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Reader comments: Hated opponents who would make fine Lakers

July 30, 2010 |  1:32 pm

47209174On Thursday we asked, "Can you think of any particular players that you strongly dislike as opponents but would love to have on the Lakers?" Here's a sampling of what you all came up with:

"Everyone, and I mean Everyone seems to act up when they play the Lakers. But if I had to choose someone, it would probably be J.R.Smith because of he's so brash, yet talented. He's another guy that likes to go at Kobe and has even stated that he isn't afraid of Kobe. Can't stand him as an opponent, but wouldn't mind his offensive firepower off the bench and his feisty defense as well. I almost puked just typing that....

"Another guy that I can't stand, but I would to have on the Lakers is Shane Battier. First of all I don't like that his name is pronounced like someone that belongs to the French Legion (no offense to anyone that is French on here)instead of how it's spelled. Second, outside of Bell and Barnes and the retired Bowen, BatTear is the most annoying, pesky and smug defender on Kobe Bryant these days. I'm sure Kobe would love to have him as a Laker and he would not only give us staunch defense on the perimeter, but a three point threat and another good leader in the locker room. Man, hating and then wanting these guys on my team makes me feel like I'm doing something really, really bad." -- Nemaia Faletogo

"3) reasons why I hate Shane Battier: 1. He's a Blue Devil. 2. He always plays hard, and against us, particularly well. 3. He doesn't play for us." -- Don't Blame Del Harris

"I would have said the same thing about Connie Hawkins, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lucious Allen, Adrian Dantley, Maurice Lucas, Rick Fox, John Salley, Gary Payton and Karl Malone. I hated them when they played for the other guys, but once they were on our side, they became good guys." -- rdlee

"I don't quite hate Russell Westbrook, but I wouldn't mind seeing him in a Laker Uni." -- longtimelakerlover

"Regarding players whom I hate but would quickly change my opinion on if they were in Purple and Gold...Pretty much any player who's been a San Antonio Spur. Popopvich is a fine coach who builds solid players." -- Jon K

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"I dislike Goran Dragic from the Phoenix Suns given his antics during the Western Conference Playoffs, but would love to see him in a Lakers uniform if only to see him and Sasha compete against each other for alpha male dog. They would be shooting 3 pointers in a purple and gold daze. Sasha would be so motivated all year round to get one over his Croatian nemesis." -- Enjoytheride

"Players I love even if they aren't Lakers (but would jump for joy if they became Lakers: Shane Battier, Kevin Durant, Gerald Wallace, Kevin Love, Amir Johnson, Steve Nash, Chauncey Billups, Jason Kidd, Trevor Ariza, Ronny Turiaf, Al Horford, Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams.

"Players I kinda hate who I'd definitely forgive if they wore a Laker uni: Raja Bell, Rajon Rondo, Chris 'Birdman' Anderson, Louis Admundson, Jared Dudley, OJ Mayo, Glen Davis, Nate Robinson, Manu Ginobili, Goran Dragic, DeMarcus Cousins.

"Players I hate so much I might never fully support them in a Laker uni: Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Eddie House, Ray Allen, JR Smith, Amare Stoudemire, Kwame Brown, Stephon Marbury, Mike Bibby, Gilbert Arenas, LeBron James -- puddle

"Players that I hate but would like if they're Lakers: 1. Manu Ginobili - I hate his flopping and whining and for getting Kobe suspended TWICE! I like that he has a lot of heart and can rally a team. 2. Gilbert Arenas - I hate his smug attitude like he's God's gift to the NBA. I especially hated him when he set that opponent's scoring record in Staples. I like how he can shoot lights out." -- SamLL

"Aside from the current and 80's Celtics, the only players I really ever hated were the dirty players and the floppers. - Karl Malone, - John Stockton, - Bill Lambeer, - Tom Chambers, - Vlade Divac, - Doug Christie, - Manu and Bruce Bowen, - Raja Bell, - Matt Barnes, - Chris Paul (he does not have the reputation for being a flopper, but he might be the best flopper in the league. I would love him he wore a Laker uni though) I would probably hate Fish and Sasha as well if they were on other teams." -- LAKER TRUTH

"Steve Nash is a great player who plays well against the Lakers. He plays effortlessly and seems to find small seams in our defenses and penetrates with abandon. He makes our guards defend hard everytime we meet the Suns. He's one player I would love to play with the Lakers...if Derek Fisher retires." -- Gilbert Battung

-- Mark Medina

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Photo, top: Fans may dislike the antics of Nuggets guard J.R. Smith but would still like him to play for the Lakers. Credit: Robert Gauthier /Los Angeles Times

Photo, bottom: Forgive and forget? Some Laker fans could see Goran Dragic joining the Lakers and Sasha Vujacic. Credit: Wally Skalij /Los Angeles Times


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