Lakers’ Offseason Moves in 2012

The Los Angeles Lakers are now listed at 8-to-1 (from 12-to-1) to win the NBA championship at the LVH.  This improvement was caused by the sign-and-trade deal sending two-time MVP Steve Nash from the Phoenix Suns to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The defending NBA champion Miami Heat is still the favorite to win it all at 9-to-4.  Trailing them is the Oklahoma City Thunder, losers in the 2012 Finals, at 11-to-4. The San Antonio Spurs were 7-to-1 before the Nash trade but are now listed at 10-to-1. Read More

Farewell, Chris Mihm

In another move to cut costs, the Los Angeles Lakers have traded Chris Mihm to Memphis Grizzlies for a future (2013) second round pick. A future second round pick? Wow, I really thought the Lakers could have traded Mihm for a banger or a decent shooter.

However, I understand.  It’s the economy, stupid.  I guess that’s the new cliche.  In the words of Johnny Ludden, “This is what qualifies as a smart deal in today’s NBA. Thin your bench, pay another team to take your player, get nothing tangible in return and save your owner enough money to remodel the living room in his waterfront home. ”

Really funny, huh?  Seriously, it’s really funny.  I bet there has to be some truth in that statement.

Chris Mihm, in my opinion, was a solid center until his yearly injuries.  His play improved when he started playing with Kobe Bryant. Read More

Lakers Trade Radmanovic for Morrison and Brown

The Lakers have traded Vladimir Radmanovic for Adam Morrison and Shannon Brown.  This obviously is a salary dump move.  Radmanovic is due around $6.5 million this year and next and has a player option.  This potentially saves the Lakers $13 million.

I understand the essence of the deal.  However, I’m wondering if there is a center or pure shooter out there that would have been available for a similar deal.  Having said that, I think Adam Morrison can be developed into a triangle offense player ala Luke Walton.

Morrison was a prolific scorer when he was in college so fundamentally, he can play, at least on offense.  Maybe a change of scenery and offense can bring out the best in him.  Plus, he has a weird moustache.  Somebody with a weird something could be hiding some form of intellect.  You know, it’s like Phil Jackson.  The Zen Master is weird and yet his methods are effective.

I don’t know.  I guess it’s just wishful thinking. Read More

Will the Lakers make a trade?

I have a feeling that the Lakers will try to make a trade.  I feel they need a more consistent shooter (ala James Posey).  I feel Sasha Vujacic and Vladimir Radmanovic are inconsistent shooters.

And why is Vlade not playing the past two games?  Is Phil Jackson protecting him from possible injury knowing that a trade is in the works?  I understand that Vlade can’t start but not play him for two whole games? Something’s fishy here and I’m not even talking about Derek, yet.

Of the two, I think Vlade is the more tradeable player, if we set aside his salary for the moment. Read More