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Kobe Bryant To Carlos Boozer: ‘Come Ready To Surprise People’ Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="303"] The Los Angeles Lakers won their amnesty bid on forward Carlos Boozer recently resulting in the team replacing Pau Gasol with a prove [new_royalslider id="303"] The Los Angeles Lakers won their amnesty bid on forward Carlos Boozer recently resulting in the team replacing Pau Gasol with a prove Rating: 0
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Kobe Bryant To Carlos Boozer: ‘Come Ready To Surprise People’

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The Los Angeles Lakers won their amnesty bid on forward Carlos Boozer recently resulting in the team replacing Pau Gasol with a proven veteran. Boozer isn’t the same player he used to be with the Utah Jazz, but he’ll bring veteran leadership and the potential for a double-double on a nightly basis.

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On Friday, Boozer was introduced by the Lakers and fielded questions at the team’s practice facility. Boozer talked about speaking with Kobe Bryant saying the superstar told him the following, according to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters:

Last season, Boozer’s numbers dropped somewhat drastically with the Chicago Bulls. Boozer averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game while shooting a career-low 45.6 percent from the floor.

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Boozer has always been consistent in terms of averages with his points and rebounds per game. The veteran forward has averaged a double-double five times in his career, but struggled last year in Chicago.

In 12 NBA seasons, Boozer averaged 15.7 points and 9.4 rebounds per game playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Jazz and Bulls. Solid numbers over the course of his career since being drafted out of Duke back in 2002, but it remains to be seen if he can bounce back next season while wearing purple and gold.

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  • wangkon936

    “Last season, Boozer’s numbers dropped somewhat drastically with the Chicago Bulls. Boozer averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game while shooting a career-low 45.6 percent from the floor.”

    Here’s the thing. His drop in points and rebounds wasn’t that bad if you consider his per 36 minute stats. If you look at it from a per 36 perspective, then his points only dropped from 18.5 to 18.1 and his rebounds from 8.4 to 8.3 from the last season.

    His minutes were reduced because he lost a step on defense and the simple fact that Gibson is the better rim protector and Taj’s scoring also got better as well. Boozer is not bad. If his defense continues to deteriorate, then we’ll just give more minutes to Randle.

    • Brendon Edwards

      Agree man. I feel a 6th seed in the west is very obtainable if we can stay healthy.

    • Okaaay

      #logic

      This man has it.

    • WAYNER

      Thanks for pulling up stats man cause people just take what the media says and run with it, Boozer almost avg 14 points last yr which was 2 points less than Bosh, but had more rebounds than bosh and also his numbers aren’t that much different from Tim Duncans numbers so i really don’t see why people count L.A. out i think we can win a championship next season or the next, how come our bench avg just amount as all the role players on the spurs

      • taviyoung

        They’re counting the Lakers out, because they don’t know the game. Here’s my prediction for this Lakers team next year.

        2014-2015 Season

        Record 53-29 (4th in the Western Conf.)

        Coach: Byron Scott
        Assistant: Gary Payton

        STARTERS & STATS

        C- J. Hill – 11.5 ppg, 11.5 rpg, 1.2 bpg (29 mpg)
        PF- C. Boozer – 11.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 0.6 bpg (28 mpg)
        SF- W. Johnson – 7.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.2 spg (23 mpg)
        SG- K. Bryant – 25.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 6.5 apg 1.3 spg (34.5 mpg)
        PG- J. Lin – 12.5 ppg 4.0 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.5 spg (30 mpg)

        BENCH

        (6th man) SF- N. Young 12.0 ppg 1.5 rpg, 1.5 apg (25 mpg)
        C- E. Davis 6.0 ppg 6.5 rpg, 1.2 bpg (19 mpg)
        PF- J. Randle 7.0 ppg 7.0 rpg, 0.8 bpg (20 mpg)
        SG/PG- X. Henry 8.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.5 apg (19.5 mpg)
        PG- J. Clarkson 4.0 ppg 2.0 rpg, 2.0 apg (12 mpg)
        Nash- Hurt
        Sacre- Cheerleader
        Kelly- D- League & Seat Warmer (when Nash gets hurt)

        • Thomas Klein

          I agree except Nash will play at least 15 games so that he gets paid and probably closer to 30, no B2B and limited minutes when tired, Clarkson and Henry will pick up the slack.

          • taviyoung

            Yeah you’re right. I know that Nash will play, but I just didn’t bother putting in his stats, because I’m pretty sure he won’t make it past December due to some type of injury. Hate it for him, but he’s done.

        • http://WWW.LakersNation.com Kïd Špłãšh

          My Predictions:
          Lin-13ppg 6apg 3rpg(30Mins)
          Kobe-23ppg 5apg 5.5rpg(32Mins)
          Carlos-14ppg 1.2apg 6rpg(30Mins)
          Julius-8ppg 9rpg 1spg .8 bpg(24mins)
          Hill- 11ppg 12rpg 2bpg (28mins)

          Nick-16ppg 2apg 3rpg(22mins)
          Ed-7ppg 5rbg 2.2bpg(20mins)
          Xavier-12ppg 2.3apg 4rpg(22mins)
          Wesley-7ppg 1apg 4rpg (18mins)
          Clarkson-7ppg 3apg 1apg(11mins)
          Ryan-6ppg 3rpg 1bpg(11mins)
          Rob-4ppg 4rbg .8bpg(8mins)
          Nash-6ppg 5apg(10mins)

          Record-51-31
          Coach-B.Scott, Ast. Gary, Larry Lewis, Mark Madsen
          #5 Seed

    • lakers72

      agree. for 3.25 mil we cant go wrong with him for one season.

  • AK

    kobes not talking about his stats.. hes talking about his defense that pissed thibs off all last season

    • KC

      Imagine how pissed Thibs will be when he sees Pau’s defense.

      • lakers_824

        LMAO #PrayForPau

      • LAHdez

        You just won the internet.

      • Ahron

        Here here KC. Boozer is a much better defender than Pau. Ole!

      • Betto

        Lol. He’s gonna be flipping, I liked Pau but with his inconsistency on defense, his points didn’t matter much since the guy he was supposed guard would match his points.

        • Grant11

          THANK YOU!!! Good God, I thought I was alone with that thought. My co-workers and friends keep going “Well, defense is not his game, he’s not getting paid for that. he gets us 20pts and 10Rebs, blah blah blah”. The past 3 years, whatever Pau scores he gives it back and then some because his assignment drops career/game highs on him. Last season, Amir Johnson dropped 32 on him, Al Jefferson dropped 40 on him, That Plumlee guy dropped I think 28 on him, etc. It’s amazing how Pau is so coddled that he gets a pass from playing even average defense.

          Now people say Noah and Gibson will cover up whatever flaws he has defensively? That would be ok if this was a 30 game NBA season, but over 82 games and playoffs they will expect Noah to guard his man and help out and be ready to take on Pau’s man too? Thibodeau is going to tear whatever hair he has left with Pau’s soft ass play out there.

  • Marsian Wing

    i hope you guys watched the 2013 NIKE Hoop Summit, find it’s full game in youtube. It’s Julius Randle and Jabari Parker vs Wiggins and Embiid. You’ll see why the Lakers loaded a magazine of bigs. Boozer and Hill will be a good matchup in practice for the rookie Randle, the kid is scary. Starting line-up should be:

    PG – Lin (great passing, shooting, fastbreak, drives, create plays for the bigs via drives)
    SG – Bryant
    SF – Johnson (good finisher at fastbreak opportunities, must be paired with randle or hill)
    PF – Randle (just watch his full game to appreciate, he’s neither lamar nor z-bo, though he looked like one, but he’s a monster, who can battle the likes of Blake Griffin or Dwight Howard, a great passer too)
    C – Davis (he’ll be our version of DeAndre Jordan, a very good finisher above the rim. his athleticism can make him a good defender. and he’ll protect Julius)

    Bench Mob 2K14:

    PG – Nash (we know what he’s capable of, but we don’t know for how long)
    SG – Young (good shooter, great finisher, his success will depend on our rebounding output, he can definitely finish a fast break as well as anyone, plus he creates his own shot)
    SF – Xavier (see Young)
    PF – Boozer (the guy is underrated but made the bulls and jazz relevant playing with Rose and Williams, old-school, very effective scorer. If Kobe summons the mamba, this guy should be in the same floor, he’s really effective at screen/rolls, just ask D. Williams)
    C – Hill (this guy has an amazing knack for the ball, always seem to be in the right place at the right time, reminds me of Turiaf, i missed that guy)
    PG – Clarkson (he’s a very capable scorer who can create his own shot, a good finisher, reminds me of Farmar)
    PF – Kelly (I hope he’s more of a Vujacic than a Radmanovic)
    C – Sacre (Randle’s sparring partner)

    If healthy, I see this team as a huge upgrade from last year’s. this team is made for the modern game. everybody except Nash, Boozer and Sacre can run. of course Kobe can run. he’s not a 40-year-old Jordan of the Wizards.

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