Love Letter to Larry and Jordan

Dear Larry and Jordan, I’m going to miss both of you!

First to Larry … your energy and effort and your good looks and your exciting dunks and your good looks and let’s not forget your leadership, your ability to get 50-50 balls, your good looks.  My friends will tell you that I called you “my boyfriend”.  There’s no way to replace what you brought to the Lakers and the fans.  We will miss you and I am sad that the next time I see you, you will be wearing a Cavaliers’ uniform.  I am excited for you, however,  that you will get the opportunity to go deep in the play offs, maybe even the finals.  Don’t forget me!!

And to Jordan … your floater is a thing of beauty, along with your love of the game, your ability to come off the bench and score, one of the best in the game at that, we’ve watched you grow and develop into the player that the Cavaliers know will help them going forward.  While you are probably very sad, you must also be damned proud that you are considered a valuable addition, a tool to help the Cleveland Cavaliers get another championship.  If I were to give you any advice, it would be to remember to always have fun when you’re playing.  It makes a tremendous difference in your game.  Thanks for everything you gave the Lakers fans and we won’t forget you!!

Lakers 5 in a row at Staples !

Another fun game today as the Lakers protect their home court against the visiting Knicks.  A better outcome than the last meeting in Madison Square Garden where the Knicks won in overtime.  In that outing, Porzingis had 37 points but today the Lakers hold him to 17.

The Lakers stand-outs today are Julius Randle with another double double (27 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and shooting an outstanding 65%), and Jordan Clarkson with his own double double (28 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds and shooting 63% from the field).  Way to go, Jordan … 10 assists will get it done!  Several other Laker players were key in the victory  . . .  Nance with his constant energy and intensity  (13 points and 5 rebounds), Kuzma (who scored 15 points in just over 10 minutes before taking a seat after re-injuring his finger) and Lopez who put in 4 of 6 three-point shots! (welcome back, Brook, where you been?)

It was definitely a team win today.  BI played but was not his usual self as he is still recovering from his ankle injury, but the other players stepped it up and came up with the victory, again minus Lonzo Ball.

I can’t talk about today’s win without mentioning Alex Caruso.  He was very  pivotal in today’s success,  playing with pace and passing the ball (he had 8 assists).  His experience with the South Bay Lakers is showing as he looks comfortable and in charge on the floor.  Coach Walton, we want to see more of this young man!!!!

Lakers Can Stop Trade Considerations By Buying Out Deng

Let’s talk trade rumors circulating in the media involving Randle, Clarkson and now Larry Nance Jr.

Message to Laker brass:  Nance is a fan favorite.  We love to watch him “sky” to slam dunk the ball; he plays mean defense and gives 100% every time he is on the floor.  He’s not someone you trade away, he’s the type of player you trade for!

 

Why trade Randle and Clarkson?  They are valuable assets for the Lakers now and going forward and Nance too!  All three have considerable up-side and fit in well with the other players.

And the Lakers don’t need expiring contracts to make cap space for the possibility (key word possibility) of signing superstars next season.

Here’s what they do … they bite the bullet now and get rid of Luol Deng’s contract with $36 million remaining.  Buy him out and say “bye bye”.  I don’t know exactly how they accomplish this but that’s what lawyers are for.

With Deng gone and no trades, here’s the roster for next year:

Ball, Ingram, Kuzma, Hart, Randle (with a new deal), Clarkson, Nance, Ennis, Bryant and Zubac.

By getting rid of Deng’s awful contract and signing Randle to a new contract, the 2018 team salaries will be roughly $51 million with the NBA salary cap reportedly to be $101 million.  So that leaves the Lakers with $50 million to sign free agent De Marcus Cousins who should be happy with a new contract that pays him $31 million the first year.  The  Lakers will then have more than enough, $19 million, to fill the remaining slots with good role players.  I would like to see them sign a back-up point guard who plays with pace and loves to pass the ball (sorry Ennis, but that’s not your game).

THIS ROSTER GETS THE LAKERS DEEP INTO THE PLAY-OFFS, KEEPS THE FANS HAPPY AND SHOWS THAT THE LAKERS ORGANIZATION SUPPORT A STRONG TEAM CONCEPT, THE WAY TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN TODAY’S NBA.