Game Recap: Lakers Dominate Maccabi Haifa For First Preseason Win

The Los Angeles Lakers (0-3) enter tonight’s contest with Maccabi Haifa seemingly unfazed by their overall record on the preseason, perhaps because the players realize it has actually performed well over the last couple games -albeit in losses- but also because these team appears to have truly embraced the important adage of the season being much more of a ‘marathon’ than a ‘sprint.’

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Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and Roy Hibbert have provided some of the brighter moments for this team over the last couple games, but the team looks to also welcome back D’Angelo Russell (glute) and Marcelo Huertas (hamstring) with the hopes that a return of both point guards might provide a bit more offensive balance during key stretches.

First Quarter:

The Lakers broke into the scoring column on a pair of Kobe Bryant free throws the followed a quick spin along the baseline. Juluis Randle remained extremely active throughout the early going as the second-year forward grabbed several rebounds, coming up with loose balls and even getting out and leading a break that resulted in a nice finish in traffic for Randle. Bryant pushed the lead out to 11-2 with a three-pointer from the wing. Jordan’s Clarkson’s driving lay-up along the baseline as the team returned from a timeout gave the Lakers a 15-2 lead over Maccabi. Rookie Anthony Brown got his first start of the preseason and joined the scoring ranks on a jump-shot just inside the six-minute mark. D’Angelo Russell was welcomed back into the lineup by an appreciative Staples Center crowd and immediately got to work in finding a rolling Tarik Black for a finish at the rim. Russell added another assist to a three-point shooting Ryan Kelly that extended the Lakers’ lead to 33-15 with just a minute left in the quarter.

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Second Quarter:

Nick Young opened the second quarter scoring for the Lakers with a jumper from the wing giving them a 16-point lead over Maccabi. Bryant (traditional and three-pointer) and Lou Williams pushed the lead to 48-23 on back to back to back three-point possessions for the ‘Purple and Gold.’ The Lakers’s offense just continued rolling as Russell found a cutting Bryant for a layup that gave them a 50-23 lead and caused Maccabi to call yet another timeout at the 8:00 mark. An encouraging exchange came from consecutive turnovers that permitted Maccabi to cut the lead to 22 about midway through the quarter as Bryant acknowledged fault on the plays and specifically went to Russell in order to acknowledge the transgressions at a break in the action. Clarkson continues to impress, as the second-year guard knifed through traffic in the lane to finish at the rim and collect a (made) foul shot that gave the Lakers a 56-34 lead. The Lakers’ big men essentially took turns bullying Maccabi’s frontline players for offensive rebounds and space in the post, as L.A. took a 63-40 lead into halftime.

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Third Quarter:

Bryant looks very comfortable from beyond the arc thus far this preseason as the 20-year vet knocked down a pair of early three-pointers at the beginning of the quarter. The offensive flow looks noticeably better when Russell mans the point guard position. Clarkson and Russell each managed to find a cutting Tarik Black for consecutive looks right beneath the basket that helped the Lakers’ lead balloon to 88-58 as the teams headed into a timeout just under the two-minute mark. Both Black and Ryan Kelly -each whom hadn’t played much through the first few preseason games- played very well in their first taste(s) of extended action for this year’s team. Much of the competitiveness that could be seen throughout the first half was all-but erased with the Lakers taking full control in the third quarter. Nick Young’s isolation three-pointer to close the quarter gave the Lakers a 96-58 lead heading to the fourth.

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Fourth Quarter

Ryan Kelly got the Lakers going in the fourth, hitting Tarik Black for an easy dunk and adding in a three as the Lakers pushed their lead out to 103-58. The Lakers continued to make it rain from deep as Kelly, Williams, and Young each added three-pointers while Black threw down a huge dunk to put the Lakers up 116-67. The Lakers made a full lineup change midway through the quarter as Robert Upshaw, Larry Nance, Metta World Peace, Jabari Brown, and Michael Frazier came on to close out the game. Nance made a quick impact with an offensive rebound and putback, followed by a steal on the other end. Nance and Jabari Brown each hit a pair of free throws as the Lakers remained ahead by 50 points. Maccabi Haifa continued fighting until the final buzzer, shaving a few points off of the final score, but the Lakers would win by a final score of 126-83.

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Good game, can’t make too much of it since it was against a non-NBA team, Randle’s defense is on par but is still RELUCTANT to shoot jumpers while forcing plays inside the paint which goes in settling for awkward shots/5 TO’s. Once Russ gets more comfortable with his role he’d likely starting taking more jumpers. One pass that I noticed Russ make (may not be too effective = possible TO’s in the league) is those from one side of the outer/corner 3pt line to the other (1st half).

JC needs to work on his passing AND his ball handling given he has trouble controlling the ball when defenders get on his face. Hibbert’s 16 rebounds say’s it all. Kobe be Kobe, Young had a good game and played in the flow of it while not forcing many shots. Lou, Black and Kelly had good games. If they can play with the type of flow as this game showed they should be able to keep the remainder of the pre-season games competitive (+ pull out a few more wins) tho D is still the #1 priority.

    1. Hibbert is the smartest thing the FO has done lately. Lou Williams should be a starter. Let Russell earn his minutes.

      1. @Jim2
        If you want to be part of this community this is what you need to do:

        1) Not come here to bash or hate.
        You don’t have to like a player but don’t HATE on Kobe or talk trash.
        2) Give your opinion and be respectful towards others opinions.
        3) Sign up with a Disqus account instead of a guest account.

        1. Exactly. but he already showed he is a huge Kobe hater before. i saw him commenting here.

  1. All I am taking from this game is that it shows HOW good the team could play if every player were playing at their peak. Playing against inferior talent showed us how good Hibbert could be, how smooth Russell could get assists, how much Randle could dominate, and how well Williams and Young could help.

    1. That’s hard to say, this team was not really a challenge so yes the Lakers looked good but also fell short on their first 3 games, especially in the 2nd half, so what is the problem are they to tired at the 2nd half or is the 2nd team not talented enough to help the first team, also is Byron not able to make the correct rotations or call the correct plays, they just seem to be out of something in the 2nd half and my guess would be Byron is running them to much and they just run out of gas at the 2nd half, plus when we start out with 6 injured or hurt players right off the bat, that to me points to Byron, imo.

    2. Lol, been here since DH’s departure, Mitch’s vision was to reduce the cap (2014) and go after a big fish. That didn’t pan out (Mitch’s vision) given players want to compete/contend now not down the road (brought that up back then too).

      Mitch’s done a good job this past off season, as well as the scouts with last years draft gem (JC6). But given changes are VERY likely to take place (atop management) per FO’s false promises their plan failed. Thankfully the youth movement that was initiated last summer has produced some results to increase the odds of a better future 3-4+ yrs from now.

  2. You do realize those “awkward shots” are his bread and butter right? He did the same thing in college, and he drew A TON of fouls doing it.

    1. Zach Randolph doesn’t even go for those type of shots around the restraining area. Hard to watch at times, they seem more like forced shots at times than his normal type of hook or put back jump.

      1. It doesn’t look natural, but Julius is a very unorthodox player. It’s not stupid if it works. -OR- “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” It has worked for him in the past, why would he do otherwise now?

        1. Lol, damn I’ll post a gif if I can find those awkward inside the paint type of fadeaways. However, reply back after the Kings game and we’ll see what’s up when he plays Cousin’s and Cauley Stein. True test to his game, but he won’t get many of those inside the paint opportunities he’s had in the next few games. But as long as Randle dominates on the defensive end he’s good until he get more adapted offensively.

        2. He’s in the NBA now and defense of good teams will not permit those college shots.

      2. Why are you bringing up Z-bo? You do also realize that player comparisons don’t translate to the player sharing actual tendencies or talent right? They’re 2 completely different players.

        1. He’s compared to Z-Bo, Randle’s viewed with similar type of play. Although, a vet Z-Bo has more defined type of handles inside to be able to finish inside the paint. Randle just seems to be forcing to many plays inside 9taking the harder road) as opposed to score with ease. But a lot of work left just like many within the youth movement.

        2. Lol, wouldn’t necessarily classify that % as shooting (jumpers). We’ll find out given the remainder of the games are against team’s who’d be buying for a lower seed playoff spot (excluding the Warrior’s).

        3. everygame but this game has been vs potional playoff teams and he has shot over 50% in each but one

        4. How many shots out of tehn do you think Randle be able to make while being pressure. Look at the GIF (posted) atop.

        5. WTH?!, you’ve just proven my point?.. Why take awkward shots that he has yet to utilize in his arsenal? There’s simpler awkward shots that he’s attempted closer to the rim.

        6. I don’t see any problem with Randles style of play, on the contrary, that style of play is what separates him from your average player.

          Very few players have the skills and determination required to pull off the style of play that Randle can.

          The very thing that you are criticising is a GIFT!

        7. Truthfully not a Randle fan, but will root for all once the season starts, tho it doesn’t mean that I’d bash him (critique). Just seems like he won’t be helping to stretch the floor anytime soon given his hesitance to shoot jumpers. If so (doesn’t pan out at the 4), switch him to the 3 next season.

          However, if FO manages to land a top tier player at the 3 then that player likely be playing the stretch forward.

    2. Example, bigs don’t go for these types of shots inside. Some guards like ex. (Kobe) are more comfortable with these types of shots. As from the start of the GIF Randle can settle for a jumper but as it’s been shown thus far with his hesitance to shoot he settles for tougher/awkward shots (inside) as opposed to easier shots.

      Don’t think Randle will be able to hit this type of shot consistently (aside of the odds being against him) since he’s not a jumper shooter. IMO, simplify the game by learning the position first and then incorporating some new skills rather than force things.

    1. No, a ball handler should be able to observe and get out of pressure, especially when the defender gets in front of one’s face. He’s improved from last season tho but everyone has things they need to work on. Got that Carrot top.

      1. He has worked on it all summer and considering he’ll be playing the 2 this year he will be fine. Lmao, whatever Jimmy Sandusky. JC is perfect, you mad?

        1. ?!, JC6’s ahead of his curb, but when a non NBA team gives you probs in that dept. best to sharpen it more for the regular season. Blockhead, blockhead.

        2. Or maybe they had a 51 point lead and JC was cruising? Is he the guard for the Lakers or you blockhead? Has your head healed up yet from the lobotomy?

        3. Caught JC6’s slight trouble in the first half smelly. He’s good BUT he’ll encounter tougher pressure down the road depending on the situation(s) = change of momentum, @ clutch times, etc which may eventually lead to some TO’s (hopefully not during crucial moments of the game).

        4. I see we are going to fight all this season too. I watched the game, Dimmy, it was more bothersome than troublesome-meaning he could handle it but wasn’t playing at full speed like everyone else as it is preseason. He experienced this already when the Clippers/CP3 did it to him and he bounced back, blockhead. Harden, a MVP front runner, had 13 turnovers in a critical wcf game. It happens. I think JC will be fine.

        5. ?!, You initiate arguments. You’ve trolled since the start, DP and others. But this is as a far as you’ll get :O. You call it rants and I call them observations. I’m more for being opinionated as opposed to verbally bashful to help address holes that will only make them better players once they improve upon them. 😛

        6. I only troll you cause it’s fun and you used to do it to me too. DP? Not really. I only respond to him if necessary. JC is perfection though so…plus he’s better than Marshon Brooks.

          I can do more than boil two eggs but of what relevance is this question Dim? Shouldn’t you be slapping kids asses and worrying about not going to prison for it?

        7. Don’t have kids, but was punished as a child. Lol, your post mostly bring no relevance to a convo to be truthful. That’s likely why you’re always replying to me for some reason. Don’t care tho, just bring something legit to the convo.

          Hear someone’s managed to move on up within the fraternity? Not being obnoxious about it, but you owe some of us Lol.

        8. I only reply when I mostly disagree with a statement and upvote if I agree. Who are you to dictate what I should and shouldn’t do? Have you lost your funny bone? No more gifs? You’re so lame.

          I will be running things shortly, don’t you worry.

  • Good game, can’t make too much of it since it’s against a non-NBA team, Randle’s defense is on par but is still RELUCTANT to shoot jumpers while forcing plays inside the paint which goes in settling for awkward shots/5 TO’s. Once Russ gets more comfortable with his role he’d likely start taking more jumpers.

    JC needs to work on his ball handles given he has trouble controlling the ball when defenders get on his face. Hibbert’s 16 rebounds say’s it all. Kobe be Kobe, Young had a good game and played with the flow while not forcing too many shots. Lou, Black and Kelly had good games. If they can play with this type of flow they should be able to keep the remainder of the pre-season games competitive (+ pull out a few more wins) tho D is still the #1 priority.

      1. Hibbert is the smartest thing the FO has done lately. Lou Williams should be a starter. Let Russell earn his minutes.

        1. @Jim2
          If you want to be part of this community this is what you need to do:

          1) Not come here to bash or hate.
          You don’t have to like a player but don’t HATE on Kobe or talk trash.
          2) Give your opinion and be respectful towards others opinions.
          3) Sign up with a Disqus account instead of a guest account.

          1. Exactly. but he already showed he is a huge Kobe hater before. i saw him commenting here.

    1. All I am taking from this game is that it shows how good the team could play if every player were playing at their peak. Playing against inferior talent showed us how good Hibbert could be, how smooth Russell could get assists, how much Randle could dominate, and how well Williams and Young could help.

      — Tonight was a glimpse into Mitch’s vision of the future.

      1. That’s hard to say, this team was not really a challenge so yes the Lakers looked good but also fell short on their first 3 games, especially in the 2nd half, so what is the problem are they to tired at the 2nd half or is the 2nd team not talented enough to help the first team, also is Byron not able to make the correct rotations or call the correct plays, they just seem to be out of something in the 2nd half and my guess would be Byron is running them to much and they just run out of gas at the 2nd half, plus when we start out with 6 injured or hurt players right off the bat, that to me points to Byron, imo.

      2. Been here since DH’s departure, Mitch’s vision was to reduce the cap (2014) and go after a big fish down the road. Didn’t pan out given players want to compete/contend now not down the road (brought that up back then too). Mitch’s done a good job this past off season, as well as the scouts with last years draft gem (JC6).

        Changes are VERY likely to take place (management) per FO’s false promises, their plan failed. Thankfully the youth movement that was initiated last summer has produced some results to increase the odds of a better future 3-4+ yrs from now.

    2. You do realize those “awkward shots” are his bread and butter right? He did the same thing in college, and he drew A TON of fouls doing it.

      1. Zach Randolph doesn’t even go for those type of shots around the restraining area. Hard to watch at times, they seem more like forced shots at times than his normal type of hook or put back. Watch the first half when he was inside the paint and tell us if some of those shots look natural?

        1. It doesn’t look natural, but Julius is a very unorthodox player. It’s not stupid if it works. -OR- “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” It has worked for him in the past, why would he do otherwise now?

          1. Lol, damn I’ll post a gif if I can find those awkward inside the paint type of fadeaways. However, reply back after the Kings game and we’ll see what’s up when he plays Cousin’s and Cauley Stein. True test to his game, but he won’t get many of those inside the paint opportunities he’s had in the next few games. But as long as Randle dominates on the defensive end he’s good until he get more adapted offensively.

          2. He’s in the NBA now and defense of good teams will not permit those college shots.

        2. Why are you bringing up Z-bo? You do also realize that player comparisons don’t translate to the player sharing actual tendencies or talent right? They’re 2 completely different players.

          1. He’s compared to Z-Bo, Randle’s viewed with similar type of play. Although, a vet Z-Bo has more defined type of handles inside to be able to finish inside the paint. Randle just seems to be forcing to many plays inside 9taking the harder road) as opposed to score with ease. But a lot of work left just like many within the youth movement.

          2. Lol, wouldn’t necessarily classify that % as shooting (jumpers). We’ll find out given the remainder of the games are against team’s who’d be buying for a lower seed playoff spot (excluding the Warrior’s).

          3. everygame but this game has been vs potional playoff teams and he has shot over 50% in each but one

          4. How many of those shots out of 10 do you think Randle be able to make while being pressure. Look at the GIF (posted) below.

          5. WTH?!, you’ve just proven my point?.. Why take awkward shots that he has yet to utilize in his arsenal? There’s simpler other awkward shots that he’s attempted closer to the rim.

          6. I don’t see any problem with Randles style of play, on the contrary, that style of play is what separates him from your average player.

            Very few players have the skills and determination required to pull off the style of play that Randle can.

            The very thing that you are criticising is a GIFT!

          7. Truthfully not a Randle fan, but root for all especially upon the start of the season. Just seems like he won’t be helping to stretch the floor anytime soon given his hesitance to shoot jumpers. If so (doesn’t pan out at the 4), switch him to the 3 next season.

            However, if FO manages to land a top tier player at the 3 then that player likely be playing the stretch forward.

      2. Example, bigs don’t go for these types of shots inside. Some guards like ex. (Kobe) hit them with their eyes closed. From the start of the GIF once can see that Randle can settle for a jumper but settles for tougher/awkward shots (inside) as opposed to easier shots.

        Don’t think Randle will be able to hit this type of shot consistently (aside of the odds being against him) since it doesn’t appear to be in his repertoire (yet?). Simplify the game by learning the position first and then incorporating some new skills down the road rather than force things to happen.

      1. A ball handler should be able to absorb pressure and get get out of it, especially when the defender gets in front of one’s face. He’s improved from last season tho but everyone has things they need to work on. Got that Carrot top.

        1. He has worked on it all summer and considering he’ll be playing the 2 this year he will be fine. Lmao, whatever Jimmy Sandusky. JC is perfect, you mad?

          1. ?!, JC6’s ahead of the curb, but when a non NBA team gives you probs in that dept. best to sharpen it more for the regular season.

          2. Or maybe they had a 51 point lead and JC was cruising? Is he the guard for the Lakers or you blockhead? Has your head healed up yet from the lobotomy?

          3. Caught JC6’s slight trouble in the first half smelly. He’s good BUT he’ll encounter tougher pressure down the road depending on the situation(s) = change of momentum, @ clutch times, etc which may eventually lead to some TO’s (hopefully not during crucial moments of a game).

          4. I see we are going to fight all this season too. I watched the game, Dimmy, it was more bothersome than troublesome-meaning he could handle it but wasn’t playing at full speed like everyone else as it is preseason. He experienced this already when the Clippers/CP3 did it to him and he bounced back, blockhead. Harden, a MVP front runner, had 13 turnovers in a critical wcf game. It happens. I think JC will be fine.

          5. ?!, You initiate arguments. You’ve trolled since the start, DP and others. But this is as a far as you’ll get :O. You call it rants and I call them observations. I’m more opinionated as opposed to verbally bashful (as others are) to help address holes that will only make them better players once they improve upon those weaknesses. 😛

            Keeping it real, they want the notoriety and acclaim? Comes at a price, thru hard work. Can’t handle the heat, get out the kitchen. You couldn’t boil two eggs could you? lol

          6. I only troll you cause it’s fun and you used to do it to me too. DP? Not really. I only respond to him if necessary. JC is perfection though so…plus he’s better than Marshon Brooks.

            I can do more than boil two eggs but of what relevance is this question Dim? Shouldn’t you be slapping kids asses and worrying about not going to prison for it?

          7. Don’t have kids, but was punished as a child. Lol, your post mostly bring validity to a convo. That’s likely why you’re always replying for some reason. Don’t care tho, just bring something legit to the convo.

            Also hear someone’s managed to move on up within the fraternity? Not being obnoxious about it, but you owe us Lol.

          8. I only reply when I mostly disagree with a statement and upvote if I agree. Who are you to dictate what I should and shouldn’t do? Have you lost your funny bone? No more gifs? You’re so lame.

            I will be running things shortly, don’t you worry.

          1. Sacre’s that dude that will forever make you say,”Man, if i had that body and height to go with my skill…”, which makes him worse because there’s virtually no reason for him to not be good at SOMETHING basketball related just by default due to his body.

            Friggin’ Howard is a low-skilled basketball player with little to no post up moves but he still manages to put up points and play good D thanks in large part to his athletic body.

          1. Sacre’s that dude that will forever make you say,”Man, if i had that body and height to go with my skill…”, which makes him worse because there’s virtually no reason for him to not be good at SOMETHING basketball related just by default due to his body.

            Friggin’ Howard is a low-skilled basketball player with little to no post up moves but he still manages to put up points and play good D thanks in large part to his athletic body.

  • The first guy who needs to be cut from this team is jabari brown. Dude provides nothing at all. Other than that, impressive game. Hope Upshaw keeps learning and progressing.

      1. Yes before sacre! At least sacre can bring some cheerleading to our team. Jabari looks sad as shit lol.

          1. “IF” the decision was made prior to the start of the season to waive Sacre and Kelly, I’d consider assembling a package to trade both for cash.

            Don’t think the Lakers could get a 2nd round pck given their cheap $$ which makes them easy to be picked up from waivers.

        1. We can cut them both, but Sacre got to be first. Make a single file line and have Sacre get released first and Jabari second, whatever floats your boat

          1. correct but I think sucre first frazier econd holmes 3rd and j brown 4th getting cut!

          2. But every tyeam has one or two players that won’t play at all. Sacre is perfect for this! he will not complain…

          3. no dude I dont want to see his presence his jedi mind celebrations might mess up our games winning!

          4. The problem I see, is that jabari’s profile is not needed, we should have lots of points fron backcourt already.

          5. Agreed both of them should be prepared for hobo bags across there shoulders soon!

          6. No because if he stay it means upshaw or black will go, we’re not keeeping 4 centers. Cut Sacre, or riot.

    1. great 3 point shooting
      good solid jumper
      attacks the basket and is not afraid of body contact.
      is an excellent free throw shooter.

      We need guys that can get us buckets, he is one of those guys. He is easily better than, Holmes, Frazier, Kelly, Sacre, MWP. Anthony Brown ,He will make the team.

  • The first guy who needs to be cut from this team is jabari brown. Dude provides nothing at all. Other than that, impressive game. Hope Upshaw keeps learning and progressing.

      1. Yes before sacre! At least sacre can bring some cheerleading to our team. Jabari looks sad as shit lol.

          1. “IF” the decision was made prior to the start of the season to waive Sacre and Kelly, I’d consider assembling a package to trade both for cash.

            Don’t think the Lakers could get a 2nd round pck given their cheap $$ which makes them easy to be picked up from waivers.

        1. We can cut them both, but Sacre got to be first. Make a single file line and have Sacre get released first and Jabari second, whatever floats your boat

          1. correct but I think sucre first frazier econd holmes 3rd and j brown 4th getting cut!

          2. But every team has one or two players that won’t play at all. Sacre is perfect for this! he will not complain…

          3. no dude I dont want to see his presence his jedi mind celebrations might mess up our games winning!

          4. The problem I see, is that jabari’s profile is not needed, we should have lots of points fron backcourt already.

          5. Agreed both of them should be prepared for hobo bags across there shoulders soon!

          6. No because if he stay it means upshaw or black will go, we’re not keeeping 4 centers. Cut Sacre, or riot.

    1. great 3 point shooting
      good solid jumper
      attacks the basket and is not afraid of body contact.
      is an excellent free throw shooter.

      We need guys that can get us buckets, he is one of those guys. He is easily better than, Holmes, Frazier, Kelly, Sacre, MWP. Anthony Brown ,He will make the team.

  • Lakers beat down and bullied a poor team from the 3rd world, i hope they feel real proud of this. My bucks will get revenge for you maccabi!

    1. We heard you the first 2 times you said this clown. Thanks for trading Kareem to us by the way.

        1. Please stop….
          Your ignorance is showing, and it’s embarrassing.

          You must be a little kid… as they are the only ones that have an undying urge to respond when they are beaten, and invariably respond with nonsensical remarks.

    2. How sad is it that a Bucks fan has to troll on a Lakers board.

      It’s so weird for me to think that other people get their “kicks” out of being jerks and deliberately trying to upset other people.

      And while every troll swears they aren’t Lakers fans, they seem to know more about the team than most AVERAGE fans…… me thinks they are in the closet.

        1. But you only troll 1 team.

          I doubt you are on the Trailblazers site just the same as you are on this one.

          – In the Closet.

          1. Yeah. He has multiple accounts he trolls under. Be aware, usually the Laker shit talking is him under different accounts

    3. you think Israel is a 3rd world country? No country inhabited by Jews can ever be third world. they contribute so much to the american economy. with such statements, you once again illustrate your level of ignorance.

  • Alright – as of now – who does everyone think makes the cut? Not who SHOULD make the cut….but who do you think is going to be final roster?

      1. I think Kelly gets traded before he final roster day. He’s odd man out, and to me, he’s show that he has trade value.

        It’s a slightly painful trade, but the positives are that it opens up a roster spot for Frazier or Holmes.

        1. Disagree. Kelly Is the only big who can stretch the floor to the 3pt range. And it’s hard to trade players before opening night. Nance shouldn’t be getting playing time this year

          1. I don’t disagree…
            But how many minutes will Kelly get behind Randle and Bass? And, once Nance pushes his shot out to the 3-point line he’s an upgrade.

            Is Kelly worth keeping around for 5 minutes per game? At the expense of sending Holmes, Frazier or Upshaw to the DLeague?

          2. If Byron likes Bass at center, it puts Black into a very sticky situation (or Upshaw?).

            If that is true (and I don’t doubt you), then Kelly might stick and Black is soon to be cut. <- I think Upshaw represents more future potential than Black.

          3. To me Sacre’s contract doesn’t mean much. It’s $1M and barely higher than the veteran minimum.

            Thinking out loud:
            Could the team go with Hibbert and Bass (and Upshaw) as centers and let Randle, MWP, Kelly, (Bass), and Nance be PF? And with some thought that Mitch would look to trade for a true backup center mid season?

            With MWP, and Bass the backup PF minutes could be covered. And Bass, as of now, seemed to play better than Black.

            I really like Black, but I have to remind myself that he’s flotsam from last year’s noise, and I have to ask what his role would be in the future. He’s a PF with no PF skills and an undersized center. That makes him an ideal small ball center specialist…. but does the team really have the space for a project specialist this season?

          4. Black have to stay, in my eyes. He is hustle guy who can play for us for cheap during too many years. He will never be great or even good. But he always will be solid and will always knows his role.

          5. It’s true i heard Byron Scott interview huertas lou swaggy kelly bass that’s a niiice bench!

    1. Our team will be

      D’angelo / Huertas
      Clarkson / Lou / A. Brown
      Kobe / Nick / MWP
      Randle / Bass / Kelly / Nance
      Hibbert / Black / Sacre

        1. A. Brown yes, i put him. Look again… Upshaw i don’t think so. He’s so far away to be a real basketball player. He has the tools to be, but to me is waaay to raw.

          1. I think so…
            Only because the #3 center position is between Sacre and Upshaw.

            I can’t imagine the team will go into the season with 2 centers. Every team needs a practice day center, and an emergency guy as 82 games is a long time.

            If Mitch happens to trade for a legit 6’11” backup #2, it would be an interesting decision between Black and Upshaw however.

      1. This, except I think Sacre is gone and they let Upshaw have 4-5 min a game in garbage time and travel and practice with the team. sacre has hit his ceiling and should go play overseas, upshaw has a slight chance to do something productive eventually

        1. But Sacre has a guaranted contract, so… I don’t think Upshaw worth a cut of a player who has that type of deal

      2. I like the list…..
        (Assuming Kelly isn’t traded)

        I doubt Sacre makes the team. Upshaw represents the same “practice day player” but a much bigger upside for the future.

        I think the team is deliberately sandbagging Holmes and Frazier in hopes that they can stash them in the DLeague until Young is traded, injury, and/or Mitch makes some moves.

        1. Where you see any rumor about Kelly, man? He played good this games of our preseason, but i think this is not enough to atract other teams.

          1. Are you kidding me?
            I am sure there are a dozen teams that would take kelly if mitch offered him for next to nothing.

            At this point, at PF, he’s as good as most backups. AND he’s a stretch.

            Situationally……. I don’t think there is a place for him on this team. There is a log jam at both PF and SF and he represents a roster spot for one of the future core players.

            In a perfect world there wouldn’t be a 15 man roster limit.

          2. I think he has a spot in our team. In some situation he can play and Bass can sit for a little more time (when he struggles, for example). But well, if a team can grab Sacre and give us a pick, i can accept that

        2. young wont be traded and today [rove why. the only way young is traded is if we are out of the playoffs by the traded dead line and some team overpays for him

  • We heard you the first 2 times you said this clown. Thanks for trading Kareem to us by the way.

  • Alright – as of now – who does everyone think makes the cut? Not who SHOULD make the cut….but who do you think is going to be final roster?

      1. I think Kelly gets traded before he final roster day. He’s odd man out, and to me, he’s show that he has trade value.

        It’s a slightly painful trade, but the positives are that it opens up a roster spot for Frazier or Holmes.

        1. Disagree. Kelly Is the only big who can stretch the floor to the 3pt range. And it’s hard to trade players before opening night. Nance shouldn’t be getting playing time this year

          1. I don’t disagree…
            But how many minutes will Kelly get behind Randle and Bass? And, once Nance pushes his shot out to the 3-point line he’s an upgrade.

            Is Kelly worth keeping around for 5 minutes per game? At the expense of sending Holmes, Frazier or Upshaw to the DLeague?

          2. If Byron likes Bass at center, it puts Black into a very sticky situation (or Upshaw?).

            If that is true (and I don’t doubt you), then Kelly might stick and Black is soon to be cut. <- I think Upshaw represents more future potential than Black.

          3. To me Sacre’s contract doesn’t mean much. It’s $1M and barely higher than the veteran minimum.

            Thinking out loud:
            Could the team go with Hibbert and Bass (and Upshaw) as centers and let Randle, MWP, Kelly, (Bass), and Nance be PF? And with some thought that Mitch would look to trade for a true backup center mid season or that Upshaw can shoulder some of the load by January?

            With MWP, Bass, and Kelly the backup PF minutes could be covered. And Bass, as of now, seemed to play better than Black at the center position.

            I really like Black, but I have to remind myself that he’s flotsam from last year’s noise, and I have to ask what his role would be in the future. He’s a PF with no PF skills and an undersized center. That makes him an ideal small ball center specialist…. but does the team really have the space for a project specialist this season (and the future)?

          4. Black have to stay, in my eyes. He is hustle guy who can play for us for cheap during too many years. He will never be great or even good. But he always will be solid and will always knows his role.

          5. It’s true i heard Byron Scott interview huertas lou swaggy kelly bass that’s a niiice bench!

    1. Our team will be

      D’angelo / Huertas
      Clarkson / Lou / A. Brown
      Kobe / Nick / MWP
      Randle / Bass / Kelly / Nance
      Hibbert / Black / Sacre

        1. A. Brown yes, i put him. Look again… Upshaw i don’t think so. He’s so far away to be a real basketball player. He has the tools to be, but to me is waaay to raw.

          1. I think so…
            Only because the #3 center position is between Sacre and Upshaw.

            I can’t imagine the team will go into the season with 2 centers. Every team needs a practice day center, and an emergency guy as 82 games is a long time.

            If Mitch happens to trade for a legit 6’11” backup #2, it would be an interesting decision between Black and Upshaw however.

      1. This, except I think Sacre is gone and they let Upshaw have 4-5 min a game in garbage time and travel and practice with the team. sacre has hit his ceiling and should go play overseas, upshaw has a slight chance to do something productive eventually

        1. But Sacre has a guaranted contract, so… I don’t think Upshaw worth a cut of a player who has that type of deal

      2. I like the list…..
        (Assuming Kelly isn’t traded)

        I doubt Sacre makes the team. Upshaw represents the same “practice day player” but a much bigger upside for the future.

        I think the team is deliberately sandbagging Holmes and Frazier in hopes that they can stash them in the DLeague until Young is traded, injury, and/or Mitch makes some moves.

        1. Where you see any rumor about Kelly, man? He played good this games of our preseason, but i think this is not enough to atract other teams.

          1. Are you kidding me?
            I am sure there are a dozen teams that would take kelly if mitch offered him for next to nothing.

            At this point, at PF, he’s as good as most backups. AND he’s a stretch.

            Situationally……. I don’t think there is a place for him on this team. There is a log jam at both PF and SF and he represents a roster spot for one of the future core players.

            In a perfect world there wouldn’t be a 15 man roster limit.

          2. I think he has a spot in our team. In some situation he can play and Bass can sit for a little more time (when he struggles, for example). But well, if a team can grab Sacre and give us a pick, i can accept that

        2. young wont be traded and today [rove why. the only way young is traded is if we are out of the playoffs by the traded dead line and some team overpays for him

  • Bad for us Marcelo Huertas don’t played this game. The bench is so more effective with a true PG with the ball. All Lou and Young have to do is score buckets… Nice job D’angelo, what a pass to Tarik, my goodness!

  • Bad for us Marcelo Huertas don’t played this game. The bench is so more effective with a true PG with the ball. All Lou and Young have to do is score buckets… Nice job D’angelo, what a pass to Tarik, my goodness!

  • You can’t complain about who we played. The fact is that we did what we were supposed to and blew them out. We weren’t Memphis and make it a close game, WE BLEW THEM OUT. Great game and enjoy the fact that we were efficient. Outside of the TO’s.

  • You can’t complain about who we played. The fact is that we did what we were supposed to and blew them out. We weren’t Memphis and make it a close game, WE BLEW THEM OUT. Great game and enjoy the fact that we were efficient. Outside of the TO’s.

    1. He can pass too. Can atack the basket. To me he will make the team… Not sure about he will be on the rotation, but the roster he will make no doubt.

        1. Yeah, for sure. If he can hit that 3 ball with consistency, he will be a good asset to any team in this league.

    1. agreed, I think at the start of the season there will be some chemistry issues in the back court. Hope they work through it.

    1. He can pass too. Can atack the basket. To me he will make the team… Not sure about he will be on the rotation, but the roster he will make no doubt.

        1. Yeah, for sure. If he can hit that 3 ball with consistency, he will be a good asset to any team in this league.

    1. agreed, I think at the start of the season there will be some chemistry issues in the back court. Hope they work through it.

    1. Holmes didn’t get minutes either. He is alternating players, because we have way too many players right now.

    1. Holmes didn’t get minutes either. He is alternating players, because we have way too many players right now.

  • How sad is it that a Bucks fan has to troll on a Lakers board.

    It’s so weird for me to think that other people get their “kicks” out of being jerks and deliberately trying to upset other people.

    And while every troll swears they aren’t Lakers fans, they seem to know more about the team than most AVERAGE fans…… me thinks they are in the closet.

  • Here’s my prediction for the final roster:
    Russell / Huertas
    Clarkson / Lou / A Brown
    Kobe/ Young / MWP
    Randle/ Bass / Kelly / Nance
    Hibbert / Black / Upshaw

      1. Man fuck out of here with that Sacre shit. Sacre is doo doo. Upshaw got way more potential, Sacre is trash

          1. I watch this. But i don’t think Upshaw worth that type of cut. Well, lets wait. I think both can’t contribute as much as we need this season. Black will be our backup C

          2. Upshaw has played better in preseason then any game Sacre has ever played in. That’s a fact

          3. At this juncture, I agree that Black is the backup center the Lakers need. I hope Upshaw can polish his offense and learn better D rather than just relying on the block.

          4. Didn’t you just watch Bass play center and far outplay Black?

            I wouldn’t be surprised if Mitch pulled a rabbit out of his hat and found a true #2 Center and sent Black out of LA.

          5. Hibbert/Sacre/Upshaw. But have Bass playing backup C with Kelly playing backup PF

          6. i’m not holding my breath, but I hope Mitch can work that Laker magic and milk a poor sap team for a 2nd rounder for Sacre.

  • Here’s my prediction for the final roster:
    Russell / Huertas
    Clarkson / Lou / A Brown
    Kobe/ Young / MWP
    Randle/ Bass / Kelly / Nance
    Hibbert / Black / Upshaw

      1. Man fuck out of here with that Sacre shit. Sacre is doo doo. Upshaw got way more potential, Sacre is trash

          1. I watch this. But i don’t think Upshaw worth that type of cut. Well, lets wait. I think both can’t contribute as much as we need this season. Black will be our backup C

          2. Upshaw has played better in preseason then any game Sacre has ever played in. That’s a fact

          3. At this juncture, I agree that Black is the backup center the Lakers need. I hope Upshaw can polish his offense and learn better D rather than just relying on the block.

          4. Didn’t you just watch Bass play center and far outplay Black?

            I wouldn’t be surprised if Mitch pulled a rabbit out of his hat and found a true #2 Center and sent Black out of LA.

          5. Hibbert/Sacre/Upshaw. But have Bass playing backup C with Kelly playing backup PF

          6. i’m not holding my breath, but I hope Mitch can work that Laker magic and milk a poor sap team for a 2nd rounder for Sacre.

  • cut j brown, sucre, frazier, holmes, if upshaw does not make reg. roster keep him to grow in d-league !

    1. Upshaw is poached from the DLeague in 24 hours.

      Sending him to the DLeague would be the last time we saw him in Purple and Gold.

      JBrown, Frazier, and Holmes might not get poached….

      1. yup. Upshaw will be on an NBA roster this year, Lakers or not. Brown would get a look faster. I see money in China for him though. Frazier/Homes probably need to fill up D-league stats before returning.

  • cut j brown, sucre, frazier, holmes, if upshaw does not make reg. roster keep him to grow in d-league !

    1. Upshaw would be poached from the DLeague in 24 hours.

      Sending him to the DLeague would be the last time we saw him in Purple and Gold.

      JBrown, Frazier, and Holmes might not get poached….

      1. yup. Upshaw will be on an NBA roster this year, Lakers or not. Brown would get a look faster. I see money in China for him though. Frazier/Homes probably need to fill up D-league stats before returning.

  • Finally a win even if that team sucks.

    Russell is a pure PG, his passes are incredible! He looks to be at about a 5 right now and taking it slow. I really want to see him more aggressive at a 10 when the season starts and to look for his own shots.

    I need Jabari Brown, Ryan Kelly, Rob Sacre and those other extras whose names I don’t know to be cut like yesterday.

  • Finally a win even if that team sucks.

    Russell is a pure PG, his passes are incredible! He looks to be at about a 5 right now and taking it slow. I really want to see him more aggressive at a 10 when the season starts and to look for his own shots.

    I need Jabari Brown, Ryan Kelly, Rob Sacre and those other extras whose names I don’t know to be cut like yesterday.

        1. and watch more tapes. I think Russel would be more effective if he knows his teammates better. Also, Byron should keep Russell close to his side all the time.

    1. Huertas will make that role. A player who put Nick and Lou to score off the ball. And Russel will play with the starts

      1. I don’t think so.

        I think Russell and Clarkson will split the PG duties with the starters. And Russell and Huertas will split the PG duties with the bench guys.

        The team plays too well with Williams (and Young) on the floor. And Russell has amazing passing, but still looks like a bench guy overall (to me).

        1. I think Russel will start, simply because that is what Byron’s plan is but i will say this. Today Russel played superb setting up the second unit (Nick, Williams, Kelly). Liked what i saw out of him with that unit.

        2. on the defense end Russel will kill us, in my eyes. But he’s ready to play with the bench. Maybe we can start Huertas, he’s good enough to do ok.
          He only can’t use Clarkson at our PG in the first unit. He’s not a PG, and the flow of the offense is bad when he play at the point. We have to use a true PG in that role. D’lo or Huertas.

          1. Remind me of who the starting PG was at the end of last season?

            And then remind my why Clarkson STILL isn’t the team’s best PG?

            And then elaborate why Clarkson can’t be a PG this year?

            However you want to write the depth chart, it doesn’t change the fact that Williams and Clarkson is MUCH more effective that Russell and Clarkson.

            – This time last year, folks were fighting when someone mentioned Clarkson was a SG… How the times have changed.

          2. Well, he’s a combo guard. Actually Kobe accepted his role off the ball, he is moving away from the ball when the ball is out of bounds. So, we have to count with a true PG who share the ball, because a guy who atacks the rim more than pass the ball make not sense with our new mentality – HAVE THE SCORES PLAYING OFF THE BALL.
            So, well. Clarkson can play PG. Russ Westbrook can play too. But they are not pure PG’s.

          3. Hopefully Kobe continues to play this way, especially in the fourth quarter when he tends to hog the ball

          4. kobe does not hog the ball he teamates give him the ball then stop playing and become statues

          5. kobe can move off ball because he is a great shooter.

            jc is not as this pr season has proven

          6. For those that don’t know : Mind blowing stat,
            last season Jordan Clarkson per 36 min. Outscored, out rebound, out assist, out stole Andrew Wiggins . Chris Palmer; Bleacher Report on twc access sportsnet

    2. To me, I think he starts for 7 minutes and then comes off the bench. And how much he plays with the 1’s depends on how much he grows.

      I think he’s a starter by name, but in reality a bench guy for the most of his first year. Getting torched by Westbrook, Lillard, Cp3, Rose, and the rest will be good for him, but in small doses.

    3. Its something we have to look at. Russel played really well and made the life easier for Nick, Williams, Kelly and company Not sure where he should be , but right now he kept the offensive punch going with that second unit.

  • If you think Sacre deserves a spot on this team, you must be new to this game of basketball

  • I guess u all was right about Kelly. As u all know, I hate the fact that he’s still on the team. But I guess with him finally playing his natural position, he can actually be a positive contributor and not just a roster spot thief. He moved up a notch it my book…………..that puts him at notch 1.

      1. Not a fan of Kelly either, but the reality is that the league now favors big men that can shoot. Of course, there is a lot more to be desired from Kelly. If only Kelly could be anything like the other Ryan, namely Ryan Anderson.

        1. and watch more tapes. I think Russel would be more effective if he knows his teammates better. Also, Byron should keep Russell close to his side all the time.

    1. Huertas will make that role. A player who put Nick and Lou to score off the ball. And Russel will play with the starts

      1. I don’t think so.

        I think Russell and Clarkson will split the PG duties with the starters. And Russell and Huertas will split the PG duties with the bench guys.

        The team plays too well with Williams (and Young) on the floor. And Russell has amazing passing, but still looks like a bench guy overall (to me).

        1. I think Russel will start, simply because that is what Byron’s plan is but i will say this. Today Russel played superb setting up the second unit (Nick, Williams, Kelly). Liked what i saw out of him with that unit.

        2. on the defense end Russel will kill us, in my eyes. But he’s ready to play with the bench. Maybe we can start Huertas, he’s good enough to do ok.
          He only can’t use Clarkson at our PG in the first unit. He’s not a PG, and the flow of the offense is bad when he play at the point. We have to use a true PG in that role. D’lo or Huertas.

          1. Remind me of who the starting PG was at the end of last season?

            And then remind my why Clarkson STILL isn’t the team’s best PG?

            And then elaborate why Clarkson can’t be a PG this year?

            However you want to write the depth chart, it doesn’t change the fact that Williams and Clarkson is MUCH more effective that Russell and Clarkson.

            – This time last year, folks were fighting when someone mentioned Clarkson was a SG… How the times have changed.

          2. Well, he’s a combo guard. Actually Kobe accepted his role off the ball, he is moving away from the ball when the ball is out of bounds. So, we have to count with a true PG who share the ball, because a guy who atacks the rim more than pass the ball make not sense with our new mentality – HAVE THE SCORES PLAYING OFF THE BALL.
            So, well. Clarkson can play PG. Russ Westbrook can play too. But they are not pure PG’s.

          3. Hopefully Kobe continues to play this way, especially in the fourth quarter when he tends to hog the ball

          4. kobe does not hog the ball he teamates give him the ball then stop playing and become statues

          5. kobe can move off ball because he is a great shooter.

            jc is not as this pr season has proven

          6. For those that don’t know : Mind blowing stat,
            last season Jordan Clarkson per 36 min. Outscored, out rebound, out assist, out stole Andrew Wiggins . Chris Palmer; Bleacher Report on twc access sportsnet

    2. To me, I think he starts for 7 minutes and then comes off the bench. And how much he plays with the 1’s depends on how much he grows.

      I think he’s a starter by name, but in reality a bench guy for the most of his first year. Getting torched by Westbrook, Lillard, Cp3, Rose, and the rest will be good for him, but in small doses.

    3. Its something we have to look at. Russel played really well and made the life easier for Nick, Williams, Kelly and company Not sure where he should be , but right now he kept the offensive punch going with that second unit.

  • If you think Sacre deserves a spot on this team, you must be new to this game of basketball

  • I guess u all was right about Kelly. As u all know, I hate the fact that he’s still on the team. But I guess with him finally playing his natural position, he can actually be a positive contributor and not just a roster spot thief. He moved up a notch it my book…………..that puts him at notch 1.

      1. Not a fan of Kelly either, but the reality is that the league now favors big men that can shoot. Of course, there is a lot more to be desired from Kelly. If only Kelly could be anything like the other Ryan, namely Ryan Anderson.

  • When the Lakers can do that to an NBA team, then I will know my Lakers are completely back. 🙂 Still, nice to get a win, even when it’s against the Sisters of the Virgin Birth, and Sister Mary Margaret is playing on a bad wheel. (<— for those who have been around long enough, that's an obscure Chick Hearn reference.)

    1. They still got a little better tonite. Byron said it doesn’t matter who they’re playing in the preseason. It’s still a chance to work on things and develop more continuity.

    2. the good news is that were starting to see a rotation and you can see that the issues we have had in the games are being worked on

  • When the Lakers can do that to an NBA team, then I will know my Lakers are completely back. 🙂 Still, nice to get a win, even when it’s against the Sisters of the Virgin Birth, and Sister Mary Margaret is playing on a bad wheel. (<— for those who have been around long enough, that's an obscure Chick Hearn reference.)

    1. They still got a little better tonite. Byron said it doesn’t matter who they’re playing in the preseason. It’s still a chance to work on things and develop more continuity.

    2. the good news is that were starting to see a rotation and you can see that the issues we have had in the games are being worked on

  • If u don’t know what it means to be a “true” point guard……if u watched the game, u now know. Russell was amazing.

    1. How ya’ll feel about Jim213 saying this, “Smack a kid in the ass and it’s possible you’d get prison time…”? Suspect or what?

  • But you only troll 1 team.

    I doubt you are on the Trailblazers site just the same as you are on this one.

    – In the Closet.

        1. Yeah. He has multiple accounts he trolls under. Be aware, usually the Laker shit talking is him under different accounts

  • If u don’t know what it means to be a “true” point guard……if u watched the game, u now know. Russell was amazing.

    1. How ya’ll feel about Jim213 saying this, “Smack a kid in the ass and it’s possible you’d get prison time…”? Suspect or what?

  • Please stop….
    Your ignorance is showing, and it’s embarrassing.

    You must be a little kid… as they are the only ones that have an undying urge to respond when they are beaten, and invariably respond with nonsensical remarks.

  • We had 7 players in double figures. Roy Hibbert with 16 rebounds. D’Angelo Russel with 11 assists. We were sharing the rock and scoring from everywhere.

  • I don’t know who to feel sorry for more here…the mediocre Lakers or this clearly inferior team who was simply excited to play against an NBA team….Lakers did this because this is the only type of opponet they can bully and beat down. They know when they go up against the superior Warriors, Bucks, Thunder, Rockets, Clippers, Spurs, Pelicans, Raptors etc… they’re going to take a beating they will never forget. Classless effort today fakeshow! quite pathetic. Can’t wait to see my boys Jabari, Greek freak, and Monroe crushing your pathetic mediocre tank dynasty. Have a good night!

      1. hes just jealous that the bucks got thebreaks beat off of them in preseason and jabari and otherplayers arebanged up hi bucks withtheinjurieswillnotdo as goodas last year!

    1. Never understood why people go to teams pages just to hate……..just seems like a waste of time to me.

      1. No traffic on that piece of shit team site, no history, no storyline, no superstar, nothing exciting no news!
        Thirdeyejokess

  • We had 7 players in double figures. Roy Hibbert with 16 rebounds. D’Angelo Russel with 11 assists. We were sharing the rock and scoring from everywhere.

    1. That’s true ONLY when you talk about offense.

      I’m not sure his offense counters his liability on defense just yet.

          1. And he played against an average guard core….
            He’s going to look awful when he plays against any of the above average guards.

    1. That’s true ONLY when you talk about offense.

      I’m not sure his offense counters his liability on defense just yet.

          1. And he played against an average guard core….
            He’s going to look awful when he plays against any of the above average guards.

    1. hes just jealous that the bucks got thebreaks beat off of them in preseason and jabari and otherplayers arebanged up hi bucks withtheinjurieswillnotdo as goodas last year!

  • Never understood why people go to teams pages just to hate……..just seems like a waste of time to me.

  • For me us putting a whooping on these guys shows how great of a team we are or how great of a team we can be, if this game would have been competitive then i would say it is going to be a long season but this game shows how ball movement is very important for us everyone got involved tonight, this also proves to me that Kobe will stay healthy this season because he wont have to do alot especially if Randle keeps playing great HIbbert and J.C. even though i think J.C. has to pick up the slack, i think he has to attack the basket more get easy buckets then shoot jumpers to build confidence, lakers will b alot better this season now i wanna see us beat Golden State then it will show me how gud we will be.

  • D’Angelo, D’Angelo, D’Angelo. You have seen his play making ability, now when the coach asks him to shoot and play make at the same time, you will see why he was the number 2 pick. He is going to be DANGEROUS!

    1. Good point, also there was an inbounds play where Russell had to run pass the bench, he was told to shoot and that’s when he made the 3 go back n see it folks

  • Man, we are not already one of the best teams in the league. But we are a ok team right now. I know anyone here watch Huertas playing, but me, a brazilian guy, watch him in the last 10 years with our national team. So i can say, he is a above average backup PG.

    Well, we have a ok starting lineup with D’angelo, Clarkson, Kobe, Randle and Hibbert, and probaly the best bench of the league with Huertas, Lou, Nick, Bass and Black. Nice for a rebuilding team. We can win 32-38 games this season, thats what i’m looking for

      1. I’m not talking about W, bro. I’m talking about development. We have a fun team to watch already. I’m not saying we are a contender or some thing like this. We are the Lakers, we was in position to win so many times, we know better than anyone when we could and when we not could win. BUT we know also when a nice core is coming, and that’s the case now

  • For me us putting a whooping on these guys shows how great of a team we are or how great of a team we can be, if this game would have been competitive then i would say it is going to be a long season but this game shows how ball movement is very important for us everyone got involved tonight, this also proves to me that Kobe will stay healthy this season because he wont have to do alot especially if Randle keeps playing great HIbbert and J.C. even though i think J.C. has to pick up the slack, i think he has to attack the basket more get easy buckets then shoot jumpers to build confidence, lakers will b alot better this season now i wanna see us beat Golden State then it will show me how gud we will be.

  • D’Angelo, D’Angelo, D’Angelo. You have seen his play making ability, now when the coach asks him to shoot and play make at the same time, you will see why he was the number 2 pick. He is going to be DANGEROUS!

    1. Good point, also there was an inbounds play where Russell had to run pass the bench, he was told to shoot and that’s when he made the 3 go back n see it folks

  • Man, we are not already one of the best teams in the league. But we are a ok team right now. I know anyone here watch Huertas playing, but me, a brazilian guy, watch him in the last 10 years with our national team. So i can say, he is a above average backup PG.

    Well, we have a ok starting lineup with D’angelo, Clarkson, Kobe, Randle and Hibbert, and probaly the best bench of the league with Huertas, Lou, Nick, Bass and Black. Nice for a rebuilding team. We can win 32-38 games this season, thats what i’m looking for

  • Roy Hibbert’s a great team guy. Hopefully, he plays well for us and is our starting C for the next few years. Really good guy

  • Roy Hibbert’s a great team guy. Hopefully, he plays well for us and is our starting C for the next few years. Really good guy

  • I’m not talking about W, bro. I’m talking about development. We have a fun team to watch already. I’m not saying we are a contender or some thing like this. We are the Lakers, we was in position to win so many times, we know better than anyone when we could and when we not could win. BUT we know also when a nice core is coming, and that’s the case now

  • kelly played decent tonight, think he might make the team. second game sacre didnt play think hes getting cut

        1. I want the article tho’ because the comments section is going to be sooooo much fun since this has been a long time coming for many. lol

    1. I just hope Kelly keeps playing like that. I hate when a player shows up like that for games that don’t matter and we keep him and then they flatline.

  • kelly played decent tonight, think he might make the team. second game sacre didnt play think hes getting cut

        1. I want the article tho’ because the comments section is going to be sooooo much fun since this has been a long time coming for many. lol

    1. I just hope Kelly keeps playing like that. I hate when a player shows up like that for games that don’t matter and we keep him and then they flatline.

  • hopefully we look good against the kings on tuesday. Kings are looking pretty legit this year guys

  • hopefully we look good against the kings on tuesday. Kings are looking pretty legit this year guys

  • I don’t really care about the W, that team was beyond garbage. Good news is that dlo is back and looking comfortable, Randle appears to be the real deal and Kobe is shaking the rust off. With the effort and offensive accuracy I saw for most of the game tonight, that’s good enough to beat the bottom half of NBA teams on most nights. That’s step number 1….let’s take this thing slow and build it up right.

  • I don’t really care about the W, that team was beyond garbage. Good news is that dlo is back and looking comfortable, Randle appears to be the real deal and Kobe is shaking the rust off. With the effort and offensive accuracy I saw for most of the game tonight, that’s good enough to beat the bottom half of NBA teams on most nights. That’s step number 1….let’s take this thing slow and build it up right.

  • I can feel it coming, that news that we all have been waiting for, Robert Sacre getting cut, followed by washing out of the NBA altogether, and then finally serving me at McDonalds.

    1. lol what difference wil it make if sacre makes the team or not? you’re still playing for draft picks!

      1. Thats how you know its ray sapiens right there. ” lakers play for draft picks”. Theres only one dumbass that says that on this site. Seriously homo_sapiens…get a life bruh.w

  • I can feel it coming, that news that we all have been waiting for, Robert Sacre getting cut, followed by washing out of the NBA altogether, and then finally serving me at McDonalds.

    1. lol what difference wil it make if sacre makes the team or not? you’re still playing for draft picks!

      1. Thats how you know its ray sapiens right there. ” lakers play for draft picks”. Theres only one dumbass that says that on this site. Seriously homo_sapiens…get a life bruh.w

  • Are Okafor fanboys still bitching after today? D’Angelo, Randle and Clarkson are the future!

      1. sorry I don’t talk to lonely virgin fat slobs…by the way how did it feel to lose today against hornets clippersrunL.A? pffff

    1. Meanwhile Okafor is beating teams like the Cavs, your busted ass boy russell is beating up on some team nobody has ever heard of before lol.

      1. Would that be the same Cavs without LeBron, Mozgov, Love, Irving, Thompson and JR Smith? You do realize Okafor was utter trash in the game right? and got outplayed by Sasha Kaun?????

  • Are Okafor fanboys still bitching after today? D’Angelo, Randle and Clarkson are the future!

      1. sorry I don’t talk to lonely virgin fat slobs…by the way how did it feel to lose today against the hornets clippersrunL.A? pffff

  • After Scott gets fired, who will be the Lakers next head coach?
    Will it be…
    1. Vinny Del Negro
    2. Brian Shaw
    3. Monty Williams
    4. Mark Jackson
    5. Jeff Van Gundy
    6. Avery Johnson

    1. I like Byron, man. I support him… If he leaves the place i will love if we grab Mark Jackson. But i support Byron 100%

    2. He will never be fired, he’ll move up to the front office when it becomes apparent he’s not a championship level guy. Maybe Walton or madsen

    3. Byron is not getting fired, so think of something else to talk about. He is Lakers brass and the front office loves him. Pay Attention,

      1. I know but he ain’t gonna be the coach after his contract is up. He’s just here to develop the young players

  • After Scott gets fired, who will be the Lakers next head coach?
    Will it be…
    1. Vinny Del Negro
    2. Brian Shaw
    3. Monty Williams
    4. Mark Jackson
    5. Jeff Van Gundy
    6. Avery Johnson

    1. I like Byron, man. I support him… If he leaves the place i will love if we grab Mark Jackson. But i support Byron 100%

    2. He will never be fired, he’ll move up to the front office when it becomes apparent he’s not a championship level guy. Maybe Walton or madsen

    3. Byron is not getting fired, so think of something else to talk about. He is Lakers brass and the front office loves him. Pay Attention,

      1. I know but he ain’t gonna be the coach after his contract is up. He’s just here to develop the young players

  • D’angelo was amazing tonight. While Okafor been struggling. I just know opening night D’angelo going to give us a near triple double.

    1. Okafor struggling? LMFAO….okafor is beating teams like the Cavs while Ass of jello Russell is beating maccabi! LMAOOOO

        1. have fun in the draft lotto, that is where you’ll be for years hopefully decades to come.

          1. yeah i woke up, Bucks are still rising and Lakers still have jello asses.

          2. Please ignore this loser he is just looking for attention. which is something he is not getting by being a Bucks fan. Bucks suck NO RING.
            STOP REPLYING TO HIS MESSAGES

          3. don’t worry bud, the bucks will be back in the lotto in 3 years, team is too overrated

          4. actually they are bad because they exploded on themselves last playoffs and they lostt ha last game at home tto the bulls by the way it looked 100 bulls to 0 bucks!

          5. the team just has a lot of inconsistencies, they’re just lucky they’re playing in a WEAK eastern conference, could barely get past .500

        1. Lol. Random imagination. I was thinking the other day like when the toes curl back when you about to nut and you tear your chiles

  • D’angelo was amazing tonight. While Okafor been struggling. I just know opening night D’angelo going to give us a near triple double.

  • All y’all talking about Jaime Maggio and kelly tenant, how about some Ramona Shelburne? We all know each and every one of you will do her back and front DAMN SHE GOT A RACK

          1. Molly is on the no pullout list. I really like her on first take, she’s better looking than the other girl

  • Would that be the same Cavs without LeBron, Mozgov, Love, Irving, Thompson and JR Smith? You do realize Okafor was utter trash in the game right? and got outplayed by Sasha Kaun?????

  • All y’all talking about Jaime Maggio and kelly tenant, how about some Ramona Shelburne? We all know each and every one of you will do her back and front DAMN SHE GOT A RACK

          1. Molly is on the no pullout list. I really like her on first take, she’s better looking than the other girl

    1. Please ignore this loser he is just looking for attention. which is something he is not getting by being a Bucks fan. Bucks suck NO RING.
      STOP REPLYING TO HIS MESSAGES

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

    Cut Sacre and Jabari Brown
    Send Holmes and Frazier to the D Leauge.

    1. Good roster. At center I would have Black backing up Hibbert against smaller front lines & Upshaw against bigger ones like Utah.

    2. Jabari can actually play and light it up! He fucked himself out there doing too much smh gone

      1. He’s really trying to prove himself and that’s where he fucked up. He should let the game come to him. He doesn’t have too many more shots at it, has to drop at least 20 with 80% shooting in the next few games if he wants that spot.

  • I don’t care about the win over a non NBA team. I think this game is more of a confidence boost than anything. A game we needed. Just go out play and get comfortable with one another. I really hope we bring Russell off the bench to lead the second unit. There is no point to start Kobe Russell and Clarkson together. I said this back before SL he’s better served right now to create for the bench guys. He did a great job doing that tonight. Nice confidence boost for the team tonight.

    1. Yes ive been saying this aswell..tnx
      Need to build chemistry not js the starter but w/ bench team aswell. While, building his lower muscles..

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

    Cut Sacre and Jabari Brown
    Send Holmes and Frazier to the D Leauge.

    1. Good roster. At center I would have Black backing up Hibbert against smaller front lines & Upshaw against bigger ones like Utah.

    2. Jabari can actually play and light it up! He fucked himself out there doing too much smh gone

      1. He’s really trying to prove himself and that’s where he fucked up. He should let the game come to him. He doesn’t have too many more shots at it, has to drop at least 20 with 80% shooting in the next few games if he wants that spot.

  • I don’t care about the win over a non NBA team. I think this game is more of a confidence boost than anything. A game we needed. Just go out play and get comfortable with one another. I really hope we bring Russell off the bench to lead the second unit. There is no point to start Kobe Russell and Clarkson together. I said this back before SL he’s better served right now to create for the bench guys. He did a great job doing that tonight. Nice confidence boost for the team tonight.

    1. Yes ive been saying this aswell..tnx
      Need to build chemistry not js the starter but w/ bench team aswell. While, building his lower muscles..

    1. Lol. Random imagination. I was thinking the other day like when the toes curl back when you about to nut and you tear your chiles

  • Monroe – Can’t play defense, terrible athlete.
    Parker – Can’t play defense, terrible athlete.
    Antetekoumpo – Can’t do anything well except dunk the ball in the fast break.
    Middleton – Overpaid and Overrated, almost irrelevant.
    Carter-Williams – Rebounds the ball well, 0 offensive game, overrated passer.

    1. carter-Williams cant even rebound good either actually atenwahtever geekgreekfreak is a welsleyjohnson 2.0if he got posterized by johnson lastyear!

  • Monroe – Can’t play defense, terrible athlete.
    Parker – Can’t play defense, terrible athlete.
    Antetekoumpo – Can’t do anything well except dunk the ball in the fast break.
    Middleton – Overpaid and Overrated, almost irrelevant.
    Carter-Williams – Rebounds the ball well, 0 offensive game, overrated passer.

    1. carter-Williams cant even rebound good either actually atenwahtever geekgreekfreak is a welsleyjohnson 2.0if he got posterized by johnson lastyear!

  • After dismantling Maccabi Haifa, I’m ready to predict another NBA championship for this team. No doubt about it.

  • After dismantling Maccabi Haifa, I’m ready to predict another NBA championship for this team. No doubt about it.

  • Hibbert / Black
    Randle / Bass
    Bryant / Young
    Clarkson / Williams
    Russell / Huertas

    10 Man rotation

  • Hibbert / Black
    Randle / Bass
    Bryant / Young
    Clarkson / Williams
    Russell / Huertas

    10 Man rotation

  • Kobe – Can’t keep up in the fast break, passes to hide his ballhog stereotypes, shoots brick walls, and has a 80.0% chance of having another season/career ending injury.
    Randle – Reckless, won’t last more then 30 games, will end up suffering a season ending injury.
    Hibbert – Too slow, unmovitvated, can’t rebound or dunk even with his freakist height.
    Clarkson – Overrated, Like his teacher Kobe, is a ball hog brick layer as well.
    Russell – turnover machine, unatheltic, too slow, ass of jello.

    1. LOL, I knew that would get a reaction out of your pathetic ass.
      You’re such a low life loser who hangs around a Lakers website talking about how much they suck, when your favorite team has been an overall terrible franchise and lost by 50+ points to be eliminated in the 1st round.

        1. I guarantee the Milwaukee Bucks will not win a championship in your life time.

          Oh and I will murder your entire family if you ever comment on this site again.

          And I will feed you their remains after you watch it all happen.

          1. the bucks will barely get anywhere this season, probably just stay around .500, maybe even lower

    2. you want to talk bricks atenwahatever 1 for 6, middleton 0 for 3 and parkerwait no statsfohim because hes a injured draft bust lottery pick!

    1. actually they are bad because they exploded on themselves last playoffs and they lostt ha last game at home tto the bulls by the way it looked 100 bulls to 0 bucks!

      1. the team just has a lot of inconsistencies, they’re just lucky they’re playing in a WEAK eastern conference, could barely get past .500

  • LOL, I knew that would get a reaction out of your pathetic ass.
    You’re such a low life loser who hangs around a Lakers website talking about how much they suck, when your favorite team has been an overall terrible franchise and lost by 50+ points to be eliminated in the 1st round.

  • I guarantee the Milwaukee Bucks will not win a championship in your life time.

    Oh and I will murder your entire family if you ever comment on this site again.

    And I will feed you their remains after you watch it all happen.

  • LOL lakers are actually going to play kobe at the 3 this season….his legs are going to finally pop off. good riddance. lol

      1. don’t mind him, he was probably neglected by his mom so he’s just all angry, totally understandable

  • LOL lakers are actually going to play kobe at the 3 this season….his legs are going to finally pop off. good riddance. lol

      1. don’t mind him, he was probably neglected by his mom so he’s just all angry, totally understandable

  • Hibbert – 30 minutes
    Randle – 32 minutes
    Bryant – 30 minutes
    Clarkson – 32 minutes
    Russell – 32 minutes

    Black – 14 minutes
    Bass – 20 minutes
    Young – 22 minutes
    Williams- 22 minutes
    Huertas – 8 minutes

  • Hibbert – 30 minutes
    Randle – 32 minutes
    Bryant – 30 minutes
    Clarkson – 32 minutes
    Russell – 32 minutes

    Black – 14 minutes
    Bass – 20 minutes
    Young – 22 minutes
    Williams- 22 minutes
    Huertas – 8 minutes

  • you want to talk bricks atenwahatever 1 for 6, middleton 0 for 3 and parkerwait no statsfohim because hes a injured draft bust lottery pick!

  • I’d like to post my “here’s my Lakers roster list” but my mom keeps telling me to turn off the computer and go to bed.

  • I’d like to post my “here’s my Lakers roster list” but my mom keeps telling me to turn off the computer and go to bed.

  • what league are you following, moron? okafor has played like straight up ass for the past two games.

    1. No traffic on that piece of shit team site, no history, no storyline, no superstar, nothing exciting no news!
      Thirdeyejokess

  • you think Israel is a 3rd world country? No country inhabited by Jews can ever be third world. they contribute so much to the american economy. with such statements, you once again illustrate your level of ignorance.