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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:57 pm    Post subject:

waterman40 wrote:
Alphas:

KCP
Hart
LBJ
Kuzma
Rondo
Wagner
Lance

Betas:

Lonzo
Deng
BI
Lopez
McGee (?)
Svi
Zubac


This whole ALPHA/BETA thing is a bunch of (bleep).

What makes Lonzo not an alpha? He broke high school basketball, dominated at UCLA, was the 2nd pick and is the face of a successful BBB company because of his persona. Is it because he's a pass first player?

What makes BI not an alpha? He keeps to himself, he works hard and no one really (bleep) with him. Any scrap he's near, he gets involved. He 100% fits the quite alpha male archtype. You know those dudes who keep to themselves, but everyone respects and no one (bleep) with?

And what makes the other guys alpha? Because they take more shots, because they're louder or because you find them more attractive?

I'm confused how this works. Plus if we got 7 alphas, we got a whole new problem to worry about.

We have one alpha male on our team and it's Lebron James. Everyone else better find their role and try to fit in.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:16 am    Post subject:

https://twitter.com/taniaganguli/status/1016946817496334336

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What did Kyle Kuzma do when he heard LeBron signed with the Lakers? He called @KingJames.


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Never shy about approaching the legends of the game, Kyle Kuzma made a phone call as soon as he heard LeBron James chose the Lakers.
He called James.

“It was very short; he was headed out of the country,” Kuzma said of the conversation. “It’s a bunch of excitement. Getting one of the greatest players of all time. Not too many players can say that.”
Kuzma was in Las Vegas on Tuesday to watch the Lakers’ summer league team win another game, beating the New York Knicks 109-92.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:56 pm    Post subject:

Can Kuzma play the 5 this year? His standing reach is higher than Randle and Draymond and Love
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:00 pm    Post subject:

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https://twitter.com/taniaganguli/status/1016946817496334336

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What did Kyle Kuzma do when he heard LeBron signed with the Lakers? He called @KingJames.


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Never shy about approaching the legends of the game, Kyle Kuzma made a phone call as soon as he heard LeBron James chose the Lakers.
He called James.

“It was very short; he was headed out of the country,” Kuzma said of the conversation. “It’s a bunch of excitement. Getting one of the greatest players of all time. Not too many players can say that.”
Kuzma was in Las Vegas on Tuesday to watch the Lakers’ summer league team win another game, beating the New York Knicks 109-92.


I love this guy.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:00 pm    Post subject:

Claysmokepot wrote:
Can Kuzma play the 5 this year? His standing reach is higher than Randle and Draymond and Love


No. But he can play 2-4 IMO depending on who else is in there with him.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:01 pm    Post subject:

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Can Kuzma play the 5 this year? His standing reach is higher than Randle and Draymond and Love


Welcome to Lakersground. Congratulations on your first post.

No Kuzma is not playing Center, dude.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:04 pm    Post subject:

1ngr4m wrote:
waterman40 wrote:
Alphas:

KCP
Hart
LBJ
Kuzma
Rondo
Wagner
Lance

Betas:

Lonzo
Deng
BI
Lopez
McGee (?)
Svi
Zubac


This whole ALPHA/BETA thing is a bunch of (bleep).

What makes Lonzo not an alpha? He broke high school basketball, dominated at UCLA, was the 2nd pick and is the face of a successful BBB company because of his persona. Is it because he's a pass first player?

What makes BI not an alpha? He keeps to himself, he works hard and no one really (bleep) with him. Any scrap he's near, he gets involved. He 100% fits the quite alpha male archtype. You know those dudes who keep to themselves, but everyone respects and no one (bleep) with?

And what makes the other guys alpha? Because they take more shots, because they're louder or because you find them more attractive?

I'm confused how this works. Plus if we got 7 alphas, we got a whole new problem to worry about.

We have one alpha male on our team and it's Lebron James. Everyone else better find their role and try to fit in.

Yeah, BI is definitely an alpha based off of what Luke and Magic have said about him. The fact that he's kind of quiet and to himself doesn't mean he isn't an alpha. He went into last year believing he was the man and that last year's team was his. Granted, he’ll have to take a backseat the next few years, but he’ll be learning a lot from LeBron and the other vets about what it takes to be a leader.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:32 pm    Post subject:

dubaholic1 wrote:
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Can Kuzma play the 5 this year? His standing reach is higher than Randle and Draymond and Love


Welcome to Lakersground. Congratulations on your first post.

No Kuzma is not playing Center, dude.


Why not?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:37 pm    Post subject:

Claysmokepot wrote:
dubaholic1 wrote:
Claysmokepot wrote:
Can Kuzma play the 5 this year? His standing reach is higher than Randle and Draymond and Love


Welcome to Lakersground. Congratulations on your first post.

No Kuzma is not playing Center, dude.


Why not?


He's physically too weak and small for Center currently. Last season he was being bullied by some PFs let alone centers. I'd rather LeBron play some 5 in short stretches this season
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:43 pm    Post subject:

32 wrote:
Jordan-esque wrote:
https://twitter.com/taniaganguli/status/1016946817496334336

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What did Kyle Kuzma do when he heard LeBron signed with the Lakers? He called @KingJames.


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Never shy about approaching the legends of the game, Kyle Kuzma made a phone call as soon as he heard LeBron James chose the Lakers.
He called James.

“It was very short; he was headed out of the country,” Kuzma said of the conversation. “It’s a bunch of excitement. Getting one of the greatest players of all time. Not too many players can say that.”
Kuzma was in Las Vegas on Tuesday to watch the Lakers’ summer league team win another game, beating the New York Knicks 109-92.


I love this guy.


Seriously.... this kid is SPECIAL

Just a different level of maturity and macro understanding of ambition + success.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:17 pm    Post subject:

Judah wrote:
1ngr4m wrote:
waterman40 wrote:
Alphas:

KCP
Hart
LBJ
Kuzma
Rondo
Wagner
Lance

Betas:

Lonzo
Deng
BI
Lopez
McGee (?)
Svi
Zubac


This whole ALPHA/BETA thing is a bunch of (bleep).

What makes Lonzo not an alpha? He broke high school basketball, dominated at UCLA, was the 2nd pick and is the face of a successful BBB company because of his persona. Is it because he's a pass first player?

What makes BI not an alpha? He keeps to himself, he works hard and no one really (bleep) with him. Any scrap he's near, he gets involved. He 100% fits the quite alpha male archtype. You know those dudes who keep to themselves, but everyone respects and no one (bleep) with?

And what makes the other guys alpha? Because they take more shots, because they're louder or because you find them more attractive?

I'm confused how this works. Plus if we got 7 alphas, we got a whole new problem to worry about.

We have one alpha male on our team and it's Lebron James. Everyone else better find their role and try to fit in.

Yeah, BI is definitely an alpha based off of what Luke and Magic have said about him. The fact that he's kind of quiet and to himself doesn't mean he isn't an alpha. He went into last year believing he was the man and that last year's team was his. Granted, he’ll have to take a backseat the next few years, but he’ll be learning a lot from LeBron and the other vets about what it takes to be a leader.


BI is Alpha. If he wasn’t he would have been traded along with Deng right after DLO.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:19 pm    Post subject:

Mychael Thompson was on today with Marcellus and Travis. When asked to rank the current young core he said Kuzma first, Ingram second, Hart third then Lonzo. He just love Kuzma's game and confidence.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:22 pm    Post subject:

DocK36 wrote:
Mychael Thompson was on today with Marcellus and Travis. When asked to rank the current young core he said Kuzma first, Ingram second, Hart third then Lonzo. He just love Kuzma's game and confidence.



WUT lol I thought Mychal was a Lonzo fan!!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:25 pm    Post subject:

DocK36 wrote:
Mychael Thompson was on today with Marcellus and Travis. When asked to rank the current young core he said Kuzma first, Ingram second, Hart third then Lonzo. He just love Kuzma's game and confidence.


I'd put Ingram first then Kuz, although Kuz is the more aggressive and confident scorer so I wouldn't be completely shocked if Kuz ends up making a bigger impact on offense this season.

I can see Ingram in the Pippen/TMac role to Kuzma's Jordan/Vince.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:27 pm    Post subject:

justsomelakerfan wrote:
DocK36 wrote:
Mychael Thompson was on today with Marcellus and Travis. When asked to rank the current young core he said Kuzma first, Ingram second, Hart third then Lonzo. He just love Kuzma's game and confidence.



WUT lol I thought Mychal was a Lonzo fan!!


I can't wait for this year.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:28 pm    Post subject:

justsomelakerfan wrote:
DocK36 wrote:
Mychael Thompson was on today with Marcellus and Travis. When asked to rank the current young core he said Kuzma first, Ingram second, Hart third then Lonzo. He just love Kuzma's game and confidence.



WUT lol I thought Mychal was a Lonzo fan!!
Travis was wow, you got Hart over Lonzo?! Mychael was like have you seen the way Hart's been playing in Summer League?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:28 pm    Post subject:

justsomelakerfan wrote:
DocK36 wrote:
Mychael Thompson was on today with Marcellus and Travis. When asked to rank the current young core he said Kuzma first, Ingram second, Hart third then Lonzo. He just love Kuzma's game and confidence.



WUT lol I thought Mychal was a Lonzo fan!!


Yeah, I'm a little surprised. Is Thompson around for practices or privy to behind the scenes info on the guys?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:34 pm    Post subject:

DocK36 wrote:
justsomelakerfan wrote:
DocK36 wrote:
Mychael Thompson was on today with Marcellus and Travis. When asked to rank the current young core he said Kuzma first, Ingram second, Hart third then Lonzo. He just love Kuzma's game and confidence.



WUT lol I thought Mychal was a Lonzo fan!!
Travis was wow, you got Hart over Lonzo?! Mychael was like have you seen the way Hart's been playing in Summer League?

Uh, did he not see the way Lonzo played in SL last year?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:39 pm    Post subject:

AFireInside619 wrote:
Judah wrote:
1ngr4m wrote:
waterman40 wrote:
Alphas:

KCP
Hart
LBJ
Kuzma
Rondo
Wagner
Lance

Betas:

Lonzo
Deng
BI
Lopez
McGee (?)
Svi
Zubac


This whole ALPHA/BETA thing is a bunch of (bleep).

What makes Lonzo not an alpha? He broke high school basketball, dominated at UCLA, was the 2nd pick and is the face of a successful BBB company because of his persona. Is it because he's a pass first player?

What makes BI not an alpha? He keeps to himself, he works hard and no one really (bleep) with him. Any scrap he's near, he gets involved. He 100% fits the quite alpha male archtype. You know those dudes who keep to themselves, but everyone respects and no one (bleep) with?

And what makes the other guys alpha? Because they take more shots, because they're louder or because you find them more attractive?

I'm confused how this works. Plus if we got 7 alphas, we got a whole new problem to worry about.

We have one alpha male on our team and it's Lebron James. Everyone else better find their role and try to fit in.

Yeah, BI is definitely an alpha based off of what Luke and Magic have said about him. The fact that he's kind of quiet and to himself doesn't mean he isn't an alpha. He went into last year believing he was the man and that last year's team was his. Granted, he’ll have to take a backseat the next few years, but he’ll be learning a lot from LeBron and the other vets about what it takes to be a leader.


BI is Alpha. If he wasn’t he would have been traded along with Deng right after DLO.

Why?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:25 pm    Post subject:

waterman40 wrote:
Alphas:

KCP
Hart
LBJ
Kuzma
Rondo
Wagner
Lance

Betas:

Lonzo
Deng
BI
Lopez
McGee (?)
Svi
Zubac


Change Bi to Alpha and LAbron to Omega and you are correct.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:30 pm    Post subject:

Judah wrote:
DocK36 wrote:
justsomelakerfan wrote:
DocK36 wrote:
Mychael Thompson was on today with Marcellus and Travis. When asked to rank the current young core he said Kuzma first, Ingram second, Hart third then Lonzo. He just love Kuzma's game and confidence.



WUT lol I thought Mychal was a Lonzo fan!!
Travis was wow, you got Hart over Lonzo?! Mychael was like have you seen the way Hart's been playing in Summer League?

Uh, did he not see the way Lonzo played in SL last year?


I'm sure Mychal remembers SL last year, which makes me wonder if he's seen anything in practice or behind the scenes that makes him rank Lonzo dead last amongst our young core.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:33 pm    Post subject:

pokoy wrote:
DocK36 wrote:
Mychael Thompson was on today with Marcellus and Travis. When asked to rank the current young core he said Kuzma first, Ingram second, Hart third then Lonzo. He just love Kuzma's game and confidence.


I'd put Ingram first then Kuz, although Kuz is the more aggressive and confident scorer so I wouldn't be completely shocked if Kuz ends up making a bigger impact on offense this season.

I can see Ingram in the Pippen/TMac role to Kuzma's Jordan/Vince.


Agree on the relative roles (Kuz will get buckets, Ingram should fill up the stat sheet). Easy to forget Kuz is 2 years older than Ingram though. 22 year old Ingram could easily be a better player than Kuz will ever be.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:39 pm    Post subject:

Random thoughts on "Alpha." Kuz is Alpha. Fires teammates up, barks loud, gets the crowd standing. Mo Wagner is Alpha like a kid in a candy store. Rondo - way Alpha. Kobe - well, it's Chuck Norris territory. Kobe wasn't Alpha, Alpha was Kobe when it tried hard.

BI, Lonzo, they've got plenty of bite, I'd like to see a little more bark to go with it.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:24 pm    Post subject:

LandsbergerRules wrote:
Judah wrote:
DocK36 wrote:
justsomelakerfan wrote:
DocK36 wrote:
Mychael Thompson was on today with Marcellus and Travis. When asked to rank the current young core he said Kuzma first, Ingram second, Hart third then Lonzo. He just love Kuzma's game and confidence.



WUT lol I thought Mychal was a Lonzo fan!!
Travis was wow, you got Hart over Lonzo?! Mychael was like have you seen the way Hart's been playing in Summer League?

Uh, did he not see the way Lonzo played in SL last year?


I'm sure Mychal remembers SL last year, which makes me wonder if he's seen anything in practice or behind the scenes that makes him rank Lonzo dead last amongst our young core.

I wasn’t really wondering if he watched SL last year. Of course he did. I’m poking at the fact that he’s using SL as the measuring stick to rank Hart above Lonzo. By the same measure Lonzo should still be ahead. Hart is dominating SL as a second year player, but Lonzo dominated lastyear, so just imagine how dominant he would’ve been this year had he played. Thompson is tripping.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:55 pm    Post subject:

I'm hoping he doesn't go too "Hollywood" and just focus on basketball.
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