Havenâ€™t had a chance to do the old FB&G standby of quick thoughts and other links recently, I used to think I did this too much but lately Iâ€™ve missed it. So, weâ€™re back, baby.
â€¢ The biggest Lakers news: According to friend of the siteNate Jones, Rambis is trying to regrow his ’80s stash. More than anything else, I’ll be looking for that in the next broadcast.
â€¢ One thing of note from the last post here where trade discussions were allowed in the comments â€” almost unanimously Bynum joined Kobe on the untouchable list for trades. Not really a surprise after the start of this season. But, that would not have been the consensus of this board six months ago, and I think more people than not would have given up on him a year ago for a lot less than Kidd. All of which is to say, next time you blast the front office for not seeing that â€˜player Xâ€ clearly will/will not develop into something, remember they were ahead of you on the Bynum curve and knew what they were doing.
â€¢ There was a great follow up thought (and way to kind of words for me) from Kelly Dwyer when looking at the last post (and the Lakers situation):
I do have to point out that â€œsuperstar on a team with just enough to make the playoffs and little elseâ€ bag isnâ€™t going away. With the luxury tax effectively ushering in a hard salary cap, weâ€™re going to see a lot of teams with stars that take up a third of the payroll with one large deal, a semi-star who is probably overpaid and a load of cheapies surrounding them. Prepare for a whole host of 48-win teams over the next few years. The NBA wonâ€™t reach an NFL-level style of parity, but it will move in that direction. Also, donâ€™t be surprised to see some sort of contract restructuring language added into the NBAâ€™s next Collective Bargaining Agreement, so guys like Kobe and KG can re-do their contracts in order to bring more help in.
â€¢ One other note. A few people suggested the Lakers go get a free agent next year â€” remember that the Lakers will be over the salary cap, meaning they can only offer the mid-level exception (what VladRad signed for), they cannot make a big offer. Not many teams can, frankly.
â€¢ Interesting discussion over at With Malice â€” who wins in a Dream Team vs. 07/08 Team USA matchup. Jeff from Celtics Blog, Henry from True Hoop and others weigh in for round one, Iâ€™m in for round two going up in a couple days. (Hint, I think itâ€™s a closer game than you do.)
â€¢ I love watching Iverson play, especially when heâ€™s hot like he was Wednesday night. I donâ€™t want him on my team, but I love watching him play.
â€¢ This seasonâ€™s early returns are in at NBA Hot Shots, a favorite tool of mine. Plus, colors make it pretty. Anyway, the Painted Area does some interesting early looks at why LeBron is hot and Dirk is cold so far.
â€¢ At some point Iâ€™m going to do a whole separate post on this, but I canâ€™t say it enough â€” kuddos to the Lakers for the upgrades to the Web site this year. The quantity and quality of stuff has been great.