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Caught in the Web: The Times' Bill Plaschke proposes the Lakers make a trade for Dwight Howard


--The Times' Bill Plaschke proposes the Lakers trade Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom for Dwight Howard and J.J. Redick.

--The Times' Broderick Turner talks to former Laker Robert Horry about the passing of his 17-year-old daughter, Ashlyn, who spent her entire life battling a rare genetic condition.

--The Times' Lisa Dillman talks to Lakers executive vice president Jeanie Buss and others about Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

--The Times' Andrew Blankstein reports that seven members of a Los Angeles street gang were charged with kidnapping a man who claimed he had a sex tape featuring former Laker Shaquille O'Neal. Prosecutors indicate there is no evidence such a tape exists and that O'Neal is not involved in the case.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr explains how Ron Artest nearly became a Clipper.

--Ball Don't Lie's Chris Chase reflects on Ashlyn Horry's passing. 

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding reveals Kobe Bryant's taunt message toward LeBron James.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky wonders if the 2012 Miami Heat will end up like the 2009 Lakers.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin talks to Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak about the 2011 NBA Draft. 

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller contrasts Bryant to LeBron James this way: "Kobe is leaving a legacy of seizing the clutch moments. LeBron's reputation is one of being seized by the clutch moments."

--Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus provides clarity on how Artest nearly became a Clipper.'s Mike Trudell details Mike Brown's three philosophies on defense. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's Actuarially Sound provides a player report card on Devin Ebanks

Tweet of the Day: "I was going to write an article saying not only should LA trade for Dwight but also Durant, just sayin . . If only being a GM was that easy" -- EricPincus (Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Mark Cuban wasn't afraid to keep spending to win a championship (re-signing Barea, bringing in Chandler, signing Peja). The Buss's turned uncharacteristically frugal and didn't resign Farmar, signed an over-the-hill Theo Ratliff, then didn't sign a replacement when Ratliff went down and Bynum still wasn't ready to play. They let go of SaVu and a first round pick to go cheaper with Joe Smith and then almost never used him. The glaring weaknesses in the team were evident to almost everyone (shooting, defense, consistency), yet the Lakers did almost nothing to address those issues, whereas Cuban kept addressing his team's needs all season long." -- Gregs5

--Mark Medina

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Photo: With Dwight Howard saying he will not sign a contract extension with the Orlando Magic, the Lakers have an opportunity to trade for a player who's capable of greatly improving their championship aspirations. Credit: Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images / April 22, 2011)

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You know I have to be representing the TRUTH!

UHHHH, yeah, no news flash here.
I do disagree that we need to give up both Drew and Lamar. We should give up Drew and Artest. Lamar is still very valuable to this team, and Artest is only going to get worse each day he gets older.

re: your statement about the "universe revolving around andrew" was full of meaning.

the statement drew for dwight was intended for LT. apologies. have a greater day.

Posted by: soshibo | June 15, 2011 at 10:08 AM

that statement was a response to a blogger completely ignoring the comments
about Pau & Artest & the complacency of the entire team just so that he
could whine & mis-understand the comments made about Bynum.

Hope your day is going well.

this was written: What this is all about is the ridiculous claim being made that the Lakers did not three-peat because of trying to feed the ball to Drew and Pau instead of having Kobe go into attack mode.

my response: I've said it before and I'll say it again. Reading comprehension
classes are good. If the person who wrote the above was good at
reading comprehension and logic, they would understand the problems
inherent in their statement.

Allow me to clarify.

if one references 2008, 2009 & 2010 ... history/the boxscore shows that
Kobe was option #1 on offense. Because he was option #1 and was a threat
to score, defenses sagged off of other Lakers to double/triple team Kobe.

Oddly enough, this double/triple-teaming caused space around the Spaniard.
Isn't it odd that the Spaniard returned to all-star status after coming to play with

In the post season of 2011, the Lakers made a pointed effort to get the ball
to Pau & Bynum.

Some moron might disagree with this hypothetical fact. How could/would
we verify if I knew what I was talking about? hmmm ... what to do? what to

ah. I know! Why don't we check the box scores?

ta da!

Go to that sweet little box that says: Playoffs Advanced.

It says: His PER was up by 3% over the previous year. Maybe that's just
showing what a bad-ass he'd become. [ thowing the dog a bone on this one. ]

Hold on! What's this? USG% Team plays used by a player? Up by
5 points????? You mean like the team was actually trying to get him
more involved and running plays for him? Like they were actually giving
him the ball??!!!!!

Crap! That sounds soooooo much like: the Lakers made a pointed effort to get the ball
to Pau & Bynum.

So let's recap this: b/n 2010 & 2011 playoffs, we can see that his minutes per
game was up, his scoring was up, his rebounding was up, his usg % was up.

What about those facts doesn't support the statement: the Lakers made a
pointed effort to get the ball inside?

I've asked this question before and I'll ask it again:

Can anyone name a good team, with a strong low post presence, that the
Lakers have beaten when Bynum is having a good/great game? Does it
happen often?

[ note: good/great game == 18/10 ]

Trade anyone not nicknamed the Mamba for Howard!!!

N O W !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What up people,

yet another trade proposal is up for grabs...

this time its by another LA times columnist.. Bill P... dose he know that we discussed this trade proposal already!?

also, there is a rumor that Lakers are in talks with the Suns for Steve Nash, how about that one guys?

any ideas on what that would be for us?

Hey I should have a post up pretty soon

Hey Mark,

Nice article on Fisher joining the super friends in South beach ahaha got couple of laughs out of me...

but how about the rumor that Lakers are in talks with the Suns to aquire Steve Nash in a trade...

I think they were talkin about this on ESPN 710 radio...

Hey I should have a post up pretty soon

Posted by: Mark Medina | June 15, 2011 at 12:38 PM

You say this like we ASKED for another post ... tsk tsk Marky Mark.

Mr Laker

Thanks for stretching the blog out nice and good ... during the days of the K. bros the ever grumpy AK would have promptly deleted your post and addressed you like a 3 year old kid; man those brothers ....

PSP Intern

If memory serves, Jerry West wanted desperately to snag Nash in the draft but was beaten to the punch.

If I'm going to make the Big Move (and I think LA has one in them) then I think getting a Paul/Ariza package for Bynum and/or Odom makes sense. A team that dominates the point (or, alternatively, the point *matchup*) can win the title. The balance of power in this league is shifting towards the "1." I could live with a serviceable center if it meant I could start:


with Ariza, Barnes, Brown et al coming off the bench. Howard would be a great move, but I'd prefer LA addressing what's been a glaring weakness for the better part of 2 years, save for D-Laker's run as the "facilitator" and clutch shooter.

MM... It will be interesting to see whether or not this highly publicized trade will ever take place. While I can understand why the Lakers might trade Drew for Dwight, I do not see it as the slam dunk that you do. There are still serious issues over how much more the Lakers will have to pay to sign Dwight and whether he would be willing to take a secondary role to Kobe Bryant. In my opinion, the issue will be resolved by how healthy Drew remains and how well he plays next year. If he focuses on defense and rebounding and can deliver an entire season with play reminiscent of the Lakers 17-1 post all-star game run, then I seriously doubt the Lakers would trade Drew for Dwight.
The other big objection I have to trading Drew for Dwight is that center is the least of our worries right now. If we are going to trade assets, it would be a much more intelligent move to trade Pau or Lamar for a top notch point guard. Adding Chris Paul, Deron Williams, or Raymond Felton for Pau Gasol or Lamar Odom would give the Lakers a more balanced and versatile team than just replacing Drew with Dwight. Pau and Blake for CP3 and Ariza or Pau for Kevin Love, Jonny Flynn, Wesley Johnson, and the Wolves #2 pick are trades that would have a bigger impact in my opinion.

>>>If he focuses on defense and rebounding and can deliver an entire season
>>>with play reminiscent of the Lakers 17-1 post all-star game run, then I
>>>seriously doubt the Lakers would trade Drew for Dwight.

And I would agree with you about that, LT.

That's a lot of if's, though.

@ peace

Good points all around, but what I keep on saying is CP3 dose not and will not come to LA simple and plain, you might say that non-sense and I don't know what I'm talking about, but when you look closely you can see that CP3 was made to go an form a superfriends or another trio with probably Carmelo and Studomire and Cp3... but then again who knows, and honestly who cares but to me there is no way in heck he will be a Laker.. Dont get me wrong!Not saying that he shouldn't come or even if they trade for him I will be sad, its just the guys heart is somewhere else!

but Steve Nash I can leave with!

Trade Lebron for Pau and Artest (Luke and Fisher can go along as well)....LOL

Drew for Dwight (Note: Dwight should just tell the Magic that the only team that he wants to be traded is L.A.)

Pau for Kevin Love plus 2

Pau for Cp3

This would be the Laker New Dynasty 2012:

It would be nice if we have Dwight, Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, CP3, and the aging Kobe

Bench: Yao Ming, Steve Nash, Ariza

Lakers need SPEED & TALENT!!!!



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