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    This is what fear of failure looks like

    Rays kicked in the door

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    DeRozan had 1049 shots in 68 games; 35 were 3’s

    Here’s the rub…he shot 53% from the field. Deadly from mid-range to the cup. That also doesn’t include his over 450 FTA almost 7 a game.

    He averages 22 points on 14 FGA and 6-8 trips to the line. He’d fit seamlessly in that offense.

    I said it prolly won’t happen…someone is getting a very good player.

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    • I still have a problem with more bodies in the paint making it easier for other teams to clog the paint and make it harder for LeBron and AD to get to the rim. That’s why I don’t like traditional low post centers or guards that live with the midrange. The blueprint for success with LeBron has always been to surround him with elite 3-point shooters. No disrespect to DeMar, that’s not him.

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    • I respectfully disagree, Sean. I think trading KK, DG, and the pick for Oladipo would be a great opportunity for the Lakers to land a potential All-NBA and All-Defensive player.

      Now, should the Lakers have their doctors examine Victor and our coaches and trainers work him out to make sure he has no permanent damage? For sure. If he passes all the test, then I make the trade.

      There is a risk but he only has a year left so you’re not tying up your cap space of future. The payoff if he returns to the player he was two years ago, however, is the third superstar to go with LeBron and AD for whom you have Bird rights to pay whatever you want. It’s the only way to get a third superstar with all three making max.

    • I agree magicman, based on how he looked in the Bubble, based on him seeming to expect max money at some point despite the health concerns reminds me of the intractable situation that was Isaiah Thomas.

      To be even more honest, though, I think the Pacers can get a lot better of a package for Victor than what we can put together. I think Indy would rather see a package from us of Bradley, Kuzma, Caruso and picks. Slotting Green into trades feels like we’re expecting someone to just jump up and thank us for giving them the bread maker they know they gave us for Christmas a couple years back. The on-court impact/dollar isn’t great. IMO the above package I listed is too much.

      I will say, as a counter-point, that Oladipo is probably one of the best fits alongside LBJ and AD that can be had. He doesn’t need the ball but can play well with it, does a lot of little things we rely on as a team pretty well. Not sure he can be the best player on an NBA team, though, which leaves a LeBron-sized question mark about the future.

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    Prolly not happening but I think DeMar is trying to come home

    DeMar wants out

    Prolly not happening but I think DeMar is trying to come home

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    • Now I could see a S&T of Green, Bradley, McGee and Kuzma getting that done… But would you really want to pull that trigger?

      • I’m not a hater of the midrange jumper like D’Antoni and Morey but we need players who can stretch the defense, which is why I’m not a fan of trading for DeRozan, Rose, or Dinwiddie. We need guys who are 40% or better from deep, not low 30’s.

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    2020 year in review: Lakers 2020 was wackadoo

    This is the first of a series of articles from each member of the Lakerholics editorial team recounting how this crazy and unprecedented year and NBA season personally impacted and affected them. Thanks to Blog Editor Sean Grice for suggesting and inspiring the series. We invite every Lakerholic to comment and let us know how this wacky year hit you and yours.


    Lakers year in review: 2020 went wackadoo. That’s as succinct as you can get to describe the environment living as a Lakers fan, in this Universe.

    My name is Sean Grice. I’m a man, I’m a son, I’m a brother, I’m an uncle, I’m a Type 1 Diabetic, I’m a Paramedic, I’m a lot of things. 

    I’m also human. I’ve seen the despair in the world. I’ve seen resilience. I’m about resilience. I’m living proof of resilience.

    The first memory I have is trying to tie my shoelaces. I was 6. I failed. They were too loose and became untangled and hanging. I was upset, mad at myself. I couldn’t understand why at the time, I started remembering that when I was in HS.

    I remember asking Jen DiVincenzo out on a date in grade 5. She said no. Rejection sucks. I learned to adapt. Hearing ‘No’ from women, job interviews, colleges, etc. 

    Every time I heard ‘No’ I knew all that meant was that I was just closer to a ‘Yes’. Took a while to understand what that really meant. 

    Hearing ‘No’ can be a trigger. Anytime, anywhere. Some people are capable of hearing the word and moving on, others hear that word and lose their minds. Can’t handle rejection, can’t handle they didn’t make the cut or couldn’t meet someone else’s subjective standards. 

    I love Basketball. Just as much as Jason Whitlock. For those who missed his thoughts on the Social Justice movement turning him away from the game, here they are:

    ‘The Social Dilemma’ Might Cure Athletes of their Fake News Addiction

    I’ve never met Jason Whitlock. I’ve never felt the need or obligation to converse with him on social media. 

    I try to be fair. So I’ll just say this: I’m not a person of colour. I will never know what it’s like to be a person of colour. I try and do my best to listen and understand someone else’s plight through this matrix of life. 

    Conscience is a matter of choice. Choose to wake up, choose to make a stand, choose to be neutral.

    I see ‘Black Lives Matter’ on the court. I stand for the message, I stand for the movement, I don’t stand for bad faith actors, or people with bad intentions on any side. Discussion about societal changes regarding the public’s interaction with police is long overdue. Let’s hope robust, equitable legislation gets passed and real change can manifest in ways we can’t see yet.

    It’s fine being Uncomfortable with what’s going on. That’s what protest is, it’s supposed to be uncomfortable.

    The issue I see, is that when an Idealogy doesn’t mesh with your social media experience/expectations, then it’s uncomfortable.

    Basketball didn’t push Jason Whitlock away. He bailed on the game because he’s uncomfortable with something I don’t understand. Don’t want to understand. Can’t understand. 

    Let’s say it’s all some ruse, that the movement and messaging is just a giant distraction and ploy.

    More people educated on issues, who vote en masse and decide to try and not be symbolic gestures themselves and decide for a better life. 

    What’s wrong with that? 

    ‘Big Sexy’ as he calls himself, glamorizing obesity, doesn’t have children, he’s not married. He seems like a confused man, like a lot us, yet won’t admit it: that’s called hypocrisy.

    Why do I bring this up? Because right now, I’m not married and I don’t have children. I wouldn’t presume to try and criticize a father or a mother for expressing pain and grief over losing a child because of a Covid-19, or Police brutality or complications.

    If you’ve never experienced something before, it’s just irrational, judgmental and hypocritical to chime in with your thoughts.

    The China crisis, losing Kobe, and Covid-19 shot all our 2020 plans to hell. Craziest calendar year for me as a Lakers fans. The confusion, the anger, the context over what happened in China. What about Kobe? We had all that plus agony and grief. 

    I periodically cried for a week after he died. He was an example. The way Kobe had the Mamba Mentality for his craft. I adopted it to mine. Obsession with being the best version of yourself. 

    Covid-19 grinding on our love, grinding on our resources, grinding away at our mental health. 

    Change is messy, my friends. It’s uncomfortable, it’s bothersome, it’s life-altering…

    It’s also fucking necessary. I don’t swear a lot on the blog or in my personal life. That was necessary.

    Change got people off the couch, off the stair master, off the phone and it makes people want to accomplish something, sometimes change happening is bigger than you thought and you realize the change isn’t about you anymore, bigger than you, bigger than me, bigger than Laker Tom, bigger than Jason Whitlock.

    Since the NBA returned I’ve had nothing but joy running through my veins. Joy for the love of the game, joy for the Lakers champions  (LAL 4-MIA 2) from our #17 championship. We’d tie them. We have 11 Titles over the last 40 years. Including 17 trips to the Finals. They would have 4 Titles in the the last 40 years. Including 7 trips to the Finals. In that span, the Lakers have lost almost as many championship finals (6) as the Celtics have appearances (7).

    Don’t want to include our shared history with Minneapolis? Cool cool. Good to know 

    Then one good turn deserves another. We’re not gonna include the 13 Championships they won, when there’s only 8 teams and Tommy Heihnson and Bob Cousy were smoking cigarettes in the Locker Room.

    Greenies were the big dogs for the first half of the this league’s existence. Now, in the last 40 years it’s the Lakers turn. 

    Nathaniel Hawthorne, a great American writer, left some relevant and words of wisdom: “ Families rise and fall in America.” 

    So do Corporations, Governments and Athletics. 

    “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

    Change is messy. Communication doesn’t have roll around in the mud. Nor does understanding and empathy.

    There are things more important than Basketball. A small part of life. The protests for a couple of days hit a mark. I hope it was a spark. Not just a dying ember of change.

    Three hours of joy and escape. And yet I’m a little melancholy that we’re all displaced somewhat, both figuratively and metaphorically.

    My fandom predates the World Wide Web, the Hubble Telescope, E-Commerce, smartphones and social media. 

    I’m a Forum Lakers fans. I was rocking Nick the Quick shorts in Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha (B.K.T. as we called it) when everyone was wearing Jordan’s and Bulls gear. 

    I love the Lakers. I’m affirmed in my love for Basketball. This game gets in your blood and it invades your soul like a lightning storm. You can’t get rid of that. If you’ve decided to divorce yourself from Basketball, it’s because you didn’t really love the game, you loved the idea that you’re able to suspend your disbelief that the game of life is unfair and unequitable for everyone because Sports is the ultimate example of men and women from all walks of life coming together for a goal greater than themselves.

    Keep visiting the site and if so inclined, post a comment or two, activation only starts with participation. If you’re not all the way in either, that’s cool. I’m not a casual person though. I didn’t spend a summer listening to Slayer cutting my arms with broken glass. I didn’t spend that one summer taking designer drugs for West Coast music festivals. 

    When I have passion for something it goes into auto overdrive.

    Don’t let hate or misunderstanding take you off the golden path. Maybe the symbolic actions from corporate America and world of sports will fade away. People will walk away now. Bye. We’re stronger without you. 

    Here’s to a hell of a year. One of a kind from a Lakers fan. Till the Editorial of 2021, all the best gang. 

    All the love I have to give, Lakerholics

    Sean Grice  Blog Co-Editor 

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    • Great article, Sean. Wackadoo is also the perfect description for a year and a Lakers season like no other we’ve ever seen and hopefully will ever see again. China, Kobe, coronavirus, the restart, the bubble! Man, how I bemoan the loss of what was normal. And we’re still a long way from reaching a new normal.

      The only consolation is maybe all this chaos will inspire us to embrace major changes in our society, vote for peace and togetherness rather than hate and division. Like you, I’ve found myself thinking of so many things from earlier and simpler times in my life. I’ve even found myself praying to a God I don’t really believe in. Just so much pain and turmoil out there.

      But out of the dark came one brilliant shining light, which was the Lakers beating the bubble and winning their 17th NBA championship, LeBron reigniting the GOAT controversy, and AD giving us a wonderful glimpse of greatness to come. When everything is said and done, I’m hoping that’s just one of the great things to come out of the darkness of 2020.

      Believe, wear your mask, and vote your conscience! Go, Lakers!

      • Once more unto the breach, dear friend. Once more into the fray, I fight the good fight. Good trouble.

        Appreciate the feedback. I’m humbled I could be a spark of inspiration for someone. Makes me feel good. And makes me want to continue that path.

        Being on this blog has enriched my life, ups and downs, thick and thin always been here for me. We’re friends, we’re fans, we’re in this together. Till we can transition to our new normal.

        Craaaazy Lakers year ever as a fan. It was different for us.

        Keep moving the game forward 🐍🐍🐍🐍Mamba Mentality.

    • Awesome article Sean. Passion, activism, being open to change. If that’s not what defined this Laker season in the face of the correctly named wackadoo…I don’t know what is. A year long season. Indeed, t’was a marathon.

      Resilience, adaptation, community. These are the things we defend, strive to improve and need to keep building up.

      Thank you for saving lives. Thank you for trying, for giving a damn. I think that so much of the success of the Bubble was based off listening first to professionals, to science and making safety be goal #1 by a ciuntry mike.

      Second would probabky be profit but in all honesty social justice centered around police reform was givewn second billing. I feel like, for all their faults the NBA ownership feels like the “best” sports owners. Which is a low bar, I believe. Always room to improve.

      Anyhoo, never stop rocking The Quick vibe, one of my all time faves. Let’s do try not to move on too quickly from this historic moment. The Wackadoo Finals. Lakers #1.

    • Man, that’s some good read, Sean. Great article and very emotional indeed. All I can say is Wow! Thanks for the post.

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    No KCP slander will be tolerated

    No KCP slander will be allowed

    No KCP slander will be tolerated

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    Kostas got a ring before Giannis

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    • LOL. Their are better stars for the Lakers to pursue than Giannis. Don’t want to break up this team for third superstar or waste time waiting for one like we did with Kawhi.

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    One day you’re the hydrant. Been 10 years!! We’re gonna take time for 29 hydrants. 😂😂😂😂🍷🍷🍷🍷🍺🍺🍺🥂🥂

    One day you’re the dog

    One day you’re the hydrant. Been 10 years!! We’re gonna take time for 29 hydrants. 😂😂😂😂🍷🍷🍷🍷🍺🍺🍺🥂🥂

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    • That’s an amazing stat, Sean. Hard to believe when you consider the stable of great players he sent to the NBA.

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    Front-Court fits

    If Dwight does cash in on pending free agency, I believe a lot of options are available, that could/should have similar impact as Dwight’s presence though perhaps representing differently on the stat sheet.

    I personally like the following free agents in order of “fit” and “personality”

    Aron Baynes
    Aron Baynes
    Christian Wood
    Meyers Leonard
    Paul Milsap
    Derrick Favors
    Patrick Patterson

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    • Good list, Sean. I do like Baynes a lot. Gritty player, great screen setter, plays physical, and has gravity beyond the arc.

      Christian Wood would be a dream come true. Could be a poor man’s AD. Much younger than Baynes. Would be dynamite alongside AD.

      The other player I like a lot would be Myles Turner but he could be hardest to get.

      Bottom line, any of these is going to require a sign-and-trade since they all will require more than the MLE.

      Boogie is still our most logical option although he can’t defend on the perimeter like Wood or Turner could. But he still might be able to protect the rim and bang inside and he’s a great passer.

      I’m thinking this is our greatest need, even more than a great guard at this point. My top choice: Christian Wood.

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    From the HOUSE OF Lakers and house of slytherin.

    #17 tonight!! Let’s go Lakeshow!!

    Mamba meet us at half-court one more time in Orlando.

    From the HOUSE OF Lakers and house of slytherin.

    #17 tonight!! Let’s go Lakeshow!!

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