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Adam Morrison works out for several NBA teams

Though it is highly unlikely the Lakers will bring back small forward Adam Morrison, it doesn't mean he wants to stop playing in the NBA.

Over the last couple of days, Morrison has worked out for several NBA teams, doing all he can to secure a job for next season.

He worked out in Las Vegas for the Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs.

Morrison, drafted third overall in the 2006 draft by the Charlotte Bobcats, looked as if he might have a solid NBA career, but he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in 2007 and hasn't been the same since.

He was traded to the Lakers in February 2009 but never was much of a factor during his time with the team.

Morrison now hopes he can catch on with another team.

-- Broderick Turner in Las Vegas

 
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** WED. JUL.14 2010
Another Beautiful Day Begins for the 2010, 16 Time NBA Champions LA Lakers & Lakers Nation!
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Good Morning: Lakers Nation & Lakers Blog THE GREATEST TEAM & BLOG IN CREATION!
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Good Morning: Mitch one word TMAC!!!!!!!! Get it done Mitch Please!!!!
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Good Morning Andrew Bynum, Get that Operation on your leg done, we got a War to fight
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Good Morning Kobe Bryant, Basketball God Supreme. Please Get that hand operated on Black Mamba!
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Good Morning: Miami SuperTeam, At The End of Your Rainbow awaits your biggest NIGHTMARE... The 16 Time NBA Champion Freakin LA Lakers! BRING IT ON cause WE GOT THIS!!!
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Good Morning: Mari. G. The most Beautiful Being in all of Creation, whose Beauty is only exceeded by her , Wisdom, Patience & Understanding. You take my Breath away! You’ve already taken my Heart & Soul!!
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MY NAME IS MAMBA24 AND … YES! I AM A LAKERHOLIC.
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IT'S NOT WHACK TO WANT TMAC
Brown can deliever this is true, but compare what Tmac can do for you
Brown can jump real real High, But see Tmac, the boy can Fly
While Browns not sure whether to dunk or pass, TMacs already scored on ur @zz.
Let Paula try to intimidate TMac, He'd just give that Biatch a backhand Smack
If Tmac is anything close to fit, The Lakers will make Miami look like SPIT
TMac is a 3-PEAT being handed to you, Come on Mitch you know what to do!

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IF YOU WANT BACK TO BACK TO BACK…MITCH GET TMAC – BANDWAGON
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(01) LAL818 – OWNER
(02) ENJOY THE RIDE – DRIVER
(03) MAMBA24 – RIDING SHOTGUN
(04) 2PHATT – SECURITY
(05) TIM-4-SHOW – SGT. AT ARMS
(06) LONGTIMELAKERFAN – ACTING –SHERIFF
(07) BHARATH VENKAT – DEPUTY SHERIFF
(08) JON-K UNDERCOVER AGENT – LOS ANGELES DIV

This TMAC talk is getting of hand... For all of u clamoring for TMAC please go back and look at his history:

-- BAD TRACK RECORD...he has burned bridges in every organization he's played.. houston had tried for years to unload him but finally got extremely fortunate last year when knicks in their then desperate hopes to clear up cap space for lebron took on his expiring contract and gave up 2 first rounders.. (I know shocking then and more shocking now and did it ever backfire huh?) Then in new york even d'antoni expressed frustration when mcgrady started to complain of back knee wrist and other nagging injuries...

- NOT A WINNER... he's never made it past first round.. Even with a strong supporting cast of yao artest scola brooks... Healthy or not his body couldn't stay on the court long enough and ironically only year houston advanced past first round tmac was riding the bench

- CHARACTER ISSUES... Don't forget last years after various team doctors had already cleared him to play after 20 games into season games he REFUSED to play saying his body was not ready.. He then demanded to visit his own specialist before declaring himself unfit to play..

- POOR WORK ETHIC.. poor conditioning is the major reason for all injury prone players.. That will never change with tmac.. Always had no heart or commitment to winning much like his blood cousin in orlando... once an athletes body has broken down it will always be injury prone.. Even new trainer grover put him on a regimented program last year with the knicks and that even failed after about 20 games when his body broke down again

- MAJOR EGO.. Tmac has never been a role player and there should be major doubts on whther he will be a good lockerrom presence.. And let's assume he stays healthy do u really think a healthy tmac can stay happy on the bench

So there you have it.. Before you suggest tmac again please go back and look at his history.. make a mental note and take good notes.. or get ur heads examined.. And when our beloved bloggers like mamba or even naivete lewsters (who works under premise that if u pass a drug test then u are clean) are lobbying for tmac then this tmac issue needs to be addressed immediately and swiftly before it grows into another bandwagon

Peace out.

Looks like the Sheat can't handle the pressure already. Look what D-Wade is saying:

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5378876

If you can't handle the heat, get out of the kitchen.

Cheers - PLG

Regarding the Tmac poem, all I can say is f pierce, what that man just said is the TRUTH!! Proven scorer off the bench, the ability to play the 2 or the 3. He can be on the floor with Blake at the 1, Odom at the 4, and would mesh perfectly with Kobe, Bell or Ron....that, if Tmac is still willing to sign, for the vet minimum is how teams go from being great to omg, who's going to beat them? You want insurance for Luke? how about not only a rookie who may not shoot like he is in the summer league, but a proven guy who has carried a team, and now all he'll be asked to do is carry a bench in spurts!

I need to be convinced regarding this whole T-Mac bandwagon thing. I see how it helps the bench and gives us another slasher but........

We need another big - AB17 is too injury prone on his 40 year old (hello Greg Oden) legs.

PLG

JUST SAY NO TO T-MAC BANDWAGON

1-Puddle (Driver)
2-Yellowfever (Shotgun)
3-Rick Friedman (Enforcer)

Looking for more sign-ups. Please declare yourself.

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IF YOU WANT BACK TO BACK TO BACK…MITCH GET TMAC – BANDWAGON
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(01) LAL818 – OWNER
(02) ENJOY THE RIDE – DRIVER
(03) MAMBA24 – RIDING SHOTGUN
(04) 2PHATT – SECURITY
(05) TIM-4-SHOW – SGT. AT ARMS
(06) LONGTIMELAKERFAN – ACTING –SHERIFF
(07) BHARATH VENKAT – DEPUTY SHERIFF
(08) JON-K UNDERCOVER AGENT – LOS ANGELES DIV
(09) RAIDERLAKER1980 - RAIDERS - DIV


Wow. MM's up early grinding the flower.


I must say, I did not expect the Lakers to use any of the mid-level, let alone all of it, which will hopefully happen with a Raja bell signing in the next day or two. The problem for Lakers fans is that all the players who we could have had for the vets min, now have a chance of either sunny east or sunny west. I would say Miami and LA are the two hottest (pardon the pun) NBA towns right now.


Extreme poverty has it's benifits. I've been forced to investigate films from my own collection that I've ignored in the past, like the late 70s bigfoot genra films and the "Mummy" cycle films. And what a treat it has been.


That's really good stuff. Give me a cheesy/badly lit documentary-style film from the 70s over a 2010 soulless big budget film anyday.


Wes


Regarding T-Mac:

Just say no. We don't need to build the "superteam." We are THE team, with "team" being the pivotal word. Add Bell, a defensive stopper and long-range bomber. Bring back Mbenga or a veteran center, and we're good to go.

The Lakers don't assemble teams. We build them.

Go Lake Show!

PLG, yes we'll still need a backup c for Drew, no question there, but we've been clamoring for a legit bench scorer to give Kobe a rest during the regualar 82 game grind. When the stork drops off a proven scorer on your doorstep for a cheap price due to some injuries, you take that. As far as Tmacs' track record.. Odom was not a winner, Ron was a headcase, and Pau was soft, Phil, Kobe Fish, and a laker uniform transform a lot of images don't you think? Besides he wouldn't be coming here to be a 30-40 minute a game player, so understanding he contacted the Lakers about joining, don't you think he's already accepted a backup role to contend for a title? What more can you ask for?..

JUST SAY NO TO T-MAC BANDWAGON

1-Puddle (Driver)
2-Yellowfever (Shotgun)
3-Rick Friedman (Enforcer)
4-The Outlaw ("We don't need to build a superteam.")

Looking for more sign-ups. Please declare yourself.

Please add me to the JUST SAY NO TO T-MAC BANDWAGON:

Don't Blame Del Harris!


DBDH!

I believe Caracter who is 22(wow, he's older than Bynum), will be ready to step in and show why Mitch selected him and why he belongs.
Posted by: Nemaia Faletogo | July 14, 2010 at 07:06 AM

Wow, now that makes you think doesn't it? As much heat as Bynum has taken from everyone and the roll Bynum played in the playoffs this year, it's good to remember just how young he is. No really, I mean it.

Repost:

Rafael Montes,

Regarding Cousins and Caracter, you may be right. While Cousins is a big time talent(hence, being picked #5 overall), Caracter has also shown that he's very skilled, talented with tremendous potential and upside. Unless I missed it, I don't think anyone here has posted that Caracter is better than Cousins. In their head to head matchup last night, Cousins had 19pts on 8-20 shooting, 12 boards and 2 blocks(he also had 3 assists, which is good), while Caracter finished with 14pts on 6-9 shooting, 5 boards and 4 blocked shots. Cousins clearly did a better job on the glass, including 6 offensive boards, but Caracter was the more efficient scorer and 2 of his 4 blocks were on Cousins. Now if the Laker guards(3 of them actually took more shots than Caracter last night), gave Caracter more touches in the post instead of being gunners, no doubt in my mind that Caracter would've scored a lot more. Cousins skills and play warrants him being chosen #5(maybe should've gone higher), but you can't tell me that there aren't some GMs, coaches and scouts scratching their collective heads for passing on Caracter. There's more than just mumblings around the league that the Lakers may have gotten not just one, but two steals in the draft, and in my mind, Caracter is better than Ebanks right now, although I love Ebanks game too.

Here's another thing to consider. Just a hypothetical question. What if the Kings had drafted Caracter and the Lakers drafted Cousins? With the way both are playing now in summer league, would the outlook on both of these players be the same or different? Would Caracter have a chance to possibly start and star in Sacramento? Or would he play a huge backup role, this being his rookie season? As good as Cousins is right now, would he be able to crack the starting frontline of the Lakers this year? Or would he, like Caracter, come off the bench? My point is, Cousins is going to a situation in Sacramento where he's able to possibly start(even with good players there already in Jason Thompson and Carl Landry), whereas Caracter will be playing behind arguably the most talented frontline in the league. God forbid that anything happens to our starting bigs, but should something happen, I believe Caracter who is 22(wow, he's older than Bynum), will be ready to step in and show why Mitch selected him and why he belongs.

Posted by: Nemaia Faletogo | July 14, 2010 at 07:06 AM

This is the thing, Tmac doesn't give us a super team, what he brings is an element we don't have.. a scoring threat off the bench that can handle the ball and give THE best player in the game a rest, not a 40 second breather because no one else on the perimeter can create a shot. His superstar days are long gone, but a cheap, above average role player is there for the taking to continue BUILDING this team, not some assembly. this is a guy who has repeatedly said he does not want to be THE GUY, and now is is chance to showcase that. IF we don't get him, it's not the end of the world, but he'd be a remarkable addition. Last year we added the defensive grit we needed, this year add a bit more firepower. That is how you build for championships. You take very good players who will accept their role, and you get them in an area of need, and continue to roll.

JUST SAY NO TO T-MAC BANDWAGON

1-Puddle (Driver)
2-Yellowfever (Shotgun)
3-Rick Friedman (Enforcer)
4-The Outlaw ("We don't need to build a superteam.")
5-purpngld4eva ("we already have our own injure prone dude that never plays")
6-Don't Blame Del Harris! ("I had a T-Mac bobblehead once. It had a busted knee and a cracked back right out of the box.")

Looking for more sign-ups. Please declare yourself.

IF WANTING TMAC IS WRONG I DON’T WANT TO BE RIGHT
When Kobe said he wanted DFish, Everyone pleaded, Mitch give Kobe his wish
Kobe calls TMac his lil Brother, Aint that good enuff for all you Mothers
Is this TMAC hate that I now see, Come on People please listen to me
You're being handed a gift on a platter, And yet turn away as if it didn't matter
Come the Finals and the Lakers are down, it would be so great to look around
And see on the bench waiting to come in. Someone not afraid to take the big shot to win.
Yes Kobe always takes the Big shot, but not with 8 people guarding him, he's not
You want Ron Ron to ignore Phil again, Let him take the shot, I bet we don’t win
For Tmac I only have one more thing to say, Mitch sign Tmac, Sign him today
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IF YOU WANT BACK TO BACK TO BACK…MITCH GET TMAC – BANDWAGON
(*** DON'T BE WHACK...SIGN TMAC ***)
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(01) LAL818 – OWNER
(02) ENJOY THE RIDE – DRIVER
(03) MAMBA24 – RIDING SHOTGUN
(04) LAKERLASS - RDING SHOTGUN2
(05) MARI. G. - MOST BEAUTIFUL BEING IN CREATION
(06) 2PHATT – SECURITY
(07) TIM-4-SHOW – SGT. AT ARMS
(08) LONGTIMELAKERFAN – ACTING –SHERIFF
(09) BHARATH VENKAT – DEPUTY SHERIFF
(10) JON-K UNDERCOVER AGENT – LOS ANGELES DIV
(11) RAIDERLAKER1980 - RAIDERS - DIV
(12) PURPLE HEART - MEDAL OF HONOR WINNER

Regarding Character, that is a real gem... he's going to be able to play this year I believe. his mid range jumper may be end up being more valuable to this team than his post game...popping out to the high post while Pau mans the paint in spurts. That's what they'd love Odom to do, but his shot just isn't consistent enough, a huge applause to mitch for finding a cheaper Powell with what looks to be a better skill set and higher bball IQ...now just stop all the dam hacking DC lol

Maybe on paper T-Mac doesn't seem to work.

But I think it would be great for Phil Jackson to help a great player to redeem himself like Ron Artest did last year.

And he would contribute in ways that the team needed.

Good Morning Laker Fam,

KamBros over @ Land O'Lakes has a great article today about our two draft picks, Ebanks and Caracter. They were very impressed with both players and write how both more than held their own against tough competition in DeMarcus Cousins, Omri Casspi and Donte Greene of Sacramento.

You will enjoy how forthright and honest Ebanks and Caracter are in evaluating their performances and what they both need to improve on. I liked how Caracter wasn't overly impressed by his performance against Cousins(something AK/BK picked up also and wrote about it)and stated that he should've done more and how he can improve. You can see and hear how both these young men are thankful for the opportunity and how they're making the most of it. Barring a total collapse in training camp, both Ebanks and Caracter will make the team and contribute.

Tmac can come when Ron's shrink clears him.

What's up, Lakerville! I've been reading the posts re TMac. I, too, am doubtful that getting TMac will work for the Lakers. IMHO he's lazy and not a winner. I used to marvel at his skills (like 13 pts. in 30 secs. or something like that) but he is just not a winner. I say NO to TMac.

I'd like to be on the Say-No-to-T-Mac bandwagon. To me, he's a much bigger risk to take than Ron Ron. While my dad was against Artest the whole year (I think he felt better after game 7!), I defended him the whole time. We have a few guys on the team like PJ, Kobe, Fish, who can handle a guy like Artest. But we shouldn't play with fire by putting more guys with shaky characters on our team. Besides, work ethic is the biggest difference here. Ron has always been known as a hard worker. While there have been plenty of evidence that indicate otherwise for McGrady. I also think he's too lame to deserve a cool nick name. You can call him McGreedy or McLazy, but he doesn't deserve a T-Mac.

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IF YOU WANT BACK TO BACK TO BACK…MITCH GET TMAC – BANDWAGON
(*** DON'T BE WHACK...SIGN TMAC ***)
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(01) LAL818 – OWNER
(02) ENJOY THE RIDE – DRIVER
(03) MAMBA24 – RIDING SHOTGUN
(04) LAKERLASS - RDING SHOTGUN2
(05) MARI. G. - MOST BEAUTIFUL BEING IN CREATION
(06) 2PHATT – SECURITY
(07) TIM-4-SHOW – SGT. AT ARMS
(08) LONGTIMELAKERFAN – ACTING –SHERIFF
(09) BHARATH VENKAT – DEPUTY SHERIFF
(10) JON-K UNDERCOVER AGENT – LOS ANGELES DIV
(11) RAIDERLAKER1980 - RAIDERS - DIV
(12) PURPLE HEART - MEDAL OF HONOR WINNER
(13) D(EREK) J(ETER)- NEW YORK DIV.
(14) I BLEED PURPLE & GOLD - BLOOD DIRECTOR
(15) FERDINAND MUTUC - EASTERN DIV.
(16) JEFF - BALLOT CHIEF
(17) PACKER - GREEN BAY DIV.
(18) HAWAII D - 5-O DIV.
(19) TOBY
(20) HOBBITMAGE - ANY DIV. HE WANTS

I say YES to TMac if he's willing to play for the vets min. At 10 min a game, he can rehab and we can maybe get some scoring off the bench. I say at least give him a look. Like this baby:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9V44D9xZ70&feature=PlayList&p=91547E4AD1B0B2A7&playnext_from=PL&playnext=1&index=34


Wes

COME ON PEOPLE DON'T LET ME HAVE A PANIC ATTACK CAST YOUR VOTE FOR TMAC!!!!

Art -

Yeah, I'll put them in as soon as he let's me. He's having a 'hissy fit' because I bought the wrong brand of Marlboro's.

How was I supposed to know there was a red top one, I don't smoke?

He picked up this disgusting habit while one of his chips was working in the office at Pelican State Prison. He keeps promising to quit...but you know how that goes?

I gotta go...he gets really violent when he hasn't had his morning smoke. See you later.

Posted by: Fatty | July 14, 2010 at 07:52 AM

[I had to repost this because of the new thread, sorry]

Breaking News!! Fatty's famous 'Free Agent O-Meter' is back on-line again!

I've dug my 'Free Agent O-Meter' out of the closet for the final signings and improved the machine. Its now green, runs on renewable energy and has an Apple based op system. (I plan on getting a tax energy rebate on the improvement costs)

For those not familiar with this incredibly gifted, high-tech machine. It gives you the probability of a Free Agent signing with the Lakers and analysis of all the rumors posted on the net.

Although it has a bad attitude, drinks, smokes, and occasionally cusses, I feel it is just as accurate as any source on the web.

I punched in Shaq, Kwame, Raja, T Mac and got this from 'Fatty's new & improved Free Agent O-Meter'

Shaq - 2% chance on joining the Lakers. Is getting MLE offers; Lakers can't match. Besides, playing for the Vet Min, playing behind Bynum as a bench warmer, and playing on 'Kobe's team', would be too much for the 'Big Pride' too take.

Kwame - 5% chance of joining the Lakers. Several teams are really interested in him but Kwame is demanding MLE type money. At this point, the 'Free Agent O-Meter' started laughing, then quoting an old Red Aurbach line, "If you can't catch the ball, you belong in another sport."

Raja Bell - 33% chance of joining the Lakers. Raja wants to play for a contender AND play in his home area (South Florida). Unfortunately for Raja, those teams can only offer the Vet Min while the Lakers can offer more (1.8 mil) The 'Fatty O-Meter' says for the kid that was never hugged enough by his mom, he will choose Miami to be close to his mommy.

T Mac - 25% chance of joining the Lakers. They will sign him, worried about Luke's back, IF he takes the Vet Min. plays behind Artest, and promises not to jack up 20 three's per night. 'Fatty's Free Agent O-Meter' says IF he doesn't take the Vet Min. then he can suck his 'Big Cowanga' and go play for the Celtics.

Any other free agents you want me to program into the machine, just let me know, and I will only be to happy to do that for you.

Posted by: Fatty | July 14, 2010 at 07:26 AM

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IF YOU WANT BACK TO BACK TO BACK…MITCH GET TMAC – BANDWAGON
(*** DON'T BE WHACK...SIGN TMAC ***)
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(01) LAL818 – OWNER
(02) ENJOY THE RIDE – DRIVER
(03) MAMBA24 – RIDING SHOTGUN
(04) LAKERLASS - RDING SHOTGUN2
(05) MARI. G. - MOST BEAUTIFUL BEING IN CREATION
(06) 2PHATT – SECURITY
(07) TIM-4-SHOW – SGT. AT ARMS
(08) LONGTIMELAKERFAN – ACTING –SHERIFF
(09) BHARATH VENKAT – DEPUTY SHERIFF
(10) JON-K UNDERCOVER AGENT – LOS ANGELES DIV
(11) RAIDERLAKER1980 - RAIDERS - DIV
(12) PURPLE HEART - MEDAL OF HONOR WINNER
(13) D(EREK) J(ETER)- NEW YORK DIV.
(14) I BLEED PURPLE & GOLD - BLOOD DIRECTOR
(15) FERDINAND MUTUC - EASTERN DIV.
(16) JEFF - BALLOT CHIEF
(17) PACKER - GREEN BAY DIV.
(18) HAWAII D - 5-O DIV.
(19) TOBY
(20) HOBBITMAGE - ANY DIV. HE WANTS
(21) RUI GUERRA
(22) KEIFO
(23) WESJOENIXON
(24) BRONXLAKERFAN – BRONX DIV.
(25)

Nemaia,


Links! You broke the golden rule. You got us excited about an article you just read, and didn't link us to it. Is there no mercy?


Here it is: http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/lakers


"Caracter and Ebanks respond to tough matchups
July, 13, 2010 Jul 1310:58PM PTEmail Print Comments3 By Andy KamenetzkyThere's a limit to how much relevant information about a player's potential can truly be taken away from Summer League performances. The competition isn't consistently high level, and good performances in July don't always translate once the real season begins. In other words, grains of salt must be always be taken.


Tuesday's 90-84 loss to the Sacramento Kings, however, presented a reasonably noteworthy afternoon for second round picks Derrick Caracter and Devin Ebanks. Sacto's Vegas squad features particularly interesting matchups for the Laker youngsters looking to make their bones. For Caracter, it was a showdown against fifth overall pick DeMarcus Cousins (a center considered by many to be as talented as anybody in the draft). For his part, Ebanks shadowed honest-to-goodness NBA players Omri Casspi and Donte Greene at small forward.


These are as tough of assignments as either could expect this summer, and in my estimation, both acquitted themselves rather nicely.


In the more high profile showdown, Caracter surrendered a lot of size to Cousins, but refused to let that disadvantage intimidate him. During the first half, back-to-back challenges underneath forced misses from Cousins, and Caracter later blocked a jumper in space. There was also a nice sequence where Cousins poked away a pass from Caracter, but the Laker stayed with the play enough to first disrupt Cousins from getting a breakaway dunk, then strip the Sacto big underneath the basket. (Beyond the matchup itself, Caracter also displayed a wet jumper, canning a few tries around the free throw line.)


Ebanks' pairings drew less attention, but I thought he did a nice job staying with (largely) Casspi and Greene (who probably spent more time matched against a less effective Gerald Green). Ebanks' highlight moment was probably a block in space against Greene along the three-point line.


Below are some thoughts from Lakers Summer League head coach Chuck Person, Caracter and Ebanks on the outing:


Chuck Person, on whether this was a good test for Caracter: "I think so. Cousins is a legitimate center in this league or power forward. Caracter is a little undersized, but he makes up for it. He's got a good nose for the basketball. He's got good hands. He can jump and pick up his feet. I think he fared well, and I think as he continues to lose weight, get in shape and get acclimated to our system, I think possibly he could help us down the line."


Person, on whether this was a good test for Ebanks: "Absolutely. He was more ready as a wingman to play, in my opinion, because he can defend and run. He's a good rebounder, although he hasn't done that to quite the level that I expected from him in these four games we've played. But he can do some things out there. I think Casspi and Donte Greene were a good test for him and I think he came through with flying colors. He'll continue to do better. He's a hard worker. The things that we've asked for him to do, he's done.


Person, on whether this was the toughest individual matchup either player has faced in Las Vegas: "I think so. The Kings, they're well coached. They have a system in play that get their wing guys shots. They spread the floor. I thought Devin did a good job on the ball, off the ball. And so did Caracter. We're looking for those guys to come into camp well versed in the thing that we like to out of Coach [Phil] Jackson's system. I was very impressed with what they did today."


Person, on Caracter's and Ebanks' aptitude for the triangle: "I think they've done well. They've gotten the basic parts of the triangle. Obviously, it's a complicated offense, so the fact that they're making the right reads, the right footwork, and trying to do the things that we execute with our regular team. So I think Caracter is definitely going to be a player, as well as Ebanks."


Ebanks, on whether he noticed a difference in caliber between Casspi/Greene vs. previous SPL matchups: "Yeah, you can. You can tell. Definitely. Especially the way they move. The moves that they make to get to their shot. You can tell it's more crisp and more solid."


Caracter, on his performance against Cousins: "I was a little anxious. There was a lot of hype before the game, like "Oh, it's D.C. vs. D.C." I was a little anxious, rushing some things. Things, as they moved on throughout the game, I just wasn't boarding the way I wanted to. I'm still just trying to pick myself up and stay positive. Games happen like this."


Caracter, on the differences between what you were doing and what he was doing, both positively and negatively: "I think he's got long arms. He got a lot of balls I usually get a hold of. A lot of loose balls, the chased-down balls. There's no excuses for why I didn't get those balls. Usually those 50/50 balls are mine. I guess you can say he wanted them a little more today, and you never want that to be the case when you're a competitor out there everyday. But stats don't lie."


Caracter, on whether his lost weight makes it harder or easier to go against Cousins: "It's both. It's a double edged sword. I felt like I could have did a little better in terms of trying to out-muscle him, but he's also a big body. I just got caught up thinking too much trying to be in the right position for the triangle, but at the same time, all the plays they've run for him, isolated against me, I wanted to do the same thing back. But in the triangle, that's not it. Everybody gets shots. You've just got to play off what's available and understand the reads."


Caracter, on whether he could feel the difference matched up against Cousins vs. other SPL players: "Yeah. He's a top five pick. You know what I'm saying? He's a top five, you're gonna be pretty good. It'll be a long season and hopefully we'll get to play each other again. By that time, it'll be different scouting reports and stuff like that. A couple times, I tried to front and the Lakers don't play that way. So they told me not front, so it's kind of difficult. You're behind the guy, and I can't front him because his arms are longer than mine. Just staying behind him, he's pretty talented as far as scoring around the basket."


Caracter, on whether he thought he made Cousins work: "I did, but at the same time, I felt he also scored a little too easy. So that's something I have to get better at defensively and figure out better ways to stop guys that size with skills and talent like that."


Caracter, on whether this was the toughest matchup he's faced: "Yeah, I would say so. He's a good player. Like I said, he's a top five pick making millions of dollars and it's a job out here now. That's what you do. I'm still out here fighting for a contract."


Mind you, it was hardly a perfect day for either player. Caracter turned the ball over five times, while Ebanks had three to compliment a five-for-13 shooting clip. Caracter also continued his run as a whistle magnet, picking up eight of the allotted ten fouls allowed in Summer League. But despite frustration over a few "ticky tack" calls, he was able to maintain a sense of humor. When I noted how he's yet to earn the respect of the summer league referees, Caracter laughed, which I thought was a good sign of a player maintaining a positive attitude. Brian and I both noticed and liked how Caracter wasn't overly impressed with himself, despite a legitimately solid showing against an extremely touted rookie. That he holds himself to a high standard is never a bad thing.


One final note: Gerald Green's game was a decided mixed bag, but he managed to provide the game's highlight moment. After a steal was corralled under the basket, he ran the wing to receive a feed from D.J. Strawberry, then took off from just outside the restricted area to throw down a spectacular two-handed dunk. Dude was way the hell up there, erupting the Thomas and Mack Center crowd.
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Wes

JUST SAY YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS TO T-MAC BANDWAGON

1-Puddle (Rustler)
2-Yellowfever (Town Drunk)
3-Rick Friedman (DANCING Lilly )
4-The Outlaw (Horse Thief)

Looking for more sign-ups. Please declare yourself.

raiderlaker1980,

Nice post and good points regarding Caracter. The comparison you make regarding Caracter and LO on the high post is spot on, especially if Caracter can hit those jumpers consistently at the highest level, something that LO hasn't been able to do his entire career. I think he could also do damage in the post playing with the second unit or even if we decide to go to a smaller unit with him playing some 5. Caracter seems to already have a better post up game and jump shot than Josh Powell or DJ Mbenga, but summer league and the real NBA game are two different things. We also know that PJ doesn't really like to play rookies all that much, if at all, but if the Lakers don't pick up another big, Caracter may be called upon to play more minutes behind Pau, Bynum and LO. I'm sure he'll learn a lot from those three guys. He just needs to keep the weight down, stop hacking and turning the ball over and he'll be fine. His skillset seems to be a perfect fit in our system.

JUST SAY NO TO T-MAC BANDWAGON

1-Puddle (Driver)
2-Yellowfever (Shotgun)
3-Rick Friedman (Enforcer)
4-The Outlaw ("We don't need to build a superteam.")
5-purpngld4eva ("we already have our own injure prone dude that never plays")
6-Don't Blame Del Harris! ("I had a T-Mac bobblehead once. It had a busted knee and a cracked back right out of the box.")
7-SamLL ("IMHO he's lazy and not a winner.")
8-PnG2x3 ("You can call him McGreedy or McLazy")

This bandwagon is starting to roll. Looking for more sign-ups. Please declare yourself.

Wes,

Thanks, my friend. I shall never forget the golden rule again!

JUST SAY YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS TO T-MAC BANDWAGON

1-Puddle (Rustler)
2-Yellowfever (Town Drunk)
3-Rick Friedman (DANCING Lilly )
4-The Outlaw (Horse Thief)
Looking for more sign-ups. Please declare yourself.
Posted by: Observer | July 14, 2010 at 08:06 AM
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LMAO!! No,no, NO! We must let them cast an honest vote...Then we'll steal it! lol!
mamba24/larrY

“ The Lakers are the champions and we know the Lakers are very good. That's the team that everyone's shooting for and they should be. Not the Miami Heat. The Los Angeles Lakers.” -- Dwyane Wade

-- Broderick Turner in Las Vegas, reporting from the 'All you can eat Breakfast Buffet in Circus Circus'

Man I want his job!

“ The Lakers are the champions and we know the Lakers are very good. That's the team that everyone's shooting for and they should be. Not the Miami Heat. The Los Angeles Lakers.” -- Dwyane Wade Posted by: Fatty | July 14, 2010 at 08:27 AM
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Don't take that as a compliment. All DWade is trying to do is draw attention away from the Heat and put it on The Lakers. He knows teams are going to be getting up for the Heat just like they do for the Lakers.


.

Hey guys we got a new post up

MM

For T-Mac

( ) Alfreezy24 (Sherif Woody)

*
IT'S NOT WHACK TO WANT TMAC
Brown can deliever this is true, but compare what Tmac can do for you
Brown can jump real real High, But see Tmac, the boy can Fly
While Browns not sure whether to dunk or pass, TMacs already scored on ur @zz.
Let Paula try to intimidate TMac, He'd just give that Biatch a backhand Smack
If Tmac is anything close to fit, The Lakers will make Miami look like SPIT
TMac is a 3-PEAT being handed to you, Come on Mitch you know what to do!
Posted by: mamba24 | July 14, 2010 at 06:33 AM
*
IF YOU WANT BACK TO BACK TO BACK…MITCH GET TMAC – BANDWAGON
(*** DON'T BE WHACK...SIGN TMAC ***)
*
(01) LAL818 – OWNER
(02) ENJOY THE RIDE – DRIVER
(03) MAMBA24 – RIDING SHOTGUN
(04) # 4
(05) LAKERLASS - RDING SHOTGUN2
(06) MARI. G. - MOST BEAUTIFUL BEING IN CREATION
(07) 2PHATT – SECURITY
(08) TIM-4-SHOW – SGT. AT ARMS
(09) LONGTIMELAKERFAN – ACTING –SHERIFF
(10) BHARATH VENKAT – DEPUTY SHERIFF
(11) JON-K UNDERCOVER AGENT – LOS ANGELES DIV
(12) RAIDERLAKER1980 - RAIDERS - DIV
(13) PURPLE HEART - MEDAL OF HONOR WINNER
(14) D(EREK) J(ETER)- NEW YORK DIV.
(15) I BLEED PURPLE & GOLD - BLOOD DIRECTOR
(16) FERDINAND MUTUC - EASTERN DIV.
(17) JEFF - BALLOT CHIEF
(18) PACKER - GREEN BAY DIV.
(19) HAWAII D - 5-O DIV.
(20) TOBY
(21) HOBBITMAGE - ANY DIV. HE WANTS
(22) RUI GUERRA
(23) KEIFO
(24) WESJOENIXON
(25) BRONXLAKERFAN – BRONX DIV.
(26) SANTA ROSA LAKER
(27) LAKERSRYDEORDIE – CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
(28) DANO
(29 ) Alfreezy24 (Sherif Woody)

Best wishes, Ammo.

I hope you get out there and kick some series azzz this coming season. You'll be missed - esp by the team. Kobe said you were one of his favorite teammates EVER, so you'll be missed by Laker Nation as well.

No matter what happens, just remember this:

YOU'VE GOT TWO - COUNT 'EM TWO - CHAMPIONSHIP RINGS AND PRINCESS HAS NONE!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

*serious - not series....

Mamba24,

Please put yours truly on the back to back to back, Mitch get TMac Bandwagon!!

Please put yours truly on the back to back to back, Mitch get TMac Bandwagon!!Posted by: DOC4daLakeShow | July 14, 2010 at 09:30 AM
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DOC4daLakeShow I just have one thing to say...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!! Thank you my Brother!!!
*
IT'S NOT WHACK TO WANT TMAC
Brown can deliever this is true, but compare what Tmac can do for you
Brown can jump real real High, But see Tmac, the boy can Fly
While Browns not sure whether to dunk or pass, TMacs already scored on ur @zz.
Let Paula try to intimidate TMac, He'd just give that Biatch a backhand Smack
If Tmac is anything close to fit, The Lakers will make Miami look like SPIT
TMac is a 3-PEAT being handed to you, Come on Mitch you know what to do!
Posted by: mamba24 | July 14, 2010 at 06:33 AM
*
IF YOU WANT BACK TO BACK TO BACK…MITCH GET TMAC – BANDWAGON
(*** DON'T BE WHACK...SIGN TMAC ***)
*
(01) LAL818 – OWNER
(02) ENJOY THE RIDE – DRIVER
(03) MAMBA24 – RIDING SHOTGUN
(04) # 4
(05) LAKERLASS - RDING SHOTGUN2
(06) MARI. G. - MOST BEAUTIFUL BEING IN CREATION
(07) 2PHATT – SECURITY
(08) TIM-4-SHOW – SGT. AT ARMS
(09) LONGTIMELAKERFAN – ACTING –SHERIFF
(10) BHARATH VENKAT – DEPUTY SHERIFF
(11) JON-K UNDERCOVER AGENT – LOS ANGELES DIV
(12) RAIDERLAKER1980 - RAIDERS - DIV
(13) PURPLE HEART - MEDAL OF HONOR WINNER
(14) D(EREK) J(ETER)- NEW YORK DIV.
(15) I BLEED PURPLE & GOLD - BLOOD DIRECTOR
(16) FERDINAND MUTUC - EASTERN DIV.
(17) JEFF - BALLOT CHIEF
(18) PACKER - GREEN BAY DIV.
(19) HAWAII D - 5-O DIV.
(20) TOBY
(21) HOBBITMAGE - ANY DIV. HE WANTS
(22) RUI GUERRA
(23) KEIFO
(24) WESJOENIXON
(25) BRONXLAKERFAN – BRONX DIV.
(26) SANTA ROSA LAKER
(27) LAKERSRYDEORDIE – CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
(28) DANO
(29 ) Alfreezy24 (Sherif Woody)
(30) DOC4daLakeSHOW - JUNE 2011 3-PEAT, 17TH TITLE PARADE SCHEDULER.


Mitch wants to be wise, he wants to do right
So he digs a lil' deeper and on come the lights
What looks like gold, often quickly turns green
So you don't buy the necklace, and Mitch is just as keen
TMAC's best days are in the history books
But reading the latest scouting report ensures we don't get took
TMAC is a quitter, he's not familiar with hard work
He doesn't have the diligence of a grocery store clerk
Extra hours in the gym, are required for any Laker
Neither Kobe, Fish, nor Phil, will put up with any faker
Surely, TMAC has some talent, of this we all agree
But heart is more important, if a trophy you wanna see
So throw in the towel, and join with all the others
Who've given TMAC every opportunity, and have settled for their druthers.
Once the knife cut TMAC's knee and left him limping like Cap'n Hook
The videos tell the truth, his best shake and bake has long been shook!

Don't get TMAC!!!

I'm casting my vote for the "Just say NO to T-Mac Bandwagon"

Kevin,

Cut me some slack here. If TMac can't cut it, or take the price, he can use Ammo's tailor to cut him the same kind of suit to watch the 3-peat from behind the bench. If he does pan out, he's money in the bank. At the very least, let him work out and prove he's still got game.

NO! on T-Mac. The Laker team chemistry just doesn't have enough room for sulkers, whiners or malingers - especially guys who aren't going to be getting a lot of minutes. You have to be ready to contribute at the moment you're called upon and not pouting because coach didn't put you in at all last night. Substitute T-Mac for Sasha and how many of you think both those critical late Game 7 free throws get made?

On the new rookies: It's nice that we're getting positive feed-back on their developement, but try not to get carried away about what they will contribute in the 2010-2011 season. Remember, they are rookies and PJ doesn't play rookies all that much. Secondly, Rookie league is just that. It's fine and well to look good there (certainly better than stinking the place up), but it's nowhere near the level of play that they would be up against in the regular season, much less the play-offs. While one or both may end up making the regular season Roster it's also possible management may decide that D-League playing time is more important to their developement than carrying Kobe's bags out to the team bus on road trips.

How About the Sparks 4 Morrison
The Sparks can use his size and height. Don't hate or discriminate cause he a guy, the Sparks have several guys on their team. I thought. Whodattalking trash?

DON'T BE WHACK...SIGN TMAC

Bandwagoners........the list is growing

(01) LAL818 – OWNER
(02) ENJOY THE RIDE – DRIVER
(03) MAMBA24 – RIDING SHOTGUN
(04) # 4
(05) LAKERLASS - RDING SHOTGUN2
(06) MARI. G. - MOST BEAUTIFUL BEING IN CREATION
(07) 2PHATT – SECURITY
(08) TIM-4-SHOW – SGT. AT ARMS
(09) LONGTIMELAKERFAN – ACTING –SHERIFF
(10) BHARATH VENKAT – DEPUTY SHERIFF
(11) JON-K UNDERCOVER AGENT – LOS ANGELES DIV
(12) RAIDERLAKER1980 - RAIDERS - DIV
(13) PURPLE HEART - MEDAL OF HONOR WINNER
(14) D(EREK) J(ETER)- NEW YORK DIV.
(15) I BLEED PURPLE & GOLD - BLOOD DIRECTOR
(16) FERDINAND MUTUC - EASTERN DIV.
(17) JEFF - BALLOT CHIEF
(18) PACKER - GREEN BAY DIV.
(19) HAWAII D - 5-O DIV.
(20) TOBY
(21) HOBBITMAGE - ANY DIV. HE WANTS
(22) RUI GUERRA
(23) KEIFO
(24) WESJOENIXON
(25) BRONXLAKERFAN – BRONX DIV.
(26) SANTA ROSA LAKER
(27) LAKERSRYDEORDIE – CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
(28) DANO
(29 ) Alfreezy24 (Sherif Woody)
(30) DOC4daLakeSHOW - JUNE 2011 3-PEAT, 17TH TITLE PARADE SCHEDULER.
(31) WHODATTALKING - GM ..... New Orleans representative

Uh, Mamba? You can take me off the Tmac Bandwagon.

He'd be okay, but he's really like my 10th or 11th choice of the remaining free agents.

I'm on the Just Say "meh" to T-Mac Bandwagon.

I'm the only member.

He might be okay if they get him to sign for next to nothing. I think the Bob McAdoo analogy applies.

But he also might turn out to be too injured to actually contribute anything, and then it will just be more wasted money.

Remember when the big summer signing was Vlade Divac a few years ago? I thought GREAT! A decent veteran center to play with Kobe and Lamar and Caron Butler. And Vlade was saying "no problem", he'd be ready to play. But then he got injured at the start of the season and never recovered.

That's why I'm not placing any great hopes in TMac. If he comes and is able to play, great. If not, I don't think it's a great loss to the team. This team will win or lose the championship based on the play of Kobe, Pau, Lamar, Artest, Fisher, Bynum, and Blake, for the most part. Anything any other player contributes is just gravy.

Or McGravy, as the case may be.

I'm on the Just Say "meh" to T-Mac Bandwagon.

I'm the only member.

He might be okay if they get him to sign for next to nothing. I think the Bob McAdoo analogy applies.

But he also might turn out to be too injured to actually contribute anything, and then it will just be more wasted money.

Remember when the big summer signing was Vlade Divac a few years ago? I thought GREAT! A decent veteran center to play with Kobe and Lamar and Caron Butler. And Vlade was saying "no problem", he'd be ready to play. But then he got injured at the start of the season and never recovered.

That's why I'm not placing any great hopes in TMac. If he comes and is able to play, great. If not, I don't think it's a great loss to the team. This team will win or lose the championship based on the play of Kobe, Pau, Lamar, Artest, Fisher, Bynum, and Blake, for the most part. Anything any other player contributes is just gravy.

I'm very excited about both rookies even though I know that it's just summer league but it proves that the Lakers did their homework.


I know that PJ doesn't normally play rookies but with what's left of the MLE, we don't have a lot of choices on how to fill out the roster and I think the 2 rooks will do great when given some seasoning and time.

We need 13 for a minimum league roster and right now we only have 11 if both rooks sign.


Raja just signed w/Utah.


I don't see the point in TMAC if what everybody says is true. Ron Ron worked hard and is known for it. TMAC isn't. Ron Ron is a borderline headcase. TMAC is over the line headcase.


Where do we go from here now that Raja's gone and T-MAC isn't an option w/the little money we have to offer?


Do we offer M'Benga a contract? And can anybody tell me what happens in regards to the cap if Luke can't come back?

Nemaia, great post! Everything I wanted to say.


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