Lakers have announced they have waived F Chris Douglas-Roberts and C Greg Somogyi.
With 16 men on the current roster, the Lakers have two open roster spots left, and three men on the roster fighting to make the team: 1) G Andrew Goudelock, 2) G Darius Johnson-Odom, and 3) C Robert Sacre.
Although two spots are available, it is still unknown if the Lakers will sign one or two players, or just waive all three players and start the season with two roster spots available.
In an interesting update from last week’s news regarding a Derek Fisher/Lakers reunion, it now appears that Derek Fisher is actually eligible to re-sign with the Lakers now. Per Marc Stein of ESPN:
…in Fisher’s case, confusion surrounding his player option for the 2012-13 season led to the belief in some league circles that he had picked up the option before the Houston Rockets bought him out. In reality, sources confirm, Fisher was bought out by Houston before he was eligible to invoke the 2012-13 option, which means that his contract was deemed to have ended June 30, sending Fisher to full-fledged free agency on July 1.”
With Fisher as a true free agent, the only thing keeping him from joining the Lakers is the current logjam at point guard. With four point guards currently on the roster, the Lakers would need to trade away either Steve Blake or Chris Duhon to open up a roster spot in addition to sizing down their $100 million payroll.
Should he rejoin the Lakers, it’s not yet clear whether Fisher would be the primary back-up to Steve Nash or if he would play a deeper role in the bench. Though, with two 38-year-old point guards on the roster, the Lakers would easily have the oldest backcourt in the NBA. What are your thoughts, Laker Nation? Should the Lakers actively pursue the resigning of Derek Fisher?
Former Laker Derek Fisher is looking for work, and the way things are going, he might end up back at his old stomping grounds at Staples Center.
Yesterday, ESPN’s Mark Stein went through the details of a possible Fisher-Lakers reunion:
…sources with knowledge of the Lakers’ thinking say that the team is already trying to create a backcourt opening, having made it clear to the rest of the league that Chris Duhon and Steve Blake are available via trade to any interested party willing to absorb one of those contracts.”
It’s easy to get geeked up about the possibility of Fisher returning to the team that he helped win five NBA titles. However, Fisher fans will have to hold out a bit longer before they can watch Fish’s unorthodox shooting form in a purple and gold jersey – per league rules, the earliest the Lakers could sign Derek Fisher would be March 15, 2013. Why? In Fisher’s trade to the Houston Rockets last year, players who are traded and then waived by the receiving team must wait one year before resigning with their original club.
That said, the Lakers’ openness to trading Blake or Duhon before the trade deadline in February would create the perfect opening at point guard for Fisher should the club be interested in his services. Given that Fisher is Kobe Bryant’s good luck charm – Bryant has never won a title on the Lakers without Fisher – it might not be a bad idea for the Lakers to give him a call.
Remember the 2005-06 season?
The starting lineup for the Lakers consisted of Smush Parker, Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom, Brian Cook, and Kwame Brown. Possibly the worst starting lineup in Lakers history.
Now in 2012-13 the Lakers have possibly the best starting lineup in franchise history. Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Pau Gasol, and Dwight Howard.
Bryant recently reflected on that time in Lakers history that most like to forget. (via Janis Carr of the OC Register):
I almost won an MVP with Smush Parker and Kwame Brown on my team,” Bryant said before Wednesday’s 93-75 exhibition loss to Portland. “I was shooting 45 times a game. What was I supposed to do? Pass it to Chris Mihm or Kwame Brown?”
Bryant was referring to 2005-06 when the Lakers’ roster included Brian Cook, Stanislav Medvedenko, Devean George and Parker, Mihm and Brown.
Bryant continued, taking aim at his favorite whipping boy, Parker, calling him “the worst. He shouldn’t have been in the NBA but we were too cheap to pay for a point guard. So we let him walk on.”
In 2005-06 Parker was the 3rd highest scorer on the Lakers, behind Bryant and Odom, averaging 11.5 points per game. Which tells the whole story, when Smush Parker is your third highest scorer you have major problems.
We all also remember this video of Smush Paker trashing Bryant after Parker’s Laker career was over. However, I think we all know who had the last laugh.
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Here is the lineup:
Ironman: Dwight Howard
Thor: Pau Gasol
Captain America: Kobe Bryant
Hawkeye: Steve Nash
The Incredible Hulk: Metta World Peace
Black Widow: Antawn Jamison
Nick Fury: Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak
What do you think? Do the players fit the characters? Comment below!
One thing is for certain. There will not be a one hour special called “The Decision” to announce if Kobe will or will not retire.
When Bryant decides to hang it up, his fans will know about it first. This according to Bryant himself via his official Facebook page.
As far as retirement, I’m not sure how many years I have left but know this: IF and When I announce my retirement, I will do so directly to you first. Let’s focus on getting this season taken care of. It should be a fun one. I feel strong, light and quick. I can’t wait till Oct 31.
Laker fans are hoping that announcement is a long way away.
With the Lakers organization is taking all the necessary precautions regarding Dwight Howard‘s offseason back surgery, Howard’s progress has been encouraging. Earlier today in Lakers practice, Howard participated in full-court, full-contact 5-on-5 drills for the first time this offseason. Additionally, Howard was cleared today for limited five-on-five scrimmages with the team.
While Howard has not outlined his expected Lakers debut, Howard is hopeful that he may see some action during the preseason – a far cry from initial rumors that the franchise center would be sidelined through the winter.
Howard’s good news came in conjunction with reports that forward Jordan Hill will not require surgery for a herniated disc suffered this offseason, via Adrian Wojnarowski:
Hill, 25, will undergo core strength training on his back to rehabilitate the injury, sources said. He could return to practice within 10-14 days, but Hill’s rehab process will be fluid depending on how his back responds to treatment, sources said.
Hill, in all likelihood, will be available for the season opener on Oct. 30th against the Dallas Mavericks.
Kobe Bryant is Laker royalty. He’s spent more seasons, more games and more minutes in a purple and gold jersey than any other player in the team’s history. In a new era where star players pack up and move to success, Bryant stayed in the same place for 16 years. It’s probably the reason why it’s going to seem so strange to watch a Laker game when Kobe Bryant finally calls it quits – the idea of a Laker team without Bryant is so foreign that we refuse to acknowledge it as a possibility.
But with every season opened, every game played and every basket shot, all things come to a close. In a discussion with CBSSports.com, Bryant outlined that the 2013-14 NBA season will likely be his last in professional basketball:
Preseason officially kicked off last night at the Save Mart Center in Fresno against the Warriors. Dwight Howard sat due to injury, but there was a buzz in the building for the debut of PG Steve Nash. Nash had 5 points, 3 assists which included a cross over 3 pointer on Warriors PG Jarrett Jack and an assist to backup Lakers C Robert Sacre that went between the legs of the Warriors C Festus Ezeli. Gasol played aggressively with 8 points in the first quarter, and Kobe went 2-7 FG which included a 3 pointer assisted by Nash and a beautiful spin fade away.
Although the Lakers led at the half, none of the starters played in the second half, which turned out to be disastrous for the Lakers bench. The Warriors went on a 35-0 run and blew the game open, winning 110-83.
On a side note, Dwight Howard is pondering the nickname “Iron Man”as he looks to lose the Superman moniker.
A day after Dwight Howard joined Ellen Degeneres, teammate Kobe Bryant stopped by the show. Check Part I and Part II below.
Check Part II after the jump.