Kobe Bryant reportedly wants Mickael Pietrus on the Lakers
But among the list of questions many of us have for him, ranging from the Mike Brown coaching hire, the organization's refusal to consult him about the coaching search and his decision to receive a derivation of PRP therapy on his right knee last month in Germany. Add this one to the list: "Kobe, are you really that keen on having Mickael Pietrus come to the Lakers?
Those questions of course won't be officially answered until who knows when, perhaps in 2012 since there might not be a season. But for now, we'll have to rely on what Pietrus, a Phoenix Suns guard with one year left on his contract, told the French newspaper L'Equipe (as first noted by Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin and the Orange County Register's Janis Carr): “Phoenix did not play me, but that’s their problem. I continued to work. The only thing that interests me now is winning a title,” he said. “A lot of teams are interested in me, like the Lakers or the Celtics. This came from the best player in the world: Kobe Bryant. He told me two months ago that he would like to see me with the Lakers.”
Laker fans should just be happy that Bryant doesn't work in the front office.
Pietrus might provide the Lakers some needed three-point shooting, averaging at least 36% from downtown the past five seasons, and some much needed athleticism considering Shannon Brown opted out of his $2.37 million contract. But Pietrus is an inconsistent shooter overall, shooting 39.2% overall last year with Phoenix. He isn't exactly known to add much on defense. And the Lakers already have plenty of his type of player at the wing position, including Ron Artest, who's a better defender and Matt Barnes who also started ahead of Pietrus in Orlando.
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant dribbling past former Orlando forward Mickael Pietrus during a 41-point effort in a regular-season game in 2008. Credit: Sam Greenwood / Getty Images / Dec. 20, 2008