Los Angeles Lakers: TJ Ford

Wednesday Chat Transcript: On PG's, lockouts, and Prince vs. Walton

August, 3, 2011
8/03/11
10:21
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By the Kamenetzky Brothers
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It was a raucous chat-boree Wednesday morning here at Land O'Lakers. Did you miss it? Please don't let it ruin your day.

Here's the link to the transcript.

With it, you can steep yourself in Lakers conversation like Darjeeling in steaming hot water.

Free Agent Profiles: Point guards

July, 19, 2011
7/19/11
9:26
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Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
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"A slice of paper . . . A crepe . . . The walls of a cheap motel . . . Shia LaBeouf's on-screen appeal . . . The 2011 class of free agent point guards."

"I know, I know! Things that are thin!"


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Such is the landscape as we begin our look at potential additions for the Lakers available on the off-season market. That the point is their greatest positional need as measured by on-court production last season doesn't change the reality: It's highly unlikely free agency will do much for the Lakers other than maybe -- maybe -- improving their depth. There are some potentially serviceable players available, but few who elevate the position substantially or add clarity to the current Derek Fisher/Steve Blake rotation.

Here's how it breaks down:

THE CREAM OF THE CROP
  • Rodney Stuckey (restricted free agent, Detroit)
  • Aaron Brooks (restricted free agent, Phoenix)

The Pistons have already made a qualifying offer of nearly $4 million for Stuckey. While he's a bad perimeter shooter, he's a big (6'5") combo guard who loves attacking the basket, can defend, and improved his assist rates last year. Is he really a point guard? Probably not, but at 25 years old he's rich with youth and talent. Lakers fans hyperventilate at the site of Brooks, whose career scoring average in 11 games against the purple and gold (17.1) is about five points higher than his numbers against everyone else. Brooks isn't a great outside shooter and his distribution skills are still improving, but man alive the guy is quick, and clearly talented. Just as Detroit did with Stuckey, Phoenix has extended Brooks a qualifying offer, meaning both can match any offer made by another team.

Would either fit well with the Lakers? Doesn't matter. Put these players out of your mind. Neither is likely going anywhere, certainly not for what the Lakers will be able to offer (a mid-level exception, assuming in the new CBA it exists in some form). Short of Jedi mind tricks -- "These aren't the point guards you're looking for, Joe Dumars and Lon Babby..." -- there's very little Mitch Kupchak can do to "make it happen."

So as Obi-Wan told those storm troopers, "Move along."

PLAYERS WHO IN ANY OTHER SUMMER WOULD BE MIDDLE ROAD OPTIONS BUT THIS YEAR ARE ALMOST CERTAIN TO BE OVERPAID THANKS TO SCARCITY AND HIGH PROFILE POSTSEASON SUCCESSES

  • J.J. Barea (unrestricted free agent, Dallas)
  • Mario Chalmers (restricted free agent, Miami)

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Nick Young
PTS AST STL MIN
17.9 1.5 0.7 28.3
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsP. Gasol 9.7
AssistsK. Marshall 8.8
StealsJ. Meeks 1.4
BlocksP. Gasol 1.5