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Posted on: July 27, 2010 8:25 am
Edited on: July 27, 2010 10:27 am
 

Shootaround 7.27.10

  • Fans are often confused on how a guy can have huge numbers in Summer League, look aweseome, and not make the team, The answer is that often coaches aren't looking for a playmaker or heavy usage guy, but a role player. 48 Minutes of Hell has a breakdown of Alonzo Gee who looked great, but didn't do well at the thngs a Spurs role player back-up wing should do (pick and roll defense, corner 3). The Spurs for their part are very high on Gee from the sources I've spoken with, and as Manu Ginobili is fading off into the sunset over the next few years, don't be surprised to find Gee replacing him. For now, though, Gee may be headed back to Austin for another year.
  • Kobe says that anyone crazy enough to mess with him is crazy enough to play with him. Which is sweet. It's alwasy funny to see how players who dog the Lakers and talk tough against them turn into kittens when offered the chance to play for them. Matt Barnes is the latest meow mix.
  • You can let go of the idea of Kobe Bryant coaching when his playing days are over right now. Bryant's hyper-competitiveness couldn't take the stress of watching other players screw up possessions. That takes a patience that few hyper-competitive players have. There will always be that feeling of "get out of the way, just let me do it" that haunts guys who have been elite. Additionally, his coaching style would be hard to mesh with a team concept in the NBA, since few coaches opt for an offense built around "give this guy the ball and let him do whatever he wants, and don't screw up or I'll kill you."
  • An interesting nugget out of Anthony Randolph with the New York Times. Don Nelson had told him to rebound, and nothing else. In the long line of things about the Warriors' system that make no sense, this one is at the top. Randolph is a versatile player who can play point forward with a little work on his handle. Pushing him into a traditional rebounding forward role is wasting the potential of Randolph, which is the exact reason you drafted him. It's reasons like this that people celebrate when players are released from Nellie's control.
Posted on: July 22, 2010 2:13 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2010 2:15 pm
 

Woj: Unless CLE comes up, Barnes signing with LA

Posted by Royce Young

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! reports that Matt Barnes is nearing a one-year deal with the Lakers unless Cleveland comes up on its offer. Finally, the Matt Barnes hysteria can end.

Right now, Wojnarowski says Barnes would take a one-year contract for $1.7 million unless Cleveland raises a multi-year offer that starts around $3.5 million. Recent reports have indicated that Barnes was weighing deciding between taking more money or signing with a contender. And word was he was leaning contender unless it was an offer he couldn't refuse. Evidently, Cleveland's not willing to go there.

The interesing dynamic here would be Barnes teaming with Kobe Bryant. Kobe had past issues with Ron Artest and some were concerned about how they'd get along once they joined forces.
Obviously, it went well. Then of course the Lakers courted Raja Bell, a Kobe nemesis, before Bell signed with Utah. And it's hard to forget Kobe and Barnes getting into quite a scrap back in March of last season . Clearly, they'll reconcile, but nonetheless, an interesting dynamic.

Now if Kobe could somehow resolve with Shaq, then the circle would be complete. But don't bank on that happening though.



Posted on: July 21, 2010 8:12 am
Edited on: July 21, 2010 10:31 am
 

Shootaround 7.21.10

Posted by Matt Moore
  • Andrew Bynum's knee surgery has been sheduled for July 28th , after being postponed from July 18th. The surgery is to repair a small tear in the meniscus he played through in the playoffs. Complications are unlikely, but Bynum does have a significant injury of not snapping back from surgery.
  • SB Nation Arizona's Seth Pollack lays out the Suns' plan for the future . The hiring of Lon Babby and all of their short-term, mid-size contracts they've added are all part of a strategy to set themselves up for "the big trade" whenever that may be and whoever that may be for. It's a smart play if you have the money and patience for it. Owner Robert Sarver does not have the patience for the draft-heavy Blazers/Thunder approach and doesn't like rebuilding. It does fall in line with a thought process I tend to agree with, which is that there are always good players available if you're aggressive enough to get them. We've seen Al Jefferson moved in the last month. You just have to seize the opportunity. But with Steve Nash continuing into his mid-30s, time may be short for the window of opportunity before a true rebuilding era is needed.
  • It would not surprise me at all to see Alonzo Gee as the Spurs' starting small forward in a few years. Gee has an NBA frame, explosion, touch, range, and athleticism. The gaps in his game are hard to identify, even if he's incapable of taking over a game.
  • Ben Gordon was in Vegas scouting as parting of the Players Association's leadership and development program, preparing himself or a career in basketball when his playing time is done. No word on if he put negative comments around every player that did not shoot 20 times a game regardless of the offense's context.
Posted on: July 14, 2010 9:50 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2010 9:52 pm
 

Report: Bell cancels with Kobe, signs with Jazz

Posted by Royce Young

No summit for Raja Bell and Kobe Bryant to potentially set aside differences. Instead, Bell has signed a three-year deal worth about $10 million with Utah, Marc Stein reports .

What does this mean? First off, this is a pretty clear indication the Jazz don't plan to match on Wesley Matthews. Second, it probably means their chase for Ronnie Brewer is over. Bell isn't an elite offensive player player by any means (averaging just 10.3 points per game for his career) but he's an above average defensive player and a winning type of player.

He's 33 and is coming off a season where he only played six games, so three years is a little bit lengthy for him. I'd expect for the third year to probably be non-guaranteed. The Jazz obviously still could match on Matthews or go after a free agent like Brewer, but if they choose not to, now they have some insurance in Bell.

Posted on: July 13, 2010 10:15 pm
 

Raja Bell and Kobe Bryant to meet, not rumble

Posted by Matt Moore

Cats and dogs, living together, mass hysteria !

Kobe Bryant and Raja Bell are meeting tomorrow in Los Angeles to discuss the possibility of Bell joining the defending champions to shore up their bench. You probably remember the two's most famouse meeting, in which Raja clotheslined Kobe like he was aiming for the WWE championship belt during the first round of the 2006 playoffs.

Kobe summarily dismissed Bell to the media, saying he didn't even know that "kid's" name. But now? It's been a few years, the two have made up somewhere along the way, and now Kobe is actually recruiting Bell. Bryant knows that with Shannon Brown and Jordan Farmar gone, there's an opportunity for the Lakers to improve their bench, which was horrific last year and nearly cost them their title.

Bell would fit in perfect with the Lakers off the bench, shooting corner threes as the defense collapses on the Lakers forwards/Kobe and playing top-notch defense. He would be a veteran option versus the inexperienced reserves they've been tossing out lately when the top guys rest.

But it would certainly be weird. A guy who clotheslined another guy going to the other guy's team. Championship dreams make strange bedfellows. So does LA being awesome.
Posted on: July 12, 2010 5:40 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2010 6:00 pm
 

Derek Fisher will remain a Laker

Posted by Matt Moore

You didn't really think Fisher was leaving the cuddly warmth of home, now, were you?

Derek Fisher has released a statement and has decided to stay with Kobe, turning down what are almost assuredly more lucrative offers, including a likely offer from the Miami Heat, to stay with the Los Angeles Lakers. Fisher has been outraged by the Lakers' intiial offer of two-years at $2.5 million and had met with the Heat over the weekend. But whether it was a slightly better deal (terms of the deal are not known at this time), or the simple realization that Bryant had essentiallly made his career, Fisher has decided to return to Hollywood and see if he can't win one more.

Fisher will likely lose his starting position for the first time this year, after the Lakers signed Steve Blake. There's simply not enough to keep Fisher as the key point guard with as much as his skills have declined with age. He's more reliant than ever on veteran tricks like chest bumping the guard coming across the timeline to draw offensive fouls, a move that got him whipped around on several occassions late in the season when players adjusted. He's also fan of the hesitation dribble one-hand runner which works well in the playoffs because no one expects it. But his athleticism hurt the Lakers against the Thunder before Kobe Bryant checked Russell Westbrook, and Fisher had a hard time throughout the playoffs, though he did of course hit his usual number of wide open clutch corner threes, the biggest reason he's in the Lakers' system.

Fisher knows what to do and does it well.

Miami can add all the pieces they want. But the reigning point guard for the NBA champions is staying where it's safe and comfy. Behind the Mamba's gaze.

Posted on: July 1, 2010 5:02 pm
 

Phil Jackson returning

The news is spreading like wild fire. Via the defending champion Lakers , Phil Jackson is returning. Jackson had spent the last three weeks considering whether to return, but has decided after consulting with his physician to return for another season.

Jackson will have to sort out some things. First off, he doesn't want to travel with the team anymore, which means he'll have to figure out how to coordinate that with his staff. That likely means that Brian Shaw will handle the team on the road, after Shaw withdrew from the Cavs' coaching race earlier this week. Jackson will also have to sort out the matter of his contract, with Jerry Buss expecting a paycut for Jackson, especially considering his limited time on the road.

But in the end, Jackson will be back for what he says is his last hurrah, with a loaded roster still in its prime. He has a chance to win his 14th ring, his 12th as a coach, which will cement his legacy as the greatest professional basketball coach of the modern era. When you look at it that way, with everything he's accomplished and how easy it may be for him to reach the finish line once more, how could he say no?

Besides, somebody's got to buy Ron Artest some books.
 
 
 
 
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