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Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Will Start At Point Guard Moving Forward

Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Will Start At Point Guard Moving Forward


The injury problems in the backcourt continue to get progressively worse for the Los Angeles Lakers. All three point guards on the roster are now injured and out for a considerable amount of time.

With Steve Blake going down with an elbow injury and both Steve Nash and Jordan Farmar battling their own injuries, head coach Mike D’Antoni has been put in a tough spot with no healthy point guards left on the roster. As a result, Kobe Bryant will start at point guard moving forward, according to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters via Twitter:

During his first two games back after an eight-month absence, Bryant has taken more of a pass-first approach while trying to build chemistry with the many new faces on this Lakers squad. Although Bryant committed eight turnovers in his debut against the Toronto Raptors, the five-time NBA champion corrected some of his mistakes in his second game back against the Phoenix Suns.

Bryant scored 20 points against the Suns while committing three turnovers. There’s no question that the superstar guard is still very rusty and might be for quite some time, but if any player can make the transition to another position and play well in the process, it’s Bryant.

The Lakers will head on the road on Thursday night, making their way to Chesapeake Energy Arena to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder. The game against the Thunder will be the first of four-game road trip. The Lakers will also play the Charlotte Bobcats, Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies before heading back to Staples Center to take on Kevin Love’s Minnesota Timberwolves on Dec. 20.

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  • Daryl Peek

    Very scary times but this could turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Kobe actually doesn’t like to play PG but this forces his hand and puts MDA and the rest of the team in a position where roles are gonna be clearly defined in a moment where learning how to play with Kobe is the mandate.

    Better team chemistry should be advanced by this given practices will now actually line up with how the team will play on game day.

    • LakersHeatBeef

      Tough times!

      • Zimmeredge

        are you imitating bill mcdonald because that sounds real haha

        • LakersHeatBeef

          Just tough times.But i have heard Billy Mac say that before.

          • jff

            Meeks at Point guard position, Kobe will be very tied to play as a PG. Small forward will fit him nicely for kobe.
            Kobe will try to play too hand and he will get injured again

    • nlruizjr

      what is the FO saying, that they are willing to sacrifice wins, until Blake, Nash and Farmar return, instead of finding an experienced PG to help take up time for Kobe to rest (D. Morris, Duhon, Odom, etc.), these Laker decisions are of a FO that has no clue of what to do !!!!!!

      • Daryl Peek

        No, they are saying it’s makes no sense to spend luxury tax money on a player that’s gonna sit behind Kobe and X for the next two to three weeks when Farmar may be back before then. “(D. Morris, Duhon, Odom, etc.)” will not start ahead of Kobe and X. Henry was already having a hard time getting back on the court with Kobe’s return while Blake was playing. Bring someone else in you just put them in X’s plight, get it?

        I trip on how fans so willingly wish to waste the Lakers money?

        • Jim213

          It’s not about wasting money Daryl. it’s management’s bad decisions that are forcing them to possibly spend more than what they’d want.

          But if they don’t want to make trades to help come 2014 off season then expect money to be spent given that injuries are unexpected especially since the starting PG hasn’t play more than 7-10 games thus hurting overall depth at the position.

          • Daryl Peek

            It’s absolutely a waste of money. Why would you bring luxury tax dollars in to sit when you have players on roster that can already do the job a new person will need time to get acclimated to?

            And don’t come back with what happened in the past because that’s already a done deal. Work on where we are now, that’s all.

          • Jim213

            Been blabbing about it Daryl.. even now TRADES are needed if management intends on minimizing the luxury tax. My post mostly is about trades not just acquiring players without alleviating the cap tax.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            I respect where you are coming from on this topic.Basically the way i see it is the Lakers are banking on saving money because they are already one of the top 10 payrolls in the NBA.At the same time the Lakers figure by doing this they can now put their best players on the court all at once to create a more explosive lineup.Kobe,Meeks,Wes,Hill,Gasol.

            Those 3 wing players all playing together makes the Lakers more lengthy on the wings and i remember Kobe and others in their exit interviews last season they wanted to add length to the perimeter.

            Also this allows Nick Young and Xavier Henry to come in and rotate in for the starting trio of Kobe,Meeks,Wes.I am more of traditional point guard type of person,i prefer a pure passer that can also score like a Deron Williams or Chris Paul,but in this case if the Lakers were running the Triangle Offense i would buy into the big back court concept.

            But since it is a MDA style offense helter skelter i am very skeptical that this will work at all.I hope they prove me wrong and win all 4 of their road games,but i highly doubt it,those are some tough back to back road games coming up.0-4 would be devastating,1-3 would be bad news,2-2 would be acceptable,3-1 Overachieving,Well 4-0 Miracle road trip.Lakers are not in financial trouble just got paid the TWC TV deal money,it’s more about preserving money at this point.

          • Daryl Peek

            It’s not about preserving money. The TW cable deal is very lucrative for the team but does not mean the team should throw caution to the wind of a much more punitive CBA designed specifically to stop what the Lakers and other big market teams have been doing in dynasty building.

            Also keep in mind the FA signing restriction imposed on a repeat luxury tax offender. These penalties cannot be superseded by just ignoring the CBA and spending.

            As far as the Lakers PG situation, the FO is looking at the whole. I like a traditional PG also. Kobe has yet to show he can coexist with one on the real. Not saying I don’t think he can. This enables the FO and MDA to be patient on the PG situation. Couple that with Farmar likely returning in less that two weeks. It’s wish to stand pat right now, right this moment all things considered. Bringing a PG in for a short term fix is moot when said player is likely to sit behind Kobe and X. This player will likely know nothing about MDA’s system and this is why it’s better to not move now and is a waster of money to spend right now.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Steve Blake was the team MVP!Farmar was the best backup PG.Now Kobe PG???

  • Marty Susman

    This is bad for several reasons….
    A. He can get hurt again being used that way…
    B. He will disrupt anything the team has already seen.
    C. He will have the ball & take two many shots himself when they are behind.

    Kobe should shall we say, be sore & not play again till maybe after the first of the year…We need to trade Gasol, Nash one way or the other as well as Blake for DRAFT picks…. Maybe the 76′ers who have a ton of 1st rounders would be willing to give a few away….Maybe the Pistons would be willing to listen to a Gasol for Monre deal…

    • Joseph Apohen

      We don’t need to trade those three for draft picks. We need a season point guard now, not later or the newly drafted picks. We need somone like Session for the time being.

      • Daryl Peek

        I like Sessions but what do we give up and how much will he cost? These are the things most fans overlook that the FO has to be concerned. Fantasy GM is much easier than real-time.

        • Joseph Apohen

          I don’t know what the cost might be, but can we give up Kaman and cash? I think Kaman is in the doghouse therefore he is expendable. Plus Kelley? I have never seen the Lakers kept their high draft pics anyway.

          • Daryl Peek

            Kaman can be traded after the 15th. Again, Farmar may be back just a few days after that. Trades may happen and something will be done to shed dollars going forward but it will not be a panic move to add a PG.

          • Joseph Apohen

            15th is around the corner. We can hold our breath until then.

          • jeremy

            if you mean they dont keep 2nd round players that wrong, since luke was the 32 second pick and he was a lakers for 8 years, ronny was a laker for 3. plus if lakers werent going to keep kelly they would of cut him like alot of 2nd rounders were before the season started

          • Joseph Apohen

            They’re waiting to cut him next year like what they had been doing the past years. Luke might be the only second player they kept along with Turiaf and they were both high second rounders.

          • jeremy

            what kelly doing now is nothing different then what sacre did his rookie year and sacre just got sign for like 2 more years

          • Joseph Apohen

            Do you remember who they kept the last five years? I think Turiaf was around for 3(?) years? But that was a while ago. I could not even remember who they drafted before Morris.

          • cj

            they drafted

            von wafer in 05
            cheikh shab in 06
            sun yue 07
            joe crowford 08
            patrick beverly and chinomlone 09
            devin ebanks and derrick caracter 10

            morris and godlock and chuckwudie and ater majok 11
            scare and odom 12
            kelly 13

          • Soldier for Christ

            This 7″ft. is a big who can shoot anywhere on the court. Also play defense. Can’t touch that. Give Kelly a year or two he is going to surprise a lot of people. Duke product. We don’t to trade nobody as of yet. Farmer will be back in 3 weeks.

      • nlruizjr

        are you kidding, Sessions is another DH, he doesn’t want to be in LA, if he wanted to be in LA he would have stayed !!!!

        • cj

          the lakers did not want him. they traded for nash,

          • Sam

            i thought sessions left as a free agent, and we signed nash as a free agent. am i wrong?

          • cj

            yes he did but he wanted to stay with the lakers but when we went after nash like we did he decided to move on.

  • Thomas Klein

    I think they should bring a point guard in on a 10 day contract. Darius Moris is available and knows MDA’s system. They can extend to a 2nd 10 day if need be. That should allow enough time for one of the three to come back.

    • Joseph Apohen

      Good idea. I don’t know about Morris. He is erratic.

    • jeremy

      cant do 10 day contracts till next month

    • nlruizjr

      couldn’t agree more but apparently the FO and MD only know is to run their players into the ground !!!!!

  • Jim213

    Given all these CONSTANT INJURIES (Farmar the team’s go to guy (1)) and given next season’s FA’s I’m not sure it’ll prove beneficial to resign certain players that are prone to injuries (year after year) for the long term success of the brand. But given management’s great past moves (SMH) they’ll likely sign Greg Oden to a max contract.

    • Zimmeredge

      what? Oden that would be great. the guy can barely 10 games a season that makes him a season long starter and he can play pg in extrem situations… why wait until next summer? trade him asap for Jordan Hill or Chris Kaman!

      • Jim213

        Management might as well go after Brandon Roy (no diss to Roy though).

        • Zimmeredge

          they’re already after Leandro Barbosa (they did not mention publicly that they want him to play back up center= ;) next on the list Amare? Granger?

          • Jim213

            Might as well try out Brett Favre (retired) who’s known for his passing.

          • Zimmeredge

            oh man Brett Favre that would be awesome. I can imagine him playing the pnr a true mastermind… and just for one game! that’s a dream come true
            but don’t you think that we are just a little over the luxury tax with his huge vet contract? I mean, “we” the lakers as rich and prestigious as we are can we afford him?

          • Jim213

            Why tank for Wiggins/Parker. Cris Broussard was informed of the Lakers overall #1 round draft choice for 2014. Other reports say that MANAGEMENT can neither confirm or deny the rumor.

          • Zimmeredge

            “we are monitoring the situation very carefully”

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Sean May fat guy Mitch wanted but Jim overruled for Bynum.

    • Joseph Apohen

      I don’t remember Farmar being injured in the past. I don’t think he is prone to injuries. Nash definitely should go as I don’t think he’ll be back to what he was before he was injured last year. He is old and therefore the healing process is not good.

  • Marty Susman

    Yes we do need to trade the old guys for draft picks..A so so pointy guard will do NOTHING other then making us go higher in the first round pick we get…We need to first trade the old guys, next forget this coming season, the real super studs will be on the market the following year…..The ONLY player we should go after now is Greg Monroe, we need a tough guy in the middle of the paint & he is that.

    • Joseph Apohen

      Why spend money on Greg Monroe or an elite pg. They’re not going to help us go deep in the playoff. Get a pg that is not going to cost a bundle for now and save that money for the real thing during the free agency. Let’s face it, this team is not going anywhere except to continue to provide fun and enjoyment. I love the way this team plays. Unfortunately many of them will be gone next year.

      • Zimmeredge

        the real thing during FA? what’s the real thing during the FA 2014?

        • Joseph Apohen

          You might be right there. I don’t think there is any real thing next year. Lebron is not coming, George has a long contract, if we get Melo, we’ll need two balls. Is Aldridge available for FA? I guess i’m thinking for the following year when hopefully we can go after Love and Westbrook. I guess we can go for Monroe now, but how much is he going to cost?

          • Zimmeredge

            get Monroe, get Ariza and get a PG plus a good prospect from the draft.
            15? nah! I think the FO is targeting summer 16 and 17.

      • jeremy

        so dont go after one of the best big. what wrong with monroe he only tied for 2nd leading scorer for the pistons at 18 points a game and he would cost alot less then pau would and unless we get gay,melo or lebron. monroe the best thing out there next off season.

        • Zimmeredge

          Rudy Gay in la? i hope this will never happen. I pray the lord that Mitch will never ever think about him.

          We HAVE to get Greg Monroe.

          • jeremy

            i just name big name players who be out there.

  • Zimmeredge

    “The injury problems in the backcourt continue to get progressively worse for the Los Angeles Lakers.”

    oh you clearly haven’t seen what’s coming. Worse? that’s the best word to describe what’s gonna happen in the next days, weeks and well probably months.

    • Joseph Apohen

      Clippers’s curse?

      • Zimmeredge

        don’t get your message. as far as i’m concernet true die hard fan but i don’t understand what they are doing.

  • Daryl Peek

    The defcon 5 suicide watch is reaching comical proportions on Lakers Nation today! All I can do is SMH at the panic mode frenzy?!?

    • Zimmeredge

      ? that’s normal bro! we are all hyped up and getting soooooooo excited by the next lottery pick in 2014 ;)

      • Daryl Peek

        LOL

        Where’s all that Mamba will save us good will I was reading all off season up til the return? I was catching hell for talking otherwise, now that the moment has arrived I’m delusional for believing in Kobe and crew?

    • Jim213

      This really comes down to INCOMPETENT MANAGEMENT. But with that said the Lakers still have a good shot to come out of this trip 2-2. However, if the ball IS NOT ROTATED (Kobe @ (1) who’s still trying to get a feel of the game again) to let the bench mob do their thing then the team will likely return 1-3.

      • Daryl Peek

        I won’t make predictions on what will be on the court but big picture, I’ll reserve the right to say I told you so, and or eat crow if my patience’s and calm is proven wrong.

        As you know Jim, we see the past theme VS. the now differently.

        • Jim213

          Yes, it seems you prefer sticking and retaining previous players who’ve played less than consistently these past seasons. The league has changed… most of the Western Conference aside of a few team’s are making moves to build for the future and SURPRISED skeptics.

          Pau, Nash, and a few other players don’t fit the bill aside of the future direction the team should pursue IMO. The team has better depth this season and without a starting PG and the go to guy (@ end of games) they’ve managed to thus exceed early expectations somewhat.

          Let’s be real Daryl, given management bad moves as of late (franchise/future players) don’t believe they have a clue of which direction to go (future wise). Thus, I seriously doubt they can turn this around next season and 2015 possibly. However, to get the most out of this current roster TEAM BALL will need to take place.

          If Kobe expects the team to make the playoffs he’ll have to play with the team being having a better feel of ball rotation and when to go for his own shots. It’ll take him time to regain his form but he doesn’t have to place the load on himself given the overall team depth. But aside of that it remains to be seen if the coach can place the correct lineup down the stretch to win games.

          That’s all the team should think about now… PLAY TOGETHER TO PULL WINS OUT TO BUY THIS DEPLETED ROSTER (somewhat) more time to re-acquire players who’ve been out of the lineup due to injuries. (Nash need not apply).

          But you rather stick with the players that won’t help the team (long term, IMO) rather than restock/move certain ones to help get the most out of this roster. It’s hard assemble good team chemistry which this team has but it remains to be seen if management will build around the team’s strength or go with the old modo.

          • Daryl Peek

            We don’t have the money to do what you want the team to do. There was no market for trading Howard simply because the contracts taken back in would’ve restricted the team even more than they are now.

            The cap/luxury tax sacrifice was made when Phil was still Lakers coach. I don’t know what it’s gonna take for you to realize the future was hocked chasing rings for Phil?

          • jeremy

            plus things were different back then. with all the new rules lakers wont have the power to do what they once did

          • Jim213

            ?!? The Phil chants came during the off season but it’s a thing of the past (rear view mirror). It’s acquiring the right pieces for the long term success of the brand. Management isn’t turning this around next year but moves need to take place to improve the team for the long term.

            No diss Daryl but if we’re here next year around the same period we’ll still be talking about management and the bad moves or the ones that need to take place.

          • Daryl Peek

            It’s not about the we want Phil chants. It’s all about what they did to build up that equity in the first place. See the Bulls post Jordan. Now I’m not saying the team will go that long without competing but the Jackson effect is that after the fact.

            Championship Dynasties are a cycle. The Lakers got 7 trips to the finals and 5 rings out of the Kobe era. There’s still a chance for another but it looks bleak right now.

            The Spurs got 5 trips out of Duncan and 4 rings. The Bulls 6 for 6. You’re griping about the price that’s due from the dynasty cycle? You’ve got to be more grounded in the big picture as a long time Lakers fan man.

            I can’t say for sure it will be happy, happy joy, joy next season. This is LeBron and KD’s league right now. Kobe is the old gimpy dog trying to stave off father time for one last hurrah. Who knows what’s next? All I know is the Lakers are the best at the turnaround in the Dynasty cycle.

          • Jim213

            Yes, with J Buss and J West. Pray for management.

          • Daryl Peek

            Who weren’t perfect either.

          • cj

            there was a market for howard.

            hou would have offered asik and lin for howard. so we would be better at our two worst positions atm.

            gsw would have offered lee and a pick so we would have had lee on this team + two picks in 14.

            brk would have looked to make a deal around lopez.

            there were trades out there the lakers swallowed their pride and let him walk. hell the lakers could have got dj, bledso and butler from the clippers.

          • Daryl Peek

            “There was no market for trading Howard simply because the contracts taken back in would’ve restricted the team even more than they are now.”

            Both Asik and Lin have poison pill contracts that will balloon to 14 mil for each next season (28 mil cap hit for the both) plus I’m not sure Lin was ever really a consideration for trade. Bottom line, the FO was not gonna entertain that as a viable trade.

          • cj

            aisk and lins contract wont balloon. because the teams did not match the offer. so they will get paid 14/15 mill that season but the cap hit will only be 8.3 mill ish range.

            with lin at 8.3 and asik at 8.3 + kobe at 23.5 + 1.5 mill pick thats 41.4 mill right there. thats plenty to go and resign pau and bring back a bench.

            lin, kobe, arzia, pau, asik
            farmar, x, young, wes, hill

            thats a contender

            this would also have worked because they came of in 15 which is were love might be a freeagent.

          • Daryl Peek

            I’ll have to do some research on that but still the FO was not gonna take on any extra cap dollars and if memory serves me, McHale didn’t want to trade Lin.

          • cj

            this is true water under the bridge. mchale does not even play lin right he hates him lol.

            want a hypothetical.
            insted of getting nash what if the lakers helped tor get nash. and the lakers got either lowery or caldaron in the deal for just a first rounder. that saves two picks that went to the suns.

            caldaron, kobe, meta, pau. howard.

            could have worked.

          • Daryl Peek

            As you can see I don’t deal much in hypothetical’s. Most all of my commentary is about what is right now. Fantasy GM is fun but when it comes to my Lakers it’s all about the reality of now. The FO can’t do anything about past mistakes, all they can do is learn from them and move on…

            Saying McHale hates Lin? I wouldn’t go that far. Lin was very upset when Patrick Patterson and others were traded last season.

            McHale is trying to find the right balance of a rotation with Hardens skill set and Howard. Beverly is a Eric Bledsoe like scoring PG. Lin is more of a traditional passing PG. The beef between McHale and Lin is overblown IMO.

          • nlruizjr

            Good Luck with that, Kobe playing PG, SF, SG and maybe PF !!!!!!, Gasol will make his typical half-hearted appearance.

          • Jim213

            IMO, it’ll depend on how they play team ball but hopefully the coach activates Kaman given that it’s likely we may watch Gasol on the highlight reel taking a few hard dunks by either Westbrook, Durant, or Ibaka.

            The coach needs to find the best time to bring the bench mob in with Kaman (big) to try to get an advantage when Westbrook or Durant rest on the bench.

          • Daryl Peek

            “But you rather stick with the players that won’t help the team (long term, IMO) rather than restock/move certain ones to help get the most out of this roster.” ?!?

            Where do you get that? And a lot of what you said is what I’ve been saying all along about right now with the team.

            I in now way want the FO to sit pat on old player that don’t help the team. Who are these players you’re accusing me to be so loyal to? I simply continue to state you and I see different due to your constant talk of what may be when chopping up current player performance.

            The current team theme has nothing to do with that in a what’s going on now with the players context. This is where you constantly get it twisted IMO, no disrespect intended, just how I read most of your commentary.

            Nash, Pau, Blake, Farmar, Kaman, Hill, Young, X, Johnson, and Meeks will all likely be on the table for possible trade trades resigning and or walking for more money next season. This is how the FO set it up. My point is it’s futile to continue to talk what may be given all except Kobe are on the table. When speaking on player performance its best to keep it in the realm of what’s in front of us this season, and what they can do this season. None of us has a clue of what may come of trades or injury plights.

            All I see is a group doing all they can to win right now. The details of 2014 will be worked out at the appropriate said time. Looking back at past mistakes is futile also. Jimmy and Mitch have gotten off to a rocky start but again that was preordained due to the ring chasing of the triangle era. Kobe and Pau’s 49 mil on the books mandated that regardless of Nash’s 9 mil coming on last year. On paper Nash and Howard were GREAT pick ups! Hind sight is 20/20.

            Revisionist critique is all I hear when you rant about past mistakes. Again, no ones perfect mayne. Dr. Buss and West made plenty of bad choices. If we expect Jimmy and Jeanie to have had a seamless transition were fooling ourselves. This was gonna be hard that’s all.

          • Jim213

            SMH, second reply to this post. Must have gotten to you for some reason. Seems as we perceive posts differently at times. IMO, not expecting big things from management next season given that am not certain what direction the FO intends on going next season.

            If the coach gets replaced it seems that a few of the players who have managed to stick out as of late (ex Johnson and a few others) may not stick around. Thinking about it now don’t know if Melo will blend with this unit and given that Lebron won’t be a Laker it’ll be somewhat difficult to find the right pieces (star players near future) to play with this style of team.

            A few players are possible like K Love and L Aldridge who can shoot play both ends inside as well as distribute the ball. However, difficult to perceive the direction that FO intends on pursuing next season. If the Raptors are intent on acquiring a 1st round pick for K Lowry it wouldn’t be viable for the Lakers to pursue him. Especially since it seems like a tryout at first to observe if he can be molded into a starter that can run the coach’s system.

            Might as well try to acquire Isaiah Canaan or Dee Bost ( D League) if available until things can be sorted out with the PG’s though I’d be looking overseas given there’s some good talent that can play to the coach’s preference of style though modified.You call it critique, I’d go with reverse psychology being addressing issues that are sometimes overlooked.

            Some may get fed up with it but it’ll stick to their heads in the long run. From reading some of your posts it seems you’re a wait and see person with regards to management. As for myself it’s making the right move when the situation calls for to take advantage of circumstances. PG positions may be the similar to quarterback positions down the line thus I’d expect management to make the right moves when the opportunity presents itself while not focusing on FA or until next off season.

          • Daryl Peek

            “If the coach gets replaced”

            This is what I’m talking about Jim. You premises your commentary of current player personnel off a hypothetical none of us has any clue about going forward.

            I get you’re trying to think forward but it skews the current team theme. The FO likely has plans in place but said plans are on hold due to too many different factors that cannot be projected presently. This is why I say it’s futile to play the what if game when chopping up current player performance.

            Example; right now luxury tax implications rule the day. We have no real starting PG but it makes no sense to bring in someone else that will likely sit behind Kobe and X while they are learning the MDA system. Might said unknown player potentially be a really good prospect going forward? Yes but those are dollars the FO cannot afford to spend on the unknown right now.

            Unfortunately the team is handcuffed by Kobe’s 30 mil, Gasol’s 19 mil and Nash’s 9 mil. These are fixed for various reasons. No need to rehash trades or moves that could have been made in the past to alleviate this present plight, what’s done is done.

            The if or given said player may do this or the team may do that with them is what skews the present performance debate. Let the present performance be just that, an evaluation of what said player can do for the Lakers right now. If injured or under performing appropriate action will be taken but we cannot premises and present performance evaluation on what if?

          • Jim213

            IMO, the main things that will need to be addressed during the next month or further will be Nash (returning or retiring) and if Gasol remains or gets traded. Aside of that the main issue should be the 1 position but it’ll likely be a wait and see thing given Nash’s prognosis hasn’t been determined for the long term.

          • Daryl Peek

            Farmar and Blake are likely gonna be kept next season IMO. Nash is the unknown. Only time will tell.

            Gasol is gone IMO. I don’t know when but I don’t see him with the Lakers next year. Kaman is gone also. Hill will be very hard to keep. So will Henry, Johnson, Meeks and Young.

            Sacre, Kelly and Williams will likely be back. They are very low cost options that can still sit on the end of the bench and be called upon in a pinch if injury intervenes.

            See the round and round that can result from all the if’s? These are my opinions but they can turn on a dime at any time from game to game (given present performance) or with the unexpected stroke of a pin (trade) or another injury.

            IMO the main thing that needs to be done is get this guys that are currently available to perform at the best level to help the team win games starting tonight. Again the details of future projections will be taken care of.

            GO LAKERS is what’s going on in game right now. IJS

      • LakersHeatBeef

        The Lakers are the only team in the NBA without a healthy true PG.

        • Zimmeredge

          and it seems it’s not a major concern to our coach and fo… pure logic.

          • Daryl Peek

            I absolutely love the steady poker hand their displaying. So Glad we got cool customers in our FO!

  • Daryl Peek

    Jodie Meeks, Bryant, Wesley Johnson, Jordan Hill and Pau Gasol. Tomorrow nights starting line up. I feel good about that!

    GO LAKERS

    • Jim213

      Meeks should hopefully play the 2. Should’ve kept Hill in the starting rotation while limiting his minutes. This leaves X, Young, S Williams, Sacre, and possibly Kaman? on the 2nd unit. Although, Wes will have to play more minutes to accommodate and help the 2nd unit.

      • Daryl Peek

        I’d like to see both Kaman and Kelly get some PT but that will not happen.

        In other news; The Lakers don’t have any immediate plans to add a PG, according to team source. D’Antoni wants to see what Kobe-Meeks-Henry-Young can do.

        They will not panic.

        • Jim213

          For myself, it’s not panicking it’s making the right moves to better position the team for the long term. Not contending for a ring this season so expectations are mediocre at best.

          • Daryl Peek

            And that is exactly what they are doing by fixing the cap mess left over from ring chasing in vain the last three plus seasons

          • Zimmeredge

            so that’s a paradox. they said “we are able to build a championship team” and in the same time they are trying to fix the cap.
            Every team is high over the cap when you wanna title you have to pay.

          • Daryl Peek

            What would you expect them to say? Were just fixing our mess?!? Come on man.

            Not every team is high over the luxury tax and is a three time offender like the Lakers are. 2014 is the day of luxury tax reckoning, Jimmy and Mitch are paying up in trying to get under.

            There is no paying luxury taxes this season.

          • Zimmeredge

            every title contender is high over the cap (not the tax)… and most of them (in fact all the big markets in the NBA) are all paying the luxury tax…. Heat, Knicks, Nets, C’s, Bulls and of course the Lakers.

          • Daryl Peek

            But none are consecutive three time offenders like the Lakers are currently. This new CBA was constructed to stop the Buss machine and while I’m sure it will fail big picture, it did take a toll which is being paid right now.

          • Zimmeredge

            I think you fail to understand. offending the cba or not… We are the Los Angeles Lakers we are a championship team!!! that’s part of our history. if we have to pay to build a championship team, make big trades, pay taxes then we will pay but we will win too.
            the problem is not that we are paying the problem is that the FO is not building a true team. they are bringing or unloading pieces without any basketball considerations or thoughts.
            Why the hell did you have to bring 39yo Stave Nash knowing that his back was falling apart? Make him sign a 27m$ in 3years? nonsense. I admire him but everybody knows that Kobe can’t play with a ball hogging pg.
            Why drop Odom for late first round pick 2 years ago?
            Why put Pau on the trade parade every summer?
            why you didn’t trust your future franchise superstar (D12) and give him what he, aaaaaaaaaaaall the players and the fans wanted (Phil Jackson… yes again!)?
            Why hire Mike Brown after Phil when all the insiders (players and fans) in LA were supporting Brian Shaw?

            it’s fail after fail after fail after fail. and it has nothing to do with contract bargaining agreement.

            I can’t wait for this summer… honestly i can’t wait. it’s going to be memorable. when you’ll see all the young faces that we needed go somewhere else because we haven’t make the right moves and do the right calls at the right moment.

          • Daryl Peek

            I think you fail to realize the rules drafted in this new CBA are deeper than the Lakers pockets TW TV deal and all. And there are FA signing restrictions money can’t supersede.

            Can’t believe you went there with Kobe’s deal?!? It has no bearing on this season and is no more than any other superstar would get in a max contract. Kobe is worth that, period.

          • Zimmeredge

            Lakers’ front office is money cautious imo that’s all i have to say.

          • Daryl Peek

            FA signing restrictions money can’t supersede. Read up on the CBA and you’ll have a better understanding.

          • Jim213

            Fix the cap which $24 mil goes to KB24 (don’t blame Kobe for the deal aside of representing the brand for the past decade). But aside of that Nash $18 mil contract (2012) while offering the less than valued DH $118 mil.

            Doesn’t sound like a team working on limiting their cap. Bad moves that have hurt the team though for the next year or two but not for the 4-5+ years w/(DH).

          • Zimmeredge

            it’s amazingly stupid. Uncoherent.
            Kobe’s contract? no problem he deserves every single cents for what he has accomplished what he is still bringing to the team.

            there’s no captain on board in LA.

          • Daryl Peek

            There you go? SMH Where did I blame Kobe?!? I wont get into the particular schematics because that too much typing and my BOLTS are about to come on.

            Kobe’s 24 mil was a seed sowed that will pay tremendous dividends going forward as I’ve discussed before. Next season will be next season and the FO is going about things the right way.

          • Jim213

            SMH Daryl, posted to Zimmerge’s comments with regards to management’s past bad moves. Kobe has made more $$$ for the franchise and marketing partners that what he’s paid.

            But the FO past bad moves aren’t linked or don’t look like a franchise trying limit the cap when in actaulity it’s thanks to DH that the team has better depth while observing what type of bench this team has aside of some gems.

          • Daryl Peek

            Which is why they let Howard walk. My badd on jacking your Zimm convo.

          • Jim213

            Howard CHOSE the Rockettes (we should all be thankful in this given this season of giving Daryl). A BLESSING!

          • Daryl Peek

            He did choose but he was set up as they mad no real effort to keep him given what he asked for from the jump.

        • Joseph Apohen

          They’re not going anywhere so why panic? They’re saving all that money for cap space. I’m okay with that.

    • Zimmeredge

      on a scale of one to ten one being a “tie” game (+10points for okc) and ten being a blow out… how high do you feel it? :)

      • Daryl Peek

        I see a very competitive game tomorrow night. In all honesty, this is likely the best defensive starting line up we could play. Kobe and Pau are the only concerns but Wes & Meeks can cover for Kobe and Hill will hustle where Pau lacks.

        • Zimmeredge

          in all honesty, there won’t be any basketball game tomorrow night. if you think that we can compete with okc’s big three you are wrong. Block party for Ibaka against Gasol. Kobe’s not in game shape to struggle with WB, sepholosha will outstanding d against kobe and Durant will score 30 or more points at least.
          OKC haven’t lost at home since 12 or 13 games.

          • Daryl Peek

            We’ll see…

          • Joseph Apohen

            Don’t forget Westbrook, arguably the best pg. No one in the league can guard him. I’ll take him over any pg.

          • Zimmeredge

            once kobe’s gone (2016)… Westbrook or Durant will take over in Lalaland.

          • cj

            it will be a close game. with the lakers getting the win.

    • jeremy

      i dont think it will be hill, it will be either sacre or willams or maybe a surprise and kelly plays,but i dont see hill starting. unless that really the line up and i just havent read that yet

      • Daryl Peek

        That’s the starting line up according to Kevin Ding, who likely got the info from MDA

        • jeremy

          ok then if that the line up we have to still limit hill mins since he doesnt do so well playing big starter mins

    • Joseph Apohen

      I like that lineup. That’s about the best we can present to OKC before they say “Thanks”.

  • jeremy

    looks like the lakers arent worry about the PG spot like us fans are. so at this point all we got to do is trust the lakers. it would be smart to bring in a PG but if they chose not to then that their choice. kobe starting at the one isnt a bad idea since it give the lakers a spot to bring back wes who shpuldnt of never left the starting line up

    • Zimmeredge

      trade coming definitely. it they keep it cool like that.

      • jeremy

        if it is a trade it wont be till the 15th or later since all the players we sign can be traded by then

        • Daryl Peek

          Doing your homework I see? Good stuff mayne!

          • jeremy

            i only know that because they were talking about it in rockets trade rumors

        • Zimmeredge

          yeah i know that. 15th december. this sunday and after.

  • Daryl Peek

    “And at last report, Toronto was said to be seeking TWO of the following three: Shumpert, Hardaway Jr., Future First. A bit pricey, I’d say”

    And now you see why certain players, the Lakers cannot afford to go after.

    • jeremy

      if lakers get anyone. it not going to be a big name player, it will be low key guy. ill be surprise if lakers do a trade for a player like kyle lowry. since a trade like that will cost us some key rotation players

      • Daryl Peek

        Which is why Kupchack said it’s unlikely they add someone to sit behind Kobe and X while learning the MDA system.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Raymond Fat Felton LOL Lakers need a PG hahaha

  • Jokobe

    Lakers have been plagued with injury after injury. Maybe Pringles’ system increases the likelihood of getting hurt. Just a thought.

    • jeremy

      cant blame the offense for nash and pau health since both been hurting for a while. farmar maybe, but blake i dont see how his offense would hurt blake elbow that any other offense couldnt do

      • Jokobe

        I dont know man. When it comes to injuries, I think the coaches should have some responsibility. This foo just doesnt know how to coach.

  • Paytc

    That is pretty much what happened last season. And that is why many have been calling for the Lakers to sure up that position once and for all. This just further pushes the F.O. to make a move or two. Injuries can happen,you can’t predict them. Just have to be prepared.

    I am confident if we take it one game at a time (after the OKC game :-)) We should be alright. Just kidding. We just have to play a smart game ,stay away from Mr. Shotblocka, and hang in and find away to win late in the game.

    Kobe did a great job last year running the floor and getting other involved. His assist numbers can attest to that. He did turn the ball over a bit more than he probably would have liked to. But last years experience should help Kobe build off his past efforts. Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Yeap.Watching the transactions on my sports updates.Hoping to land a PG tonight.

    • Paytc

      You and I should be getting a call from the F.O. :-)
      Nobody is putting in any more work than a few of the Laker’s faithful.
      Keep us all posted ! Go Lakers!

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Recent Kendall Marshall news,notes,quotes,stats.

    “Obviously I’ve seen the worst of this league so far,” Marshall said. “I’m actually very grateful to go through it, because now I feel like I’ve hit rock bottom of how low you can go in the league – being out of it.”

    “I do believe I belong in the NBA,” Marshall said. “I’m sure there’s about a couple thousand players in the world that feel that way right now, too.

    “Whatever criticisms that people had coming out of last year about his game, he’s fixed all that,” Sevens Coach Rod Baker said. “I don’t know if he’s a better shooter or not, but he’s a much more confident shooter. That’s half the battle. Prior to now, he’s been reluctant. He hasn’t been reluctant at all this year.

    The Sevens scooped him up quickly, and he’s played well in his time in Delaware. He came into Wednesday averaging 21.3 points a game in three contests, including nine assists and 6.3 rebounds to boot. He scored 22 points and dished out 15 assists in Wednesday’s loss.

  • Paytc

    Talk about getting a test and being thrown in the fire. Kobe is still testing the repairs to see how his body responds days after games played. Now he has to run the floor against Westbrook,Durant,and Shotblocka on the road.

    As I have said in the past…. Kobe has had to earn everything he has gotten.
    He has also deserved a lot more than he’s received. We know he will give it his all night in and out, at home or on the road. I hope Gasol and others will “STEP UP ” to help, and show the NBA what the Lakers are capable of.

    Go Lakers !

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Lakers Considering Barbosa, Morris, Duhon, Others

    Dec 12, 2013 10:04 PM EST

    The Los Angeles Lakers are down to zero point guards due to Steve Blake’s injury and are considering their options regarding a potential signing.

    Mitch Kupchak said Leandro Barbosa, Darius Morris and Chris Duhon are all “on the list” of point guards the team is considering.

    “I think for the time being we’re going to roll with what we’ve got,” Kupchak said. “To find a player that doesn’t belong to somebody right now that can come in and play in front of Kobe [Bryant], in front of Xavier [Henry], in front of Jodie [Meeks], it’s unlikely.

    “But maybe there’s a player out there that we can take a look at. … It’s a good time to perhaps look at a player, but I don’t think there’s somebody that we’re going to bring in and we’re going to start or is going to play big minutes.”

    The Lakers plan to give elevated ball handling duties to Bryant, Henry and Meeks.

    Via Dave McMenamin/ESPN

  • petron_run&gun

    then our losing streak will continue tomorrow until dec 20

  • Johnson Marc

    We can try to bring back those guys : Shannon Brown,Trevor Aritza and Andrew Goudelock

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Opposing teams will be very aggressive and pressure Kobe and trap him to try to force turnovers.Also Meeks will get the same treatment,he has bad handles to begin with.Yes Xavier Henry will get pressured big time by opposing the defense and he will be forced to cough up the ball.

    Having a non point guard offense has it’s drawbacks in a big way.The positives is outweighed by the negatives.My biggest concerns are Turnovers and Stagnant Offense in the absence of a Point Guard.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Possible point guard replacements that hardly ever got mentioned yet.This is more like how the Lakers FO thinks.I laugh at this list myself LOL HAHAHA.

    Darius Morris,Chris Duhon,The Brazilian Blur,Delonte West,Marcus Banks,Sebastian Telfair,Stephon Marbury,Steve Francis,Smush Parker,D.J. Strawberry,Lester Hudson,Josh Selby,Shannon Brown,Allen Iverson,Rafer Alston,Mike Bibby,Carlos Arroyo,Gilbert Arenas,Sun Yue,Andrew Goudelock.

  • John Z Prosise

    I agree Kobe should try to play PG and make it work ..I just don’t like to see Kobe play too many minutes at his age

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