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  • TheLakerOne posted 927 days ago

    TheLakerOne

    Hey Bryant, one more time I thought about our conversation, especially the build around Kobe part. I commented the following on an article:
    "Some may argue now that Kobe wouldnt fit anymore, if we trade for youth, but that is not true. Kobe will be an extremly important part of our rebuilding, which doesnt start by drafting a future franchise player, but by trading old stars for new guys, like Lakers always have done. He will be the experienced Laker Legend that leads our guys, especially Bynum, until he chooses to retire. That would be the best way to finish one of the greatest carreers ever. He will lead our young squad as their mentor and leader, since building around him is bit bad, because he will turn 34. And who knows, maybe a team led by veteran Kobe, consistent Andrew Bynum and a good Lowry can win him a 6th title?..
    And I personally do think Kobe would do that - for the franchise, the fans and himself. He will always be remembered by us fans for being Kobe Bryant #24, The Black Mamba, no matter what."
    Yes, that may be the way to go. In that case Kobe is still somewhat of the man, but Bynum would become his, say, apprentice. Kobe loves this franchisem he really LOVES it.
    It may seem he doesnt really care at times, but the Lakers are one of the few things in his life he loves even more than winning.
    In 2007, he had every reason one can have to leave the franchise, but stayed.
    Even before his career began, I think he requested a trade to LA.
    And because of that I think he would be willing to do that.

  • TheLakerOne posted 930 days ago

    TheLakerOne

    Actually I meant the way you argue and the fact I finally found an exact opposite to my thoughts so dont get me wrong dude :]

  • TheLakerOne posted 930 days ago

    TheLakerOne

    Well, Bryant, I also followed the saga before I started to believe in Bynum. There were reports about the Kobe call and that 3rd option shit and right after that there were reports he pulled LA off his list... Because he wants to be the man, and also said he wants to be a closer. And to prove you are a closer, you need the ball more then one time in crunch time and we all know Kobe hates to give the ball away then.
    I understand why you want Mitch to acquire him, but yes, Kobe will turn 34; we may start looking into future - we may consider stop fullfilling Kobes wish in trading youth away for stars. Thats no longer the way to go, because there is an age you cant build around a player anymore. 34 isnt exactly the best age for a player to be built around. We need Kobe not for being #1 championship asset anymore: we need him to be an important piece of the Laker-like rebuilding mode. We had th chance to make one last run with him as franchise centerpiece in 2012, we failed to win it all.
    Kobes legacy is great, no doubt. But he wont be the Kobe we know forever. So lets ask him to do whats best for the franchise whos face he has been for the last 7 years.

    But damn Bryant, I somehow start to like you...

  • TheLakerOne posted 930 days ago

    TheLakerOne

    Ok I appreciate your opinion too. You are right about Dwight is the most impressive defensive force since Hakeem, no doubt.
    But what about the fact that his game is entirely made up of athletiscm. Nothing bad, but also nothing that lasts very long; if he turns 30 he will decline extremly fast. His game will be awful. Look, hes 27 and in december he'll turn 28. 3-5 years til his incredible athletiscm will be disappeared. And then?
    Also Howard has never gotten 30 rebounds in one game alongside a good 7 footer. That is impressive, too. And Drew also blocked 10 shots against Denver, it just shows the potential is there, defensively too, and if he can use this immense potential on a nightly basis, he will be the best since Shaq. He definitely can be an all time great. If we start caring about making him use this potential consistenly, we wont need any other center, we will be set for years and have our heir for Kobe Bryant whom we can build a dynasty around.

    Last note how many times did D12 say he doesnt want to play for Lakers?

  • TheLakerOne posted 930 days ago

    TheLakerOne

    I dont know why its posted twice, Im trying to delete one but it seems its undeletable :S

  • TheLakerOne posted 930 days ago

    TheLakerOne

    Cmon Bryant! Howard is not better baller period. He is simply not as talented as Bynum. My point was, Bynum can be a defensive force at times too, 10 blocks vs nuggets, remember? But he just doesnt always bring it, like you said. When he is happy with his touches offensively, he also plays excellent defense. But if he is not, he is less than trash.
    But you saw the whole Dwight Howard drama and its going on and on.. He is getting his touches in Orlando, he is happy. Dont you think this little diva would refuse to play D if he doesnt get his touches, too? He would be as bad as Andrew Bynum, maybe even worse.
    Not to mention his game is all about athletiscm, and athletiscm declines much faster than Skills. If he loses most of it at age 30 or so, what will he be? He still hasnt developed something like a real post game.
    So if we trade for him, we will have probably 4-5 years with him.
    And Deron Williams. He is 28 and will turn 30 soon. PGs over 30 are slow and slow PGs who arent that good defenders (DWill is not) are destroyed by those who are fast. Also Teams with depth are better than teams full of ball hogging stars.

    Just think about that scenario: we have a team with 06 Kobe 96 Mike and 11 Playoffs DRose. Sounds great right? But this is NOT as great as it may sound. These three all shoot the ball, lets say, "often". Such a team wouldnt work. It just would not work.

    Basketball is a team sport, and teams usually have more than a 6-man rotation Lakers would have with an old DWill, an unhappy DH12 and the Mamba.
    Yes, I have to admit, I also dreamed about that Big3 when I still was shocked about the CP3 shit, but replacing a valid team with a crap team and 3 stars just doesnt work out.
    LA should trade Gasol and Sessions for Lowry, Scola and sign and trade Dragic.
    Lakers need depth and somewhat of a future, not stars.

  • TheLakerOne posted 930 days ago

    TheLakerOne

    Cmon Bryant! Howard is not better baller period. He is simply not as talented as Bynum. My point was, Bynum can be a defensive force at times too, 10 blocks vs nuggets, remember? But he just doesnt always bring it, like you said. When he is happy with his touches offensively, he also plays excellent defense. But if he is not, he is less than trash.
    But you saw the whole Dwight Howard drama and its going on and on.. He is getting his touches in Orlando, he is happy. Dont you think this little diva would refuse to play D if he doesnt get his touches, too? He would be as bad as Andrew Bynum, maybe even worse.
    Not to mention his game is all about athletiscm, and athletiscm declines much faster than Skills. If he loses most of it at age 30 or so, what will he be? He still hasnt developed something like a real post game.
    So if we trade for him, we will have probably 4-5 years with him.
    And Deron Williams. He is 28 and will turn 30 soon. PGs over 30 are slow and slow PGs who arent that good defenders (DWill is not) are destroyed by those who are fast. Also Teams with depth are better than teams full of ball hogging stars.

    Just think about that scenario: we have a team with 06 Kobe 96 Mike and 11 Playoffs DRose. Sounds great right? But this is NOT as great as it may sound. These three all shoot the ball, lets say, "often". Such a team wouldnt work. It just would not work.

    Basketball is a team sport, and teams usually have more than a 6-man rotation Lakers would have with an old DWill, an unhappy DH12 and the Mamba.
    Yes, I have to admit, I also dreamed about that Big3 when I still was shocked about the CP3 shit, but replacing a valid team with a crap team and 3 stars just doesnt work out.
    We should trade Gasol and Sessions for Lowry, Scola and sign and trade Dragic.
    We need depth, not stars.

  • Jim Militano posted 933 days ago

    Jim Militano

    Hey Bryant, although I am new to this site that doesn't make it right on how I reacted at first to the Kobe article, I still wouldn't take Kobe for Melo but that doesn't give me the right to act like that, for these actions I am apologizing. Since we have been exchanging comments I have gained respect for you deservedly so, I appreciate you taking time to respond and while that didn't change my mind, it did get me to look at both sides and that's always helpful when trying to understand things. With that said I can honestly say I'll be following your articles and hope to have many more opportunities to share views, being new to the site doesn't mean I'm not a devoted sports fan, The four majors, CBB, CFB, lacrosse, Tennis, horse racing, Boxing, Olympics and high school football and basketball in the tri-state area, Unions, contracts, recruiting, agents, ESPN I love it all I its almost as good as the actual game itself all from around 78-79. I am sure you can say the same and have more knowledge with all you've experienced being a fan since the 60's, we do share alot of the admiration for the same players past and present. I am confident in my knowledge but there are opinions and I can always agree to disagree, I hope you feel the same. I know I rambled but I wanted to say one last thing, I have major issues with people being rude in public and apologizing in private, I started to write this in a response comment but wasn't sure if it was going to be taken the wrong way by you or fans, you could say that's hypocritical for obvious reasons and you wouldn't be wrong. So Happy Memorial Day! and hope to read you again soon.

  • Bryant T. Jordan posted 934 days ago

    Bryant T. Jordan

    Joey, thanks for message ... the comments can be hilarious indeed.

  • Joey Mast posted 934 days ago

    Joey Mast

    I gotta say, I love reading your articles and listening to the comment make fun of you just makes me laugh

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