Pau Gasol For Deron Williams? Crazy But Possible

The Los Angeles Lakers always seem to be in the middle of every trade rumor. Ever since their season ended, the rumors have been coming fast and furious. Most of them have been ridiculous but one has surfaced that actually makes sense.

ESPN’s John Hollinger discussed the possibility of the Brooklyn Nets doing a sign-and-trade deal that would send Deron Williams to the Lakers for Pau Gasol.

After two disappointing post seasons, Gasol may not have the trade value he once had, but he is still one of the most skilled big men in the league and would fit nicely with Brook Lopez. Williams has already stated that if the Nets don’t get Dwight Howard, he’s gone so they might as well try to get something for him.

As much as I like Ramon Session, Williams would put the Lakers back in title contention. (Kind of the way Chris Paul would have. Thanks again, David Stern.) This would be the One Big Trade every Lakers fan has wanted. Everybody would finally be happy.

Whether this trade ever happens is beyond me. But it is one of the few rumors that I have heard that makes sense for both teams.

One thing seem certain, and that is Pau Gasol has probably played his last game in the Purple and Gold.

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Will Lamar Odom Reunite With Lakers?

Over the last week it has been reported that former Laker, Lamar Odom wants to come back to Los Angeles.

And apparently the feeling is mutual. Head Coach Mike Brown and Kobe Bryant have both expressed interest in Odom’s return. All is well in Laker Land.

Well. Maybe not.

There are only two ways for Odom to get back into the Purple and Gold.

1. The Dallas Mavericks have to trade him to the Lakers. Odom is still under contract with the Mavs. So they have a decision to make. They can trade him or buy out his contract and make him a free agent.

2. Odom becomes a free agent and then waits until December 11th. That’s right, he will have to sit out part of the season. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, a player cannot return to a team he was traded from for one full year. It seems very doubtful that Lamar would sit out. But you never know. He’s a different breed of cat.

So, really, the only scenario for Lamar Odom to return to the Lakers would be via a trade. And would the Mavs, and Mark Cuban, be willing to make that trade? Doubtful.

So there is a way for Odom to come back home to the Lakers but it will be a strange and winding one. Luckily, Lamar is used to those type of trips.

Pau Gasol To The Bulls??

Another off-season, another round of Lakers trade rumors. This time its Pau Gasol getting traded to the Chicago Bulls.

Of course its just a rumor but the Lakers are looking to trade Gasol. In fact, they have already trade him this season. Only David Stern un-traded him.

This most recent trade rumor doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for the Lakers. This first scenario involves Pau for Carlos Boozer. I don’t see the Lakers willing to take on Boozer’s huge contract when they are trying to lighten their payroll. Plus, Pau is a much better player than Boozer. The drop in talent will be too great.

The next scenario involves Luol Deng and Rip Hamilton in exchange for Pau. I like Den but the inclusion of Hamilton sours the deal for me. The Lakers need to get younger and with Hamilton, they get older.

I don’t see a trade with the Bulls happening because it doesn’t benefit the Lakers enough. The Bulls would be much better off and in a real position to challenge the Heat for Eastern Conference supremacy with Gasol in the lineup.

Its going to be difficult for the Lakers to trade Gasol because he is so talented. They will be hard pressed to find a player (or players) of equal talent.

One thing is for sure, this will certainly be an interesting summer.

Lakers/Suns Play Game of the Year!!

It took three hours, three overtimes and 139 points, but the Los Angeles Lakers got a hard fought win against the Phoenix Suns. And in the process they gave us the Game of the Year.

I have watched a lot of games this year and not one of them came close to this one.

This game had everything. From a blown 20 point lead to clutch 3 pointers by Channing Frye to Kobe hitting big shots and Ron Artest dunking on an improbable breakaway and kissing his biceps in celebration.

If you didn’t like this game then you just don’t like basketball.

The Suns came back from a 20 point second half deficit to tie the game at the end of regulation. Watching the Lakers blow another big lead like that reminded me of the old Lakers. The Lakers that would continually take games off. Even in the playoffs. The Lakers that would get bored and the only way they could get any excitement was to let every team back into that game and try to pull out a win in the last seconds.

The first overtime ended with a very questionable shooting foul on Lamar Odom. Channing Frye makes all three freethrows to send the game into its second OT.

And just a thought here. When did Channing Frye become Mr. Clutch? Its come to the point that when he shoots a three pointer even I think, “Yeah, that’s going in.”

Frye hits another three near the end of the second OT to put the Suns up with 50 seconds left. Then Pau Gasol gets fouled but doesn’t get a pretty obvious goaltending call in his favor. But he does hit two freethrows with two seconds left to tie the game.

Ron Artest came up big in the third OT, scoring five of his 18 points in the last two minutes. Its always good to see Ron Ron do well. Not only because the Lakers usually win when he plays well but because his post game interviews are always so great.

Kobe Bryant had a season high 42 points and almost messed around and had a triple double with 12 rebounds and 9 assists.

I’m sure the Lakers will be happy to get Andrew Bynum back so he can play some defense and they won’t have to score 139 points to win the next game.

The Lakers are a very impressive 14-1 since the All-Star break and seem to be peaking at the right time. It remains to be seen if they will win another championship but the seem to be on the right track.

Andrew Bynum – Entering the Beast Zone!!

It happened with about six minutes left in the fourth quarter of last night’s game. The Los Angeles Lakers were taking on the Minnesota Timberwolves. That’s when Andrew Bynum leveled Michael Beasley with a vicious elbow to the chest.

Bynum was clearly not going for the ball. He was sending a message. Beasley fell hard on his hip and later had to leave the game.

Andrew was hit with a flagrant 2 and was tossed out of the game. (He will most likely get suspended for one game by the league for that.) Even though he got himself ejected in a close game the Lakers had to win, I loved the foul. It reminded me of the way basketball was played when I was a kid.

I remember the Bad Boys of the Detroit Pistons with Dennis Rodman and Bill Laimbeer. I remember watching the New York Knicks fight with every team they played. One of the most iconic clips in Laker history is Kevin McHale clothes lining Kurt Rambis. It was a time when flagrant fouls were called “hard fouls.” And it was an accepted practice. It was a great time in the NBA.

So, why the walk down Memory Lane?

Andrew Bynum is playing vintage NBA basketball. He is dominating like the big men of old. And he has that mean streak. I’m sure u remember Dikembe Mutombo’s wagging finger every time he swatted a weak shot into the third row. Remember Patrick Ewing knocking every one to the floor if they dared to come into the paint. That is where Bynum is headed. I call it the Beast Zone.

And I love it! As a Laker fan, you should love it, too.

Andrew has been playing like a man on fire since the All-Star break. He has been averaging 11 points, 13 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game since then. That includes five double-doubles in a row.

The fact that Bynum has been injury free this season and he is playing at his best heading into the playoffs should bring a smile to all Laker fans out there.

I truly believe that Andrew Bynum is the key to a Laker ThreePeat. If he continues to play at this level. I’m going to make plans to be at Staples Center in June to watch the parade.

Lakers/Heat Preview 03-10-11

The game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat is a clash of two teams heading in the opposite directions. The Lakers are the league’s hottest team right now, winning eight straight since the All-Star break. And are playing like the two-time defending Champions that they are.

The Heat are another story. They are losers of five straight and seem to be on the verge of collapse. They can’t win close games, they can’t beat the top teams and they are blowing huge leads. To top it off, some of them are even crying after games (allegedly).

The sound bite you keep hearing from the Heat, as well as their fans (however many of them that are left), is that they are “figuring out their roles” and are just “waiting to gel.” The last time I checked, there were less than 20 games left in the season. If you are still trying to “figure out” your roles and if you haven’t “gelled” by now, it’s not going to happen at all. Ever.

Provided this team does not go on a crazy losing streak, they should make the playoffs. And if they keep playing like this, they are going to be One and Done.

The Lakers, on the other hand, are playing their best basketball of the season. And they are doing it at the right time. Their offense is hitting on all cylinders and the defense has improved immensely.  Most of that defensive prowess can the attributed to Andrew Bynum. Since the All-Star break he has been averaging 12 rebounds and 3 blocks per game. But what he does best isn’t reflected in the boxscore. He is a menacing presence in the paint. He is altering many shots and most times just denying the opposing player from even getting the inbound pass. I think he is finally living up to his potential.

With all that being said I think the Lakers will win this game. I see it going down only two ways. Either it’s going to be another nail biter, coming down to the last shot and the Heat lose yet another heartbreaker. Or it’s going to be a repeat of the Lakers/Spurs game and the Lakers will blow them out by 40 points.

Either way it should be an entertaining game. If it’s another close loss, the post game press conference should be even more entertaining.

Hey Kobe, How’s the Knee??

Kobe Bryant is tired of hearing people ask about his knee. You can see it in his face. In fact I would go so far as to say he HATES having to field questions about the knee.

And when Kobe get s mad, he takes his anger out on whatever team the Lakers are playing that  night.

So, please, keep asking about the knee.