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So hit me up at Laker Central 3 65 The trade deadline came and went.
Lakers did not make a move, and I guess that's angered.
Ah, a certain segment.
A portion of the Lakers fan base.
How many? I have no idea.
Ah, I typically judge these things based on my timeline, and some people are upset, Um, especially since the Lakers lost against the Rockets.
So I'll get into that also.
But coming into the trade deadline on Thursday, the Lakers said to two weaknesses.
The two that everybody knows about point, guard and wing, that's what they need it.
And so, um, you think about how they were going to improve, that there were a number of names linked to them throughout the season.
Um, Derek Rose Spencer Dinwiddie came up kind of the last 24 hours, which I was really impressed with, that they even called about him.
But expensive and witty.
Robert Coming, Ethan.
Even Marcus Morris.
A number of names, right? So Marcus Morris ended up with the Clippers, which ****ed off a bunch of Laker fans.
Um, the Knicks asking Price was just simply too high for Rob Pelinka.
They wanted Kyle Kuzma and Danny Green.
And then there was word was they also wanted some draft picks because what they were gonna do was take Danny Green and flip him to Dallas for a first round pick.
So we knew Dallas was interested in him, too, because they were interested in him.
Basically, over summer time, he was Dallas was Danny Greene's backup plan if he did not sign with with the Lakers.
So the Knicks, in my opinion, got greedy.
And if the Lakers would had traded Kyle Kuzma and Danny Green for Marcus Morris, that just opens up another issue that I mean, that still leaves you hold with wing position because Danny Green, because lockers Morris, you switching McCall. Cool.
All right, But then who do you plug in for? Dana Greening where you might say you start KCP but then who comes off the bench behind? KCP? So you just end up starting a number of issues, kind of like a domino effect.
And I think the Lincoln did the right thing.
The right thing to do was to pull out, and that's simply what he did.
So there were people upset, and I'm simply going to say, Be patient.
The Clippers no doubt got better.
They needed, you know? I guess they thought they needed another wing.
I would argue they could use a big man.
And that big man could have been Andre Drummond, who got moved to the Cavaliers for actually much less than what they paid to get Marcus Morris.
But they got Marcus Morris.
I think some of that had to do with, um, the Lakers being in discussions form.
I think that they wanted to keep him away from the Lakers.
So there you have it.
They gave up draft picks, traps, drafts.
Why swaps? Just like the Dipper.
So there, without draft picks for years to come Now, something else that ****ed Lakers fans off, I guess.
But Robert Covington? He ended up with the Rockets.
Ah, Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder.
They ended up with the heat.
Yes, and now all we can do is wait for the buyout market.
So basically, all the wing players we were looking at Covington.
Marcus Morris, Um, Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder.
All of them ended up with contenders.
Not one ended up the Lakers.
Um, a lot of people are upset that Kyle Kuzma didn't get moved, but the truth is, I think him and Marcus Moore said basically the same players, that Marcus Morris is better at shooting threes and he's better.
A better defensive players well, but Marcus Morris is also six years older than call Kuzma.
Morris bought out on four bad team with Nick's.
But if you look at how well he played with Nick's and then look at how well Kyle Kuzma played within the Laker sucked, it's really a wash.
So, you know, I don't know if you don't know if it would have been smart trade coups.
I'm going to say this on the live stream, and I've said this on the podcast and I try to relate this on social media.
But trading Karl Kruse was always going to be difficult because he makes $1.
9 million which is pennies by MBA standards.
5 next season it to get something in return that is, in Kakuma ballpark.
As a player, those players make 10 plus $1,000,000 a season.
It's just hard to match that up.
So it was always gonna be difficult.
The Lakers certainly have holds, no doubt about it.
But now we wait for the buyout market, and we don't know who will be on the buyout market.
But we're hearing some names.
Marvin Williams may be on the buyout market, Um, Mohawk Lis, who was a part of the markets more straight to the Knicks, where it is.
The Knicks will buy him out if he wants it.
I mean, there will be some players out there, and so I urge urge fans to recognize that whether it's the bio market or to be a trade, the Lakers were never going to be able to feel it is able to fill every hole that they have.
And the Clippers have holds, too.
They are under sized.
They simply are.
Every team has holes, so the best thing the Lakers can do is try to improve around the margins going into the buyout market.
And just so everybody knows, um, teams need to start working on buyouts or releasing players by March 1st.
Then the Lakers will have up until the last day of the regular season to add someone to their team or to the playoff roster.
So that's the window of time.
Up until March 1st and last night, Darren Collison he was at the Lakers game, their pictures now swirling around of him at the game.
He met with Jeanie Buss and, I believe Kurt Rambis, Um, he had dinner with them by all accounts, and he set next to Jeannie during the game.
Interesting timing, right that the night of the tourney deadline, he would show up at a Laker game and with the owner.
So we're hearing that he's gonna make a decision after all. Star break.
I have to believe he's leaning towards the Lakers.
I don't know that for a fact, but I think he's he's he's leading towards the Lakers, and Collison is gonna pick some issues.
He is better than raising Rondo.
Doesn't matter how you slice it.
And I went back and forth with someone on social media earlier today because they were arguing that Collison isn't gonna fix the Lakers issues and that he's been retired all this time.
And, ah, he's not going to just be able to come back in and play.
An argument I made was.
Collison has been retired for as long as Andre you dollars miss setting out from the Grizzlies, and nobody has issues.
But Andre Iguodala, in terms of Izzy conditioned, Is he ready to play? He's ready to go.
Why wouldn't Collison Just because he hasn't been signed to a team.
He's in good shape, better shape than all the rest of us.
It'll take him a little time, but that's what if they can get him in February between February and Ah, and in April, by the time the playoffs start, he'll be just fine.
No, he's not Prime Chris Paul, but he is better than any other point guard that we have.
He can create, he can shoot, and that's gonna fix a lot of issues and if anything, maybe it takes minutes away from Rondo and just by decreasing Rondo's minutes that will solve a ton of issues for the Lakers.
I'm gonna see if I can find this real quick while I'm on the live stream, um, that I saw on Twitter, because I think it's indicative of how bad Rondo is.
And I said this also, people Rondo supporters are acting like he's 2000 and eight Rondo and he is not.
And so I don't know what people what people are looking at when you watch him play.
I mean, he was a minus 14 against the Rockets last night.
Terrible, absolutely terrible.
So shout out to bene on Twitter v kill him because he posted this.
And I thought this was interesting until the net ratings for role players when they played next to LeBron and Anthony Davis.
So far this season, the worst on this list of all the Lakers role players is Rondo.
He has a negative three net rating.
Danny Green plus 11 McGee plus 11 Pope plus six Bradley plus well Koosman, plus 18 powered plus six Caruso plus 18.
Rondo was the problem.
He's a huge issue and understanding.
He has a skill set that some of the Lakers don't have.
But really, the truth is that skill set.
Has he wrote it in the game has gotten too fast for him.
I think he has a ton of value with his mind, But in order to Thio bringing that value out, you need to put a clipboard, his hand, not the basketball, that that's just what it is.
Daria Soriano, a form blue and go posted this also, and I found this to be interesting.
So he posted some lineup data.
Um, LeBron Anti Davis and Cooze without Rondo Offensive rating.
1 16 Defense of rating.
They have a 21 a plus 21 net rating.
When you plot, when you plug Rondo in with Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma and you take LeBron out, they have a negative 11 net rating, so you can probably get better.
Just addition by subtraction.
I mean, that's that's kind of how I see that thing.
So everybody just become The Lakers will have an opportunity in the buyout market.
Pretty much every National reporter believes that the Lakers will be at the top of every Bio candidates list, and I believe that to the Lakers are good.
They are the Lakers.
They're gonna be a top.
They're going to get better.
And so thing is again, be patient.
We will get there now.
We lost the Rockets last night and look, the Lakers could have been better.
I think that that small line of the line up the roster of rolled out there kind of threw him off a little bit.
The Rockets didn't play anybody that was, like over 67 or 68 and the Lakers took advantage of it early that, you know, they were pounding the ball in the middle.
But we lost that game.
And one could also argue that we lost it based on the minutes of Rondo plane.
But beyond that, this discussion was raging on Twitter today.
Um, about why Anthony Davis doesn't bang in the post more.
Why he doesn't play center Maur, you know, because we lost the Rockets and anti Davis had, I believe, like 36 12 against the Rockets, and folks were saying, Well, if it was shack he would have well, shack did that against everybody.
Shack skill set was bigger, stronger, more athletic.
And he was actually a skilled big guy, but bigger, stronger, more athletic.
Jack knew his strength.
He was going to go on the post and bully you.
Anthony Davis is not Shack.
I don't know who thinks he is, but he simply is not.
And so what, I think is more important to do it.
Celebrate Anthony Davis for the things that he's good at versus saying he's not as good at this particular thing as an all time great.
It's just ridiculous.
We didn't lose to the Rocket because anti Davis didn't go in the pope's more.
That is not why we lost the Rockets.
We lost in a rocket because because it couldn't guard Russell Westbrook.
That's why we lost the Rockets.
The rest of the Rockets teams suck.
We also lost in Rockets because no one on off the bench is aside from Ah, Alex Caruso showed up.
Coups was a negative four.
Sorry. Crews only scored four points. It was It was a minus 14.
Rondo was a minus 14.
I think Rondo who's Ah and KCP Casey.
He's been good all season, so this is an indictment on him.
He's been great offseason, but Rondo coups and KCP.
I think they were like, Oh, for 11 from three And that's why we lost.
So I would I would ask Laker fans not to have this these knee jerk reactions every time the Lakers take a loss.
I've seen it all season long.
It's simply ridiculous.
The Lakers will be just fine.
They'll be just fine.
We'll pick up some money to buy out.
Market fans will be happy about it.
The Lakers will be much better.
So I'm gonna end this this life frame on that.
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