Lakers a Bubble Team?

HOOPSWORLD.COM: LAKERS: Whether or not the Lakers had a successful offseason probably depends on who you ask. They did keep free agent Luke Walton, they lost Smush Parker to the Miami Heat, signed veteran Derek Fisher, and added rookies Javaris Crittenton (who played very well in summer league) and Coby Karl. On paper that seems like some decent upgrades, especially at point guard.

Of course, if you ask Kobe Bryant you likely will get a very different answer – and he’s right. None of the changes or additions the Lakers made will have that big of an impact in the standings. Last season the team won 42 games and squeaked into the playoffs, largely by riding Kobe’s strong shoulders. If Crittenton and Fisher give the Lakers consistent point guard play and Lamar Odom plays a full season, perhaps the Lakers will be better – but on nominally.

If Bryant was promised a contender – and no general manager should ever make a promise like that just to make a free agent stay – then yes, he absolutely has something to be annoyed about. The Lakers absolutely need a healthy and happy Bryant to make this season a success – and that starts from day one when players report to training camp. If Bryant is there this team will be roughly the same as last year, unless Crittenton and Andrew Bynum provide a much bigger than expected boost.

If Bryant doesn’t show up, the Lakers may as well start planning for the 2008 NBA Draft.

Jaime is the co-owner and Operating Director for LakerNation.com from Alhambra, CA. He's help create the official websites for Kevin Durant and Goodwin Sports. Currently, he's the Online Producer for FOX Sports Radio and AM570 KLAC.
  • http://www.myspace.com/regg66 rpouncy14

    Kobe need 2 sho up at Training Camp.

  • GetBisonDele

    damn management for making bryant act like he has

    now we have to hope he’s up for this season just so we could be contenders

  • kyler_hay

    Kobe is not going no where

  • MacBSlick

    Bryants already said that hes going to be at camp! So why are these people writing this crap? Its like they just don’t want to believe him. Or they turned a deaf ear to what he said.

  • Faith

    Well which one would get more press if you wrote about it?

    Kobe coming to camp, or not?

    It’s pathetic but it is what it is.

  • ab4sure

    This team will be much stronger than last. With the addition of Fish, that will bring some stability not only in the backcourt but the whole team. The tri will run smoother, Kobe will stay within the tri more and they have a leader in Fish. Fish is not intimidated by Kobe like the rest of the Lakers and this will help unite all the players. Also a healthy Mihm will also help. We did not have him last year and definitely could have used him. More experience from the younger players which will increase the laker production. As far as no GM should ever telling a star player that
    they want to build a contender with their star player that is hogwash. They all promise that and they all try to do that…some are successful others are not. This year will be a make or break year for the Lakers.

  • lakerfan81

    Kobe will show up to camp. He already said that he has no reason not to. But saying that doesn’t get as many hits as saying that he will sit out camp does. So until camp starts and Kobe is there, people will continue to say that he might not show up.

    Besides what kind of society do we live in where a person can walk a way from a contract that he agreed to just because he is not happy. The Lakers are paying Kobe millions of dollars to play basketball and he signed a contract agreeing to do so and just because his perception of management changed he is going to walk out? If every contract worked like that then contracts would be pointless.

  • daboss1848

    ah, yes…youth – I remember it well. The simplicity of life and the rose colored rims from which we view our utopian society.

    A contract is not so simple. There is no involuntary servitude in the US – so just because you signed a contract doesnt mean u have to abide by its terms no matter what. A contract can always be broken -of course, sometimes at cost. For example, KB can sit out – no play, no pay. (Terms in that contract also dictate that he cannot play anywhere else in the world.)

    Do I think he walks? Absolutely not – that is the power of money in our society. (save your “KB isn’t about the money, hes about winning” posts – last time I checked he signed a max year, max money deal and didnt give the Lakers a hometown discount with which to purchase FAs). Until he walks my opinion remains.
    [quote comment="13688"]what kind of society do we live in?[/quote]

    That is a question for a different day.

  • lakerfan81

    Daboss I understand that a contract can be broken and sometimes is and should be. However, doing so just because you are unhappy should not be looked upon as a good thing or the right thing to do, as some people are suggesting it would be here. That is what I was trying to get at.

    And I am not that young (though that is relative) nor naive by the way

  • daboss1848

    I apologize for the tone . . . but in today’s society, and more specifically in the “me first” athletic society, it would not be unusual. Threats, promises, statements, followed by retractions [or more accurately, the public's "misunderstanding" or the media's "out of context" portrayals] are all too common.

    Let’s not forget this is the same man who breached his covenant with his wife and his G-d. Can we really expect him to abide quietly by terms he agreed with another man?

    With reference to those who say its a good thing or right thing to do – understand these are KB fans, not Lakers fans, and certainly not mature enough in their reasoning skills to understand moral or ethical, not to mention contractual, obligations.

  • PHANTOM

    [quote comment="13691"]I apologize for the tone . . . but in today’s society, and more specifically in the “me first” athletic society, it would not be unusual. Threats, promises, statements, followed by retractions [or more accurately, the public's "misunderstanding" or the media's "out of context" portrayals] are all too common.

    Let’s not forget this is the same man who breached his covenant with his wife and his G-d. Can we really expect him to abide quietly by terms he agreed with another man?

    With reference to those who say its a good thing or right thing to do – understand these are KB fans, not Lakers fans, and certainly not mature enough in their reasoning skills to understand moral or ethical, not to mention contractual, obligations.[/quote]

    Dude who are you to judge any of us Kobe fans? The FO screwed Kobe and lied to him first. Have you ever been any good at anything but not givin the chance to win? My guess is you haven’t done sh*t in your life. KEEP YOUR JUDGEMENTS TO YOURSELF!!!

  • daboss1848

    my point exactly.

    u right i accomplished nothing in my life! (note: not a judgement on your part)

    How could I possibly understand receiving 20 million dollars a year to do a job and then disrespect my employer in public only to be welcomed back to my job to continue to get paid 20 million dollars a year – all the while receiving applause from many for my clearly respectful role model behavior?

    screwed KB? lied to him first? It’s one thing to say the FO has sat on its hands, it’s quite another where the FO is rebuffed in their attempts. The FO pays his coach 10 mill – if they were trying to lose (as you so eloquently imply) or not giving him a chance to win, wouldn’t it make sense to save some money there?

    those things you call judgements are also opinions – will you allow me to have those?

  • fatty

    This is really a dumb thread we have going.

  • Tim-4-Show

    I didn’t realize that TLN had idiots amongst the great minds. If you can’t plainly see the actions of the past three, no make that four seasons of the front office, then you’re totally blind.

    MISMANAGEMENT all the way. There’s no way to say otherwise.

    I’m praying that somehow it call comes together this season, but I’m not very hopeful for a title this season and that’s what the true fans demand.

  • ab4sure

    I have to come on the side of Daboss here. First of all, let me just say when you criticize someone please give reasons for your criticism. It is hard for someone to defend themselves if they are called idiots and their arguments and points are not addressed.

    A point was made earlier

    “screwed KB? lied to him first? It’s one thing to say the FO has sat on its hands, it’s quite another where the FO is rebuffed in their attempts. The FO pays his coach 10 mill – if they were trying to lose (as you so eloquently imply) or not giving him a chance to win, wouldn’t it make sense to save some money there?”

    Let me add also to this point. The Lakers with the addition of Fish, and Mihm’s new contract and the resigning of Turiaf are at approx. 70 million for this year. That is around the 6th or 7th highest paying teams. I think alot of you say that the FO is worried about making money and won’t pay but this fact says to me that money is not the issue for the FO. Given the fact also they were willing to get KG and his huge contract also bears that out. There was a trade kicker in that contract. In addition, Buss has given both Magic and Worthy multi millions after their playing days were over says alot too. I know the battering of the FO will continue but you can’t say money has been the issue with them. Nor can you say they don’t want to win because the owner does have 8 titles to his credit. I choose to give the FO the benefit of the doubt because he has both benefited LA and tossed out the doubters the last 27 or so years. Almost a title every three years…hell the yankees great history has only one title every four years…but maybe this massive complaint by “laker” “kobe” or “both laker and kobe” fans is a good thing. I personally don’t think so.

  • daboss1848

    I appreciate the complement, but there actually is another way to say it: hindsight, different vision.

    Its simplistic to think that after trading away a dominant force a team could recover in a span of 3 years. It took the Lakers 12 years to win a championship after the loss of a superstar and that was with everyone’s hero GM – Jerry West. But now, under conditions far more stringent for teams to operate within (i.e., the salary cap), the Lakers should be championship bound within 3-5 years?

    [quote post="1053"]I’m not very hopeful for a title this season [/quote] . . .rofl

    Objectivity should precede emotion.

  • PHANTOM

    No One in there right mind thinks the lakers have put a championship team together after Kobe signed!!! All Kobe is saying is either you are playing to win right now or you are rebuilding. If you are rebuilding trade me so you can get 2 or 3 young talents and rebuild right ex.(bulls) and i can chase a ring with a contender. If you want to win now get me some fu**in help and no Kwame, bynum and Mimh are not serious help!!! Even Jackson the BEST coach in HISTORY has complained lately that FO have done nothing. The only reason the FO are not trading Kobe is that he fills seats. Laker fans should be outraged that are using the best talent in the nba this way. Kobe haters like daboss and ab4sure should really think about who they are backing the FO has used and abused Kobe . Lets rebuild when we dont have the best athlete in world. Boston is doing it right, load up on talent and go for the gold now- win why you can. i will put up having vlade divac and doug christie years and we know how bad that was as long as we can win now!!!

  • daboss1848

    Now, I’m a KB hater? . . .lol

    I am a Lakers fan first – for that I make no apologies. It took Boston 20 years to gather the assets necessary to build what you term a championship team. You want the same after 3-5 years?

    Last time I checked it took 2 teams to make a deal. Kidd was the only legit deal missed. JO for LO and AB is nowhere near contention. There is no magic wand!

    Get real and get objective – emotion clouds judgment.

  • ab4sure

    [quote comment="13698"]No One in there right mind thinks the lakers have put a championship team together after Kobe signed!!!(agree, but then to get Kobe to sign they needed to trade Shaq who led them to 3 titles). All Kobe is saying is either you are playing to win right now or you are rebuilding.(building to win) If you are rebuilding trade me so you can get 2 or 3 young talents and rebuild right ex.(bulls) and i can chase a ring with a contender(we would but your value went down after your summer tirade, would you waive your no trade clause to make it easier for us to trade you). If you want to win now get me some fu**in help and no Kwame, bynum and Mimh are not serious help!!!(remember the team we had before the injuries) Even Jackson the BEST coach in HISTORY has complained lately that FO have done nothing.(Kobe needs one ally, and Jackson is using alittle of is Zen for Kobe’s sake) The only reason the FO are not trading Kobe is that he fills seats.(that is one of the reasons) Laker fans should be outraged that are using the best talent in the nba this way. Kobe haters like daboss and ab4sure(should I call you a Kobe Lover) should really think about who they are backing the FO has used and abused Kobe(poor Kobe, didn’t he sign a contract). Lets rebuild when we dont have the best athlete in world. Boston is doing it right(they were a last place team in a different situation they had to throw the hail mary pass), load up on talent and go for the gold now- win why you can. i will put up having vlade divac and doug christie years and we know how bad that was as long as we can win now!!![/quote]

  • kobe-wan kenobi

    I am so freaking tired of all of you kobe haters…
    bla bla bla..
    you all deserve that kobe leaves la! so you are not going to win for 20 more years… with lazy bynum, and luke sissy walton
    daboss- why would for the f@#$ing hell the best player on the planet should give a discount to the management? when there are players that cant play (kwame ) or mediocre players (luke) that have multi million dollars contract… Kobe is the greatest player after jordan and he better be payed for what he deserves… the management promised kobe (and phil) to spend money and build a contender… after 3 years nothing happened. i would be furious! kobe is right. if they do not get an allstar… i really hope he goes away to win somewhere else…
    he is not gping to sit, i hope he really starts hogging the ball and scoring 40 a game… that is the only thing that at least gives me some fun!

    no, kidd was not the only loss deal… they did not want to sign baron davis ( who wanted to come to la) or boozer…

  • lakerfan81

    WHen were the Lakers supposed to sign Davis? As far as I know the Lakers have no and have not had any cap space (which is the reason they have not had the opportunity to put together a winning team by the way). And no one ( I mean absolutely no one) knew Boozer was going to be any good. When he went to Utah he had been injured most of his career. Its easy to say should have signed Boozer after he becomes an allstar. Hind sight is 20/20.

  • PHANTOM

    West always found a way to create cap space whether he traded vlade for kobe which created massive cap to sign shaq. you just have to be smart like west was for the lakers all those years. the current FO have been horrific with the shaq trade,brown trade, the vlade signing…hind sight is always 20/20 but damn is this organization being ran by retards now? “D-D-D”(Mencia)

  • MacBSlick

    Lamar behind schedule, Kwame still hurting, Mimh not fully healthy yet, The season hasnt even started and we are in for some major problems.
    http://www.ocregister.com/sports/lakers-bryant-season-1851120-jackson-shoulder#/url.

    We better see some major improvement from certain players or were in trouble.

  • fatty

    Kobe being selfish, hurting the Lakers, by signing a contract for the max is a fallacy based on prejudice. Pure and simple. It comes from the school of “you created this mess” syndrome. What’s worse here, emotional estimations or extreme prejudice that questions the motives of people.

    What would you think Kobe should have done? Signed for less than Odom, Kwame? So what you are saying is Kobe should take less and the owner of the Lakers shouldn’t pay out of his pocket?

    Let’s follow your irrational logic. Let’s say Kobe signed for a pay cut of 10 million. Lakers current salary of 70.5 would be 61.5 Still above the cap. Absolutely no room to manuever. Let’s follow your “Kobe is selfish logic” further. Let’s say Kobe signed for the Vet’s minimum of 1.1 mil Would that make you feel happier? That would reduce the Lakers team salary to 52 mil. Wow, that would give the Laker’s a whole 4 million under the cap of 56 mil to sign a quality free agent. Let’s see, who could we get for 4 mil?

    Fo’s of Spurs, Boston, and Phx, all have similar like salaries of key players yet are competitive title contenders.

    What you fail to admit in your arguements is that the Fo’s historically bad trade to Miami, taking on Grant’s wasted contract of 15 mil a year put the Lakers in a hole that they have been trying to get out of since.

    It has nothing to do with Kobe being selfish or not.

    Horses pulled carriages with ‘blinders’ so as not to see side objects and be distracted. Obviously you are wearing “Kobe is selfish, and created this mess blinders” They are distorting your view of the realities of the Lakers real problem. You need to take your blinders off.

    Its not Kobe, its our FO.

  • daboss1848

    kobe-wan kenobi – boozer was never traded; Bdiddy missed 100 games in 3 years – huge risk at huge cost (u talking hindsight now). Kidd was sole loss. But, Kidd and KB is not contender anyway – still need another piece. Give discount b/c of salary cap – if you want a Ship u too have to sacrifice.

    Phantom – there was no hard salary cap when West operated – it was only a soft cap and no dollar for dollar tax. P.S. look at West in Memphis.

    Fatty – a lot said and a lot of assumptions made. If youve ever read anything I’ve written, you would know that I believe the problems with the organization is the scouting department dating back to West’s days (i.e., lack of international scouting – -Ginobili, Parker, Oberto, Scola, Barbosa, etc.). You would also know that I agree that the huge albatross today is the remnants of the Shaq trade – for which I hold the FO responsible (for lacking patience, creativity, bidding in the deal) and potentially KB as well (for not signing earlier to allow the FO to have patience in that deal instead of a panic move).

    Regarding KB’s worth – obviously max; regarding a discount – that of course would be symbolic.

    Blind love/hate for a player or a team is not my style – sorry to disappoint. There is plenty of blame to go around – there is no 100% fault on either side. Was KB’s emotional tirade demanding a trade helpful this offseason? (it should be rhetorical – unfortunately it’s not).

    Boston – give me break – 20 years to get to contention – we are at 4 years . . . so if you go by Boston’s ascension, wait another 16 years before using them as an example.

  • ab4sure

    One thing that is for sure Kobe tends to divide people. Whether if it is the team(lakers)players(shaq and others)or even in his personal life with his wife. And I didn’t even mention the fans. To be honest I don’t blame Kobe for taking the money. First of all, what FA would the lakers have signed in the last two years that would have really made a difference? Rashard Lewis this year??hardly way too much for his value. Kobe is selfish but I can’t blame him for taking the money, only shooting when he should pass, playing defense etc..on the court things. BTW they tried to get KG, but McHale would never trade him to the Lakers also KG didn’t feel comfortable about the situation in LA as he said in his first press conference. Boston gave up all their future for 2 years shot at a title…they were in a totally different position. Spurs…drafted great with Ginobli and Parker..now being key players on their team. And suns got Nash at just the right time in free agency. Nash in the triangle would not be a good fit because he needs to dominate the ball. Losing Shaq was a big deal and very few of you want to recogize that. Shaq had to go or Kobe wasn’t staying. Shaq trade was a firesale and we all know how those go. They would have had better returns if they weren’t forced in that trade.

  • PHANTOM

    Daboss you are just dancing around the fact we have the worst front office to date. Jim Buss and Kupchac have no idea on building a championship team. kobe has a 3-4 year window of being the most dominent player in the league. unfortunatly when bynum does devolp (i think he will) kobe will be long gone. we are guaranteed 1 round and out again!!!

  • daboss1848

    Worst FO is just hyperbole.

    We are at this point now – some say because of the FO, some say b/c of KB, I say both.

    My question is what is the alternative today? Kidd is off the table. Trade LO and AB for JO. KB JO is not contender, imho. So, then what? Final trade assets are Kwame and Sasha and Mo (exp. contracts) and Farmar and Critt (players with potential). Who gives up what for those pieces – Artest, Marion (who now wants 60 mil extension for 3 years), AK, Gooden . . . It’s a nasty hole and KB and PJ didn’t help much this offseason.

    Lots of blame coupled with lots of expectations made this, and will make next, offseason extremely tumultuous.

    Am I happy? Absolutely not!
    Can I understand all sides? Absolutely.

  • PHANTOM

    whatever, we are going in circles here. to me its as easy as we got a guy who gets blamed for everything(kobe). nobody ever heard kobe saying that if you dont trade shaq i am gone…you guys are brainwashed from all the sports writers who are making up stories so there names get out there.Kobe gives more to the lakers than anyother player in the league gives there team and the lakers owe him more than the 20mil. they owe him the respect to build a contender now or trade him.

  • ab4sure

    No one heard Kobe say I want Shaq to stay or I am not signing.

  • Tim-4-Show

    Boston is not a contender. I will say it again, Boston is not a contender. They are as good as we are, maybe a little better but not by much.

    You forget how quickly San Antonio rebounded after losing their superstar… oh wait, that’s right, they barely felt it when Robinson left. That’s called great management.

    5 of the 8 championships that the Lakers won during the past 27 years came mostly from players and situations determined before the Dr. came in. You cannot equate the Lakers and Yankees, though I’d love to. No one is saying its easy to win, we’re just saying its easier to out perform the Lakers front office than it should be.

    I guess if we’re resigned to waiting 12 or 20 years for another title, then get rid of our good players and start rebuilding already. A team cannot win with the greatest player and coach in the game?? Something is seriously wrong with management that cannot assemble a decent squad around KB and PJ.

  • daboss1848

    Without the Dr. – there is no Magic Johnson in a Lakers uniform.

    SA lost their star and had a replacement because Robinson was out that same year and they were able to get Timmy in the draft. That’s not great management, it’s luck through tragedy. Although, their management (more specifically their scouting) has been phenomenal since Timmy!

    Unfortunately, the Lakers are a middle of the road squad with middle of the road draft picks. Not easy to find that diamond in the rough. Only way to make a splash is through trades – but again not easy to make trades with middle of the road players selected with middle of the road draft picks.

  • Fan of the Mamba

    “whatever, we are going in circles here. to me its as easy as we got a guy who gets blamed for everything(kobe). nobody ever heard kobe saying that if you dont trade shaq i am gone…you guys are brainwashed from all the sports writers who are making up stories so there names get out there.Kobe gives more to the lakers than anyother player in the league gives there team and the lakers owe him more than the 20mil. they owe him the respect to build a contender now or trade him.”

    Well said!

    And for the person who brought Kobe’s wife and G-d into the argument they both are more forgiving evidently than you are.

    Dang the amazing thing to me is Kobe is now being blame by folks for the incompetence of the Front office. Let’s see who owns the Lakers? Who has the power to sign or not sign any player, trade or not trade any player in the Lakers organization. Who’s making the decisions?

    Kobe’s words are just that words he doesn’t own the Lakers. The Buss family and their partners own the Lakers, all decisions good and bad are their responsibility period. Therefore, the current state of the Lakers are solely the responsibility of ownership.

    Kobe’s job is to play basketball and he more than does what he’s being paid to do. Those of you who chose to can blame Kobe for anything you like but the fact is he doesn’t own the team.

  • daboss1848

    Players have lots of control over an organization – in terms of personnel. To think otherwise is just naive.

    In his second season, Magic feuded with the Lakers’ coach, Paul Westhead, and demanded to either be traded or have the coach fired. He wasn’t traded . . .

  • PHANTOM

    quit talking like you think your smarter than everyone else… YOUR NOT AS SMART AS YOU THINK…

  • Fan of the Mamba

    daboss,

    “Players have lots of control over an organization – in terms of personnel. To think otherwise is just naive.

    In his second season, Magic feuded with the Lakers’ coach, Paul Westhead, and demanded to either be traded or have the coach fired. He wasn’t traded . . .”

    A player can make a demand but ultimately it is up to the organization how they respond. If they agree with the player or the player is important to their financial success, etc. then they respond positively to the player’s demand. If they don’t agree or have a different vision or goals for the organization then the player’s demands carry no weight. It would be naive for you to think that a successful business is not going to do what’s best for them regardless of what a player wants.

  • kobe-wan kenobi

    yeah, boozer was never traded
    i know, they just had to pay money
    that is another way to build a contender

  • kobe-wan kenobi

    well, kidd kobe and lamar, it sounds pretty damn good to me
    and if you have that trio, fa would come at discount price to have a chance 4 the ring…
    we missed all that just for a lazy kid
    what a shame

  • lakerfan81

    The problem is that the lakers do not have any money to spend. This is not baseball where you can just buy all the talent you want. There is a strict salary cap. Once you go over it you only have a very limited amount of money to spend.

    About Kobe. Its not a matter of what he said. WHo hasn’t gotten upset about work and said bad things about the boss to anyone who would listen. That just shows that hes human. Its not even asking for a trade. It would be the act of sitting out and not fulfilling the contract that he agreed to just because he was not happy that I would have a problem with. Not that I think he will though… But I think he owes it to the fans who pay an absurd amount of money to see him play, buy his jersey etc etc and to the owners that pay him 20 million a year to at least fulfill his contract. That being said I think management owes it to the fans and Kobe to put the best team possible on the floor.

  • PHANTOM

    [quote comment="13710"]Worst FO is just hyperbole.

    for everyone out there who wants to know what a hyperbole is here you go. you can tell that daboss frequently uses the word of the day tp…

    Hyperbole (pronounced /haɪˈpɝbəli/ or “hy-PER-buh-lee”; “HY-per-bowl” is a mispronunciation) is a figure of speech in which statements are exaggerated. It may be used to evoke strong feelings or to create a strong impression, and is not meant to be taken literally.

    Hyperbole is used to create emphasis. It is often used in poetry and is a literary device as well as a referendum.

    Some examples include:

    “He has a brain the size of a pea.”
    “I could eat a horse.”
    “I’ve heard that a million times.”
    “She is a hundred feet tall.”
    Antonyms to hyperbole include meiosis, litotes, and understatement.

    In show business, hyperbole (known as hype or media hype) is the practice of spending money on public relations in an attempt to bolster public interest in (for example) a movie, television show, or performing artist.[1] Often the entertainment value of the thing being hyped is exaggerated. Consequently, hype (but not traditional, literate hyperbole) has a bad connotation.

    Derived from the Greek ὑπερβολή (literally ‘overshooting’ or ‘excess’), it is a cognate of hyperbola.

    Bathos is the opposite of a hyperbole. Bathos is the ‘let down’ after a hyperbole in a phrase.

    The modern slang term hype, in its usage as meaning extravagant publicity, may be derived from the word hyperbole. An example of the use of this slang term is in the 1988 song “Don’t Believe the Hype” by the hip hop group Public Enemy.

  • kobe-wan kenobi

    yawn

  • J-Cool

    http://lakers.topbuzz.com/PNphpBB2-viewtopic-t-5197.html

    He has had to deal with problems during his entire career as a laker, there has been chaos when he got here (and his connection to the next though lost me). there has been alot of chaos and is used to it.

    Expects kobe to be at TC

    (petro, did you have to make moves for kobe)
    don’t want this to be only about kobe. two years ago there was hope. last year they ended the season horribly. partially due to injuries, but not the sole reason. to improve need to be aggressive, made some changes. people expected a blockbuster, worked to try to make them happen, but not necesary if it wasn’t there.

    used to working with big names through hisd job. can deal with problems with help from coaches and owner

    can’t talk about specific players on other teams, but were very aggressive with one person who you named. will only go after players who fit he, buss, and phil feel fit the team. won’t just go after available people if we can’t get a good deal.

    doesn’t expect a trade before training camp

    the new player who will make a biggest impact is D-fish. will bring leadership. chris mihm will help. practicing and playing for six weeks, and looks very good. luke will also help

    Lamar’s surgery was the second on the shoulder. won’t be ready for complete training camp, but will be ready for the season. everyone is playing and mostly healthy.

    would rather have TC in california, but they go to hawaii out of loyalty to the hawaii fans. it would be better for team to have TC in LA cause they wouldn’t need to move all the equipment.

    funny personal anecdote about first trip to hawaii with the tarheels.

    attention will be on java, he has good potential to be a good ball handler. shows the ability to control the team, great passer. true PG, who does great stuff. all other rooks will have to work their way to get on the team. may add another player, so they can have three teams of 5.

    taking java not a diss to farmar, he was taken as the BPE. some of the people towards the end of the roster may spend time in the D-league.

    bynum been in the toyota center working out everyday except for two weeks that he spent with his family. getting better, more muscle, more confident. encouraged by what they have seen and expect a good TC.

  • PHANTOM

    fish-farmar-chritton
    kobe-evans-sasha
    walton-vlad-coby
    odom-turiaf-cook
    brown-bynum-mimh

    what, we went 42-40 last year first round loss

    prediction for this year 45-37 first round loss

    i’m excited with the changes!!!