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Official NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers Offseason Thread

Originally posted by StOnEy333:
Originally posted by jrg:
Originally posted by StOnEy333:
Originally posted by jrg:
Ariza

Hedo


I wonder who matters more to their team?

....really?


Yup. Answer the question.

I think it's much closer than you may think after Vince Carter singing. Seriously, Magic don't need Hedo anymore. He was making Rashard play out of position and hardly played at D. Not that Vince Carter plays much D, but you don't need two players on the court who can't play any D.

I will be interesting to see what Magic do for their PF position and bench, because their bench is real thin with Lee going to NJ in that trade and Gortat leaving in FA.
David Lee (Ariza's agent) sure likes to talk a lot. Strange guy/agent.

While it's my preference to keep this team intact, Ariza isn't irreplaceable. If he gets an offer in the $7-8M per year range...best of luck to him.

Artest is definitely the better player, but I don't trust him. But if Trevor leaves, he's my #1 choice to replace him.
^ A few of the guys have said that Artest has said he already has signed a new deal with someone. IS there any chance it might have been with us, or no?
Originally posted by ninermaniac:
^ A few of the guys have said that Artest has said he already has signed a new deal with someone. IS there any chance it might have been with us, or no?

I seriously doubt it. There are other chips that need to fall first before Artest signs anywhere, IMO. And while I'm glad we're not overpaying for Ariza, I'm happy for him if he gets paid serious coin by the team that loses out on Hedo. I just think that team will be disappointed by what they get.

As for Artest, it definitely has some serious potential. A Brown/Kobe/Artest/Gasol/Bynum (or Odom) lineup has DEVASTATING defensive potential. Artest guards the best perimeter player for the opposition, while Kobe plays centerfield and "directs" the defense a la KG for the Celtics. That's what he's best at. If Bynum gets back to 100%, that's a f**king incredible defensive lineup.

But it's also very combustible. At best, Ron-Ron is the #3 option, and will be battling Odom (if he re-signs) and Bynum for that honor. Will he be okay with that? Dunno. He's also at his worst when he's chucking and over-dribbling. Will he do that with Kobe/Gasol/& the triangle offense? Dunno.

Will he do something galactically stupid at the worst possible moment during a playoff game? Dunno.

All that is what scares me about Artest.
Someone posted this on LG:



Did the Lakers win it this year?
Originally posted by King49er:
Did the Lakers win it this year?

Yup!!!


This was me, Pete, and AmpLee at the celebration!!!

Originally posted by StOnEy333:
Someone posted this on LG:



Kwame Brown...LOL I was crying when this first aired I was laughing so hard! Is it just me but anyone with the first name Kwame sucks monster balls...
What's up with Shawn Marion? He'd be a nice replacement if Ariza didn't sign.
Originally posted by AmpLee:
What's up with Shawn Marion? He'd be a nice replacement if Ariza didn't sign.

He's on the radar, from what I understand, but it's more likely that we'd go after Grant Hill at the veteran's minimum and try to use the MLE on Jason Kidd if we don't sign Ariza and Artest goes elsewhere.
BTW, I think that it's very likely that a lot of what you're hearing about Ariza is being planted by his agent. Last year, he did the same thing with Bynum, using thinly-veiled threats and suggesting that anything less than max years/money was unacceptable and an insult.
Originally posted by LA9erFan:
BTW, I think that it's very likely that a lot of what you're hearing about Ariza is being planted by his agent. Last year, he did the same thing with Bynum, using thinly-veiled threats and suggesting that anything less than max years/money was unacceptable and an insult.

Yeah, they're his only two clients and he's played this media game before. The fact is, if Toronto gets Kleiza and Blazers get Hedo, then no one can or will offer Ariza anything more than MLE. It wouldn't make sense for him to go elsewhere for MLE when he's got a starting gig on a championship team in a city he loves. It's just posturing on Lee's part, and I don't think the attitude of spite is as indicitive of Ariza's character as much as it is of Lee's.
Originally posted by AmpLee:
Originally posted by LA9erFan:
BTW, I think that it's very likely that a lot of what you're hearing about Ariza is being planted by his agent. Last year, he did the same thing with Bynum, using thinly-veiled threats and suggesting that anything less than max years/money was unacceptable and an insult.

Yeah, they're his only two clients and he's played this media game before. The fact is, if Toronto gets Kleiza and Blazers get Hedo, then no one can or will offer Ariza anything more than MLE. It wouldn't make sense for him to go elsewhere for MLE when he's got a starting gig on a championship team in a city he loves. It's just posturing on Lee's part, and I don't think the attitude of spite is as indicitive of Ariza's character as much as it is of Lee's.

That's the sense that I get as well. Ultimately, it's Ariza's call, and I don't see him leaving to go somewhere else if they're offering the same amount of money, out of spite for feeling wronged by the Laker's offer.
http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/9758626/Kobe-vs.-MJ:-Obama-weighs-in-on-great-debate


this was his answer

"Oh, Michael,"
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