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Welcome to my weekly wrap up of the Lakers are first preseason week.
So I wanted to touch base with you guys and let you know kind of what my thoughts have been.
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Um, So this preseason has been interesting.
The Lakers have been up, they've been down and they've been kind of in the middle, so Ah, the LeBron Anthony Davis pairing has been everything that we thought it would be.
Those two dudes look great on the court together.
Um, I don't even know what else to say.
They will be a devastating combination once the regular season starts.
And, um, the rest of the league should be worried when they're on the fourth floor together.
They're absolutely dominating their opponents Now.
We've only played the Warriors in preseason and, ah, we played the Nets and back to back games in China.
But, um, so far, you know, when those guys on the court they look good.
And so I was actually looking for some plus minus numbers this week, and fortunately, the Lakers Twitter came up with it.
You know, Lakers Twitter is what I think is the best.
Um n ba Twitter out.
There may be the best sports Twitter out there.
There's a lot of really good guys out there, whether it be bloggers, podcasters, actual writers beat writers, whatever it is, just fans.
The Lakers have a great, great following.
A lot of guys that knowledgeable.
So I want to shout out Raj a k unwritten rules on Twitter.
He came up with this the other day, so I'm going to share what he tweeted.
But he tweeted into three preseason games when Andy Davis and LeBron have shared the floor.
The Lakers had an offensive rating of 109.
3 and a defense of rating of 90.8.
I mean, that's that's a plus 18 and 1/2 points.
That's ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous that the Lakers have looked like that so far with anti Davis and LeBron on the court through three preseason games.
They they can do whatever they want, and you really have to pick your boys.
And when both of those guys are on the floor together, Um, no bronc could still get to the basket.
He's noticeably slow down.
You saw some of that last year.
He's picking and choosing the spots a little bit more.
He's just not beating guys off the dribble.
And some of that might just be that his preseason and he's kind of saving himself.
But I don't expect him to blow by anybody on a regular basis this season.
I think you'll have to use his power, his brains.
Uh, and we saw some of that with Kobe when Kobe was in the peak of his career.
He could blow by and he could do whatever you wanted on the court.
But as he aged as as Father time caught up with them, you saw him going to Post Maur.
You saw him beat guys with this mind his footwork and I think we'll see a lot of that of LeBron in terms of anti Davis anti Davis is everything as advertised if you didn't watch him when he was in New Orleans.
Ah, you should be watching him now.
And so, you know, for people who did not want us to trade Alonso.
Brandon, um heart for the guys that did not want us to make that trade.
Um, what are you saying now, Um, you make that trade every day of the week when you have an opportunity to give us a superstar in their prime.
And Anthony Davis, I watched that first game against the Warriors, and I've seen other people say this, and it's funny because I literally thought this as I was watching that game against the Warriors, I thought that Anthony Davis looks damn dominant and I mean, he looked shack like Dominant.
Not clearly is not a physical with shack.
Um, but the post up game, he's incredible with his back to the basket.
Ah, the offensive rebounding, the tip ins that the dunk tips, all those things just, you know, posting guys up in spending off of them going baseline.
Those are things that I remember saying was shack and, um, Anthony showed that he is just he's incredible, incredible basketball player and He clearly has great chemistry with LeBron, and those two guys are playing like guys that have been together, Ah, whole lot longer than just, you know, a season or so.
I mean, I'm sorry.
Few games or so those guys looked like they played together multiple times, maybe in a number of seasons, So they've looked really good.
And so, like I said, just in those three preseason games so far, they're a net plus 18 and 1/2 when Anthony Davis and LeBron on the floor together.
So again shot out garage unwritten rules on Twitter. Give him a follow.
I got that information from him.
But then, as always, there's additional information provided by Lakers Twitter.
So this game from the Lakers review Those guys are another great source for Lakers information on Twitter.
Um, and they followed up on Roger's tweet, and so they pulled up the game.
Specific gave specific numbers, but the Lakers the season.
So in Game one against the Warriors, the Lakers said an offensive rating with LeBron and anti Davis on the court of 132 and a defense of rating of 83.3.
That's a positive 48 points when LeBron and Anti Davis that were on the floor together and the first game against the Warriors.
Um, now that lineup featured Avery Bradley and Danny Green in the backcourt and JaVale McGee at the five.
Um, in Game two, when we first played the Nets, when Anthony Davis and LeBron were on the court, they had a plus 1 17.
9 offensive rating and, ah, 103.
6 defense of rating.
Again, that's a 14 point swing when that when LeBron and Anthony Davis on the on the court together.
Now that particular game, the white started at center and Ah, Rondo and I can't think who started at at at shooting guard, I think it was Avery Bradley.
Um, but I may be wrong now in Game three.
Not as impressive, UM, offensive rating with LeBron Anti Davis on the court, where 73.
1 defensive rating. 74.1.
So that was a negative one point while they were on the floor together.
Now, a couple things.
You know, Game one.
The Lakers look phenomenal and that that starting backcourt of Danny Greene and ah and Avery Bradley, I think, look really good.
But in Game two in Game three, there's a bit of a common denominator.
And this isn't the only reason why the, um, the offensive rating in defense of rating numbers don't look as great.
But Raison Rydell started in Game two and started in Game three.
Ah, and in Game three, I believe he started with KCP in the backcourt and that, Oh, we we don't want to see KCP and Rondo in the backcourt.
We simply don't.
I know there's a There's a lot of value that Rondo still has.
I say that all the time, Um, but he should be starting.
Nor should he be playing the majority of minutes at at point guard.
KCP KCP this summer worked a lethal shooter.
Thio kind of get his groove back a little bit in terms of shooting, and he hasn't looked great in preseason.
And so, um, I don't know what his problem is.
But he didn't look great.
So of all the backcourt match backcourt combinations, KCP and Rondo, I think, are the worst.
But ultimately what we're seeing is when LeBron and Anthony Davis on the court together, the damn dominant.
They do whatever they want.
And there's not really anybody out there that can stop that pairing now.
Also coming out of that third game against that third game in preseason against the Nets, Anthony Davis hurt his finger.
Um, I believe he has a sprained thumb.
Noah's far as we know.
He didn't tear anything.
There's no ligament damage.
I believe today.
Sunday he's gonna have an M R.
I done on it, obviously, just to make sure there's no additional damage.
Um, but it's a small injury. It's minor.
Um, I don't suspect that he will be out throughout the regular season, anything like that? Unless, of course, the M R I comes back with something that we don't already know.
But what's funny or interesting about the anti Davis injuries that as soon as he got injured, people ran with it? And by people I mean, um, the folks who didn't want us to trade for anti Davis saying, Look, he's injured already.
We gave up all this stuff to get him, Um, and then you have the the bloggers.
The bloggers really ran with it.
And even once shames tweeted out.
You know what he knew gave us gave us update.
There were already bloggers out there, um, non Lakers fans complaining.
Talking about Anthony Davis is fragile.
This is what the Lakers get.
They shouldn't have did this.
Look, he's hurt already.
I mean, look, man, I don't want to see any top player in the NBA hurt like I like whether it's anti Davis, someone on my team or Kawai Johannes, Anybody else out there like I want those guys to be at full strength and wanting to be good because, frankly, I'd like to see you know the best of the best.
Be healthy and do what they do.
And so you know, people who just running with these narratives and just really looking for clicks, Um, looking for attention.
I don't know what else to call it, but that's exactly what it is.
And so I'm reading some of you guys comments or give me just a quick second to get caught up.
I want to answer your questions out there.
Sports content wrote, Hey, is 80.
Ah, and by the way, I think the Lakers nation is ranking number one on the leaderboard.
Ah, because he because he has like so I don't quite know what sports contents trying to say, but look, Lakers Nation is number one out there.
This this is what we do.
Um, Anthony Davis is like I just mentioned, I think he's okay.
Um, we'll find out more at some point today, maybe tomorrow, but I think he's fine.
The Lakers will likely keep him out.
At least in my opinion, keep him out, Um, throughout the rest of the preseason.
Even if he's fine, that's just a precaution.
You know, we saw what him LeBron can do on the court together, so I don't think we need to see much more of that.
But I would love for him to play.
But if they decide to keep him out into preseason, I think that's the smart thing to do.
Um, look, wow, get sports content, he said. He's a Knicks fan.
Oh, yes, sports content.
Listen, man, the national media, they're definitely there.
Definitely tough on the Lakers.
A tough on the Knicks, and, I guess, for different reasons Well, for one, I did a podcast on this, but you know the national media coverage around the Knicks and Lakers.
That kind of just is what it is that the two biggest markets out there, so they're going to get the most attention.
Um, but beyond that, you know, the Knicks haven't been good in a really long time.
There's a lot of people that don't like James Dolan.
So there's this reasons why the Knicks kind of have a lot of negative coverage in terms of Lakers.
We won a championship within the last decade or so.
That's more than you can say for I don't know.
99% of the rest of the franchise is out there.
And so the last six years, the Lakers haven't looked good.
But as far as I'm concerned, this looks to be turned around, and I think just in terms of the national media, they they want to kick us when we're down.
That's kind of what I see this as being, um but we're no longer down.
And so it what I would tell Lakers fans out there is that pay attention to, um who tweets what or who says what, and ask yourself why they're saying it, Um, and don't give it any life.
Don't retweet it.
You know, if you if you are gonna, uh if you want to, you know, re tweeted, I guess, and talk about it, screenshot it and then then, you know, bring it up to the rest of Lakers Twitter.
Don't retweet it.
Don't bring these guys any additional attention to their profiles to anything they do, because that's really all they want.
And that actually reminds me of a nautical that 10 10 Bon Temps wrote recently about kind of the the Deco being of Jason Tatum.
Jason Tatum did not have a great season last year.
He worked with Kobe in the off season and for whatever reason, his ah issues last season have been kind of blamed on Kobe and Kobe had nothing to do with that.
So it's funny cause today, uh uh, today or yesterday Jason, Jason Tatum came out and kind of said this had nothing to do with Kobe.
He he didn't hurt him in any way.
But this is another.
This is another example of one.
If you mentioned Kobe's name or the Lakers in a title of anything, it's going to get additional attention and then, you know, taking a player who had a bad season.
And that's all on him.
But trying to blame it on something, someone with blame it on someone related to the Lakers.
That's just ridiculous.
Blame it on Danny Ainge.
Blame it on the Celtics, blaming on Brad Stevens.
Blame it on whoever you want.
That actually associated with the real development of that player, not a franchise on other side of the country.
So my main sports content, he's messaging me.
So I want to make sure I get to what he's saying.
Um, you know, you talk about the Nixon Lakers, Knicks and Lakers make the most money and you know this is there's no, there's no fair suggestion for hating us, But let's say we sign and injure Katie and a broken face curry, and then they'll be talking smack either way, like Look, man, I agree.
I think kept, for example, Kevin Durant signing with the Nets.
The Nets, You know, they get a lot of praise for that, and they should.
Kevin Durant, if you come back healthy, he's one of the baddest man on the planet, but I understand what you're saying.
Sports content that if if the Knicks had signed Katie, there would have been a faction of people out there saying they signed it broke down, Katie, and you know, they've they've leveraged.
Oh, Mork, it's that mortgage their future on a guy that might not come back 100% regardless of whatever he ends up becoming down the road.
I mean, I get what you're saying.
It could have went both ways based on the media and fan outrage.
So it just it comes with that man.
When you share for a big market team, they're gonna be people out there who, um, wanna poke fun at it and find reasons that hate your team.
It is what it is, you know.
And my guy, the Navy killer on Twitter, he made a good point on a podcast is gonna air tomorrow.
Um, he basically said that anyone that talked more about the Lakers in their own team, he's gonna just start calling them Lakers fans.
And and that's I mean, look, if you let's say you're married, right, and you pay more attention to your neighbor's life than your own, what does that say about you? That's really how I see, like, what does that really say about you? And so it's a whole lot of people who would rather see the Lakers be bad than their own team. Be good.
And that really speaks toe kind of wear sports fandom is that it speaks to what the media coverage is in 2019 and it's just laying.
Um, sports content said.
We gotta use the Nets blueprint, make the playoff, and then people wanna play there, play with Nick's.
I agree, man, like whether it's making the playoffs or having a competent coaching staff or a great front office.
Whatever it is, you have to make your organization, um, attractive to these, these these players, particularly to the top guys.
It's out for five guys in the league when they become free agents.
Um, you don't necessarily have to make the playoffs to get a guy to want to come to you.
The Lakers didn't make didn't make the playoffs a year before LeBron came and he still came.
Anthony Davis still wanted to be traded to L.
A. Even though they missed two playoff with LeBron.
Um, I think you just have to give the guys what they need in terms of a good front office.
You have to show them that you have a plan, and that's probably the biggest thing you've got to show potential Free.
Is that you ever planning? And the Lakers? Some people will say, Well, it's the Lakers.
A LeBron was gonna come there no matter what.
Well, I mean, he didn't go through the Clippers, right? Like he didn't go there.
And even if you back up to win, Paul George originally requested his trade.
You know, it wasn't to go to the Clippers.
It was to be a Laker.
When Kawai originally requested to be traded from, Ah, San Antonio, it wasn't to go anywhere but to L.
Specifically the Lakers, their tweets go check loads of timeline.
There are tweets.
That call I wanted to be a Laker.
Even after LeBron sign was tweeted out, his mind was unchanged.
Still want to be a Laker? You fast forward to this particular off season and the only reason Kawai becomes a Clipper is because the Clippers were able to pull off a deal for Paul George.
If that didn't happen, I think Kawai becomes a Laker and the rest of league is crying, that's all.
Yeah, that's all you would see is the rest of the crying.
So for me, as a Laker fan, I recognize that I'm gonna do a better job this season, Um, to not give attention to the trolls online.
The guy's just talking trash about the Lakers for the sake of talking trash about the Lakers.
Like I could be critical of this team.
When they're struggling, I will point it out.
I did it last year throughout my time hosting the podcast when Jeannie Buss made poor decisions.
I pointed that out to Lakers fans like, but when the Lakers were doing well and never thinks that to look forward to.
I talked about that as well.
Like you kind of you have to look at what it is and figure out.
You know? Are we just gonna be down on every move Blaker Lakers make? Are we just gonna feed into the national media's narrative all this nonsense like even recently, woes tweeted out that if Memphis buys out Andre Iguodala, it will come down to the Clippers of Lakers.
Now, that's not news.
We knew that it was always gonna come down to the Clippers and Lakers.
But, um, lows didn't tip his hat to the Clippers.
And he's been doing that a lot this past year.
You even very negative in regards to the Lakers, and he's been very high up on everything the Clippers did.
But in that particular tweet in that particular instance, it's basically 50 50 and he didn't show any bias either way.
And I think that's the way the national media needs to carry it and and talking about Andre, you dollar.
Both teams want him, really every playoff team once.
Andre, you dollar.
Um, but I'm gonna point this out, and I went in depth with this on on the podcast dropped Monday at 6 a.m. Eastern.
But Rob Pelinka is his former agent.
Um, Andre said that, you know Rob can do no wrong in the eyes of his wife.
His family loves him.
He still has a close relationship with him.
So, to me, if it comes down to, it's an even split.
The Clippers and Lakers are both doing well.
They both have things to offer.
Who do you want to go play for like the team that has the guy that used to work with and has players that used to play with or team that is Justus good, but maybe has more unknowns.
You go to the team that you that probably has the guy running the show that that you're familiar with already have a relationship already.
And you played with other guys.
They're like Quinn cook DeMarcus cousins so on and so forth.
So, like I said, Man, pay attention of why people on social media or people in the national media say and do what they do.
I think this Laker team is gonna be really good this season.
Really? Pay attention, man.
Don't don't get overblown, don't get so.
Don't buy too much into the negative.
Take this game by game.
But really see how this thing plays out because it's a long season and I'm really looking forward to what this Lakers team can be.
So my Wrap it up right there, folks.
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