Fast Break Thoughts

Darius Soriano —  August 23, 2010

Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant celebrates defeating the Boston Celtics at the end of Game 7 to win the 2010 NBA Finals basketball series in Los Angeles, California June 17, 2010 .   REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

With a lull in legitimate Lakers’ news, time to take another look around the league and sprinkle in some other random thoughts…

*I don’t know about you, but for some reason I’m always interested in what’s going on with former Lakers – especially when they sign with other teams.  So, you better believe I had a reaction when I heard that Michael Jordan is offering a second chance to Kwame Brown.  Obviously, it’s easy to snicker when reading that MJ – the guy that made Kwame the #1 overall pick in his draft – is taking a flyer on Kwame.  But honestly, I think this is a good signing.  The Cat’s need a defensive big man and that’s exactly what Kwame is.  And considering Kwame is signing for the vet’s minimum, there’s little to no risk here.  I think this is the rare case when something that is actually kind of comical turns out to be pretty practical too.

*Doc Rivers is still saying his starting 5 is undefeated in a playoff series.  Okay.  As has happened a lot over the years, I agree with Kurt Helin on this one.

*With Kevin Love banged up and Coach K fiddling around with his lineups on Sunday (Rajon Rondo and Danny Granger both got DNP-CD’s) our own Lamar Odom got the start at Center for Team USA vs. Spain.  I must say that while Odom is over-matched when defending true big men like Marc Gasol one on one in the post (many are, so no shame there), LO continues to show that he’s a very good fit for the FIBA style of play.  The up and down nature of the game and the need to be good on the P&R on both offense and defense suits LO perfectly and I’m glad that he’s getting a second chance to rep the U.S.  I thought that LO did a very good job of filling the lane on the fast break, hedging and recovering on the P&R, and setting those barely legal drag screens for the U.S. guards.  In fact, it was one of LO’s screens that freed up Rose to get a big bucket down the stretch on Sunday.

*When forecasting next season, nearly everybody is picking the Lakers to win the West (via TrueHoop).  So you know, I was one of the folks on the panel and I too picked LA to win the West.  Not sure who the 5 people are who chose a different team, but in all honesty I do believe the Rockets and the Thunder are the two next best teams out West for this upcoming season so I can see the logic.  I’m not as high on Dallas, but if Chandler plays well and stays injury free they’ll be better than last season’s outfit that won 55 games (whether that translates into more wins, though, I’m not convinced).

*Anyone else watch Entourage?  I can’t decide if I like this season or not.  I’ve always said that the show is better when not everything is going well for all the characters, but things seem a bit forced this year.  I’d love some other takes on this.

*I know that football season is starting up and that means a big portion of my Sunday’s will be focused on the grid iron.  I re-upped in my fantasy leagues this year and hope to do better than my middle of pack finishes from last season.  I bring all this up because I also play fantasy hoops every year and wanted to know if you guys would like to get a FB&G fantasy hoops league going.  Obviously we’re a ways off from the season starting, but I bet we could manage to put togther a couple of points leagues with the highest score from all the entries taking home the bragging rights.  Let me know in the comments and I’ll weigh if it’s possible as the season approaches.

Darius Soriano

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