Sunday, July 18, 2010
Sunday voting: Summertime Lakers polls
By Brian Kamenetzky
A little calm is settling over the NBA. Most of the important names on the free agent market, from the biggies to the role guys to whatever you'd call Brian Cook these days, have signed on the dotted line. Perfect time to throw a finger to the wind and take the temperature of the pulse of the Lakers faithful.
Vote early. If it lets you, vote often.
1. The Lakers have Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher back, picked up Steve Blake, and drafted two guys in the second round (Derrick Caracter and Devin Ebanks) who look like potential keepers.
More poll questions below the jump...
2. While not as busy as teams back east, the Western Conference hasn't been totally silent, either. Utah swapped Carlos Boozer for Al Jefferson, San Antonio added Tiago Splitter, Denver added Al Harrington, and Dallas Tyson Chandler. Portland should be healthier this season, while Oklahoma City will be a year older (and taller, with Cole Aldrich). Houston gets Yao back, and picked up Brad Miller.
3. In the E.C., Miami assembled their Big Three, Chicago went Salt Lake crazy adding Boozer, Kyle Korver, and Ronnie Brewer. Boston re-signed Ray Allen and picked up Jermaine O'Neal, while Orlando kept the band together, holding on to J.J. Redick. There are other teams over there... but do any really matter?
4. As ESPNLA.com's Dave McMenamin told us in Friday's PodKast, Mitch Kupchak has the leeway to spend the rest of L.A.'s mid-level exception (about $1.7 million) and still go get another player or two at the veteran's minimum (all the Lakers could offer at that point) if need be. But let's say they could only get one more dude. Who would you take? If "other," leave the name in the comments section.
5. Can you go home again?
6. What's left to worry about? (Again, if "other," tell us what's giving you the willies.)