Earl Boykins anyone?

It’s no surprise that the Lakers are looking for a PG, one person says we should go after Boykins – good idea?

earlO.C. Register: The Lakers need a guard. Earl Boykins very likely will need a place to play. It seems like the ideal situation for both parties.

With Jordan Farmar out for at least eight weeks while recovering from knee surgery, the Lakers have a need for an experienced guard.

Boykins is a proven scorer, a terrific ball handler and an excellent free-throw shooter. From 2003-2007, he averaged 12.4 points per game, off the bench, with the Denver Nuggets and the Milwaukee Bucks.

I once asked the 5-foot-5, 135-pound Boykins how he was able to score against much bigger players. He shrugged and told me that scoring was the easiest part of his game. And then he showed me the basic moves that he had honed and perfected, starting from the time when he first started playing basketball while growing up in Cleveland.

Boykins, who inexplicably did not receive any attractive offers this past summer as an unrestricted free agent, signed to play for Virtus Bolongna of the Italian Professional League.

In 12 games, Boykins is the team’s leading scorer at 16.3 points per game. He also leads the team in average minutes played, free-throw percentage, steals and assists.

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  • http://www.nicklachey.us Nick Lachey USA

    He’s a proven scorer but our problem (if any) is the need for a defensive PG. Sasha and Odom can take the offense for PG just fine.

  • http://getgarnett.com golakers75

    hell to the no. boykins d is worse then farmar. if looking to sign him, i would just wait till farmar comes back and let sasha and lo run the point

  • http://informationweek.com Marin

    Do what the suns did and have a few PGs come to work out. Maybe they can find a young, defensive PG who has yet to find his niche. Maybe a vet who still has some left in the tank. I bet Darrell Armstrong can still defend most PGs.

  • Lakers 24 7

    ….I wanna see him dunk on Yao

  • Fred A.

    I say YES!!!!!!! Go for it!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  • http://myspace.com/sonicussj Whatsa

    Ierno. Get Baron Davis.

  • NBA INTERNATIONAL

    sign smush parker, he was adefensive combo-guard

  • xtro

    Intriguing. yet I prefer Jannero Pargo or a defensive-minder PG like Darrel Armstrong.

  • Freshh

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    Co-sign :D

  • http://TheLakersNation.info Billy Kupchak

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    Insanely Healthy Energy for TLN!

    The fans @ Staples Center get excited when he’s in the game & the bench join in the festivities too! :D How come NO ONE is satisfied with Sun Yue playing some quality minutes for 8-weeks? Think about it! How else will the “Asian Magic” ever gain experience & become the destined superstar for the City of Angels? :cool:

  • laker4lyf

    why can’t we bring some PG’s and let them try out for our team just like what the suns did?maybe we can also invite brandon heath,joe crawford and dwayne mitchell who are doing fine in their stint in the D-LEAGUE.farmar will only be out for 2 weeks and i think we’re not in a hurry to get a back up

  • Smush Walton

    A big NO to Boykins!
    We don’t need any more dwarfs on the roster.

    And resign Smush Parker?
    HELL NO!
    Once is ENOUGH for that piece of Crapola!

  • Dracul

    Absolutely not on Earl Boykins. This guy is all offense, we need a big solid guard who can defend the pick and roll and won’t succumb to postups.

    Sasha is actually a decent passer, he just needs to not get frustrated when he picks up a foul on D, cause that seems to make him play with something to prove and he gets carried away. His shooting is good, but his every layup attempt has a 90% chance of being blocked, so when he drives to the rim he needs to sucker some poor defender into jumping so he can pass to a trailer for a dunk or layup.

    Other than that, having Kobe and Sasha at 6’6/7 each in our guard spots as combo guards is what PJ prefers – he loves big guards who can challenge shots.

    Let’s wait to see how the Sasha at backup point experiment does before we pull the trigger too early. And remember, knee surgery is a b*tch to recover from- Its not like Farmar is gonna return in exactly 8 weeks on the dot and immediately start pouring in 10ppg.