Say NO to Ryan Kelly

In this video, Montezz explains why the Lakers shouldn’t bring back Ryan Kelly.

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Player Profile: Julius Randle, a future Laker?

By Montezz Allen

Former Kentucky freshman power forward Julius Randle (photo by Frank Franklin/AP)

Former Kentucky freshman power forward Julius Randle (photo by Frank Franklin/AP)

I’ve mentioned before how high I am on former Kentucky freshman standout Julius Randle, or “Baby Z-Bo” as I like to call him.

I’m so high on him that I’ve decided to write up a profile on the kid.

How can you not be a fan of his?

The 6-foot-9, 250 pound power forward averaged 15 points, 10.4 rebounds and shot 50 percent from the field under Coach John Calipari. And at one point during his freshman season, he averaged 18.1 points and 12.5 rebounds.

Julius Randle slamming it down with authority (Photo: Scott Rovak/USA Today Sports)

The best game he played in a Kentucky uniform came in a 93-80 victory over Belmont. Randle scored a career-high 29 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and shot 8 of 10 (80%) from the floor.

His second best game came in a 78-74 loss against Michigan State University where he recorded 27 points, 13 boards and shot 9 for 14 (64%) from the field.

Yeah, the kid is a flat out beast.

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Will the Lakers ever get back to their winning ways?

By Montezz Allen 

Photo by Lakernation.com

Photo by Lakernation.com

The Los Angeles Lakers have captured 16 NBA titles in 66 seasons. That’s second to the Boston Celtics who have won 17 of them.

Winning is a tradition. It’s an expectation. Anything short of winning a championship is a disappointment, period.

In addition to having the second-most championships in NBA history, the Lakers have 60 playoff appearances and have missed the postseason a total of five times. The franchise’s overall record is 3,197-2,008 and their win percentage is 61.4 percent.

Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson (NBA.com)

Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson (NBA.com)

The storied franchise has had 15 Hall of Famers play for the team.  Just to name a few: Jerry West, Magic Johnson, James Worthy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

I think it’s pretty safe to say that L.A.’s long history of dominance has spoiled fans around the world. The feeling of being crowned champion is just as addictive as any drug.

But with the way things have looked over the past two seasons, fans are left wondering if the Lakers will reign supreme in the Western Conference ever again.

They’re coming off an atrocious season. They finished their 2013-14 campaign with a 27-55 record, the most losses in franchise history. They missed the playoffs for the first time since 2005 and just the third time in 38 seasons.

Unfortunately it doesn’t stop there.

L.A. finished with the sixth-worst record in the league and recorded their worst winning percentage since the Minneapolis Lakers’ 72-game season in 1957-58.

Yes, they flat-out stunk.

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Nick Young wants long-term deal with Lakers?

By Montezz Allen

Lakers shooting guard Nick Young (Brad Rempel/USA Today Sports)

Lakers shooting guard Nick Young (Brad Rempel/USA Today Sports)

“Swaggy P” is a household name in Los Angeles. A crowd favorite.

Not only will Nick “Swaggy P” Young WOW you with his wordrobe;  his Rucker Park-esque, herky-jerky style of play will electrify any crowd like Denver Nuggets point guard Nate Robinson.

You just never know what Swaggy P’s going to do.

The Lakers had their eye on Young for years and finally had the opportunity to sign the 28-year-old last season and it was definitely worth it.

Albeit with a depleted roster, Young led the Lakers in scoring, tallying 17.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and shot better than 43 percent from the field.

He hit the 40-point mark twice this season. He torched the Portland Trail Blazers for 40 in a loss on April 1 and then dropped 41 on the Utah Jazz on April 14.

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