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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:51 pm    Post subject: Lakers in the News 7/24/15: The Clock Is Ticking on Byron Scott's Future with the Los Angeles Lakers

Latest on Roy Hibbert, Lineup Plans for Next Season and More
by Chris Roling - bleacherreport.com

With what seems to be a complete, improved roster, the Los Angeles Lakers begin the march toward next season.

There's a lot of work to do. D'Angelo Russell was a fine get in the draft, but he will have to learn to play nice with others, including Jordan Clarkson and Kobe Bryant. So was Lou Williams in free agency, who must do the same.

Down low, general manager Mitch Kupchak and the front office can only hope Julius Randle will remain healthy while learning from Brandon Bass and pairing with Roy Hibbert.

Again, the Lakers will be one of the hottest topics all summer. To stay in the loop, here's the latest.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2529191-lakers-news-latest-on-roy-hibbert-lineup-plans-for-next-season-and-more


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:52 pm    Post subject:

Metta World Peace Compares Julius Randle To LeBron James
by Ryan Ward - lakersnation.com

Metta World Peace is a player that no one wants to mess with while on the basketball floor. World Peace plays extremely physical and never backs down from anyone while being stronger than most in the NBA at the small forward position.

Although no longer in the NBA and merely a spectator at Los Angeles Lakers games, World Peace can still be seen at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo from time to time. Most recently, the one-time NBA champion worked out with second-year forward Julius Randle at the team’s facility and had nothing but high praise for the up-and-comer.

On Monday, World Peace made an appearance on Max and Marcellus on ESPN 710 radio. Metta spoke in-depth about working out with Randle multiple times over the summer and gave an interesting comparison to a current NBA superstar while co-hosting the show with Max Kellerman:

http://www.lakersnation.com/lakers-news-metta-world-peace-compares-julius-randle-to-lebron-james/2015/07/23/
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:54 pm    Post subject:

Lakers' young core has some around NBA skeptical of future
by sporting news - sportal.com.au

The Lakers’ entry in the Las Vegas Summer League played five games over the course of a week. It won once. It shot 39.2 percent as a team, and 23.3 percent from the 3-point line. Its players committed an average of 15.6 turnovers per game, a hefty number considering summer games are just 40 minutes.

Summer wins and losses matter little. There is a long list of current stars who were utter flops in summer appearances, when the games are a bit scattered, the refs are not NBA quality and the competition uneven. But for the Lakers, who have much at stake in the development and production of young players that made up their summer roster, the bunch was decidedly underwhelming.

“You don’t want to draw any conclusions from a few summer games obviously,” one league executive said. “But I think in general, the way to put it is that they probably value their assets more than the rest of the league values them. Everyone gambles on young guys. You just don’t know. For [the Lakers], they could all turn out to be fine, but they’re a long way from that now.”

http://www.sportal.com.au/nba/lakers-kobe-bryant-dangelo-russell-julius-randle-lordan-clarkson-player-development-future/6p3wucae5d9b17bmvbzxsxw8n
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:55 pm    Post subject:

How Much Of A Distraction Will Kobe Bryant Be?
by David Goodman - hoopshabit.com

The Los Angeles Lakers are not the organization they once were.

Once the premier franchise of the NBA and the destination of choice for just about every kid coming out of college, the Lakers are now a team that is trying to reinvent itself. Although the Lakers would never admit that they are “rebuilding” because pride won’t allow it, that is exactly what they are doing.

The Lakers shocked everyone at the NBA Draft this past June by passing on Duke center Jahlil Okafor and instead picking guard D’Angelo Russell out of Ohio State. It was a bold move many saw as a clear indication that the Lakers are rebuilding, even if they won’t admit it.

In addition to Russell, they have returning forward Julius Randle and guard Jordan Clarkson, two talented players that could be the beginnings of a core of young talent that will take them into the future.

So you have to ask why a team that needs to pursue youth would go out during free agency and sign center Roy Hibbert and forward Lou Williams, even if the deals were very team-friendly. Why would an organization that needs to be thinking about the future and freeing up cap space pursue LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre Jordan, knowing that it would be nothing but a band-aid and wouldn’t solve the very real issues this team has?

It all comes down to Kobe Bryant.

http://hoopshabit.com/2015/07/23/lakers-much-distraction-will-kobe-bryant/
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 6:06 am    Post subject:

Jordan Clarkson Being A Top Lakers Asset Is No Fluke In 2016
by Keith Rivas - lasportshub.com

What we’ve seen from the Lakers’ Summer League play shouldn’t be taken for granted or taken too seriously — it’s the Summer League for a reason.

Fred Roggin of NBC made the point in a sit down with LA Sports Hub that 85% of the Summer League players don’t necessarily make the team and the other 15% could potentially end up in the D-League.

What’s Roggin’s point?

Stop taking early failure so seriously.

The Lakers know that they have to move past Kobe Bryant at some point at it’s honestly better that they face that music now than never.

If not now, when exactly?

http://lasportshub.com/2015/07/23/jordan-clarkson-being-a-top-lakers-asset-is-no-fluke-in-2016/
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 6:16 am    Post subject:

Kobe Bryant will not go gentle into that good night
by Jared Wade - fansided.com

Kobe Bryant is a gunslinger from another era, and while his demeanor might not let him bow out gracefully, it will be awful fun to watch

The Los Angeles Lakers won back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010. That was only five years ago, but it seems like a different eon. Everything has changed for the franchise. It’s net worth may be higher than ever, but its prospects for the future are shrouded in uncertainty.

The brightest hope comes in the form of point guard D’Angelo Russell, who the Lakers took with the second pick in this summer’s draft. He is talented, he is confident, and he is big. At 6’5″, he isn’t exactly Magic Johnson or LeBron James running an offense, but along with Emmanuel Mudiay and others, some are looking at Russell to usher in a new era of tall point guards.

But he can’t save the Lakers by himself — and nobody knows that better than his new teammate Kobe Bryant.

http://fansided.com/2015/07/24/kobe-bryant-go-gentle-lakers-dangelo-russell/
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 6:20 am    Post subject:

Kobe Bryant Faced With Legacy Defining Challenge
by Will Reeve - lakeroutsiders.com

Kobe Bryant again has the weight of Lakers nation on his shoulders. However, this time he can’t score or simply use his ferocious and unparalleled drive to satisfy the task at hand.

Bryant’s lasting legacy partially hinges on him being the opposite of the guy he’s been his entire career in many respects. While this might sound borderline blasphemous to most Bryant fans, it’s the brutal truth.

Bryant isn’t the same player anymore, nor was he last year when Byron Scott inexplicably allowed him to play 34.5 minutes per game and hoist 20 shots each night. The truth is, the Lakers haven’t needed Bryant to be the on-court player that he’s been in his legendary career for two full seasons.

http://lakersoutsiders.com/2015/07/23/la-lakers-kobe-bryant-2015/
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 12:27 pm    Post subject:

Lakers Envision D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson Backcourt For 10-12 Years
by Ryan Ward - lakersnation.com

The Los Angeles Lakers are currently building for what could be a very promising future in the post-Kobe Bryant era. Adding Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle and D’Angelo Russell were steps forward in this process and general manager Mitch Kupchak hopes it’ll setup the team for years to come.

During an appearance on SiriusXM NBA Radio, Kupchak said the following about the team’s vision with Clarkson and Russell:

http://www.lakersnation.com/lakers-envision-dangelo-russell-jordan-clarkson-backcourt-for-10-12-years/2015/07/24/
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 12:29 pm    Post subject:

The Clock Is Ticking on Byron Scott's Future with the Los Angeles Lakers
by David Murphy - bleacherreport.com

Heading into his second season as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, Byron Scott is facing not one, but multiple ticking clock scenarios.

And like a protagonist in a blockbuster movie, the veteran coach’s ultimate success might very well lie in picking his battles wisely. But since when do action figures take the most logical approach to saving the day?

Scott will have numerous competing agendas on his plate when basketball resumes in the fall. He’ll have a mostly young roster to preside over, including rookies and sophomores who need time and patient guidance in order to grow and develop for the future.

On the other hand, legendary superstar Kobe Bryant will return after a long injury layoff, for perhaps his final season. It’s doubtful the Mamba will be content with holding the hands of neophytes as they learn the ways of the NBA. Bryant will want to do one thing and one thing only—go out in a blaze of prove-it-all glory.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 12:38 pm    Post subject:

Tick tock...can't wait until we get a "modern" day coach.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 5:44 pm    Post subject:

What does "modern day" coach mean? Is that a coach who will stand by and watch allot of 1 on 1 and hope for the best?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 7:20 pm    Post subject:

*Purple&Gold* wrote:
What does "modern day" coach mean? Is that a coach who will stand by and watch allot of 1 on 1 and hope for the best?


The Lakers almost lead the league in isolation attempts, so just the opposite of what you said.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:03 pm    Post subject:

Becky Hamon would be a new modern coach
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 11:18 pm    Post subject:

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What does "modern day" coach mean? Is that a coach who will stand by and watch allot of 1 on 1 and hope for the best?
The Lakers almost lead the league in isolation attempts, so just the opposite of what you said.
With "Black Holes" like Swaggy P, it would be hard to not have countless ISO plays.

Hopefully we will see a system that saw JKidd and CP3 thrived when they were coached by Scott
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 11:26 pm    Post subject:

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The Clock Is Ticking on Byron Scott's Future with the Los Angeles Lakers
by David Murphy - bleacherreport.com

Heading into his second season as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, Byron Scott is facing not one, but multiple ticking clock scenarios.

And like a protagonist in a blockbuster movie, the veteran coach’s ultimate success might very well lie in picking his battles wisely. But since when do action figures take the most logical approach to saving the day?

Scott will have numerous competing agendas on his plate when basketball resumes in the fall. He’ll have a mostly young roster to preside over, including rookies and sophomores who need time and patient guidance in order to grow and develop for the future.

On the other hand, legendary superstar Kobe Bryant will return after a long injury layoff, for perhaps his final season. It’s doubtful the Mamba will be content with holding the hands of neophytes as they learn the ways of the NBA. Bryant will want to do one thing and one thing only—go out in a blaze of prove-it-all glory.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2529864-the-clock-is-ticking-on-byron-scotts-future-with-the-los-angeles-lakers
Baring multiple major injuries, BScott should have a much better season than last year - if not heads will roll

If (a BIG IF) Kobe can stay healthy and play most of the games (acknowledging that he will not be playing the backends of back-to-back games), the Lakers could be in the hunt for a low playoff seed.

It will be their D that will dictate how well they will do against the Spurs, Grizzs, Warriors and others. Since nobody expects much from this team, it might have a chance to sneak in a few long winning streaks (ala the Warriors last year) to get a run like last year's Phoenix Suns before they blew up the team at the trading deadline.

The kids will do well.
The kids will provide lots of energy
The kids will not get the calls from the refs
The kids will make understandable critical mistakes during crunch time to lose game
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:59 am    Post subject:

A Mad Chinaman wrote:
lakersfreak wrote:
The Clock Is Ticking on Byron Scott's Future with the Los Angeles Lakers
by David Murphy - bleacherreport.com

Heading into his second season as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, Byron Scott is facing not one, but multiple ticking clock scenarios.

And like a protagonist in a blockbuster movie, the veteran coach’s ultimate success might very well lie in picking his battles wisely. But since when do action figures take the most logical approach to saving the day?

Scott will have numerous competing agendas on his plate when basketball resumes in the fall. He’ll have a mostly young roster to preside over, including rookies and sophomores who need time and patient guidance in order to grow and develop for the future.

On the other hand, legendary superstar Kobe Bryant will return after a long injury layoff, for perhaps his final season. It’s doubtful the Mamba will be content with holding the hands of neophytes as they learn the ways of the NBA. Bryant will want to do one thing and one thing only—go out in a blaze of prove-it-all glory.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2529864-the-clock-is-ticking-on-byron-scotts-future-with-the-los-angeles-lakers
Baring multiple major injuries, BScott should have a much better season than last year - if not heads will roll

If (a BIG IF) Kobe can stay healthy and play most of the games (acknowledging that he will not be playing the backends of back-to-back games), the Lakers could be in the hunt for a low playoff seed.

It will be their D that will dictate how well they will do against the Spurs, Grizzs, Warriors and others. Since nobody expects much from this team, it might have a chance to sneak in a few long winning streaks (ala the Warriors last year) to get a run like last year's Phoenix Suns before they blew up the team at the trading deadline.

The kids will do well.
The kids will provide lots of energy
The kids will not get the calls from the refs
The kids will make understandable critical mistakes during crunch time to lose game


I'm pretty damn excited to see Kobe go relentless this season and spurn off the "he needs to take a backseat" discussion. He has never been that type of player. He shouldn't play more than 32 minutes a game, but I think the time that he is on the court I don't see him settling with the wise old Mr. Miyagi tutoring role ushering in the next gen Lakers. He's going to go out on his terms and go balls to the wall....that's freaking Kobe Bryant.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 2:31 am    Post subject:

A Mad Chinaman wrote:
fiendishoc wrote:
*Purple&Gold* wrote:
What does "modern day" coach mean? Is that a coach who will stand by and watch allot of 1 on 1 and hope for the best?
The Lakers almost lead the league in isolation attempts, so just the opposite of what you said.
With "Black Holes" like Swaggy P, it would be hard to not have countless ISO plays.

Hopefully we will see a system that saw JKidd and CP3 thrived when they were coached by Scott


Swaggy only played 42 games and isolated less frequently than others on the team. You can't pin it only on him.
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ReaListik wrote:
A Mad Chinaman wrote:
lakersfreak wrote:
The Clock Is Ticking on Byron Scott's Future with the Los Angeles Lakers
by David Murphy - bleacherreport.com

Heading into his second season as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, Byron Scott is facing not one, but multiple ticking clock scenarios.

And like a protagonist in a blockbuster movie, the veteran coach’s ultimate success might very well lie in picking his battles wisely. But since when do action figures take the most logical approach to saving the day?

Scott will have numerous competing agendas on his plate when basketball resumes in the fall. He’ll have a mostly young roster to preside over, including rookies and sophomores who need time and patient guidance in order to grow and develop for the future.

On the other hand, legendary superstar Kobe Bryant will return after a long injury layoff, for perhaps his final season. It’s doubtful the Mamba will be content with holding the hands of neophytes as they learn the ways of the NBA. Bryant will want to do one thing and one thing only—go out in a blaze of prove-it-all glory.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2529864-the-clock-is-ticking-on-byron-scotts-future-with-the-los-angeles-lakers
Baring multiple major injuries, BScott should have a much better season than last year - if not heads will roll

If (a BIG IF) Kobe can stay healthy and play most of the games (acknowledging that he will not be playing the backends of back-to-back games), the Lakers could be in the hunt for a low playoff seed.

It will be their D that will dictate how well they will do against the Spurs, Grizzs, Warriors and others. Since nobody expects much from this team, it might have a chance to sneak in a few long winning streaks (ala the Warriors last year) to get a run like last year's Phoenix Suns before they blew up the team at the trading deadline.

The kids will do well.
The kids will provide lots of energy
The kids will not get the calls from the refs
The kids will make understandable critical mistakes during crunch time to lose game
I'm pretty damn excited to see Kobe go relentless this season and spurn off the "he needs to take a backseat" discussion. He has never been that type of player. He shouldn't play more than 32 minutes a game, but I think the time that he is on the court I don't see him settling with the wise old Mr. Miyagi tutoring role ushering in the next gen Lakers. He's going to go out on his terms and go balls to the wall....that's freaking Kobe Bryant.
What makes The Black Mambe who he is - A Winner - is to go to the MAX

Who on this roster should he take a "back seat?"

Hopefully Kobe will only be playing between 25 to 30 minutes with strategic DNPRests sprinkled throughout the season.

A rested Black Mamba playing the final minutes of games, one can say again "The Game is in the Refrigerator"
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 6:40 am    Post subject:

ReaListik wrote:
A Mad Chinaman wrote:
lakersfreak wrote:
The Clock Is Ticking on Byron Scott's Future with the Los Angeles Lakers
by David Murphy - bleacherreport.com

Heading into his second season as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, Byron Scott is facing not one, but multiple ticking clock scenarios.

And like a protagonist in a blockbuster movie, the veteran coach’s ultimate success might very well lie in picking his battles wisely. But since when do action figures take the most logical approach to saving the day?

Scott will have numerous competing agendas on his plate when basketball resumes in the fall. He’ll have a mostly young roster to preside over, including rookies and sophomores who need time and patient guidance in order to grow and develop for the future.

On the other hand, legendary superstar Kobe Bryant will return after a long injury layoff, for perhaps his final season. It’s doubtful the Mamba will be content with holding the hands of neophytes as they learn the ways of the NBA. Bryant will want to do one thing and one thing only—go out in a blaze of prove-it-all glory.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2529864-the-clock-is-ticking-on-byron-scotts-future-with-the-los-angeles-lakers
Baring multiple major injuries, BScott should have a much better season than last year - if not heads will roll

If (a BIG IF) Kobe can stay healthy and play most of the games (acknowledging that he will not be playing the backends of back-to-back games), the Lakers could be in the hunt for a low playoff seed.

It will be their D that will dictate how well they will do against the Spurs, Grizzs, Warriors and others. Since nobody expects much from this team, it might have a chance to sneak in a few long winning streaks (ala the Warriors last year) to get a run like last year's Phoenix Suns before they blew up the team at the trading deadline.

The kids will do well.
The kids will provide lots of energy
The kids will not get the calls from the refs
The kids will make understandable critical mistakes during crunch time to lose game


I'm pretty damn excited to see Kobe go relentless this season and spurn off the "he needs to take a backseat" discussion. He has never been that type of player. He shouldn't play more than 32 minutes a game, but I think the time that he is on the court I don't see him settling with the wise old Mr. Miyagi tutoring role ushering in the next gen Lakers. He's going to go out on his terms and go balls to the wall....that's freaking Kobe Bryant.


The odds are against it, but I'm hoping he regains his 2013 form. I was surprised how well he was playing in 2013. It seemed like the Mamba would be going forever and ever, but then the achilles thing happened. I hope he can get back to 2013, but if not, he needs to be Mr Miyagi. I'm not excited if it's a relentless 37% brick-fest like last year. If the ball isn't going in the hoop, then he should take a back seat and be Mr. Miyagi.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 6:17 pm    Post subject:

Funny how the clock is ticking on Scott, he's only been here for a year and already he gets the blame for any failures and none of the success...
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