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Lakers' Pau Gasol signs contract extension

Finally, it became official today.

Lakers forward Pau Gasol signed his three-year contract extension, a deal that could be worth up to $64.7 million, depending on the NBA salary-cap figures to be determined in 2011.

Gasol and the Lakers agreed to an extension last week. Gasol, who will earn $16.5 million this season and $17.8 million next season, will be under contract through the 2013-14 season with the extension.

Gasol is averaging 17 points on 54.3% shooting from the field, 12.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 36.1 minutes.

"Well, I'm extremely happy," Gasol said at news conference at the Lakers' training facility. "It's just a great day."

Also, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who "tweaked" his left knee during Tuesday night's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center, didn't come to the facility today to get any treatment on the knee.

The Lakers are saying that Bryant is expected to play Friday against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Staples Center on Christmas Day.

The Lakers didn't practice today, but are expected to be back at practice Thursday.

Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, who was at Gasol's news conference, did say that the organization continues to talk with Bryant's representatives about an extension.

Bryant is looking at getting a three-year, $91-million contract extension, depending on the NBA salary-cap figures to be determined in 2011.

Kupchak also said they'll talk with Lakers Coach Phil Jackson about his future when the season is over.

Jackson, the highest-paid coach in the NBA, is in the final year of a deal that pays him $12 million.

-- Broderick Turner

 
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Bynum, Gasol, Odom and Artest are locked in.

Good.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Hope that contract extension includes, some more touches for Pau along with the increase in casheesh :)

Great effort by the Lakers. Kobe is the only one left.

Great news. El Reboundo is locked in.


Tom D.

Pau and Kobe, Ring insured!!!

We need a shooter. My chocolate Santa for a pure shooter!


Wes

How do you spell Dynasty?

P-A-U-K-O-B-E-B-Y-N-U-M-A-R-T-E-S-T-O-D-O-M

got Dynasty?

VIVA PAU !!!

GO LAKERS !!!

I know this doesnt pertain to Pau getting his extension, but I just need everyones opinion. (btw, I'm very grateful he got his, and now time for Kobe)


My buddy and I decided to do something worthwhile during this boring day at work; since we had nothing to do, we did a sort of all-time greatest NBA team we could think of - by drafting players. So someone gets the first pick, and the next person gets the next two and the first person again gets the next two and so on. here are the teams -

Team A Team B
Michael Jordan Kobe Bryant
Kareem Abdul Jabbar Magic Johnson
Larry Bird Shaquille O'Neal
Hakeem Olajuwon Tim Duncan
Steve Nash Lebron James
Scottie Pippen Oscar Robertson
Isaiah Thomas Bill Russell
Ray Allen Jerry West
Wilt Chamberlain Julius Irving
Charles Barkley Karl Malone

Which team would dominate the other? A or B? Reasons?

Bynum, Gasol, Odom and Artest are locked in.
Posted by: Staples 24 | December 23, 2009 at 03:08 PM

I know who you want as the 5th one, but:

Staples24 - you've been pretty obnoxious in the past seasons so Santa won't bring you Princess James. You will get for many years to come the same old rag, Bean Bryant. Like it or not that's it for the inventory. There is no "Le" 4 you. But there is "The" Kobe "B" Bryant.

And if you don't like the Bryant puppet, you can have and old expired sugared Snack.

we r moving on.

*does a little dance*

Awesome. This is an early Christmas gift to Lakers fans.

One down, two to go.

In Bill Simmons' column at ESPN.com today, he wrote proposing trades that some of the Teams that are losing money could make to reduce their future salaries to help make the teams profitable again.

One of the trades he suggested was this:

Lakers trade Jordan Farmar and Adam Morrison's Expiring Contract for Jose Calderon.

If only.

With next year's over the top Laker salary, whoever is not on the floor in the closing minutes of a tight game becomes expendable as trade bait. Next year.


Good! Anybody knows where he will rank in the NBA highest salaries? I heard Mr Lewis from Orlando is making 21Million and ranks 4!!

Courtesy ESPN:
• Fake Trade 7a: Jose Calderon to the Lakers for Adam Morrison (EC), Jordan Farmar and $3 million. Time for Toronto to cut the cord with Calderon (owed $37.5 million through 2013), the league's No. 1 desperately-needs-a-change-of-scenery guy right now. He can't defend anyone, has lost his mojo and plays with zero confidence against the Nashes and Pauls. I don't know what happened to him. (And yes, I know his stats aren't much different than they were in 2007. I just know what I see.) But in L.A.? He could be rejuvenated as a Steve Kerr-type shooter in that system; he'd have shot-blockers to protect him defensively; he'd have Phil Jackson rebuilding his confidence and giving him Gabriel Garcia Marquez books; and he'd get reunited with Team Spain buddy Pau Gasol. Meanwhile, Toronto makes money this year, saves 2011-2012-2013 cash and doesn't lose much with Farmar and Jarrett Jack running the show. Win-win.

I the king of England hereby knight Pau to the status of Sir Pau, the BEST big man in the game today:

Just ask Kobe Bryant.

“I don’t think it’s close,” said Bryant, No. 1 to Gasol’s 1A on the Lakers.
“Oh yeah,” said Bryant, nodding his head knowingly. “He’s been a blessing to me. I can’t say enough about him … he knows how much I love him and appreciate him. I think he’s probably under-appreciated, but not from me, that’s for sure.”

In other un related news very interesting take on Bynum from Kobe:

What about Bynum? “Well, he is still wet behind the ears and the irony is he is too concerned with making the all star when he should focus on defense” said Bryant.

Really? “Well, don’t you worry, he is young and going through learning curve.”

hmmm!

Ganapia,
-
Pau's extension will put him in top 10 paid players. Kobe is now #2 to TMac by a few dollars ($23M) so his extension will make him by far the highest paid, as it should be.
-
Tom

chrisisballin,

"Which team would dominate the other? A or B? Reasons?"

I'm not sure either team would dominate each other. I'm kind of leaning towards Team A because it has BOTH Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabaar on it. That's hard to beat. Still Team B has better ball movement.

Hard to say.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Just the reason why the LAKERS are always competitive. They know who to keep and who to let go. The starting 6, yes ODOM is number 6, are LAKERS for life, its the bench that needs to get it going. Trades maybe, but should we, LAKERS of past have started rolling in January after the first quarter and half of lets see what we got going period. The bench is pressing to make the home run shots when they should be concentrating on sticking with the system. I truly believe it will all come together in the beginning of the New Year. That's when Phil Jackson starts his push. Farmar needs to mature, Luke just has to stay healthy, Sasha just needs to get Ana off of his mind, Shannon should concentrate on defense rather than the next spectacular dunk. Josh just needs to stay ready. We will be alright! LAKERS POR VIDA!

LTLF,

Bill Simmons qualified it as a fake trade...

Jose Calderon's contract is mutiplied by 2 till 2014 bec/ Lakers are on luxury
Farmar 1.9 and Ammo 5.2 = 7.1M out of the door at end of season avoiding another 7.1 in luxury taxes, that's savings of 14.2M. If they have JC, his salary next season is 9M x 2 = 18M. A player with 11ppg and a 2nd team....too much!

How about PG's also with expiring contracts at end of season? If they don't pan out, don't re-sign.

Luke Ridnour of Bucks - 6.5M
Earl Watson of Pacers - 2.8M
Steve Blake of Blazers - 4.9M

Chris, I say team B.

Best Point Guard ever, most dominant Big ever, arguably one of the best PF ever banking shot after shot off the glass, Queen James superhuman physique bulling people on his way to the hoop, Bill Russell averaging 5 blocks a game, the Logo hitting all the half-court shots we need, Karl Malone hitting on Team A's wifes and disrupting them.

Oh, and Kobe Bean Bryant.

I say

Awesome! Go Pau! Go Lakers!!

i hope mitch put in a clause in pau's contract that he's not allowed to marry or date a kardashian sister or some other hollywood starlet. just look at the negative effect they have had on the ballplaying skills of sasha and lamar.

re: "What about Bynum? 'Well, he is still wet behind the ears and the irony is he is too concerned with making the all star when he should focus on defense' said Bryant"


I couldn't agree more. I would add that Bynum has averaged 12.9 points and 5.5 rebounds in December, hardly all-star-worthy numbers in my opinion. Bynum hasn't had 10 or more rebounds in a game since November 17th. For a while, I thought more balls may have been bouncing Gasol's way. Now it's clear it isn't chance, after so many games. He needs to expend more effort than he has been. Bynum rebounds more when he scores more - I don't like that. I'd love to see Bynum excel and deserve to play in an all-star game. I don't want Bynum rewarded for mediocre play - that would send the wrong message to him. For now, I'm stuffing the ballot box for Gasol and not giving Bynum a vote.

Step it up Drew.

Good news, definitely. Now, if we can make sure to send a statement to the league on Friday, things will be wonderful.

Lakerfan,

“Oh yeah,” said Bryant, nodding his head knowingly. “He’s been a blessing to me. I can’t say enough about him … he knows how much I love him and appreciate him. I think he’s probably under-appreciated, but not from me, that’s for sure.”

I remember when Pau first came to the Lakers Kobe said (I forget if it was to the press or to Pau, but it came out in the press), "You're [he's] the player I've been praying for."

As a fellow Catholic (like Kobe) [despite also being a former Taoist monk... it works, okay?] who prays on a daily basis, I know the importance of those moments when something you've been talking with God about for a while is suddenly not answered by silence, but manifestation. It truly puts things in a greater perspective.

If I've got this right (which I think I do), Kobe was literally praying (and having his faith tested) for some time, asking God for that player that would help him be his best. Well, it looks like he got it in Pau Gasol.

And he's a Laker.

For a while.

Goodtimes.

God truly is a Lakers fan.

And there is a special reason why Kobe appreciates Sir Pau so much: He's the player he's been waiting for.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Nicolas Cage,

"Karl Malone hitting on Team A's wifes and disrupting them."

I did not LOL. I literally laughed aloud for about ten seconds. Well done.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Nicolas Cage,

Seriously though... Wilt Chamberlain against Shaq. Wilt would KILL Shaq. It wouldn't even be funny AND Wilt's backup is Kareem. Yeah. Really. I mean, I don't know man.

Still Team B has Oscar Robertson, Jerry West and Magic Johnson. That's just sick.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Edwin Gueco,

How about Earl Watson and a draft pick for Ammo? That's just sweet.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

I'm watching the Cavs play the Kings right now.

The Kings are actually a pretty darned good team... relatively speaking. They're giving the Cavs a run for their money.

I remember hating the Kings. Some part of me still does, but I don't mind Sacramento as a city. I've had good times there. I guess I just want the Kings to be good enough so we can renew the rivalry and beat them down.

I don't like seeing them being beaten by an Eastern Conference team.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

I'm a little concerned about so many people being down on Andrew Bynum, but my hope is that people see HOW MUCH BETTER he can potentially be and are admonishing to realize his potential.

Kareem DID say that he is a potential future Hall Of Famer. That's HUGE praise.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Edwin.....

Of the 3 you listed......Earl Watson maybe.....

I dont like Ridnour...and Steve Blake is to hot and cold for me(even though he burns us often)......

Other than those guys,the league is a little short on future dynasty point guards..

I like Jarred Bayless....I know im dreaming.....

One other name that has been on my mind the last 3 weeks is DJ AUGASTINE...From the bobcats.....He played well last year but he is in Browns dog house......I like him..

And how about them Thunder guys giving the Suns a game....

Good win by the Thunder...Durant went off....38 points.....

They may just make the playoffs...

Hey everyone - I haven't posted much in the past few days, busy with work and holiday stuff. I've been reading all the threads though and that's saying something because yesterday was a post-a-thon by the Times staff. I thought I'd throw my two cents in on trade debate... and go with minority opinion (LT and ex?).... no trade. It's not necessary and could backfire on us. We brought back a championship team virtually intact save for the important Artest addition. We've only lost 4 games so far this year. We're playing a tight rotation. Do we really want to try to carve into that with a new teammate? I can see no benefit, no reason to start tinkering with the best team in the league.

lakerfan,

you wrote: What about Bynum? “Well, he is still wet behind the ears and the irony is he is too concerned with making the all star when he should focus on defense” said Bryant.

Really? “Well, don’t you worry, he is young and going through learning curve.”

my response: where is this article? Also, interesting to here Kobe say the things
that I said earlier. Sorry LakerTom. :)

Wakin up now and learn about Pau is really an earlier Xmas gift Made of Gold. This is beyond awesome. Pau will be' a Laker4Life and that is where he belongs :)

then I am always drowning in an ocean if tenderness and "awwwww"-ing when Kobe talks about Pau. He just sees what I see, and I have from the start, and of course Kobe has from the start.

Pau staying is the sure thing Kobe if any required to stay as well.

Not that it were any doubt actually.

How I love my Lakers :)

on team a and team b it's a hard call : your fruend pucking kareem ahead of magic stumbled me. I don't like Quueeef Jamie playing with the God and on the other side there is Wilt. Mmmh. Tough call. But in the end a team with both Kobe and Magic is my definition of perfection and sure I would go there. Kickin Caveman James outside.

Happy pre xmas ;) from where it has already started. And ... Thank you Lakers for getting me my Spaniard to love for more years to' come :) :) :)

LTLF,

>>> trade Jordan Farmar and Adam Morrison's Expiring Contract for Jose Calderon

You're kidding, right? Your posts are usually stuffed with wisdom. You've been away from the blog too long.

Edwin Gueco,

>>>Jose Calderon's contract is mutiplied by 2 till 2014 bec/ Lakers are on
>>>luxury Farmar 1.9 and Ammo 5.2 = 7.1M out of the door at end of season
>>>avoiding another 7.1 in luxury taxes, that's savings of 14.2M. If they have
>>>JC, his salary next season is 9M x 2 = 18M. A player with 11ppg and a 2nd
>>>team....too much!

There are several subtleties I think you missed here.

First of all, they wouldn't be picking Calderon up to be a backup. He's a true
PG who shoots 50% overall, almost 40% on 3-pointers, and gets more assists
than anyone on the Lakers. His defense is a little weak, but it's no worse than
Fish or Farmar. I'd put him in the top 10 PGs in the league right now. For the
rest of this season, he could split time with D-Fish, since he doesn't know the
triangle, but he would be the point guard of the future.

You mentioned Farmar as expiring, but you neglected the fact that Fisher's
contract is also expiring. And Shannon Brown has an opt out clause for his
second year. Do you really think he'll settle for 2.2 million next year after all
the hype he's getting right now?

So what happens in summer of 2010. Can they get Fish to re-sign for less than
5 million per? Do you think no team would make an offer to Farmar if the Lakers
only offered him his qualifying offer of 2.8 million? And clearly Shannon Brown
will opt out and get better offers than 2.2 million. The Lakers will need SOMEbody
at PG. Re-signing both Fish and either Farmar or Brown would cost them over 10 million.
So why is that any better than Calderon at 9 million and a minimum salary backup?

If you doubt Fish/Farmar/Brown will all get better offers than the low salary
they're currently down for, consider this: There are a bunch of teams that have
a ton of cap space this summer. They're all hoping to get LeBron or Bosh or Wade
or Boozer. But they can't ALL get one of the big guns. So some of them are going
to go fishing for several smaller fish (pun intended). Teams like Miami and
New York and the Clippers would likely view Fisher or Farmar as an upgrade at
the point guard position (though Chris Duhon has been playing well the last couple
of weeks for New York). Heck, Boston's still fishing for a backup PG as well,
and Indiana has been pretty weak at PG.

So yes, Calderon's 9 million next season (and 10 and 10.5 the next 2 seasons) is
pretty steep, but you can't get a starting quality point guard for less than MLE
money in today's market, and you can't get a top 10 NBA point guard for the
MLE (though with the current NBA economy that may change in a couple of years. So the Lakers can either keep 2 of the 3 of Fisher, Farmar & Brown for
10 to 12 million, or they could trade for a quality starting PG who'd make 9 million
and get a lower budget backup PG.

>>>How about PG's also with expiring contracts at end of season? If they
>>>don't pan out, don't re-sign.
>>>
>>>Luke Ridnour of Bucks - 6.5M
>>>Earl Watson of Pacers - 2.8M
>>>Steve Blake of Blazers - 4.9M

I like all three a bit. Watson would be a big defensive upgrade at the position
for the Lakers, though he's not a good spot-up shooter, which is essential for
the PG position in the triangle. Blake is the best shooter of the three. But
none of those three is an overall upgrade over either Fisher or Farmar. And
Calderon is a big upgrade over any of them.

But to be honest, I doubt Toronto will trade Calderon for mere expiring salary.
I just don't see it happening. Good point guards are too hard to find.

Rick Friedman,

>>>>> trade Jordan Farmar and Adam Morrison's Expiring Contract for Jose Calderon
>>
>>You're kidding, right? Your posts are usually stuffed with wisdom. You've
>>been away from the blog too long.

I didn't propose it. I was merely quoting Bill Simmons.

But I'd do that trade in a heartbeat.

Jon K,

>>How about Earl Watson and a draft pick for Ammo?

The salaries don't match. Ammo makes too much.

Besides, why would Indiana want to trade a lower salaried better quality player
for a higher salaried worse player when both are expiring contracts? Especially
since TJ Ford has sucked so hard that Earl has taken over as the starting PG for
Indiana lately.

Dave M.

You also have a point there - no trade. Just play it out and till we get RRubio in two year's time.

Here is what P. Atreides in the previous which really makes sense:

"Rubio will be "free" to sign with any NBA team in 2 years time as that was a special clause included in his contract when he signed with Barcelona (so no more huge payout for NBA). Also, he would love to play alongside Bryant and moreover Gasol, as he knows his play would improve massively surrounded by greater players who would understand his play better, as well. and the reason why this is possible is that Minnesota has got Johny Flynn already and they are happy with him so just getting another PG is a waste. To make the perfect circle, Rubio would earn rookie salary so for the Lakers this is the best deal in that sense too."

In two years' time, he will be at his prime at age 22. Fisher's bi-annual contract (which I proposed in other thread not more than 2M per year for 2 years). Farmar may be going for higher pay with other teams in 2010, so we have Shannon the UPS utility player for either 1 or 2. Lakers will cut salaries by next season with Ammo, Fisher and Farmar. In 2011, they can cut Sasha too. If Lakers becomes the Champ again this season, they can also re-sign Farmar under player qualifying offer of one year only, $ 2.874M.

"I'm a little concerned about so many people being down on Andrew Bynum, but my hope is that people see HOW MUCH BETTER he can potentially be and are admonishing to realize his potential.

Kareem DID say that he is a potential future Hall Of Famer. That's HUGE praise."

So were the praises towards Kwamay Brown and Adam Morrison not to mention Michael Olowokandi were when Jordan and Kareem put huge praise on them.

Note: I'm in no way comparing Bynum to those scurbs.

Again we understand WHY you are saying this Jon Jon. We really do. It's your fellow HUGE Bynum fans who set off the rest of the Bynum fans who simply don't share your huge infatuation with him.

But to say "Layups and Dunks" happen when Bynum is out is absurd. It happens all the DAMN TIME! (I know it wasn't you who said that). Pau got 6 blocks compared to Bynum's 4. If Kobe wasn't as good as he is we wouldn't be praising him as much as we do. Bynum cares about himself....wanting to be in the All Star team instead suiting to the team's needs....refuses to play team defense and simply plays screen and rolls worst than Shaq in his prime did...and being worst at rebounding than PAU and LO not to mention saying defense, defense, defense when Dwight Howard is 1o times much better than him while he refuses to play it simply prefering more to get down the court quickly so he can have his precious points instead of a defensive rebound.

This is for Hobbitmage: If LO is Mr. Inconsistent....then Bynum is Mr. BIG MOUTH for throwing his coach under the boss when the real BEAST shut his mouth in Game 3.


dave m,

Thank you for being the voice of reason. Why do we need to tinker with this team? We have the best record in the league, and we are about to repeat.

Dang! People!

hobbitmage,

Once again, I'm with you re: trading away Fish. The disillusionment in the back court would be palpable.

People need to put the tookie down!

--FEARless

Howdy.


This is great, great news. It shows both a commitment to winning and a commitment to Pau's ideals as both a Laker and an player for Spain's National team.


By making this deal with Pau after his rocky start to the season (injuries some would/have argued weree atributable to his international play after an extremely full NBA season), by Pau playing up to his potential and not acting belicose to anyone. By literally letting his agent do his job and going out and standing out whilst doing his, he and the organization have managed to do something special.


This is light years ahead of "Pay me" maturity. That's what's so scary about this Laker team as oppossed to any other of the last 30 years. The Showtime Lakers were so slick it hurt to see them fail. They come close to matching this Laker squad on over-all talent and chemistry.

The Early '00 Lakers were a like Battle Beasts, Shaq was Wood, Kobe was Fire and Phil and his team were Water. An awesome triangle and also an awesome toy. Shaquille O'Neal played as fully up to his sizable potential during the early 2000 run as Pau is seemingly starting to do now. The late '00 Lakers are more like the 2nd championship run of the Bulls. Methodical. I couldn't figure out how to fit Gasol into method- or -odical, so I'll just say that it starts with him.

I thought an argument could be made that Pau could have won the Finals MVP just as easily as Kobe could have. His defense on Dwight Howard was instrumental in alleviating Bynum's lack of physicallity, but not heart, and his scoring and rebounding and ability to open the floor was just as important to the teams's over-all success as Kobe's artistry.


Not to say that said artistry makes Pau's job harder. Kobe opens up Pau's game as well because the secondary defender being sent at him is almost never going to be the oppossing team's best defender, because that body is sticking to 24 like glue. Add that to the fact that if Pau plays on the weak side while Kobe has the ball, he puts himself in fantastic rebounding or assist position. The great thing is that he's smart and savy enough to do it.


Sometimes pretty wins awards and dirty makes it possible. I'm just happy the front office is seeing the same thing.


Like re-signing Odom, this keeps a vital cog in our team's Giant NBA Destroying Robot of Doom. Robot attack! Robot attack!

Well done Mitch and Pau's agent. Salu!

Note: Pau's extension doesn't kick in for 2 years! He's here for 2 years on his current deal, then the extension for 3 years.

Jon K,
The problem is that most NBA players don't reach their potential, usually due to their own fault, and end up having poor-t0-good, rather than great, careers. Fans don't want that from Bynum, they want him to be an HOFer. But his level of motivation has been fairly sporadic over his career, and the fans see that, know what the outcome of that will be if it continues, and are justifiably concerned.

Yo, Jon K., now you can update your trademarked signature statement, bro:

"What do we play for? 5 MORE RINGS!!!! IN A ROW!!!!!" etc.

The Dr. thinks that the Lakers do not need any trades. Farmar is now playing the best ball of his NBA career. Amazing what a little competition does for his game- he was balling well when Javaris was pushing him for minutes.

Murderface Morrison has an ending contract- those are like gold these days in the cash strapped NBA so I would not be suprised if Mitch waves his magic wand again and ends up with a good Shannon Brown type prospect. No one will touch Sasha's deal, but again, I never thought that Pau would be a laker so who knows. All I know is that it is good to be in LA and have this wonderful team!

Team B..why? Because team A's second team is weaker. How can Nash guard Magic or the Big O? As far as centers go I'd put Russell on Wilt, he always dominated him. As you move down the list there are some mismatches in talent levels even though the positions don't match up;
Michael Jordan Kobe Bryant (Both Amazing)
Kareem Abdul Jabbar Magic Johnson (BA)
Larry Bird Shaquille O'Neal (BA)
Hakeem Olajuwon Tim Duncan (BA)
Steve Nash Lebron James...( I'm going with LeBron)
Scottie Pippen Oscar Robertson ( no contest the Big O averaged a Triple douple)
Isaiah Thomas Bill Russell (No contest here either Isaiah couldn't hold Bill's Jock)
Ray Allen Jerry West (Ditto, The Logo-Mr. Clutch vs Who?)
Wilt Chamberlain Julius Irving (BA)
Charles Barkley Karl Malone (Fat Boy Dumb A** never wins anything)
Great Post for Holiday Fun!

We are spolied LA FANS, Lakers have the best record in the league. Kobe is playing his best ever and not pushing it, he seems more relax and at peace with himself its scary. Scary in a good way. Now he has a player with as much the same passion and knowledge in the game and that is Pau. Why trade anyone, the nucleus is there and the season is still young. Wait til January and Phil Jackson will have this team rollin. That is when he will start pushing, getting them ready for the playoffs. It has always been his style. One more thing, I do not believe that S. Brown will leave the LAKERS, not with the opportunity that he has with the LAKERS. LOS LAKERS POR VIDA!

Jon K,

While I'm a big fan of Wilt, and even a bigger fan of Kareem, I still think Shaq in his prime was something to behold. It's a combination of raw power with enough skills to make him unstoppable.

Centers were (generally) much skinner back in Wilt/Cap's days, and Shaq is the epitome of the modern Center, which is why to this day I consider Shaq-Kobe the best duo ever ( much to Shaq's credit than Kobe)... and my favorite period is the showtime era (by far) so I'm not biased towards the 2K lakers.

Also, I'm not very fond of the way physicality sometimes outweighs pure talent nowadays, but that's the way it is. Shaq ( again, in his prime) , LeCrab and many others rely heavily on it. Based on pure skill ( oh the POETIC skyhook... what a beauty) I'd go with Kareem in a heartbeat.

But you can't disregard the physical aspect of the game. Kareem is listed as 7"3 and weighs 30 pounds less than a fit Shaq.


In 1960,Los Angeles Lakers moved to Los Angeles. This is a dynasty team, since joined the NBA has been from 1948.At that time the team's biggest name is George - Mikan. 1951-1954 years, the Lakers won a third consecutive on NBA history. In 1979,Los Angeles Lakers select the "Magic" Johnson, the Lakers'"show time" began to come, Johnson's rookie season won the championship for the Lakers. 1981 Pat - Riley became head coach of the Lakers, he was the next nine years as the Lakers won four championships. 1999-2002 season, Phil - Jackson joined the Lakers, The Lakers success of three consecutive Albert. Since O'Neal's departure, the Lakers are going down, the team began to become the edge playoff team . In the 2007-2008 season, the Lakers traded for Pau Gasol , he assistant
Kobe Bryant, then re-entered the Finals . Although the final match could not won the Celtic . But in the 08-09 season, the Lakers finally playoffs walks of the pack, the ultimate victory.
Kobe Bryant has won the firstchampionship without Shaquille O'Neal participation trophy.


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