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With Phil Jackson committed for next season, Mitch Kupchak doesn't foresee any other 'major' off-season changes

Throughout the week, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak regularly checked in with Phil Jackson while he spent time at his Montana lakeside home, filling him in on details such as Brian Shaw's interview for Cleveland's coaching position, the NBA draft and the upcoming free agency class. With each phone conversation, Kupchak found Jackson engaged and fully interested on the team's latest move while relaxing from a grinding NBA season.

Surely, Kupchak knew any medical test that suggested poor health could drastically change Jackson's demeanor. But with how Jackson sounded on the phone, Kupchak felt as if he'd be back at least for another season, a sentiment he shared with reporters even as Jackson suggested he was leaning toward retirement. That's why Kupchak didn't feel nervous when he picked up the phone Wednesday night to hear the official news that Jackson would come back for another season.

"I always felt as if he was engaged," Kupchak said to reporters Friday at the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo. "You can tell if somebody's not going to come back that they're really not engaged in future decisions for an organization. I felt as if he was engaged and I felt good about where we were."

As a result, the Lakers have taken care of a major component of their off-season movement. Kupchak doesn't have to hire any replacement coach. He doesn't have to look for assistants and trainers. And he can sell to free agents that Jackson's return ensures more stability and continuity to a team poised to "three-peat." It surely makes Kupchak feel a little less stressed when he's monitoring NBA TV and ESPN for the latest on free agency moves.

Still, there's plenty of business Kupchak needs to address. He anticipates locking up a formal agreement with Jackson by next week, confirmed Brian Shaw would be a coaching candidate if Jackson retires after the 2010-2011 season and plans to continue talks next week with Derek Fisher, whom The Times' Broderick Turner recently reported is seeking a multiyear deal for about the same salary he made last season ($5.048 million).

There are also uncertain elements. On whether he's had face time with free agents outside of the team, Kupchak said, "We have not met with any prospective free agents other than who is on our own team." On whether Kupchak has made any offers to free agents outside the team, Kupchak said, "We wouldn't confirm or deny that." On whether it's accurate regarding the team's reported interest in swingman Mike Miller, Kupchak said, "We would not comment on anyone we may have contacted or did not contact. That's not how we do business."

Still, at least the hard part is out of the way. "It certainly felt good to know he's coming back," Kupchak said. "For the organization, it's a huge plus with our stability."

-- Mark Medina

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"With Phil Jackson committed for next season, Mitch Kupchak doesn't foresee any other 'major' off-season changes"


THAT IS WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT! Perfec!! 3 peat!!!!

Funny to see all the wild trade theories and to see what is happening in the FA market this off season...

I remember last summer...It was re-sign Ariza, an onslaught of positives and negatives on Artest move...and then, 'Bring back Lamar'...

With all 09 Championship accomplished, the arm chair GMs were already at work, while I was still savorying #15...

We heard wild tales, crazy scenarios, and all sorts of opinions...

What did Mitch do...besides signing Artest, he also re-signed Lamar to a more reasonable salary, with LO taking a pay cut...

The results: Mitch's main move paid off HUGE, with Ron Ron doing what he was hired to do, and incredibly, the reason we won game 7, and #16...

So I sit here amused...looking at everyones 'expert' opinions and trade scenarios...While deep down, it will be Mitch, with Dr. Buss's blessing, that will decide the future of this team...

I have no problem with that...In Mitch Kupchak I trust...He will make sure to make us competitive, in the parameters of the team's financial situation...

JUST SAY NO...
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To Kwame Brown
To Shaquille O’Neal
To Chris Bosh
To Shannon Brown
To Jordan Farmar
To D.J. Mbenga
To Josh Powell
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JUST SAY YES...
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To Derek Fisher
To Mike Miller
To Steve Blake
To Brad Miller
To Devin Ebanks
To Derrick Caracter
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TOM

NO CHANGES TO THE CORE TEAM BANDWAGON!!!
Phil, Shaw, Bynum, Gasol, Odom, Artest, Kobe, Fisher!!!!

Laker Tom -

Kyle Korver - Yes

Mitch - don't F*** around with D Fish, get him signed on his terms, or you'll be the most hated GM again.

Brad Miller?

As well as Bynum played through a torn MCL, I wouldn't be upset if they could do a sign and trade to get Chris Bosh. He's a great a player on a shit team. He needs a chance. He was the bomb on the 08 Redeem Team.

Brad Miller?!?! I have to go vomit now.

It's a bit surprising that Fish would expect to receive a multiyear contract with a $5M per year salary. I hope he doesn't stick to that number, because if he does, I would think twice about re-signing him.

Yes, $5M per year isn't very much for a starting PG, but would Fish realistically start on another team in the league? I have serious doubts about that.

Hey, LEWSTRS! Can I please get on the PJ bus?

Thanks!

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From HoopsWorld: "Eric Pincus - 07/02/2010 4:13pm EST-
After meeting with LeBron James, the Los Angeles Clipper released the following statement from General Manager Neil Olshey:

...'We're not going to go into any details about the meeting's specifics. But it was our goal to present tangible and very obvious reasons as to why we think LeBron choosing our organization is his best option: we clearly have the best team already in place for him to join, we have the best city, the best arena, the best practice facility – overall the best situation.'"

Best City: "Lakerville USA"

Best Arena: "The House the Lakers Built"

Best Practice Facility: $50 Million Facility in Playa Del Rey--Maybe or Maybe Not......

Best Situation: "Living Under the Shadow of 16 Lakers Championship Banners and Becoming the Bastard Child of the Staples Center. Constant Reminders of Kobe's Greatness!!!!!!"

Lebron's Response: "Yeah Baby!!!!!! That's What I'm Talkin' 'Bout!!!!!!"

NEVER GONNA HAPPEN CLIPPERS FANS!!!!!!

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This Just In from HoopsWorld:
Eric Pincus - 07/02/2010 4:28pmEST-
Free agent Javaris Crittenton was not named to the Los Angeles Lakers summer league roster as many expected. HOOPSWORLD spoke with his agent Mark Bartelstein who indicated at this time Javaris isn't lined up to play summer league ball with any of the 30 teams.

As far as any interest from Crittenton's former team (the Lakers) or any other squad? "Nothing new right now," said Bartelstein

It will be interesting to see if a team takes a chance on Javaris after the unfortunate gun incident with Gilbert Arenas when he was with the Washington Wizards.
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RUMOR-MILL IS JUST THAT "RUMORS"!!!!!!

CAN'T TRUST ANYTHING UNTIL IT'S DONE......

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@LEWSTRS "In Mitch Kupchak I trust"

THAT'S WHAT I'VE BEEN SAYIN'!!!!!! AMEN, BROTHA!!!!!!

And if he happens to bring Kwame back, I will NOT be calling him names. I will trust in his decision as HE LEARNED FROM THE BEST, JERRY WEST!!!!!!
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GO LAKERS!!!!!! ONE, TWO, THREE-PEAT SQUARED!!!!!!

JUMP ON THE BUSS, THE "JERRY BUSS" EXPRESS!!!!!!

Posted by: Marc B (With a 'C') | July 02, 2010 at 01:44 PM

WOW...why couldn't Ghana play like this against the USA...How lucky for Uruguay he missed that penalty shot...

JUST SAY NO...
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To Kwame Brown
To Shaquille O’Neal
To Chris Bosh
To Shannon Brown
To Jordan Farmar
To D.J. Mbenga
To Josh Powell
~
JUST SAY YES...
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To Derek Fisher
To Mike Miller
To Steve Blake
To Brad Miller
To Devin Ebanks
To Derrick Caracter
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I agree 100% Lakertom! Perfect for 3 peat! Fisher and Blake, then it is Miller time x2!

I might let LO go for Bosh.

Probably have to toss in Sasha to make $$ work.

Would like to see Miller or Korver and Fisher , plus a starting PG.

Anyone have any news on Andrew Bynum? I can't find anything on the net. Has he scheduled his knee surgery yet? I would hope he does it soon so he has more time for rehab and some serious quality time with Kareem...

If I Am Bosh, I am not waiting. I will sign with Chicago!
Max contract salary with Noah, Taj, Deng, Rose, and another MAX contract available!

If I Am Wade, I am not waiting. I will sign with Chicago!
Max contract salary with Noah, Taj, Deng, Rose, and another MAX contract available!

I hope Chicago Signs Bosh and Wade and they can make it to the NBA Finals. They will make a worthy opponent. TIME FOR A PAYBACK for the 1991 Chicago Bulls - Los Angeles Lakers Championship Finals.


Everyone will see how BYNUM will dominate Bosh and Noah!

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You asked for it, and you got it... ALL ABOARD LAKERNATION!!!
Let's make PJ's finale a memorable one with the 4th 3Peat in his illustrious career...

@LEWSTRS "Anyone have any news on Andrew Bynum? I can't find anything on the net. Has he scheduled his knee surgery yet? I would hope he does it soon so he has more time for rehab and some serious quality time with Kareem..."

Drew, like Kobe, Headed Out to the World Cup. He said that surgery would be in early 2 mid July. Rehab shouldn't be long & he should be more than ready 4 training camp.
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GO LAKERS!!!!!! ONE, TWO, THREE-PEAT SQUARED!!!!!!

JUMP ON THE BUSS, THE "JERRY BUSS" EXPRESS!!!!!!

It will be sweet in Kobe Bryant's era to payback CELTICS and BULLS, in a BACK TO BACK, 3 peat!!! PHIL JACKSON wants it grand one on the LAST STAND... HERE IT IS, make it happen!!! BULLS-LAKERS 2011!!! 6 for Kobe, 6 for MJ!!! AGAINST THE BULLS! Against Phil's old team who does not know how take care of it's ALUMNI, like the LAKERS ORGANIZATION DOES!!!!


Anyone have any news on Andrew Bynum? I can't find anything on the net. Has he scheduled his knee surgery yet? I would hope he does it soon so he has more time for rehab and some serious quality time with Kareem...

Posted by: LEWSTRS | July 02, 2010 at 02:14 PM

He stated earlier he would have his surgery scheduled around July 15 when the World cup would be over one reason why he had a third knee drainage so he could watch the World Cup.

Meniscus surgery takes the least recovery time compared to an arthoscopic.

That being said he also has stated he is going to Canada to do core work outs with Lakers trainers Alex McKenzie. He doesn't work much with Kareem anymore. Last summer Kareem expressed disappointment that Bynum did not go to him as much seeing that Media Day was the first time he saw Bynum since the 09 title. Bynum also has stated it was time he tried his own thing more and while it didn't mean a total disassociation with Kareem it wasn't as much as before.

In other words Bynum won't be seeing Kareem this summer either. You won't be seeing him launching the sky hook anytime soon.

I might let LO go for Bosh.

Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | July 02, 2010 at 02:10 PM

Too bad economics don't agree with you. LO ($8 million) + Sasha ($5 million) does not equal a max contract. Plus do you honestly think the Raptors would want LO who is on the downside of his career over Bynum who has more potential?

You really must think only the Lakers are the only smart organization and others are dumb don't you Jeter?

Hopefully Lakers will NOT sign Fisher to a contract.

Fisher is all media and NO DEFENSE.

Fisher can't guard Westbrook, Paul. Williams, Nash, Rondo, Billups, Ty Lawson, even Steve Blake tore him a new one.

Lakers would be better to play Sasha. Better defense and offense.

Fisher did make some shots but consider how many he missed. He has a good quarter and folks act like he is an indispensable link. No he is not.
They are SEVERAL NBA guards who teaming with Bynum, Gasol, Artest, Bryant would make the Lakers a better team than with Fisher.

To Fisher's credit (other than the Rockets playoff game suspension last year) he never missed a game -- so people did not find out how good Jordan Farmar could be. Fisher started 246 straight Lakers games - even though he was toast on defense and rim iron man on offense.

Farmar is cocky because you have to be to excel in the NBA. Farmar will be a very good to great player. He may be better than Rondo.

Glad Lakers didn't match so Farmar can pick a team that will give him a shot.

Thats all he needs. Farmar never got a chance because Phil gave Fisher all the minutes no matter how poorly Fisher played on offense or defense.

Even now, the most ardent Fisher fan must realize that Fisher is a defensive liability and the Lakers better have a fast, athletic back up guard -- like Shannon Brown.

Lakers will regret making a Fisher investment.

Fisher is not fooling me and many other posters on this blog.

If Fisher was so valuable other teams would offer him at least a mid level exception. Other teams WANT the Lakers to resign their weak link.

Lakers need to get YOUNGER not older.
Mitch needs to make a move to bring an under 30 player who can play in rotation.

KB BLITZ,

Hoping so, ha, ha! Kinda used to George, you know, George gets what George wants, ha, ha!

yes kyle kerver is a beat we got to get him

ABC, DAVID STERN, BARRACK OBAMA, CHRIS BOSH, DWAYNE WADE !!!


MAKE IT HAPPEN! LAKERS-BULLS 2011 Championship Finals!!!


I want the Lakers to beat the best. Let's do it!


LAKERS VICTIMS: Pacers, Nets, Sixers, Magic, Celtics, Bulls 2011, Knicks 2012!!!


I hope Lebron and Amare goes to Knicks...


As a Lakersfan, I dislike, Celtics fans, Knicks fans, Bulls fans!!!

Also, the hopeful thinking is Bosh would want to come to LA and Toronto would have to take whatever to make $$ match. Just not sure I'd give up Bynum yet. Although if he gets hurt next year, he's ours until his contract runs out.

Fisher for $5/year is far too much. He's a great leader and teammate, but was frankly a liability through the regular season, and even part of the play-offs. Playing well for one or two games sporadically? We could get that from another player. Heck, maybe we blow out other teams with more regularity without his defensive liabilities. Leadership? Would be irreplacable, but to pay him $5M/year when no one else would be crazy enough to approach that figure would be dumb.

Really, really happy that PJ is going to re-up. Three-peat is now a distinct possibility.

Some thoughts....

What is Jordan Farmar thinking? I guess he's won a couple of rings so now he wants to get paid. I admire his confidence, but I think it's misplaced. If you can't do well on the best team in basketball, the stats produced for a losing team will always be suspect.

If Andrew can regain his health and approach the level that he is capable of, this team is going to be scary good. I think Ron Artest has had a huge monkey lifted off his back and will be much better next season. He'll be more comfortable in the offense and the championship aura will surround his game.

I'm so sick of the LeBrawn-fest. That greedy so and so is not going to leave Cleveland IMO. Not when the Cavs can outpay everyone else by $30 Mil. He's still basking in the glow of his own BS. He hasn't been humbled enough yet. One day, he'll get it. By then, the Lakers will be working on their 20th C'ship.

I don't care what the Celtics do, either. They're in the rear view mirror.

Finally, I can't believe some of the money being thrown around on some less than stellar players. Even Darko got paid. Rudy Gay and Joe Johnson for max contracts??!! No wonder teams are going into the crapper. This article for SI.com says it a lot better than I can.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/frank_hughes/07/02/free.agent.spending/index.html

Crazy times!

Time to do your thing, Mitch!
GO LAKERS!!!


Todd,

I think most Laker fans would agree that Fisher is past his prime, but still can bring something to the table as a backup. Agree that you can't pay him $5 Mil anymore and he would have to realize that. But I give him credit for HIS attitude that he can still do the job. Kinda compare him to Brian Shaw's role on the Kobe/Shaq Laker team.

Bronx,

You are correct sir!

@Posted by: Art - FL Laker Fan | July 02, 2010 at 02:10 PM

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I have 17 reasons to say: "EXCELLENT POST!"

>>>I might let LO go for Bosh.

I don't know if Toronto would go for it, but I would do that in a heartbeat. And yes, you'd have to throw in someone to match salaries. Probably Sasha - he's about the right amount and he's an expiring contract.

If they could trade LO and Walton (plus cash and a draft pick or whatever to make up for Luke's contract) for Bosh, I think every reader of the latimes Laker blog would jump up and do a little dance (except maybe a few Lamar die-hard fans). I know I would.

Bynum vs Bosh is debatable. Odom vs Bosh is not even close.

But fugedaboutit. Odom's going nowhere. And he's going to get his mojo back next season and play like he cares.

LEWSTRS,

Slow that bus down so I can catch a ride!

Todd obviously doesn't know what he's talking about.

It's the intangibles that Fish brings to the table that make him so great. Incredible motivator, clutch player, coach on the court.

We wouldn't have this repeat without him.

Farmar never earned the job and he had his opportunites. Better than Rondo? Put down the pipe Todd.


LTLF,

Yeah, but we always dream you know. I really think if we add a Blake and Miller or Korver, we are fine the way we are.

Please get rid of LO

@Blitz..

Interesting stuff about bynum,I know some said earlier this year that he stopped working with kareem.I don't know if that's good or bad,isit pride ,stupidity, or is he that good or thinks he is???I mean even kobe worked out with hakeem and who's better than kobe right now??That's the main problem with most lakers other than kobe, who is really trying to better their games??lastly bynum's in canada,no one find this a lil funny...maybe he just stays there and reports to camp...lol

LO gives you one good game six bad ones time to go.

Let's see, Fisher:

Weaknesses-Slower, weak defender, not a consistent shooter any more.

Strength-Tough-minded, draws offensive fouls, somewhat clutch shooter, leadership.

KB Blitz,

>>>Too bad economics don't agree with you. LO ($8 million) + Sasha ($5
>>>million) does not equal a max contract.

Doesn't have to match exactly. It just has to be within 125% + 100K.

Lamar (8.2 million) + Sasha (5.4 million) = about 13.6 million

(13.6 million x 125%) + 100K = 17,100,000

The first year of a max contract this summer is about 16.8 million.

There you have it.

But in a way you are right. Though the deal works under the CBA, I doubt Buss would be willing to give up 2 players for 1 player and increase salary by 3 million dollars (6 with luxury tax). So from the economics of the CBA it works fine, but from the finances of the Lakers, it's a lot more dodgy.

Hey Lewstrs, Please put me on that BUSS!! We're already for a 3- peat with PJ in control!!

Todd,

Sit up straight and pay attention.
Fish should come back, wants to come back, and will be back.

Here's some reasons why:

"5. Fish Will Be Back
Hey, I did one for PJ being back. Fish will be, too. It's not just that he wants to continue to play and no other team wants him, though that is as good a reason as any to expect his return. But it's more than that. It's that the Lakers can't make it without him, and they damn well know it. They need his leadership on the court. They need his clutch shooting, even if that's the only thing he provides (which it won't be). They need his leadership off the court. They need his veteran presence. Most of all, they need him to be Kobe Bryant's best friend. They need him for Kobe's sanity. They need him because he softens Kobe's leadership. They need him to be the vocal leader, because that's not Kobe's style. His and Kobe's "Good Cop, Bad Cop" routine doesn't work very well without the Good Cop. They need him because he's the only guy Kobe will listen to, and you need a guy who can tell Kobe when he's "effin' up." No, this isn't just about Fish wanting to play, no one else wanting him, and the Lakers thinking that having him back would be a nifty idea, for a few plays a game. No, this is about the Lakers desperately needing him. And because they need him so badly, you can be assured they'll get him. And anyone who has paid attention in the last couple years knows that having Fish back, standing next to Kobe, means we got a shot at a title. A beautiful, high-arching, buzzer-beating, left-handed rainbow shot at the title."

From Screen and Roll

Todd is the biggest Jordan Farmar homer and the hater of not only Fisher but also Bryant. Not only did he spew his poison when Fisher struggled and retreated to his little hole when Fisher did good (Game 3 and Game 7) he referenced any Laker fan who supported Kobe Bryant as "Mamba fans" and not true Laker fans.

That's why Staples 17 is more of a Bynum fan than a Lakers fan even though at the moment he is saying Kobe Bryant is part of the nucleaus. During the season remember:

"SUPERSTARS COME AND GO BUT THERE WILL BE ALWAYS THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS"

And now he supports Fisher as the nucleaus lol.

Those two are the examples of how real Laker fans are more knowledgeable than bandwagon ones.

"But fugedaboutit. Odom's going nowhere. And he's going to get his mojo back next season and play like he cares.

Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | July 02, 2010 at 02:49 PM "

LO will play solid but at most the 3rd option.

He'll still be at crunch time with Bryant/Gasol though his minutes will be determined 1) How he plays again and 2) How good Bynum plays.

Gasol-Odom frontline still is superior offensive wise as a team rather than Bynum-Gasol because of spacing/passing issues (Gasol needs the post to be effective and he can only do so much alley oops to Bynum). That's why Phil prefers to always play Gasol-Odom more at situations where it is needed. Plus it gives Bryant better spacing for any slashing to the rim should an isolation from the top or isolation from the post should be called for him.

LO isn't going nowhere but he's getting older. As much as he's an integral part of the team don't count on him on doing what he says about his off season work trying to gain minutes at SF. Kobe will have a lot more minutes at the SF slot back up than him (even though KB already is playing a SF role in the offense even though he is labeled as a guard)

>>>He has a good quarter ...

Hey Todd,

What about game 7? Fisher was the only Laker to make 50% of his shots.

What about game 6 vs Oklahoma City, where Fish hit 50% of his shots (including 3 3-pointers) and had 6 assists in a 1 point win for the Lakers?

What about game 2 vs Utah, where Fish scored 20 on 7-13 shooting in another 1-point win for the Lakers?

What about game 5 vs Phoenix, where Fish scored 22 on 7-12 shooting in a 2 point win for the Lakers?

What did you only start watching the Lakers with the finals? And then did you skip watching game 7?

Fish played strong in several playoff games - the ones I mentioned are only games where they probably would have lost if Fish was as bad as you seem to think he is.

Yes, it's true that Fish isn't an All-Star and he doesn't play that well every night. But he has a knack for playing his best in some of the most critical games.

Thanks LEWSTERS, (wish I could say that I wrote it :)

>>>Also, the hopeful thinking is Bosh would want to come to LA and Toronto
>>>would have to take whatever to make $$ match. Just not sure I'd give up
>>>Bynum yet. Although if he gets hurt next year, he's ours until his contract
>>>runs out.

It's a really tough call.

If the Lakers had a line on a quality big (and I mean BIG big) who would play for cheap to try to get a ring, then it might be okay. But Bynum is the best Laker in that aspect - the size-muscle thing. With him gone, Pau is the biggest muscle guy big on the team, and Boston exposed that in 2008.

But on the other hand, if Bynum does keep getting injured every year, then they'd be better off with a healthy Bosh than with an injured Bynum.

Either way is a gamble.

Since Bynum costs less money, I say gamble on Bynum staying healthy enough to play. Even playing at half strength the last two years, he's given them enough to push them over the top. There's no guarantee that Bosh would do the same.

"I don't know if that's good or bad,isit pride ,stupidity, or is he that good or thinks he is???"

Some ways its good since it gives Bynum to be his own man some ways no considering Kareem is sometimes regarded as the best center of all time.

I don't find it odd he's in Canada he's working with Alex McKenzie one of the trainers of the Lakers. He wants to work on his core work outs. It's not a real biggie to get over with. He worked out in Atlanta the last 3 years to deal with strengthening and condition. Nothing wrong with that.

That being said I don't think he'll ever be skilled as he says he is or will be (or as his fans says he will be). Aside from better Free throw shooting and a mediocre jumper he isn't as skilled more than Dwight. Gotta accept him to what he is.

As much as Kareem did help in his footwork I don't think anymore could be learned by him by anyone save for shooting which most likely he will do at most 10% of the time.

LTLF,

One more for your list about Fish highlights:

Game 3 of the finals where he just about single handedly beat the Celts in the closing minutes with 11 4th quarter points.

Todd, you reading all this?

LTLF,

About Fisher, yeah, he kinda shows up only when it COUNTS. And that's a BIG deal.

LEWSTRS - Hey man. Andrew is out of the country. He's actually in South Africa with a few high school friends to watch the World Cup. He shared in his exit interview that he's planning to have surgery around July 18

MM

Hi MM,

Any Lakers news or rumors to report?

MM,

You know one thing that as far as I know hasn't been discussed about Laker future, is you. Have you re-signed for next year's Blog, ha, ha! We want you back as well as PJ, ha, ha!

According to HoopsWorld, Steve Blake signed a 4 year deal (terms undisclosed) with the Lakers. If so, it probably means no Mike Miller. Will see......
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GO LAKERS!!!!!! ONE, TWO, THREE-PEAT SQUARED!!!!!!

JUMP ON THE BUSS, THE "JERRY BUSS" EXPRESS!!!!!!

Not sure how accurate this report is but, if it is, then my wish has been fullfilled.:) It seems that the Ls have offered the MLE to Mike Miller. You can read it at the link below.

http://thelakersnation.com/blog/2010/07/01/lakers-offerto-offer-mike-miller-full-m-l-e-5-yrs30-mil/

>>>What is Jordan Farmar thinking? I guess he's won a couple of rings so now
>>>he wants to get paid. I admire his confidence, but I think it's misplaced. If
>>>you can't do well on the best team in basketball, the stats produced for a
>>>losing team will always be suspect.

Wilt Chamberlain scored 3586 points (33.9 points a game) in 1962-63 for the San Francisco Warriors, who finished with a 31-49 record (i.e. a losing team).

That same year Jack Foley played regular but limited minutes with the champion Boston Celtics and scored 32 points.

Is Foley better than Chamberlain for that year?

You know who Chamberlain is. Do you know Foley?

Do you think Foley enjoyed playing limited minutes and getting a ring more than Wilt enjoyed playing a lot of minutes and really showing off his skills?

I'm not saying that Farmar is as good as Chamberlain, and I'm using an extreme contrast to make it as stark as possible. But who knows, maybe if John Havlicek or Tommy Heinsohn got injured the second day of that season, Foley would have stepped in and played big minutes and scored 1000 points for the season.

Farmar's been where Foley was. Now he wants to see if he can be like Jerry West - who had a chance and played really well that year, though his team didn't win the championship.

And even though West's teams lost in the finals a lot, you remember him because he played a lot and was a leader on his team. Some of us remember Hot Rod Huntley as well (don't know if you do). Do you remember Ron Horn? How about Gene Wiley? Howey Joliff?

Farmar already has two rings as a supporting player, and doesn't want to be like Ron Horn and Gene Wiley and Howey Joliff.

@Blitz..

Good points all...I definately agree,that's the funny part though i don't think he'll get much betteer or carry a franchise like some think.I've been know to be wrong at times though..lol.... as far as the Canada part being odd I should have said ironic since it was only meant as sattire..the fact that his name came up(true or not) in trade talks for Bosh...so hey maybe secretely he's checking the place out..Lol

Seriously who would want to leave the Lakers, they just won a championship and everyone and anyone should take less just to part of this team(ain't no way we losing next year right????)..........

bronxlakerfan,

>>>I don't care what the Celtics do, either. They're in the rear view mirror.

+1. And the statement made me smile as well.

>>>Finally, I can't believe some of the money being thrown around on some less
>>>than stellar players.

No freaking kidding.

Concerning Farmar, Brown, Sahsha and even Powell, until you get several games at 30-40 minutes per, it's hard to show your stuff. Now I'm not saying any of these guys have THAT stuff, but hard to tell with short time in sporadic games.

Same could be said about LO, he's at least behind Kobe, Pau and Drew and perhaps Ron in scoring order. Just exactly how is he supposed to take the reigns if he misses, say, his first couple shots? He's really in a tough position as well. Now that being said, he can always rebound and defend without to much of an excuse.

My comments about needing minutes, etc. reminded me about my son's high school team when he was a freshman. They played 16 games, he got about 3/4 innings each game. In the two games where he actually got 2 at bats, he got hits. I couldn't stand to go and see him hit a line shot to center for an out or a walk and then he was done. Very discouraging to me and HIM. Played soccer the next year, only he and a friend started as Sophs. Oh and he got to PLAY and did very well!

My bad...I forgot Larry Brown - 1 appearance, 1 win

VILaker,

I see the irony lol. That being said it was stated Bynum would be at Vancouver rather than Toronto and well the Grizzlies are no longer in Vancouver though Bynum fans should panic if he wanted to join the Canucks LOL!

Bynum is a good player and when he plays his role he's very good. Alot of Laker fans though tend to overrate him with his alley oops. He's a good player very capable of putting up points. When it comes to being a franchise player he is definitely not capable of doing so. Even Robinson and Duncan needed quality perimeter players to get them to have success as the 1-2 punch and both are Hall of Famers (Tim's case future hall of famer) while Gasol is borderline (he did win titles and International accolades) and Bynum is well...Sophmore All-Star Team LOL.

UPDATE:

Despite conflicting reports as to whether or not the Lakers have made an offer to Mike Miller or not, Fox's Jeff Goodman said on Twitter that they have given Miller a deadline of Tuesday to make a decision.

Goodman also says Miller talked to Kobe Bryant on Thursday night. Tuesday may not be enough time for Miller to learn where LeBron James will end up, but it's hard to imagine him turning down a rumored $30 million to play for the Lakers.

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

"Let's see, Fisher:

Weaknesses-Slower, weak defender, not a consistent shooter any more.

Strength-Tough-minded, draws offensive fouls, somewhat clutch shooter, leadership."-Derek Jeter

Somewhat clutch? Somewhat? You've got to be kidding. Fish has made some of the most clutch shots ever in Laker history. Fisher is on Robert Horry clutch status. Fish has huge balls of steel when it's crunch time. Did you watch game 3 of the finals? Did you watch any of the playoffs?

Saying Fisher is 'somewhat' clutch is a total insult. Derek Fisher is clutch, plain and simple.

We need to find Fisher a good complementary back up player like a Farmar or a Blake and keep rollin.

Go Lakers!

@Jeter....

Maybe so about well so so,,only saying this because he was the second option once.Even though the team was garbage and kobe scored alot,remeber his and lo was the biggest difference by a #1 and #2 option.Dunno if ever but pretty close. Odom as with half the team may never give more than what they do wheather in limited or extended minutes...that's just what they do.. after all these years people still think Odom can/will give more,it's more of a mind/attitude thing.Guess if we still had kwame people would still be talking bout potential.....

This is in response to Todd who knows nothing about basketball because if he did, he would realize how important Derek Fisher is to the Lakers. From a purely basketball point of view, let me remind you that Fisher still hits clutch shots and more importantly never backs down from an important moment i.e. Game 3 of the Finals. His defense which you point out is atrocious is also the defense that shut down Ray Allen in Games 3 through 7. So many times Derek Fisher gets blamed for not being able to keep up with quick guards but nobody ever blames the forwards/centers who are not there to help him with these quick guards.
Derek Fisher brings so many intangibles to the Lakers that I would bring him back just for this reason alone. We all know that Phil Jackson is not a fiery coach who makes the inspirational speeches or gets in players' faces. Derek Fisher is that guy. His personality inspires his teammates and balances out Kobe's personality. Without Fisher, many of these teammates might have already tuned out Kobe.

LTLF...

I can certainly understand that Jordan wants to play more. Any competitor would. But, it's not as if Jordan hasn't had a chance to show what he could do in L.A. I don't buy the theory that Phil Jackson or the triangle offense has held him back. I just don't think that he could ever take the starting job from Fisher. I think that Jordan is a very reluctant defensive player, who is extremely pick shy. Jordan just strikes me as a player who thinks that he is better than he really is. But I may be wrong. And, I'm sad to see him in limbo. I hope he comes back to the team, willing to play a role in helping the team win #17. If that's not good enough for him, then it's time for him to move on. I'll wish him well.

I guess what I'm really trying to say about Farmar is that I don't see him blossoming as an All Star type player. In his Laker years, he hasn't developed his body or improved his free throw shooting. Maybe he's felt slighted by the organization. I don't know. The ball is in his court and he's out there as a free agent. I hope he gets what he wants.

can somebody explain to me (in the next 38 mins) how/why Joe Johnson gets 125 mil.?

LTLF...

As great as Wilt Chamberlain's stats were, even he could never break through against the Boston Celtics until 1967 when he was surrounded by a great Philadelphia team. And as a Laker,the big guy lost in the Finals 3 out of 4 times. All three times, the Lakers were favored. So, yes, I think even the great Wilt Chamberlain's stats are a bit skewed, especially those that came in the early years of his career.

Rudy Gay...LOL!!

Todd,


I'm trying to figure out if you're a moron, or just retarded. Here's a sample of this clown's opinions, "Farmar will be a very good to great player. He may be better than Rondo... If Fisher was so valuable other teams would offer him at least a mid level exception. Other teams WANT the Lakers to resign their weak link."


Weak link??? Listen clear, joker... But for the great Derek Fisher the Lakers probably don't win the 2010 Championship. If not for his clutch heroics in the 4th quarter of game 3, that freaking series does NOT come back to L.A.


Do you hear, retard?


Farmer is better than Rondo???


You're a first-rate idiot. As the other blogger said, "put down the pipe."

lets keep it simple and slow the drama. You've got Kobe, Ron, Pau, Andrew (but he'd better get his but in the gym for strenghtening purposes to avoid "repeat- sissy injuries"),there's Lamar, this Blake character (who needs to be taught very quickly--to lose that minnesota grizzley, portland trail blazing, rug rat appearance), the two new draft choices, another back up big man at center, Sasha, and either keep Josh, or make a trade for Deron (at Utah). But again, that Blake character needs to get rid of his "rug rat" appearance--especially, if he's going to run with "Worlds Greatest". All that being said and done, Mitch, you're gonna have to be very pragmatic and meticulous with every decision moving forward. One final footnote; yeah, I love! I love! I love! too. But, if its not in the overall best interest of the Laker organizarion as a whole, then you've got to "make it do what it do".


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