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#1 Chad

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Posted July 11, 2013 - 06:26 PM

 Kobe+Bryant+Wesley+Johnson+Minnesota+Tim

On one side of the floor, a man worked silently on a deadly fadeaway jumper on the blocks with beads of sweat dripping down his face past a deep scowl. His extreme focus was the only emotion one could draw from the lack of facial expressions just moments from tipoff. This type of pregame warm-up is usually reserved for Game 7 of the NBA Finals but on this night, Kobe Bryant was preparing for game No. 62 in what figures to be another title run for the two-time defending champs. 

 

 


Directly across the court stood a bright-eyed 23-year old overflowing with excitement to square off against the greatest NBA player over the last decade. For Wolves rookie Wes Johnson, the encounter was a stark contrast to a relationship that began prior to the 2010-11 season. During this home clash between the Wolves and Lakers, Bryant played the role of foe and his clear objective was to demolish Minnesota on its home floor, regardless of any bond created this past summer. 

 

http://www.nba.com/t...2011_03_22.html

 

After reading this I wonder if Kobe is recruiting Wesley.  :hug: Obi-Wan Kobe.


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#2 lakers1o1

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Posted July 11, 2013 - 06:29 PM

 Kobe+Bryant+Wesley+Johnson+Minnesota+Tim

 

http://www.nba.com/t...2011_03_22.html

 

After reading this I wonder if Kobe is recruiting Wesley.  :hug: Obi-Wan Kobe.

 

He's one of those dudes that just unfortunately never translated or atleast hasn't translated from college to the NBA.  I guess if he goes for the right price he would be a solid athletic young piece to work with

 

You should also have MrKnowItAll see this because he insists that Kobe mentors nobody in the NBA.


Edited by lakers1o1, July 11, 2013 - 06:30 PM.

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#3 Michaelyumm

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Posted July 11, 2013 - 06:30 PM

If we can get him for the minimum wow!



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Posted July 11, 2013 - 06:32 PM

That thing's old. He was a Phoenix Sun last year and he's a career 40% shooter from the field, almost 39%, which would just sound so much worse. Not interested.


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Posted July 11, 2013 - 06:35 PM

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Posted July 11, 2013 - 06:40 PM

Not another 6/7 small forward. We can't outquick anyone we might as well be bigger. Worthy, LeBron, Bird, Wilkins, Durant even Paul George. Let's not put another mouse in the house. Give me a 6/8 Ariza type any day



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Posted July 11, 2013 - 07:09 PM

He's trash.


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Posted July 11, 2013 - 07:25 PM

Don't forget Trevor Ariza was pretty much trash before he was a Laker.  Suprisingly their statistics both Johnson and Ariza prior to being traded to the Lakers is nearly identical aside from shooting %.

 

Ariza:        MPG: 22      PPG: 8      RBP: 5 (3rd year in the league, right before he got traded to LA)

Johnson:   MPG:19       PPG: 8      RBP: 3 (3rd year in the league)

 

Also take note that prior to being a Laker Ariza practically never shot 3's so yeah... his game developed over the years so maybe so can Wes.


Edited by lakers1o1, July 11, 2013 - 07:36 PM.

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Posted July 11, 2013 - 07:27 PM

Suprisingly their statistics both Johnson and Ariza prior to being traded to the Lakers is nearly identical aside from shooting %.

Well that's a pretty important stat to just ignore, especially when it's near 39% we're talking here.


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Posted July 11, 2013 - 07:28 PM

Well that's a pretty important stat to just ignore, especially when it's near 39% we're talking here.

haha thanks for proving my point man.


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Posted July 11, 2013 - 07:35 PM

Well that's a pretty important stat to just ignore, especially when it's near 39% we're talking here.

 

Well that's a pretty important stat to just ignore, especially when it's near 39% we're talking here.

 

In Ariza's 2nd after traded to Orlando he averaged only 40% with 3.6 attempts a game.  Johnson averages 40% with 7.6 a game.


Edited by lakers1o1, July 11, 2013 - 07:37 PM.

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Posted July 11, 2013 - 07:36 PM

^ That's arguably even worse though.


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Posted July 11, 2013 - 07:41 PM

^ That's arguably even worse though.

 

True, taking more shots is just 50/50 can harm you but be an advatange as well.   But what I'm just trying to say is they both were mediocre players.  Honestly did you ever thing Ariza was going to be something when the Lakers first traded for him?


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Posted July 11, 2013 - 08:19 PM

True, taking more shots is just 50/50 can harm you but be an advatange as well.   But what I'm just trying to say is they both were mediocre players.  Honestly did you ever thing Ariza was going to be something when the Lakers first traded for him?

 

Yes


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Posted July 11, 2013 - 08:24 PM

if he can fix his jumper, he might be worth a look



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Posted July 11, 2013 - 08:26 PM

Stats can make any player look good. Put it on the court and see if can ball out. So fat, he hasn't looked like it.
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Posted July 11, 2013 - 08:34 PM

Guys like to remember Ariza as being a good player but he was nothing more than average.  He made some great shots in the Finals but overall he was never really anything special.  Kobe at the time was the best player in the NBA, Gasol was playing his best ball and Lamar was killing it too.  Not hard for Ariza for get a few good plays here and there.


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Posted July 11, 2013 - 08:38 PM

^ I must agree.


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Posted July 11, 2013 - 08:41 PM

I think he's worth the gamble


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Posted July 11, 2013 - 08:45 PM

He had signature defensive plays, especially against Denver in the WCF, but Kobe was the one on Melo most of the time because Trevor wasn't strong enough (or dirty enough) to defend Carmelo on the block.

Despite his flaws, you NEED players like him on your team. Role players serve a purpose, not every player in the league can create his own shot and that's okay. There's more to basketball than that, and the Lakers could use some young athletes again for a change.




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