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In a prime time game against the Lebrons the whole nation saw what we have been watching for a long time now. The emergence of Pitt Bull Julius Randle as one of the most unusual, vicious, effective, brutal talents and stars of this league.
And I'm pretty sure that most of the country (at least those who know hoops) were thinking, The Lakers may actually let that 23 year old walk to get Paul George? Really? They want to let that guy go?
Two things happen every Lakers game. Like clockwork. Randle will play like a maniac and just wear teams out. And two, the announcers will talk...
Yes, I know his flaws. He is far more effective going left than right. When he shoots the jumper I expect it to miss. He can play wild and out of control making me shake my head about another turnover.
But make no mistake, Julius Randle brings way more to the team than his flaws take away. He is the true heart and soul of this young team. He is the warrior you have to kill to stop. He is the one who brings The Pain. Relentless, unremitting agony for any player who has to try guard him, for all the players on the opposing team who have to try stop him. For them, it’s never easy and there...
I don't think it's any secret what the master plan of Magic and Pelinka is: next year we will bring in Paul George and The King, who will be coming off his consecutive thrashing by Golden State in the playoffs and will very reasonably want to move to a team that gives him the opportunity to be something other than the Warriors personal pinata doll.
Magic is hoping that Ball, Ingram, Zubac, Randle, Kuzma and the others take a big enough leap next year to lure Lebron here arm in arm with George.
I don't really want Lebron here for several reasons. In fact I'm not excited about George or...
I have some thoughts about Ingram, Ball, co-ents by Magic and some other things that have happened since draft night through our first summer league game.
The good: Ingram is that rarest of players who can do it all. He can shoot, handle, drive, finish, pass. He also has the athleticism and size to maximize all of it. He also has the mind. You can see he knows the game and exactly what he's doing.
Sorry Magic, but it's Ingram's number that will be in the rafters when it's all over. That will happen. We will see about Ball.
I really liked Bryant. He ran the floor and was very...
Those who have read me for many years know I ripped and tore at Mitch Kupchak forever, for the stupid, silly moves he made that were in now keeping with reality or the best long term interests of this franchise.
So nobody was happier when he and Jim Buss were deposed and replaced by Jeanie, Magic and Pelinka. Now I wasn't happy because that particular triumvirate replaced the old guard, just happy that Mitch and Jim were finally gone. I had reservations about all three of the new directors of the Lakers fortunes.
So now the first power move has been made by our new brain trust and I...
A lot of people who should know better are taking Magic’s words about keeping the pick totally the wrong way.
Magic, like all of the greatest athletes is a supreme egoist and totally confident he will win in any contest or endeavor he will ever be in. He believes he was born under a lucky star and can never be beaten.
I remember years ago reading a book about the Showtime Lakers. The Lakers went undefeated in the playoff and had come into Detroit for a title rematch with the Bad Boy Pistons.
As the Lakers buss pulled up to the hotel, on an eldritch, moon flooded night, Magic rose...
In the long expanse of time, things can change, events or accomplishments that look stunningly bright and successful can dim over time as circumstances change and more data is accumulated.
Such a case can be made about current Lakers head coach Luke Walton.
For years we suffered through a panoply of what seemed abysmal, desultory coaches who didn't seem either to be able to relate to the players, create a system that matched their talents or just seemed downright bad.
You know the names: Scott, D'Antoni, Brown.
A little over a year ago Luke Walton was an assistant coach with the...
There was a very interesting article in this weeks ESPN Magazine.
It focused on the recent set of power plays by Jim Buss against Mitch, then her retaliation and his last ditch attempt at a revanchist plot to regain the team.
Man, the story about what was going on, the motives and desperation here is so great it's like a Shakespeare play, only in real life.
Several things really caught my eye. Apparently Jim had bought large amounts of real estate soon after Dr. Buss died, the timing of course, till after the corpse was in the group predicates he never would have done so had his...
Something funny happened last night during the Lakers-Golden State game.
I settled down to watch, I was of course expecting a loss. But more than that, I was hoping for one, just like I have been for every Lakers game for the last three years. And let me tell you, three years is a long time to root against your team.
I only root for two teams in sport, the Steelers and the Lakers and for the vast majority of the time, I pull for both of them every game. But once in a while, when the truth tells me my team needs to get some star players, because they are mired in Nowhere Town with no...