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    Quote Originally Posted by GREATNESS ONE View Post
    The way the Lakers’ management envisions it, coach Luke Walton has several versatile, multidimensional pieces that can defend, play multiple positions and create opportunities for others. “We did not want to go out and just sign specialists, ‘Oh this guy can just shoot,'” Pelinka said. “We wanted tough two-way players that can defend with a level of toughness and also make shots. Listen, the road to the NBA championship has to go through the team that won last year, and we all know the guys up north have a special group.”
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    Pelinka cont’d: “But one of the ways to attack what they have is with defensive toughness. I think we saw that in the Houston series with some of the players that Houston has. And we identified with, if you look at KCP was a guy that is a tough defender and shooter, Josh Hart has proven to be a pitbull of a defender and can make shots, Rondo historically has been a tenacious, tough guy, steals. We wanted that mentality and we identified it. Lance Stephenson, he will agitate you, he will get under you, he will cause you to get out of your game and can play in the open court and score.”
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    Bill Oram: Pelinka said the youth of LA’s roster “is going to be a mutually beneficial thing” to LeBron James. “Just to kind of bring joy back to him,” he said. “Being around the young guys & shaping their careers & then of course the impact he’s going to have in making those guys better.”
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    This gives us even more leverage for the Kawhi trade. Lebron has openly said that we don't need to hurry the FO wont press for a trade. Now they just have to out there and compete. I will be happy for us to make it to the second round, but won't be surprised if we make it to the WCF. Go Lakers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GREATNESS ONE View Post
    put that Lakers roster in the East and they're a playoff team... add in Lebron on a Lakers roster that's in the East and they win1-2 games against the Warriors.
    plus, everything's not static. Players improve. Several of the young players are on the cusp of blossoming. Lebron saw the writing on the wall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteShadow42 View Post
    This gives us even more leverage for the Kawhi trade. Lebron has openly said that we don't need to hurry the FO wont press for a trade. Now they just have to out there and compete. I will be happy for us to make it to the second round, but won't be surprised if we make it to the WCF. Go Lakers.
    Yes, Lebron's signing and his character/Patience gives us all the leverage. I can see 2n round/WCF too... I really love the fact we can build this route, it's really fantastic, we're pretty luck the best player in the world isn't stepping on the gas pedal to try and make us better faster, and he will give us at least this year to grow and see what we really have... man... GO LAKERS!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteShadow42 View Post
    This gives us even more leverage for the Kawhi trade. Lebron has openly said that we don't need to hurry the FO wont press for a trade. Now they just have to out there and compete. I will be happy for us to make it to the second round, but won't be surprised if we make it to the WCF. Go Lakers.
    Everything's set up nicely. Best player in the game. Young athletic core. 1 year contracts that frees up space for signing of a major allstar in 2019. Plus, at least one superstar wanting to come to L.A. badly. The Lakers management just need to be smart and not make any panic moves like the Deng contract or doing something stupid like shipping away a young asset that turns out to become a big star.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocketfuel View Post
    plus, everything's not static. Players improve. Several of the young players are on the cusp of blossoming. Lebron saw the writing on the wall.
    It's funny when people on PSD (NBA Forum) think our young guys are crap lol but yet one of the most intelligent NBA Greatest players is "Excited" to play with the youth.... This Season is going to be fun!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocketfuel View Post
    Everything's set up nicely. Best player in the game. Young athletic core. 1 year contracts that frees up space for signing of a major allstar in 2019. Plus, at least one superstar wanting to come to L.A. badly. The Lakers management just need to be smart and not make any panic moves like the Deng contract or doing something stupid like shipping away a young asset that turns out to become a big star.
    shipping off Deng next year(1year 18m) is going to be a piece of cake.

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    I am kind of curious to see how the young players develop this year with Lebron and also to see how that switching defense looks like. Just in terms of intellectually, basketball wise, what it looks like. Lance and Rondo are going to be super motivated because 1) they see a chance to possibly win in the future 2) probably want to stay in this city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocketfuel View Post
    I am kind of curious to see how the young players develop this year with Lebron and also to see how that switching defense looks like. Just in terms of intellectually, basketball wise, what it looks like. Lance and Rondo are going to be super motivated because 1) they see a chance to possibly win in the future 2) probably want to stay in this city.
    like Magic said, we had a lot of quiet guys, we got some more vocal dogs and players with great experience, love the direction of this team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GREATNESS ONE View Post
    It's funny when people on PSD (NBA Forum) think our young guys are crap lol but yet one of the most intelligent NBA Greatest players is "Excited" to play with the youth.... This Season is going to be fun!!!!
    A lot of analysts think Ingram is a major talent. I trust their opinion over some random poster on the NBA forum, who's commenting based out of emotion. Ingram's 20, 6'9" and averaged 16 points this early in his career. He's going to improve! The Lakers are better off holding on to him, unless a third star (not Kawhi, who wants to be in L.A. anyway) is traded for him. You have a bunch of young players on cheap contracts that could play up to their potential rather than some expensive player that's going to not live up to their contract.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GREATNESS ONE View Post
    like Magic said, we had a lot of quiet guys, we got some more vocal dogs and players with great experience, love the direction of this team.
    Plus, they're going to suddenly seem more talented because defenses will key in on the best player in the game, Lebron. Some of these guys are going to be so wide open, they might as well be playing horse. Lebron's problem was his Cavs team couldn't defend. He would labor to put up points and they would easily give up points on the other side of the floor.

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    lol so true! It's going to be great! This is a much younger team, and much better defensively. I am so excited for the season to start, hoping we open up vs OKC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GREATNESS ONE View Post
    lol so true! It's going to be great! This is a much younger team, and much better defensively. I am so excited for the season to start, hoping we open up vs OKC.
    They have young legs and a surplus of long limbed perimeter guys. They can have a track meet up and down the floor and gas their opponents. I can see them speeding up the pace at times just make the other teams older players wheeze up and down the floor. Also with Rondo and Lebron...I think there will be more communication on defense. The young guys are talented, but they haven't had quite the experience of a Rondo on communicating and being in the right spot. This year they will have a much better understanding.

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    just the thought of how much more prepared our young guys will be mentally and physically, and like you said much more aware on the court because of our vets.... man so ****ing exciting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GREATNESS ONE View Post
    just the thought of how much more prepared our young guys will be mentally and physically, and like you said much more aware on the court because of our vets.... man so ****ing exciting.
    Well, get ready for the fast and the furious. That pace is going to speed up this season. Looking at that roster, most of those guys are tall and athletic. KCP and Ingram already have very respectable 3 point percentages. Some of these guys are going to see their shooting percentages improve, now that the focus is not on them. And if Ingram and Kuzma are coming off the bench, they are going to kill the other team's second unit guys who are typically not as talented.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GREATNESS ONE View Post
    put that Lakers roster in the East and they're a playoff team... add in Lebron on a Lakers roster that's in the East and they win1-2 games against the Warriors.
    No way dude. The inexperience would result in a first round sweep. They would definitely struggle to reach the playoffs. Potential wise our roster is head and shoulders above theirs but if we are talking about winning last season I just don't see how ours would be better. We didn't even have a player close to Kevin Loves caliber.

    Ultimately I think LeBron chose LA because he is setting up his life after basketball. If winning was all that mattered to him, he'd be in Philly. Just my opinion.

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