Chat with the Kamenetzky Brothers
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, we'll have ESPNLosAngeles.com Los Angeles Lakers bloggers Andy and Brian Kamenetzky stopping by for their weekly chat.
Before joining ESPNLosAngeles.com, Brian and Andy hosted Lakers Blog for the Los Angeles Times from 2005-09. They host the ESPN Kamenetzky Brothers Lakers PodKast and frequently appear on ESPN Radio 710. As contributors for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, they have written about virtually every sport known to mankind.
Send your questions now and join the Brothers Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. PT/2:30 p.m. ET!
Andy Kamenetzky (2:30 PM)
What's up, kids? Let's get 'er started. Just gonna be me today, so if it moves a little slow, be patient... no yelling.
Just wanted to know if this could happen. Instead of Luke getting the amnesty, give it to Kobe so we could resign him for less money and sign some other free agents. Luke makes pennies compared to Kobe's contract. Plus, it would show fans that Kobe is willing to sacrifice some money for the team.
Andy Kamenetzky (2:33 PM)
Ray: I don't know if the Amnesty provision will allow teams to cut guys to resign them, and more importantly, I doubt Kobe would go for that scenario. While I haven't actually asked him about this hypothetical, it stands to reason that if he wanted to give the team more cap flexibility, he would have just signed for less money when they extended him, as opposed to essentially taking the most money possible. Which is certainly within his rights, and he's earned that luxury. But it makes me doubtful he'd restructure his contract to take such a haircut.
Mike (Ladera Ranch)
Hey Guys- With everyone coming out with their team by team amnesty lists, what are the chances of the Lakers going after some of these guys once they are cut loose? Rashard Lewis seems like a lock and could be an interesting fit
Andy Kamenetzky (2:37 PM)
Mike: Interesting question. It depends on how much the Amnesty guys command the next time around. Lewis might not be worth his current salary (about 23 mil per season through 2013, give or take), but he may still field offers more than the Lakers will offer. If he's able to fetch even 6 mil, which is certainly not outrageous to imagine, the Lakers don't have the means of getting him. It would likely require Lewis to take well below market value to get a ring. Then again, he'd be banking a lot of money off his old deal, so maybe he'd go for it.
Mike (Scranton, PA)
Assuming we have some season, how much of an active player do you think the Lakers will be in getting some mid-level players and getting rid of some others?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:41 PM)
Mike: It depends on who's available and at what price. I doubt Shannon Brown will be back, so there's one rotation player that needs replacing. Unless they think either Devin Ebanks or Matt Barnes can play behind Kobe, they're gonna have to use at least part of the MLE going to a new backup 2 guard, or find a suitable option with the veteran's minimum. But either way, their history dictates some money will be spent. Dr. Buss likes to be competitive.
Germie (dallas, tx)
Hey guys I can't see players who aren't making superstar money be okay with missing anymore pay checks. I think we will have a merry christmas gift of the nba starting on or a week before christmas.
Andy Kamenetzky (2:43 PM)
Germie: Fingers crossed, you're right. Not that I'm rooting for players to feel a legitimate financial pinch, because I'd never wish that on anybody. But at the same time, that might be the only way this mess actually gets worked out, and I feel the players benefit more over the long haul by getting back to work, even if they're not happy with the deal.
How can the players say they are united when so many of the players are just running away overseas to take a check? That just shows they are all out for themselves and have no chance to win this battle against the owners. Why dont they just take the 50% and get back on the courts? They will more than make up the money they gain to lose by staying the course with this lockout by just playing.
Andy Kamenetzky (2:46 PM)
Alfred: I completely agree with what you're saying about guys going overseas and have been saying that for quite some time. I completely understand why some of those guys took those jobs. Many of them don't have the luxury of waiting around and potentially going a year without a gig if the NBA remains locked out and the overseas job gets filled by somebody else. But nonetheless, it creates a perception of guys heading for the hills and looking out for #1 well before the 11th hour. Again, within their rights, but it doesn't help the image.
The Ridler (LA)
When are the players going to come off their high horse and realize that they need to just take the 50% and get back on the courts? I realize the owners are strong arming them, but they are bussiness men who run billion dollar companies. Dont they realize if they just take the deal they will be paid better than most NFL players and will more than make up the money in the next couple of years?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:50 PM)
The Riddler: I think both parties could do well by stepping off their respective horses. It's important not to lose sight of the owners being both unreasonable at times and also very shortsighted in how they're doing business. Having said that, I completely agree the deal will only get worse and the players will only keep throwing good money after bad the longer they go without just sucking it up. It is what it is, like it or not.
Hi K Bros! What's your outlook on Lamar's role on the team going into next season? If they start him, the bench loses his leadership and production. However, it's not like the bench was that great last year with the personnel they had. Any chance the Lakers use him as a trading chip for two younger players that can instantly produce coming off the bench?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:56 PM)
Audrey: I'm guessing LO will keep playing off the bench. He's too valuable an asset in that role, and will inevitably play starters' minutes anyway. It's also hard for me to imagine the Lakers trading a guy as versatile as LO for two bench players. Maybe package him for a guy like Dwight Howard if need be. Otherwise, LO is too good to move in the scenario you're describing, unless the young players are real studs in the making. In which case, why would that team move them for a guy in his 30's?
Hey Andy. Firstly, you and your borther are Li-Tri-Ly (Robe Lowe, Parks n Rec) the only reason I show up to work on a Wednesday. (Maybe I need to get my priorities straight...)What's your take on Phil's Audi commercial that's been out for a couple weeks. I love it. For some reason, it doesnt make me sad that he's no longer here when I see him on TV waxing poetic about egos. That being said: Do you agree with me that Drew needs more ego? I love Drew. I'm in Jim Buss's camp. I think he needs to tone down the aggression (Oh, Hey, JJ) but up his ego. Thoughts?
Andy Kamenetzky (3:03 PM)
Jordan: I agree PJ's commercial is very clever and funny. That Audi campaign has been very effective in general. As for Drew, he definitely doesn't need any more ego. Drew has plenty of confidence and has been calling for the ball and a bigger role as it is. Frankly, I don't think tension between him and Kobe is out of the question as it is. A bigger ego would only make it worse.
Shannon B (Los Angeles, Maybe)
If you transplanted my hands onto Kwame Brown's arms, would he not be as terrible? Dude has tiny hands for a big guy. Conversely, have you seen MY Mits???
Andy Kamenetzky (3:04 PM)
Not only have I seen your mitts, Shannon B, I've used them to set the stage in a profile I wrote about you. http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/lakers/post/_/id/2627/anything-but-a-slam-dunk-the-nba-career-of-shannon-brown
Jimmy Graham and all this flag football got me thinking which Laker do you see realistically being able to play in the NFL? I think Ron Artest would be a formidable tight end ,especially in the corner endzone with his height. Shannon Brown and his meat hooks would be able to catch anything 12 feet in the air one handed. You can even line up Andrew Bynum behind the d-line to solely block field goals.
Andy Kamenetzky (3:06 PM)
Never: Don't forget Matt Barnes. He was an exceptional high school WR and in his early days of scrapping to make/stay in the NBA, he debated changing directions with an NFL tryout. Still, if I had to pick one person for a sport switch, it would probably be Shannon. As you mentioned, he's got great athleticism and hands, plus the youth on his side.
Mike (Ladera Ranch)
Andy- Not sure if you saw the Brian Shaw article yesterday. He talked about the interview process and how he didn't get the job. It included a quote from Dr. Buss that his son is taking over. Why do I feel like all Laker fans are trapped in a car with no brakes that is about to plummet over a very steep cliff?
Andy Kamenetzky (3:09 PM)
Mike: Nothing Shaw said surprised me, because when we interviewed him in July, he said the exact same things. http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/lakers/post/_/id/21014/brian-shaw-on-communication-issues-jim-buss-phil-jackson-and-moreNot to imply the SI article isn't worth reading. Ian Thomson is one of the best in the biz and he offers some exceptional details as the result of a longer sitdown, the ability to speak with Mitch, etc. My point is just these issues have been brewing for Shaw -- and if you take him at his word -- within the organization for quite some time. There's no question this is a very delicate and important time in franchise history
Andy Kamenetzky (3:10 PM)
Alright, folks, gotta run. Thanks for dropping by, and be sure to check out the blog for all the latest details.