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Report: Kobe Bryant will not play in FIBA championships

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Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will not play in the FIBA World Championships in Turkey this summer, USA basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said in an interview with AOL Fanhouse.

Bryant's absence extends to many on the 2008 Olympic team, which Colangelo says in the report will include all but Utah's Deron Williams and New Orlean's Chris Paul. Bryant hinted during his exit interview with the Lakers about the possibility of sitting out, speaking in general terms that "this summer for me is about getting healthy." But he didn't have a definitive answer because he planned to speak with Lakers management as well as the training staff before making such a decision.

This should serve as welcome news to Lakers fans, who had painfully witnessed Bryant fight through numerous injuries through the 2009-10 season, including an avulsion fracture to his right index finger, a sprained left ankle, a swollen right knee and back spasms. The knee affected him so much and limited his shooting to 31.5% shooting in the first three games of the first round against Oklahoma City, prompting him to drain his knee prior to the Lakers' Game 6 matchup against the Thunder. That procedure coincided with Bryant's resurgent play, which featured him scoring at least 30 points for the next five games and posting at least 30 points in 10 of the next 11 games. Bryant's finger didn't enjoy as much comfort, as he constantly tinkered with his splint in hopes that he'd still maintain touch and flexibility while not exposing the finger to additional harm. It remains unclear whether Bryant will have surgery on the finger, which eventually developed arthritis after the injury.

Bryant isn't the first Laker to consider health concerns entering the off-season.  After nursing two separate hamstring injuries, Lakers forward Pau Gasol decided to forgo playing in the FIBA championships with the Spanish national team. Despite having a left shoulder and right knee injury, Lakers forward Lamar Odom still plans to play in Turkey. But in Bryant's case, his decided absence speaks both to the severity of his injuries and the unusual reluctance in him forcing them to push him to the sideline. But with three consecutive Finals appearances, Lakers fans will surely prefer a healthy Bryant entering next season.

--Mark Medina

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Photo: An AOL Fanhouse report says that Kobe Bryant won't participate in the FIBA World Championships this summer in Turkey. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times.

 
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Good decision, MM.

Great news one and all. KB and Pau, sit down. LO, keep playin till camp starts!

You know, idle hands and such.

3Peat!

Guys that's a fair point. I didn't intend any maliciousness on my end. But after reviewing the other post, I see your guys point and decided to take the post down. My original thinking was that the videos satired more the public and media coverage more than Kobe, but yeah, we shouldn't have rehashed old wounds where really no one benefitted from this.

MM

MM - I'd say you just proved yourself a gentleman after all.

I'm really glad Kobe decided to take the time off and heal.

And that Colangelo has softened his banishment of those who don't play in Turkey from the Olympics

M2,

Kudos! It takes a classy guy to respond to feedback the way you do. Choosing the "Mulligan" was right and responsible. Thanks for considering what we had to say.

Good decision MM, that case has been settled, let's give it a rest.

Good decision Kobe, let the young ones like Durant proved their mettle in international basketball.

I don't know if you are aware that Lakers today have the highest payroll w/ only 7 players signed @ $81M. If you include Blake, Ebanks and Caracter, that will be 86M. Only 5M difference to resign Fisher and Shannon to meet the same salary last season. If the luxury threshold is set at $ 75M (91-75 = 26M luxury taxes). Therefore, payroll is back to 3 digit high at $111M.

CNN has projected 500,000 are unemployed today in California alone.

Amare' got a heft contract of 100M for 6 years while Joe Johnson will get 119M from Atlanta. Our youth should just focus on sports than go for bachelors degree. LMAO!

I feel like the guy who walks in after the big family drama!

No clue!


And that's alright with me!

Sorry for the double posting. MM, is there any way we can cancel from our own end.

Here is another funny Kobe stopper wanting to join the Lakers:

Alex Kennedy: ESPN Radio reporting that Matt Barnes wants to play for Lakers. "I've said nothing about where I'm leaning or going," texted Barnes Twitter

The only two injuries that were not due to age is the finger and the ankle (ironically the two that impacted Bryant the most). The finger Kobe broke in a game against Minnesota and the ankle was due to Elton Brand grabbing it for a loose ball in Philadelphia.

The knee was easily solved by draining it though it was also did impact KB at the end of the season and early in the Thunder Season. Now that he is taking the summer off again he can rest and Pau too.

LO is taking a risk but maybe with the current rest and working out (as is expected the team will do before playing in Asia Minor) the shoulder will heal back up eventually (unlike the two last shoulder injuries he had he doesn't have a torn labrum) and the knee well maybe he can get it drained too lol.

Fact is Finals Runs does take it's mileage and the only way to reduce the effects in the long run is rest and keeping up in shape so the body can better withstand the rigors of an 82 game season and a 2 month post season. Artest has to slim down more because as much as getting those muscles is cool the weight does have a negative effect on the foot and he while those muscles allow him to match up with Bron teams know that if they puts screens at him he is less effective so he'll need all the quickness he can get if he is continue defending the best perimeter players the Lakers face.

Thx MM, let's move on...

Correction: Amare got $100M for 5 years. LOL, we got a better deal in Walton three years ago.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN KOBE & PAU…
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Nothing speaks to the fundamental difference between Kobe and Pau as basketball players than how they mentally prepare to compete with Kobe imagining how it feels to win and Pau how it feels to lose. The comments were incredibly revealing as to each player’s innate confidence and deepest anxieties.
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That Kobe would visualize the joys of victory says worlds about why Kobe is such an incredible clutch player. His innate confidence as a player is so high that he actually never really worries about losing. He knows more times than not, he is going to make the shot or pass or steal or block to win the game.
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Pau on the other hand is still learning from Kobe and Phil how to win. You can see his confidence lag when the game gets overly physical. You can see Pau fight his natural tendency to become passive when challenged and force himself to become aggressive. For him, it is fear of losing that pushes him.
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This difference between how Kobe and Pau mentally prepare to compete is the difference between a tier-one superstar player around whom you build a franchise and a tier-two star player who can never be the alpha dog or primary player. That’s why the Lakers will always be Kobe’s and not Pau’s team.
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Part of the reason that Kobe and Pau play so well together is that Pau is not an alpha player whose ego gets in the way of the team’s success. That is why Pau is such a perfect fit as the Lakers #2 option. It will be fun to see how the new fantasy teams will fare. What looks great on paper often fizzles.
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TOM

Get ready for another Bronze Leb...ah, team usa ;)

It's cool though, I'm a laker fan before I'm a Team USA fan. Wait. Does that make me unpatriotic? Never let it be said.

Go women's Team USA! haha.

Good decision KB24.If all Lakers player is healthy next season nobody can beat us on the way to 3 peat not even the team with LBJ the kingkong,DWADE the wife batterrer,CBOSH the lefty softy all this wannabe will be nothing.Go KOBE the greatest player of all time,go Lakers the graetest franchise in the world...hi justa how are you?

Kobe injured, Bynum injured, Lamar injured, bench - invisible and they still won the championship not to mention against whom. If they are healthy next season you can put a dream team on them and they'll still will win the championship. Put Lebron, Wade, Bosh in one team, they don't care. Go Lakers for a 3peat.

As long as the Lakers will have the homecourt advantage in the western conference and the finals they will be unbeatable. I can't wait for the next season to start.

I remember that i once posted that the Lakers should trade for CP3, and i had many people say that New Orleans was never going to trade him. What are the rumors now?

I also said that the Lakers should focus more on offense as in to sign players who can shoot the 3, create their own shot. Who cares if they can't defend. We do not need anymore lock down defenders, and i mentioned Mike Miller. What did Bloggers say? Yeah, what i proposed could never happen because of some reason. Yet its been a month and all these crazy thoughts and propositions has somehow surfaced and been explored.

Lets have some original thinking for whom the Lakers can sign that help them 3peat. So far i only read the names of players that the media has thrown in as rumors . I did that and i was told to be realistic, and i was dissected to the bone w/ my thoughts, thanks to the all knowing TOM

Trade LO for a trade exception. W/ that we can get T-Mac, and Mike Miller also Shaq. If that was to happen, David Stern should present the Lakers with their 2010 and 2011 ring in the opening ceremonies in this upcoming season.

Shanon Brown and Ray Allen are going to sign w/ where ever Wade goes to.

Personally, i love the fact that the Lakers offered Steve Blake a contract that would pay him 4 mil a year as a potential back up to PG DFish. Farmar is gone, Shanon Brown is done. Correct me if i'm wrong, them combine made what S. Blake is gonna make in one year?

Still, good luck guys. Hope you find success in whatever team gives you a contract. BUT remember where you won your rings and who you played along with and who coached you. They might not be there when the rich cows eat that green grass/pastures you wanted to graze upon.

@Adrian Palomar, You know this is getting kind of old & it's not funny. I aint laughing & neither is Justa. I aint never shown you nothing but respect, so I would appreciate it if you showed me the same.
Mamba24

DWADE the wife batterrer,CBOSH the lefty softy all this wannabe will be nothing.Go KOBE the greatest player of all time,go Lakers the graetest franchise in the world...hi justa how are you? Posted by: Adrian Palomar | July 06, 2010 at 01:42 AM
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DWade was never accused of battering his wife. Not even by his ex-wife.

Not playing in the FIBA are good decisions by Kobe and Gasol. Mainly, I would like to question the motives of Bob Ryan who writes for the Boston Globe. He stated recently that he "hopes" James and Wade play for the Bulls. All the talk in the media about James and the other free agents is based on where they, the media, "think" these guys would end up. Being a Celtic hack as Ryan is, I think that he knows that the Celtics are on the downside and another title is not forthcoming. I believe there are two reasons he "hopes" that the Bulls get James and Wade. The reasons are, the Lakers and Phil Jackson.

Good news on Kobe (and Pau). The Lakers biggest last year was Pau and Kobe and Bynum and Odom and Artest and Artest all dealing with injuries. Only the Old Man, Fisher, stayed healthy out of the Six. Spend the summer healing and working out. Get ready for the three-peat.


Who will be the big obstacle next year? At this point it looks like Boston may have a mix of returning guys and reloads. They may be ready for another playoff run. Certainly Doc and Paul Pierce returning is an indication of some sort of commitment. Then we have to watch the free agent market to see who else builds a contender.


I believe there are two reasons he "hopes" that the Bulls get James and Wade. The reasons are, the Lakers and Phil Jackson. Posted by: Stan | July 06, 2010 at 05:58 AM
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I think you may have something there Stan.
Mamba24(larrY)

Good for Kobe! I hope he gets some rest, has a successful surgery on the finger and is ready to roll come this Fall. This could be another great season for the Lakers. I hope Phil gives the starters more rest during the regular season rather than go for a shot at the meaningless all time best regular season win-loss record. I'll take 16-0 in the playoffs any day over 74-8 in the regular season.

I'll take 16-0 in the playoffs any day over 74-8 in the regular season. Posted by: rdlee | July 06, 2010 at 06:13 AM
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I hear you brother RDLee! Now you're talking like a coach rather than a fan!
Mamba24(larrY)

@Mari.G. I haven't heard your takes on things recently. Come on and put your spin on this New York, Amare 100 million thing. Or drop me an Email.
Mamba24(larrY)

Funny how all the big name free agents are looking at teams in the East. That makes me think: either they are ducking the Lakers because they'd rather take their shot at us in the Finals rather than getting knocked out early, OR the teams in the west are so stacked they couldn't get under the cap to sign big money free agents. Either way, nobody scares me in either conference.
Boston is weaker w/o Rasheed and Perkins, Cleveland is a mess no matter what LBJ does, Chicago or Miami has to see if the stars can play with one ball. Atlanta needs a star to lead the way. NYK & NJN are a joke no matter who they sign. Orlando may be the toughest team out east by default.
In the west our conference finals opponent is going to be hurting w/o Amare. OKC needs a little more experience and interior defense. Portland could be tough if Oden ever gets healthy. Denver has peaked. Utah is Utah. San Antonio has seen better days. Houston doesn't have all the right pieces. Dallas will probably be our toughest opponent out west come playoff time but I'd never put my money on Dirk to win the big game.
Looks like another rings for our guys!

rdlee, i pretty much agree with your assessment on the other playoff teams you mentioned here, except boston. rasheed is contemplating playing one more year, and i think he will. perkins will be fine by first of the year. and they are already looking to re-load with some pretty solid FA vets.

i love our Blake signing, sure wished we could have landed Mike Miller. Really hoping Fish & Shannon come back.

>>>Alex Kennedy: ESPN Radio reporting that Matt Barnes wants to play for Lakers

While he wouldn't be my first (or second or third) choice, I wouldn't mind having Barnes on the Lakers. His shooting tends to fade in clutch situations, but he's a tough nosed defender.

Just mentioning him makes me laugh recalling him faking throwing the ball at Kobe's face and Kobe not even flinching.

Joe_Conrad,

>>>Who cares if they can't defend.

I care. That's a championship LOSING attitude. Defense is VERY important.

Say NO to Kyle Korver, Channing Frye, and other offense-only players like them.

>>>W/ that we can get T-Mac, and Mike Miller also Shaq.

Congratulations, Joe Corad, you just discovered a way to trade the Lakers out of championship contention. I'm curious, why didn't you include signing Allen Iverson as well? He's an old broken down shadow of his former self as well.

Mike Miller is the only one of those three the Lakers should even consider signing.

In light of the NY/Amare connection, I wouldn't be surprised to see Jordan Farmar wind up in NY also. Even more so now that RealGM is reporting that Chris Duhon has left the Knicks to sign with the Magic as Jameer Nelson's backup.

http://realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/67882/20100706/duhon_agrees_to_four_year_$15m_deal_with_orlando/

Amare needs someone to set him up. Jordan fancies himself as a lead, speedy point. Could be a good match.

>>>Farmar is gone, Shanon Brown is done. Correct me if i'm wrong, them
>>> combine made what S. Blake is gonna make in one year?

Well, since we don't know what Farmar or Brown will make next year, we don't know if you're right or wrong. But with the way that money is flowing for contracts to second and third tier players, it wouldn't surprise me if Farmar and Brown each got offers pretty close to Blake's. But I'd bet dollars to diamonds that their combined salaries will be higher than Blake's salary next year.

BTW. For those who haven't noticed. So far, the Steve Blake contract is the smallest non-rookie contract signed this off-season. While the wannabes are overpaying for role players, the Lakers are getting role players to sign for what they're actually worth.

>>>Farmar is gone, Shanon Brown is done. Correct me if i'm wrong, them
>>> combine made what S. Blake is gonna make in one year?

Well, since we don't know what Farmar or Brown will make next year, we don't know if you're right or wrong. But with the way that money is flowing for contracts to second and third tier players, it wouldn't surprise me if Farmar and Brown each got offers pretty close to Blake's. But I'd bet dollars to diamonds that their combined salaries will be higher than Blake's salary next year.

BTW. For those who haven't noticed. So far, the Steve Blake contract is the smallest non-rookie contract signed this off-season. While the wannabes are overpaying for role players, the Lakers are getting role players to sign for what they're actually worth.

A scouting report for Steve Blake. (My wife has never heard of him, so I did this research for her) lol

http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Steve-Blake-1700/

After reviewing the report, it looks like Blake should be a very good fit for the Lakers. His biggest weakness is on defense, he's lanky, (6'3" - 170 lbs) not strong, and get's beat quite often by quicker, stronger guards. But he understands well, team concept defense.

..clever, creative passer, adept at finding the open man, with very good court vision.... (I like that a lot)

Not much playoff experience, but in two series for Denver and Portland, he averaged about 37 minutes and shot near 50%. That shows the coaches had confidence in him and he wasn't intimidated by the pressure.

Orlando signs Chris Duhon - 4 yrs at 15 million

Should be a good back up for them

rdlee

>>>That makes me think: either they are ducking the Lakers because they'd
>>> rather take their shot at us in the Finals rather than getting knocked out
>>> early, OR the teams in the west are so stacked they couldn't get under the
>>> cap to sign big money free agents.

It's the latter. New York has been chopping salaries for 3 years to get this much cap space. Miami, New Jersey, and Chicago have been chopping salaries for a year or more. In the west, only the Clippers and Timberwolves have been trying the same thing.

So c'mon. If it comes down to a choice between living in New York, Miami, Chicago... or living in Minnesota or living in LA but playing for the Clippers. Who are you gonna choose?

I'm actually moderately surprised there isn't at least one of the big name free agents looking to come to the Clippers. Their roster isn't bad, the city rules, and if you could turn the Clippers into a Western Conference Finals team, you'd be like the Dr Schweitzer of basketball players.

Who did Dr Schweitzer play for? :)

LTLF,

I couldn't agree more with your post regarding defense. It was our defense that won game 7 of the finals when our offense(0ther than Artest)sputtered. While the Celtics defense was getting all the hype and love of the BSPN analysts, the Lakers defense was actually the stronger and better of the two teams this time around. That's the thing with Raja Bell that intrigues me, is that he can defend and shoot the 3. The crazy thing is we can still be more dominant defensively, especially if Bynum stays healthy and focuses more on that end of the court and we add more defensive minded players that can shoot as oppose to players who can shoot, but can't play a lick of defense. When the jumper isn't falling and you're giving up points on the defensive end, that's a double-edged sword in the negative sense.

As gratifying as it is that Kobe and Pau have the smarts to sit things out this summer and heal, it's annoying to learn that Lamar will play instead of healing the shoulder injury he whined about all post-season. Lamar is fortunate that Phil is coming back. Any other coach would succumb to the temptation to whack the Candy Man with a 2 x 4.

As for the Steve Blake signing, Kevin Ding has a great article on why Blake is the perfect fit for the Lakers.

http://bit.ly/bQ8ARc

I'd be really delighted if Mitch can now sign Fish for a price that leaves a few pennies on the table for Raja Bell. Blake and Bell combined would represent a significant upgrade on what the Lakers had for backups last season and add an edge to the quest for a 3-peat.

It's about time Kobe and Pau are getting some rest this summer...

They have been non stop since Pau came aboard...

A well rested Kobe and Pau, a healed AB, 2 new rookies, Blake signing on, and PJ's last stand...

I can't wait to see how our boys will do this year...

Shaq to the Mavs or Hawks for about 5 mil per...

That is a huge paycut from 20 mil per...

How is the Big Shaq Ego dealing with that...

Truth hurts...but he would be a great help to both those teams...

I'm glad the Lakers are not bringing him back...

rdlee,

>>>I'll take 16-0 in the playoffs any day over 74-8 in the regular season.

megadittos

now that they've signed Steve Blake,re-sign Fisher;they probably wouldn't have anything left to sign another player, but I love the Blake signing, good 3 point shooter, can stretch the defense.........let's get everyone healthy and go after a 3 peat!!

LongTimeLakerFan,

you wrote: BTW. For those who haven't noticed. So far, the Steve Blake contract is the smallest non-rookie contract signed this off-season. While the wannabes are overpaying for role players, the Lakers are getting role players to sign for what they're actually worth.

my response: Are you suggesting that the Lakers organization utilize
financial prudence when it comes to signing players? I thought that was
verboten. [grin]

LTLF,

Matt Barnes is another that fits that mold of being a feisty defender and capable of hitting threes. The reason I believe players like Barnes and Bell would thrive on the Lakers is their willingness to play tough, hard-nosed defense. This is what made James Posey such a key piece for the Celtics in 08' because Posey could defend and hit big, timely threes. Bruce Bowen was the same way for the Spurs and Shane Battier for the Rockets. Trevor Ariza did that for us in 09' and Artest for us this year, although it may have been easier for us if Ron had hit a higher percentage on his threes(to his credit though he played staunch defense on Pierce and hit big threes when it mattered most).

Hopefully Devin Ebanks can develop into a similar type of player. Other than the obvious comparisons to Trevor Ariza, Ebanks demeanor and game kinda reminds me of Rudy Gay who when he came out of college was still pretty raw and didn't have much of a jumper(has since developed pretty nicely). It would be nice if Ebanks can develop a similar game, but so far I like his statement on focusing on defense and doing the little things.

If LeBronze doesn't make the right basketball decision and return to Cleveland, then the team coming out of the East is probably going to be either Boston or Orlando again.

That means that LeCrab (ironically) may engineer a Final's re-rematch between Boston and LA.

I really don't think there is any team other than Cleveland that can become Championship-ready right away with what it will take to get Queen James (which includes gutting their rosters in the short-term). If Her Majesty moves, she is resigning herself to waiting another year or two to really get back to the Finals. Hopefully, she chooses the correct front office to accomplish that long-term goal. I really want to eventually see Kobe v. The Queen in the Finals.

If we remember correctly, that is exactly the decision that Kobe had to make. And, Kobe had to come to trust a front office that he felt had previously let him down.

Buss said, "I will do what it takes", and Kobe believed him. History was made on that day. If I remember right, it was a 15-minute conversation.

I think that was the day Kobe grew up.

What does Bronzie do?

--FEARless

Do you all think that Pau is a max contract player...

I think he is, but barely...

My point is Kobe has been successful since Pau became a Laker...

So for argument purposes let's say Pau is a max guy...

But LeBron is thinking he needs to team up with 2 max players to win a title...

More proof of who is the best player in the league is...Sorry Stern...

Rick Friedman,

thanks for the link to the Kevin Ding article.

Joe_Conrad,

>>>Who cares if they can't defend.

Dude! Did you watch the Finals? Three of the Lakers four wins, including game 7, were won on the defensive end. The Lakers had ONE good shooter in game 7: RonRon. Everyone else sucked, yet we buckled-down on D in the second half and won going away.

Why would you want to mess with that formula?

Besides, name just one offensive minded team that has won a title. The closest you will ever find are the Showtime Lakers. What people forget about those Riley coached teams is that they always played great 4th quarter defense. Without fail.

Game over.

--FEARless

rdlee,

>>>I'll take 16-0 in the playoffs any day over 74-8 in the regular season.

Make that a bandwagon, and strap me a chair on top!

--FEARless

Thank God!!!

Sup Rick!

I disagree that Lamar had been whining about his shoulder. It only came up when the media asked him about it, and he always said it was a non-issue. I think he'll have time to heal it AND work on his game with Team USA. I'd rather him do that than hang out by the pool all summer watching Khloe do her thang! He boxed last year to get in game shape, but some Team USA work outs & games will do wonders for him - don't you think? Start him focusing ASAP. I like it.


bronxlakerfan,

>>>I wouldn't be surprised to see Jordan Farmar wind up in NY also.

Me neither. His style is actually perfect for D'Antoni offense. If they manage to get another talented player, Farmar could be pretty successful as their starting PG. Having Amare and Gallinari and another good wing player running the floor in a perpetual fast break could make Jordan look really good.

Nemaia Faletogo & LTLF,

You are both exactly on point. Do not forget just how important Bynum was. And it had nothing to do with his offense. PJ used him just enough to disrupt the Ceptics just enough to keep us in every game. Bynum's contribution, though not great, was essentially that final straw that would break the Craptics back.

PJ showed that he can also be a master of resource utilization. Maybe we should elect him as Governor of California?

--FEARless

So - I was gone most of this long week-end, and I come back to find out I was dumped, then taken back, then propositioned, then my honor was defended. Wow - busy, busy. What's gonna happen next? LOL! Well - as long as I get that iPad I was promised.....


Amare to the Knicks for $100K???


HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!


Best of luck with that. Seriously. The tears are streaming down my face from laughing so hard.


*gasp*

PREACH IT Fearless!


Just make sure when you're sitting in that chair on top of the "buss" you duck when going under the overpasses, ok?

Rick F...

Agreed that Blake will bring some new passion to the table. Every team has to evolve slightly to continue to win. Bringing in some new, hungry blood is not a bad thing.

Raja Bell, well, I'm not so sure about. He suffered a serious wrist injury. The 3 pt. shooting that is a large part of his game may be affected by that. Good defender, back in the day. But at age 34, what's left? If Raja's healthy and a reasonable facimile of his old self, then it sounds good. But, that's a big IF.

>>>I'd be really delighted if Mitch can now sign Fish for a price that leaves a few
>>>pennies on the table for Raja Bell.

I like what Raja Bell could offer. In his prime, he was what Sasha aspires to be - a quality pest of a wing defender who could hit the spot-up 3. My one reservation about Bell is his age. He's 33, and has had some injuries the last couple of seasons. Remember the Vlade Divac signing? How about Aaron McKie? or Shammond Williams?

Sometimes an old dog just can't hunt any more. Won't know if Bell can come back from his big injury of last season and play like his old self until he actually succeeds (or fails).

Just make sure when you're sitting in that chair on top of the "buss" you duck when going under the overpasses, ok?Posted by: justanothermambafan | July 06, 2010 at 09:06 AM
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LMAO!!

Bronxlakerfan and LTLF,

I too believe that Farmar's style is especially suited to D'Antoni's. But, everyone knows that D'Antoni will never win a ring. If I were Farmar, I would sign for one year with a mutual option for year two and see if I can be a part of history playing on PJ's fourth three-peat.

Plus, if I can crack into a few more games this season, be more of a cog on a Championship team, I would have increased my value above $2-3 mil per year.

New York will still be there in a year.

--FEARless

>>>Matt Barnes is another that fits that mold of being a feisty defender and
>>>capable of hitting threes.

I agree with the feisty defender part, but Barnes takes more 3's than he should. Last season he shot 32% on 3's and he's only 33% for his career.

If it's feisty defense and 3's that you want, then Raja Bell is probably a better choice.

Well - as long as I get that iPad I was promised.....Posted by: justanothermambafan | July 06, 2010 at 09:04 AM
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Uh...about the IPAD, Noah & God had some long discussions and he has a message for you that I dare not deliever so I trust that Noah like the Postman will deliever it to you. Lol!
Mamba24(larrY holiwaY)

I don't see anyone left on the Knicks to pass the ball to Amare.

Does he really not know what Nash meant to him?

Having been coached by D'Antoni, he probably signed up to make sure he wouldn't have to play defense for five years.

He should be praying Farmar ends up in NYC instead of Indiana.

FEARless,

>>>>The Lakers had ONE good shooter in game 7: RonRon.

Hate to burst your bubble, but RonRon shot 7-18 for the game.

The only Laker to shoot over 40% was Derek Fisher - 4-6.

JUSTA!

Nice to see you again! 'Sup?

--FEARless

We are looking for feisty D and the Three? Is Michael Cooper still around?

--FEARless

justa,

>>>Amare to the Knicks for $100K???
>>>HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

I'm actually hoping LeBronze joins him. D'antoni could lead another 2-time MVP into multiple playoff failures. Amare is defense-free.

Pau "The Spaniard" Gasol...

Happy Birthday amigo...

Usted es el hombre...

Pau "The Spaniard" Gasol...

Happy Birthday amigo...

Usted es el hombre...

Hate to burst your bubble, but RonRon shot 7-18 for the game.

The only Laker to shoot over 40% was Derek Fisher - 4-6.

@LTLF

Wow! So, it was even worse than I thought? Good thing we brought Fish! A lot of people thought we should have left him behind.

Maybe there is something to this idea that it is Defense that wins Championships, huh?

I stand corrected (and vindicated)!

--FEARless

RAJA RAJA RAJA

Raja Bell's age is a concern, but it could also be a blessing in disguise. If Raja was younger, there is no way the Lakers would be able to afford him. His "age" is the only reason the Lakers even have a chance at signing him for $1.8 million (remainder of the mid-level).

@Fatty "Not much playoff experience" referring to Steve Blake.

No Problemo. Pau Gasol didn't have much playoff experience either. Lakers have tons of playoff experience and will show him the light.
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GO LAKERS!!!!!! ONE, TWO, THREE-PEAT SQUARED!!!!!!

DOMINATE!!!!!!

Sorry my man Mamba24.I thought you and justa is just kidding but it seems that your serious about her.Anyway i dont care about the other team player.Its only the Lakers im concern with.It will took an all star team to defeat us.I know we got this again for our 3 peat.

I dont even give a damn about where those wannabe free agent goes,i wont even waste my time.All i care is my Laker team...

justa, >>>Amare to the Knicks for $100K???
>>>HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! I'm actually hoping LeBronze joins him. D'antoni could lead another 2-time MVP into multiple playoff failures. Amare is defense-free. Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | July 06, 2010 at 09:21 AM
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LOL! Preach LongTime, Preach!!
Mamba24(larrY)

Bronx,

You are correct about the injury to Raja Bell. Fortunately(if we can say that about any injury), is that it was the wrist on his non shooting hand. The other thing is, hopefully he's in basketball shape. I think Bell would be rejuvenated playing alongside Kobe, Pau and the rest of the gang. A few years ago, Bell led the league in most three pointers made, so I don't think he's forgotten how to shoot or defend. If he joins us, I expect him to get wide open looks and at least hit a higher percentage than both Artest and Sasha. That's why along with Blake, we would have more production off our bench because they're both savvy veterans, team players that bring a lot of intangibles to the table. It would be pretty cool to see Kobe, Raja and RonRon on the floor together defensively. Like Artest, maybe Bell is just thinking, if I can't beat em', join em'.

LTLF,

I agree with your statement about Barnes' three point shooting.

FEARless,

>>>If I were Farmar, I would sign for one year with a mutual option for year two
>>>and see if I can be a part of history playing on PJ's fourth three-peat.
>>>
>>>Plus, if I can crack into a few more games this season, be more of a cog on a
>>>Championship team, I would have increased my value above $2-3 mil per year.
>>>
>>>New York will still be there in a year.

I think the Blake signing closes the door on any possibility of signing Farmar (unless Fish and Shannon both sign elsewhere and Jordan is still unsigned).

But at this point in time, I'd give Farmar better odds of starting with the Knicks next season than with the Lakers.

Some Laker contracts look a lot better when compared to the money being thrown around these days...

I hope Fish can come in at about $7M for two years. That would leave just enough, assuming last year's payroll, for one or two vet min guys. Perhaps Bell and Kurt Thomas?

And, not to offend anyone, but would Mike Miller really be that great of an addition? I watched a lot of Wizards' games last year and he really did not impress me at all. Perhaps it was the atmosphere and the bad basketball, but Miller did not really help his cause. I think I would much rather keep Odom than have to trade him for Miller and others. Just my opinion.

FEARless,

>>>I stand corrected (and vindicated)!

After I hit post, it occurred to me that I should have added a line that your main thesis was 100% correct - twas defense won game 7 and the championship for the Lakers. I was just correcting one of the side issues, and as you point out, it made your argument even stronger.

Hey guys we got a new post up

MM

Hi Justa,

If an NBA Finals series against the Celtics can't get Lamar focused, there's little reason to believe that summer play can do the job. Perhaps he should book regular sessions with Thriller's sports psychologist.

Perhaps you didn't read the magazine article where Lamar's children called him out for being too lazy to get out of bed and play with them.

For all his incredible good qualities, Lamar is simply less than the sum of his parts.

Good.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Rick - lol - no... I didn't read that. And you're right - Lakers / Septics Finals should have done the trick. Still, I see Lamar in a glass half full way. I don't think he was as unfocused or as bad as many seem to say during that series. Or over the playoffs in general. Still - anything he sees as improving his focus and performance is all good in my books. I love Lamar. I think he brings a great deal to the Lakers, and I don't think they win it all without him. I'm not saying he's another Kobe. I'm saying what he brings isn't as easily quantifiable but just as necessary. I dont' think I'm the only one who sees it that way either.

My point is Kobe has been successful since Pau became a Laker...

Posted by: LEWSTR

say WHAT??????????

FEARless... adrian...

I'm good - how you guys doing?!

LAKER TRUTH...

You're very right when you say that the Lakers couldn't afford Raja Bell if he were a little younger. With the constraints on the Lakers' finances, Mitch and Dr. Buss have got to be extremely creative to round out the roster.

Nemaia Faletogo...

Thanks for clearing up Raja's injury situation for me. I wasn't sure which wrist he injured and couldn't find it anywhere. I even tried his website...but the last update was in 2009! The site even directs inquiries to the Phoenix Suns! Not many hits, huh Raja? LOL!!! But, I agree with the blog that a healthy Raja would be an asset to our Lakers.

Amare needs someone to set him up. Jordan fancies himself as a lead, speedy point. Could be a good match.

Posted by: bronxlakerfan

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can u remember in 4 years (or 3 - too long to follow his nightmare) ONE P&R play when Farmy passed the ball????????????

can u remember a good pass from the bbase line (all turned out in TURN OVER)

can you remember a brilliant ENTRY PASS?????????????

all what Farmy can do is run fast and miss a layup.
soot a 3 at the end of quarters to be the HERO / clutch
play MATADOR DEFENSE.

fits the d'Antoni system with Black Jesus. indeed a MATCH made in HEAVEN.
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but we will ALL REMEMBER the sloppy pass that lead to Kobe's broken INDEX finger.

that's Farmy's legacy as a Laker.

Hi justa finally you reply.Sorry im a bit naughty at times.Anyway always takecare pretty justa......

adrian - sorry about that. I wasn't on the blog over the long weekend - busy busy! You're not naughty - well..... maybe a bit! LOL!

Hahaha good,nice to know that you got sense of humour as well.I dont know why im enterested in knowing more about you.just curious probably.lol

Well so I guess I was dumped after all. Oh Well
Larry H.

Larry - you were NOT dumped. Don't be so sensitive :)

Yap Mamba24 relax your still my idol in this blog mate...

>>>Raja Bell's age is a concern, but it could also be a blessing in disguise. If Raja
>>>was younger, there is no way the Lakers would be able to afford him. His
>>>"age" is the only reason the Lakers even have a chance at signing him for $1.8
>>>million (remainder of the mid-level).

That is very true. And with the "championship potential" factor, that 1.8 million is equal to about a 3 million dollar offer from some other team (assuming Bell hasn't squandered the money he's already earned and needs to get the most cash possible, or something like that).

>>>can u remember in 4 years (or 3 - too long to follow his nightmare) ONE
>>>P&R play when Farmy passed the ball????????????

Lots. He actually works the P&R pretty well with Pau, but they rarely have them do that.

>>>but we will ALL REMEMBER the sloppy pass that lead to Kobe's broken INDEX finger.

Funny, but I don't really remember that pass. I can't visualize it in my head. The plays I can remember (and see in my head) are these:

The scoop pass to Kobe to get him the shot to get him the most points by any Laker

The dunk with Kevin Garnett trying to chase him down in game 6.

The drive to the rim, pump fake and shoot over KG in game 6.

Picking Kobe off the floor and psyching him up after Ray Allen's charge was called a block in the 4th quarter of game 7 (Kobe was sitting on the floor looking pretty down).

Out-running Rajon Rondo to a loose ball, then diving on the floor to knock the ball to Kobe in the finals.

Getting alley-oop passes from Luke.

Throwing alley-oop passes to Shannon Brown. Probably half of Shannon's highlight reel dunks were off passes from Jordan. Same thing with Trevor Ariza - Jordan and Trevor were the heart of the "bench mob" when they were getting a lot of hype.

Driving to the rim, drawing two defenders, and dishing a behind the back pass to MBenga for a dunk.

Fouling Dwight Howard HARD so that he couldn't get a shot off and had to take (and brick) two free throws in the 2009 finals.

Those are the highlights I most visually remember. Yes, I also remember too many missed free throws, and some mistakes on defense, and some driving to the lane and turning the ball over. But they don't stand out in my head as much.

The kid tried hard. His game isn't well suited to the triangle. The Lakers mostly tried to shoehorn him into the triangle for the last 4 years, with limited success. I think in another system, he could have a peak of something like Aaron Brooks or at worst he could be more like Sebastian Telfair. Until he signs with another team and gets a chance, we'll never know.


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