Tag:Kobe Byrant
Posted on: February 20, 2012 9:58 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2012 11:10 pm
 

Lakers' Kupchak responds to Kobe, Gasol

By Matt Moore 

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak release a statement Monday night in response to comments from Kobe Bryant that the team should decide whether to trade Pau Gasol or not. The statement, via Lakers PR:

“As a former player, I understand how the days leading up to the trade deadline can be nerve-wracking for an NBA player.  Nonetheless, as General Manager of the Lakers, I have a responsibility to ownership, our fans and the players on this team to actively pursue opportunities to improve the team for this season and seasons to come.  To say publicly that we would not do this would serve no purpose and put us at a competitive disadvantage.  Taking such a course of action at this time would be a disservice to ownership, the team and our many fans."

So, in short, to respond to Bryant's request that the Lakers make a decision one way or another, Lakers' management's response is essentially: "No." 

As our own Ben Golliver said Sunday night: 
It goes without saying that public pressure from a superstar on management is less than ideal for the Lakers, who dropped to 18-13 with the loss on Sunday. Bryant seems to be giving his endorsement to Gasol and seeking the same from Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, an action which would essentially handcuff the Lakers at next months trade deadline. Other than Gasol and franchise center of the future Andrew Bynum, there's not a true trade asset on the roster, although the Lakers do possess a trade exception generated by the Lamar Odom dump to the Dallas Mavericks.

In other words, a definitive public statement on Gasol's future would really paint the Lakers into a corner. Its a nice thing for Bryant to say and it might make Gasol feel better, but there are two dualling goals here -- getting Gasol comfortable and doing whatever it takes to upgrade the Lakers roster -- and its impossible for Lakers management to do both right now.
via Kobe Bryant: Pau Gasol trade limbo must end - CBSSports.com.

And it is. Kupchak is essentially making it clear that there's no much he can do. He has to keep taking calls. If the Lakers want the speculation to stop, they have to win a lot more than they have been, have to play much better than they have been.

The speculation will not stop, the Lakers will not put any player above the organization (it has only done that once, with Magic Johnson, the greatest player in team history, and has conversely ended relationships with Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Shaquille O'Neal acrimoniously), and Gasol will remain on the block.

But responding publicly to this mess indicates an entirely new level of strife in Lakerland. The General Manager felt the need to issue a public statement regarding the franchise player's comments about another player's trade situation. That's not good. The Lakers could rally, could make a run, could put all this behind them. But times are stressful in Hollywood right now, and that seems obvious. 

 
Posted on: January 21, 2011 9:02 am
 

Shootaround 1.21.11: The next big thing

Gerald Wallace may be drafted into playing big, unfortunately, Kobe's got his hands all over the L.A. sidwalk, literally, and the Magic are interested in Troy Murphy, reportedly. All this and more in today's Shootaround. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Kobe Bryant will have his handprints put in cement outside that big Chinese theater in L.A. during All-Star weekend. We're pretty sure he's going to try and put his hands into cement harder than any of those other stars. He'll work harder at putting his hands into cement than anyone.

Is Blake Griffin your favorite new show?

The Magic are interested in Troy Murphy who is debatably on the block, should he become available in a buyout. San Antonio and Dallas are also interested, reportedly.  It makes a lot of sense for the Magic, right? Power forward who can rebound and knock down mid-range shots fits in pretty well there, with their desperate need for depth down low.  I mean, yes, Brandon Bass will probably break his hotel lamp, but he probably does that when the room service eggs aren't salted, either. 

Greg Oden talks. We're pretty sure the subject of injury comes up at some point. 

Joe Lacob isn't exactly sure what Keith Smart is doing with his rotations sometimes. Joe Lacob is just like you and me!

Kobe Bryant reflects on everything free agency.

Chuck Hayes is back, and all that stands between the Rockets and big man annihilation.

The worst statistical lineup for the Knicks? The one that starts. 

Russell Westbrook knows the names of a bunch of Oklahoma towns. The great people of Poteau, OK are heartbroken to be left out. 

With Tyrus Thomas out, the Bobcats will probably turn to Gerald Wallace at the four again, as he used to. Which is going to make him a very unhappy camper. Wallace played that position for years despite his insistence that he's a three, and the results were pretty clear. As in, he wound up having multiple injuries including a concussion trying to play bigger. This could get ugly.
Posted on: December 21, 2010 9:32 am
 

Shootaround: Shaq and the Boston Pops

Shaq with the Boston Pops, Magic struggle in debut, Cousins the sensitive soul, and are the Clippers actually rolling? All this and more in today's Shootaround. Posted by Matt Moore

Very quietly, Al Horford is having a stellar season. Hoopinion takes a look at how his season stacks up against Dwight Howard, and finds that Horford isn't so far off from the MVP candidate center. 

A stellar profile of DeMarcus Cousins through the lens of the support network the Kings brought in from Kentucky for him, in the form of a dude half his size

Chris Mannix of SI examines the debut of the new-look Orlando Magic and comes to the same conclusion we came to about the new-look Heat. It's going to take some time: "Orlando needs practice time. Badly. But with four games this week they won't get much of it and will have to contend with a murderers' row of games through Christmas. The Magic will host Dallas (Tuesday), San Antonio (Thursday) and Boston (Saturday). Along with Atlanta that's four talented, cohesive teams Orlando will be up against as they try to incorporate the new players into the system. Each game will undoubtedly draw a lot of attention, but expectations should be ratcheted down; this Magic team will look markedly different than the one playing in March."

So.... this happened: 




Kevin Love thinks the Wolves are immature, and that someone needs to lead them. He's willing to do the job.

Kobe's got his own mosaic at the Lower Marion high school he used to attend. It's really very sweet.  Unfortunately, the mosaic keeps screaming at everyone who does anything imperfectly. 

Not all Cavs fans are standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Dan Gilbert, and one's gone so far as to take out advertising on Basketball-Reference.com to show his or her disapproval. 

Holly MacKenzie gives an insight into the shy world of Derrick Rose, even as he becomes a stronger leader each day.

Probably the best breakdown of Kris Humphries you're ever going to see. 

The Clippers have won three in a row, with two by 20 points or more. So... the Clips are actually rolling?
 
 
 
 
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