The forward, who came to the Lakers from Orlando on Nov. 20, is feeling more comfortable.

L.A. Times: Uncertainty and apprehension appeared in the Lakers’ locker room soon after the trade was announced.

The move that brought Trevor Ariza to the Lakers and sent Brian Cook and Maurice Evans to Orlando was met last month with raised eyebrows, even genuine concern, by players who thought the success of the Lakers’ second unit could be affected by losing two peripheral contributors.

That unease has gradually faded.

Ariza responded to his first start as a Laker with 14 points, seven rebounds and a memorable dunk over Grant Hill in the Lakers’ 122-115 victory on Tuesday over Phoenix.

Ariza’s minutes have risen in recent games, while Evans and Cook have seen a decrease in their playing time with the Magic. Evans had one point in six minutes on Wednesday against New York, and Cook did not get onto the court for a fifth consecutive game.

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  • lalaland

    if this guy ever develops a mid range jumper he will be an all star. he was a great pick up hope we can resign him at the end of the year and get rid of luke and we will be in good shape. best trade of 2007.

  • Jrich

    Wow Cook is the luckiest man alive. He just shoots around during warm ups and then warms the bench the whole time. He gets paid millions of dollars just to sit! Lucky bastard!!!!

  • Kobefan24

    ariza is our laker futer!! he will be a grate player, and will continue to develop as a slasher under phill and the triangle!! i think with this starting linup we can go all the way!!

  • Tim

    hmmm future LA Laker lineup:

    PG: Jordan Farmar
    SG: Java
    SF: Trevor Ariza
    PF: Turiaf?
    C: Bynum


  • Fred A.

    Where is KOBE?

  • e

    ill assume he’s thinking kobe has retired when he refers to that lineup

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

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    Ariza has another year left on his contract after this season. He’s going to be here next year.

  • n8

    Can Ariza opt out this year if he chooses too? I know he has one more year but I thought I read he can opt out… I might be wrong.

  • Jrich

    Why would he opt out? He grew up in LA. His family’s out here. He’s not going anywhere.

  • http://hhb PHANT0M

    PG: Jordan Farmar
    SG: Java
    SF: Trevor Ariza
    PF: Turiaf?
    C: Bynum

    Haha u better Get one more player close to star status, if u want a championship from that lineup, not to say its not good, but one more person would put them into contention

  • foxxy


  • 187 ON BOSTON


  • Michael_23

    Ariza and Kobe should go to the slam dunk content this year.

  • kyler_hay

    Kobe cant cuz only the 1st 3 yrs of ur career u can but Trevor can
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  • ab4sure

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    Have you thanked Mitch for not trading Bynum??? Remember you did want to trade Bynum and others for Oneil…lol


    Grant Hill’s Favorite Player(And soon to be poster)!

  • Ignard

    Wow. I guess i was wrong, i thought for sure it was Phil that was holding Cook back.

  • Neo-Laker Era

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    HAHAHA Phil holding a guy back from playing defense and shooting the ball well? If Phil can do that, then he is god-like or he’s been practicing voodoo lol. Those are intangibles, my friend. Now, if you’re being sarcastic, then I’m just a jerk lol. In either case, the only person capable of holding Cook back is Cook.

  • kobe-wan kenobi

    yeah great line up!
    to go all the way to the draft!
    stop being ridiculously non-objecive FAN!!!!!!
    without kobe that team does not go anywhere

  • http://hhb PHANT0M