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Mike Brown talks Lakers with George Lopez

The typical protocol for any Laker appearing on Lopez Tonight involves dropping a few jokes, playing along with George Lopez and guaranteeing NBA championships.

So in that respect, Lakers Coach Mike Brown passed his first appearance with flying colors. He met Lopez's approval in dressing "California casual." Lopez equated Brown's arrival to a restaurant going under new management and pleaded, "When the restaurant opens, tell me the food is going to be delicious." To which Brown replied, "It's going to be delicious. I want some bling bling." Brown played along with Lopez's imagined rendition detailing Browns' text message conversation with Kobe Bryant, which supposedly entailed him writing: "OMG I'm your coach. WTF. Holla." And Brown shared the story that his son, Elijah, sounded more excited about meeting the Kardashian sisters than the Black Mamba himself.

But there was one particular interesting nugget that revealed Brown's thoughts on the Lakers' defensive identity.

"There's a nice foundation on the defensive end of the floor," Brown said. "You've got the two seven footers. You got the versatility in Lamar Odom. You got the mean toughness in big Ron Ron. And you got the sleekness in my man Kobe Bryant.

Whether it was a Freudian slip or an honest mistake, Brown made no mention of what Derek Fisher provides defensively. Read the tea leaves for what they're worth,

--Mark Medina

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My initial reaction was "That is SO not Phil Jackson." He was boisterous for goodness sake! But, I might be wrong. Dude has a lot of confidence, I'll give him that. Let's see what he does with our team.

GO LAKERS!!!!!

The new coach seems to be an upbeat, energetic guy. Appears to be a straight talker but who knows for sure from just an 8 minute clip.
He sure seems likable.

Interesting to hear the audience vote on getting Howard.
Wonder where George got the Ring from.

Reading the tea leaves, if I were Fish I would be thinking, uh-oh.

Art

With all due respect no one is sayin lebron is NOT a big reason for miamis success and I'm sure they don't make finals without him. What should be noted is if lebron gets his ring he will have done so in a robin role NOT batman. What's becoming more and more apparent and stats will prove is that he cannot handle real pressure and never has. He is simply not a CLOSER and any comparisons to MJ by the media are laughable at best

recall earlier this regular season when miami was trying to forcefeed lebron in the clutch.. In that brief stretch lebron bricked the last second shot for like 3 games in a row and went into a tailspin.. Yes that is what happens when you give lebron the rock in the clutch.. These playoffs lebron has found his niche as a defensive specialist and there is no question dwade is the go to guy so it should be no concidence why miamis made it this far with lebron as the facilitator.

JMO!

And colin cowheard can be so freakin offbase when it comes to the nba.. Makin excuses for lebron saying kobe is a bad closer blah blah blah.. No wonder he works for bspn.. He should just stick to football cause that's the only time he makes any sense!

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According to Hoopshype, Golden State is shopping Monta Ellis around, so lets consider him next...

Golden State has another PG who they value more in Stephen Curry, so they're willing to let Ellis go.

Ellis is super quick, so he adds the speed we need. He's a decent defender as well, though he'll have problems with taller points. He's a so-so passer - getting over 5 assists per game the last couple of seasons. And he's a below average 3-point shooter, though he has worked on that and improved over the course of his career. Last season he hit 36% of his 3-pointers.

The new GM, Jerry West, and new coach, Mark Jackson, want to emphasize defense more for the team. According to the Chronicle, the Warriors are looking for a big guard, a swingman, and a post presence.

If defense is their primary criterion, then Ron Artest may appeal to them. For big guards, they could probably do better than Shannon Brown, but not without spending more money.

So maybe a package of Artest and Brown could get Ellis. I think Brown has to approve trades since he's on the last year of a player option, so it may not fly anyway.

I'm sure Golden State would love to have either of the Lakers' big 2 (Pau, Drew), but I'm not sure GS has enough assets to make it worth giving up either of those guys to get Ellis. They draft at #11, so there's no great PG prospect left down there. Maybe something like Bynum and Walton for Biedrins, Ellis, Wright, and their next 5 first round draft picks.

But like I said, I don't think the Lakers would give up Pau or Drew for Ellis, unless David Lee came along in the deal, and that's not going to happen.

So probably the only thing that would work is something like:

Ron Artest + Steve Blake + part of the Vujacic trade exception
for
Monta Ellis and Dorrell Wright.

And another potential PG acquisition...

Devin Harris.

Utah's situation for the last few years is that they've been on the verge of the luxury tax, and have dumped off or let go players (Boozer, Wesley Matthews, Eric Maynor) to try to stay (or become) profitable.

This is not a team that would traditionally spend spend spend to try to get a championship, and that's why they've been a playoff team for years, but never a real contender.

So the question is, are they ready to really tear down and rebuild? Or is this just another re-shuffle the deck to get the payroll down?

If this is just about payroll, then Utah may be content to keep Harris as their starting PG going forward.

But if they're really planning on tearing it down and rebuilding in the fashion that worked for Oklahoma City & Memphis, then they may want to dump off any remaining big multi-year contracts (namely, Jefferson and Harris). Note that Utah has the #3 pick in the draft. So ironically, after trading off their
high draft pick excellent PG, they could acquire another one in the same manner a couple of weeks from now.

So if Utah's trying to do the big teardown and rebuild, and if they're planning to grab one of the top PG prospects in the draft, then they could want one of two things back for Ellis: either help at some other position, or expiring contract[s] plus one effective but less expensive player.

I don't really know what Utah is planning. It's possible that they'd trade Harris in a package for Bynum or Gasol. They have a PF who's Lamar's equal for less money (Paul Millsap), and they have a young PF who they expect to really blossom (Favors) so I don't think they'd really want Lamar. They are weak at the SF position, but if they're going for ground-up, they may want to give Gordon Hayward a chance rather than trading for Artest.

One thing that is true is that Utah is weak at C. Jefferson's a decent scorer but weak defender, and Okur's a euro-outside-shooting C. either Pau or Drew would be an upgrade for them. They might be willing to do somthing like Pau and Blake for Harris and Jefferson, which might work out for the Lakers.

But I'm not really sure that the Lakers have the sort of pieces that Utah would want. I bet they'd agree to Bynum for Harris (or Harris + anyone low salaried to match salarys), but that would be a terrible trade from the Lakers perspective. If the Lakers trade off Bynum or Gasol, they need to get back a starting point guard AND a quality big to back-fill their position. Anything less would be a step backwards for the Lakers.

@ART ... LOL. Dang it, you’re supposed to tell me everything is fine and I’m just imagining problems. Probably listened to too much crowning and preening of the King. Now I think I’m imagining problems between LeBron and Dwayne. Oh, wait. That could actually be true.
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@CCX ... I appreciate your comments regarding the mean comments aimed at 888. I’ve come to respect and appreciate PSP but the silly distorting of what the practice season concept is about in order to humiliate and make fun of another Lakers fan is not something to be proud of.
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@HOBBIT ... Now that’s what I like from you hobbit. Take it to the Heat trolls. Between LeBron’s no-show and Wade’s double choke. Loved listening to Colin Cowherd stupidly try to explain why LeBron is still the greatest player in the league even though he just pulled a Gasol on his team.
...
I keep hearing how the Heat should have swept the Mavs and the Mavs were lucky to be tied 2-2. The reality is that, if it were not for Chalmers half-court prayer to end the first half in Game 3 that should have been called a backcourt violation, the Mavericks would be up 3-1 right now and looking to close out the series tomorrow night. The series may be tied by the Heat lead 2-zip in chokes.
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@LTLF ... I tend to agree with you that it’s unlikely the Lakers will trade Pau. Like you, I also see our need for a quality point guard to be dire. I’ve been playing around with the idea of trading to move up to the first round and wondered if you could summarize what you think of the point guards in the draft and whether you see any reasonable deal for the Lakers to get one of them. Thanks.
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TOM

I mentioned something earlier, and I'll bring it up again.

Amnesty clause.

The new CBA may include an amnesty clause that allows each team to dump off one contract. They'd have to pay the player off, but the contract would no longer count against their salary cap. The Lakers would probably dump Luke, but it might be Artest, since his contract lasts one year longer.

If I remember right, the last time they did this, the rule was that you couldn't re-sign your own amnesty player. So the Lakers couldn't use it on Kobe, re-sign him for a minimum contract and drop their total salary to 74 million.

But the important implication of an amnesty clause is that it would throw a bunch of players into the free agent pool, whose current teams couldn't re-sign them, and who were already paid a full contract for one or more years.

The deal is about getting cap space off your books - so it's possible some pretty good (or really good) players could be cut, and they might be willing to take a minimum contract to play for a contender like the Lakers (or Heat or Celtics or Spurs, so it's not just a benefit for the Lakers).

So who are some guys that might get an Amnesty cut that might help the Lakers?

Kirk Hinrich
Stephen Jackson
Tyrus Thomas
Baron Davis
Boobie Gibson
Antawn Jamison
Brendan Haywood
Al Harrington
Rip Hamilton
Charlie Villanueva
Andris Biedrins
Corey Maggette
John Salmons
Darko Milicic
Luke Ridnour
Travis Outlaw
Trevor Ariza
Gilbert Arenas
Brandon Roy
Jose Calderon
Mehmet Okur
Rashard Lewis

>>>What should be noted is if lebron gets his ring he will have done so in a robin
>>>role NOT batman.

True. If they win it, Wade is Batman in this scenario. As he was in 2005 when Shaq was Robin.

Bonjour hobbit - oui...moi aussi...I was scared in the 4th thinking that the entire Mavs team had reverted to their former choking selves....Mais...zut alors!! They pulled it out. And LakerTom's right, if not for the no-call on that ridiculous half-court violation at the end of the half last game, this would be a 3-1 series going into tomorrow night's game with Dallas looking for their first bling.

Oh - and regarding Bronnie's manhood - she never had any. The best tweet of the night came from Bill Walton "The Miami Big 3 = Wade and his cojones". LMAO!!!!! That's where the manhood on that team is.

@ LT, "Loved listening to Colin Cowherd stupidly try to explain why LeBron is still the greatest player in the league even though he just pulled a Gasol on his team."

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Pulled a Gasol, that's funny.
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Yellowfever,

I understand and don't disagree with that. I get it that LeBron is not carrying the team offensively, Wade is.
LBJ isn't scoring like what is expected of him and is taking the heat for it.

I wouldn't be surprised if he came through offensively before this is over, but if he doesn't light it up offensively he is at least doing the job on defense and as a facilitator.

Overall it isn't that big of a deal to me, I just try to enjoy the games no matter who's playing and this has been a pretty entertaining series.


@Longtimelakerslover - That's an interesting point. Come to think of it, I don't think Phil Jackson was ever on George Lopez's show. Jackson definitely had a strange relationship with the Lakers. He was respected for the winning and most of the players liked him. But he had this odd detachment from management and media. He was a great quote and offered terrific insight, but he was also extremely introverted and rarely made small talk.

man Lopez is funny he said " Did Vanessa like you" MB said " yeah she dose " and Lopez said " then your going to be okay in LA " lmao

ahahah

funny guy this MB is, at least we know that much about him!

>>>@LTLF ... I tend to agree with you that it’s unlikely the Lakers will trade Pau.
>>>Like you, I also see our need for a quality point guard to be dire. I’ve been
>>>playing around with the idea of trading to move up to the first round and
>>>wondered if you could summarize what you think of the point guards in the
>>>draft and whether you see any reasonable deal for the Lakers to get one of
>>>them. Thanks

reasonable? Probably slim to none.

The problem is that most teams treat any pick below 10 is a guaranteed 10 time All-Star in the making. They assume every #1 pick is going to be as good as LeBron and every #2 pick is going to be as good as Kevin Durant and every #3 pick is going to be as good as Deron Williams and every #4 pick is going to be as good as Chris Bosh or Chris Paul, and every #5 pick is going to be as good as Dwyane Wade, and every #6 pick is going to be as good as , and every #7 pick is going to be as good as Nene and every #8 pick is going to be as good as Andre Miller and every #9 pick is going to be as good as Amare Stoudemire or Dirk Nowitzki and every #10 pick is going to be as good as Andrew Bynum or Paul Pierce.

They conveniently forget that a #1 pick could turn out as Kwame Brown, a #2 pick could turn into Darko Milicic, a #3 pick could turn out to be Adam Morrison, etc.

And with the first 5 picks or so, more often than not, they're right. They get a quality player who will be playing with them for a cheap salary for 4 or 5 years.

As for PGs in this year's draft, I didn't watch college BB last year as much as usual, so I can't directly comment on any of them. But the players with the most buzz are Kyrie Irving, Brandon Knight, and Kemba Walker. I think you'll find that all three are quality NBA PGs, and one or two of them might be at a Chris Paul/Deron Williams level. Won't know until they actually play.

I don't think the Lakers could get a high enough draft pick to get any of those three for anything less than Lamar Odom, and even he might be enough. Bynum or Pau could probably get a package including that high of a draft pick.

Below that in the draft, there's Jimmer Fredette, who has a very Adam Morrison feel to him. Big time shooter, questionable whether he'll be able to defend and play PG at the NBA level. He'll probably still go in the lottery - someone will take a chance on him.

Maybe the best one that might be there when the Lakers pick would be Malcolm Lee from UCLA. If he is available, I'd take a chance that he'd follow in the footsteps of Westbrook and Holliday.

Island Priest,

you wrote: LBJ is not only the heat's best player but the nba's best. Dwade can score but lbj can score, pass, rebound and defend. Some of those assists he got was the best since magic. He was the team playoff leader in all statistical categories. But obviously he is upset with dwade the loudmouth. But the king cannot tarnish his legacy by throwing the series. He will not. Not when you have a basketball genius riley as president. Hunker down and expect fire and brimstone from the king on thursday night. There will be hell to pay for the knave dirk noWINski and the royal jester the jet. Like the ABC montage goes, "You lived your entire life for this one moment....". Go get em king.

my response:

Rule #1. Never get high on your on supply!

LBJ is not the NBA's best player.

Proof #1. When he 1st led the Cavs to the finals, he got swept.
Proof #2. Bronze in the Olympics.
Proof #3. With another all-star on his team, he couldn't make the finals.
Proof #4. Punked by a bunch of old men in green multiple times.
Proof #5. Rejected by some skinny no-nothing tri-lingual in Chicago.
Proof #6. Had to leave family and friends & screw them on international TV
in order to have a good chance to win a championship. [ I'm not
sure what you call it when you're SG is playing offense w/ your
Mom. I know it's offensive, but is it really offense? ]
Proof #7. Agreed to play Robin to D-Wade's Batman. [ I thought Batman was
the taller of the two.
Proof #8. 8 pts in the NBA finals game 4. Do I *REALLY* need to say
anything else?

re: assists. If put D-Wade on a team w/ any of the following, you'll get as
good or better assists! - CP3, D-Will, Steve Nash, D. Rose && my main
man ... Kobe Bean Bryant.

re: the best since Magic. Ah, no. There were these guys called the Bulls w/
some hick named MJ. Don't forget about Fatman & Robin [ Shaq & Kobe ].

re: D-Wade the loudmouth. Interesting that you bring him up. Isn't he the
former NBA finals MVP who will probably go down as one of the top SG's to
ever play the game? So, you want the guy who lost the NBA finals to not
pay attention to the guy who won the NBA finals? Really? Out of curiosity,
when you put your car into "Drive" does it go backwards? BTW, per LBJ,
one of the reasons why LBJ screwed over family and friends is because he
wanted someone who wouldn't "Die in the moment." So, if he doesn't defer
to D-Wade, how will he know if D-Wade will be successful? [ I still think
Daniel Gibson is smiling after last night. ]

re: disparaging remarks about the Mavs. So ... By all accounts, the Heat of
2 of the best 3 players in the league playing together. Yet, the Mavs have
tied the series and won in Miami. It seems to me that your disparaging
remarks are based in fear of: "Dying in the Moment."

re: Living your life entire life for this moment. And that's why he scored 8
pts last night? He's been waiting his entire life to score 8 points with the
whole world watching? That's sooooo peculiar.

FYI, there's this other guy on the other coast. He's a certified killer on the
basketball court. He relishes big moments. He lives to put a dagger into
the hearts of those he plays against. Perhaps you've heard of him?

His name is Kobe Bryant & he has the most championships of any current
member of the NBA.


Can I get some love for the half-pint J.J. Barea? Go little man! GO!

"@Longtimelakerslover - That's an interesting point. Come to think of it, I don't think Phil Jackson was ever on George Lopez's show. Jackson definitely had a strange relationship with the Lakers. He was respected for the winning and most of the players liked him. But he had this odd detachment from management and media. He was a great quote and offered terrific insight, but he was also extremely introverted and rarely made small talk.

Posted by: Mark Medina | June 08, 2011 at 11:06 AM"

MM: Actually that is very much Jacksonesque...remember his philosophy about the team concept in the past...all the way up to the end of this last run of his with the Lakers. Jackson, in Chicago, and in LA, always preached the team consisted of the players and the coaches and that's it. He disdained Jerry Krause in Chicago. Once, it was said, that Jerry West, the GM then, came into the locker room, Jackson asked him to leave. He would always have those bonding breaks, where they would play paintball war or whatever. The problem was he was kinda contradicting himself with his personal life by dating Jeannie Buss over the years. However he never flaunted that. The fact that she is involved with Jackson is probably why she is not at an equal level with Jim Buss, considering she had done many more positive acts for the team than Jim, who was off playing with racehorses. By excluding families however, Jackson created some problems through the years. Especially when you have Kobe and Fisher's wives wanting to get involved, look they had a WAG group, right? Wives and girlfriends...and I had heard that Vanessa B. didn't welcome Khloe Kardashian-Odom into the club with open arms...about Jackson and the media...review the story about "The Jordan Rules" and the assistant coach J. Bach...where, Jackson leaked some info which made it into the book, but let Bach take the blame, and he was ousted eventually. So the relationship between Jackson and management did not surprise me. It was status quo for him.

"They conveniently forget that a #1 pick could turn out as Kwame Brown, a #2 pick could turn into Darko Milicic, a #3 pick could turn out to be Adam Morrison, etc.

Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | June 08, 2011 at 12:01 PM"

Good job, I hate when people talk about GM activities, in trades, and they continue to say "...and 2 first round picks", for example. I think once the pick is used, the writer is obligated to say who that pick turned out to be. I know that it may not have been the exact player that the donor team would have taken, however, it does give the reader a better idea of what the ramifications are of shuffling future draft picks around. For instance, in acquiring Pau, the Lakers gave up two first round picks...I think, don't hold me to it, the first one went down in 2008, and was Donte Green, who is on Sacramento's roster now. In 2010 it was Greivis Vasquez, who people were saying would be nice to have.


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