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#21 MDI

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Posted July 14, 2013 - 08:35 PM

Main Laker blog on twitter has us losing 50 games

 

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Again, look at this team on paper: serviceable, no? Savvy veterans whose time with Pacific Division rivals keep them familiar, longtime Lakers who have won titles and a multitude of players who have had very good (though perhaps superficially so) offensive statistics. To the naked eye and ear, this looks like a team that could beat any given NBA team on any night simply by being around the game for so long. In many ways, this will appease the veterans on the team, season ticket holders, a vocal fan base who insist that the "Lakers don't tank or rebuild" and casual viewers who will know most names on the squad. The front office has built up a very deceiving squad that will be able to compete, but is worlds away from competing for home court advantage in the playoffs, let alone a championship.

With the new CBA as a legitimate excuse and mounting luxury taxes compounding those restrictions, Kupchak and Buss have cobbled together a team of vets who could help win games based on their experience, but is ultimately doomed to fail based on their defensive shortcomings. The Lakers can't be accused of trying to intentionally lose next season, not by their current players or the fan base, seeing as they have done their best to bring in guys with tangible skills. However, with a team built on injury-prone veterans and matador defense, they also look set up to fail.

Ultimately, I see this Lakers team losing around 50 games, missing the playoffs and nabbing a chance to end up a top 3 pick with a lucky bounce of a lottery ball. The organization will have a staggering $65 million coming off the books next summer, with just Nash, Robert Sacre and Ryan Kelly being under contract in 2014-2015. Thus, in addition to a probable lottery pick, the Lakers will also have the ability to bid for a max salary free agent, as well as re-sign Gasol and Bryant to new, lower value contracts if they so please. In the intertim, the front office has to be given credit for this gentle balancing act of appeasing folks in the present but preparing for a rebuilding future, as difficult as it may be to see.


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#22 David

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Posted July 14, 2013 - 08:43 PM

D'Antoni gets fired at the end of the season, and hopefully we get a high draft pick. Win win.


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Posted July 14, 2013 - 08:45 PM


But they gained so much more in Brian Shaw.


What did they gain exactly besides a rookie coach?

#24 Mike D'Antoni

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Posted July 14, 2013 - 08:52 PM

Lakers finish 5th. I ain't even high. Lakers if they stay healthy will finish 5th.

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Posted July 14, 2013 - 08:59 PM

Lakers finish 5th. I ain't even high. Lakers if they stay healthy will finish 5th.

Really want to keep your job ehh MDA?



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Posted July 14, 2013 - 09:00 PM

After I saw the whole 8 team in west I stop reading the rest. Seriously Kobe Bryant carried the Lakers gang with Smush Parker and Kwame Brown on his team entered to the playoffs and I don't see any reason why Lakers can't make it to the playoffs with Gasol and others.


Totally different. Kobe was a young buck, scoring 35 ppg, 81 if he had to. Those days are gone my friend, wouldn't be surprised in the least if we miss the playoffs this year. And that's okay with me to be honest. It'll get better, just have to weather the storm.

#27 Mike D'Antoni

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Posted July 14, 2013 - 09:01 PM

Lol. You think if melo and lebron are available you honestly antoni will be here? No I doubt it.

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Posted July 14, 2013 - 09:05 PM

Nonsense. They're likely to be a 6-7 seed. But, they may surprise us...depends on the team's chemistry.

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Posted July 14, 2013 - 09:10 PM

If we suck, I wouldn't be surprised if MDA resigned like he did in New York.

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Posted July 14, 2013 - 09:11 PM

The only thing that can possibly holding this team back from being a 6-8th seed is health.  This team as of now is deeper than its ever been in the past few seasons and if Gasol, Nash, and Kobe the main core can stay healthy throughout this year, I have no worries as a fan.

 

Personally this season I'm coming in with low expectations so anything less than the 13th seed or even 15th is fine by me haha.  And I actually view the Kings as a 15th seed. 


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Posted July 14, 2013 - 09:11 PM

I also think that Nash, Kobe, Gasol, and alot of the guys are more determined than ever now that Dwight bailed and the retooling stage has been establised. 


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Posted July 14, 2013 - 09:16 PM

This team is placing 6th or higher.

I got a few thing you should think about.

 

A. Dwight Howard did not fit in MDA style. He was great on defense, but this style of play doesn't require half court defense until maybe last few mins of the 4th quarter.

Dwight actually slowed the pace of the game down too much and at the same time had no clue what do on the offense side. (Pick and Roll? He was horrible at it last season. Soft picks and hardly ever rolled strong. )

 

B. Metta world peace was off the charts horrible at offense at the three's. Once again though, he probably was the best wing defender. But in MDA system. Half court defense is not needed until the the last mins of the fourth quarter.

 

C. Pau Gasol/Kaman will be great this year. I expect them to make TONS of assists with the shooters available. And, know when to pass or work the post. Unlike Dwight.

 

D. Steve Nash will now be able to glue this team together now that Dwight is gone.

 

E. Kobe 

 

Overall. Expect during crunch time in close games. Lakers will then start half court defense. Interesting, how it will turn out.

This team is gonna be like Golden State with more experience in the playoffs. 

The Lakers are now officially a "run and gun outshoot you team" with experience at half court offense (Kobe,Pau,Nash) during close crunch games.

 

 

I also don't believe Golden State will do as well with Iggy. The lost of Jarret Jack was HUGE. If any of you guys who watched GS last year know for a fact this guy was such a vital piece as a backup and running the offense. Plus, the countless momentum shots season and in playoffs.


Edited by Villane, July 14, 2013 - 09:22 PM.


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Posted July 14, 2013 - 10:08 PM

I've been so excited about these recent signings that I can't imagine this team losing more than 50 games. If only Kobe, Pau, and Nash were 7 years younger, this would be a championship team. 



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Posted July 14, 2013 - 10:19 PM

Guys we dont have anyone that can play a lick of defense.

 

And the only guys who are half way decent on offense are our worst defensive players (Nash, Pau, Young)...Kobe is a huge question mark, maybe he does average 20 a game but how many games though? From recent interviews he gont till December


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Posted July 14, 2013 - 10:23 PM

...we have a 2014 draft pick? didn't we trade it away?



#36 MDI

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Posted July 14, 2013 - 10:27 PM

Nope we have our 2014 and believe it or not our 2015 is top 5 protected.


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Posted July 14, 2013 - 10:51 PM

Sacre will be the the new gortat. Book it!

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Posted July 15, 2013 - 12:02 AM

Dallas has a worst team than us!



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Posted July 15, 2013 - 01:06 AM

Rather finish 15tj than finish 4-8 and no championship
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Posted July 15, 2013 - 01:32 AM

If Kobe is ready to kick by the start of the season, we are a Top 4 team in the West.






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