Shouldnâ€™t you be out at a barbeque right now? Enjoying the last days of summer rather than being in front of a computer?
Well, for those who stopped by, thanks for coming, but there is little Laker news to report. Here are a couple things:
â€¢ The Lakers have hired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as a â€œspecial assistant coach,â€ which is a fancy way of saying a mentor and tutor for Andrew Bynum. Itâ€™s a good choice â€” Kareemâ€™s fundamentals were always solid, a sign of good coaching. Hopefully he can pass that along.
â€¢ Interesting comment over at Hoopsanalyst about the Aaron McKie pick up:
On the one hand, McKieâ€™s career is basically at that same point that Ron Harperâ€™s was when Jackson embraced playing him in place of an actual point guard back in 1995-96. But McKie has always been a bit more lumbering as a guard than Harper was and itâ€™s possible that he wonâ€™t have the same cache with Jackson (remember Jackson buried Mitch Richmond on the bench in 2001-02). I donâ€™t know how this will turn out, but Iâ€™m suggesting itâ€™s more possible than you might initially think that McKie could find himself buried on the bench.
â€¢ TNT analyst and former Rocket Kenny Smith is trying to organize an NBA all-star game with the proceeds benefiting victims of hurricane Katrina. He said big NBA names are interested, I hope he can pull it off.
â€¢ Though next Thursday Iâ€™ll be subbing in for Henry over at True Hoops, posting some NBA news and opinions.