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Lakers News: Kobe’s Excited About Bringing The Band Back Together

971525_208188832670949_1544695461_nLast season, the Lakers arguably had the best starting five lineup in the NBA. They had four future Hall of Fame players and Dwight Howard, who has consistently been one of the top defenders in the league and is on track to becoming a Hall of Fame candidate. Nonetheless, that team did not come remotely close to living up to the expectations that were set for them, and in Lakerland that simply is unacceptable.

This summer the Lakers have watched two key players from last season leave Los Angeles for other teams. Most notably, Dwight Howard left to join James Harden and the Houston Rockets, but also Earl Clark will be signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers and former Lakers head coach Mike Brown. The departure of these two players along with the Lakers’ current salary conditions have left Laker fans and management searching for answers.

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The Lakers have since signed veteran center and former Dallas Maverick Chris Kaman to a one-year deal, using their mini mid-level exception, but what seems to be the signing that has gotten not only Laker fans excited, but Kobe Bryant excited as well, is the signing of former Lakers point guard Jordan Farmar.

Farmar was originally drafted by the Lakers in 2006 with their first round pick, 26th overall. He was part of both the 2009 and 2010 championship teams for the Lakers. However, Farmar is not the only former Laker that has Kobe excited. Fan favorite and former NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award winner Lamar Odom has been in the middle of rumors that suggest that he is considering re-signing with the Lakers.

What most are considering to be a down season for the Lakers, Kobe completely disagrees. Bringing the band back of the 2009-2010 teams is something that they could use to their advantage. Chemistry sure seems to rank high on Kobe’s lists of importance, something that last year’s team lacked tremendously.

At his annual basketball camp at UC Santa Barbara, Kobe said:

“Isn’t that something. It’s amazing. Its kind of like the cycle of sports.  Also, there is a lot to be said about chemistry. Understanding each other and knowing how to play with each other. That’s the most important thing about team sports.”

Kobe was very happy discussing the possibility of bringing the band back to Los Angeles. He believes that with most of the last championship squad, the Lakers can compete with any team in the NBA. Just listening to him one can tell that this is something that he wants to happen next season and feels will be more than just a reunion tour.

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  • Jack

    Yea seems like thats the only team he’ll ever actually enjoy playing with smh. #MakeMovesForTheFuture

  • ersliva

    WELL THEY JUST ADDED NICK YOUNG…
    THE LAKERS NOW HAVE 6 GUARDS UNDER CONTRACT…
    YOUNG 6’7″
    BRYANT 6’6″
    MEEKS 6’4″
    NASH 6’3″
    BLAKE 6’3″
    FARMAR 6’2″
    I GUESS ITS TRUE THAT MORRIS 6’5″ AND GOUDELOCK 6’3″ ARE HISTORY
    BUT THE REST OF THE LINEUP SO FAR IS
    KAMAN 7’0″
    GASOL 7’0″
    SACRES 7’0″
    KELLEY 6’11″
    HILL 6’10″
    PEACE 6’7″
    WITH PEACE BEING EXPECTED TO BE AMNESTIED TO SAVE LITTLE JIMMY MONEY FOR HIS PARTIES
    IT LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE ONLY GOING TO USE BIGS AND GUARDS THEN SINCE THEY HAVE NO REAL FORWARDS ON THE ROSTER EXCEPT THE AWAITING PEACE WHO SAYS IF HES AMNESTIED HE WILL SIGN WITH A PLAYOFF FAVORITE
    I DONT MIND THE SIGNINGS SO FAR…BUT IM AGAINST WAIVING PEACE…IF THEY WANT TO WAIVE A PLAYER IT SHOULD BE BLAKE AND THEN RESIGN MORRIS TO BE THE TEAMS THIRD POINT GUARD…
    THEY SHOULD ALSO CARRY A FULL ROSTER THIS YEAR…
    RESIGN EBANKS…SIGN ODOM….SIGN A GOOD SMALL FORWARD TO PLAY BEHIND PEACE AND HAVE THE FOLLOWING ROSTER THEN:
    GASOL 7’0″/ KAMAN 7’0″ / SACRES 7’0″ : AS THE CENTERS
    ODOM 6’10″ / HILL 6’10″ / KELLEY 6’11″ : AS THE POWERS
    PEACE 6’7″ / FORWARD 6′ 8″ / EBANKS 6’9″ : AS THE FORWARDS
    BRYANT 6’6″ / YOUNG 6’7″ / MEEKS 6’4″ : AS THE GUARDS
    NASH 6’3″ / FARMAR 6’2″ / MORRIS 6’5″ : AS THE POINTS
    NOW I THINK LAKER FANS CAN LIVE WITH THIS TYPE OF TEAM AS LONG AS THEY SIGN ODOM AND GET A VERY GOOD FORWARD THAT CAN SCORE AND DEFEND…
    BUT ADDING MORE SCORERS INSTEAD OF DEFENDERS THEN YOU CAN KISS THE SEASON GOODBYE WITH AN 8 SEED AND A 4 GAME SWEEP IN THE PLAYOFFS BY THE WESTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS SPECIALLY IF THE LAKERS AMNESTY PEACE AND HE STAYS IN THE WEST TO GET REVENGE ON LITTLE JIMMY….

    • jeremy

      they sign young for a reason and with his size he tall enough to be a SF

      • richard

        Our lineup would probably look like this:

        CENTERS:GASOL/KAMAN/SACRES GRADE A

        POWERS:HILL/KELLY GRADE D
        FORWARDS:BRYANT/YOUNG – GRADE B
        GUARDS:MEEKS/Kobe/BLAKE -GRADE B+
        POINTS:NASH/FARMAR/ GRADE B

        Kobe will split duties at the 2 position, so, that position will still be a B at least. If they add Odom, our lineup at the PF would be a B. I do think that this lineup can contend for the West top honors… what I am not sure is if it is championship material.

    • ersliva

      LOOKING AT WHOS SIGNED IT LOOKS LIKE THE LAKERS ARE PLANNING TO HAVE 6 GUARDS ON THE ACTIVE ROSTER IF NOT MORE IF THEY ADD ANY MORE GUARDS

      THEY HAVE TO KEEP PEACE OR THEY WILL NEED TO ADD 3 MORE BIGS TO MAKE UP A 12 MAN ROSTER WITH THEIR 6 GUARDS BECAUSE IF THEY PLAN TO HAVE SACRES AND KELLEY ON THE ACTIVE ROSTER THIS SEASON…THUSLY ACTUALLY HAVING 4 CENTERS IN ALL ACCOUNT THEN THIS TEAM WONT BE PLAYING ANY DEFENSE WHAT SO EVER ….GUARDS TO SHOT AND BIGS TO BOARD IN OTHER WORDS….WHICH IS VERY EASY TO DEFEND IN THE NBA….

      NOW THEY ARE LOOKING SIGNING ODOM/BRAND BUT NO WORD ON ANY OTHER FORWARDS EXCEPT FROM THEIR SUMMER LEAGUE TEAM WHICH DOES HAVE GRD/FWD CHRIS DOUGLAS-ROBERTS WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON LAST YEARS TEAM BUT BROWN DIDNT LIKE HIM JUST LIKE D’ANTONI DIDNT LIKE HOWARD/CLARK AND EBANKS SO THEY ARE GONE THIS YEAR AND HILL WOULD BE GONE AS WELL BECAUSE D’ANTONI DOESNT LIKE HIM EITHER BUT HES GOT A CONTRACT FOR THIS SEASON THANKFULLY….AND SINCE D’ANTONI DOESNT LIKE PEACE…HES EXPECTED TO GET AMNESTIED IN THE WEEK AS WELL…..

      BUT IF PEACE STAYS…AND WITH THE GUARD SIGNINGS….LOOK TO BLAKE BEING AMNESTIED INSTEAD….WHICH IM NOT AGAINST

      ACTIVE ROSTER RIGHT NOW LOOKS THIS WAY

      GASOL/HILL/PEACE/BRYANT/NASH

      KAMAN/KELLEY/YOUNG/MEEKS/FARMAR

      SACRES/BLAKE

      THUSLY IN ALL ACTUALLITY IF BROKEN DOWN TO WHAT IS NEEDED STILL FOR A GOOD TEAM HERES WHAT THE LINEUP LOOKS THEN

      CENTERS:GASOL/KAMAN/SACRES GRADE A

      POWERS:HILL/KELLY GRADE D
      FORWARDS:PEACE GRADE C+
      GUARDS:BRYANT/YOUNG/MEEKS GRADE A+
      POINTS:NASH/FARMAR/BLAKE GRADE C+
      THUSLY THEY STILL NEED 2 FORWARDS WITH ONE BEING GOOD AS PEACE TO GET A GRADE OF B+ AT FORWARD
      THEY ALSO NEED A GOOD STARTING POWER TO GET A GRADE OF B- AT POWER
      IF THEY CAN DO THAT THEY CAN LIVE WITH THE C+ AT POINT AND CONTEND FOR THE WESTERN FINALS
      NOW IF THEY ADD ODOM AT POWER IT WILL BE UP TO ODOM ON HOW HIGH THE GRADE GETS…
      AND IF THEY ADD CDR AT FORWARD IT WILL COME DOWN TO HIS PLAY AS WELL ALONG WITH PEACE BUT CDR STILL KEEPS THEM AT A C+ BECAUSE HES NOT A TRUE SMALL FORWARD….AND THE DEPTH THERE IS STILL WEAK….

      • Josh

        shannon brown lamar odom

      • hateLames

        dude, just dont post anymore.

        • Cory Branch

          Essentially all he did was give an in depth analysis of the depth chart and some more pro douglas-roberts banter as if he doesn’t struggle to see playing time in the summer league. I can’t even dignify that post

          • ersliva

            WELL HES AMNESTIED PEACE

            THUSLY LITTLE JIMMIE BUSS IS THROWING THE SEASON AWAY

            ONCE PEACE CLEARS WAIVERS HE WILL BE THE BEST FREE AGENT AT SMALL FORWARD ON THE MARKET BY FAR TO ANY OTHER FREE AGENT
            LEFT ON THE MARKET
            IT LOOKS LIKE OUR NEW STARTING SMALL FORWARD IS KOBE THEN WITH YOUNG BEING HIS BACKUP SO FAR…
            AND BLAKE WILL BE THE STARTING SHOOTING GUARD WITH MEEKS AS HIS BACK UP….
            GASOL/HILL/BRYANT/BLAKE/NASH
            KAMAN/KELLEY/YOUNG/MEEKS/FARMAR
            SACRES/????
            IM SURE GLAD I DONT OWN LAKER SEASON TICKETS SPECIALLY AT THE $2500.00 A GAME PRICE
            TIME TO SELL THE “FIRE JIMMY BUSS” SHIRTS IN LOS ANGELES….
            IM LOOKING TO CLEAR SOME GOOD $$$$

    • CharlieMurphy!

      Maybe Jim Buss will replace World Peace with one of his horses

  • Jim213

    Too many guards… waive/cut/trade Meeks, Blake, and Hill. I would throw in Kelly but just drafted. Trade Gasol in a 3 team trade for someone like the likes of Rondo and if this occurs then trade Nash for a draft pick hopefully #1. Acquire Lamar Odom FIRST while signing other players ex. overseas to a one year contract if possible.. future players that should seriously get consideration while meeting salary and cap space include to better the odds of attracting a future superstar…

    Reggie Williams, decent 3 point shooter however in 2010-11 averaged (.423) trade/cut Blake now. Viktor (Soviet) Khryapa would be a better option strong arms and hands with a 3 point shooting ability too aside from his solid defense. Richard Hendrix (Lokomotiv Kuban) would also be a good addition now (solid defense).

    Andres Nocioni, Anthony Parker, Maurice Evans=athleticism, and David
    Bluthenthal are good solid players that would make the second team one of the top ones for sure…=solid team depth. The Lakers require solid defensive players with attitude on the floor more so now with MWP being amnestied. Sad… but the show must go on!… Solid acquisitions from observing their stats aside from their play.

  • aprince66

    Bring back the MACHINE!

  • ruesell

    well lakers will be in good shape nxt seasons.. they don’t nid d12.. he’s just big.. dat’s it..if i wer coach d i will change my system bcoz it doesnt get me any chmpionships in nba..(corect if im wrong).. i dont like dat pick n roll.. i think the lakers nid to do is to attact agresively to the basket and find open shot..

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