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Magic Johnson appears in NBA Finals promo spot

There's a good chance Laker fans may not see this, considering that the anguish over the team's early playoff exit may sour their want to watch the rest of the postseason. Some may not even want to watch it, considering Magic Johnson's recent suggestion that Lakers owner Jerry Buss should "blow this team up" and consider trading Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol or Lamar Odom in a package deal for Dwight Howard. But Johnson appears in an NBA Finals promo spot slated to air Thursday night during the Bulls-Hawks game where he brags about something all Lakers fans can relish. He shares sentiments with the talking NBA ball about the satisfaction he felt in beating the Boston Celtics in the 1985 and 1987 NBA Finals.

--Mark Medina

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@Art - Thanks for the link. I don’t care what type of system the Lakers opt for as long as it maximizes the players skill set. What I find interesting is that some are vehemently against the triangle as if the system is the reason the Mavs smoked the Lakers.


@Tim-4-Show - Don't know if you can blame Mitch for the Theo signing. No doubt he was trying to sign someone that fit Phil's way of thinking. Also, the Sasha salary dump has Dr. Buss written all over it. I can't see Mitch just dumping Sasha for nothing...and again what could would it had done to get a younger player...when Phil wasn't going to play him.

For those who still wants to see Fish as the Lakers starting PG.

For those who still wants to see Luke Walton warming up the bench eating up Lakers money and roster spot.

For those who still want to run the Triangle that is WITHOUT the Master of the Triangle.

For those who wants an inexperienced unproven coach to go head-to-head in terms of strategies and adjustments against the likes of Gregg Popovich, Doc Rivers, Tom Thibodeaux, etc...

For those who wants a coach who is beholden to past team politics and owes different loyalties to different Laker players...

As supposed to an outsider who can make the best decision for the team without UNDUE INFLUENCE from certain Laker players with seniority.
Then by all means say yes to Brian Shaw!

Posted by: Psycorp | May 12, 2011 at 02:35 PM
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Psy,

Thibs is a rookie coach. So based on your criteria you wouldn’t have hired him either because he was inexperienced and unproven before this year.

Also, the Bulls shouldn’t hired PJ from in-house (title in 2nd yr as HC), Dallas shouldn’t hired Avery in-house (finals in 1st full yr as HC), the Lakers shouldn’t hired Riles in-house (title 1st year as HC), the Lakers shouldn’t hired Dunleavy (finals 1st yr as HC).

And how do you know BShaw will keep Fish in starting lineup? Keeping Luke is not the coach decision. And last but not least….TRUST ME…whoever gets the job will lean heavily on Kobe and DFish for insight.


@Tim-4-Show

"Swapping Ratliff for MBenga = not even funny anymore"

This trade seems to be under a lot of people's radar but this is probably the one that hurt us more. DJ was a $1M player, but in the few instances when he was called upon to start in 2010 (when AB was injured), he averaged 10 pts/ 12 reb / 4 blocks @ 30 min per game.

At the start of this season, Drew was out for first 24 games and then RATLIFF WAS ALSO INJURED. Pau had to play 40+ minutes during that time, banging bodies at the low post against natural centers, and logged more minutes during this regular season than he had in the last 5 years. There could be other factors contributing to Pau's post-season performance but fatigue was certainly one of them.

So I agree, that MBenga trade for Ratliff is "not even funny anymore"...

I plan on watching at least some of it. As much as I hate the Heat, I don't want anyone in the West to win.

I'm already looking forward to next year. A new, fresh start is just what we need. Getting swept was terrible and I hope the Lakers use it as motivation. And I hope they trade for a 1 who is speedy. Mitch has his work cut out for him.

As always, I am a Lakerholic.

GO LAKERS!

this has nothing to do with Magic Johnson directly, but here's my quick analysis of our Lakers this post-season:

Kobe - black mamba
Drew - optimistic / disappointed
Gasol - ghost-sol
LO - just not enough
Artest - ghost
Shannon - underutilized
DFish - lacked perimeter defense
Blake - ghost
Barnes - defensive disappointment
Ratliff - paycheck collector
Smith - why did phil play him?
Johnson - should have played much more
Ebanks - phil should have played him
Caracter - phil also should have tried playing him
Luke - luuuuuuuke!!! ;P

our bench has seriously got to improve for next season from a ball stopping and perimeter defense standpoint especially - keep Pau or trade him, I'm convinced we'll contend either way (given that if we trade him we get Dwight)

The Lakers Team and Management should learn from this situation. What are causes for the Lakers demise? How to improve and correct the condition? The process to return to the NBA finals. The commentaries about how it happened and who should be blamed is not the best approach to solve the problem. Immediate steps should be taken and a plan of action/blueprint should be enacted immediately as a remedy to move this team forward and in the right direction now.Thank you.

>>>For those who still wants to see Luke Walton warming up the bench eating
>>>up Lakers money and roster spot.

It's not a question of "wanting" it. I don't want it any more than pfunk does.

The fact is, you don't have a choice. The Lakers signed Luke to a contract. They based it on his past performance in the season before he re-signed, and they ended up grossly overpaying him. It isn't the first time that's happened in the NBA and it won't be the last time.

But no matter how much you gripe about it, it's not going to change. The only way they can get out of Luke's deal is if some other team is crazy enough to trade for him or if he dies.

And it's not like they got absolutely nothing for their 30 million (the total value of all 6 years of the contract). They got maybe 5 or 6 million worth of production total, including some small contributions to the championship teams.

>>>>>"Swapping Ratliff for MBenga = not even funny anymore"

>>>This trade seems to be under ...

First of all, this wasn't a trade. DJ MBenga left the Lakers because he wanted to play more minutes, and he wasn't about to get any playing behind Pau & Drew & Lamar (though Ironically, he probably would have gotten a lot at the start of this season with company-time Bynum recovering from his injury).

Mitch didn't have a choice about keeping MBenga any more than he had a choice about keeping Farmar.

Sometimes bench players want a bigger role. That's life in the NBA.

>>>Shannon - underutilized
>>>DFish - lacked perimeter defense

uhhhh. Hate to break the news to you, but Terry and Barea ran past Shannon on their way to the rim and hit 3's over Shannon as much as they did over Fish or Blake (or Kobe for that matter). The Lakers guards defense was pretty deplorable.

Glad to see everyone bring their A-game and level of respect that is due to these LAtimes. And we are slowly cleaning up the language and all of that here..

@Tim-4-Show

"Swapping Ratliff for MBenga = not even funny anymore"

This trade seems to be under a lot of people's radar but this is probably the one that hurt us more. DJ was a $1M player, but in the few instances when he was called upon to start in 2010 (when AB was injured), he averaged 10 pts/ 12 reb / 4 blocks @ 30 min per game.

At the start of this season, Drew was out for first 24 games and then RATLIFF WAS ALSO INJURED. Pau had to play 40+ minutes during that time, banging bodies at the low post against natural centers, and logged more minutes during this regular season than he had in the last 5 years. There could be other factors contributing to Pau's post-season performance but fatigue was certainly one of them.

So I agree, that MBenga trade for Ratliff is "not even funny anymore"...

Posted by: The Snake | May 12, 2011 at 04:53 PM

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Very good. We shouldn't overlook the fact that, the bench had been together and growing for more than 2 years before they broke through and won a title vs the Magic.. (I still don't count that title because it wasn't the Celtics but it's a title anyway, and x's and o's and execution got the ring but nonetheless..), the Celtics series, the best series where chemistry was tested-we passed it.

So to summarize, the only stat that counts toward, Mitch, Jerry, Jim, etc.. with the roster changes 0-1. Continuing something that ended horribly that ended with Bynum calling out his team-mates' lack of character and trust mid-series when we needed the most cohesion... which led to a, no pun intended, open-ended lay-down/a$$-beating.. you can only break it up to go forward, specially after Kobe's exit interview where on one hand he praised his team mates, although indirectly indicted them for being too tired (when Kobe was one of the few doing anything important in the postseason) and saying Bynum had to fall in line with the pecking order of shots.. what? So he is not saying don't break the team up, but he is not dumb enough to say.. we shouldn't and accept a new group of guys and philosophy that can lead him to #6. Mitch and everyone knows that which is why Carmelo for Bynum or Gasol, sounds like a joke now.

Gasol - ghost-sol

Posted by: We Want Tacos | May 12, 2011 at 04:58 PM
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Well said.

@longtime yeah i don't disagree w/ u - all our defense was lacking severely - i just consider d-fish a premier perimeter defender (strong reason why we had defensive success last two post-seasons) & he just didn't bring it at his best, prob cuz phil over-played him during the reg season -- shannon i felt should have slashed much much more and get to the line using his younger legs.....

Lakers Starters Next Season:

Power Forward: Dwight Howard
Small Forward: Kevin Love

Center: Yao Ming or Manny Pacquiao (the first Filipino NBA player)

Shooting Guard: Kobe Bryant
Point Guard: Chris Paul

Bench: Odom, Artest, Blake Griffin, Brown, Steve Nash, Barnes, Fish (needs to retire already and show some dignity!!!)

Lakers should try to get Kevin Durant next 3 years!!!


wussup lakers fans no need 2 worry. i have the perfect scenerio. hire rick adelman, trade gasol artest and either fisher or blake for chris paul trevor ariza and emeka okafor. I need you guys to pass it along lets get mitch kupchak's attention and make this thing happen. with this trade we get youth, athleticism, and great 3 point shooting; all of the things the team was missing this year. And with okafor we will continue the length and great interior defense that we enjoyed the last couple of years.



wussup lakers fans no need 2 worry. i have the perfect scenerio. hire rick adelman, trade gasol artest and either fisher or blake for chris paul trevor ariza and emeka okafor. I need you guys to pass it along lets get mitch kupchak's attention and make this thing happen. with this trade we get youth, athleticism, and great 3 point shooting; all of the things the team was missing this year. And with okafor we will continue the length and great interior defense that we enjoyed the last couple of years.



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