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LEBRON JAMES would benefit more from having Carmelo Anthony on the Los Angeles Lakers than Brandon Ingram despite claims 'Melo is washed up. That’s according to ESPN’s NBA insider Stephen A. Smith. After a 10-game spell with the Houston Rockets, he was traded to the Chicago Bulls this week. But the Bulls have no intention of playing the 34-year-old and will to trade or waive him by the February 7 trade deadline. The 10-time All-Star averaged a career-low in points in Houston with Anthony forced to come off the bench for the first time in his 16-season career in the league. According to Adrian Wojnarowski,....


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Ultimately, everything in life boils down to statistics. And statistics show that 34 year olds are rarely -- Tom Brady is an exception -- on the upside of their athletic career. The more 34 year olds you sign, the greater the chance of injury and/or poor performance from one or more of the signees. This is not opinion, this is fact.


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BaadMaster wrote:
Ultimately, everything in life boils down to statistics. And statistics show that 34 year olds are rarely -- Tom Brady is an exception -- on the upside of their athletic career. The more 34 year olds you sign, the greater the chance of injury and/or poor performance from one or more of the signees. This is not opinion, this is fact.

Shame you didn't have that mentality with the Mamba. Irony.


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With the recent injuries and what I have seen over the last few games, I don't have a problem with it. What is the worst that could happen? This team is in no position to tank and we are struggling every game. Making a playoff run at this point seems unfathomable. If we were 100% and playing like we were at the beginning of the year, I wouldn't dream of it. With this recent disaster of a team I have witnessed, I could use the change of scenery.

Honestly, I don't buy your comparison to Beasley. They are not the same caliber of player. I truly believe that Melo didn't fit into the type of team that Houston is attempting to create which is why he is no longer with them. Now, he may have something to prove and could potentially come to us with some passion and intensity. I like Beasley but he is never going to be a future hall of famer. If we pick him up and it doesn't work out, who gives a ****. This season is ultimately a bust anyway. I need some excitement. I know a lot will disagree with me and that's fine. I am of course open to all of your thoughts and ideas.


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No to Melo! Too old and too slow. We need to let the young guys play and either showcase them or trade them.


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That Is a joke. Give this team time. We beat OKC on the road, nearly won against the Rockets & Warriors are just a fully stacked team.

The injuries that we have could be a blessing in disguise because the players that we have on the bench are most likely ready to play every game.


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BaadMaster wrote:
Ultimately, everything in life boils down to statistics. And statistics show that 34 year olds are rarely -- Tom Brady is an exception -- on the upside of their athletic career. The more 34 year olds you sign, the greater the chance of injury and/or poor performance from one or more of the signees. This is not opinion, this is fact.
Right on the money. I can admit that Lebron t 34 is an anomaly with the production that he gives at this stage of his career but at some point I expect it to fall off like falling off a cliff.


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With the recent injuries and what I have seen over the last few games, I don't have a problem with it. What is the worst that could happen? This team is in no position to tank and we are struggling every game. Making a playoff run at this point seems unfathomable. If we were 100% and playing like we were at the beginning of the year, I wouldn't dream of it. With this recent disaster of a team I have witnessed, I could use the change of scenery.

Honestly, I don't buy your comparison to Beasley. They are not the same caliber of player. I truly believe that Melo didn't fit into the type of team that Houston is attempting to create which is why he is no longer with them. Now, he may have something to prove and could potentially come to us with some passion and intensity. I like Beasley but he is never going to be a future hall of famer. If we pick him up and it doesn't work out, who gives a ****. This season is ultimately a bust anyway. I need some excitement. I know a lot will disagree with me and that's fine. I am of course open to all of your thoughts and ideas.

I think you're hitting the panic button too soon. The Lakers are 1 game out of the 8th spot and they've been hit with injuries all season. Lebron will be back soon enough, same with Rondo but I'm not expecting Ball to come back until around April since he has shown to be somewhat of a slow healer.

The reason I compared Beasley and Melo is they both will give you some offense with very little else in regards to playmaking or defense. So, now we start bringing Melo in the game to do what? Hold the ball to iso, knock down shots, etc.? Are issues have been on defense mostly and Melo isn't going to help much in that department. I'm sure Melo will have some coring outbursts butI'd rather not see him in LA because the kids here will surely be the ones who pay the price for his acqusition


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No to Melo! Too old and too slow. We need to let the young guys play and either showcase them or trade them.
I think the mentality in LA is too quick in regards to trading youth. We have two kids playing well elsewhere because management was so quick for a turnaround. I'd hate to see them start jettisoning more young guys to only make the team older to keep losing to GS. Dynasties all come to an end and LA has never wanted to take the approach that GS did which is build from the draft first while having a culture of development.


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That Is a joke. Give this team time. We beat OKC on the road, nearly won against the Rockets & Warriors are just a fully stacked team.

The injuries that we have could be a blessing in disguise because the players that we have on the bench are most likely ready to play every game.

The lack of patience in LA is concerning to me. I don't believe people understand team dynamics. LA has a new roster each season due to one-year contracts and when I mean new roster I mean starters. The Lakers went from (Russell/Clarkson/Ingram/Randle/Mozgof) to (Ball/KCP/Ingram/Randle/Lopez) to this season of having (Ball/Ingram/James/Kuzma/McGee). That means the team has to jell and that takes time and giving out one-year contracts all the time to see a guy leave doesn't build cohesion, especially when the starting unit keeps changing. The one thing that hasn't been afforded the players is time and young kids need that.


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gemfow wrote:
The lack of patience in LA is concerning to me. I don't believe people understand team dynamics. LA has a new roster each season due to one-year contracts and when I mean new roster I mean starters. The Lakers went from (Russell/Clarkson/Ingram/Randle/Mozgof) to (Ball/KCP/Ingram/Randle/Lopez) to this season of having (Ball/Ingram/James/Kuzma/McGee). That means the team has to jell and that takes time and giving out one-year contracts all the time to see a guy leave doesn't build cohesion, especially when the starting unit keeps changing. The one thing that hasn't been afforded the players is time and young kids need that.

Agreed 100%. I could not bat an eye how given Randle & D-Lo has been successful on their respective teams because they were able to maximize the team that they have now.

People need to give more time to this team. I would suggest putting Zubac in so we could play him more. I really love what he brings to the table & we need another guy who is a knock down free throw shooter.


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Agreed 100%. I could not bat an eye how given Randle & D-Lo has been successful on their respective teams because they were able to maximize the team that they have now.

People need to give more time to this team. I would suggest putting Zubac in so we could play him more. I really love what he brings to the table & we need another guy who is a knock down free throw shooter.

Brooklyn has done a fantastic job there in developing those guys because it's not as if they have superior talent than anyone else but they are beating good teams. When I look at Brooklyn play I really would love to see LA run more sets like Brooklyn does. New Orleans also runs some good offensive sets but what ultimately will get Gentry fired in NO is the team has too much talent for the record that they have. AD, Jrue Holiday, Randle and Mirotic shouldn't be struggling the way they are.

LA fans should give this team more time, just like they should show patience to these kids trying to develop their games. It takes 3 to 4 years for some players and we act as if we shouldn't have to wait. Harden blew up in year four, Giannis, year four, Randle, year four. There are so many examples of guys taking about four years.

Also, Zubac has definitely earned more time. He gives us a nice presence down low and personally, I'm ready to see Chandler just sit the bench while McGee and Zubac share the minutes at center.


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C'mon Melo Suck! He'll mess up the team chemistry and rotation!


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Tempy wrote:
Shame you didn't have that mentality with the Mamba. Irony.

There are always mitigating factors. Kobe was the superstar of superstars. He puts fannies the seats, as they say, and he boosts TV ratings as no other player before or after.

I paid money to see Kobe at Staples. I have yet to pay to see BI, Kuzma or Zo. And I like Kuz. That is the difference.

I will eventually pay to see LeBron -- although the way he plays ball is not as exciting to me as Kobe -- even old "60 points" Kobe -- was.

Plus James is a carpetbagger and that takes some of his gleam off.

Kobe checks off all the boxes -- lifelong Laker, record breaking scorer, five titles. I can cut him some slack at the end of his career. He earned it.


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