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

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Postby therealdeal on Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:40 pm

Are they running 4 on 5? I can only see 4 guys in black.

Green: Nash/Meeks/Young/Sacre/Xavier(?)
Black: Kaman/Blake/Wesley/Shawne Williams(?)
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Postby Weezy on Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:43 pm

It's even clear from reports and tweets that our players have been working out, practicing together, really trying to become a team or make the team for a little while now. To me that's a good sign of at least guys want to be here, get some chemistry going, put in work for this season. I'm already liking this team better than last season's team from a personality and effort standpoint. I know little about Kaman as a player in recent years for example, but the guy already has me rooting for him because he's putting in work.
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Postby MadMax on Mon Sep 23, 2013 3:11 pm

I am truly excited to watch the Lakers again...that's something to be optimistic about.
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Postby Doc Brown on Mon Sep 23, 2013 3:14 pm

therealdeal wrote:Are they running 4 on 5? I can only see 4 guys in black.

Green: Nash/Meeks/Young/Sacre/Xavier(?)
Black: Kaman/Blake/Wesley/Shawne Williams(?)


If you look closely there are feet behind Meeks and next to Kaman. Those feet are contained in Kobe 8's.
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Re: The Optimistic Thread! (TRD's FREEDOM THREAD!)

Postby therealdeal on Mon Sep 23, 2013 3:49 pm

Doc Brown wrote:
therealdeal wrote:Are they running 4 on 5? I can only see 4 guys in black.

Green: Nash/Meeks/Young/Sacre/Xavier(?)
Black: Kaman/Blake/Wesley/Shawne Williams(?)


If you look closely there are feet behind Meeks and next to Kaman. Those feet are contained in Kobe 8's.

Oh yeah, I see them.

Farmar then? :man10: Who is small enough to hide behind Meeks?
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Postby karacha on Mon Sep 23, 2013 7:25 pm

Farmar.

Everyone is there, except Kobe and Gasol. Guys working hard already, and I love it!
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Postby GoldenKnight on Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:20 pm

Last year's team was terrible to watch. Although I don't expect a championship from this team, of course, I do expect them to be a fun team who puts it all out on the floor...that's all I can ask for I just want to see some effort, no damn complaining I had enough of that from the clown last year.
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Postby dj vitus on Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:10 am

I'm optimistic that this team will fight and fight, and their sheer willpower will result in a lot of close games that otherwise looked like blowout losses on paper.

As far as WINNING those games, well, we'll have to see about that. We always have Kobe or Gasol, and guys like Farmar and Young probably aren't afraid to take a last-second 3, either.
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Postby ShowTime_IR on Thu Oct 03, 2013 6:43 pm

Don't you just feel something special is about to happen this season about this team?
It's like the "iv'e got something to prove" season.
MDA - after like 6 bad seasons to prove he's a good coach.
Nash - to prove that even at age 39 he's one of the best PG of all time.
Gasol - proving that he's decline in past years was a fluke.
Young - to prove he's something worth watching in this league.
Kaman - to prove he can play at the same level he was 2 years ago.

with the good reviews about Wesley Johnson, Williams and Farmer.
with Jordan Hill practicing he's jump shot.

and of course,
Kobe with a good vibe about himself. about he's recovery. smiling alot. like he know's something we still don't. like he's got a plan that is about to unfold.

Kobe has to prove he's one of the greatest stories in NBA's basketball history.
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Postby puffyusaf#2 on Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:06 pm

^thats optimism right there :bow:
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Postby Lakerjones on Thu Oct 03, 2013 10:47 pm

ShowTime_IR wrote:Don't you just feel something special is about to happen this season about this team?
It's like the "iv'e got something to prove" season.
MDA - after like 6 bad seasons to prove he's a good coach.
Nash - to prove that even at age 39 he's one of the best PG of all time.
Gasol - proving that he's decline in past years was a fluke.
Young - to prove he's something worth watching in this league.
Kaman - to prove he can play at the same level he was 2 years ago.

with the good reviews about Wesley Johnson, Williams and Farmer.
with Jordan Hill practicing he's jump shot.

and of course,
Kobe with a good vibe about himself. about he's recovery. smiling alot. like he know's something we still don't. like he's got a plan that is about to unfold.

Kobe has to prove he's one of the greatest stories in NBA's basketball history.


I will bite my tongue out of respect for the realdeal and his thread. But no, I do not honestly feel like something special is about to happen to this team this season at all.
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Postby Ras Algethi on Sat Oct 05, 2013 8:32 pm

After 1st half of game 1 preseason.

Like others have said, this team looks so more fun to watch than last year - and we haven't even seen Kobe/Pau/Nash out there.

Xavier looks promising. He can create his own shot a bit, is athletic, can slash, and a solid defender.

Farmer pg skills look great, as does Blake's.

Young gives us someone we desperately have needed the past few years - someone who can create their own shot and is a threat from anywhere on the court.

Kaman's offense looks good. Then again, anybody's offense looks good coming from Dwight.

Wesly has some bright spots but not much to judge yet.

My concerns thought are our rebounding.
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Postby karacha on Sat Oct 05, 2013 8:33 pm

I am optimistic. This team is better then last year's team. And that's without Kobe, Pau and Nash.
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Postby Doc Brown on Sat Oct 05, 2013 9:43 pm

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Final: LAL 104, GSW 95. Warriors played all their starters in the 1st half, LAL were sans Gasol/Nash/Kobe.
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They also played Thompson/Speights/Douglas a lot in the second half. Good to see our team sans the big 3, get the W and look good doing it in the process.
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Postby crampledkid on Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:04 pm

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Postby Weezy on Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:06 pm

As expected, it was fun to watch. Henry put on a show, Farmar looked better than ever, and the end of our bench won the game while the Warriors still had key players out there. And hey, we won a preseason game, already an improvement from last season. I also thought Kaman was solid, Young looked good, Williams looks like he could be a decent bench player with length and shooting, and even Sacre looked a little bit improved.
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Postby GoldenKnight on Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:11 pm

Already a better team than last season record-wise in the pre-season :man9:

But honestly, the trust, focus, chemistry, hustle, all really showed & it can only improve as time goes by with guys like Kobe/Nash/Pau showing leadership on the court...

I'm excited! :jam2:
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Postby Doc Brown on Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:11 am

The Lakers’ locker room is a very different place already. Half the team wasn’t here last season. Those who remain seem as if they’ve tried to expel last season from their memories.

“Last year,” (Jordan) Hill said, “was awful.”

And this year?
“Totally different,” he said. “It’s a fun team. Everybody’s clicking. There’s no negativity.”
via Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles


Good riddance Dwightmare.
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Postby karacha on Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:29 am

Damn, everyone seems to be happy that Dwight is gone. Even people who have not played with him -- for example, Kaman who also blasted Howard in his training camp interview, without even mentioning his name. Ouch.
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Postby LTLakerFan on Sun Oct 06, 2013 2:53 pm

Have to read above all the warm fuzzy things that must have been said here since our opening game preseason win, but I just popped in to state the obvious..... our Defense was encouraging, even "swarming" at times last night and shows lots of effort. Props to Dan for allowing the time to be put in and props to Rambis and Madsen and whoever else is working their butts off!

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Postby LTLakerFan on Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:00 pm

karacha wrote:Damn, everyone seems to be happy that Dwight is gone. Even people who have not played with him -- for example, Kaman who also blasted Howard in his training camp interview, without even mentioning his name. Ouch.


What did he say, oh please? Don't want to go have to watch. I didn't watch any of them to tell the truth. Show us! And they are.... so far. Can't wait to see Nash and Gasol tonight playing with some speedy talent around them.
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Postby karacha on Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:17 pm

He said that the chemistry is much better now; "I've heard last year was, uh... pretty bad in the locker room."

Something along those lines anyway. And I'm sure it wasn't Earl Clark who made the atmosphere bad.
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Postby Lakerjones on Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:07 pm

karacha wrote:He said that the chemistry is much better now; "I've heard last year was, uh... pretty bad in the locker room."

Something along those lines anyway. And I'm sure it wasn't Earl Clark who made the atmosphere bad.


:man10: Or Antawn Jamison either.
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Postby Weezy on Sun Oct 06, 2013 7:36 pm

I may be wrong in saying this or speaking way too soon, and I certainly don't think we're a great team, but the way I'm seeing it we are a better OVERALL team than last season, or deeper I guess you could say. What all did we really lose? Howard, MWP, Morris, Duhon, Clark, Jamison. I'd say we improved, or at least got no worse, at every position this season except Center

Farmar > Morris, Duhon
Young/Henry > Meeks/Morris (yes, I think Henry is better than Morris based off 1 1/2 games)
Johnson/Young/Harris> or = aging MWP/Ebanks?
healthy Hill/Williams > or at least = Clark, aging Jamison

but of course Howard > Pau/Kaman for defense, rim protection, rebounding

I don't expect us to be better (and if we are, not by much, and certainly not much worse) than last season, at least a far as win/loss record goes, or to win anything significant, but I do like all the youth, athleticism, scoring ability and shooting we've added. Basically last season we had pretty much no bench, now we have a decent one IMO .
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Postby GoldenKnight on Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:54 pm

I definitely expect us to be better than last season, chemistry & heart go a long way.
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