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A Lakers Blog. Thoughts, reflections, and the odd rant on the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA (even the Clippers).

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By: Cary D

Mon, 30 Apr 2007 17:35:21 +0000

Warren -- you have to realize that if we bring in that many new people, this will take a year for all of them to run the offense. Jamaal Tinsley? Oh lord, please no. Have you looked at his shooting %? he's awful. this kind of a shake-up is impossible to pull off. i question your trades but not your heart.

By: warren (philippines)

Mon, 30 Apr 2007 08:41:16 +0000

Here's what we can do: 1. Decide on what "kind" of team we are offensively and follow the trend. If we are deliberate, then lets be. If we are a jump-shooting one like the Bulls, we can be. If we decide to run, then lets. 2. Players are our greatest assets. Lets "use" them. If we decide to be deliberate as the Triangle would have it, we can ditch some guys and get a low post scorer/defender in Jermaine Oneal. Support the middle with a decent center or compliment JO with a decent power forward. Ike Diogu perhaps. 3. Be aggressive. No one is untouchable except Kobe and possible role players that are best fit with the theme. For instance, the triangle starts with the high pick,, entry pass, spacing, cuts to the basket, extra pass, boom. An open jump shooter and someone who can shoot from 18ft. Mo Evans, Jordan Farmar, Luke Walton qualify as passers/shooters with newcomer Jamaal Tinsley. 4. Trade Up or Trade down. Vlade Radman is under-utilized therefore get rid of him. Get a Flip Murray or something to do the job. He is cheaper and more valuable defensively I would think. Utilize the Pistons' logjam of centers and try to acquire a Nazr Mohammed to back up on JO in case Mihm isnt completely healthy. 5. Establish Kobe at the mid range. 12 feet is automatic for Kobe. He'll even have more rebounds if he stays within that range. More dunks, more lay-ups, more free throws. We now have a Tinsley or Evans to run back on defense in case the other team runs. 6. Acquire a defensive guy to be a guard defender in the likes of Trent Hassell. All in all we will be deliberate, a little slower, but better defensively. Kobe will be a more effective scorer as he will now have someone to depend on in terms of scoring other than go on "mamba" mode.

By: warren (philippines)

Mon, 30 Apr 2007 08:14:57 +0000

There you go DrRayEye. That's what I've been working on since the trade deadline neared - a workable team. While we were "fine" before the break, I could see the tough road ahead. For me, the break is when we ponder IF our team can make it. The playoffs weren't the issue then, it was matching up with the 4 biggies (in fact 5) of the West as we were 6th. Now that the end is near, the picture is getting clearer. There must be done or else Kobe will be knocking on the door. Body Clock is ticking, let's not TICK Phil and Kobe as well. We understand the mechanics of business... we are not asking Dr. Buss to do a Jim Dolan thing. All we ask is that we draft the kind of team that succeeds knowing Kobe is at the top of the triangle and on top of the World. Therefore, we look at our team, our situation and our success. We can be perennial 1st rounders and stay that way because Kobe can score a barrage of points just to carry us to the playoffs. But come Playoff time, Its joke me no more. Kobe can't do it alone. Neither can this team right here. There is no better example than what GSW and Nelly has displayed this season. Take a gamble, win with it. As poker would have it, if you wait too long, if you wait for a pair of Aces to appear before you bet, your chips could well be in someone else's stack by then.

By: DrRayEye

Mon, 30 Apr 2007 07:55:23 +0000

Earthquake? Earthquake? Earthquake? You may not have noticed the strange vibrations in the earth coming from North to South over the past weeks. The Clippers didn't pay much attention to it and got knocked out of the playoffs. The pundits laughed it off. There is a team from Texas that has been taking it a bit more seriously, but they decided it was a false alarm--until tonite. Playing before the biggest basketball crowd in California history (more than 20,000), the Dallas Mavericks felt those vibrations get stronger and stronger. Stackhouse came off the bench and shot the Mavericks into the lead almost single mandedly. It didn't last. The vibrations got a bit stronger. With seconds remaining, Dirk Nowitzke made two consecutive three point plays. It wasn't enough. Even as the vibrations grew stronger still, the Dallas Mavericks came down with the San Francisco Bay blues. The Warriors won again and lead the series 3-1. Mark Cuban vowed to never eat Rice-a-Roni (The San Francisco Treat) ever again. Regardless of the outcome, The Laker organization better begin feeling those vibrations. While the Laker organization stood pat, the Warriors reshuffled mid stream and transformed their team. Two of the stars (Harrington and Davis) could have been Lakers--one this year. Since mid season, with virtually an entire new team, the Warriors learned to play great team defense. If they can do it on the fly, not even sure they would have their superstar at all this year, why can't we do it better as Lakers when we have time to put the team together and teach strategy? If Golden State can make strategic trades to transform and reconcile players into a team concept for Don Nelson, why can't the Laker organization do it for Phil Jackson? Has Nellyball advanced beyond Zen?

By: TC

Mon, 30 Apr 2007 07:45:45 +0000

Plaschke has an article that he actually writes well (the human interest story whichi he has a knack for) on Lamar in today's LA Times.,1,5091098.column?coll=la-headlines-sports

By: warren (philippines)

Mon, 30 Apr 2007 05:54:07 +0000

This is how I evaluate Andrew Bynum: Upside: 1. He's 19 and a whole lot to learn. 2. He has The Captian as his coach which is the best in the business ( The greatest Center in the NBA ) 3. In 3-4 years from now, he'd have plenty of experience while still being 22 years of age 4. Exposure is the greatest teacher in terms of playoff basketball. 5. What I am looking for in AB is that he become more like Alonzo Mourning. He wont be what Dwight Howard will become nor be a SHAQ. But if he can be a decent defender at his size, He's very valuable. Downside: 1. The problem with potential is that it may never be unlocked too. Looking at the glass Half Empty instead of Half-filled. 2. Andrew doesnt seem to have the "fire" or the motivation to be great. See Amare, Dwight, Kobe, KG. 3. His trade value will further dive if Mihm is healthy next season. 4. His trade value is at its highest now when everybody seems to "gamble" at him as being the real deal. All in all the downs have it. Trade AB this summer while stock is at its peak and get the best possible player from him. We could even squeeze in a 1st rounder of 09 from him. He will be better suited in a different structure than the triangle and Phil J anyway... He would be like a Darko Millicic type of player who never excelled being with Detroit.

By: ca-born

Mon, 30 Apr 2007 04:20:29 +0000

I can't see Jimmy Buss letting go of Bynum after seeing much promise from the young fella. If Bynum truly evolves into a star, they'll sell more tickets in the future. Personally, I would do Odom + Bynum for Jermaine O'Neal in a millisec. And yeah Goo, I agree that it'll be hard to pass up... the pressure is also on Kupchak to get a deal done.

By: Goo

Mon, 30 Apr 2007 04:09:19 +0000

I think Bynum is way more likely to be dealt than Odom, he's good and all but he's no Al Jefferson or Dwight Howard and I think his stock is inflated a bit...he still seems really awkward around the basket but he does get a good amount of blocks...but if he gets us a true pg or post presence it'll be tough to say no..

By: ca-born

Mon, 30 Apr 2007 03:41:28 +0000

Was I the only one that saw Lamar tearing up after the blowout loss in Game 2? At least, I think he was tearing up...

By: ca-born

Mon, 30 Apr 2007 03:27:34 +0000

^Me. :D Or we could consider a Luke for Maggette type of deal. Don't even ponder that though, because it's less than likely.