Much to the chagrin of Lakers fans who pleaded for the front office to only “tweak” the roster, Mitch Kupchak has officially pulled off a blockbuster in mid-season.

Effectively, this trade means that management is striving to “win now.”

In dissecting this trade, it’s plainly obvious that the front office feels they can win an NBA title this year.

We’ve seen Javaris Crittenton in action. He has so much talent that we’ve nicknamed him “Hollywood”. His athletic prowess and, more importantly, his determination made him an optimistic jewel in the eyes of the Lakers Nation. We were all looking forward to his second and subsequent years. He’s extremely versatile and most of us felt he would become an All-Star in the NBA. He was certainly a good player to have around as Kobe enters his 30s.

Therefore, it’s highly likely that Memphis felt Javaris Crittenton was the nugget that made this trade possible. The other likelihood was that they realized they would not be able to keep Pau Gasol on their team for much longer. They hoped Rudy Gay would not only bring more wins, but placate their disappointed star. Just as the Lakers Nation felt that sick feeling in the pit of their stomachs when Kobe Bryant asked to be traded, the Memphis front office has been dealing with the exact same issue, and it obviously had not gone away despite their efforts.

In other words, Memphis had to do something.

Instead of losing Gasol altogether, they are getting a player in Crittenton with huge upside. The interesting person in the trade is Pau’s brother Marc. While Pau is certainly a proven player, does Memphis think Marc will turn out to be the next Gasol success story? Perhaps, but he also may never dawn the NBA jersey that caused his brother so much disdain.

After looking at this trade from the Memphis perspective, how does this trade line up for the Lakers?

First, let’s be honest with ourselves. The last trade of this magnitude that we made, we were horribly ripped off. Can you imagine our team with Caron Butler on it? While Javaris may turn out to be a Caron Butler type, there’s no doubt that the Lakers’ roster has been upgraded for the time being. There’s no soft way to say it: Kwame Brown was a disaster. Not only was the trade the equivalent of a fifth grade bully stealing all your lunch money, but Kwame himself just did not have the level of work ethic or desire to win that befits an NBA champion team.

Meanwhile, the Lakers had essentially turned into a lottery team without any serious inside presence. Pau Gasol immediately provides the triangle offense with some inside firepower in Bynum’s absence, even as it replaces a person who had little desire to win with a person who has a vehement desire to win.

At the end of last season I wrote a letter to Dr. Jerry Buss. It was the first time I had ever done such a thing. The gist of the letter was that we had too many players on our team that did not care and would never work to improve their games. I named specific players who I felt fit that mold.

The three players I mentioned in that letter to Dr. Buss have all been removed as of today.

Of course I’m not taking credit, but rather I’m making a point. Management knows what’s up, and they have shown that even beyond skill, they want winning personalities on the team.

We sacrificed one winning personality in Crittenton to get rid of the worst personality we had.

Not only do we have an upgrade in skill, but we also have a huge upgrade in attitude by what was dubbed on this website as “smushtraction”.

We all know where our weak links were and are. We have the best shooting guard in the league. We have very good production out of our point guards. We have Andrew Bynum at Center. We have Lamar to play either the three or the four (and he apparently does better at the four). No matter how we could tweak our roster, our weak link was the power forward position.

Obtaining Pau Gasol today effectively wipes out our weak link.

Now when we’re healthy, we will have three All-Star players (Bryant, Gasol, and Bynum) along with two solid role players (Odom and Fisher), and we will continue to have solid bench production with players like Farmar and Ariza.

All in all, we have to say that we got the better of the deal. Gasol is a proven player who is still young and who has shown to have a deep desire to win. Him and Kobe are friends (Kobe met with Gasol right before that infamous meeting with Buss in Spain) and it’s a reasonable conclusion that Gasol will do whatever it takes to win with a renewed vigor and championship aspirations.

Giving up Kwame Brown, two draft picks, and Aaron Mckie’s money to match salaries was a no brainer.

The fact that they gave up a big guard with a huge upside, and one that we can reasonably expect to be an All-Star very soon just shows what management is thinking:

Our Time is Now!

  • lakerz

    i agree, miss you Java, GOODBYE KWAME!!!! HELLO GASOL!!!!

  • Phant0M

    Sry for critt.
    he has to stay and play with Kwame
    :(

  • Jason

    hehehehe….Boston…we’re comin’ for you…

  • domidomdomz

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    Mabuhay Lakers Nation

  • gugy

    wow,

    Mitch redeemed himself from that horrible Caron trade.
    When Bynum is back and in form, the Lakers will be a scary team and very tall team. The Suns will be killed and the rest of the West will be worried.

    I still think we need Artest or another veteran as free agent on the off season to stamp this Lakers team as a true contender.

    I am very happy Today, This is a reward for so much desperation and hard time since Shaq left. Time to turn the page and celebrate. Kobe has his wishes granted.

  • BEC

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    A lineup of Fish-Kobe-LO-Pau-Bynum is not a true title contender? Thats probably the best lineup in the NBA. And to top it all off we have a lot of depth on this team one of the best benches in the NBA. Its too early to say, we’ll have to see how they gel, but on paper you have to stamp this team as a true title contender.

  • myriam

    I feel sory for Jav Crittenton. He` can play but our team has to move on and do something to be a championship contender. So Goodluck to Jav and other 2 players, hope they do their best for their next team. Welcome Pau to Lakers Team.

  • ShortDiezel

    Am I dreaming? Did we just pick up an All-Star caliber player for Kwame Brown?

    My only question is, should we keep Lamar in the starting line-up when Bynum and Ariza are healthy?

    Some of you may disagree but I think it should be as follows:

    Starting Five –

    Derek Fisher
    Kobe Bryant
    Trevor Ariza
    Paul Gasol
    Andrew Bynum

    Bench Mob –

    Jordan Farmar
    Sasha Vujacic
    Walton/Radmonivic
    Lamar Odom
    Turiaf

    My reasoning is as follows:

    (Lamar vs. Gasol)

    Lamar is more of an active rebounder than Gasol and may be a little better on the defensive end, but Gasol is an offensive machine. And that is what the Lakers need.. A second scoring option which Lamar has failed to be.

    He can score straight up or with his back to the basket. He has a consistent jump shot and a higher free throw percentage. Because he can shoot, he will pull defenders away from rebounds and blocking. Both can pass, but I would give the advantage to Gasol.

    Now you may ask, why not put Lamar at the 3 position. My reasoning is as follows:

    (Lamar vs. Ariza)

    Ariza is a better all-around defender than Odom, especially at the small forward position. At small forward Odom will be chasing players that are quicker than him, therefore wearing him out faster and causing miss matches. Ariza is also a slasher who will strive with Kobe, Bynum, Fisher and Gasol because they all have good court vision.

    Odom is more effective in the power forward position. As most of you can tell by now, Odom has an inconsistent mid-range jumpshot. His long arms, height, and unusual left-handed shot make him successful at power forward.

    The 2nd line-up I stated above possess qualities that will make them effective together. Jordan can penetrate and hit the 3 ball. Sasha is a shooting and defensive machine. Radmon (can shoot) and Walton (can pass). Lamar can post up while Turiaf can block shots, rebound and hit the mid-range jumper.

    The MAJOR concern I have is how Odom will respond to not being in the starting line-up.

    Let me know what you guys think?

  • Shawn

    i hope java knows we feel for him and give him the best of luck

  • Sopi

    time to trade lamar~

  • thisbedo

    reading to watch POW! Gasol player in pruple and gold we got our own version of the twin towers and at least their closer in age and with bryants abilities peaking this is perfect timing i know snoopy(jcritt) had a huge upside but to be honest i rather him then Farmar!

  • Soysauce43

    nah shortdiezel, lamar tears up the 3s because the 3s are so much smaller than him. remember marion vs lamar, lamar tore him up! derek-kobe-lamar-pau-andrew tell me that aint so?

  • http://frankthetank.files.wordpress.com/2007/06/kobe-bryant-bulls.jpg JoJo

    Wana trade Lamar for Big Ben?

  • http://www.youtube.com/kwwyy Timberkoon

    This is almost like a dream come true. The only thing I could think of to improve this team is to add a defensive stopper.

  • Phant0M

    Defintely a top 5 team with those 5.
    but they need to get used to playing with all of them on the floor..

    to show the true potential

    We’ll see
    :)

  • papa-101

    This a great day for Lakers fans! Cant wait til Bynum’s healthy. What a lineup! Look out Phoenix, Spurs & Mavs! Lakers are coming for ya!

  • L.A.L.N.C. 2008

    Lamar doesn’t need to be traded. He is the x-factor in the line-up once Bynum come back. He’s tall and long compared to most of the small forwards around the league. He’s not slow either, so he doesn’t have to chase them around. Even if they get pass LO, they have to think twice before they get in the lane…cause Pau and Drew will be waiting for their shot(and don’t forget about Ronny).

    Thanks to:

    MANAGEMENT – for pulling the trigger on this one!
    JCRIT – for being as good as a prospect could be making this trade possible.
    BYNUM – for improving your game and showing why this team needs you(It’s sad to say it took an injury to Drew before Lakers realize they need a trade)
    KWAME BOO-ROWN – for showing the everyone the flaws of your game.
    KOBE – for crying for help, without all the drama this past summer, I don’t think we’ll have a Championship caliber team right now.

    KWAME (again) – thanks for everything, but we couldn’t afford to have someone in our team who doesn’t have the will to improve their game and the desire to win. His defense was great on the post(see past couple seasons against Shaq and Phoenix in the playoffs), unfortunately injuries got the best offhim. Do me a favor, work on your game and prove us wrong. You have half at least 3 months on your contract year. Good luck and wish you nothing but the best.

  • http://letsgolakers.com Mr.81

    This doesn’t mean JUST winning now though…unlike Boston, this COULD go on for 6+ years if successful…with continued development to guys like Bynum, Farmar, Vujacic and Ariza…

    The main core:

    Kobe – 29
    Pau – 27
    Bynum – 20

  • T-Dub

    Well, this definitely what I’ve been waiting for. Sorry Mitch for all the SH*T I gave you! We’ll even be ok with Pau at the 5 until Bynum gets back. We just got a 20 and 10 center/pf givin to us? DAMN!! Lamar can play his game. This definitely makes us a the favorite Championship team in the west. We’ll be playing in June this year!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ryan

    The headline should Be “Our Time Is Pau”

  • CV_Lex7

    i’ve said it when this website is talking about garnett, JO, Kidd that the lakers are much better wif having gasol cause u’ll have to giv up too much for the other guys and Gasol’s lowpost move and mid range jumpshoot plus passing skills can help us more that any other named above. A huge credit to mitch for believing in bynum, odom and making this trade work. he finally make up for the loss of caron. now odom can concerntrate on getting ppl involve and not think about scoring all the time.

    While bynum is injured, the line-up should be-
    Fish
    Kobe
    Lamar
    Turiaf
    Gasol

    this is to let lamar get use to the small forward spot before bynum comes back and to let Gasol tough up inside having more responsibilities with the boards while turiaf is helping him.

    when bynum comes back,
    Fish
    Kobe
    Lamar
    gasol
    Bynum

    plus the productive bench means championship. A point for the Lakers to realise that for now… scoring is not a problem. Defence is the KEY for them to win now. See what the celtics have done. they didn’t win so many game with they’re offence even with 3 talented guys in their team. they win it by Defence! If Lakers could cut down on opposition scoring percentage, the title is Lakers to lose.

  • True Lakers Fan

    welcome to our family Pau im sooo happy bout this trade Java u will be a star but business is business as for Kwame GOOODBYE Thank u for ur defense but Pau is better haha hear we come Boston i should tell u to calm KG when hes cry mwahhahaha

  • Nabil

    ShortDiezal,

    You make some good points. I think we’ll see Phil tinker around with it based on match-ups. If Lamar could take the role well, as Manu does, then we’d have just that much more coming off the bench.

  • http://lakers.topbuzz.com Lakers2410

    All I can say is…YEAH! No more Kwame, no more Kwame, no more Kwame! And…Now we have Gasol, now we have Gasol, now we’re going to beat the Celtics’ Big 3 and smash them right in the dust and win the championship this year, and the next, and the next, and the next, we now have a dynasty in the making! Go Kobe! Go Bynum! Go Gasol! Go Odom! Go D-Fish! Go Bench! Go Mitch! Go PJ! Go Lakers!

  • mplakers

    hey shortdiezel,

    good points good points…just one thing laker brother. it’s “”””THRIVE””” NOT STRIVE WITH KOBE, FISH AND GASOL. strive means to struggle.

    other than that good points. with gasol, phil can tweak the line-up all he wants and it’ll always be a win win situation. it all depends on how he wants to match-up or what type of tempo he wants.

    half court tempo:

    fish, kobe, odom, gasol, bynum

    full court:

    farmar
    kobe/sasha
    kobe/odom/ariza
    gasol/odom/ronny
    bynum/gasol

  • getgasol

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    I think I agree with all of this

  • T-Dub

    Not only will we be playing in June, but now Kobe will get his much deserved , long awaited, MVP!!! I’m ready for the playoffs right now!

  • http://getgarnett.com jonasjulienjoseph

    ITS BOUT TIME I COULD FINNALLY SAY THIS……..THE LAKERS R REALLY REALLY FOR REAL

  • e

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    lamar is a better fit in the 3 because of his versatility, as the 4 we expected him to score, but now we can rely on him being the 4th option behind bynum and pau gasol…he can now pass his little heart out…and plus, lamar will tear up marion, kirilinko, pierce, etc.

    ladies and gentlemen, i can already taste triumph!

  • e

    i understand i dont fully explain that, but its better that we have ariza come off the bench just bcuz he jives better with the second unit

  • getgasol

    Who’s been saying we were going to “get gasol” since last summer? That would be me :)

    Do I have to re-launch getgasol.com now?

  • Ryan

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    I still think it should be.

  • Vahe

    Best Birthday present EVER!
    We are going to own!

  • mfoznot

    Pau video, need I say more:

  • mfoznot

    and…..

  • pjt

    You can almost sense that Jerry West had his hand in this deal…It was like he said okay Mchale you gave KG to Boston…I’ll one up you and give it back at you, I’ll play a part and get Pau to LA…The Laker Boston rivalary is re-born now and alive and well. We’ll see you celts in the Championship series…if you can make it there…let’s get it on. BOSTON SUCKS…

  • mfoznot
  • lakerfan81

    The Lakers now have the most dynamic team in the NBA. Really we have 4 players in the front court that can play 2 positions; Odom 3,4; Gasol 4,5; Turiaf 4,5; Radmon 3,4. Think of all the endless line up possibilites to match up to almost any situation.

    Big line up;
    Sasha, Kobe, Odom, Gasol, Bynum (shortest player is Kobe at 6’6”).

    Quick energetic line up:
    Farmar, Kobe, Ariza, Odom, Turiaf

    Shooting line ups:
    Fisher/Farmar, Kobe/sasha Vlad/Kobe, Gasol/Vlad, Bynum

    Small Line up:
    Farmar, sasha/Fisher, Kobe, Odom/vlad, Turiaf/odom

    Defensive line up
    Fisher/Farmar, Kobe, Ariza, Odom/turiaf, Bynum

    Smart passing line up
    Farmar/Fisher, Kobe, Walton, Gasol/Odom (both great passers), Bynum.

    The possibilities are almost endless. Its really just a matter of how the teams gels and minutes are split up.

    Teams had a problem dealing with the length of Bynum now we have two 7 footers and a 6’10” player that can play the 3.

    WOW I really like this team now. We’ll just have to see how it all fits together, though I don’t think it will be much of a problem. Odom won’t mind being the 3rd or 4th option, it fits in with his personality, Gasol won’t have any problem playing second fiddle to Kobe, and Bynum can just grab all the lobs and offensive rebounds and throw them down.

  • http://www.myspace.com/marklagrimas 00_Agent

    Good God. Sheer domination

  • LakersOnFire

    im not trying to add to the whole fire of “lamar has to go,” but i’d really like to see artest fit into this line up. i think he’d add defense toughness and still provide the supplementary offense and rebounding that lamar provides. also artest has the tenacity and heart that lamar lacks. either way, im really happy the lakers moved kwame and got some quality help for kobe. this could be the beginning of a dynasty.

  • lake-uhs

    lets look at our players

    point guards

    fish and farm

    Derek fisher is one of few players who are a point guard that can shoot the 3 ball consistent, however he is also a great passer so if the opponent starts double teaming, he can make a great pass to an open man. the way fish has played it seems like he never left. fish is also a great clutch player as well and in the playoffs he can really get us a championship with his clutch playing performance

    Jordan farmar is young, and all ready he is a great passer and shooter. he does good in the clutch and he seems to always be confident. his yoga vacation really helped him increase his speed, quickness, and stamina, he is still only 21 so he can really improve and i think he can be up there with steve nash, jason kidd, gary payton, and possibly john stockton, i think that he would do best as a laker because he is a l.a. naetive. when he watches Derek play he improves. andrew became great when Kareem taught him so i know jordan will become great if magic private coaches him so lets have magic do that

    if these two both get into foul trouble sasha or Kobe can fill in at point guard

    Shooting guards

    Kobe Sasha and Coby

    Kobe is the best back court player in the league. he is the lakers main scorer. Kobe is 30% Slasher, 30% distributer, 25% d-fense, and 15% pure shooter. that i would say is the best balance of skill. he is second in scoring, he is a top 20 assist player, and he has the second most rebounds for a guard behind Jason kidd, and in the top ten in steals, he has improved from last year by having more trust in his teamates, yet still i love his drive the lane game. he has lost 15 lbs over the summer and that will extend his career to be able to play until age 42, i have never seen a 29 year old in better shape than kobe and he should break the all-time scoring record. kobe still has more years, so he will be a big x-factor in the lakers winning a championship. we are building a championship contender around him and he deserves a lot of respect as a player. he is great in the clutch so lets hope he can get the fans on there feet during the playoffs

    Sasha Vujicic is great at taking kobe’s place when he sits down, and he is a three point factor for the lakers. one thing that really helps during the game in the beginning is 3 pointers to help get a big lead. he may eventually become a starter, but what so ever, get rid of the mike miller headband

    Coby karl has great talent for a rookie and now thet Javaris is gone he should get much more minuteswe will see if he can help the lakers in the rest of his career but by a players second or third year if they still a third string player they should be traded. whatever we need to get him minutes so that he can get some expierence.

    two years from now whoever is the lakers third string SG should be traded

    D-Fish can also fill in at SG

    Small forwards

    Luke, trevor, and radman

    Luke is a great passer for 6-8, he is also a good 3-point shooter, i consider him the lakers second best distributer behind Kobe. at age 25 he is perfect because the lakers should have at least 10 more years with him, unless they trade him. he was an all-star candidate this year, he is the son of a champion who won 4 NCAA championships, a ring with both portland and Boston. so his father knows what it is like to be a champion, he should have the want to be a champion.

    trevor ariza has potential. he has good speed and quickness. he can guard players such as Lebron, T-Mac, Pierce, and Marion. he can stop a dominant slasher and dominant slashers put a lot of points up on the scoreboard. steals lead to fast breaks and fast breaks lead to an early lead. he also went to high school and college in L.A. so he should be very comfortable with the lakers.

    Vladimir Radmanovic is great a t 3s but he is not a three point threat, he sould be shooting 8 3s and about 10 15-18 footers per game

    Kobe and lamar can also play SF

    power forwards

    Lamar, Ronny,

    Lamar is a great rebounder and scorer. he is one of very few players i see able to drive the lane, shoot 3s, get a lot of rebounds and be as great of a passer that he is. he is the most likely to get a triple double on the lakers. but he has had 2 shoulder injuries so hopefully his surgery can help him stay active and not get injured

    ronny has potential, he can lose a lot of weightto make him a lot quicker, he has the most energy in the league so if he loses weight and gets quicker he can have a long career. i barely ever see him miss a shot, he can make any shot from right under the basket to the three point line, if he is confident in the playoffs he can make the rest of the team confident in the playoffs and that really can help win a championship.

    Radmanovic, Gasol, and mihm can also fill in at PF

    Centers

    Andrew, Pau, DJ, and Chris

    Andrew bynum has a big career ahead of himself, he will become more enduranced by his trainer and much smarter by Kareem. He has been doing great this year, especially down at the d-fensive end, he can defend dominant centers. down on the offensive end he is second in dunks and second in points in the paint and first in FG%. Shaq scored all of his points in the paint and he won championships and andrew scores all of his points in the paint and makes the free throws. when you compare his stats at age 20 to KG, Duncan, and Yao’s stats, he measures up to them.
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has the best basketball IQso if he teaches bynum to improve his weaknesses bynum should be one of the best centers ever. However i dont think Bynum is confident enough, whenever FSN, or Ltv, or TNT speaks to him he always seems to mumble, bynum has made the lakers a championship contender. he has a lot of length on the basketball court

    Pau Gasol is a center who can distribute and he can help put a distributing team on the floor. he can make 3s and not very many 7 footers can make 3s, the only other 7 footers i see shoot 3s are Sheed, Nowitski, and Bosh. the advantage ofbeing a 7 foot 3 point sooter is that not very many tall players play defense on the perimeter, so he should be tough to guard on the perimeter. he should really dominate by making 18 footers as well. Gasol has a lot of expierence from his 7 years in the NBA and his years playing professional basketball in Spain, so bynum should learn a lot from Pau

    DJ Mbenga seems to be great down on the defensive end, unlike Kwame he can finish by making the dunk. he is a black belt in his country so he is a very athletic center

    Chris Mihm is a smart rebounder and can also hit from under the basket to the perimeter, but since his injury in 2006 he hasn’t seemed to help

    PG D-Fish/J-Farmar
    SG Kobe/Sasha/Coby
    SF Luke/Trevor/Vlad
    PF Lamar/Ronny
    C Andrew/Pau/DJ/Chris

    the lakers have a good team for eveerything

    D-fense

    PG Kobe
    SG Trevor
    SF Lamar
    PF Pau
    C Andrew

    Kobe and trevor can get a lot of steals and Lamar, Pau, and Andrew can get 30 rebounds right there and a lot of blocks

    3 point shooting

    PG J-Farmar
    SG Fish
    SF Vlad
    PF Lamar
    C Pau

    Farmar Fish and Vlad are the lakers best 3 point shooters at PG, SG, SF, lamar and Pau are great shooters for their height

    Distributing

    PG D-Fish
    SG Kobe
    SF Luke
    PF Lamar
    C Pau

    all 5 of these guys are great passers and what many people know that when you have a great passing team and a great coach the team can get good open high percentage shots

    when you have these 5 in

    PG J-Farmar
    SG D-Fish
    SF Sasha
    PF Vlad
    C andrew

    D-Fish and farmar can pass

    4 of the 5 (all except andrew) are over .400 from the perimeter and bynum is great in the paint so if they start double teaming Andrew he can get three point shooters are open, and when they start playing tight on 3 point shooters andrew will be open

  • Rasarx

    How sweet it is! I needed some good news today, and this is more than I could expect. Thank you, Jesus! I’m talking about Jesus Ramirez who gave me the news.

    It’s pretty obvious that Aaron McKie was a throw away in this deal. It’s less obvious but more important that Kwame was the other throw-away player for both teams. Not only do I doubt that Memphis will not resign Kawme at the end of the season, I doubt any other teams will either, unless he gets larger hands transplanted and a major attitude adjustment, and frankly, I don’t see either one in the cards. For the Lakers, removal of Kwame by itself was an improvement in tonight’s game against Toronto, without him killing their momentum by throwing the ball away and blow easy lay-ups. And I don’t think it’s a secret to anyone with a slice of a brain in the NBA that Kwame is a consumed force, someone who has lost all desire to improve. How difficult could it be to practice one of the easiest parts of the game, free throw shooting? This guy is actually a WORSE free-throw shooter than Shaq.

    So, for Memphis the true trade was Pau for Javaris (plus clearing cap room). As much as I like Javaris’s “upside potential” there is no way Memphis would have made this trade if Pau hadn’t demanded to be traded.

    For the Lakers, the trade is monumental. Not only did they get rid of a disaster of a player, they replaced him with someone with passion, skills, sure hands, smarts, free throwing, and with basketball IQ.

    What about Mihm? Are they going to keep him for long?

  • Brett

    Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooob!

  • Frank

    The team is now built!

    starters:
    Fish
    Kobe
    Lamar
    Pau
    Bynum

    2nd unit:
    Jordan
    Sasha
    Ariza
    Vlad
    Turiaf

    extras:
    Karl
    Walton
    Mihm
    Mbenga
    ??

    WE ARE DEEP!!!

  • Odom the worst player

    Guys wouldn’t it be nice if the Lakers made it to the nba finals and played Boston? Then we would show that Garnett we didn’t need him after all. Go LA

  • Neo-Laker Era

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    oh yes, there would be plenty of this!!!

  • Nabil

    Y’all see this Stephen A. video?

    http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/videopage?videoId=3226357&categoryId=2459788

    I think this needs to be embedded, posted, or whatever. He basically sums up how lots of us here feel about it…and its funny!

    Stephen A….Laker Nation loves you! Kick Ric Bucher’s ass!!!!!!

  • 08CHAMPLAKERS

    KOBE-08 ALL STAR MVP LAKERS-08 WORLD CHAMPION KOBE-08 REGULER SEASON MVP KOBE-08 NBA FINAL MVP KOBE-08 SCORING TITLE KOBE-08 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • Rasarx

    How about changing “getgarnett.com” to “gotpau.com”?

    And to whoever runs Staples Center bumper music, how about you play “I’ve got the Pauer” whenever introducing Pau.

  • Rasarx

    Neo-Laker Era wrote:

    oh yes, there would be plenty of this!!!

    Oooooh yeah, es-pe-tacular!!! That’s what Garnett gets when guarding Pau. But who’s guaring Bynum? Kobe?

    Boston, start sending an SOS!

  • Jimmy

    I would like to find out more about Ric Buchers interview where he says there is speculation that Andrew will not play the rest of the season… The guy is a bonafied Laker hater but somehow manages to be Kobe’s buddy? Please… Kobe, you should have just stuck with Jim Grey.

  • Nabil

    [Comment ID #24590 Will Be Quoted Here]

    LOL! You CRAZY!!!!

  • KB

    YES YES JESUS THX U GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Flush Odumb

    As the #4 option Lamar has no more excuses for his bonehead plays. He should focus exclusively now on rebounding and passing, avoiding outside J’s, and for heaven’s sake NO MORE 3’s!!!

    With the clock running out Lamar should not be on the floor. He has demonstrated repeatedly that he does not have the brain power to contribute in those pressure situations and his defense is highly suspect.

    I can see whoever is guarding him being the defender who doubles, leaving Lamar wide open to shoot from the outside and we’ve all seen how ineffective he is in that situation. We may end up playing Ariza more and moving Lamar to the bench mob as was suggested above by ShortDiezel.

  • Viva Vegas

    I’m gettin my ass early to the Championship parade!!!!

  • Nabil

    Heck, as long Dr. Bus is spending money and other teams are taking retarded trades (thanks Orlando and Memphis!)….

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/features/traderesult?players=549~617~25~556&teams=23~23~13~13&te=&cash=

    Lamar and Mihm
    for
    Artest and Miller

    Defensive upgrade? You bet. Under the cap? HA!

  • LA fan in Manila

    AWESOME!!! My friends and I can’t stop talking about this. Memphis in desperate measures while the Lakers took advantage of it. Wow, wonders huh! I think the FO has their own quiet agenda. My mind keeps on playing, ‘what’s the next breaking news?!’ – LAKERS 2008 NBA CHAMPIONS!!!

  • lalaland

    first of all this makes us a championship team and a very scary lineup for the next 4-5 years with pau and kobe in their prime and bynum getting there. second stop with the lamar trade for artest. this guy is a nutcase that can go off at any time. he will expect a lot of touches and make a mess if he does not get it. for cryin out loud he wants to go play in new york. what does that tell you about a guy when he wants to go play for the loser team. we are just fine without him we have our defensive stoppers in kobe and ariza let this team gell together once everyone comes back healthy and let the fun times begin.

  • mr.laker19

    I have been on and off again making comments on the blog and responses about going after gasol. A lot of people told me we would never get him without giving up Odom. One person in particular responded to one of my responses, YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE. I just want to know, WHERE ARE YOU NOW!!!!!!!!

    Im extremely excited about Pau he is definitely a top 5 power forward in this league. I was hoping to keep Javaris and maybe a pick or two though. And oh yeah, this trade was quite even if you look at it. We gave up a good free agent cap space with Kwame, the guard of the future with javaris, amd two picks that could very well turn into something and rights to the guys little brother. All this was sent to a team that still has Miller, Gay, and Conley. The Grizz might be smarter then you think. Remember that Shaq trade is just now panning out for us today. In a few years memphis could be a serious force.

    But for now im just happy we got MY GUY. While others said artest and green and KIDD, I said GASOL. Im not taking credit, im just letting people know who doubted the situation, this was the best trade available, no other team will make a better one this year i promise.

    Fish
    Kobe
    Odom
    Pau
    Drew

    Best starting line up in the league, period. We still have the machine, farmar, turiaf, ariza and vlad rad. I dont think we need a trade but if we are going to do one here is my proposal.

    Luke
    for
    Gerald Green

    Championship Team, LETS GO LAKESHOW!!!!!!!

  • LA fan in Manila

    I meant LAKERS 2007 – 2008 NBA CHAMPIONS! I’m already thinking back to back..hmmm could be.

  • http://www.lakers.com Billy Kupchak

    my dad is a GENIUS! :-D

  • DCLAKER

    This trade makes the everybody STEP THEIR GAME UP on this squad, MITCH DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’VE DONE? YOU’VE TURNED FRANKENSTEIN INTO AN EVEN BIGGER MONSTER!

  • lakerfan81

    I think this sums it up quite nicely from reed at forumblueandgold:

    We also have the most flexible team in the league, with so many possible combinations.

    Pure talent: Farmar, Kobe, Odom, Gasol, Bynum

    Passing and intelligence: Fisher, Kobe, Walton, Odom, Gasol; or: Fisher, Kobe, Walton, Gasol, Bynum

    Speed/energy: Farmar, Sasha, Ariza, Odom, Turiaf; or: Farmar, Sasha, Kobe, Ariza, Turiaf

    Defense: Fisher, Kobe, Ariza, Turiaf/Odom, Bynum

    Shooting: Fisher, Sasha, Kobe, Radmanovic, Turiaf

    Big: Kobe, Ariza, Odom, Gasol, Bynum

    Small: Fisher, Farmar, Kobe, Ariza/Walton, Odom

    We now have the ability to create match up problems for almost every team in the league. Its all a matter of how it gels. But I don’t think that will be much of a problem. Odom will not mind being the 3rd/4th option it fits his personality, Pau won’t mind being Kobe’s second (he’ll play better with more talent and shooters around him), and most of Bynum’s scoring didn’t come from him creating his own shot in the post. I think it all fits together well.

  • DCLAKER

    Walton and Vlad BETTER STEP UP!

  • DingleBerry

    Sorry Mitch… You have reconfied all your mistakes except one. if you can dump luke walton, you will be mentioned in the same breath as west. great job!!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/jwalksocali jermaine mciver

    I like J-Critt but he just wasnt ready and wouldnt help the Lakers until a couple more years. Farmar was bascially taking his minutes cause he was playing so well. J-Critt will get a lot of playing time now to develop his game so this was good for the Lakers and Critt! Now lets get ready for GASOL!!!

  • KOBEISKING

    Damn I just realized. Now in close games we have 3 people that teams will need to double(No offense lamar) so like if we down one with 4 seconds to play, we will have AT LEAST one of our 3 bigs to be open and make the shot. We’re too tough b!tches

  • KOBEISKING

    I cant believe the memphis grizzles just made the Los Angeles Lakers the best team in the leauge

  • T-Dub

    This move clearly shows me that the FO is taking a different approach from the last 8 years. The last big trade was Glen Rice. Instead of continuing to give their mediocre players crazy extensions (i.e Devean George, Luke, Cook), time to be agressive, ship out the trash and win NOW! Exactly what we’ve been screaming for. Now look at the excitement! Luke, Vlad, Lamar, time to man up or you’re next!

  • Nabil

    HAHA. The Bulls got stiffed big time.
    And this dudes pissed:
    http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/cs-080201-smith-lakers-gasol-grizzlies-brown,1,525386.column

    Interesting thing he says- we HAD offered Kwame and Vlad Radd, but Bulls were looking to cut salary!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

  • lakaluva

    Odom and Walton for Marion… lets do it. Odom and Walton will never improve their game. Marion wants out and we give them dollar for dollar value in that trade. GO LAKERS!!!

  • MILO

    [Comment ID #24621 Will Be Quoted Here]

    well since were giving way our picks then Odumb and a pick for Artest (09)pick ehhh! what do you think huh???

  • http://frankthetank.files.wordpress.com/2007/06/kobe-bryant-bulls.jpg JoJo

    The NBA is fixed! The league office wants to bring it back to the 80’s for a Lakers & Celtics Finals. Thank you Memphis now we have to replay clips of Larry Bird and Magic Johnson every 5 minutes. Old farts in tight white shorts.

    The Lakers and Bulls talked about Wallace and if I am the Lakers I might try to trade Odom for Ben Wallace. When Wallace wants to play hard he can still be a force. You guys need a rebounder. His Defense is still pretty soild.

  • Tim-4-Show

    I’ve said this before, being a GM is like sitting at a poker table.

    Each player has their own motivations. It’s a mistake to think that every guy sitting at your table plays for the same motivations that you play for.

    You can also spot the suckers really quick, and those are the guys that will make you money.

    Mitch missed out on the Seattle fire sale, but he did not miss out on this one. Memphis’ goal was to dump salary as they are running in the red, and because they know in the long run they will not keep Gasol. The trade is for picks & Critter, and that’s that.

    On our side, this talk about Lamar…
    WHEN HEALTHY, Lamar will be forced to play the 3. I know he says he’s a “natural” at this spot, but actually he’s not. He can’t hit an open J and he cannot guard the quicker 3s in the league.

    Artest is a legitimate 3. Lamar is not. Lamar is better at the 4, but now we have Pau, so where does that leave Lamar? We also have Turiaf, so where does that leave Lamar? Lamar can hardly play the 3, so where does that leave him?

    Right now, we’re okay… no Bynum = Lamar at the 4 (think less standing out at the 3 point line, and more time down low) = we’re okay.

    Once we’re healthy, we have a 13 million dollar player who simply will not put up the stats like he used to, not with a guy like Pau out there. We cannot get Artest, that’s the end of the discussion. The *only* way this happens is if we sign him this summer. He’d have to take the MLE (not really much of a pay-cut from what he earns now).

    Lamar might get dealt this off season. I don’t see it happening this season now that we’ve done this deal… but that does not mean we can’t improve at the 3 spot. We can always put Kobe at the 3, but then who’s your 2? We just traded our up and coming 2/1 guard… and Kobe at the 3 = where’s Lamar?

    So we just had a player at the table (Memphis) who dumped their chips to us… feels good to win a big pot, now let’s go for the whole tournament!

  • lakerguy

    Lake-uhs on February 1, at 11:18 pm said: 41 lake-uhs
    Feb 1st, 2008 at 11:18 pm
    lets look at our players

    point guards

    fish and farm

    Derek fisher is one of few players who are a point guard that can shoot the 3 ball consistent, however he is also a great passer so if the opponent starts double teaming, he can make a great pass to an open man. the way fish has played it seems like he never left. fish is also a great clutch player as well and in the playoffs he can really get us a championship with his clutch playing performance

    Jordan farmar is young, and all ready he is a great passer and shooter. he does good in the clutch and he seems to always be confident. his yoga vacation really helped him increase his speed, quickness, and stamina, he is still only 21 so he can really improve and i think he can be up there with steve nash, jason kidd, gary payton, and possibly john stockton, i think that he would do best as a laker because he is a l.a. naetive. when he watches Derek play he improves. andrew became great when Kareem taught him so i know jordan will become great if magic private coaches him so lets have magic do that

    if these two both get into foul trouble sasha or Kobe can fill in at point guard

    Shooting guards

    Kobe Sasha and Coby

    Kobe is the best back court player in the league. he is the lakers main scorer. Kobe is 30% Slasher, 30% distributer, 25% d-fense, and 15% pure shooter. that i would say is the best balance of skill. he is second in scoring, he is a top 20 assist player, and he has the second most rebounds for a guard behind Jason kidd, and in the top ten in steals, he has improved from last year by having more trust in his teamates, yet still i love his drive the lane game. he has lost 15 lbs over the summer and that will extend his career to be able to play until age 42, i have never seen a 29 year old in better shape than kobe and he should break the all-time scoring record. kobe still has more years, so he will be a big x-factor in the lakers winning a championship. we are building a championship contender around him and he deserves a lot of respect as a player. he is great in the clutch so lets hope he can get the fans on there feet during the playoffs

    Sasha Vujicic is great at taking kobe’s place when he sits down, and he is a three point factor for the lakers. one thing that really helps during the game in the beginning is 3 pointers to help get a big lead. he may eventually become a starter, but what so ever, get rid of the mike miller headband

    Coby karl has great talent for a rookie and now thet Javaris is gone he should get much more minuteswe will see if he can help the lakers in the rest of his career but by a players second or third year if they still a third string player they should be traded. whatever we need to get him minutes so that he can get some expierence.

    two years from now whoever is the lakers third string SG should be traded

    D-Fish can also fill in at SG

    Small forwards

    Luke, trevor, and radman

    Luke is a great passer for 6-8, he is also a good 3-point shooter, i consider him the lakers second best distributer behind Kobe. at age 25 he is perfect because the lakers should have at least 10 more years with him, unless they trade him. he was an all-star candidate this year, he is the son of a champion who won 4 NCAA championships, a ring with both portland and Boston. so his father knows what it is like to be a champion, he should have the want to be a champion.

    trevor ariza has potential. he has good speed and quickness. he can guard players such as Lebron, T-Mac, Pierce, and Marion. he can stop a dominant slasher and dominant slashers put a lot of points up on the scoreboard. steals lead to fast breaks and fast breaks lead to an early lead. he also went to high school and college in L.A. so he should be very comfortable with the lakers.

    Vladimir Radmanovic is great a t 3s but he is not a three point threat, he sould be shooting 8 3s and about 10 15-18 footers per game

    Kobe and lamar can also play SF

    power forwards

    Lamar, Ronny,

    Lamar is a great rebounder and scorer. he is one of very few players i see able to drive the lane, shoot 3s, get a lot of rebounds and be as great of a passer that he is. he is the most likely to get a triple double on the lakers. but he has had 2 shoulder injuries so hopefully his surgery can help him stay active and not get injured

    ronny has potential, he can lose a lot of weightto make him a lot quicker, he has the most energy in the league so if he loses weight and gets quicker he can have a long career. i barely ever see him miss a shot, he can make any shot from right under the basket to the three point line, if he is confident in the playoffs he can make the rest of the team confident in the playoffs and that really can help win a championship.

    Radmanovic, Gasol, and mihm can also fill in at PF

    Centers

    Andrew, Pau, DJ, and Chris

    Andrew bynum has a big career ahead of himself, he will become more enduranced by his trainer and much smarter by Kareem. He has been doing great this year, especially down at the d-fensive end, he can defend dominant centers. down on the offensive end he is second in dunks and second in points in the paint and first in FG%. Shaq scored all of his points in the paint and he won championships and andrew scores all of his points in the paint and makes the free throws. when you compare his stats at age 20 to KG, Duncan, and Yao’s stats, he measures up to them.
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has the best basketball IQso if he teaches bynum to improve his weaknesses bynum should be one of the best centers ever. However i dont think Bynum is confident enough, whenever FSN, or Ltv, or TNT speaks to him he always seems to mumble, bynum has made the lakers a championship contender. he has a lot of length on the basketball court

    Pau Gasol is a center who can distribute and he can help put a distributing team on the floor. he can make 3s and not very many 7 footers can make 3s, the only other 7 footers i see shoot 3s are Sheed, Nowitski, and Bosh. the advantage ofbeing a 7 foot 3 point sooter is that not very many tall players play defense on the perimeter, so he should be tough to guard on the perimeter. he should really dominate by making 18 footers as well. Gasol has a lot of expierence from his 7 years in the NBA and his years playing professional basketball in Spain, so bynum should learn a lot from Pau

    DJ Mbenga seems to be great down on the defensive end, unlike Kwame he can finish by making the dunk. he is a black belt in his country so he is a very athletic center

    Chris Mihm is a smart rebounder and can also hit from under the basket to the perimeter, but since his injury in 2006 he hasn’t seemed to help

    PG D-Fish/J-Farmar
    SG Kobe/Sasha/Coby
    SF Luke/Trevor/Vlad
    PF Lamar/Ronny
    C Andrew/Pau/DJ/Chris

    the lakers have a good team for eveerything

    D-fense

    PG Kobe
    SG Trevor
    SF Lamar
    PF Pau
    C Andrew

    Kobe and trevor can get a lot of steals and Lamar, Pau, and Andrew can get 30 rebounds right there and a lot of blocks

    3 point shooting

    PG J-Farmar
    SG Fish
    SF Vlad
    PF Lamar
    C Pau

    Farmar Fish and Vlad are the lakers best 3 point shooters at PG, SG, SF, lamar and Pau are great shooters for their height

    Distributing

    PG D-Fish
    SG Kobe
    SF Luke
    PF Lamar
    C Pau

    all 5 of these guys are great passers and what many people know that when you have a great passing team and a great coach the team can get good open high percentage shots

    when you have these 5 in

    PG J-Farmar
    SG D-Fish
    SF Sasha
    PF Vlad
    C andrew

    D-Fish and farmar can pass

    4 of the 5 (all except andrew) are over .400 from the perimeter and bynum is great in the paint so if they start double teaming Andrew he can get three point shooters are open, and when they start playing tight on 3 point shooters andrew will be open

    this team is great, there is nothing that none of the players on the team cant do, there are a few upcoming 2008 free agents in almost every position, Baron Davis, Shaun Livingston and Agent Zero (Gilbert Arenas) are free agents, they are all good point guards and they could possibly help the team. Corey Magette, Ben Gordon, Luol Deng, Ron Artest, Kevin Martin, and Shawn Marion are all 2008 summer free agents as well, so if we need improvement with are forwards we can add one of them to, Elton Brand and Antwan Jamison are good post-up players and rebounders so if we need improvement there we can add one of them, imagine how great we would be with just 1 or 2 of those free agents

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  • 24allup inya

    Todos chupenme la verga! necesitamos deshacernos de Lamar porque es un salado el hijo de puta necesitamos agarar a el Ron Artest de Sacramento y entonces si vamos a poder competir por el campionato me entienden pendejos???Esta cancion va dedicada para todos los pendejos que no esten de acuerdo con lo que dije Chinga tu madre!!!

  • 24allup inya

    Ay les va otra pinches putos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • KbvsMj

    EEeeeee, Shaq wishes he was still with Lakers, at least he’s having his great season winning as of now 9 games, in a very weak Eastern conference. I agree with all above me except for trading Odom, he just a crappy shotter, but can kill you in the post, if wished. I really want to see Luke go, he’s garbage. Pau Gasol, nuff said. Bynum, Ronny and Gasol killing Garnett in the post. Vlad, LO, Ariza pounding on Pierce. Sasha, Farmar and Fish locking down Allen. And with Black Mamba, one bite and instant death.

  • megaloco10

    jajaja quien demonios te crees 24allup inya para insultar?

  • http://Farmers.com Jcritt.=star

    I think now we need to move one of our small forwards(walton or rad) plus an extra for maybe a 1st round pick

  • Tim-4-Show

    People who want Lamar to go… Lamar was on the table in the Gasol deal, but Memphis opted for Kwame instead.

    Why?

    Expiring contract.

    Next season, Lamar’s contract turns to gold. Right now, we can’t get anyone better for him straight up. Maybe I’m wrong, but that’s the way it appears.

    Luxury taxes are coming. If we use our MLE, it will be to entice someone like Artest, a legit 3.

    Unless Lamar resigns with the Lakers after NEXT season on the cheap (less than 7 mill), I just don’t see Lamar on this team for more than a year from today.

    Things can change, but would they change THAT much?

  • Carla

    I heard Ric Bucher say that Bynum can be out the rest of the season. Do you guys know if there’s any truth to that??

  • Edward

    I hope Java does well in Memphis or wherever he ends up. I really could have seen him and Farmar at the reigns near Kobe’s retirement and in the future. I know the Gasol trade was the best thing to do for the Lakers, but man… if only we could have interested them in Vujachic and Walton.

  • JoeSaz

    Nice to be in LA right now isnt it, Love the support from Espain thats comeing in

  • java#1

    Believe it or not

    i think Sasha should start

    It would be
    Fisher
    Sasha
    Kobe
    Pau
    Bynum

    Bench
    Farmar
    Ariza
    Walton
    Odom
    Turiaf

    With Pau, Kobe, and Bynum that will mean a lot of double teaming and what better way to beat that than adding a 3 ball. I think putting Sasha in starting lineup will really build his confidence. I truley think he can be a Mike Miller player maybe even a Ginobli putting up 15 a game. Our Bench will be decent too

  • http://thelakersnation.com Tyler

    im starting to think mitch had this planned the whole time. finally we got kobe some real help. good job mitch

  • Jimmy

    I think bringing in Artest right now could be really bad or really good… so many stars and not enough shots to go around. At least with Odom, you get a guy that will facilitate. Bynum/Gasol will play inside and Gasol will have a better mid range game with Bynum in the middle. Kobe will be Kobe. Lets just see how they play.

    AND I’LL ASK THIS AGAIN, CAN ANYONE FIND MORE INFORMATION ON RIC JACKA$$ BUCHER COMMENT THAT THERE IS SPECULATION BYNUM WILL MISS THE REST OF THE SEASON?

  • drake hunter

    Nothing against Java but who cares thats he’s gone or what he could be or what he could do. We traded away a player that wasn’t even playing in the rotation. Let him go and give him an opportunity somewhere else. Having him here was like not having him here because the dude never played anyways. The jig is up and everyone bought it that he’s real good so let it go already! He’s got one nice behind the back move (WOW) and hasn’t shown anything else all year yet he’s got so much promise.

  • David

    [Comment ID #24526 Will Be Quoted Here]

    And here it is. Lamar Odom for Ron Arest and Kenny Thomas to make the salaries work. What you guys think? Do I hear 70 win season next year?

  • somelakerfan1

    This is almost like a dream come true. The only thing I could think of to improve this team is to add a defensive stopper.

    And here it is. Lamar Odom for Ron Arest and Kenny Thomas to make the salaries work. What you guys think? Do I hear 70 win season next year?

    lol i smell 82-0 next season!

  • gugy

    David

    I agreed with you.

    Lamar has the remainder of this season to redeem himself. If he continues to be inconsistent and insecure, we must move him during the offseason for better piece or pieces.

  • somelakerfan1

    heres the reason why.

    celtics couldnt do it beacuse half of there team is 30 years or older.

    Lakers have farmar ariza turiaf vlad sasha and all the bench players score 37-42 a night and they are all young. the starting 5 bynum 13ppg pau 19ppg lamar 13pgg kobe 27ppg fisher 10ppg thats like 70-75 points per game
    the total will be somewhere 120-125 ppg that will be number 1 and plus we will have the number one defense. 2 seven footers at the same floor also there both shot blockers plus lo bymun and pau rebounding talk about 82-0 season with a vetran leader d-fish and the games greatest player kobe all in the same team!

  • ryc3

    I would have to say that I am pleased with this move. Generally because this gives us a team that can make numerous championship runs through out the next 6 years. then when Kobe retitres a LAKER FARMAR AND BYNUM CAN CARRY ON WHEN HE IS GONE.

    LAKERS WILL FINISH YEAR THE 4TH OR 5TH SEED

  • Ballin’08

    Seven A. Smith is Funny…”Kwame Brown is a scrub…”

  • DCLAKER

    I just went to go see CLOVERFIELD,ya’know,the one about this BIG,BAD,MEAN,NASTY MONSTER COMES TO TOWN AND WREAKS HAVOC ON BOSTON AND…….wait a minute, that was NY,sorry but that sure is the same scenario when The Lakers added PAU GASOL(I JUST PEED IN MY PANTS AND IT FEELS GOOD). OH BOY,what has Mitch done creating such a force,such a indestructible entity that strikeS fear(ESPECIALLY WHEN AB GETS BACK)IN THE HEARTS OF THOSE OPPOSE THIS GREAT GIANT THEY CALL…..”THE PACK”.MY GOD MITCH!WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?!?!?

  • T-Dub

    Lakers will finish the #1 or #2 seed!!!!!!

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

    [Comment ID #24530 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Well said. Boston gave up their entire future to contend for maybe 3 years (this year and maybe two year thereafter). Ainge even said that they gave up their future to win now.

    With the trade, the Lakers on the other hand, are competing now and for possibly 5, 6, 7 years pending injuries.

  • LakersFirst

    [Comment ID #24565 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Jerry West isn’t the GM of Memphis anymore.

  • jay

    so let’s see what odom will do in his natural position. we need to get rid of LUKE OR VLAD. we already have ariza and odom. i wish we could of pulled mike miller then it was a lock(the ship). sasha and miller instead of vlad/luke thats a upgrade…o well….. till we cant afford to mess up the chemistry thats has been built. pau gasol has a high bball IQ so i thik he will be okay. lets just hope lamar can finally post someone up.

  • DCLAKER

    FEELS LIKE THE 80’S ALL AGAIN. Mitch had this planned for a whole F!@#$%* YEAR,talk about braniac,he just elevated to Jerry West status in span of 24 hours,HE’S JACK BAUER! This just goes to show why I’ll NEVER BE A GM ANYWHERE but LUKE BETTER STEP UP OR……YEAH! HE KNOWS WHAT TO DO.

  • pjt

    Jerry West is still a sort of advisor with Memphis and I’m sure if he called and threw his two sense, they would have listened to him, I’m saying he did, but It would not surprise me if he made a call or two in regard to this deal his insight is very respected by GM’s and owners in the league…if you catch my drift…

  • JB714

    lakers cant get the 4th seed cause the winner of the north west is garanteed a 1-4 seeding so they would probably end up at the top or worst at 5
    but w/e we have home court advantage for at least the first rounder

  • 24allup inya

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    tu sabes que es puro desmadre buey no te me aguites ehh!!!

  • thomas thomas

    the lakers would be perfect if just 2 things

    first add ron artest over the summer, he is a good free agent that can fit in the team with kobe, andrew, and pau, he will help with our defense

    second

    KOBE NEEDS TO ADMIT HE WAS WRONG THAT KUPCHAK DIDN’T TRADE BYNUM FOR KIDD AND HE SHOULD TELL OUR LAKERNATION THAT HE IS A LAKER FOR LIFE NO MATTER WHAT

  • pjt

    Kobe’s issue when he started asking to be traded was not about the players and who we didn’t have at the time….it was what he felt in his opinion, that he was disrepected by someone in the front office saying it was he who was the reason Shaq was traded…I think now after how things have transpired though, that it is all just water under the bridge….the front office has shown now,,,they are comitted to make the team stronger and better with new quality players…we just need one more player to what I feel would make us a potential dynasty….that would be Mr. Artest…

  • Rasarx

    Nabil writes:

    HAHA. The Bulls got stiffed big time.
    And this dudes pissed:
    http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/cs-080201-smith-lakers-gasol-grizzlies-brown,1,525386.column

    Yeah, and he says: “Could commissioner David Stern have arranged the trade?”

    I wonder if this guy said the same thing when the Lakers made the worst NBA trade in that Shaq deal. I don’t care that almost 4 years later what many of us suspected about Shaq’s diminishing abilities and availability has more than come true, lessening the gravity of the poorly done trade. But the effect back then was immense for the Lakers. It was a total disaster. We’re lucky Kobe is still with the organization. Most people were unhappy with the players we got (with Butler’s exception but the FO didn’t keep him long did they), and most people were proven right.

    I’m not sure if the level of euphoria that we frustrated fans are experiencing now would have been this intense had those bad deals hadn’t happened.

    That’s the problem with being a fan. When we tie our happiness and sadness to a sports team, and teams obviously operate independently of fan’s whims, our mood is affected by things we have little or no control over. I guess that’s why Sam Smith who wrote the above article is so pissed and is conjuring up conspiracy theories.

    It feels good to be on the receiving end of conspiracy theories after so much heartbreak. Only a few months ago we were looking into the darkness of the abyss of losing Kobe, extending our nighmare. Suddenly we’re looking at being a contender. Eat your heart out, Chicago, you and your cheese trade offers for Kobe. Better luck elsewhere.

  • ab4sure

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    And you don’t have one cell in your brain for evaluating talent. Java has talent that he wasn’t given enough time to show. Remember your past disses of Bynum and your love for JO. You haven’t learned.

  • Ko-Pau19

    Can’t wait to see PAU in action with Kobe! only two more days, 48 hours till we, lakers nation, can see the newest laker in action! im gonna miss java alot, cuz i bet we all agree we saw a lot of talent in him and i wish him the best. i also want to thank kwame for all that he’s contributed even if he didn’t blossom as fast and productively as we all hope he would. but now let’s hope, with PAU< KOBE, LO, D-FISH, and BYNUMITE, we can once again reign as champions!

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

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    “the front office has shown now”, did you every question the FO’s commitment to winning? If so, why? The Laker organization has always been committing to winning. Otherwise they wouldn’t have dished out the money for Shaq back in ’96.

    The Lakers FO ALWAYS wants to win, however, they are not willing to make any MAJOR trades for a player who makes double digit millions of dollars a year, unless that player can make an impact in both the short term and long term, like the Gasol trade does.

    I think this trade should silence those doubters who think the Lakers FO does not want to win.