Lakers Vs. Mavericks Preview: L.A. Looks For First Win Of 2015-16 Season
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By: Nathaniel Lastrapes

Disaster looms over the Los Angeles Lakers and its fanbase, as the team has lost their first two games of the regular season. The hangover from the disastrous loss to the Sacramento Kings on Friday night still linger, but the Lakers will look for their first win tonight against the Dallas Mavericks.

What will Jordan Clarkson make this season? Find out here!

The young Lakers core is still in search of its identity, but the 2015-16 season is still in its infancy. There are some serious issues that the Lakers need to attend to, but the season is still too young to overreact. A win against the Mavericks (1-1) will boost the team’s confidence and temporarily restore faith in the team.

Frontcourt:

One player who will not be featured in the Mavericks frontcourt is Los Angeles Clippers center, DeAndre Jordan. The Mavericks were set to sign Jordan in free agency, but he changed his mind and spurned the franchise at the last minute. This was definitely a significant blow to the Mavericks championship aspirations, but they will move forward with the roster that they have.

A key part of the roster who has been a staple in the lineup for the last 18 years, Dirk Nowitzki. Dirk has been the Mavs’ centerpiece for the majority of his career. He has lead the team to two Finals appearances, one of which they won. The seven-footer brought the European style of play to the NBA and changed the landscape of the league significantly. Dirk started the trend of big men who can shoot from deep, and he also has an unstoppable step-back fadeaway.

Chandler Parsons is entering his second year with the Mavericks and will continue to grow with the team. Parsons is a great two-way player and can get up and down the court with the best of them. Parsons missed the first two games of the season with a knee injury that he sustained against the Houston Rockets in April, but he will make his debut tonight against the Lakers. Parsons is not likely to be in great condition, but Parsons is one of those players who always seems to have breakout games against the Lakers.

Backcourt:

A name that was tied to the Lakers years ago is former All-Star Deron Williams. Williams had his best years playing point guard for the Utah Jazz playing alongside another former Laker, Carlos Boozer. Williams had been linked to the Lakers via trade rumors and free agency, but he ultimately decided to re-sign with the Brooklyn Nets. Williams seemed to lose his star power in Brooklyn, but he will attempt to revitalize his career with the Mavericks.

Another notable newcomer to the Mavericks is shooting guard, Wesley Matthews. Matthews is coming off of a season-ending Achilles injury last year with the Portland Trail Blazers. Matthews is known for being a solid two-way player who can put defensive pressure on the guards and who can also knock down threes. If Matthews gets hot, he can have a significant impact on the game.

The Mavericks also have another rotation player in the backcourt who has always been a Laker killer, J.J. Barea. Barea was integral in ending the Lakers quest for a three-peat in 2011, as he picked apart the Lakers defense and embarrassed the back-to-back champs. Barea made a name for himself when the Mavericks swept the Lakers, but since then, he always seems to have one some of his best games of his career against the Lakers.

Keys to Victory:

Limit Points in the Paint: The Lakers defense was horrendous against DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings. They allowed 80 points in the paint and even half of that is too many points to allow in the paint. Roy Hibbert needs to make sure everyone on defense is communicating and rotating quickly. If the Lakers can limit points in the paint, they will have a significantly better chance of beating the Mavericks.

Smart Shot Selection: Kobe Bryant started opening night hot from beyond the arc, but he got three-point happy by the end of the night. Kobe has taken 21 three-pointers in the first two games and he, along with the rest of the team, needs to limit the three-point attempts and take smarter shots. This will come with better ball and player movement off the ball, so the Lakers need to find an identity on offense.

Ball and Player Movement: The Lakers have been stagnant on offense in the first two games of the season. One player handles the ball and the other four players stand around and watch. The Lakers should run more pick-and-roll action with their two young guards, D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson. Coach Byron Scott should give the two guards free range to create and make things happen offensively. Letting those two orchestrate the offense will only help them in their development.

Dallas Mavericks (1-1) at Los Angeles Lakers (0-2)
6:30 PM PST, November 1, 2015
Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
TV: TWC SportsNet
Radio: 710 ESPN (English) / 1330 ESPN (Spanish)

Mavericks Projected Starting Lineup
PG: Deron Williams
SG: Devin Harris
SF: Chandler Parsons
PF: Dirk Nowitzki
C: Zaza Pachulia

Key Reserves: PG: J.J. Barea, SG: Wesley Matthews, C: Javale McGee

Lakers Projected Starting Lineup
PG: D’Angelo Russell
SG: Jordan Clarkson
SF: Kobe Bryant
PF: Julius Randle
C: Roy Hibbert

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The teams problems lie with the first unit, but it was expect being starting three rookie/first year players.

  1. Tried to tell some of these laker fans but they always reply with the same comment, “our rookies have to start so they can develop” lol. They don’t know that you can still develop them off the bench

    1. Are you listening to Kobe and Scott? They are finally gonna give the kids what they need to develop. Minny’s rookies are doing just fine being thrown into the fire. Boston has no problem with a full blown youth movement. OKC, GS, ETC.. didn’t either. Your thought process is dated like Scott’s coaching style.

      1. It sure seems like you are right.
        And given the emphasis on mentors by the front office it seems like they are going to let them grow.

        Mitch mentioned the importance of mentors and “on the floor coaches”:
        Kobe – Guards (Clarkson & Russell)
        Metta – Forwards (Randle & next years draft pick)
        Bass – Centers

        It’s already 2 games in, and i realize the coaches and front office are going to let Clarkson, Russell, Randle, Nance, ABrown and Black figure out how to win games and lose on their own merits. The rest of the guys are professional players who help stabilize the roster and keep games close enough that it’s not embarrassing.

        Scott’s not a coach, he’s a mentor and guide. He’s more of a father figure trying to nurture a future stable of champions rather than a coach trying to win a championship by getting maximum effort and superior organization.

        1. Bass is no center mentor. Hibbert serves that purpose. I was not for Metta being signed but he can offer mentorship.

          The best thing they can do is learn to play together through trial and error. This is where Kobe needs to step back. This is where Scott needs to check Kobe when he goes off script in executing the offense. Discipline, discipline, discipline. Improvisation is cool at times but we cannot have the heavy ISO sets usurping the offensive flow that’s practiced. Randle need to take those wide open jumpers when the defense lays off him at the top of the key. Less one on one and more man and ball movement. More PNR to help Russell. The lanes are too clogged up. More focus on rebounding also. Kelly is the third leading rebounder at 6 per game? I need 8-9 consistently from Randle and the same from Hibbert. Scott needs to put Bass back at PF in an energy hustle man role off the bench. Again, he’s not a center.

        2. Scott mentioned that Bass has stepped up and really helped the young centers and power forwards. Bass, himself, might not be a good player, but it seems he’s a good coach…. or atleast an experienced voice who the young guys listen to.

          Truth be told, Bass is rarely out of position when he plays. he’s fundamentally a good player, it’s just that his talent and his methods of contributing isn’t top tier. — He’s a liability by contributions, but not a liability from x’s and o’s.

        3. Bass is a pretty decent player, it’s just that he’s playing out of position. He’s been extremely solid throughout his career, it’s just Scott has him playing out of position which is the liability you are talking about. Bass can only play PF, sometimes SF as he did guard LeBron a few times.

        4. And you forgot to mention that Brown needs to get some significant playing time!

        5. Would like to see Brown also but he’s not as high a priority as Russell, JC and Randle.

        6. i hope you realize that this is going to lead us to the lottery just like last season, its not “tanking” if your team can’t win games

        7. Omg I actually agree with you for once. How will they learn to win unless they fail first. Kobe needs to fall back. Give them advice but let them set plays and hit shots at the end of games. If they are smart they will learn and figure it out.

        8. I know but he needs to. I get pissed off at his lack of concern and production but throw them into the fire. Blake Griffin came in had to be the man right away for the Clippers. Who benched him and coddled him? No one.

      2. Totally agree, Clarkson is a proven scorer now so i think Byron should start creating shots for Clarkson off the ball and also iso plays because he hits shots, him and Kobe are the only players to avg high totals, Kobe focus should be trying to get open spots and play off the ball more, Kobe isn’t the iso player he was years ago but Clarkson is that player, so i think the best bet is try to create for Clarkson, and Randle but Randle has to knock down that outside jumper because he creates contact and get into foul trouble early. If Randle can knock down that jumper consistently, Clarkson knock down his shots, Russell get some shots off the pick and we play aggressive defense then we can win. I also would like to see the Lakers go super small ball and put Metta at PF and Randle at Center because Metta sets the tone early, once Metta set the tone then the bench come in and let Hibbert come off the bench for the second unit at times as well but i am talking later though we still have to be patient we are still building chemistry.

        1. I was skeptical and hard on JC last season, but he is our best player right now. If Scott runs more PNR and Kobe stays on script in the offense, Russell will have a better time at running the offense and it should improve our efficiency. Randle just needs to take that jumper and get more controlled driving to the basket. I need Hibbert to get more shots closed to the basket also. 40% FG is unacceptable.

      3. Let’s keep things in perspective….1st of All the Celtics are in the East. 2nd it’s only 2-3 games in the season… forming conclusions about young teams are a bit premature…Slow Down

        1. Interesting how you only picked the Celtics. All those other teams progressed in the past with youth. Even our Lakers did in 94. Nothing premature about it as that is the option for lotto teams.

        2. How many others teams are there besides the Bucks and NY,Magic..You put the Lakers in the East they will make the playoffs…The Old saying..”Location baby…Location” holds True…..If the Lakers make the playoffs in the West that’s Huge for a developing Franchise compared to the East…You have to remember this is a Business and the Lakers don’t have Cheap season ticket holders…..They are patience now because Kobe is keeping the Lakers relevant…When he leaves those fans are not paying those kind of prices to watch a team minus no big named star lose….especially when the Clippers are better and waiting in the wing

        3. Lakers fans were around before Kobe and they’ll be after. I know I will. 94 1-99 were exciting times. No team is on top forever.

        4. You can easily lose that Fanbase also……and a owner with 20 billion dollars would love to cash in on that Fanbase…..Then that lore of being a Laker can easily tranfer to being a Clipper….LA becoming a Clippers town is not out of the question.

        5. The Lakers Always had a Big Star to keep their fans pacified….Also the Clippers was not competing…The Clippers have Stars on their team now…It’s just that the Lakers have the Super Star in Kobe.. Once Kobe leaves who is going to replace that Void that going to be Left?…..Unless the Lakers get a Durant or Westbrook….The only reason a Losing Lakers team have 19 nationally televised game is because of Kobe…..Last year without Kobe they pulled games from ABC and ESPN.

        6. 91-96 who was the star? Kobe has missed most of the last two season, yet we still out gross the Clippers in TV viewers. Anytime Clippers players go to a Dodger game, its’ BOOOOOOOO. LA belongs to the Lakers and always will, believe that.

        7. 93-96 the clippers were bad. we are a few more losing seasons away from losing our fanbase to theclippers.

          the youth in cali is allready leaning to the clippers and gsw

        8. So I guess everyone 25 and older will die off in the next few seasons? O_O

        9. 91-96 as the years you chose …those team was competitive…these last 2 season was the worst in Lakers history.

        10. BTW, The pelicans and suns were young developing teams winning in the west. The Jazz are that team right now. Karl has the Kings looking good just as he did with a young Nuggets core. The Timberwolves may make some noise with their youngsters. Sorry but you’re just wrong about this.

        11. All those team you mention are Still not the Lakers….The bar is set high for the Lakers because of their Success….And because of that Success and the way the late Dr Buss (Rip)Kept reloading the Lakers roster the fans getting impatience…….By the way all those Championship teams(including Kobe’s run)had Jerry West fingerprints on them…Just like Memphis and Now GSW….There’s a new Regime in Laker Land now.

        12. So what the bar is set high. We still have to build up. That’s the most regurgitated and lamest cry baby excuse in the world. Again, we had to accept a similar plight from 92-2000. Sick of people tryna act like we are immune to a full rebuild.

        13. Those teams were competitive even if they didn’t win a Chip…they never went 21-62….The Lakers Never had 2 seasons with that bad of a showing.

        14. In addition the times has changed…players are going to team that are in Position to win….It’s not a giving that players are going to choose the Lakers….There’s alot of money teams are going to have in 2016.

        15. 91-92 was bad, 93-94 was bad. Back to back seasons that got us good draft picks. Not as bad as these last two seasons but still a full blown rebuild. And we wiffed of landing the big name free agents all the same as Barkley could not be procured.

        16. Once again….those team was competitive…There is no such thing in these last two season if you are competitive you can see adding a couple more pieces and the Fanbase isn’t in a panic….Here there is no semblance of a competitive team.

    2. Why not just let them play?

      Let’s Step back from the emphasis of winning, and understand that every game is an opportunity to learn and grow. Sure, it’s smart to manage their growth, but it’s also important to have mentors who can help them keep proper perspective and guide them on their way. It’s also important to have a coach who keeps them structured and manages the dynamics of a professional basketball team.

      But truth be told, this young core just need playing time. Sometimes, Scott’s just gotta let them play, and at others, when they are struggling, it’s best to pull them out and separate from the disaster they are creating. It just sucks — as fans — to endure the 2-3 years it’s going to take.

    3. Kobe has a point being he has to step back and find a more suitable roll. Forcing shots when out of rhythm doesn’t help the overall cause especially since they seem to be getting out-hustled on the boards.

      24 was doing good last year (tho as a facilitator) prior to calling it a season due to his shoulder injury. It may be juast a matter of Kobe making an extra pass when he’s having an off shooting night = getting others more involved.

    4. Truthfully, they don’t need to start b/c they’re getting beat down thus far. However, expect 2 or 3 to be starting as they become more consistent. Otherwise, it’ll only get worse. Jim Bust guaranteed a playoff spot, just shows he lacks common sense.

      Another season left with Jim which likely goes for Scott too, b/c FO can’t keep replacing coaches every 2-3 yrs. Just shows lack of management in the FO.

      1. Maybe Jim just said playoffs just to appease the fanbase and the broadcast people?

        Mitch said playoffs too…

        Do you expect the owner to say, “We’re going to suck for the next 3 years, because we have a 10 year plan?”

        Think about it,
        If the team were to get a top-3 pick this year, they would have 4 potential all stars under 22. The next 10 years would be very bright. And where every other team is fighting $29M max contracts, the team would have it’s future core playing on Rookie, or RFA contracts!

        I think the front office and ownership are a lot smarter than people realize, it’s just that we’re “spoiled” and don’t have the patience to let them rebuild the team given the new paradigm created by the CBA.

        1. Nah, they’re just trying to sell tickets. Lakers still owe 2 first round picks to which they shouldn’t expect to hit gold twice (possible). Honesty the name of the game since many of the fan-base are pms(ing) for the coach to get the boot. First games on Scott but the second’s on the players themselves for their lack of playing basic fundamentals.

          Can’t keep making excuses (like DP) since DH’s departure. All I ask is for competitiveness and if they so happen to win then cool but giving a win away and getting bullied inside the paint as they did against the Kings doesn’t preach optimism to the masses.

        2. Right.

          But you act like free agency no longer exists and the only way to make key additions is through the draft. And it’s not like we don’t have ample cap space. This past summer was too soon to convince marquee players in their prime to join us but as time is passing by and our young players keep developing, this should change very quickly. Imagine we add Harisson Barnes to the team next summer for example…
          Now if your team is exclusively made up of young players (Russel – Clarkson – Simmons – Randle -X for example), this means that you never add experienced elite players (unless they’re past their prime and do not mind coming off the bench). In that case, this 3-year plan to be in a position to contend is a lie as it should take much more time for all those young players to become elite nba players.

        3. I thought we did better than expected in Free Agency. Hibbert is pretty good, Lou is great, I think Huertas is going to shine once they get done fawning over Russell. Russell needs to run the 2nd team and learn the NBA game.

      2. Actually Jim said he doesn’t care if this team makes the playoffs. It isn’t important in the bigger picture is what he said.

        1. Very unlikely, top 3 protected pick. However, as long as they don’t end up as a 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th or 14th seed they’d have a shot, none of these seeds have moved up to draft a top 3 pick since the lottery involved 14 teams. The Bulls and Cavs got lucky as the 9th spot = (D Rose, Wiggins).

        2. i think its very LIKELY, and i dont think luck had anything to do with the cavs getting all those picks, with a little help from the nba dictators it can happen. the lottery is about as real was a presidential election

        3. Luck along with destiny has a lot to do with landing one of the top 3 picks. That’s all that’s up in the air come lottery draft night being the first 3 picks. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd picks in that order are played like a bingo game. The real draft happens before the TV’s showing. Pretty simple.

          http://www . nba . com/video/channels/draft/2015/05/19/2015-draft-lottery-drawing.nba/

        4. and a trade veto making sure the lakers are not a problem for lebrons cavs…what none could expect is Curry and the warriors..hahha, Cavs aint winning.

        5. Seen that article, but the problem is how to balance appeasing a certain portion of the fan-base given their rants and molding the youth.

    1. Then Scott isn’t the coach FO thought they hired to mold the future. He has a better squad than Donephoni’s 27-55 team.

      1. Scott isn’t much of a coach at all. I am amazed at his lack of awareness of Analytics, considering basketball is supposed to be his life as an analyst and a coach. How could that have not come up in his interviews for the job? Jim Buss.

        1. Lakers FO has relied too much on the Lakers of the past for the future. however, it’s not Scott’s fault that the players can’t play defense. Scott’s literally eased up a lot on his conditioning and the players have yet to show consistent defensive effort.

          The first game was on Scott, but the players aren’t getting it done. Some don’t cut it in LA given it comes at a price = constant critique.

        2. Defense is effort, that’s the least a player should offer who’s not offensively savvy. Pay a guy $1+ mil and that’s what should be expected of them at minimum night in and out. Scott gets blame for rotations and his decisions but D is an individual effort. Plenty of time on the bench for those who can’t play defense at minimum.

  • If the Lakers want to win 30+ wins this season, the vets will eventually have to LEAD to which it hasn’t been the case thus far.

    The problems lie with the first unit, but it was expect being starting three rookie /first year players. Kobe’s play has been less than productive which doesn’t all necessarily correlate to his shooting. 24’s forcing things too much at times which hurts team play.

    Seems as Kobe’s having trouble adapting to a lesser role than previously, being the torch bearer of the team for the last 10+ yrs. 24 hasn’t adapted to a role suited to his liking and the teams needs.

    1. Tried to tell some of these laker fans but they always reply with the same comment, “our rookies have to start so they can develop” lol. They don’t know that you can still develop them off the bench

      1. Are you listening to Kobe and Scott? They are finally gonna give the kids what they need to develop. Minny’s rookies are doing just fine being thrown into the fire. Boston has no problem with a full blown youth movement. OKC, GS, ETC.. didn’t either. Your thought process is dated like Scott’s coaching style.

        1. It sure seems like you are right.
          And given the emphasis on mentors by the front office it seems like they are going to let them grow.

          Mitch mentioned the importance of mentors and “on the floor coaches”:
          Kobe – Guards (Clarkson & Russell)
          Metta – Forwards (Randle & next years draft pick)
          Bass – Centers & Paint Play

          It’s already 2 games in, and i realize the coaches and front office are going to let Clarkson, Russell, Randle, Nance, ABrown and Black figure out how to win games and lose on their own merits. The rest of the guys are professional players who help stabilize the roster and keep games close enough that it’s not embarrassing.

          Scott’s not a coach, he’s a mentor and guide. He’s more of a father figure trying to nurture a future stable of champions rather than a coach trying to win a championship by getting maximum effort and superior organization.

          1. Bass is no center mentor. Hibbert serves that purpose. I was not for Metta being signed but he can offer mentorship.

            The best thing they can do is learn to play together through trial and error. This is where Kobe needs to step back. This is where Scott needs to check Kobe when he goes off script in executing the offense. Discipline, discipline, discipline. Improvisation is cool at times but we cannot have the heavy ISO sets usurping the offensive flow that’s practiced. Randle need to take those wide open jumpers when the defense lays off him at the top of the key. Less one on one and more man and ball movement. More PNR to help Russell. The lanes are too clogged up. More focus on rebounding also. Kelly is the third leading rebounder at 6 per game? I need 8-9 consistently from Randle and the same from Hibbert. Scott needs to put Bass back at PF in an energy hustle man role off the bench. Again, he’s not a center.

          2. Scott mentioned that Bass has stepped up and really helped the young centers and power forwards. Bass, himself, might not be a good player, but it seems he’s a good coach…. or atleast an experienced voice who the young guys listen to.

            Truth be told, Bass is rarely out of position when he plays. he’s fundamentally a good player, it’s just that his talent and his methods of contributing isn’t top tier. — He’s a liability by contributions, but not a liability from x’s and o’s.

          3. Bass is a pretty decent player, it’s just that he’s playing out of position. He’s been extremely solid throughout his career, it’s just Scott has him playing out of position which is the liability you are talking about. Bass can only play PF, sometimes SF as he did guard LeBron a few times.

          4. And you forgot to mention that Brown needs to get some significant playing time!

          5. Would like to see Brown also but he’s not as high a priority as Russell, JC and Randle.

          6. i hope you realize that this is going to lead us to the lottery just like last season, its not “tanking” if your team can’t win games

          7. Omg I actually agree with you for once. How will they learn to win unless they fail first. Kobe needs to fall back. Give them advice but let them set plays and hit shots at the end of games. If they are smart they will learn and figure it out.

          8. I know but he needs to. I get pissed off at his lack of concern and production but throw them into the fire. Blake Griffin came in had to be the man right away for the Clippers. Who benched him and coddled him? No one.

        2. Totally agree, Clarkson is a proven scorer now so i think Byron should start creating shots for Clarkson off the ball and also iso plays because he hits shots, him and Kobe are the only players to avg high totals, Kobe focus should be trying to get open spots and play off the ball more, Kobe isn’t the iso player he was years ago but Clarkson is that player, so i think the best bet is try to create for Clarkson, and Randle but Randle has to knock down that outside jumper because he creates contact and get into foul trouble early. If Randle can knock down that jumper consistently, Clarkson knock down his shots, Russell get some shots off the pick and we play aggressive defense then we can win. I also would like to see the Lakers go super small ball and put Metta at PF and Randle at Center because Metta sets the tone early, once Metta set the tone then the bench come in and let Hibbert come off the bench for the second unit at times as well but i am talking later though we still have to be patient we are still building chemistry.

          1. I was skeptical and hard on JC last season, but he is our best player right now. If Scott runs more PNR and Kobe stays on script in the offense, Russell will have a better time at running the offense and it should improve our efficiency. Randle just needs to take that jumper and get more controlled driving to the basket. I need Hibbert to get more shots closer to the basket also. 40% FG is unacceptable.

          2. Yessss finally you admit it! How sad is it that JC is our best player.

        3. Let’s keep things in perspective….1st of All the Celtics are in the East. 2nd it’s only 2-3 games in the season… forming conclusions about young teams are a bit premature…Slow Down

          1. Interesting how you only picked the Celtics. All those other teams progressed in the past with youth. Even our Lakers did in 94. Nothing premature about it as that is the option for lotto teams.

          2. How many others teams are there besides the Bucks and NY,Magic..You put the Lakers in the East they will make the playoffs…The Old saying..”Location baby…Location” holds True…..If the Lakers make the playoffs in the West that’s Huge for a developing Franchise compared to the East…You have to remember this is a Business and the Lakers don’t have Cheap season ticket holders…..They are patience now because Kobe is keeping the Lakers relevant…When he leaves those fans are not paying those kind of prices to watch a team minus no big named star lose….especially when the Clippers are better and waiting in the wing

          3. Lakers fans were around before Kobe and they’ll be after. I know I will. 94-99 were exciting times. No team is on top forever.

          4. You can easily lose that Fanbase also……and a owner with 20 billion dollars would love to cash in on that Fanbase…..Then that lore of being a Laker can easily tranfer to being a Clipper….LA becoming a Clippers town is not out of the question.

          5. The Lakers Always had a Big Star to keep their fans pacified….Also the Clippers was not competing…The Clippers have Stars on their team now…It’s just that the Lakers have the Super Star in Kobe.. Once Kobe leaves who is going to replace that Void that going to be Left?…..Unless the Lakers get a Durant or Westbrook….The only reason a Losing Lakers team have 19 nationally televised game is because of Kobe…..Last year without Kobe they pulled games from ABC and ESPN.

          6. 91-96 who was the star? Kobe has missed most of the last two season, yet we still out gross the Clippers in TV viewers. Anytime Clippers players go to a Dodger game, its’ BOOOOOOOO. LA belongs to the Lakers and always will, believe that.

          7. 93-96 the clippers were bad. we are a few more losing seasons away from losing our fanbase to theclippers.

            the youth in cali is allready leaning to the clippers and gsw

          8. So I guess everyone 25 and older will die off in the next few seasons? O_O

          9. 91-96 as the years you chose …those team was competitive…these last 2 season was the worst in Lakers history.

          10. BTW, The pelicans and suns were young developing teams winning in the west. The Jazz are that team right now. Karl has the Kings looking good just as he did with a young Nuggets core. The Timberwolves may make some noise with their youngsters. Sorry but you’re just wrong about this.

          11. All those team you mention are Still not the Lakers….The bar is set high for the Lakers because of their Success….And because of that Success and the way the late Dr Buss (Rip)Kept reloading the Lakers roster the fans getting impatience…….By the way all those Championship teams(including Kobe’s run)had Jerry West fingerprints on them…Just like Memphis and Now GSW….There’s a new Regime in Laker Land now.

          12. So what the bar is set high. We still have to build up. That’s the most regurgitated and lamest cry baby excuse in the world. Again, we had to accept a similar plight from 92-2000. Sick of people tryna act like we are immune to a full rebuild.

          13. Those teams were competitive even if they didn’t win a Chip…they never went 21-62….The Lakers Never had 2 seasons with that bad of a showing.

          14. In addition the times has changed…players are going to team that are in Position to win….It’s not a giving that players are going to choose the Lakers….There’s alot of money teams are going to have in 2016.

          15. 91-92 was bad, 93-94 was bad. Back to back seasons that got us good draft picks. Not as bad as these last two seasons but still a full blown rebuild. And we wiffed of landing the big name free agents all the same as Barkley could not be procured.

          16. Once again….those team was competitive…There is no such thing in these last two season if you are competitive you can see adding a couple more pieces and the Fanbase isn’t in a panic….Here there is no semblance of a competitive team.

      2. Why not just let them play?

        Let’s Step back from the emphasis of winning, and understand that every game is an opportunity to learn and grow. Sure, it’s smart to manage their growth, but it’s also important to have mentors who can help them keep proper perspective and guide them on their way. It’s also important to have a coach who keeps them structured and manages the dynamics of a professional basketball team.

        But truth be told, this young core just need playing time. Sometimes, Scott’s just gotta let them play, and at others, when they are struggling, it’s best to pull them out and separate from the disaster they are creating. It just sucks — as fans — to endure the 2-3 years it’s going to take.

      3. Kobe has a point being he has to step back and find a more suitable roll. Forcing shots when out of rhythm doesn’t help the overall cause especially since they seem to be getting out-hustled on the boards.

        24 was doing good last year (tho as a facilitator) prior to calling it a season due to his shoulder injury. It may be a matter of Kobe making an extra pass when he’s having an off shooting night = getting others more involved.

      4. Truthfully, some don’t need to start b/c they’re getting beat down thus far. However, expect 2 or 3 to be starting as they become more consistent. Otherwise, it’ll only get worse. Jim Bust guaranteed a playoff spot awhile back, just shows he lacks common sense.

        Another season left with Jim which likely goes for Scott too, b/c FO can’t keep replacing coaches every 2-3 yrs. Just shows mismanagement at the FO.

        1. Maybe Jim just said playoffs just to appease the fanbase and the broadcast people?

          Mitch said playoffs too…

          Do you expect the owner to say, “We’re going to suck for the next 3 years, because we have a 10 year plan?”

          Think about it,
          If the team were to get a top-3 pick this year, they would have 4 potential all stars under 22. The next 10 years would be very bright. And where every other team is fighting $29M max contracts, the team would have it’s future core playing on Rookie, or RFA contracts!

          I think the front office and ownership are a lot smarter than people realize, it’s just that we’re “spoiled” and don’t have the patience to let them rebuild the team given the new paradigm created by the CBA.

          1. Nah, they’re just trying to sell tickets. Lakers still owe 2 first round picks to which they shouldn’t expect to hit gold twice (possible). Honesty the name of the game since many of the fan-base are pms(ing) for the coach to get the boot. First games on Scott but the second’s on the players themselves for their lack of playing basic fundamentals.

            Can’t keep making excuses (like DP) since DH’s departure. All I ask is for competitiveness and if they so happen to win then cool but giving a win away and getting bullied inside the paint as they did against the Kings doesn’t preach optimism to the masses.

          2. Right.

            But you act like free agency no longer exists and the only way to make key additions is through the draft. And it’s not like we don’t have ample cap space. This past summer was too soon to convince marquee players in their prime to join us but as time is passing by and our young players keep developing, this should change very quickly. Imagine we add Harisson Barnes to the team next summer for example…
            Now if your team is exclusively made up of young players (Russel – Clarkson – Simmons – Randle -X for example), this means that you never add experienced elite players (unless they’re past their prime and do not mind coming off the bench). In that case, this 3-year plan to be in a position to contend is a lie as it should take much more time for all those young players to become elite nba players.

          3. I thought we did better than expected in Free Agency. Hibbert is pretty good, Lou is great, I think Huertas is going to shine once they get done fawning over Russell. Russell needs to run the 2nd team and learn the NBA game.

        2. Actually Jim said he doesn’t care if this team makes the playoffs. It isn’t important in the bigger picture is what he said.

          1. Very unlikely, top 3 protected pick. However, as long as they don’t end up as a 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th or 14th seed they’d have a shot, none of these seeds have moved up to draft a top 3 pick since the lottery involved 14 teams. The Bulls and Cavs got lucky as the 9th spot = (D Rose, Wiggins).

          2. i think its very LIKELY, and i dont think luck had anything to do with the cavs getting all those picks, with a little help from the nba dictators it can happen. the lottery is about as real was a presidential election

          3. Luck along with destiny has a lot to do with landing one of the top 3 picks. That’s all that’s up in the air come lottery draft night being the first 3 picks. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd picks in that order are played like a bingo game. The real draft happens before the TV’s showing. Pretty simple.

            http://www . nba . com/video/channels/draft/2015/05/19/2015-draft-lottery-drawing.nba/

          4. and a trade veto making sure the lakers are not a problem for lebrons cavs…what none could expect is Curry and the warriors..hahha, Cavs aint winning.

          5. Seen that article, but the problem is how to balance appeasing a certain portion of the fan-base given their rants and molding the youth.

      1. Then Scott isn’t the coach FO thought they hired to mold the future. He has a better squad than Donephoni’s 27-55 team.

        1. Scott isn’t much of a coach at all. I am amazed at his lack of awareness of Analytics, considering basketball is supposed to be his life as an analyst and a coach. How could that have not come up in his interviews for the job? Jim Buss.

          1. Lakers FO has relied too much on the Lakers of the past for the future. However, it’s not Scott’s fault that the players can’t play defense. Scott’s literally eased up a lot on his conditioning and the players have yet to show consistent defensive effort.

            The first game was on Scott, but the players aren’t getting it done. Some don’t cut it in LA given it comes at a price = constant critique.

          2. Defense is effort, that’s the least a player should offer who’s not offensively savvy. Pay a guy $1+ mil and that’s what should be expected of them at minimum night in and out. Scott gets blame for rotations and his decisions but D is an individual effort. Plenty of time on the bench for those who can’t play defense at minimum.

    1. I’m not sure the team’s focus is to win games this year. It seems to me that they are locked into the growth of the future core and teaching them how to win.

      Given the strength of the West for this year, and the next 2-3 years the best course of action might be to target a championship when the current crop of contenders regress.

      I’m not saying the team is going to “tank” but I do think that if they let the young core be the focus of winning games, they aren’t good enough — yet — to win more than 21 games. It sure makes a lot of sense for the team to keep their top 3 pick and lock their future SF starter for a decade (and cheap!).

    1. I’m not sure the team’s focus is to win games this year. It seems to me that they are locked into the growth of the future core and teaching them how to win.

      Given the strength of the West for this year, and the next 2-3 years, the best course of action might be to target a championship when the current crop of contenders regress.

      I’m not saying the team is going to “tank” but I do think that if they let the young core be the focus of winning games, they aren’t good enough — yet — to win more than 21 games. It sure makes a lot of sense for the team to keep their top 3 pick and lock their future SF starter for a decade (and cheap!).

    1. the defense is linked to the offense. The team always has more shot attempts than the opposition under Scott, but the offense is so bad (always low % jumpshots) that the team gives long rebounds to the other team and starts their transition offense for them. You can only run back so much when you miss so many long j’s. This problem will still exist even if we played with the all NBA defensive team. The offense needs structure. That’s the root of the team’s problems

      1. Agreed on the link between the O and D. The effort was horrible tho as Rondo Cousins and Gay got anywhere they wanted on the floor in half court sets. Outside of Kelly and Hibbert we offered no defensive resistance to the Kings.

        1. On that end, I saw a rotation problem. It will come with experience. Russell and Randle were not quick enough to switch to Kobe’s man when Kobe switched.

          Kobe switches a lot as he no longer has the legs to chase players around anymore. I could see him pointing and yelling a lot.

          Randle and Russell will learn to recognize this with time. I’m sure Randle will, not sure about Russell. He just looks lost in team defense. Time will show

          1. Kobe is not quick enough to do much of any thing. face to face with cousins and cousins take away the ball-he could have not done that to the younger KOBE its a shame, but his time is up, he has the knowledge but his body is not obeying .

    1. Very winnable game but the Mavs fight hard as a team. We’ll need to match their intensity. Guard play will be big as Williams and Tyson are finding a groove in lobs and PNR.

      1. You mean Zaza? No, not worried about lobs to the Za man haha. Plus I am not sure Williams will play, he got hurt in the first game, fatty was starting in the last game they played.

          1. Every one is making mistakes its just the start of the games , look at BS it seams as though he does not have a clue. ha ha

    1. the defense is linked to the offense. The team always has more shot attempts than the opposition under Scott, but the offense is so bad (always low % jumpshots) that the team gives long rebounds to the other team and starts their transition offense for them. You can only run back so much when you miss so many long j’s. This problem will still exist even if we played with the all NBA defensive team. The offense needs structure. That’s the root of the team’s problems

      1. Agreed on the link between the O and D. The effort was horrible tho as Rondo Cousins and Gay got anywhere they wanted on the floor in half court sets. Outside of Kelly and Hibbert we offered no defensive resistance to the Kings.

        1. On that end, I saw a rotation problem. It will come with experience. Russell and Randle were not quick enough to switch to Kobe’s man when Kobe switched.

          Kobe switches a lot as he no longer has the legs to chase players around anymore. I could see him pointing and yelling a lot.

          Randle and Russell will learn to recognize this with time. I’m sure Randle will, not sure about Russell. He just looks lost in team defense. Time will show

          1. Kobe is not quick enough to do much of any thing. face to face with cousins and cousins take away the ball-he could have not done that to the younger KOBE its a shame, but his time is up, he has the knowledge but his body is not obeying .

    1. Very winnable game but the Mavs fight hard as a team. We’ll need to match their intensity. Guard play will be big as Williams and Tyson are finding a groove in lobs and PNR.

      1. You mean Zaza? No, not worried about lobs to the Za man haha. Plus I am not sure Williams will play, he got hurt in the first game, fatty was starting in the last game they played.

          1. Every one is making mistakes its just the start of the games , look at BS it seams as though he does not have a clue. ha ha

      1. I think he may hate the Clippers now more than us ha ha. That’s what he gets for denying us the chance to get CP3 now he couldn’t get CP3’s team-mate. Funny how karma works…

      1. I think he may hate the Clippers now more than us ha ha. That’s what he gets for denying us the chance to get CP3 now he couldn’t get CP3’s team-mate. Funny how karma works…

  • The will los again tonight badly!!! I know fans don’t want to hear this. but the Laker will go0-5 under Byron Scott. and then he will be fired just like mike brown was fired

    1. No championship pressure on this team, very different circumstances. That team with Dwight, Nash and Kobe had a lot of pressure to get wins. This team, no one even cares. It is a season about developing a young core.

  • The will los again tonight badly!!! I know fans don’t want to hear this. but the Laker will go0-5 under Byron Scott. and then he will be fired just like mike brown was fired

    1. No championship pressure on this team, very different circumstances. That team with Dwight, Nash and Kobe had a lot of pressure to get wins. This team, no one even cares. It is a season about developing a young core.

  • Deron Williams is actually questionable for this game, he has a knee injury and sat against the Clippers.

    1. Poor Williams man. Everyone likes to make fun of him, but before all his ankle injuries he was so fun. Hope people got to see that version of him.

  • Deron Williams is actually questionable for this game, he has a knee injury and sat against the Clippers.

    1. Poor Williams man. Everyone likes to make fun of him, but before all his ankle injuries he was so fun. Hope people got to see that version of him.

  • Honestly, all I want to see tonight is energy, chemistry and teamwork. Play like you are a team. Make the right passes, make cuts, move without the ball.

  • Honestly, all I want to see tonight is energy, chemistry and teamwork. Play like you are a team. Make the right passes, make cuts, move without the ball.

  • Philosophy Development vs Winning – Game 3

    Under this current Laker Philosophy, can Front Office honestly say, “We are going to beat the Mavericks?” . . . Really? . . . Don’t think that is what Lakers are going for, “the Win”.

    Why Not just Develop, and Forfeit the Win, because LAL has already decided going into Tonights Mavs game, that LAL wants to develop and Not Win.

    My Vote: Rename LAL to LA Defenders. . . Almost certain that Our Defenders team can Win more games in League then current starting five of LAL, while they develop in the D League

    Almost too frustrating, to not have an Identity – Develop or Win !! Front Office has shown the Lakers Can’t have both: Develop and Win !! . . . Unless, unless Coach Byron can have four Veterans Start, get off to comfortable lead, then sub in “ONE” developmental player

    Start four Vets for win: Kobe, Lou, Clarkson, Bass, Hibbert. Then One sub at a time, not the Whole five – Jeez . . .

    1. What good is winning just to end up out of the playoffs?

      The sooner Randle, Russell, and Clarkson learn how to play together, the better the team is. And if — in the process — they could pick up Ben Simmons or Ben Ingram, then the team would be opening it’s championship window when the current powerhouses are declining.

      The new broadcast deal has created a situation where 4-superstars can exist on a team. Much like OKC, Mitch is drafting his future team.

      Do you realize how good this team will be when Randle, Clarkson, Russell, Brown and Nance have 3-4 years of veteran experience? It sucks, but we just have to wait….. there are no silver bullets, magical free agency signings or shortcuts.

      1. We are not getting a first round draft pick this year. The odds are just not in our favor. We would have to be not the worst 6 teams but the worst 2 teams. To even have a chance at a top 3 pick. Even being the worst 3 teams does not mean we will have a lottery pick.

        Best we give up the pick to philly and get it over with and prepare for 2017 draft.

        1. We are a 20 something win team wether we go for wins or not. 25 wins is not an accomplishment I think the LAL can hang their hat on, so might as well lose a few more and at least have a chance at a Ben Simmons level player.

  • Fairly sure with Dallas’ injuries and the matchup we will get our first win tonight. With Pachula(? Spelling) staring Hibbert should have a nice game, if deron doesn’t start dlo should have his “coming out game”.

    What I’d like to see tonight is dlo with 30+ minutes with at least 8 assists and shooting 50% from the floor. I think Randle will have a great game too.

    One win doesn’t mean much, but if we get blown out tonight Byron may not last until thanksgiving and he knows it.

    1. Randle should have a field day no matter who’s defending him. They might put Justin Anderson on him. It makes the most sense to me since Dirk is too slow and Parsons is too small to handle the beast that is Julius.

      PS: It’s Pachulia

  • Philosophy Development vs Winning – Game 3

    Under this current Laker Philosophy, can Front Office honestly say, “We are going to beat the Mavericks?” . . . Really? . . . Don’t think that is what Lakers are going for, “the Win”.

    Why Not just Develop, and Forfeit the Win, because LAL has already decided going into Tonights Mavs game, that LAL wants to develop and Not Win.

    My Vote: Rename LAL to LA Defenders. . . Almost certain that Our Defenders team can Win more games in League then current starting five of LAL, while they develop in the D League

    Almost too frustrating, to not have an Identity – Develop or Win !! Front Office has shown the Lakers Can’t have both: Develop and Win !! . . . Unless, unless Coach Byron can have four Veterans Start, get off to comfortable lead, then sub in “ONE” developmental player

    Start four Vets for win: Kobe, Lou, Clarkson, Bass, Hibbert. Then One sub at a time, not the Whole five – Jeez . . .

    1. What good is winning just to end up out of the playoffs?

      The sooner Randle, Russell, and Clarkson learn how to play together, the better the team is. And if — in the process — they could pick up Ben Simmons or Ben Ingram, then the team would be opening it’s championship window when the current powerhouses are declining.

      The new broadcast deal has created a situation where 4-superstars can exist on a team. Much like OKC, Mitch is drafting his future team.

      Do you realize how good this team will be when Randle, Clarkson, Russell, Brown and Nance have 3-4 years of veteran experience? It sucks, but we just have to wait….. there are no silver bullets, magical free agency signings or shortcuts.

      1. We are not getting a first round draft pick this year. The odds are just not in our favor. We would have to be not the worst 6 teams but the worst 2 teams. To even have a chance at a top 3 pick. Even being the worst 3 teams does not mean we will have a lottery pick.

        Best we give up the pick to philly and get it over with and prepare for 2017 draft.

        1. We are a 20 something win team wether we go for wins or not. 25 wins is not an accomplishment I think the LAL can hang their hat on, so might as well lose a few more and at least have a chance at a Ben Simmons level player.

  • Fairly sure with Dallas’ injuries and the matchup we will get our first win tonight. With Pachula(? Spelling) staring Hibbert should have a nice game, if deron doesn’t start dlo should have his “coming out game”.

    What I’d like to see tonight is dlo with 30+ minutes with at least 8 assists and shooting 50% from the floor. I think Randle will have a great game too.

    One win doesn’t mean much, but if we get blown out tonight Byron may not last until thanksgiving and he knows it.

    1. Randle should have a field day no matter who’s defending him. They might put Justin Anderson on him. It makes the most sense to me since Dirk is too slow and Parsons is too small to handle the beast that is Julius.

      PS: It’s Pachulia

  • LA Defenders are For “Developmental” Players !!!

    This is the NBA

    LA Defenders are for “Developmental” Players !!!

  • LA Defenders are For “Developmental” Players !!!

    This is the NBA

    LA Defenders are for “Developmental” Players !!!

  • I can’t stress enough how disappointing it will be to lose to this Mavs team. They are absolutely busted up, filled with scrubs and with all sorts of injury issues. Matthews, Parsons and Williams are all carrying injuries or just coming off serious injuries. Their doesn’t appear to be a single actual athlete on that roster who could keep up with the likes of Clarkson and Randle. Dirk is a great shooter, but he has almost zero mobility now. The Lakers have lost the past 7 games against them, but this team is absolutely beatable. The only advantage I see the Mavs have over the Lakers is their coach.

    1. Mavs are going to play hard so the lakers gotta outrun them. Randle , Russell, and Clarkson need to pick up fast break points in the first unit while Lou and Nick get fed transition 3’s by Huertas

      1. Depends on how Deep a hole, Rookies dig for Vets too.

        Last game, Coach Byron finally jerked D’lo, when LAL was down by 12 points – Game momentum was already favoring Kings

    2. We have no one to stop Parsons and I haven’t seen Matthews but I’m sure he will bring it. Don’t be too shocked if they lose. Nick and Lou only care about putting up points. Whats the point in having them to put up 37 points together while they allow the other team to put up 45. Anthony Brown needs some burn so we can see this so called 3 and D.

      1. Nick and Lou have been bailing. Nick has a PER of ~35 and Lou has the second highest PER on the team. Whenever we have the lineup that includes Clarkson, Lou, Nick we always seem to run better offense and go on a run. A Brown needs some burn but those two have been money.

        1. No doubt they both have I just want the DEFENSE to pick up! Our guards are doing horrible on that end. 132 points to the Kings? Absurd amount of points.

    3. Well the Wolves game was a winnable game as well, I think at this point we just can’t expect a win against anyone unfortunately.

    4. I don’t see the lakers losing this game, Mavs are all busted up, and JJ Barea used to give the Lakers a lot of trouble but that was when Fisher was the PG. There’s no way JJ can run circles around Clarkson and Russell. Losing this game is still a possibility with BS at the helm and Carlisle at the other end as Pat mentioned tough.

      1. 41 year old Steve Nash can run circles around Russell, I don’t think JJ will have much trouble getting by him. Unless the LAL shot is falling they will lose this game.

  • I can’t stress enough how disappointing it will be to lose to this Mavs team. They are absolutely busted up, filled with scrubs and with all sorts of injury issues. Matthews, Parsons and Williams are all carrying injuries or just coming off serious injuries. Their doesn’t appear to be a single actual athlete on that roster who could keep up with the likes of Clarkson and Randle. Dirk is a great shooter, but he has almost zero mobility now. The Lakers have lost the past 7 games against them, but this team is absolutely beatable. The only advantage I see the Mavs have over the Lakers is their coach.

    1. Mavs are going to play hard so the lakers gotta outrun them. Randle , Russell, and Clarkson need to pick up fast break points in the first unit while Lou and Nick get fed transition 3’s by Huertas

      1. Depends on how Deep a hole, Rookies dig for Vets too.

        Last game, Coach Byron finally jerked D’lo, when LAL was down by 12 points – Game momentum was already favoring Kings

    2. We have no one to stop Parsons and I haven’t seen Matthews but I’m sure he will bring it. Don’t be too shocked if they lose. Nick and Lou only care about putting up points. Whats the point in having them to put up 37 points together while they allow the other team to put up 45. Anthony Brown needs some burn so we can see this so called 3 and D.

      1. Nick and Lou have been bailing. Nick has a PER of ~35 and Lou has the second highest PER on the team. Whenever we have the lineup that includes Clarkson, Lou, Nick we always seem to run better offense and go on a run. A Brown needs some burn but those two have been money.

        1. No doubt they both have I just want the DEFENSE to pick up! Our guards are doing horrible on that end. 132 points to the Kings? Absurd amount of points.

    3. Well the Wolves game was a winnable game as well, I think at this point we just can’t expect a win against anyone unfortunately.

    4. I don’t see the lakers losing this game, Mavs are all busted up, and JJ Barea used to give the Lakers a lot of trouble but that was when Fisher was the PG. There’s no way JJ can run circles around Clarkson and Russell. Losing this game is still a possibility with BS at the helm and Carlisle at the other end as Pat mentioned tough.

      1. 41 year old Steve Nash can run circles around Russell, I don’t think JJ will have much trouble getting by him. Unless the LAL shot is falling they will lose this game.

  • Notice that everyone seems to get well when they going to play the Lakers?….Parson and Williams say they’ll play…..This is something I hope the young players realize…that Lakers jersey has a bullseye on it…You have to come to play regardless of those Bad seasons.

  • Notice that everyone seems to get well when they going to play the Lakers?….Parson and Williams say they’ll play…..This is something I hope the young players realize…that Lakers jersey has a bullseye on it…You have to come to play regardless of those Bad seasons.

  • If they can’t beat the Mavericks then some serious changes need to occur.

    Julius should be able to exploit his matchup but our guards are going to keep getting burned which puts pressure on Hibbert to clean up every defensive mistake. He will be made the scapegoat like Pau was for all the points in the paint. Deron may have declined but I feel like he will still destroy D’Angelo. Kobe does nothing on defense and Clarkson isn’t there yet.

  • If they can’t beat the Mavericks then some serious changes need to occur.

    Julius should be able to exploit his matchup but our guards are going to keep getting burned which puts pressure on Hibbert to clean up every defensive mistake. He will be made the scapegoat like Pau was for all the points in the paint.

    Deron may have declined but I feel like he will still destroy D’Angelo. Kobe does nothing on defense and Clarkson isn’t there yet.

  • If Deron can’t go, he’s missing a golden chance to relive his Utah Deron days. As it is, Barea’s game high last year was 22. Should be to get that tonight. He hopes byron won’t change that Bass/Kelly front line. He’s not shooting well, but hey, might as well go to the rim. It’s really easy.

    Lakers have been given a ridiculously weak schedule, to not go at least 500 this month is a travesty.

  • If Deron can’t go, he’s missing a golden chance to relive his Utah Deron days. As it is, Barea’s game high last year was 22. Should be to get that tonight. He hopes byron won’t change that Bass/Kelly front line. He’s not shooting well, but hey, might as well go to the rim. It’s really easy.

    Lakers have been given a ridiculously weak schedule, to not go at least 500 this month is a travesty.

  • We should tank this year and try to get ben simmons at sf. Then our future will be set. We got to make one more sacrifice, hate to say it but it could better in the long run. Just saying.

        1. i dont think getting rid of scott will make us a whole lot better but I’m cool with getting rid of scott i just dont see any coach making a difference this season but thats just my opinion

          1. Agreed. Team is young and a lot of new pieces. It’s gonna be a long season

  • We should tank this year and try to get ben simmons at sf. Then our future will be set. We got to make one more sacrifice, hate to say it but it could better in the long run. Just saying.

        1. i dont think getting rid of scott will make us a whole lot better but I’m cool with getting rid of scott i just dont see any coach making a difference this season but thats just my opinion

          1. Agreed. Team is young and a lot of new pieces. It’s gonna be a long season

      1. Not sure if you’re talking trash, but I’m not thinking playoffs. Just want them to continue being consistent and getting better every week.

      1. Not sure if you’re talking trash, but I’m not thinking playoffs. Just want them to continue being consistent and getting better every week.

  • Ten pick n rolls per game at least c’mon Byron Scott wth how dumb is it to not play P&R ??? Russell would work well and look greAt, the system we run is a remix of everything else that doesn’t work!
    All the other new/lottery teams systems flow just fine even in a loss.

  • Ten pick n rolls per game at least c’mon Byron Scott wth how dumb is it to not play P&R ??? Russell would work well and look greAt, the system we run is a remix of everything else that doesn’t work!
    All the other new/lottery teams systems flow just fine even in a loss.

    1. if a year from now we’re watching russell give some no look passes to ben simmons then its totally worth it.
      pg-russell
      sg-clarkson
      sf-simmons
      pf-randle
      C-who cares

      1. We have so many young players on our team, we can’t be tanking every season and think it would fix our problem. It doesn’t work that way.

        The reason I was all for tanking for the past 2 seasons was because we were really depleted in term of talents but now we have 3 young core, we should start rebuild from there and restock from free agency.

        My only disappointment is we let go of Upshaw and keeping Kelly & Sacre. I hope we resign him some time during the season. He could learn a lot playing against Hibbert during practice.

        Plus, we still haven’t seen what Brown and Nance Jr capable of. Perhaps one of them could fill the gap at SF.

    1. if a year from now we’re watching russell give some no look passes to ben simmons then its totally worth it.
      pg-russell
      sg-clarkson
      sf-simmons
      pf-randle
      C-who cares

      1. We have so many young players on our team, we can’t be tanking every season and think it would fix our problem. It doesn’t work that way.

        The reason I was all for tanking for the past 2 seasons was because we were really depleted in term of talents but now we have 3 young core, we should start rebuild from there and restock from free agency.

        My only disappointment is we let go of Upshaw and keeping Kelly & Sacre. I hope we resign him some time during the season. He could learn a lot playing against Hibbert during practice.

        Plus, we still haven’t seen what Brown and Nance Jr capable of. Perhaps one of them could fill the gap at SF.

        1. Wow what’s wrong with houston??? Lawson not a good fit or Howard on decline uh oh gonna be a strange season it’s gonna be one of those shake up years, and Miami will be back in it this season, a few lowly teams looking to sneak up on ppl

        1. Wow what’s wrong with houston??? Lawson not a good fit or Howard on decline uh oh gonna be a strange season it’s gonna be one of those shake up years, and Miami will be back in it this season, a few lowly teams looking to sneak up on ppl

  • This is literally the game that you can get a win and get some confidence. Mavs are literally slower than the Lakers lol. Clarkson and Randle should have a field day.

  • This is literally the game that you can get a win and get some confidence. Mavs are literally slower than the Lakers lol. Clarkson and Randle should have a field day.

    1. What’s the point of him passing if Lakers can’t shoot? Just get your own. Build up ur stats for the next Season.

    1. What’s the point of him passing if Lakers can’t shoot? Just get your own. Build up ur stats for the next Season.

    1. They’re running the same offense as last season. 1st unit plays “D”, wink wink, 2nd unit scores.

    1. They’re running the same offense as last season. 1st unit plays “D”, wink wink, 2nd unit scores.

  • So Far, My Season Prediction.

    Kobe Bryant 18.0 2 ast
    Jordan Clarkson 15.0 pts 1.5 ast
    Lou Williams – 14.pts
    Julius Randle – 13.5 pts, 6.5 rbs
    Nick Young – 12 pts

    D’Angelo Russel – 9.5 pts, 5.5 ast
    Roy Hibbert – 9.0 pts 9 rbs
    Ryan Kelley – 6.0 pts, 4.5 rbs
    Marcelo Huertas 5.0 pts 4.5 ast
    Brandon Bass – 4.5 bass, 4.0 rbs

  • So Far, My Season Prediction.

    Kobe Bryant 18.0 2 ast
    Jordan Clarkson 15.0 pts 1.5 ast
    Lou Williams – 14.pts
    Julius Randle – 13.5 pts, 6.5 rbs
    Nick Young – 12 pts

    D’Angelo Russel – 9.5 pts, 5.5 ast
    Roy Hibbert – 9.0 pts 9 rbs
    Ryan Kelley – 6.0 pts, 4.5 rbs
    Marcelo Huertas 5.0 pts 4.5 ast
    Brandon Bass – 4.5 bass, 4.0 rbs

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