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Kobe Bryant 'sure' Lakers will make roster moves

Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:06 pm
Kobe Bryant says roster moves are coming for the Lakers(Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver 

The NBA's trade deadline sits roughly one month away, and for Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant, that means roster improvements are just around the corner. reports that Bryant took to the radio airwaves to express his expectation that the Lakers will make moves in advance of the trade deadline to help push the Lakers towards Bryant's sixth title.

"I'm sure they'll do something," Bryant said. "They'll tweak something. I don't know what. But I'm sure they'll do something."

Bryant balked at the chance to address specifically what roster moves would be necessary to fortify the Lakers' championship aspirations, but he supported the approach made by Lakers' management to improve the team.

"The motivation is for us to build a contender," Bryant said. "It's not to just kind of sit around and see what falls in our lap. That's not the impression that I get from management at all, so I think that allows me to be patient. You can't just rush into things and then you make bad decisions, you make bad choices, you're locked into bad contracts. So, it's important to be patient, make right choices and we'll be fine."

These statements amount to light pressure on management from Bryant. He's not demanding the world -- Deron Williams or Dwight Howard -- and he sounds like he has fully processed how hard the Lakers got jobbed in the Chris Paul fiasco. But he's also not willing to settle with the roster status quo, or he wouldn't publicly verbalize how "sure" he is that moves are coming.  

After a shaky start, the Lakers are stuck in the middle of the crowded Western Conference table, sitting in seventh place with a record of 14-11 on Thursday. They're just 1.5 games out of the fourth seed and just 1.5 games ahead of the eleventh seed, so roster improvement, even a "tweak" like Bryant describes, has major implications.

The Lakers stand out from that Western Conference pack as obvious buyers because of Bryant's all-or-nothing need to win a title, because of the large-market expectations that go with being the Lakers and because of the Lamar Odom trade exception, which allows L.A. to take on salary in a short-term roster boost type move.

Given Bryant's steadiness and center Andrew Bynum's health and career-year production, all eyes continue to be on the point guard position, and the Lakers were recently linked to Ramon Sessions in one report. That move, or one similar, would qualify as a "tweak," and it would make a meaningful difference to L.A.'s playoff positioning.

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 6:21 pm

Kobe Bryant 'sure' Lakers will make roster moves

Yeah and I don't want to flood this topic, but personal opinion here, nobody really wants to see 3-4 more years of Lakers finals, except Lakers fans. So, yeah did that go through Stern's mind? Who knows.

Since: Mar 17, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 6:19 pm

Kobe Bryant 'sure' Lakers will make roster moves

Stern looks like a fat Toad and acts like one. He destroyed the Hornets. Their fair market value has to have dropped considerably. Maybe he should quit and buy the team. If Stern stays out of the trades all will go well.  

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 6:12 pm

Kobe Bryant 'sure' Lakers will make roster moves

Sorry for the misspelling, but Jerry Sloan was right, you don't trade your superstars for bogus veterans. The real trade that happened shuffled around a lot of guys, I admit it wasn't much better, but sure as hell a better deal for Stern and HIS TEAM. Do you understand JBANK? Lol.

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 6:07 pm

Kobe Bryant 'sure' Lakers will make roster moves

Time and time again (Do you read these kind of pots with CP3), there is some idiot (a socially ignorant person, a.k.a. JBANK) who didn't realize that David Stern owns the NO Hornets. So, no, he didn't just abuse his commisioner powers.

It's fun! 

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 5:45 pm

Kobe Bryant 'sure' Lakers will make roster moves

David Stern DOES have a vendetta against the Lakers.  He vetoed the trade not because it was unfair but because it was to the Lakers.  The deal was good for all three teams involved.  What was wrong with the trade?  Absolutely nothing!  Nothing except it sent Chris Paul to a wealthy, big market, flagship franchise in the Lakers. 

Are you seriously buying into the bologna about Stern doing what was best for the Hornets making them more attractive???  Dude...he hurt them way more than he helped them.  They are 4-22 for crying out loud.  The blotched trade would have made them competitive right in the thick of in the western conference playoff picture.  Odom, Scola, Martin and Grogic was a good deal for them, that is way Demps did it!  Who would want to purchase a team losing value by the game?  This is what happens to losing teams and that is what the Hornets are.

No sir...David Stern did NOT do his job.  He over stepped his boundaries of power as a non-biased commissioner who should govern and oversee the league.  What Stern did was take the role that doesnt belong to him.  He acted as an owner and hid behind a loophole that should not be there in the first place.  There has never been a greater case of confict of interest than that trade veto.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 5:31 pm

Kobe Bryant 'sure' Lakers will make roster moves

whitecat31, you are missing the point of a Sessions pick up.  Nobody is calling him top 10.  He just needs to be capable and confident which he is.  The Cavs drafted Irving because he was the best player in the draft.  They had to do it.  To acquire a top tier pg means the Lakers would have to make a significant roster change.  They are trying to avoid doing that.  Are there better options than Sessions? ABSOLUTELY!  He does however come with a cheap asking price and is talented enough to help the Lakers.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:45 pm

Kobe Bryant 'sure' Lakers will make roster moves

Enough of this already - Stern doesn't have a vendetta against the Lakers.  Gads, how many one sided trades have occured for their benefit under his watch?  How many times have Free Agents flocked to them while he did nothing to adjust rules?  Stern made sure the Hornets had the best trade possible in terms of making the team attractive to a future owner.  He's shopping the team, he needs a buyer.  He did what was necessary to maximize their future situation.  Get over it already.  He did his job.

As for Rondo, there's no way the Celtics give him to a rival without huge compensation.  They need to retool worse than the Lakers do.  No way they trade their only young foundation piece without getting something very major in return.  Get real.  How stupid do you think they are?  Maybe if he played for Memphis they could get him for a dozen donuts but not from Boston.


Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:38 pm

Kobe Bryant 'sure' Lakers will make roster moves

LMAO no way in hell Rondo gets traded to LA.. Just wont happen keep dreaming with that

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:09 pm

Kobe Bryant 'sure' Lakers will make roster moves

Everybody agrees the Lakers problems are in the back court, specifically at the 1.  They desperately need help there and there is not a lot to choose from so the Lakers options are limited.  They are also gun shy as I am sure they have to walk on eggshells expected Stern to get in the way and veto any move they try and make just to suit himself.......he really has a personal vendetta against the Lakers and Buss.
I'd like to see Rondo in LA, not sure what pieces you move to make it happen, but they need his ball handling and passing skills on the floor badly.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:08 pm

Kobe Bryant 'sure' Lakers will make roster moves

Ramon Sessions is not a top 10 point guard.  It is easy to name 10 point guards better then him. The Lakers like to get the best.  Not get the middle of the pack.  Cleveland beleives that Kyrie Irving is better.  If the Lakers land Howard for Bynum, then they can be happy knowing Deron Willaims will sign with the Lakers next year.  They also might need a first round draft pick (The Sessions asking price) to help facilitate a Howard trade.

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