Artest interested in Lakers? Overwhelmed to say the least…

    Two pretty interesting quote from both Phil Jackson and Ron Artest. First off (in my Artest to L.A. foreshadowing post), Phil made a comment about Artest coming out and playing the Lakers:

    L.A. Times: Sacramento forward Ron Artest didn’t play Saturday in the Kings’ victory over Denver because of a thumb injury, but the Lakers knew he would play Sunday.

    “He’s auditioning for a free-agent [contract], so he’ll be out there tonight,” Jackson accurately predicted beforehand.

    Phil indeed was right about Artest, however, Artest was “overwhelmed” by all the Lakers fans in Arco arena:

    SacBee.com: “Sometimes I try not to get too amped up (against the Lakers),” Artest said. “I did that against Golden State also, and then I relaxed a little the last time we played Golden State.

    “It was overwhelming today. They had so many fans here. … Today was all Lakers (fans).”

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    • http://www.hard-wood.org/?cat=34 Billy Kupchak

      Artest is fickle; NO DOUBT! :D

    • http://ld2k.com LD2k

      It’ll be another interesting off-season… that’s for sure.

    • DCLAKER

      NO ARTEST(but wouldn’t hurt though)!

    • gugy

      Artest come to LA.
      You will be very helpful!

    • pjt

      Phil has already said he would enjoy coaching Artest. I think Artest could be good in the triangle… But that’s next season. It’s all about going for a ring now…

    • Geloman

      Artest with the Lakers means Odom would have to go. Right now, the way Odom is playing, I say, nah. From a recent poll here on this very site,about 60% of the LakerNation voted to extend Odom’s contract.

      Artest is a great player but giving up Odom with his versatility and length is too risky.

    • xtro

      Get Artest. Do your magic Mitch. Ron is a free-agent.

    • hubbit

      The way Odom is playing, the only way the Lakers ought to take Artest is if he is willing to sign for less here than with other teams, and that he be willing to come off the bench. His ego/pride is pretty strong, so I doubt he’d go for that, unless his hunger for a championship ring is greater (which I also doubt)…

    • Just_A_Laker_Fan

      [Comment ID #31915 Will Be Quoted Here]
      It’ no need we have to give up Odom because Artest will be a free agent. So he has the choice of coming to LA or not. Changing the line up I rather have Odom there and have Artest on the second team. No offense to Artest but a tall line up like the Lakers I rather keep and if Odom or Gasol or AB gets into foul troubles he can replace them/rotation.

      The only thing that really concerns me is his attitude on and off the court. Yes great player on the court until he gets pissed off and then starts throwing punches which we don’t need. Off the court as well, unsure where he is at. Dennis Rodman was like that but we know he just partied off the court. On the court yes he was a pest, but knows how to play the game most of the time. But yes, see how it goes… Many might disagree with me on Artest coming to LA, but if he able to change he’s attitude and control his temper he will be a great steal for LA and for sure to get some Finals Tickets and get your seat reay for (another?) parade at the Staple Center….

    • magicbalala245

      do I need must to break this down for u guys I appreciate odom but this is his contract year makes you wonder he performs out of nowhere while artest has been bringing it every muthaf****n year in and out artest is the da s**t bring him in mitch

    • lakerz

      if we even have a chance at him i still say no. someone will have to go(most likely LO). and Artest will kill our chemistry.

    • LakersFirst

      [Comment ID #31915 Will Be Quoted Here]

      You bring up an interesting point about Artest/LO because when Bynum is back at full strength, Bynum is going to be the starting center, moving Pau to the 4, which moves LO to the 3, which ironically enough is what Artest plays.

      If Kobe, Pao and Bynum take on the scoring loads and if Bynum takes on the rebounding load, would LO be needed???? Can LO defend the quicker small forwards???

      The Lakers issue is not scoring. With Kobe, Pao, Bynum, Farmar, Radman, Sasha and others, we all know they can score, but where the Lakers are soft is defensively and Artest is a solid defender.

      Sac is in need of a power forward and with the emergence of John Salmons (who’s had a pretty good year) at small forward, Artest is expendable.

      I am not saying the Lakers should do this or not (I’m not the Lakers GM) but if the situation presented itself, in the offseason, would the Lakers be willing to trade LO to the Kings in a sign and trade with Ron Artest?

    • djericho

      Artest would have to take a serious pay cut and want to play for a contender (I don’t see that happening)

      If he does want to come, he brings defense and another scorer. Do I want to keep Odom? Hell yes especially now the way he plays. What more when Bynum comes back and he moves to the SF? he’s slower but Bynum could be back there in the paint to defend the basket.

      Artest would be good for the 2nd unit. There’s no guarantee we resign Turiaf and Sasha. $$$ talks. I don’t see Newble back if Ariza is there, and Artest could possibly play the PF and SF positions. Imagine a defensive line up of Kobe, Ariza and Bynum?

      It’s all if Buss wants to pay the luxury tax our team would command.

    • http://www.hard-wood.org/?cat=34 Billy Kupchak

      everyone needs to STOP and take a look at the Spurs! Manu went from being a starter to the league’s BEST 6th man right now. Why do we need to throw away Odom to gain Artest? The ONLY reason would be financially related, but other than that, the Lakers can use Artest as the 1st sub in the first quarter & give ANY of the starters an early rest. Who wouldn’t want the Lakers starters having fresh legs to end the game in the 4th quarter? Who wouldn’t want the Lakers NOT struggling whenever we’ve hit the mid-season injury slump? :D

    • jay

      all we need to do is sign n trade luke and mihm 4 artest.

    • http://thelakersnation.com kb24 4life

      artest is a good player, but we already have our lineup set for the next 3 years, so him as a role player, too much talent wasted in the bech, because its FISH,KB,LO,PAU,DREW, so him instead of odom, i dont think so…

    • DCLAKER

      Uncle Mitch said he wants cheap players ONLY(15-20 MINs.).

      Think Mickael Pietrus,Gerald Green(you can get him real cheap),keep Ira Newble,Jamario Moon,ya’ know,guys who are on the wrong teams and don’t get a lot of playing time,Artest would be too much and plus this not The Bulls and he would equivalent to Rodman.

      Lakers like athletic guys like James “I AM” Worthy and Byron Scott,Michael COOOOOOOOper,no hot heads.

    • Tio_Moses

      Let’s call this what it is, whatever u say about Ron Artest make sure u say this: Artest’s defense is superb, and if he can behave then pretty much any team in the league has a place for him.

      As a player u can’t say anything but how good he is, as a person? not so much…

    • Phant0M

      Lets see our run this year before anything

    • DCLAKER

      We already have our version of Artest,Remember Ariza. They gey ‘Test and your not only cutting Luke mins. but could cutting Ariza’s mins. also.

      15-20 mins.,Artest is a starter.

    • west213

      LAKERS GIVE UP: Fluke, Mihm, Turiaf, DJ.
      LAKERS GET: Ron d Don

    • LA_dreamz

      It’s a

    • Fantastic5LAL

      if he wants to get a paycut to come here im fine with that but if we have to give up anyone i dont like unless its Luke, Mihm, Mbenga, Coby Karl, Ira Newble and MAYBE Ariza or Radman. I like our team, we don’t NEED him. but if something good comes up with us not giving up too much im taking it

    • Tim

      i say we get him and let PJ decide the roster lineup, PJ is a HOF coach, you can never go wrong with his choice of lineup except when he chose Kwame to start over turiaf when bynum was out before Gasol

    • D Lo

      [Comment ID #31975 Will Be Quoted Here]

      I think you’re the only one who is worried about Luke losing his minutes. The rest of us would rejoice.

    • Fantastic5LAL

      we can possibly create the tallest lineup ever with Artest

      Odom (yes you see it right, running the PG)
      Kobe
      Artest
      Pau
      Bynum

      or

      Kobe
      Artest
      Odom
      Pau
      Bynum

      unstoppable

    • http://lakers.com Billy Kupchak

      [Comment ID #31912 Will Be Quoted Here]he will have to come off the bench

    • DCLAKER

      Not really D Lo but I understand why some of you want Artest.He’s defensive specialist but like I said THIS IS NOT THE CHICAGO BULLS THIS IS LAKERLAND and they like skywalkers NOT WALKIN’TIMEBOMBS!

      I personally would be happy and concerned at the same time if Mitch decided to get him. I just feel there is a TON of talented guys who can do what Artest does,take a look at the list(yet again,remember think cheap players)

      Mickael Pietrus

      Gerald Green(not better but he would be a beast in the lakeshow)

      Jamario Moon(The New Scottie Pippen)

      Jason Williams(facilitater,slasher and you could put him with Farmar at the same time)

      Luol Deng

      Josh Smith(he’s not a franchise player but DAMN he’d be a beast with Ariza on the floor)

      ….and if your thinkin’ Artest get…..JO(you damn right)

      Stephon Marbury(He said he would love to play alongside Kobe)

      What about Desmond Mason

      etc.,etc.,etc.,but NO ARTEST(like I said no Arenas and no one believed me)!

      Some will argue me but I’ve been a Laker Fan since ’81 and kinda know what type of players fit,not saying we’ll get any of these player but these guys would save the Lakers some money,Artest would have no choice but to take a paycut,I’d rather have guys that can jump out of the building than a guy that would push you out of one(damn that was funny,TO ME).

    • phaman

      honestly…do we really need artest?…yes he’s a great defender…and he probably would help us…but we’ve been winning games have we not?…and doing so without bynum and ariza…our team is complete…once were all healthy were good…we dont need anyone else…”if it’s not broken, why fix it?”…
      and why are you guys talking about trades??…he’s a free agent…we’d only have to sign him…and only reason we would give up LO for ron is cuz of the salary…if we can afford to keep LO next season why not?…stackin’ up on more star players dosen’t make us an all star team…we already are…

    • DCLAKER

      I agree that the team is complete but one or 2 players would n’t hurt cause DJ and Newble(Maybe Mihm)probably won’t be back next season,that’s why I made the list ’cause Mitch said he’s looking for someone who can play 15 mins.(or 20 just in case of injury).

    • tradekwame11

      Some people are forgetting on huge thing ARTEST RUINS ANY TEAMS CHEMISTRY we have great chemistry lets not kill it.

    • domidomdomz

      I would want artest if he’s willing to sign for our MLE this off-season..

    • http://myspace.com/sonicussj Whatsa

      Uh.. lots of people don’t know what’s going on. Ron Artest will be a FREE AGENT, so that means Lakers DO NOT need to trade anyone.. the most we can do is just release the unneeded players(Mbega.. Newble.. Mihm.. possibly Luke, BUT NOT COBY KARL <3).

      You know what I say? I think we should wait and see what happens in the playoffs. I want to win a championship first.

    • tradekwame11

      what is so bad about luke

      http://www.nba.com/playerfile/luke_walton/index.html?nav=page

      He is a great all around player with a high basketball IQ

    • OwnageTime32

      YEAH, I WANT TO BE ON THE LAKERS TOO, THAT DOESN’T MEAN THEY’LL SIGN ME JUST FOR SAYING THAT.

    • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

      [Comment ID #32004 Will Be Quoted Here]

      Ron Artest is NOT a free agent this offseason.

      In this offseason, he can choose to opt out of his contract if he wants to (i.e. player option), but if he does not opt out of his contract, he has another year contracted with the Kings. Unless signed to an extension, after next season, Artest would be an unrestricted free agent.

      Ron Artest (and his agent) knows that he’s an underpayed player (he only makes $7.8M this year and unless he opts out of his contract this offseason, he is set to make $8.4M next year). The only way Artest leaves Sac is if he opts out, which he keeps going back and forth about, or if he signed to an extension and traded, which is what Artest is probably looking for, because he wants to sign for more money.

    • LEADERFISH

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      I thought you said LO was only a “decent player”. If you think LO is just a “decent player” why wouldn’t you want to trade him for Artest? No way would I trade LO for Artest.

    • DCLAKER

      Jason Williams and Mickael Pietrus,check the lineups:

      JW/KB/LO/MP/AB

      DF/JW/TA/RT/PG

      JF/KB/MP/PG/AB

      JW/DF/LW/LO/PG

      and my showtime lineup….JW/KB/TA/MP/AB

      I always say 2 is better than one(a stripper taught me that at 20).With these 2 SHOWTIME would be back FO’ REAL and guys on this site was talkin’ about “White Chocolate” for months and I said no,then someone told me remember what he did to Gary Payton his 1stb yr. and that alone made a believer.

      Mickael Pietrus is Air France(plus he doesn’t want to be in Golden State anymore),’nuff said.

      SAVEMITCHSOMEMONEY.com!!!

    • LakersFirst

      [Comment ID #32064 Will Be Quoted Here]

      Why would I not trade for Arest? The same reason other intelligent people wouldn’t trade for him, he is a loose cannon that can hurt team harmony, however, he is a very good, and consistent, defender, which is what the Lakers are lacking. If you read, which you don’t (and I proved many many times, that you don’t), then you would know this.

      I’m pretty sure the Lakers are going to wait and see how the team plays this post season and will wait to see how the team plays when Bynum comes back as the starting center, which moves Pau to the 4, and LO to the 3.

      With Kobe, Bynum, and Pao, they would probably take on the scoring load, especially with Bynum and Pao on the inside, which puts LO playing the perimeter and you’ll have to agree LO’s outside shooting isn’t all that (PJ, the man you adore, even makes fun of it). And with Bynum back at the center position, he may take over as the main rebounder. In other words, if Bynum comes back and averages 20 and 10, which he was well on his way on doing before the injury, then questions may raise, where does LO fit on the team?

      With the Lakers giving up 100+ points in 14 of their last 18 games, their obvious weakness is defensively and their lack of a defensive presence. Yes, Bynum and his length will definitely help on the defensive end, but the Lakers still lack another lock down defender (yes Ariza is good too but he, like LO, is a free agent after next season).

    • xtro

      if you guys want a dynasty, sign artest. find a way not to give up too much, especially lamar.

    • LEADERFISH

      [Comment ID #32076 Will Be Quoted Here]

      So you finally going to admit that LO is a very good player or do you still just call him “decent”?

    • LakersFirst

      [Comment ID #32080 Will Be Quoted Here]

      I’m saying LO has played very well since February. This is the type of aggressiveness and consistency that he should’ve been playing throughout his Laker career. His play in the last 2 months has demonstrated that he can play at an all-star level.

      However, why did it take 3 and a half years for him to begin playing this way? This is beyond me. I always said LO had the talent to be all-star (you can look at my past posts and you will see that I have always said this), but his lack of aggressiveness and lack of consistency caused him to not be just a “decent” player. When LO wants to play, its obvious that he’ll play and play very well, but when he doesn’t want to, then apparently he goes into hiding.

      BTW: Are you going to finally admit, that LO failed as the Lakers second option behind Kobe?

    • LakersFirst

      typo in my second paragraph (take out the “not” from this sentence):

      “his lack of aggressiveness and lack of consistency caused him to be just a “decent” player”

    • LEADERFISH

      What a major backpedal!!! Glad you can admit LO is more than a “decent player”. I have already answered your wrongly worded question way back on the heat postgame post. You can retrieve it.

    • DCLAKER

      Mitch said it when they got Gasol that they WON’T,NO WAY,EVER,give up LO until LO decides whether he wants to,and we know LO IS A LAKER4LIFE(NWO MUSIC PLEASE,thanks Bischoff).

    • LakersFirst

      [Comment ID #32083 Will Be Quoted Here]

      You’e f’n high!!! What backpedal??? I have always said that LO has the talent and potential to be an all-star but because he lacked aggressiveness and consistency, he resulted in being a just a decent player for the past 3 and a half years.

      LO is now playing like he should’ve been playing all along. Why? Because he’s not settling for jump shots and is finally taking the ball to the rim every time, like he should be doing. In other words, he is being aggressive and not only that, he is being consistent.

      However, it will be interesting to see where LO fits when Bynum comes back with Pao and Kobe.

      It’s ok, you’re apparently not man enough to admit your wrong about LO failing as the Lakers second option. I expected that from someone like you.

    • LEADERFISH

      [Comment ID #32089 Will Be Quoted Here]

      Glad your on the LO bandwagon. Just like alot of people have jumped on.

    • LakersFirst

      [Comment ID #32093 Will Be Quoted Here]

      No no, my dimwitted friend. I am not on an LO bandwagon.

      Unlike other people, I am not fooled by a player that plays well for just a few weeks (it takes more than that to convince me). Is LO playing great right now, most definitely (maybe the fact that he no longer has the pressure of being the Lakers second option has helped). Can he continue it? I hope he can (he has for about 2 months).

      I like to see consistency and aggressivness in players for long periods of time. LO’s aggression and consistency just started in February (in addition, to no longer being looked at as the second option, maybe the fact that he got rid of that stupid star on his head has helped). Like I said, hopefully he can keep it up.

    • DCLAKER

      Seeings though I like a good fight(Mayweather vs Big Show,real funny),I’m gonna toss my hat in the other direction BACK the matter at hand,ARTEST OR NO ARTEST.

      LO is doing just fine. Wait until a post comes up talking the subject first.

    • LEADERFISH

      So you still think LO is just a “decent player”?

    • LakersFirst

      [Comment ID #32098 Will Be Quoted Here

      I have already answered your question but again, much like in past posts, you neglect to answer mine (you have a habit to do this way too much).

      Do you think LO failed as the Lakers second option behind Kobe?

      Because I'm man enough to answer your questions, I will do so again, LO is now playing like an all-star. This is the way LO should have been playing throughout his entire Laker career because he has the talent to do so, and we are finally seeing it night in and night out.

      However, I will continue to classify LO as a decent player until he demonstrates that he can continue to play at this high level for more than just 2 months or at the end of the season. Good players come to play EVERY NIGHT. If LO begins to average 20 and 10 like he can, then no, I will no longer think of him as just a decent player.

    • LEADERFISH

      [Comment ID #32099 Will Be Quoted Here]

      So you have to average 20 and 10 to be more than a decent player? So Duncan, Garnett, Rasheed, Prince, Camby, …are just decent players? I could name more. Tell me name another player in the league who has the stats of LO?

      LO’s STATS 14 points 11 rebounds and 4 assists.

      Last years stats 16/10/5
      05/06 15/9/6

      This is not just 2 months this is almost 3 yrs. Still just a “decent player”?

    • LakersFirst

      [Comment ID #32105 Will Be Quoted Here]

      I like how you forget to point out that LO’s point production is down since when he was in Miami where he averaged 17 ppg, much like he did during his first two years with the Clippers. I’m sure when the Lakers acquired him, they weren’t expecting for his point production to drop. I’m pretty sure the Lakers were hoping that his point productivity would stay flat or increase.

      Another player in the league that has averaged (or comes close) to LO ….hmm, that’s hard. How about Zach Randolph. This season, he’s averaged 18/10/2. Grant it, LO’s averages more assists than Randolph, but Randolph averages more points,so I figure they off set. Do I consider Randolph a good player – NO!! but you asked me to find somebody. Name me another player that averages what Zach Randolph does? I know you’ll just ignore this question like you always do.

      Here’e another one, did you know that prior to his knee injuries Troy Murphy averaged 14.5 ppg and 11 rbg during the 04/05 and 05/06 seasons. That’s an average for two straigt years for you math majors out there. Would you consider him a good player because he averaged that for multiple years?

      I know you’re trying to paint a picture of me saying that LO sucks, but you can’t do it, because I don’t think he sucks. I think LO has the talent to average 20 and 10 and be an all-star, but he has not shown consistency, until this past Feb, to do so.

      You’ve been on this site long enough, haven’t you read all the negative things people have said about LO in the past. Why do you think that was? It was because people saw him fade away at games when the Lakers needed him and expected him to step up. However, now LO is playing much better.

      Yes, LO has been great the past couple of weeks. This is the way he should’ve always been playing and should continue to play. With LOs talent, there is no reason for him not to continue play this way.

    • LakersFirst

      [Comment ID #32115 Will Be Quoted Here]

      F’n computer deleted half of what I wrote. So here it is again.

      I like how you forget to include that LO’s ppg has dropped since he came from Miami. In Miami he averaged 17 ppg, which is what he averaged in his first two years with the clippers. I’m sure when the Lakers acquired LO, they didn’t expect his point productivity to drop. I’m pretty sure the Lakers expected his point productive to stay flat or increase.

      Another player that has averaged (or comes close to) what LO does? Hmmm, that ‘s hard. How about Zach Randolph? He’s averaged 18/10/2. Grant it, LO averages more assists than LO, but Randolph averages more points so I figure they offset. Do I think Randolph is a good player – NO!!!, but you asked me to find a player. Can you find a player that averages what Randolph does (I’m sure you’ll just ignore this question like all my others).

      Here’s another one. Did you know that prior to his knee injuries Troy Murphy averaged 14 ppg and 11 rbg during the 04/05 and 05/06 season? That’s two straight years for you math majors. Do you consider him a good player because he averaged good numbers for multiple years??

      I know you’re trying to paint a picture of me saying that LO sucks, but you can’t do it because I don’t think he sucks. I think LO has the talent to average 20 and 10, but he has not always been aggressive and he lacks inconsistency. It was until February of this year where LO really has starting playing that way he really could. Why do you think there is much more talk about him recently? Because he has started to play really really good, after which a lot of people wrote him off.

      You’ve been on this site long enough, haven’t you read all the negative things people have said about LO in the past. Why do you think that was? It was because people saw him fade away at games when the Lakers needed him and expected him to step up. However, now LO is playing much better.

      Yes, LO has been great the past couple of weeks. This is the way he should’ve always been playing and should continue to play. With LOs talent, there is no reason for him not to continue play this way.

    • LakersFirst

      Ok, lets try this again without the quotes because it keeps f’ing up my replies:

      I like how you forget to include that LO’s ppg has dropped since he came from Miami. In Miami he averaged 17 ppg, which is what he averaged in his first two years with the clippers. I’m sure when the Lakers acquired LO, they didn’t expect his point productivity to drop. I’m pretty sure the Lakers expected his point productive to stay flat or increase.

      Another player that has averaged (or comes close to) what LO does? Hmmm, that ‘s hard. How about Zach Randolph? He’s averaged 18/10/2. Grant it, LO averages more assists than LO, but Randolph averages more points so I figure they offset. Do I think Randolph is a good player – NO!!!, but you asked me to find a player. Can you find a player that averages what Randolph does (I’m sure you’ll just ignore this question like all my others).

      Here’s another one. Did you know that prior to his knee injuries Troy Murphy averaged 14 ppg and 11 rbg during the 04/05 and 05/06 season? That’s two straight years for you math majors. Do you consider him a good player because he averaged good numbers for multiple years??

      I know you’re trying to paint a picture of me saying that LO sucks, but you can’t do it because I don’t think he sucks. I think LO has the talent to average 20 and 10, but he has not always been aggressive and he lacks inconsistency. It was until February of this year where LO really has starting playing that way he really could. Why do you think there is much more talk about him recently? Because he has started to play really really good, after which a lot of people wrote him off.

      You’ve been on this site long enough, haven’t you read all the negative things people have said about LO in the past. Why do you think that was? It was because people saw him fade away at games when the Lakers needed him and expected him to step up. However, now LO is playing much better.

      Yes, LO has been great the past couple of weeks. This is the way he should’ve always been playing and should continue to play. With LOs talent, there is no reason for him not to continue play this way.

    • LEADERFISH

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      Randolph a chemistry killer, but he is a good player. So there goes that argument. Randolph doesn’t compare with LO. He is not the distributor LO is and LO is a good chemistry guy. BAD EXAMPLE. Murphy again not near the level player of LO and does not make others better with his passing. Another BAD EXAMPLE. Dude, I never said you said he sucks so try another painting. I go by your own words “decent”. I think you need to do some more research. Try looking for players who average at least 4 assists a game and then look at their rebounds and points the last couple of years. See what you can find. If not maybe you can say LO is more than just a “decent” player.

    • laker4evr

      i must say that in the next season,if ever we need changes in our line-up.i would like to suggest some of the players whom i think would really fit our team and get rid of players in our present line-up who are not contributing that much.

      i would suggest to have these players to be in our team next season:

      PG- Monta Ellis
      SF-Michael Pietrus/Jamario Moon( instead of the expensive ARTEST)
      SF/PF-Loul Deng/Tyrus Thomas

      Trade the ff:

      ira newble,DJ Mbenga,Chris Mihm and of course our present”WORST AND USELESS”player FLUKE WALTON!

      our line-up for next season would be like this:

      PG= Derek Fisher,Jordan Farmar and Monta Ellis
      SG= Kobe Bryant,Monta Ellis,Coby Carl and Sasha V.(if he returns)
      SF= TrEvor Ariza,Lamar Odom,Mickael Pietrus/Jamario Moon,Radmanovic
      PF= Pau Gasol,Lamar Odom,Ronnie Turiaf,Tyrus Thomas
      C= Andrew Bynum,Ronnie Turiaf and Tyrus Thomas

      What do you think of this line-up,GUYS!
      NOTHING CAN BEAT US WITH THIS TEAM!

    • laker4evr

      http://thelakersnation.com/blog/2008/04/07/artest-interested-in-lakers-overwhelmed-to-say-the-least/#comment-32154

      I would like to correct my statement:

      PF/C= Channing Frye (He is not happy with his role in Portland), Tyrus Thomas (He is also not happy with Chicago Bulls Coach)

      So, our rotation for the Center position will be:

      Andrew Bynum,Channing Frye, Ronnie Turiaf

    • LakersFirst

      [Comment ID #32122 Will Be Quoted Here]

      You asked me to find someone that averaged what LO does, and I found one. I don’t consider Randolph a good player. You may, but I don’t.

      But anyways back to LO…Last night you saw the old unaggressive LO come back, which is unfortunate. He had 11/5/3, which I think is subpar. Yes, LO shot 5 for 8, which sounds pretty good. However, the key stat to look at is 8. LO only took 8 shots (this is 2 shots per quarter). LO is too good of a player to only take 8 shots. When a player, especially a starter, takes only 8 shots, then that suggests that he is not being aggressive. When a player is not being aggressive, he is not having an impact on the game. Good players are always aggressive and always impact a game.

      You might say this is the first bad game that LO has had in awhile, and it is. However, over the past 3 years LO has had let down games more often then not, which is why I call him a decent player. Until he is consistently has good games on a long-term basis, I am going to continue call him a decent player.

      The Lakers play the Clippers on thursday. This is going to give LO a chance to pad his stats because the clippers don’t have anyone that can guard LO. Where I want to see LO be aggressive and put up big numbers, like he can, is against New Orleans and San Antonio (i.e. playoff teams). When he consistently plays good against those teams, then I will call him a good player, but if he is going to have let down games and games where he isn’t aggressive, then he will always just be decent.

      As I said, when a player is not being aggressive, he is not having an impact on the game. Good players are always aggressive and always impact a game.

    • LEADERFISH

      LO’s STATS 14 points 11 rebounds and 4 assists.

      Last years stats 16/10/5
      05/06 15/9/6

      This is not just 2 months this is almost 3 yrs.

      Randolph doesn’t fall in this category neither does Murphy. Can you find one that does? Again look for a player who has at least 4 assists a game.

      Picking games here and there are just proving your not being a fair judge. Just like when you trashed Dwade for his injuries. Be fair and get back to me with a player that has at least 14/10/4. Let me know when you find one.