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Sasha presser

No real bombshells at the Sasha Vujacic news conference this afternoon in El Segundo.  We'll have the video up as soon as HQ runs it through the top-secret video processing machine, but if there was a fun fact from today, it's that Vujacic passed up on a more lucrative deal with a Russian team, also for three years but for more money, to stay in Los Angeles.  Both sides seemed very happy with the contract, both in length and time.  For Vujacic, the three-year deal gives him a chance to continue improving his stock and sign one more large deal while still in his prime as a player.  For the Lakers, it lets them keep roster continuity in the short term, while not going overboard with long-term commitment (perhaps a lesson from the Luke Walton and Vladimir Radmanovic contracts).

(UPDATE: The video is now live, in the video section on the right side of the blog and below, if you prefer.)

UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: There's some audio here, too.
Download sasha_vujacic_7.28.mp3

BK

 

 
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Hey, is the Safari browser better than Internet Explorer?

mike t.

AK/BK,

Is there any noise around a possible trade for Josh Smith of Atlanta? Possible a sign and trade including LO?

I think Smith is a beast and is unique with his shot blocking and defensive ability. But from what I gather, a restricted free agent sign and trade is difficult to pull off.

I'm very happy we retained Sasha and that we're getting Drew back and healthy, but I still feel we are a player (like Smith for LO) away from being dominant.

am I first????????? kwame to detroit (yea) I mean good luck and thanks 4 everything as a laker(lol).

MikeT

Detroit Pistons Blog

http://tinyurl.com/6lwy95

They like Kwame. They really, really like him.

Mike T

I don't use Windows so I'm not sure. Most Windows people I know prefer Firefox. If you try Safari, you should download a program called Pithhelmet; it makes the browsing experience much faster.

Mike T/GiantSquid,

I concur. Firefox absolutely smokes Internet Explorer, if you're looking for a new browser.

AK

I've been using Internet Explorer and I like it's design but sometimes it's just too slow compared to Safari. I have 3 GB of ram and one of those Duel Processors.

I'm going to try firefox.

mike t.

Now that Kwame is on the Pistons will the Lakers be playing the Pistons on Christmas Day.

For those who didn't see it, video from Sasha's presser is to the right, in the video section.

AK

OUR LAKERS

C Andrew Bynum / Chris Mihm
PF Pau Gasol / Vlad Radmonovic
SF Lamar Odom / Trevor Ariza / ( Luke Walton)
SG Kobe Bryant/ Sasha Vujacic
PG Derek Fisher/ Jordan Farmar

We have a full squad we are ready to go. If we get anybody else is just to fill out the roster. We have the players that we need.

We like to cry about Luke Walton and Vlad Radmonovic but they are ok as a part of the bench just maybe a litte over-payed . Guys lets not forget that we are definately getting rid of the waste when we can. Example : 1.Von Wafer, 2. Brian Cook, 3.Marice Evans, 4.and our two favorites 5.Smush Parker and 6. Kwame Brown.

Now that we have grabbed our sharp shooting MACHINE back, I am sure Mitch is wants to lower the salary and those names would be the ones he will try to add on to any package.

Now with this line up we have a sick starting 5, with 4 players either being an all star or flirting with that level of excellence. My idea is , maybe we should keep one on the bench so we have a team that scores even with our bench is in the game. The question is who ? The most likely would be Lamar Odom or Andrew Bynum . I like Bynum for he can run with the younger guys and make that BENCH MOB nasty .

Andrew Bynum ( Muscle down low, dominate the paint)
Vlad Rad ( Out side sharp shooting, rebounder)
Trevor Ariza ( a slashing wing player)
Sasha Vujacic ( out side sharp shooter)
Jordan Farmar ( Pushing the ball and finding the slasher, shooters)

Any thoughts?

Sasha's signing is a key to the Lakers being successful next season. I'd like to see him start at the 1, with Kobe at the 3 and Fish at the 2.

HEY NATHANIEL

I read somewhere , i believe on ESPN or HOOP.com that the ATLANTA HAWKS are not interestest in LAMAR ODOM, that they would only consider ANDREW BYNUM and that they are slightly hesitant with that because of his knee injury and have not seen him perform recently.

PS I use Firefox it works great.

TROY

Finish out your line-up. If you would want the MACHINE to start at point then who would you put at PF and C ? Why do you believe he should start? He has been playing the 2 for us you want him to be the ball handler again?

C ?
PF. ?
SF. Kobe Bryant
SG. Derek Fisher
PG. Shasha Vujacic

"I've heard the rumor that players who sign a contract tend to take the next year off and stay in the shadows," Vujacic said. "I think the way I am, being a gym rat, I want to be even better next year and there's no secret to anyone that I want to be the best shooter in the NBA."

http://www.latimes.com/sports/basketball/nba/la-sp-lakers29-2008jul29,0,7274611.story

What's not to love about the man? Come on!

Go Sasha! Go Lakers!

I'm on Safari in a mac. I love it. Nothing else like it.

Thank God for Joe Dumars!!

Giant squid.......Post of the day my friend........Kwame comes back for Christmas........

And just to add an extra measure of team spirit, Kobe called
Sasha at the start of the signing period and the last day before
Sasha signed. Sasha said the last thing Kobe said to him was,
"Let's win that championship."

Kobe knows machine is machine.

I actually love this move by the Pistons...

IN DEFENSE OF OUR 6 WHITE GUYS…

If you listen to what Mitch has been saying and watch what has been happening, it is reasonable to presume that this is what the Lakers 2009 opening roster could look like, assuming we re-sign Mbenga and Karl from and add Sun Yue and a free agent:

CE: Bynum Mihm (Mbenga-13)
PF: Gasol Odom (Free Agent-15)
SF: Ariza Radmanovic Walton
SG: Bryant Vujacic (Karl-14)
PG: Fisher Farmar (Sun-12)

What’s interesting is that this Lakers roster includes 6 white players, which means that the Lakers probably lead the league in white players. Naturally, the number of white players leads to inevitable questions as to whether this is why the Lakers played so soft, the general media consensus after the Lakers lost to the Celtics in the NBA Finals.

Additionally, Lakers fans have brutally disrespected, traded, or cut some or all of these 6 white players on the blog this year. In fact, you would have to conclude that these guys were even worse than Kwame Brown, Smush Parker, or Brian Cook, which of course is not true at all since these 3 players were true cancers whose departure was a blessing. –

Anyway, let’s take a closer look at each one of these guys:

PAU GASOL – No doubt that the media jumped all over Pau as the primary culprit in the Lakers soft play against the Celtics. They forget that the guy is a power forward and was playing out of position against the Celtics due to Andrew Bynum’s injury. Or that Gasol played Kevin Garnett to a standstill when he was matched up against him. Or that he was the player who saved the franchise and lead us to the Western Conference championship. While Pau may not have the body of a banger, he is going to be an all-star again with the Lakers next year at power forward, his natural position. He will be a starter at power forward and the first backup of Andrew Bynum at center.

VLADE RADMANOVIC – Aside from Luke, nobody gets more criticism than Vlade for not showing up and not playing up to his potential. Lakers fans have to remember that he is not a rebounder or defender. He was signed to do one thing – make 3-pointers, which he did at a very respectable 40% last year. While I would love to have Ron Artest or Shane Battier or Tayshaun Prince at small forward, it would be foolish for the Lakers to trade their best long range shooters of their front court players. Guys who can bury 40% of their 3-pointers will always have a place in a center dominated Triangle Offense. He will be the first backup at small forward behind Trevor Ariza.

SASHA VUJACIC – I was surprised that more teams didn’t make offers to Sasha. I think that was definitely because they knew the Lakers would match any reasonable offer and didn’t want to tie up the cap space to try it. All you have to know about Sasha is 44%, which is the 7th best percentage from beyond the 3-point line in the entire NBA. Without a doubt, Sasha is the best shooter on the team and has a chance to etch his spot in Lakers history as our version of Steve Kerr. Aside from that, who would want to send away Faith’s favorite Laker? They would be never hear the end of it from Faith. LOL. He will be the first backup at shooting guard behind Kobe Bryant.

LUKE WALTON – The poster boy for the ESPN trade machine. LOL. I would like Lakers fans to step back for a second and forget about the ill-advised 6-year contract that Luke jumped at when offered to him and that every one of us would have done the same. Imagine instead the Luke of the first half of 2007, when he was playing great, burying 3-point shots from the corner, making crisp passes for assists, and hitting the boards hard. We all know it is just confidence that is keeping Luke from being that player again. He has enough physical skills and basketball IQ to be a player again if healthy. Bottom line, he is probably the best 11th man on any NBA roster. He will be the second backup at small forward behind Trevor Ariza and Vlade Radmanovic.

CHRIS MIHM – It’s hard to be optimistic about Chris’ ankle and foot problems since they have basically cost him over a year and a half of his career but the Lakers and Chris both feel that this time he will be able to get his athleticism and explosiveness back. If that is true, then we will have the best backup center in the NBA and a guy who can put the ball in the basket and block a few shots. He was not a banger before his injury and won’t be the answer to toughness but as a backup center and probably the 12th player on the roster, there is a lot to like that Chris is still a Laker. He will probably be the third backup at center behind Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol.

COBY KARL – What is there not to like about Coby. I think he can be a 3-point specialist as a shooting guard. He has size, good skills, and is a natural shooter who should only get better. He knows basketball being the son of an NBA coach and the fans love him. He may not dance like Ronny but he will take over the bench mascot position by default. And the for the 14th player on the roster, Coby definitely has potential. He could well be one of the best 15th player on any NBA roster.

Bottom line, we all know that “in general” that White Men Can’t Jump but urban legend has it that they are smarter, better natural shooters, and have better fundamental skills. But all of the players who make it all the way to the NBA have great talent and skills no matter their what color. And the 6 white guys who – with Lamar – always seem to be the ones who are maligned on the blog, all have something to contribute to the Lakers becoming a championship team. Personally, I got no problem going to battle with this roster, including the 6 white guys. I think they’re going to help us win championships and in the end I am grateful that we have them on the Lakers. Let’s root for our team.

Tom

Had to resign Sasha.

Every combination with our second two best players in the frontcourt (but who can't shoot from distance) involves Kobe going to small forward when Bynum or Gasol rest and that will bring in two deadly shooters in with Odom and one of the big guys at center. That will let us rest our front court line-up for 3/5 of the starters by bringing in Sasha, and then of coarse we need Sasha for when Kobe goes out. That’s 4/5 of the resting of the starting rotation that Sasha can cover without showing any weakness. That and with Fisher and Farmar switching off at point, and you can see how we have an extremely strong team (much more than just last year) with seven of our most solid players rotating. That was our biggest problem last year, our bench mob, got wrecked against the elite teams of the league. Of course over the season we’ll need Carl, Mihm, Luke, etc. to cover the grind of the season, Memphis’s, and garbage time.

If everyone stays healthy, we will no longer have to watch the bench mob get spanked against the top teams, but rotate the front court starters one at a time in the playoffs. That means Sasha is critical. Then if we can get Ariza as a lock down defender, we have a great team without any more additions. Of coarse, that’s if everyone stays healthy, so we can use an additional front court addition who has a jump shot, defense, and that can play both power or strong forward. That can be Artest next year (“trade” Vlad to Siberia if he doesn’t shape up to make the money work next year).

Until then Sasha will be the huge sixth man and it doesn't really matter if he has black hair.

Had to resign Sasha.

Every combination with our second two best players in the frontcourt (but who can't shoot from distance) involves Kobe going to small forward when Bynum or Gasol rest and that will bring in two deadly shooters in with Odom and one of the big guys at center. That will let us rest our front court line-up for 3/5 of the starters by bringing in Sasha, and then of coarse we need Sasha for when Kobe goes out. That’s 4/5 of the resting of the starting rotation that Sasha can cover without showing any weakness. That and with Fisher and Farmar switching off at point, and you can see how we have an extremely strong team (much more than just last year) with seven of our most solid players rotating. That was our biggest problem last year, our bench mob, got wrecked against the elite teams of the league. Of course over the season we’ll need Carl, Mihm, Luke, etc. to cover the grind of the season, Memphis’s, and garbage time.

Laker Justice,

All of this amounts to PJ's school of thought which is why we lost plus the bets.

You are using 6-8 man rotation and basically letting the bench rot in garbage time. If PJ would have used the bench deeper more of the bench mob would have been ready to contribute.

With this team it is better to approch games to not just beat but dominate opponents. Run the score up 20-30 points. That allows you to rest starters more through out the season and give pt to bench so tha they can perform in pressure situations.

But PJ is stubborn and will give bog minutes to Lukec a 10-12 best player as 6th man off the bench. I really hope the surgery works as that iswhat we will see a lot of from PJ.

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If everyone stays healthy, we will no longer have to watch the bench mob get spanked against the top teams, but rotate the front court starters one at a time in the playoffs. That means Sasha is critical. Then if we can get Ariza as a lock down defender, we have a great team without any more additions. Of coarse, that’s if everyone stays healthy, so we can use an additional front court addition who has a jump shot, defense, and that can play both power or strong forward. That can be Artest next year (“trade” Vlad to Siberia if he doesn’t shape up to make the money work next year).

Until then Sasha will be the huge sixth man and it doesn't really matter if he has black hair.


Posted by: Laker Justice | July 28, 2008 at 11:45 PM
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It is very obvious for any team that health is a great predicator of how successful the team is.

But if we spread the minutes we have better chance to avoid injuries as muscles and tendons are not over stressed with over use. Like Fish among others got hurt playing very heavy minutes towards end of season and tore ligament in foot. I also have not heard if they have schduled his surgery yet. Times wasting.

If Paul plays forward this year, his natural position, who plays behind Andrew that is healty and wise...and what does that do to the Laker rotation of Odom/Vlad.

Yeah- done deal with Sasha. I love his enthusiasm and loyalty to winning a championship. What Laker fan doesn't love his "I want to be the best shooter in the NBA" mentality? And to think we have two on this team with that mentality!!!

GO LAKERS!!


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