Lakers Vs. Kings Preview: L.A. Looks For Another Win In Las Vegas

By: Nathaniel Lastrapes

The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off of their first win of the preseason, where they won by a sizable margin against Maccabi Haifa. The Lakers made their debut at Staples Center and did not fail to impress the home crowd, beating the team from Israel by a score of 126-83. The Lakers even led by 51 points at one junction of the game, but what was most impressive was the way they moved the ball on offense. D’Angelo Russell dazzled in his return from the injury to his glute, dishing out 11 assists in just 18 minutes. The Lakers will look to build upon this victory in Las Vegas, where they will take on the the Sacramento Kings at the MGM Grand Arena.

What will D’Angelo Russell make this season? Find out here!

Frontcourt: The Lakers will be facing one of the league’s premiere big men in DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins is a force to be reckoned with in the paint, but he also has the ability to knock down a mid-range jumper if he is left open. Cousins crashes the glass with ferocity and he is looking to establish himself as the most dominant center in the NBA. The Lakers will counter Cousins with their defensive specialist, Roy Hibbert. It is unlikely that Hibbert will completely shut Cousins down, but he certainly has the ability to make life difficult for the All-Star big man.

Another key threat for the Kings from the wing is swingman, Rudy Gay. Rudy Gay began his NBA career with promise of being a franchise player, but his development stopped somewhere along the way. However, Gay still remains a threat on the offensive end and can heat up at any given moment. The Lakers will have to keep an eye out for Gay on the wing.

The Kings are also hoping to develop their sixth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, Willie Cauley-Stein. The Kings will look to pair up Cauley-Stein and Cousins in the frontcourt for years to come. If the pairing fares well for Sacramento, they could be one of the most dominant frontcourt duos since Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol.

Backcourt: The Kings backcourt lacks depth, but certainly does not lack talent. Rajon Rondo signed with the Kings as a free agent this summer, and he looks to put his troubled days in Boston and Dallas behind him. Rondo is hoping to revitalize his career in Sacramento and reinvent himself as a good teammate and a positive locker room presence. Rondo does not have a consistent jump shot, but he is one of the elite passing point guards in the NBA. That being said, the Lakers need to prevent penetration from Rondo, thus stopping him from creating openings on the defensive end.

Starting at shooting guard for the Kings is Ben McLemore, who is beginning his third campaign in the league. McLemore has not panned out to be a star player, but he still does a lot of things well on the court. He has the ability to heat up quick and can get up and down the court with the best of them.

Another guard who tends to be a Laker killer is Darren Collison. Collison grew up in the Inland Empire; not too far from Los Angeles. Collison went from the high school basketball powerhouse, Etiwanda High School, to UCLA where he played point guard next to Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love. Collison always shows out for his close family and friends when he plays the Lakers, so he is always liable to be a threat no matter what team he plays for.

Keys to Victory:

Limit Turnovers: In their rout over Maccabi Haifa, the Lakers did not take very good care of the basketball, committing 22 turnovers. Coach Byron Scott would like to see that number drop significantly as the regular season approaches. Even though the Lakers got the win, there was plenty to be critical about when it came to taking care of the basketball.

Stay Out of Foul Trouble: It is crucial that Roy Hibbert plays great position defense against DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins likes to bang in the post, so it is important for Hibbert not to back down from his physicality. Hibbert must match Cousins’ aggression in the paint, but be careful to avoid silly fouls. If Hibbert can make things difficult for Cousins, the Lakers have a great shot at winning this ball game.

Take Quality Shots: In Sunday night’s exhibition against Maccabi Haifa, the Lakers shot exceptionally well from the field. The team moved the ball well on offense and did not settle for bad shots. Los Angeles shot 54 percent from the field and an incredible 54 percent from three-point territory on 14-26 shooting. If the Lakers can shoot this well during the regular season, as well as limiting their turnovers, they will be a hard team to beat.

Sacramento Kings (3-1) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (1-3)
7:00 PM PST, October 13, 2015
MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas, NV
TV: TWC SportsNet
Radio: 710 ESPN (English) / 1330 ESPN (Spanish)

Kings Projected Starting Lineup:
PG: Rajon Rondo
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Omri Casspi
C: DeMarcus Cousins

Key Reserves: PG: Darren Collison, C: Willie Cauley-Stein, SF: Caron Butler

Lakers Projected Starting Lineup:
PG: Jordan Clarkson
SG: Kobe Bryant
SF: Anthony Brown
PF: Julius Randle
C: Roy Hibbert

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          1. Whats up with you and Josh? You had a fight again or something? This site aint a marriage counselling site bruh..

          1. Whats up with you and Josh? You had a fight again or something? This site aint a marriage counselling site bruh..

      1. against an easy team byron is doing right by starting him tonight if a brown screws up he will sub in holmes

          1. they put in nick young but he doesnt need to be a starter hes fits with the second unit

          2. your right dont get me wrong nick young may start at times but im saying he plays better off the bench

          3. I don’t see that. It’s just coach’s call in my eyes, but I love that Young can come in cold off the bench and drill those threes. Why not throw Nance out there if Brown doesn’t cut it?

      2. I expect him to be a big guy for us in the future. Whenever Kobe hangs it up, A. Brown might be our own Kawhi or Jimmy or Middleton.

      1. against an easy team byron is doing right by starting him tonight if a brown screws up he will sub in holmes

          1. they put in nick young but he doesnt need to be a starter hes fits with the second unit

          2. your right dont get me wrong nick young may start at times but im saying he plays better off the bench

          3. I don’t see that. It’s just coach’s call in my eyes, but I love that Young can come in cold off the bench and drill those threes. Why not throw Nance out there if Brown doesn’t cut it?

      2. I expect him to be a big guy for us in the future. Whenever Kobe hangs it up, A. Brown might be our own Kawhi or Jimmy or Middleton.

  • Teams in the WC is going really small when you have Omri Casspi as your PF; none of these guys like contact except for Cousins.

    This is why I think Kelley who already played some SF,PF, C is almost a lock to make the roster.

  • Teams in the WC is going really small when you have Omri Casspi as your PF; none of these guys like contact except for Cousins.

    This is why I think Kelley who already played some SF,PF, C is almost a lock to make the roster.

          1. I think Brown is under the spotlight tonight. I would like to keep Frazier around, too. and see if he can develop. He’s mainly a point guard, right? We might need him if Huertas can’t overcome his early injuries.

      1. BGJ had a lot of praise for Holmes in camp. I agree he’s not ready for an NBA active roster, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he slipped in as the last guy and was sent to the d-leagues…especially with Bass’ knee injury.

          1. @Randy — Exactly. Keeping Holmes would be a vote of non-confidence in one or both of those guys (probably Kelly).

          2. I’m not mad at MWP, but I’d rather see him come in as an adviser/assistant and use that spot on a project. If not Holmes then somebody else.

            Team’s gonna suck anyway…might as well try to find a diamond in the rough.

        1. Rather just let him go down to the D League, not take up a roster spot. I thought he’d be a potential guy to make the team, but he just doesn’t seem NBA ready at all. Shot was off and his defense didn’t look good at all, plus he’s supposed to be a 3&D guy, I’d say just put him on the Lakers D League team.

      1. holmes played pf so far would like to see him play the 3 hopefully byron gives him a chance to play with the starting 5

        1. Anthony Brown was the 34th pick. Holmes went undrafted. Team should be focused on developing Anthony Brown. Unless the team cuts MWP and Kelly, Holmes is currently a waste to play in preseason. Holmes will be cut and assigned to the D-Fenders

          1. holmes is way more active than brown doesnt just stand around the 3 point line waiting for a shot..better rebounder and gets to the foul line

        2. Holmes can’t play the 3.

          Brown appears to have the defensive stopper position locked up and will likely play over Young in certain situations for that very reason.

          1. a brown is not a lock he looked decent last game against an easy team.lets see what he can tonight

        3. Maybe, but one isn’t dependent on the other. Brown is a 3 year deal, first 2 years guaranteed. The only 2 prone to being cut loose who are on guaranteed deals are Kelly and Suckre since this is the final year on their deals.

          1. I think Brown is under the spotlight tonight. I would like to keep Frazier around, too. and see if he can develop. He’s mainly a point guard, right? We might need him if Huertas can’t overcome his early injuries.

      1. BGJ had a lot of praise for Holmes in camp. I agree he’s not ready for an NBA active roster, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he slipped in as the last guy and was sent to the d-leagues…especially with Bass’ knee injury.

          1. @Randy — Exactly. Keeping Holmes would be a vote of non-confidence in one or both of those guys (probably Kelly).

          2. I’m not mad at MWP, but I’d rather see him come in as an adviser/assistant and use that spot on a project. If not Holmes then somebody else.

            Team’s gonna suck anyway…might as well try to find a diamond in the rough.

        1. Rather just let him go down to the D League, not take up a roster spot. I thought he’d be a potential guy to make the team, but he just doesn’t seem NBA ready at all. Shot was off and his defense didn’t look good at all, plus he’s supposed to be a 3&D guy, I’d say just put him on the Lakers D League team.

      1. holmes played pf so far would like to see him play the 3 hopefully byron gives him a chance to play with the starting 5

        1. Anthony Brown was the 34th pick. Holmes went undrafted. Team should be focused on developing Anthony Brown. Unless the team cuts MWP and Kelly, Holmes is currently a waste to play in preseason. Holmes will be cut and assigned to the D-Fenders

          1. holmes is way more active than brown doesnt just stand around the 3 point line waiting for a shot..better rebounder and gets to the foul line

        2. Holmes can’t play the 3.

          Brown appears to have the defensive stopper position locked up and will likely play over Young in certain situations for that very reason.

          1. a brown is not a lock he looked decent last game against an easy team.lets see what he can tonight

        3. Maybe, but one isn’t dependent on the other. Brown is a 3 year deal, first 2 years guaranteed. The only 2 prone to being cut loose who are on guaranteed deals are Kelly and Suckre since this is the final year on their deals.

  • Hibbert needs to prove himself against centers like Cousins evrrybody know Cousins likes to bully other centers in the paint

  • Hibbert needs to prove himself against centers like Cousins evrrybody know Cousins likes to bully other centers in the paint

  • Collison will light it up, good defender too. Between him and Rondo, Russell will get tested fast..
    Too bad lakers have a philosophy of big PGs and stayed away from short and speedy. Collison really wanted to play for the Lakers, and Lakers needed a PG badd, but DC wasn’t the right build for them – only 6ft tall. But taller than Isaiah Thomas who also wanted to play for the purple and Gold. Nash 6-3. Blake 6-3. Kendal 6-4. Farmar 6-2. Price 6-2. Linn 6-3. Clarkson 6-5. Take away JCs potential and Nash injury, noone they’ve had could impact a game like the shorter guards, Thomas and Collison.
    Sacramento, Utah – those are the teams in the same tier as the Lakers. Lakers must play competitive. Note to Byron. Cut Sacre already. don’t need to wait until after the game.

      1. I don’t know if I’d call him a “scrub” — when healthy he can be an above-average offensive threat.

      2. Call him whatever you like. But can a scrub ever get 16 ppg 6 assts like he did last year. he has a 12/5 career average. What does that say about the slew of ineffective PG that went thru the Lakers roster the last 3 years. non-scrubs??? smoke that.

        1. I tend to agree with your analysis about our lack of pg play, not sure why, FO is stuck on trying to recruit tall pg. Lou has been leading LA scoring from a pt guard position at 6’1″. Honestly, if Tried to TRADE D’Angelo, not a NBA team would take him today, surely not in a draft pick

          1. TRADE D’Angelo, throw in Kelly, Black, Jordan Clarkson and bring back a Point Guard then !! As ur incentive, I will give up my “court-side” seat (for one game of ur Choice) should You be successful . . .

          2. Huertas. Hes very good and eill be great to lead the second unit at pt, i hope he can get some good run these last couple games before season starts

          3. What pg do I want??? Well, “thinking Inside the Box” for guards – we have been shown Mr. D’Angelo (& in about 2-3 yrs, hopefully yes !); Frazier; Clarkson – shown can have some Sub minutes; Jabari Brown. Soo, Our Guards Ready for 2015 – 16 has been: Kobe, Swaggy, & Lou. What we got left: bring up Vander Blue, see if Huertas is NBA ready? ? And thinking “outside box” is Trade D’Angelo, Kelly, Black, & Clarkson. IF these guys are worth anything to another NBA team, what can We get for an Elite Proven Point Guard? ? That is my question . . . I have watched what You have seen. Just being honest bruh, and I will NEVER buy the hype, what Media has been trying to sell, I want to actually SEE THE RESULTS – thats whats been missing, RESULTS . . .

          4. This convo, is beginning to circle back around. . . That is why I suggest seeing whats “inside the Box” in Mr. Michael Frazier II – see if this Gator can use his 6-8 wing span, length and provide some Defense. I would like to see if he can stay in front of his Man, and keep him out of the paint, stop the ball penetration. Coach said, it is all about Defense

          5. Everyone read this, and don’t bother responding to him any longer. He is a troll.

          6. im with you but i think he found his niche with the second unit.

            russell
            lou
            young
            kelly
            black

            lights out shooting bench

          7. Russell for Rondo??? No way Lakers would do that.
            Russell for Westbrook??? I wouldn’t do that.
            Russell for Curry??? I’d pull the trigger.
            Russell for Wall?? No thank you.

            So unless Lakers are getting Curry there’s no other point guard I want over Russell

    1. Yo I’m sick of you hating on D’angelo and this team, everything thing you say is negative and incorrect. Isaiah Thomas Darren collison are YOU KIDDING me there’s a reason why those players have been journeying from team to team.

  • Collison will light it up, good defender too. Between him and Rondo, Russell will get tested fast..
    Too bad lakers have a philosophy of big PGs and stayed away from short and speedy. Collison really wanted to play for the Lakers, and Lakers needed a PG badd, but DC wasn’t the right build for them – only 6ft tall. But taller than Isaiah Thomas who also wanted to play for the purple and Gold. Nash 6-3. Blake 6-3. Kendal 6-4. Farmar 6-2. Price 6-2. Linn 6-3. Clarkson 6-5. Take away JCs potential and Nash injury, noone they’ve had could impact a game like the shorter guards, Thomas and Collison.
    Sacramento, Utah – those are the teams in the same tier as the Lakers. Lakers must play competitive. Note to Byron. Cut Sacre already. don’t need to wait until after the game.

      1. I don’t know if I’d call him a “scrub” — when healthy he can be an above-average offensive threat.

      2. Call him whatever you like. But can a scrub ever get 16 ppg 6 assts like he did last year. he has a 12/5 career average. What does that say about the slew of ineffective PG that went thru the Lakers roster the last 3 years. non-scrubs??? smoke that.

        1. I tend to agree with your analysis about our lack of pg play, not sure why, FO is stuck on trying to recruit tall pg. Lou has been leading LA scoring from a pt guard position at 6’1″. Honestly, if Tried to TRADE D’Angelo, not a NBA team would take him today, surely not in a draft pick

          1. TRADE D’Angelo, throw in Kelly, Black, Jordan Clarkson and bring back a Point Guard then !! As ur incentive, I will give up my “court-side” seat (for one game of ur Choice) should You be successful . . .

          2. Huertas. Hes very good and eill be great to lead the second unit at pt, i hope he can get some good run these last couple games before season starts

          3. What pg do I want??? Well, “thinking Inside the Box” for guards – we have been shown Mr. D’Angelo (& in about 2-3 yrs, hopefully yes !); Frazier; Clarkson – shown can have some Sub minutes; Jabari Brown. Soo, Our Guards Ready for 2015 – 16 has been: Kobe, Swaggy, & Lou. What we got left: bring up Vander Blue, see if Huertas is NBA ready? ? And thinking “outside box” is Trade D’Angelo, Kelly, Black, & Clarkson. IF these guys are worth anything to another NBA team, what can We get for an Elite Proven Point Guard? ? That is my question . . . I have watched what You have seen. Just being honest bruh, and I will NEVER buy the hype, what Media has been trying to sell, I want to actually SEE THE RESULTS – thats whats been missing, RESULTS . . .

          4. This convo, is beginning to circle back around. . . That is why I suggest seeing whats “inside the Box” in Mr. Michael Frazier II – see if this Gator can use his 6-8 wing span, length and provide some Defense. I would like to see if he can stay in front of his Man, and keep him out of the paint, stop the ball penetration. Coach said, it is all about Defense

          5. Everyone read this, and don’t bother responding to him any longer. He is a troll.

          6. im with you but i think he found his niche with the second unit.

            russell
            lou
            young
            kelly
            black

            lights out shooting bench

          7. Russell for Rondo??? No way Lakers would do that.
            Russell for Westbrook??? I wouldn’t do that.
            Russell for Curry??? I’d pull the trigger.
            Russell for Wall?? No thank you.

            So unless Lakers are getting Curry there’s no other point guard I want over Russell

    1. Yo I’m sick of you hating on D’angelo and this team, everything thing you say is negative and incorrect. Isaiah Thomas Darren collison are YOU KIDDING me there’s a reason why those players have been journeyman going from team to team.

  • People are underestimating the Kings. They should be a playoff team:
    Warriors
    Spurs
    Clippers
    Thunder
    Rockets
    Grizzlies
    Pelicans
    Kings

    1. Agreed them and the Twolves are dark horses. Been saying it for months. The Kings are deep with talent.

      1. Twolves have talent for the future, just like the Lakers, but I still think it’ll take time for them. I believe next year is their year. I don’t believe in the Kings however

          1. But there is turmoil within the kings and this can cause their deflation.

            I dont like the damn kings anyway. They our one of our biggest hater rivals.

        1. Kevin Martin/Rubio and Wiggins/Lavine. With KAT/PEK. Not to mention Garnett and Dieng, Andre miller, Shabazz, Payne, Tyus jones, Prince.

          1. I like their team, I just think they’re still a year away. Once again, I like their roster, if they surprise the league, then so be it. I just think they’re still too young right now, if they shock us then that’s also good for their team, we’ll see.

    2. Still won’t believe it. Kings have talent, but I’m not sure the talent they have works. Cousins and Gay weren’t enough last season, why would they be now? Rondo isn’t the Rondo he used to be, how would he impact the team? Don’t forget the friction that is to come sometime this off season. Not hating on the Kings because I love Demarcus, but I just don’t think they have the right group of players that gel and work.

      1. additions of WCS, Koufus, Butler, Marco, Rondo, Curry and Rondo. Improvement in Ben Mclemore. With Gay, Cousins, and Collison.

        1. Not sold period. Koufus and WCS were nice additions. Cousins is the C in the league, I believe that, but he needs one or two top players around him to win, just my belief.

          Butler’s older and didn’t really look good last season, we’ll see about Marco in the regular season (players in Pop’s system never tend to do well out of his system), Rondo just isn’t good anymore sure he can facilitate but he can’t shoot (which is big at the PG position look at team’s electing to foul him or leave him open for a shot), Curry is a D League talent. Gay doesn’t really help teams win in my opinion, when the Grizzlies went to the playoffs they were better because he wasn’t on the court, he didn’t really work in Toronto, and we just saw him last season with the Kings and he wasn’t really a good addition at all. Mclemore is as good as he will be.

          Besides the names, it’s just how a franchise/team works. Remember not too long ago we had Coward-Pau-MWP-Kobe-Nash… It’s not always about talent, if you have a team behind the scenes that let egos collide or have trouble in the FO, etc. it just doesn’t work. Just wait for the egos to collide with at least 2 guys (Cousins, Rondo, or Karl)

      2. I have to agree with @Mikey — just too hard to have any confidence in that team. They have a history of imploding.

    3. To me the Suns are more ready than Kings. Suns will be tough. I think they will to the playoffs

        1. But they has solid guys like Bledsoe, Knight, Tyson Chandler, Markieff Morris, PJ Tucker… And promise guys like Alex Len.

          1. Kings is a mess, man. They are not solid in their front office. I think they will struggle.

  • People are underestimating the Kings. They should be a playoff team:
    Warriors
    Spurs
    Clippers
    Thunder
    Rockets
    Grizzlies
    Pelicans
    Kings

    1. Agreed them and the Twolves are dark horses. Been saying it for months. The Kings are deep with talent.

      1. Twolves have talent for the future, just like the Lakers, but I still think it’ll take time for them. I believe next year is their year. I don’t believe in the Kings however

          1. But there is turmoil within the kings and this can cause their deflation.

            I dont like the damn kings anyway. They our one of our biggest hater rivals.

            FFFFFF THE QUEENS!

        1. Kevin Martin/Rubio and Wiggins/Lavine. With KAT/PEK. Not to mention Garnett and Dieng, Andre miller, Shabazz, Payne, Tyus jones, Prince.

          1. I like their team, I just think they’re still a year away. Once again, I like their roster, if they surprise the league, then so be it. I just think they’re still too young right now, if they shock us then that’s also good for their team, we’ll see.

    2. Still won’t believe it. Kings have talent, but I’m not sure the talent they have works. Cousins and Gay weren’t enough last season, why would they be now? Rondo isn’t the Rondo he used to be, how would he impact the team? Don’t forget the friction that is to come sometime this off season. Not hating on the Kings because I love Demarcus, but I just don’t think they have the right group of players that gel and work.

      1. additions of WCS, Koufus, Butler, Marco, Rondo, Curry. Improvement in Ben Mclemore. With Gay, Cousins, and Collison.

        1. Not sold period. Koufus and WCS were nice additions. Cousins is the C in the league, I believe that, but he needs one or two top players around him to win, just my belief.

          Butler’s older and didn’t really look good last season, we’ll see about Marco in the regular season (players in Pop’s system never tend to do well out of his system), Rondo just isn’t good anymore sure he can facilitate but he can’t shoot (which is big at the PG position look at team’s electing to foul him or leave him open for a shot), Curry is a D League talent. Gay doesn’t really help teams win in my opinion, when the Grizzlies went to the playoffs they were better because he wasn’t on the court, he didn’t really work in Toronto, and we just saw him last season with the Kings and he wasn’t really a good addition at all. Mclemore is as good as he will be.

          Besides the names, it’s just how a franchise/team works. Remember not too long ago we had Coward-Pau-MWP-Kobe-Nash… It’s not always about talent, if you have a team behind the scenes that let egos collide or have trouble in the FO, etc. it just doesn’t work. Just wait for the egos to collide with at least 2 guys (Cousins, Rondo, or Karl)

      2. I have to agree with @Mikey — just too hard to have any confidence in that team. They have a history of imploding.

    3. To me the Suns are more ready than Kings. Suns will be tough. I think they will to the playoffs

        1. But they has solid guys like Bledsoe, Knight, Tyson Chandler, Markieff Morris, PJ Tucker… And promise guys like Alex Len.

          1. Kings is a mess, man. They are not solid in their front office. I think they will struggle.

  • Why not let Russell start with the starting lineup? They need to build chemistry on the court before opening night. I get that the 2nd unit needs a facilitator, but let the original starting lineup build chemistry.

        1. But he’s still scratched for tonight?

          I know the dude can play, but he’s lost a heckuva lot of time….really hope he can get in some quality work before the season starts.

      1. I think so too, just rather see Russell start. I don’t know when Huertas will play, but if Russell is going to be the starting PG, he needs to get time with the starters, we can’t just throw him in come opening night. Russell is a flashy passer and without the chemistry with the guys we can expect turnovers, not a knock on Russell. I mean only reason Russell had turn the ball over a lot in SL was because he wasn’t used to the guys yet, which Russell even stated. He just needs time with the starters, because I don’t know when this Huertas guy will ever play.

  • Why not let Russell start with the starting lineup? They need to build chemistry on the court before opening night. I get that the 2nd unit needs a facilitator, but let the original starting lineup build chemistry.

        1. But he’s still scratched for tonight?

          I know the dude can play, but he’s lost a heckuva lot of time….really hope he can get in some quality work before the season starts.

      1. I think so too, just rather see Russell start. I don’t know when Huertas will play, but if Russell is going to be the starting PG, he needs to get time with the starters, we can’t just throw him in come opening night. Russell is a flashy passer and without the chemistry with the guys we can expect turnovers, not a knock on Russell. I mean only reason Russell had turn the ball over a lot in SL was because he wasn’t used to the guys yet, which Russell even stated. He just needs time with the starters, because I don’t know when this Huertas guy will ever play.

  • Defense and Ball movement are the main keys to victory period we can win almost every game with this strategy and being patient, J.C. has to rise to the occasion against Rondo, J.C. is much faster than Rondo and once J.C. attacks their is really no stopping him but he hasn’t been as aggressive as last season like dunking on Exum and in Summer league. Randle has to be more involved because their is nobody on the Kings team who can stop him period. Kobe just has to get to his spots and shoot but ball movement is key no difficult one on one shots by Kobe, and play defense but i this should be a win for us tonight.

    1. Well it’s just preseason Clarkson don’t need to be aggressive all the time real games he will be aggressive

      1. I just expect him to treat it like a reg season game, Like Kobe, Westbrook. I am a J.C. fan so i feel like J.C. can do more even in preseason i think he is great but he is jus playing average rite now. But i am only saying it from a fan perspective

      2. Clarkson and the entire team have to have the championship mentality every game!

        We are the Lakers, not the sixers!

    2. Clarkson is still dropping double digits, and attacking the rim. I like how they all are playing TEAM ball right now. Clarkson was more aggressive last year because he was all we had, this year he doesn’t have to be all the time.

      1. Clarkson finally learned how to shift gears this year and it’s a beautiful thing. He’s not just going full speed anymore, he’s hesitating, pausing, and picking his drives..this means the game is finally slowing down for him. Expecting him to progress by leaps and bounds throughout the season

  • Defense and Ball movement are the main keys to victory period we can win almost every game with this strategy and being patient, J.C. has to rise to the occasion against Rondo, J.C. is much faster than Rondo and once J.C. attacks their is really no stopping him but he hasn’t been as aggressive as last season like dunking on Exum and in Summer league. Randle has to be more involved because their is nobody on the Kings team who can stop him period. Kobe just has to get to his spots and shoot but ball movement is key no difficult one on one shots by Kobe, and play defense but i this should be a win for us tonight. Kings will be very aggressive so we need that same intensity or somebody has to come out the game if they are playing scared.

    1. Well it’s just preseason Clarkson don’t need to be aggressive all the time real games he will be aggressive

      1. I just expect him to treat it like a reg season game, Like Kobe, Westbrook. I am a J.C. fan so i feel like J.C. can do more even in preseason i think he is great but he is jus playing average rite now. But i am only saying it from a fan perspective

      2. Clarkson and the entire team have to have the championship mentality every game!

        We are the Lakers, not the sixers!

    2. Clarkson is still dropping double digits, and attacking the rim. I like how they all are playing TEAM ball right now. Clarkson was more aggressive last year because he was all we had, this year he doesn’t have to be all the time.

      1. Clarkson finally learned how to shift gears this year and it’s a beautiful thing. He’s not just going full speed anymore, he’s hesitating, pausing, and picking his drives..this means the game is finally slowing down for him. Expecting him to progress by leaps and bounds throughout the season

    1. What do you think happens with Hibbert next year? Assuming he plays well — effective but not all-star level.

        1. Crazy that a good-but-not-great center will make that much with the new cap but you’re probably right.

          But he’s only 28 so 4+team option would provide some stability in the front court.

    1. What do you think happens with Hibbert next year? Assuming he plays well — effective but not all-star level.

        1. Crazy that a good-but-not-great center will make that much with the new cap but you’re probably right.

          But he’s only 28 so 4+team option would provide some stability in the front court.

  • This preview is crap. Cousins has been moved to PF for every preseason game so far, with Koufos or WCS at C.

    1. For the purposes of positional offense that is what they are, but the Lakers could choose the put Hibbert on Cousins and Randle on Koufos or WCS since they’re offensively inferior to Cousins for defensive purposes.

      1. Randle on Cousins, bro. He’s mobile enough to guard Cousins… Hibbert is too slow to guard him out of the post

  • This preview is crap. Cousins has been moved to PF for every preseason game so far, with Koufos or WCS at C.

    1. For the purposes of positional offense that is what they are, but the Lakers could choose the put Hibbert on Cousins and Randle on Koufos or WCS since they’re offensively inferior to Cousins for defensive purposes.

      1. Randle on Cousins, bro. He’s mobile enough to guard Cousins… Hibbert is too slow to guard him out of the post

  • I’m very curious to see how Randle and Hibbert will play against a force like Cousins. That’s will be huge for us

  • I’m very curious to see how Randle and Hibbert will play against a force like Cousins. That’s will be huge for us

    1. One thing we have to remember is upshaw is a sort of a late bloomer, due to the fact that he got tossed out of school and inly played like 20 games last year. He didnt play much after thst because he was doing the drug rehab thing. So he is very raw and has alot to learn about the game, but his natural instincts are there and he is getting better.

    1. One thing we have to remember is upshaw is a sort of a late bloomer, due to the fact that he got tossed out of school and inly played like 20 games last year. He didnt play much after thst because he was doing the drug rehab thing. So he is very raw and has alot to learn about the game, but his natural instincts are there and he is getting better.

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