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Ariza looking for Vindication in Lakers Series

The Lakers’ decision to not increase their initial contract offer to Trevor Ariza in 2009 and then opting to immediately sign Ron Artest, without giving Trevor the chance to explore his options no doubt hurt Trevor. Initially, many in the media, such as Bill Plaschke, thought the move was a mistake by the Laker brass considering they were coming off a championship season with Ariza and taking a huge risk on ...

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Trading Spaces: Ron Artest and Trevor Ariza Meet Again

The Hornets visited Staples Center last night, the last time these two teams battled in LA ex-Laker DJ Mbenga was honored with his ring for last season’s championship. There’s another ex-Laker on that Hornets squad that I’m sure some Laker fans wouldn’t mind having back. The 25 year-old Trevor Ariza, who would certainly help disprove the champs are too old to three-peat notion; a notion that has been brough ...

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Game Recap: Lakers 101 Thunder 98

Just as we predicted in our preview, the Oklahoma City Thunder gave the Lakers a very tough test tonight that extended past regulation into an overtime period.  The Thunder played aggressive and quick, and exposed many flaws in the Lakers defensive scheme.  The Lakers also showed considerable weakness when the starters left the floor, as they only got six points from their second unit, all six coming from o ...

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Road to the Repeat: Deja Vu- Them Again?

After an impressive showing against the Golden State Warriors in the pre-season opener, the Lakers take on....the Golden State Warriors?  Okay, so back to back games against the same team can be a bit anti-climatic (especially when their best player goes down with an injury in the first two minutes, ie. Monta Ellis).  Regardless, the second part of this battle with the bay is no doubt much more special in t ...

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Lakers to Sign a Frenchman + Lamar gets Engaged?

HoopsHype.com is reporting that the Lakers will sign former Sonics swingman Mickael Gelabale to a "make good contract", meaning no financial obligations until he actually makes the squad in training camp. Gelabale left the NBA briefly in 2008 due to an ACL injury during the second game of the Sonics season. Gelabale is understandably excited about the prospect of playing for the defending world champions, t ...

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What is Trevor Ariza Thinking?

Who knew the first day of free agency was going to be this crazy? News broke last night that "Ariza leans towards leaving LA" and the @LakersNation twitter blew up (almost playoff level - 4th quarter levels). Some fans were begging Trevor to stay - "Please don't go Trevor! Please! Please! Please!" Some fans were guilting Trevor to stay - "Why are you going to leave your teammates and lessen their championsh ...

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Free Agency & the Lakers Salary Cap Situation

To be the best, you've got to pay the best! Words that many franchises in many sports have tried and many have failed at - Knicks, Yankees, Mavericks just to name a few. Well, it's the Lakers turn to step up to the cash register and pay to maintain their top spot as NBA World Champions. With already one of the highest salaries in the NBA at $95 Million, Dr. Jerry Buss has shown his committment to winning an ...

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