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Chicago Tribune: Tex Winter expected to attend Hall of Fame induction

6a00d8341c506253ef0147e3b200c4970b-320wiDespite suffering the ill effects of a debilitating stroke for the last two years, Tex Winter's health improved enough that his family is making plans for the legendary former Chicago Bulls and Lakers assistant to attend his induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in early August, the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson reported.

The report also indicates the guest list will include former Lakers Coach Phil Jackson, who won 11 championship rings partly because of Winter's mentorship and philosophy surrounding the triangle offense. The report also said in attendance will be Bulls general manager Jerry Krause, who once resigned from the selection committee to protest Winter's exclusion from the Hall of Fame. 

When the Tribune first reported about Winter's induction in early April, Jackson expressed irritation that his longtime assistant wasn't inducted sooner, believing that Winter remained excluded because "his contemporaries passed away," and believing a longtime assistant coach shouldn't get in at the expense of a head coach, player or executive.

"For the past 15 years, there have been people telling me that Tex is going in the Hall of Fame," Jackson said in early April. "When Tex was verbally and cognizantly capable of receiving this award, I would've been much happier. The fact now that he's had a stroke that's impaired his capabilities, it kind of irritates me a little bit that this wasn't done 10 years ago when he was still serving basketball at such a great capacity. Still in all, I'm happy it's been awarded."

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That's great news that Tex's health has improved enough for him to attend.


@MM – What to give up to get Dwight? Drew and LO. Pau & Ron. Basically whatever it takes to get the deal done. However, like you mentioned a Howard-Bynum combo doesn’t work together as well. Thus, if Pau is traded for Dwight, the Lakers would also need to trade Drew for some other pieces.

@LT – Thanks for the info on Julyan Stone. He’s an intriguing prospect. Now that the finals are over I’ll get into the draft mode and read up on some of these guys.

@LTLF – Trading LO and bringing in Humphries would certainly make things interesting in the Kardashian household.

@mclyne - I enjoyed your selection. Here's one from Kutless for you.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kifknSsvFVk

LRob

And for those bringing up age, Dwight is LESS than 2 years older than Drew. Like the musician LRob and also Don Vito succinctly stated, it's business nothing personal.

Posted by: Practice Season Police | June 15, 2011 at 09:37 AM
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PSP - Yes indeed "Strictly Business"

EPMD with a little Clapton cover of Marley sample
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJHEI8fJdiM

LRob

This is GREAT news!!! The greatest news since the Heat lost HAHAHA!!!!
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Also, I think these last finals clearly showed the difference b/n Kobe & LBJ.
One is a killer. The other is a businessman masquerading as a basketball
player.

Give me a "healthy" killer w/ sidekicks over the 3 amigos any day of the week.

Posted by: hobbitmage | June 15, 2011 at 02:57 PM

HOBBIT - GREAT COMMENT!! RFRCOTD worthy IMO.

JAMF - Wow I haven't seen you this happy in a while. Not at least since the Lakers won the championship

Yeah we couldn't use a 3 time defensive player of the year.

think of Dwight Howard as a more athletic Wilt (Laker career)
a player who moves twice a fast as Andrew Bynum and one who demands a double team.

Yeah, I don't want him on my team, the Lakers don't need another icon center to follow in the footsteps of Mikan, Wilt, Kareem, and Shaq.

Troll Man,

I believe you left out this chestnut:

Yeah, Bynum's knees will stay healthy and he'll play over 100 games a season (and post season) for the next 5 years with no problems.

Did someone mention a Nash to Lakers rumor in the last thread? I haven't seen anything like that. Where was it from?

Lets trade dfish, steve blake, luke, ron, caracter for howard. then we can trade joe smith and theo for cp3. Hip hip hooray!! Hip hip hooray!! The lakers problems are solved. Then get jerry buss to let a 1,000 true laker fans get court side seats for free. Plus buss can hook the men up with his 19 year old girlfriends. Then get jerry buss to pay for persons like hobbit, psp etc to travel with the team when on the road. Then let JAMF call all laker game as a ref. Are you guys serious? We want an all star starting lineup kobe, gasol, howard, cp3 or dwill and ron. Ah talk about stacking the deck.

How about trading ron for carmello to complete the all star line up. Plus lets get coach K instead of coach brown. Trade LO to get kevin love. Trade shannon brown for westbrook.

LTLF

Totally Agree that many teams will be in the running for Howard, but Howard has subtlely hinted that he is interested in the Lakers. The money he can make in endorsements and personal endeavors (re: Kobe, Lavar, Artest, Pau, Sahnnon, Barnes) in hollywood land are substantial.

Those alternate teams will only make the trade if an extension is secured.

Clearly New York panicked while Carmelo held both team hostage. Dwight can take less because of the outside money he can make in LaLa land. With Kobe on the downside, Howard will be the #1 attraction in the near future something Bynum will never achieve, he doesn't have the personality for it.

What it ultimately comes down to is....If Howard wants to be a Laker, he will be a Laker.

@ LongTimeLakerFan

Hey man it was me who made that notion about Steve Nash...
On my way from work I was listening to ESPN 710 LA radio and they were saying that Lakers FO is in talks with the Suns to make a deal that will send just Steve Nash to LA.. They did't say what player might go but, they hinted that it might be a bench cleanup if this happens...

I mean someone said that Jerry West tried this deal couple of years ago and It didnt work... well ill tell you why it didnt work, because the SUNS were a contending force in the WEST... not anymore... back then Suns had talent and dept, but not anymore... its only Nash no one else... they had studomire, good shooters and they kept on contending in the western conference, but after everyone left the Suns they got nothing to compete with the western conference teams, so thats why this deal is more likely to happen then as before with Jerry West moving the chess pieces..

So this is what I heard and hey if this actually starts to make sense and become a reality, why not? Steve Nash? you kidding me, Helllz yeah we want him on our team, dont care how old the guys is, one of the sickest point guards who can handle the ball and score points while doing it!

so there it is man... lets hear what you guys have to say about this trade deal...

Im sure itll give you guys a break from Dwigh Howard and CP3 trades... lol

oh and MM is this Nash thing lagitamet?

Now IP

some of these trade scenarios are not so far-fetched.

Of course you can't get everybody LOL but you might be able to get a least one blockbuster.


@TECH N9NE ... Steve Nash’s contract expires at the end of the 2011/12 season so it doesn’t make any sense for the Suns to trade him to the Lakers for a bunch of players with longer contracts. The Suns will be under the cap this summer by getting rid of Carter’s expiring contract. I would take Steve in a flash for anybody on our bench but Lamar but it looks like it could never happen.
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LAKER TOM


@ laker Tom,

Hey thats some good info on the Steve Nash thing, but isnt Dwigh howards expiring same time? and Cp3? if it dose happen itll be like after the season starts maybe January or December or somewhere around there! so thats why I think they would be interested in the deal, think about it!

There is not one good player on the Suns team.. they didnt even make the playoffs this year, if they are ever going to contend or get their moneys worth just like the Clippers, then they might be looking to either re-up their roster or flush it down the toilet, there is no force in the Suns that can even take out 8th seed Memphis... so they need to do something major and I think one way is for them to re stock their roster with younger players...

I'm not 100% on this trdae talk, all it is, just another talk and another way for us to pass the time, but its interesting to see, how many people would want Nash on our team? his not Cp3 his not D williams but his a several time all star point guard that can knock down 3's... what else would you want?

so yeah I wanted to see how this will play out, you guys keep talking about Dhoward and Cp3... well how about this one? any ideas? anyone you guys will be willing to get rid of for Nash??

Cmon guys the trdae rumor mill just opend!

also on the side note...

apperantly Allen Iverson is ready to make yet another NBA comeback... ahahah this was truly funny.

He said if any NBA team want's him his willing to play for the Vets minimum... so I guess his Turkey thing didn't work out... so how about AI as your new point guard for LAL? ahaha lmao I cant say this with a straight face ahaha

I say no deal!


@TECH N9NE ... Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, and Deron Williams contracts all have two years to go but with the second year a player option which they all will likely exercise unless there is something in the new CBA that dramatically reduces the amount they could get in free agency. For example, it the league made sign and trades difficult to do so that players would re-sign with their own teams, then they might decide to exercise their player option. The other key factor is will there be a lower salary cap or a hard cap that would force teams to cut players to pay huge penalties. Finally, if there is a amnesty clause as expected, there could be a lot of players cut who would still get their big salary but could sign with another club for the minimum. That’s what Miami is praying will happen.
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LAKER TOM


@ LAKER TOM

so Tom what you saying is, with the current CBA and the rules the way they are for NBA... none of these big trades would happen such as DHOWARD and Cp3 and DWILL or even Steve Nash right? So my question is this, why wouldnt Steve Nash himself want to take less money or whatever to come to a team and contend for a ring? I'm sure his overdue for a ring right now and I think he will take anything to get here... but the bottom line is, if were looking at the trade proposals as of today, then we wont make any of these trades were talking about... so this is another one of those. So we dont know anything in other words and are talking just to make conversation, none of these trades are a scenerio because we dont know how the new CBA and rules will be, so we cant assume that these could happen... at the same time we are not even sure if we are going to have a season... NFL is still in a lockout, and if they were to start NFL today then they would only play 8 games instead of 16... so we just got to wait and see, but it was interestin to see who would you give up for Nash if this was plausable???

Okay guys Im out...

Ill catch you guys around tmrw

I gotta go somehwere but Laker TOm thanks for the Convo...

anything directed to me ill answer tmrw morning...

Thanks

Tech N9na is signing out!

@TECH N9NE ... Unless the owners and player know something we don’t, you’re right that none of the trades for the Big 3 or Nash will happen until after we have a new CBA and everyone knows what the landscape looks like. I do think Nash might sign for the MLE just to get a ring next year but he might be joined by a lot of amnesty players who were cut. I wouldn’t give any of our Big 4 for Steve at this point but assuming his back is OK, he would be great for the Lakers. Imagine him setting up Kobe, Drew, Pau, and Lamar for easy baskets. I would love to see that happen. Nash can still ball.
...
The NFL should actually settle their dispute early next month well before the start of training camp late in July. I also think the NFL settling will put pressure on the NBA owners and players to settle. Only fools would kill the golden goose after the best playoff TV ratings in the last 10 years. So I think there will be a long lock out or missed games. No asterisk championship this time. Just Lakers #17.
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LAKER TOM


I am happy Tex will be attending! I hope PJ inducts him or does his intro speech.

Grats on Tex' health recovery!!! thanks for the memories ma' man.

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How about trading ron for carmello to complete the all star line up. Plus lets get coach K instead of coach brown. Trade LO to get kevin love. Trade shannon brown for westbrook.

Posted by: Island Priest | June 15, 2011 at 04:21 PM
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How about we trade your patronizing, negativity and overall "you" for a more respectful, upbeat, blog?! ..as if. We all want the old prune to be nice to the neighborhood kids -or- the jerk old hag to toss the ball the other side of the fence so kid's could play but never happens in the movies.


>>>What it ultimately comes down to is....If Howard wants to be a Laker,
>>>he will be a Laker.

On that, I agree 100%.

Here's the thing. If He really does have his heart set on the Lakers (I have no idea - I'd assume he wants to go to a higher contender, but not ONLY the Lakers), then he can literally force it. Not right now, but next summer.

If Orlando flat out refuses to trade him, he can opt out next summer. He could then tell Orlando - you have two choices: you can negotiate a sign and trade deal with the Lakers, or I'll leave and you'll get nothing... not even a trade exception.

With those terms on the table, I'm sure Orlando would work something out (and in fact the Lakers might even get slightly more favorable terms in that situation). If your choices are Bynum + some stuff or nothing, then suddenly Bynum looks very very very good (injury risk or not).


But I'm not so sure Howard has his heart set on the Lakers.

Tech N9ne,

>>>On my way from work I was listening to ESPN 710 LA radio and they were
>>> saying that Lakers FO is in talks with the Suns to make a deal that will send
>>> just Steve Nash to LA.. They did't say what player might go but, they hinted
>>> that it might be a bench cleanup if this happens...

Ah. Then that's why I couldn't find anything about it online.

I'm truly not opposed to Steve Nash to the Lakers. He wouldn't improve the defense one bit, but the bump in offense would be substantial enough to make up for it. Imagine a starting PG who was capable of scoring 20, could get the ball to Bynum, Pau, and Kobe for easy shots right in their shooting rhythm, could hit 3's more consistently than Derek Fisher, and who's known for playing through gruesome looking injuries.

I wouldn't sacrifice Pau or Drew or probably even Odom for Nash alone, but a package with Odom as the main piece for Nash & some other contract they want to dump off (Warrick? Childress? Frye? ) would definitely be an upgrade.

Though I'm not sure the Suns would go for that.

If they're looking mostly for a salary dump (a-la the Pau trade), then:

Odom + Barnes (+ some of the Vujacic trade exception) for
Nash + Childress OR Frye

would be about the best the Lakers could do. That would get them 5 million in cap space immediately (for use in summer of 2011), plus Lamar's and Barnes' deals expire next summer, not to mention the fact that there are a few teams that could take on either or both and give no salary back in return.

So effectively, they could turn Nash + Childress into 15 million in cap space this summer plus probably some perks like draft picks and cash.

>>> Finally, if there is a amnesty clause as expected, there could be a lot of
>>> players cut who would still get their big salary but could sign with another
>>> club for the minimum. That’s what Miami is praying will happen.

Not to mention the Lakers. The Lakers have some basic needs that might be met by someone who was decent but overpaid & would work for a minimum contract for a couple of years.

>>>so Tom what you saying is, with the current CBA and the rules the way
>>>they are for NBA... none of these big trades would happen such as
>>>DHOWARD and Cp3 and DWILL or even Steve Nash right?

I'm not sure I got that meaning out of LT's post. But if the new CBA changes the rules significantly, Dwight may well be completely stuck with Orlando (or taking a HUGE pay cut), Deron Williams may be stuck with New Jersey, and Chris Paul may be stuck with New Orleans.

If they make some sort of franchise player classification (which the owners want), then they could basically be stuck with their current teams for the rest of their careers (unless they deliberately force their way out by refusing to play or something like that -- but that sort of tactic may earn them a lawsuit from their team).

And here's another little gem. They could make a hard cap, with no MLE. If they did that, then there are about 5 or 6 teams who would have actual cap space and be able to sign current free agents for more than a minimum contract. If there is a hard cap in summer of 2012 and Howard opts out, then there might not be a single team in the league that can offer him as much as he's currently making, let alone a raise.

And if there's no MLE, then it's much harder for teams way over the cap like the Lakers and Magic to bring in top free agents. OTOH, after all the cap space is spent, then it's EASIER for those teams to get the top free agents who are left.

Summing up... from now until the end of the current CBA (is it July 1?), teams know the current rules for trading and for signing extensions and such (current free agent's can't be signed under the current CBA). And Players know the rules for how many years and how much they can make and such. When the new CBA comes into effect, it might be much much harder to play "let's make a deal".

>>>So my question is this, why wouldnt Steve Nash himself want to take
>>>less money or whatever to come to a team and contend for a ring? I'm
>>> sure his overdue for a ring right now an

For a reason that LeBron James doesn't understand... team loyalty. Nash is pretty loyal to Phoenix. On the other hand, since Phoenix acquired Brooks to be their point guard of the future, they may not want him languishing on the bench behind Nash. So they may prefer to send Nash on to a team that has a better chance now to give them cap space to continue the rebuilding process, and at the same time give Brooks the lion's share of minutes at PG.

LT,

>>>Unless the owners and player know something we don’t, you’re right that
>>> none of the trades for the Big 3 or Nash will happen until after we have a
>>>new CBA and everyone knows what the landscape looks like

I read it exactly the opposite way. While a team with someone like Howard or Williams or CP3 may want to hold off and hope the new CBA favors them in negotiations, teams like the Lakers may want to get a deal done NOW, as the new CBA might not offer them the same flexibility they have now.


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