Powell and Mbenga Back for 2009-10

This is great news! Powell and Mbenga are coming back for the 2009-10 season!

Lakers Basketblog: Power forward Josh Powell and center D.J. Mbenga will remain on the Lakers’ roster for the 2009-10 seasons after L.A. opted not to terminate their respective non-guaranteed contracts by the July 1 deadline, according to Lakers spokesman John Black.

Powell and Mbenga each had a year left on their contracts, and since neither was acted upon, the 6-10 and 7-0 post players are guaranteed through the coming season.

Powell averaged 4.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in 11.7 regular season minutes and 2.1 points with 1.2 boards in 5.2 postseason minutes during L.A.’s championship run. He showed his value when afforded ample playing time, highlighted by a 17-point, 9-rebound performance on March 11 at Houston when the Lakers were without Andrew Bynum (injury) and Lamar Odom (suspension).

Mbenga won the rights to L.A.’s third center position as the Lakers sent Chris Mihm to Memphis for a draft pick, and made the most of his 7.9 minutes per game in the regular season by blocking 1.04 shots in that time. He even inspired his own cheering section of the upper deck with fans often sporting “Banging with Mbenga” t-shirts.

Mbenga will join the Belgian National Team this summer in preparation for EuroBasket 2009, while Powell, star of J-Peezy’s Playlist, is currently working out in his hometown of Atlanta.

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  • Freshh

    Forget LO, we got Congo Cash and Afro Powell

  • mplakers

    good good, we need these grunt workers…and they come cheap cheap cheap.

    i’m guessing it was bad for powell…i’m sure he would have picked up a fatter contract somewhere else.

  • True Lakers Fan

    heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy u guysssssssss

  • Mitch4Pres

    glad to see them come back

  • xtro

    yws! dddaaaaccccoooosss!!!

  • RonLakers85

    Alright!, surprised DJ wasn’t used early in the playoffs bang “Houston”

  • MBENGA

    WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE yippEE WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  • PETERGAZER

    i was just glad a couple years ago when we resigned mbenga, just to keep him off other teams as a backup center! glad hes back again now!!!