Game Recap: Marcelo Huertas Impresses Again As Lakers Top Blazers

The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off of a preseason victory over the defending champion Golden State Warriors. The game was called off in the third quarter due to unsafe court conditions, but the Lakers lead 85-70 with just a few minutes left in the third quarter.

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The Lakers will take the momentum of the win into their exhibition against Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers (3-2). The Lakers will then wrap up the preseason on Thursday in another game against the Warriors.

With just two games remaining in the preseason, the Lakers have yet to make any roster cuts, so tonight will be an important game for those who are on the bubble. The Lakers main objective is to get healthy so they have a complete team for opening night.

First Quarter:

D’Angelo Russell struck first as he hit a jumper in rhythm from the elbow off of Roy Hibbert’s screen. On the other end of the floor, Damian Lillard answered quickly with a contested three-pointer. Mason Plumlee drove past Hibbert and sunk an impressive running hook-shot over the outstretched arms of Hibbert. Hibbert then displayed his shooting touch with a set shot from the top of the key. Several possessions later, Julius Randle continued his habit of forcing the issue in the paint, but he was able to find Jordan Clarkson for an open three. Moe Harkless went backdoor on Anthony Brown and Lillard connected with him on the alley-oop, extending the Blazers’ lead to 17-11. After tenaciously grabbing a rebound, Randle pushed the ball in transition and fed Russell a bounce pass in traffic, then Russell proceeded to complete the play with a layup. Several possessions later Jordan Clarkson stripped the ball away from Meyers Leonard and finished the break with a layup after side-stepping Lillard. The Lakers stepped up their defensive intensity to end the quarter, but Lillard continued to make tough shots and the Blazers lead 25-21.

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Second Quarter:

The Lakers began the second quarter with Brandon Bass and a few players who are looking to earn a spot on the roster: Marcelo Huertas, Jabari Brown, Jonathan Holmes and Tarik Black. In an effort to make an impression on Coach Byron Scott, Holmes dove after a loose ball and dislocated his shoulder, but not before the Lakers completed the play in transition. Huertas did a great job creating shots for his teammates, but he also displayed a nice running jumper as part of his offensive repertoire. Tarik Black knocked the ball loose from former Laker, Chris Kaman, and then was on the receiving end of a ferocious alley-oop dunk assisted by Huertas. Black found himself open at the top of the key a few possessions later and hit a mid-range set shot. Huertas continued to display his craftiness with the ball, as he dropped off a between-the-legs pass for a trailing Nick Young, who drained a pull-up three in transition, tying the game at 36 apiece. Huertas and Black continued to connect in following possessions, as Huertas found an open Black in the paint for a layup, giving the Lakers a 43-42 advantage with two minutes remaining in the half. Huertas drilled a jumper off of a screen, but allowed a layup on the other end of the floor and the Lakers go into the half tied with the Blazers 47-47.

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Third Quarter:

Starting the second half alongside Clarkson and Young are a few more players who are trying to make the team: Robert Upshaw, Michael Frazier III, and Larry Nance Jr. Consequently the Blazers started the half on a 6-0 run, until Nance buried a three to halt the run. Nick Young turned the ball over on an inbounds pass and Leonard was sent to the free throw line, where he put the Blazers up 59-50. The Lakers answered with a 7-2 run after a Nick Young three-pointer out of the triple threat. The Blazers answered with a three of their own, but Young isolated his defender on the other end and made a step-back jumper. With four minutes left in the quarter, Young was hit hard on a drive to the basket where he missed the layup, but Nance was able to clean up with miss with a put-back dunk. Clarkson made a contested 15-foot jumper from the free-throw line, giving him 15 points and cutting the Lakers deficit to just two points. With just under two minutes remaining in the third, Nick Young isolated his defender on the perimeter and nailed another three under duress. Clarkson continued his efficiency from the field, making a turnaround jumper and the Lakers end the third quarter down 74-72.

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Fourth Quarter:

Another new lineup began the fourth quarter for the Lakers as Robert Sacre, Ryan Kelly, and Metta World Peace made their first appearances and were joined by Huertas and Anthony Brown. Huertas hit World Peace with another beautiful pass to get the Lakers on the board and a Sacre hook shot gave the Lakers a one point lead. Portland quickly responded with back-to-back scores to push back ahead by three points, but a short Huertas jumper cut the Blazers lead back to one. Huertas would hit Sacre for a jumper and Kelly for a three as the Lakers pulled back ahead by four. Kelly hit three free throws and Russell knocked down a midrange jumper to keep the Lakers ahead by five. Russell hit a nice fallaway as well to put the Lakers ahead by seven with under three minutes remaining. A layup from World Peace and another jumper from Russell gave the Lakers a comfortable nine point lead. The Blazers got two quick buckets to cut the lead to four, but Russell hit a pair of free throws to potentially ice the game. Pat Connaughton was fouled on a three, however and hit all three free throws. Jabari stepped up and knocked down two more free throws to put the Lakers back up five with only 17 seconds left. Kaman hit a jumper and the Lakers threw the ball away leading to Connaughton hitting a three and tying the game. Ryan Kelly made a great play and soared for a huge dunk to put the Lakers up two and Vonleh missed at the buzzer as the Lakers edged Portland 104-102.

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Kelly? Kellllyyyyyy!!!!!!!

  1. Kelly almost cost us the game with that bad pass to Russell that got intercepted, but he redeemed himself on the game winning dunk.

    1. Flag any comment you see by “buzzcity17”. He is a Lin troll and very likely a previous user back under a new name to troll Lakers fans. Let’s get him banned!

      1. Who?
        Maybe we should flag all comments by “Legacy”.

        I’m not down for a witchhunt. And until BuzzCity17 crosses the line, I’m not one to flag folks for speaking their mind.

        1. He is right J Taylor.

          @BuzzCity17 is indeed a troll.

          On another article BuzzCity17 was trolling with that familiar Joshhh pattern of posts and responses.

          Interestingly there were other trolls on that article with names like Clippers2016, and Lakers Tank, with that same Joshhh pattern.

          Im starting to come to the conclusion that Joshhh is literally mentally challenged.

          What upsets me is if Joshhh needs mental help, where are his parents? Where are his caretakers? Where is the supervision?

        2. It is all Joshhh. BuzzCity is right there with the Lin thing and the Lin thing was also something from Joshhh. It’s all Joshhh and honestly I think he’s really our only troll. What makes me shake my head is that he literally responds to his own posts from other handles he’s created to make it look all like different people. It’s quite sad.

          Unless dumb, uneducated and stupid has the same writing style.

    2. Kelly was running out of time and no one was moving to get the ball, that was not his fault, if he had held the ball , it was to turn over under their their basket, he did the only thing he could do and that was take a chance.

    3. Sacre with the 3pt foul and then the ensuing turnover at the top of the key on offense after which lead to 2 more pts. He coughed up 5 of those points for us. Don’t foul on that 3, don’t give up that possession and suddenly it’s very different. Yes Kelly shouldn’t have cost us a possession, but that doesn’t account for the 3pt foul that Sacre blew.

    1. Kelly almost cost us the game with that bad pass to Russell that got intercepted, but he redeemed himself on the game winning dunk.

      1. Flag any comment you see by “buzzcity17”. He is a Lin troll and very likely a previous user back under a new name to troll Lakers fans. Let’s get him banned!

        1. Who?
          Maybe we should flag all comments by “Legacy”.

          I’m not down for a witchhunt. And until BuzzCity17 crosses the line, I’m not one to flag folks for speaking their mind.

          1. He is right J Taylor.

            @BuzzCity17 is indeed a troll.

            On another article BuzzCity17 was trolling with that familiar Joshhh pattern of posts and responses.

            Interestingly there were other trolls on that article with names like Clippers2016, and Lakers Tank, with that same Joshhh pattern.

            Im starting to come to the conclusion that Joshhh is literally mentally challenged.

            What upsets me is if Joshhh needs mental help, where are his parents? Where are his caretakers? Where is the supervision?

          2. It is all Joshhh. BuzzCity is right there with the Lin thing and the Lin thing was also something from Joshhh. It’s all Joshhh and honestly I think he’s really our only troll. What makes me shake my head is that he literally responds to his own posts from other handles he’s created to make it look all like different people. It’s quite sad.

            Unless dumb, uneducated and stupid has the same writing style.

      2. Kelly was running out of time and no one was moving to get the ball, that was not his fault, if he had held the ball , it was to turn over under their their basket, he did the only thing he could do and that was take a chance.

      3. Sacre with the 3pt foul and then the ensuing turnover at the top of the key on offense after which lead to 2 more pts. He coughed up 5 of those points for us. Don’t foul on that 3, don’t give up that possession and suddenly it’s very different. Yes Kelly shouldn’t have cost us a possession, but that doesn’t account for the 3pt foul that Sacre blew.

  • Nice game by Huertas, Clarkson, Nance, Nick and Black… Kelly is a solid guy, we have to keep him. Not sure about Upshaw. He and Sacre will be close

    1. Russ needs to be more assertive with his play making and I’m not sure about upshaw either but he might make it ovr sacre

      1. Yeah. Russ is too young. Are learning every game. I like his post move and his shot after the pick n roll

      2. Russell just needs to look for his shot. He’s a good mid-range shooter with sweet handle. He should only shoot 3s or long 2s when he is left wide open.

        It’s better for him to contribute as a shooting guard than not at all.

  • Nice game by Huertas, Clarkson, Nance, Nick and Black… Kelly is a solid guy, we have to keep him. Not sure about Upshaw. He and Sacre will be close

    1. Russ needs to be more assertive with his play making and I’m not sure about upshaw either but he might make it ovr sacre

      1. Yeah. Russ is too young. Are learning every game. I like his post move and his shot after the pick n roll

      2. Russell just needs to look for his shot. He’s a good mid-range shooter with sweet handle. He should only shoot 3s or long 2s when he is left wide open.

        It’s better for him to contribute as a shooting guard than not at all.

          1. He did nothing last night, just got in the way, he is very very lost, a year with the D-LEAGUE would be good for him.

          2. If Upshaw goes to the D-League, he needs to do so on a Lakers contract so no other team nabs him up. He needs to be on the Lakers roster and sent down. Suckre needs to go. Huertas made him look good on offense and then he showed he can’t get crap done down the stretch. Missed an easy jumper, fouled a 3pt shooter, coughed up the ball right after, and his defense completely lapsed during the last minute and a half when it mattered most.

          3. D-league is a graveyard for most players quiet as it’s kept. He would have been better off if they just let him go play overseas somewhere.

      1. Sacre has gotten better. And I’d argue that he’s reached his ceiling and is a legitimate #2 center. He’s nothing more than a backup, but he’s not a bad backup…

        1. No J Taylor, Sacre just doesn’t give me confidence that he can be our back up.

          I know you’re not convinced about Upshaw but I would take him over Sacre any day.

          1. We don’t have time for UPSHAW to learn what he should know by now, he is just lost out there, they pushed him right out from under the rim and he did nothing to go for the ball.

          2. We’re in the middle of a complete rebuild, what do you mean “we don’t have the time” we’re not winning the title this year, develop Upshaw and decide between Black and Sacre as our backup to Hibbert. Stick Upshaw in the D league for three to four months and presto, a good usable center.

          3. If you look a few post up you will see I said that, its not like you are the only one who thought of it.

          4. Sacre been in the league, what 3-4 years? He still doesn’t know what he’s doing out there. Upshaw deserves some pro time to learn the pro game. Looking lost has just as much to do with playing time and unfamiliarity with the pro game as anything. We do have time for Upshaw to learn what he needs to know. Why? THIS TEAM ISN’T EXPECTED TO COMPETE FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP THIS SEASON. This is a building team, this is a new team. This is a team that is expected to learn together, develop together, build chemistry together, figure out the games on court together. Just as Randle needs to figure his place, learn how to hit the mid range, just as Russell needs to become a better playmaker, learn his teammates, learn the players, get comfortable and start hitting his shots more consistently, Hibbert needs to learn the defense and settle in. We do have time for Upshaw.

        1. Every post you’ve made where you seem intent on pointing out how underwhelming you think he is, ever since you saw him in an airport somewhere. Did you say hello and he blew you off or something irrational like that? Not to mention the post you’ve just put up there. Robert Sacre? Really?

          1. Upshaw 21 yo Rookie, I would like to see with Kobe & Huertas. Last yr and so far this yr, Not Impressed with points allowed in paint / lack of D by Sacre / Kelly / Black

          2. I agree. Upshaw is a project and he’s not NBA ready (as of today).

            I think he’s outplayed Sacre for the #3 spot, but he’s clearly not a #2 option…. Take a second to think of the nightmare we’d have if Hibbert got injured (*knock on wood*) and Upshaw were the starting center.

            I’m not thrilled about Black, but I feel a bit more confident in him if he had to be a starter. If anything it shows exactly why the team STILL needs a #2 center.

          3. One thing about BLACK he gives 110 % every night on both ends, and he gets his share of RB.

          4. Black did pretty well last night and settled in again. I still think we need more than what he gives, but what he gives is still more reliable than Suckre. Unfortunately, we have what we have.

      1. Huertas made him look good. I’d love to see Huertas and MWP with Upshaw. They made Sacre look really good until Sacre was Sacre during the last 2 minutes.

    1. If anything, judging by last night you keep MWP and Huertas. They made Kelly and Suckre look really good. Suckre then proceeded to make himself look really bad.

          1. He did nothing last night, just got in the way, he is very very lost, a year with the D-LEAGUE would be good for him.

          2. If Upshaw goes to the D-League, he needs to do so on a Lakers contract so no other team nabs him up. He needs to be on the Lakers roster and sent down. Suckre needs to go. Huertas made him look good on offense and then he showed he can’t get crap done down the stretch. Missed an easy jumper, fouled a 3pt shooter, coughed up the ball right after, and his defense completely lapsed during the last minute and a half when it mattered most.

          3. D-league is a graveyard for most players quiet as it’s kept. He would have been better off if they just let him go play overseas somewhere.

      1. Sacre has gotten better. And I’d argue that he’s reached his ceiling and is a legitimate #2 center. He’s nothing more than a backup, but he’s not a bad backup…

        1. No J Taylor, Sacre just doesn’t give me confidence that he can be our back up.

          I know you’re not convinced about Upshaw but I would take him over Sacre any day.

          1. We don’t have time for UPSHAW to learn what he should know by now, he is just lost out there, they pushed him right out from under the rim and he did nothing to go for the ball.

          2. We’re in the middle of a complete rebuild, what do you mean “we don’t have the time” we’re not winning the title this year, develop Upshaw and decide between Black and Sacre as our backup to Hibbert. Stick Upshaw in the D league for three to four months and presto, a good usable center.

          3. If you look a few post up you will see I said that, its not like you are the only one who thought of it.

          4. Sacre been in the league, what 3-4 years? He still doesn’t know what he’s doing out there. Upshaw deserves some pro time to learn the pro game. Looking lost has just as much to do with playing time and unfamiliarity with the pro game as anything. We do have time for Upshaw to learn what he needs to know. Why? THIS TEAM ISN’T EXPECTED TO COMPETE FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP THIS SEASON. This is a building team, this is a new team. This is a team that is expected to learn together, develop together, build chemistry together, figure out the games on court together. Just as Randle needs to figure his place, learn how to hit the mid range, just as Russell needs to become a better playmaker, learn his teammates, learn the players, get comfortable and start hitting his shots more consistently, Hibbert needs to learn the defense and settle in. We do have time for Upshaw.

      1. On what planet did you get the idea that I dislike Upshaw? I’ve liked him since I met him in Vegas.

        1. Every post you’ve made where you seem intent on pointing out how underwhelming you think he is, ever since you saw him in an airport somewhere. Did you say hello and he blew you off or something irrational like that? Not to mention the post you’ve just put up there. Robert Sacre? Really?

          1. Upshaw 21 yo Rookie, I would like to see with Kobe & Huertas. Last yr and so far this yr, Not Impressed with points allowed in paint / lack of D by Sacre / Kelly / Black

          2. I agree. Upshaw is a project and he’s not NBA ready (as of today).

            I think he’s outplayed Sacre for the #3 spot, but he’s clearly not a #2 option…. Take a second to think of the nightmare we’d have if Hibbert got injured (*knock on wood*) and Upshaw were the starting center.

            I’m not thrilled about Black, but I feel a bit more confident in him if he had to be a starter. If anything it shows exactly why the team STILL needs a #2 center.

          3. One thing about BLACK he gives 110 % every night on both ends, and he gets his share of RB.

          4. Black did pretty well last night and settled in again. I still think we need more than what he gives, but what he gives is still more reliable than Suckre. Unfortunately, we have what we have.

      1. Huertas made him look good. I’d love to see Huertas and MWP with Upshaw. They made Sacre look really good until Sacre was Sacre during the last 2 minutes.

    1. If anything, judging by last night you keep MWP and Huertas. They made Kelly and Suckre look really good. Suckre then proceeded to make himself look really bad.

          1. AND TURNED THE BALL OVER A FEW TIMES.. WHILE FOULING A THREE POINT SHOT!! YEAH! HE PLAYED OK!

          2. comparative competition. Sacre manning the paint against lillard would get him fouled out in 5 minutes. 5’11 Pressey is just not a threat in the paint.

          3. Upshaw can shoot 19 footer, can box out like a real center, can block like a real center, and athletic. Just not conditioned right now. Probably has a potential of 20 sacres…

          4. Most think Upshaw should be the backup.
            To me, Upshaw is the epitome of the 3rd string center. He’s exactly the type of guy a team keeps in hopes that he becomes a solid player in 2-3 years.

            Just think, if the team kept Davis it would have had the perfect #2 center, and Upshaw as a project.

          5. Huertas and MWP made Sacre look good early in the 4th, then later in the 4th Sacre was Sacre and blew chunks.

          1. AND TURNED THE BALL OVER A FEW TIMES.. WHILE FOULING A THREE POINT SHOT!! YEAH! HE PLAYED OK!

          2. comparative competition. Sacre manning the paint against lillard would get him fouled out in 5 minutes. 5’11 Pressey is just not a threat in the paint.

          3. Upshaw can shoot 19 footer, can box out like a real center, can block like a real center, and athletic. Just not conditioned right now. Probably has a potential of 20 sacres…

          4. Most think Upshaw should be the backup.
            To me, Upshaw is the epitome of the 3rd string center. He’s exactly the type of guy a team keeps in hopes that he becomes a solid player in 2-3 years.

            Just think, if the team kept Davis it would have had the perfect #2 center, and Upshaw as a project.

          5. Huertas and MWP made Sacre look good early in the 4th, then later in the 4th Sacre was Sacre and blew chunks.

    1. Hey you guy flag any comment you see by “buzzcity17”. He is a Lin troll and very likely a previous user back under a new name to troll Lakers fans. Let’s get him banned!

    2. Oddly enough, he’s only 85% recovered from his knee injury.

      He really looks like his dad….
      And Larry Nance Sr. was an All Star!

        1. Griffin does not jump any higher than Randle. They both had a 35.5″ vert at the combine. Keep in mind Randle did that with an injured foot.

          1. That’s not credible. Eye test does not compute to a 5+ inch increase in vertical. Amare Stoudimire had the same vert as Griffin and Randle but looked like he jumped higher.

          2. yes I am. your going by old combind numbers wich are out of date most people see an increase in athletic ability by playing a pro sport

          3. These guys been playing sports all their lives. At 27 Griffin is not jumping higher than he was at 20. That don’t make sense.

          4. Fasttwitch muscles don’t revert to a younger state. A man reaches his athletic peak at about 20-25. By 26-27 there’s a study proven decline that starts. Griffin is not jumping any higher than he was at 20-24. This is why you see younger players in the dunk contest. Look at track & field athletes as the perfect example; Usain Bolt reached his peak around 2007-10. All his major records were set in 09. He will never be that fast again even tho he’s likely stronger and has better techniques due to experience. You don’t get that youthful fast twitch back.

            Not sure how you could think he’s jumping higher at almost 27?

            I’m 5’11” & had a 36″ vert in high school at 18. I maintained that till about 23. I could dunk with ease. By 28 my dunking days were over. I likely could have continued if I had been in better shape but my focus was geared more toward building strength as I loved lifting weights. I felt the quick twitch decline even though I was getting stronger than I’d ever been.

          5. hes not jumping as high as he did at about 22-23 but hes is jumping higher then he did at 20 wehn his combind stats went threw

          6. Have you watched him last season and this year? He’s already showing less explosiveness . At 20 he was all dunks and highlight reel explosion in the paint.Sorry bro but you wrong on this.

          7. no he is smarter now he knows playing that way will kill him.

            randle lost 20 lbs from his combind weight and he added muscle too.

            if you honestly believe a randle that is bigger stronger and 20 lbs lighter cant out jump his combind scores

            or that a griffen who s lighter and stronger cant then you dont know basketball

    1. Hey you guy flag any comment you see by “buzzcity17”. He is a Lin troll and very likely a previous user back under a new name to troll Lakers fans. Let’s get him banned!

    2. Oddly enough, he’s only 85% recovered from his knee injury.

      He really looks like his dad….
      And Larry Nance Sr. was an All Star!

        1. Griffin does not jump any higher than Randle. They both had a 35.5″ vert at the combine. Keep in mind Randle did that with an injured foot.

          1. That’s not credible. Eye test does not compute to a 5+ inch increase in vertical. Amare Stoudimire had the same vert as Griffin and Randle but looked like he jumped higher.

          2. yes I am. your going by old combind numbers wich are out of date most people see an increase in athletic ability by playing a pro sport

          3. These guys been playing sports all their lives. At 27 Griffin is not jumping higher than he was at 20. That don’t make sense.

          4. Fasttwitch muscles don’t revert to a younger state. A man reaches his athletic peak at about 20-25. By 26-27 there’s a study proven decline that starts. Griffin is not jumping any higher than he was at 20-24. This is why you see younger players in the dunk contest. Look at track & field athletes as the perfect example; Usain Bolt reached his peak around 2007-10. All his major records were set in 09. He will never be that fast again even tho he’s likely stronger and has better techniques due to experience. You don’t get that youthful fast twitch back.

            Not sure how you could think he’s jumping higher at almost 27?

            I’m 5’11” & had a 36″ vert in high school at 18. I maintained that till about 23. I could dunk with ease. By 28 my dunking days were over. I likely could have continued if I had been in better shape but my focus was geared more toward building strength as I loved lifting weights. I felt the quick twitch decline even though I was getting stronger than I’d ever been.

          5. hes not jumping as high as he did at about 22-23 but hes is jumping higher then he did at 20 wehn his combind stats went threw

          6. Have you watched him last season and this year? He’s already showing less explosiveness . At 20 he was all dunks and highlight reel explosion in the paint.Sorry bro but you wrong on this.

          7. no he is smarter now he knows playing that way will kill him.

            randle lost 20 lbs from his combind weight and he added muscle too.

            if you honestly believe a randle that is bigger stronger and 20 lbs lighter cant out jump his combind scores

            or that a griffen who s lighter and stronger cant then you dont know basketball

  • Upshaw doesn’t know what he’s doing on the court. Looks so lost at times, but Sacre is terrible so.

      1. Upshaw can box out compare to Sacre…smh and that’s all that matters for a 3rd string center and he has a decent post move..

      2. what don’t you trust about upshaw, the inexperience? Would you trust a 4th year vet who makes the stupidest mistakes over and over?

        Lets not forget, Upshaw had to deal with Lillard. He’s never seen a guy like that in his career. That ridiculous speed needs adjusting to.

    1. Yea but not knowing the system can be fixed, but you can’t teach athletism, you either have it or you don’t , and Sacre doesn’t .

  • Upshaw doesn’t know what he’s doing on the court. Looks so lost at times, but Sacre is terrible so.

      1. Upshaw can box out compare to Sacre…smh and that’s all that matters for a 3rd string center and he has a decent post move..

      2. what don’t you trust about upshaw, the inexperience? Would you trust a 4th year vet who makes the stupidest mistakes over and over?

        Lets not forget, Upshaw had to deal with Lillard. He’s never seen a guy like that in his career. That ridiculous speed needs adjusting to.

    1. Yea but not knowing the system can be fixed, but you can’t teach athletism, you either have it or you don’t , and Sacre doesn’t .

  • Huertas give the Team a Rhythm…..Russell played good in the Closing moments…..This is what you call a BAD win.

    1. dont agree this was a great win. we had kobe and lou on the bench and played or starters less and still won

    2. This A WIN.
      Get used to it….. This team will be inconsistent due to youth.

      Some nights they will all be playing their best…and on others they will look like chumps.

      Do you realize that the only proven consistent “starter” grade veterans are Kobe and Hibbert (and MWP)? And then you are looking at Huertas, Young, Williams, and Bass as the foundation of the bench.

      Clarkson, Russell, Randle, Nance, Abrown, JBrown, Upshaw, Holmes, Frazier are all unproven rookies (or unknowns).

      But, in the years after Kobe, the team has 3 All Star players as starers who are under 23 (and Hibbert for 5 years).

      1. Clarkson may be a 2nd year but he’s been the most consistent player when you look at Summer League, practice, and preseason games. He leads the team in points scored, and could in the regular season as well.

  • Robert Sacre was playing well, made a hook shot after nearly losing his dribble, made an open shot from the key, a help block on Ed Davis after he torched Ryan Kelly……….But then the real Robert Sacre showed up, the guy who is a master tank sergeant, the Lakers up 6 points, he proceeds to cost the Lakers all 6 points.

    1. I know right? I was worried for a minute that he might have a good performance and make the team. What was I thinking? Silly me.

    2. Haha I was thinking…this dude is really gonna save himself tonight, then I started cheering

    3. Good ole Robert. Finally does some good things and pisses it all away with the typical give opponents free points routine. That 1 block also shoulda been an and 1 because he hacked the the guys’ arm before pinning the ball. Stu saw it, too. That’s like 9 points for the other team had the ref done the right thing. At least it wasn’t 12 minutes of pure destruction.

      Upshaw didn’t look good but he had to deal with Lillard going 100mph into the lane all the time. Hibbert couldn’t handle lillard either. Damian kept on driving past clarkson. Big difference between the franchise PG and 5’11 Pressey that Sacre faced. Otherwise Sacre would have be 6 fouls in 12 minutes. Hope Byron sees that.

  • Roy Hibbert / Tarik Black
    Julius Randle / Brandon Bass
    Kobe Bryant / Nick Young
    Jordan Clarkson / Lou Williams
    D’Angelo Russell / Marcelo Huertas

    Robert Upshaw
    Ryan Kelly
    Larry Nance
    Anthony Brown
    Metta World Peace

    Cut
    Robert Sacre
    Jonathan Holmes
    Michael Frazier
    Jabari Brown

      1. We need this to happen… But J brown is a tough player.. And we desperately need toughness. So I’m still not sure about him. He can ball though.

    1. Not sure about Bass playing that much. He has to earn that spot. Both, Kelly and Nance are coming

      1. What?
        Bass is guaranteed a spot.

        Just because you didn’t see him for 2 games, and then barely saw him in the last one doesn’t mean his job is in jeopardy.

        Mitch signed him for a reason.

    2. I agre, that would be the best final roster, Sacre has a lower upside than Upshaw, and Black is currently the best back up to Hibbert.
      Holmes doesn’t bring anything that MWP has other than youth, and we have enough youth.
      Frazier doesn’t give us anything that Clarkson, Lou, Swaggy, Anthony Brown, Kobe, Russell, and Huertas bring.
      Ditto for Jabari Brown, although he’s the one I hate to see cut the most of the four.
      The hard fact is your only allowed 15, and the above 15 are the best team.

  • Huertas give the Team a Rhythm…..Russell played good in the Closing moments…..This is what you call a BAD win.

    1. dont agree this was a great win. we had kobe and lou on the bench and played or starters less and still won

    2. This A WIN.
      Get used to it….. This team will be inconsistent due to youth.

      Some nights they will all be playing their best…and on others they will look like chumps.

      Do you realize that the only proven consistent “starter” grade veterans are Kobe and Hibbert (and MWP)? And then you are looking at Huertas, Young, Williams, and Bass as the foundation of the bench.

      Clarkson, Russell, Randle, Nance, Abrown, JBrown, Upshaw, Holmes, Frazier are all unproven rookies (or unknowns).

      But, in the years after Kobe, the team has 3 All Star players as starers who are under 23 (and Hibbert for 5 years).

      1. Clarkson may be a 2nd year but he’s been the most consistent player when you look at Summer League, practice, and preseason games. He leads the team in points scored, and could in the regular season as well.

  • Robert Sacre was playing well, made a hook shot after nearly losing his dribble, made an open shot from the key, a help block on Vonleh after he torched Ryan Kelly……….But then the real Robert Sacre showed up, the guy who is a master tank sergeant, the Lakers up 6 points, he proceeds to cost the Lakers all 6 points.

    1. I know right? I was worried for a minute that he might have a good performance and make the team. What was I thinking? Silly me.

    2. Haha I was thinking…this dude is really gonna save himself tonight, then I started cheering

    3. Good ole Robert. Finally does some good things and pisses it all away with the typical give opponents free points routine. That 1 block also shoulda been an and 1 because he hacked the the guys’ arm before pinning the ball. Stu saw it, too. That’s like 9 points for the other team had the ref done the right thing. At least it wasn’t 12 minutes of pure destruction.

      Upshaw didn’t look good but he had to deal with Lillard going 100mph into the lane all the time. Hibbert couldn’t handle lillard either. Damian kept on driving past clarkson. Big difference between the franchise PG and 5’11 Pressey that Sacre faced. Otherwise Sacre would have be 6 fouls in 12 minutes. Hope Byron sees that.

  • Roy Hibbert / Tarik Black
    Julius Randle / Brandon Bass
    Kobe Bryant / Nick Young
    Jordan Clarkson / Lou Williams
    D’Angelo Russell / Marcelo Huertas

    Robert Upshaw
    Ryan Kelly
    Larry Nance
    Anthony Brown
    Metta World Peace

    Cut
    Robert Sacre
    Jonathan Holmes
    Michael Frazier
    Jabari Brown

      1. We need this to happen… But J brown is a tough player.. And we desperately need toughness. So I’m still not sure about him. He can ball though.

    1. Not sure about Bass playing that much. He has to earn that spot. Both, Kelly and Nance are coming

      1. What?
        Bass is guaranteed a spot.

        Just because you didn’t see him for 2 games, and then barely saw him in the last one doesn’t mean his job is in jeopardy.

        Mitch signed him for a reason.

    2. I agre, that would be the best final roster, Sacre has a lower upside than Upshaw, and Black is currently the best back up to Hibbert.
      Holmes doesn’t bring anything that MWP has other than youth, and we have enough youth.
      Frazier doesn’t give us anything that Clarkson, Lou, Swaggy, Anthony Brown, Kobe, Russell, and Huertas bring.
      Ditto for Jabari Brown, although he’s the one I hate to see cut the most of the four.
      The hard fact is your only allowed 15, and the above 15 are the best team.

  • What about Huertas? Here in Brazil he’s already a idol, but in the Lakers i was comething unsure. But he’s the most talent brazilian basketball player. Better than Nene, Varejao, Leandrinho and Splitter. He will be huge for our bench

      1. I think they gave him a 1-year deal just in case he didn’t work out.
        He’s 32, but I think he could be a backup PG for 2-3 more seasons.

  • What about Huertas? Here in Brazil he’s already a idol, but in the Lakers i was comething unsure. But he’s the most talent brazilian basketball player. Better than Nene, Varejao, Leandrinho and Splitter. He will be huge for our bench

      1. I think they gave him a 1-year deal just in case he didn’t work out.
        He’s 32, but I think he could be a backup PG for 2-3 more seasons.

  • The team looked great tonight. My roster is set:
    PG: Russell, Heurtas,
    SG: Clarkson, Williams, J. Brown
    SF: Bryant, Young, A. Brown
    PF: Randle, Bass, Kelly, Nance Jr.
    C: Hibbert, Black, Sacre

    D-League Affiliate – NBA now allows 4 players cut from training camp to be assigned as a D-League Player on an affiliate team (as of 2015-16 season):
    1: Upshaw
    2: Holmes
    3: Frazier

    Only problem with the affiliates is that if a team does not own the rights to the player as is the case for all these undrafted players then any other team is free to negotiate with them and sign them at any time during the season.

    Upshaw is indeed a project and I think thre will be some level of loyalty by him to remain on D-Fenders. HE could get a call up by the trade deadline after a move that may see Sacre gone.

    Metta World-Peace should be offered an Assistant Coach position like Mike Madsen and give the spot to J. Brown as a 3rd option at SG.

  • The team looked great tonight. My roster is set:
    PG: Russell, Heurtas,
    SG: Clarkson, Williams, J. Brown
    SF: Bryant, Young, A. Brown
    PF: Randle, Bass, Kelly, Nance Jr.
    C: Hibbert, Black, Sacre

    D-League Affiliate – NBA now allows 4 players cut from training camp to be assigned as a D-League Player on an affiliate team (as of 2015-16 season):
    1: Upshaw
    2: Holmes
    3: Frazier

    Only problem with the affiliates is that if a team does not own the rights to the player as is the case for all these undrafted players then any other team is free to negotiate with them and sign them at any time during the season.

    Upshaw is indeed a project and I think there will be some level of loyalty by him to remain on D-Fenders. He could get a call up by the trade deadline after a move that may see Sacre gone.

    Metta World-Peace should be offered an Assistant Coach position like Mike Madsen and give the spot to J. Brown as a 3rd option at SG.

  • Huertas has done more in two preseason games than Nash did in three years. This dude can get any team going. Give him 4 random players and it’s as if he’s been playing with them for years. Huertas impressive play is forcing Russell to be more aggressive (a good thing).

    Russell is too passive right now. If he doesn’t step up soon…huertas will take his spot. It’d be a shame since huertas can do wonders alongside lou, Nick, Kelly (3pt shooters), and black/bass/upshaw inside

    1. Please. Nash gave us 13/3/6 while shooting 50/40/90 in 50 games last season we made the playoffs.

      1. Huertas is better than Nash.

        As annoying as some of @NotSoAnonymous posts are, I have to agree with him on this one.

          1. Of course not. Nash is done now. Huretas can only dream of producing in the NBA, like Nash did for us in 12-13.

      2. Don’t forget headaches and frustration.

        The only reason we made the playoffs that year was KOBE. Nash had Dwight inside, and pau outside.

        Kobe went down and who put the cape on? Steve Blake…even darius Morris had his career high during the elimination game of the playoffs

        13 pts and 6 assists for a star PG that was brought in to put the Lakers over the top? You really think that’s good? Did he show flashiness? Did he bring Showtime back? What did he accomplish with HIS coach on the sidelines and HIS favorite system in place?

        1. Kobe is far from the only reason that group made the playoffs. Pau Howard Nash all contributed. What part of Nash coming back from a broken leg and then putting up those numbers don’t you understand? Don’t act like anyone could shoot those percentages either.

          Anyway were getting off into tangents when the original comment was Huertas has done more in two preseason games, which is absolute foolishness to say at this point.

          1. They contributed. Never said they didn’t…but they didn’t contribute at their level. Don’t pull stats and say they did…stats don’t tell the whole truth.

            Kobe got us into the playoffs. Simple as that. No laker fan with a brain would say otherwise.

            Really? Post “Nash was a great laker that contributed” on ANY nba related forum or comment section. Let’s see if they take you seriously.

            Be real, Nash was a failure with us. He was not Nash. He gave us nothing but headaches and empty promises. He didn’t control the offense. He didn’t make life easier for Kobe. He couldn’t get Dwight to buy in. He failed! While having his coach and his system in place. The Lakers gave him a car, a chauffeur, wheels, gasoline, and a GPS…He still couldn’t arrive at the destination without damaging the car. Accept the fact he failed.

            Huertas has done way more already (why bring up stats when the season hasn’t even begun and huertas will be on the bench? FOOLISH). He will be the glue and is the glue for the bench. No need to worry about ballhogging or bad shots because huertas will feed lou and swag. No need to worry about chemistry because this guy gets the same results whether sacre/hibbert/upshaw/bass/Kelly is playing. You don’t have to worry about leads going away or having a blowout by the 1st half, he’s shown he can give us the lead and maintain it. He will give Kobe rest and a person he can trust. He will light a fire under dangelo as seen in the last mins of the 4th.

            Essentially, everything nash was suppose to do….and COULDN’T. Don’t hate cuz you like Russell or Nash. Appreciate the fact we may have found our “manu ginobilli”

            And yes, huertas has done more in two games than three yrs. He’s given us hope and excitement…He is giving us old school Showtime. What did Nash give us? Definitely not nashty, more like crappy

  • Huertas has done more in two preseason games than Nash did in three years. This dude can get any team going. Give him 4 random players and it’s as if he’s been playing with them for years. Huertas impressive play is forcing Russell to be more aggressive (a good thing).

    Russell is too passive right now. If he doesn’t step up soon…huertas will take his spot. It’d be a shame since huertas can do wonders alongside lou, Nick, Kelly (3pt shooters), and black/bass/upshaw inside

    1. Please. Nash gave us 13/3/6 while shooting 50/40/90 in 50 games last season we made the playoffs.

      1. Huertas is better than Nash.

        As annoying as some of @NotSoAnonymous posts are, I have to agree with him on this one.

          1. Of course not. Nash is done now. Huretas can only dream of producing in the NBA, like Nash did for us in 12-13.

      2. Don’t forget headaches and frustration.

        The only reason we made the playoffs that year was KOBE. Nash had Dwight inside, and pau outside.

        Kobe went down and who put the cape on? Steve Blake…even darius Morris had his career high during the elimination game of the playoffs

        13 pts and 6 assists for a star PG that was brought in to put the Lakers over the top? You really think that’s good? Did he show flashiness? Did he bring Showtime back? What did he accomplish with HIS coach on the sidelines and HIS favorite system in place?

        1. Kobe is far from the only reason that group made the playoffs. Pau Howard Nash all contributed. What part of Nash coming back from a broken leg and then putting up those numbers don’t you understand? Don’t act like anyone could shoot those percentages either.

          Anyway were getting off into tangents when the original comment was Huertas has done more in two preseason games, which is absolute foolishness to say at this point. Its comments like this and the cosigning of them that’s why many don’t take some Lakers fans serious.

          1. They contributed. Never said they didn’t…but they didn’t contribute at their level. Don’t pull stats and say they did…stats don’t tell the whole truth.

            Kobe got us into the playoffs. Simple as that. No laker fan with a brain would say otherwise.

            Really? Post “Nash was a great laker that contributed” on ANY nba related forum or comment section. Let’s see if they take you seriously.

            Be real, Nash was a failure with us. He was not Nash. He gave us nothing but headaches and empty promises. He didn’t control the offense. He didn’t make life easier for Kobe. He couldn’t get Dwight to buy in. He failed! While having his coach and his system in place. The Lakers gave him a car, a chauffeur, wheels, gasoline, and a GPS…He still couldn’t arrive at the destination without damaging the car. Accept the fact he failed.

            Huertas has done way more already (why bring up stats when the season hasn’t even begun and huertas will be on the bench? FOOLISH). He will be the glue and is the glue for the bench. No need to worry about ballhogging or bad shots because huertas will feed lou and swag. No need to worry about chemistry because this guy gets the same results whether sacre/hibbert/upshaw/bass/Kelly is playing. You don’t have to worry about leads going away or having a blowout by the 1st half, he’s shown he can give us the lead and maintain it. He will give Kobe rest and a person he can trust. He will light a fire under dangelo as seen in the last mins of the 4th.

            Essentially, everything nash was suppose to do….and COULDN’T. Don’t hate cuz you like Russell or Nash. Appreciate the fact we may have found our “manu ginobilli”

            And yes, huertas has done more in two games than three yrs. He’s given us hope and excitement…He is giving us old school Showtime. What did Nash give us? Definitely not nashty, more like crappy

    1. Nothing new…do you remember that mavs game? That inbounds play where he gave them a dunk? Sacre-giving opposing teams momentum since 2011 (or whenever we got stuck with him)

  • C: Roy Hibbert
    PF: Julius Randle
    SF: Kobe Bryant
    SG: Jordan Clarkson
    PG: D’Angelo Russell

    C: (Sign) Larry Sanders
    PF: Brandon Bass
    SF: Trade Nick Young & Tarik Black for someone
    SG: Lou Williams
    PG: Marcelo Huertas

    C: Robert Upshaw
    PF: Larry Nance
    PF: Ryan Kelly
    SF: Anthony Brown

    Cut: Robert Sacre, Jonathan Holmes, Jabari Brown, Michael Frazier, and Metta World Peace(Hire him as a player development coach)

    1. Nothing new…do you remember that mavs game? That inbounds play where he gave them a dunk? Sacre-giving opposing teams momentum since 2011 (or whenever we got stuck with him)

  • C: Roy Hibbert
    PF: Julius Randle
    SF: Kobe Bryant
    SG: Jordan Clarkson
    PG: D’Angelo Russell

    C: (Sign) Larry Sanders
    PF: Brandon Bass
    SF: Trade Nick Young & Tarik Black for someone
    SG: Lou Williams
    PG: Marcelo Huertas

    C: Robert Upshaw
    PF: Larry Nance
    PF: Ryan Kelly
    SF: Anthony Brown

    Cut: Robert Sacre, Jonathan Holmes, Jabari Brown, Michael Frazier, and Metta World Peace(Hire him as a player development coach)

  • Observations

    – hahahaha Ryan Kelly hahaha. Congrats on making the team, it’s obvious his teammates love him too.
    – is sacre trying to screw everything up or is it just his nature? Kick rocks dude
    – swaggy is horrible, but less so when paired with huertas
    – a brown isn’t that good, he’s failing the eye test. Nance at the 3 and cut metta? Nance hustles has hops and looks like he can stroke it
    – Russell looked better when he shoots more, decent night
    – Clarksons d on Lillard was miserable
    – Randle is really really good
    – Huertas is fun to watch, paired with lou and swag on the 2nd team, our bench could score slot of points

    1. Nancy will be a monster if he can play the 3 and 4 and improve his handle. Imagine him and randle playing both the 3 and 4. That will be one of the best forward duo in the league.

      Clarkson seem to be tired. He still match up well with Lillard thoguh and Lillard can’t guard him also.

    2. Disagree on Young and your Russell points. Everything else is on point.

      Russell needs some work. Might be a project. Needs to be more aggressive. Needs to get his assists up (0 tonight)…11 assists against one of Israel’s worst teams means very little. Still having trouble with 24 sec clock. Shows flashy stuff here and there but that’s not gonna cut it

      Young…he is a high volume shooter. But most importantly, he is a threat. Spreads the floor. Him plus lou will be every teams nightmare. Now add huertas, damn

    3. Clarksons offense is ahead of his defense, but in his defense, Lillard makes almost everyone look bad.
      A. Brown is a young raw rookie straight out of college, try to look at what a player could become, rather than making snap judgements based on three preseason games.

  • First off…. This year’s Lakers team will be exciting to watch. They might not win more than 35 games, but they will be exciting and be very competitive.

    Very interesting… It seems Randle was told to focus on rebounding and Hibbert was told to focus on offense…. (random observation)

    As of now, Huertas is the best PG on the team. I am glad that he will be on the team to help mature Russell. Interestingly enough, Russell LOVES the bounce pass whereas Hueartas throws the ball like a QB.

    Holmes getting injured might be a blessing in disguise for the front office. He can be cut and there is almost ZERO chance of being poached from the DLeague. Recovery = 3-12 weeks.

    Very quietly, Kelly is shooting 50% for the preseason!

    As sad as it seems, I think Russell should be a bench guy. I’m not sure what that means for the team in terms of PG, but Russell doesn’t contribute enough in terms of scoring and spacing the defense (as a scorer) to be with the 1st team. As of now, Huertas (and Clarkson) are better PG solutions.

    If nothing else, with each game I keep thinking that this team was assembled by Mitch with the perspective of 2-3 years from today. Clarkson, Kelly, Randle, Russell, ABrown, Nance, JBrown, Frazier, and Upshaw are still 3-4 years away from their peaks!

    1. Huertas would have gotten the Dodgers to the world series if he was pitching. That screwball to Young the other game was almost Fernando Valenzuela like

    2. I actually felt that Randle wasn’t comfortable against the size that the Blazers had, but even then he contributed by getting those assists. I completely agree with Russell. Also if Clarkson can become a better distributor it’ll only make him a bigger threat to play against.

    3. The problem with starting Huertas will lie with his defensive deficiencies, he didn’t play against Lillard at all tonight, but he did get torched by some scrub rookie all the way from the in bounds with 6 seconds left on the clock for an easier last second shot. Clarkson couldn’t deal with Lillard and I’d hate to think what he would have done to Huertas.
      But you can definitely see he is a vastly experienced point guard despite being an NBA rookie.

      1. I’m not sure that either Russell or Huertas play against the opponent’s starters.

        So far Hibbert, Randle, Kobe, Clarkson and Williams are the best players. Young, MWP, and Huertas are the next 3. <- The top 8 as shown in preseason.

  • Observations

    – hahahaha Ryan Kelly hahaha. Congrats on making the team, it’s obvious his teammates love him too.
    – is sacre trying to screw everything up or is it just his nature? Kick rocks dude
    – swaggy is horrible, but less so when paired with huertas
    – a brown isn’t that good, he’s failing the eye test. Nance at the 3 and cut metta? Nance hustles has hops and looks like he can stroke it
    – Russell looked better when he shoots more, decent night
    – Clarksons d on Lillard was miserable
    – Randle is really really good
    – Huertas is fun to watch, paired with lou and swag on the 2nd team, our bench could score slot of points

    1. Nancy will be a monster if he can play the 3 and 4 and improve his handle. Imagine him and randle playing both the 3 and 4. That will be one of the best forward duo in the league.

      Clarkson seem to be tired. He still match up well with Lillard thoguh and Lillard can’t guard him also.

    2. Disagree on Young and your Russell points. Everything else is on point.

      Russell needs some work. Might be a project. Needs to be more aggressive. Needs to get his assists up (0 tonight)…11 assists against one of Israel’s worst teams means very little. Still having trouble with 24 sec clock. Shows flashy stuff here and there but that’s not gonna cut it

      Young…he is a high volume shooter. But most importantly, he is a threat. Spreads the floor. Him plus lou will be every teams nightmare. Now add huertas, damn

    3. Clarksons offense is ahead of his defense, but in his defense, Lillard makes almost everyone look bad.
      A. Brown is a young raw rookie straight out of college, try to look at what a player could become, rather than making snap judgements based on three preseason games.

  • First off…. This year’s Lakers team will be exciting to watch. They might not win more than 35 games, but they will be exciting and be very competitive.

    Very interesting… It seems Randle was told to focus on rebounding and Hibbert was told to focus on offense…. (random observation)

    As of now, Huertas is the best PG on the team. I am glad that he will be on the team to help mature Russell. Interestingly enough, Russell LOVES the bounce pass whereas Hueartas throws the ball like a QB.

    Holmes getting injured might be a blessing in disguise for the front office. He can be cut and there is almost ZERO chance of being poached from the DLeague. Recovery = 3-12 weeks.

    Very quietly, Kelly is shooting 50% for the preseason!

    As sad as it seems, I think Russell should be a bench guy. I’m not sure what that means for the team in terms of PG, but Russell doesn’t contribute enough in terms of scoring and spacing the defense (as a scorer) to be with the 1st team. As of now, Huertas (and Clarkson) are better PG solutions.

    If nothing else, with each game I keep thinking that this team was assembled by Mitch with the perspective of 2-3 years from today. Clarkson, Kelly, Randle, Russell, ABrown, Nance, JBrown, Frazier, and Upshaw are still 3-4 years away from their peaks!

    1. Huertas would have gotten the Dodgers to the world series if he was pitching. That screwball to Young the other game was almost Fernando Valenzuela like

    2. I actually felt that Randle wasn’t comfortable against the size that the Blazers had, but even then he contributed by getting those assists. I completely agree with Russell. Also if Clarkson can become a better distributor it’ll only make him a bigger threat to play against.

    3. The problem with starting Huertas will lie with his defensive deficiencies, he didn’t play against Lillard at all tonight, but he did get torched by some scrub rookie all the way from the in bounds with 6 seconds left on the clock for an easier last second shot. Clarkson couldn’t deal with Lillard and I’d hate to think what he would have done to Huertas.
      But you can definitely see he is a vastly experienced point guard despite being an NBA rookie.

      1. I’m not sure that either Russell or Huertas play against the opponent’s starters.

        So far Hibbert, Randle, Kobe, Clarkson and Williams are the best players. Young, MWP, and Huertas are the next 3. <- The top 8 as shown in preseason.

  • Impressive so Far:
    Hibbert, Randle, Bryant, Clarkson, Young, Williams, Huertas, Nance, Kelly

    Decent so Far:
    Russell, Black, Bass, World Peace, A. Brown

    Bad so Far:
    Upshaw, Sacre, J. Brown, Holmes, Frazier

    1. How is Russell decent? And upshaw bad? Upshaw was undrafted and has exceeded expectations. Russell was #2 pick…and has done more talking than anything. Why do you think Russell is all quiet now? He knows the nba is no joke and he has to step it up, especially now with huertas

      1. Remember russell got hurt and to let y know penny hardaway struggled in pre season in 93 his rookie year. So give russell time he will be a player

        1. He got bruised. It’s nothing serious. Of course he has time to improve and reach his potential, but confidence is huge for potential star rookies…any rookies as a matter of fact. So he needs to pile up some good games before it gets to him. Seeing huertas fueled him, and he ended his game well.

    2. Agree, but the only one that has a reason to have played poorly is Upshaw, Sacre has had three years in the pros to get it right, J. Brown, Holmes, and Frazier all had full years in College, Upshaw did not.

  • Impressive so Far:
    Hibbert, Randle, Bryant, Clarkson, Young, Williams, Huertas, Nance, Kelly

    Decent so Far:
    Russell, Black, Bass, World Peace, A. Brown

    Bad so Far:
    Upshaw, Sacre, J. Brown, Holmes, Frazier

    1. How is Russell decent? And upshaw bad? Upshaw was undrafted and has exceeded expectations. Russell was #2 pick…and has done more talking than anything. Why do you think Russell is all quiet now? He knows the nba is no joke and he has to step it up, especially now with huertas

      1. Remember russell got hurt and to let y know penny hardaway struggled in pre season in 93 his rookie year. So give russell time he will be a player

        1. He got bruised. It’s nothing serious. Of course he has time to improve and reach his potential, but confidence is huge for potential star rookies…any rookies as a matter of fact. So he needs to pile up some good games before it gets to him. Seeing huertas fueled him, and he ended his game well.

    2. Agree, but the only one that has a reason to have played poorly is Upshaw, Sacre has had three years in the pros to get it right, J. Brown, Holmes, and Frazier all had full years in College, Upshaw did not.

  • Right now i’m starting to accept the idea: who maybe have to cut Metta. Jabari Brown is not way too good, but is a ok guy. He’s very athletic, can shot, atack the basket a little bit. He is NBA material, can make a roster everywhere.

    And i’m impressed by Clarkson. His game is in another level. He can’t guard Lillard, ok. But Lillard can’t guard him too

    1. Why would you need Jabari Brown? All he tries to do is score and can’t even do that properly. Lakers already have Lou and Young off the bench

      1. But he can be asset. He is young, athletic and can shot. A ok trade guy. Metta is about mentality. Bring him as assistant

      2. Yes, he is a scorer. It’s barely his second season. But he’s EXTREMELY useful when and if Lou or swag have to sit a game. Especially now with huertas…You have to surround this Brazilian with shooters and scorers.

    2. To me, JBrown is a casualty of a roster limit, not skill or potential.

      At the end of the day, JBrown is the 4th or 5th SG and if you had to pick between JBrown or MWP, he loses.

      He’s exactly the type of guy you stash in the Dleague and hope he doesn’t get poached. And sometime in the mid season, you bring up and continue grooming. But, if he got poached, you wish him the best of luck and a successful career.

      Behind Clarkson, Williams there are no more minutes. Add the fact that Young is shooting over 40% 3-point shots, and Frazier is close to the same…. Jbrown is redundant and trimming a 15 man roster sucks.

      I hope that JBrown finds a way to be on the team long term. Next year, with a more stream lined roster, he’s the perfect backup SG.

  • Right now i’m starting to accept the idea: who maybe have to cut Metta. Jabari Brown is not way too good, but is a ok guy. He’s very athletic, can shot, atack the basket a little bit. He is NBA material, can make a roster everywhere.

    And i’m impressed by Clarkson. His game is in another level. He can’t guard Lillard, ok. But Lillard can’t guard him too

    1. Why would you need Jabari Brown? All he tries to do is score and can’t even do that properly. Lakers already have Lou and Young off the bench

      1. But he can be asset. He is young, athletic and can shot. A ok trade guy. Metta is about mentality. Bring him as assistant

      2. Yes, he is a scorer. It’s barely his second season. But he’s EXTREMELY useful when and if Lou or swag have to sit a game. Especially now with huertas…You have to surround this Brazilian with shooters and scorers.

    2. To me, JBrown is a casualty of a roster limit, not skill or potential.

      At the end of the day, JBrown is the 4th or 5th SG and if you had to pick between JBrown or MWP, he loses.

      He’s exactly the type of guy you stash in the Dleague and hope he doesn’t get poached. And sometime in the mid season, you bring up and continue grooming. But, if he got poached, you wish him the best of luck and a successful career.

      Behind Clarkson, Williams there are no more minutes. Add the fact that Young is shooting over 40% 3-point shots, and Frazier is close to the same…. Jbrown is redundant and trimming a 15 man roster sucks.

      I hope that JBrown finds a way to be on the team long term. Next year, with a more stream lined roster, he’s the perfect backup SG.

  • But seriously why does Sacre think he’s Kareem/Mutombo once roster cuts are around the corner
    SMH

      1. I think at some point Upshaw might prove to be mentally unstable. Also, he has a history of using narcotics. I seriously want Upshaw to do well, but I think he could potentially hurt the team in the future.

        1. .????? Mentally unstable, please…….no more than any other player, and while he has had a drug problem in college, he’s shown no problem here, I think your just making things up.

  • But seriously why does Sacre think he’s Kareem/Mutombo once roster cuts are around the corner
    SMH

      1. I think at some point Upshaw might prove to be mentally unstable. Also, he has a history of using narcotics. I seriously want Upshaw to do well, but I think he could potentially hurt the team in the future.

        1. .????? Mentally unstable, please…….no more than any other player, and while he has had a drug problem in college, he’s shown no problem here, I think your just making things up.

  • Our bench will be dangerous. Young has his touch back! Huertas is above average backup and pass first. Lou is too consistent and smooth. If Kelly can continue to grown, well. He have one of the best bench of the league

  • Our bench will be dangerous. Young has his touch back! Huertas is above average backup and pass first. Lou is too consistent and smooth. If Kelly can continue to grown, well. He have one of the best bench of the league

    1. we play with Clarkson, Frazier, Nick, Nance and Upshaw against them starting 5 all 3 quarter. Think about

        1. Clarkson and Hibbert played well. Randle played ok. Russel and Brown can’t play right away, they have to take the season to develop and they will be fine

    1. we play with Clarkson, Frazier, Nick, Nance and Upshaw against them starting 5 all 3 quarter. Think about

        1. Clarkson and Hibbert played well. Randle played ok. Russel and Brown can’t play right away, they have to take the season to develop and they will be fine

  • Roy Hibbert / Larry Sanders
    Julius Randle / Brandon Bass
    Kobe Bryant / Nick Young
    Jordan Clarkson / Lou Williams
    D’Angelo Russell / Marcelo Huertas

    8th Seed here we come!!

    1. Why is your name similar to “clipper 2016 champs” ???

      You must have 3-4 email accounts.

      A troll is a troll is a troll.

  • The 2nd unit is dangerous and fun to watch with Huertas.
    PG Huertas SG Williams SF Young PF Bass / Kelly C Black (lobs all day)

  • Roy Hibbert / Larry Sanders
    Julius Randle / Brandon Bass
    Kobe Bryant / Nick Young
    Jordan Clarkson / Lou Williams
    D’Angelo Russell / Marcelo Huertas

    8th Seed here we come!!

    1. Why is your name similar to “clipper 2016 champs” ???

      You must have 3-4 email accounts.

      A troll is a troll is a troll.

  • The 2nd unit is dangerous and fun to watch with Huertas.
    PG Huertas SG Williams SF Young PF Bass / Kelly C Black (lobs all day)

  • Lakers need to cut Kobe
    $25M for ~30 games and terrible efficiency?
    Seems like a liability to me

    1. Are you a troll?
      you have a very similar name as Clippers 2015 Champs….

      The mods kick out ClippersRunLA, and yet he returns.

  • Why do people want upshaw gone? Yes, he looks like an awkward young Andrew Bynum. But, he has shown flashes. He’s raw, but in 3 yrs, I bet he becomes way more than sacre ever hoped for.

  • Lakers need to cut Kobe
    $25M for ~30 games and terrible efficiency?
    Seems like a liability to me

    1. Are you a troll?
      you have a very similar name as Clippers 2015 Champs….

      The mods kick out ClippersRunLA, and yet he returns.

  • Why do people want upshaw gone? Yes, he looks like an awkward young Andrew Bynum. But, he has shown flashes. He’s raw, but in 3 yrs, I bet he becomes way more than sacre ever hoped for.

        1. relax people, Upshaw is signed for two years. With year 2 a team option. So, there is time to evaluate it is all up to the Lakers.

        1. relax people, Upshaw is signed for two years. With year 2 a team option. So, there is time to evaluate it is all up to the Lakers.

  • Hibbert: 9.6 / 8.9 / 1.8
    Randle: 13.5 / 7.7 / 2.6
    Bryant: 17.4 / 5.3 / 4.8
    Clarkson: 14.7 / 4.4 / 3.2
    Russell: 10.8 / 5.5 / 6.7

    1. at this point I’d rather have Huertas with 8.2/2.3/7. The man is playing solid. A true PG.

  • Cuts:

    sacre
    frazier(dleague)
    holmes(dleague)
    jabari(dleague)

    Roster:

    Dlo,Huertas
    JC,Lou
    Kobe,SwagP,MWP,A-brwon
    Randle,bass,nance jr,kelly
    Hibbert,tarik,upshaw

  • Crazy how we lose to the Jazz and the Jazz beat the Blazers and then tonight we beat the Blazers. Everyone’s been saying the Jazz will make that 8th spot HA

      1. Lakers were tired and exhausted from the training camp when they faced the jazz. Now we have fresh legs and our 3rd stringers are whoopin everyone out.. Minus Sacre of course.

      1. Jazz are a talented team Gobert is a stud… Hayward is probably an All star.That being said and assuming Russel keeps his intensity up, I think the lake show can beat them on most nights.

  • Hibbert: 9.6 / 8.9 / 1.8
    Randle: 13.5 / 7.7 / 2.6
    Bryant: 17.4 / 5.3 / 4.8
    Clarkson: 14.7 / 4.4 / 3.2
    Russell: 10.8 / 5.5 / 6.7

    1. at this point I’d rather have Huertas with 8.2/2.3/7. The man is playing solid. A true PG.

  • Cuts:

    sacre
    frazier(dleague)
    holmes(dleague)
    jabari(dleague)

    Roster:

    Dlo,Huertas
    JC,Lou
    Kobe,SwagP,MWP,A-brwon
    Randle,bass,nance jr,kelly
    Hibbert,tarik,upshaw

  • Crazy how we lose to the Jazz and the Jazz beat the Blazers and then tonight we beat the Blazers. Everyone’s been saying the Jazz will make that 8th spot HA

      1. Lakers were tired and exhausted from the training camp when they faced the jazz. Now we have fresh legs and our 3rd stringers are whoopin everyone out.. Minus Sacre of course.

      1. Jazz are a talented team Gobert is a stud… Hayward is probably an All star.That being said and assuming Russel keeps his intensity up, I think the lake show can beat them on most nights.

  • Ryan Kelly has actually been pretty good this pre-season but we need to cut Sacre he almost cost us a game tonight!

  • Ryan Kelly has actually been pretty good this pre-season but we need to cut Sacre he almost cost us a game tonight!

  • Lakers will probably be around 30-52 this season. I don’t see them getting more than 35+ games. There’s just too many good teams in the west.

  • Lakers will probably be around 30-52 this season. I don’t see them getting more than 35+ games. There’s just too many good teams in the west.

    1. You don’t know what you’re talking about lol.
      He kept pushing the lead in the 4th quarter surrounded by 3rd string players

      1. Who brought back the Lakers and gave us the lead…yea, the Brazilian with the weird haircut, that guy…not Russell

    1. You don’t know what you’re talking about lol.
      He kept pushing the lead in the 4th quarter surrounded by 3rd string players

      1. Who brought back the Lakers and gave us the lead…yea, the Brazilian with the weird haircut, that guy…not Russell

  • I’m not sure Upshaw is better than Sacre, either way, if Upshaw can’t make the team Sacre should I’d be ok with Hibbert and Black and maybe bring in Metta and Jabari. Anthony Brown has not impressed me, but I know he’s making the team.

    PG: Clarkson/ Huertas
    SG: Russell/Lou (also capable passers)/ Jabari
    SF: Bryant/ Young/ Metta/ Brown
    PF: Randle/ Bass/ Kelly/ Nance Jr.
    C: Hibbert/ Black

    1. Seek help if you think Sacre is better than Upshaw and remember your comparing a fourth year player with two years of college with a zero year player with a half of a year of college, and it’s still close, give Upshaw, Sacre’s experience and it would be night and day

  • Anyone else notice Russell has that Smush Parker haircut, wearing the headband and even wearing his number lol

  • Russell will be fine. Guys didn’t help him out much on the dimes — or lack thereof — but he proved he can be a threat offensively with some very efficient shooting

    1. “basketcase” sanders?
      The guy who quit on the NBA for anxiety, nervousness and “personal issues?”

      Might as well sign Royce White too.

  • I’m not sure Upshaw is better than Sacre, either way, if Upshaw can’t make the team Sacre should still get cut!! I’d be ok with Hibbert and Black and maybe bring in Metta and Jabari. Anthony Brown has not impressed me, but I think he’s making the team.

    PG: Clarkson/ Huertas
    SG: Russell/Lou (also capable passers)/ Jabari
    SF: Bryant/ Young/ Metta/ Brown
    PF: Randle/ Bass/ Kelly/ Nance Jr.
    C: Hibbert/ Black

    1. Seek help if you think Sacre is better than Upshaw and remember your comparing a fourth year player with two years of college with a zero year player with a half of a year of college, and it’s still close, give Upshaw, Sacre’s experience and it would be night and day

  • Anyone else notice Russell has that Smush Parker haircut, wearing the headband and even wearing his number lol

  • Russell will be fine. Guys didn’t help him out much on the dimes — or lack thereof — but he proved he can be a threat offensively with some very efficient shooting

    1. “basketcase” sanders?
      The guy who quit on the NBA for anxiety, nervousness and “personal issues?”

      Might as well sign Royce White too.

  • Fans see the size of Upshaw, but not the personality/issues-twitter likes to sweep those under the rug like they don’t exist – alas, they do.

    Sacre is a tremendous teammate, Upshaw got kicked off two teams, for reason so that could play a part, if he hasn’t earned Lakers’ trust

    1. Upshaw is worth the risk — give him the 15th roster spot and send him to the D-Fenders for the season.

      Won’t cost much and he should be able to develop into a decent reserve.

    2. not really fans see the 5blocks per game of upshaw and the butterfingers and nonexistent boxing out of sacre

    3. Sacre is a solid 3rd string center. Issues aside, I think the Lakers might have to roll the dice with Upshaw.

  • Fans see the size of Upshaw, but not the personality/issues-twitter likes to sweep those under the rug like they don’t exist – alas, they do.

    Sacre is a tremendous teammate, Upshaw got kicked off two teams, for reason so that could play a part, if he hasn’t earned Lakers’ trust

    1. Upshaw is worth the risk — give him the 15th roster spot and send him to the D-Fenders for the season.

      Won’t cost much and he should be able to develop into a decent reserve.

    2. not really fans see the 5blocks per game of upshaw and the butterfingers and nonexistent boxing out of sacre

    3. Sacre is a solid 3rd string center. Issues aside, I think the Lakers might have to roll the dice with the younger player.

  • One thing you guys don’t know… Huertas is also clutch. He was in Brazil and he was in Barcelona. He has a tremendous feel for the moment

  • I think Metta will make the team based on how much the front office loves him and his history with the team

  • One thing you guys don’t know… Huertas is also clutch. He was in Brazil and he was in Barcelona. He has a tremendous feel for the moment

  • I think Metta will make the team based on how much the front office loves him and his history with the team

    1. He may actually get some ROY votes. If he gets 25 minutes a night, I can see him getting 6-7 assists and 8 ppg. Definitely some votes going his way.

    1. He may actually get some ROY votes. If he gets 25 minutes a night, I can see him getting 6-7 assists and 8 ppg. Definitely some votes going his way.

  • The Lakers are actually playing better without Kobe, i bet when he gets back he’s gonna start ball-hogging…I hope he gets injured again and hes out for season.

      1. Exactly Kobe balls when he has a supporting cast that can ball. Just ask all the Laker championship players who scored with Kobe on the team. Like Shaq, Gasol,Odom,Bynum, Fisher,Ariza,Ron Artest, Farmar,Horry,Shaw,Richmond, Fox, Sasha Vujacic, etc……

        He gets his as he should, he is a shooting guard, and a scorer. One of the best scorers of all time. That won’t change. But notice the key to Kobe’s game and the Lakers is solid point guard play.

        Huertas, Russell, Clarkson, Williams , and Kobe in a pinch can all play some point guard. We have not had a healthy and capable point since Fisher left the team. Marshall, and Sessions have been as close as we’ve gotten till this season.

        Hopefully the team stays healthy.

        Paytc

          1. We know they want attention. And many are jealous that Kobe can ball at such a high level through 3 decades. I know it must be hard for them all to take.LOL…….. i can’t stop laughing at them………. LOL………
            I know they must be suffering hard LOL…… But I don’t feel sorry for them.

            Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

            Paytc

    1. I bet all you came to do is post hogging.

      There, you got your 2 minutes of fame. Are you happy child.

      Now be gone.

  • The Lakers are actually playing better without Kobe, i bet when he gets back he’s gonna start ball-hogging…I hope he gets injured again and hes out for season.

      1. Exactly ! Kobe balls when he has a supporting cast that can ball. Just ask all the Laker championship players who scored with Kobe on the team. Like Shaq, Gasol,Odom,Bynum, Fisher,Ariza,Ron Artest, Farmar,Horry,Shaw,Richmond, Fox, Walton, Sasha Vujacic, etc……

        He gets his as he should. He is a shooting guard, and a scorer. One of the best scorers of all time. That won’t change. Why do you think they pass him the ball? But notice the key to Kobe’s game and the Lakers is solid point guard play.

        Huertas, Russell, Clarkson, Williams , and Kobe in a pinch can all play some point guard. We have not had a healthy and capable point since Fisher left the team. Marshall, and Sessions have been as close as we’ve gotten till this season.

        Hopefully the team stays healthy.

        Paytc

          1. We know they want attention. And many are jealous that Kobe can ball at such a high level through 3 decades. I know it must be hard for them all to take.LOL…….. i can’t stop laughing at them………. LOL………
            I know they must be suffering hard LOL…… But I don’t feel sorry for them. Real Busters can’t find anything else to do but be busters. They have no skill, life, or talent. We must ignore them.

            Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

            Paytc

    1. I bet all you came to do is post hogging.

      There, you got your 2 minutes of fame. Are you happy child.

      Now be gone.

  • Hibbert: Stay consistent
    Randle: Polish his game, add a 15 ft jumper
    Bryant: Stay Healthy, play around 30 min
    Clarkson: Work on man to man D and 3pt j
    Russell: Lower dribble, Lower to, work on D

    Black: Become rim protector, Add a jumper
    Bass: Stay consitent
    Young: Work on Defense, take good shots
    Williams: Work on Defense, take good shots
    Huertas: Stay healthy

    Upshaw: Refine game, day 2 day process
    Nance: Work on consitent jumper
    Brown: Knock down 3’s, work on D
    World Peace: Be a mentor, bring toughness
    Kelly: stretch the floor, consitent jumper

  • Hibbert: Stay consistent
    Randle: Polish his game, add a 15 ft jumper
    Bryant: Stay Healthy, play around 30 min
    Clarkson: Work on man to man D and 3pt j
    Russell: Lower dribble, Lower to, work on D

    Black: Become rim protector, Add a jumper
    Bass: Stay consitent
    Young: Work on Defense, take good shots
    Williams: Work on Defense, take good shots
    Huertas: Stay healthy

    Upshaw: Refine game, day 2 day process
    Nance: Work on consitent jumper
    Brown: Knock down 3’s, work on D
    World Peace: Be a mentor, bring toughness
    Kelly: stretch the floor, consitent jumper

  • Would like to See UPSHAW with Kobe, Huertas – Just in case Hibbert gets in foul trouble (Last year we seen Kobe / Sacre – Black – Kelly Combo)

  • HUERTAS is the only LOCK to make the team. Looks like KELLY is not going anywhere. I think Black and Brown have a good chance to make the team because they were both very useful and benificial to have last year therefore they are proven assets.

    HUERTAS – who knew this guys was a magician. He makes incredible passes, he has a soft shot, he looks comfortable on the floor, pushes the ball well, makes cross court passes, makes other players better.

    BLACK is a tank. He has a lot of upper body strength, is a great rebounder, a hussle energy guy. Protects the ball and can score inside the paint. Works well true point guards, we now have 2. He just need to be a little more fierce.

    J. BROWN is a player he has a great 3 point shot, get make the mid j, is great at attacking the basket, can make shots after contact, is an excellent free throw shooter. If you need scoring he is a guy you can turn to.

    M.W.PEACE – brings veteran leadership, makes the locker room light, can teach the kids a thing or two, though defense, an enforcer.

    UPSHAW – Do we roll the dice on his potential ? He brings monster shot blocking ability, good rebounder but he still has a lot of work to do. As we saw tonight.

    I think HOLMES and FRAZIER will be cut.

    We can only have 3 of these players unless we cut players with contracts.

  • Would like to See UPSHAW with Kobe, Huertas – Just in case Hibbert gets in foul trouble (Last year we seen Kobe / Sacre – Black – Kelly Combo)

  • HUERTAS is the only LOCK to make the team. Looks like KELLY is not going anywhere. I think Black and Brown have a good chance to make the team because they were both very useful and benificial to have last year therefore they are proven assets.

    HUERTAS – who knew this guys was a magician. He makes incredible passes, he has a soft shot, he looks comfortable on the floor, pushes the ball well, makes cross court passes, makes other players better.

    BLACK is a tank. He has a lot of upper body strength, is a great rebounder, a hussle energy guy. Protects the ball and can score inside the paint. Works well true point guards, we now have 2. He just need to be a little more fierce.

    J. BROWN is a player he has a great 3 point shot, get make the mid j, is great at attacking the basket, can make shots after contact, is an excellent free throw shooter. If you need scoring he is a guy you can turn to.

    M.W.PEACE – brings veteran leadership, makes the locker room light, can teach the kids a thing or two, though defense, an enforcer.

    UPSHAW – Do we roll the dice on his potential ? He brings monster shot blocking ability, good rebounder but he still has a lot of work to do. As we saw tonight.

    I think HOLMES and FRAZIER will be cut or sent to D-league.

    We can only have 3 of these players unless we cut players with contracts.

  • PGs: Huertas, DLo
    SGs: Lou, Clarkson
    SFs: A Brown, N Young, Kobe
    PFs: Randle, Bass, Kelly, Nance
    Cs: Hibbert, Black, Upshaw

    Cuts:
    Holmes: Hasn’t played enough and with injury looks a certain cut, likely to be sent to the D-Fenders, injury will likely prevent poaching.
    J Brown: Guy is just about scoring and is usually out of control when he does, send him to the D-Fenders, he will unlikely get poached.
    Frazier: D-Fenders, can’t see him being poached either
    MWP: Roster flexibility prevents MWP from earning the 15th spot, but he would be a useful guy to have, if the Lakers do take 15 he’d be the next choice.
    Sacre: That he is an NBA player is one of the great mysteries

    Obviously 14 member squad cause I can’t see the Lakers carrying 15 into the season, especially if they want some trade flexibility. I’d expect Upshaw definitely and potentially Nance/A Brown to be sent to the D-League to get them some consistent minutes.

    1. they will keep 15. mwp and brown should fight for the 15th spot and nither has a guarenteed deal so both can be just to add some one

      1. The problem with trades is sometimes they can happen out of the blue without warning, if the Lakers were to cut MWP with not even a day’s notice after already amnestying him last time. I don’t think that would be too cool a look for the Lakers’ image.

    2. MWP has a non-guarenteed contract and can be waived at any time, so keeping 15 is fine, since some guys have non-guaranteed deals

  • PGs: Huertas, DLo
    SGs: Lou, Clarkson
    SFs: A Brown, N Young, Kobe
    PFs: Randle, Bass, Kelly, Nance
    Cs: Hibbert, Black, Upshaw

    Cuts:
    Holmes: Hasn’t played enough and with injury looks a certain cut, likely to be sent to the D-Fenders, injury will likely prevent poaching.
    J Brown: Guy is just about scoring and is usually out of control when he does, send him to the D-Fenders, he will unlikely get poached.
    Frazier: D-Fenders, can’t see him being poached either
    MWP: Roster flexibility prevents MWP from earning the 15th spot, but he would be a useful guy to have, if the Lakers do take 15 he’d be the next choice.
    Sacre: That he is an NBA player is one of the great mysteries

    Obviously 14 member squad cause I can’t see the Lakers carrying 15 into the season, especially if they want some trade flexibility. I’d expect Upshaw definitely and potentially Nance/A Brown to be sent to the D-League to get them some consistent minutes.

    1. they will keep 15. mwp and brown should fight for the 15th spot and nither has a guarenteed deal so both can be just to add some one

      1. The problem with trades is sometimes they can happen out of the blue without warning, if the Lakers were to cut MWP with not even a day’s notice after already amnestying him last time. I don’t think that would be too cool a look for the Lakers’ image.

    2. MWP has a non-guarenteed contract and can be waived at any time, so keeping 15 is fine, since some guys have non-guaranteed deals

      1. If Kelly can work in that pick n pop with Huertas our bench is almost unstoppable. High pick n roll, Huertas and Kelly, if defense let Kelly shot, he will made them pay. If the defense buy his shot, he can drive and kick to Lou or to Nick.

        1. Roasted or Smashed with a good amount of butter and oil so
          they get nice and crispy on the outside, with lots of sauteed garlic and fresh
          basil, rosemary and olive oil and a bit of salt and coarsely ground black
          pepper, with either goat cheese or sour cream mixed in….mmmmm now I’m hungry!!

      1. If Kelly can work in that pick n pop with Huertas our bench is almost unstoppable. High pick n roll, Huertas and Kelly, if defense let Kelly shot, he will made them pay. If the defense buy his shot, he can drive and kick to Lou or to Nick.

        1. Roasted or Smashed with a good amount of butter and oil so
          they get nice and crispy on the outside, with lots of sauteed garlic and fresh
          basil, rosemary and olive oil and a bit of salt and coarsely ground black
          pepper, with either goat cheese or sour cream mixed in….mmmmm now I’m hungry!!

  • Couple players with off games, imao – Hibbert; Upshaw; Bass Our bigs will have to get toughened up

    1. Step back bro.
      Scott can’t be in Kelly’s head and make a better pass.

      The game was won with 1:14 left in the game…. a bad pass from Kelly to JBrown almost lost the game.

    1. Step back bro.
      Scott can’t be in Kelly’s head and make a better pass.

      The game was won with 1:14 left in the game…. a bad pass from Kelly to JBrown almost lost the game.

  • I wish D’Angelo would assert himself as Huertas does. The talent is there, just needs to amp it up just a tad bit. Speaking of Huertas, he may secretly be the best off season signing this offseason. He’s a bit of a defensive liability……but he gives the offense so much more. Oh and by the way, SACRE needs to be gone……..like right now. He has guaranteed money, but oh well…..buy his clumsy tail out.

      1. We hope.
        He wasn’t an amazing attacker in college.

        While I see “silent confidence” that might make him very good, it can also be construed as silent cockiness. I want to see the same competitive edge (and thirst) that Cp3 has before I start expecting more out of Russell. He seems to “want it” but every college kid thrives on dreams…..

        But, does the “want” borderline compulsion and fuel the need to win?

        1. Funny how you claim to know he seems to “want it.” Yet every staff member has said he is a workaholic and has the desire to be great. I guess you would know more though right?

    1. You mean you want 19 year old D’Angelo Russell who has one year of college bball under his belt to play like a point guard with 11 years of European basketball experience, and countless international tournament experiences like the Olympics, FIBA World Championships etc.?

      1. Nope…but like a #2 pick would be more than fine.

        The only reason he came in aggressive in the fourth was because of huertas (good thing). So it might motivate him knowing there’s someone that can take his mins

  • Upshaw just has better and a higher BB I.Q. then Sacre / Kelly / Black. Upshaw appears patient for a big man on Offense, very Agile, and smarter at Defense

    1. Did you watch the game?
      Obviously not if you say that Upshaw has a better Basketball IQ than Kelly. And it’s arguable that his IQ is higher than Black.

  • I wish D’Angelo would assert himself as Huertas does. The talent is there, just needs to amp it up just a tad bit. Speaking of Huertas, he may secretly be the best off season signing this offseason. He’s a bit of a defensive liability……but he gives the offense so much more. Oh and by the way, SACRE needs to be gone……..like right now. He has guaranteed money, but oh well…..buy his clumsy tail out.

      1. We hope.
        He wasn’t an amazing attacker in college.

        While I see “silent confidence” that might make him very good, it can also be construed as silent cockiness. I want to see the same competitive edge (and thirst) that Cp3 has before I start expecting more out of Russell. He seems to “want it” but every college kid thrives on dreams…..

        But, does the “want” borderline compulsion and fuel the need to win?

        1. Funny how you claim to know he seems to “want it.” Yet every staff member has said he is a workaholic and has the desire to be great. I guess you would know more though right?

    1. You mean you want 19 year old D’Angelo Russell who has one year of college bball under his belt to play like a point guard with 11 years of European basketball experience, and countless international tournament experiences like the Olympics, FIBA World Championships etc.?

      1. Nope…but like a #2 pick would be more than fine.

        The only reason he came in aggressive in the fourth was because of huertas (good thing). So it might motivate him knowing there’s someone that can take his mins

  • Upshaw just has better and a higher BB I.Q. then Sacre / Kelly / Black. Upshaw appears patient for a big man on Offense, very Agile, and smarter at Defense

    1. Did you watch the game?
      Obviously not if you say that Upshaw has a better Basketball IQ than Kelly. And it’s arguable that his IQ is higher than Black.

    1. Black and Kelly have Trade value.

      Kelly is worth a Large Pizza. (aka 2nd round)
      and Black is worth a small pizza (to the right team).

      Being overly dramatic works since LA is the home of actors and bartenders trying to pretend to be actors, but in the GM world let’s talk reality.

      1. I’d keep Black and trade Bass for Taj Gibson, but it’s too early to talk about trades Bass just got here.

      2. I wouldn’t trade Black and Kelly…Kelly has been actually pretty good this pre season..but Sacre has to go!!

    1. Black and Kelly have Trade value.

      Kelly is worth a Large Pizza. (aka 2nd round)
      and Black is worth a small pizza (to the right team).

      Being overly dramatic works since LA is the home of actors and bartenders trying to pretend to be actors, but in the GM world let’s talk reality.

      1. I’d keep Black and trade Bass for Taj Gibson, but it’s too early to talk about trades Bass just got here.

      2. I wouldn’t trade Black and Kelly…Kelly has been actually pretty good this pre season..but Sacre has to go!!

        1. then Hibbert would pull a Kaman and sleep on the bench. Upshaw would be blocking our shots on another team. Sacre would be putting up 10 shots/game from 15 feet. Steve Kerr doesn’t need to be Mikey D to run his up tempo. They play D over in GS, too,

        1. then Hibbert would pull a Kaman and sleep on the bench. Upshaw would be blocking our shots on another team. Sacre would be putting up 10 shots/game from 15 feet. Steve Kerr doesn’t need to be Mikey D to run his up tempo. They play D over in GS, too,

  • Didn’t mean to ruffle a few of your feathers. I guess my out of love criticism of D’Angelo wasn’t appreciated. So, yes I know he’s young, yes I know he’s just a rookie, yes I know he’s going to get better……….I will never ever ever say anything bad about him again. Lol.

  • Didn’t mean to ruffle a few of your feathers. I guess my out of love criticism of D’Angelo wasn’t appreciated. So, yes I know he’s young, yes I know he’s just a rookie, yes I know he’s going to get better……….I will never ever ever say anything bad about him again. Lol.

  • In Practice, who wins first unit or second unit? First: D’lo, Clark, JRand, KB, Hibbert and Second: Huertas, Sweet Lou, Swag, Kelly, Upshaw ?

  • In Practice, who wins first unit or second unit? First: D’lo, Clark, ABrown, JRand, Hibbert and Second: Huertas, Sweet Lou, Swag, Kelly, Upshaw ?