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Kobe Bryant holding long-term perspective while recovering from ankle injury

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There stood Lakers guard Kobe Bryant at the team's practice facility Wednesday in El Segundo, holding court with reporters for nearly eight minutes after practice. He talked about something as depressing as injuries in a straightforward yet friendly manner he typically reserves for fans, not media members.

He sat out Wednesday's practice because of a sprained left ankle that's kept him sidelined for the past four games, but joked he ran "wind sprints in flip-flops." He acknowledged he "skimmed through" a recent GQ profile that highlighted how Bryant has overcome his wounded body parts both literally and figuratively, saying that though "I didn't get the chance to really dig into it," he appreciated the story "made me look a lot better" than how perhaps he's been portrayed otherwise over his career.  Bryant also liked the pictures that accompanied the eight-page cover story, joking, "I look better in the photos than I look in person."

But the key difference that stuck out in Bryant's conversation with reporters involved his contention that this left sprained ankle is something he can't currently overcome, and that the big-picture perspective (the NBA championship) is more important than any short-term goal (playing Thursday against Boston).

"It’s important for everybody on this team to understand what we’re playing for," said Bryant, who doesn't plan to suit up against the Celtics. "I would love to come back and play but I’m not ready. So I won’t. We want to win a championship. We have to do what’s necessary to get that job done. So if that means missing a big TNT doubleheader, so be it."

And for the record, he said the latter part of the quote with a smile. This may strike some Lakers fans as a contrast to Bryant's relentlessness to play through his fractured right index finger, despite opponents' constantly jamming it and the resulting decreased shooting percentage in January. They may also see how the latest news contrasts to Bryant's wanting to immediately play after initially spraining his ankle Jan. 29 against Philadelphia after colliding with forward Elton Brand.

After aggravating it the following week against Charlotte late in the first half, Bryant returned for the second half as well as the next game against Denver. But for the Lakers' next game against Portland on Feb. 6 on a back-to-back, Bryant decided he wasn't fit to play, ending a streak of 235 consecutive games, a feat that would leave Cal Ripken proud. Bryant hasn't suited up since and remains unsure of his exact timetable.

I had earlier maintained that the situations involving his finger and ankle are different. Though having a fractured finger is far from enjoyable, playing through that injury is technically doable. As far as Bryant's insistence to play through his ankle before and his decision to take a long-term approach now seems pretty straight forward and doesn't really need much parsing (though I've kind of already done that). The strained tendons and muscles in his left leg have added difficulty to the recovery process, with Bryant noting "tendons are a little different; they have their own agendas on what they want to heal." But his outlook on recovering from injuries appears the same.

Said Bryant: "My philosophy on injuries is if you're healthy, you play."

Even if Bryant's rejected the notion he's changed his approach, or at least his acceptance regarding his latest injury, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson certainly thinks he has.

Jackson has largely been deferential to Bryant regarding any of his injuries and has said on numerous occasions that Bryant's insistence on playing wasn't coming at the expense of his long-term health. But after Wednesday's practice, Jackson said, "I'm starting to think he's looking at the long picture," a philosophy he's believed led to his own 10 NBA championships.

Bryant's teammates made it loud and clear that they welcome his return and obviously would like it to come earlier rather than later. But they also made this clear: The Lakers' four-game winning streak has partly been out of motivation so that Bryant doesn't feel compelled he has to expedite his recovery process.

Bryant shared that he hasn't had trouble sleeping lately because of the recent performances, even if he's still itching to play. He doesn't see the Lakers' schedule (their next game after Boston isn't until next Tuesday at Memphis) and the team's winning streak as variables that would influence his playing, but it nonetheless has made it easier for him to accept his absence, not to mention helping the recovery process.

Yet, amid all this talk about the team's collective effort, this is something Bryant's teammates shared should be expected of them given the overwhelming depth. And the Lakers' most recent win against Golden State didn't have the same dominant performances as the ones against Portland, San Antonio and Utah -- all Western Conference-caliber teams. Chalk part of it up to the All-Star break. But also chalk it up as a reminder that the Lakers can absorb Bryant's absence  for only so long, another reason why he'd rather be healthy come playoff time. But in the meantime, the Lakers' supporting cast will gladly fill the void.

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Kobe Bryant, left, grimaces in pain after teammate Lamar Odom accidentally stepped on his ankle late in the first half of the Lakers' 99-97 victory over Charlotte on Feb. 3 at Staples Center. Bryant returned to start the third quarter but lacked his usual quickness. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times.

 
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Lakers just got to stay fully focused man.

Long Time Lakers Fan,

You said:
"The reason nobody is suggesting trading for young talented cheap players is that NO TEAM WILL TRADE THEM. You might as well ask why the Lakers aren't trying to trade for Derrick Rose. Yes, he's a better point guard than Hinrich and he's much younger, but HIS TEAM WON'T TRADE HIM"
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If what you say is true then why are so many blog posters suggesting Lakers trade Farmar who is on his rookie contract?
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You said with bravo "examine the average age of championship teams ... " True the Celtics did win a championship with 30+ players as a core, but guess what? They are one and done!
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Long Time Lakers Fan are we talking about a series of Lakers championships or are we just trying to win this year?

For a long stretch run there must be youth in core ...
which the Lakers have with Bynum but youth is needed in the backcourt.
Shannon Brown and Farmar fit the glove.

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As for me naming players 25 years or younger teams will trade.

How do you know who teams are willing to trade?

What I can do is name young players that I would trade for and those I would not.


Has Kobe played his last game as a Laker??

Some rumblings he's gonna be traded by the end of the deadline tomorrow?? How true is that??

It's not true at all. Kobe will remain a Laker

MM

Houston makes a blockbuster move by shipping T-Mac out and receiving Kevin Martin from Sacramento Kings.

Now Rockets have got a good scorer in Martin, which they were somewhat lacking. They're getting ready to throw a few punches themselves as well.

Looks like Spurs, Lakers, Nuggets and Jazz seem to be the top-tier teams who have not made any splashes so far..... but only so far...

I recorded the Lakers -GS game last night on Tivo and I'm watching the replay.
If I said Fisher is pathetic that would be a compliment. Gets to the spot late every time on defense and picks up a foul. Is wide open about 5 times but refuses to shoot...because he has zero confidence in his shot. When he does decide to shoot, most of his shots are total bricks !! Is flailing his arms like a total idiot " and accidentally" nails the GS player in the mouth with his elbow. When will the NBA decide to ban this total embarassment to the league !!!

Mark,

You said ....
Todd - To clarify Bresnahan's comment that Artest has been the only change to the team from last year. How is that not accurate? Brez isn't saying every player on the team has had identical impact in performances. He's saying the only change in PERSONNEL has been artest....unless of course you're counting Sun Yue.
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It is accurate to say the only PERSONNEL change is Artest but that is NOT what Bresnahan said. The implication that I took from his comment is the Lakers didn't DO anything to improve the team from last year except sign Artest. My contention is Lakers DID NOT have to make roster changes to improve the team. Lakers have improved from last year because Bynum, Farmar, Brown and Sasha who are on an upward trajectory.

Since Bresnahan didn't mention player improvement a less knowledgeable person may conclude the Lakers failure to make trades means they are stagnant -- that is wrong. See Shannon Brown v Golden State, Jordan Farmar v Utah.

Jon K,

One last thing while I have your attention...

“Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.”

No disrespect intended, but do you realize that if you were to remove “Lakers” in your tag line, you’d have a song by The King (no, not that pretender from Ohio) in the movie Viva Las Vegas? I’m talking about when he “sang in a duet with Ann-Margret” in a vain and demagogic attempt to revive a song made popular by Patsy Cline back in the ‘60s?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhaDbn7sO8w

(with apologies to aztronut for my plagiarism)

OMG what is that rumor by Suzuki???

Guys, say itsn't so... Gets me scared to even think Kobe would be gone....

Umm...I just read something that sort of made all of the hair on my body stand to attention.....

Tracy Mcgrady wants to play for the Cavs or (excuse me while i choke) the Lakers...

What the hay is going on?..This trade deadline is even more nuts than last year's.

Would he help us if he is bought out or waived?..

Well,if you consider that our back up has a bad back and the other is brain surfing on another planet..

I'm sought of stuck at the moment.I'm not sure what to think.

Let me sleep on it.

I hope we can now let this issue die a natural death, as I have no desire to pursue it any further. I respect your concern and your disagreement, I hope that you can respect my explanation.
Posted by: aztronut | February 17, 2010 at 09:42 PM


Consider it dead.
Thanks for clarifying.
I do.

Greetings Lakeshow Fans,

Thought of the day for those who are feeling a bit uneasy about the team's current injury state:

"ADVERSITY is a beautiful thing...So are CHAMPIONSHIPS..."

It's all about the journey and what lies ahead. Go Lakers!

Laker pride through ALL and ANY ADVERSITY!

Peace.

Greetings Lakeshow Fans,

Thought of the day for those who are feeling a bit uneasy about the team's current injury state:

"ADVERSITY is a beautiful thing...So are CHAMPIONSHIPS..."

It's all about the journey and what lies ahead. Go Lakers!

Laker pride through ALL and ANY ADVERSITY!

Peace.

Greetings Lakeshow Fans,

Thought of the day for those who are feeling a bit uneasy about the team's current injury state:

"ADVERSITY is a beautiful thing...So are CHAMPIONSHIPS..."

It's all about the journey and what lies ahead. Go Lakers!

Laker pride through ALL and ANY ADVERSITY!

Peace.

*PUT YOUR GAME FACES ON LAKER NATION – SOMETHING “SEPTIC” IS IN THE AIR
******I DON’T EVEN LIKE MY MONEY GREEN aka F%$K THE CELTICS******
The Boston Septics are here tonight, The Laker Naton is getting ready for a fight.
A hint of desperation is in the air, As Paula rolls up in her creaking wheel chair
Sorry Septics but you are old, Old, OLD!, for one single title you sold your soul
It must be scary watching the door close, knowing you won’t be back till who knows
You’ve had your one moment in the sun, Now get under a rock your time is done.
KG what has happened to you, Instead of a giant you play like the Leprechauns do.
Today is the last day to reload the cast, Danny Ainge you better hurry up & act fast
But you got nothing that anyone needs, who wants a “Big Baby” or a geriatric “Sheed”.
My how far the mighty have fell, Being a celtic fan today must really be hell
Haven’t seen the Trolls around lately, could it be they are finally regaining sanity
We gone miss you Trolls the next decade or two, Now go in your hole until this Dynasty is thru
You thought you matched up with the Lakers, Now not one of your players can find a taker
Well Celts that all I have for you, We’re the Freaking champion Lakers & has beens are you.

Mark M., I'm just throwing this out there. How about a reply button when responding to other peoples comments? That way you know if someone is actually responding to your comment without them having to specifically address you. It might cut down on the confusion. A drawback is that it might create more conflict.

Anyone else rooting for the Nugs tonight v. the Cavs? I'd like the Cavs to show some vulnerability right now. Denver sucks on the road though. I think they're still under .500.

@JON K - What do you think about Cleveland making the List as #1 most miserable city to live in.
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Good morning,

Poor Jon K has taken a lot of flack this week here on the blog. But a new report provides good reason for us to give the guy a break.

According to Forbes, Cleveland takes the top spot in its third annual ranking of America's Most Miserable Cities. The report says, Cleveland won the position thanks partly to its high unemployment and lousy weather.

Jon is a stone's throw away from the most miserable place in America. Pretty much anything he does to keep hope alive is OK with me.

suzuki,

come on! it doesn't make any sense at all. its like saying lebron is gonna be traded. we know better than that.

Mitch needs to look into Battier. Getting Martin for Landry to me shows they are starting all over. Clearing Battier gives them more cap space. Provided Andrew and Pau don’t get scared by Shaq, as I mentioned yesterday, Jamison’s lack of D gives me confidence we can match their front line. So I’m more concerned about guarding LeBron. Ronnie may not be healthy or quick enough come June. That would only leave Kobe, who isn’t big enough to guard LeBron. The Cavs meanwhile have Parker, Moon, and LeBron to throw at Kobe, plus Shaq as a backline insurance.

So Morrison and Farmar for Battier. Or Fisher, knowing he’ll come back in 30 days (the worst loophole ever, but might as well take advantage).

CAN WE PLEASE GET STEVE BLAKE . . .

How many injuries has Lamar Odom's foot caused?

Why do I feel like at night Lamar Odom goes into "Paranormal Activity" mode and sleep walks into a darkened room and sharpens the edge of his foot with a metal file and mutters to himself, "The nefarious foot must destroy! The nefarious foot must destroy!"

Seriously, Lamar, get thee to an exorcist! That darned foot has caused, what? Six major injuries so far as a Laker? Geez. Something's up.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!!

The Snake,

Wow. The King really could sing.

When I compare that with all the revolting autotune Rap I have to hear at the club/bar I work at, I almost want to cry.

I love music and I, as an America, expect it (as all things) as a part of our culture to evolve for the better. Hearing music go down the drain and contrasting it with the genius of past artists fills me with true sorrow.

P.S. If I could strike Fergie and/or Ke$ha with a baseball bat in the shins, I would do so with glee. I'm so tired of artists singing songs in which they only talk about how awesome they are. [News Alert! They aren't awesome! They suck!]

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Suzuki,

Put down the crack pipe, pal.

There's a basic blog rule: No blogging whilst smoking crack. It's a basic courtesy, really.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Anyone else rooting for the Nugs tonight v. the Cavs? I'd like the Cavs to show some vulnerability right now. Denver sucks on the road though. I think they're still under .500.
Posted by: Mark G | February 18, 2010 at 06:05 AM

What's up Mark G? Naw I aint rooting for the Nuggets but I am rooting for George Karl in his fight with cancer. The guy is really a decent man and he has my respect and prayers.
Mamba24

How many injuries has Lamar Odom's foot caused? Why do I feel like at night Lamar Odom goes into "Paranormal Activity" mode and sleep walks into a darkened room and sharpens the edge of his foot with a metal file and mutters to himself, "The nefarious foot must destroy! The nefarious foot must destroy!" Seriously, Lamar, get thee to an exorcist! Posted by: Jon K. | February 18, 2010 at 08:04 AM

STOP IT JON K! STOP IT NOW! ROFLMAO!!!!!

Thought of the day for those who are feeling a bit uneasy about the team's current injury state: "ADVERSITY is a beautiful thing...So are CHAMPIONSHIPS..."It's all about the journey and what lies ahead. Go Lakers! Laker pride through ALL and ANY ADVERSITY! Peace. Posted by: Let's Go L's! | February 18, 2010 at 05:10 AM

Shout of the day...OUT FREAKIN STANDING Let's Go L's!!!!

Jon is a stone's throw away from the most miserable place in America. Pretty much anything he does to keep hope alive is OK with me. Posted by: Rick Friedman | February 18, 2010 at 06:21 AM

LMAO!! Great minds think alike!
Mamba24

Rick Friedman,

"Jon is a stone's throw away from the most miserable place in America."

I am between Akron and Cleveland which is the equivalent of being between Scylla and Charybdis, Akron being Scylla and Cleveland being Charydbis.

I would argue that Arkon is actually even worse than Cleveland in that even though it doesn't have the same intensity of ghettoness, there is so much less to do (and there's not much to do in Cleveland AT ALL--its club district--West 6th Street--is a half block of mediocre clubs and bars).

It's bad, dude.

I marvel when Californians complain. They simply do not recognize how good they've got it.

P.S. The concensus here is that Detroit is much worse, even if their winters are better.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Rick Friedman,

"Poor Jon K has taken a lot of flack this week here on the blog."

Don't I take flack EVERY WEEK on this blog for years?

I guess that's the natural punishment one receives for actually believing in one team and assuming that we will win a Championship.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Morning everyone!

Quite a wild day for trades, yet? I'm sure that everyone will be discussing this in a few hours.

My preliminary thoughts: I hope Cleveland doesn't make it out of the east. I'm slightly worried about them.

Mamba24,

Your posts always brighten my day, really.

Regarding the misery of Cleveland, Cleveland is considered the local "party town" compared to the alternatives. Really. Akron and Youngstown are far more miserable--all the misery, but even less to do.

It's rough, man, but my experience out here, while painful, has been good for me. I WILL eventually get back to California and when I do I will be stronger for the experience, tougher, and better empowered to appreciate the little things that so easily get missed when one basks is the sunshine and abundance of diversity and beauty that is California.

We should always remember that we are LUCKY to be Lakers fans. Some people are condemned to be Browns fans for a lifetime. I, unfortunately, am one of those people.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

SA,

"CAN WE PLEASE GET STEVE BLAKE . . . "

I don't see why not. Mike Dunleavy is presently on datura, mescaline, and paint huffing session.

I'm sure we could trade a six-pack of Fresca for Steve Blake right now.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

So mitch is trying to package morrison with sasha and no GM will touch sashas contract even with one more year at 5MIL!!

Like I been saying DEAD WEIGHT. Thanks again sasha now u cost us hinrich too


http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1b969_rod-stewart-forever-young_music
FOREVER OLD to the tune of FOREVER YOUNG dedicated to the Celtics
May your wishes never come true
May you always get done by others
And let others F over you
May you build a ladder to the bars
And stumble on every hand hold
Because Celts you are forever old
Forever old, forever old
May you stay forever old.

May you grow old to have rickets
May you grow old and be blue
May you never know the truth
And see the maggots surrounding you
May you always be coward
Stand upright and quickly fold
May you stay forever old
Forever Old, forever old
May you stay forever old

May your hands always be shaky
May your feet always be stiff
May you have a weak foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart be full of sorrow
And may your song never be sold
May you stay forever old
Forever Old, forever Old
May you stay forever Old.

The Lakers are much like the Clippers, they don't know who to trade. They Traded Kwame and me didn't they?

Jon K., there have been sightings of Dunleavy all over LA on top of numerous anthills.

No Lakers trade would take place. There is one bright news that if TMac is bought out, he would choose a playoff bound team & he'd be after the ring either thru Cleveland or LA. Let Kobe work and talk to Tmac about their injuries to break the ice of coming to the Lakers.

Denver traded KMart for Kevin Martin, one less post player but Kevin is a good shooter another pain for our wishy washy PG.

Rockets are really serious contenders and beefed up their lineup

Lakers have all the confidence because they're winning without Kobe, they think their three wise men, I mean PG plus the young beast will deliver the repeat. IMO, there are two kinds of confidence: one is the confidence of Jerry Buss that he opened his wallet and surrounded Kobe with enough stars; the other one is the fandome confidence that they tie up the temporary victories in the season and immediately conclude it's Finals already because their team is unstoppable. The latter is the one that I have been reading in this blog some who are too young to Lakers frustrations without sealing the future. So far there are so many iffies in out team:

1. Kobe's multiple injuries

2. Bynum & Gasol historical injuries during the season

3. Weakness of the 2nd team as it has been raised by old Laker watchers like B. Turner, K. Ding, M. Heisler, BSPN, Yahoo Sports, Eric Pincus and most of the bloggers in this blog who are objective and not passionately optimistic

4. JB wasted his money on high priced players just sitting on the bench, why exchange it with someone the team can rely on

5. Always evaluate the changes in the landscape on how close competitors improved themselves. Be objective in comparing & think wisely.

I believe that was the message of our former moderators AK/BK during the first four seasons here. Don't just be fooled with that syndrome of we have the best coach, the best player and the support cast. "That's childish" It has to be perfect and sealed to defensive-minded team because the future never takes care of itself. Exuding too much confidence and overflowing braggadocio could lead into Toyota parts defects headaches. mea culpa, mea culpa, mea culpa.

Not the Rod version. No. The Dylan version is so much more heart felt:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gRe4YFnqOw


Wes


Random comments:

--So mitch is trying to package morrison with sasha and no GM will touch sashas contract even with one more year at 5MIL!! Like I been saying DEAD WEIGHT. Thanks again sasha now u cost us hinrich too

-- to put some perspective on bynum last game.. Pls don't even call biedrins a center.. Built more like a PF but too weak for his size.. Good help defender but horrible man to man.. somewhat overrated and his stats have always been inflated playin in a nellie system

-- and memo to Todd.. Did u just now compare farmar to derrick rose? OMG! I can tolerate reading farmar is the future posts but ur farmar posts are borderline delusional. No disresopect but for ur own good enough is enough.

-- tonight will be a true test without kobe.. Curious to see just which of our scrubs will rise to the challenge..

I really do think that after this year our bench will have a part time player named T-mac. He'll be our Vinny Johnson...


Wes

Mamba, Jon K - Just stop, my employees think I've lost more of my mind due to the laughing coming out of my office.

Aztronut - Stuck with the topic that wouldn't die?

DFish - What part of Utah did you move to from Boston? Try this: www.phoenix.edu/courses/phl/phl251.html, it's a good program and you'll learn some great skills.

Only a few more hours and the trade panic ends and we can get back to talking about the game.

JR

Not the Rod version. No. The Dylan version is so much more heart felt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gRe4YFnqOw
Posted by: wesjoenixon | February 18, 2010 at 09:25 AM


DAMNNN Wesjoe you're right!! Lol!
Mamba24

TMAC IS WACK

SA,

"CAN WE PLEASE GET STEVE BLAKE . . . "

I don't see why not. Mike Dunleavy is presently on datura, mescaline, and paint huffing session.

I'm sure we could trade a six-pack of Fresca for Steve Blake right now.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Posted by: Jon K. | February 18, 2010 at 08:28 AM

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I guess it is now official that the dream WCF Hallway Series will have to wait another season...

@JOLLY RANCHER - BLAME IT ON FAT THURSDAY. LOL!

@Edwin, when did Denver trade KMart for Kevin Martin?

Todd,

>>>If what you say is true then why are so many blog posters suggesting Lakers
>>>trade Farmar who is on his rookie contract?

There's a difference there. "Blog posters" are suggesting trading Farmar. Mitch Kupchak isn't proposing any such thing.

I really do think that after this year our bench will have a part time player named T-mac. He'll be our Vinny Johnson...
Wes Posted by: wesjoenixon | February 18, 2010 at 09:28 AM

Please God, please, please! It's just right TMAC the Kobe light to relieve Kobe when he needs ro rest. OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!

Mark G.,

My mistake good you picked it up. I got mixed up with names. Here is the real story from ESPN:

"sources said that the Rockets had reached agreement with the Kings to acquire Kevin Martin. The deal struck Wednesday night will send Martin, Kenny Thomas, Hilton Armstrong and Sergio Rodriguez to the Rockets for McGrady, Carl Landry, Joey Dorsey and an undisclosed amount of cash."

Again sorry for my usual typos the real Kmart is not involved in this deal, I just made Edwin's rumor which is not always true. lol!


don't see why not. Mike Dunleavy is presently on datura, mescaline, and paint huffing session. I'm sure we could trade a six-pack of Fresca for Steve Blake right now.Posted by: Jon K. | February 18, 2010 at 08:28 AM

HAHAHHAHAHAHA!! STOP IT JON K! STOP IT NOW!! AHAHAHAHHHA!
OH THE HUMANITY!!! WAHAHAHAHHAHAHA!

Todd - I understand your point, but that isn't Bresnahan's intent. With him being a newspaper beat reporter, Brez writes in an informational, straight forward tone. So that sentence that he wrote involving Artest is merely for background sake.

Mark G - I'll forward your request to Tony Pierce. Sounds like an interesting idea. I''ll keep you posted if anything comes out of it.

And also, a new post is up.

MM

well, if the lakers do trade kobe, i hope they can get another young player for a 4 or 5 spot.

guess kobe is feeling the inevidability of losing his clout with the lakers.

>>>How do you know who teams are willing to trade?

Read espn.com, hoopsworld, hoopshype, etc. Most teams float around who they're trying to trade. The Bulls have made it clear that they'd like to trade off Hinrich and Salmons. Houston had made it clear that they wanted to trade McGrady. Minnesota said they would NOT trade any of their young core players.

If a player is mentioned in trade rumors, then he's probably in play to some extent. If a player isn't mentioned, probably not.

This originally started with you saying the Lakers should trade for Wilson Chandler. Okay, let's explore that.

What do the Knicks want most? They want as much cap space as possible this summer so that they can try to sign TWO of the big four free agents (e.g. LeBron and Bosh). Lesser things they want are a better PG, since every point guard on thier roster stinks (Nate is the best, but he's not really a PG).

And importantly, they'd prefer to keep all of their low-salaried players with lots of potential. That means, they won't give away Chandler, Gallinari, David Lee, or Jordan Hill just to dump their salary. (probably not Toney Douglas either). To get one of those 5 players, you'd have to really make it worth their while.

They don't wan't Sasha Vujacic, because he would reduce their cap space this summer, not increase it (unless somehow you were giving them Sasha and taking back Curry, which would give them some cap space.

They would probably take Jordan Farmar, because he's better than any PG on their roster, his game is perfect for D'Antoni style basketabll, he's a low salaried player (at least for the moment), and he's effectively an expiring contract as well. They would definitely take AmMo, Fisher, Powell, or MBenga. Shannon Brown is iffy, as he has a player option for next season, so he'd count as cap space for them.

If you wanted to offer Kobe or Pau, I'm sure you could have anyone you want off their roster, but I'm assuming you want to keep the core.

So taking that all into account, how could the Lakers get Wilson Chandler? There were reports that they were discussing a trade with New Jersey, and that the nets wanted Wilson Chandler as part of a deal to take Jared Jeffries and give them only expiring contracts, and the Knicks turned it down. From that, we can assume that if you want Gallinari or Chandler, you've gotta take Curry and give them nothing but expiring salary back.

So here's a deal for you: Lakers trade Adam Morrison and Derek Fisher for Eddy Curry and Wilson Chandler.

If the Lakers made that offer to the Knicks, I guarantee they'd take it. They'd probably even throw in a future draft pick and/or agree to waive Fish so the Lakers could re-sign him.

But that adds 13 million to the Lakers' salary for next season (make that 26 million including luxury tax).

So let me ask you, if it's your money, would you spend 26 million for Eddy Curry (who would be behind MBenga on the depth chart) and Wilson Chandler (who would be behind Kobe, Artest, and Shannon Brown on the depth chart at least for the rest of this season)?

Personally, if it could be something like AmMo and Powell for Jeffries and Chandler, then I'd take that deal. Jeffries at least has some value as a defensive player. Curry would be 11.2 million (really 22 million) next season for absolutely nothing.

Todd,

>>>What I can do is name young players that I would trade for and those I would not.

Okay, well go for it then.

You've already stated that you'd like to get Wilson Chandler. And he is obtainable, but at a major cost (see my last post). And he's also not a point guard, which is the Lakers' one acknowledged weakness. Who else would you like the Lakers to get?


>>>Tracy Mcgrady wants to play for the Cavs or (excuse me while i choke) the Lakers...

The two teams most likely to win a championship. No surprise there.

If McGrady's willing to play for 3 or 4 million per, it wouldn't surprise me if the Lakers would take him on. Heck, with Phil's history you might even see Phil start him at PG.

>>>Mitch needs to look into Battier. Getting Martin for Landry to me shows they
>>> are starting all over.

Not at all. Martin is backfilling McGrady's spot. And Houston is a team that's desperate for scoring.

And if this turns into a 3-way with the Knicks, they might pull a draft pick or 2 out of the deal as well.

Is a Game Day Prayer even necessary today? YOU MAKE THE CALL!

>>>CAN WE PLEASE GET STEVE BLAKE . . .

I'll make this very clear. The only way the Lakers can get Blake is to give up either Jordan Farmar or Shannon Brown (as well as Powell &/or MBenga, but they don't matter as much). And I don't mean this because the Clippers would require it. The only way the Lakers can make a trade with the Clippers to obtain Steve Blake is to give up one of those two plus enough other contracts to match.

Adam Morrison makes too much to match, and Steve Blake can't be combined with other players in a trade for 60 days.

So who is it? Who are you giving up for Blake? Farmar or Brown?

Yellofever,

>>>So mitch is trying to package morrison with sasha and no GM will touch
>>>sashas contract even with one more year at 5MIL!!
>>>
>>>Like I been saying DEAD WEIGHT. Thanks again sasha now u cost us
>>>hinrich too

It's only partially like you say. It's not that Sasha has no value. I mean look: Mitch managed to trade Radmanovic, who was worse than Sasha and with a longer contract, and got something of value out of it. But that was in a year when there were no big free agents coming up, so the Bobcats were willing to take a chance that the Lakers' unproductive player (Rad) would play better in their system. And they needed more size as well, and Rad gave them that.

So if this was just an average ordinary year with nothing special happening this summer, then I'm sure there would be teams in the league who would look at Sasha's irritating defense and his good 3-point shooting when he's played a lot and would see someone who could contribute to their team.

But this is the summer of LeBron (and Wade and Bosh and Joe Johnson). It's a buyers market, so what teams want most is cap space, and Sasha can't give them that.

And for the teams that AREN'T trying to get cap space, most of them are up against the luxury tax limit, and trading expiring contracts for Sasha could push them over it next season.

YES WE NEED A GAME DAY PLAYER...THAT THE CELTICS DON'T HAVE A HEART ATTACK WITH THEIR OLD%$%%%^^&

We got no newbies and the deadline is over and done with..Oh well..I feel a little disappointed -- if there was a way to significantly improve then I am sure Mitch tried to do that and perhaps nobody jumped...Meanwhile the Cavs are a beast to the third power! As did other teams...

For what it's worth, Go Lakers!! lol


Also: I mentioned Wilson Chandler in a diff blog as a Laker hopeful. As for Tracy, I wouldn't be madd if we got him..I read somewhere in his workouts he was looking very good and in great shape. He is better than what we have on our bench. I am sure of that!


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