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Report: Lakers Unsure About Nash, Looking For Point Guard Options Reviewed by Momizat on . The Lakers, after their loss against Cleveland, have now lost three straight games overall and five of their last six. They now stand at 9-13. They have so many The Lakers, after their loss against Cleveland, have now lost three straight games overall and five of their last six. They now stand at 9-13. They have so many Rating:
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Report: Lakers Unsure About Nash, Looking For Point Guard Options

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The Lakers, after their loss against Cleveland, have now lost three straight games overall and five of their last six. They now stand at 9-13.

They have so many problems on the court right now and one of them has to do with their point guard play. Chris Duhon and Darius Morris have done admirable jobs but they’re just not getting the job done (Duhon has played decently as of late while Morris has been relegated to the bench after poor play).

The latest report has Steve Nash out for the next two weeks, but, according to ESPN L.A., the Lakers can’t wait anymore as they continue to lose games. They need help, pronto. Here’s Ramona Shelburne with the latest.

If they want to add another point guard to the roster, the Lakers are going to have to cut somebody as they have the full 15-man roster.

Delonte West’s name has been thrown around a few times in rumorville ever since he was cut by Dallas before the season. There’s no denying his talent; West is a starting-caliber combo guard. His bout with bipolar disorder has made him a volatile personality, which is why teams have shied away from him. West also has trouble staying healthy; he’s only played more than 70 games in a season once in his career.

Eddie House was also mentioned by Shelburne. He has made it no secret that he wants to get back in the league. The last time he played was in the 2010-11 season when he was part of the Miami Heat. House is known for his scoring so he can help in that department. He’s also 34 years-old so who knows how much he has left in the tank?

There are other options like Mike Bibby (who also wants to return), Jonny Flynn (who is currently playing in Australia), and Mike James (who last played in Chicago last season). Marc Stein from ESPN had also mentioned that Jose Calderon is who the Lakers want but the Raptors want to put him in a bigger deal.

But it’s gotten to this point for the Lakers; help can’t come soon enough for them. And at 9-13, they need all the help they can get.

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  • joe23

    Lakers only will win if kobe stop shooting the ball and make 30+ points a game… They loss 10 games kobe scores 30+. that is his karma… the NBA analyst noticed that too.

    • http://www.facebook.com/MHM.35 Michael Mazurczyk

      Dude wt….? You think if Kobe stops taking shots that the Lakers will magically win? Have you forgotten the most completely obvious thing hurting them this season? T.O.’s!!! They average more than anyone else in the league at handing out basketball halloween candy. 16.5 TO’s a game doesn’t equal W’s, whether Kobe is shooting or not.

      • joe23

        T.O’s? who got the most of the T.O’s kobe right? how times the lakers win a game when kobe scores 30+ point? I believe just 1. How may times lakers loss when kobe score 30+ points? I think 10 in row already.

        • Trolol4life

          if Kobe wouldn’t shoot all of those shots just imagine by how many poins we will lose! Think about it, and Kobe has the most turn-overs because D’Antoni has made him run an Offense he has never ran in his career.

          • http://www.facebook.com/MHM.35 Michael Mazurczyk

            For real people you must be seeing strange clouds or something. Kobe’s been the reason the games have even been close in some cases. Stop putting all of this on Kobe. You Lakers “fans” are ridiculous at times. Always looking for a single thing to put the blame on in tough stretches. There’s numerous problems with the Lakers.

            1. Sure, argue Kobe is taking too many shots. Duh. He’s been shooting the Lakers’ shots all throughout his career. He’s not gonna change that. And you should be thanking him that he does shoot on nights that would otherwise be blowouts.

            2. As I’ve said, Lakers are worst in the league at taking care of the ball (last I checked which was 4 days ago). I don’t care what the team looks like. You can’t get 15 TO’s in a game and win, unless the other team is somehow doing worse.

            3. Pau and Dwight both have mental blocks they can’t seem to shake consistently. Pau has a minor injury, so take that into account. But it’s obvious there’s nights where Pau seems completely uninterested in even jumping. This used to make me furious (especially given how much harder he plays in the Olympics), but I wouldn’t want him out now because of his unselfishness and great court vision.
            Dwight in the meantime, we all know is a talented player. For some reason he chokes at the free throw line, all throughout his career. But elsewhere, it seems most nights he’s contributing.

            4. The Lakers point guards are not very good defenders and just average on offense. Aside from The Steve’s (we all know their situation), Duhon is looking like a fool every night, and Dwight has to save his butt every time the other teams’ PG penetrates. Morris shows signs of talent, but may as well hand the ball off to the other team with the amount of bad passes I see him make.

            5. Yes, I’m going to say it. The several changes at the coaching staff have contributed to the Lakers struggles. And for some reason people still say “bring in Phil”. Ok, let’s be realistic for a second. Last season, people were screaming for Mike Brown to be released from his position. At the time, Mike D’Antoni was the only one looking for a job after resigning from the Knicks, and I pointed that out, saying he was the alternative. Of course no one believed me and kept saying “Fire Mike Brown”.
            This season same deal.
            Mike Brown is fired. I think finally I can stop hearing Lakers fans idiots that I’m at times shamed to be associated with complaining about the coaching staff. Bickerstaff steps in for a short stretch and does quite well. Then, like I predicted last season, D’Antoni was hired. And people were upset, of course, because it wasn’t Phil.
            Now I like Phil Jackson as much as any Lakers fan, but I didn’t expect him to come back. He was too comfy on his couch and would expect too much for the Lakers organization to pay. And people seem to forget that even the Zen Master’s last season in LA was unsuccessful.
            And as I expected, D’Antoni didn’t turn this team around, because not one coach can change the many issues with this team. And as expected, Lakers “fans” are still unhappy. Of course, I’m unhappy about a losing record, but I’m plenty fine with how the staff looks. Duh, I expected this last season.
            Now, that being said. Regardless of who’s coaching, 3 coaches in the first half of the season is a lot for players to work with. Hard to establish good, consistent team chemistry on the court.

            The Lakers season has been marked by many big name changes, injuries to key contributors, and a change at the coach three times. And everyone thinks that they can place the blame on one person or one issue.

            The fact that I bring up TO’s was not to say that is the Lakers one problem. It was to shed light on the fact, that even had Kobe stopped shooting the ball as much, the W’s wouldn’t simply show up. I’m sure people can think of other problems as well. But stop blaming all of the Lakers woes on one person, whether it be the Coach, the GM, the Owner, or apparently now the Face of the Franchise. It’s a team sport, and this team shows that team sports come with problems team wide. It’s going to take time for things to get better.

          • http://www.facebook.com/MHM.35 Michael Mazurczyk

            and don’t forget only Kobe and LeBron are averaging 20+ PPG, 5 RBG, 5 APG, so Kobe’s doing quite a bit other than shooting, he’s cleaning up the glass at times, and he’s getting people at least 5 good locks per game.

        • Guest

          Feel free to read my long drawn out comment below.

        • mamba24

          hater.. .get lost…

      • http://twitter.com/littleshyguy jeremy

        dude but facts dont lie, when kobe has to get 30 or over lakers lose 90% of the time

        • http://www.facebook.com/MHM.35 Michael Mazurczyk

          Key word in there was “has”. Kobe is picking up the slack for a plethora of Lakers problems that I’ve talked about below in a comment. This isn’t one man’s problem. Team sport man.

          • http://www.facebook.com/MHM.35 Michael Mazurczyk

            Although I do agree, I wish scoring was distributed a bit more evenly.

        • mamba24

          facts or stats… watch the game dont judge by the stats.. why did kobe shot more because his teammates dont want to shoot the ball.. kobe’s been avrging 5asst per ballgame.. when the double team comes he pass and then what… if he feels his teammates dont have he shoots more because he wants to win… and he’s always ready for the challenge…

          • nlruizjr

            perhaps Kobe should put as much trust in his team mates as he does in his turnovers, just sayin !!!!!

      • http://twitter.com/littleshyguy jeremy

        lakers have the talent, that they dont need kobe to score 30+. howard and kobe should both be avging around 25 points a game. which isnt happening

    • Hung Tran

      HE shooting 50% percent FG
      free throw is MAKE/ATTEMp is 1st in league but worst in percentage

    • http://www.facebook.com/chris.reng Chris Reng

      Ya sportscenter showed that but it doesnt say so much about kobe as the rest of the team! Kobe scores when nobody else does! Tell jamison to get in it more. Kobe and dwight are the only consistent scorers on the team. If metta ant duhon hill morris cant score and continuously miss there shots then id keep scoring too. You should be thanking kobe for even getting us back in the games late to even think of a win. Stats are stats but anyone can manipulate them to what they want. U stick with the kobe scores 30+ they lose well a fact is the lakers are undefeated when kobe scores 80+ points. So he should go score 80and a night. Its not kobes fault its the team as an overall not pulling it off

      • nlruizjr

        chris, don’t you think if Kobe were to give his team mates more trust and confidence, even if it cost them a few games, that they would respond once they establish rythm with kobe, etc. but if you keep feeding your team mates a negative vibe, what do you expect the team mates to do, yeah that’s right, they’ll just stand around and watch Kobe and Kobe can’t win games like he used to, so either Kobe start trusting his team mates and suffer through the miscues or just get used to losing this season and maybe next, if they can’t get any trades. BB is a team game and when you play like it’s “only you”, then more than likely you come out on the losing end, the coach should know that, that’s why I’m frustrated about him not giving AJ more playing time, remember Meeks wasn’t hitting at the beginning of the season either, until he got more playing time.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mlbjordan Jordan Kellogg Wallace

      That is the stupidest think I’ve ever heard. You think we will win more if kobe scores less points…Isnt the point tof basketball to score more points than the other team, especially since jim buss idiotically chose an offensive coach who needs to outscore other teams because he only spends a half hour of practice on defense…maybe you should look at it this way…they don’t lose when kobe takes more shots, kobe takes more shots because they are losing

  • http://twitter.com/sti1lmatic _

    Everyone just needs to relax and just let it be. The way things have been going are no worse than getting knocked off in the 1st round of the playoffs. Pau, Blake and MWP should have been cut a season or two ago.

    Die hard Laker fan but just stating the facts.

    • http://twitter.com/littleshyguy jeremy

      what facts are you stating here? at this point we need pau, MWP having a very good season. but as for blake at this point, he could be alot better then struggling morris and up and down duhon

      • nlruizjr

        Blake, who is about as slow as DFish, inconsistent shooter, can’t penetrate, just dribbles until there’s about 4 sec. on the shot clock, this is the guy you think is better than Morris or Duhon, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, what a joke !!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/littleshyguy jeremy

    i really think clark should get more time, in his short playing time he got, he did pretty well. if we really want a PG let sign one or use ebanks and someone else to trade for one

  • Joelsky

    I agree we need D. West to start at PG while Nash is out. Cut Morris to accommodate the 15 man roster and retain Duhon as back up to West at the moment. Let Clark get some minutes to play as I see he is better than Ebanks. Let JHill and EClark start the bench at C and PF. They have a good team up as i see it in their previous game.

    • nlruizjr

      Morris has more potential than either Ebanks or Clark, cut both of these pieces of deadwood along with Blake and if Dtoni is not going to play AJ, then trade these 4 in a package for 1-2 reasonable replacements, I’m sure there’s some D-leaguers or 2nd stringers that can add some speed and talent to the 2nd unit. Mitch there is no reason to be waiting, you know things are not going to get better and if Kobe wants you to keep Gasol , then package both of them ????

  • Anon

    Lakers need to hire a great defensive assistant coach (and utilize him very well!) or they will likely be screwed in the playoff even if things ended up going well.

    This might not be a popular opinion but here’s the method to solve Lakers problems n make them a championship contender team again. NOTE THAT NO SOLUTION WILL BE PERFECT (Because no one player is perfect in every way) BUT THIS IS POSSIBLY THE BEST ONE OUT THERE:

    - Trade Dwight Howard (and another player(s), if needed) for Dirk Nowitzki and OJ Mayo. I believe Dwight is the best center in the league but I think this is possibly the best choice for the Lakers now if they truly want to win championships.

    - Might be a stretch but try to make it happen anyway (How did Dwight manage to become a Laker in the first place?): Trade Pau Gasol (and another player(s), if needed) for Amare Stoudemire and Kyle Korver through a three-team trade (or whatever. Just make it happen!) involving Pau Gasol (and another player(s), if needed) for Josh Smith and Kyle Korver and then, Josh Smith for Amare. They may be more players needed to make this trade works as each team has its own thinking and needs but just do whatever is required. Amare understands Mike D system and is used to playing with Nash.

    What will we get?

    Starters
    Steve Nash
    Kobe Bryant
    Antawn Jamison
    Amare Stoudemire
    Dirk Nowitzki

    2nd Unit
    Jodie Meeks
    OJ Mayo
    Kyle Korver
    MWP (or a different player if MWP is part of the trade pieces)
    Jordan Hills

    Note that both units have 4 players able to hit the threes.

    This 2nd unit is small, I supposed but they will be potent offensively under Mike D system. It would be fun to see them come off the bench and give the Lakers points after points after points. Just imagine the number of three pointers they will be able to make with Meeks, Mayo, and Korver (and MWP) shooting the lights out. Issue with defense? Get the f..ing great defensive assistant coach already! Make sure he gets enough authority to make this Lakers team truly work hard on defense during practice time.

    Also, I do not agree that these two groups stay separate from each other during game time. There needs to be a mix up between the starters and 2nd unit as the game goes on (ie bench antawn for Kyle Korver or OJ Mayo and the likes). Just be smart about it. The coach is being paid millions of dollars. If he couldn’t it out or at least try to experiment, then I do not have much to say. Experiment and see what happen, at the very least.

    This will solve Lakers speed (Just imagine how fun it is to see Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Antawn Jamison (old but still fast I believe), and Amare Stoudemire running in the fast break and get back into defense when the other teams are running their fast breaks), athleticism, floor stretching, three points ability, and free throw making ability. They will never need to worry about Hack-a-Howard which will disrupt Mike D fast-paced offensive system as Amare (76.2% career FT) and Dirk (do I need to post his stats??) are good enough free throw shooters. Running and gunning till the 4th quarter, baby!

    Regarding that defense issue, get the best defensive assistant coach you can find and make these players work!!

    • nlruizjr

      I’d rather get rid of Dantini next season and get J. Sloan and start rebuilding the Lakers.

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    The Lakers are waiting for the aquired player restrictons, to be lifted on December 15th, before making a move.

    • nlruizjr

      Really, it’s Jan.6, 2013 !!!!!

  • melubbkeige

    Just hire Jerry Sloan as head coach and make Mike D’Antoni and Nate McMillan assistant coaches!

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