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2014 NBA Draft: Jabari Parker Says Being A Laker ‘Would Be A Blessing’

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With the college basketball season officially coming to an end, the attention has turned to the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft on June 26 and the players that will leave school.

Although Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, Marcus Smart and Dante Exum have already decided to enter the draft, potential number one overall pick, Jabari Parker, is still on the fence about leaving Duke.

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On Friday morning, Parker made an appearance on ESPN 710 with Mark Willard and Mychal Thompson to talk about his plan moving forward. Parker made it clear that he’s still undecided, but did say something interesting about potentially being a Laker according to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters:

If Parker does leave Duke after one season, the rising star could get selected first overall pick. It appears to be a two-man race for the top pick between Wiggins and Parker, but many believe Parker could be the most NBA-ready player.

According to the latest mock draft by MyNBADraft.com, Parker will go second overall to the Philadelphia 76ers while the Los Angeles Lakers will have the sixth pick and could go with Aaron Gordon of Arizona.

Needless to say, Parker’s decision will impact the entire landscape of the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft and which player will be headed to Los Angeles.
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  • Larry Dixon

    The Lakers need to make this happen, he would be the big star the franchise is looking for.

    • Hungwell

      How do they make this happen? Pay off the commish? I don’t understand.

      • Gary Watkins

        They’ve done it before

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          they have done it before? what the…???? you’re out of your mind…

        • Gregory Gaylen

          Really, Gary… when and how (facts/proof) did it happen?

          • Gary Watkins

            when they acquired Shaquille O’ Neal. what do you need, a blueprint

          • Gregory Gaylen

            That wasn’t a draft pick, the lotto, or anything that The League could alter or fix. It was Free Agency. That’s how the Lakers build, or as they did in the distant past, traded half their team for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. A legit transaction. The Land of Stars, Movies, Women and Cars…

          • Gary Watkins

            wow, I love that Bootsy Collins interjection there at the end but the fact of the matter is the team [The Lakers} in one of the leagues two largest markets [LA} was languishing. It's major attraction at THAT time [Shaquille] was in a minor market area [Orlando], it needed to be done; it made sense.

          • Gregory Gaylen

            It’s Funky on the West Side and the Lakers will be On The One once again, just a matter of time.

          • Gary Watkins

            i hear ya doctor. these things generally run in cycles. with Kupchak in charge it’ll take a minute but yo boyz will be back. Ummmm, El Layyyy, Californ I Ay; City of Angels; Hollywood!!!!!!! Peace

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            so, you are saying what? That Oneal can’t decide for himself? He was a free agent, and free agents choose where to play. No one should question that. If this your argument then you already lost. No court of law will ever respect your opinion base on those supporting arguments.

          • Gary Watkins

            Shaquille was never given the chance to choose where he wanted to play. he wanted to stay in L.A. but Kobe wanted/needed the spotlight to such a great degree that he put management in a me or him situation. I’m not sure if West was the GM then or not but whoever the GM was was as soft as a cloud. Kobe should’ve been told, “Look son, there is no I in team. Do your job and let me do mine.” But no, they bowed down to Bryant and it cost them a couple more titles because no one was gonna beat THAT team with Shaquille on it. They were gonna be this generations Celtics. 8-9 Championships in a row. that’s all I’m saying. Court of law or no Court of law.

      • Ed Brown

        The last time the Lakers tried to make something happen the commish put the kobash on it, ie: Chris Paul trade. Outside of the lottery balls lining up it aint gonna happen.

  • kobe24

    Would be great to have him but at this point I’d be fine with any of the top 5 …can’t get picky haha

    • Josh

      The league isn’t trying to do the Lakers any favors, and they are most likely going to pick 6 or 7. So I hope you’ll be fine with any of the top 7.

      • Gary Watkins

        the league shouldn’t do the Lakers any favors, the REFS have done enough favors for them over the years

        • vdogg

          stars get the calls, girlie. you don’t like it? go watch women’s tennis. probably more your speed anyway.

          • Gary Watkins

            vdogg, vdogg, vdogg. If you’re a Laker fan, a TRUE Laker fan then I’m sure by now that women’s tennis is more YOUR speed than mine. Do you understand me boy? My name is Gary, we can holler back and forth unless you’re not mature enough to use it. If you’re looking for someone to play with, go play with your father, IF he comes home.

          • vdogg

            what, gary — no mention of my mom? that’s par for the course on here for junior high schoolers like yourself. she’ll be oh so disappointed. i am a laker fan through and through, and i don’t need to prove that to you or anyone else. and the stars DO get the calls in the NBA, like it or not. ever hear of the ‘jordan rules’? learn something about the game before you come at me, kid.

          • Gary Watkins

            why would I mention your mom? to me, she’s got nothing to do with this conversation, unless YOU need her for validation. I’m so proud of you for your Laker loyalty. That’s the way it should be. I’ve been with my squads for over thirty years apiece, til this year when i switched to Golden state because of their style. Yup, stars DO get all the calls which is a damned shame because they all work just about equally hard for possesion and wins. For mentioning your Dad though, I do apologize. My bad, truly.

          • comrade24

            if you’re not a Lakers fan, what the hell are you doing here? you’re just making this thread full of ignorant, stupid shit about peoples family. I think there’s a Clippers website somewhere that’s lost it’s village idiot.

          • Gary Watkins

            Exactly who’s family am i making this about, comrade. you need to crawl your silly spaghetti lickin ass on back to stalag 13. they’ve lost THEIR village idiot, Comrade

          • comrade24

            ” If you’re looking for someone to play with, go play with your father, IF he comes home.” and stalag 13? I think you meant to post that on the star trek site you were trolling. Different browser windows, moron.

          • Gary Watkins

            First of all, mother*****, nobody FORCED you to respond to anything that I posted. Am i right? You responded because your man crush on Kobe wouldn’t NOT let you run and defend him. As far as “Stalag 13″ is concerned, I don’t watch crap like Star Trek and me, looking for someone to play with? You’re just the right person. simple minded, easily intimidated and you’ve got a girlie temper that is just so cuuuute but the thing is son, BOY, you don’t scare anyone here. Do you understand? Now I’m sure your hero needs his shoes shined or his car washed or his ‘fro combed. you’re late for work ”comrade”

          • comrade24

            i never mentioned anything about Kobe. Scared? no ones trying to intimidate anyone here except for you. You’re asterisks and your homophobic talk are really scary though, let me tell you. I didn’t even say anything remotely about you “playing with someone”. Someone’s apparently off their meds. And shine shoes? nah, i’ve got people like you for that.

          • Gary Watkins

            I’m not trying to scare anyone. On a Laker site, fear abounds right now. You people are like rats trapped in a room fulla tigers, trembling while you wonder when you’ll make the playoffs again and I loved your “shine shoes” comment. you’re the next Elvis after all, huh comrade? And you had the nerve to call ME a bigot. I didn’t say YOUR shoes, clown. Pay attention son

        • Josh

          Obviously not a Lakers fan. Why waste your valuable time reading through comments on a Lakers fan website?

          And by refs doing them favors, you must be referring to Kobe being aggressive and attacking the rim and getting calls his first few years in the league. Like every star player. Kobe hasn’t gotten that star treatment in about 10 years because the refs hate him (for good reason).

          • Gary Watkins

            True Josh, definitely not a Laker fan but most definitely a HOOP fan so i try to read as much about both levels [NCAA and NBA] as i can. Now, Josh, you look yourself in the eye and tell me that Lakers have NEVER benefitted from gratuitous officiating and I’ll say you’re the biggest liar that has ever s*&^ between two shoes.

          • Josh

            I don’t think there is a team in any sport at any level–including the Washington Generals–that has NEVER benefited from “gratuitous officiating.” Bad calls happen all the time, and stars often get the benefit if the doubt on plays where they are being aggressive. During those years when Kobe was getting star treatment, I would say it was balanced out, though, by Hack-A-Shaq. I don’t remember Hack-A-Worm happening during Jordan’s reign.

          • Gary Watkins

            i like that you admitted that he was pampered by the refs. good man.

        • magikwyrkz4u

          Boy, aren’t you a little jealous of our Lakers. There are plenty of times I have seen refs not make calls on an opposing team. In fact, it seems Ref Joey Crawford has called many non necessary fouls on us when playing the heat. Sounds like your a heat & Lequeen fan. Do all us Laker fans a favor and get the hell out of this forum. We are champions and will remain so.

          • Gary Watkins

            what a liar you are son. and i despise the Heat AND their star bitch. U must have just started watching laker games this evening if you think like that. the only team that got decent officiating against the Lakers were Bird’s prime time Celtics. everybody else was fair game to be screwed over

          • J. Thomas Prolifyk J

            WOW! What a load!!! Lakers earn championships regardless of your opinion of how or not. Refs or without refs the players earn what they get by way of skill. You can’t take that from Kobe if you wanted to (just to name 1 of the many super stars to wear a Laker jersey). This is a classic case of Laker hate that has come out at the most opportune time of the recent decline. Go find a good book Gary and do something constructive with your life.

          • Gary Watkins

            Hey Tommy; I’m not trying to take anything from your hero. He is what he is; a bitch, a fake and a dog just like you are. he USED to be a great baller. YOU are a classic case of a couch turd with nothing else to do but watch your boyfriend try to relive his glory. Good luck with that, FAG.

          • J. Thomas Prolifyk J

            The abuse you suffered as a child was not your fault and there’s help for those type issues but this here is almist incurable. An adult set in his ways to do his absolute best to find vindication by bashing Laker fans??? WHOA!!!

          • J. Thomas Prolifyk J

            Haven’t responded yet? OK I won’t rush anything. I know its coming. Lol! I’m sure you’ll call me out of my name since that’s a part of your pattern here. No. You know what Gary I’m sorry man. Let’s truce because I’d like to see how you treat those on your good side (if such a thing). I’m cool. You cool?

          • Gary Watkins

            If I’m not mistaken, J. Thomas, it was YOU who called ME out of MY name initially with your abused child comment. Don’t feign concern about my “good side’, don’t start fronton now but i do agree with the last part of your post though

          • J. Thomas Prolifyk J

            Yeah Gary you’ve mistakenly responded. You see when I initially type anything to anyone online I don’t think to call them out of their name. Unfortunately for you this is just the norm. You seem very unhappy man really and I honestly would help if I could. REAL TRUTH!!!

          • Gary Watkins

            Well since you’re identifying the REAL TRUTH, go ahead and schedule yourself for Oprah and Dr. Phil and The Steve Wilkow Show. And i haven’t responded improperly, I’ve responded DIRECTLY and with malice of forethought and people like you have trouble with that type of truthfulness. Do yourself a favor, leave the conversation to the adults, son.

          • Gary Watkins

            wow, you surmised all of this in the midst of every bit of other stupidity your feeble little brain could muster. But then, you SHOULD be familiar with all the symptoms you’re TRYING lay on me. However you were treated as a child must have had SOMETHING to do with the silly shit you just wrote. I’m sure Kobe appreciates your effort[s] though. Your phone is ringing, clown, i believe it’s HIM now calling to THANK you for all your support.

          • J. Thomas Prolifyk J

            There it is! I knew you couldn’t resist name calling. Hey Gary you’ve just been PUNK’D!!! Ashton and the rest of the crew decided to take the show viral and its been a huge success because of people like you. So my assignment was simple. I set out to make a person lose their mind and respond like a complete idiot over something as primitive as a sports thread comment. YOURE OUR LUCKY WINNER TODAY…OH AND YESTERDAY AND THE DAY BEFORE so on and so forth. I think you get what I’m saying.

          • Gary Watkins

            So, it’s been a huge success; shows how many suckers there are out there; counting yourself of course

          • J. Thomas Prolifyk J

            In case you need help jogging your memory. Here is where you lost it and started name calling because I told you to go read a good book. That’s pretty pathetic man really!!!

          • Gary Watkins

            what is it exactly that i lost J. Thomas Prolifyk J?

          • J. Thomas Prolifyk J

            I kinda have this feeling that you’re a good man Gary but you just cuss people in a heartbeat. That ain’t really cool man. I know you probably can care less of my opinion but I’m saying bro you come here to just go on an all out verbal assault on any and everybody. I get you don’t like Kobe but you’d think your ex was a Laker girl or something man. Dang!!! Gary, please note that, that was a joke man (laugh).

          • Gary Watkins

            You are Champions? Champions of what? Is there a horseshoe league or badminton league somewhere the Lakers play? Oh, I’m sorry. You mean in your own mind’s pathetic eye. Good boy

          • comrade24

            ignorant bigot.

          • Gary Watkins

            Do you often describe yourself in this manner or is it Laker Nation that makes you do it?

        • nlruizjr

          How have the ref’s done the Lakers favors when they worked for Stern and Stern Hates the Lakers (EX: CP3 trade declined), you should be more observant and less critical.

          • Gary Watkins

            Stern loves honest, open and decent competition; he hates when a team ttys to BUY a Championship.

        • Shannon

          Why do fags like you come to LAKERS websites just to hate? Do the Lakers run through your mind that mind? God damn you must be a loser. I don’t go to any other teams websites and your bogus excuse of you follow all of the NBA is just that, bogus. You mean to tell me LAKERSNATION is the only one reporting this? Nah fag you just stay pressed over the Lakers. GTFOH!

          • Gary Watkins

            Hey, bitch; you call me a fag and your name is “Shannon” what a laugh unless you got a split for real. It’s hilarious how people like you here on this site just can’t stand for those bums to be talked about. i recognize pure loyalty in a lot of people who’ve posted here but YOU,**%$suckin’ Shannon have gay issues that more than likely go all the way back to your first grade teacher, whoever HE was. Really, gays like you are coming out all the time. You’ll fit right in out there just stop trying to hide behind the “sports fan” thing because it aint working. You’re a ****licker, always has been, always will be.

          • JESUZ ITS FRIGGEN JEZUZ

            I LOVE THIS GUY. Seriously, some of the best internet reading for weeks. Can he be our halftime entertainment at games? Someone give this guy a mic and have Jack just troll him for awhile. Anyone that calls someone a “d**licker” is instantly hilarious.

            As an aside: Shannon Brown is one of my faves so you’re good bro. Also, homosexuals are great people. I am sad that everyone is going into the ALL CAPS YOURE A FAG OMG route and I hope no one takes offense. Everything else: comic gold.

          • Gary Watkins

            Thank you, thank you very much. I’ll be in Vegas next week.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    I listened to the entire interview Jabari Parker had on 710 ESPN and he is a very well spoken guy.The fans must realize how important it is for the Lakers to draft a guy that wants to be a Laker and Jabari Parker wants to be a Laker for sure.It’s a major plus for the Lakers when drafting a player.Jabari Parker reminds me of Magic Johnson personality wise as he is very well spoken and has a big smile that lights up a room.

    As far as his playing style it is a cross between Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant he is a big time scorer and he gets on the boards and grabs rebounds.He is the complete package on offense and yes his defense needs work.But i do think as Grant Hill has suggested the Lakers should draft Jabari Parker if he is on the board when we draft.But Wiggins is rated higher.I would pop a bottle of very expensive champagne if the Lakers draft Jabari Parker.

    • kookiebuger

      I would pop a bottle of very expensive champagne if the Lakers draft Joel Emiid, Andrew Wiggins, Dante Exum, or Jabari Parker. 2 out of the 3 already said they would live to live in LA someday.

      • lsgjkoisgjvlk

        3 out of the 4 (Embiid Exum and Parker)

    • Gregory Gaylen

      Watching the NCAA tournament, how well did these potential top 5 players play against solid competition – understanding that these players are on good teams, strong supporting casts?? Not to well, I’d say. Then you look at those freshmen on Kentucky and they BALLED all the way to the Championship game. Maybe, just maybe, they have more upside and star power going forward.

      • Gary Watkins

        Good point

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Jabari Parker has star quality written all over him.

  • Lakers Fan

    For a player of his caliber, he belongs on the Lakers. Our organization is built for players like him. He also gets the opportunity to learn from one of the greatest in Kobe Bryant. How great would it be to leave an organization coached by one of the best ever in Coach K to being drafted by one of the most storied franchises in sports history and being mentored by Kobe Bryant? In Jabari’s case it seems too good to be true, but has a great chance of happening. I, along with many other Laker fans, would be more than ecstatic if Jabari ends up on the Lakers. The only knock on this kid is his defense, but that can be fixed by hiring a defensive-minded coach that knows how to groom and get the best out of his players. If we draft Jabari, we have our new future face of the franchise.

  • John

    The basketball Gods really need to make this happen. I feel like teams that are tanking shouldnt be awarded the first pick. Even though we stunk this year, we played hard and guys fought through injuries, and Kobe payed the ultimate price…. that has to be good for something, i mean the Lakers have NEVER gotten a top 3 pick before!!! Jabari Parker is flat out special and belongs in purple and gold.

    • kookiebuger

      Only two teams were tanking (76ers and the Magic) everybody else tried to stayed competitive and make the playoffs but just couldn’t.

      • steroidlloyd

        orlando is simply not tanking. theres a difference with “tanking” and “rebuilding”. after losing dwight, hell, what else were you supposed to do?

        • Josh

          The Magic looked pretty good for stretches last year. T12 came in and made people forget about Superman II.

        • kookiebuger

          Orlando looked like a potential playoff team earlier in the year were they were hovering around .500 for some time and had some what of a breakout year for Affalo before going on these long losing streaks, but looking back their schedule was easy in the 1st month before getting harder.

    • California King

      when you say payed the ultimate price do you mean collected a 30 mil check for playing six games? thats 5 million a game!

      • comrade24

        Even if he played all 82 games that’s something like 450k per game. these guys are all WAAAY overpaid, which is why a cheap replica jersey that the stiching comes out of costs $100 and you can barely pose next to the Laker statues outside without spending a paycheck. Now they’re talking about putting corporate sponsors on the jerseys? give me a break

  • ruckus

    ahhh man this would be a blessing lol , him or embid would be awesome but i prefer parker … come on the bball GODS lol

  • kookiebuger

    I prefer Wiggins over Parker. Parker’s useage and shot attempts are
    higher but only averages 2 more points per game, most of Wiggins issues
    can easily be fixed with time, and Wiggins is the better defender by
    far.

    • Gary Watkins

      You make some very valid points kookie.

  • Gary Watkins

    All kids with potential, and some without, dream of being a Laker, UNTIL they play with Kobe. Bryant is the single most privileged, spoiled, catered to player in the history of the NBA. He’s never managed to just shut up and play the game the way the COACHES want the game played. The game, and the game PLAN always seem to either evolved around or gone through him even though his skills are rotting quicker than a microwaved banana. During his prime, when he could actually PLAY the game at an elite level, some of his whining may have been considered tolerable but his constant finagling and front office meddling have made him what he is today, A Diva with big feet who actually feels he has the power to decide who’s on the team and who’s not. Sure he has great numbers, a bunch of both regular season and playoff points, trophies and awards but also just as many ex-teammates and current teammates who would love to just plain kick his butt. Worst case scenario, Jabari gets mentored by Kobe, and you scan tell him I said it.

    • vdogg

      you know nothing about the lakers. BE GONE.

      • Gary Watkins

        Sorry son, but Im glad to inform that i know ALL about your sorry squad. From Young to Mikan i know it ALL. It is YOU who knows nothing because all you think you know is right now.

        • Sam L.

          Hey Gary. I don’t see why you’re complaining. As much as you talk badly about the Lakers and Kobe, they don’t give a crap about your opinion. They’re making millions while you’re on here talking sh*t. Why don’t you trying doing something useful with your life instead of bashing the Lakers.

          • Gary Watkins

            wassa madda Shammy? Are your feelings hurt. haven’t you signed on here or on another site just to have some fun and bash a little. you’re a damned liar if you say you haven’t so run on home to mommy

          • comrade24

            can’t say i’ve done that. i have what’s called a life.

          • Gary Watkins

            I’m sure you do, right here on this site

          • Gary Watkins

            Kobe is your life, defending him and The Laker Nation is your life. Looking for forum blue and gold nick backs is your life, comrade. that is what is called a “life” for you.

        • vdogg

          you’re just another laker hater who comes on here thinking that your biased opinion is fact. same old song, buddy. go croon elsewhere.

          • Gary Watkins

            sooooo, you’re a fortune teller huh vdogg. what place do you think the Lakers will come in next year?

          • vdogg

            lol. when did i ever say i could predict the future? way to carry on a coherent debate.

        • California King

          Hey Gary whats your team??..

          • Gary Watkins

            I’m a brand new Warriors fan. I didn’t pick them because I feel they can win a title, I picked because i like up tempo basketball. Now go ahead, bash away

          • California King

            miami has up-tempo ball …so do the clippers. Both more fun to watch and more talented than the warriors. Maybe if you loved your team a little more and hated other teams a little less, your franchise would be more successful. #Lakerfanmentality

          • Gary Watkins

            Miami? The Clippers? both are talented AND up tempo but did you read anywhere where i said i picked the Warriors because I felt they were the best team, idiot? I said I picked them because of the way they play. The Clippers front court is dominant at times and they’re pretty sound at both ends and I could never pull for a team Lebron on it but the warriors have a lotta talent and a good coach

          • California King

            HAHAH youre full of it and the warriors arent going anywhere u bandwagon loser. I didnt ask for your opinion Im telling you that the Warriors style of play sucks. If thats your ideal team then you really dont know shit about ball. Sorry loser. 16 x

          • Gary Watkins

            So, you think the Warriors style of play sucks; Big Deal!!!!!! your own kids don’t even care what you think, why should i care? I know plenty about ball Ms. California King. I pick who i want to pick and you’re right, I am a bandwagon loser. when i started rooting for my football team, they hadn’t been to the playoffs in 40t years, now they have 6 Super Bowls. Ive been there since ’72. My college hoop team has back to back titles plus two more; I’ve been there since ’78. so, as you can see, IF you can read I don’t wait til a team starts winning to join them. Like you did with The lakers. who was your squad before the lakers you goat screwing clown, the bulls right?

          • rik

            Warriors are better than the heat and flippers

          • Gary Watkins

            and by the way, no action or emotion of mine has any REAL bearing on how well or how poorly they do. You see, once you people understand THAT, then the mystery will be over. The players decide, not how much they are loved or NOT loved by their fans, but by their performances.

    • J Taylor

      Huh?
      Every young player that plays beside Kobe talks about his drive, his preparation, effort, and ability. Just by following his training regimen Shannon Brown improved greatly.

      As much as your words WANT to be negative about Kobe, he’s been a great mentor, role model and guide for both young and veteran players.

      Why are you bashing Kobe? You MIGHT be able to question the methods, but the 5 rings and 8 championship appearances suggest that his results are unquestionable.

      • Gary Watkins

        why am I bashing Kobe? i have a better question, why are you DEFENDING him? You sound as though you two have been through a few things together? Have the two of you broken up with each other recently because, assuming you’re a man, the only reason i would defend another man is if he were family and by “family” i mean blood, son. Father, brother or son so get over your lil ol’ mancrush and realize that not everyone’s in love with Bryant like you are. Can you dig it?

        • 3339

          Wait so every man outside your family is a piece of shit?
          grow up dude

          • Gary Watkins

            hey 3339. Lets see now, did you read where I said that or did it give you something stupid to say that you just HAD to add. get a name, DUDE!!!!!

          • 3339

            get a name? thats the best you got? try harder

          • Gary Watkins

            For YOU? try harder? for what?

        • comrade24

          you still never answered J’s question as to why you’re bashing Kobe? Were you abused by a prime cut of beef near a lake when you were a child? smh

          • Gary Watkins

            Ummmm, comrade. you certainly are hung up on child abuse. Is that REALLY your thing and you’re just using basketball as a front? If so, hey either get yourself some therapy or get ready to deal with the law whenever they catch up with you. Got that, sonny? If “J” isn’t worried about my response to his question, why are you worried about it?

      • Gary Watkins

        you’re right on a couple of points, J. Kobe has been a great athlete, a lock down defender, quite possibly along with Tim Duncan the best all round player of his generation. I say what i say about Kobe because it’s true. he’s the cancer that had Shaquille dealt away from the franchise simply because he wanted the Championship spotlight all to himself. He’s the spoiled child who has been given proxy to just about every franchise decision regarding player movement, i.e. who stays and who doesn’t and it all has led your squad right where it is today last place and nowhere. I have no idea why the fabled Laker management chose to listen to kobe about player issues. they did just fine BEFORE he got there. Don’t you think?

    • Steveo

      Mr Watkins, you talk a lot of shit considering you’re on the “Lakers” Nation website.Bitch you wasn’t with me shootin at the gym!! Listen little jaborni, before you start running you’re mouth, you need to get your facts straight. Kobe might not be the best team mate in the locker room, but his passion for the game and work ethics are amongst the greatest players of all time. Playing constantly injuried and putting up good numbers doing so. Suck on these five rings lil man. Go troll your comments on the Celtics fan site!!

      • Gary Watkins

        Who cares what website I’m on? The truth is The Light Steveo. Who said you were in the gym shooting? what good did it do you? Just because YOU said it doesn’t make it true and so what if you were. my facts ARE straight son. Kobe’s a whore and a cancer to any squad trying to win a title. he’s in the same class as Allen Iverson. A bitch and a whiner. Titles, rings and all star games don’t make the man; fool. How you carry yourself and treat others are the true keys. Know it, feel it, live it son and remember you heard it here. Lakers nation Website? For the WORST team in the league? It is to LAUGH. You see he couldn’t bear to play with them so he tanked the season. wake up

        • You’re a hypocrite

          “How you carry yourself and treat others are the true keys.”

          Hey how about you follow your own advice and quit insulting people and trying to belittle them because of which team they support. You claim kobe is a terrible person but who are you to decide that?

          The only ex teammates that disagree with kobe’s methods are smush Parker and Dwight Howard, and what have they achieved in their careers??

          Whereas A LOT of players past and present have praised kobe’s leadership and work ethic.

          You seem to have some glorified self worth and a belief that your opinion is gold. So I’m just going to sit here and laugh at how pathetic that is

          • Gary Watkins

            And that’s just about what i expected, whoever you are, because thats what hyenas do; laugh. So, some people think he’s all this and some people think he’s all that. This is a free country and I am free to think what I want, AND to express it. You make these statements after having spoken with ALL of this guys ex-teammates? Or are you just operating off of puppy love? Now, laugh at how pathetic THAT is.

          • You’re a hypocrite

            Humans also laugh, but you wouldn’t know anything about that.

            No I’m operating off what I’ve read from actual quotes from hundreds of players, teammates and those that are knowledgeable about the game of basketball ( you also wouldn’t know about that either)

            Exactly, you are free to think what you want and express it, so why are you so adamant on telling everyone their opinion is wrong and slandering them for expressing it? Once again, you’re a hypocrite

          • Gary Watkins

            well I’m so pleased that you have all these “actual quotes” That’s a beautiful thing, IF it’s true because you have no proof. He’s a Ho’, deal with it. look at you all pissed off because of what I said about SOMEBODY ELSE. Damn, now who’s the hypocrite?

          • You’re a hypocrite

            Yes a quote is actual proof because it is something that someone has said. You’ve shown how stupid you are with your previous comments, but I didn’t think it was possible to sink further than that…

            Look at you all pissed off because of how Kobe Bryant lives his life, “Damn” <– by the way that is a quote, because it seems you don't know what they are.

          • Gary Watkins

            If I’ve pissed people off because of what I’ve said about an individual whom they have never met, never WILL meet , that doesn’t give a damn about THEM and are weak minded enough to be pissed at ME, then all i can do is recommend therapy for these very slow people. They’re pissed off, so what? YOU’RE pissed off, I could care less. Now if you guys were upset over some thing i said that belittled a tragic situation, i.e. a family in crisis, a bereaved family, someone or a group that was homeless and starving, a child that was deemed terminally ill i could understand your being upset or even pissed. But to be mad at what is said about a STRANGER? You, the person that posted “You’re a hypocrite” can get fucked because you have no life and you can’t make one up and live it through Kobe’s. No matter how many points, rebounds, all-star games, titles or whatever else you people seem to cherish. Now, grow up or find a real hero. either way you can bite a bears ass as far as I’m concerned.

        • comrade24

          we care what website you’re on, Lakersnation. There are generally spirited debates on these threads. We disagree on many fronts, but this is a fan site and we agree on one thing. We love our team. People like you trolling sites just trying to get a rise out of people is just obnoxious.

          • Gary Watkins

            I have to give it to you clowns, you’re all just so very brave and true.

    • magikwyrkz4u

      Oh, is that why the great Michael Jordan said no one comes close to being compared to him except Kobe, and that Magic Johnson said Kobe has passed him as the greatest Laker. Even KD has stated he is a great athlete. Kobe is a great player because he is serious about what he wants and does everything to make it possible. You run along now to play in your sand box because your definitely not wanted here.

      • Gary Watkins

        Players of the same generation always tend to build each other up, especially when they don’t have to play against said player. Russell said many times that Chamberlain was a great player, AFTER Bill had retired. get it? Magic said Kobe is the greatest Laker, so what? He HAS been a great athlete, PAST tense sonny. Right now he’s a washed up blow hard has been who’s injury prone and at that point in his career where he just wants to squeeze as much attention for himself as he can out of any given situation. Now you run along and see if kobe is ready to accept your marriage proposal because you really seem to have the hots for this guy. It’s ok, it’s probably legal where you live.

    • ra

      Kobe has been the single best thing about the Lakers the last decade+. He is almost single handedly responsible for increasing the Lakers brand to the level it’s at now, for the last decade. Lakers are a ‘world brand’ team, principally (lately) because of Kobe.

      As for players working with Kobe, he’s pushes the players on his team, and if they’re a ‘bit wimpy’ (Dwight Howard), then they can’t take it and it becomes “Kobe is a prima donna”. But DH wasn’t a young kid when he came here. Ask Steve Blake, Ronny Turiaf, Jordan Farmar. Players LIKE playing with Kobe on the same team. He is just a hard taskmaster, that’s all. He plays well beyond his potential, and expects others to do the same.

      Think of a musician analog. Who wouldn’t want to study with someone like Stravinksy, or Dvorak, or even Beethoven. Ludwig van B. was a ‘temperamental’ and angry composer (at times). Who wouldn’t give their eye teeth to study with him? Possibly abusive, but hell, you would definitely ‘up your skills’.

      When you’re a Master (like Kobe), everyone wants a piece of the mojo. I’m sure they would say – hey, tell me what to do – I wanna do what you do, man. Anyone else who wants to just do things their own ‘limited’ way is more like Smush Parker. Sure he can ball – on the playground, etc. But he didn’t ‘learn’ from Kobe. Did he? Is he in the record books? He’s just in some other place, fuming – he didn’t make much of an impact in the NBA, except being a lame PG on the Lakers.

      • Gary Watkins

        Wow, that’s the most touching piece I’ve read since JFK’s eulogy. The fact that a prima dona such as kobe has been the best thing about The Lakers is exactly the reason why they’re in the position they’re in now, last place with no hope. And of course he pushes players, but does he allow for his own mistakes, turnovers, dumb shots, poor passes, bad decisions? Does he hold himself as accountable for HIS mistakes as he holds other players for theirs? DH was the ultimate test for Kobe. Here was a semi-dominant big man, someone to defend the paint, run the pick and roll, rebound on both ends and it took him what, three weeks to be full of Kobe’s “I am that I am” attitude? Granted, DH is about as big a baby as kobe is a svengali but wow with Kobe being the senior teammate and, according to severely jaded laker followers, the greatest teammate ever seems to me that it could’ve worked out. And he pushes players? he pushes JOURNEYMEN!!!! Did he push Fisher? did he push Shaquille? Did he push Horry? No, he didn’t because he new better. he only “pushes” the mildy talented and the very weak. In other words, he’s a bully, homie and a bum. Now DEAL with it before it consumes you.

  • J Taylor

    Parker? If he’s the BPA STILL available with the #6 pick, so be it. The team should take the best player still available based on the following order:

    Wiggins – SF
    Embiid -C
    Exum – SG/PG
    Randle – PF
    Parker – SF
    Smart – PG
    Gordon – PF

    I am particularly attracted to ANY of the top 3 names, but any of these 7 would be immediate upgrades and excellent long term prospects to build around. Especially when added to this year’s crop of young talent, and whomever the team brings in during the free agency.

    • comrade24

      I would definitely take Parker above Randall but otherwise i agree with this ranking

  • KeepItReal

    I hope we don’t draft embiid to me he resembles Hasheem Thabeet and we all know how that turned out.

  • Sam L.

    Gary Watkins is a little bitch ass Laker Hater. 16 Championships dumb ass. Now go talk shit somewhere else.

    • Gary Watkins

      Hey Sammy. Or Sam L. I have a question for you. Why are you defending these clowns against something I said? Do you think they’d do the same for you? You say “16 Championships” like you think YOU had something to do with THEM winning the titles but you keep right on defending whomever it is you’re in love with on team like a gooooooood boy. I’m sure they appreciate it

  • JohnSmith00

    Three victories against OKC, Portland and Phoenix that by all right should have been losses, could have put the Lakers in prime position to land the third overall pick. But NO meaningless victories are moral victories, right?.

    • Josh

      Right now they are projected to have a 34% shot at a top 3 pick. If they lost those games, they would be projected to have a 47% chance at top 3. I’ll take the wins.

  • James Nichols

    Let’s hope for Jabari’s and Duke’s sake that he stays at Duke. I don’t think he will be an immediate star.

    • Gary Watkins

      Please say that again, loud enough so he can hear you James

  • Axq1

    jabari is their guy they need a 3 i wouldn’t mind exam the need a young point guard too.

    • axq1

      i mean exum

  • Gary Watkins

    All Time NBA 1st team 1]. Oscar Robertson [Royals] 2] Micheal Jordan [Bulls] 3] Larry Bird [Celtics] 4] Elvin Hayes [Bullets] 5] Kareem Abdul-Jabbar [Bucks] 2ND Team: 1] Earvin Johnson [Lakers] 2] Jerry West [Lakers] 3] Julius Erving [Nets] 4] Tim Duncan [Spurs] 5] Wilt Chamberlain [76ers] 3RD Team 1]. John Stockton [Jazz] 2] George Gervin [Spurs] 3]. Elgin Baylor [Lakers] 4]. Karl Malone [Jazz] 5]. Bill Russell [Celtics] The players were picked based on which team they had their better years with. Note that Kareem was surrounded by less talent in Milwaukee than in LA thus he had better individual years there. Surrounded by more talent in Philly than anywhere to that point, the truly dominant all around Dipper was on display. And yes i put 11 time Champion Bill Russell on the 3rd team because he was an absolutely atrocious offensive player, both from the floor and from the line. He barely beat out Hakeem Olajuwon but hey, 11 titles gotta stand for something.

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