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Caught in the Web: Grading the Lakers' management

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We will have a live chat at 3 p.m. Monday. There will be plenty to discuss, including of course, Miami's meltdown against Dallas.  

-- The Times' Helene Elliott ranked Mitch Kupchak as the best general manager of the six who run Southland baseball, basketball and hockey teams.

-- The Times' Mark Heisler questions whether Jim Buss can run the Lakers properly.

-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding looks at 10 things Kobe Bryant could've done to ensure a Lakers' three-peat.

-- NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper reports Dwight Howard plans to become a free agent, but maintains he still wants to stay with the Orlando Magic. 

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky looks at the Lakers' need to have another player outside of Bryant capable of creating his own shot.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin details some stories surrounding Phil Jackson's 13 championship rings, including 11 as an NBA head coach.

-- Lakers.com's Mike Trudell talks with Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears about covering the NBA Finals without the Lakers.

--Silver Screen and Roll's WildYams provides a player report card for Theo Ratliff.

-- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano argues that LeBron James' poor play in the Finals reminded him of Pau Gasol's disappearing act against Dallas.

Tweet of the Day: "Amazing the steady stream of anti-LeBron backlash that comes in from coaches, scouts, execs and players. So many just don't like him. ... One source who has worked on a team with LeBron texted, 'When is everyone going to realize he only cares about himself?' ... Honestly, this isn't a media creation. Most of the stuff I'm getting, and what I'm guessing others are, is coming in unprompted." -- ChrisMannixSI (Sports Illustrated's NBA writer Chris Mannix)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "The more I think about it, the more I'm with Ron-Ron. Mike Brown managed to get LeBron and whatever flotsam and jetsam they brought in to the Finals once and to the Eastern Conference finals two other times. Take LeBron off the squad and they were a 19-win team. Put LeBron with another superstar and another all-star, and he's still not good enough to win a title yet (note, I say yet... I think he'll eventually settle down and win a ring or two). Think what Mike Brown could do with the level of talent the Lakers have." -- LongTimeLakersFan

--Mark Medina

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Photo: General managers of pro teams are always on the hot seat, including (from left) Tony Reagins of the Angels, Ned Colletti of the Dodgers and Mitch Kupchak of the Lakers. Credit: Los Angeles Times

 
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@LT – Good prediction on the Mavs. I thought the Heat would take it in 7 with Lebron and DWade being too much. Lebron’s performance in the finals was abysmal. I can’t think of another superstar that hid from the big moment like Lebron. I thought last year’s game 5 vs. the Celtics was just one of those things. But two years in a row is a pattern that can’t be ignored. Lebron definitely needs to get mentally tougher before he’s crowned. This won’t happen until he accepts his share of the blame. Something he hasn’t fully done yet.

But I still would caution against saying he will never win a ring. People said the same thing about MJ (too selfish), Shaq (free throws – can’t count on him in the 4th), Dirk (too soft), etc.


@Justa – Count me among the happy campers that the Heat didn’t win :-) Don’t despise Lebron like you, but definitely didn’t want to see him win it after the “5-6-7 championship” comments. Or DWade’s “I hope the world is happy now that the Heat is losing” comment.


@LTLF – Varejo is a good suggestion. I love his energy, effort (motor). He’s definitely one of the best PF defenders. I don’t like all his flopping, but if he was wearing the P&G I’m sure I’d learn to live with it :-) Also - congrats on the Friedman and thanks for keeping the blog lively with your trade/player analysis.

LRob

Well, thank God some justice remains in the Universe.

Lakers at least lost to the Champions.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Jon K. Dallas played a great playoff series. They seriously looked like a completely different team than the Dallas teams I'm accustomed to seeing.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=dw-wetzel_cleveland_laughs_at_lebron_james_061211

Great article. Well stated.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Jon K - good ALWAYS triumphs over evil.

OK, now that Dallas won our Chump status has been tempered. As much as I hate it when LA loses I can take it a little better when we lose to the world champions. Great job Dallas, you put the little princess back in her place.

LTLF, good Friedman winning comment. I'm still in the wait and see what the fall brings mode. I'll buy in if the team buys in.

So, I find that my life is a little better today than it was yesterday and I have a feeling that it will continue to be so as long as LeChoke is ringless. He might have a boatload of money compared to me, but he's bringing me great happiness just seeing him try to make himself feel better. I wonder if Miami is going to fire his Possie now :)

The wife is happy, the kids are fed, and Le(insert degradation here) us still ringless): Life is good.

JR


@LTLF ... Congrats on the Friedman. It’s great to see one of the best and most consistent members of the blog within the blog get due credit for his contributions. You’re our personal trade expert and machine.
…………………………………………………………….
LAKER-TOM


Double song salute today for Cuban and Dirk….

Salute to Mark Cuban & his Mavs….They’re on top of the NBA world
Temptations with Rick James – Standing on the Top (Temptations Reunion…David, Eddie, Dennis all came back for last time in 1982)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srrNqzg8ZM0&feature=related


Special salute to Dirk for being the first Euro player to lead his team to the NBA title. Hopefully this will stop people from being so quick to label Euro players as SOFT.

Kraftwerk (my favorite German group) – TransEuropeExpress (In case you're wondering where Bambaata got part of his Planet Rock beat from).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hitRhTAGXDA

LRob

LRob,

>>>Varejo is a good suggestion. I love his energy, effort (motor). He’s definitely
>>>one of the best PF defenders. I don’t like all his flopping, but if he was
>>>wearing the P&G I’m sure I’d learn to live with it :-)

It's funny - Vlade as a Laker flopper - great! Vlade as a King flopper - what a euro-faker.

If the Lakers could get Varejao and the #4 pick for Lamar (or Varejao & the #4 and Sessions), it's a trade I'd take. I'm not sure Cleveland would do that, but that #4 could either be a lottery PG with a ton of upside or could be used to try to pry Ray Felton free from Denver. Varejao+Felton for Odom would be a definite win.

>>>Also - congrats on the Friedman and thanks for keeping the blog lively
>>>with your trade/player analysis.

I know some people hate it (or ignore it), but I'm fond of exploring the possibilities - even if I know that none of them is likely to happen.

Possible good news for Bynum.

Yao Ming is saying if he can't get healthy this summer, he'll retire.

If Yao retires, Bynum finally gets to be an All-Star (assuming he stays healthy that long).

Congrats to the Mavs!!!! I was so happy the Heatles lost. That team has a lot of growing up to do! Princess Jimmy is very immature. Riding the back of Wade didn't help him to win a championship either, The Person to fill MJ's shoes IS OUR Kobe Bryant!!! Laker Tom... I have agreed with all your posts!!!!
NewMexicoLL

this as good as a laker-less finals gets. the mavs played the right way; great ball movement, open shots by whoever got the advantage from the ball movement

So the Bleacher Report posted a list of the 36 most worthless players in the league.

He has Luke at #1.

The true irony is that when you consider full careers (as opposed to last season), Luke is FAR better than most of the players on the list. The only guys that come close are maybe Nate Robinson and Jeff Foster.

Here's a link:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/727422-nba-power-rankings-the-35-most-worthless-players-in-the-league#/articles/727422-nba-power-rankings-the-35-most-worthless-players-in-the-league

@GMoney...You are just like the Heat!!All talk and NO PLAY!!! Well, that's 0 and 1 in their countdown to 7 TITLES!!!!!!! You better Jump another Bandwagon...maybe the Mav's!
NewMexicoLL

"Well, that's 0 and 1 in their countdown to 7 TITLES!!!!!!! NewMexicoLL

Posted by: Ron Quiring | June 13, 2011 at 12:06 PM
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Not picking on you specifically, but rewind the tape. To clarify, he said "not 1...not 2...not 3...not 4...not 5...not 6...NOT 7..." Meaning 8 titles!!!!!

LeBron predicted 8 titles! As I said earlier, he could have meant zero titles or 8 as the only two ways to interpret his statement. He is correct so far, as zero titles is what they have! ;-)

So Dalls has one only one championship? in how many years?

lol couldn't help but remeber the 06 finals, damn that Miami team creamed Dalls, it was funny to see the opposite happen yesterday!

LongTimeLakersFan - You never know. Even if Yao is retired, the Chinese fans will still overwhelmingly vote him in as a starter

Wow full house today,

everyone showed up, except the regulars you guys are always here!

-- The Times' Helene Elliott ranked Mitch Kupchak as the best general manager of the six who run Southland baseball, basketball and hockey teams.

Mark,

Is that really true or is that the authors opinion? and dose that only go for LA teams, rather than California?

really Mitch K. did that good of a job?

Well, lookin' ahead to the finals, it should be a good series. I like the Mavs to win in 6 or 7, I think they will avenge their '06 loss to the Heat and Dirk,The Jet,JKidd,Shawn, and Peja can all get their first rings...but it won't be easy. I expect a tough, hardfought series...should be entertaining.

Let's go Ls...and make a comeback next season!!!!!

Posted by: GDUBinDC | May 27, 2011 at 08:13 PM

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First off, congrats and thanks to the Mavs for savin' me from having to eat a big fat crow sandwich.(LOL) I just had a feelin' about this team as they moved thru the postseason, they seemed to be more determined and poised than any other team.

The main reasons they won was their VERY underrated defense and their ability to knockdown timely shots from beyond the arc. Whether it was Dirk, or Jet, or JJ, or even JKidd, they all hit key shots when they were needed the most.

There has been lil mention of the coaching in this series, but I thought Carlisle made the key coaching move of the series when he put JJ in the starting lineup because he was able to consistently penetrate the Heat's defense, especially in the last 2 games...so hats off to Rick for making the smartest adjustment of the series.

BTW, anybody know what time the parade in Cleveland is scheduled to start.(LOL)

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@LRob: Sorry, I haven't posted any music for a few days, I was havin' a lil trouble signin' in. At any rate, hope you got to listen my last post with Ornette Coleman.

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For today's musical contribution, howz about another 'Coleman'...no relation...at least I don't think there was.:-)...enjoy!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2T8R0uK7oA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDOXkDFr35M&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8E_3mzHp8g&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaH_BXK4OZ8&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgtRrhvKk4s&feature=related


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Let's go Ls...and make a comeback next season!!!!!

>>>LongTimeLakersFan - You never know. Even if Yao is retired, the Chinese
>>>fans will still overwhelmingly vote him in as a starter

LOL.

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the contributions of bench guys like Brian Cardinal and Ian Mahinmi who gave great effort and had quality minutes when they were on the floor. Again, congrats to the new NBA champs the Dallas Mavericks.



Let's go Ls...and make a comeback next season!!!!!

We need to come back very very focused but we have to have the right guys and right now we don't..I still feel a trade coming. I love Lamar so I hope its not him!!!


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