Los Angeles Lakers

Fire Mike Brown After One Season? Come on!

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Fans and analysts alike have consistently panned Mike Brown as a coach. When Brown was coaching the Cavs, we heard that his offense wasn’t creative and that he’s not a very good X’s and O’s guy (at least on offense). Now that Brown is coaching the Lakers, we’re hearing that anything less than a Lakers triumph in the first round is cause to fire Brown.

This is ridiculous.

Since the Lakers won, Brown’s job is now “safe.” But just in case this idea rears it’s head again (and it will), here’s why it’s so resoundingly stupid to fire Mike Brown after one season:

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2012 NBA Playoff Predictions – Second Round

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

As I write this post, the 2nd round has been underway for about an hour (only I haven’t seen a minute of them yet). Here are my predictions:

Eastern Conference

  • Boston over Philly in 6
  • Miami over Indy in 5

Western Conference

  • OKC in ¬†5 games, no matter who they play
  • SAS over Memphis in 6 games OR SAS over the Clippers in 5

More on these picks – as well as a recap of the first round – below. (more…)

2012 NBA Playoff Predictions – First Round

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

As I write this post at 1:30pm Eastern, the playoffs have just begun…here are my predictions:

WEST

  • San Antonio sweeps
  • OKC in 5
  • LA in 7
  • Memphis in 6

EAST

  • Chicago sweeps
  • Miami in 6
  • Indiana in 6
  • Boston in 6

More on these picks below. (more…)

Trade Prediction – Houston, Phoenix, and L.A. Make A Deal

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Here’s what we know about the Lakers: They need a point guard. Badly. So badly that they might even miss the playoffs without one.

Here’s what we know about Houston: They need to turn their bench full of young talent into a difference maker.

Finally, here’s what we know about Phoenix: They need to trade Steve Nash soon if they want anything in return for him. Otherwise, there’s a good chance he’ll walk away for nothing this summer when the Knicks offer him the full mid-level.

So, why not put together the following trade:

  1. Gasol and a pick to Houston
  2. Scola to L.A.
  3. Thabeet, Flynn, Courtney Lee, and a draft pick go to Phoenix
  4. Nash goes to L.A.

Here’s why this works: (more…)

Working Out The Chris Paul – LA Lakers Trade…Hello, Atlanta Hawks

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

According to most reports, the Lakers are currently in the lead for the rights to acquire Chris Paul (as of December 7, 2011). The problem is, L.A. doesn’t quite have the right assets to land Chris Paul. Here’s why, and here’s a logical solution:

What New Orleans Wants: Losing Paul is going to kick start a rebuilding process, and that means that the Hornets need to turn solid veterans with big contracts (i.e., Emeka Okafor) into less expensive players and assets. The Hornets also want good first round draft picks.

  • Takeaway: New Orleans probably isn’t going to trade Chris Paul unless Okafor goes along with him.

What Los Angeles Wants: Chris Paul at any cost. Paul can be the face of the Lakers for the rest of this decade, succeeding Kobe. Furthermore, Paul + the Hollywood lifestyle will ensure that L.A. can entice free agents for years to come.

  • Takeaway: L.A. will probably trade anyone who isn’t named Kobe to acquire Paul.

The Problem: If we look at the centerpieces of the Chris Paul – Lakers trade:

  1. New Orleans would pass on a Bynum for Paul trade because that doesn’t get rid of Okafor.
  2. Trading Paul + Okafor for Bynum + Gasol (or perhaps Bynum + Odom), solves #1, but neither Odom nor Gasol help the Hornets rebuild.¬†There’s also the fact that Odom and Gasol are incredibly expensive players for a rebuilding team.
  3. The Lakers can offer first round picks, but none of the picks are going to be very high. They’re likely to come in the late 20′s, which is nothing to get excited about considering Golden State and the Clippers can offer more.

The Solution: Why not pull in the Hawks?

Josh Smith is available, and Atlanta has picks they might be willing to offer up in a Gasol trade. L.A. could then trade the pick(s) from Atlanta to New Orleans (along with a pick or two of their own) and take back Okafor and Paul. Here’s the deal I would propose:

  • L.A. gets Chris Paul, Okafor, and Josh Smith
  • New Orleans gets Bynum, Kirk Hinrich, and draft picks from both Atlanta and L.A.
  • Atlanta gets Gasol and saves about $2 million in salary

Everyone wins. (more…)

Melo for Bynum – Great Deal for Denver, So-So for L.A.

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

The rumor of the day is that L.A. is considering trading Andrew Bynum for Carmelo Anthony. I assume L.A.’s reasoning goes something like this:

  1. Bynum has missed a lot of games this year and we still win without him
  2. Kobe is on the downhill slope of his career – it’s a good idea to have a successor waiting in the wings
  3. Melo might be a better player with Kobe and Phil Jackson looking over his shoulder – after all, we saw a glimpse of what Melo can do in the Denver-LA Western Conference Finals
  4. Melo creates space for Gasol and Kobe and puts a lot of pressure on defenses

I also think LA is hesitant to trade for Melo because he wouldn’t improve their defense. There’s also the issue of usage – where will the ball go with Odom, Gasol, Kobe, and Melo all on the floor?

To be honest, I don’t see LA having a lot of reasons to do this deal. Unless Bynum isn’t taking things seriously and applying himself, trading him seems like the wrong move.

As far as Denver is concerned, this deal is a no-brainer. Here’s why: (more…)