When they’re lying there, pour salt in the wound

    The Lakers, after last night’s blowout victory over the injured Clippers, moved up to second in the league in point differential (behind Boston +10.0).

    +7.7 - Your Los Angeles Lakers.

    A more interesting statistic is…

    +13.4 over the Last 18 games (since we acquired Gasol).

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    • lakerz

      thats big. next season when Bynum is healthy we could go even bigger

    • http://nba.com marksss

      Rockets Sign Mike Harris to 10-Day Contract
      Posted Mar 8 2008 4:15PM
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      HOUSTON, March 8 – Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has signed forward Mike Harris to a 10-day contract. The Rockets also waived guard/forward Gerald Green, who was acquired by Houston via trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Feb. 21, 2008.

      Harris (6-6, 240, Rice), who signed with the Rockets as a rookie free agent on July 13, averaged 5.0 points and 6.0 rebounds while playing in Houston’s first two preseason games this season.

      Released by the Rockets on Oct. 22, Harris averaged 24.3 points and 11.6 rebounds in just 28 minutes per game in 25 outings with DongGuan (2007-08) of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). Harris’ season highs in the CBA included a 46-point, 26-rebound game. The former standout at Rice University also averaged 12.6 points and 7.0 rebounds in five games with Houston in the 2007 NBA Summer League presented by adidas.

      In 2006-07, Harris averaged 6.0 points and 2.4 rebounds in five preseason games with the Milwaukee Bucks. Selected third overall in the 2006 D-League Draft by Colorado, Harris also averaged 11.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.54 blocks in 48 games (16 starts) with the 14ers in 2006-07.

    • http://www.nba.com markssss

      lakers must sign gerald green…

      he and bynum and farmar is the future of this franchise…

    • http://nba.com mark

      Rockets Waive Gerald Green, Sign Forward Harris to 10-Day Deal – 3 h

    • megaloco10

      woaa why did rockets waive gerald green?

      if true lakers should take him

    • KObe24

      WOW NO ONE IS GIVING GERALD GREEN A CHANCE.

      I THINK HES GONNA BE A STUDDDDD.

    • http://nba.com mark

      yaeh… its true that the rockets waive gerald green..

      ohohohho…its time mitch to put the finishing touches in the lakers roster…

      do the magic mitch…

    • http://nba.com mark

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      Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has signed forward Mike Harris to a 10-day contract. The Rockets also waived guard/forward Gerald Green, who was acquired by Houston via trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Feb. 21, 2008. That was quick! Gerald Green sure didn’t last long. Well, he had wanted minutes, and apparently doesn’t seem to be getting them anywhere. He’s got more game development to do, judging by how many teams have moved him in his short career so far. InsideHoops.com

      The Rockets signed former Rice forward and fan favorite Mike Harris, who impressed in training camp this season, to a 10-day contract, releasing guard Gerald Green to make room on the roster for Harris. Landry has developed swelling in his right knee and will be evaluated further. He bruised the knee against Indiana on Wednesday, but played the next night in Dallas with little difficulty. Houston Chronicle

      “We’re making this move because of concern about tonight,” Rockets vice president of basketball operations Sam Hinkie said. “We’re making this move because Mike Harris is someone we’ve always liked. We need live bodies, and he’s more than just a live body.”

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      nba rumors Samuel Dalembert is playing the most minutes of his six-year career, but he would like more. Dalembert was averaging 32.8 minutes, 10.7 points, 10 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots before he scored 22 in last night’s win over Seattle. “As a big man, I feel I have to prove myself, no matter what, and don’t have that room to make mistakes,” Dalembert said before the game. “I might miss one or two shots and might get yelled at. Some guys may miss 17 shots and are still shooting and don’t get taken out of the games.” Philadelphia Inquirer

      Yet Dalembert said he has a better relationship with coach Maurice Cheeks than he did in the past. He said it helped that the two talked about his role coming into the season. Cheeks said he always thought his relationship with Dalembert was fine. He appeared surprised to hear about the complaints. Philadelphia Inquirer

      Stephon Marbury and Flip Saunders spent several minutes in the back room of the locker room conversing. If Marbury is bought out, Detroit may beckon. Marbury loves Saunders and vice-versa. NY Post

      The only thing Herb Simon guaranteed Friday about the Indiana Pacers for next season is that he and brother Mel will still be the co-owners of the franchise. Simon said in a phone interview he plans to conduct a series of meetings with team officials about changes the club needs to make to get back on track when he returns to Indianapolis from California later this month. Indianapolis Star

      When asked what areas he plans on addressing, Simon said, “Everything but the owner right now.” Simon addressed subjects ranging from CEO Donnie Walsh’s future, the job president Larry Bird has done and the team’s behavioral problems. Simon received more bad news Friday when he learned about center David Harrison’s incident inside the locker room following Thursday’s loss at San Antonio. The team suspended Harrison for today’s game at the Cleveland Cavaliers. Indianapolis Star

      On David Harrison: “Another upsetting situation,” Simon said. “The last three years have been one incident after another. It’s not that all these players are bad people, they just make bad judgments and they’re in the wrong place. We don’t have a community that can tolerate this kind of behavior.” Indianapolis Star

      “The problems we’re having (are) not a question of whether Larry’s doing a good job or Donnie’s doing a good job,” Simon said. “These are situations that it’s easy to assess the blame. We’re responsible for all the things that have happened but I can’t point my fingers at anybody and say, ‘It’s your fault’ right now.” Indianapolis Star

      Walsh’s status with the franchise after this season is up in the air. Simon said he and Walsh are in the midst of a long conversation, which will probably be “resolved in the next couple of weeks.” Walsh, who routinely attends practices, has moved his seat from near the court to a suite during games. Indianapolis Star

      Indiana Pacers center David Harrison is doing his best to work himself out of the NBA. The Pacers fined and suspended Harrison on Friday for “conduct detrimental to the team” stemming from his behavior after a loss Thursday at San Antonio. He will miss today’s game at Cleveland. Indianapolis Star

      Team officials have warned Harrison in the past that his inappropriate behavior could hurt his chances of remaining in the NBA. Harrison will be a free agent this summer. “I feel bad for him because he has a lot of potential, a lot of talent, and he doesn’t seem to be able to harness it in the right way,” Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh said. Indianapolis Star

      Harrison had to get a couple of stitches for a small cut on the back of his head. Harrison said via text message that he didn’t know what he did inside the locker room to cause him to cut his head. Indianapolis Star

      “I agree with the suspension,” Harrison said. “I lost control of myself and I need to, and must, learn to have constant control over myself to become a successful player in this league.” Indianapolis Star

      Matt Bonner had just elbowed Harrison in face on a drive to the basket late in the blowout, a move that couldn’t have been on purpose (Bonner’s just not that smooth). Bonner was whistled for an offensive foul on the play. Still, Harrison, being Harrison, freaked out. San Antonio Express-News

      At the next dead ball, Harrison informed the referees of his intention to “(expletive) kill” Bonner. The official t’ed Harrison up, which teed off Pacers coach Jim O’Brien. O’Brien immediately jerked Harrison from the game. San Antonio Express-News

      Bonner being Bonner, he was oblivious to the whole thing. Informed afterward that Harrison had threatened to kill him, Bonner looked shocked. “You only get a techincal for that?” he said. “Will Ferrell got ejected for that in ‘Semi-Pro.’ ” San Antonio Express-News

      National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern said one of his league’s existing teams probably will be bought by an owner from outside North America in the next 18-24 months. Investors from China and the Persian Gulf have asked about buying teams that weren’t for sale, Stern said in an interview. No sale is in the works, he added. Bloomberg

      U.S. teams are attractive to overseas investors partly because of the decline in value of the U.S. dollar, which has lost against 15 of 16 most-actively traded currencies in the past five years. It has fallen 48 percent against the Euro in that period, with one Euro now worth $1.53. “Our valuations are high,” Stern said in an interview. “But from their perspective, given the increased valuation of foreign currency, they are getting cheaper.” Bloomberg

      Heat forward Alexander Johnson served his league-imposed, one-game suspension Friday against the Warriors for his flagrant foul on Toronto’s Andrea Bargnani in Wednesday’s loss to the Raptors. Johnson did not attend Friday’s home game against Golden State, but is expected to be available Saturday night against the Hawks. Miami Herald

      ”I didn’t try to hurt him,” Johnson said after Wednesday’s game. “It wasn’t intentional.” Miami Herald

      Forward Dorell Wright, who is headed for restricted free agency this summer, said he wants to return to the Heat. Wright’s fourth season ended this week when he tore the lateral meniscus in his left knee in a loss at Sacramento. He has about three months of rehab. ”I can’t sit there and be mad — I still have a bright future, I think,” said Wright, 22. “I want to be in Miami, but it’s not in my hands.” Miami Herald

      A season-ending injury to Houston Rockets star Yao Ming sent shock waves throughout China, but now more bad news could be coming. Milwaukee Bucks forward Yi Jianlian traveled to Los Angeles and had his right wrist examined by three doctors on Friday, after the rookie complained about persistent pain in the wrist. Yi was examined by the team’s medical staff, but Bucks general manager Larry Harris said Friday, “We felt we wanted to get a couple other opinions.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

      Yi suffered a sprained left ankle Sunday in the Bucks’ loss at Indiana, and he sat out Wednesday night as the Bucks beat the Seattle SuperSonics. “I’d say if anything, he wasn’t playing well because he was trying to play injured,” Krystkowiak said. “Now he’s realized it might not be the smartest situation to continue playing. I can’t blame him at all.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

      Former Marquette University star Maurice Lucas has played a key role in the revival of the Blazers. Lucas joined the coaching staff of Nate McMillan in 2005-’06, and Portland won just 21 games in that first season. The Trail Blazers won 32 games last season and matched that total Friday by beating the Bucks. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

      An examination of Shaun Livingston’s surgically repaired knee revealed tendinitis, seriously jeopardizing his chances of returning to the court this season. Dr. James Andrews, who performed Livingston’s surgery, recommended that he scale back his on-court activities for four weeks, but said that Livingston was expected to make a full recovery. LA Times

      “It’s an obstacle,” Livingston said. “It’s not smooth. Then again, what was about this injury? It’s another phase that I’ve just got to get over and I’m looking at the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s just how long do I have to wait to get there?” LA Times

      With only 22 games left, Livingston’s chances of returning this season are marginal. “If it takes that long, there is some risk of him coming back to the court this season,” Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy said. Tendinitis, inflammation of the tendon, is a normal occurrence in a rehabbing athlete undergoing strenuous work after a period of no activity, athletic trainer Jasen Powell said. LA Times

      Livingston expects to play summer-league ball this year if the knee shows improvement. Because of the seriousness of the injury, no specific timetable is available. LA Times

      Coach Mike Dunleavy said he spoke with center Chris Kaman concerning his comments after the Clippers defeated the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday. Kaman had said that the Clippers should have beaten the short-handed Kings by 20 points rather than needing two overtimes. He clarified his meaning Friday. LA Times

      Now that Kidd is history, who’s going to catch much of the blame for what happens to this team? The coach, of course. Essentially, Kidd thinks that’s unfair. The guy was dealt a bad hand, he said, and was left to scramble for answers that aren’t there – particularly with regard to establishing an identity, at least the kind Kidd wanted all along. Newark Star-Ledger

      On the Nets: “I don’t know if there’s anything the coach could have done,” Kidd said. “It was more or less the group of guys. We just lost our identity. And it happens. When you look at any great teams or franchise, they have an identity that doesn’t disappear after two or three or four years. It kind of continues, because they have a blueprint and they follow that. “That’s all I’m saying. We could never regain our identity as a whole. It happens. We just (failed) to find a way to rekindle or find a way to get that back.” Newark Star-Ledger

      Kidd believes it was beyond the coach’s power to change it, right? “Yeah,” Kidd said. “The team changed so much after the K-Mart trade. We went through a lot of different players who played a lot of different ways. Coach tried to adjust to those different players. . . and he still got us in the playoffs six years in a row.” Newark Star-Ledger

      Kidd sounds as though he didn’t like the way he honked his displeasure the last few days, and that his 6½ year tenure in Joisey should be regarded as a positive thing. When Jules asked if he regrets how it ended, Kidd cut him off: “I disagree, why (how) did it end on a bitter note?” he asked. Newark Star-Ledger

      Kidd: “I didn’t demand (a deal). I’m an employee. If they felt they wanted to keep me, I’d still be in New Jersey. They’re the management, they’re the bosses. Sometimes things come to an end. Sometimes they don’t end in a fairy tale situation, where you get a set of golf clubs.” Newark Star-Ledger

      But Devin Brown’s safeguarding of LeBron James during a timeout in Wednesday’s game against the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden was not related to Brown protecting James from another player. Brown had to deal with a fan. Anthony Erskine, 17, ran toward the Cavs’ bench to congratulate James for his 50-point performance and to say how much he admired him. Instead of a letter or e-mail, Erskine approached James and that’s when Brown stepped in. Cleveland Plain Dealer

      “I was in shock because you really don’t expect something like that to happen,” Devin Brown said. “But if someone needs some security, I can start a service if they need it.” Jokes aside, Brown was not sure what was going through Erskine’s mind. Brown is familiar with stories of fans running onto playing fields and attacking players. Most notably when a spectator stabbed tennis player Monica Seles in the back during a match in 1993. Cleveland Plain Dealer

      “We’re standing there, LeBron’s coming off the floor,” Brown said. “I look to my left and there’s a guy running toward the bench and there’s a couple of security guards chasing him. He ran right in front of me. I was just going to check him and make sure he wasn’t holding anything. But he comes over and says, ‘LeBron you’re great, you’re my favorite player and all I want to do is meet you.’ I figured he wasn’t going to do any harm so I just pushed him back.” Cleveland Plain Dealer

      “When there’s a fan coming toward the bench, it’s just a reaction to protect whoever’s over there,” Brown said. “It happened to be LeBron he was coming after. . . . I was just trying to make sure he wasn’t going to try something crazy.” Cleveland Plain Dealer

      The Suns’ losing record since The Big Cactus era commenced has left them a bit prickly. At times they have struggled against quality opponents. But that was the case before the Suns traded for center Shaquille O’Neal, and that’s what makes coach Mike D’Antoni sure that he has a better team because of the trade. “I don’t think there’s any doubt,” D’Antoni said. “Not play-wise, but on paper and what we see. We can be a better team than we could ever be with the little guys running all over the place. We may not be as pretty, but we’re going to be much more efficient.” Arizona Republic

      D’Antoni said defensive improvement will determine whether Phoenix reaches its goal of becoming a championship contender. O’Neal has been what the Suns expected. The offense has scored and run just as much, for the most part, and even has enjoyed the added benefit of O’Neal getting the Suns into bonus situations faster. Also, the team added another scoring option in swingman Gordan Giricek. Arizona Republic

      But if you criticize the Pistons’ will to win, then you are going to have a problem with Chauncey Billups. “A game like the other night (in Boston), we lost and we deserved to get beat,” Billups said. “We had a horrible fourth quarter and a horrible first quarter against a very good team. We didn’t play good enough. But I am not worried about our fight or our will. If we didn’t have no fight, it would have been a 30-point spread the whole game. We spotted them 14 points in their building and they were hyped and their crowd was jacked. We still fought back and got to where we needed to be — we just had too many breakdowns in the fourth quarter. “But we fought, man, we fought.” Detroit News

      The question put to coach Flip Saunders was: Are you worried about the backup small forward position? Jarvis Hayes ‘ production and his playing time have been up and down virtually all season. His answer, essentially, was no. “I have confidence in Jarvis to do what he needs to do,” Saunders said. Hayes, after scoring 18 in 21 minutes in Phoenix, has totaled 16 points in the five games since. He played an average of just 10 minutes in those games. Detroit News

      Only two months after signing a new lease agreement, Hornets owner George Shinn said he has told state officials that he is interested in renegotiating for a long-term deal that would ensure the franchise remains in New Orleans for the next 10 years without any exit clauses or attendance benchmarks. Superdome Commission Chairman Ron Forman confirmed Friday night that he talked to Hornets officials about a long-term deal in the past week, but he would not elaborate. New Orleans Times Picayune

      It is unclear what triggered the discussions, which came only two months after the state and Hornets signed a five-year lease extension that allows the club to terminate or renegotiate the deal if the market does not support the team. New Orleans Times Picayune

      Shinn said he wants to finalize a new deal, which would call for financial incentives from the state, within the next 10 weeks. “The problem we had with the past negotiations is that it took nine months,” Shinn said. New Orleans Times Picayune

      Under the terms of the lease signed in December under Gov. Kathleen Blanco’s administration after more than nine months of negotiations, Shinn can opt out if the Hornets fail to average 14,735 fans at the New Orleans Arena by the end of the 2008-09 season. The team is well short of that average, but attendance has soared in recent weeks, fueling optimism within the organization. The team achieved its fifth sellout in eight games with a crowd of 17,225 on Friday night against the New Jersey Nets. New Orleans Times Picayune

      If a new deal is reached, Shinn said the state would not be required to build a practice facility for the team as the current deal stipulates. The Hornets would continue to practice at the Alario Center in Westwego, where a separate gym is being built for the team to use. New Orleans Times Picayune

      “I really felt relaxed (joining the Suns), more than when I was coming to Philly,” said Gordan Giricek, whose Jazz career essentially ended with a sideline shouting match with coach Jerry Sloan, before Utah’s win Friday at Phoenix. “Maybe because of the organization — I was talking to people, and they were all excited and stuff, and I knew exactly the reason why I was coming here,” the veteran swingman from Croatia added. “So maybe all that had effect on me, that I feel more confident and more wanted here.” Deseret Morning News

      Talked to coach P.J. Carlesimo today on his brief argument with forward Donyell Marshall and here is what he had to say about the issue and his relationship with Marshall: “Donyell’s fine. By halftime it was no problem whatsoever. He’s good. It was basically a non-issue to be honest with you. We didn’t play he and Francisco (Elson) in the second half because, basically they played because we had foul trouble and we had to rest (other players) and basically that didn’t happen. Nick didn’t get in foul trouble. Johan didn’t get in foul trouble. We played the three guys I wanted to play.” Seattle Post-Intelligencer

      Orlando-based professional shooting coach Charles Richardson has helped Dwight Howard at the free-throw line, and Superman is returning the favor by saving the day. Richardson was scrambling for a headliner for his upcoming basketball event/clinic after Howard’s teammate, J.J. Redick, had to withdraw after J.J. learned his brother, David, would be undergoing surgery Monday to remove a tumor on his spine. Orlando Sentinel

      Devin Harris will return to the American Airlines Center tonight. And DeSagana Diop. And Trenton Hassell and Maurice Ager. Four of the players the Mavericks sent to New Jersey will be on hand when the Mavericks host the Nets. The fifth, semi-retired forward Keith Van Horn, reportedly remains in New Jersey to work on his conditioning. Dallas Morning News

      Phoenix was one of five teams vying for the services of free agent Tyronn Lue. He merited an intense recruiting pitch from Suns center Shaquille O’Neal. “He called one day like 12 times,” Lue said. “He said, ‘You’ve got to come out. I need you. I need you.’” So what did O’Neal do when he discovered Lue chose the Mavericks over the Suns, Denver Nuggets, Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks? “He was pretty mad at me,” Lue said. “He called me all kinds of names.” Anything repeatable? “No.” Dallas Morning News

      The most attention Damon Jones got this season was when he publicly asked for a trade on the first day of training camp. That and when he declined to enter a blowout in the closing seconds of a game in December, upset that he had lost his spot in the rotation. Yet neither is close to the real essence of Jones’ season, which even staunch Cavaliers fans might be surprised to learn is one of the best of his career. At 44 percent from 3-point range, Jones is having his best shooting season since he became an NBA regular. He ranks ninth in the NBA in 3-point shooting and fifth in 3-pointers made among league reserves. Akron Beacon Journal

      Since Damon Jones returned to the rotation in January, he’s shooting 48 percent on 3-pointers, and since Daniel Gibson went down with a hamstring injury and then an ankle injury, Jones has shot 51 percent from long range. All remarkable and, considering the value of shooters next to LeBron James, very much needed numbers. Akron Beacon Journal

      Which is to the point. Jones has been sensitive about his playing time the past several seasons. He has seen it ebb and flow, which led to his frustration and his asking out before the season. With Sasha Pavlovic and Gibson on the sidelines now, Jones has been producing at a high level, but when both return in several weeks, and with the arrival of Wally Szczerbiak, there promises to be another minutes crunch. Akron Beacon Journal

      Sam Cassell is not only among Rajon Rondo’s strongest supporters, he plans to provide advice and motivation. “I’m not here to challenge for his job,” Cassell said. “I’m his backup. I want to make that clear, first and foremost. He is the starting point guard for the Celtics. I may be the calmest backup he ever had in his career. Because I don’t want his job. I am here to make his job easier. And that’s what I told him: ‘I’m going to push you, I’m going to prepare you for how it’s going to be for the postseason.’ But so far, so good. He’s ready.” Boston Globe

      Rondo, meanwhile, expects Cassell to challenge for the starting spot. “You still never know,” he said before the game. “[Cassell] said that, but coach [Doc] Rivers makes the decisions.” Boston Globe

      There is a possibility Cassell occasionally will be the point guard and Rondo will be next to him. “I played 2-guard in college,” said Rondo. “I’m looking forward to it.” Boston Globe

      Ron Artest had a sore foot. Again. Artest informed his team late in the day that he would not play in the game. Again. There was even a new wrinkle to his absence, the fact that he participated in the Friday morning shootaround before sending word through trainer Pete Youngman about 90 minutes before tipoff that he would not be available to help take on Minnesota. Sacramento Bee

      Now, though, the vagueness of his condition and the overwhelming skepticism within the organization might indicate Artest is taking the approach he chose in early February. At that time, he said he thought the team was “better off without me,” mainly because his absence would open up playing time for the likes of John Salmons, Francisco García, and even Quincy Douby. Sacramento Bee

      Rockets guard Rafer Alston had his season high of 24 points Thursday in Dallas, but the performance was not an aberration. “The last two months, he’s been unbelievable,” Rockets coach Rick Adelman said. “That’s just how he’s played.” During the Rockets’ 17-game winning streak, Alston has averaged 15.2 points and 7.3 assists while making 44.3 percent of his shots and shooting 38.1 percent on 3s. He said, however, that his shot has improved by following the same work routine he has had throughout his nine NBA seasons. Houston Chronicle

      As expected, the Rockets signed center Justin Williams to a 10-day contract Friday after guard/forward Bobby Jones’ 10-day contract expired. Williams averaged 3.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 48 career games with the Sacramento Kings. Houston Chronicle

      Take out Yao and the Rockets not only were losing his scoring, but it seemed they would also lose the scoring that fell to those in his orbit. Instead, the Rockets’ offense has soared, not only despite the loss of Yao, but, they said, because of the experience of playing off him for so long. “It’s a change of course,” Luis Scola said. “He’s a big part of our team. He’s 60, 70 percent of our team. He’s so big, so good. Everything is based on him. He changes the whole game. He is a 7-6 guy, so you change the whole defensive system.” Houston Chronicle

      In the five games since Yao’s injury, the Rockets have averaged 108.6 points on 50.2 percent shooting. They have had the top scoring game. They have even continued to score inside, averaging 45.2 points per game in the paint. The backcourt of McGrady and Rafer Alston has continued its strong second half; Scola and Carl Landry have filled much of the void inside. Houston Chronicle

      Scola has averaged 14.4 points on 62.7 percent shooting with Yao out. Landry has averaged 13.8 points on 68.4 percent shooting. “One thing about Scola and my style, if we stay active and stay on the move, the defense is keyed so much on Tracy, at times they lose sight of other guys,” Landry said. Houston Chronicle

      “We’ve gotten better moving the ball, gotten better passing the ball, and that’s going to lead to good shots,” Adelman said. “You have to understand what teams are going to do. They’re going to try to take the ball out of (McGrady’s) hands. If you get the ball to Tracy, usually good things are going to happen. He’s going to be able to attack the guy.” Houston Chronicle

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    • http://thelakersnation.com Ed

      We can’t use Gerald Green in the playoffs if we decide to sign him. NBA rules.

    • http://nba.com mark

      but we can use him for the next years to come…

    • DCLAKER

      I agree Mark!