Tag: Ronnie Price

NBA D-League All-Star Game 2015

Lakers to sign Jabari Brown as 16th player


Steve Nash has missed all 62 of the Lakers’ games and is out for the rest season.

Julius Randle has missed the last 61 games and is out for the rest of the season.

Kobe Bryant has missed the last 19 games and is out for the rest of the season.

Ronnie Price has missed the last seven games and is out for the rest of the season.

Nick Young has missed the last seven games.

The Lakers’ injury woes definitely qualify them for hardship – four players missing at least three games and continuing to miss games – and the ability to sign a 16th player. Depending on Young’s timeline for return, the Lakers could even petition for a 17th player.

For now, they’re adding just one.

Lakers release:

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard Jabari Brown to a 10-day contract, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

Brown went undrafted out of Missouri, played for the Lakers during training camp and had been with their D-League affiliate since. He’s a talented scorer, and his long-range shooting – 39 percent on 3-pointers with the L.A. Defenders – is probably his best ticket for immediate NBA playing time.

This reunites Missouri’s backcourt from last season, as Jordan Clarkson is already the Lakers’ starting point guard. Clarkson has shown promise, and Brown gives the Lakers another young player to develop down the stretch.

Ronnie Price out for rest of season with elbow injury


Kobe Bryant, Julius Randle and Steve Nash have company.

Ronnie Price joins them as a Laker who won’t play again this season.

Baxter Holmes of ESPN:

Los Angeles Lakers backup point guard Ronnie Price will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery Wednesday to remove a bone spur in his right elbow, Lakers coach Byron Scott told reporters after practice at their facility Tuesday.

Price took the starting-point-guard job from Jeremy Lin before surrendering it to Jordan Clarkson. The Lakers are better off developing their young players like Clarkson the rest of the season, anyway.

There’s a chance this ends the career of the 31-year-old Price, who had to work his way onto Los Angeles’ roster before the season.

At least we’ll always have this:


Lakers’ players trying to adjust to Byron Scott’s random rotations

Byron Scott

LOS ANGELES — Jeremy Lin went from around 15 minutes a game to more than 30 minutes, to a DNP-CD, to almost 30 minutes again — and that was all in the span of two weeks.

Ronnie Price used to be the starter, now he’s the third point guard in the rotation. Nick Young has seen his minutes fall (although there may be good reasons for that). And that list goes on and on.

There is a randomness to the Lakers rotations, a lack of consistency that has left the players — who like a routine and rhythm — searching. And wanting.

After Sunday night’s Lakers loss to the Rockets Lin was asked about dealing with the inconsistent minutes. He just basically shrugged, took a long pause, then said, “I guess you just control what you can control… I mean, the only thing you can get used to is you don’t know what’s coming next. And that’s kinda been true this whole season.”

Lakers coach Byron Scott says before pretty much every game that he’s got his starters but will let the flow of the game dictate his rotations. That is not changing for a while.

“The starting five I have out there now, I’m going to keep that for a while,” Scott said. “I’m going to fluctuate with some of the substations just based on what I see on the court and what they are giving me as well, It could be different each and eery game for the next 15 to 20 games.”

That starting five is rookie Jordan Clarkson at the point, Wayne Ellington, Ryan Kelly, Jordan Hill and Robert Sacre. Even their minutes are not guaranteed. After that Carlos Boozer was the first guy off the bench Sunday, followed by Lin, Ed Davis and Nick Young.

More than just up and down minutes, the lineups change nightly, with new combinations all the time.

“I feel like, at this point it’s kind of like everybody has probably played with everybody,” Lin said. “So whatever lineup is out there, you have to do your best. You go out there and play. Maybe not worry about the little things, but just go out there and attack, run the plays hard and see what happens.”

To be fair, this is more than Scott’s nature, his hand was forced n some cases. He entered the season with a healthy Kobe Bryant and a team he thought could make the playoffs. But Scott struggled to find rotations that worked and he started to realize this team wasn’t as talented as his opponents most nights. He was searching for answers. Then Kobe’s body needed more rest, adding another level of randomness to the mix — would the guy the Lakers’ run their offense through play or not? Now they unfortunately know the answer to that question.

Pile on some other injuries to the team and Scott has struggled to have guys for the rotations he wants.

That said, he is not the only coach dealing with these issues — go ask Scott Brooks or Flip Saunders about it — yet Scott’s response has been experimentation, which continues halfway through the season. And not knowing if you will play, or how many minutes, or with whom, or in what role, starts to throw players off.

“I think it effects, for me, my rhythm level maybe,” Lin said. “And I think to some degree your confidence level. My confidence level, it’s just you don’t see yourself doing certain things.”

You may want to be careful about having a Lakers’ player on your fantasy roster the rest of the season. Because the randomness will continue.