Archive for May, 2012

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Should the Los Angeles Lakers think about trading Kobe Bryant and/or Pau Gasol to create more financial cap space?

One of many questions that the Lakers have to answer during the offseason on the eve of an early expected playoff exit.

Trading Kobe Bryant is not really an option unless you could get Lebron James and Chris Paul in return. Plus, #24 is synonymous with the Los Angeles Lakers like Magic’s #32 on a smaller scale. Even if Kobe is on the decline, he’s still a better player, and more driven then most NBA players 10 years his senior. Not to mention the fact that he’s a basketball icon.

If the Lakers plan to trade anyone this summer then it should be the inconsistent Pau Gasol. The lakers should also look at retaining the services of former laker, Lamar Odom, pending his status and range of success with Team USA basketball.

Do the lakers need a new point guard? The answer to this question depends on the duties of a point guard in Mike Brown’s system. Let’s assume the lakers will address this issue by trading Ramon Sessions, Steve Blake, Darius Morris and/or the 2012 NBA draft.

Some other scenarios for the point guard position should include Jameer Nelson, Jason Terry or Delonte West. Although, Nelson is shorter then the average NBA point guard, he could guard faster guards like Ty Lawson, Russell Westbrook and Tony Parker alot better then Blake or Sessions. Nelson can also create his own shot. Jason Terry is a great scorer off of the bench and would lighten the scoring load for the second unit. Even though, he will become a free agent on July 1st. Terry will most likely resign with the Dallas Mavericks with the potential addition of Deron Williams to be apart of another 2013 NBA championship run. Acquiring Delonte West would be a desperation move because Metta World Peace would no longer be the craziest person in the locker room.

The development of College of Charleston standout, Andrew Goudelock, is key to the lakers future. Realistically, he won’t be a legit 3-point shooter or point guard until his third year in the league. For the lakers thats two years too late.

Who will play the power forward position with the second unit? Jordan Hill was a pretty good back up power forward that just became a unrestricted free agent. But I think that he’s looking for a nice pay day. The lakers don’t have the money to make such a move. So it looks like the lakers have another position to fill on the bench.

Trading Andrew Bynum isn’t really an option this off-season because he’s virtually a cheap 7’2,” and somewhat effective center. Unless Dwight Howard is willing to play for the Lakers, which isn’t likely, then Bynum will be in the purple and gold next season.

Last but not least the lakers might need to get rid of Mike Brown, who was probably hired to be the front office scapegoat while the organization is trying to acquire new pieces.

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Last night, the 16-year NBA veteran defeated his former team that surprisingly traded him to the Houston Rockets on march 16th for the former lottery pick, Jordan Hill.

But let’s face it leading up to the trading deadline and last years early playoff exit, Fisher was displaying his lack of youth being 37 years old. So the Los Angeles Laker’s plans for the future were to bring in more youth by trading for Ramon Sessions and Jordan Hill. On paper, yes these moves were much needed and made alot of sense. But what intangibles were the Lakers giving up by trading away their former captain and NBPA president.

As we all know, Derrick Fisher is a ideal model of an NBA professional off the court and a mature voice of reason in the locker room. Plus, Who have the lakers leaned on to intervene when Kobe Bryant begins another public beef with teammates? Not having Fisher’s leadership during the 2012 playoff run definitely hurt the Lakers and contributed to chemistry on the court.

What about Fisher’s playoff experience? The lakers traded for two players that have no playoff experience. Fisher has already won 5 NBA championships while averaging 8.9 points per game and making 40.3% beyond the arc in the playoffs.

Even though, Derrick Fisher may have looked old, a half step slow and at times a defensive liability. He was still an asset to the lakers. For the lakers to let him go obviously hurt them in more ways then one.

Moreover, to win the Western conference championship you must beat the lakers. The Oklahoma City Thunder organization isn’t stupid. At some point in the playoffs they knew that they had to face the Lakers. And who knows the Lakers new playbook installed by Mike Brown and staff? Derrick Fisher, duhhh!!!

Clearly, the lakers had no answer for the void of losing Derrick Fisher. But Mitch Kupchak and Dr. Buss better hope that there’s no hard feelings in hope of resigning their former old captain before the 2013 season.

Then again, the lakers wanted Ramon Sessions…lol

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On Cinco De Mayo 2012, HBO gave viewers a great fight between Miguel Cotto and Floyd Mayweather Jr. To the average mainstream boxing fan this was the first bout that Mayweather seemed to struggle.

Perhaps the most controversial fight in Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s undefeated career was his first bout with Jose Luis Castillo on April 20, 2002. At the time Mayweather jr. was transitioning to a higher weight class at 135 lbs sporting a 27-0 record.

Castillo was already established at 135 lbs weight class with a 45-4-1, 41 KO record while holding the WBC’s title.

Was Jose Luis Castillo robbed a victory? Was this very fight a gift from the judges?

Watch for yourself.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Jose Luis Castillo