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Posted October 29, 2012 - 01:50 PM

Earl Clark is back and Kobe didn't practiced again

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Posted October 29, 2012 - 01:52 PM

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Jordan Hill did not practice today as well...


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Posted October 29, 2012 - 01:53 PM

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Posted October 29, 2012 - 02:02 PM

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* @MettaWorldPeace said @SteveBlake5 continues to impress at practice. Many LAL players/coaches have said the same all camp.



since this thread is unpinned. can I make an Official Practice thread? I mean since Social Media is big now Reporters tweet stuff everyday regarding their respective teams. I know Kevin Ding and Mike Turdell doesn't stop tweeting bout the Lakers

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Posted October 29, 2012 - 02:37 PM

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Brown: “Our defense is probably further ahead but it doesn’t show all the time because of our offense.” Turnovers on O hurting the D.


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Posted October 29, 2012 - 04:47 PM

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Neither Kobe Bryant (foot strain) not Jordan Hill (herniated disc) practiced today. Both are "day to day."


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In this context, the "day to day" listing for Bryant & Hill means we won't know until tomorrow before the game if they'll play.


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Dwight Howard (back) practiced fully & will start against Dallas on Tuesday, likely to be defended by Eddy Curry.


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Earl Clark has been taken off the injured list; he'd been battling a strained groin. He's scrimmaging now w/2nd unit.


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* @MettaWorldPeace said @SteveBlake5 continues to impress at practice. Many LAL players/coaches have said the same all camp.


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Metta on Kobe playing hurt: "His mind is different than other people's."


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Posted October 29, 2012 - 07:13 PM

Mitch Kupchak Interview


MT: How did you come to the decision to keep 15 players on the roster, at least for now?
Kupchak: In conjunction with our coach (Mike Brown) and (Executive VP of Player Personnel) Jim Buss, we hashed it out. There is a strategic approach to what you do involving (positions and salary), and amongst the three of us this is where we ended up. I wouldn't think Robert Sacre (being on the roster) is a surprise to anybody; he certainly showed that he deserved an extended look. On the other hand, he's gotten more of an opportunity than anyone else because of the injury to Dwight (Howard), and if you talked to some guys that have been here, they'd say they wish they'd had that opportunity. With that said, they've been here almost 28 days, and we feel like we know them pretty good. We're not always right, and we had to make decisions, and by and large the decisions have to be done at the end of camp.

MT: With luxury tax implications I know it can be difficult to keep a full 15 players on the roster, with Darius Johnson-Odom grabbing the last spot?
Kupchak: As a later second round draft pick like Johnson-Odom, that's the lowest number that you can be paid of anybody in the NBA. When you look at our payroll, which is approaching $100 million, as a percentage of payroll it's really not that much. On the other hand, I don't expect ownership to expand payroll, and these contracts do have some flexibility to them in the fact that they are not guaranteed. (Sacre and Johnson-Odom) are going to have to continue to perform at a high level, but for the time being, it gives us some roster flexibility going forward.

MT: How did the new CBA impact what you can do with players being sent to your D-League affiliate, the D-Fenders?
Kupchak: I'd hope with the D-League coming up soon we'd be able to put one or both of our second round picks in that situation. You used to be limited to sending a player down three times, but they can go an unlimited number of times now. You could have them practice with the Lakers every day and then still have them play in every D-Fenders game. We intend to take advantage of the new rule with one or both of those players. It's a good development for us, and you're starting to see some more synergy with the D-League and the NBA.

MT: How does the team you see entering the season compare with what you thought you might see during the offseason?
Kupchak: I thought I'd be watching Kobe practice*, but other than that, we feel no differently from how we felt over the summer. We have given ourselves a better chance to win the title. There is no reason we should fail for talent reasons. But having said all that, you have to stay healthy. As I just said, Kobe isn't on the floor right now. And in the playoffs you have to get lucky now and then, with a call or a bounce. But the talent is there, and I think they're going to get along and play well together. The group has good chemistry and the pieces fit better than some other teams with a lot of talent. Players are at the right age where they see things young players don't see. So all that bodes well, but the bottom line in this league is staying healthy and getting lucky at the right time.
*Bryant missed practice while rehabilitating from a foot strain suffered on Sun., Oct. 21 against Sacramento, and is considered a game-time decision to play in the season opener on Tuesday.

MT: I know there's only so much you can say about what another team does in a trade, but what's your impression of Oklahoma City trading James Harden?
Kupchak: On the surface, the Thunder had a team that was very successful as a group, as a unit. There's a piece of that group that's moving on, so you might take something from that. At the same time, I think by adding Kevin Martin they have a piece that they can use, that's going to get minutes, and he can certainly score. They picked up a lot of (draft picks), plus a kid in (Jeremy Lamb) we all liked in college. So you can argue that this year there may be a ding to their chemistry because they'd been together for three years, but Martin could fit right in and Lamb could have a (positive) impact.

MT: What are your impressions of Dwight Howard from training camp, and how is he fitting in from a personality standpoint?
Kupchak: He's exceeded my expectations. I didn't think he'd practice and participate nearly as much. He's much further ahead than what I anticipated. Here (in L.A.), Dwight doesn't have to shoulder the full responsibility. Kobe is more than willing to shoulder it, but as you get older, it gets harder to do, and it's not particularly something you want to do. It makes your life harder. So bringing in guys like Dwight and Steve make the game easier for Kobe; he doesn't have to shoulder as much as he has in the past. That goes the same for Steve and for Dwight. If they lost three in a row in Orlando and that locker room opened in Orlando, you knew where the press was going to go. Now if we lose three in a row here, I'm not sure where they're going. Some to Kobe, some to Steve, some to Dwight, some to Pau (Gasol). It's just going to be easier for all those guys to not get caught up so much in the stuff off the court. They're all going to share in the responsibility.

MT: What stands out about Steve Nash?
Kupchak: Steve is exactly what I thought he'd be: a consummate professional; very, very competitive; and a captain out there. He's really a ringleader when it comes to taking control, and I'm a little disappointed we haven't been able to play them all as a group just yet. But they are really fun to watch with him (running the show). Steve's ability to pass with either hand and read the defense is outstanding, and we know teams can't leave him open. And if you're his teammate and you run your cut hard, you know you're going to get the ball.

MT: How much can Nash's attitude and personality impact the locker room, which featured the same top-end players for the past several years?
Kupchak: Sometimes change is good, even if the pieces are very similar. Sometimes change just makes a difference. People react differently to change. To add another guy like Kobe and Pau that believes in himself, such as Steve, can be very valuable. I don't know him well enough to know how Steve responds to three straight losses – which is when a player's mettle is really tested – but I'm going to guess he hunkers down more and more and has a positive influence on the team in face of that kind of adversity. He's only been here for a month, but everything I've heard leads me to believe he's going to have a continually positive impact. On the bus, pre game, post game, practice … young guys will look to him. As an example, I heard (from our staff) that of all our players, Steve has been in the weight room 26 times since camp started, which is more than anybody. He's constantly working, and also taking care of his diet. Generally, it was the biggest surprise of the summer that we were able to get a guy like that.

MT: How tricky is it to put in the Princeton Offense to compliment some of what Mike Brown had installed last season?
Kupchak: That falls under the coaching umbrella, but I do visit with our coaches, and certainly watch closely. Like the triangle, when you have a system offense, it does take time to put in. It's not like a pro set that lasts seven seconds to get someone a shot. It's a lot of continual motion. Although in theory it's like the triangle, it's completely different to put in, so it's going to take some time.

MT: Finally, do you have any quick hitters of things that stood out in training camp?
Kupchak: I think you saw some flashes of good play from Jodie Meeks, both with his shooting and the other things he can do like get to the bucket to draw fouls and play defense. I think Devin Ebanks had a good preseason and continues to develop. Sacre has been a pleasant surprise. And with Antawn Jamison, I've seen no decline in his athleticism, which you wonder about when you get older guys.


Edited by Gotrings?, October 29, 2012 - 07:26 PM.

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Posted October 29, 2012 - 08:37 PM

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Posted October 29, 2012 - 09:04 PM

since this thread is unpinned. can I make an Official Practice thread? I mean since Social Media is big now Reporters tweet stuff everyday regarding their respective teams. I know Kevin Ding and Mike Turdell doesn't stop tweeting bout the Lakers


I originally unpinned it because I thought we wouldn't need it anymore (thought it would run its course by the end of TC tbh), but it has become the unofficial updates from practice thread in the meantime. I'll pin this back up and re-name it. I'd rather this be used for tweets and whatnot, leaving new topics for when something big happens (like an injury).

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Now all he needs is for someone to teach him how to lean like a cholo.

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yo.


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Posted October 31, 2012 - 09:39 AM

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After not getting into (rainy) Portland until 2:30 a.m. after flying from L.A. last night, the Lakers decided to forgo shootaround today


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Posted October 31, 2012 - 12:33 PM

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After not getting into (rainy) Portland until 2:30 a.m. after flying from L.A. last night, the Lakers decided to forgo shootaround today


So then we'll still have some struggles tonight BUT they may have legs. So that's the positive and negative.

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Posted October 31, 2012 - 12:35 PM


yo.


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Posted October 31, 2012 - 02:44 PM

Nash on why he's not running PnR each time down when he has the freedom to.

Nash admitted he's still making a conscious effort not to over-rely on what he already knows in favor of using this time to cram in the new stuff.


Nash is doing it intentionally because he doesn't want to rely on the PnR and wants to get the system down to where he feels comfortable in it. It makes sense, he doesn't want to overrely on the PnR and would rather learn the Princeton ins and outs to where he's comfortable so HE can switch at will because if he relies on PnR too much they'll never get the Princeton down through him, and he's the quarterback so I understand completely why he's "intentionally" not running PnR that often.

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Posted October 31, 2012 - 02:49 PM

Nash on why he's not running PnR each time down when he has the freedom to.



Nash is doing it intentionally because he doesn't want to rely on the PnR and wants to get the system down to where he feels comfortable in it. It makes sense, he doesn't want to overrely on the PnR and would rather learn the Princeton ins and outs to where he's comfortable so HE can switch at will because if he relies on PnR too much they'll never get the Princeton down through him, and he's the quarterback so I understand completely why he's "intentionally" not running PnR that often.

I'm glad he came out and said this. This offense can work wonders when it's ready.

Nonetheless, it was our defense that lost us the game yesterday, along with free throw shooting obviously. Make the opponent work for each shot, make them use up the entire shot clock, and force them to take contested jumpers. We should be fine.

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Posted October 31, 2012 - 03:25 PM

Hopefully that calms the nerves of some of the fans here.

Nash just trolling the NBA right now.

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Posted October 31, 2012 - 03:51 PM

Hopefully that calms the nerves of some of the fans here.

Nash just trolling the NBA right now.



I'm willing to bet that 90% of those fans overreacting and complaining now, would rather ignore what Nash says from his own mouth and blame Mike Brown instead. Seems easier that way for most.

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Posted October 31, 2012 - 03:53 PM

it was obvious that's what he was doing. why resort to whats comfortable in october, and not improve in the Princeton so they can be comfortable in that as well.
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