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Updated: Lakers stand pat, let the trade deadline pass. Kupchak likes his team.

It's official.

The Lakers didn't make any moves before Thursday's trade deadline.

Lakersatlanta After finding no palatable deals to be made, the Lakers hope the league's largest payroll ($91 million) will be strong enough to deliver a third consecutive championship.

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said the team was not close to doing anything "of significance" before the trade deadline.

"I do like the roster as it is and they certainly deserve a chance to defend their title," Kupchak said Thursday afternoon.

The Lakers have until next Tuesday to add a veteran waived by another team, though it doesn't appear there will be many players getting cut over the next few days.

"We are going to pay attention [to any waived players]," Kupchak said. "Typically, the guys that get waived are veterans on bad teams in the last year of a deal and they go their general manager and beg to be released."

The Lakers' next game is a designated home contest Friday against the new look Clippers, who traded Baron Davis to Cleveland for Mo Williams.

-Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Lakers guard Shannon Brown, center, gets a hug from Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom, in the second half of their game against the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday. Lakers won 104-80. Credit: AP Photo/Alex Gallardo.

 

 
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Apparently, the Celtics just traded Kendrick Perkins to OKC!

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LRob - here ya go - http://felipereis.com/lakerholic/

On my way into work today, I was feeling a song that 63 reminded me of, but that I actually don't have on my iPod.... but here you go - GREAT jam:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udyNr0pY6ak


MM - you're creating a threadapalooza - again!!!
Well, at least instapost is back on LOL!

Word on NBA-TV is that the Celtics have traded Perkins and Nate Robinson to OKC for Jeff Green and Nened Kristic.

Interesting....How could they trade the man whose presence would have made the difference in last year's game 7?? I kid, I kid!!

Seriously, Jeff Green plays the same position as Garnett. Even if some of his minutes come at small forward, it will be at Paul Pierce's expense. And Kristic is not the type of banger that the Celtics usually prefer.

Does this mean that Shaq is now the starter in Chowdertown? Questions abound!

For everyone who thinks Henry Abbot is an idiot, here is a good read: http://www.blazersedge.com/2011/2/24/2012024/media-row-report-lakers-106-blazers-101

Some of the Blazers talk about what they think of Kobe's clutch label, you know, the one Mr. Abbot thinks he doesn't deserve.

I think the Celtics traded Perkins so that when the Lakers beat the Celtics in the Finals this year Doc Rivers can still use the lame excuse that the Lakes have yet to beat their starting five in a series. LOL!


Trades? We don't need any trades. Stoudemire, Anthony, Williams all couldn't beat us in the playoffs, so they fled. They fled to the east. Yes... run away. Cower in fear before the mighty Lakers. We rule the west now.

@Do What??

Haha, good sh*t. That guy is full of excuses.

Shane Battier back to Memphis for Hasheem Thabeet...

Aaron Brooks to Phx. for Goran Dragic.....

Gerald Wallace to Portland for Joel Pryzbilla, Donte Greene and draft picks.

Cupcake looks like pryzbilla might be bought out, you better be waiting on his door right now.

Wow.. deja vu?? where have I seen the title of this thread b4??I sure hope this isn't a repeat of 03' where the lakeshow did no up grades to the roster or 04',when they got veterans payton and malone,we all know how those years ended.Part of the lakeshow still seems to be a retirement or charity home.I don't have to mention the kwames',brian grants',aaron mckies'luke walton of years past,or the current joe smiths',teo ratliffs',luke waltons' of today.Why have these guys that can't contribute a lick?9heck i can warm the bench too..) I'm being generous not mentioning fisher cause he was on those old squads to,but fisher giveth yet taketh away....Well I hope I'm wrong but no championship in june,yet such a high payroll would be kind of new york/isiah thomashish. At the end of the day especially coming out of kupcakes own mouth,the writing would have been on the wall for a trade.Anyhow again I hope I am wrong.

In other news it's interesting to see perkins traded. I read the article a few weeks ago about him not signing an extension.Funny enough okc was one of the teams mentioned as a posible destination/suitor. So it's safe to say something was up/some truth there. It remains to be seen though,why celtics would do it now?Was it because he refused to sign?Another Melo situation in the making??Sheesh what's up with the nba these days?....

@Justa - a great jam indeed. Leave it to 63 to remind you to blow the dust off an old Winwood classic. Thanks for the link.


@bronx - I'm curious as how the Bos/OKC trade will play out. First blush is Boston got the best of the deal (short term) more skill and depth. They won't miss Nate if Delonte's healthy.

I know OKC didn't want to pay Green the big bucks and Boston was also probably hesistant about extending Perk. Anyway OKC got a physical presence they sorely needed...but they're frontcourt depth will take a hit.

Gonna be so weird seeing Perkins in the West. I'm really surprised they traded him. On the other hand, I don't really care! Let the C's cry in the playoffs where their team chemistry fails them. I hate green.

@bronx- Donte Green plays for the Kings. That was a 3 team trade, correct?

ookboy24...

Cupcake looks like pryzbilla might be bought out, you better be waiting on his door right now.

Posted by: ookboy24 | February 24, 2011 at 12:39 PM

ook...I think Pryzbilla could be real valuable for the Lakers. What is the source of your information?

I think celtics are getting sheed back?

WOWSERS..

So many trades my head is spinning.. But perkins and nate to OKC is bad very bad news for lakerfans.. What the heck is boston thinking?? Come playoffs jeff green will fade so quickly in the background you won't even know he's missing... OKC gets their MISSING LINK (literally and figuratively) in the middle and a great spark off the bench.

I don't get it... Why ask why??!!!! Try bud dry!!!

@bronkslakerfan
Well when they asked pryzbill about trade he said he wants buyout or he will retire

OKC is making their move.
Big front line? Check.
Kobe defender? Check.

Young and hungry? Check.

Yikes!

Did anyone pick up Sam Perkins yet?

DBDH!

Nazr Mohammed to OKC for DJ White and Mo Pete...

OJ Mayo to Indiana for Josh McRoberts...

OKC's moves are clearly aimed at the Lakers....they have definitely improved their toughness factor along their front line.

Aaron Brooks to us might have been nice?

ookboy24...thanks for the info.

Do What - you scooped me. I was going to say same thing!

I don't think too much about the OKC move - yes, it's aimed at the Lakers. BUT, they still will only have one big guy and he is clearly hobbled, unsure and mentally impaired with his major surgery. I think AB can hold his own with Perk and we still have Pau +2 more to back up.

I'm not worried about OKC. They have to learn each other and figure out chemistry. Not sure that can happen this year.

But next year? Wow.

Best TRADE DEADLINE EVER!


So much breaking news..


Melo to Knicks
Deron to Nets
Baron Davis to Cavs
Jeff Green to Celtics
Kristic to Celtics
Perkins to Thunder
Nate to Thunder
Battier to Grizzlies
Mayo to Pacers
Brooks to Suns
Dragic to Rockets
Thabeet to Rockets
McRoberts to Grizzlies


ESPN is so behind with all the trade rumors...

Don't really get the Celtics trade. I thought they have never lost with their "starting 5"? As far as the Thunder, doesn't change anything they still are not there.

@LRob...

OKC addressed their lack of front court depth by picking up Nazr Mohammed from Charlotte for relative peanuts. They'll probably start Ibaka, Perkins and Durant up front with Mohammed and Collison as backups. Pretty solid rotation of bigs. I agree that Green is a very versatile scorer. But it seems that the direction OKC has taken is to suround Durant and Westbrook with dirty work guys.

According to NBA-TV, the deal for OJ Mayo to Indiana for Josh McRoberts has been cancelled.

time will tell what any of this really means, but it seems to me that it is no longer the rich getting richer........ throughout the league, there are teams that are no longer extras in the elite teams movie. i suspect that with the re-alignment of players, this will be a very interesting playoff. now of course, the question of chemistry comes into play, so to paraphrase the magic man, sit back and enjoy the show!

"OJ Mayo to Indiana for Josh McRoberts"

Geez, if they were giving Mayo away that cheaply, then we should have been on that like yesterday

Perkins & Robinson get traded? On the face of it, this is BAD for the Celtics, good for Miami, good for San Antonio, and good for the Lakers.

As a side note, WTH is going on with the comments. I posted one like 90 minutes ago on another thread and it never showed up

time will tell what any of this really means, but it seems to me that it is no longer the rich getting richer........ throughout the league, there are teams that are no longer extras in the elite teams movie. i suspect that with the re-alignment of players, this will be a very interesting playoff. now of course, the question of chemistry comes into play, so to paraphrase the magic man, sit back and enjoy the show!

Wow! Did the C's just waive the white flag and trade away their only chance to match up with the Lakers frontline? Yes they did.

Game over Celtic fans. Lakers win, you lose. Are you guys really depending on Shaq as your C? OMGoodness...

On the other hand, we should have traded for Carmelo...

Go Lakers!

kendrick perkins to OKC? boston why? good for lakers. unless we meet OKC in the playoffs. I love trade deadline. everybody is gunning for the Lakers and Heat.

kendrick perkins to OKC? boston why? good for lakers. unless we meet OKC in the playoffs. I love trade deadline. everybody is gunning for the Lakers and Heat.

kendrick perkins to OKC? boston why? good for lakers. unless we meet OKC in the playoffs. I love trade deadline. everybody is gunning for the Lakers and Heat.

kendrick perkins to OKC? boston why? good for lakers. unless we meet OKC in the playoffs. I love trade deadline. everybody is gunning for the Lakers and Heat.

kendrick perkins to OKC? boston why? good for lakers. unless we meet OKC in the playoffs. I love trade deadline. everybody is gunning for the Lakers and Heat.

kendrick perkins to OKC? boston why? good for lakers. unless we meet OKC in the playoffs. I love trade deadline. everybody is gunning for the Lakers and Heat.

I LOVE Blake's game. Going 0 -1 every game . Kupchack is an average GM. How hard is it to rings with Kobe as your star?

OKC addressed their lack of front court depth by picking up Nazr Mohammed from Charlotte for relative peanuts. They'll probably start Ibaka, Perkins and Durant up front with Mohammed and Collison as backups. Pretty solid rotation of bigs. I agree that Green is a very versatile scorer. But it seems that the direction OKC has taken is to suround Durant and Westbrook with dirty work guys.

Posted by: bronxlakerfan | February 24, 2011 at 12:59 PM
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That's where Artest comes in handy. So we're good.

"pryzbilla might be bought out"

I've always thought he was borderline dirty, but I'll tell you what, the guy can get in there and give you quite a bit. How many blocks did he have last night? And, how hard was it for Socks to score on him?

SO that means no Bynum for Howard, no Brooks, nobody for anybody...

Better play their best bball.

THUNDER CLOSING IN...


I like what the Thunder did the most in the trade deadline.


IN GAME 7 last six mintues this is what it going to look like...
Thunder/Lakers playoff series!


Perkins vs Gasol (Perkins manhandling Gasol)
Ibaka vs Odom (Ibaka already proved to much for Odom last playoff series)
Durant vs Artest (DURANCHULA)
Sefalosha vs Kobe
Westbrook vs Fisher (Yikes)


Thunder made the best move, it made Gasol useless in the playoffs. Thunder is SO FOCUS ON THE LAKERS! They know what they are doing!

If Phil Jackson is not so stubborn, Gasol will have to sit or Odom, BYNUM's presence WILL TAKE PERKINS out of Gasol, and Ibaka out on Odom. It becomes Bynum/Perkins and Gasol/Ibaka.



What's happening in the league is actually much needed...

Better for the NBA to have talent more concentrated to form super teams and an ultra competitive game.

Looking at the playoffs and seeing 4 or 5 teams that have legit chances to win it all is FAR better than having a watered down league where the talent pool is spread out, and the one lucky team (such as San Antonio 10yrs ago, Bulls 15 yrs ago) takes it all easy

Other trades...

Carl Landry to the NOH for Marcus Thornton. Good for Landry and the Hornets. Carl is a real banger who should fit right in with Okafor and David West. The acquisition of Thornton shows that there may be concern about Tyreke Evan's injury situation (plantar fasciitis) in Sac-town.

Hinrich and Armstrong from the Wizards to the Hawks for Bibby, Mo Evans and Jordan, not Jamal, Crawford.

@LRob_ Didn't get achance to answer your question earlier. But Detroit did not really need J. Smith or Ratliff for that matter. It was about them picking up an additional (2nd round) draft pick and giving McGrady a chance to compete for a ring before his career is over. They are going nowhere this year, and I'm sure TMac would have appreciated it. The lakers could use TMac's services. As you can see by the trades, we have a target on our back.

i guess ron-ron didn't want to be traded.....guess he likes living and playing in L.A., hence the great game last night, huh? ha ha

OKC's moves don't scare me as a Laker fan. Pau has taken on Perk before and has a ring to show for it. Perkins will never be as valuable to any team as he was to the Celtics. The Celtics had enough talent to make up for his offensive deficencies. Mohammed has a penchant for playing well against the Lakers, but is a career journeyman.

staples24, why not match up bynum/gasol/odom against perkins/ibaka/whoever in the closing 4th quarter?

I don't understand Kupchak with the exception that he reacts when management or kobe start making threats to him. When the Lakers got knock out of the playoffs three years ago before Pau he liked his team and was standing pat that was when Kobe threatened to leave the Lakers so once again he is standing pat when he had the opportunity to possibly get Raymond Felton to play the point for the Lakers. The Lakers will not play every five days in the playoffs and so far they have proven thats the only time the look good.

staples24, why not match up bynum/gasol/odom against perkins/ibaka/whoever in the closing 4th quarter?

@Laker J..good point about t-mac,I was actually hoping he was picked up at the beginning of the season,he can't be no worst than ratliff or smith,and at times/most times fisher and artest...

@Lakershowinphx..guess not(refering to artest) It's ironic or just a coincidence trade deadline eve he has a big game? still had to go overtime though(dunno what's up with the lakeshow in portland,and gotta play them 2 more times)Even cleveland made a trade and they suck no championship aspirations there.Who was the last team they beat again??Here's to hoping that if any waved veterans are picked up,they can actually play and contribute,and not rest and relax at the lakers retirement home........

I also saw that the Septics got rid of Semih Erden and Luke Harangody. Sent the 2 of them to the Cavs for a second round pick. Sounds like they didn't think too highly of either of them.

Beantown also sold the rights to Marquis Daniels to the Kings. Seems like the Celtics are placing a great deal of trust in the ability of the O'Neals and Delonte West to return from injury and play at a high level.

Best Pickup out of all the deadline madness.....

Portland gettting "Crash" Wallace for Pryz, Cunningham and two #1's. New starting 5:

Camby
LA
Wallace
Matthews
Miller

Not bad!!!


NBA TRADING FRENZY !!!
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I’ve never seen so many mid-season trades by so many teams in all my years watching the NBA. Here are my off-the-cuff takes on the trades that will impact the Lakers three-peat prospects:
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(1) Boston trades Kendrick Perkins & Nate Robinson to OKC for Jeff Green and Nenad Kristic.

This one baffles me unless the recent set back on Kendrick’s knee is more serious than thought. I know that Ainge wanted another perimeter player after Marquis Daniels went down and Jeff Green is a fine player and Kristic has size but Perkins was the heart and soul of the Celtics front court.

For the Lakers, the OKC Thunder adding Perkins will definitely make them a tougher matchup if we meet them in the Western Conference playoffs while the Celtics trading Perkins will make them an easier opponent should we meet them in the NBA Finals. Overall, the trade is a plus for Lakers.
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(2) Charlotte trades Gerald Wallace to Portland for Joel Pryzbilla and 2 first round draft picks and follows up by trading Nazr Mohammed to OKC for Mo Peterson and D.J. White.

I was surprised to see Portland trade Pryzbilla, especially considering that they apparently have no plans of re-signing Greg Oden. Apparently, the Blazers are more concerned with getting a great wing scorer and defender in Wallace and 2 first round picks than their size matchup against LA.

By trading for both Perkins and Mohammed, OKC adds some real size to better matchup against the Lakers. Suddenly, the Thunder are looking more and more like a serious contender in the Western Conference while the Blazers will take a step back in their matchup against the Lakers.
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(3) Houston trades Aaron Brooks to Phoenix for Goran Dragic in a swap of point guards.

This trade also surprised me because I thought Dragic had showed enough that the Suns were looking at him as the heir apparent to Steve Nash. Now it appears that they are hoping that Aaron Brooks will fulfill that role, showing them enough the rest of the season to hopefully trade Nash.

In the short term, I don’t see this trade impacting either team’s playoff prospects. The only possible interest for the Lakers would be if somehow Nash, Brooks, or Dragic became available in some form of trade with the Lakers down the road. Three excellent point guards/prospects.
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TOM

Mitch thinks the Laker team as it is is fine. Does Mitch really believe 37 year Fisher is who he likes to lead this team ?? At least the Lakers could have gotten a PG guard who can run for three or four quarters. Fisher is burned out before the first quarter is done. Just watch his air ball shots and the other PG's running past him from the second quarter on. Oh well, guess Mitch is feeling good with this team ?? OKC meantime is looking at the Lakers into the playoffs..that is if Fisher can lead this team into the playoffs.

I think it is good we made no trades, but I hope one of these veterans players get bought out and we can pick up one of them. Maybe Bibby or Baron. You never know.

@Mamba24 - Well this is a surprise Roll Call today brother Mamba...now you went and got me all fired up...LEWSTRS Checking in...

@sean - congrats on the Friedman...

@Dan Loumena - Great game last night...We won, even you paid off the refs...lol

@LRob - I'm feeling confident today...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcnqzi1a0yo

@HEC - What about them Lakers...hehehe

@Doc Rivers - What excuse will you use now that Perkins is gone...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

Posted by: LEWSTRS | February 24, 2011 at 01:06 PM


@STAPLES… You forgot one player in your OKC vs. Lakers scenario – Andrew Bynum.
It will be Drew on Perkins and Pau on Ibaka. The Lakers will still have the better lineup,
especially with Artest on Durant. If Ron can slow Durantula down, Lakers will prevail.
Bottom line, I like the Lakers over the Celtics in the Finals even better after the trade.
………………………..
TOM

Got to get TJ ford or Kapono in buyout Mitch!!! Get it done!!!!

Boston believes they just beat the Lakers without having to play a 7 game series.

by sending Perkins to OKC, boston thinks the Lakers won't even get to the finals, not a bad gamble on their part.

OKC is a year maturer, tougher, and have a big presense in the middle now.

It took a fortunate play by Gasol in game 6 last year in OKC, remember? In that game Green had a total of 3 rebounds, now substitute Perkins!!!!

Lakers need a big, if priscilla is available, she's big.


Thunder making moves to beat the Lakers. Perkins to guard Gasol!
Could you imagine Westbrook (young and athletic), Nate (young and athletic), Durant (young and athletic), Ibaka (young and athletic) running the Lakers down in transition against Gasol (old), Artest (older), Kobe (oldest), Fisher (older than oldest).


Celtics making move to beat the Heat. Jeff Green to defend Lebron!
Celtics must have seen Shaq can do what Perkins does to Gasol even better at both ends.


What happens if Celtics faced off with the Celtics in the Finals. Basically the Celtics helped the Thunder while the Thunder helped the Celtics in a way to beat the Heat.

Perkins vs Gasol (Perkins manhandling Gasol)
Ibaka vs Odom (Ibaka already proved to much for Odom last playoff series)
Durant vs Artest (DURANCHULA)
Sefalosha vs Kobe
Westbrook vs Fisher (Yikes)


Thunder made the best move, it made Gasol useless in the playoffs. Thunder is SO FOCUS ON THE LAKERS! They know what they are doing!


If Phil Jackson is not so stubborn, Gasol will have to sit or Odom, BYNUM's presence WILL TAKE PERKINS out of Gasol, and Ibaka out on Odom. It becomes Bynum/Perkins and Gasol/Ibaka.


Posted by: Staples 24 | February 24, 2011 at 01:10 PM
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Staples,

I just reach down to feel my boots and I'm glad to report they "weren't shaking". It's good to see OKC is making some moves to make them more competitive. The Lakers are the 2time defending champs and OKC has yet to win a playoff series.

Also OKC will likely end up with the 4th seed and will have to beat SA before getting to the Lakers. Anyway it should be an entertaining series again if they meet...but I'm rolling with the Lakeshow, what about you?

@LRob...agree that Wallace is a good player who improves Portland. It remains to be seen how his presence will impact Nick Batum, who basically plays the same position.

I think the the New York area teams both scored big in the trading season. For the Knicks, getting Carmelo and Billups was HUGE! NY still has cap room available in upcoming seasons to add a piece or two. All of a sudden New York has become an attractive destination for players interested in winning it all. They gave up a lot, but have re-energized a once dead team and fan base in a short time. A great job, if you discount the years of losing that made their present configuration possible.

The Nets, too, came up big by getting a legitimate All Star guard to team up with Brook Lopez. Deron Williams is the real deal. I guess Farmar will only be getting back up minutes for the forseeable future.

The Lakers will still have the better lineup, especially with Artest on Durant.

LT

say what?

"if somehow Nash, Brooks, or Dragic became available in some form of trade with the Lakers down the road."

I think any of these would fit the Lakers nicely, especially in a post Zen era. I'd probably most rather have Dragic since Nash is defensively weak and not exactly a spring chicken... but hey, Jordan Farmar would be an upgrade at the PG right about now LOL

I heard Danny Ainge is trying to coax Bill Russell out of retirement...

I cannot stand Clay Bennett because of what he did to the city of Seattle, and in trading away significant pieces, what he did to the cities of Los Angeles and Boston.

I also do not like OKC actually becomming a powerhouse because of all that talent that gets concentrated makes it so much less likely that a big star would ever want to leave.

Add it all together, and I'm not very happy about OKC's trades. I'm happy that the Celts get weaker, but at what cost? Be careful of what you wish for

LRob

provided OKC is the 4th seed, better hope SA beats OKC. That means the Lakers would be the 5th seed with OKC having HCA.

SA or OKC, who would the Lakers really want to face?

After listening to non-stop trade scenarios here for the last month...I for one am happy that the deadline is past. I'm shocked no one gave the Lakers Gerald Wallace/Tayshaun for Luke, or DWill/Aaron Brooks for Fish. Or any of these other wild trades that were suggested.


Let me reiterate my stance....this Laker team is fine. However, since Theo is iffy -- it would behoove FO to add sign another big. That is their biggest need. I'm sure one will be available as a result of the deadline frenzy. Once Barnes returns they'll be all set at the perimeter positions. So people get a hold of yourself and take your hand away from the panic button. Jump aboard the best ride in the association...the Laker express. Trust Dr. Buss, Mitch, Phil, Kobe and Fish to lead this team to another Larry O'Brien trophy.

i don't understand the boston deal sending perkings to okc. remember all of the celtics apologist saying the reason they lost in 7 to L.A. was because kendrick was injured! now they trade the so called "cornerstone" who would have prevented the Lakers from winning last years nba title! wtf? does boston think that both o'neals are going to hold up throughout the playoffs? that kind of gives an opening to miami and chicago. as far as perkins with okc. does the thunder seriously think that he can play 35-40 minutes a night come playoff time? yeah, okc has improved a bit, but there going to miss green. now they have to start ibaka, rather than bringing him off the bench, where he's been more valuable.......very interesting. it's going to be a fun playoff series!

Posted by: LRob | February 24, 2011 at 02:02 PM

That was well stated, sir. I wouldn's mind seeing Pryzbilla filling the bill as the big man you propose. He's got a mean streak that I like and I think his presence would push Drew.

Now that they traded Perkins the Lakers will never beat the Septics "starting five". Smart move, Doc.

Let me reiterate my stance....this Laker team is fine. However, since Theo is iffy -- it would behoove FO to add sign another big. That is their biggest need. I'm sure one will be available as a result of the deadline frenzy. Once Barnes returns they'll be all set at the perimeter positions. So people get a hold of yourself and take your hand away from the panic button. Jump aboard the best ride in the association...the Laker express. Trust Dr. Buss, Mitch, Phil, Kobe and Fish to lead this team to another Larry O'Brien trophy.

Posted by: LRob | February 24, 2011 at 02:02 PM
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Man, I was with you all the way till I read Fishers name there.

Cmon LRob,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEgtcKZxhc0
in regards to Fisher.

i think people forget the reason the thunder took us to 6 games isnt cause they lacked big guys..its cause jeff green durant and westbrook were great running thos fastbreaks with their speed...now they got size and lose speed which plays good to the lakers advantage and the celtics are no longer a problem ....MIAMI are the lakers biggest threat i think along with the spurs because of ILGAUSKAS.. his height distracts pau and bynum alot judging from the cleveland and miami games...but hey its off to the races now cause i think alot of teams gotta shot at the title this year..3PEAT!!!!!

melo to knicks will not bring knicks a champion.
perkins to okc will have a higher chance of getting a championship then knicks.
now if dwight howard go to okc,
1 westbrook
2 harden/sefolosha
3 druant
4 ibaka
5 howard

with both offense and defense
chances are, lakers will not beat them

OKC are trying to match up with the lakers which is dumb because now they lose some speed and get big guys which will make them play more halfcourt offence which lets kobe able to guard westbrook and artest guard durant effectively..last year they thunder made the lakers look like they were 80 with their speed and quickness

After listening to non-stop trade scenarios here for the last month...I for one am happy that the deadline is past. I'm shocked no one gave the Lakers Gerald Wallace/Tayshaun for Luke, or DWill/Aaron Brooks for Fish. Or any of these other wild trades that were suggested.

@LRob

Amen, Amen!

I love the trade deadline and the trades that come about. I hate the ridiculous proposals that would never happen let alone couldn’t possibly happen. It is crazy, once someone proposes either one of those types of trades I will never read their post again. Why would I care what someone who obviously doesn’t know the basic rules of the CBA thinks? Even if the trade could work under the CBA, why would Bobcats trade Wallace for Walton? They lose all credibility of all opinions from that point forward.

R E P O S T A L E R T ! ! !

I'm not entirely against picking up a rental like, say... Jason Kapono? Use some of Sasha's leftover money and see what happens. Former Bruin, decent shooter, helps spread the offense for the second unit. Who knows?

DBDH!

Posted by: Don't Blame Del Harris! | February 24, 2011 at 12:01 PM

I can't believe the Lakers couldn't put a package together to get Gerald Wallace better that what the Blazers gave the Bobcats. Artest, Walton, Ebanks or Caracter and picks probably would have done the trick.

@kennygee - I agree with you.

OKC will have to adapt to half-court offense and if I remember the last game in Staples as the commentators were saying: that they hadn't half-court O, at least well developed.

But still the Lakers have to play their best and compete with the teams they get on the PO. But after the last game they proved again that they can overcome great adversities.

I still don't understand Boston decision? maybe they know something about Perkins, like a health state?

I think the trades that were made showed the desperation of some teams.

@Troll Man - SA and OKC will both present tough challenges. I don't think it matters to them, but of course...you always prefer HC.


@Lew - I'm feeling confident to after bouncing to Gwen.


@Bronx - You're right Pryz is hard nosed, but let's wait and see.. someone better may be available

@Mamba - thanks for the link.

Perkins gives the Thunder a post presence not a post game, there's a big difference between the two. His big body is beneficial, however, he has no post moves, he's a big body that gets scraps from the pack, offensively.

OKC has no player with assemblance of a post game. KD, no. Sefolosha, no. Westbrook, no. Ibaka, no (his post game far from refined). Nick Collison, no.

This trade only benefits OKC if they go far.

They play Portland or Nawlins, as it stands right now. In a 7 game series, with either one of those teams, it's going the distance, and it's still a toss up.

I don't know, guys....I see the Thunder a lot in this part of the country and they added exactly what they need. Think about this:

Kevin Durant
Russell Westbrook
James Harden
Kendrick Perkins
Serge Ibaka
Nate Robinson
Thabo Sefolosha
Nazr Mohammed

That's getting pretty deep, talented and YOUNG.

I don't like this at all.

@ tidal wave..thats true but i just dont see any matchup advantages for OKC on us like that because Kobe will neutralize westbrook and artest knows how to defend durant effectively..i think ibaka is a problem tho because he can shoot those 15 and 20 footers which the lakers have problem defending..I'll have faith in the lakers and their championship experience...NEXT YEAR'S TRADE DEADLINE ANDREW BYNUM + ROLE PLAYER OR PICKS = DWIGHT HOWARD or he'll get here summer of 2012

Magia32,

Kobe is rolling with Fish. So if you got problems with Fish…you got problems with Kobe. Besides Phil will limit Fish role in the playoffs if he’s not producing!

That MC Breed (R.I.P), was the jam of jams. Everyone knows he sampled “More Bounce”, but he also got real funky when he grabbed the synthesizer part from this one...

Ohio Players – Funky Worm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJLrYjKqPmk


>>>I LOVE Blake's game. Going 0 -1 every game . Kupchack is an average GM.
>>>How hard is it to rings with Kobe as your star?


Apparently you weren't watching from 2004-2007

>>>i think people forget the reason the thunder took us to 6 games isnt cause
>>>they lacked big guys..its cause jeff green durant and westbrook were great
>>>running thos fastbreaks with their speed...

Your memory about speed is partially flawed. Westbrook yes, Jeff Green no.

Green shot 33% for the series (30% on 3-pointers).

And as for Durant, Ron Artest held him to 35% shooting for the series.

Perkins does improve their front court position, as does Westbrook's improved outside shooting this season (makes his speed much more dangerous - you can't just back off and dare him to shoot).

Sefolosha does okay guarding Kobe, but he also shoots 29%, so he hurts their offense as much as he helps their defense.

If the Lakers face Oklahoma City in the playoffs (and that's not even a certainty), I still think the Lakers' experience will trump the Thunder's youth and speed.

If the standings stay about the way they are now, or even change a little but not much (Lakers up to 2 seed, OKC down to 5 seed), then Oklahoma City would have to knock San Antonio out of the playoffs just to GET to the Lakers.

I'd be perfectly happy to cleanup the kids after they knock off the Spurs.

OTOH, I hope the Lakers don't slide even further. Right now they're only 1 game ahead of OKC in the loss column. It would be very hard to win three straight series versus the Spurs, then OKC, then Dallas all on the road. I would feel a little more confident if they'd at least take the 2 seed back from Dallas.

The Celdicks figure the only way to beat the Laker's is have OKC do it for them...lol
OKC's new lineup looks awfully good on paper. Laker's got a lot of work to do to get their game together. SA and OKC will be very difficult to beat in a 7 game series considering the way we played the first half of the season...Lakers got to step it up these next 25 games!

The Perkins/Green/etc trade are all just flotsam and jetsam for the Celtics. Here is the ONLY trade the Celtics could have done that would have gotten them a ring this season:

http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=4o795a9

I doubt Boston is counting on just O'Neals and Krstic to hold down the center position. I bet they sign Rasheed within the week.

The Celtics just killed there quest for a repeat to the NBA finals! Unless Perkins is really hurt and there just not letting us know I don't understand why they would trade Perk for what they got!!! Its just crazy too me, I really believed that there was no stopping the Green with the starting 5 and Shaq as supporting cast member now are we saying were putting all of our trust in Shaq? Don't get me wrong I love Shaq and he is one of the greatest but he has been plaqued with injuries not to mention he is getting old...and he can not be the sole C to rely on it has too be more that we don't know about..Maybe we get Baron Davis or someone else...Danny Ainge you better have a real plan!!

I thought the Lakers should have picked up a back up point since Steve Blake has been an outright disaster.

Luke Walton's contract is toxic and they are stuck with it until it expires or he retires. Nobody will touch that contract.

we needed diwght howard.

you could have traded andrew bynum and ron artest for dwight howard.

dwight howard has expressed interest in living in hollywood.thats a clue.

oh well. we wil try to get howard and deron williams from the nets in the off season.

troy murphy

Rumor has it that TJ Ford and Przybilla will be bought out and will sign with Portland. Has anyone else heard this one?

Good thing I'm not a General Manager, because I don't get most of these trades.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Anyone that knows basketball knows that Howard is a lifelong Laker fan. He will be traded for Bynum in the off season, after the new CBA and Derron Williams is a strong possibility if he takes a little less money... I hope fish opts out, artest is gone, any deal that gets done needs to include walton leaving and giving his spot to a young ATHLETIC small forward... D. Howard will be a Laker next season!!!

Unless PJ is forced to play Joe Smith by FO, we really have no off-the-bench backup big to bang at the 5. Bynum is obviously never going to get any sembleance of his former lift and "his best level of quickness" this season, so we will continue to get killed there even if Bynum can sorta hold his own while he is on the court. So, we need to get that 5 banger off the waiver/FA wire. Pau & Odom are not anything close to bangers, and they are 4s!

Also, a good outside shooter to make the opponents quit laying in the laps of our bigs is badly needed. 3 or 4

Third, unless there is some FO allergy to getting a younger than 25 PG, Lakers should do that also off the waiver/FA wire and release whomever they need to get to 15 slots. (Apparently, PJ has no post season plans for Theo/Ebanks/Caracter, so there are 3 slots right there with the rooks going to D league.)

 
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