D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., Julius (expletive) Randle. Even a kid named Bryant.
How much of this better drafts than car windows not rolled all the way up this time of year of the young core Lakers have to end up rebuilding other teams formidable futures, pip by pip across the league?
Lonzo Ball? Brandon Ingram? Kyle Kuzma? Ivica Zubac (yeah you like him now the rest of the league has finally seen what we always have)? Josh (expletive) Hart? Plus draft picks that they hope yield the same magic beans as this team that have drafted beanstalks?
And all for one of the best, last bigs, albeit one that could walk next Summer already as a free agent? When they could just wait until he comes around anyway, whilst keeping all of their other assets. That’s the smart business move for a man that owns Starbucks and other American franchises in sports.
Like Viggo Mortensen says in this year’s for sure Tinseltown Oscar winner ‘Green Book’, “take it easy”!
LeBron’s agent Rich Paul better have a better deal on this table that needs a folded up piece of paper under one of its legs if he wants to help form the most dynamic duo in the whole of the NBA since Shaq and Kobe.
Even if Mychael’s son Klay Thompson is reported to follow in his pops Showtime sneaker steps if the Warriors don’t dub him the maximum. Or if our Toronto’s very own Kawhi Leonard has just brought a home in Hollywood like LeBron last year in La La Land.
But we’ve learned from Paul George that you never can predict the future no matter who promises what.
Earvin Johnson and the Pelinka owner we will always call Rob Lowe want Magic in Lakerland right now. It could be a city of stars even when the Academy Awards roll the red carpet back up after the mid-season Oscar break.
But the hilarious ESPN analysis of offering the whole team, Magic’s statue and two letters of the Hollywood sign for the New Orleans Pelicans best player to fly seems like a ‘Semi-Pro’ move. And the kitchen sink too!? At this point I’d rather trade a washing machine to the Kentucky Colonels for Woody Harrelson.
You want us to give up that much? Then we at least get Randle back too!
Yes this writer is a Lakers fan, but I’m a Lakers fan from outside Hollywoodland that knows writing the perfect script takes time.
I mean we love what LeBron is doing here. And we aren’t talking about ‘Space Jam 2’. But if it involves running everyone out of town like capable and not culpable coach Luke Walton then we aint buying…or watching. Sorry Bugs. You know why the perfect superstar spark-plug Isaiah Thomas wasn’t offered a contract to re-sign right? And it had nothing to do with that injury. He’s more than fine.
This young core has the prolific potential already in exciting, epic young gunner effect to be a powerhouse long after the mid-thirties King James has retired to wine country. Haven’t we learned before from the death of the best one, two punch of all-time to not give up a dynasty for a three-peat?
LeBron James joined these Los Angeles Lakers this off-season gone. Not those New Orleans Pelicans. LeBron James came here to attract other free agents…which will soon come. Not to have the future exchanged for a head start on someone who could come for free next Summer without losing a thing. The great interchangeable, veteran playoff big-game experience and young, fresh legs and exuberance line-ups that can run death on anyone will be left dormant if half of it is culled for just one reason.
But still like Brad Pitt in ‘Moneyball’, “ooh I want this one”. Time to work the phones like Will Smith in ‘The Pursuit Of Happyness’.
But will the Lakers in the end ever get Anthony?
And for once this writer is talking about Davis (who at least from the beginning has been upfront and real with everyone that he wants out. Even reportedly adding that L.A. is his preferred destination and anywhere he goes will merely be a rental to there in 2020…but then again, remember PG-13) Not Carmelo. But speaking of which if we are so adamant on dropping a whole young revolution on one man how about cutting a couple of South Bay two-ways for a real star?
Then we can talk about wanting to win now.
And you think I’m just saying all this because I’ve just brought a Lonzo Ball jersey!?
Now whose going to wear number 23?
Is Howard’s End In Hollywood?
Should have bought that Dwight Howard number 12 Lakers jersey I saw in TJ Maxx for half off back in the day. Seriously though if Dwight can return to the Lake Show then there’s hope for my hairline yet…
Kobe Bryant mouths this whilst shaking his head in dissing dismay from the baseline whilst staring down Dwight Howard on the other half of the court. Now a Houston Rocket the less than perfect pair have a problem…and it’s all getting flagrant.
Once upon a time in Hollywood with Mike D’Antoni running the show with an ageing Steve Nash, Hollywood’s Laker reality show was playing fantasy, legendary name Basketball again like the time they brought in late in their career legends like Karl Malone and Gary Payton to help raise banners like the point of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or logo of Jerry West. But when they picked up Magic man Dwight Howard who even took Orlando’s Mickey Mouse kingdom on his broad back all the way to the Finals against the Lakers, they expected D12 and KB24 to be the new generation Shaq and Kobe. After all Dwight Howard was a man of steel too.
And oh how they were Shaq and Kobe 2…but in completely all the wrong way. It turned out to be Batman vs Superman without the dawn of a justice league, or even their mothers having the same name. Kobe’s beef with Dwight made his repaired relationship with Shaq look like Japanese cows without the massage and feeding rituals that make their Mamba city namesakes cuts the best in the business…now served in Shaquille’s restaurant with more onion rings. And when they met the following season after the death of another dynasty to be, this time Dwight was the little red corvette and Kobe the brick wall unable to be felled or floored like the one in Berlin. Baptizing him like that time in Orlando with his most dynamic dunk.
Since going from the Orlando Magic to Magic smiles in Hollywood Howard has switched more teams than your 2K partner when you’ve already picked to play as the Lakers. He’s also received his fair share of off court and locker room problems including some chemistry cancer concerns. And even in this off-season, either looking to make some headlines or free agent publicity stunts he’s come out and said he’d be open to returning to the Lakers (…erm) and that Kobe was right (he already knows).
Now most in Lakerland laughed at the social media scoffed idea. Especially with a front-court force more formidable than anything the association has to offer, lead by new big man legend Anthony Davis. Following in the sneaker steps of Mikan, Wilt, Kareem, Shaq and Pau to truly be the new Shaq and Kobe with King LeBron James. But when his old New Orleans Pelicans reunited Wildcat brother DeMarcus Cousins went down with another season threatening injury last week the Lakers were forced to look elsewhere already, like filling out their final roster spot with Andre Igudola was a ring of last week’s past, or Carmelo was one long rumored Anthony never meant to be. Bursting the banana boat like a CP3 nix.
And although the Lakers have been linked with the arc of Joakim Noah or the Zaza land of Pachulia and with plenty of other big assets still on the market like Marcin Gortat or Amir Johnson, will we see Dwight Howard eating tacos and yelling with LeBron on Twitter this Tuesday as we all unfollow like too many tweets (my bad)? Bringing Howard back to Hollywood seems sillier than bringing the LaVar Ball show back to this Kardashian town. Because besides they already have the all dunking and blocking JaVale McGee who is worthy of a start with James (42) clapping like throwing up chalk. All as this hair blown out center throws it down again and again, coast to coast in California. But apparently there’s a mutual interest…what is this Tinder? Will this just be the makings of another Michael Beasley or make ’em dance Lance Stephenson meme team? Still the Lakers need more in reserve and Dwight needs this for his revenge to the past years that have taken his career from the red caped sun to being newspaper fodder to each cities equivalent of the Daily Planet. Time to rewrite all those who wrote you off Jimmy Olsen.
Read all about it, at the end of press next week Dwight Howard could be a Los Angeles Laker yet again.
News just in…I can’t believe I’m writing this.
Who would of thought it?
Certainly not Kobe.
But it’s the King’s town now.
And after all in this LeBron ‘Space Jam’ scripted season for the Los Angeles Lakers you know Hollywood loves a redemption story too.
Boogie’s Productions Down Again
Cousins injured again…we can’t relate to that.
When former Sacramento star and New Orleans Pelican DeMarcus Cousins joined the Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green Golden State Warriors to begin last season critics dubbed this superteam unfair.
What was unfair however was the ACL injury that kept Boogie sidelined for most of the season and then the quad injury on top of that in the playoffs that made sure the Warriors wouldn’t be dancing in their final chapter in Golden State.
But as D.C. made a Cali move too like the Dubs across the Golden Gate to San Francisco, heading to LeBron’s Lakerland with former frontcourt friend Anthony Davis, what was really unfair is what’s just come out of a practice run this week.
Cousins has tore his ACL again in a horrible twist of fate.
This games God’s people.
When DeMarcus reunited with the same former New Orleans big man that rocked his jersey in beautiful All Star tribute a couple of seasons back when they briefly flew together as Pelicans this Summer, the Lakers furthered their favourite status like tapping that heart on Twitter. Even if the Clippers ended up being the ones that got Kawhi Leonard…and Paul George too for the new battle of Los Angeles, raging against the Lakers Hollywood machine, the Lake Show have the ‘Space Jam 2’ of the King and the ‘brow. Not to mention the difference maker like rising star Kyle Kuzma in the veteran one of Cousins.
Either one of them will blow, or both, as the other will show he’s still got it. Giving the West’s best the biggest force of an interchangeable frontcourt. As the Lakers could either go with the more muscle version of a Tim Duncan and David Robinson twin towers in the Pelican reunited Kentucky Wildcats of Davis and Cousins and ‘Bron. Or the most dynamic duo since Shaq and Kobe of James and A.D. and the one young core star who didn’t get switched for this franchise player in Kuz, who could form a big three if the injured Cousins isn’t already still a part of one. Despite the writing off medical report.
And we haven’t even got to his Kentucky alumni Rajon Rondo led backcourt, or last year’s all dunking and blocking big headband and hair spark JaVale McGee. A gym rat who re-upped after almost going for both the Defensive Player Of The Year and Most Improved Player award in the first month of last seasons 82 campaign.
The Lakers are going to need him and that first wind of last year now more than ever.
Or the California club have some decisions to make for who to put in purple and gold for their almost meant to be final roster spot (DON’T AMNESTY!). Do they still wait for another former Warrior in Sixth Man, defensive legend Andre Igudola? Or do they leave him and the long rumoured other Anthony in Carmelo and pick up another big? Guys like Nené, Amir Johnson, Joakim Noah, Kenneth Faried, Zaza Pachulia and Marcin Gortat are still on the market like fresh fruit stalls. And even Dwight Howard of all people have expressed (more like blatantly begged for publicity) for a return to Lakerland after his Hollywood divorce.
Because we have no idea when Boogie will be back. Or if he will even be the same player when he returns. Or if he even was before this injury happened. But despite history rewriting so many careers crippled by injury we still believe. We still believe he has superstar status and could be the X-factor difference maker when he returns late in the game to this Hollywood scripted rivalry like he almost was last season in the Finals against Toronto as he flips it. You saw him almost become a Splash Brother with that three, so just you wait until you see him downtown in STAPLES this season when it’s all said and buzzer beater done.
The bridge is far from over.
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