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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:11 pm    Post subject:

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Considering that JaVale hasn't played "big minutes" (a lot of minutes or critical period minutes) since mid-season 2012, it doesn't seem likely that the Lakers will be counting on him for much more than part-time work. I figure that we may see him log on average 12-14 MPG at best, and within that, his time coming at the start of each half.


So the talk of Luke saying he can play big minutes doesn’t mean much? even if he can play 20-25MPG, we still need another option at the C spot.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:38 pm    Post subject:

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Considering that JaVale hasn't played "big minutes" (a lot of minutes or critical period minutes) since mid-season 2012, it doesn't seem likely that the Lakers will be counting on him for much more than part-time work. I figure that we may see him log on average 12-14 MPG at best, and within that, his time coming at the start of each half.


So the talk of Luke saying he can play big minutes doesn’t mean much? even if he can play 20-25MPG, we still need another option at the C spot.


Agree.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:58 pm    Post subject:

Lance isn't a problem because we have four or five others who can replace him... however, unless Moe is a ready made stud... we may have an issue at center. The only reason some complain about him, is because we could have used his money to buy a center.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:39 am    Post subject:

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As twitter knows by now.

Cole Aldrich.


Have seen you suggesting Aldrich for a couple days now, curious as to why.

Have you heard seen something to think the Lakers have interest or simply best available from list of free agent centers posted?

Aldrich may be a somewhat reliable vet but uninspiring IMO. He seems more suited to an overseas contract then an NBA role. Sadly, very indicative f the Lakers current C situation that he is even considered an upgrade.

Too bad Wagner has been injured. Would have liked to see him make an attempt at mpg. Not a perfect solution but an intriguing one. Anyone seen any updates on Wagner's health? Any hope he returns for the opener or early part of the season? Maybe his youthful enthusiasm can overcome his inexperience and limitations.

I'm open to any suggestion for improvement at center. It's a weakness that needs to be addressed sooner then later IMO.


We just need a guy that's physical, grabs boards, and preferably swats. That's someone like Pachulia.

Except it was just 2 years ago where Aldrich had a 2-3 year stint of a 25%-30% defensive rebounding rate (critical for transition play), floated near 20% total rebounding (so that's like averaging 14rpg in 36), and fairly absurd steal rates and block rates (basically like 1.2stlpg + 2.5bpg) in 36 minutes.

I can't find health/injury issues. He doesn't have great hands so he's a bit turnover prone. His shot at the FT line is Jamaal Wilkes level, but he capable of around 70%.

For 10 minutes a game? This looks pretty easy, unless someone else gets waived, which is what I'm waiting on with other teams making roster cuts. Either this, or I'm waiting for Derrickson from GSW to get waived, but even he's an undersized 4/5 and a rookie, but he boxes out and bombs 3s.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:41 am    Post subject:

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What is Aldrich up to anyways?

I'd be fine with him to take up 12-14mpg as a backup.

Nothing inspiring but a stopgap.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:41 am    Post subject:

Update on Aldrich: he's signed with China’s Tianjin Gold Lions
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:43 am    Post subject:

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Update on Aldrich: he's signed with China’s Tianjin Gold Lions


Then we wait until someone else gets waived.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:26 am    Post subject:

There was a lot of energy in the first minutes of last night's game and perhaps it was the excitement, but McGee looked gassed rather quickly. There were two times I noticed it:

The beginning minutes and somewhere when warriors we're teasing him from the bench.

We definitely need a backup
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:38 pm    Post subject:

For those who think Brook would've been too slow for Showtime 2.0: https://youtube.com/watch?v=ArHNrCvwq4c
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:22 am    Post subject:

Any way Cleveland will take Zubac and a 2nd rounder for Nance Jr.?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:25 am    Post subject:

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For those who think Brook would've been too slow for Showtime 2.0: https://youtube.com/watch?v=ArHNrCvwq4c


Right? I mean, weren't the Lakers #1 in pace until Zo got hurt? Brook was still there...
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:51 am    Post subject:

Chris Bosh still wants to party. I think we're desperate enough that we should take a risk on him. If something happened, it wasn't my idea.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:58 am    Post subject:

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Chris Bosh still wants to party. I think we're desperate enough that we should take a risk on him. If something happened, it wasn't my idea.


He’s been gushing all over the Lakers team on the Open Court on NBA TV, there is no way he is gonna go play for the Knicks.. especially when they are in complete rebuild mode... guys who are coming back from major issues usually wanna ease back and doing it with a contender is much more easier then with a rebuilt team.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:27 am    Post subject:

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For those who think Brook would've been too slow for Showtime 2.0: https://youtube.com/watch?v=ArHNrCvwq4c


Right? I mean, weren't the Lakers #1 in pace until Zo got hurt? Brook was still there...

It's ridiculous and I sincerely hope the front office is smarter than that.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:29 am    Post subject:

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Chris Bosh still wants to party. I think we're desperate enough that we should take a risk on him. If something happened, it wasn't my idea.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:31 pm    Post subject:

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Considering that JaVale hasn't played "big minutes" (a lot of minutes or critical period minutes) since mid-season 2012, it doesn't seem likely that the Lakers will be counting on him for much more than part-time work. I figure that we may see him log on average 12-14 MPG at best, and within that, his time coming at the start of each half.


So the talk of Luke saying he can play big minutes doesn’t mean much? even if he can play 20-25MPG, we still need another option at the C spot.


Yeah, I think it's our coach whistling in the dark about the club's plan to some extent. I think it's a neglectful approach to the season by our coach and front office if it's a serious proposition to send JaVale to play 20 for a whole season. Been a long time since he's done anything close to that (six seaosns back) and there's reasons. He's just not capable of doing it, IMO.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:55 pm    Post subject:

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Considering that JaVale hasn't played "big minutes" (a lot of minutes or critical period minutes) since mid-season 2012, it doesn't seem likely that the Lakers will be counting on him for much more than part-time work. I figure that we may see him log on average 12-14 MPG at best, and within that, his time coming at the start of each half.


So the talk of Luke saying he can play big minutes doesn’t mean much? even if he can play 20-25MPG, we still need another option at the C spot.


Yeah, I think it's our coach whistling in the dark about the club's plan to some extent. I think it's a neglectful approach to the season by our coach and front office if it's a serious proposition to send JaVale to play 20 for a whole season. Been a long time since he's done anything close to that (six seaosns back) and there's reasons. He's just not capable of doing it, IMO.



They've played him 20 minutes a game in the preseason, so it's hard to see why they would play him less in the real games. We'll see how it works out.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:00 am    Post subject: Do we have any cap space to sign Noah? Do we want to?

Vet min for Noah wouldn’t be too bad?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:03 am    Post subject:

I think we will sign him for sure, looks like the kind of big who can potentially help us in spurts in a BIG way, I don’t want to judge Noah’s time with the Knicks cause they have been a mess for such a long time that it’s possible players find it hard to play with motivation with the Knicks.. plus it would be cool to see LeBron play with Noah another guy he had to battle in the EC in recent years in the playoffs.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:12 am    Post subject:

Well he's only 33 and have been resting his body for the last 2 or 3 years
Why not?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:14 am    Post subject:

y'all know Thibs gonna go hard for Noah, he not even letting Butler go
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:14 am    Post subject:

For the vet min sure. At worst hes there to motivate Zu.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:17 am    Post subject:

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y'all know Thibs gonna go hard for Noah, he not even letting Butler go

Woj tweeted that Thibs has no interest.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:18 am    Post subject:

At this point, what do they have to lose except a little green?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:24 am    Post subject:

It might be between us and Golden State. GS right now look like they have worse centers than us. Noah might not be interested due to Cousins coming back.
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