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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: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:20 pm
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

I think it's time for a front office meeting only to let Kobe know who is BOSS in Lakertown and ship his arse to the highest bidder who wants his whinny. me first, womanizing self.



Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:15 pm
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

I find it hypocritical that the Lakers, of all teams, would be distraught over trade rumors.  Player movement is what created most of the Laker championship teams.  And why wans't Kobe Bryant whining when all the rumors were flying about Gasol being traded away from Memphis?  He didn't seem to be too concerned for Gasol then.  When Bryant benefits, trade rumors are just fine.  When Bryant doesn't benefit, managment is out of line.



Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:49 pm
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

Why is it that only the Lakers seem to struggle with the business idea of the NBA? They have to have a meeting to determine that it's their job to worry about what they can control and just play basketball? The PLAYers have to play and the managers have to manage. Really? That took a meeting?



Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:32 pm
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

What expected communication between management/ownership and the players?  When was this happening in the past?
Jerry Buss and Jerry West always communicated with the players.  Magic Johnson was always in communication with both Jerrys.  He may not have like what they said, but he wasn't left in the dark.  When Mitch took over, the communication dropped a bit, but Phil Jackson could talk to Jeannie Buss who could talk to Jerry Buss.  Additionally, Jerry Buss has always had open communication with his star player.  Jerry Buss with Magic; Jerry Buss with Kobe.  Now that Jim Buss has taken over, no one communicates with anyone.

When there is no communication, then the void is filled with the worst thoughts. These things will distract the players and the team chemistry, on and off the court. 



Since: May 6, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:10 pm
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

The bottom line is the Lakers do not have a point guard and they need one.  They don’t need an all star point guard just an Andre Miller type. Derek Fisher is ancient and cannot keep up with any other point guards in the league. Fisher is basically a three point specialist. Steve Blake is even worse. The Lakers did not need a point guard when they ran the triangle offense but now they do. If they make the playoffs without acquiring a point guard they will be doomed. They will get bounced in the first round. Kobe can’t do it all by himself.  



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:58 pm
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

And who is the ESPH.com source? Rob Lowe?  I like how ESPN, Fox and CBS alternative cover their collective arses by claiming a rumor is legit because it was reported on another website. Using that logic, I could post a Tweet saying that Shaq is coming out of retirement to return to Lakers. An ESPN twit would find the Tweet, and since he's an NBA "Insider" report that unnamed sources claim that Shaq is Back, then CBS cite ESPN sources etc etc. That's what sports journalism has devolved into....a rumor fest, or speculation fest.



Since: Jun 29, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:58 pm
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

Trade Kobe, he's the problem plus you'd actually get a nice return for him. 



Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:51 pm
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Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:43 pm
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

Seriously, who really cares?



Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:28 pm
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

I'm not sure what some of you guys are talking about.  What expected communication between management/ownership and the players?  When was this happening in the past?  Trade rumors come every day.  Improving ones team is always an option.  When was this discussed with players in the past?  When Shaq was running up and down the court asking for a pay raise?  Nope.  The management talking to players is an exception to the rule.  And it should stay this way.  You need to play your cards right.  In the end this is about the franchise, about the team, and not about the player.  Not that the players don't matter.  But when the team does weill, that means that most of the players on the team are doing well.  It's pretty simple that way.  Bball is a team sport after all.


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