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Seven years, $65 million

Terms weren't disclosed, but I'm fairly certain that is not what Chris Mihm got from the Lakers when he re-signed today. Assuming the Lakers are serious about only carrying 14 dudes this season, barring a trade or another transaction, the roster is officially full.  Especially now that D-Fish has, as expected, cleared waivers and will officially sign tomorrow

Obviously, the devil is in the details regarding the Mihm signing, but assuming the Lakers didn't go hog wild with years and money, it certainly doesn't hurt.  Even coming off an injury, Mihm is almost certainly the best big remaining on the FA market (unless I'm missing a blue-chipper somewhere).  I'm sure more info will come out tomorrow at D-Fish's news conference.  Click below the jump to read the news release from the team.  SLIGHT UPDATE: The deal is for three years

Or maybe not.

EVEN BETTER UPDATE: Terms are in.  Two years, $5 million.  That's a very good figure for the Lakers.  No harm, no foul.  If he's healthy, Mihm will be much more than a $2.5-million value.   

-- BK

EL SEGUNDO –- The Los Angeles Lakers have re-signed free-agent center Chris Mihm, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.  Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.

Mihm, 28, missed all of last season while recovering from surgery on his right ankle.  Originally injuring the ankle in the closing seconds of the Lakers' March 12, 2006, contest versus Seattle after tallying 20 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots, Mihm missed the remainder of the 2005-06 season, with the exception of a brief appearance in the team’s season finale, and was forced to sit out the Lakers first round playoff series against Phoenix.

In 59 games (56 starts) during the 2005-06 campaign, Mihm averaged a career-best 10.2 points on 50.1 percent shooting from the field while averaging 6.3 rebounds and 1.24 blocks in a career-high 26.1 minutes.  On the year, Mihm recorded seven double-doubles while leading the team in scoring once and in rebounding on 16 occasions.

Finishing his collegiate career as the University of Texas’ all-time leader in blocks (264) while ranking second in rebounds (945), second in double-doubles (47) and 13th in scoring (1,404), Mihm was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the seventh overall pick in the 2000 NBA draft and was named to the 1999-2000 Schick NBA All-Rookie Second Team.   

In six NBA seasons, Mihm has posted career averages of 8.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.07 blocks in 395 games (251 starts). 

In two seasons with the Lakers, Mihm is averaging 10.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.35 blocks.

 
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LAKER STARTING CENTER: CHRIS MIHM

We went from Shaq O'neal to Chris Mimh because kobe wanted to be the man in LA. Geez, i love LA. Thanks again to kobe bryant, he has done great for the city of LA. Kobe's the biggest attraction in LA.......kind of like a circus act. Kobe and the South Central Globtrotters. 2 for 1 special on Keystone Light beer.

I think it was important for us to sign Mihm. If healthy he was the best big available in our price range. I think we might also see him play some PF minutes.. That was the plan going into last season. I think we might be upgraded if he played some 4 with Kwame or Andrew at the 5. Lamar can move over to the 3 and we would have a Large front line that would cause some problems.

MH

Keeping in mind my love for Da Fish...keeping in mind that I'm for resigning him...does anyone else see the irony in resigning him to start, when he left to begin with so he can start somewhere (and make mucho buckos as well)? How ironic.

Re: Chris Mihm. I certainly hope that ankle is workable...I mean I'd hate to think we resigned him for naught (why aren't other teams jumping up and down resigning him if it's ok...course there might be more in play lol). I know one thing, it may not be "proof" but I get the feeling that we're resigning him because KG is acoming. I know, I know, fat chance...weird cookie coincidence...but just watch lol.

BK, the title of your thread literally made my heart skip. Urgh.

Anyhow, I'm certainly glad that Chris Mihm is back and I hope we got him for a bargain rate.

Once again we trod boldly into the future filled with question marks born of potential and lost opportunities from previous years due to injuries.

If Laker Nation is satisfied at the end of next season, we'll have one person to thank: Phil Jackson.

Go Team.

GO LAKERS!

Chris Mihm! Yes!!! That's bigger than Beckham. I'm going to run out right now and buy an authentic Chris Mihm home Sunday white jersey. Kupchak was totally right about good days being ahead of us. That guy's one hell of a GM who really knows what he's doing.

BK,

You forgot about this big guy:

http://www.imdb.com/gallery/ss/0085959/6.jpg.html?seq=7

WEs

Shaq wanted to stop working out and playing basketball so that left kobe with a bunch of scrubs in LA. But then Shaq gets moved and THEN he decided he should go into CONDITION before the season starts....

Thanks Shaq!!!!

KL,

I don't know why anyone even bother to read you? You going around and around. We got it, man!!! You hate Kobe, how many times you need to repeat it? We're not dumb here, WE GOT IT MAN. Get some life...

We have Mihm and I think it's good. Certainly, in NBA you can not have too many bigs and makes things looking interesting with Kwame playing in his contract year. We'll have some options Lakers Nation before trading deadline in February.

ANOTHER WHITE GUY????????????

I think Mike T is gonna have a heart attack.........j/k

I like mihm and i think he gives us a better chance to win than kwame.

Trading is exciting, but not necessarily better.

Five Lakers are healthier:
Odom, Walton, Brown, Radmanovic, Mihm

Four players are better, with normal progression:
Bynum, Farmar, Evans, Turiaf

One is better than last year's model:
Fisher

The 11th is best: Bryant.

It wouldn't surprise me to see Cook and Vujacic improve a little, too. Crittenton will be fun to watch for potential.

I'd trade for O'Neal, but not at any price. This team is better than people think.

Bruce

We went from Shaq to Chris Mihn because Shaq gluttony, materialistic and uncontrollable desire for more and more money is all about he care.

Shaq wanted more than half of the cap's team.

Also KLbeast is forgetting that not only Kobe criticized Mitch in public...
Guess what: the big elephant did it to the press and in a very derogatory and personal way.

People in the Staples were tired of Shaq big mouth shenanigans.
He even tried to be physical with the poor old coach Text Winter, after calling for being a tourist in the court and not playing good defense.

Look how old and sick is becoming Pat Riley, trying to appease and motivate the Big Child. If Pat can find any sucker to take shaq bloated contract, he will get rid of Shaq in a hurry even sending him to neverland..

Jon-

That was the idea (haha).

BK

Wes-

Actually, I think the Bucks, hedging their bets in case Yi doesn't show up, signed that guy to a wafer thin contract.

BK

Can Shaq with this Lakers team, replacing just Kobe, and playing in the west past a first playoffs round?

I don't think so.

Shaq never had played good baketball without a superstar alongside.

How many titles Shaq won playing with Elden Campbell and Van Exel.

Shaq didn't make, by then, those players better.
When Kobe became a force , he started to win convincingly.

Statistically Shaq team without Penny, Kobe or Wade, play around 500 %.

Of course, some bloggers here foolishly will cover up and distort reality.
But hey, we aren't fools.

Are you?


YES! Mihm is back and you know what that means!

It means Butterfingers Brown is now TOTALLY expendable! Ship his expiring contract ass OUT. Give him and Bynum and Farmar and our next #1 for O'Neal or give him and Bynum and Odom and Farmar for KG or trade him to Golden State for their trade exception or Dump him on the freeway but move his ass OUT!

With Fish back and Rony and Luke in the fold we will build a team with HEART that competes instead of whining and pouting. Mihm fits that picture as does Evans. Cook and Rad can shape up or ship out behind Kwame. Give us Competitors and Kobe will come around. Then watch us do some DAMAGE this year!

"Also KLbeast is forgetting that not only Kobe criticized Mitch in public...
Guess what: the big elephant did it to the press and in a very derogatory and personal way.

People in the Staples were tired of Shaq big mouth shenanigans.
He even tried to be physical with the poor old coach Text Winter, after calling for being a tourist in the court and not playing good defense. "

Way to go JEROMA! I am with you.

Go lakers! Go KOBE!

This years is the year we reap some reward!

"Shaq's Big Challenge" tanks in ratings.

The program is a failure.

Nobody is watching!

Who, before Kobe, asked in public for a return of Jerry West to the Lakers replacing Mitch ?

Oh....smokin....!


Shag the big challenge did it.

No one knows for how much and for how long Mihm was signed for? Since this is a Kupchak signing (who may have a sub-conscious affinity for a tall, stiff white player being he was once one himself), I'd say it was for 12M for 3 years, with the 3rd year as a team option. Any other guesses?

TRADE COOK AND BYNUM! SHIP THEIR ASSES OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GET JO

(attempt #3)

"Mihm is almost certainly the best big remaining on the FA market (unless I'm missing a blue chipper somewhere). "

LOL! That was funny. Isn't Mihm the last one? I mean even a guy like Jake Voskuhl got signed by the Bucks before Mihm. Jake who? I mean is there another big still out there?

mike

BK:

"Actually, I think the Bucks, hedging their bets in case Yi doesn't show up, signed that guy to a wafer thin contract."

I think a jersey change might help out with Milwauke's cause to placate Yi. What's his favorite color?

This should be a pivotal year for the Lakers.

Can the Lakers compete with this rooster?

The big mistake was done when you know when.

And a team just doesnt get that many chances.

the questions

Can someone fill the middle? Kwame, Brynum, Mihm?

who will play PG? will Farmar with his playmaking capability final develop a shot. Or will he be another Jason Williams?

Will a SF finally learn some defense? Just stop the guy.

other spots are ok.

Ok honestly I'm feeling a little more confident in our team now. Everyone rest up and get healthy.

It doesnt seem like its gonna happen but I would only trade odom and Bynum for KG besides that we improved @ the point guard postion and added a big man who we really missed last year. We just gotta get the 3 bigs. Kwame, Mihm and Bynum to be able to play on the court together

Green.

No, blue. (Aaaaaagggh!!)

BK

"I gave a big sigh of relief," Mihm said in a conference call Thursday. "I'm excited to be back here and put on a Laker uniform, which I wanted to do from the beginning."

LOL! Yeah that was close. He was about to sign with another team. The guy gives a big sigh of relief because if the Lakers hadn't signed him he might have been out of the league. So what do the Lakers do? Sign him for 3 years.

mike

godchild:

I disagree with your assessment of Mitch’s performance so far this year, although you really have to include the Buss boys and Phil in the equation since we know the front office is a team effort. While I acknowledge that all the moves made so far have been the smaller and easier ones, I still think the front office deserves an A for not screwing up the obvious small moves and not giving in and making a bad big move, such as a disastrous trade of Bynum, Brown, AND Lamar for JO.

We’ve added some excellent depth with the draft and free agency giving us an improved roster of 14 signed players and a backup of 2 promising young players who’ll start the year playing overseas. We have added Fisher and Crittenden, which is a huge upgrade over Smush and Shammond at point, and Chris Mihm, giving us more depth at center. These players will not only make us better on the floor but they also let us trade a point guard or center without decimating the roster.

I would definitely prefer having Derek Fisher, Javaris Crittenden, Luke Walton, and Chris Mihm plus rights to Sun Yue and Marc Gasol than a crew of malcontents like Mike James, Steve Francis, et al. I would be interested in trading Cook and Vujacic to the Rockets for Head and Wells. Otherwise, I think the front office has done a fine job of positioning us in a favorable spot to move forward with the existing roster or take advantage of any promising big trade deal.

I still favor getting Artest and am hoping that the Kings will show more interest as they find themselves out of the playoffs as the trade deadline approaches. Kwame’s expiring contract should be more valuable then and his health hopefully will not be a detriment. But since this is a contract year for Kwame, I have a hunch he might come out and have his best year for the Lakers.

Anyway, I am not saying that this is a championship roster but one that should win 55 games unless they have an injury wreck like last year. For sure, it is much better than the roster a lot of us were so sure would win 55 games. So how can we say we don’t believe the team won’t win 55 games?

This Year’s Roster (14 Players including Mihm):

1 - Derek Fisher…Jordan Farmar, Javaris Crittenden
2 – Kobe Bryant…Mo Williams, Sasha Vujacic
3 – Vlade Radmanovich…Luke Walton,
4 – Lamar Odom…Ronny Turiaf, Brian Cook
5 – Andrew Bynum…Chris Mihm, Kwame Brown

Versus Last Year’s Roster (14 Players excluding Mihm)

1 – Smush Parker…Jordan Farmar, Shammond Williams, Aaron McKie
2 – Kobe Bryant…Mo Williams, Sasha Vujacic
3 – Luke Walton…Vlade Radmanovic
4 – Lamar Odom…Ronny Turiaf, Brian Cook
5 – Kwame Brown…Andrew Bynum

I think the team’s strategy at this point is pretty obvious. They believe this team can be pretty damn good although they aren’t going to come out and say that. They probably believe that the team as presently structured is one player away from being an elite team. And there are a lot of reasons to believe they may well be right. And worse case, they have done a good job of restocking the roster to better be positioned to make a big deal if the opportunity arises or the team does not play up to expectations the first half of the year. I am fine with that, provided that Kobe is.

Tom

"I'd trade for O'Neal, but not at any price. This team is better than people think"

I agree with you Bruce, been sayin' it all along...

"We have Mihm and I think it's good. Certainly, in NBA you can not have too many bigs and makes things looking interesting with Kwame playing in his contract year. We'll have some options Lakers Nation before trading deadline in February."

You are right, LAL_Fan, I think the Lakers ain't done trading yet, but it might not be until later in the year. Yes, they are gambling that their existing players will be productive and thus be more appealing to other teams that might want to trade with them, but they also take a chance that some players will suck, and then be left in a desperate situation come early 2008.

KL - I check in from time to time on this blog and it seems you are always on it...what about life balance? Don't you have other things going on that is worthy of your attention? Or is sitting in front of your computer slamming Kobe 24/7 so fullfilling? I think that you live to get a rise out of people, like being paid attention to, etc. For myself and suspect others, I have decided to ignore you, and scroll past your attention-getting bull$^^t. If everyone else were to do the same, I suspect you would leave this blog and find some other blog to lurk and and stir up trouble, and be paid attention to, you poor troubled soul. I hope one day you will grow up, or go see that doctor and take the Resperdal/Zyprexa/Seroquel you so desperately need for your delusions.
You can reply to defend yourself, but I'm done with giving you any more attention.

hubbit (not Hobbit)

I think the plan has been to re-sign Mihm all along and that Kupchak was just waiting for Fisher to clear waivers.

Unless the Pacers hold a fire sale on Jermaine O'Neal, let's not rush to make a deal. The price could come down if we're patient.

I, for one, would like to see how healthy everybody really is before deciding whom to ship out.*

For one thing, let's see how many minutes Mihm is actually good for, coming off his injury. We also need to see how quickly J-Crit can adapt to a real NBA match-up. All the Summer League reports are great, but the true test is yet to come.

* Of course Cook, Sasha, and VladRad can gladly be shipped off if anyone will take them.

Maybe the Lakers could sign Mike T to some sorta contract ! I mean he then would become the teams biggest whinner !

[email protected]

"I'd trade for O'Neal, but not at any price. This team is better than people think"

I agree with you Bruce, been sayin' it all along...

"We have Mihm and I think it's good. Certainly, in NBA you can not have too many bigs and makes things looking interesting with Kwame playing in his contract year. We'll have some options Lakers Nation before trading deadline in February."

You are right, LAL_Fan, I think the Lakers ain't done trading yet, but it might not be until later in the year. Yes, they are gambling that their existing players will be productive and thus be more appealing to other teams that might want to trade with them, but they also take a chance that some players will suck, and then be left in a desperate situation come early 2008.

KL - I check in from time to time on this blog and it seems you are always on it...what about life balance? Don't you have other things going on that is worthy of your attention? Or is sitting in front of your computer slamming Kobe 24/7 so fullfilling? I think that you live to get a rise out of people, like being paid attention to, etc. For myself and suspect others, I have decided to ignore you, and scroll past your attention-getting bull$^^t. If everyone else were to do the same, I suspect you would leave this blog and find some other blog to lurk and and stir up trouble, and be paid attention to, you poor troubled soul. I hope one day you will grow up, or go see that doctor and take the Resperdal/Zyprexa/Seroquel you so desperately need for your delusions.
You can reply to defend yourself, but I'm done with giving you any more attention.

hubbit (not Hobbit)

alright every one this is know a teams unlike last year when some of you clown was jumping on the 50's games banwagon this team is better then last year team we now have a soiled 1,2&3 now if 4&5 are improve we have a teams

LakerTom,

I'll have to respectfully disagree with your assessment of this team. Although it has marginally improved from last year's line-up, it's still basically the same team. None of the back-ups has shown the capability of stepping up consistently when a starter goes down. The Lakers are just an injury or two away from a repeat of the 2007 season.

"55" was last year's dream. With teams in the Western Conference improving, I can't foresee the Lakers getting close to 55 with this line-up unless Socks turns into a monster, Radmanovic regains that shooting touch, and Sasha becomes the second coming of Petrovic.

I hope Cupcake and the Busses have a plan in mind, maybe stocking up for a big trade, because this line up just won't get us to the promised land. Having said that, if this is the final Lakers line-up, I wish to God these guys will prove me wrong!

This is crazy, here we have the same people before were spilling blood providing trade scenerio's to better our team, now they think this team can really compit with the addition of Derek Fisher and Chris Mimm... Come on people wake up. Is it just so that you have created an illusion that you guys again seem to think optimistic thoughts with what we have.....

Below are the people that really and I mean really need to go, becuase they don't belong to any winning team's chemistry...

Cookie
Sasha
Kwame

Trade Cookie and Sasha for Luther Head and a future 2nd rounder... Houston will do this no problem they have Mike James, Rafael Alston as well as Francis now.... they don't need Head, what they need is PF who can hit the outside shot like Cookie ( replacment for Howard LOL)....

But seriously, we really need to make the above trade happen.... That get's rid of two problems right there and we get a player that will improve our back court.....

Than I would trade Kwame Brown and Jordan Farmar and Mo Evans for Eduardo Najera and Reggie Evans.... Now, these two players are workhorses... These are the kind of players the Lakers lack, guys that play dirty and also play with a lot of heart.... Reggie Evans is a rebounding machine if given the minutes, Eduardo is an excellent defender who can play both forward positions....

Denver will need to cut payroll, Kwame does just that for them, they also get a two guard whom Karl will really love in Mo and future PG in Jordan Farmar.....

Here is the line-up

FIsh/Head/JC
Kobe/JC
Luke/Najara/Vrad
Lamar/Evans/Turiaf
Bynum/Mimm

Now this aint no major upgrade, but I guarntee this team will do a lot better than what we have now... As long as the cancers and no good roll players are off this team......

Anybody know who is supposed to be ready to play first among last year's injured players? Mihm, Kwame, Radmanovic, Odom?

And now we can field an all white team

Mihm 5, Radman 4, Luke 3, Sasha 2 and Jordan (almost white) 1.

Hey hey hey, enough to give a certain colorist fits.

For the people down on the Mihm signing;

Everyone wants us to sign KG or JO and thats fine. Either one would probably cost us both Bynum and Kwames expiring contract. So dont you kind of need another big if that happens? Who could we have signed in our price range that was considerably better? Mcglore? Moore? Neither one are all that. Cris was averaging 10 points and 6 boards before he got hurt, in 26 minutes a game, not bad numbers for a guy that will probably be coming off the bench. It was the right move to make with the $ that we had to spend.

MH

LAL_Fan, YOU WROTE TO KL SAYING:


"I don't know why anyone even bother to read you? You going around and around. We got it, man!!! You hate Kobe, how many times you need to repeat it? We're not dumb here, WE GOT IT MAN. Get some life..."

LOOK WE ALL ARE KOBE FANS BY DEFAULT EVEN KL, I'M SURE HE IS AND THATS WHY HE WILL DISH OUT CONSTRUCTIVE CREATIICISM (THATS WHAT WE'LL CALL IT, I DO IT ALL THE TIME) IF YOUR A TRUE LAKER FAN THEN YOU GET PISSED OFF AT KOBE, AT PHIL, AT MANAGEMENT AT THE WHOLE FREAKIN TEAM AND VENT, SOME OF US DO IT HERE ON THE BLOG BUT DON'T SAY HE HATES KOBE, I DOUBT HE HATES HIM JUST PISSED OFF AT CERTAIN THINGS WHICH HE AS A LAKER FAN HAS A RIGHT TO, AGAIN DON'T JUST ASSUME HE "HATES" KOBE OR GIVE HIM CRAP FOR MAKIN FUN.. I JUST HAD THE URGE TO MAKE THAT CLEAR HERE, HAVE A GOOD ONE

Chris ain't a force but he is a hard worker and a 2 sport athlete. Anyone that's ranked #1 in Texas in tennis at 14 and still hit the open 10 footer has skills.

Now that doesn't add up to optimistic but if his ankle is 85%, he's a good veteran addition. You can't have too many centers. We could get 20/10/ and 2 blocks out of the Kwame, Andrew and Chris trio.

I still think "the" move is simmering on a back burner. Mihm may be here because Kwame or Andrew are about to be gone.

"LAKER STARTING CENTER: CHRIS MIHM

We went from Shaq O'neal to Chris Mimh because kobe wanted to be the man in LA. Geez, i love LA. Thanks again to kobe bryant, he has done great for the city of LA. Kobe's the biggest attraction in LA.......kind of like a circus act. Kobe and the South Central Globtrotters. 2 for 1 special on Keystone Light beer."

HAHA.....KLBeast ......ok according to u we should have kept Shaq and let kobe walk for nothing that year

so this year we should put
LAKERS STARTING SHOOTING GUARD: SHASHA VUJACIC

i will take a line up of Kobe + Mihm over Shaq + Shasha anyday

I mean if we kept Shaq we would still have had no titles for the last 3 years and no trade assets ......at least now kobe can be traded for some first rounders and some young prospect....shaq can be traded for a bunch of oranges.....


NO matter what happens with kobe, trading him or not, the decision that year of resigning kobe and trading shaq is the best one avaliable......i mean letting ur superstar walk across the locker room to the clipps for NOTHING is just retarded....

are u?

Tom

surely you meant mo evans

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THE CHRONICLES OF SERGEANT KOBE: Part 4
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COLONEL FISHER: Howdy, Sergeant Kobe!

SERGEANT KOBE: Howdy?

COLONEL FISHER: Sorry... my tour of duty in Utah kinda rubbed off on me. Anyway, I sure am glad to see you, Sergeant... are you ok? You look like you saw a ghost...

SERGEANT KOBE: Yeah... I saw the ghost of Captain Garnett... So, what brings you out here? Do you have some sort of dream to die in battle?

COLONEL FISHER: Oh Sergeant, be of good cheer! We have a great chance of winning! Don't forget that, while you may be the sharpest shooter in the West, I'm the fastest shooter. I once got a shot off in less than --

SERGEANT KOBE: Zero point four seconds... Yes, Colonel, I know, I was there. Well, I hope you don't still fall down and play dead whenever someone shoots at you...

COLONEL FISHER: Why should I stop doing that?

SERGEANT KOBE: Well, when the Spurs think they've killed you, they shoot you twice in the head to make sure you're dead. You heard what happened to Lieutenant Lebron...

COLONEL FISHER: Yes... the poor bastard didn't even have a chance. May his soul rest in peace...


mike t

"LOL! That was funny. Isn't Mihm the last one? I mean even a guy like Jake Voskuhl got signed by the Bucks before Mihm. Jake who? I mean is there another big still out there?"

i gotta admit that was a good one.

I don't care what Mike has to say bout white players or whatever, but

Chris Mihm got mad hops, a lot more then most of the people on the current

Laker squad.

LOL, I find it hilarious that KL's life revolves around Kobe, a person he hates so much. No matter what the topic, you can be assured a Kobe jab will find its way there.

KL,

We went from Shaq to Chris Mihm because:

1. Shaq sucks
2. Chris Mihm is better than him now

Thanks Kobe for kicking out the big fat ass.

Oh and btw, while Miami is having trouble retaining their own players (Kapono, Posey) let alone pulling in *any* FA - Steve Francis FU'd them inspite of gettting lesser money and no guarantee of PT from Houston - Shaq is busy trying to get fat kids to lose weight.

Excellent way to repay the franchise that is paying you 20M$ even though your ass is in the training room for 60% of the season.

p. ang,

And you know the best part of that team? Luke Walton will be the LEADER!!

I second that Vman...we'll probably know more in the months to come.

Rdlee...I think Vlad is ready. I think I heard he's working on his jump shot this offseason (already).

Hubbit,

KL=Jim Buss=attention whore

hal9000,

Lol, more! Hilarious!

$10 mil. for 3 years.

Hal 9000,

Gotta give you major props for "The Chronicles of Sgt Kobe."

It's nice to see some good cheer around here!

VIOLATER,

Are you new here or what? KL saying this every freaking time, I bet 90% of this blog not even bother to read his opinion anymore because we'll already know by now. KL saying this already for 2 or 3 months in every post and as some people point out, we're just scrolling through his posts as soon as we can see one.

Glad to keep Mihm. He had good offense, let's hope his defense can improve.

Well, good. Now Mike T has his full retinue of complaints before the season. Whew!

I'd like to know how much we paid him before I decide if I like the deal or not.

LakerTom,

You still come with strongs posts, and I have to agree with you once again. I like this team the way it is now. I agree that they can be pretty good and they can reach that 55 win realm. The only problem I have is the fact that by the time they are truly ready to compete for a championship, Kobe will walk. Who knows what will happen in 2 years, but I don't appreciate his stance and I'm not sure it was a good idea not to just trade him this year.


Anyway, peace to Korey, Faith, Jon Kavulic, and the GHE brigade, lol oh and AK as well!!!

Go Lakers!!!

jon

You’re right. I did mean Mo Evans. My bad. Thanks for catching that.

Waterboy:

Obviously, it’s how you look at the glass. I do agree it will probably be harder to win 55 games this year than last year because of the increased competition in the Wild West. If I thought that a Laker team with Smush Parker at point could win 55 games last year, however, then it isn’t really a stretch to feel that this year’s team if relatively injury free could actually achieve that lofty goal.

I personally believe that Derek Fisher over Smush Parker will make that much difference overall. With this team, it’s all about chemistry and teamwork. Fisher will be the glue that the team never really had last year. Not only will he solidify us on the court but his leadership and character will provide a 180 degree improvement over the antics and attitude displayed by Smush last year. If Luke, Kwame, Chris, and Vlade can come back from their respective injuries and Bynum, Farmar, and Turiaf can up their game to the next level and Crittenden can give us some defense at the 1, then this team will win 55 games.

The one thing I am worried about is Kobe playing for Team USA. I pray that he will not get injured. That would be the ultimate irony considering his trade demands and everything – to get injured playing for his country. I still remember Pau Gasol basically losing the first half of the season last year due to breaking his foot. Knowing how competitive Kobe is, I almost wish he would get some minor injury to keep him from playing. It may be our biggest worry over the summer – bigger than whether or not Mitch can pull of the BIG deal. Anyway, that’s my take on this team.

Tom

So are you guy ready for a

" for now he's said to be skinnier and hungrier that we've possibly ever seen him"

"His competitive juices are really flowing, and that's indicative of where he is," said Colangelo, who said Bryant told him he had dropped 19 pounds since the NBA season ended while getting in shape for his first summer with the national team.

"Kobe is in the best state of mind you could want a player to be in. I think we're catching him just right. We look at his toughness and his ability to be a big factor with this group," Colangelo told ESPN.com.

http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/insider/columns/story?columnist=sheridan_chris&id=2942739&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fnba%2finsider%2fcolumns%2fstory%3fcolumnist%3dsheridan_chris%26id%3d2942739

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BK,
classic post. NEEEE!

Ken,

How can you possibly say "I like this team the way it is now." Are you delusional? Once again, we will be lucky to make it through the first round of the Playoffs. Man for man, we are far from the best at each position, with the exception of Kobe, when it comes to starters. Our bench is just as weak as it was last season.

It will require everyone on the starting roster to stay healthy if we are going to compete, but San Antonio, Phoenix, Dallas, Houston and Golden State are all stronger.

We all want the team to succeed but when it comes to match-ups we are far from complete and not good enough to compete. There will be no trophy ceremony at Staples next June. Wishing won't do it. Building a better team is still a work in progress.

Hubbit,
KL obviously was not breast fed as a child and suffers emotionally and mentally to this day ( Kobes features remind him of his momma who shunned him ) KL actually put out a few respectable posts recently but now has reverted back to being REDUNDANT and ignorant. Some things never change.

Looks like Mihms getting two years at 2.5 million per w/ a player opt out after the 1st year. I am O.K with that deal.

For now this looks like our team. I would be surprised if there wasnt at least a small trade left to balance the roster.
I cant see us keeping both cook and Vlade for another year. But it will be interesting to see how it plays out. With all of the
injuries we had last year it really is hard to gauge were we are. Are we the team that was the talk of the league
the 1st half or the group that limped into the playoffs riding Kobes shooting. If we are healthy I think we could be the
first half team that we saw. So many If's:

Andrew has been working hard this summer IF he gains some strength and stamina from the work outs he could easly be
a double double guy with 2 to 3 blocks a game. He showed he could do that last year now he needs to be consistant.
A little more D would be nice. He is now 7-1 with a 7-6 wing span and getting closer to 300 pounds. He needs to
start using that size.

IF Vlade comes to camp with his hand and shoulder healed and IF he can get back to his sonics and clippers leval
we can move Luke to a sixth man role and it will really solidify our bench.

D Fish is a welcome addition for me but even if he starts I can not see him giving 35 minutes a night. IF Jordon
or JC can give us some quality back up minutes during a game them Fish can be fresh in the 4th where our
PG problems killed us the most.

I think Lamar grew into the team leader role last year. I also like his agressiveness in the playoffs even though his outside J was missing due to the sholder.
IF he comes back injury free and plays at the leval he did in the 1st half, he will have a shot at the all star team.
the 1st half.

Kwame is in a contract year. I figured he has about 4 million dollors riding on this year. With all the quality free agents that
may be available next year and few teams under the cap, he is looking at MLE money unless he steps it up.
IF he finds a passion for rebounding and can rediscover his face up game and J he could
get minutes at PF and that could be a Large dominating front line.

And IF guys like MO and luke take another positive step forward we could have a shot at the 4th seed.

A lot of ifs I know but at this point it doent appear like there is a blockbuster trade on the horizan.
Lets hope a lot of the IFs come through.

MH

repost

daddy-o (deerdaddy) said: "A lot of times the postings have no relevance to what is being discussed. And more often than not such postings are boring and useless. It would be worth my time to do something else rather than read writings that do not offer any food for thought."

hey mr. highhorse, why don't you and lakertomgirl go start your own blog if you don't like what's being posted on this blog. you and lakertomgirl have no credibility because you're a hypocrite. now that's food for thought, eating one's own words.

jormea

"Can Shaq with this Lakers team, replacing just Kobe, and playing in the west past a first playoffs round?"

the point isn't if you replace shaq with kobe, the point is that shaq attracts others to play with him. i'll concede that shaq is no longer dominant, but still makes a hell of a role player. if the lakers had the cajones to trade kobe away for a DWade while shaq was still dominant circa early 2000s, we'd still be competing for championships.

dice8up

"This years is the year we reap some reward!"

do you mean we'll make it to the 2nd round or kobe winning a 3rd straight scoring title?

These are OK signings.
Now if only that #$% Kuptchak would make some trade.
Vujacic & Radmanovic for someone or Vujacic&Cook for anyone.
That would give LAL another 5mil worth player.
Although considering that #$% hasn't made decent trade ever...

hubbit (not Hobbit)

first off, I appreciate the civility of your tone with me so I will extend the courtesy in return.

“KL - I check in from time to time on this blog and it seems you are always on it...what about life balance?”

Like it or not, this blog is a form of entertainment for me. If you don’t like my post, please feel free to scroll down. I don’t hide my agenda by using multiple screennames, so you know exactly what you’re getting with my posts. BTW, I’m a regular guy with a regular job (unfortunately). This blog is a nice distraction for me.

“I hope one day you will grow up, or go see that doctor and take the Resperdal/Zyprexa/Seroquel you so desperately need for your delusions.”

i guess the civility is out he window?

“You can reply to defend yourself, but I'm done with giving you any more attention.”

Fair enough. You take care.

"(Mihm) averaged a career-best 10.2 points and 6.3 rebounds in 2005-2006." - latimes

Overall career averages are 8.0 points and 5.5 rebounds - nba.com

Well, it coud have been worse: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerome_James

Violator

“I DOUBT HE [KL] HATES HIM JUST PISSED OFF AT CERTAIN THINGS WHICH HE AS A LAKER FAN HAS A RIGHT TO, AGAIN DON'T JUST ASSUME HE "HATES" KOBE OR GIVE HIM CRAP FOR MAKIN FUN.. I JUST HAD THE URGE TO MAKE THAT CLEAR HERE, HAVE A GOOD ONE”

Honestly, I don’t hate kobe because I don’t know kobe personally. I will say that I don’t appreciate what the lakers have become due to kobe’s desire to be the “man” in LA before his time. I can respect that kobe wanted to be the “man” and not live in Shaq’s fat shadow, but kobe’s gotta deliver something better (or comparable) than what shaq gave LA during shaq's 8-year tenure. So far, kobe’s been a big failure unless one cares only about individual accomplishments. As an old-school laker fan, I don’t care about individual accomplishments, I want the team to compete.

PurpleMamba

“NO matter what happens with kobe, trading him or not, the decision that year of resigning kobe and trading shaq is the best one avaliable......i mean letting ur superstar walk across the locker room to the clipps for NOTHING is just retarded....”

Wrong my purple little friend. The best option (assuming we couldn’t retain both shaq and kobe) was keeping shaq (and signing kobe) and making shaq play out his contract, then taking the cap space or waiting for a better deal. This way we can at least be able to rebuild faster rather than taking on a bunch of stupid contracts (can you say Brian “bad knees” Grant?) Why didn’t we do this you might ask? Kobe was holding the laker organization’s nuts and probably wouldn’t have resigned if shaq was still around. Who’s the tard?

Mitch R

“KL obviously was not breast fed as a child and suffers emotionally and mentally to this day”

Actually I was breast fed, just ask your………..nah, I’ll stay civil

“KL actually put out a few respectable posts recently but now has reverted back to being REDUNDANT and ignorant. Some things never change.”

I guess, thanks? Ignorant? I’ve been called worse.

Rick Friedman

"Building a better team is still a work in progress."

We'll be a work in progress for a while. Let me ask you a serious question. Do you believe we can win a championship with kobe bryant as the #1 given our present circumstances (cap and personnel issues)? the reason why i'm asking is i believe we have a decent core of role players and once the right guy joins LA (kind of like when shaq signed with LA in 1996), we'll be back to contention. I'm curious of your opinion. This post isn't shtick.

5 mil for 2 years with a player option that 2nd year ! Perfect ! Mihm will play his ass off and then get Kwame money next season ! Welcome back Mihm !

K.l

I really dont have as much of a problem with you bashing Kobe as i do with you propping (is that even a word?) Shaq.
And the one thing you continue to state over and over again that drives me nuts is all the players
that Shaq brings in to play with him. Since he has been in Miami, Eddie Jones is about the only free agent that has came,
and HE LIVES IN MIAMI !!!!!! Some guys came to play with Shaq in his prime while others like Harper and Grant came to play with Phil. Either
way Shaq hasnt had any influence since he left L.A. So please, please, please consider putting that particular argument out to
pasture. Thank you. (P.S He cant even seem to keep his own guys from leaving and you cant say that about Kobe now).

MH

NOW WE CAN THINK OF THE TEAM SET UP!
Chuck still thinks Luke got to cohesivefy the second unit. Luke off the bench is a no-brainer. Luke's still and always will be a tweener. He's a great team player.
Ronny starting the 4 is where he belongs. We need muscle next to a slim downed Lamar, and Lamar better slim down for the 3. We already are dead set on Kobe and D-Fish in the backcourt, anybody thinks otherwise is dead.
Only question is who's in the 5! A healthy Mihm aint bad, but a "rejuvenated" excited "won't back down from anybody" Bynum would be best. First half of the season might be tough with 2 young'uns, but imagine the upside at the mostside, when it really counts.
Can you imagine a 2-unit that has Luke and Vlad in the front court and Mo and Jordan in the back court, with whoever at center? This will be a jelled bunch. I still think Vlad is ready to make amends this upcoming season, if not, pass out the wooden stakes please.
Javaris is good enough for a nickname. Think of one 'cause he'll see action. Cook and Sasha are okay. I just aint big on a big who don't play big, and Sash has had his chances. Kwame, welllllllll, I just don't know why a bigger Ben Wallace body can't do it. It's all there, Kwame. You just got to get your head out of the cereal bowl. If you can do that, the rest of the day is yours. Even if your hands aren't big, just practice palming the ball...No big deal.
Sun, one day it will rise. I hope it's in LA.
All-in-all, Kobe, you just might have a good team to lead. Believe in it...Management asks for patience, and you will need some for the start of the season, but Watch Out When We Click, we got the brawn and the brains!

KL:

"if the lakers had the cajones to trade kobe away for a DWade while shaq was still dominant circa early 2000s, we'd still be competing for championships."

Ok, lets see... in my book, the early 2000's is from 2000-2003. And when was Dwayne Wade's rookie season? 2003-2004. You know, it would really help if you got your facts straight before you start playing armchair GM.

KL,

So are u telling me that honestly, if u were only able to pick 1, (since both kobe and shaq wanted to be the ONLY man at LA), u would have picked shaq and a fatter contract?


i am telling u ...the only thing we got if we let kobe walk is some cap space...soon to be filled up by "big dominance with big ego" .....and don't forget he was getting paid less than 10 Mil a year back then because of his initial contract....so who can we get with the cap space we freed up by letting kobe walk.....sign another Radman?

We traded Shaq and we got a quality piece in Odom and a border line all star in butler.....i would sign off that trade day after day year after year..... (versus letting kobe walk and then resign shaq to a 20Mper year contract like he did with Miami)

Laker Tom
I disagree.
I think we need to do a trade.
It will help complete overhauling the team vibe and mindset from last yr.
We've got some guys with questionable hearts and motors like Bynum, Cook, VladRad, Vujacic, and Kwame.

I think PJ Brown would have been a better signing if he wanted to come here than CHRIS MIHM. I think Mihm will get hurt again.

I think we should stay in tune with Indiana and pull the trigger on an Odom, Bynum for JO trade if it becomes available.
We all know Odom is not a #2 option in terms of dependable guy who you can go to for a short inside the 3 point line at anytime.
JO can do that and better anchor the defense. I think a JO/Kwame front line would give us more size.
I agree that Kwame won't move till the trade deadline and we certainly should not air mail him to Indiana and take back a bad contract like T Murph.

So if Bird does not cave in this is our team but this is the same team outside of DEREK FISHER who I'm thankful to God has joined us that crumbled once a few guys got injured.

There is no tough where-withal with this group outside of Kobe/Fish/Odom/Walton
and Odom and Walton are injury prone.

We short a warrior or 2 still.
We can play Laker loving optimists all we want but the reality is there are major if's to the sunny story LakerTom told.

Hey AK/BK

My 2nd question is, who outside of the HURT guys on the team is working hard to improve their game.

We hear Bynum is in the gym but is he going to add some effort and toughness to his game??

I hear VladRad is in the country but what's he doing?

We know Kobe is putting in the work.

What are the rest of these chumps doing?

I don't think our ROSTER overall wants it as bad as us FANS do!!!!!!

BK,

You said: Green.

No, blue. (Aaaaaagggh!!)

Nice Monty Python reference.

Kobe is Sir Lancelot. KL is longing to be Sir Galahad and pining for
Shaq to take him to Castle Anthrax.

KL,
Thanks for your question, "Do you believe we can win a championship with kobe bryant as the #1 given our present circumstances (cap and personnel issues)? the reason why i'm asking is i believe we have a decent core of role players and once the right guy joins LA?"

The answer isn't easy, and I don't have a crystal ball, but let me take a whack at it. Part 1: Can we do it with Kobe Bryant as #1? As a player, absolutely. He carried the team on his back throughout last season; were it not for his incredible will to win, we probably would have lost a good ten more games. I share some of your concern about Kobe as a leader, but I really think that D-Fish may add more in the locker room and in the last five minutes of games than his stats will give him credit for. Fish contributes the kind of Zen support that PJ was missing last season.

The other good news is that the Lakers haven't done anything stupid so far in this off-season. I'm starting to be ok with the fact that Mitch hasn't mortgaged the future for KG; the guy would rather be a big fish in a small pond and if he really wants to stay in Minnesota, I have to question his will to win. Same thing in not mortgaging the future for Jermaine O'Neal, but only because of the price tag.

The Lakers do need a big guy who is committed to playing Defense, and won't hesitate to bang the opposition around. O'Neal could be that guy. The Lakers failure to have a consistent defensive presence costs the team too many games. If the rest of the team could stay healthy, the missing X-factor could change the dynamic.

I'd also like to see a small deal, somewhere. Having three of 14 roster slots taken up by Cook, Sasha, and VladRad is a waste of cap space. These guys are just not dependable. If Kwame could go with them for a player who could deliver more consistency in a bigger deal, that would also be a plus.

If nothing else happens, remember that the 15th roster slot is going unfilled for now. If the Lakers are in the hunt at the halfway point, bringing the right veteran in for insurance down the stretch seems to be an option.

To sum it all up, yes, I do think the addition of an "X-Factor" has the potential to give the team a shot at going deep into the Playoffs.

Good morning my Laker lovers...

I'm extremely happy this morning. Not only do we get our beloved Fish back...we get a healthy Mihm back for a definite bargain at 2 years and $5 mil. Props to Kuptchak on that one.

I may be a helpless optimist but things are starting to look a little better. A healthy Mihm, an experienced Fisher, and an up and comming Crittenton can translate into 10 more wins this season which would put us at the #4 seed for playoffs.

GO LAKERS! Welcome back Fish! Mihm, please stay healthy.

Nice!

Smush is gone and Fisher is back! Kwame almost gone and Mihm is back!

Bynum/Mihm
Turiaf/Odom
Vlad/Walton
Braynt/Evans
Fisher/Crittenton

Just incase you guys don't see... the PF, SF and PG are role players. Just like the time of Horry, Fox and Fisher.

Role players are being assembled right now the way it worked the last time with Shaq and Kobe. It's time to assemble the role players behind Kobe and Bynum tandem!

Fisher is Fisher
Turaif is Horry
Vlad is Fox

Yup Odom and Kwame will be traded to pick up the right role players. PF and SF is the need right now.

We tried to be the bulls with Bryant/Odom/Kwame as MJ/Pippen/Grant. Odom and Kwame were a failure.

Now we have Bynum... we pattern back to the Shaq/kobe era in Kobe/Bynum this time! So the assembly of the role players are now patterned back to Horry/Fox/Fish.

Wow! Check out this blurb from the NY Post:

The FBI is investigating an NBA referee who allegedly was betting on basketball games - including ones he was officiating during the past two seasons - as part of an organized-crime probe in the Big Apple, The Post has learned. One source close to the probe counted the number of games on which the ref and his wiseguy buddies scored windfalls in the "double digits." NBA Commissioner David Stern is aware of the investigation and has a report about the referee on his desk, another source said. The official, whose name was withheld, allegedly wagered on games during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 NBA seasons.

I'm speechless.

I'd seen at least 10 players in the Summer leauge at the PF/C positions that can give you more interior presence and definitely a better offesive option than Both Brown and Mihm. Please stop drafting for the Triangle and start scouting some real players. There both tooo soft, i've seen enough of there play to know that.

Re-signed Mihm, fisher, and walton..........NO NEW flavor.
BIG LAKER OFFSEASON SIGNING IN 2008.........LAKERS RESIGN KWAME!

I guess KOBE is suppose to make these guys Win anyways as usual

honestly, this is really SAD...........

In honor of Mike T. and his upcoming farewell post:

I gots to say Chris Mihm's a'ight
Though he plays a bit soft ev'y night
But what gots me most mad
With Karl, Marc, Luke and Vlad
The team could start with five that's all white.

KNICKS TO MAKE SOME CUTS
NICHOLS; THEIR SUMMER LEAGUE DEFENSIVE SF THAT CAN STROKE THE JUMPER LIKE NO OTHER MIGHT BE CUT

http://www.hoopsworld.com/article_22824.shtml
HERE ARE HIS STATS

http://www.nba.com/summerleague2007/players/index.jsp?player=demetris_nichols.

THIS GUY IS ATLETIC..HE CAN BACK UP LUKE & VLAD HE CAN COME FOR SMUSH $$$

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* ATTENTION BLOGGERS : TODAY IS : TEAM USA DAY
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THIS TOPIC WAS SUGGESTED BY THE ESTEEMED RESPECT_MY_AUTHORITH

TEAM USA
PG: JASON KIDD, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS, KIRK HINRICH DERON WILLIAMS
SG: KOBE BRYANT, MICHAEL REDD, MIKE MILLER, J.J. REDICLK
SF: LEBRON JAMES, CARMELO ANTHONY, SHANE BATTIER
PF: CHRIS BOSH TAYSHAUN PRINCE, KEVIN DURANT
C: DWIGHT HOWARD, AMARE STOUDEMIRE, TYSON CHANDLER

MY FIRST TEAM:
PG: DERON WILLIAMS The young guy can cope with pressure, shut down defender, tons of energy
Good 3 point shooter
SG: KOBE BRYANT- No comment needed.
SF: SHANE BATTIER - Good defender, can play without the ball
PF TAYSHAUN PRINCE – Shut down defender, good 3 point shooter can play with or without ball
C AMARE STOUDEMIRE - Something to prove after playoffs, unstoppable when game is on

MY SECOND TEAM
PG: JASON KIDD - The master, should be on 1st team but due to age you should save his energy
SG; MICHAEL REDD – Best pure shooter on the team.
SF: LEBRON JAMES – The king will be out to resurrect his legacy aft
C AMARE STOUDEMIRE - Something to prove after playoffs, unstoppable when game is on.
PF: young man is rapidly becoming a force to be reckoned with
C: DWIGHT HOWARD Rapidly becoming unstoppable.

YOUR TEAM TEAM ????????

AND NOW THE NEWS:

COME ON, AFTER THAT WHO WANTS TO HEAR NEWS SOOOOOOOO

AND NOW ROLLLLLLLLLLL CALLLLLLLLLLL:

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COACHED BY THE 9 TIME TITLE WINNER PHIL (9RINGS) JACKSON
AND NO ONE AND NOTHING WILL EVER DIVIDE OR CONQUER US
LAKERS TODAY LAKERS TOMORROW LAKERS FOREVER

MARTY
" In honor of Mike T. and his upcoming farewell post:The team could start with five that's all white"

No, No, No! Marty I beg of you, You are tampering with the forces of primal nature itself.
Please, Please, PLEASE! Don't rouse a sleeping giant. With nothing to loose now that he is leaving
the full titanic force of that MIKE T intellect wil be turned loose on one thing. Do you know what that is?
REVENGE. And by God even though this Blog is rated as being able to withstand an 8.5 earthquake,
I doubt that it still will be strong enough to withstand the REVENGE OF MIKE T. You know how they
say that animals can sense when a storm is coming. Well look around. Have you noticed any Zombies
lately? WELL HAVE YOU? Yeah and neither have I. I'm powering up my Fishing Boat for a quick
get away and I wish you the best. I'll send the last of my Zombie guards on loan by Generic_one
to protect you, but they only eat meat and MIKE T. in a rage is not human. God be with you Sir.

I bet you that ref that was fixing games worked the NBA Finals 2 years ago when DWADE had like 30 free throws a game or some crazy amount like that!

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19868741/

I'm happy with this.The Fisher signing was a real bonus...resigning Mihm for such money is also great news.I think a lot depends on how much Mihm can play and how effective he will be but if healthy this team could be ok.DEFINITELY the smart thing to do is to sit tight and possibly make a trade by the deadline next season....unless something comes up in the meantime that makes sense.Barring more injuries than what can be reasonably expected and depending on player development this is a 50 - 55 win team.

Staples24,

You assembled the team like so:

Bynum/Mihm
Turiaf/Odom
Vlad/Walton
Braynt/Evans
Fisher/Crittenton

This configuration won't/can't win. Vlad & Bynum *suck* on defense!
Mihm should start and Bynum should come off the bench. He's still a
child. He's still soft & squishy. J-Crit should play 3rd string at both
the SG & the PG position. Due to medical reasons & age D-Fish won't
always be available. Farmar is more familiar with the offense & he's
already competed at the professional level and survied. It has yet to
be shown that J-Crit can compete at this level, although I hope and
believe that he can. By running him at 3rd string the pressure will
be lessened. I also have a hard time with Turiaf starting over Odom.

And for the record, If Kareem doesn't think that Bynum will develop
defensively then ship him.

OFF TOPIC:

Have you guys seen this?

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2943095

I would like to place a bet on who this Referee is.

I am putting my money on Steve Javey, as Joey Crawford is too obvious, maybe Dick Bavetta since he has to be close to retirement. But my gut instinct says Steve Javey, guy is a massive tool, and seems like the type to me.

WHat do you guys think, who are you placing your money on?

One thing is for sure, the referee crews need an overhaul, this the second big mitake they have made in a relatively short period of time.

Well, the signings of Chris Mihm and Derek Fisher have brought the Lakers roster to the magic number of 14. This is the coveted number, leaving 1 position open for a possible mid-season free agent signing (i.e. Chris Webber type of deal). Hopefully, at the mid-season point of next season, the Lakers will be close enough that making a move like that will be just what they need to really challenge. I realize that many are dead set against believing that to be possible and you are definitely entitled to that. However, I choose to be optimistic and believe that eventually this team will get it right.

In looking at the roster after the 2 signings, I see only 1 more transaction that I would suggest. It is no secret that I would like the Lakers to execute a trade sending Brian Cook to Houston Rockets for Luther Head. Currently, the Rockets have 9 guards under contract (including James and Francis). Both Wells and McGrady also filled in as guards when Battier was in the game. The Rockets have reportedly stated that they would like to increase their depth at power forward/center. Playing alongside Yao Ming, the ideal power forward would be a player that can shoot from the perimeter, therefore drawing the defense away from the middle or vice versa.

The Lakers would also benefit from a trade of Brian Cook for Luther Head. Although Cook is a very consistent perimeter shooter, his role on the team is redundant to that of Radmanovic. Seeing as how his contract is easier to move, it makes sense to offer him in a trade. However, the Lakers can not afford to take a drop in perimeter shooting, which is why Luther Head is the desired player. He would seemingly fit in nicely within the Triangle Offense because of his ability to consistently hit the open shot. Subsequently, the acquisition of Head would make Sasha Vujacic very expendable. Here is my suggested trade.

***LA Lakers offer Sasha Vujacic and Brian Cook to the Houston Rockets for Luther Head, Kirk Snyder and cash.***

Once, completing this trade, I would then suggest that Phil Jackson re-structure the roster/rotation in order to increase the effectiveness of the team. Many times, changing a position or role for a player can positively affect the overall functioning of the team.

New Lineup (after the suggested trade):

PG - Derek Fisher, Jordan Farmar, Javaris Crittenden
SG – Kobe Bryant, Maurice Evans, Luther Head
SF – Lamar Odom, Luke Walton, Kirk Snyder
PF – Ronny Turiaf, Vlade Radmanovic
C – Andrew Bynum, Kwame Brown, Chris Mihm

1 – Although Derek Fisher is the clear choice to start at point guard, I recommend that his minutes be limited (maximum 30 per game) in order to preserve him for the playoffs.
2 – Although Jordan Farmar would be initially slated ahead of Javaris Crittenton, this could possibly be changed by the end of the season.
3 – Kobe Bryant and Maurice Evans could potentially be one of the best shooting guard tandems in the league next season. Last season, Evans kept being switched from guard to forward, and thus had limited stability and consistency. Barring significant injuries, this season he would be able to focus on being a solid backup to Kobe.
4 – Luther Head would be the utility guard able to come in at a moments notice and hit the open perimeter shot. His role would be similar to that of Craig Hodges with the Bulls. As needed, he could fill in at either guard position for the Lakers and provide instant shooting.
5 – I wish that people would finally see that Lamar Odom is a small forward in a power forward body. It is time that he finally gets to move back to the position he is best suited to fill. I agreed with the thought of Phil a few years ago when he declared that Odom could fill the role Scottie Pippen once did. However, how can he ever fill that role while playing a different position? Scottie was a small forward that filled the facilitator role of the offense as a point forward. Odom has been playing as a power forward, being asked to fill the point forward position. Those are 2 clearly different things, and it is no wonder it hasn’t worked. The entire team will function better including Odom and Bryant as a winning pair, if he is moved to his rightful position as small forward.
6 – Luke Walton is a very good reserve small forward that has been masquerading as a starter. At times, he has looked pretty good being adequately productive, but like Odom, he is really out of place and suffering because of it. Moving him to the reserve spot, will cause his points, rebounds and assists to have a greater impact for the team.
7 – In looking at the team in comparison to last year, Snyder would be replacing the spot of Aaron McKie. In that perspective, he is a reasonable upgrade and suitable reserve if injuries happen.
8 – It is time for Ronny Turiaf to take his rightful place as the starting power forward. He has all the skills to do so. He also has the aggressiveness that the Lakers would want at this position. The structure of the offense and defense should be better with the addition of Fisher and shift of Odom. In the Triangle Offense, the power forward is called upon to rebound as well as hit the mid range jump shot. On defense, the power forward is normally expected to defend and rebound well and also provide energy for the team. Turiaf is very capable and well-suited to do both.
9 – If Turiaf continues his trend of not being able to play long minutes in stretches, Radmanovic would be there to back him up. He would bring a different aspect to the offense, providing some spacing opportunities for the team with his perimeter shooting. I recommend that he be paired with Kwame Brown most times if possible due to his inability to guard opposing power forwards effectively.
10 – I am most interested in the center position for the Lakers next season. Phil Jackson will have 3 7-footers at his disposal. Although they all have weaknesses that have been well documented, I believe that this can work. I saw Phil Jackson win 3 titles with a center group of Luc Longley, Bill Wennington, and Joe Klein. No offense to these multiple ring owners, but if they could be successful during a time when the Eastern Conference was stacked with centers, I see no reason to believe that the Lakers can’t as well.

Mihm's signing terms are fair to both the Lakers and Mihm.

From the NY POST

"The three-way talks flourished a few weeks ago, and one source insisted Charlotte part-owner Michael Jordan squashed the deal. Wallace, who shares the same agent, Rob Pelinka, as Kobe Bryant, yesterday re-signed with Charlotte (six years, $57 million) after averaging 18.1 points. Odom averaged 15.9 points and 9.8 rebounds for L.A. while Jefferson averaged 16.3 points. So the Nets' Big Three of Jason Kidd, a re-signed Vince Carter and Jefferson nearly evaporated. Again."

Would you guys have been happy with this trade seeing as how much Wallace will now be making. I wouldn't have been.

I think this is a very solid signing. For the price and length of contract, there really isn't anything bad about the deal.

It also leads me to believe that the Lakers are targeting the trade deadline post All-Star break as a date to make any major roster changes. It has to be an increasingly difficult environment for Mitch to work in regarding trades for the simple fact that so many players are coming off bad injuries/surgeries which really devalues our trade assets.

We can all argue all we want about trading Kwame's expiring for cap space, but the fact of that matter is, if we trade Kwame now that team has to pay the man over $9 million this year. When they only have to pay him for a month or two longer come the trade deadline, that contract looks much more attractive.

Another thing to remember is that its been a relatively quiet year and half on the major trade forefront. Besides Iverson going to Denver, and to a lesser extent Ray Allen to Boston, there hasn't been any big player movement. That just seems like the calm before the storm to me.

I do believe, health permitting, that this Laker roster will have us in the 5-8 spot in the Western Conference come the All-Star break. At that point we could make the move to put more talent on the roster via trade.

I for one actually like the Lakers offseason this year. The Fisher signing is a tad questionable, but again, I didn't like any of the other PGs on the market, especially at the length and price of the contracts they were asking, on top of drafting PGs in back-to-back drafts. I think re-signing Walton and Mihm are nice moves and provide very solid role guys who are familiar with the system.

Now, we need some patience and later in the season we can pick up an All-star for a reasonable price.

The ref's got to be that piece of S Bevetta. Italian. Coincidence? Don't think so.

Every call he ever makes is questionable.

Hates LA too.

When you see him in a game, you know the Lakers are done.

If this were soccer, he would've been killed a long time ago for his BS calls. That's the one good thing about that sport. They don't put up with the BS officiating.

If Mihm is/stays healthy (until proven otherwise, that is still a big if), at this price this is an exceptional deal.

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andrew z

"Kind of like this post you [daddy-O aka deerdaddy] submitted? Scroll down dude, its not that difficult."

what kind of narcist uses a screenname which address himself (or herself) as "dear". Daddy-O's a hypcritical fool. last month daddy-o gave a long lecture on how we should stick with b-ball and not talk about kobe bryant, then the very next post talks about kobe bryant. i mostly disregard daddy-o's post now and i refuse to refer to him/her as "dear".

 
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