The Optimistic Thread! (TRD's FREEDOM THREAD!)

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Postby DanielBeltz24 on Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:41 am

Still believe in this team. And whether they make the playoffs or not, us fans still get the privilege to watch the greatest franchise in the NBA and a top 5 player of al time in Kobe.
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Postby Chillbongo on Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:51 am

The Rock wrote:Lakers may have lost but I got to eat pizza and McDonalds with CL Member Nashty Gal and her mom :jam2: :man10:


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Postby KareemTheGreat33 on Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:29 am

Time to get another hobby, cross stitching maybe?.... I'm broke because I splurge on ebay when my Lakers lose. :man6:
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Re: The Optimistic Thread! (TRD's FREEDOM THREAD!)

Postby MadMax on Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:38 am

Can someone give me anything to be optimistic about?

I'm really trying hard to think of something, but all I'm getting back in a whole lot of negative.
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Re: The Optimistic Thread! (TRD's FREEDOM THREAD!)

Postby KB24 on Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:52 am

MadMax wrote:Can someone give me anything to be optimistic about?

I'm really trying hard to think of something, but all I'm getting back in a whole lot of negative.


the only thing I'm optimistic about is that this torture will end in less than 3 months.
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Re: The Optimistic Thread! (TRD's FREEDOM THREAD!)

Postby Doc Brown on Tue Jan 22, 2013 4:43 am

hollywood swinger wrote:when i make a thread and it's declared useless & then gets locked why is this optimism thread still open? :man10:


They aren't only declared useless, they are useless, hence getting locked.
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Postby Big Mamma Jamma on Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:50 am

KareemTheGreat33 wrote:Time to get another hobby, cross stitching maybe?.... I'm broke because I splurge on ebay when my Lakers lose. :man6:


LOL! Binge shopping ftw!!!
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Re: The Optimistic Thread! (TRD's FREEDOM THREAD!)

Postby karacha on Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:55 am

Here's some optimism: in a year and a half, Mitch will have the opportunity to build a completely new team. I'm looking forward to it.
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Postby Doc Brown on Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:02 am

karacha wrote:Here's some optimism: in a year and a half, Mitch will have the opportunity to build a completely new team. I'm looking forward to it.


I was just thinking about this, posted a question about it in the Steve Nash thread.

I'm looking at guys like Young/Mayo/Foye/Crawford type players getting <5million dollar deals and it just makes me salivate thinking about how we have no contracts and can 2 of that type of player + Hill/Clark + 2 max guys and have room to build around that even more.

35 million on max guys
20 million on Hill/Clark + 2 of the type of guys mentioned above
5 million left to play with
Full MLE if we play our cards right
Vet.min contracts

It's really going to be a blank canvas to work from.
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Postby dj vitus on Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:34 am

KareemTheGreat33 wrote:Time to get another hobby, cross stitching maybe?.... I'm broke because I splurge on ebay when my Lakers lose. :man6:

All that money we've been saving up for playoff tickets... we can go to a lot more Dodger games now :jam2: That is, if they are more than just a good team "on paper." :man10:
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Re: The Optimistic Thread! (TRD's FREEDOM THREAD!)

Postby dwighthowardsdad on Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:36 am

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karacha wrote:Here's some optimism: in a year and a half, Mitch will have the opportunity to build a completely new team. I'm looking forward to it.


I was just thinking about this, posted a question about it in the Steve Nash thread.

I'm looking at guys like Young/Mayo/Foye/Crawford type players getting <5million dollar deals and it just makes me salivate thinking about how we have no contracts and can 2 of that type of player + Hill/Clark + 2 max guys and have room to build around that even more.

35 million on max guys
20 million on Hill/Clark + 2 of the type of guys mentioned above
5 million left to play with
Full MLE if we play our cards right
Vet.min contracts

It's really going to be a blank canvas to work from.


This is exactly what I was thinking. Actually, if you even look at going into this summer, there is some contracts you can move; Pau, Morris, and Ebanks; Blake is another move you can move. These are contracts that are going to be expiring next year. I believe there is more. WTS, you can start looking building right now by getting rid of some of this deadweight.

Assuming whether or not Dwight re-signs, it positions us to tailor a system to a head coach whomever may be in charge at that particular time. If Dwight does re-sign, we can start building around him. The only remants I want left next year if possible are Dwight, Kobe, Nash, Hill, & Clark. I believe Mitch is going to trying to field a competitive team for Kobe in his last year while building around our centerpiece Dwight if he opts to stay.

This is another reason why Woj reported the Lakers don't want any long-term money when fielding offers for Pau. They want the everything wiped off the books financially and nothing to interfere with their plans.
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Re: The Optimistic Thread! (TRD's FREEDOM THREAD!)

Postby karacha on Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:48 pm

Convince Dwight to stay, throw money at Bron, Love (if he's healthy), Irving (or a similar player), get some young, energetic, fast role-players (like Clark) and two cheap veterans who can shoot. Trade Nash's expiring contract. It has to be possible to get a balanced, young team with two star players to carry the team.
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Postby Doc Brown on Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:26 pm

At least we aren't Manti T'eo....

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Postby Congo Cash on Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:14 pm

KB24 wrote:
MadMax wrote:Can someone give me anything to be optimistic about?

I'm really trying hard to think of something, but all I'm getting back in a whole lot of negative.


the only thing I'm optimistic about is that this torture will end in less than 3 months.

This will the longest, most painful less than 3 months ever... :man5:
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Postby borri on Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:50 am

KareemTheGreat33 wrote:Time to get another hobby, cross stitching maybe?.... I'm broke because I splurge on ebay when my Lakers lose. :man6:


LOL. Me too. My sneaker collection is growing by leaps and bounds.
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Postby khmrP on Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:05 am

Congo Cash wrote:
KB24 wrote:
MadMax wrote:Can someone give me anything to be optimistic about?

I'm really trying hard to think of something, but all I'm getting back in a whole lot of negative.


the only thing I'm optimistic about is that this torture will end in less than 3 months.

This will the longest, most painful less than 3 months ever... :man5:


dont forget off season drama we'll have to deal with in regards to Dwightmare if he isn't traded :man10:
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Postby phoenixrisingla on Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:21 am

Dont have much optimism right now, so thought I'd bring back an oldie but goodie...

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Postby puffyusaf#2 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:50 am

Foolish as many will deem this I am still optimistic that this season will be salvaged. Tonight will be a good start.... A win against a quality team will do wonders for a team that has forgotten how to win games. Foolish I might be but I still have faith! :jam2:
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Postby pound4pound1 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:59 am

Memphis has watched our last few games and think we're a total joke...they dont take us seriously and we eek out a 1pt win
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Re: The Optimistic Thread! (TRD's FREEDOM THREAD!)

Postby KareemTheGreat33 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:00 pm

pound4pound1 wrote:Memphis has watched our last few games and think we're a total joke...they dont take us seriously and we eek out a 1pt win

I love the way you think kabayan... Lets go Lakers!!!
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Re: The Optimistic Thread! (TRD's FREEDOM THREAD!)

Postby therealdeal on Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:06 pm

puffyusaf#2 wrote:Foolish as many will deem this I am still optimistic that this season will be salvaged. Tonight will be a good start.... A win against a quality team will do wonders for a team that has forgotten how to win games. Foolish I might be but I still have faith! :jam2:

You're a breath of fresh air my man.

I needed to read something like this today. I don't know what Lakers we'll see on the floor tonight, but hopefully we see a team that's at least interested in winning. If we win tonight, I'll at least respect them for another day.
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Re: The Optimistic Thread! (TRD's FREEDOM THREAD!)

Postby phoenixrisingla on Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:07 pm

pound4pound1 wrote:Memphis has watched our last few games and think we're a total joke...they dont take us seriously and we eek out a 1pt win


TRAP GAME!

I like it. :jam2:
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Postby dj vitus on Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:09 pm

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Re: The Optimistic Thread! (TRD's FREEDOM THREAD!)

Postby Lakerjones on Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:10 pm

therealdeal wrote:
puffyusaf#2 wrote:Foolish as many will deem this I am still optimistic that this season will be salvaged. Tonight will be a good start.... A win against a quality team will do wonders for a team that has forgotten how to win games. Foolish I might be but I still have faith! :jam2:

You're a breath of fresh air my man.

I needed to read something like this today. I don't know what Lakers we'll see on the floor tonight, but hopefully we see a team that's at least interested in winning. If we win tonight, I'll at least respect them for another day.


^^ I actually totally agree with both of you. It's doom and gloom for good reason right now. But it's actually not too late. If we can get an unlikely win here there is still enough time to turn it around and make the playoffs. It's a tough road, but if they can actually get 2 of these next three wins they could head towards recovery.

Basically to me, these next few games are D' Antoni's job on the line. If we lose, we're sunk and he's sunk. But if he wins there is still time on the clock, still possibilities of a turn around.
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Re: The Optimistic Thread! (TRD's FREEDOM THREAD!)

Postby therealdeal on Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:16 pm

I'll keep it brief because this is the optimistic thread and there's not much to be had right now.. but!... :

There really is still time. Not really because our team is improving or that we're clicking in fact it's the exact opposite.

Every team in front of us from Dallas to Utah ISN'T as talented as us. They're better TEAMS because they play together and follow the path and the coaching orders. They aren't NEARLY as talented as we are as a group.

All we need to do is play better than the Trailblazers for the latter part of the season and we make the playoffs. If we play better than that, we have a chance to make some noise. Will we? I don't know... It'd take the most massive turnaround in league history. But that's what faith is about right? Looking for that glimmer of hope?

here's to tonight's game and the hope that we see some real Laker basketball.
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