Kobe: Mavs move up to same level as Lakers with Butler trade

The Mavs picked up Caron Butler in a trade today; a trade which that makes the Mavs on the same level as the Lakers, says Kobe.

ProBasketball Talk: Kobe, does the trade put the Mavericks on par with the Lakers?  “No question,” Kobe said Saturday when asked by our girl Gina Miller whether the trade moves the Mavs to the Lakers’ level. “I hate to say it, but it’s true. … Trust me, I don’t like it by any stretch of the imagination. But it’s a great move by (Dallas). It pains me to say it. But you guys made two great pickups.”

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  • baltimoresbest01

    I don’t know how much I agree with Kobe. They improved, but not dramatically compared to the roles that Howard and Gooden had. Maybe there is more consistency now, but I don’t know about the talent levels. Not a dramatic change in my opinion.

    • Drive_forFive24

      yeah, but he can’t come out and say that they still suck and play no defense. Especially not in dallas! Plus he has mad resepect for Caron, despite what most people think, he did actually get along with some of his teammates.

  • BE_A_LakerFan

    Kobe, please stop lying to Gina. That is all.

  • Xtro

    We need a trade ourselves. Do it mitch!

    • KBloyalist

      that is what you called respect to his former team mates!

  • LAKEshow008

    What we should be worried about is this…
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    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4913305

    • drive-for-16th

      worst trade EVER, DONT BE STUPID SUNS, STEVE KERR IS DUMBEST FUK IN THE WORLD, HE DOES EVERYTHING FOR MONEY. HE DOESNT GIVE A FUK ABOUT WINNING OR ANYTHING. AMARE WOULD SUK ON THE CAVS, CAUSE LEBRON WOULD TAKE ALL THE GLORY.

    • drive-for-16th

      worst trade EVER, DONT BE STUPID SUNS, STEVE KERR IS DUMBEST FUK IN THE WORLD, HE DOES EVERYTHING FOR MONEY. HE DOESNT GIVE A FUK ABOUT WINNING OR ANYTHING. AMARE WOULD SUK ON THE CAVS, CAUSE LEBRON WOULD TAKE ALL THE GLORY

      • B Holland

        Sounds like a scared laker fan. Calm down.

        • drive-for-16th

          im a laker fan, but im also a steve nash fan cause were both from the same country so i dont want steve kerr to fuk his career up too.

    • ilkebasketball

      seems sily with how well hickson is doing.

  • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

    I say we are fine just the way we are but hey… if Phoenix goes along with this trade, it will be (other than giving away Rondo and Fernandez) the stupidest trade they’ve made recently. They are basically giving Amare for Hickson cause Suns can waive Ilgauskas and he can sign with the Cavs later.
    Don’t do it Suns!

    • Gino

      man. that’s so bogus. i hate how that waiving a player signing with the original team thing. that should be removed from the CBA. i don’t know, i just have a feeling that the Cavs are tinkering way too much with their roster this season. so far it’s been going well, but do they really need this type of trade right now? I’m just getting this gut feeling just like i’ve seen stories play out when how bad things happen when the greedy become greedier. multiple teams have tried this ploy already, and haven’t won the ring. it almost seems like the cavs are willing to do anything to win a ring this year at the risk of screwing themselves for a long time to come. we’ll see what happens though. time will tell what comes of this. and if i were a phoenix fan, i’d be wondering wtf is my owner thinking and what their long term goals are…

      • Karl

        Cavs are desperate to win it this year – crab dribbler will be gone next year and they’ll be left with a team no one wants to play on!!!

  • mr.laker19

    Cant lie…. Im getting a little nervous. Cavs with Amare, Mavs with Butler make them both significantly better. We need to trade to give us more talent and depth. I still like Kirk honestly. Something because these teams are looking lie they can compete with us now

  • KBGOAT

    As long as we play well, we dont have to give a damm about any trade.

    • kobe-wan kenobi

      let’s be serious if cavs get amare for hickson, it is over
      mo, west bron amare shaq
      they already killed us wout amare and mo

      damn that sucks
      bron dinasty will begin
      FUKKKKKKKKKKKK

  • Zach

    We will see Dallas in the WCF

  • chadb

    Nice cover Kobe. He said the right thing BUT he knows that as long as we play well NOONE can’t beat the Lakers. Lakers are the most talented and experienced. Bring it on! Build your teams to be as good as they can be, it will just add to the legacy of the Lakers championship!

  • Drive_forFive24

    Trading Z and J.J would be great… It takes away some of their size and a lot of their defense….. Cause Amare doesnt play any!! And remember the problems he and shrek had playing together last year!

  • drive-for-16th

    BIG Z IS THE WORST PLAYER IN THE NBA, JJ IS GARBAGE. THIS WILL BE THE WORST TRADE OF THIS DECADE, THIS MAKES CAVS BETTER, AMARE IS FASTER AND BETTER THEN BIG Z, DON’T DO IT SUNS, STEVE KERR NEEDS TO BE FUKIN SHOT OR SOMETHING, THAT GUY HAS NO INTENTION OF WINNING OR ANYTHING, HE JUST TRYIN TO GET AS MUCH MONEY AS POSSIBLE. THAT ORGANIZATION WAS DONE AFTER BRIAN COLANGELO LEFT AS THE GM.

  • Anthony

    He’s just being nice. He likes Butler and this is a compliment to him.

    However, that trade that would send Stoudemire to the Cavs is an eye opener. Even at our best we’d definitely be pushed to the edge by them. Imagine those finals?

  • Karl

    I still think if Lakers play as a TEAM, no other team can beat the Lakers in 7 game series. However, that means Bynum has to play solid D, block shots, rebound…Kobe has to facilitate and take good shots, Pau has to play tough, LO show up for games, (d fish…that’s the spot we need fixed)…Artest play his solid D….but that is the unknown…will they continue playing as a team?!

    • kobe-wan kenobi

      good luck winning in cleveland

      • kobeman

        you’re actually a cavs fan aren’t you?

        • kobe-wan kenobi

          nope

          i am just not a blind fan, like i guess you are…

  • expo

    just checking to make sure everyone voted for Kobe as player of the decade on NBA.com!!!!!!!!! The results come in tonight.

  • http://57.amklac a Million Misses!

    THE MVP LE bronze doesn`t need a trade to destroy your weak-ass,J.V. TEAM!………..go lakers

  • lakerfan_4ever

    This is just Kobe paying respect to an ex teammate..I’m more worry about Stoudemire going to the Cavs.If this trade happens,it will go down as one of the biggest trades of all time,even better than Gasol’s trade,why?Well, we know that Ilgauskas will get a buy out,30 days later he rejoins the Cavs.Cavs wants this trade to happen so bad ’cause that’s the only way they can match up against us and a sure ticket to the Finals.Against the Celtics will be a joke ’cause the Cavs will be faster,healthier and stronger.Orlando lacks size,if Howard covers Ilgauskas or Shaq,who is going to cover Stoudemire? Gorlat??? ok…against us will be a battle of the Titans: Shaq or Ilgauskas on Bynum,Stoudemire on Gasol,you see? NBA games are all about match ups and if this trade goes down,it will close the gap between the 2 teams…at the end a Cavs-Lakers finals will be decided in the back court and the X factor will be Mo’ Williams,we need to trade for a faster and younger PG,I’m sorry but I don’t feel Fisher will be the answer this time and Jordan lacks playoff experience,trading for Hinrich or Harris could help us in our quest for a second championship.