Lakers Vs. Warriors Preview: L.A. Looks To End Preseason With Win

By Maximo Gonzales

The Los Angeles Lakers have certainly got it going as of late, winning consecutive games and increasing their record to 3-4 as they head into the Honda Center for their preseason finale versus the Golden State Warriors.

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

The last time these two teams met, the Lakers prevailed with an 85-70 victory over the defending champs. However, the game was cut short due to unsafe court conditions. The Lakers then escaped with a victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, thanks to a clutch game-winning dunk by Ryan Kelly, after the Lakers had just given up a five-point lead with 17 seconds left on the clock. Marcelo Huertas dazzled in his Laker debut, as he displayed his tremendous playmaking ability, recording eight points and eight assist in 19 minutes.

Frontcourt:

The Warriors frontcourt is anchored by big man Draymond Green, whose high motor earned him All-NBA Defensive First Team honors while finishing second in voting for Defensive Player of the Year. It will be interesting to see the match-up between him and Julius Randle. The last time these teams met, Green had some trouble guarding the quickness of Randle as he dominated in the first quarter. Meanwhile, Harrison Barnes will line up at the three spot. Barnes is certainly capable of filling a stat-sheet, as he produced six points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals in his last outing versus the Clippers. With Andrew Bogut still out with a broken nose, Festus Ezeli remains the starter at center.

Backcourt:

The Golden State backcourt is one of the more electrifying guard combos in the league. Dubbed the “Splash Brothers,” MVP Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson led their team to a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, despite only 10 years of combined experience. Still young and very entertaining, they will be looking to follow their act by to proving that last year wasn’t a fluke.

Keys to Victory:

Protect the Paint: The Lakers allowed 50 points in the paint versus a Trail Blazers team whose big men were primarily perimeter players in Meyers Leonard and Chris Kaman. With Green and Ezeli primarily being post-players, you can expect the Warriors to feed it inside for some high percentage shots. The Lakers also gave up ten offensive rebounds in their last outing and will need to hold their own versus an aggressive Warriors squad trying to produce second-chance points.

Continue Taking High Percentage Shots:
As a team, the Lakers shot 45 percent against the Trail Blazers thanks to the quality of shots they were able to take. A lot of that has to do with how well they have been spreading the ball around on offense producing 22 team assists. The offense has looked a bit more efficient as of late, especially with Marcelo Huertas in the lineup. At times, the purple and gold tends to fall in love with the deep ball and though it will be important for them to be a threat from there, going 6-for-19 from three-point land isn’t ideal.

Get Ahead and Stay Ahead:
The difference between playoff-contending teams and other teams is that more often than not, the playoff teams are able to close out games when they need to. In order for the Lakers to compete for a playoff spot in the powerhouse Western Conference, they will need to win those close games. They were seemingly able to do this in their last outing, however, a pointless foul at the three-point line and a careless inbound pass almost resulted in overtime. The Lakers will need to develop that finishing mindset early on if they plan on playing more than 82 games this season.

Golden State Warriors (2-4) vs Los Angeles Lakers (3-4)
7:00 PM PST, October 22, 2015
Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
TV: TWC SportsNet/ TNT
Radio: 710 ESPN (English)/ 1330 ESPN (Spanish)

Warriors Projected Starting Lineup:
PG: Stephen Curry
SG: Klay Thompson
SF: Harrison Barnes
PF: Draymond Green
C: Festus Ezeli
Key Reserves: SF: Andre Iguodala, SG: Brandon Rush, C: Marreese Speights

Lakers Projected Starting Lineup:
PG: D’Angelo Russell
SG: Jordan Clarkson
SF: Anthony Brown
PF: Julius Randle
C: Roy Hibbert
Key Reserves: SG: Lou Williams PG: Marcelo Huertas SF: Nick Young PF: Ryan Kelly

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We will have more trouble beating them if they play Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes and Steph Curry for any amount of time, as we won’t have Kobe at the three to go against Barnes, and Anthony Brown looks lost out there with the “Deer in the headlights” look. Better to put MWP in as the 3 with the starters.

  1. This article is incorrect.

    It was not the Lakers that gave up a 5 point lead with 17 seconds left in the game the last time we played the warriors, it was Sacre.

        1. No one said he was the brightest, but by beating him every game does not make him any smarter , you cant make mistakes if your not doing anything, so he must be trying, I don’t really like him but he is what we have, lets just move on and get ready for tonight’s game and we can start on him FRI, we have all day.

        2. I think Sacre had more than enough time to prove himself. Seriously look at his production the last few years and tell me how much are you expecting from Sacre?..he is not a young pup, he already peaked and at a low end.

      1. Wasn’t Russell’s fault at all. Kelly should have called the timeout. Not throw a horrible inbound pass.

        1. No I cant blame Russell at all CJ. Russell is inexperienced and Kelly has years of experience. No excuse.

        2. its basketball he has experiance. you dont call for the ball as the pg on an inbounds play when ur not open.

          its on oth of them =

        3. The person with the last clear opportunity to prevent it is at fault, thats Kelly.

          Kelly himself admitted he messed up as a reason for going straight to the hoop on that last basket.

        4. no the person with the last opportunity to pervent it was russ. once the pass left kellys hand russ let himself got pushed off of his spot.

        5. Not even Randle with his lightning first step could not retrieve that awful inbound pass.

          Why did Kelly take responsibility for it, if it wasnt his fault?

        6. because it is his fault it was both of their faults. kelly should have called time out but russ should have either stoped calling for the ball or not allowed himself to be pushed off of his spot

        7. Kelly had possession of the ball, it was his responsibility. You cant pass the buck (pun unintentional).

        8. when a player is at his spot is open and you pass the ball to him its that players job to not get ran threw. russ failed in that job

        9. My response to that CJ is Russell is not plastic man. Who can catch an inbound like that. There are 3 other players that you can say the same thing about…get open.

        10. That’s was not designed for Kelly to go to the rim his man followed J> Brown leaving him open to the RIM QUICK thinking by KELLY .

        11. Did we win, this crying over spilt milk, gets to be funny–TONIGHT THE LAKERS PLAY.

        12. Russell is going to have to learn to play a little physical; on that in bound play a little right forearm into the defender would have kept the ball far enough from the opposing player.

        13. Or that forearm could have caused a foul which he would have been blamed for.

        14. RUSSELL called for the ball but never came back for the ball. you just cant stand there, you have to come to the ball.

      2. You are right, Kelly is not off the hook either but he at least recognized his mistake and redeemed himself with the game winning dunk.

  2. Brown has to learn some time and the preseasons are just for that, every game he will get better
    .

  • We will have more trouble beating them if they play Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes and Steph Curry for any amount of time, as we won’t have Kobe at the three to go against Barnes, and Anthony Brown looks lost out there with the “Deer in the headlights” look. Better to put MWP in as the 3 with the starters.

    1. This article is incorrect.

      It was not the Lakers that gave up a 5 point lead with 17 seconds left in the game the last time we played the warriors, it was Sacre.

          1. No one said he was the brightest, but by beating him every game does not make him any smarter , you cant make mistakes if your not doing anything, so he must be trying, I don’t really like him but he is what we have, lets just move on and get ready for tonight’s game and we can start on him FRI, we have all day.

          2. I think Sacre had more than enough time to prove himself. Seriously look at his production the last few years and tell me how much are you expecting from Sacre?..he is not a young pup, he already peaked and at a low end.

        1. Wasn’t Russell’s fault at all. Kelly should have called the timeout. Not throw a horrible inbound pass.

          1. No I cant blame Russell at all CJ. Russell is inexperienced and Kelly has years of experience. No excuse.

          2. its basketball he has experiance. you dont call for the ball as the pg on an inbounds play when ur not open.

            its on oth of them =

          3. The person with the last clear opportunity to prevent it is at fault, thats Kelly.

            Kelly himself admitted he messed up as a reason for going straight to the hoop on that last basket.

          4. no the person with the last opportunity to pervent it was russ. once the pass left kellys hand russ let himself got pushed off of his spot.

          5. Not even Randle with his lightning first step could not retrieve that awful inbound pass.

            Why did Kelly take responsibility for it, if it wasnt his fault?

          6. because it is his fault it was both of their faults. kelly should have called time out but russ should have either stoped calling for the ball or not allowed himself to be pushed off of his spot

          7. Kelly had possession of the ball, it was his responsibility. You cant pass the buck (pun unintentional).

          8. when a player is at his spot is open and you pass the ball to him its that players job to not get ran threw. russ failed in that job

          9. My response to that CJ is Russell is not plastic man. Who can catch an inbound like that. There are 3 other players that you can say the same thing about…get open.

          10. That’s was not designed for Kelly to go to the rim his man followed J> Brown leaving him open to the RIM QUICK thinking by KELLY .

          11. Did we win, this crying over spilt milk, gets to be funny–TONIGHT THE LAKERS PLAY.

          12. Russell is going to have to learn to play a little physical; on that in bound play a little right forearm into the defender would have kept the ball far enough from the opposing player.

          13. Or that forearm could have caused a foul which he would have been blamed for.

          14. RUSSELL called for the ball but never came back for the ball. you just cant stand there, you have to come to the ball.

        2. You are right, Kelly is not off the hook either but he at least recognized his mistake and redeemed himself with the game winning dunk.

    2. Brown has to learn some time and the preseasons are just for that, every game he will get better
      .

          1. YOU said KOBE + BROWN, if you cant remember re read- its stupid any way wanting KOBE to play in this preseason game. Learn the game before you show the blame. You have not said one intelligent thing all day.

          1. YOU said KOBE + BROWN, if you cant remember re read- its stupid any way wanting KOBE to play in this preseason game. Learn the game before you show the blame. You have not said one intelligent thing all day.

  • Hopefully we will find out the set rotation. Minus Kobe of course. Hopefully everyone stays healthy. Green will be looking to lock up Randle lol, but he can’t!

  • Hopefully we will find out the set rotation. Minus Kobe of course. Hopefully everyone stays healthy. Green will be looking to lock up Randle lol, but he can’t!

  • expect Julius to go right after Green and put up points in bunches while Green gets into foul trouble.
    the biggest reason to watch is to see how DLO and JC stack up against the best backcourt in the NBA, if they can hold their own then it points to us having a surprise season if not our front court is going to get into foul trouble with all the penetration those two allow…
    lastly, our bench should be a top 3 bench with Huertas, Williams, Young, Black and Bass….
    If the kids get big minutes especially Randle, i think we get a double digit win if not it’ll be like the portland game..

    1. Lol. LA is not better than the Warriors. Not even close. Our fans got way too happy after that first preseason win. lol

      1. we very likely could be better then the warriors in regard to the fact that they might have a hard time beating us. theres no question they win more games but we might be better in head to head matchups

          1. yes and no. better as in record wise yep better as in they will beat us in the playoffs might not be true

          2. Disagree, that takes into account the schedule. Not every team has the same exact schedule.

            Last year our schedule was one of the toughest in the nba.

          3. So if you win 21 games, and the other team wins the championship how are you better than them? lol. I’ll wait.

          4. No you just are one of those Lakers fans who don’t like to be honest. We are not better than the Warriors. No NBA fan would say that other than you. lol.

          5. You know about 55 percent. I remember u saying barkley would not be a star in todays league. Smfh thats blasphemos. Barkleywas third best player in the early 1990s. Sometimes i agree with u other times i gotta laugh or shake my head

          6. he would be to small to play in this league + what made barkly great is gone because of the 5 sec rule

          7. It was 3 seconds back then too bro. Watch some old tapes and see. It was the 90s

          8. the 5 sec rule is the rule that you cant dribble a person into the paint for 5 sec its alos known as the barkly rule

          9. Barkley played well against shawn kemp whos 7 inches taller he played well against duncan in the late 90s too. Hw always scored on taller and bigger players

          10. Resulting to insulting a Laker fan because you dont agree with their positivity is real sportsman like. WOW!

          11. The WARRIORS are the CHAMPIONS so not team is better its up for some team team to take it away from them, and we will not know who until the end of the season.

          12. last year. I would say the gsw or the clippers but the gsw are not as good as last season

          13. Distorted example.

            Better example:
            Two teams go to the playoffs. Of both teams the team with 10 fewer wins eventually wins the championship. The team with fewer wins is the better team!

          14. We talking about the current Lakers and the Warriors. One team is way better than the other. Just face the facts. And I don’t like the Warriors at all.

          15. Love the team and organization. Not going to ignore our flaws as a team and act like we are a contender this season tho. 35 win team at best right now. That may change, but it’s going to have to be done on the defensive end.

          16. You have valid concerns, but until its proven that we are not better, we can definitely say we are.

            Our bench is deep and we dont even see it!

          17. And where did you come up with those numbers ESPN, that’s a joke, lets finish the season and then we will see as of right now everyone is even, and with good trades, and guys getting hurt , its any body game.

          18. Its hard to say because we have not really given the LAKERS a chance , with almost a whole new team, the WARRIORS are the best team to start the season they are the CHAMPIONS and until some one takes it away they stay the champions- but its real tough the second time , because every team is trying to beat them every night, now we will see what pressure really is on the WARRIORS.

          19. Or the lucky one, I have seen that, its the bounce of the ball some times , just like BINGO.

          20. All season long we see teams win that are 10 pt underdogs, in most time it is just luck they get the calls from the ref. we get more FT, there are lots of reasons, they lose but that does not make them better, just lucker .

          21. Not really, most likely they have had less people out, during the season, there is a lot of LUCK in BB.

          22. Just like every sports, everyone has their number. No one is unbeatable. A team or a player will always be beatable given the right circumstances or right match up..

        1. Thats exactly how I feel about the Spurs.

          As good as the Spurs have been we have historically been better then the Spurs with Kobe in the playoffs.

          1. ………..and tonight it showed which fans are unbiased with actual basketball knowledge vs the delirious ones…

      2. its a preseason game dummy, which is why Curry won’t play as much and Klay, Green, and Barnes are going to play about 25-28min while we play our lineup 30+ minutes to see hoe DLO, JR, and JC gel…..
        Nowhere in my comment did i say were better than GS…
        for us this game show us how we stack up with Elite teams for them its just preseason..

    2. He did not have the game that you hoped for. He did make four shots though. ^ boards and 6 turnovers. Oh well. He sort of looked lost still at times, and then he would look great for a few plays. He’s a kid for sure and maybe thinks he is better than he really is. Double digit win? immmm that ship sailed after about 45 seconds of the game passed

      1. he went right after Green and made it look easy but got careless a few times, I didn’t like the fact that JC, NY, and DLO were taking all those 3s so often and so early in the clock which caused us to get caught in transition. JC was trying to do way too much and it hurt the flow of the game, DLo on the other hand needs to start attacking the rim more instead of looking to pass on every possession….
        Overall, our team looks good and our bench can score with the best of them, the truth is GS can shoot like no team is years if not history and our D is still a glaring weakness but we will win game against teams that play a half court game like the Mem, Sac, NO, who we play tough and lose to sharp shooting teams like GS, SA, lac….
        I expect us to at least double our win total from last season and honestly don’t be surprised if the FO acquires a Star player, not a Superstar, but Star player in a package around Clarkson, Young, and other pieces…Think DeRozan, Maybe even DMC if the Kings suck and he starts talking trash about the organization..

        1. I agree that there will be more wins this season. Defense is a hard thing, you look at teams that are successful on the defensive end and the players buy into it. I’m not saying that a bunch of slow short guys can play defense if they just work hard on it, but I think the team’s defense could improve.

  • expect Julius to go right after Green and put up points in bunches while Green gets into foul trouble.
    the biggest reason to watch is to see how DLO and JC stack up against the best backcourt in the NBA, if they can hold their own then it points to us having a surprise season if not our front court is going to get into foul trouble with all the penetration those two allow…
    lastly, our bench should be a top 3 bench with Huertas, Williams, Young, Black and Bass….
    If the kids get big minutes especially Randle, i think we get a double digit win if not it’ll be like the portland game..

    1. Lol. LA is not better than the Warriors. Not even close. Our fans got way too happy after that first preseason win. lol

      1. we very likely could be better then the warriors in regard to the fact that they might have a hard time beating us. theres no question they win more games but we might be better in head to head matchups

          1. yes and no. better as in record wise yep better as in they will beat us in the playoffs might not be true

          2. Disagree, that takes into account the schedule. Not every team has the same exact schedule.

            Last year our schedule was one of the toughest in the nba.

          3. So if you win 21 games, and the other team wins the championship how are you better than them? lol. I’ll wait.

          4. No you just are one of those Lakers fans who don’t like to be honest. We are not better than the Warriors. No NBA fan would say that other than you. lol.

          5. You know about 55 percent. I remember u saying barkley would not be a star in todays league. Smfh thats blasphemos. Barkleywas third best player in the early 1990s. Sometimes i agree with u other times i gotta laugh or shake my head

          6. he would be to small to play in this league + what made barkly great is gone because of the 5 sec rule

          7. It was 3 seconds back then too bro. Watch some old tapes and see. It was the 90s

          8. the 5 sec rule is the rule that you cant dribble a person into the paint for 5 sec its alos known as the barkly rule

          9. Barkley played well against shawn kemp whos 7 inches taller he played well against duncan in the late 90s too. Hw always scored on taller and bigger players

          10. Resulting to insulting a Laker fan because you dont agree with their positivity is real sportsman like. WOW!

          11. The WARRIORS are the CHAMPIONS so not team is better its up for some team team to take it away from them, and we will not know who until the end of the season.

          12. last year. I would say the gsw or the clippers but the gsw are not as good as last season

          13. Distorted example.

            Better example:
            Two teams go to the playoffs. Of both teams the team with 10 fewer wins eventually wins the championship. The team with fewer wins is the better team!

          14. We talking about the current Lakers and the Warriors. One team is way better than the other. Just face the facts. And I don’t like the Warriors at all.

          15. Love the team and organization. Not going to ignore our flaws as a team and act like we are a contender this season tho. 35 win team at best right now. That may change, but it’s going to have to be done on the defensive end.

          16. You have valid concerns, but until its proven that we are not better, we can definitely say we are.

            Our bench is deep and we dont even see it!

          17. And where did you come up with those numbers ESPN, that’s a joke, lets finish the season and then we will see as of right now everyone is even, and with good trades, and guys getting hurt , its any body game.

          18. Its hard to say because we have not really given the LAKERS a chance , with almost a whole new team, the WARRIORS are the best team to start the season they are the CHAMPIONS and until some one takes it away they stay the champions- but its real tough the second time , because every team is trying to beat them every night, now we will see what pressure really is on the WARRIORS.

          19. Or the lucky one, I have seen that, its the bounce of the ball some times , just like BINGO.

          20. All season long we see teams win that are 10 pt underdogs, in most time it is just luck they get the calls from the ref. we get more FT, there are lots of reasons, they lose but that does not make them better, just lucker .

          21. Not really, most likely they have had less people out, during the season, there is a lot of LUCK in BB.

          22. Just like every sports, everyone has their number. No one is unbeatable. A team or a player will always be beatable given the right circumstances or right match up..

        1. Thats exactly how I feel about the Spurs.

          As good as the Spurs have been we have historically been better then the Spurs with Kobe in the playoffs.

          1. ………..and tonight it showed which fans are unbiased with actual basketball knowledge vs the delirious ones…

      2. its a preseason game dummy, which is why Curry won’t play as much and Klay, Green, and Barnes are going to play about 25-28min while we play our lineup 30+ minutes to see hoe DLO, JR, and JC gel…..
        Nowhere in my comment did i say were better than GS…
        for us this game show us how we stack up with Elite teams for them its just preseason..

    2. He did not have the game that you hoped for. He did make four shots though. ^ boards and 6 turnovers. Oh well. He sort of looked lost still at times, and then he would look great for a few plays. He’s a kid for sure and maybe thinks he is better than he really is. Double digit win? immmm that ship sailed after about 45 seconds of the game passed

      1. he went right after Green and made it look easy but got careless a few times, I didn’t like the fact that JC, NY, and DLO were taking all those 3s so often and so early in the clock which caused us to get caught in transition. JC was trying to do way too much and it hurt the flow of the game, DLo on the other hand needs to start attacking the rim more instead of looking to pass on every possession….
        Overall, our team looks good and our bench can score with the best of them, the truth is GS can shoot like no team is years if not history and our D is still a glaring weakness but we will win game against teams that play a half court game like the Mem, Sac, NO, who we play tough and lose to sharp shooting teams like GS, SA, lac….
        I expect us to at least double our win total from last season and honestly don’t be surprised if the FO acquires a Star player, not a Superstar, but Star player in a package around Clarkson, Young, and other pieces…Think DeRozan, Maybe even DMC if the Kings suck and he starts talking trash about the organization..

        1. I agree that there will be more wins this season. Defense is a hard thing, you look at teams that are successful on the defensive end and the players buy into it. I’m not saying that a bunch of slow short guys can play defense if they just work hard on it, but I think the team’s defense could improve.

        1. the fact that you honestly beileve hes going to be cut is sad.

          every person with knolwage of the team has said he is a lock

          1. Name one. I read quite a lot.
            I haven’t seen a single thing about black being a lock. But I’ve seen a lot that makes me think he’s on the bubble.

            Let’s argue fact and tangibility.
            Please don’t use anonymous sources or statements that start with I think.

            I stated my case, what do you got?

          2. his tweet at 10:41 PM – 19 Oct 2015 ·

            he said of the three centers behind hibbet (black, upshaw, scare) black is he safest. to make the roster

          3. A random opinion by a color writer?

            Seems to me, in the days since the 19th, Sacre is much safer.

            We all interpret our information differently…. Let’s let the cuts on Monday settle this.

          4. wow. so a person that is at every pratice knows mitch on a personal lvl has less merit then you do???????

            lol omg your killing me

          5. Let’s let the cuts decide.
            You seem to be very passionate at arguing a “what if” situation, and can’t really argue anything tangible more than “I think” and “I believe.”

            When you can talk about rotations, future, money, and the rest of the dynamics of basketball, then we should continue.Otherwise it seems like I’m talking to a child who just wants to respond with “not unh” and “no way” like a broken record.

            Try to respond why Black isn’t redundant with Bass, Sacre, Kelly, and MWP?
            Explain why he will get more minutes than Sacre?
            Explain how he fits in the future?
            Explain why he’s not a liability on defense with fouls?
            Explain how he really contributes for 8 minutes per game?
            Explain why a 6’9″ PF with no post game is being considered at center, and why no other player is a better solution?
            Explain why he went undrafted, and how his skills have risen enough to warrant a roster spot?

            Let’s talk tangible, not “no way.”

          6. 1. scare if the team is healthy gets no pt
            2.he is our future back up center
            3.hes not a liablity on defense hes a back up center he will get 18mins per game he wont fould out
            4. hes getting more then 8 mins
            5.bass is not playing center
            6.hes undersized he has the skills to make this team when the people close to the team all say he will. and is a lock

            your the one that cant admit hes wrong

          7. read the comments you dumbass. hes saying black will get cut im sying he wont how stupid are u?
            ohh thats right you cant read

          8. Tarik Black 43 minutes, 11-15 (0.733), 14 reb, 1 blk, 5 pf, 3 to, 22 pts

            Brandom Bass 73 minutes, 10-25 (0.400), 15 reb, 3 blk, 10 pf, 5 to, 24 pts

            per 36 minutes:

            Tarik Black: 11.7 reb, 0.84 blk, 4.1 pf, 2.5 to, 18.4 pts

            Brandon Bass: 7.4 reb, 1.48 blk, 4.9 pf, 2.5 to, 11.9 pts

            As you can see Tarik Black is a lock, there is no other player other than Hibbert/Randle on this roster who is a threat inside the paint like Tarik is, he’s also a great rebounder.

          9. Are you cherry picking stats based on 2 players in completely different situations?

            Bass played with the starters and legit B team…. Black played in garbage minutes. And you forgot to mention the fouls and the +/-.

            Take a look at Bass’ last 2 years with the Celtics as a center.

            Why does the team need an inside threat when it has Williams, Clarkson, Young, Randle and Kobe? And, while you didn’t see it, Black’s experience and PROVEN NBA numbers on the “inside” are better.

            Let’s wait and let the cuts solve this issue.

          10. Why do they need an inside threat? Do you even watch basketball? If you don’t have anyone in the paint, then it’s just a log jam out on the perimeter and it becomes much easier for the other team to defend, and much harder to get open looks. A perfect example of this was when Kelly and Bass were playing together and they were both stretching the floor, no one was in the paint, there were no offensive boards, other than DLo ending up getting 4 of them cause no one else was in the paint. Then you look at the Maccabi game (Granted poor opposition) but that doesn’t change the fact that having a guy in the paint (Black) made the job easier for the guys on the perimeter (Kelly, Lou, Young etc.) this was also the game where DLo’s 9 of his 11 assists came from the inside out game with TArik inside 3 assists, and Kelly outside (6 assists)

          11. You seem to think we are talking about the dynamics of starting rotations.

            You are worried about an inside threat for a backup guy who gets 8 minutes against another backup, with 4 scoring threats.

            Find perspective.

          12. You are the one who needs to find perspective and get over your fascination with cutting Tarik Black. Someone will back up Randle and Hibbert and likely it will be Bass AND Black. The dynamics of basketball are the same regardless of what unit you are talking about. In order for those “4 scorers” to be at their most effective there needs to be good floor spacing, if no one is playing inside, like Bass doesn’t seem to do too much, instead preferring to stretch with his horrible 0.400 shooting percentage so far in preseason, if both bigs are stretching, no offensive boards, no inside pass, less space on the perimeter. In the end a complete loss of offensive advantage and Nick Young and Lou taking contested 3’s all game.

          13. Bruh, you’re trippin. Stop acting smart and get your brain straight up, why would you even want a Black vs brown for the last spot when you can have Sacre vs Brown? I mean all those “tangibles” that you said is flat out pointless in this argument. But really if you just have cable in your house you ain’t going to question Black’s abilities.

          14. Goes without saying. Not to mention he is not in his prime years yet! He keeps getting better.

      1. I think you are right. Black is a lock, unless there is a trade in the works down the road.

        And J Brown is obsolete in our firepower heavy roster, whereas Mettas defense is key and his team intangibles go without saying.

        Metta vs Brown = Metta wins.

          1. They wouldnt trade them soley for that reason.

            We are the 16 times CHAMPIONS Lakers not the rookie development sixers.

            If Nance beasts out then yes that would be a reason to no longer need Kelly or even Bass but just I dont think we let them go just to help Nance improve.

          2. Why?
            Bass and Kelly represent the best options to win this year.

            Nance is only 85% recovered from his knee and will probably be on a minutes restriction.

            Are you TRYING to win this year or tank?

          1. Why did Sacre get more minutes in preseason?
            Why has Scott trusted Sacre so much?

            Black represents a future that is >>>>>>>>>>>> THAN sacre.

            But as of now, Sacre is still a good contributor, doesn’t foul, plays in rotation, and does EXACTLY what he’s asked.

            A lot of people want to kick sacre and oversell Black.

          2. Lol Sacre doesnt foul bc he doesnt play defense, he doesnt box out, doesnt crash the boards, has disappearing fingers whenever he’s thrown fastballs, and despite being so big he cant backdown anyone and gets backdowned as if he’s not 7ft. But yes he does do exactly what he’s asked, and that’s to fill in a position

          3. Sacre had more minutes because he gets benched a lot. Once the season starts, he’s back at cheerleading.

          4. scare got more pt because he was fighting with upshaw for the 3rd string spot.

            now that cuts have been made he wont see much if any pt

          5. You say SACRE does EXACTLY what they tell him to do, in other words they tell him to foul 3 pt shooters, don’t worry about getting offence RB and don’t try to BLOCK A SHOTS just stay out of the way and do nothing to get hurt..

    1. Black is a lock as Hibbert’s back up. Metta should be offered a player development coaching position. Holmes is out but may not be cut right away due to his injury. The team is on the hook for his salary till he’s recovered.

      1. If you send Metta to the coaching ranks would he want to travel for $150K a year? Would he pick the Lakers coaching job over a guaranteed job somewhere else if offered?

        And why is it that Scott and the players have said that Metta is a very big asset to the team?

        Holmes is a guaranteed cut SINCE his salary is guaranteed and he can’t play in the Dleague until recovered. So, given his injury, he’s “safe” from being poached until mid-december (unless some team wants to sign him while injured).

        1. Who else was trying to get Metta? No one as he was last in China after Phil waived him. Metta is an asset as a mentor, not performance. His days of production on the court are just about over.

          1. Metta is still a solid 20 minute guy.
            And as a “mentor” he might be worth $1M to another team just for the “mentor” and deep bench ability.

            If Metta is so important as a mentor, do you really risk losing him? or do you put him on the roster?

          2. Again, when was his phone ringing outside of a call from Kobe and Mitch? He was here last season mentoring Randle. Why would that change? What has he donerecently to procure teams wanting his services on the court?

          3. He could do the same sitting on the bench a coaching- he is every ons friend on the team, but taking up space in re-build times makes no sense.

    2. your so stuck its getting stupid. black has made this team every person with knowlage says it. just because you dont like it does not change the fact that its the truth

      1. No.
        Actually bass has been a better player and represents the same solution. Bass had been an nba center for over 2 years and has nearlu 10 years of veteran experience. Scott has mentioned that Bass has been mentoring the young centers.

        After this season Black represents no more or less than any other backup grade center (and is an RFA). Black has also been a foul magnet and represents a liability of sorts from a defensive end.

        MWP is a lock, as Scott had mentioned too many things about the value of MWP. And the team IS focused about wins this year as MILLIONS $$$$$$ of broadcast money depend on the win/loss record.

        So,
        If Bass has more experience and is a better player,
        If MWP has more experience,
        Kelly is taller,
        AND Nance has a better future potential….

        Isn’t Black a bit redundant? And isn’t Black’s long term future a bit fuzzy with the team?

        Is the team worse off if Bass (Or MWP, Or Kelly, Or Nanve, or Sacre) played the 10 minutes behind Hibbert? -Probably not as Bass won’t get the fouls and be in the correct position.

        I like Black, but I don’t share the same overall look at the dynamics as the rest of you. And given the big picture, based on what I’ve seen, the team isn’t worse off if he’s cut. And as such, he’s on the bubble.

          1. Better rebounder and defender?
            I am not sure we’re talking about the same 2 players.

            In the Utah game Bass got 14 points in 1 quarter.He shut down the Utah center. Has Black ever scored 14 point, or shut down anyone?

            Let’s talk about contributions on an NBA level, not what you saw of Black during garbage time.

          2. You mean the game where Bass was playing injured?

            The game where Bass had only 14 minutes?

        1. Bass never played center. He’s always been a PF. Big Baby KG, Perkins and Kelly O all played the 5 next to him. I see Scott putting Kelly in at center if he decided to go small.

          1. Kelly as center???

            Daryl you normally make good points, this is way off bro. Bass as center yes, Kelly no! Kelly can block and is agile enough but his body and coordination are hampers for that position.

          2. Kelly w played center 4 years at Duke. It’s his natural position. The NBA is going smaller so the fears most have about him at the 5 are irrelevant. Again, I said if Scott decided to go small. That means he would be matching up with a small center.

          3. Fair but he’s shown improvement and keep in mind, he’s been played out of position since being drafted.

          4. That still doesnt make up for his lack of coordination and body girth.

            Im not saying he cant play that position, im saying he wont play it well. He has the agility but lacks the body and coordination.

          5. Small ball. His girth is not an issue because of that. His coordination is not as bad as you make it out to be. Again, he’s been played out of position on a team with horrible defensive fundamentals in general. Everyone looked uncoordinated out there the last few seasons. Lol

          6. Is he a rookie Daryl?

            Kelly is not a rookie. Nance has way more rhythm and coordination than Kelly has EVER had and Nance is a rookie.

            Now dont get me wrong, Im liking what I have seen recently from Kelly and IF he is CONSISTENT, then I would never want to see him go. But to say he could be a good center, no thanks. Ok better than Sacre yes, but still no thanks.

          7. If a lot of players around the league were CONSISTENT, we’d have more superstars in the game. Keep in mind I’ve continually said small ball and bench minutes. You’re judging him like he’s gonna play starters minutes or something?

          8. No I understand you are speaking within the context of small ball and bench but why would we use Kelly over Bass?

          9. Mark my words, you’ll see Kelly at the 5 before you will Bass. Scott recently said you won’t ever see Kelly at the 3 again. Scott has already used Kelly at the 5 this preseason.

          10. OK, I,ll be surprised but I’ll tell you this, I wouldnt have a single problem with that as long as I dont see Sacre.

          11. Sacre is not going to play small ball, he cant get out of his own way, with the bigs just guess what would happen with a small ball fast team.

          12. You are making WAY too much out of the #3 center position and maybe 8 minutes per game.

            We’re not even sure that Black is the #2 center ahead of Sacre. and in a game time emergency, if Black isn’t active on game day, then Scott has to look at Bass, MWP, or Kelly.

          13. Bass yes, Kelly no. Although I admit I am way more confident in Kellys game as center over Sacre. Im serious.

          14. And KELLY can shot from any place on the court, most centers would not follow him away from the RIM, like PAU GASOL he plays center and now can shoot from any where.

          15. Why was the the center in Boston for 2 years?
            After he was traded Stephens and Ainge wanted to develop other guys at PF and relegated Bass to center duties.

            There is more the basketball than LA bro.

          16. And the “small ball” matchup is overplayed.

            The team has 3-4 other options as a backup center. Black has to be sweating that he gets cut from another team.

          17. Is black going to be active on game day ahead of Sacre?
            Seems to me like Sacre got more minutes in preseason.

          18. Sorry man but I gave you the guys that played center for the Celtics. Bass lost PT due to the drafting of Sullinger and Kelly O. The addition of Zeller made Bass expendable.

            Nice try with the diss but I too watch more than just the Lakers.

          19. If you watch the celtics games, then you’d know that Bass is better than Black as a center solution (as of today).

          20. Bass is the proven veteran player, period. If you watched Celtics games over the years, you’d know Bass never played the 5 for them.

          21. I was not sure but thought I had never seen of heard where BASS was a center, thanks for clearing up that mess, and yes KELLY can fill in at the C in small ball he has been at the rim a lot this PRE-SEASON and doing a good job, he got his self together this yr.

        2. If you do away with all those IFS you don’t have much to talk about, I will still stay with J. BROWN over MWP- we don’t need a RENTAL for a year and lose a good player that can last another 10 years.

    3. Final roste will be:
      Russell/Huertas
      JC/Lou Williams
      Kobe/Nick Young/MWP/A. Brown
      Randle/Bass/Kelly/Larry Nance
      Hibbert/Black/Sacre

    4. Where is MWP, if we are re-building then he is the one to be cut, we should not let good life time players get away for a one yr. rental- we need d – coach so be it.

        1. the fact that you honestly beileve hes going to be cut is sad.

          every person with knolwage of the team has said he is a lock

          1. Name one. I read quite a lot.
            I haven’t seen a single thing about black being a lock. But I’ve seen a lot that makes me think he’s on the bubble.

            Let’s argue fact and tangibility.
            Please don’t use anonymous sources or statements that start with I think.

            I stated my case, what do you got?

          2. his tweet at 10:41 PM – 19 Oct 2015 ·

            he said of the three centers behind hibbet (black, upshaw, scare) black is he safest. to make the roster

          3. A random opinion by a color writer?

            Seems to me, in the days since the 19th, Sacre is much safer.

            We all interpret our information differently…. Let’s let the cuts on Monday settle this.

          4. wow. so a person that is at every pratice knows mitch on a personal lvl has less merit then you do???????

            lol omg your killing me

          5. Let’s let the cuts decide.
            You seem to be very passionate at arguing a “what if” situation, and can’t really argue anything tangible more than “I think” and “I believe.”

            When you can talk about rotations, future, money, and the rest of the dynamics of basketball, then we should continue.Otherwise it seems like I’m talking to a child who just wants to respond with “not unh” and “no way” like a broken record.

            Try to respond why Black isn’t redundant with Bass, Sacre, Kelly, and MWP?
            Explain why he will get more minutes than Sacre?
            Explain how he fits in the future?
            Explain why he’s not a liability on defense with fouls?
            Explain how he really contributes for 8 minutes per game?
            Explain why a 6’9″ PF with no post game is being considered at center, and why no other player is a better solution?
            Explain why he went undrafted, and how his skills have risen enough to warrant a roster spot?

            Let’s talk tangible, not “no way.”

          6. 1. scare if the team is healthy gets no pt
            2.he is our future back up center
            3.hes not a liablity on defense hes a back up center he will get 18mins per game he wont fould out
            4. hes getting more then 8 mins
            5.bass is not playing center
            6.hes undersized he has the skills to make this team when the people close to the team all say he will. and is a lock

            your the one that cant admit hes wrong

          7. read the comments you dumbass. hes saying black will get cut im sying he wont how stupid are u?
            ohh thats right you cant read

          8. Tarik Black 43 minutes, 11-15 (0.733), 14 reb, 1 blk, 5 pf, 3 to, 22 pts

            Brandom Bass 73 minutes, 10-25 (0.400), 15 reb, 3 blk, 10 pf, 5 to, 24 pts

            per 36 minutes:

            Tarik Black: 11.7 reb, 0.84 blk, 4.1 pf, 2.5 to, 18.4 pts

            Brandon Bass: 7.4 reb, 1.48 blk, 4.9 pf, 2.5 to, 11.9 pts

            As you can see Tarik Black is a lock, there is no other player other than Hibbert/Randle on this roster who is a threat inside the paint like Tarik is, he’s also a great rebounder.

          9. Are you cherry picking stats based on 2 players in completely different situations?

            Bass played with the starters and legit B team…. Black played in garbage minutes. And you forgot to mention the fouls and the +/-.

            Take a look at Bass’ last 2 years with the Celtics as a center.

            Why does the team need an inside threat when it has Williams, Clarkson, Young, Randle and Kobe? And, while you didn’t see it, Black’s experience and PROVEN NBA numbers on the “inside” are better.

            Let’s wait and let the cuts solve this issue.

          10. Why do they need an inside threat? Do you even watch basketball? If you don’t have anyone in the paint, then it’s just a log jam out on the perimeter and it becomes much easier for the other team to defend, and much harder to get open looks. A perfect example of this was when Kelly and Bass were playing together and they were both stretching the floor, no one was in the paint, there were no offensive boards, other than DLo ending up getting 4 of them cause no one else was in the paint. Then you look at the Maccabi game (Granted poor opposition) but that doesn’t change the fact that having a guy in the paint (Black) made the job easier for the guys on the perimeter (Kelly, Lou, Young etc.) this was also the game where DLo’s 9 of his 11 assists came from the inside out game with TArik inside 3 assists, and Kelly outside (6 assists)

            Also not cherry picking stats, just their ENTIRE stat lines from preseason. Pretty sure it wraps up a spot for Tarik Black, if you compare them to Sacre’s per 36 minutes, Tarik Black stats would be like Mutombo’s

          11. You seem to think we are talking about the dynamics of starting rotations.

            You are worried about an inside threat for a backup guy who gets 8 minutes against another backup, with 4 scoring threats.

            Find perspective.

          12. You are the one who needs to find perspective and get over your fascination with cutting Tarik Black. Someone will back up Randle and Hibbert and likely it will be Bass AND Black. The dynamics of basketball are the same regardless of what unit you are talking about. In order for those “4 scorers” to be at their most effective there needs to be good floor spacing, if no one is playing inside, like Bass doesn’t seem to do too much, instead preferring to stretch with his horrible 0.400 shooting percentage so far in preseason, if both bigs are stretching, no offensive boards, no inside pass, less space on the perimeter. In the end a complete loss of offensive advantage and Nick Young and Lou taking contested 3’s all game.

          13. Bruh, you’re trippin. Stop acting smart and get your brain straight up, why would you even want a Black vs brown for the last spot when you can have Sacre vs Brown? I mean all those “tangibles” that you said is flat out pointless in this argument. But really if you just have cable in your house you ain’t going to question Black’s abilities.

          14. Goes without saying. Not to mention he is not in his prime years yet! He keeps getting better.

      1. I think you are right. Black is a lock, unless there is a trade in the works down the road.

        And J Brown is obsolete in our firepower heavy roster, whereas Mettas defense is key and his team intangibles go without saying.

        Metta vs Brown = Metta wins.

          1. They wouldnt trade them soley for that reason.

            We are the 16 times CHAMPIONS Lakers not the rookie development sixers.

            If Nance beasts out then yes that would be a reason to no longer need Kelly or even Bass but I dont think we let them go just to help Nance develop.

          2. Why?
            Bass and Kelly represent the best options to win this year.

            Nance is only 85% recovered from his knee and will probably be on a minutes restriction.

            Are you TRYING to win this year or tank?

          1. Why did Sacre get more minutes in preseason?
            Why has Scott trusted Sacre so much?

            Black represents a future that is >>>>>>>>>>>> THAN sacre.

            But as of now, Sacre is still a good contributor, doesn’t foul, plays in rotation, and does EXACTLY what he’s asked.

            A lot of people want to kick sacre and oversell Black.

          2. Lol Sacre doesnt foul bc he doesnt play defense, he doesnt box out, doesnt crash the boards, has disappearing fingers whenever he’s thrown fastballs, and despite being so big he cant backdown anyone and gets backdowned as if he’s not 7ft. But yes he does do exactly what he’s asked, and that’s to fill in a position

          3. Sacre had more minutes because he gets benched a lot. Once the season starts, he’s back at cheerleading.

          4. scare got more pt because he was fighting with upshaw for the 3rd string spot.

            now that cuts have been made he wont see much if any pt

          5. You say SACRE does EXACTLY what they tell him to do, in other words they tell him to foul 3 pt shooters, don’t worry about getting offence RB and don’t try to BLOCK A SHOTS just stay out of the way and do nothing to get hurt..

    1. Black is a lock as Hibbert’s back up. Metta should be offered a player development coaching position. Holmes is out but may not be cut right away due to his injury. The team is on the hook for his salary till he’s recovered.

      1. If you send Metta to the coaching ranks would he want to travel for $150K a year? Would he pick the Lakers coaching job over a guaranteed job somewhere else if offered?

        And why is it that Scott and the players have said that Metta is a very big asset to the team?

        Holmes is a guaranteed cut SINCE his salary is guaranteed and he can’t play in the Dleague until recovered. So, given his injury, he’s “safe” from being poached until mid-december (unless some team wants to sign him while injured).

        1. Who else was trying to get Metta? No one as he was last in China after Phil waived him. Metta is an asset as a mentor, not performance. His days of production on the court are just about over.

          1. Metta is still a solid 20 minute guy.
            And as a “mentor” he might be worth $1M to another team just for the “mentor” and deep bench ability.

            If Metta is so important as a mentor, do you really risk losing him? or do you put him on the roster?

          2. Again, when was his phone ringing outside of a call from Kobe and Mitch? He was here last season mentoring Randle. Why would that change? What has he donerecently to procure teams wanting his services on the court?

          3. He could do the same sitting on the bench a coaching- he is every ons friend on the team, but taking up space in re-build times makes no sense.

    2. your so stuck its getting stupid. black has made this team every person with knowlage says it. just because you dont like it does not change the fact that its the truth

      1. No.
        Actually bass has been a better player and represents the same solution. Bass had been an nba center for over 2 years and has nearly 10 years of veteran experience. (Bass was a center in Boston). Scott has mentioned that Bass has been mentoring the young centers.

        After this season Black represents no more or less than any other backup grade center (and is an RFA). Black has also been a foul magnet and represents a liability of sorts from a defensive end.

        MWP is a lock, as Scott had mentioned too many things about the value of MWP. And the team IS focused about wins this year as MILLIONS $$$$$$ of broadcast money depend on the win/loss record and TV viewership.

        So,
        If Sacre is 7’0″ and much less of a foul liability,
        If Bass has more experience and is a better player,
        If MWP has more experience,
        Kelly is taller,
        AND Nance has a better future potential….

        Isn’t Black a bit redundant? And isn’t Black’s long term future a bit fuzzy with the team?

        Is the team worse off if Bass (Or MWP, Or Kelly, Or Nance, or Sacre) played the 10 minutes behind Hibbert? -Probably not as Bass (or sacre) won’t get the fouls and be in the correct position.

        I like Black, but I don’t share the same overall look at the dynamics as the rest of you. And given the big picture, based on what I’ve seen, the team isn’t worse off if he’s cut. And its certainly not improved. As such, he’s on the bubble.

        So while y’all want to say I’m emotionally attached with tunnel vision, it is your folks that can’t argue any sort of reason to keep him out of your own emotional sentiments.

          1. Better rebounder and defender?
            I am not sure we’re talking about the same 2 players.

            In the Utah game Bass got 14 points in 1 quarter.He shut down the Utah center. Has Black ever scored 14 point, or shut down anyone?

            Let’s talk about contributions on an NBA level, not what you saw of Black during garbage time.

          2. You mean the game where Bass was playing injured?

            The game where Bass had only 14 minutes?

        1. Bass never played center. He’s always been a PF. Big Baby KG, Perkins and Kelly O all played the 5 next to him. I see Scott putting Kelly in at center if he decided to go small.

          1. Kelly as center???

            Daryl you normally make good points, this is way off bro. Bass as center yes, Kelly no! Kelly can block and is agile enough but his body and coordination are hampers for that position.

          2. Kelly w played center 4 years at Duke. It’s his natural position. The NBA is going smaller so the fears most have about him at the 5 are irrelevant. Again, I said if Scott decided to go small. That means he would be matching up with a small center.

          3. Fair but he’s shown improvement and keep in mind, he’s been played out of position since being drafted.

          4. That still doesnt make up for his lack of coordination and body girth.

            Im not saying he cant play that position, im saying he wont play it well. He has the agility but lacks the body and coordination.

          5. Small ball. His girth is not an issue because of that. His coordination is not as bad as you make it out to be. Again, he’s been played out of position on a team with horrible defensive fundamentals in general. Everyone looked uncoordinated out there the last few seasons. Lol

          6. Is he a rookie Daryl?

            Kelly is not a rookie. Nance has way more rhythm and coordination than Kelly has EVER had and Nance is a rookie.

            Now dont get me wrong, Im liking what I have seen recently from Kelly and IF he is CONSISTENT, then I would never want to see him go. But to say he could be a good center, no thanks. Ok better than Sacre yes, but still no thanks.

          7. If a lot of players around the league were CONSISTENT, we’d have more superstars in the game. Keep in mind I’ve continually said small ball and bench minutes. You’re judging him like he’s gonna play starters minutes or something?

          8. No I understand you are speaking within the context of small ball and bench but why would we use Kelly over Bass?

          9. Mark my words, you’ll see Kelly at the 5 before you will Bass. Scott recently said you won’t ever see Kelly at the 3 again. Scott has already used Kelly at the 5 this preseason.

          10. OK, I,ll be surprised but I’ll tell you this, I wouldnt have a single problem with that as long as I dont see Sacre.

          11. Sacre is not going to play small ball, he cant get out of his own way, with the bigs just guess what would happen with a small ball fast team.

          12. You are making WAY too much out of the #3 center position and maybe 8 minutes per game.

            We’re not even sure that Black is the #2 center ahead of Sacre. and in a game time emergency, if Black isn’t active on game day, then Scott has to look at Bass, MWP, or Kelly.

          13. Bass yes, Kelly no. Although I admit I am way more confident in Kellys game as center over Sacre. Im serious.

          14. And KELLY can shot from any place on the court, most centers would not follow him away from the RIM, like PAU GASOL he plays center and now can shoot from any where.

          15. Why was the the center in Boston for 2 years?
            After he was traded Stephens and Ainge wanted to develop other guys at PF and relegated Bass to center duties.

            There is more the basketball than LA bro.

          16. And the “small ball” matchup is overplayed.

            The team has 3-4 other options as a backup center. Black has to be sweating that he gets cut from another team.

          17. Is black going to be active on game day ahead of Sacre?
            Seems to me like Sacre got more minutes in preseason.

          18. Sorry man but I gave you the guys that played center for the Celtics. Bass lost PT due to the drafting of Sullinger and Kelly O. The addition of Zeller made Bass expendable.

            Nice try with the diss but I too watch more than just the Lakers.

          19. If you watch the celtics games, then you’d know that Bass is better than Black as a center solution (as of today).

          20. Bass is the proven veteran player, period. If you watched Celtics games over the years, you’d know Bass never played the 5 for them.

          21. I was not sure but thought I had never seen of heard where BASS was a center, thanks for clearing up that mess, and yes KELLY can fill in at the C in small ball he has been at the rim a lot this PRE-SEASON and doing a good job, he got his self together this yr.

        2. If you do away with all those IFS you don’t have much to talk about, I will still stay with J. BROWN over MWP- we don’t need a RENTAL for a year and lose a good player that can last another 10 years.

    3. Final roste will be:
      Russell/Huertas
      JC/Lou Williams
      Kobe/Nick Young/MWP/A. Brown
      Randle/Bass/Kelly/Larry Nance
      Hibbert/Black/Sacre

    4. Where is MWP, if we are re-building then he is the one to be cut, we should not let good life time players get away for a one yr. rental- we need d – coach so be it.

  • 4-4 would be nice considering the rocky start to this year’s preseason. I fear the Warriors may come out focused and intent given the thrashing the Clippers gave them. Curry and Klay both starting is sn indication.

        1. it matters. our bench is what is going to win us game alot this season we have arguably the best bench in the nba.

          btw we match up well with the gsw so im not ready to say they are so much better then us

          1. Lol. Dude LA is one of the worst teams in the West. The Warriors are the defending champs. Stop it. I love my Lakers but some of our fans just don’t like to give honest assessments.

          2. i never said they will win as much as the gsw but that does not mean we cant be a mis match bs them.

            if your a true lakers fan then you know even when we were winning titles and por was a lottery team we still could not beat them in portland because they matched up well with us.

            no question the gsw are better but we match up well with them wich should keep us in games

          3. It doesn’t matter if we match up well with them. That doesn’t make us a better team than them. A team that won 21 games or so last season can’t be compared to the defending champions. It’s disrespectful to say the least.

          4. no its the truth i would not be surprised if we win the season serise vs the gsw this season which means in head to head match ups were better which is what i ave said.

          5. Originally you said you wouldn’t say Golden State is better than the Lakers. lol. If you said that to any real basketball fan they would tell you to stop talking. lol.

          6. What are you basing this on? If you want me to be honest, the times we beat Golden State in recent years is because they take the night off when they play the Lakers. lol.

          7. so in your mind the hawks were better then the cavs because the hawks won more games last season right?

          8. I’m not basing my opinion just on who had the most wins. I’m looking at the actual teams/roster/coach. Lakers don’t have a MVP candidate player on the current roster, nor an all start level talent. (Kobe doesn’t count, fan vote).

          9. 23-6-6 is an alstar sorry your wrong there.

            according to you the team with the most wins is the better team.

            there is a reason the gsw upseat the 67 win dal mavs in 07 its bewcauyse that baron davis lead gsw team was better then those mavs.

            if you understood basketball you would know match ups matter

          10. Wrong again. The reason they won is because they locked down Dirk. Defense. lol. Lakers have one of the worst defenses in the NBA. Your comparisons are horrible. lol

          11. I didn’t say they had a good defensive team. I said they locked down Dirk with Defense. All facts. Just face the facts, this Lakers team is a 35 win team at best right now. We can’t stop anybody.

          12. Not at all. All i’m stating is the Warriors are way better than the Lakers right now (10/22). If you can’t see that you are blind.

          13. I dont understand you calling me out.

            Elaborate on my contradictions please?

            Im running an errand, excuse me if I dont reply immediately.

          14. it’s common for the worst teams to have the best benches and for the best teams to have the worst benches. Look at Lebron’s bench squad every year, practically non existent

          15. Our weakness is perimeter defense and with both Curry and Klay playing it could get ugly. The interesting matchup I’m looking forward to is Randle VS. Green.

          16. Our bench is not really better than GS. Keep in mind Iggy could start and is the reason they won it all. Barbosa, Livingston… both very formidable.

          17. no our bench is better.

            we have a true pg on our bench two 6th man of the year options in lou and young and two great back up bigs

          18. You’re very optimistic. GS bench is proven and ours while nice so far isn’t.

          19. we have had a top 5 bench for the last two seasons. the gsw bench got worse this off season wile ours got better

          20. When your starters are bad the beach can look good. Especially when Scott has starters on the bench. BTW, that bench of the past is not the same as this one. Hill, Davis, Lin and Ellington SD a lot of heavy lifting for our bench.

          21. thats not our bench from last season.

            thge group that saw the most time on the bench was

            lin. brown, kelly, bozer, black
            now tell me this is ont better
            huz, lou, young, bass, black

            we literally got better at ever position off of our bench

          22. Davis came off the bench more than starting. Ellington also as he was behind Kobe and then JC and Lin. Our front court bench is weaker. It remains to be seen if Young can completely regain form. Bass and Williams are very good pick ups. Our guys look good on paper. Till they are proven as a functioning unit in real games, paper projections is all it is.

          23. the bench unit that saw the most pt together was the one i stated sorry our bench improved at every postition

          24. The bench stayed relatively the same. You just traded skills at the expense of scoring.

            Huertas is a better assist maker than Lin, but a much lower scorer
            Bass is a much better defender than Boozer, but a lower scorer.
            Young is the same.
            Black is the same.
            Lou “might” equal the combined rotational value of Clarkson, Lin, and Young.

            Mitch upgraded the starters, the Bench remained about the same.

          25. Our bench last year ranked 4th in pts @ 39.4 and 7th in +/- differential. If they remain the same it would be very good for the LAL. Our best bench perimeter defender is…Nick Young with Huertas and Lou being bad. Out best interior defender…Brandon Bass with Kelly being bad. This years bench might score more but they are also going to give up a lot more points.

          26. True, but CJ makes good points.
            We have a proven Lou and Swaggy and Bass. The unproven is Huertas but he is very proven in Europe!

          27. Our bench has been and is significantly way more consistant the GS while they have proven players, their averages are at an all time low and continue to decline Barbosa, Livingston and Ezili are not better than Huertas Lou Young or Black and on a good night Kelly.

          28. Agree. We are rising, they are still good but not rising any further.

            We have a nice deep bench and we don’t even see it.

          29. i would agree but so far our teams defense is the 8th best in the nba wile the gsw are ranked 26th or so

          30. it did a bit but if you take them out we jump up it 13th defensively and that imo is a place we could stay threw out the season

          31. Until proven as a functioning unit, our bench is not better than the defending champs bench.

          32. You cant go by last year Daryl or by title, this isnt a decision made in Las Vegas.

          33. you cant go by last season they dont have the same bench as last seasons.

            btw we had a better bench last season too so if we are going by last season our bench is still better

          34. Barbosa has his moments but he is no longer a threat. Livingston yes but he is not consistent. Iguadala is a threat.

          35. We’re talking bench players. Consistency is in your starters. Barbosa and Livingston both proved their worth through the playoffs to a championship. They’re all threats.

          36. Im talking bench players.
            Livingston yes, barbosa, nahhhh!

            Laker bench vs GS bench = Lakers win with Huertas, Lou, Nick,Kelly, Black.

            Lakers are deep and we don’t even know it!

          37. Are you watching the game? It’s going exactly as I said it would. Our bench is weak sauce compared to the Warriors bench. Livingston and Iggy are killing us as I expected. Hate to say I told you so (sigh) but you learning today. Hopefully our young Lakers are too. We’ve got a long way to go…

          38. Unbelieveable?!?

            Our bench played against the Clippers in 13-14 game one of the regular season, and they erased a deficit in route to blowing the Clippers out. Stop the excuses man.

          39. our bench was still fine we needed kobe in this game and jc getting hurt killed us too

          40. The fact that you go there, coupled with other foolish things you’ve said, I know you never played the game on an organized level.

          1. Warriors had like the 2nd best bench in the NBA last year behind the Spurs. I think you are overestimating our bench.

          2. Not at all our bench could be one of the best and our bench is vastly underrated

  • 4-4 would be nice considering the rocky start to this year’s preseason. I fear the Warriors may come out focused and intent given the thrashing the Clippers gave them. Curry and Klay both starting is an indication.

        1. it matters. our bench is what is going to win us game alot this season we have arguably the best bench in the nba.

          btw we match up well with the gsw so im not ready to say they are so much better then us

          1. Lol. Dude LA is one of the worst teams in the West. The Warriors are the defending champs. Stop it. I love my Lakers but some of our fans just don’t like to give honest assessments.

          2. i never said they will win as much as the gsw but that does not mean we cant be a mis match bs them.

            if your a true lakers fan then you know even when we were winning titles and por was a lottery team we still could not beat them in portland because they matched up well with us.

            no question the gsw are better but we match up well with them wich should keep us in games

          3. It doesn’t matter if we match up well with them. That doesn’t make us a better team than them. A team that won 21 games or so last season can’t be compared to the defending champions. It’s disrespectful to say the least.

          4. no its the truth i would not be surprised if we win the season serise vs the gsw this season which means in head to head match ups were better which is what i ave said.

          5. Originally you said you wouldn’t say Golden State is better than the Lakers. lol. If you said that to any real basketball fan they would tell you to stop talking. lol.

          6. What are you basing this on? If you want me to be honest, the times we beat Golden State in recent years is because they take the night off when they play the Lakers. lol.

          7. so in your mind the hawks were better then the cavs because the hawks won more games last season right?

          8. I’m not basing my opinion just on who had the most wins. I’m looking at the actual teams/roster/coach. Lakers don’t have a MVP candidate player on the current roster, nor an all start level talent. (Kobe doesn’t count, fan vote).

          9. 23-6-6 is an alstar sorry your wrong there.

            according to you the team with the most wins is the better team.

            there is a reason the gsw upseat the 67 win dal mavs in 07 its bewcauyse that baron davis lead gsw team was better then those mavs.

            if you understood basketball you would know match ups matter

          10. Wrong again. The reason they won is because they locked down Dirk. Defense. lol. Lakers have one of the worst defenses in the NBA. Your comparisons are horrible. lol

          11. I didn’t say they had a good defensive team. I said they locked down Dirk with Defense. All facts. Just face the facts, this Lakers team is a 35 win team at best right now. We can’t stop anybody.

          12. Not at all. All i’m stating is the Warriors are way better than the Lakers right now (10/22). If you can’t see that you are blind.

          13. I dont understand you calling me out.

            Elaborate on my contradictions please?

            Im running an errand, excuse me if I dont reply immediately.

          14. it’s common for the worst teams to have the best benches and for the best teams to have the worst benches. Look at Lebron’s bench squad every year, practically non existent

          15. Our weakness is perimeter defense and with both Curry and Klay playing it could get ugly. The interesting matchup I’m looking forward to is Randle VS. Green.

          16. Our bench is not really better than GS. Keep in mind Iggy could start and is the reason they won it all. Barbosa, Livingston… both very formidable.

          17. no our bench is better.

            we have a true pg on our bench two 6th man of the year options in lou and young and two great back up bigs

          18. You’re very optimistic. GS bench is proven and ours while nice so far, isn’t.

          19. we have had a top 5 bench for the last two seasons. the gsw bench got worse this off season wile ours got better

          20. When your starters are bad the bench can look good. Especially when Scott has starters on the bench. BTW, that bench of the past is not the same as this one. Hill, Davis, Lin and Ellington did a lot of heavy lifting for our bench.

          21. thats not our bench from last season.

            the group that saw the most time on the bench was

            lin. brown, kelly, bozer, black
            now tell me this is ont better
            huz, lou, young, bass, black

            we literally got better at ever position off of our bench

          22. Davis came off the bench more than starting. Ellington also as he was behind Kobe and then JC and Lin. Our front court bench is weaker. It remains to be seen if Young can completely regain form. Bass and Williams are very good pick ups. Our guys look good on paper. Till they are proven as a functioning unit in real games, paper projections is all it is.

          23. the bench unit that saw the most pt together was the one i stated sorry our bench improved at every postition

          24. The bench stayed relatively the same. You just traded skills at the expense of scoring.

            Huertas is a better assist maker than Lin, but a much lower scorer
            Bass is a much better defender than Boozer, but a lower scorer.
            Young is the same.
            Black is the same.
            Lou “might” equal the combined rotational value of Clarkson, Lin, and Young.

            Mitch upgraded the starters, the Bench remained about the same.

          25. Our bench last year ranked 4th in pts @ 39.4 and 7th in +/- differential. If they remain the same it would be very good for the LAL. Our best bench perimeter defender is…Nick Young with Huertas and Lou being bad. Out best interior defender…Brandon Bass with Kelly being bad. This years bench might score more but they are also going to give up a lot more points.

          26. True, but CJ makes good points.
            We have a proven Lou and Swaggy and Bass. The unproven is Huertas but he is very proven in Europe!

          27. Our bench has been and is significantly way more consistant the GS while they have proven players, their averages are at an all time low and continue to decline Barbosa, Livingston and Ezili are not better than Huertas Lou Young or Black and on a good night Kelly.

          28. Agree. We are rising, they are still good but not rising any further.

            We have a nice deep bench and we don’t even see it.

          29. i would agree but so far our teams defense is the 8th best in the nba wile the gsw are ranked 26th or so

          30. That’s good to know. Didn’t realize that. Playing Maccabi might have helped

          31. it did a bit but if you take them out we jump up it 13th defensively and that imo is a place we could stay threw out the season

          32. Until proven as a functioning unit, our bench is not better than the defending champs bench.

          33. You cant go by last year Daryl or by title, this isnt a decision made in Las Vegas.

          34. you cant go by last season they dont have the same bench as last seasons.

            btw we had a better bench last season too so if we are going by last season our bench is still better

          35. Barbosa has his moments but he is no longer a threat. Livingston yes but he is not consistent. Iguadala is a threat.

          36. We’re talking bench players. Consistency is in your starters. Barbosa and Livingston both proved their worth through the playoffs to a championship. They’re all threats.

          37. Im talking bench players.
            Livingston yes, barbosa, nahhhh!

            Laker bench vs GS bench = Lakers win with Huertas, Lou, Nick,Kelly, Black.

            Lakers are deep and we don’t even know it!

          38. Are you watching the game? It’s going exactly as I said it would. Our bench is weak sauce compared to the Warriors bench. Livingston and Iggy are killing us as I expected. Hate to say I told you so (sigh) but you learning today. Hopefully our young Lakers are too. We’ve got a long way to go…

          39. Unbelieveable?!?

            Our bench played against the Clippers in 13-14 game one of the regular season, and they erased a deficit in route to blowing the Clippers out. Stop the excuses man.

          40. our bench was still fine we needed kobe in this game and jc getting hurt killed us too

          41. The fact that you go there, coupled with other foolish things you’ve said, I know you never played the game on an organized level.

          1. Warriors had like the 2nd best bench in the NBA last year behind the Spurs. I think you are overestimating our bench.

          2. Not at all our bench could be one of the best and our bench is vastly underrated

  • If the Lakers win, lets see if ESPN actually show highlights of the WINNING team. For some ungodly reason, their coverage of Laker preseason victories has consisted of only showing highlights of the losing teams star player.

  • If the Lakers win, lets see if ESPN actually show highlights of the WINNING team. For some ungodly reason, their coverage of Laker preseason victories has consisted of only showing highlights of the losing teams star player.

  • The match up I’d like to see is Russell vs Curry; it doesn’t matter if he is going to play on point of off the ball Russell is clearly more of a threat inside the perimeter and is a post up threat over Curry if he wanted to take advantage of the mismatch.

    As a defensive strategy I would like to see Russell not give him any space from beyond the arc; Curry could easily drive pass him for an open 2 or a layup but Russell’s length trailing him will disrupt his offensive flow. Better to give up a 2 and by taking away 3s we can disrupt the team’s #1 option player.

    Clearly Klay and Curry are superior but at this point we can take away some advantages.

  • The match up I’d like to see is Russell vs Curry; it doesn’t matter if he is going to play on point of off the ball Russell is clearly more of a threat inside the perimeter and is a post up threat over Curry if he wanted to take advantage of the mismatch.

    As a defensive strategy I would like to see Russell not give him any space from beyond the arc; Curry could easily drive pass him for an open 2 or a layup but Russell’s length trailing him will disrupt his offensive flow. Better to give up a 2 and by taking away 3s we can disrupt the team’s #1 option player.

    Clearly Klay and Curry are superior but at this point we can take away some advantages.

  • Jim Buss:

    “(Jerry Buss) taught me for all these years, we’re always looking three to five years ahead. Right now, I’m not looking at this season…I don’t care about making the playoffs and getting eliminated in the playoffs. What I care about is getting the core players, because we want to get to the top, and the only way we can get to the top is to have the core players, get the free agents, have flexibility in our (salary) cap, and we’ll be there within three years. Not a problem. Boom.”

      1. I think he was explaining why that was though. They didn’t want to waste their flexibility on players that would not be core players to a championship. We went with 1 year contracts waiting for the right opportunities. Basically we have to wait for Kobe to retire to completely restart.

    1. I’m sure he feels a lot more comfortable after watching all the potential in Randle and Clarkson all we need is Russell to pan out and we’re in a good position to sign a good free agent

      1. Times have definitely changed. Problem with that view is that everyone has salary cap space and have an equal chance of signing a major free agent. The FO of the LAL is in disarray. Jim pushed out alot of ppl in the LAL FO and the replacements have not been of the same caliber. That in a nutshell has been Magic (and others) criticism of Jim.

        The Durants of the world are looking for winning teams with great FO and right now that is not the LAL. The only FA the LAL will attract are the overprice ones.

  • Jim Buss:

    “(Jerry Buss) taught me for all these years, we’re always looking three to five years ahead. Right now, I’m not looking at this season…I don’t care about making the playoffs and getting eliminated in the playoffs. What I care about is getting the core players, because we want to get to the top, and the only way we can get to the top is to have the core players, get the free agents, have flexibility in our (salary) cap, and we’ll be there within three years. Not a problem. Boom.”

      1. I think he was explaining why that was though. They didn’t want to waste their flexibility on players that would not be core players to a championship. We went with 1 year contracts waiting for the right opportunities. Basically we have to wait for Kobe to retire to completely restart.

    1. I’m sure he feels a lot more comfortable after watching all the potential in Randle and Clarkson all we need is Russell to pan out and we’re in a good position to sign a good free agent

      1. Times have definitely changed. Problem with that view is that everyone has salary cap space and have an equal chance of signing a major free agent. The FO of the LAL is in disarray. Jim pushed out alot of ppl in the LAL FO and the replacements have not been of the same caliber. That in a nutshell has been Magic (and others) criticism of Jim.

        The Durants of the world are looking for winning teams with great FO and right now that is not the LAL. The only FA the LAL will attract are the overprice ones.

    2. Awww Jim trying to sound like he knows what he is doing. This is year 4 and we still suck.

  • It took a contributing writer to get it right! Maximo, teach Jabari somethin! Bout damn time someone gets it right with Nick Young and marks him for what he is, a SF.

  • It took a contributing writer to get it right! Maximo, teach Jabari somethin! Bout damn time someone gets it right with Nick Young and marks him for what he is, a SF.

  • Dear Lakers fans, face the harsh reality. This is a 35 win team at best right now. Our defense is still bottom of the NBA. We have a few young players who have a chance to be great but we just don’t know what they will be right now. Kobe will be injured at some point this season. His body has fallen apart. He barely bumped his leg and had to leave the game the other night. I will still support our team because I bleed purple and gold, but getting my hopes up about this season is something I won’t do until they show me otherwise.

        1. no. the team if healthy last season was on a 30-35 win rate with out randle or nash.

          add randle and russ then improve the team its not that hard to see.

          1. What??? Were you not watching? We won 21 games in the 2014-15 season….not anywhere close to your imaginary numbers.

          2. when healthy aka the 15 games were kobe and young played together the lakers went 7-8 thats a 35 win season.

            learn basketball

          3. Hey, I played and watched basketball for the last 30 years and there is no way they win 35 games this season. Somewhere in the 20s depending on injuries and player dev. I think the ESPN prediction of 26 wins is going to be very close.

    1. Agreed. 35 wins would be really good for this team, but that’s what happens when you go through a total rebuild.

      I think people forget that Durant/Westbrook won 23 games their first year together and they turned out ok. These things take some time.

  • Dear Lakers fans, face the harsh reality. This is a 35 win team at best right now. Our defense is still bottom of the NBA. We have a few young players who have a chance to be great but we just don’t know what they will be right now. Kobe will be injured at some point this season. His body has fallen apart. He barely bumped his leg and had to leave the game the other night. I will still support our team because I bleed purple and gold, but getting my hopes up about this season is something I won’t do until they show me otherwise.

        1. no. the team if healthy last season was on a 30-35 win rate with out randle or nash.

          add randle and russ then improve the team its not that hard to see.

          1. What??? Were you not watching? We won 21 games in the 2014-15 season….not anywhere close to your imaginary numbers.

          2. when healthy aka the 15 games were kobe and young played together the lakers went 7-8 thats a 35 win season.

            learn basketball

          3. Hey, I played and watched basketball for the last 30 years and there is no way they win 35 games this season. Somewhere in the 20s depending on injuries and player dev. I think the ESPN prediction of 26 wins is going to be very close.

    1. Agreed. 35 wins would be really good for this team, but that’s what happens when you go through a total rebuild.

      I think people forget that Durant/Westbrook won 23 games their first year together and they turned out ok. These things take some time.

  • We have to show promise today. Warriors will be hungry to revenge today, i think. Last year, we look bad in the preseason games agains them, and this year we have to fight better.
    Our bench will be HUGE today. And i expect Byron to figure out our rotation ready in this game, no more experiments. We have to be ready to the season and this is our last preseason game.
    Marcelo, Lou, Nick, Bass (maybe Kelly) and Black have to play agressive and keep us in the game, because i think their starters will kill ours. Anthony Brown is not ready, and we will miss Kobe

  • We have to show promise today. Warriors will be hungry to revenge today, i think. Last year, we look bad in the preseason games agains them, and this year we have to fight better.
    Our bench will be HUGE today. And i expect Byron to figure out our rotation ready in this game, no more experiments. We have to be ready to the season and this is our last preseason game.
    Marcelo, Lou, Nick, Bass (maybe Kelly) and Black have to play agressive and keep us in the game, because i think their starters will kill ours. Anthony Brown is not ready, and we will miss Kobe

    1. Must suck to stream the games. I have to do that for the Eagles games since TWC doesn’t have Sunday Ticket 🙁

    1. Must suck to stream the games. I have to do that for the Eagles games since TWC doesn’t have Sunday Ticket 🙁

    1. Nah, it’s only pre-season. Let the kid play and get some valuable minutes. We already know what Metta can do.

    1. Nah, it’s only pre-season. Let the kid play and get some valuable minutes. We already know what Metta can do.

  • This game is pretty much about Russell. Rotation is set with the exception of PG. Clarkson has been good, Randle has been great, Roy has been great and Kobe is well Kobe.
    Russell has been kind of terrible, has to prove he deserves playing time in the NBA.

    1. To me, this game is all about Randle. Dray will come to play to redeem hilself. Randle has to step up and show he’s pretty much unguardable

      1. Randle has already shown he is starting. There is no question about it. But I do agree that matchup will be entertaining!

    2. IDK…Russell hasn’t put up numbers, but the first team offense just seems to flow better with him running it vs Clarkson or Williams.

      Maybe it would be different with Huertas, but his style seems to be better suited for the spot-up shooters on the second unit vs. the iso/slashers on the first.

    3. Russell has not been that bad. Remember back in 93 season when people wherw hard on penny hardaway in pre season, and a year later he was on all nba first team, so u never know

  • This game is pretty much about Russell. Rotation is set with the exception of PG. Clarkson has been good, Randle has been great, Roy has been great and Kobe is well Kobe.
    Russell has been kind of terrible, has to prove he deserves playing time in the NBA.

    1. To me, this game is all about Randle. Dray will come to play to redeem hilself. Randle has to step up and show he’s pretty much unguardable

      1. Randle has already shown he is starting. There is no question about it. But I do agree that matchup will be entertaining!

    2. IDK…Russell hasn’t put up numbers, but the first team offense just seems to flow better with him running it vs Clarkson or Williams.

      Maybe it would be different with Huertas, but his style seems to be better suited for the spot-up shooters on the second unit vs. the iso/slashers on the first.

    3. Russell has not been that bad. Remember back in 93 season when people wherw hard on penny hardaway in pre season, and a year later he was on all nba first team, so u never know

  • With the Warriors having more of their players back and this game being on TNT tonight I expect a loss.

  • With the Warriors having more of their players back and this game being on TNT tonight I expect a loss.

  • Let’s set a passing mark for Byron Scott? I say IF LAKERS DON’T WIN 40 games, Byron MUST RESIGN! I think that’s fair. Didnt ask for playoff. AGREE?????

    1. Even then, it’s not realistic. I’d say if he doesn’t pass the 30 win mark, he should be fired or asked to leave.

  • Let’s set a passing mark for Byron Scott? I say IF LAKERS DON’T WIN 40 games, Byron MUST RESIGN! I think that’s fair. Didnt ask for playoff. AGREE?????

    1. Even then, it’s not realistic. I’d say if he doesn’t pass the 30 win mark, he should be fired or asked to leave.

  • I think we have a far shot to the playoffs. We have talent, but our inexperiense will cost us too many close games. We might compete every single game until the 4 quarter. But in the close moments our inexperiense will show up.

    OKC
    Warriors
    Spurs
    Clippers
    Rockets
    Memphis
    Pelicans
    Suns
    Kings
    Lakers
    Jazz
    Mavericks
    Portland
    Denver
    Wolves

    What you guys think?

    1. Gonna be tough. Lakers need to get off to a good start in the first month or so. Every team is healthy so far, but you never know

      1. Pelicans lose Tyreke. That will cost them some wins. But not enough to make us better than them

        1. If Lakers can pile up wins in the beginning, they might be able to ride that momentum. I’m guessing 45 wins gets the 8th seed.

    2. Is that your ranking of WC teams? If so, I’d say it looks about right, but also think the Kings/Lakers/Jazz/Mavericks positions will be fluid until the final week of the season.

      Kings may sneak ahead of the Suns as well if Karl can get everybody on the same page.

      1. Kings are looking good. If Carl gets everyone on the same page they might get ahead of the Pelicans.

  • I think we have a far shot to the playoffs. We have talent, but our inexperiense will cost us too many close games. We might compete every single game until the 4 quarter. But in the close moments our inexperiense will show up.

    OKC
    Warriors
    Spurs
    Clippers
    Rockets
    Memphis
    Pelicans
    Suns
    Kings
    Lakers
    Jazz
    Mavericks
    Portland
    Denver
    Wolves

    What you guys think?

    1. Gonna be tough. Lakers need to get off to a good start in the first month or so. Every team is healthy so far, but you never know

      1. Pelicans lose Tyreke. That will cost them some wins. But not enough to make us better than them

        1. If Lakers can pile up wins in the beginning, they might be able to ride that momentum. I’m guessing 45 wins gets the 8th seed.

    2. Is that your ranking of WC teams? If so, I’d say it looks about right, but also think the Kings/Lakers/Jazz/Mavericks positions will be fluid until the final week of the season.

      Kings may sneak ahead of the Suns as well if Karl can get everybody on the same page.

      1. Kings are looking good. If Carl gets everyone on the same page they might get ahead of the Pelicans.

  • Last year 21 wins with over 320 games missed due to injuries. 50% improvement this year means 32 wins, 100% means 42 wins. Gotta stay healthy cuz gonna be tough to make playoffs – OKC missed out with 45 wins last year. Agree with Temujn, BS gotta win 40 to keep his job.

  • Last year 21 wins with over 320 games missed due to injuries. 50% improvement this year means 32 wins, 100% means 42 wins. Gotta stay healthy cuz gonna be tough to make playoffs – OKC missed out with 45 wins last year. Agree with Temujn, BS gotta win 40 to keep his job.

  • I am a Lakers fan so I won’t talk down on my team despite what people say we win 26 or 35 that’s is just putting down my team I want my team to win all games and I will root for them to do so…I think the first 16 games till the end of November all a win able games except 3 so of we go 13/3 will be amazing but I will be happy with 10/6 to start

    1. smarteset post every team is 0-0and the warriors have regressed even if its preseason, plus warriors there bench numbers were not great really last year to contribute despite being talented that, other teams benches outscored them more in the playoffs and their bench really gave up leads and turned blowouts leads into literally some close ones where the starters had to close it off!

    2. I’ve been predicting doom and gloom for the team myself, but now that I look at those 16 games, I think you’re on to something.

      I don’t think 13/3 is realistic, but 10/6 is a legitimate possibility and with that momentum, who knows?

  • I am a Lakers fan so I won’t talk down on my team despite what people say we win 26 or 35 that’s is just putting down my team I want my team to win all games and I will root for them to do so…I think the first 16 games till the end of November all a win able games except 3 so of we go 13/3 will be amazing but I will be happy with 10/6 to start

    1. smart post, every team is 0-0and the warriors have regressed even if its preseason, plus warriors there bench numbers were not great really last year to contribute despite being talented that, other teams benches outscored them more in the playoffs and their bench really gave up leads and turned blowouts leads into literally some close ones where the starters had to close it out!

    2. I’ve been predicting doom and gloom for the team myself, but now that I look at those 16 games, I think you’re on to something.

      I don’t think 13/3 is realistic, but 10/6 is a legitimate possibility and with that momentum, who knows?

  • w for us Lakers, warriors have to play Stephen and klay that’s weak, last time we played we beat Stephen without kobe,I think the lakers are serious to prove that slip cancel game was not a joke and show the league were for real and will get 1st seed or close! plus we want to end on a good note, I think we are going to be the top 4 teams,the last 2 games have built a winning and wanting to win more altitude, blowing out the warriors and a tough one against Portland to get experience and a positive vibe and friendship bond with each teammate, Lakers want a good vibe of winning the finale and start winning to our goal of a championship this year, go Lakers! go 2016lakers get this game then on championship road!

    1. Told u bpowell 1 that randle was going to end up a starter. Remember me about 3 weeks ago u said randall was sorry.

  • w for us Lakers, warriors have to play Stephen and klay that’s weak, last time we played we beat Stephen without kobe,I think the lakers are serious to prove that slip cancel game was not a joke and show the league were for real and will get 1st seed or close! plus we want to end on a good note, I think we are going to be the top 4 teams,the last 2 games have built a winning and wanting to win more altitude, blowing out the warriors and a tough one against Portland to get experience and a positive vibe and friendship bond with each teammate, Lakers want a good vibe of winning the finale and start winning to our goal of a championship this year, go Lakers! go 2016lakers get this game then on championship road!

    1. Told u bpowell 1 that randle was going to end up a starter. Remember me about 3 weeks ago u said randall was sorry.

  • my fear is that most here as well as espn and others are judging this team based on past years, when actually this is a very different team, and a team that we have seen grow rapidly ahead of schedule this summer. with every game even whie playing guys that would not make the team or even get much pt ounce the season starts. we had a chance to beat utah in one of the two games we was up late in 4th. we beat a decent international team then turned around and beat the defendingchamps andd portland without kobe and lou. all whie starting a rookie at the 3 that hasnt even scored in those games. we have prolly atleast 3 0r 4 bench players that could start on other teams, our bench lead by heurtas is right now imo top 5 atleast. if we win tonight we would play 500 ball and i dont see why that wont be the case for the eason this team if they stay the course should have no problem getting 40 wins, we may not make the playoffs, but hey you never know.

    1. From the outside looking in, ANY team without a bonafide superstar in his prime will be percieved as a team that is no threat and can only at best hang around .500. Last year’s Atlanta Hawks was seen as a team that would be kind of a .500 squad at best but they developed great chemistry and trust and everyone slipped into their roles nicely and above all, avoided injuries so the result was 60 wins instead of the predicted 40-44. It is possible something similar can happen with this Laker team but maybe more to the tune of like 46-48 wins(Tougher Western conf.) if things go well. The hunger and team chemistry is there.

  • my fear is that most here as well as espn and others are judging this team based on past years, when actually this is a very different team, and a team that we have seen grow rapidly ahead of schedule this summer. with every game even whie playing guys that would not make the team or even get much pt ounce the season starts. we had a chance to beat utah in one of the two games we was up late in 4th. we beat a decent international team then turned around and beat the defendingchamps andd portland without kobe and lou. all whie starting a rookie at the 3 that hasnt even scored in those games. we have prolly atleast 3 0r 4 bench players that could start on other teams, our bench lead by heurtas is right now imo top 5 atleast. if we win tonight we would play 500 ball and i dont see why that wont be the case for the eason this team if they stay the course should have no problem getting 40 wins, we may not make the playoffs, but hey you never know.

    1. From the outside looking in, ANY team without a bonafide superstar in his prime will be percieved as a team that is little threat and can only at best hang around .500. Last year’s Atlanta Hawks was seen as a team that would be kind of a .500 squad at best before the season started and even lost early on to the Lakers but they developed great chemistry and trust and everyone slipped into their roles nicely and above all, avoided injuries so the result was 60 wins instead of the predicted 40-44, AND with a very weak bench! It is possible something similar can happen with this Laker team but maybe more to the tune of like 46-48 wins(Tougher Western conf.) if things go well. The hunger and team chemistry is there. The early schedule is very favorable so if they can get off to a solid start and get some momentum anything can happen as far as contending for a playoff spot. Good luck with health is key.

  • I’m really looking forward to a win, if possible against depleted Warriors. Not that high level competition is not important, but with this roster that we have, combining strong experience at all the positions (especially true if we keep MWP) and raw young talent with very high ceiling, a mix of good to strong vets, we’re still missing something. Something that we lost when D’Antoni took over. A winning culture. Better start the season with 3 preseason wins in a row behind us and restore the word ‘unacceptable’ along with ‘loss’ as an absolute motto.
    If they get that mindset from the start, we make the PO this year.

  • I’m really looking forward to a win, if possible against depleted Warriors. Not that high level competition is not important, but with this roster that we have, combining strong experience at all the positions (especially true if we keep MWP) and raw young talent with very high ceiling, a mix of good to strong vets, we’re still missing something. Something that we lost when D’Antoni took over. A winning culture. Better start the season with 3 preseason wins in a row behind us and restore the word ‘unacceptable’ along with ‘loss’ as an absolute motto.
    If they get that mindset from the start, we make the PO this year.

  • I hope the Lakers keep MWP. I like J. Brown and his potential but with the combo guards we already have, Clarkson (will be given a long contract next year) and Williams (already in a multi-year contract) Brown won’t be given enough mintues to shine. We can still use MWP this year, given we only have a 37 year old, an offensive minded Young & a rookie in the 3 spot. By next year we can let MWP go and maybe try and acquire KD or whoever we can get that plays the 3 spot better than who we have now.

  • I hope the Lakers keep MWP. I like J. Brown and his potential but with the combo guards we already have, Clarkson (will be given a long contract next year) and Williams (already in a multi-year contract) Brown won’t be given enough mintues to shine. We can still use MWP this year, given we only have a 37 year old, an offensive minded Young & a rookie in the 3 spot. By next year we can let MWP go and maybe try and acquire KD or whoever we can get that plays the 3 spot better than who we have now.

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