HoopsWorld: The Los Angeles Lakers survived a challenging summer in which All-Star Kobe Bryant demanded a trade. Unfortunately their primary target (Kevin Garnett) was sent to the Boston Celtics, the Indiana Pacers refused to deal Jermaine O’Neal (without Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom in return) and the Lakers were only able to make incremental improvements.

– What need is still unaddressed? – Although the point guard position was upgraded with Derek Fisher and Javaris Crittenton, the Lakers’ offseason moves were probably not quite what Bryant had in mind when he begged for the team to “Just do something!” The team needs to restore their chemistry and get over any residual effects from his offseason rant. They also need a true two-way big man who can score in the paint and serve as an anchor defensively.

– Who’s likely on the way out? – Kwame Brown, in the last year of his contract, has yet to live up to the team’s expectations. Mihm, who sat the entire year with an ankle injury, can opt out of his deal after the season. Brown is expendable, even with a 7.5% trade bonus. Mihm cannot be dealt until Dec 15th.

Maurice Evans and Sasha Vujacic are in the final years of their respective deals. A number of teams have shown interest in the athletic and reasonably priced Evans ($1.74 million). Vujacic needs to raise his shooting percentage significantly to garner any real value.

With the drafting of Crittenton, second-year point Jordan Farmar may be a sacrifice the Lakers can afford to make (package with Brown) to bring back some toughness inside. Brian Cook is a talented outside shooter but essentially a one-trick pony. His contract is considered base year compensation which equates to $3.5 million (his current salary) to an incoming team but just $1.8 mil as outgoing for the Lakers.

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  • foxxy

    PLEASE..PLEASE…PLEASE!!!!!

  • foxxy

    SHIP HIS A$$ OUT”BYNUM” LACKS FIRE…ITS JUST NOT IN HIS DNA!!! HE STILL LOOKS LIKE A KID AND STILL TALKS LIKE ONE!!!

  • ab4sure

    Kobe needs to talk to Bynum. I thought he did over the summer and Kobe said he texted Bynum and Bynum texted him back. Bynum said he never had any communication at all with Kobe. Is Bynum the one who is more mature here??? Bynum is giving the straight scoop. Kobe you need to talk with Bynum and “DO IT AND DO IT NOW”!!!!!!!!!!

  • PHANTOM

    bynum is a kid. there was nothing wrong with kobe saying ship his a$$ out for jason kidd. for a team that was supposed to be “winning now” and not the future that was the obvious choice to make the trade. the lakers pretty much said last year we are in rebuilding mode and kobe you can’t do nothing about because we lied and you signed biatch!!! KOBE DOESN’T OWE BYNUM ANYTHING.

  • ab4sure

    First Kobe lied when he said he talked to Bynum this summer and that he apologized through a text. So obviously Kobe himself felt he owed Bynum an apology.

  • PHANTOM

    Why do you automaticly believe bynum over kobe? no one knows anything about this kid other than he was very lazy the last couple of years.

  • ab4sure

    Think about it why would Bynum lie??? Kobe has a need to lie so that he can say he apologized to Bynum. You say Bynum is lazy based probably on Jackson’s comments that he wasn’t practicing that one day. The truth is he has worked constantly the last couple of years with Kareem and it shows. Damn give the kid a break and stop seeing everything rosey Kobe glasses.

  • Tim-4-Show

    There’s probably not even a dispute here, only in fans’ minds. From the looks of media day, Kobe & Socks look like they’re on the same page. Bynum understands Kobe’s frustration and he said “all it did was make me work harder”… that’s great. That’s what I wanted to hear, that’s what I want to SEE.

    The highlight video the lakers posted was questionable at best. Bucher’s new mission to play on the ratings, he’ll do that by reporting drama, or creating it (like he did in the offseason) and THEN reporting about it. Right now he’s working really hard to create more drama. If these players ignore him, they’ll do a lot better this season.

    We do have a lot resting on Bynum. We have the whole franchise resting on him. He didn’t ask for it, but that’s the way it is thanks to Jimmy. If Bynum blows them out this year, we’ll be okay. If he flops, Kobe will leave and that will be that.

  • PHANTOM

    ab4sure,

    all i know is what i have seen from the lakers. kobe gives it all on and off the court. yea he says things out of frustration but i like what he says because it shows me he wants to win more than anyone. watching bynum playing last year, he didn’t show me he had the same attitude. i hope it changes because i can care less if he his a nice person and says all the right things. remember it is not what you say its what you do that matters. Kobe has shown us year after year he is a fearless warrior that can say the wrong the thing from time to time. i would love it if bynum takes a page from kobe and acts and plays the same way that kobe does.

  • TheLAunit

    BYNUM WILL HAVE A BREAKOUT SEASON WATCH!!! I SAW HIM WORKING OUT THIS SUMMER AND HE LOOK GREAT.HIS FEET WORK LOOKS FASTER, HIS AGILITY LOOK BETTER, PLUS HE’S MORE FOCUS. SO WATCH AND SEE HE WILL GET “MOST IMPROVED PLAYER”

  • Tim-4-Show

    TheLAunit,

    I hope you’re right. In fact, as the poll on this site indicated, most of us are expecting a Bynum “break out”. He may not make the all-star team this year, but he needs to be like Odom and play at the bubble level, where you can say “he plays like an all-star”… that’s what we NEED, that’s what I think most of us want to see from him this year. High expectations, absolutely… but without that level of play, we’re dead.

  • foxxy

    WHY DOES KOBE HAVE TO LIE ABOUT COMMUNICATING WITH BYNUM????? MAYBE BYNUM DOESNT FEEL A TEXT MESSAGE WAS COMMUNICATING…HE MAY HAVE FELT THEY NEEDED TO SPEAK FACE TO FACE. ANYHOW,KOBE DOESNT OWE BYNUM ANYTHING!!!!FRONT OFFICE SHOULD HAVE SHIPPED HIS A$$ OUT…BY THE WAY…THERES STILL TIME!!!! 4 REAL!!!!!

  • foxxy

    OH AND I DONT CARE HOW MUCH HE’S BEEN WORKING OUT…HE DOESNT HAVE FIRE IN HIS DNA!!!!!!! IT AINT THERE…YOU JUST CANT WISH UP ON FIRE,OR HAVING HEART…YOU GOTTA BE BORN WITH THAT SH$$!!!!! HE AINT GOT IT ,AND HE AINT GONNA GET IT!!!!

  • ab4sure

    Your right Foxxy…why does Kobe have to lie about communicating with Bynum??? He didn’t need to lie and he should not have lied. There was no reason too. But Kobe felt HE OWED BYNUM SOMETHING. That is why he did it I guess, but who knows.

    Alot of great players did not have “fire”…Kareem, Stockton, Worthy, etc…..Give me a quiet Kareem than a firery Sasha. DON’T BE QUICK TO JUDGE A 19 YEAR OLD. Have some patience…and talking in CAPS doesn’t mean your point is any better, Just like “fire in your DNA” doesn’t mean your a good basketball player.

  • foxxy

    [quote comment=”14096″]Your right Foxxy…why does Kobe have to lie about communicating with Bynum??? He didn’t need to lie and he should not have lied. There was no reason too. But Kobe felt HE OWED BYNUM SOMETHING. That is why he did it I guess, but who knows.

    Alot of great players did not have “fire”…Kareem, Stockton, Worthy, etc…..Give me a quiet Kareem than a firery Sasha. DON’T BE QUICK TO JUDGE A 19 YEAR OLD. Have some patience…and talking in CAPS doesn’t mean your point is any better, Just like “fire in your DNA” doesn’t mean your a good basketball player.[/quote]
    BECAUSE I TALK IN CAPS DOESNT MEAN IM SCREAMING..I JUST PREFER TO TYPE THIS WAY..I TOO HAVE A QUIET MANNER…BUT WITH a FIREY EDGE TO IT!!!! ITS IN MY DNA!!!

  • ab4sure

    The way you talk is fine…we all don’t score points with the way we talk whether firey or quietly…so talk the way you do…and I won’t judge you on the way you talk…nor should you judge Bynum on whether he has “fire in his DNA”.

  • Neo-Laker Era

    I hope you guys realize, just like ab4sure does, that Bynum is still a CHILD. For those of you on this site who are past 19-20 years old, I’d say in the 22 and older range, myself included, remember what it’s like to be 19 or 20. Remember how much maturing you did between the ages of 19 and 22. You can live a lifetime in those years! Not only is this kid not done growing physically, but he’s DEFINITELY not done growing mentally and emotionally. For a guy his age to decide to come into such a highly demanding profession definitely takes its toll. However, it does force maturity. So I agree with ab4sure: Give the boy time. Just because he’s a massive 7′ 1″, 285lb person doesn’t mean he doesn’t have the mind and emotions of any other typical 19-20 year old guy. If he were average size, he’d be either just another blue-collar worker or second-year college student. Could you guys imagine him if he had gone to college (full term of course)?

  • Neo-Laker Era

    Just to note: I’m not saying maturity stops at 22, but I’m just giving an example of generally how much a person can change in just those few precious years. I am over the age of 22 and am still maturing mentally and emotionally. Just give the boy a chance!