OFFICIAL LUOL DENG THREAD (Must be Traded or Stretched to Sign a Max FA Next Summer)
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:30 pm    Post subject:

I think some of it is sour grapes now. Deng still thinks he has it in him, but is he willing to bust his butt between now and training camp, report in as good of shape as the rest of the guys, and play well enough to justify minutes over Lebron, Kuzma, Beasley, McGee, and Zubac at the 4 and 5?

To date he is viewed as a way overpaid non-performer. He can either accept it or prove it wrong. Words from an $18 million a year player who scored two points last season, are cheap. For his money, he should be our second best player not an old, broken down freeloader.

If he can play at least better than Brewer did for us in limited minutes, he at least earns his man card back. But if he is just going to whine to the media I have nothing but contempt for him.

The Lakers made bad moves back then, all Deng can do is try to st least give a solid veteran minimum performance. Nothing wrong with some sweat earned dignity and self respect.

Show us 10 points, 5 boards and some floor burns, then I will say Deng is good enough to stay here for the season. Rudy Gay should be his goal.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:48 pm    Post subject:

Wolverine wrote:
CaCHooKa_Man wrote:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUqf9anAL8A

Thanks CaCHooKa_Man!

Love the new logo!


Thanks Cachooka. Deng looks fat and slow, I don't understand what all the hoopla is about.
He's not NBA quality anymore
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:06 pm    Post subject:

twisted wrote:
Wolverine wrote:
CaCHooKa_Man wrote:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUqf9anAL8A

Thanks CaCHooKa_Man!

Love the new logo!


Thanks Cachooka. Deng looks fat and slow, I don't understand what all the hoopla is about.
He's not NBA quality anymore


He played decent in an exhibition game and people don't like the idea of spending 2yrs/$36M for nothing.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:23 pm    Post subject:

oldlakerfan wrote:
epak wrote:
https://mobile.twitter.com/NBA/status/1025766534747222016/video/1

He's back!


He can still play. Maybe Lebron can light a fire under him.


He looks like me out there . . . and I'm 55, with a gut and bad feet.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:30 pm    Post subject:

able to still dunk, but no shot.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:31 pm    Post subject:

Deng can have his freedom.... agree to terminate contract.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:32 pm    Post subject:

twisted wrote:
Wolverine wrote:
CaCHooKa_Man wrote:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUqf9anAL8A

Thanks CaCHooKa_Man!

Love the new logo!


Thanks Cachooka. Deng looks fat and slow, I don't understand what all the hoopla is about.
He's not NBA quality anymore


*blink* umm...is me getting old?! or does team africa have "two" no. 9s playing?! .....at the same time!
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:02 pm    Post subject:

twisted wrote:
Wolverine wrote:
CaCHooKa_Man wrote:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUqf9anAL8A

Thanks CaCHooKa_Man!

Love the new logo!


Thanks Cachooka. Deng looks fat and slow, I don't understand what all the hoopla is about.
He's not NBA quality anymore


I appreciate the 3 point clanks in the highlights as well.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:06 pm    Post subject:

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so much effort put into why Deng was not given mins, smh

Irony that this comes after randle is let go


The only irony is you injecting shots at Randle in every thread because you were so wrong about him and he made you eat crow.


Like how we make you eat crow every day of every week?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:24 pm    Post subject:

2017-18 season highlights

https://youtu.be/KofNyCkA12U
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:55 pm    Post subject:

^some kind of Mandela effect...I don't remember Deng playing last season
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:42 pm    Post subject:

I wonder if it was at all awkward for RP and Deng this past week. Do you think they communicated or ignored one another?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:13 am    Post subject:

He should have spent time to train his 3-pt shot.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:25 am    Post subject:

twisted wrote:
Wolverine wrote:
CaCHooKa_Man wrote:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUqf9anAL8A

Thanks CaCHooKa_Man!

Love the new logo!


Thanks Cachooka. Deng looks fat and slow, I don't understand what all the hoopla is about.
He's not NBA quality anymore


Agree. He looks like he completely let himself go compared to what he looked like at the start of last season. I was kinda hoping we might be able to use him as a small ball 5, but I’m letting that go after seeing his highlights at the exhibition game.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:36 am    Post subject:

For me that “steal” into the fast break showed everything we needed to see. Defender basically gave him the ball, and then his “fast break” dribble really sealed the deal. Looked more like a washed up pick-up guy on the break than a pro ready to earn minutes

I’m a pretty strong optimist, but I don’t see playing time in his future. We’ll likely trade him as an expiring next year without any play time this year. Him complaining to the media now gives a slight hope to some sort of a buyout... but ya - he’s cashin dem checks for now.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:40 am    Post subject:

epak wrote:
2017-18 season highlights

https://youtu.be/KofNyCkA12U


He looks waaaaaay better here than he does in his highlight reel of the exhibition game. Really looks like he’s let himself go, but I guess I can’t blame him that much.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:00 am    Post subject:

Hanging from Rafters wrote:
Needed Deng down the stretch last year with BI injury and Brewer release. If you have a player and need him to play you should play him, it’s on the coach and office. Now if you try to sub him in like Hood and he doesn’t go then it’s on the player. Think we made a mistake not playing Deng. Those were legit NBA Players Deng competed against today.


Maybe we you are correct we made a mistake...
But using the criteria it's because Deng looked "good" vs a few NBA players in an exhibition with ASG level defense is silly.
The Lakers mistake was signing him in a desperate move to beat a self-imposed deadline. He did not play worthy of even a third of that... He was buried on the bench because he is untradable. Period. Nothing we saw in these highlights should offset how mediocre he looked in year one of his horrid deal.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:34 am    Post subject:

h2omike wrote:
I think some of it is sour grapes now. Deng still thinks he has it in him, but is he willing to bust his butt between now and training camp, report in as good of shape as the rest of the guys, and play well enough to justify minutes over Lebron, Kuzma, Beasley, McGee, and Zubac at the 4 and 5?

To date he is viewed as a way overpaid non-performer. He can either accept it or prove it wrong. Words from an $18 million a year player who scored two points last season, are cheap. For his money, he should be our second best player not an old, broken down freeloader.

If he can play at least better than Brewer did for us in limited minutes, he at least earns his man card back. But if he is just going to whine to the media I have nothing but contempt for him.

The Lakers made bad moves back then, all Deng can do is try to st least give a solid veteran minimum performance. Nothing wrong with some sweat earned dignity and self respect.

Show us 10 points, 5 boards and some floor burns, then I will say Deng is good enough to stay here for the season. Rudy Gay should be his goal.


He won’t get the opportunity. This classy organization that treats their players great won’t give him the opportunities to show he belongs.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:46 am    Post subject:

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h2omike wrote:
I think some of it is sour grapes now. Deng still thinks he has it in him, but is he willing to bust his butt between now and training camp, report in as good of shape as the rest of the guys, and play well enough to justify minutes over Lebron, Kuzma, Beasley, McGee, and Zubac at the 4 and 5?

To date he is viewed as a way overpaid non-performer. He can either accept it or prove it wrong. Words from an $18 million a year player who scored two points last season, are cheap. For his money, he should be our second best player not an old, broken down freeloader.

If he can play at least better than Brewer did for us in limited minutes, he at least earns his man card back. But if he is just going to whine to the media I have nothing but contempt for him.

The Lakers made bad moves back then, all Deng can do is try to st least give a solid veteran minimum performance. Nothing wrong with some sweat earned dignity and self respect.

Show us 10 points, 5 boards and some floor burns, then I will say Deng is good enough to stay here for the season. Rudy Gay should be his goal.


He won’t get the opportunity. This classy organization that treats their players great won’t give him the opportunities to show he belongs.


Classy organization with bad FO in ur boys Jim/Mitch will give garbage players 72/4m

Now u r here complaining how we are not giving mins to a guy who came out of shape after getting a big fat contract cause the guys who gave him contract are out
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:47 am    Post subject:

Can you two just knock it off?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:53 am    Post subject:

Omar Little wrote:
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:06 am    Post subject:

He didn't look good imo. Slow and out of shape. I don't think he reached his goal of proving himself to the org or other teams: https://www.iol.co.za/sport/basketball/deng-wants-to-prove-himself-to-lakers-in-nba-africa-game-16374170
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:08 am    Post subject:

Deng may have been handled poorly but can't blame new regime for sins of the previous one...
Plus Deng has 70 million reasons to stay in shape and not complain. He thinks he has something left? Negotiate a settlement and prove the Lakers wrong...
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:20 am    Post subject:

My limited understanding of the situation last season is that the decision not to play Luol was mutual, between the FO and Deng's agent.

Luol entered last season in game shape, but by March he had already let himself slide. I'll be curious what shape he's in come training camp this fall.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:30 am    Post subject:

LandsbergerRules wrote:
He didn't look good imo. Slow and out of shape. I don't think he reached his goal of proving himself to the org or other teams: https://www.iol.co.za/sport/basketball/deng-wants-to-prove-himself-to-lakers-in-nba-africa-game-16374170


Looked on the heavy side to me too...
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