Fast Break Thoughts

Darius Soriano —  August 16, 2011

  • If you were ranking the top 100 players in the league, how many Lakers would make the cut? Zach Lowe of SI’s The Point Forward has given us his answer to that question in a series of posts. The Lakers have 5 players that make the cut on his list – including Artest, Bynum, and Odom – with strong analysis supporting each decision and placement of the player. Today, he revealed his top 10 and both Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant made the cut. You may want to argue with where they were placed, but I have no qualms here. Lowe’s reasoning is sound and is more than fair. Go check out the entire series and let me know if you agree or not.
  • Speaking of ranking things, ESPN Los Angeles recently put together a feature on L.A.’s Sports Hall of Fame and who, of all the many legends that have graced the city, would make the cut as the first 5 enshrined. It was a fierce competition and some Lakers made the cut. The Logo, though, did not. Do you agree?
  • Over at TrueHoop, Henry Abbott takes thorough look at Kobe Bryant’s on court value and ponders whether, after his recent contract extension, #24 is about to be overpaid. Personally, I think Abbott’s overall view of how Kobe will age and how that will translate to his production is a bit pessimistic, but I can’t say he’s off base about Kobe’s salary potentially being an issue down the line considering what the new CBA will look like. The potential for a hard cap and Kobe slated to make $30 mil by the end of his extension truly is a concern when thinking about navigating the salary cap and building a team. As a side note, I think the point about Kobe could just as easily be made about Pau Gasol who, like Kobe, also signed a contract extension that will pay him a boatload of cash over the next few seasons.
  • With the new CBA on the mind and the prospect that the new NBA landscape could negatively affect the Lakers’ ability to build a roster for contention as they have in recent years, our friends at Land O’ Lakers make the point that winning now is more important than ever and the team should be focussed on that, not on contending down the line.
  • I have my own thoughts on what the Lakers prospects are for next year. You can read them here as I answered some questions for ESPN’s 5 on 5 series.
  • Want to see Kobe’s top 10 blocks of all time? Of course you do. For what it’s worth, I was hoping to find this block in that mix but it was absent.
  • Lastly, here are some really good thoughts on Tex Winter’s HOF enshrinement as well as some good tid bits on his relationship with Phil Jackson.

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