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Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:24 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2012 12:35 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

Things are in a strange place for the Lakers right now. So strange, that general manager had to put out a statement essentially reminding everyone that he's a general manager.

But with rumors starting to circle centering around Pau Gasol, the team is concerned with sticking together amid the possibility that pretty much any player not named Kobe could be dealt.

So according to ESPN.com, the Lakers held a players only meeting after last night's game against the Blazers to talk about it.

It was an odd time for a players-only meeting -- minutes after a blowout victory over Portland -- but the Los Angeles Lakers felt they needed to clear the air. So, according to sources, team leaders Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher gathered everyone together in the Lakers' locker room Monday night and tried to set the tone for the second half of the season.

Their message was clear: Trade rumors do not matter; your feelings about management or the coaching staff don't matter; all that matters is that the 14 men in that locker room support and believe in one another. If they stay together and stay on the same page, they can get to where they want to go as a team.

According to the report, some players were upset about the rotation and distribution of minutes as well.

Typically, players only meetings happen because the team is playing bad, or dropped a tough game. The Heat famously had one after falling to 9-8 with a loss to Dallas early last season. But the Lakers are playing well enough and had just beaten the Blazers.

But they wanted to get things set straight. They wanted to get on the same page. They wanted to make sure everyone's heads were clear and that they were focused on the task at hand.

It's hard to block out trade rumors, I'm sure. But every player has to do it. Every player knows that any minute, his number could get called. It's part of the business.
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:00 pm
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

Look, I am a big Derek Fisher fan, always have been, but the reality is that he has lost more than "half a step".  He can be as crafty as he wants, and that may draw a few charges, that kind of thing, but he is simply too slow to effectively guard any reasonably quick point guard in the NBA at this point.  He is a complete liability on defense.  Add to that the fact that he is having a terrible year shooting the ball and its time for a change at PG.  If not now, then definately before next season. Fish has had a nice career and has 5 rings -- time to hang it up, maybe start coaching.

If you think Kobe through a fit when he defended Gasol  wait and see what happens if the Lakers even TRY to cut Fisher or ask him to leave.  Kobe and Fisher as all Laker fans should know are best friends on and off the court.   Fisher still has a year after this on his deal and he's gonna play it out and the Lakers aren't going to do anything to upset him at all.

I just read a few quotes Kobe had about Fisher a year ago before they signed Fisher to a new deal.  In one interview Kobe said exactly 6 times Fisher HAD TO BE SIGNED.  He also made a point of saying he doesn't care what it costs.  And he also said it's not a matter of "if" but "when" Fisher signs.

Kobe runs that team fellas... anybody that thinks otherwise is nuts. 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 12:53 pm
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

adding a good piece would be tayshaun prince from the pistons if they could pull it off.


PLEASE TAKE HIM !!!!  I can't believe Joe Dumars signed Prince to a contract extension.  He's not half the player he used to be, he's overpaid and a franchise trying to rebuild should have found something better to do with their money. 

We'll take your 2nd round draft pick in 2050 for him....... just get it done !!!!!



Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:30 am
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

What expected communication between management/ownership and the players?  When was this happening in the past?  
quoxxx, you know nothing about the Lakers to make that comment.  Here is a quote from Magic Johnson.  I'm guessing he knows a little more than you do about how things were when Jerry Buss ran the organization.

Dr. Buss was the master at taking you to lunch or taking you to dinner and going over what he was thinking and what he wanted to do with the team.  Jerry West was good at that as well.  



Since: Jul 7, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 8:25 pm
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

adding a good piece would be tayshaun prince from the pistons if they could pull it off.




Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 5:16 pm
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

I agree Balrog.  Derek Fisher was NEVER a GREAT player.  He was always a good player and his best days are well behind him.  He may be able to do a few things here and there, but he is hurting the Lakers at this point in his career.  The drop from Great is good.  From good it is Derek Fisher.  Time to hang up D-Finished.  You had a good run.




Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 3:49 pm
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

As for Derek Fisher, people should stop knocking him.  As it has been written many times, Fisher may have lost half a step, but he is still a crafty veteran. 
Look, I am a big Derek Fisher fan, always have been, but the reality is that he has lost more than "half a step".  He can be as crafty as he wants, and that may draw a few charges, that kind of thing, but he is simply too slow to effectively guard any reasonably quick point guard in the NBA at this point.  He is a complete liability on defense.  Add to that the fact that he is having a terrible year shooting the ball and its time for a change at PG.  If not now, then definately before next season. Fish has had a nice career and has 5 rings -- time to hang it up, maybe start coaching.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 3:43 pm
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

So, now Kobe is calling Pau out for a win-win situation.  A) Pau plays better and becomes more valuable trade bait or B) he doesn't improve and then they have to get rid of him for pieces and/or space.  They're going to be in the playoffs regardless, so to me this is Kobe throwing his bosses and Pau under the bus
Man, Kobe haters have no grip on reality.  Kobe is not "throwing Pau under the bus" -- he's doing exactly the opposite and defending Pau like a team leader should.  Kobe, calling for the Lakers to either make a trade or say they're not, was not critical of Pau at all --he was just defending a teammate (one who has in fact been playing pretty good ball although his FG% is down this year).  Calling the team meeting -- its called leadership, get all the players on the same page, clear the air, all that kind of thing.  Usually Kobe gets criticized for not being a leader, not "making his teammates better".  Now when he does act like a leader you say he's throwing Pau under the bus.

As for managment -- Kobe is right, the Lakers need to make some kind of move to improve.  Personally, I don't think its trading Bynum or Pau.  I think its using the Odom trade exception and maybe a pick or two to upgrade at PG and maybe find another shooter.



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 1:45 pm
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

@Entity

Why would Kobe care about trade rumors concerning players on the Memphis team? Why would he be concerned with rumors of trade on any team in the league except the Lakers? I am pretty sure he is simply trying to keep team chemistry for his team and not be concerned with team chemistry or another team.

There are times when everyone must be reminded of the goals set at an earlier time. Companies and corporations do this all the time reminding those on the team as to what goals were set and what is needed to accomplish these goals, thus the reason for the team meeting. Distractions should not keep you from playing you “A” game each night. Forget about other things that would keep us from being successful.

Even though trade rumors might be part of the business of being in a major league sport, over time it could cause many mental problems on the person being rumored to be traded as well as the chemistry this player might have with the team.

I trust Mitch to do what is necessary to bring another championship to Los Angeles. He has proven over the last several years that he is a capable general manager.

As one poster indicted perhaps the Lakers would not put forth as much effort in player acquisition this season.  Go as far as you can with what you have this year. Prepare a plan for the future with stocking the team making the necessary trades with free agents and draft picks to be prevalent for the next several years.     

I think the Lakers, as they are composed, are a playoff team. The core players know what it takes to be a contender and how to accomplish winning a NBA championship.

Last season was what it was, there were some personal problems that might have kept the Lakers from playing at their very best, however, you must give credit where credit is due, the team that swept the Lakers won the NBA championship getting by the team in the finals that everyone had paved the road and virtually given the championship trophy without playing a single game. On the way to that feat they met the Mavericks that did not get the memo.

 
“ONE MAN’S OPINION”





Since: Jul 5, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 12:04 pm
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

The Lakers are getting cheaper by the moment.  Its all about saving the mighty dollar and alot of it has to do with Buss's children taking over operations.  I think they are more concerned about making money than actually winning to make money!  As of right now, the Lakers are the #2 team in LA.  Pretty bad considering that has never happened!  The Clippers have never been a factor and now they are.  Move over Laker fans and jump on the Clipper band wagon. 

As for the trades...I can understand trading Gasol because he is older the Bynum.  If you do trade Gasol, the Lakers need to get a good point guard who can take charge.  If you trade Bynum, you had better get Howard for him!  Especially with Bynum having an "all-star" year.  I don't think its time to break the Lakers down and start rebuilding.  I personally think that they have to do something because this team cannot hang in the west.  They might be the #5 team in the west.  If Kobe is going to get another ring, it will not be with the team they have!

Personally I think the Seattle Sonics, whoops, I mean the OKC Thunder is going to be the team coming out of the west and playing in the championship!  Who they play will be interesting.  This compact schedule is taking a toll on most teams and it could go down to the wire for lining up a championship run.  The fresher and younger legs of OKC makes sense!


LauraLove
Since: Feb 22, 2012
Posted on: February 22, 2012 10:11 am
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