Bill Oram

"You are a really big idiot if you manage to f--- this up." Words to live by. For Julius Randle and everyone else.

Bill Oram

One thing I've been struck by in last few days... Jazz personnel LOVE Carlos Boozer. Clashes with perception among fans, who soured on him.

Gary Lee

With Kobe’s clear message to Julius Randle, Byron Scott applauded the rookie's effort after the win via @russval4. lakersnation.com/lakers-news-by…

Kamenetzky Brothers

Interesting piece about Hendrix's frustration at failing to connect w/black audiences. (h/t @bomani_jones) AK cnn.com/2014/10/18/sho…

Bill Oram

Just as the absurdity was hitting 2013-14 levels, the Lakers found some defensive grit to beat much-improved Jazz bit.ly/1t3XzNu

Gary Lee

Tell us how you really feel, Kobe.

Arash Markazi

Kobe: "We're going to be smashmouth basketball. That's just how we're going to play. It's going to be nasty, it's going to be physical."

Gary Lee

“If you f*** this up, you’re a really big idiot” - Kobe Bryant’s message to Julius Randle. lakersnation.com/kobe-to-julius… http://t.co/9Mp7RtdBta

Arash Markazi

Kobe: "Who do we have out there that's going to handle the ball? Ronnie Price, God bless his heart, was like the Energizer Bunny out there."

Arash Markazi

Kobe: "We're a grind it out team. Our personalities are just that way. We all put our hard hats on."

Mike Trudell

Running Diary from LAL’s win over Utah that came thanks to some good second half defense that pleased Byron Scott: on.nba.com/1pszNEK

Arash Markazi

Kobe: "ESPN are idiots but you're a really big idiot if you manage to f--- this up."

Arash Markazi

Kobe on Julius Randle having him and Byron Scott as mentors: "It means he can't f--- it up. If you f--- this up you're a really big idiot."

Kevin Ding

That message obviously has gotten through to Randle, who had said earlier on same topic of having mentors: "It's up for me to mess it up."

Kevin Ding

Kobe about @Julius Randle having rookie mentors such as himself, Nash, Boozer, B-Scott: "If you f--- this up, you're a really big idiot."

Mike Trudell

Scott was very pleased with Randle’s play in the second half, praising him in his presser. Wants to push Randle to get that every night.

Mike Trudell

Byron Scott on Julius Randle: “Obviously he has it in him. He has a world of talent. It’s about him (doing it consistently).”

Mike Trudell

Byron Scott said the halftime talk was all about defense, playing “on a string,” and was pleased w/effort. Jazz = 37 2nd half points.

Ryan Ward

Ronnie Price went 2/10 from the floor, but chipped in w/ 10 assists and four steals. I think he’s earned a spot on this team. #Lakers

Bill Oram

Tonight turned the deadbolt. RT @Chris Palmer: Ronnie Price should be a lock to make the Lakers.

Mike Trudell

LAL take a 98-91 win out of Staples Center after trailing by 16 at halftime. We had Julius Randle for his first @TWCSportsNet walkoff.

Gary Lee

Thanks for tuning in tonight, #LakersNation! Follow me on my personal account, @DanDuangdao and Julius Randle was the real victory tonight.

Bill Oram

PA man Lawrence Tanter with a slip of the tongue, says Lakers play Kings in Sac on Friday. Fortunately it's still in Vegas. Phew.

Ryan Ward

It may be preseason, but this win was needed after 3 ugly losses. Defense looked great. Solid team bball on both sides of the floor #Lakers

Janis Carr

Lakers win! Lakers win! A preseason game.

Gary Lee

After trailing by 22, the Lakers fight back in a 98-91 thriller over the Jazz. Instant Recap via @TheeCoreyH. lakersnation.com/lakers-preseas…

Arash Markazi

FINAL: Lakers 98, Jazz 91. Kobe Bryant with 26 points and Carlos Boozer with 19 points.

Gary Lee

LAKERS WIN! THEY WIN! THEY WIN 98-91!

Bill Oram

I understand the symbolism, but if you are sitting in the lower bowl at Staples Center do you really need *free* tacos?

Mike Trudell

LAL in this 2nd half have outscored Utah 57-32. Much better effort defensively than the 1st half or last 3 games.

Bill Oram

Looks like the Lakers are going to earn a win. Normally we'd say, "Meh, Utah. Meh, preseason." But the way things have gone, they'll take it

Mike Trudell

Ronnie Price again making a play on D, his third drawn charge of the game to get LAL possession w/1:33 left, up 93-86.

Mike Trudell

4 for 5 tonight in 14 min. RT @calder_h: Ed Davis is now shooting 15-19 this preseason and hasn't missed more than one shot in any game

Mike Trudell

LAL get a corner 3 off a nice extra pass from Wesley Johnson, and take a resulting 91-85 lead. LAL 4 for 13 from 3 tonight.

Gary Lee

Three minutes left in the game and the Lakers lead 91-85. Check out Julius Randle’s highlights in the fourth quarter. lakersnation.com/los-angeles-la…

Gary Lee

Julius Randle, Running Back for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Mike Trudell

Impressive again from the 19-year-old Randle in this 2nd half. This time a board, sprint w/ball in transition to get Ellington 2 FT's.

Mike Trudell

Ed Davis is getting good looks in the paint, here taking advantage of a mismatch w/Steve Novak, and is 3 of 4 for 6 quick points.

Kamenetzky Brothers

For the trivia hounds out there, Boozer's career high in regular season/playoff games for steals is 5. Has six tonight. BK #history

Mike Trudell

Like seeing Kobe, Randle, Johnson and Davis get some minutes together here, with youth and athleticism around Bryant.

Gary Lee

Midway through 4, Lakers lead 84-83 and Kobe Bryant returns for the final six minutes. Check out the highlights. lakersnation.com/los-angeles-la…

Mike Trudell

Price gets some well deserved rest after another defensive play. Kobe's in for the final 6:14, will basically play point guard.

Bill Oram

Kobe Bryant checks in as Alec Burks replaces Dahntay Jones. Conspiracize away...

Gary Lee

I hate Dahntay Jones.

Mike Trudell

With no other PG's on the roster healthy right now, Ronnie Price has played 34 minutes with 6:49 to go. Will reach 40 if he stays in.

Gary Lee

“GET THAT S*** OUT” - Julius Randle after blocking Dante Exum’s layup. Maybe.

Mike Trudell

I remember Julius Randle starting games slow at Summer League and coming on in the 2nd half. That's absolutely been the case tonight.

Mike Trudell

Warning: 5th straight Julius Randle tweet. He came over for a big swat of Dante Exum, his 2nd block of the half.

Bill Oram

Great play by Dante Exum to get to the rim. Greater play by Julius Randle to get up block Exum's shot.

Ryan Ward

Julius Randle is going to be deadly if he perfects that mid-range jumper. It’ll open up everything for him. #Lakers

Mike Trudell

Nice signs this quarter continue for the rookie Julius Randle, who just hit his 3rd straight jump shot. Has 8 quick points.

Mike Trudell

LAL down 2 despite shooting 38% is thanks to active defense: 23 Jazz turnovers, to LAL's 13, plus second chance points (15-4).

Ryan Ward

Julius Randle starting to get into a rhythm out there. Gaining confidence. 6 pts and 3 boards so far. #Lakers

Bill Oram

Make that 10 assists for Ronnie Price, when the Lakers had three in all of the first half.

Mike Trudell

So in succession, from Julius Randle: 17-foot make, driving make at the rim, 17-foot make again. Six quick points for the rook.

Gary Lee

CAN’T HANDLE RANDLE, STEVE NOVAK.

Mike Trudell

Randle taking the 17-footer last time down set him up to get Novak's respect on the next trip, and he drove around him for a paint bucket.

Mike Trudell

Ronnie Price is diving all over the place tonight, causing havoc. Kobe, Byron both love him.

Mike Trudell

The shot Kobe wants Randle to get up without hesitation, a 17-footer, goes down for the rookie to put LAL up 74-72.

Mike Trudell

Nice defensive play from Julius Randle, who came from the weak side to swat Rodney Hood near the rim.

Gary Lee

Between quarters, I just added Carlos Boozer on my Fantasy Basketball team. #Championship

Mike Trudell

Boozer: 19 points, 9 boards, 6 steals in 28 min.; Kobe: 21 points, 3 assists, 3 boards in 25 min.; Price: 6 points, 7 assists, 3 steals.

Gary Lee

At the end of 3, Lakers trail 72-69, but played fantastic defense. Check out Wes Johnson’s two electric dunks. lakersnation.com/los-angeles-la…

Mike Trudell

LAL down 72-69 after 3 Q's, erasing a 16-point halftime deficit to take the lead before Utah ended the period on a 9-4 run.

Kamenetzky Brothers

Heh. AK RT @Gary Lee: "I’ve always liked Carlos Boozer” - Every Lakers fan as of October 19, 2014.

Gary Lee

"I’ve always liked Carlos Boozer” - Every Lakers fan as of October 19, 2014.

Kamenetzky Brothers

The irony is that after all the disapproving things we've written and said about the Boozer signing, he's on my fantasy team. BK

Mike Trudell

Ian Clark's been a sudden offensive problem for LAL, his 4 of 4 FG's getting Utah back even at 69.

Gary Lee

!!! RT @SoCalGal64: That's the 3 that gets you benched like Bynum, Ronnie.

Ryan Ward

14 steals for the Lakers tonight. Impressive.

Gary Lee

Hundred percent. RT @TheeCoreyH: Ronnie is feelin himself a little too much right now...

Mike Trudell

Ed Davis in this half at backup 5 (Sacre got the minutes in the 1st half). Scott's playing both right now behind Hill.

Bill Oram

Wesley Johnson just registered a dunk over Carrick Felix that I suspect will get replayed as much as Xavier Henry's slam on Jeff Withey.

Gary Lee

MR. WES IS IN THE BUILDING. AIN’T NO QUESTION WHO ABOUT TO KILL ‘EM.

Mike Trudell

Terrific perimeter defense from Ronnie Price tonight, and it just led to another steal. Johnson dunked again in transition, LAL up 65-62.

Ryan Ward

Carlos Boozer stats: 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 steals. SOLID! #Lakers

Gary Lee

2006 CARLOS BOOZER IS ON THE LAKERS RIGHT NOW. This could quickly change, though.

Mike Trudell

Boozer also just notched his 5th steal. Utah has 19 turnovers. Byron Scott has at least something to by pleased w/defensively there.

Mike Trudell

Carlos Boozer's had his best game of the preseason: 17 points on 5 of 11 FG's with 8 boards in 24 minutes.

Janis Carr

Not to take away anything from Lakers, but as @shahanLA points out this is 3rd game in 4 days for Jazz. Weariness starting to show

Gary Lee

What a fantastic tweet by me earlier. RT @Gary Lee: KOBE FINALLY RETURNS. THE COMEBACK BEGINS.

Ryan Ward

Fun to watch when the Lakers are engaged defensively. Hopefully they can keep it up. #Lakers

Arash Markazi

Monster dunk by Wesley Johnson and Lakers fans finally have something to cheer about. Lakers 61, Jazz 57 with 5:26 left in the 3rd quarter.

Gary Lee

LAKERS LEAD! THEY LEAD! THEY LEAD 61-57!

Mike Trudell

It's a 23-3 run after Wesley Johnson got yet another steal and converted a tomahawk on the other end. LAL up 61-57.

Bill Oram

Lakers have opened the third quarter on a 19-3 run and lead 59-57.

Mike Bresnahan

Lakers play a little defense and get back into this game. And, of course, there's Kobe's 21 points in 22 mins.

Arash Markazi

The Jazz expected the Lakers to roll over like they did on Thursday. No dice. They're fighting back tonight.

Ryan Ward

Lakers finally decided to wake up. Tie it up at 57. 25-5 run. #Lakers

Gary Lee

After trailing by 22, it’s all tied up at 57 and the Lakers are playing with an energy we’ve all been waiting for. lakersnation.com/los-angeles-la…

Mike Trudell

Utah has 7 of their 17 turnovers in the last 5 minutes and 30 seconds. Boozer has 4 steals, and Price/Kobe have been in passing lanes.

Arash Markazi

Don't look now but it's Lakers 57, Jazz 57 with 6:31 left in the 3rd quarter. The Lakers were down 22 points in the 2nd quarter.

Janis Carr

Who are these guys in purple and gold? Stu wants to know whether this is the right score after Johnson ties the game on layup

Mike Trudell

Tie game. Down 54-38 at the half, it's now a 57-all tie after another steal and Johnson transition layup w/6:31 to play in the 3rd.

Gary Lee

IT’S A TIE GAME! HYFR.