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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 7:51 pm    Post subject:

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Who would have thought with all the young talent we've brought in over the past six years, the guy starting in the clinching game of the NBA Finals would be Alex Caruso?


No one . The first time I saw him at summer league, all I was thinking is who’s that and quite honestly, I thought he was an aged journeymen from Europe. Then he gradually grow into me. The way he progress , it’s just a matter of time before he can finally a legit threat on 3 ball.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 8:00 pm    Post subject:

We may not have won this year without AC, especially when AB checked out of the bubble. Not. Star yet, but I’d say he was one of the top 5 role players making under $5 million a year in the entire NBA.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 8:05 pm    Post subject:

CRoost wrote:
No one . The first time I saw him at summer league, all I was thinking is who’s that and quite honestly, I thought he was an aged journeymen from Europe. Then he gradually grow into me. The way he progress , it’s just a matter of time before he can finally a legit threat on 3 ball.


Yeah, seriously I think that is probably what most people thought. He performed well in the SPL and I thought maybe he can be a 12th man one day. But he's worked hard and become an important part of the team with his defense and hustle.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 8:30 pm    Post subject:

Almost untouchable - wouldn't trade him unless a star was coming back in the trade.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 8:33 pm    Post subject:

So proud of AC and where he came from. If he improves on the 3 he will be dynamite.

Long term I hope we can keep him but if he gets that $10mm per pay day down the road. I will be happy for his success.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 8:43 pm    Post subject:

LakerMindLA wrote:
Almost untouchable - wouldn't trade him unless a star was coming back in the trade.


Yes . This guy is a winning type of player.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 8:48 pm    Post subject:

AD23 wrote:
So proud of AC and where he came from. If he improves on the 3 he will be dynamite.

Long term I hope we can keep him but if he gets that $10mm per pay day down the road. I will be happy for his success.


He has like a 5M cap hold a year from now, unless we're pinching pennies to fit a guy like Oladipo then they'll keep him. Kid is a great defender that gives this team a swarming defensive identity. Any shooting improvement would be awesome.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:06 pm    Post subject:

Congrats Caruso.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:18 pm    Post subject:

Caruso is basically to us as Marcus Smart is to the Celtics.

The dude is the heart and soul of this team, and he’s going to continue to get better. If his 3 point shot gets consistent, he would be a near all star level player. That is all he needs here.

What a ride he has been here. I remember calling him a YMCA player since his summer league but boy am I glad to eat that crow.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 10:47 pm    Post subject:

Megaton wrote:
Caruso is basically to us as Marcus Smart is to the Celtics.

The dude is the heart and soul of this team, and he’s going to continue to get better. If his 3 point shot gets consistent, he would be a near all star level player. That is all he needs here.

What a ride he has been here. I remember calling him a YMCA player since his summer league but boy am I glad to eat that crow.


Improved playmaking and shooting will make him an elite player.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 10:55 pm    Post subject:

Alex will be loved in L.A. forever. Rightly so.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 10:56 pm    Post subject:

This kid's a keeper.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 10:56 pm    Post subject:

Shoot 35% from 3 and he is a legit starter.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 11:50 pm    Post subject:

Kudos to my man AC
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 12:36 am    Post subject:

The Accountant balanced the books with the Celtics.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:17 am    Post subject:

AC will be in Lakers folklore forever, I have no doubts about that

What a winning player. Makes the right hustle plays, does the little things that are so important to do as a role player surrounding stars... and so damn likeable while doing it, too

I'm proud of you, Alex!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:26 am    Post subject:

C A R U S H O W
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:40 am    Post subject:

Been a big fan since they had that great Summer League (which was one of the few rays of light during the Jimmy Buss / Cupcake era). Love his attitude, always been a fighter and winner.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:47 am    Post subject:

This says it all tbh
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:53 am    Post subject:

His energy, defense, commitment to move off the ball on offense, drive, Not just be a 3nD guy it is so valuable. He is the best young asset we ever invested in, the last 5 years. By FAR.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:34 am    Post subject:

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The Accountant balanced the books with the Celtics.



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:55 am    Post subject:

Number 7 wrote:
This says it all tbh


It's uncanny, really.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:29 am    Post subject:

AC FRESH
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:32 am    Post subject:

hype wrote:
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is he starter material yet?

Not without a more reliable jumper. Since AD likes to get run next to one of the centers in the starting unit, it's better to have floor spacers around them and then bring AC off the bench in lineups with one big.


Agree 100%, he's the perfect off the bench energy guy that provides a bit more then that. He's still extremely suspect from the perimeter but the potential is without question there to be at least an average outside shooter. He's shooting just under 27% for this postseason from 3 and that includes his 2-4 night in game 2.

He gets that going and he's one of the best role players in the entire NBA imo. As we all know he is good/great at just about everything else.


He didn’t too bad, actually disruptive as hell for the heat as a starter... good job AC
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:04 am    Post subject:

I wonder how much of his success has come from other teams underestimating him. He'll probably get scouted more going forward and that could limit his impact. I hope not.

If Rondo could dramatically improve his 3-point shot, I have no doubt AC can too.
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