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Who is the best team in the NBA? No, it is not the Miami Heat. It’s not the Los Angeles Lakers. It’s not the Oklahoma City Thunder or the San Antonio Spurs. The best team in the NBA is the Memphis Grizzlies. After a tough 101-92 loss to the hated Los Angeles Clippers, the Memphis Grizzlies have won 8 games in a row. 3 of the 8 wins have been against the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, and the New York Knicks. The Grizzlies, Spurs, and the Heat are the only 3 teams with 8 wins in the NBA. The Spurs have 2 losses while the Grizzlies only have 1. And the Grizzlies defeated the Heat 104-86 making the Memphis Grizzlies king of the hill for now at least. It is important to recognize that the NBA season is 82 games long but for a team that has had to suffer two game 7 Playoff losses in the last 2 seasons, a fast start is just what the doctor ordered. For this blue-collared team from Memphis, these early season wins have them off to the right start for the 2012-2013 NBA Season.

After a 1-4 start to the season, the LA Lakers fired Mike Brown. Somehow 5 games was enough evidence for Lakers management to determine that Mike Brown was not the man to lead the “Lake Show” on this year’s quest to make it to the NBA Finals. The move makes absolutely no sense. If the Lakers did not want Mike Brown to coach the team, they should have fired him during the off-season. That way Mike Brown could have moved on to another job and the Lakers could have started the season with the guy they wanted.

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To compound the mayhem going on in LA, the Lakers decided to go after Phil Jackson. Phil Jackson, realizing he was in position to ask for everything including the kitchen sink, stated his demands towards Laker management. Somehow Lakers management was appalled with the circumstances with which Phil Jackson would come back and turned to Mike D’Antoni for the head coaching position.

So……in review, the Lakers fired a defensive guru who had no ability to coach the offense & hired an offensive guru who doesn’t understand the concept of playing defense. So much for the old phrase “defense wins championships”. Apparently the Lakers feel that that idea is played out.

There was a brief period of “I told you so” coming from Laker’s supporters when the Lakers won 2 games in a row during the post Mike Brown era. But make a note that those two games were against the (3-4) Golden State Warriors & the (2-6) Sacramento Kings. It was business as usual on November 13th when the Lakes played the Spurs. They lost 84-82.

To think Mike D’Antoni is the answer to the Lakers prayers is to believe in Santa Claus at Christmas. D’Antoni is a good coach but he has never came through in the Playoffs. Of the 9 seasons he’s coached, D’Antoni has made the playoffs 5 times and has neve been to the NBA Finals. At least Mike Brown made a trip to the NBA Finals while in Cleveland. Mike D’Antoni’s lack of a defensive strategy has always surfaced in the crucial moments in the Playoffs. The Lakers made a rash decision thining their Ace in the hole, Phil Jackson, would return with open arms and now are stuck in limbo with Mike D’Antoni. Kobe Bryant’s quest for a 6th NBA Championship ring has not been made any easier by the events of this past week.

Did David Stern just ask Jim Rome if he stopped beating his wife? Check this out for yourself. Listen to this heated exchange after Rome asks the NBA Commissioner about tampering with 2012 NBA Draft lottery in favor of the New Orleans Hornets.

Heated exchange between Jim Rome and David Stern

By now we should all be familiar with Lamar Odom’s lack luster 2011-2012 season with the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks that included a stint with the Texas Legends, NBA Developmental league affiliate. It was so bad that Mark Cuban made Odom inactive for the rest of the season and playoffs to lessen the the damage. Rick Carlisle told ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM’s Galloway and Company a couple of weeks ago that “It’s a chapter that is one that will go down in Mavs history as just something that didn’t work out.”

It is safe to say that the Dallas Mavericks are trying to get rid of the 2010-2011 sixth man of the year as fast as possible. Any takers?

According to ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith says the Lakers might be interested. Smith goes on to say
“(Odom) desperately wants to come back (to Los Angeles) and wants to play for the Lakers.” Odom played the 1999-2003 seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers and the 2004-2011 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers. Both of whom play all of their home games at the Staples Center.

Los Angeles is a comfort zone of some sort for Odom, who had a tumultuous 2011 offseason. Odom was in a car accident that killed a person, his estranged father has been ill and his reality tv celebrity wife and mother in law constantly wanted to film his every move. Let’s not mention the fact that he wanted out of the Lake Show after nearly being traded to the New Orleans Hornets for Chris Paul. Everyone realizes that Odom’s feelings were hurt.

The lakers desperately missed Odom’s presence as a sixth man this season despite making it to the 2nd round of the playoffs losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The lakers traded for potential assets to fill the void of Lamar Odom’s scoring and defense. But nothing seemed like the right fit.

Smith goes on to say that ” Mike Brown ( lakers head coach) desperately wants him back . He’s going to talk to Buss and Lakers hierarchy to see what they can do about getting Lamar Odom back.”

This would be a great move for the Lakers if Lamar Odom of old shows up. The lakers also need to address rumors of moving one of their two 7 footers in Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.

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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

After taking a couple days off to attend to family matters former lakers star Lamar Odom is being reassigned to the Texas Legends, the Dallas Mavericks Developmental league team.

It was rumored earlier this week that Odom was looking for a buyout from his current deal with the Mavericks. But the mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, quickly refuted those claims by saying ” we wouldn’t do it.”

The move is viewed as helping Odom ease back into game shape.

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