    Bryant
    Clarkson
    Russell

    Black
    Bass
    World Peace
    Young
    Williams

    Upshaw
    Nance
    Brown
    Frazier
    Huertas

    Cut
    Sacre
    Kelly

    Dleague
    Holmes
    Brown

    1. I agree with everything except I would switch Frazier with JBrown. He’s more aggressive and he gets buckets plus if we have Huertas he doesn’t have to play PG. Great spot up shooter.

      1. Good luck, what does flagging even do? He still has the ability to comment. This site has no fucken moderator its a fucken joke. Trolls own this site smh…Lakers fan have to take it in the ass

  • Loved the game. Don’t care that we lost. Much better effort than the first game (understandably considering it was the 1st game). Best news of the day is that Russell is okay, and is just butt hurt (LOL). Anyway, Kobe/Hibbert/Randle/Clarkson shined and that’s the best part. They look like they actually love playing with each other. Defending one another and building chemistry.

    Randle just gave us a glimmer of what’s to come. Kid can flat out ball. Thankfully Russell will get an entire year to iron out the mishaps and hiccups. Great game and effort and I’m sure the other guys will get more opportunities as the last couple games come around.

    Oh and to those who will still come in and hate on Scott.. it was he who held out Russell instead of letting the kid come back and play. But hey he doesn’t know what he’s doing right? SMH.

    And Sacre lost us the game. LOL

    1. i dont like our starting line up it does not work russ and clark and randle are all walking on egg shells trying not to walk on each others toes.

      to me either russ or clark needs to be off the bench

      1. These things take TIME. Relax, it will not be pretty at first but it’ll get better as the season goes on. This team needs a playmaker outside Kobe, because putting all the passing responsibilities on him is not what you want him to do at this stage in his career.

        Huertas and Russell are both BADLY needed for the bench and starters. Offense struggles without both of them. Lou needs to do what he does best… score. Him playing PG is difficult for him. Young needs to be set up better because his shot selection is still self-made.

          1. So? What’s more important right now? Developing these guys right for a better shot at next year’s top FA’s and an even better shot at the playoffs? Or stunt the growth of our guys just to win a couple more games? Answer is pretty obvious to me.

          2. we have no shot in free agentcy unless we show we have improved as a team. russ and clark dont work atm both are to scared to step on the others toes to player the right way

          3. Funny. So after one… ONE, preseason game you can automatically tell that they can’t work together? SMH. You know how players “work together”? By WORKING TOGETHER. LOL. They already have a lot of off court chemistry, so the only way to get better together is to play together. To stumble together. And to fail together.

            You need to take a chill pill.

          4. no you need to wake up and smell the coffee.

            jc is a combo guard that leans to pg.
            russ is a combo guard that leans to pg.

            both players want to play the same position.

            the lakers would be better starting one of them idc who and allowing the other to come off the bench for 15-20 games and then moving the none starter into the starting linup up then.

          5. Dude… you are so wrong it’s almost sad that I feel the need to correct you. LOL.

            True, they’re both combo guards…

            But you’re DEAD WRONG if you think that Clarkson “leans” toward the PG position. DEAD WRONG. Clarkson is more of a SG by far by his desire to score the basketball. Russell is by far the more PG-oriented out there. He is going to develop into one of the best PG’s no doubt in my mind. I don’t see Clarkson with Russell’s vision and playmaking ability at all.

            You need to stick to cheering for the Lakers on the bleachers boy. You aren’t very basketball savvy. Sorry.

          6. no your dead wrong.

            clark is and has been better at the pg. the stats and the eye test prove it

          7. no im not. look it up. his offensive defensive and real +/- rating and his per are all better at the pg

    2. “And Sacre lost us the game. LOL”

      again. He sucked badly in the first game too.

      Energy is contagious. Metta earned his spot by being that defensive spark plug.

      1. Oh for sure. Metta was, to me, going to make the roster regardless of how he played. He’s a vocal motivator like Scott. Kobe is a work ethic (watch me work) leader. They need every form of leadership in order to increase the rate of growth for their young core.

  • Loved the game. Don’t care that we lost. Much better effort than the first game (understandably considering it was the 1st game). Best news of the day is that Russell is okay, and is just butt hurt (LOL). Anyway, Kobe/Hibbert/Randle/Clarkson shined and that’s the best part. They look like they actually love playing with each other. Defending one another and building chemistry.

    Randle just gave us a glimmer of what’s to come. Kid can flat out ball. Thankfully Russell will get an entire year to iron out the mishaps and hiccups. Great game and effort and I’m sure the other guys will get more opportunities as the last couple games come around.

    Oh and to those who will still come in and hate on Scott.. it was he who held out Russell instead of letting the kid come back and play. But hey he doesn’t know what he’s doing right? SMH.

    And Sacre lost us the game. LOL

    1. i dont like our starting line up it does not work russ and clark and randle are all walking on egg shells trying not to walk on each others toes.

      to me either russ or clark needs to be off the bench

      1. These things take TIME. Relax, it will not be pretty at first but it’ll get better as the season goes on. This team needs a playmaker outside Kobe, because putting all the passing responsibilities on him is not what you want him to do at this stage in his career.

        Huertas and Russell are both BADLY needed for the bench and starters. Offense struggles without both of them. Lou needs to do what he does best… score. Him playing PG is difficult for him. Young needs to be set up better because his shot selection is still self-made.

          1. So? What’s more important right now? Developing these guys right for a better shot at next year’s top FA’s and an even better shot at the playoffs? Or stunt the growth of our guys just to win a couple more games? Answer is pretty obvious to me.

          2. we have no shot in free agentcy unless we show we have improved as a team. russ and clark dont work atm both are to scared to step on the others toes to player the right way

          3. Funny. So after one… ONE, preseason game you can automatically tell that they can’t work together? SMH. You know how players “work together”? By WORKING TOGETHER. LOL. They already have a lot of off court chemistry, so the only way to get better together is to play together. To stumble together. And to fail together.

            You need to take a chill pill.

          4. no you need to wake up and smell the coffee.

            jc is a combo guard that leans to pg.
            russ is a combo guard that leans to pg.

            both players want to play the same position.

            the lakers would be better starting one of them idc who and allowing the other to come off the bench for 15-20 games and then moving the none starter into the starting linup up then.

          5. Dude… you are so wrong it’s almost sad that I feel the need to correct you. LOL.

            True, they’re both combo guards…

            But you’re DEAD WRONG if you think that Clarkson “leans” toward the PG position. DEAD WRONG. Clarkson is more of a SG by far by his desire to score the basketball. Russell is by far the more PG-oriented out there. He is going to develop into one of the best PG’s no doubt in my mind. I don’t see Clarkson with Russell’s vision and playmaking ability at all.

            You need to stick to cheering for the Lakers on the bleachers boy. You aren’t very basketball savvy. Sorry.

          6. no your dead wrong.

            clark is and has been better at the pg. the stats and the eye test prove it

          7. no im not. look it up. his offensive defensive and real +/- rating and his per are all better at the pg

    2. “And Sacre lost us the game. LOL”

      again. He sucked badly in the first game too.

      Energy is contagious. Metta earned his spot by being that defensive spark plug.

      1. Oh for sure. Metta was, to me, going to make the roster regardless of how he played. He’s a vocal motivator like Scott. Kobe is a work ethic (watch me work) leader. They need every form of leadership in order to increase the rate of growth for their young core.

  • Hibbert / Black / Upshaw
    Randle / Bass / Nance
    Bryant / World Peace / Brown
    Clarkson / Young / Frazier
    Russell / Williams / Huertas

    -Sacre
    -Kelly
    -Holmes
    -Brown
    -Byron Scott

  • Hibbert / Black / Upshaw
    Randle / Bass / Nance
    Bryant / World Peace / Brown
    Clarkson / Young / Frazier
    Russell / Williams / Huertas

    -Sacre
    -Kelly
    -Holmes
    -Brown
    -Byron Scott

  • My Notes:
    Solid second game. And a lot of things became much clearer, and more clouded at the same time. The starting unit seems to be set, as well as the BOTH Young and Williams off the bench. Presumably Huertas is in the 1st rotation, but after that, I am not sure about the backup PF and C spots.

    Kobe looked much better, in rhythm and very comfortable in the SF position. His shooting was very efficient.

    Randle had a much better game and played above the rim instead of shooting. His passing ability was apparent. (16 pts! – 4ast!)

    Hibbert looks to be a steal. Beyond defense, his offensive contributions and free throws suggest that he is again one of the top centers in the league. He played 32 minutes before being benched. (16pts – 11reb)

    Williams and Young are looking like very solid veteran bench guys. And Williams might be the Free Agency steal of the summer! Williams is a consistent contributor, and Young seems to have upped his game a bit, but still has a streaky side. If Frazier doesn’t start showing more, I suspect that Young will be the team’s 3-point guy, and Frazier will be sent to the D-League… Although, Frazier’s 20 minutes tonight suggest there is a bigger picture for him in Scott’s mind.

    Clarkson kinda disappeared when he got the PG duties. His SG contribution was on par with a starter, but I was hoping for more. (12 pts – 28 minutes)

    Bass played backup center and could be the team’s small ball solution…. That *kinda* makes Black expendable.

    Kelly keeps appearing all over the place. He played SF, PF and i think C in one short stretch. He played well, but I am not sure he’s getting the green light to score. (15 minutes – 2 pts — 3 shot attempts)

    MWP played PF a lot, and I think more than he played SF. He contributed exactly as you’d expect… Solid defense, physical play, and veteran type scoring. He doesn’t look old as of today.

    It seems Scott is limiting the minutes, playing time, and shooting of the rookies. It seems all of this year’s rookies (save Russell) are being benched, limited in minutes, and deliberately told NOT to shoot. Frazier played 20 minutes and got 3 shot attempts…. I suspect this is part of Scott’s methods to develop them by limiting their shooting but giving them court time…(???)

    Nance finally showed up but much like the other rookies, he got zero shot attempts. His energy was noticeable however, and he handled the tip off…. His hops are amazing, his energy is great, but he looks a bit out of control at the moment.

    I am curious about back up center…. Black and Upshaw had ZERO minutes. And Sacre got 5 minutes in the final stretch of the game. But Bass excelled with 12 points in 15 minutes. — much confusion.

    1. agreed with everything but clarkson.

      clark was the pg on the court for 90% of his game tonight and he played better because of it

      1. Interesting perspective.
        It is reassuring that Clarkson can still be a PG. But i would hope that he would score a bit more than 12 points in nearly 30 minutes.

        Maybe, he was told to move the ball and hold back on scoring?

          1. Continuing to develop Clarkson’s PG abilities will make the Russell/Clarkson combo even more effective. The thought of a truly interchangeable guard combo makes me smile.

          2. agreed but imo its going to take a wile for them to be capable of playing together because both are scared to step on the others toes leading to both over thinking plays

            that imo is way clark was better after the russ injury

    1. It’s interesting how his game improved when he played above-the-rim and relied less on his mid-range shot. And, I think, the coaches pulled him closer to the rim, and spaced the SF and Guards to accommodate the change……. whatever the coaches did made a profound impact on his game.

      If 16 points is what he can do with hustle and rookie energy, I can only imagine what he can do when his shot starts to drop.

      1. hes better when he plays as a slasher because it takes advantage of his speed and strength.

        when hes playing passive he overthinks which leads to missed chances to score

  • My Notes:
    Solid second game. And a lot of things became much clearer, and more clouded at the same time. The starting unit seems to be set, as well as the BOTH Young and Williams off the bench. Presumably Huertas is in the 1st rotation, but after that, I am not sure about the backup PF and C spots.

    Kobe looked much better, in rhythm and very comfortable in the SF position. His shooting was very efficient.

    Randle had a much better game and played above the rim instead of shooting. His passing ability was apparent. His free throw shooting might give Scott heartburn this year however.(16 pts! – 4ast!)

    Hibbert looks to be a steal. Beyond defense, his offensive contributions and free throws suggest that he is again one of the top centers in the league. He played 32 minutes before being benched. (16pts – 11reb)

    Williams and Young are looking like very solid veteran bench guys. And Williams might be the Free Agency steal of the summer! Williams is a consistent contributor, and Young seems to have upped his game a bit, but still has a streaky side. If Frazier doesn’t start showing more, I suspect that Young will be the team’s 3-point guy, and Frazier will be sent to the D-League… Although, Frazier’s 20 minutes tonight suggest there is a bigger picture for him in Scott’s mind.

    Clarkson kinda disappeared when he got the PG duties. His overall contribution was on par with a starter, but I was hoping for more. (12 pts – 28 minutes)

    Bass played backup center and could be the team’s small ball solution…. That *kinda* makes Black expendable. As best I could tell, he played ZERO of his 15 minutes at PF (all at Center).

    Kelly keeps appearing all over the place. He played SF, PF and i think C in one short stretch. He played well, but I am not sure he’s getting the green light to score. (15 minutes – 2 pts — 3 shot attempts)

    MWP played PF a lot, and I think more than he played SF. He contributed exactly as you’d expect… Solid defense, physical play, and veteran type scoring. He doesn’t look old as of today.

    It seems all of this year’s rookies (save Russell) are being benched, limited in minutes, and deliberately told NOT to shoot. Frazier played 20 minutes and got 3 shot attempts…. I suspect this is part of Scott’s methods to develop them by limiting their shooting but giving them court time…(???)

    Nance finally showed up but much like the other rookies, he got zero shot attempts. His energy was noticeable however, and he handled the tip off…. His hops are amazing, his energy is great, but he looks a bit out of control at the moment.

    I am curious about back up center…. Black and Upshaw had ZERO minutes. And Sacre got 5 minutes in the final stretch of the game. But Bass excelled with 12 points in 15 minutes. — much confusion.

    ooh…. and the team fixed their transition defense issues from game 1.

    1. agreed with everything but clarkson.

      clark was the pg on the court for 90% of his game tonight and he played better because of it

      1. Interesting perspective.
        It is reassuring that Clarkson can still be a PG. But i would hope that he would score a bit more than 12 points in nearly 30 minutes.

        Maybe, he was told to move the ball and hold back on scoring?

          1. Continuing to develop Clarkson’s PG abilities will make the Russell/Clarkson combo even more effective. The thought of a truly interchangeable guard combo makes me smile.

          2. agreed but imo its going to take a wile for them to be capable of playing together because both are scared to step on the others toes leading to both over thinking plays

            that imo is way clark was better after the russ injury

    1. It’s interesting how his game improved when he played above-the-rim and relied less on his mid-range shot. And, I think, the coaches pulled him closer to the rim, and spaced the SF and Guards to accommodate the change……. whatever the coaches did made a profound impact on his game.

      If 16 points is what he can do with hustle and rookie energy, I can only imagine what he can do when his shot starts to drop.

      1. hes better when he plays as a slasher because it takes advantage of his speed and strength.

        when hes playing passive he overthinks which leads to missed chances to score

    1. agreed 100%. but to be fair if we dont play nance we win in regulation and dont go to ot so no scare at all

    2. I agree.
      But I also accept that there is a reason why Scott isn’t playing Upshaw.

      I do fully believe him when he says, “I will put them in when they are ready.”

    3. Yeah I’m hoping to see Upshaw play in the 4th and maybe 3rd quarter against Maccabi. Should be an easy W so I think he and Holmes will get their minutes.

    1. agreed 100%. but to be fair if we dont play nance we win in regulation and dont go to ot so no scare at all

    2. I agree.
      But I also accept that there is a reason why Scott isn’t playing Upshaw.

      I also believe Scott when he says, “I will put them in when they are ready.”
      – Maybe Upshaw’s not ready?

    3. Yeah I’m hoping to see Upshaw play in the 4th and maybe 3rd quarter against Maccabi. Should be an easy W so I think he and Holmes will get their minutes.

  • Kobe just said Julius Randle it Lamar Odom in Zach Randolph’s body. That’s the most accurate statement ever.

    1. Julius is a bit more muscular and in shape than Randolph and I think Randle also possesses a little bit of LeBron, but that is a pretty accurate statement by the Mamba

      1. He def has a LeBron type build. If he works on his shot and stops forcing up unnecessary shots in the post, he’s going to be a big threat in the future!

        1. agree, he has the lebron build. Needs to make that outside shot, and he has worked at it, just not making it on game day.

    2. randal should spent countless hrs working on the mid range jump shot. He has zero confidence in it right now.

    3. I’ve made that statement and felt that way. The guy is a solid ball handler like Odom, he just needs to develop that outside shot. Definitely got the Z-Bo body though, doesn’t quite have the wingspan unfortunately.

  • Kobe just said Julius Randle it Lamar Odom in Zach Randolph’s body. That’s the most accurate statement ever.

    1. Julius is a bit more muscular and in shape than Randolph and I think Randle also possesses a little bit of LeBron, but that is a pretty accurate statement by the Mamba

      1. He def has a LeBron type build. If he works on his shot and stops forcing up unnecessary shots in the post, he’s going to be a big threat in the future!

        1. agree, he has the lebron build. Needs to make that outside shot, and he has worked at it, just not making it on game day.

    2. randal should spent countless hrs working on the mid range jump shot. He has zero confidence in it right now.

    3. I’ve made that statement and felt that way. The guy is a solid ball handler like Odom, he just needs to develop that outside shot. Definitely got the Z-Bo body though, doesn’t quite have the wingspan unfortunately.

  • Really does anyone here understand why this site doesn’t have an admin to get ride of trolls? Jeremy Lin’s fan page has an admin, yet this place doesn’t. Lakers fans we should do some kind of kick start together and buy this website to make it privately own, that way we choose who is allowed to comment.

    1. disagree to a point imo if a person gets flage enough he should be banned but to say you cant comment here is a lot of power

      1. flagging doesn’t work, their comment only gets buried but they can still comment and their accounts are NEVER block.

        I went to Jeremy Lin’s fan page and got banned because I told their fans to keep their trolls in line. Not every Lin fan is a troll but their are a few in his fanbase that invades this sites.

        We give these trolls the power to annoy us by allowing them to comment, they don’t give us the same rights, they just ban you. NOT flag your comments but band you from the site

          1. But we don’t have a moderator that’s the problem. This is our home its OUR job to take care of it. I’m not saying we all have to share similar opinions because if I owned this site I would allow Lakers fan to debate and discuss on Lakers affairs while simply banning trolls looking for attention.

          2. should, would, bla bla bla. I seriously want to find the domain name of this page, Lakers fans should talk to the organization that owns this site.

            Lin’s fan page uses Disqus, but they have a moderator that blocks anything that criticizes Lin or his fanbase. Yeah, block as in your account can’t post comments anymore

          3. You’ll see less trolling if they get rid of the post as ‘guest’ option (Disqus). Doubt many of the trolls would sign up to a new account just to troll constantly. It’s a start.

          4. Nah specifically the Lin trolls and the Clippers trolls. Their accounts never get suspended.

  • not mad at all, the team played much better than the last game. Its a work in progress guys stop trippin. and remember this is not the set team coach has to play these other guys to try to weed them out. The way sacre and young played tonight though uggh. the other good thing is that we played our second unit and some that i would consider 3rd unit in the 4 th qtr and oT and we still almost came up with the win. i wish they would have played upshaw though, i imagine hell get pt in the upscoming games.

      1. man nance didnt kill us scare and young likked us. nance atleast hustled and got 3 rebounds while scare turned the ball over missed assignments and looked lost. only good thing he did was the block shot and even then he could have been called for the foul

        1. we were up by 6 and nance came into the game and we go to ot. nance’s lack off ofensive spacing cost us the win in regulation

          1. lol dude im not even going to entertain you. you obviously really like scare

          2. no but i cant blame scare for this loss when we lost the game in regulation not ot.

            scare played only in ot meaning hes not to blame for going to ot.

            in ot we were not trying to win the game it was more about the lakers drawing up plays for lou and young

          3. im not even saying that scare lost us the game, true we lost the game in reg due to blown defensive assignments up 4 with a min left with the bench mob in. All im saying about scare IS HE SUCKS HAIR MONKEY BALLS, okay there i said it. dude has been on the team 2 3 years and hasnt shown anything worth keeping him. I wouldnt mind getting rid of young also since we have Lou but atleast he is a threat, scare cant even get rebounds, atleast nance had 3

          4. i dont disagree with this but imo if we play kelly instead o nance to end the game we dont go into ot and i dont have to see scare at all

        2. nance wasn’t great but he did the little things. Went after rebounds, played D, hustled. Sacre in 5 freaking minutes in OT got 3 fouls (to give jazz 6 FTs) plus had a TO.

          This following that debacle in the first game where he and black let the Jazz Backup centers grab 10 rebounds in 18 minutes – turning a close game into a blowout. 2 losses – direct result of Sacre affecting the game.

          Outside of wins and losses, Nance needs development, he’s allowed to make mistakes and learn. Sacre is way beyond that. No more lessons for him. He can’t be hurting the team at the cost of youth, it’s a double whammy.

  • Really does anyone here understand why this site doesn’t have an admin to get ride of trolls? Jeremy Lin’s fan page has an admin, yet this place doesn’t. Lakers fans we should do some kind of kick start together and buy this website to make it privately own, that way we choose who is allowed to comment.

    1. disagree to a point imo if a person gets flage enough he should be banned but to say you cant comment here is a lot of power

      1. flagging doesn’t work, their comment only gets buried but they can still comment and their accounts are NEVER block.

        I went to Jeremy Lin’s fan page and got banned because I told their fans to keep their trolls in line. Not every Lin fan is a troll but their are a few in his fanbase that invades this sites.

        We give these trolls the power to annoy us by allowing them to comment, they don’t give us the same rights, they just ban you. NOT flag your comments but band you from the site

          1. But we don’t have a moderator that’s the problem. This is our home its OUR job to take care of it. I’m not saying we all have to share similar opinions because if I owned this site I would allow Lakers fan to debate and discuss on Lakers affairs while simply banning trolls looking for attention.

          2. should, would, bla bla bla. I seriously want to find the domain name of this page, Lakers fans should talk to the organization that owns this site.

            Lin’s fan page uses Disqus, but they have a moderator that blocks anything that criticizes Lin or his fanbase. Yeah, block as in your account can’t post comments anymore

          3. You’ll see less trolling if they get rid of the post as ‘guest’ option (Disqus). Doubt many of the trolls would sign up to a new account just to troll constantly. It’s a start.

          4. Nah specifically the Lin trolls and the Clippers trolls. Their accounts never get suspended.

  • not mad at all, the team played much better than the last game. Its a work in progress guys stop trippin. and remember this is not the set team coach has to play these other guys to try to weed them out. The way sacre and young played tonight though uggh. the other good thing is that we played our second unit and some that i would consider 3rd unit in the 4 th qtr and oT and we still almost came up with the win. i wish they would have played upshaw though, i imagine hell get pt in the upscoming games.

      1. man nance didnt kill us scare and young likked us. nance atleast hustled and got 3 rebounds while scare turned the ball over missed assignments and looked lost. only good thing he did was the block shot and even then he could have been called for the foul

        1. we were up by 6 and nance came into the game and we go to ot. nance’s lack off ofensive spacing cost us the win in regulation

          1. no but i cant blame scare for this loss when we lost the game in regulation not ot.

            scare played only in ot meaning hes not to blame for going to ot.

            in ot we were not trying to win the game it was more about the lakers drawing up plays for lou and young

          2. im not even saying that scare lost us the game, true we lost the game in reg due to blown defensive assignments up 4 with a min left with the bench mob in. All im saying about scare IS HE SUCKS HAIR MONKEY BALLS, okay there i said it. dude has been on the team 2 3 years and hasnt shown anything worth keeping him. I wouldnt mind getting rid of young also since we have Lou but atleast he is a threat, scare cant even get rebounds, atleast nance had 3

          3. i dont disagree with this but imo if we play kelly instead o nance to end the game we dont go into ot and i dont have to see scare at all

        2. nance wasn’t great but he did the little things. Went after rebounds, played D, hustled. Sacre in 5 freaking minutes in OT got 3 fouls (to give jazz 6 FTs) plus had a TO.

          This following that debacle in the first game where he and black let the Jazz Backup centers grab 10 rebounds in 18 minutes – turning a close game into a blowout. 2 losses – direct result of Sacre affecting the game.

          Outside of wins and losses, Nance needs development, he’s allowed to make mistakes and learn. Sacre is way beyond that. No more lessons for him. He can’t be hurting the team at the cost of youth, it’s a double whammy.

  • lol Sacrap was a spectator, BS just prove to us that he cant play D or rebound…will be cut.& footer play like a 5 footer.. said no more..Sacrap you suck and you play like your name

    1. Lol I feel people gave likes to this cuz they enjoyed saying/reading Sacrap haha. Wonder why nobody else ever thought of it

  • lol Sacrap was a spectator, BS just prove to us that he cant play D or rebound…will be cut.& footer play like a 5 footer.. said no more..Sacrap you suck and you play like your name

    1. Lol I feel people gave likes to this cuz they enjoyed saying/reading Sacrap haha. Wonder why nobody else ever thought of it

  • I think more than anything, the biggest takeaway were two plays the effort World Peace brought off the bench (diving for a loose ball) and the skirmish between Booker and Hibbert, in which Hibbert went to confront Booker after pushing Randle on a play. This was a sign of great chemistry and camaraderie amongst this team and hopefully they can build on that moment into the regular season.

    I’m rooting harder for MWP to make this team, his play against Randle is paying off, as we saw the steal Randle had on Burke for the fastbreak. Plus, the intensity he provided on both sides of the floor.

    Hopefully, we get a look at Upshaw and Holmes soon, Sacre has to go man I’m sorry

    1. agree with everything you said. i thought the scuffle was great for team unity, actually. and i also wasn’t a fan of bringing back MWP.. but i love what he did out there, and i love the way he galvanized the team’s defensive effort.

      1. I’m with you, I also was unsure if I wanted him to get a spot over a younger player, but I think he’s much needed. I can see him having a pretty impactful year for this team, whether it’s mentoring Randle or being inserted to a game to play tough D. I believe Metta can be one of those signings that really helped changed the course of the season. I just really hope we can dump Sacre and add MWP and a few deserving young guys to the final roster.

        1. I had a lot of concern that MWP would boot a very deserving guy to the DLeague, but as of now I’m not sure all of this year’s crop of rookies deserve a roster space on opening day.

          I still really like all of them as long term prospects, but it seems a few might need playing time and professional guidance before they are ready.

          We haven’t seen Holmes yet, or Upshaw, which might be an indicator of something. JBrown has shown promise, but hasn’t inspired enough to lock his spot. Frazier could shoot the lights out college but has been a dud so far….I am curious as to why Black didn’t play today, and why Bass outperformed him at backup center….

          Maybe MWP won’t steal a spot and will truly be the best option.

          1. Black didn’t play because Scott wanted to give other guys a look. With 8 games in preseason, Scott gets to tinker with varying aspects of the lineup. I wouldn’t be surprised to finally see Upshaw in the next game. So far I’m not impressed by Brown or Frazier here in the preseason. Suckre showed last night that he just needs to go.

          2. “I had a lot of concern that MWP would boot a very deserving guy to the DLeague but as of now I’m not sure all”

            This is very reactionary after one game man, you just keep changing your mind as I’ve seen you do basing off of what you see game by game.

            the reality is we have no SF who can even stay with the opposing team’s SF; Metta 35 years, Kobe 37 years and Young going to be 31 years. They all got lit up yesterday. Metta is too old and to have him come off the bench behind Kobe is absurd, they are going to get lit up every night.

            you’re not thinking clearly, Metta will have just as much positive reinforcement to our young guys as as a coach as being a player on the bench but at least he will not take away minutes and roster space the team needs to develop a young SF like A. Brown.

            Think a little…..

          1. He’s Scrawny arms and legs, undersized. Look at #Mudiay and what he’s doing or #StanleyJohnson

    2. My biggest takeaay was the play where Randle made the defensive switch to a guard, smothered said guard, stole the ball from said guard and then outran said guard to the basket for the dunk.

      No way a 6’9″, 250 pounder should be able do to that.

      1. I told people he was fast, people on here did not believe me, when I said it, I was just going off from what I seen from him in High School, he looked quick

  • I think more than anything, the biggest takeaway were two plays the effort World Peace brought off the bench (diving for a loose ball) and the skirmish between Booker and Hibbert, in which Hibbert went to confront Booker after pushing Randle on a play. This was a sign of great chemistry and camaraderie amongst this team and hopefully they can build on that moment into the regular season.

    I’m rooting harder for MWP to make this team, his play against Randle is paying off, as we saw the steal Randle had on Burke for the fastbreak. Plus, the intensity he provided on both sides of the floor.

    Hopefully, we get a look at Upshaw and Holmes soon, Sacre has to go man I’m sorry

    1. agree with everything you said. i thought the scuffle was great for team unity, actually. and i also wasn’t a fan of bringing back MWP.. but i love what he did out there, and i love the way he galvanized the team’s defensive effort.

      1. I’m with you, I also was unsure if I wanted him to get a spot over a younger player, but I think he’s much needed. I can see him having a pretty impactful year for this team, whether it’s mentoring Randle or being inserted to a game to play tough D. I believe Metta can be one of those signings that really helped changed the course of the season. I just really hope we can dump Sacre and add MWP and a few deserving young guys to the final roster.

        1. I had a lot of concern that MWP would boot a very deserving guy to the DLeague, but as of now I’m not sure all of this year’s crop of rookies deserve a roster space on opening day.

          I still really like all of them as long term prospects, but it seems a few might need playing time and professional guidance before they are ready.

          We haven’t seen Holmes yet, or Upshaw, which might be an indicator of something. JBrown has shown promise, but hasn’t inspired enough to lock his spot. Frazier could shoot the lights out college but has been a dud so far….I am curious as to why Black didn’t play today, and why Bass outperformed him at backup center….

          Maybe MWP won’t steal a spot and will truly be the best option.

          1. Black didn’t play because Scott wanted to give other guys a look. With 8 games in preseason, Scott gets to tinker with varying aspects of the lineup. I wouldn’t be surprised to finally see Upshaw in the next game. So far I’m not impressed by Brown or Frazier here in the preseason. Suckre showed last night that he just needs to go.

          2. “I had a lot of concern that MWP would boot a very deserving guy to the DLeague but as of now I’m not sure all”

            This is very reactionary after one game man, you just keep changing your mind as I’ve seen you do basing off of what you see game by game.

            the reality is we have no SF who can even stay with the opposing team’s SF; Metta 35 years, Kobe 37 years and Young going to be 31 years. They all got lit up yesterday. Metta is too old and to have him come off the bench behind Kobe is absurd, they are going to get lit up every night.

            you’re not thinking clearly, Metta will have just as much positive reinforcement to our young guys as as a coach as being a player on the bench but at least he will not take away minutes and roster space the team needs to develop a young SF like A. Brown.

            Think a little…..

          1. He’s Scrawny arms and legs, undersized. Look at #Mudiay and what he’s doing or #StanleyJohnson

    2. My biggest takeaay was the play where Randle made the defensive switch to a guard, smothered said guard, stole the ball from said guard and then outran said guard to the basket for the dunk.

      No way a 6’9″, 250 pounder should be able do to that.

      1. I told people he was fast, people on here did not believe me, when I said it, I was just going off from what I seen from him in High School, he looked quick

  • Kobe and N. Young hanging out at the 3 point line again, sigh. I hope that’s not what we’ll see in the regular season. It’s not like either one of them has EVER shot well from 3 over the course of a season.

    1. Kobe did more than hang around the 3, he hung out on the mid range along the right side at the elbow, when he was out on the perimeter he was also making some nice passes. Kobe was 2-5 from 3 last night. Can’t say I can complain.

  • Kobe and N. Young hanging out at the 3 point line again, sigh. I hope that’s not what we’ll see in the regular season. It’s not like either one of them has EVER shot well from 3 over the course of a season.

    1. Kobe did more than hang around the 3, he hung out on the mid range along the right side at the elbow, when he was out on the perimeter he was also making some nice passes. Kobe was 2-5 from 3 last night. Can’t say I can complain.

    1. Agree, IMO may be best if the team plays with a purpose/attitude while leaving it all out on the floor. That’s all one can ask.

    1. Agree, IMO may be best if the team plays with a purpose/attitude while leaving it all out on the floor. That’s all one can ask.

  • i think the tough decision is what lineup will start and finish during the season? As of right now i think Clarkson is the option at pg to start the game, both to run the offense and defend the other teams best guard. I just don’t think Russell is strong enough to break down defences and get to the basket and quick enough to stay in front of his man.
    If the goal is to make the playoffs than imo you start;

    Clarkson
    kobe
    metta/young
    bass
    hibbert

    russell
    lou
    metta/young
    randal
    black/upshaw

    1. The goal isn’t to make the playoffs, it’s to develop your #2 overall, and that means starting him as long as he’s healthy.

      And given the amount of time Clarkson has spent at the point so far, it’s not likely that he’ll start there (outside of injury, of course).

      Finally, don’t forget Huertas — he’s getting his immigration paperwork together and should be an above-average backup/below-average starter.

    2. The goal is your trio of youngsters. Russell, Randle and Clarkson all playing together, developing some continuity. Yes Clarkson is looking better right now, he’s also got a year of NBA under his belt. You need to let Russell find his way. The beauty of both guys is, they’re combo guards. You don’t have to bench Russell in favor of Clarkson. You simply put the ball primarily in Clarkson’s hands and let Russell shift to SG as he comes along.

      Forget about Kobe playing SG. He’s playing SF now. You have to understand Kobe’s game, where his spots are on the floor and what he wants to do. He doesn’t want to be guard anymore. Being an SF decreases his usage rate both on offense and defense. Last night he didn’t have to handle the ball too much and when he did, he was in his spots. He can’t do that at SG. He has to be more ball dominate, increasing his workload.

      1. Be did sg all his year he still can do it..and he have Clarkson that will help handle the ball….I do think like starting g Russell. .he can grew coming up in the second unit like Clarkson like kobe even I see no problem it’s actually the better way

      2. I hear u but the truth is russell is gunna have a tough time playing against the starting backcourt of most teams in the west, he can still get plenty of run with the second unit. As for kobe , he can matchup with the weaker opposing wing/perimeter player and can shift to the 3 and elbow spots on O. Let Clarkson be the primary playmaker. As the season goes , Randal can move in the Starting lineup if he earns it .The goal should be develop the youngster at same time not giving up wins. Doesn’t matter which mins during the game they see , its all gunna be learning and teaching anyway.

    3. Agree…and Russell can grew coming with the second unit we did it with Clarkson. .and the trio grew is not going to complete in this year it will take 3 years at least..they will still play good minutes but in away build chemistry in the team..I agree with u..I might just like to start Randell instead of bass

  • i think the tough decision is what lineup will start and finish during the season? As of right now i think Clarkson is the option at pg to start the game, both to run the offense and defend the other teams best guard. I just don’t think Russell is strong enough to break down defences and get to the basket and quick enough to stay in front of his man.
    If the goal is to make the playoffs than imo you start;

    Clarkson
    kobe
    metta/young
    bass
    hibbert

    russell
    lou
    metta/young
    randal
    black/upshaw

    1. The goal isn’t to make the playoffs, it’s to develop your #2 overall, and that means starting him as long as he’s healthy.

      And given the amount of time Clarkson has spent at the point so far, it’s not likely that he’ll start there (outside of injury, of course).

      Finally, don’t forget Huertas — he’s getting his immigration paperwork together and should be an above-average backup/below-average starter.

    2. The goal is your trio of youngsters. Russell, Randle and Clarkson all playing together, developing some continuity. Yes Clarkson is looking better right now, he’s also got a year of NBA under his belt. You need to let Russell find his way. The beauty of both guys is, they’re combo guards. You don’t have to bench Russell in favor of Clarkson. You simply put the ball primarily in Clarkson’s hands and let Russell shift to SG as he comes along.

      Forget about Kobe playing SG. He’s playing SF now. You have to understand Kobe’s game, where his spots are on the floor and what he wants to do. He doesn’t want to be guard anymore. Being an SF decreases his usage rate both on offense and defense. Last night he didn’t have to handle the ball too much and when he did, he was in his spots. He can’t do that at SG. He has to be more ball dominate, increasing his workload.

      1. Be did sg all his year he still can do it..and he have Clarkson that will help handle the ball….I do think like starting g Russell. .he can grew coming up in the second unit like Clarkson like kobe even I see no problem it’s actually the better way

      2. I hear u but the truth is russell is gunna have a tough time playing against the starting backcourt of most teams in the west, he can still get plenty of run with the second unit. As for kobe , he can matchup with the weaker opposing wing/perimeter player and can shift to the 3 and elbow spots on O. Let Clarkson be the primary playmaker. As the season goes , Randal can move in the Starting lineup if he earns it .The goal should be develop the youngster at same time not giving up wins. Doesn’t matter which mins during the game they see , its all gunna be learning and teaching anyway.

    3. Agree…and Russell can grew coming with the second unit we did it with Clarkson. .and the trio grew is not going to complete in this year it will take 3 years at least..they will still play good minutes but in away build chemistry in the team..I agree with u..I might just like to start Randell instead of bass

  • Metta completely changed this game. Before coming in Lakers had no energy or chemistry, but the second Metta came in the intensity, energy and chemistry of the team got a huge boost. Would love to see him have that Lamar sixth man role this season.

    1. That sixth man role is Lou’s role and Nick is the 7th man. Metta is 10th or 11th which means he’ll be a spark plug

      1. Nick is garbage, Lou is great though, but in different ways than Metta. Metta brings more energy, need him first off the bench.

  • Metta completely changed this game. Before coming in Lakers had no energy or chemistry, but the second Metta came in the intensity, energy and chemistry of the team got a huge boost. Would love to see him have that Lamar sixth man role this season.

    1. That sixth man role is Lou’s role and Nick is the 7th man. Metta is 10th or 11th which means he’ll be a spark plug

      1. Nick is garbage, Lou is great though, but in different ways than Metta. Metta brings more energy, need him first off the bench.

  • Randle was dominant last night. Yeah, I know it’s just a pre-season game, but that guy is physically unstoppable and showed a LOT more patience last night.