Discussion in 'Los Angeles DODGERS' started by rube, Dec 16, 2015.
Lol And Ric Flair is actually courtside. I know he gave that Caruso/LeBron play a woooooooooooooo
Danny Green is suckin a lil too hard tonight [no homo]
Caruso MVP chants
Nice messages sent to Memphis/NO.
Don't want to see the Pelicans in round 1 but the Lakers will handle them if that happens.
Just feel NO could be a longer series than Memphis.
Seeing him clank a couple of open 3s late in the game reminded me of the many painful games he had as a Laker.
Not missed at all.
He had his moments. He proved to be no Caruso, though
Someone on Reddit said, "Complimentary nuts for flying with Air Lebron"
Silver Screen & Roll@LakersSBN
The Lakers are reportedly going to have a second meeting with Dion Waiters next week.
2nd meeting? One's not enough for a player they're very familiar with? Feels like they're trying to put some positive press out there and do Waiters a favor since he is a Pelinka/Paul guy, but again - have seen Waiters cook the best of the best, so wouldn't mind them waiving Daniels for him. If his head is right, could easily see Waiters cooking Beverley in a big playoff game and potentially being a difference maker here and there. But how will he defend? And will he disrupt chemistry? Fine line
The Jazz are the lovable "contender" every preseason and they fall flat on their faces.
When will people learn?
I feel like the cons outweigh the pros with Waiters.
If he couldn't buy in and behave under Spo, I don't see things changing for him.
Miami has one of the better cultures in the league.
An easy improvement for the Lakers going forward is giving Caruso more minutes.
Miami's culture actually isn't all that great. Fairly strict and guys in the league complain about all the BS that Riles puts them through in terms of having them followed and watched around the city, guys having to weigh in constantly, conditioning tests every Monday, etc. And for all the talk of their defensive identity, seems like a guy drops 50 on them every month.
And Spo is cool, but let's be real - majority of the public aren't holding Spo in high regard if he never coaches LeBron and wins titles with LeBron. Adding Waiters is a fine line because of the chemistry that's been built, but Miami isn't a fit for a lot of guys in the league. That said, he fucked that up and has to own that one. If there's genuine interest in Waiters joining, it'd probably have something to with LeBron just being able to make all kinds of shit work and them being willing to take that gamble. They may feel like the culture is strong enough right now to handle it, good or bad
KCP is playing some of the best basketball of his career. Just turned 27..prime years ahead..may be beginning to peak. Has to be benefiting from the rock solid coaching staff.
Gonna be hard to displace Caruso and KCP in the rotation. Even though it does look like they're starting to give Caruso a lighter workload to help him get through his 1st 82 game slate
I'd be very curious to hear who those guys are as we've seen many elite/blue collar guys go through Miami and seem happier than ever. Would be willing to guess those guys have 0 titles to their names.
Lance should be the guy.
Some of the worst have won titles - Antoine Walker (one of a good amount of guys that have won there, yet complained) - but even if we're talking about some of the best guys, not all of those guys enjoy all that extra stuff either. The best of the best, majority of them are internally motivated and don't need all that extra stuff. Blue collar only goes so far without the elite players to back it up and make it all worth it for some guys. A lot of guys in the league are just realistic..know that if they don't have prime LeBron/prime Wade caliber teammates - they don't have a real shot at winning a title, anwyay. And if guys don't see the reward for all that extra shit - they complain.
Strict culture can make some guys and break others - helps some guys get paid - but in the midst of all the hoops that Riles makes them jump through, it's pretty natural for athletes that have been stars all theirs lives to complain about all that extra stuff. Especially if they've been on other teams..guys start comparing experiences and what not. Many pieces have been written about Miami's strict culture. It's not a place for everyone
We've seen scrubs like James Johnson, Whiteside(nobody before Miami) Tyler Johnson, Waiters himself, and many others go to the Heat and get in the shape of their lives, play way better than normal, and get paid big time. I think the Heat are very attractive to the majority. Spo is highly regarded because he seems to get a lot of little. Riley didn't make the best moves post LeBron, but Spo still had the Heat playing at a decent level with mostly role players.
If the strict culture is simply wanting guys to show up to camp in shape and not partake in fuckery off the court, I don't see where that is so bad. Most guys will side with 5 time champion, Pat Riley.
Waiters consuming a cannabis-infused gummy on a team flight and then having a panic attack because he was way too high is beyond the norm lol.
Antoine Walker having an issue with it is far from surprising. He had a similar work ethic to Jamarcus Russell and now he looks like an ex center.
I'll buy that it's not a place for some players, but that would make me question the players far more than the way the Heat run ship.
That's probably the only thing guys truly salvage from playing there, and to be fair - guys also get into the best shape of their lives on their own. Don't really need an org for that. When Julius Randle decided to take his conditioning seriously - his contract year - he took it upon himself and busted his ass in the off-season. Didn't need Riles or Spo for that.
Just relaying the message I've heard from guys. That Miami shit is overblown. It'd be ideal if all these players worked the same, never fucked up, but we know that's not reality. Same can be said of the way orgs go about their business..why Miami stands out as an intense experience for a lot of players. Been described as " boot camp ". Riles was pretty lucky that LeBron was in Cleveland and Bosh/Toronto. Neither guy wanted try their team up/Big 3 thing in those places. They wanted to join Wade in the sun
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