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Kobe Bryant Hints at Lakers Roster Change After Toronto Loss Reviewed by Momizat on . Who would have thought that with a team comprised of Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol, either a trade or a free agent pick up would be a ser Who would have thought that with a team comprised of Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol, either a trade or a free agent pick up would be a ser Rating:
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Kobe Bryant Hints at Lakers Roster Change After Toronto Loss

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kobeWho would have thought that with a team comprised of Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol, either a trade or a free agent pick up would be a serious consideration mid January? The NBA trade deadline is exactly one month away (February 21st) and the fact of the matter is, currently this Lakers team full of superstars simply isn’t clicking. That’s not to say it will never happen, but at 17-23 the Lakers are running out of time.

After the Lakers 108-103 loss to the Toronto Raptors Sunday afternoon, Kobe Bryant surprised reporters by drawing attention to the idea of a roster change, as reported by Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News.

“This team needs me on both ends of the floor…So unless they’re going to do something roster wise, I have to continue to push through it.”

You can bet that comment perked plenty of ears, but was Kobe sending a message to the Lakers front office? Not necessarily. As Mark Medina noted, Kobe was quick to shake his head “No” when asked that question. But, his following response didn’t exactly sound confident.

“Listen, if this is what we’re rolling with, I can’t make no excuses. I have to go out there and do my job. Tonight wasn’t good enough. I did okay defensively and played very well in pressuring the ball. But my offense was sub par in terms of missing easy shots. I have to do a better job putting that ball in the hole when the opportunities present itself.”

By sub par, Kobe was 10-32 from the field, including 3-12 from behind the arc, and had six turnovers. So, will there be a trade or a free agent pickup in the next thirty days? Especially after Kobe’s comments, I wouldn’t count it out. Bryant is generally pretty careful with his words, and he did say if. Whatever happens, the Lakers are just about to encroach the line where it’s too late to turn this ship around.

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  • Ken

    Time to let Howard go before deadline!!!

  • Tresclub

    I was excited like everyone at the prospect of getting Dwight Howard, super center; however, now I am grossly disappointed. I thought he was gonna be a 10, but in reality he is nothing more that a 3. He is a wuss under the basket, his ball handling leaves a lot to be desired, and let’s not get into his free throw shooting. Ain’t it funny how much more cohesive the team is when Howard is on the bench. Gimme Pau, Clark and Meta underneath, Kobe and Nash out front., and Jamison, Meeks, Duhon and Morris off the bench. Oh, did I forget Howard, gee, I wonder why?

    • Al

      Bynum looked like a superstar with his skills and shooting compared to Howard. What a liability we got in him.

  • Leo

    Howard is inconsistent. He plays especially without heart when Pau is on the court. Howard is a real good defender, but lacks offensive skills. The problem is, if you trade Pau now and Dwight decides to leave at the end of year, we will be without a big in May… D12 will not sign now with a team with a 17-23 record. Nash is only the shadow of his earlier himself. Slow, turns the ball over and misses the shots he used to make. A matchup delight on the defensive end for the opponents. He should come off the bench and give a spark. We need a strong and quick starting 1 guard. Jameson is a joke on D and inconsistent with his shot. Should be traded. Kobe always had off nights during his career – he should learn to stop volume shooting when it does not fall for him… D’Antoni is incompetent, but we knew that.

    • hookedonnews

      I don’t know who you are watching, but Nash does not have a high turnover rate. He turned the ball over twice last night. Kobe had 6 turnovers. He’s also shooting a high percentage of his shots–last night FG 58%, 3PT 67%, and FT 100%. What more do you want? He is not slow, and he has not been the main problem on defense if you’ve been watching the games. Howard hasn’t been great, but he still is not 100%. The offense is not clicking like it should for several reasons–lack of time together, Kobe shooting too much, etc. In the past Howard has been effective at pick and roll. They aren’t spacing the floor so Nash can get him the ball. Those things will come in time. Doubt they will trade Pau. They need some help on the bench. D’Antoni is not incompetent. He hasn’t had enough time with everyone healthy to get this thing going like it should. He’s dealing with 3 big egos–not that easy.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/OVPBYCSRK6PSUKNCOB66Z2L4IU scot

      go get bynum

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