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Lakers blow it up if they bomb out of playoffs?

Posted on: May 6, 2011 1:24 pm
Will the Los Angeles Lakers blow it up if they are bounced from the NBA playoffs early? Posted by Ben Golliver. kobe-shaw

The Los Angeles Lakers are down 2-0 to the Dallas Mavericks, and the stress level is going through the rooof. Kobe Bryant has said he's concerned. Phil Jackson has said he's concerned. Andrew Bynum has said there's trust issues. 

Now, the Los Angeles Times reports that veteran point guard Derek Fisher and assistant coach Brian Shaw are playing the "Play better or you might not be here next year" card in an effort to spur some urgency. 
About two weeks ago, Derek Fisher gathered together his teammates and told them to look around the room. 
"We discussed that buttons will be pushed," Fisher said after practice Thursday. "That's the reality, and it's business with this team. You have to understand it and appreciate it for what it is. I think guys understand it."
"If [players] like the palm trees, the sunny weather and the pretty women in L.A. and the other stuff that comes along with it, if you want to keep it, then you better come with it," Shaw said. "If you don't, there are a whole bunch of other guys that would love to be in this position. And this organization is not going to sit around and wait."
If the Lakers are serious about blowing things up, it's going to take a lot of work. The team's 10 highest-paid players -- the team's starting five plus Lamar Odom, Steve Blake, Matt Barnes, Shannon Brown and Luke Walton -- are all locked in through the 2012-2013 season. Bryant, Pau Gasol, Ron Artest and Blake all on the books through 2013-2014.

In other words, a reshaping of the roster wouldn't just be about declining a player's option, refusing to extend a qualifying offer or letting him walk in free agency. True change in the rotation is only going to happen via trade. That's the button Fisher is talking about.

One other expected change that is worth noting: Shaw could slide into the head coach's chair next season.

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2011 12:56 am

Lakers blow it up if they bomb out of playoffs?

Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2011 12:42 am

Lakers blow it up if they bomb out of playoffs?

Derek Fisher is the one to call the others out?

Really? What is he? about 53 and playing like he is 83.

I REALLY like the way he argued about the foul call late in the 4th when he all but threw Jason Terry into the bleachers.
I also love the look on Gasol's face after Phil Jackson punched him in the chest.
The Lakers are a complete and total train-wreck just looking for a place to happen.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: May 7, 2011 12:23 am

Lakers blow it up if they bomb out of playoffs?

they blew it!  Mavs are playing great, Dirk is playing his heart out. Something about the Lakers look off, they look like the Celtics this year, just slow and missing that killer instinct.  Changing of the guard maybe?  I love how Phil was laying it in to Pau all game long.

Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: May 6, 2011 9:49 pm
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Since: Sep 4, 2010
Posted on: May 6, 2011 6:19 pm

Lakers blow it up if they bomb out of playoffs?

That is silly, you cannot say that they need a better Trainer, Injuries happen at any given time.  Kobe did not plan in spraining his ankle twice in a month, and is one of the best conditioned players if not the best in the league!!!
The bottom line is they lost focus in game one and gave that game away down the stretch, had nothing to do with injuries. 
In game two they just got beat by the better team that night. 
Lakers will win this series in six. 

Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: May 6, 2011 4:41 pm

Lakers blow it up if they bomb out of playoffs?

There will be some changes, but calling the idea that they'd completely blow up this team presposterous.  This is still a good team.  You folks are jaded by having to win a championship every year.  If that's the way you want it, the Lakers should return to the level of the teams that existed between from 2002-03 to 2006-07 so you wouldn't take championships for granted.  Are the guys really bad or are they fighting through injuries?  If it's injuries, there not much you can do about that.  If it is motivation, you can blame the coach for that.  After all, the current coach  is the highest paid coach in ALL of professional sports at $12 million per year.  The Lakers should stay as they are and hire a better trainer to keep the players healthy. 

Since: May 19, 2007
Posted on: May 6, 2011 3:41 pm

Lakers blow it up if they bomb out of playoffs?

Derek Fisher might want to take a look in the mirror after these first two games.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2011 2:06 pm

Lakers blow it up if they bomb out of playoffs?

The way I see it, no matter if the Lakers find a way to beat the Mavs or even win the title again, the change is emminent. Lets say if they do win the title again, do you really think they will keep all the players they have now on the roster? I doubt it. Its obvious they needed a stronger bench players with the exception of Odom, everyone else is replaceable 4sho.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: May 6, 2011 1:53 pm

Lakers blow it up if they bomb out of playoffs?

An interesting article.  I could easily see all players on the Lakers roster, except the staring five plus Lamar Odom, as candidates for the chopping block.  Steve Blake, Matt Barnes, Shannon Brown, and Luke Walton have not been the quality bench a champion so dearly needs.  It has been marked by inconsistency and under performance.  If the Lakers can't get by the Mavericks in round two of these playoffs, heads are going to roll.  The Lakers are defending World Champion.  Exit in round 2?  You know the coaches and fans are not going to tolerate it.  And the players listed are very replacable, without a whole lot of effort.  I'm not saying they would all be traded, just they all would be on the block for consideration.  The Lakers performance was not up to their standards in the regular season.  It's even worse so far in the playoffs.  Yes, something fairly dramatic like this would be in order with an early playoff exit.

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