Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Happy Birthday Jerry West!

Let’s all wish a very happy birthday to The Logo today! Enjoy this video of highlights for your viewing pleasure. 

Saturday, May 25, 2019

6 degrees of Shaquille O’Neal

This is pretty remarkable. It’s not really worth anything other than the fact that Shaq spent a lot of years in the league and played for plenty of teams. Nevertheless, it’s Lakers news!

Kyrie not reuniting with LeBron?

Of course it’s a long shot, but the fact Windhorst believes he’s considering it, even MacMullen having to do her homework to “dismiss” it - means there’s something to the rumor. 
"I did a little digging around and my feeling is very strongly that while LeBron and Kyrie have kissed and made up, that Kyrie is not going there," MacMullan said. "He's just not. I just don't believe it. And I think people close to him just don't believe it either."

Friday, May 24, 2019

LeBron courting players to join him in LA

LeBron has reportedly spoken with Jimmy Butler and Kawhi Leonard about joining him in Los Angeles. Is Butler at the top of his list? I can think of a few guys I’d rather get, unless he knows they won’t join him? 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Kyrie is ‘more open’ to joining LeBron with the Lakers

Let’s goooo! I am not opposed to a LeBron and Kyrie reunion. Is Kyrie my first choice? No, but he is a great choice. 

According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, there has been a "thawing" between Irving and LeBron James in recent months that could make L.A. an option for Kyrie.

Windhorst theorized that the Lakers are "lower on the list" for Irving than the New York Knicksand Brooklyn Nets but noted that the Lakers are in the mix, and that Boston must be "worried" that L.A. could steal him.


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Here are the 4 best options the Lakers have on draft night

Leave it to a diehard Lakers fan to be disappointed after jumping up to having the 4th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. The Lakers were supposed to have the 11th pick if it went by record, the fact that we jumped up to the 4th pick should have me ecstatic. 

The problem is once we saw that the Lakers jumped to the remaining 4 teams, you felt as though you had a real chance of walking away with the 1st overall pick. What an amazing turn of events that would have been, it would have been the answer to all of the troubles we’ve faced all season. The Lakers being on the front page of every virtual newspaper for all the wrong reasons would have completely reversed. So yeah, I was still disappointed, but can you blame me?

Anyways, here we will outline the best options the Lakers have on draft night in order.

4. Actually use the draft pick to draft a player. This seems like the forgotten option for the Lakers as it seems Rob Pelinka is bound to find a trade to package it with. This draft has been seen as being a 3 player draft who can impact a franchise for years to come, with the rest having a ceiling of just being starters or role players. The problem with that theory is there are usually players taken later that end up surprising us in the end. Take Devin Booker for example, he was drafted 13th in the 2015 NBA draft and is having a far better career than at least 9 of the players drafted ahead of him. If the Lakers do actually get to draft at 4 and don’t trade it, they should look for a risky player with a high ceiling. It may not pan out, but when they do they are special. Take our very own Kobe Bryant for instance, he was drafted at the 13th pick as well. Now he’s regarded with the likes of Michael Jordan as one of the greatest of all time.

3. Trade the number 4 pick in the NBA draft for a role player in their prime who can help win right now. This is highly unlikely, but still an option on the table. The thought here would be to get a guard who can shoot, but doesn’t come with a hefty price tag, and a team who is willing to move off of them without asking too much in return. Another reason this is unlikely is the lack of guards with low salary that are worth a pick that high. Move on.

2. Trade the number 4 pick in the NBA draft for an all-star or near all-star caliber player. This would have to be executed properly as the Lakers (if they would still plan on signing a max player this off-season) would need to send a package of players as to not cut too much into the available salary cap space. Bradley Beal’s name has been thrown out there recently, who carries a $27mil+ salary with him. Who is actually on the books that you could pair with the pick to make the money work? There is nobody unless you either do a sign and trade or package multiple players.

1. Trade the number 4 pick in the NBA draft along with a package deal for Anthony Davis. It should not be surprising that this is the top option for the Lakers. The question of course remains of how interested the Pelicans are in what the Lakers can offer. The Brandon Ingram health scare undoubtedly makes him difficult to trade or in the very least gives opposing teams leverage in negotiations for him. Anthony Davis remains the unicorn for the Lakers this summer. If we can land AD, the perception of a franchise in disarray and feeling of hopelessness for the future seemingly goes away instantly. Additionally, the Lakers would still have $30 million to sign a major name in Free Agency as well or use that for legitimate role players.

There’s no real right or wrong answer to this great problem the Lakers have of unexpectedly having the fourth overall pick. You just don’t want to see the Lakers give up the pick for pennies on the dollar, just to “do something” (see, Zubac to Clippers trade).

Monday, May 20, 2019

Pelinka: Magic’s comments are not true

Rob Pelinka of course is denying all things.

Magic: I was stabbed in the back

The truth is nearly every time somewhere in the middle. Take this as fact, or take this as Magic saving face and protecting his own brand.

Here’s his interview:

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Lakers not looking to hire new president

Lakers just seem to be making all the great decisions lately!

Friday, May 17, 2019

Pelicans owner denies ‘over my dead body’ comment about a trade involving Lakers

...so you’re saying there’s a chance! Earlier in the day a store broke out in which Jackie MacMullen stated the Pelican’s owner stated she would trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers “over my dead body”.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Anthony Davis hasn’t changed his stance on being traded

Good and surprising news here for Lakers fans. Maybe a trade can ultimately be had, maybe on draft night?

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Stephen A. Smith: Jason Kidd will be Head Coach Within 2 Years

Given Kidd’s history of forcing himself into positioned this is a good take by Stephen A.

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith said Saturday on SportsCenter he expects Jason Kidd to be the Lakers' head coach within two years.

"He's not expected to be the coach long term," Smith said of Vogel. "There's a reason why, whether it was Monty Williams, whether it was Ty Lue or anybody else, the caveat was that you had to accept Jason Kidd on your squad as a developmental coach."

Bleacher Report

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Lakers hire Frank Vogel as head coach of the future

What exactly does this mean to hire Vogel instead of Lue or Juwan Howard or moving quicker on Monty?

The Los Angeles Lakers' head coaching search has come to an end, as they are hiring former Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic coach Frank Vogel to try to right the ship.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ohm Youngmisuk, Vogel agreed to a three-year deal with the team on Saturday.

The Los Angeles TimesTania Ganguli reported that Jason Kidd, who interviewed for the post in April, will join the Lakers as an assistant. Wojnarowski added Kidd will receive a "prominent assistant coaching role" on the staff.

Bleacher Report

Kyrie has had talks about joining Lakers

We’ll take him!

On the Hoop Collective podcast (h/t HoopsHype's Bryan Kalbrosky), ESPN's Brian Windhorst stated the "possibility" of Irving and James playing for the Los Angeles Lakers has been talked about. 

"And I say that just because I think it's on Kyrie's radar, it's on Kyrie's board," Windhorst said. "He has had discussions with people about playing for the Lakers.” 


Thursday, May 9, 2019

Lakers demanded Rambis be on Lue’s coaching staff

What a mess. Lue wants to hire his own staff (of course he does, just like every coach, EVER), but the Lakers want to keep their thumb in everything to ensure the world knows this isn’t LeBron’s franchise. I just have to ask,  when is this circus is going to end? 

The Los Angeles Lakers were unable to land Tyronn Lue to be their next head coach, and one of the problems seems to be the way they planned to micromanage him.

According to Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports, the team wanted to force the coach to take on Kurt Rambis as an assistant, which Lue denied. 

Bleacher Report

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Tyronn Lue is moving on

This is very surprising. 
Former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue has informed the Los Angeles Lakers that he is "moving on" and will no longer be in the running for the team's head-coaching vacancy, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.
ESPN's Stephen A. Smith revealed on SportsCenter that the Lakers had offered Lue a three-year deal with an annual salary in the range of $6 million. Lue reportedly wanted five years, according to Turner.  
Bleacher Report

Lakers add new coaches to search

Did things just get interesting? Did Lue overplay his hand? Mind=Confused

Report: Lue to Lakers talks break down continued

We need more information Woj! Does Lue not want Kidd on his staff?

Report: Lue to Lakers talks break down

Does this have anything to do with LeBron reportedly wanting Tibs to be an assistant?

Monday, May 6, 2019

Woj: Klay could consider Clippers, not Lakers

Something smells fishy..there have been an awful lot of “will consider the Clippers” talk going around the league lately with several players. The same can be said for the Knicks, but somehow that seems more realistic. I reluctantly could get behind Kawhi rumors to the Clippers as that seemed believable that he would want to be the number one player on his team, but now I think something is up. I’m not saying that no one this offseason goes to the Clippers, but there’s some spin going on here. Stay tuned!
"If they come with a five-year, $190 million max deal for Klay Thompson, that's done on July 1 — he's going into the new building with Steph Curry," Wojnarowski explained. "If they try to do anything less than that, you can expect Klay Thompson to be out in free agency. Watch not for the Lakers then, but the Clippers."

Lakers and Lue working out agreement?

Why not just announce he’s the next head coach? Why leak this to the media? It’s hard to believe this is an NBA franchise and not some reality celebrity gossip TV show on E!. 

The Los Angeles Lakers and Tyronn Lue are in the process of working on a contract agreement that would make Lue the franchise’s next head coach, league sources told Yahoo Sports.‬

Lue, 42, has not accepted the position yet as both sides continue to focus on contractual parameters, sources said.‬


Sunday, May 5, 2019

Report: LeBron hasn’t told Lakers who to hire

It’s not that I’m against a teams’ best player having a say in organizational decisions. Kobe Bryant of course has a small say in certain hires and maybe even some free agency signings. The tough realization is that LeBron James holds more say in his organizations than one would like. So much so, the Cavs got into some really bad contracts because LeBron got players more money than they deserved and then bolted. Leaving the Cavs in a tough situation for at least a few years. However, the moment Lakers slid that contract across the desk to LeBron and Rich Paul, they sold their souls for the next 3-4 years. That’s just the reality.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Phil Jackson endorses Tyronn Lue for Lakers next head coach

There it is folks, the GOAT hath spoken. Phil Jackson comes out in favor of Tyronn Lue. 

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Stein: Sources say Suns coaching job is Monty Williams’ if he wants it

If the Lakers have an interest in making Monty Williams the next head coach, then they better get a move on. In truth, I don’t expect the Lakers to really care. Lue is looking ever increasingly to be the man. 

Woj: LeBron James prefers Tyronn Lue as Lakers next head coach

This has been the consensus for quite awhile now, Woj isn’t really adding anything new that we don’t already know. 
Wojnarowski made it clear where James stands in the matter during an appearance on NBA Countdown on Thursday night, though he noted the four-time league MVP is not getting involved in the matter. Wojnarowski noted that James' familiarity with Lue factors into his stance.
Bleacher Report

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Bleacher Report: 3 reasons Lakers should go all out with Kemba

Number 3 is intriguing, number 1 is true but is “going all out” the right move? I don’t think so. Click the link below for the article from Bleacher Report.