Jul 30, 2014

Byron Scott is now head coach with lots of work to do

Los Angeles native Byron Scott was named head coach of the Lakers. A storied franchise whose luck with coaches before Scott has been less than mediocre. Scott was part of the 'showtime' era, in which he won three NBA championships. During Scott's press conference, Laker legends Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Jamaal Wilkes stopped by to talk and support their former teammate. When Laker legends show up like that, you know that it is something special. 

Scott's first agenda is for the team to understand and play defense. He has been emphasizing it time and time again. Rightfully so, since last season, the Lakers ranked close to last in the league. Not only is Scott a former Laker, but he understands the brand and what it means. He will instill that sense of pride to the current Lakers on the roster. The roster, which was constructed in the last month or so is a mix of young talent and a few veterans. Nash, Bryant, and Boozer will have the most experience on the roster. Last year, health plagued the team resulting in multiple different lineups throughput the year. Players like Nick Young, Jeremy Lin, Xavier Henry, Wesley Johnson, Jordan Hill, Ed Davis, and Julius Randle will be heavily counted on through a tough NBA season. Scott will have to mold this team to compete in a extremely tough Western Conference. There's certainly a lot of work to do. Scott will also have to put together his coaching staff, which will presumably be done soon. 

There was never this much excitement heading into a season. A new coach with Laker ties, and a young roster will definitely be interesting to watch. Is this a championship built team? Maybe not, but they can compete if they learned to play together as a unit and toughen up on defense. The Lakers will try to make the playoffs with Scott at the helm.  Scott still has a lot to prove coaching wise. He will be ready to take on the challenge and see if he can lead a Laker team to the promise land in years to come. 

Jul 23, 2014

Bright future for Randle

The Lakers 7th pick has high expectations. Randle is the Lakers highest top 10 lottery pick since James Worthy in 1982, who was selected number one overall. Randle didn't play in the teams first summer league game, and didn't know if he would play in the tournament. Randle didn't sign his contract until hours before the second summer league game. 

After watching this 19 year old play, Laker fans have something to be excited about. Randle has excellent ball handling capabilities and quickness. He can put big and tall defenders at a stand still and can go around them. He can post up small big men with his size. His ability to get to the basket is uncanny and the quickness for his size something that can truly benefit his game. He can also grab boards and is relentless. The characteristics he has in his game reminds us of James Worthy, who had a similar way of playing. Worthy could also post up, use his quickness to get to the basket, and was a good rebounder and defender.

Randle will get to learn from Kobe Bryant who has had a stellar career. His guidance will definitely help Julius down the road. Carlos Boozer, who is a new Laker addition, has been around the league as well and is a seasoned veteran at the power forward position. Randle will be set up with all the tools needed to have a great career in the NBA. Of course, he's got to work hard and earn it. There's no doubt that the Lakers picked up a gem in Randle. We'll wait and see how his career grows with the Lakers. 

Jul 21, 2014

Nick Young is officially back with the Lakers

.@NickSwagyPYoung in GM Mitch Kupchak's office making it official. He's back in the purple & gold. pic.twitter.com/vTCh62VQdM

The Lakers tweeted today that Nick Young officially re-signed with them. The guard out of Southern California was one of the bright spots during last year's injury prone season. He has become one of the fan favorites in Los Angeles, especially his nickname, 'Swaggy P'. Young averaged 17.9 ppg, 1.5 apg, and 2.6 rpg last season.  

Jul 12, 2014

Focus on the Post-Kobe era for the Lakers

It's no secret that every great dynasty must come to an end. The arrival of Kobe in Los Angeles signified the start of something special, as a 17-yr old kid from Philadelphia grew up to be one of the greatest to ever play the game. Kobe has amassed 5 NBA championships, multiple All-Star game appearances, won awards, and the list goes on. As his storied career is coming close to an end, the Lakers know that they have to start thinking about the future.

The Lakers got off to a great start of getting younger and acquiring 7th pick Julius Randle in the 2014 NBA Draft. Randle led the Kentucky Wildcats to the NCAA championship game against UCONN, which they ultimately lost. Most experts projected him to be in the top 5, but fell to the Lakers lap. He's expected to contribute and be a main key for the future. Lakers also drafted athletic guard Jordan Clarkson from Missouri. Then, the Lakers went big and tried to impress free agent Carmelo Anthony. The Lakers were a long shot to get Anthony, but they were in contention as Anthony was impressed by the Lakers pitch and plans. After the LeBron James decision, all the dominoes started to fall and word got out that the Lakers may not have a chance to get Anthony. With the trade of Jeremy Lin to the Lakers along with a 1st round pick, and the re-signing of Nick Young and Jordan Hill, that signified that the Lakers were no longer in the hunt for Carmelo Anthony. Gasol might also be on the move to Chicago with a possible sign and trade.

What the Lakers are doing is getting younger, short term contracts, while acquiring assests and draft picks. This might not appease Kobe, but the Lakers will try again in the 2015/2016 free agency market where Kevin Love, Keven Durant, and Russell Westbrook will be available. Its always the objective for the Lakers to compete every year, but its also about bringing in the big stars which they'll ultimately do down the road.

Jun 18, 2014

Coaching search

Our own Bobby DeMuro and Courtney Henderson weigh in on the Lakers coaching search.

Mar 7, 2014

Lakers endure worst loss in franchise history to the Clippers

In a game where the two LA teams meet, one was thoroughly embarrassed, while the other one looked like a championship caliber team. The Lakers suffered the worst loss in franchise history, losing to the Clippers 142-94. The game was over at halftime.

The Lakers did play well in the first quarter, but afterwards it all just seemed like a bad dream. The Clippers simply out played and out hustled the Lakers. It was like the Lakers just couldn't stop the bleeding no matter how had they tried. This is one of those season that all Laker fans want to forget. All the injuries, different lineup changes has led up to what you see out on the court. The only hope is that the Lakers get healthy in the off-season, pick up a good draft pick and try to get some key free agents during this summer or the next. Meanwhile, the Clippers are a very good team and could legitimately compete for an NBA title.

While the Lakers glory days are all but over, they do have the track record of getting back into the swing of things. It wont happen soon, but they always find a way to be contenders.

Jan 23, 2014

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Dec 20, 2013

How will the Lakers do with another Kobe injury?

Its news that all Lakers fans didn't want to hear. Kobe is out with another injury. This time, Kobe was diagnosed with a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau. He suffered the injury in the game against the Grizzlies on Tuesday, Dec 17. Kobe is expected to be out at least 6 weeks. Its a rather devastating blow to not only the Lakers, but to Kobe himself who has worked vigorously to get back on the court after suffering a torn Achilles. The question now is how will the Lakers do without their superstar on the court for possibly the next month to month and a half?

Well, the Lakers did do something. They signed free agent guard Kendall Marshall out of the University of North Carolina. The Lakers didn't really have many options, as they are depleted in point guards. Farmar, Blake and Nash are still all out. Farmar is expected to be back in about a week or two. Marshall was drafted by the Phoenix Suns, then traded to the Wizards. Shortly after, the Wizards waived the guard and Marshall has been playing in the D-League with the Delaware 87ers where he's been averaging 19pts, 9ast.

The Lakers were doing okay without Kobe, but Kobe is still the leader of the team and his ability to close out games is what the Lakers have been missing. It will put a lot of onus on Gasol once again to score. The Lakers are still capable of winning games, but defense has been an issue. With not much interior defense it's going to be a tough road ahead. When the guards come back (Farmar,Blake,Nash) it should make the Lakers a little better due to the fact that they will have ball handlers and guys who can initiate the offense. Health is a key factor for any team, but recently for the Lakers, it seems its a reoccurring theme. Hopefully, everyone on the team can be healthy and the Lakers can make some sort of a run this season.