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5th straight game in double digits last night against the Warriors. 24 points, 5-6 from 3, the annoying FT issue still persists, 1-4 last night, had 5 boards 5 assists and 5 To's. He seems to have this crazy situation with Nance Jr every game I watch he makes at least 2-3 perfect passes to Nance who then blows a 3 footer, yet he'll also have 1-2 spectacular lob dunks to Nance.

As I said in the earlier post one of the biggest things he's done is figured out where his spots on the floor are and is setting up there. I think 4 of his 5 made 3's last night were from essentially the same spot on the left side diagonal, it's a shot most players hate but he shot it really well from there at UCLA too.
 

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6 straight games with double digits although he just barely got there last night in the loss with 10 points. 11 assists and as always seems to be the case the Lakers missed another 4-5 point blank shots off passes from him. 5 turnovers though.
 

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LA has some really nice young pieces: Ball, Ingram & ROY contender Kyle Kuzma. If they indeed land James, he would have a pretty good supporting cast next year.
 

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LA has some really nice young pieces: Ball, Ingram & ROY contender Kyle Kuzma. If they indeed land James, he would have a pretty good supporting cast next year.
Just read a piece that did a good job of explaining why an albeit talented lakers squad ha a terrible makeup for lebron. Made sense.
 

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LA has some really nice young pieces: Ball, Ingram & ROY contender Kyle Kuzma. If they indeed land James, he would have a pretty good supporting cast next year.

he's not going to a team that is a) still going to be at least a year or two away from competing and b) will have to compete in the same conference as GS/SA/HOU.
 

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LA has some really nice young pieces: Ball, Ingram & ROY contender Kyle Kuzma. If they indeed land James, he would have a pretty good supporting cast next year.

I don't know if they're getting LeBron or not but I do think it's interesting what Walton has said all along about Lonzo. He said what made Lonzo a no brainer pick for them is he already plays the way we want him to play, we don't have to teach him our style, and we don't have to run pick and roll or iso's for him like we would have for other rookie PG's(Fox or Smith Jr). What he means is the way Lonzo moves the ball.

There's an article out a day or two ago that says Lonzo leads the NBA in hit ahead passes(more than 30 feet) and leads the NBA in lowest average time with the ball in his hands before he passes it(among PG's). That's how Walton wants to play, move the ball pass it don't dribble.

So then you bring in LeBron and the obvious thing is he's a high usage guy so he fits with Lonzo because Lonzo is not a ball stopper, but does he fit with the move the ball mantra he's a great passer but is he willing to play in that move the ball system or is he going to want to be the playmaker like he is now?

If it were me I'd be tempted to trade Ingram, he simply doesn't rebound well enough for my tastes, when you play him and Kuzma together you get excellent offense but not enough rebounding and right now Kuzma is a much better shooter so I'd lean to him over Ingram.

Randle is not great but he's more of a power player than Ingram. They really need another good shooter on that roster several actually their absence of 3 point shooting is a real issue.

I also think Jordan Clarkson deserves a ton of credit for willingly becoming the 6th man. It had to be hard for him early in the season when Lonzo was struggling and still starting, but now they have a very nice rotation with them and Caldwell Pope.

I don't see them as a huge threat to my Warriors anytime soon but I think if they make the right roster and draft decisions they could be pretty good in a year or two.
 

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The reason why it's been quiet is he got drafted by another team. I don't watch anything but Suns games, except some playoff games.
 

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The reason why it's been quiet is he got drafted by another team. I don't watch anything but Suns games, except some playoff games.

No people were bashing him for weeks after the season started and he didn't play well. It was on a different thread and eventually there were complaints that Lonzo discussion should be in this thread, not the other thread.
 

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Lakers announce Lonzo Ball diagnosed with left shoulder sprain, will miss at least one week


Yeah I saw it happen in the game last night and was honestly surprised he came back in you could see he was in pain.

Sucks for him in terms of finally starting to play better and now having to sit, but the upside is he also gets to rest his legs which have been bugging him.

So now 2 of the Xmas day games are without a starting PG since Steph Curry will miss the game against the Cavs
 

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No people were bashing him for weeks after the season started and he didn't play well. It was on a different thread and eventually there were complaints that Lonzo discussion should be in this thread, not the other thread.

Okay, I must have missed that. Hope he does well except that he'll always have a loosing record vs Phoenix.
 

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Is it bad of me to want him to amount to nothing because of his dad’s big mouth?!
 

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Is it bad of me to want him to amount to nothing because of his dad’s big mouth?!


It's not bad IMO as long as you're honest that's why.

I don't blame him for his dad, he's been the exact opposite of his dad so far in his career.

But I completely get why people dislike his dad so much. I think his dad has effectively ruined any chance of an NBA career Melo had, Gelo had no chance but the dad has made sure he didn't get a free college education either, just terrible IMO.
 
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