Fox Sports did an article about the ten issues during the NBA off-season and number six caught our attention. Read on…

Fox Sports: 6. Item: Most of the talk heading into the draft wasn’t about the rookie class at all. It revolved around what was going to happen to All-Star forward Kevin Garnett, who is finally on the same page as Minnesota Timberwolves management — they all agree he should leave.

What this really means: The ineptitude of general manager Kevin McHale has been apparent for nearly a decade, and yet owner Glenn Taylor keeps supporting him. Well, Garnett has had enough, setting an NBA record of six consecutive seasons of at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists, yet only once (2004) in his 12-year career have they advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs. And they haven’t been back to the playoffs since. He is a fabulous player and just because he isn’t a closer, he has been bashed from coast to coast. Still, on the right team, he will raise everyone’s level of play, and that’s what the Lakers are hoping if they can acquire him to appease Kobe Bryant. Garnett already said he didn’t want to go to Boston when Ainge put together a package, and a mega-player deal with multiple teams that would have sent him to his desired destination of Phoenix, crashed when Atlanta killed the deal.

That’s why it seems most likely he’ll end up with the Lakers as an ancillary option in the Kobe Bryant soap: “The Young and Ruthless.” It’s difficult to know how it will all shake out for Garnett, but sooner or later he will land somewhere else. Maybe he’ll end up in Oakland as Chris Mullin continues to reshape the Warriors. Maybe the Suns will coerce the Hawks to revisit the draft day deal that fell through, sending Amare Stoudemire to Atlanta. Or perhaps the Lakers will figure something out as Bryant continues to squawk. At least Garnett doesn’t make this painful — he just wants to get it resolved. So do we.

Continue reading ‘Fox Sports: KG perfect ancillary option for Bryant’

  • http://Lakers.com Ed24

    YYYYYEEEEESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GARNETT TO LA BABY!!!!

  • magicbalala245

    hell yea baby KG IS COMING LA BABY WITHOUT A DOUBT CAN WE PLZ JUST GIVE THAT TROPHY TO KOBE AND DA LAKERS RIGHT NOW JUST TO SAVE THE SHAME OF OTHER TEAMS LIKE SUNS WHO COULDN’T LAND KG

  • as1084

    If the lakers get KG, it will be kobe, kg, and fisher(there is no doubt fish will be a laker — knicks dont need another PG and fisher loves the lakers and will like it more with kg coming to LA) in the same line-up. instant title contenders.

  • Conor

    Welcome to the new dynasty beeotches…. Kobe won kenobe and KG…..LAKERS ARE BACK

  • SILO

    hey guys, dont go all premature on us. leave the cheering when its needed and deserved.

  • http://WWW.GETGARNET.COM KOBE_FAN#24

    this article doese not indicate that kg is coming yet. lets leave the chearing till the lakers get him

  • kgmvp

    One thing is clear now he wants to leave it´s really the Lakers vs Golden State. I hope the lakers can do a deal to getgarnett. Golden State is a real contender for KG.

  • J-Cool

    Yeah Let Just Wait A While For This Until McHale Come Back From Hunting We Should Be Talking To The GM Of The Team Though Since McHale Is The Vice President Of Basketball Operation.

  • J-Cool

    Wait A Minute Are The Warriors Going After Yi Jianlian?

  • J-Cool

    kgmvp

    What Happened To Dallas?

  • Bones 24

    I dont think McHale wants to trade KG to LA..but eventually he will have too, we woudlve have had him sooner if Boston didnt punk out of the 4-way

  • Gaucho

    Let’s hope Glen Taylor (Twolves owner) steps in and demands Mchale to make a deal. it’s becoming more and more obvious that McHale is living in the past and still has bad blood towards the Lakers.

  • lakers4life

    was kobe on am570 today or was it a re-run???

  • magic32

    heres a better look at javaris crittenton’s jersey

    http://lakers.topbuzz.com/PNphpBB2-viewtopic-p-41111.html

  • KOBE

    i DON’T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT GARNETT THE FO LIED TO ME AND I WANT OUT NOW!!!!!

  • RC

    [quote comment="5429"]i DON’T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT GARNETT THE FO LIED TO ME AND I WANT OUT NOW!!!!![/quote]

    What was the lie from the FO, there have been many?

  • steve

    Is it possible that minni has let the dust settle to see what the real offers are with the players picked in the draft?Thinking that they could get a better deal,also even by trading j-rich getting garnett would mean giving up another big contract plus the 10 mill they picked up from the bobcats.HARRINGTON and FOYL have pretty large contracts

  • DeepFrost

    another article sayin that KG to LA is the BEST possible variant for BOTH teams

    http://www.bleacherreport.com/nfl/nfl/kg-and-kobe-bryant?:-where-kevin-garnett-should-land-200707041692/

  • lakersforlife77

    [quote comment="5432"]another article sayin that KG to LA is the BEST possible variant for BOTH teams

    http://www.bleacherreport.com/nfl/nfl/kg-and-kobe-bryant?:-where-kevin-garnett-should-land-200707041692/[/quote]

    GREAT article. Thanks for posting.

  • DeepFrost

    [quote comment="5433"][quote comment="5432"]another article sayin that KG to LA is the BEST possible variant for BOTH teams

    http://www.bleacherreport.com/nfl/nfl/kg-and-kobe-bryant?:-where-kevin-garnett-should-land-200707041692/[/quote]

    GREAT article. Thanks for posting.[/quote]

    you’re welcome comrade)

  • kgmvp

    One thing is for sure KG won´t go to Dallas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    KG will go to L.A.

  • jerry riley

    Articles can say what they want but let be honest to ourselves,not be wishful thinking.Do anyone of you really beleive this FO can make a trade like this to get kg? I for one do not have the faith in the lakers to pull it off.Trades are not made in the newspaaper there are made between to or more teams no matter what the sports world is saying this will never happen as long as the lakers love bynum ,kupcakes are in charge.

  • incontrol__

    “Or perhaps the Lakers will figure something out as Bryant continues to squawk.”

    Lol, what a tool.. Kobe hasn’t said anything in ages.

  • lakerfan81

    This is just a writers opinion it holds no basis on what is actually occurring. Not saying that it can not happen, but this does not mean that it will. I do agree with the writers opinion though. But, I’d say it was just as likely that Minnesota sits on his contract and lets him opt out. Garnett might not like this though because he would be losing a lot financially. But McHale is painfully inept at his job so who knows what happens.

    Also lets look at what the Lakers would have left if they traded for KG. At the very least it would take Odom, Bynum and Brown to match salaries (assuming he does not wave his trade kicker; that might be a little short still I have not added it up with this years salaries).
    That would leave 10 contracts for the lakers and 3 spots to fill to meet the minimum of 13 roster spots and 4 to reach what the Lakers have stated they want. The lakers can resign Mihm which makes 11 roster spots with 2-3 more to fill. That means the Lakers would have to 2-3 roster spots with the MLE and vet minimum contracts. Not an easy thing to accomplish, but it is possible.

    Now lets look at what the Lakers would have on the front line if this trade occurred: KG, Turiaf, Cook would be the only big men under contract. This means that the Lakers would almost have to resign Mihm. If this trade happened and Mihm,s agent is smart he would be shopping him with every team possible in order to milk the Lakers for as much money as possible. The Lakers need for a big man would almost guaratee overpaying for Mihm. On top of that Mihm is not in basketball shape so the Lakers would be dependent on the contributions of a player that has not played in over a year and would likely require 2-3 months just to get back into basketball shape, if he ever could.

    Assuming the Lakers resigned Mihm and he was able to play (without re-injuring his ankles), that would still leave the Lakers really thin up front. So the Lakers would need to get another big man with the MLE or the vet min contract. There are a few people available:

    Magloire: would require the full MLE thereby almost eliminating the Lakers ability to address their other needs: a ball handling guard and defense in the back court.

    Mikki Moore: I really approve of this. He would not require the full MLE and would be a nice addition coming off the bench.

    Webber: This would be a 1 yr vet minimum contract. He would probably like to play in LA especially if we got Garnett. Not sure how much he has left in his gas tank though. Would fit the triangle nicely, a good shooter and passer, and an ok defender and rebounder. Would be a nice addition coming off the bench.

    Milicic: He is available and a big man. Got potential A good shooter but weak and not a good defender. Would require the full MLE.

    Mikki Moore and C-Webb are probably the two best options available. Assuming the Lakers Resigned Mihm and acquired one of these two players that would add depth to the front court. But that still leaves the Lakers other problems to be addressed. The first one being a veteran ball handling guard. If Fisher decides that LA is the best place to get care for his daughter than he will be available. His agent is asking for the full MLE but that is too much to pay for fisher. Fisher of course is a fan favorite and will be forever remembered for the role he played during the Shaq-Kobe era, but he is a quality starting PG. Fisher is a great role player and reserve PG but at this point not the lakers savior and not worth the full MLE. He is 33 yrs old and his number have and will continue to decline, so a 5 year contract is too long. A 3 yr 8-10M contract (roughly half the MLE) is more realistic. I would play him as reserve behind Farmar for about 15-20 min a game during the season, that way his legs would be fresh for the playoffs where he would get more minutes.

    So if you assume that the lakers do all of the above that still leaves 1 roster spot and 1 major area or concern. The roster spot can be filled by another vet. Jalen Rose said he would play for the lakers but I don’t know what he could offer. He did not play last year and PHX does not have hard practices so I do not know what kind of shape he is in, or how much gas he has left in his tank. But more importantly that leaves the Lakers with the problem of addressing the defense in the back court.

    Kobe looked a step slower last year and was not as good on the defensive year as he has been previously. Knowing Kobe this will be the area of his game that he works on most this summer and hopefully will come back and play better defense next season. Fisher is an good team defender but has problems defending quicker guards. This will even become more apparent as he gets older. Farmar seems to have a great work ethic and I will assume that he will improve for next season. Crittenton has the ability to be a good defender but how long will it take for him to develop? With fisher as a reserve I would feel comfortable with the PG situation; not perfect but OK.

    Walton is a better defensive player than people give him credit for. He is very smart and uses whatever advantage he has. That being said he is a good team defensive player but not a good on-ball defensive player. He just does not have the strength and athleticism to guard the quicker stronger SF in the league (Mello, James etc.) This is the spot where the defense needs to be addressed the most. I’m not even sure if Radmonovich even tries to play defense. I’m sure he will come back stronger offensively this season (hopefully if his shoulder heals properly), but he is not a good defender. Some people are suggesting Artest. I do not think we have the pieces to acquire Artest if we traded for Garnett (I’m not sure we have them now anyways). I like Artest as a basketball player. One of the better forwards in the league, but there is a reason that every team he has been on wants to trade him despite his obvious talent on the basketball court.

    I’m not sure that Miami would be interested in this trade, but it is a possibility. The Lakers could trade Vlade for Posey. Posey is a better defensive player but not as good of an offensive player. I have not decided if such a trade would be a good idea or not, but it might help with the defense or lack there of.

    Well my point after such a long blog is that trading for Garnett does not automatically make the Lakers champions. There would still be a lot of issues that would require addressing. All championship teams require quality role players and right now the Lakers have Walton, Evans and Farmar (assuming he improves which I think he will). Putting a championship quality team around KG and Kobe would require creative and smart moves by the Lakers FO. This is something MIth Kupchak has not proven he can consitently do ( I did like the Evans trade).

    (I don’t know why I’m wasting my time. But about the comment I made about the absurdity of RC’s comment that Kobe should be both GM and player. That comment is absurd for many reason, one being the painfully obvious conflict of interest.)

  • ?

    I’m not sure even if we bring KG to LA that we would be contenders because KG and KB can beat the west alone…. and KG has tops 5 ears left on his bones man he’s getting old….
    damn..

  • shins74

    lakerfan81 best post by far, this exactly what FO has to think about when getting KG, for the lakers to be considered contenders just getting KG will not be enough, we need the correct role players to play around KG and Kobe, we already have one Walton, but we don’t have the others. I really hope that Fisher comes in this will absolutely help a lot, in also developing Farmar.

  • Fatty

    lakerfan81

    One of the best analysis articles I’ve seen on a KG acquisition. Thanks for taking the time to put your thoughts into words.

    The trade seems to be coming down to Mckale. Can he bring himself into pulling the trigger? The Lakers are presenting by far the best deal for Minnie.

    My speculation on the pieces.

    1. Bynum 2.2 mil – Mckale’s friend Larry Bird covets him. I think Mckale does as well.
    (No team but the Lakers have offered an important low cost option like Bynum)

    2. Odom 13.5 mil – Mckale says he wants a bunch of young talent, but the reality is no team could or would give up 5-6 young contracts to match KG’s salary. A solid vet and salary must be their.
    (GS can only offer Harrington; Who would you rather have? Besides, Odom is a very tradeable asset by himself. If Mckale was really doing his job, he would be looking to parlay Odom in a trade for some good stuff rather than wait for the Lakers to make a three team trade)

    We are now at 15.7
    KG is 22 mil (To satisfy the trade match rules we need at least 16.5)

    Who else do we throw in? Farmar 1 mil; Sasha 1.8 Critt 1 mil
    Cookie 3.5

    The deal becomes more complicated if Minnie wants us to take on Hudson 6 mil. Then Kwame would have to go as well. Then you have Lakerfans scenario of several gaps to fill.

    Whatever the case, I feel a trade is close. Absolutely no excitement from me until I see KG with a Laker uni at news conference and Kobe standing behind him, arms crossed, with a big smile on his face.

  • jerry riley

    [quote comment="5442"]lakerfan81

    One of the best analysis articles I’ve seen on a KG acquisition. Thanks for taking the time to put your thoughts into words.

    The trade seems to be coming down to Mckale. Can he bring himself into pulling the trigger? The Lakers are presenting by far the best deal for Minnie.

    My speculation on the pieces.

    1. Bynum 2.2 mil – Mckale’s friend Larry Bird covets him. I think Mckale does as well.
    (No team but the Lakers have offered an important low cost option like Bynum)

    2. Odom 13.5 mil – Mckale says he wants a bunch of young talent, but the reality is no team could or would give up 5-6 young contracts to match KG’s salary. A solid vet and salary must be their.
    (GS can only offer Harrington; Who would you rather have? Besides, Odom is a very tradeable asset by himself. If Mckale was really doing his job, he would be looking to parlay Odom in a trade for some good stuff rather than wait for the Lakers to make a three team trade)

    We are now at 15.7
    KG is 22 mil (To satisfy the trade match rules we need at least 16.5)

    Who else do we throw in? Farmar 1 mil; Sasha 1.8 Critt 1 mil
    Cookie 3.5

    The deal becomes more complicated if Minnie wants us to take on Hudson 6 mil. Then Kwame would have to go as well. Then you have Lakerfans scenario of several gaps to fill.

    Whatever the case, I feel a trade is close. Absolutely no excitement from me until I see KG with a Laker uni at news conference and Kobe standing behind him, arms crossed, with a big smile on his face.[/quote]I for one can not beleive that we continue to talk about what we are giving up in contracts.hey if this means getting kg,another high contract then you do it the players on the lakers that who listed are just players that would get us nowhere.I would get rid of all of them if possible for kg.

  • Fatty

    KG to LA [Trade-O-Meter]

    Don’t be fooled by cheap imitations. This the official KG to LA [Trade-O-Meter] Approved by the G.K.G.T.A. (Get Kevin Garnett Trade Association

    This meter measures all the facts, rumors, gossip, and also has the ability to measure feelings of posters on the blog.

    After careful computed analysis:

    July 5th percentage [95%] highest ever; Due to J-Cools restored faith in trade

    Fatty

  • billyboy

    i would never trade critt. he’s the new d-wade. and i would hate to see if he’ll do 20/5/5 in minnesota

  • KOBE

    [quote comment="5445"]i would never trade critt. he’s the new d-wade. and i would hate to see if he’ll do 20/5/5 in minnesota[/quote]
    if they sign him they can’t trade him to after summer.

  • Justin M.

    Im tired of this KG stuff. Im tired of waking up evey morning to some KG rumors and fellow Lakers fans all excited about it and then later on in the day a post goes up on how another team is intrested. Just tired of it.

  • Fatty

    Kobe
    You brought up an interesting point. Found this at hoopsworld.com under Larry Coon’s CBA rules. This rule would explain why Phoenix was trying to delay our trade till after the draft, forcing us to sign Critt, and sabotage the deal, or at least make it more complicated (those dogs)

    80. When can a team trade a free agent it signs? Do they have to keep him forever?

    Generally, a player cannot be traded until three months after signing a contract or December 15th of that season, whichever is later. This does not apply to draft picks, who can be traded 30 days after signing their contract

  • L.A. is BACK

    when is mchale coming back from his damn hunting so he could give us garnett already?

  • L.A. is BACK

    if we get garnett,4 a FACT i know lakers will be on top,the way its suppose to be.

  • nyla

    Well, Grant Hill’s going the easy route and join the Suns. Maybe I’m upset cause he joined the Suns and made them that much harder to beat, but I’m getting more than tired of players like him and the Gary Payton’s of the league joining teams just to win a championship. And I’m not saying there’s something terribly wrong with that cause everyone has the right to do so, but the guy still has game and he’s better than the 7th or 8th man on the Suns roster.

    I would include Webber in that, but he was actually starting and making an impact. Hill will be next to Jalen Rose on the bench watching OTHERS EARN a championship! LAME!!

    http://forums.floridatoday.com/viewtopic.php?t=41142&sid=e528a6ec839aefda3ff7cd74fc149dd7

  • YOUguysAREdumb

    [quote post="476"]i DON’T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT GARNETT THE FO LIED TO ME AND I WANT OUT NOW!!!!![/quote]

    Ok smart ppl that’s not really Kobe. Kobe has better things to do than site on his computer and go on fan sites and leave comments on his team about rumors. KOBE DOESN’T NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RUMORS BECAUSE HE CAN JUST TALK TO MITCH ABOUT WHATS GOING ON LOL STUPID PPL

  • Fatty

    nyla

    I like Grant Hill. But I don’t see how he will help PHX much. You can only play so many shooters. The Suns need Defensive improvement, especially inside. Hill will give them neither except to take up space on the bench and have a front row seat as he watch’s the Lakers beat them in the playoffs.

  • Lakerjones

    Nice to see yet another analysis that KG would be a perfect fit here in LA and that we have the best offer on the table and most likely trade scenario. Just wish that McHale or Glen Taylor would read these and see the light.

    LF81 – Great post. I think you’re right on the money in the post-KG trade analysis. It would be nice if it could happen but we will really be incredibly weak in the big man dept if we have to give up all three (Brown, LO, Bynum). Would it be too late to ask Walton to do a sign and trade? I know it’s low, but . . . the contract’s not signed yet.

    It is really hard to imagine Minnesota giving up KG to the Lakers though. It would have to be Taylor doing it for KG’s sake basically instead of stringing him along for another year to fill seats.

    I do wonder what Dallas is going to offer though. I would think that ultimately Minny might not want to trade to Dallas for fear of making them better however. With the Lakers, just as LF81 pointed out, the team is still far away from championship material. It will take some time and some pieces to fill around KB and KG. What we’ve got or what we’ll have left isn’t nearly enough. That might work in our favor.

    I don’t think Minny wants to be the team that helps Dallas get to the next level. As much as McHale hates the Lakers no way he wants to see a smug SOB like Cuban getting the better of him in a trade, or even getting the piece he wants and then gloating about it all for the next few years. That would mean the end for McHale as GM – he will have officially thrown the franchise into the toilet with every move he made. If I were him I’d be very wary. I think that’s one of the pluses for him trading to his buddy Ainge in Boston – they weren’t going to get over the hump any time soon even with KG, and of course he wanted Al Jefferson.

    So are we a step closer now just because of attrition? No one else is able to offer anything except Dallas? Or will Taylor and McHale just let KG waste another precious year sitting on his contract. How many games will they win this year if they keep KG? 35?

  • lakerfan81

    This is a good take on the lakers signing walton. One I happen to totally agree on.

    Luke Walton re-signs with Lakers (six years, $30 million)
    Short-term B , long-term D
    Keeping Walton eliminates the sign-and-trade possibilities that many had considered part of the Lakers’ trade scenarios, but in truth that was always unlikely — Walton would have had to agree to go someplace like Minnesota or Indiana. Fat chance.

    Instead L.A. keeps him for less than the midlevel exception, a pretty good deal when you compare it to the ones two inferior players got (Kapono and Carroll). Walton can defend two positions and projects to have a PER in the 13-14 range for the next few years, so he’ll be a solid rotation player at reasonable money.

    The only downside here is the length of the deal — six years is a risky proposition for any player, but especially with a non-star. This deal pays Walton until he’s 33, at which point he’s likely to be a shadow of the player he is today. So the first couple years of this deal will be good value, but the last two or three could get ugly.

    A four year contract with team option on the 5th would have been better but its not too bad. Could have been worst. The lakers could have signed Kapono for 6M a year or Matt Carol who couldn’t play defense against a rock.

  • KOBEISKING

    guys this is huge suns may be out of the race cause they just signed grant hill

  • get.mo.williams

    If we can’t get Mo Williams and/or D.Fish…..we def need to try trading for Juan Carlos Navarro. 6’3 PG from Spain who was just released to play in the NBA with the Wiz’s. Said to be the Spanish Ginobli. Imagine him guarding Parker, Nash. Lakers FO….look into this player

    Vid Juan Carlos Navarro

  • dlakerfanforlife

    He signed for the vet min of 1.2 mil big deal. That doesnt take them out the the race.

  • L.A. is BACK

    when is mchale coming from his hunt to hand us garnett?

  • L.A. is BACK

    LAKERS are going to be back on top the way its supposed to be.

  • http://Lakers.com Ed24

    Grant Hill signed a deal that gives him 1.8 Million the first year and 2 Million the second year if he chooses to come back to the Suns for his second year. So I think the Suns are out of the race to get garnett. Even bette news for us laker fans.

  • Fatty

    Youguyaredumb

    You mean that wasn’t Kobe, We’ll golly, was I ever fooled.

  • dlakerfanforlife

    Maybe Golden State will be out of the race soon also. If they sign Darko they would be out of the race.
    http://www.realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/46925/20070705/nelson_likes_darko/

  • lakerfan81

    I mentioned in a previous blog that Darko was available. I didn’t say much because I did not know anything about him. But I looked up his stats he seems to be a good rebounder and shot blocker. He average almost 2 blocks/game in less then 24 minutes. Thats not too shabby. Signing him could bolster the front court if a trade was made for either JO or KG. But I think he is looking for a much bigger contract than the lakers could offer.

  • as1084

    With all things considered, the big deciding point of this whole trade is whether KG will re-up with the lakers. the lakers will not give up odom and bynum is KG hasnt assured the lakers that he will sign an extention. if he doesnt agree to an extention before the trade is completed, the deal will be off. lakers would be stupid to do the trade if KG is just a one year rental!! Make KG sign an extention before the trade is completed!!

  • Kenny Belton

    As long as this stays true, if the Lakers are to get KG, Dr. Buss has already said that he’d be willing and would extend KG’s contract…

  • nyla

    [quote comment="5456"]nyla

    I like Grant Hill. But I don’t see how he will help PHX much. You can only play so many shooters. The Suns need Defensive improvement, especially inside. Hill will give them neither except to take up space on the bench and have a front row seat as he watch’s the Lakers beat them in the playoffs.[/quote]

    I don’t think Hill is a key to a championship cause I agree with all your points. However, he can still ball and if someone gets in foul trouble (or injured like Nash in the playoffs), they can go to him cause he’s a guy who can create his own shot. He also adds depth and leadership…something I think they lacked last year.

  • steve

    WELCOME LAKER FANS.Grant hill going to the suns does not help them get past the spurs,healthy you probably would get 60-65 games out of hill.Remember its an up tempo game that the suns play,i also think that la will be forced to make a pressure deal and be forced to deal with the pacers.I just cant see the wolves giving in…I know this isnt the place to say it but mchale has to be the worst gm in the nba,he has made mitch look like a front office legend.Bottom line lets hope that fatty is on the mark with the trade O meter…hope

  • lakersforlife77

    [quote comment="5477"]I mentioned in a previous blog that Darko was available. I didn’t say much because I did not know anything about him. But I looked up his stats he seems to be a good rebounder and shot blocker. He average almost 2 blocks/game in less then 24 minutes. Thats not too shabby. Signing him could bolster the front court if a trade was made for either JO or KG. But I think he is looking for a much bigger contract than the lakers could offer.[/quote]

    Do we really want to take a chance on another high draft pick that hasn’t proved himself though? We already gambled with Kwame, and that sure worked well didn’t it XD

  • MCADAMS711

    lakerfan81- your intelligent comments are truly appreciated. diamonds in the rough, for sure.

  • Fatty

    nyla – “He also adds depth and leadership…”

    I would agree with you if he had signed with the Lakers, but since he signed with the Suns, he’s just a benchwarmer trying to win a ring. As you know, I live in Arizona and hate anything to do with the Suns. I must apply that same principle, “to hate on Suns things,” to Hill. I hope he has a good year only to have his heart crushed by the Lakers in the playoffs.lol

    Steve
    The [Trade-O-Meter] has taken Mckales obstinence into its reading. If he wasn’t such a butthead, the deal would already been done. Mckale is a recipient of my “Three Stooges” award for three years running, tied with Danny Ainge and Isaiah Thomes for the worst GM’s in the NBA. If we lose Kobe, Mitch will be this years front runner for sure. (Bad Fatty, Bad Fatty, Don’t even think those thoughts!!)

  • Lakerjones

    LFL77 –
    Funny take on Darko, I was about to say something in the same vein – like one top 3 draft pick bust isn’t enough for us? Why do the Lakers have to keep going after these big men rejects? It’s kind of embarrassing.

    LF81 I do like that piece on Walton, too. Good read and analysis. I was personally hoping he might be sign and trade bait, but he’s got probably the most value to the Lakers so it’s not that bad. As long as he gets back with that shooting coach he had last summer that is! His shot really took a nosedive second half of the season (that wasn’t just injury, he reverted to his old bad form). That’s the thing he needs the most work on.

  • lakerfan81

    Lakerjones- I agree. Walton did seem to revert back to bad form on his shot. But he improved immensely in that field last year. He basically became a scoring threat. At the beginning of the season he was on a hot streak from the 3-point line and I knew that would not last. But He did improve and I think he will probably shoot about 38-40% from their this season (which is greatly improved from his first couple of season 32.7% to 38.7% last season). Also he uses whatever advantage he has. He will post up smaller players and he’s not too bad at it (at least not last year anyways). He had a true shooting percentage of 55.1%. Also his assist ratio (a percentage of the number of number of the players possession that end in an assist) was 25.8. Down a bit from the 05-06 season but I still think its the highest in the league for all forwards. I would argue that with Walton on the floor the offense was a lot better balanced then without him.

    I was not advocating going after Darko I was just adding some information to a blog I made earlier where I saying what FA big men were available. I did not know anything about him so I looked up his stats and was pointing out that he seems to be a good shot blocker. In 05-06 he had the 4th best rate of blocked shots in the league. But his numbers seemed to drop of a bit last season from 05-06, which is not a good sign particularly since it was a Contract season for him and usually players are more motivated in contract seasons so they can make more money.

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