Is this the return of the Bench Mob?

Remember in 2008, where the bench (then known as the “Minute Men” per Phil Jackson) carried the team to the NBA Finals. They packed the punch of our starting 5, they hustled for rebounds, diving for loose balls because every possession mattered. Sadly, the Lakers didn’t end up making it far in the Finals, falling short to the Boston Celtics in Game 6.

As the new season began, there were high expectations that the team would be much better than the previous year because of the return of a healthy Andrew Bynum, whom was a missing piece in the 2008 Finals, and a hungry Kobe, ready to win his first without Shaq. But something was missing. Everything was there… but the bench.

The bench had lost its energy, its hunger to win. Farmar broke down, “The Machine” was out of batteries, and the rest of the bench just didn’t seem to care. The Lakers went through the season with no bench, as they would tend to blow every lead the starting 5 would have, the most irritating being the double-digit “we got this” lead. The starting 5 would pack on more minutes to right the wrongs the bench did.

The bench didn’t play a factor in the season but surprisingly, the Lakers still managed to win the Championship. The happiness of winning the championship trumped the fact that they had no bench, thinking we had time to fix the problem ensuing the Finals. But the only addition was signing free agent Ron Artest, after letting go of Trevor Ariza.

Then the 2009-2010 season came, where the expectations of a better bench were higher than ever, thinking that they finally got the ‘chip, then the taste would get them hungry for more. However, those expectations fell flat too as the bench was (probably) worse than the previous season. It seemed like nothing was going right for them. The duo of Jordan Farmar and Shannon Brown would have lapses of great games but mostly games where they couldn’t get anything going. Sasha wasn’t be able to hit a shot. Lamar was the only player off the bench contributing and Luke was missing with back problems.

However, the hunger of the starting 5 made up for the lackluster play from the bench as the Lakers would go on to repeat as champions, no thanks to the bench (except in Game 6 of the Finals. Thanks, bench!)

It was then time for the NBA Draft to kick in. The Lakers would draft defensive specialist Devin Ebanks with the 43rd pick in the 2010 NBA draft, out of West Virginia. The 58th pick in the NBA draft would be used to draft Derrick Caracter out of UTEP. These two rookies looked like they were going to be traded away for cash considerations until the Lakers ended up keeping them. They would play basketball to the best of their ability in the Summer League, impressing scouts and fans. These players turned out to be two of the biggest steals in the Draft, if not, the biggest steals. They would be great contributors off the bench.

Now, we’re in the off-season, with five of our bench members now free agents, the Lakers were looking to bring neither of them back and instead bring in other pieces in an attempt to bring back the days of the Bench Mob. Day 1 of free agency, and the Lakers immediately called point guard, Steve Blake, to offer him a contract which he ended up accepting. Our backup point guard role looked great with Steve Blake being a definite upgrade over the inconsistent Jordan Farmar.

The Lakers would then wait almost 3 weeks before signing another bench player. The next backup issue that needed to be addressed was the center position, just in case ‘Drew once again goes down with an injury. The signing of Theo Ratliff looked good. A 6-10 center, whom has a reputation for being a notorious shot blocker, leading the league in blocks for a few years.

Then came the crop (of the remaining free agents) Matt Barnes. His decision was thought to be focused on money, as he decided to accept a $10 million/2 year deal with the Raptors before negotiations fell apart. At the last minute, Mitch Kupchak called up Matt Barnes to offer him the remainder of the Mid-Level Exception ($1.7 million) over 2 years which he accepted over the Cleveland Cavaliers’ $7 million/2 year deal. Looking for championships over money (the Ron Artest method).

The bench looks scarier now. It is definitely an upgrade over what we had for the past 2 years, better defensively and offensively, looking for their (Blake, Barnes and Ratliff) first ring. The hunger will surely fuel their play, willing to scratch and claw their way to it. That is the intensity the Lakers need. This is the mentality that will put this Laker bench as one of the best.

With the signings of Steve Blake, Matt Barnes, Theo Ratliff (and possibly the rookies), does this solidify the bench? Is this the long awaited return of the Bench Mob?

  • scoobs

    if we can somehow re-sign cannon brown, and if sasha can play as good as his salary, then yes… the bench mob is back!

    • Kobe 279

      i say let shannon walk bring back Sasha

      • http://here lossss

        Sasha is still under contract…

      • scoobs

        if the lakers can get shannon for a low price, i say go for it!

    • http://www.jackyang.info Jack Y.

      Sasha is already under contract. It’s his contract year, i.e. his final year contracted with the Lakers.

      • scoobs

        …and he better play like it’s the last year with the lakers! he better not disappoint (again)

        • 09-10-11champs!

          i think we´re set with this group, let shannon walk, sasha will respond this year, believe me .

          • mr.laker

            I like Shanon alot, I think he will fit in better along side Blake than he was with Farmar

    • INGRAM

      Cannon Brown! That was a good one…and that is exactly what he is…a bad shot taker at the most inopportune time…He and the machine…

      • INGRAM

        By the way…I dont’ think they should be called ‘the bench mob’…we lost with that moniker…They need a new name for the new 3-peat..’The Swarm’…like a pack of bees. Since bees are some of the hardest working creatures on this earth…why not be like the bees and work hard to achieve a team goal of winning a championship.

    • Erik

      why do u guys love shannon so much?? what does he do other than dunks?? where was he against the celtics? stay on one player and cant even do that.. his shot selectiveness sucks.. he has no handles.. HE CAN ONLY DUNK

  • lakeshow 323

    Damn Right!
    This is the best bench we’ve had in a while. If the rookies get signed its just icing on the cake. Watch out here comes the threepeat, damn even Four in Row. This bench could be a staring five in the Eastern conference and probably make the playoffs : Blake, Barnes, Odom, Ratliff, Character or Ebanks. Sick!!!

    • 151rummer

      Yeah ur rite…..and you gotta give it up to Mitch K., I wasnt real thrilled about him taking over for Jerry West, but the guy has got it down.

      • More Cookies 4 Kob

        Don’t compare Mitch to the greatest GM of all time in Jerry West.
        .
        Regardless of how you want to perceive this offseason, Mitch has done a bang up job balancing talent with Buss’ checkbook. The only set backs are Sasha who might become trade bate this season, and of course Luke’s contact, which he doesn’t play for.
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        Blake, Barnes, Odom, Ratliff, Caracter and Ebanks would win about 15 games as an NBA starting squad. 1st, the east has much more talent after this offseason, and zero talent from the East has made its way westward. 2nd, “don’t get high on your own supply.” Everyone from the Nation welcomes the new additions, but let’s not all start sucking each other dicks just yet.

        • 242LakerFan

          That’s the benchmark, though. Everyone gets compared to Jerry West. It’s only natural.
          You have to admit, though, Mtich has done remarkably well. You’d have to compare him favourably to any other GM in the past decade. Maybe only RC Buford has been better, maintaining the Spurs at a competitive level.
          There’s only one Logo, though.

  • 151rummer

    Between these 3 guys we will win. no more of those frustrating moments of losing leads cuz guys were too interested in their own personal game instead of benefiting the team! Blake and Barnes are here to win. Personally I couldnt stand Matt Barnes, but just like Ron Artest, you hate to face him on another team, but if hes on your team you appreciate all the small things, the mind games, defensive tenacity. And Blake, this guy doesnt back down from anybody, (dwight coward, andrew bogus)!!!! the guy is scrappy, and its exactly what we need coming off the bench, that same level of intensity that the starters bring! Its gonna be a good season Laker Fans!!!!!!!!!!!! They are determined players as it is, and when they see the level of intensity Kobe brings, it will rub off on them to work even harder and kick these other teams in the teeth when they have a lead! Ratliff…..another 7 footer?….its gonna be sick!

  • http://www.myspace.com/guszo gus26

    dude.. i’m just as excited about our picks but they have not played against nba talent yet… they can’t be called “steals” and you can’t say “They would be great contributors off the bench.” The way to describe our picks, are that they have a ton of potential, and i think they can be great role players. Both demonstrated 1st round type talents but it remains to be seen what they can do agaist other NBA level talent. Certainly if they can out perform their oppenents like in the summer league they will be a great addition to our bench.

    • Erik

      why cant they be called steals?? they were just top 1 and top 3 of all drafted players.. so how cant they be called steals?? cmon!

  • 24allup inya

    bench mob? idk! i still want to see if they will execute the right plays and not get all wild and sloppy trying to impress the coaching staff! it tends to happen sometimes! having said that, there is no doubt in my mind that dumping Mbenga, Morrison and Powel to pick up Ratlif, Barnes and Carracter or Ebanks is definitely a major upgrade! Blake is a good playmaker and will become a major asset, helping create easy baskets for these guys and Bynum too!

    • INGRAM

      You will definitely see them execute the right plays because of Steve Blake…He is a great decision maker and good shot maker…He knows how to run a team…He is truly a point guard; he will get everyone involved…No more shoot first, ask question later, 2nd unit point guard…Steve is a major upgrade and he will play starters minutes…

  • HATER

    I cant wait for the season to start! Its gonna be exciting. 1,2,3-PEAT!!

  • http://thetruthrenaissance.wordpress.com/ BE_A_LakerFan

    Only game time will tell if the Bench Mob is back, but I think our bench is a lot better than it has been over the last 2 seasons. I don’t know what happened to the bench after we lost to the Celtics in ’08. It’s like they lost their mojo or something.
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    It’s scary that we won back to back championships without a consistent bench. I think all of our new pieces will fit in great and all of our needs were addressed.
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    Getting Fisher back was major. He can still provide the leadership and Blake can take a load off some of his minutes. I watched Ratliff’s presser and he looked humble and excited about playing for the Lakers. He can maybe help mentor Bynum too. Barnes is a scrappy player who I’ve liked since his days with the Warriors. The fact that he took a pay cut (unlike Bell) was a great sign that he wants to win. Mitch did a great job in the draft too.
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    With that said, I’m very excited about next season. There have been a lot of moves made across the league and everyone wants a piece of us. It feels like we still have to prove ourselves or something. Now we have to deal with all the bandwagon Heat fans too. Smh. Time to put up the 17th banner in Staples and send Phil Jackson off into the sunset. Lake Show!

  • Tizzle

    It’s a huge upgrade.

    The second unit of Blake, Sasha, Barnes, Odom, and Ratliff is every bit as good as the bottom five teams’ starting five. The last few years, the bench has been soft… but now they have guys who will fight and stand tall. More importantly, the addition of Blake gives them two play makers (w/ LO)… and since Gasol and Kobe transition the second unit, one of them is in there to provide scoring punch. Maybe Kobe can reduce his time to 35 mpg and be well rested for the Black Mamba’s hunting season.

  • dave

    here here

  • scarface

    but we still need Shannon Brown.

    • INGRAM

      Shannon who? Shannon and Farmer came off the bench with their own agendas…They were not team first bench players, that is why we lost so many double digit leads…All they had to do is execute the triange and they would get their shots…but nooo they had to come out gunning…I would say goodbye to Shannon if he can’t conform his game to team 1st…

      • Erik

        seriously everyone on shannons dikk get off of it.. im sick and tired of people wanting to bring him back.. whata hell does he do??? so INCONSISTENT!!! BAD SHOT TAKER!!

  • Kobe 279

    ” Scarface” why do u think we should bring back Shannon? our bench sucked ( he was part of the bench ).

    • team_me

      cause we need a high flyer who are we gonna throw alley oops to.! man i say keep Shannon he did very well wen Kobe was out.

  • 242LakerFan

    I look back to ’08 and what is the major decision the FO had to make that off-season? Do we re-sign Sasha or Turiaf? At the time, of course, they seemed to make the right decision; Sasha’s dead-eye shooting and pesky defensive style were worth much more than Ronnie’s high-energy scrappiness and cheerleading from the bench. So they re-upped Sasha and replaced Ronnie with JPeezy.
    This turned out to be an egregious error. Aside from the Machine going way out of calibration and Farmar’s utter lack of improvement, Ronnie’s energy and enthusiasm was sorely missed, I believe. His effect on the Bench Mob was under-appreciated and Josh’s laid back personality didn’t come close to giving us what Turiaf had.
    No, we still don’t have a high-energy, rah-rah guy like Ronnie, but this bench doesn’t need that. This bench is different. It is now populated not by kids wanting to make a name for themselves and show what they can do, but with veterans; hungry older players; team first guys (mostly) willing to do what it takes to finally taste that champagne as it flows burning into their eyes and get a first hand (or “own hand”) look at that one piece of bling no contact could ever be big enough to buy.
    Yes, we can only wait and see what they actually do when it counts, but cautious optimism is still optimism and from the looks of this bench, it’s entirely justifiable.

    • 242LakerFan

      Oops – “contract” not contact.

    • Kobe 279

      i agree with u but our bench did not care enough to improve their game including Lamar Odom they were lazying and that’s why Phil Jackson only put 2 bench players at a time. Who cares about Ronny Turiaf pumping the guys the up if they cant do it themselves then they dont need to be in a Lakers uniform.

      • 242LakerFan

        My point exactly.

      • http://twitter.com/matt_barnes22 KM

        “A hungry bench always hunts for its own food.” 2010-211

        That will affect the starting line to be more meritorious when on the ball — overall confidence will be at an all-time high for this crop of Lakers

        • 242LakerFan

          That’s a great line. Where’d you quote that from?

          • http://twitter.com/matt_barnes22 KM

            Well, I wanted to say “A hungry bench always gets fed” at first but I thought about Barnes and Blake and switched it up, nah own creation man, thanks

  • Dre-K

    Shannon will be back, I’m sure

  • Lakers_The_Truth

    Really hope the bench raises to the occasion.
    I think one of the Lakers problems is that sometimes they get too complacent and rely too much on Kobe saving their as-ses.
    If we get the second unit running smooth and giving the rest the starters need we will be in excellent shape.
    I look to have Shannon back and if Mitch can create magic eliminating the last two remaining scrubs (Luke/Sasha) we are on the way to 3peat guaranteed.

    • ted

      ..Well said…I truly like Luke and Sasha but they have to be replaced.

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    right,miami will only roll ya bye 20pts,instead of 30….bench never plays because the kobes never ever ever blow out teams….so who cares?

    • 242LakerFan

      *** Laughing hystericlly ***
      Happy now?
      Who cares?

    • http://twitter.com/matt_barnes22 KM

      Nobody cares Mr. Troll.

      I didn’t see you come up here last year when the Heat weren’t making any noise, you are just another ‘wagon Heat RAHRAH type of loser and nobody takes anything you say seriously. It’s not like the East will roll over for your Heat, just because you are already sucking everybody’s dick down there.. Just sit back and let those teams punch your team down the stretch right into oblivion.. Lebron will never feel this in a Heat uniform and soon when everybody has thrown buckets of water and ice at your heat you aren’t going to come to the LTN site and say “WAIT TIL NEXT YEAR”.

      Heat are trying to do what the Lakers have already done in 2 years straight- Get a life faggot.

    • http://twitter.com/matt_barnes22 KM
  • Kobe 279

    why in the fuck does everybody want shannon back please tell me??

    • 242LakerFan

      Highlight reels. I think we win with what we have. I wouldn’t mind if he comes back, though. He’s a great finisher and could thrive if he doesn’t have to be the primary ball handler. Keep him on the court with someone who can properly set him up and I think he’ll be alright.
      We can’t expect the whole bench to be starter quality players. And with this improved bench, he doesn’t have to be on the court as long, handling the ball.

      • http://twitter.com/matt_barnes22 KM

        Whats your take on Roger Mason I know Mason was better from corners and the like, but you would think he’s got a decent IQ and would mesh, and he’s still young and can hit bombers from deep, that’s what the Lakers always had in Farmar.. from the bench

      • http://twitter.com/matt_barnes22 KM

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-3h_U-V6S8

        He reminds me a lot of Big Shot BOB

        • 242LakerFan

          Roger Mason was on my radar early on, but they got a lot more in Blake. Mason is not a defensive asset and is coming off an off-year, something you don’t like to see in a contract year. His ppg was down almost a point (not bad, except it was only 7.2 for his career) and his 3pt avg was down to .333 from .381. If all we needed was spot up shooting, okay. But we ended up with more and, like Kobe says ,”Defense wins championships.”

          • http://twitter.com/matt_barnes22 KM

            One thing I like about this guy is the fact he came up in the Greg Popovich system so I think he’s a good character guy, he just has less guard lateral movement but he can still finish in the rim which you always like from a guard.

  • lakeshow 323

    More Cookies for Kob, Realx I guarantee you our bench squad would win way more than 15 games in the East Regardless of the changes which mainly happened in one squad the heat, so get that dick out of your mouth and know what the fuck your talking about before you open your mouth. Let me remind you steve blake, lamar, barnes and ratliff have all been starters and efficient starters and besides miami, orlando,atlanta, and boston the east is up for grabs

  • Kobe 279

    BITCH WHO THE FUCK ARE U TALKING TO?

    • Your_Mother_Fuc-ker

      It’s on the name.
      LOL

    • 242LakerFan

      Relax 279, he’s talking to “More Cookies 4 Kob”, who posted way up towards the top of the thread. I don’t know why he posted a response way down here, but that wasn’t aimed at you.

  • Kobe 279

    oh ok thanks for letting me know

    • Your_Mother_Fuc-ker

      you’re welcome! LOL

  • Robert.

    Hey, this blog is getting more exciting. Not the usual crop of weenies we’ve had in the past (I’ve been following since 2007, getgarnett.com … ).
    .
    I think we’ve answered Miami’s call. Yes, we have to wait until the season starts, but again, we won 2 Championships without a decent bench. So, it can only get better. And — last season the Lakers started out SO WELL, that they were dubbed ‘juggernauts’. I think we can say that about them this year. They were exceptional, until Kobe got the finger jam (November) – it was a struggle after that. Now Kobe is going to get his 2nd wind – look forward to the 2nd half of his career.
    .
    Our new bench will be ‘formidable’, and even if they would not be a scoring machine (which I think they ‘could’ be), it’s clear that their defense will shut down ANY bench defense out there – including and especially Miami (but, we can add the Cell-blockHeads and Orlando to that list). Recall that the Suns bench in the playoffs was a little trouble. Not any more! Our “D-loaded” bench will rule.
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    I think we should have a new nickname for this year’s bench mob. I’ll watch out for ideas, and then come up with a few of my own.
    .
    The LAKERS ARE TOUGH!!! Look out, NBA !!! Beat the Heat.

    • Robert.

      I meant ‘shut down any offense’

    • TOUCHING_MYSELF

      I agree, we’ve been gettin great input from some of the usual suspects. I also agree that our new bench is formidable, but what I don’t agree on is your “BEAT THE HEAT” phrase. The reason is that they need to beat US!

      They ain’t done sh!t yet! Until they BEAT us… they’re just another better than average team! We’re the CHAMPS! They ain’t NOTHIN yet! Not until they beat us. So, I’m not gonna be chantin that phrase… there’s no need!

      GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!

      • Robert.

        ok, you’re right. I officially retract that phrase. No need to repeat it anymore.

        • TOUCHING_MYSELF

          Now, that’s a Laker fan!

          GO LAKERS!!!!!!

  • Althelakerfanyoushouldmeet

    I find it humorous when fans think they can pin point someones desire and laziness on the basketball court instead of identifying tangible errors like bad decision making and lack of floor knowledge. I gurantee you that effort and energy was there from our former bench just not focused in the correct area that we would like to see as fans. Hence the change in staff.

  • Robert.

    The nature of the bench was very sensitive to personnel. In particular, the bench (in 2007) that scored 60+ points one game, and also was the TOP scoring bench for about 2 months into the season, had Ariza, Crittendon, and a fully operational Bynum (he was injured in Jan. 2008). Luke was operating well too (I think he led in 3 point percentage for about 2-3 weeks).
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    The bench tended to be ‘run & gun’, and did not execute the Triangle often (or well – too many newbies). So the starters would execute the Triangle, which would slow down the opponents, and then the “Bench Mob” would come in and run their bench ragged. After wearing out the other team, the Lakers starters would come back and sit on their large lead. As a team, they were truly dominant and if they did not incur injuries, could have won the Championship (but then, we would not have acquired Gasol!).
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    Once certain players left the team, the Bench Mob ‘slowed down’ (as it was learning the Triangle). So the comment about bad decision making and lack of floor knowledge started to come into play.
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    The upcoming bench will probably not be run & gun (Shannon Brown might speed things up a little). Or, they might start out that way, but players Blake and Barnes can learn the Triangle (at least for next year). I predict a more efficient offense, but as I said in a previous post, their defense will shut down the opponent’s bench offense. That alone will help maintain leads that the starters earn.
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    Only good things can come out of all this!

  • http://twitter.com/matt_barnes22 KM

    Well said that’s how a Laker fan breaks it down.. not like these pussy ass attention hogging trolls

  • laker warrior

    Get Roger Mason way better than Shannon Brown.

    • INGRAM

      I totally agree!!!

  • mr.laker

    PG: Blake
    SG: Shanon/Sasha
    SF: Barnes
    PF: Odom
    C: Ratliff

    The new and improved MOB!

    PG: Farmar
    SG: Shanon/Sasha
    SF: Luke
    PF: Odom
    C: Mbenga/Powell

    Old mob…

    • Ron Artesticles & Lamar Scrotum

      Forgot one more person. DERRICK CARACTER!

      • mr.laker

        Yea, I think Caracter will fit in at a great back up PF/SF role.

  • Ronin99

    More than a return…but BETTER. There should be a new nickname for the new and improved bench? Instead of “Mob” may be something better?

  • Wilt

    BEWARE THE BENCH MOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! POLIO MAY CRIPPLE YOU DYSENTERY MAY WRECK YOU FROM THE INSIDE OUT BUT BEWARE THE BENCH MOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Robert.

    Yeah, I mentioned above (as did @Ronin) that we should have a new nickname for the Bench (besides “Mob”).
    .
    I was thinking that the entire Lakers org. is heading toward being a defensive juggernaut, so perhaps something like ‘attack dogs’? Bench Dawgs? I don’t know. I would rather TLN come up with some ideas. Wasn’t there some type of contest for coming up with nicknames before? E.g., for Shannon Brown, Bynum, etc.?

  • Robert.

    BTW, McGrady is ‘showing’ that he really would rather be a starter on a team:
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    http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nba/news/story?id=5412508
    .
    And the Bulls are having second thoughts about signing him. So, I think he would be trouble with the Lakers now. He wouldn’t like a role on the Lakers, since he thinks he can still start. Also, his health is still a question.

    • 242LakerFan

      The man is delusional. The ego’s writing cheques the body can’t cash. He’s past it. He could start with a few teams, but he is not what he used to be. This would have been hell to try and deal with in the Lakers locker room.
      Anyone else still want this dude?

  • http://lakernation gwforum

    WE HAVE UPGRADEED OUR BENCH BIG TIME!!! 3-PEAT!! 3-PEAT! 3-PEAT!!! THANKS MITCH!! GO LAKERS!! NOONE IN THE NBA CAN STOP US!!

  • Gotta Admit

    i think Ronny Turiaf was the reason the bench played so well in 2008 i think the passion he played with made everyone else on the bench raise their intensity and energy

  • Me

    Fisher,Kobe,Artest,Gasol,Bynum=CHAMPIONS +Blake+Brown+Barnes+Odom+Ratliff(Ebanks and Caracter)= SUPERBENCH .We will be the best team by far,i dont care about ANY other team(Heats,Celtics or Magics). I think the NBA should give us the ring now and let the rest of the team play for the 2nd place.

  • Me

    And if we keep the group(and bynum healthy) that will go for at least 3 or 4 year in a row. Lebron is a great player but until kobe is there will be always loose in the finals(if he gets there) becouse he is NOT A TEAM PLAYER and never will be,and Boston players are too old to keep pushing and in a couple or 3 years will go again into a another bottom team of the league for 2o years like they were cos THEY FUCKING SUUUUUCKS. I HATE GREEN!!!!!!!! MAKES ME SICK!!! And soon we will be the team with more rings in the NBA(17,18,and 19) for sure and celtics will stay in 17 for a loooooooooot of years(or maybe for ever) cos they are nothing,a piece of dog shit at the end of a stick,they just won in the 60s when the tv was black and white.

  • http://theoof.com Amir

    Wooow John Hollinger just wrote that the Lakers were the #2 BIGGEST LOSERS of the off-season? r u kidding me? the reason will piss you off even more…

    http://www.theoof.com/2010/07/get-off-nuts-john-hollinger-ranks.html

  • Drake Ramoray

    Fuck it sounds like Mitch really wants to resign Shannon Brown. We should sign and trade Shannon to Portland for Rudy Fernandez or sign and trade Shannon and Sasha to Philly for Jason Kapono. Mitch are you kidding me! There’s so many better options out there that are much cheaper and a lot better player than what Shannon is for the Lakers. Cleveland wants Shannon, sign and trade him for Anthony Parker. Fuck Bobby Simmons would work. He was good for the Clippers and then disappeared and he would sign for the vets minimum here. Allen Iverson would be a better fit than Shannon. I can go on all night!!!! Roger Mason is available, Jerry Stackhouse, Larry Hughes Fuck anyone but Shannon. Please do not resign this guy!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Drake Ramoray

    To pay Shannon a penny more than what he made last year would be ludicrous because you’d then be bidding against yourself. No one else has made him an offer. If some team is willing to pay him more than the Lakers should let him walk. Even $2.5 million for one year is too much for what he can bring to the table. The best option is to sign him and trade him and Sasha + 2nd rounder to Philly for Kapono and then sign a player to the vets minimum.

  • Drake Ramoray

    Actually the best scenario for the Lakers would be to sign and trade Shannon to Cleveland for Anthony Parker! Parker makes a little over $2.8 million in his final year of his contract. Cleveland likes Shannon and is in talks with him and he would get the raise that he wants and more playing time. In Cleveland, he would actually get a chance to compete for the starting job with Jamario Moon if Parker gets traded to the Lakers. The only downfall is Parker is 35 years old but the guys going to be coming off the bench. He’s a great shooter and still a solid defender having to guard Kobe every time Lakers played Cleveland. Mitch this is the deal you have to make. I thought about this long and hard and this makes the most sense. Parker is an NBA vet and would a perfect backup for Kobe! This marriage would be perfect. Cleveland is interested in Shannon and the Lakers need a good scoring backup with decent perimeter defense. Shannon is young and Cleveland is rebuilding and the Lakers want to win now and Parker is the perfect vet to step in and he is a good character guy. MITCH LET’G GET THIS TRADE DONE WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK TO 10 DAYS!!!! I wish Lakers management could read some of these blogs and realize some fans actually know what they are talking about.

    • SHOWTIME4EVA

      I HEARD WE ARE TRYING TO UNLOAD SASHA TO SHED SALARY.LAST WEEK WE TRIED TO TRADE HIM FOR DELONTE WEST.

      • Laker’s Bear 301

        Please keep tying to trade Sasha for Delonte West or anyone else…. The machine needs a recharge on another team’s bench… He is too comfortable with his gunning style of play & weak defense. He thinks that his shots are automatic. So not true!.. I like Walton but the team can’t carry him, high salary, and his sore back next season. We need a fully charged bench to take on strong teams like Miami or Boston. Bring on the hungry Rookies and new bench mob! Good luck laker’s….