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Caught in the Web: Reaction to Chris Paul's interest in the Lakers

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--The Times' Broderick Turner reports that Josh Powell is expected to join the Atlanta Hawks.

--True Hoop's Henry Abbott takes Magic Johnson to task for his proclamation that he wouldn't have tried to join a super team.

--NBA.com's David Aldridge reports that Powell will go to the Hawks on a one-year deal for the veterans minimum of $992,680

--CBS Sports.com's Ken Berger reports that New Orleans guard Chris Paul wants to be traded to the Lakers, Knicks or Magic.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding gives his take on Kobe Bryant's popularity and high earnings.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky gives his thoughts on what Paul would bring to the Lakers.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin has details on Powell's likely departure.

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears believes that Lamar Odom may play at center during the FIBA World Championships.

--Fox Sports' Charley Rosen predicts that Odom will get plenty of playing time in the middle for Team USA.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell breaks down how Pau Gasol will match up

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius argues that money and availability of minutes will significantly influence whether the Lakers make any other free-agent acquisitions.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Gil Meriken gives his player report card on Luke Walton.

Tweet of the Day: "Another thing - if Kobe dominates the ball and paul dominates the ball and the coaches want pau to dominate the ball inside - 3 balls?" -- EricPincus (Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus)

Reader Comment of the Day: "This is actually a pretty complex situation. And the more I think about it, the more I think it's a more of preference. For one, it's a preference of style. Do you want the Lakers to be a more offensive team, or a more defensive team? With Bynum we get better defense. Rebounds and blocks, and a big presence in the paint that limits the movement of the ball (although I clearly remember Bynum being lost on defense at times.) We are also a much more physical team with Bynum. With CP3 we have an offensive monster of a team. With his vision, everyone gets a chance to score without using the triangle." -- RDlaker248

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Photo: New Orleans guard Chris Paul has reportedly expressed interest in joining the Lakers. Credit: Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times

 
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Thank God, a new thread! Can we PLEASE talk about something other than Chris Paul and the 0.0000001% chance he'd actually come here?

MM - so what are your vacation plans?

justa - still up in the air. management left it up to me. but i'm just ironing out plans with family and friends. I'll be working through at least the end of next week. But once I get those details ironed out, I'll let you know for sure.

MM

Other topics (except those already not beaten to death)?

Crickets.

Paul only included the Lakers on his list even if he knows it won't happen just to make his demands reach a bigger headlines. His real destination is New York.


MM -

Did you get my message about the formatting? It's been really weird lately. It hasn't allowed for any spaces between paragraphs, which makes posts difficult to read. Any reason for this?

I hope Paul goes to New York.


Heat
Bulls
Celtics
Magic
Knicks
Bucks
Hawks


How awesome is the Eastern Conference.


Lakers
Thunder
Mavs
Jazz
Nuggets
Blazers
Suns

Cleveland, Raptors and Hornets are the only loosers.

puddle,

The blog formatting appears fine (normal) on my puter.

Wow MM is going on Vacation? I have a house in Puerto Vallarta that you can rent on the cheap!

I keep telling you guys even if Paul was legit on his wanting to come to L.A. everyone knew the chances of him acctually being traded here were to, paraphrase Chicky Baby, Slim and None and Slim just left town.

On a side note:

Justa I am not an axe murderer. I only play one on the interwebs and at birthday parties.

Mine too puddle....


The only thing I'd still LOVE to see is the poster's name at the top instead of the bottom of their post. Wouldn't that make it much easier to scroll past the trolls? (AND NO - I know what you're thinking - it'd make it easier to scroll past YOUR posts too, justa...) Well I'm not having any of that, mister!

LOL El Guapo - ok ok. Let me ponder that for awhile... :)

Tony Battie just got a deal with the 76ers - another 3rd string 7 footer gone.

Folks we NEED an experienced 7 footer behind Drew and Pau - to keep our monster height advantage in the middle if either of them is limited by injury. That's our BIGGEST advantage over the Miami cHeats - we won't beat them if Pau has to play C for 48 mins. Caracter is a nice prospect but a joke as a real alternative at this point. He needs a couple years as the 13th or 14th man riding the pine and watching before he's ready - hell even Drew took that and he's way bigger and more talented.

We need to sign DJ or find someone else NOW!

LTLF- thanks for the clarification. I didn't break out the trade machine last night. I get complacent, knowing you are around to double check everything.

Anyway, it's an interesting sort of summer blog discussion, but it's not that interesting.

Anyway, I just don't have faith that Chris Paul is an actual elite player. If he was, i'm sure my mind might be different about trading for him....but not this year.

Puddle - I haven't seen problems with that. But I'll forward your concern to management.

Also there is a new post with a poll that some of you guys requested.

MM

Hey guys.......

This might divert attention away from CP3:

http://twitter.com/WojYahooNBA/status/19272944134

Unless Cleveland raises multi-year offer that starts around $3.5M, Matt Barnes will sign a 1-year, $1.7M deal with Lakers, sources tell Y!

Interesting so what position will Barnes play at back up SF? Don't we already have a logjam at SF not to mention that Kobe also spends time there as well?

Back up SG? Maybe but Barnes isn't a solid shooter only shot 32% in 3 point land happy Orlando heck Suns fans cringed at him shooting threes when he was in the Desert.

That being said Barnes would be another perimeter defender for the Lakers and having a 1 year deal is good.

Let's hope Cleveland focuses on other players because it would be an upgrade for LA.

MM,

Would be fun if you could always add that poll thing to any threads specifically about players, like CP, Lin, T-Mac, Shaq, etc.

How about one on Matt Barnes or on any of the remaining free agents.

MM...Here’s the thing about the formatting. At work, I use IE8, which does NOT display any vertical line spaces between paragraphs either in your articles or our posts. At home, I use an older version of IE which shows spaces between paragraphs. Tell your technical people that they need to fix their style sheet so that the spaces show up when using IE8. That is why many posters double space between every paragraph or use a symbol like I do (~) to create space. The style sheet just needs to be corrected. This has been so for months.
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TOM

RE: BYNUM for CHRIS PAUL

WHY FIX SOMETHING THAT AIN'T BROKEN??

Because Bynum IS BROKEN. He's had four surgeries, two bad knees, and a fragile achilles. He has a wide pelvis and is knock kneed. He is Samuel Jackson from Unbreakable. Bynum's career is currently closely mimicking Sam Bowie's. Would you trade Sam Bowie for Isiah Thomas? How can anyone not be willing to trade an injury waiting to happen for a TOP 5 PLAYER?

WILL CHRIS PAUL'S GAME FIT IN THE LAKERS OFFENSE??

Several years ago, Phil and Tex Winters decided to change up the offense a bit. They wanted the team to run on every missed shot. If an easy shot in transition was not available, they set up in the Triangle, which resulted in the Lakers becoming one of the top offenses in the league. The transition game led by Chris Paul (with Kobe, Lamar and Pau) would be unstoppable. Chris Paul's transition game would be maximized with Lamar and Pau outrunning opposing bigs (another reason to trade Bynum over Lamar).

I disagree that Chris Paul needs the ball in his hands to be effective. He does not need the ball in his hands to be an elite defender, which he is. He is also a very underrated spot up shooter from the 3 point line, and is one of the best penetrators in the league, something the team sorely lacked last season. Let's also remember that pick and rolls are part of the triangle. Can you imagine a p&r with Paul and Kobe, Paul and Pau? Absolutely SICK.

Yes, we will be giving up size, but the team will still have plenty of it, with Pau and Lamar, as well as another backup big, along with Character. Pau and Lamar will still have the edge over Miami's bigs, and CP3, Kobe and Artest will also have the edge over Lebron, Wade and Mario Chalmers. This team would be a Miami Heat killer.

If Chris Paul were traded for Bynum, I guarantee that Pat Riley, Lebron, Wade and Bosh will be s***ting in their pants.

I double what Laker Tom said.


If I don't double space, my posts look like a pile-up crash at a monster car race.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

My Lakeraholic shakes are kicking in big time.


Oh, and I'm firmly on the "Let's Keep Bynum. Chris Paul's great, but we don't need him" Bandwagon.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

My Lakeraholic shakes are kicking in big time.


Oh, and I'm firmly on the "Let's Keep Bynum. Chris Paul's great, but we don't need him" Bandwagon.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

LAKER TRUTH,


"He is Samuel Jackson from Unbreakable"


I must admit. That did make me chuckle.


They called me Mister Glass!!!!


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

@ Jon K.- Couldn't agree more with " Oh, and I'm firmly on the "Let's Keep Bynum. Chris Paul's great, but we don't need him" Bandwagon." Add to that sentiment the fact that the trade itself has a zero percent chance of coming to fruition and enough said on that matter!!
Can't believe how many posters have obsessed over this CP3 nonsense.

>>>Unless Cleveland raises multi-year offer that starts around $3.5M, Matt
>>>Barnes will sign a 1-year, $1.7M deal with Lakers, sources tell Y!

Not bad news.

Barnes is a very good wing defender, better than Shannon Brown anyway. And paying 1.7 million vs the 3+ million it would probably cost to keep Shannon is a benefit. And while Barnes isn't a great 3-point shooter at 32%, Brown wasn't much better last season at 33%. And while we all think back fondly on Trevor Ariza's 3-point shooting, he's never shot higher than 33.4% for a season in his life.

Both Ariza and Brown had a really good run in a single playoffs of 3-point shooting. Probably all the attention payed to Kobe and Pau had a lot to do with that. Who's to say Barnes couldn't hit 40% if his man is always guarding Kobe.

Barnes could play some minutes backing up Artest and Kobe, and since it's a 1-year deal, if he doesn't work out, then you're not locked into him for a long time.

In fact, the one year deal also means that he's an expiring contract at the trade deadline. So if some useful player becomes available at the trade deadline, the Lakers would have flexibility in a range of expiring contracts (Sasha, Barnes) and rookies with upside (Ebanks, Caracter) they could trade for them.

For example, what if Bynum DOES get injured. Then at least you might want to pick up a decent backup center. So maybe the Knicks let Turiaf go for Barnes + Caracter (which gets them more free cap space next summer). Or something like that. You get the idea.

Here's a little update on my Free Agent #1 for Los Angeles Lakers, TRACY MCGRADY:

On T-Mac's Twitter, he let it be known that he "killed workout with clipps!"
Also, on his knee: "knee is great...it's on pace for where it should be given the nature of the surgery i had..."
His thoughts on joining the Bulls roster: "well i'm familiar with boozer if ya kno what i mean...noah's a relentless worker...rose a superstar..roster built to win"

Someone asked T-Mac "what's got you considering the Lakers?" and his response was simple "24".

And he listed the teams he wants again, with LAL moving up a spot on his list.. "Clippers, Lakers, Bulls, Heat" haha doesn't mean anything but maybe it's his subconscious showing how much he wants to wear the #1 Purple & Gold.

Lastly, here's a highlight vid of Tracy from last year. If the man is healthy, the man can still score. He may lose speed, explosiveness, etc. but that jumper and that knack for putting the ball in the hoop is something that he'll always have.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Hm2v4qOSHA&feature=sub&videos=iGcYGt86MeQ

sweet i got quoted!

I can't believe that guys still want to rely on Andrew Bynum. Guy will be injured same time next year, mark it on the wall..CP3 is an 3 time all star, this is a no brainer if infact the Honest wants to trade him fr Bynum.

@KB Blitz,

"...Barnes isn't a solid shooter only shot 32% in 3 point land..."

I beg to differ. 32% IS solid from three point land. That is 1 point per shot attempt. The same as 50% inside the arc. He WILL be useful.

--FEARless


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