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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 22, 2012 10:10 am
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

There are more people rich enough to own an NBA team than there are talented enough to play in the NBA...
That's the dumbest post I've read on this thread.  There are THOUSANDS of talented kids that would do anything for a chance to play in the NBA.  And I'm not talking about kids that aren't good enough, I'm saying out of those thousands there are HUNDREDS that would entertain us all on a daily basis, just as NBA fans are entertained today. 

There are NOT that many wealthy people out there capable of owning and running an NBA team.  You player supporters are fools, you think it only takes money and that anybody with a fat bank account can own any business they want to own but that's not how the business world operates.  Wealthy people have to love what they do or they don't invest hundreds of millions in a business. And if they don't love it they have to be just about guaranteed a profit is there.  What separate today's NBA owners from other wealthy people is even though there is no guarantee of profits, they still for the most part love the game and stick with their business.

If it's that easy, why don't the players and their union pool their money and start their own league? Why did they agree to sign off on the new CBA and take less of a percentage?  If these owners truly do NOTHING but contribute some money, the players are stupid because they could be receiving closer to 100 percent of the profits.

But it's not that easy....anybody with a brain knows that. 



Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 7:41 am
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

If you are going to trade Gasol, then you need say weather you will or not, so that he knows what his futer holds.Sealed



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 4:11 am
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

the lakers need to spend more time practicing their new plays. and less time worrying about that stuff. kobe needs to realize he is just a plyer, and an aging one at that.



Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 2:16 am
 

The GM's need to have this meeting about trades

The Lakers would be crazy to trade Gasol for anyone on the Bull's not named D.Rose. Unless you get Howard in a trade involving Gasol the Lakers should leave him along he is the perfect fit for the Lakers. To win the Lakers need to bench Meta World Peace and start Ebanks or any other small forward not named Meta and either start Blake who can get the job done or make a trade to get a very high end point guard. Please don't give away anymore good players to get some mediocre point guard which would improve the team very little. The Lakers weakness is clear and anyone knowing anything about basketball knows this the Lakers have three stars and two guys that probably wouldn't start for anyteam the the entire NBA considering their present stats and skillsets. NBA contenders? Not even close playing two of the NBA worst starting players only winning games because of the Lakers big three. However if they don't move those two out of the starting lineup the Lakers will be out in the first round of the playoffs and all will just age another year. The sad thing is all they need to do is either one of two things to win. 1. As I stated above start Ebanks or at least M.Barnes and have the other one as a backup and start Steve Blake and play him 30-35 min a game letting him know he's the man and solidify your starting lineup and then address your bench with whatever bench trades or signings you need to make. That team right there could be contenders if you use it and stop playing musical chairs and starting two lame dogs one of which can only shoot and do little else other then take a charge now and then and the other can't shoot or play defence anymore and when he is in the Lakers are playing 4 on 5 with no one caring to guard him and content to double or tripple team someone else. 2. The other option is trade Bynam and anyone or Gasol and any 2 guys+ picks for Howard and Hedo and do it quickly to give them time to gel. The magic would drop a slight notch possibly but not much if any and not lose everything but loseing Howard who is as good as gone and the Lakers get someone with a little less offence and a little more much needed defence. With either of these situations the lakers have a decent chance in going back to the finals.

Btw #1 Cowboys I couldn't agree more with your post its spot on about DFish and company.




Since: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 12:49 am
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

Ever since the beginning of the season when Kobe was crying to the media about Lamar to Dallas he has been saying that he's sure management's going to do something else.  Pau got traded then vetoed.  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.
What? 



Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2012 12:06 am
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

yeah maybe for a season or too, the Lakes will never go away!



Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:17 pm
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

Ever since the beginning of the season when Kobe was crying to the media about Lamar to Dallas he has been saying that he's sure management's going to do something else.  Pau got traded then vetoed.  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.



Since: Jan 3, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:54 pm
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

laker showtime is over the coach is horrible players are complaing, very nice, its time to for a new era. thunder is the best team in west.



Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:36 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. 
As a Laker fan I'd expect a more enlightened response to the Derek Fisher dilemma.  He is a "crafty veteran" who is shooting 36% from the floor, 25% from 3-pt range, and has an NBA PG low 5.2 ppg.  He is rated last for all starting PG in the NBA in every one of these categories.  Those are all career lows (or close to).  Additionally, he has lost a step each of the last 3 years (he's now 3 steps behind every other PG) and his defense has suffered.  He doesn't even come close to defending the quicker guards in the NBA.  That is why almost every PG that plays the Lakers has a career game.

Kobe may not have had to deal with the drama surrounding trade rumors, but I think he has dealt with plenty of off-court issues that had the potential to be a distraction on the court.  Kobe is empathetic to Pau's situation and trying to keep the team focused on things they can control on the court. 



Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 8:56 pm
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

The all important players only meeting.  Shudder.  Brrrr...  Kobe "Coby" Bryant can never understand what it would be like to listen to rumors swirl about teammates getting traded.  Kobe will never be in a position to be traded.  If there any trade rumors about Ko, the fans will turn in their season tickets and Staples Center will become as loud as a grave yard and forget about Staples paying money to put its name on the basketball arena.

Ko24 will never feel the uneasiness of someone wondering where his next job will be, whether a guy will be traded to the Nets, the Hornets or even the Bobcats.  A writer should mention that he has heard from unnamed sources that Bryant and Jordan will team up to lead the Bobcats into the promised land.

I am sure everyone in Laker yellow is feeling good about himself, taking in the good life and thinking that 24 will protect them from all that is Jim Buss.  Then again, each may harbor resentment because Kobe is about 24 and no one else.  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.  High praise indeed.  Don't even think about trading Luke Walton.


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