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Kupchak 'optimistic' about re-signing Shannon Brown

The Lakers have added veterans Steve Blake, Matt Barnes and Theo Ratliff this month.

Their next addition might be more familiar to Lakers fans.

General Manager Mitch Kupchak said he was optimistic that the Lakers would re-sign free-agent guard Shannon Brown.

"We’re still talking to Shannon," Kupchak said Friday. "I think there’s a good chance that in the next couple of weeks we can have some resolution with Shannon. I’m optimistic."

 Brown opted out of a contract that would have paid him $2.15 million next season.

Kupchak also said he had initiated talks with the agents for second-round picks Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter, who played well for the Lakers' summer-league team. Neither player has a guaranteed contract as of now.

Earlier Friday, Derek Fisher spoke with media members for the first time since signing a three-year, $10.5-million contract to stay with the Lakers.

Fisher, who turns 36 in a couple of weeks, said he planned to be around for a while.

“I didn’t sign a three-year contract by accident,” Fisher said at his basketball camp, adding that he would “fully expect” to play through 2012-13.

Fisher also didn't seem concerned by the new look of the Miami Heat, even though the Lakers were not favored to win the championship in the eyes of Las Vegas oddsmakers.

“That’s fine," Fisher said. "That doesn’t change [anything] with us.”

-- Mike Bresnahan
 
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Mamba24, save a seat for me on the 73 win bandwagon!

I want a window seat, this bandwagon is going straight over Miami and leaving rubble in it's wake! I can't wait to see Artest's shoe tread marks left on Princess Jimmy's head as the Lakers stomp their way to a title - assuming the Miami scared-3 even make it!

Huh? What's that? Oh.... *taking a huge swig of vodka (and Pepsi) to wash the percoset down*...... Whew - that's better!! Now what were you saying?ME?? Edgy?? LMAO - I'm never edgy!! All is well in Justaville!!!I'M FUNNY (not edgy) DAMMIT. Posted by: justanothermambafan | July 23, 2010 at 02:33 PM
* GOD%%$##^& WTH is going on, on this BLog. Jon K. Talking about smashing people! LA818 wants to turn The Freakin LA Lakers into the LA Thuggers and then you...You Justa a swig of Vodka(and Pepsi) to wash the percoset down. No, No, No! You people are not creating the right atmosphere for such a cultured and refined person as our newest Laker, Matt Barnes. Now I'm sorry but this has to stop!!! MATT BARNES PAY NO ATTENTION TO THESE MISGUIDED PEOPLE. You remain the cultured and refined individual that you always were. And I beg your indulgence and ...wait for it...PATIENTS!!! YESSSSSSSS!

"No, No, No! You people are not creating the right atmosphere for such a cultured and refined person as our newest Laker, Matt Barnes."

THAT WAS FRICKIN' HILARIOUS!!

If anyone make a perdiction on how many games this team will win, should be banded for LIFE from this blog.

I want a window seat, this bandwagon is going straight over Miami and leaving rubble in it's wake! I can't wait to see Artest's shoe tread marks left on Princess Jimmy's head as the Lakers stomp their way to a title - assuming the Miami scared-3 even make it! Posted by: CyberCosmiX | July 23, 2010 at 02:35 PM
No, No, No CyberCosmiX, Violence is not the way my son.Wait a minute...Did you say Princess Jimmy's head. Aw hell Naw! That's just wrong! You don't want shoe treads left on him, you want to clothesline the lil Biatch! lol! But remember Clothesline him gently! LMAO!!

*____________________________________________________*
THE LAST HURRAH!! (73) GAMES OR MORE FOR PHIL - BANDWAGON
*____________________________________________________*
(01) HOBBBITMAGE –OWNER - Let's get this party started. I am predicting the Lakers will win 72 gameS
(02) PURPLE AND GOLD REIGN – DRIVER - Phil Jackson mentioned his desire to make his final NBA campaign a "grand one." I know he would never publicly admit to it, but with the improvements to the roster, it wouldn't surprise me IF one of the goals he sets out for the team is to try to break the Bull's 72-10 record...or, at least go for 70 wins. We shall see.
(03) MAMBA24 – RIDING SHOTGUN - This ISH is going to be so much fun this season. I tell you what this means. This means Phil is going after every damn record there is in his final season. 33 in a row, 16 - 0 Playoffs, 72 games regular season
(04) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – MATT BARNES PSYCHIATRIST – I need to get on some bandwagons. PRONTO.
(05) EAST COAST JESSIE - I'm so excited too
(06) LAL818 - SECURITY - I'm riding on the roof, or open the sunroof lol i need to breath this 72 games.... ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh smells like victory
(07)NEMAIA FALETOGO - I liken PJ's last stand to what Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday said in the movie Tombstone, "the final ride of Wyatt Earp and his immortals." PJ, his callous gun for hire in Kobe Bryant will lead this group and destroy any man wearing a red sash(uniform), the Miami Heat(the Cowboys in the movie)!!!
(08) HUMANOMALY - This is Phil's last year, the rookies may not even get onto the floor. Phil wants to go out with a BANG!!!! He wants to go out dominating. So look for less of those 20 point leads Phil wants to make a statement. Now he has the team, as long as they stay healthy, the core of the team knows the system, the new players are all traveled veterans, not counting the rookies, who are just going to be scrimmage players. I think this will be a 67 win season, at least.
(098) LONGTIMLAKERLOVER – MATT BARNES SPEECH COACH - Put me on that Phil list,
(10) JON K – RON RON’S SECURITY - I so want to pound the Meat into mush. Thanks, LeCreep, for giving us the emotional motivation for Threepeat. Prepare for domination.
(11) CYBERCosmiX - want a window seat, this bandwagon is going straight over Miami and leaving rubble in it's wake! I can't wait to see Artest's shoe tread marks left on Princess Jimmy's head as the Lakers stomp their way to a title - assuming the Miami scared-3 even make it!

2 phatt....
No predictions were made, I simply pointed out that in wishing for 72 wins, the goal was not high enough...you know the saying, I might as well dream big, if I'm going to dream at all...

just read this awesome comment on an ESPN True Hoop blog: "I just got me the new LeBron James phone. It only vibrates it has no rings!!!!"

If anyone make a perdiction on how many games this team will win, should be banded for LIFE from this blog. Posted by: 2Phatt | July 23, 2010 at 02:46 PM
MATT BARNES, you can't fool me, you posted that didn't you! ROFLMAO!

Justa,

LOL!!! I'm just tryin' to keep up wit u!!! Now lets keep the party rolling!!!

@ leonardbast - yo buddy thats old news, LEWSTERS posted that long time ago... well when we found out LEBRONZ is going to MEAT COUNTY lol

So Lakers fans:
If they sign Shannon Brown, I'd be interested to know if you think they'd have a viable second five who could actually play together for longer spells without the need of a starter in the line-up.
C - Ratliff
F - Odum
F - Barnes
G - Brown
G - Blake

Whatdaya think? Can they go for a quarter and extend leads?

@ davidly - yes they can, but you misspelled ODOM lol

Michael H,

>>> If we re sign Shannon, that tells me that Luke isn't going play this year.

Your assumption is correct. In other reports regarding UPS, Mitch is quoted as saying exactly that. The Lakers assume that Walton's back issues will keep him off the court.

Luke takes a lot of grief on this board. But as fans, we should remember that the coaches and his teammates hold Luke in considerable esteem and affection. We, too, should wish his health were better, simply as human beings. No one will ever nominate me as president of Luke's fan club, but I do find it unfortunate that he's not been able to overcome his health issues.

guys i just read this on NBA.com can you belive what song they gave us?

Shattered (Rolling Stones) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers have to feel like they've awakened the day after the frat party and all that's left are a lot of empty beer kegs and broken furniture. Gone are LeBron, Big Z, Mike Brown, Danny Ferry and any hope of the playoffs. Look at me, I'm in tatters! I'm a shattered. Shidoobee.

Stuck in the Middle With You (Stealers Wheel) -- The Atlanta Hawks can see the Celtics with their Big Three staying together, the Magic still with Dwight Howard anchoring the middle, the Heat adding a three-headed supercharger to their engine ... and all the Hawks have done is spend a bundle on Joe Johnson to run in place. Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.

It's the Same Old Song (Four Tops) -- The Dallas Mavericks have Dirk Nowitzki, still at the peak of his powers, locked up for four more years, Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood back and added Tyson Chandler in the middle. They can win 50 games for an 11th straight season and finally win it all, right? A sentimental fool am I, To hear an old love song and wanna cry. It's the same old song.

Another Brick in the Wall (Pink Floyd) -- If you're the Washington Wizards and your best player is suspended on gun charges, what was supposed to be a resurgent season goes down the drain. So you knock it all down and to build all over fresh with the No. 1 pick in the Draft. This is where it starts again with a rookie named John Wall. All in all you're just another brick in the wall.

I Can't Turn You Loose (Otis Redding) -- The Denver Nuggets went from Western Conference finalists in 2009 to first-round playoff losers last season. Now they're desperate to get Carmelo Anthony signed to a contract extension before he chooses to ditch the mountains of Colorado for the Canyon of Heroes in Lower Manhattan and join Amar'e Stoudemire in New York. I gotta, gotta, gotta keep on holdin' on, baby. Never, never gonna turn you loose. Keep on, keep on holdin' on.

Already Gone (The Eagles) -- The New Orleans Hornets know that just two years after they won a franchise record 56 games and the No. 2 seed in the West, while Chris Paul was runner-up in the MVP voting, CP3 is now giving wedding toasts that say the party is over in the Big Easy. I got some news for you and you'll soon find out it's true, then you'll have to eat your lunch all by yourself. 'Cause I'm already gone.

You're Never Over (Eminem) -- Boston Celtics' coach Doc Rivers can't resist taking one more ride with creaky Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. But he better have brought along plenty of rubbing alcohol. I miss the days of old, thinkin' about you. You may be gone, but you're never over.

Empire State of Mind (Jay-Z, Alicia Keys) -- The New York Knicks can forget LeBron. Never mind Joe Johnson. After all those seasons in the desert, Amar'e Stoudemire is ready to be the star that carries the show by himself -- at least until Carmelo and CP3 arrive. These streets will make you feel brand new, big lights will inspire you. Let's hear it for New York, New York, New York.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours (Stevie Wonder) -- The Thunder say let LeBron and Bosh jump to Miami, Amar'e bolt for New York and Boozer make tracks for Chicago. Kevin Durant is staying right at home in Oklahoma City, where the future is so bright you need sunglasses. Here I am baby. Oh, you've got the future in your hand. Signed, sealed delivered, I'm yours.

Can't Buy Me Love (The Beatles) -- The New Jersey Nets' newest and richest owner in the NBA, billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, was supposed to touch down in his private jet from Russia and offer a mountain of rubles that would entice LeBron and a handful of his A-list friends to play the next two seasons in Newark. Instead he got Jordan Farmar, Travis Outlaw and Johann Petro. I don't care too much for money, money can't buy me love.

Beat It (Michael Jackson) -- The Orlando Magic have spent the past two seasons establishing themselves as a dominant Eastern Conference force and a championship contender. Then in a nationally televised moment that was skimpier than a South Beach bikini, Dwight Howard, Stan Van Gundy and their playmates were shoved aside and became the second-ranked team and story in their own state. Showin' how funky and strong is your fight. It doesn't matter who's wrong or who's right. Just beat it, beat it. Beat it, beat it, beat it.

My Baby Left Me (Elvis Presley) -- The Phoenix Suns nurtured, coddled and made Amar'e Stoudemire the featured part of their offense for eight seasons, making three runs to the Western Conference finals. After their third trip came up short again, Stoudemire bolts to become a big-time winner. In New York? You know you left me, you know you left me. My baby even left me, never said goodbye.

Papa's Got a Brand New Bag (James Brown) -- Every time you think that San Antonio Spurs' boss Gregg Popovich has ridden his championship trio of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker to its absolute limit, the Spurs make a tweak here -- DeJuan Blair -- and a big addition there -- Tiago Splitter -- and they're right back in the thick of the West playoff picture. He ain't no drag. Papa's got a brand new bag.

Won't Get Fooled Again (The Who) -- The L.A. Clippers have Blake Griffin, Al-Farouq Aminu, Eric Bledsoe, Baron Davis, Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman and Vinny Del Negro. Don't you have to figure they are finally are primed to take off as playoff contenders? Then I'll get on my knees and pray, We don't get fooled again.

All the Single Ladies (Beyonce) -- In L.A. Lakerland, Phil Jackson's back for the victory lap that could pump up his championship jewelry collection to an even dozen, Kobe's still Kobe, Pau remains the most trusted and dependable sidekick since Tonto and crazy ol' Ron Artest is probably lying on a psychiatrist's couch still wearing his uniform from Game 7. Yeah, they're ready. Put a ring on it.

@ LAL818
Yikes! I knew it didn't look right. Sometimes Google is one's best spell-check. People complaining about Odom's consistency; imagine if we had Odum in the line-up.

davidly,

"C - Ratliff
F - Odum
F - Barnes
G - Brown
G - Blake


Whatdaya think? Can they go for a quarter and extend leads?"


I wouldn't mind going small and having Odom at center and Caracter at power forward for a spell.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Once again Mitch proves he can handle this job, retooling the bench with proven vets. The Heat are getting headlines, but I guarantee other NBA teams are looking at the Lakers moves, seeing the back-to-back champs getting stronger, and wondering how to respond.


Once again, Buss proves he will spend what it takes to win. I look at this lineup and a bench with Barnes and Ratliff and I think, wow, Buss is ready to spend. With this lineup, expect a lot of TACOS going out the door this year!!!

Oh, and davidly, yes they can.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Watch out...

The Celtics are thinking of signing Von Wafer

This is about to get ugly for small market NBA teams around the country, and I'm lookig right at LeBron and his hood rat business partners and hangerons or whatever they're called for starting this ugly snowball. This William Wesly guy is the one desperately trying to get Paul away from New Orleans. From Hoopshype:


"Wesley has been running around for months trying to orchestrate a trade for Paul, and the packages he proposes are beyond comical. He doesn’t even know half the names of players on the rosters. CAA should take a long look in the mirror, and ask itself what kind of outfit it’s turned into with Wes running basketball operations."


We need to take down all these unnatural dark powers springing up in the east.


Wes

Mamba24,

Notice how Magic Phil starts all this mayhem and then disappears??? LOL! Speaking of Matt Barnes being from UCLA, I had a cousin visit from Samoa years ago when he saw me wearing a UCLA cap he asked, "what does OOKLA mean?". Myself and rest of my family couldn't stop laughing that entire day. He spoke really bad, broken english and had no idea that UCLA was a school. He thought it was an actual word! LOL! I love him to death for that priceless memory!

@Jon K.
Indeed. This team is sure looking deep to me.

@ davidly - TOUCHE bro TOUCHE LMAOOOOOO AHAHAH

People complaining about Odom's consistency; imagine if we had Odum in the line-up.


AHAHHAHA IMAGINE THAT! LMAO!

Davidly,

We'll have lots of PATIENTS with you for writing Odum, but they'll be no such mercy for Matt Barnes!!! LOL!!!

Nemaia,


Actually, that's how my roommate used to advertise what school he went to, "I go to UCKLA!" much to the quisical looks he would receive.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

Let's all admit it...


Mitch wasn't ready to be GM when he started, but he's learned and grown and now knows EXACTLY what he's doing.


Awesome.


What do we play for? RINGS!!!


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


GO LAKERS!!!

LISTEN UP, WHAT HAPPEN ON OUR WAY LAST SEASON TO WIN 72 GAMES? CAN WE JUST ENJOY THE journey. Do I need to say more, we play for championship or regular season Championship(see Cleveland)take you're pick.

I never liked Barnes. He's one of those players who thinks he's better than he actually is. That stint with Kobe in Orlando is just an example. Heck, Lamar even said he was trying to be an action figure. I wish Barnes would have signed with another team.

Jon K,

That's hilarious!!! LOL!!! Was your friend samoan? JK. LOL!!! Blame Magic Phil for leaking laughing gas into the blog today.

Why do we want to put that pressure on ourself 55 games sound good to Me.

So the logical follow-up question would be: Can we keep the starters minutes closer to 30-35 during the regular season and still win or even get free tacos (for those of you lucky enough to be there)??

Never,

C'mon partner, don't say that. At least Barnes will give us his all and some entertainment on top of it. He and Artest will be our Rock em, Sock em Robots!!! Just give it a chance. It's bad enough that he doesn't know how to spell or use the proper grammar, so we must exhibit PATIENTS with him. Even wannabe thugs deserve a chance sometimes. LOL!

*_____________________________________________________*
THE LAST HURRAH!! (73) GAMES OR MORE FOR PHIL - BANDWAGON
*_____________________________________________________*
(01) HOBBBITMAGE –OWNER - Let's get this party started. I am predicting the Lakers will win 72 gameS
ron ron goes out & Barnes comes in. Barnes vs. LBJ Barnes: Why Johnny Ringo! You look like someone just walked all over yo grave. LBJ: My fights not with you Doc. Barnes: I beg to differ. We started a game if you recall. A game for blood. LBJ: All right lunger. Barnes: Say "when"! LBJ tries to get the first step. Barnes pokes it free. Kobe picks it up for the fast break. Barnes: COME ON JOHNNY! COM'ON! LBJ tries for the block. Kobe drops it off for the trailing Barnes. The Jam! Barnes, as he trots back down the floor: You're no daisy.

(02) PURPLE AND GOLD REIGN – DRIVER - Phil Jackson mentioned his desire to make his final NBA campaign a "grand one." I know he would never publicly admit to it, but with the improvements to the roster, it wouldn't surprise me IF one of the goals he sets out for the team is to try to break the Bull's 72-10 record...or, at least go for 70 wins. We shall see.
(03) MAMBA24 – RIDING SHOTGUN - This ISH is going to be so much fun this season. I tell you what this means. This means Phil is going after every damn record there is in his final season. 33 in a row, 16 - 0 Playoffs, 72 games regular season
(04) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – MATT BARNES PSYCHIATRIST – I need to get on some bandwagons. PRONTO.
(05) EAST COAST JESSIE - I'm so excited too
(06) LAL818 - SECURITY - I'm riding on the roof, or open the sunroof lol i need to breath this 72 games.... ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh smells like victory
(07)NEMAIA FALETOGO - I liken PJ's last stand to what Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday said in the movie Tombstone, "the final ride of Wyatt Earp and his immortals." PJ, his callous gun for hire in Kobe Bryant will lead this group and destroy any man wearing a red sash(uniform), the Miami Heat(the Cowboys in the movie)!!!
(08) HUMANOMALY - This is Phil's last year, the rookies may not even get onto the floor. Phil wants to go out with a BANG!!!! He wants to go out dominating. So look for less of those 20 point leads Phil wants to make a statement. Now he has the team, as long as they stay healthy, the core of the team knows the system, the new players are all traveled veterans, not counting the rookies, who are just going to be scrimmage players. I think this will be a 67 win season, at least.
(098) LONGTIMLAKERLOVER – MATT BARNES SPEECH COACH - Put me on that Phil list,
(10) JON K – RON RON’S SECURITY - I so want to pound the Meat into mush. Thanks, LeCreep, for giving us the emotional motivation for Threepeat. Prepare for domination.
(11) CYBERCosmiX - want a window seat, this bandwagon is going straight over Miami and leaving rubble in it's wake! I can't wait to see Artest's shoe tread marks left on Princess Jimmy's head as the Lakers stomp their way to a title - assuming the Miami scared-3 even make it!
(12) YELLOW FEVER - this is our best bench in recent memory. OUR BENCH IS FREAKIN STACKED...NBA BE AFRAID. BE VERY AFRAID
(13) BRONXLAKERFAN -Put me on the "Last Hurrah" bandwagon. HCA throughout the playoffs and then 16 wins for # 17!! Like a hot knife through butter!!
(14) GILBERT BATTUNG -

I would love to see practice Thriller vs Barns, or Blake vs Fish, or Theo vs Pau going to be very entertaining and interesting.

Marc B,

I have to respectfully dissent from your request of referring to the Celtics as the "Keltics." Hate is the ultimate compliment in sports. When other people are hating on your team, it just means your team is really good. A lot of people hate the Lakers to the extent that they don't even type "Lakers", they type "L*kers." If we refer to the Celtics as Keltics, then we will be no better than the haters that shine upon us. We are better than haters. Let's not give anyone the compliment by hating them.

>>>C - Ratliff
>>>F - Odum
>>>F - Barnes
>>>G - Brown
>>>G - Blake
>>>
>>>Whatdaya think? Can they go for a quarter and extend leads?

Nope. I don't think Ratliff can play for extended periods of time effectively anymore.

But they might be able to pull off this:

C - Odom
PF - Caracter
SF - Barnes
SG - Brown (or Vujacic)
PG - Blake

Some small-ball

>>>guys i just read this on NBA.com can you belive what song they gave us?

Well, they left out the hook lyric from the song...

"Put a ring on it."

I think that was the point of their choice of song.

@ LongTimeLakerFan - no they mentioned that in the end of the paragraph but i mean commmmmmmmeeeee onnnnnnnnn... cant we get QEENS " WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS" ??? was that such a bad song? lol

@LongTimeLakerFan:
Yeah, Jon K. suggested that, too. But surely Ratliff can manage in the neighborhood of 15 minutes a night, no?

oh my bad. i've been away from the blog for way too long.

as for the as the 2nd unit goes, i don't foresee Ratliff or Caracter getting many minutes, unless they really shine. prob. will be the same three-man rotation of Gasol/Bynum/Odom or perhaps some Artest at PF if PJ wants to go small to match-up with another team that's going small.

and i see a huge fight for minutes at the back-up guard spots. you know Vujacic sees himself as a combo guard and can play the point (his belief, not mine). things will be very interesting indeed, esp. if Brown is back.

oh yeah, Marc B., i got your back. no need to change your name. although "Triangulator" has a nice ring to it, too.

Luke takes a lot of grief on this board. But as fans, we should remember that the coaches and his teammates hold Luke in considerable esteem and affection. We, too, should wish his health were better, simply as human beings. No one will ever nominate me as president of Luke's fan club, but I do find it unfortunate that he's not been able to overcome his health issues.

Posted by: Rick Friedman | July 23, 2010 at 02:55 PM

I agree with you, Rick.

And I like Luke's passing.

What was Mitch's biggest worry in the offseason?

"I think we've added depth, and I think we've addressed our major concern knowing that Jordan [Farmar] probably wouldn't return," Kupchak said. "That left a gaping hole in our backcourt. So to bring in a player like [Blake], that gives us a great degree of comfort in that position. We're pleased. We think we have a balanced roster, with some experience."

I was about to give Mitch an A but upon learning he let Von Wafer through his fingers, I'm going to have to drop him to a D -

Luke needs to retire and stop holding the Lakers hostage with that ridiculous contract of his. If he was completely healthy it's a bad contract, the fact that he hasn't been and isn't healthy; well that makes it a horrible contract.

I know it’s not his fault, but at a point you have to do what’s right. Retire; the Lakers will take care of him with a job in the front office or behind the bench for the rest of his life.

Mamba24 and The Lewstrs............I need to be put on all the bandwagons and caravans. Let's get this PARTY started!!!

I thought Trevor Ariza was the poor man’s Trevor Ariza.

We get to say ‘elephant ^&^%$?’ Oooh, live chats are going to be so much funner next year.

I don’t know, if Barnes has some crappy games next season I might get to finally understand some of the player haters around here. I don’t like him. I hope he can play hard and not screw up, but if somebody punches him in practice, my jaw is not hitting the floor.
*UPDATE- or, hits him with a folding chair. Man, I hated that UCLA team. Then we kicked their ass all over Mac Court. Great times.

michael h - I agree. I thought Shannon would most likely be gone, but upon reflection (and more reading), I think Barnes (and the Ebanks signing) are about filling the SF spot. I’m not happy to see Luke be injured, but if Luke is injured, I’m not unhappy to see us get another SF, and then keep Shannon.
*UPDATE- Rick, well said.

All the Single Ladies (Beyonce) -- In L.A. Lakerland, Phil Jackson's back for the victory lap that could pump up his championship jewelry collection to an even dozen, Kobe's still Kobe, Pau remains the most trusted and dependable sidekick since Tonto and crazy ol' Ron Artest is probably lying on a psychiatrist's couch still wearing his uniform from Game 7. Yeah, they're ready. Put a ring on it.

Can’t urgue with that.

THE LOVE THINKS THAT BARNES’ SPELLING IS PROBABLY QUITE UP TO UCLA’S STANDARDS

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE

GO LAKERS!

I agree with you, Rick.
And I like Luke's passing.

Posted by: longtimelakerlover | July 23, 2010 at 03:41 PM
====================

What?

I missed something that big?

When did Luke die?

Mamba24 and The Lewstrs............I need to be put on all the bandwagons and caravans. Let's get this PARTY started!!! Posted by: NewMexicoLakerLifer | July 23, 2010 at 03:47 PM
*
YES MAM!! LOL!

*_____________________________________________________*
THE LAST HURRAH!! (73) GAMES OR MORE FOR PHIL - BANDWAGON
*_____________________________________________________*
(01) HOBBBITMAGE –OWNER - Let's get this party started. I am predicting the Lakers will win 72 gameS
ron ron goes out & Barnes comes in. Barnes vs. LBJ Barnes: Why Johnny Ringo! You look like someone just walked all over yo grave. LBJ: My fights not with you Doc. Barnes: I beg to differ. We started a game if you recall. A game for blood. LBJ: All right lunger. Barnes: Say "when"! LBJ tries to get the first step. Barnes pokes it free. Kobe picks it up for the fast break. Barnes: COME ON JOHNNY! COM'ON! LBJ tries for the block. Kobe drops it off for the trailing Barnes. The Jam! Barnes, as he trots back down the floor: You're no daisy.

(02) PURPLE AND GOLD REIGN – DRIVER - Phil Jackson mentioned his desire to make his final NBA campaign a "grand one." I know he would never publicly admit to it, but with the improvements to the roster, it wouldn't surprise me IF one of the goals he sets out for the team is to try to break the Bull's 72-10 record...or, at least go for 70 wins. We shall see.
(03) MAMBA24 – RIDING SHOTGUN - This ISH is going to be so much fun this season. I tell you what this means. This means Phil is going after every damn record there is in his final season. 33 in a row, 16 - 0 Playoffs, 72 games regular season
(04) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – MATT BARNES PSYCHIATRIST – I need to get on some bandwagons. PRONTO.
(05) EAST COAST JESSIE - I'm so excited too
(06) LAL818 - SECURITY - I'm riding on the roof, or open the sunroof lol i need to breath this 72 games.... ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh smells like victory
(07)NEMAIA FALETOGO - I liken PJ's last stand to what Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday said in the movie Tombstone, "the final ride of Wyatt Earp and his immortals." PJ, his callous gun for hire in Kobe Bryant will lead this group and destroy any man wearing a red sash(uniform), the Miami Heat(the Cowboys in the movie)!!!
(08) HUMANOMALY - This is Phil's last year, the rookies may not even get onto the floor. Phil wants to go out with a BANG!!!! He wants to go out dominating. So look for less of those 20 point leads Phil wants to make a statement. Now he has the team, as long as they stay healthy, the core of the team knows the system, the new players are all traveled veterans, not counting the rookies, who are just going to be scrimmage players. I think this will be a 67 win season, at least.
(098) LONGTIMLAKERLOVER – MATT BARNES SPEECH COACH - Put me on that Phil list,
(10) JON K – RON RON’S SECURITY - I so want to pound the Meat into mush. Thanks, LeCreep, for giving us the emotional motivation for Threepeat. Prepare for domination.
(11) CYBERCosmiX - want a window seat, this bandwagon is going straight over Miami and leaving rubble in it's wake! I can't wait to see Artest's shoe tread marks left on Princess Jimmy's head as the Lakers stomp their way to a title - assuming the Miami scared-3 even make it!
(12) YELLOW FEVER - this is our best bench in recent memory. OUR BENCH IS FREAKIN STACKED...NBA BE AFRAID. BE VERY AFRAID
(13) BRONXLAKERFAN -Put me on the "Last Hurrah" bandwagon. HCA throughout the playoffs and then 16 wins for # 17!! Like a hot knife through butter!!
(14) GILBERT BATTUNG -
(15) NEWMEXICOLAKERLIFER - I need to be put on all the bandwagons and caravans. Let's get this PARTY started!!!

I agree with you, Rick.
And I like Luke's passing.

Posted by: longtimelakerlover | July 23, 2010 at 03:41 PM
====================

What? I missed something that big? When did Luke die? Posted by: Art - FL Laker Fan | July 23, 2010 at 03:56 PM

GOD#@$^&&&* You made me spit up all over my keyboard. LMAO!!

It seems like you guys & gals may finally get your wish. This is anything to cheer about but here it is.....

http://tinyurl.com/28f6676

"...When did Luke die?

Posted by: Art - FL Laker Fan | July 23, 2010 at 03:56 PM"

man, Art, I saw that one coming from so far away I ducked last week.

It seems like you guys & gals may finally get your wish. This is anything to cheer about but here it is.....http://tinyurl.com/28f6676 Posted by: Just Another Fan | July 23, 2010 at 03:58 PM

Stop this, Stop this needless Luke bashing NOW! DAMNIT HAVE A LITTLE RESPECT THE MAN JUST PASSED! HAHAHAHHAHAHHA! OH SWEET JESUS HELP ME!!!!WAAAAAAAHAHAHAHHAHHAHAHA!

So how does it work, does his family get his paycheck or does he have to be buried in his uniform for that? To suit up, if you will.

So how does it work, does his family get his paycheck or does he have to be buried in his uniform for that? To suit up, if you will. Posted by: davidly | July 23, 2010 at 04:04 PM
ROFLMAO!!! I refuse to participate in anymore of this! waaaHAHAHAHAHa!

My fault fellas. "isn't"

My fault fellas. "isn't" posted by: Just Another Fan | July 23, 2010 at 04:06 PM
Just tell the Truth you just wanted one more cheap laugh didn't you?....OK, HAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHHAHAHHAHA!

Can't remember if this has been posted here yet, but over on Yahoo sports has an interesting article on Chris Paul and the horrible influence of the James Gang (no, not the one with Joe Walsh).

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=aw-paulfuture072310

Snippet:

"All this saga promises to do is cast Paul as an insolent star, and James’ group as the ultimate powerbrokers. Paul doesn’t want to hear this, but they’re preying on his insecurities. They’re using him."

wait you guys are saying Luke walton died? wtf??? how?


or are you guys full of friday afternoon BS lol

I envision the Lakers and the Heat in the Finals next season with Pat Riley coaching Miami. Phil Jackson's knock has been he was lucky to have "Super stars" on his team to win all of his titles. Phil can put to rest all of those critics by beating those SUPER STARS' Miami Heat for his "Last Stand"

LTLF tries his last punch to support LUKE against the world.

unfortunately, he has to rely on an article posted in the ONION.

makes me tear up.

rremember all what Kobe said after that Barnes ball/inbound/fake?

"He is one of my boys"

now looks more like "Kobe and his Patients"

going back to the post about WES... read on

He should stay on course to be his generation’s Tim Duncan, but that no longer appeals to Paul. He’s veered the wrong way, into the wrong clutches. Bad enough that LeBron James damaged his own standing in the sport this summer, he wants to take down Chris Paul with him too.


James, his business manager Maverick Carter and powerbroker William Wesley have far too much influence over Paul’s career, and they’re running it right out of the sunshine and into darkness. They’re using Paul as a commodity to elevate their clout, to show how they can take a player with no contractual leverage and muscle him out of New Orleans.

What they don’t care about – and maybe don’t understand – is that Paul built such a beautiful, unique relationship with the city of New Orleans. He’s been so truly invested there, a beacon and ambassador in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Yet, the James gang see these bonds as disposable and they’re convincing Paul of it, too.

In a Twitter pronouncement on Thursday, King James declared, “Best of luck to my brother [Chris Paul] … Do what’s best for You and your family.”

James was referencing Paul’s half-baked trade request that’s come through Worldwide Wes. Do what’s best for your family? Here’s an idea: What Paul ought to do is run away from James, Wesley, Carter and not stop moving until he’s returned to New Orleans and reaffirmed the obligations he’s made there. No, this isn’t a championship team, but a franchise player reveals himself in good times and bad.

What’s best for Paul’s family is best for everyone’s family in the NBA. It needs James to restrict the polluting onto others of his own warped value system. James plays for the Miami Heat, but somehow he wants control of transactions elsewhere, too. He wants the building of these so-called super teams to protect his own legacy, to make it look like he isn’t the only superstar searching for the easy way to championships.

Which Laker unit do you think play better defense as a team? Drew, Gasol, Artest, Kobe, and Fisher vs Ratlif, Odom, Barnes, Sasha (Shannon), and Blake??

>>>cant we get QEENS " WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS" ??? was that such a bad
>>>song? lol

Haven't listened to new music much in the last 20 years?

How bout a song for LeBron - "Moment of Surrender" (U2)

How bout a song for Delonte West - "Crazy" (Gnarls Barkley)

How bout a song for Cleveland - "Since U Been Gone" (Kelly Clarkson)

How bout a song for the Heat - "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" (Green Day)

How bout one for Shaqille O'Neal - "Viva La Vida" (Coldplay)
[case you don't know this one, the lyrics go "I used to rule the world. Seas would rise when I gave the word. Now in the mornings I sleep alone, sweep the streets I used to own..."

How bout one for David Kahn who traded Al Jefferson for nothing - "American Idiot" (Green Day)

How bout one for Kevin Durant - "Nice Guys Finish Last" (Green Day)

How bout a song for Michael Beasley - "Rehab" (Amy Winehouse)

How bout one for Steve Nash - "Loser" (Beck)

How bout one for the Celtics' chances this year - "Time to Pretend" (MGMT)

How bout one for Oklahoma City - "The Kids Don't Stand a Chance" (Vampire Weekend)

How bout a song for Jordan Farmar - "Replaceable" (The Killers)

How bout a song for the Knicks - "Countin' on a Miracle" (Bruce Springsteen)

How bout another song for the Lakers - "Unstoppable" (Santogold)

And how bout one last song for the Lakers - "3-Peat" (Lil' Wayne)

CyberCosmiX:

I agree with you, and don't forget he got D-Fish and PJ locked up pretty early also..Great job Mitch!!

@ justanothermambafan - yeah well if you put the vodka down you wont be edgy ahaha lmao jk your not edge it might be that time of the month? you know? that special week in the month? where god blesses all women? and curse all men with that??

lmao JK we love you justa, your not edgy at all! just please put the vodka and pepsi down and step away from the keyboardddddddddddddd....

WE LOVE YOU JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN! lol much love

@ LongTimeLakerFan - AHAHAHAHAHHAHAH LMFAAAAAAAAAAAOOOOOOO AHAHAHAH THATS SO FUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNYYYY!!!!!!!!!


How bout one for David Kahn who traded Al Jefferson for nothing - "American Idiot" (Green Day)

funny as hell !!!! wow do some more

LOL! Kobe takes care of his basketball business out of the spotlight. I simply love this dude. Don't you?

I admire Kobe for doing it so quietly - the utter assassin/professional. Just get it done, come back stronger, better. Gonna be a fun season.

Nemaia Faletogo,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipfAK224798

I believe you've also studied Muy Thai. How do you like the Wing Chun
punches compared to the Muy Thai punches and what about the kicks?

[ Please don't take this the wrong way. I'm just curious. :) ]

I am one of those fans who has wanted the Laker's to get Tracy Mcgrady since the free agency period started. I have not heard anymore about it. Does anyone have confirmation that the Laker's are only after Brown to finish things up? Thank you.

Double B: "CyberCosmiX: I agree with you, and don't forget he got D-Fish and PJ locked up pretty early also..Great job Mitch!!"

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

True that.

Lakers were clearly team of the decade, the Black Mamba was player of the decade - and Mitch was by-far executive of the decade (and well on his way to executive of next decade too!). Really though, if you look at it, Jerry West probably was executive of the '90's, especially his genius to trade his starting center for a 17-yr old draft pick out of Lower Marion High School, and team him up with the biggest free agent acquisition ever (SORRY PRINCESS JIMMY!!!) Shaq!

Must mention too, us Laker fans are LUCKY TO HAVE THE BEST OWNER IN ALL OF SPORTS: JERRY BUSS!!!


GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!

never....

Hate is a strong word. But believe me, my utter and complete "dislike" for the Celtics is NO compliment!!

@Bob Ramirez,

I'm afraid we are not going after T-Mac. I read that Mitch is "optimistic" at signing Brown. If he does that and assumning he offers our 2 rookies a contract, our roster stands at 14.

The only recent news about T-Mac is D Rose spoke positively about the prospect that he may be with the Bulls. And I hear he has a workout scheduled with the Bulls this coming Monday. He had a workout with the Clippers a few days ago with them impressed but no offer. So my guess is T-Mac might sign with the Bulls.

Mitch has done a great job this off season.
The bench will be much better (although I kind of liked DJ).

I think they need Shannon for help guarding the quicker guards, although Steve Blake may be OK at it.

F the Heat!!!

TMac will play 14 games this year and then break down.
Nobody should rely on him!

The rookies will be the same thing as Red's cigar.
When they're on the floor, it's over

I'd pay to see Ron Artest go against Matt Barnes in practice. That would get pretty chippy

Thanks MM,

This is the best news you coulda reported.

Re-signing Shannon would be icing on the cake for me, along with signing the 2 draft picks...which would be the whipped cream with a cherry on top.:)

Let's go Ls...all the way to a 3-peat!!!!!

yes!!!

Starring!:
PG Fisher
SG KOBE
SF Artest
PF GASOL
C Bynum

Bench!

PG Blake or Shannon
SG Shannon or sasha
SF Barnes or Luke
PF odom or ebanks/ caracter(who evr they sign if they do)
C Ratliff

Hey Mitch,
Just make sure Kobe will have his 3 fingers in his shooting hand and ankle fixed before the start of the season. Also, we really need to get Derron. Trade Odom, Walton and Caracter and maybe Utah will agree, afterall, it is not sensible to continue investing so much on a team that will not play in the Finals for as long as Kobe and the Lakers are around... When we have Derron, let's see if blabber-mouth Baboon James will still be that confident with his Miami Ticks.

C - Ratliff (Pau) Pau is the obvious sub here heavy being used to heavy mins.
F - Odom (Caracter) You could swap in the two rookies so they get some mins.
F - Barnes (Ebanks)
G - Brown (Vujacic) The ONLY way Vujacic plays is if you have a 20 pt lead.
G - Blake

In my opinion Blake is the Key to this bench being MUCH more productive. He has very good offensive skills and can shoot the 3 ball the attention he will draw and the passing abilities he possesses will make everyones life in this unit much easier. The exact opposite of Farmar.

This Squad Coming bench is remarkable and makes the lakers Much deeper than they have been in a long time. Only one problem Ratliff probably cannot sustain heavy minutes like he did in the past so you would have to swap in Caracter For Ratliff and have Odom or Pau play center from time to time with the bench unit. And lastly We should just have Vujacic wear a suit for the season that train left the station and derailed Two years ago. Walton while possessing a High Basketball IQ and good passing skills has basically gotten paid for the last two years to just sit and watch. He has been comped and his dad has been honored its time to move on. They should however offer him an assistant coaching job or an office job.


I MIGHT SOUND A LITTLE PRETENTIOUS, BUT WITH A HEALTHY LINE UP. THE ONLY THING THAT CAN STOP THE LAKERS IS THE LAKERS. WHILE I MUST ADMIT I MARVEL AT THE MIAMI HEAT'S LINE UP AND IT'S A GOOD ONE. POUND FOR POUND AND WIN FOR WIN IF MY LAKERS PLAY WITH THEIR CAPABILITY. I EXPECT TO WIN AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT. WIN WELL. JEREMIAH 32:27

I agree. If they are talking to Shannon I think the Lakers know Luke is finished.

I agree, Luke is done, Mitch is going to be put him on medical waivers...lakers get an exta 3m in cap space.
Now Phil can go for D with barnes or Offense with Shannon to spot Kobe.

Don't sign shannon because he is black

we dont need any1 else. just sign shannon brown. i want him here 6 years from now... this has got to happen. everything else has went perfectly. this is what we need for the future. not to mention hes the best backup SG available.. by far the youngest too. i dont want some1 thats coming here for a ring and not a team. shannon is a laker and wants to be a laker.. only reason he backed out was for more years.. he should of waited a year.. then contracts would of been running out and money would of been there for him

Shannon Brown had some clutch shots when the team needed someone else to score. Yes his defense at times is lagging, but he is still young yet. There would be a void in not signing him. Bringing him back is essential to the 3 peat goal and Phil's final season.

 
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