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.

Damian Lillard owns fourth quarter against Lakers, including one nasty dunk (VIDEO)

Damian Lillard

LOS ANGELES — “It’s fun to watch, I just wanted to get some popcorn and grab a seat.”

LaMarcus Aldridge said that of Damian Lillard’s fourth quarter, although being in the game prevented any popcorn munching.

But make no mistake there was a fourth quarter show from Lillard — 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting in the final frame, taking control of the contest and leading Portland past the Los Angeles Lakers to a 106-94 win. It was the second time this season that the Lakers, playing without Kobe Bryant, hung around and hung around for three quarters against the Blazers, only to have Lillard own the fourth. But the Lakers are not the only victim, Lillard has scored 232 points in the fourth this season, more than any other player in the NBA.

“I just look to attack more,” Lillard said of his big fourth quarters. “For the first three quarters, let (Nicolas Batum) come off pick-and-rolls and make some plays, finding (Wesley Matthews) off pin downs, finding (Aldridge) on pick-and-rolls, and dropping it to him on the block….

“And at the end of the game, that’s just when I feel like it’s time to attack.”

Lillard finished the night with 34 points.

However what everyone was talking about after the game was Lillard’s monster and-1 dunk that was part of his fourth quarter onslaught.

“The time before I had the ball at half court and (Lakers’ point guard Ronnie Price) was pressed up on me, like way up at the half court line, and I saw everybody was flat on the baseline. I got in there the first time and I wanted to see how the bigs would play it, the first time they rotated over and I just threw it to (Chris) Kaman.

“The next time I went to half court and wanted to see if they would press up on me again, and he did, and I got in the lane again and I wanted to see if the big would come over and he just stayed back and by the time I gathered and went up it was basically too late.”

Lillard tried to downplay the dunk a little. Nobody else would. Nor would they downplay his fourth quarters — Lillard has gained a reputation as one of the game’s best closers.

“I think he has a knack for those moments, I think he wants to be great in those moments,” Aldridge said. “I’ve seem him do it over and over again so I’m never surprised by it.”

We may not be surprised by it, but we could use some popcorn so we can sit back and enjoy it.

Ronnie Price cocks back for thunderous dunk, delivers hilarious miss

Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant hit the game-winning basket against the Pacers, but maybe the Lakers wouldn’t have needed that late shot if Ronnie Price made this dunk (hat tip: BBall Breakdown).

My favorite part of that clip is Robert Sacre jumping up and realizing what’d gone wrong before his feet even hit the floor.