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Kobe Bryant 'sure' Lakers will make roster moves

Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:06 pm
Kobe Bryant says roster moves are coming for the Lakers(Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver 

The NBA's trade deadline sits roughly one month away, and for Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant, that means roster improvements are just around the corner. reports that Bryant took to the radio airwaves to express his expectation that the Lakers will make moves in advance of the trade deadline to help push the Lakers towards Bryant's sixth title.

"I'm sure they'll do something," Bryant said. "They'll tweak something. I don't know what. But I'm sure they'll do something."

Bryant balked at the chance to address specifically what roster moves would be necessary to fortify the Lakers' championship aspirations, but he supported the approach made by Lakers' management to improve the team.

"The motivation is for us to build a contender," Bryant said. "It's not to just kind of sit around and see what falls in our lap. That's not the impression that I get from management at all, so I think that allows me to be patient. You can't just rush into things and then you make bad decisions, you make bad choices, you're locked into bad contracts. So, it's important to be patient, make right choices and we'll be fine."

These statements amount to light pressure on management from Bryant. He's not demanding the world -- Deron Williams or Dwight Howard -- and he sounds like he has fully processed how hard the Lakers got jobbed in the Chris Paul fiasco. But he's also not willing to settle with the roster status quo, or he wouldn't publicly verbalize how "sure" he is that moves are coming.  

After a shaky start, the Lakers are stuck in the middle of the crowded Western Conference table, sitting in seventh place with a record of 14-11 on Thursday. They're just 1.5 games out of the fourth seed and just 1.5 games ahead of the eleventh seed, so roster improvement, even a "tweak" like Bryant describes, has major implications.

The Lakers stand out from that Western Conference pack as obvious buyers because of Bryant's all-or-nothing need to win a title, because of the large-market expectations that go with being the Lakers and because of the Lamar Odom trade exception, which allows L.A. to take on salary in a short-term roster boost type move.

Given Bryant's steadiness and center Andrew Bynum's health and career-year production, all eyes continue to be on the point guard position, and the Lakers were recently linked to Ramon Sessions in one report. That move, or one similar, would qualify as a "tweak," and it would make a meaningful difference to L.A.'s playoff positioning.

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:05 pm

Kobe Bryant 'sure' Lakers will make roster moves

I don't know what to say JBANK, how can I convince you of a fact?



Since: Mar 17, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 5:43 pm

Kobe Bryant 'sure' Lakers will make roster moves

Lakers management! Please trade for Ramon Sessions! I implore you. It's not just because I'm rooting for the Cavaliers (which of course is the main driving factor for my wish), but Sessions would certainly fulfill a postion of need for the Lakers as he is an obvious improvement over the old, slow and fading Derrick Fisher. In fact, I wonder why he's still starting for the Lakers over Steve Blake. Ramon Sessions can start for at least 50% of the teams in the NBA and based on his performance last year and this year, he has certainly made himself a valuable commodity  for any NBA team looking to upgrade at the point guard position. So come on Kupchak, Buss and Kobe. Let's get this deal done sooner than later because the Cavs need another 1st rounder.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:17 pm

Kobe Bryant 'sure' Lakers will make roster moves

step back in bounds badpick4sporsIn.  Socially ignorant?  David Stern DOES NOT OWN the NBA.  The NBA owners own the Hornets. Get YOUR facts straight.  SO yes, HE DID ABUSE his commissioner powers.  His job is to govern the league. When the NBA owners each purchased a stake of the "league owned Hornets", there was a basketball operations stucture put in place to manage the team.  Their Gm, has full power to make moves as he sees fit for the Hornets.  This was the understanding that Demps, Kupcheck and the Rockets Gm had and why the trade originally went through. David Stern interfered with that and caved under the pressure of whining owners like Cuban and Gilbert.  sure they own a 1 out of 32 stake, but they own 100 percent stake in their own teams.  Therefore, to Mark Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks > his part ownership of the Hornets.

Funny how after the trade debacle, The NBA restates what everyone thought was the case all along that Demps had the power to make trades and acquistions for the Hornets.  Demps himself was surprised that Stern undermined the authority he thought he had.

Before you call someone ignorant, you should know YOUR facts!

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:56 pm

Kobe Bryant 'sure' Lakers will make roster moves

The Lakers are one of the most popular teams in all of sports.  Ranked #4 of all professional teams world-wide.  It's reasonable to state that 30-40% of people hate the Lakers, and also more than likely that at least 30-40% like the Lakers.  I have lived in several cities both domestically as well as abroad overseas, and there are A LOT of Laker fans!

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:13 pm

Kobe Bryant 'sure' Lakers will make roster moves

I disagree that 30-40% of NBA fans are Lakers fans.  Obvious front- runner types out there, but I would say at least 30-40 % hate the Lakers.  I do agree that Lakers make for good TV, whether someone likes or hates them... they will watch.   

Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:31 pm

Kobe Bryant 'sure' Lakers will make roster moves

Yeah and I don't want to flood this topic, but personal opinion here, nobody really wants to see 3-4 more years of Lakers finals, except Lakers fans. So, yeah did that go through Stern's mind? Who knows.

The Lakers make up probably close to 30-40% of the NBA fans. So the LAkers making the finals does the league a lot of good.

Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:36 pm

Kobe Bryant 'sure' Lakers will make roster moves

Bynum is a soft twit. They need to cut that string like yesterday.

Since: May 25, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 7:00 pm

Kobe Bryant 'sure' Lakers will make roster moves

Get off the dope on the Stern made the Hornets attractive with that trade wagon.

Since: May 25, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 6:58 pm

Kobe Bryant 'sure' Lakers will make roster moves

Kinda hard to shop a team that has 4 wins to date.  So how is what Stern did attractive to a future buyer again?

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 6:56 pm

Kobe Bryant 'sure' Lakers will make roster moves

Are you seriously buying into the bologna about Stern doing what was best for the Hornets making them more attractive???  Dude...he hurt them way more than he helped them.  They are 4-22 for crying out loud.  The blotched trade would have made them competitive right in the thick of in the western conference playoff picture.  Odom, Scola, Martin and Grogic was a good deal for them, that is way Demps did it!  Who would want to purchase a team losing value by the game?  This is what happens to losing teams and that is what the Hornets are.
I do think that lakers deal would had been better for the Hornets, it true the Hornets would had been a better team for a year or two. Most of the players they would had got is in their 30's so their talent would start to decline, look at Odom for he is having a bad shooting year so far.

Part of the Hornets record 4-22  is that Eric Gordon has only played 2 games, the Hornets is a better team with Gordon then without. So there way that Stern would had know that Gordon would get injured, The Chris Paul/ Gordon trade was a 26 year old player getting traded for a younger player which Gordon is only 23

I still think it's not right for the NBA to own the Hornets, the team need a new owner asap

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