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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: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:17 pm
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

Lakers do need an upgrade but in order to get that they may have to give up a caliber player like Gasol.  It is the nature of the business and yes I say it again it is a business.  However, for Lakers fans, Gasol and Bynum are not where the team is hurting.  They are hurting at Point Guard and Small Forward along with a very poor bench.  All these areas could use an upgrade but it is hard to get it and expect teams that could help the Lakers to be willing to take some nutt that changed his name to "World Peace."  I mean, would you want that guy?  Lamar Odom was an important part of this team off the bench and the Lakers practically gave him away for a soon to be draft pick who most likely will not make an impact.  So, it is understandable that Kobe and the guys are wondering who the team is going to give Gasol away for next.  I think the Lakers dominance is coming to an end.



Since: Oct 30, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:14 pm
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

I so agree with you 100% We all should be so fortunate!!!
We do not make that much in a life time, let alone a year.




Since: Nov 5, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:14 pm
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

These things happen when you are accustomed to winning, and you now have adversity.  Next Kobe will request his exit, to a team of his choice by the way.    Maybe giving away Lamar Odom for nothing wasn't the greatest message to send to the team.



Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:06 pm
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

Derrick Williams, Luke Ridnour(you can have Wes Johnson, but, Ridnour way better), and Anthony Randolph for Gasol? Williams who is a rookie being the main piece.
The Lakers don't need a 6'7" power forward who averages 18 mins/7 points/4 rebs per game and Ridnour who is the same age as Gasol.  Why the hell would the Lakers want an old PG that isn't very good to go with young guys who have been huge disappointments.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:06 pm
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

Yeah they all get paid millions to play a game but I would bet no one would want to be in a similar situation with their own job not knowing how the boss feels about you and wondering if you will  have a job tomorrow. Hard to give it your best.


I fixed it for you.  I would bet my next 50 paychecks that 90 percent of men in North America would gladly agree to move on a moments notice if they were making ONE million dollars per year, not 18 like Gasol is.  Give me a guaranteed one million per year and I would move every year, heck twice a year if I had to.  And so would you... and everybody else reading this.

Athletes are spoiled, end of story.  18 million dollars to play a game????????????????????????????????????????  



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:02 pm
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

Good for Kobe and Fisher... Good for Kobe for sticking up for Gasol and saying what he would not.  How can ya hate on this though?

Sticking up for Gasol?? Why?? What did the Lakers do to Gasol?????  Listen man, trade rumors are an every day thing in sports. And as trade deadline day approaches in any sport, the rumors become more and more annoying for everybody involved.  But that's why players get compensated in a ridiculous way, to put up with some nonesense here and there.  If Gasol doesn't like it, too bad. He's made around 150 million dollars in his career, he can quit and enjoy the next 30 or 40 or 50 years of his life.  If he wants to stay in the NBA he has to put up with this kinda stuff.... it goes with the territory.




Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:01 pm
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

It is a very difficult situation. The aborted Paul trade showed the Lakers cards and obviously Pau is expendable. It has to be hard every night to play under those conditions but Kobe was wrong to tell management to either pull the trigger or keep him. They need to get value and the closer to the deadline his value will go up. Especiallly if they are going after Dwight Howard (I hope not as a Laker fan). Orlando is going to go all the way to the deadline trying to get Howard to stay.

Yeah they all get paid millions to play a game but I would bet no one would want to be in a similar situation with their own job not knowing how the boss feels about you and wondering if you will  have a job tomorrow. Hard to give it your best.



Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:30 pm
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

Is this team the biggest collection of man-children in NBA history? Grow up.
Not a Kobe fan... always hater Lakers (back to the Bird/Magic days), only because I love to hate 'em. 

That being said?  How can you make this comment, about this article?  It sounds like some people growing up and taking ownership of their efforts.  I'd much rather hear stories about how the team is falling apart. 

Good for Kobe and Fisher... Good for Kobe for sticking up for Gasol and saying what he would not.  How can ya hate on this though?



Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:21 pm
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

Is this team the biggest collection of man-children in NBA history? Grow up.



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:04 pm
 

Report: Lakers hold players only meeting

I hate Kobe, but, agree with what he said.  He didn't call anyone specific out, he just didn't ignore the giant elephent in the room.  Then took the time to gather everyone and hammer it out in the locker room.  That is what a leader does! 

Now, with what they should do, I don't know there is much they can really do.  Someone in NY was saying Marshmellow for Gasol straight up.  That will never happen, but, fun to talk about.  The Lakers seem to only be interested in two people.  Both superstars of course.  Which will be the downfall. They don't need Howard with Bynum and Williams will be more then Gasol.  Lakers have nothing in reserve that is of interest.  Sorry nobody wants that garbage for their best player.  How about getting lesser names?  Maybe a Derrick Williams, Luke Ridnour(you can have Wes Johnson, but, Ridnour way better), and Anthony Randolph for Gasol?  The secondary players could be different but, Williams who is a rookie being the main piece.  Lakers aren't getting any younger and will need to get younger very soon.  It's not the best looking deal, but, might be the only type of realistic option the Lakers have right now.  


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