Lakers mailbag: More questions on the Lakers' offseason needs
Below is the second edition of Lakers mailbag, a weekly fixture I will present every Friday. The success of this hinges on everyone participating. So if you have a question you've wanted to be answered, email me at the address below or leave a comment in the threads.
"Since almost all of the intelligent bloggers here, as well as the "so called" experts on T.V. seem to see that our PG play and lack of outside shooting are our two biggest problems as a team, why don't you feel that there is the Lakers feel a need to upgrade these gaping holes? Is it more accurate to say that they don't want to show your hand regarding any trade scenarios?" -- mcclyne1
The Lakers rarely discuss the inner workings of their front office. While the Lakers, including owner Jerry Buss and General Manager Mitch Kupchak, mentioned that they want to keep the team's "core" and only make "tweaks" to the roster, they are really only speaking in generalities. If something lands on their desk that significantly improves their team, they'll try to make it work. The problem is, as much as the Lakers want to make changes, their hands are tied. They're coming off a season that consisted of a $91-million contract and the only free agents this season involve reserves. Lakers guard Shannon Brown hasn't indicated whether he'll exercise his $2.91-million player option. The Lakers have team options for Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter worth a combined $1.6 million. And the Lakers have four second-round draft picks at 41, 46, 56 and 58, with Kupchack telling Lakers.com's Mike Trudell they may want to pursue guards because of the uncertainty surrounding Brown's contract, Derek Fisher's age (36) and the heavy mileage on Kobe Bryant.
As much as the Lakers would like to upgrade at point guard position, they might be better off saving up to acquire Deron Williams or Chris Paul next offseason. So the Lakers' rhetoric indicate they're completely satisfied with their current roster. But with a high player payroll and a strong possibility of a lockout, the Lakers are simply trying to anticipate having to make best with what they have.
Hiring Mike Brown was a great decision for the Laker organization, because he truly bring a new face and needed direction to this team. The triangle offense is obsolete, I could not find another team using it. The Lakers defense could not defend the pick and roll at all,I blame all the coaches on the current staff for this failure (just my opinion). --- George Warren
Look, no one is questioning Brown's coaching credentials. He guided the Cavaliers to two Eastern Conference championships and one NBA Finals appearance. He studied under such esteemed coaches as Gregg Popovich, Rick Carlisle and Tim Grgurich. And he compiled a 272-138 record. But coaching goes beyond Xs and O's. Even if Brown has insisted he worked well managing egos, that clearly wasn't enough before the Cavaliers fired him in hopes of retaining LeBron James during free agency. The public uneasiness surrounding Brown's hire has little to do with his offensive system or how he'll implement his strongly credentialed defensive philosophy. It points to Brown's unproven track record on how he's going to manage all the sideshow distractions surrounding the Lakers and whether his reputation as being a pushover to James will come back to bite him with a veteran-laden team that has won more championships than he has.
-- Mark Medina
Photo: Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak has said he only wants to make "tweaks" to the roster. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times