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@Mike Petriello @lakersfan713 I'm not really blaming him so much as asking the question. I'm not enough of a technical baseball guy to pretend to know what Kemp's problem is, but I wonder why the hitting coach hasn't figured it out.
3 hours, 55 minutes ago on If There’s One Good Reason to Fire Don Mattingly…
I'm sorry, but I fail to see how Tim Wallach or someone else assuming the mantle of managerial leadership from Donny Baseball is going to make Kenley Jenson pitch better, or make Brandon League not be horrible in save situations, or make matt kemp play like Matt Kemp again.
Ownerhsip needs to look to the guy who put the team together to find fault for the bullpen's failure and for hte host of mediocre to horrible utility players we have, and to Mark McGuire for Matt Kemp's failure to hit this season
3 hours, 58 minutes ago on If There’s One Good Reason to Fire Don Mattingly…
Okay, Mike, after reading your article and watchingthe replay several times, I recind my question on the previous thread about what Adrian was doing. You're right - the fault lies with Quentin.
Mattingly being as old school as he is, I have no doubt somebody's going to get beaned on Monday night.
1 month, 1 week ago on Nothing But Bad News From the Brawl That Injured Zack Greinke
@JohnM Somebody's almost assuredly going to get plunked today - Mattingly is old school. And frankly, they deserve it.
1 month, 1 week ago on Dodgers @ Padres April 11, 2013: Greinke vs Marquis, Really?
Has anyone seen a shot of what Adrian was going during this situation? Shouldn't he (along with Ellis) be running towards Q?
I hope that we throw at the Padres pitcher in the next game.
This is slightly off-topic, but it doesn't appear to me that Zach Lee did all that well in AA ball last year. I know how you feel about ERA, but regardless, 4.50 or so isn't very good. IS he overrated, or am I overreacting?
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Pitchers Break, But You Still Need Them: Hiroki Kuroda
I fervently hope that you're right and I'm wrong. I'm just in a cynical mood this morning.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Kemp, Dodgers Knocked Out in Colorado
Sorry to be negative, but this team just isn't going to make the playoffs. They aren't good or consistent enough. There's always next year.
Errr...I meant, "sign Dwight..."
10 months ago on No News Is Same News In Dwight Howard Sweepstakes
Fuck Dwight. I'm sick of the whole thing. Since Bynum and move on.
More importantly, someone please convince me that (a) the Lakers don't intend to go into another season without any backup SG on the roster, (b) the Lakers' plan isn't for the only backup SG to be Skyenga, or (c) the Lakers another realistic plan to keep Kobe's minutes at below 47.9 per game. I haven't seem even a peep of news on that more important front.
Okay, that came out a little more negative than I wanted. That's why I should proof-read these things, which I don't do. Sorry.
You really are looking at this too negatively, though. Nash's game isn't built on speed. His shooting touch is still there. He's a guy who can, and is, still playing at a very high level. He and Kobe and Gasol will figure it out. All of that passing and scoring ability? Great things will be in store.
I for one think Kobe will be better and more efficient at this stage of his career off the ball with a real PG.
Who cares about the future - this team is built for the now. If they were thinking about the future, they would've amnestied Kobe (stop laughing, and no I'm not advocating that), traded Gasol for a trade exception and draft picks, and either traded Bynum or tell him that he has the con. That's not how the Lakers operate, and it's not how they've ever, ever operated.
Don't worry, 2015 and beyond will work out. It always does.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Desperate Lakers Overpay For Steve Nash
That's just stupid, and so are you.
First, Nash has shown almost no signs of decline. His assit rate and raw numbers are as high or higher than ever. His shooting percentage is as high as ever. His game is built on smarts, court vision, passing ability, and the ability to run the pick and roll to perfection.
So now we have that Kobe guy - you know, the #5 all-time leading scorer in NBA history and undeniably the 2nd best SG ever - coupled with a sweet, sweet passing PF. Three guys who each may have hte highest basketball IQs at their respective positions in the league.
Personally, I'd give up to 1st rounders in themid to low 20s in a heartbeat for this.
Defense isn't worse; it's unchanged. If anyone knows how to do PG-deficient D, it's the Lakers. After all, even though he's slowing down, they still have that other guard - what's his name again? - who's made, what, 9 or 10 All-NBA defensive teams?
Depth: they can still get depth. How's this affected by the Nash deal? They just have to pci kthe right couple of players with their mini-MLE and min salary tools. Between Goudlelock and Darius Earvin-Kareem-Worthy-Johnson-Odom, it looks like at least one of them will be a shooter. And don't you think having one of the best PGs, oh, you know, EVER, in practice every day, who happens to be on a 2 or 3 years fixed plan to retirement, might just help out a guy like Darius Morris, who's a pass-first PG but needs to become a real NBA player? Instead of him having Derek Fisher (we love 'ya, but you were always a short SG) or Ramon Sessions (That's my job, not yours, for the long term).
Does this guarantee a title? Of course not. is this a big, big day for the Lakers? Absolutely.