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With Pau & Dwight (probably) out should the Lakers play small ball or sign a veteran free agent?


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#41 fido

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Posted February 07, 2013 - 09:10 AM

This is what I've been complaining about all year.

There are needs for this team and though the pickings are slim, someone can be acquired. Yet once again, complete inaction by the Laker management.

Anybody will do right now but there seems to be no urgency coming from the organization. This never has been the case before.

Very frustrating.

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Posted February 07, 2013 - 06:54 PM

You never watched Clark prior to him being a Laker did you? He played center for Orlando when Dwight was out and can defend the post well against other centers, ask Brook Lopez.

Clark can play from 3 to 5 and defend the 2-4 and 5 in the post.

Clark is fine ar center if we NEEDED him to play there.

Mitch isn't about to make a "trade happen" because 1, if Dwight plays tomorrow, there's no point. And 2 he isn't gonna panic. IF it looked like we'd go weeks without BOTh he may do something. But as it standsN with Dwight playing today or against Miami. Clark as a stand in against the likes of Biyombo and Garnett are fine.

If Clark can guard Lopez, Biyombo won't be an issue, Garnett is a challenge but he does it to centers all around the league, but Clark's length will bother him.

Dwight increases our advantages as we're one of the few teams to actually HAVE a true center. And Clark is 2 inches smaller than Dwight with a longer wingspan. He'll be fine at center, it's not a long term thing anyway.

And Metta having to guard Garnett or Biyombo i wouldn't be worried about either.

So its not as "panic now" as you make it seem. Neither of the next 5 teams we face are going to bother us tremendously with centers.

Why we need Dwight in the long run is because he's a real center in a league of few, and his defensive presence. If it's only Gasol gone, Clark would do just fine, he already plays better defense and hustles more.

Where the deciding factor lays is within Jamison's play and defense. If he can keep up his play we're fine, it's his defense and Clark's green'ness in rotating from time to time that's costly but even then, it's better than Gasol's.

So I can live with Pau being out 6 weeks as long as Dwight is gonna play the majority of that time.

^^^^ Did this guy just say Earl Clark an play center for us night in and out????? Holy Ish!!! By the way, I guess this ass whooping Boston is giving us is an indication of what would happen when we are without a TRUE big man. Garnett is having a field day. And that's with Dwight. And a hurt Dwight is damn sure more than a healthy EARL (at center) Don't forget, we can't afford to go .500 for six weeks.... Good Lord!!

Edited by lakersince75, February 07, 2013 - 07:00 PM.


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Posted February 07, 2013 - 07:23 PM

Lakers front office keeps making mistake after mistake.

Pau should have been traded, so we can make up for the deficiencies in Steve Blake, Darius Morris, Jodie Meeks, Antawn Jamison, and Metta. At least the Lakers could have gotten players to play MDA's style, but nobody seems to be on the same page.

The Lakers FO should have known that Pau is injury prone.


Playing small ball is suicide for the Lakers because all their small players are awful.

I don't think anything can be done at this point, except trade Dwight and/or Nash, which won't happen.

The best option is to sign a big. I'd like to have a good back up point, but Blake/Duhon aren't going anywhere soon.

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Posted February 07, 2013 - 10:12 PM

Lakers front office keeps making mistake after mistake.

Pau should have been traded, so we can make up for the deficiencies in Steve Blake, Darius Morris, Jodie Meeks, Antawn Jamison, and Metta. At least the Lakers could have gotten players to play MDA's style, but nobody seems to be on the same page.

The Lakers FO should have known that Pau is injury prone.


Playing small ball is suicide for the Lakers because all their small players are awful.

I don't think anything can be done at this point, except trade Dwight and/or Nash, which won't happen.

The best option is to sign a big. I'd like to have a good back up point, but Blake/Duhon aren't going anywhere soon.



Injury prone?
How many games has he missed in his whole career?
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Posted February 08, 2013 - 05:06 AM

^^^^ Did this guy just say Earl Clark an play center for us night in and out????? Holy Ish!!! By the way, I guess this ass whooping Boston is giving us is an indication of what would happen when we are without a TRUE big man. Garnett is having a field day. And that's with Dwight. And a hurt Dwight is damn sure more than a healthy EARL (at center) Don't forget, we can't afford to go .500 for six weeks.... Good Lord!!


You don't read do you.

"Clark is fine ar center if we NEEDED him to play there.  

Mitch isn't about to make a "trade happen" because 1, if Dwight plays tomorrow, there's no point.  And 2 he isn't gonna panic.  IF it looked like we'd go weeks without BOTh he may do something.  But as it stands with Dwight playing today or against Miami. Clark as a stand in against the likes of Biyombo and Garnett are fine.

If Clark can guard Lopez, Biyombo won't be an issue, Garnett is a challenge but he does it to centers all around the league, but Clark's length will bother him.

Dwight increases our advantages as we're one of the few teams to actually HAVE a true center.   And Clark is 2 inches smaller than Dwight with a longer wingspan.  He'll be fine at center, it's not a long term thing anyway."

Clark is fine as a backup center if we needed him to play it. I'm going to assume you never watched him do it in Orlando. But nowhere did I say that he should be a starting center night in and night out when my FIRST point was that it would only work IF it is only Gasol that isn't playing$ but of course you miss all that and try to turn it into "you said dwight as starting center from this point further!!!" When I didn't, but you needed a reason to complain so you missed what I wrote entirely. But that's fine. You're you :)

Fyu what Garnett did against Dwight wasn't an indication of anything. Dwight played without aggression and like he was afraid of getting hurt again. Something he'll be mentally past within the week.

Edited by Majesty, February 08, 2013 - 05:10 AM.

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