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Darius Soriano —  December 7, 2011

From Dexter Fishmore, Silver Screen and Roll: “It’s a strange thing to contemplate but no less true for its strangeness: Andrew Bynum might have already played his last game as a Laker. By the time his five-game suspension ends, he could be learning a new playbook in New Orleans or adjusting to life with Stan Van Gundy in his ear. Bynum, of course, is forever in the middle of all significant trade rumors involving the Lake Show, and at the moment we’ve got a couple monsters. Mitch Kupchak has already spoken with the Hornets about a possible deal for Chris Paul. Unless Dwight Howard shocks everyone and signs an extension with the Magic, Mitch will soon be on the phone to Orlando as well. If either of these trades actually happens, Drew (as the only proven Laker who wasn’t born during the Civil War) will be the choice asset that gets it done.”

From Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner, L.A. Times: “The Lakers and Magic spoke briefly about Howard, The Times has learned, though it was described as cursory by an official with one team. Translation: unproductive. Trade proposals were not even exchanged. The Lakers have also had a conversation with New Orleans, though the possibilities of a trade were “not even close,” said a person familiar with the Lakers’ thinking.”

From Zach Lowe, The Point Forward: “Mark Heisler of Sheridan Hoops raised the possibility last week, and’s Chris Broussard reported it Monday night: The Lakers don’t want just Chris Paul or Dwight Howard; they want both. And wouldn’t that be the ultimate test of talent versus chemistry and internal development: The Lakers, in blockbuster trades, potentially would unload their entire front line, the engine behind two consecutive titles, just as they enter a compressed season with a new coach running a new system on both ends of the floor.”

From Brian Kamenetzky, Land O’ Lakers: “A few of the normal caveats apply. The Lakers gain what from a travel standpoint amounts to two additional non-travel dates, thanks to a pair of “road” games against the Clippers. Because of the Grammy’s, the Lakers always travel heavy in February, so this season’s schedule is no different. Still, when you start to break things down, the challenge faced by the Lakers (and all teams across the league) with the schedule crystallize. The Lakers have 17 back-to-backs, and 1 back-to-back-to back. Of those, only one (March 1 vs. New Orleans, April 1 vs. Houston) are true home games. Two more include faux roadies against the Clips, and eight take place entirely on the road.”

From Dave McMenamin, Land O’ Lakers: “While just about every team in the league, save for the Thunder and its fresh legs, was dreading the release of the schedule to see how many wicked back-to-back-to-backs they would have to endure, the Lakers ended up with the most agreeable three-in-a-row scenario imaginable. The Lakers only have to play one threepeat and they do it to start the season in Games 1-3 of the 66-game schedule when their enthusiasm will be palpable and their focus reigned in. For a team that’s already been quick out of the gates (8-0 last season; 7-1 the year before that; 7-0 the year before that), this a gift.”

From Mark Medina, L.A. Times: “It’s a no-brainer that Kobe Bryant will play a large role in Mike Brown’s offense. He’s Kobe Bryant, and he’s kind of a good player. How he’s used in the offense, however, may be different than in previous years. Brown’s offense involves more high-post and pick-and-roll activity than Phil Jackson’s triangle, which focused on spacing. It’s uncertain what effect a prolonged off-season and an innovative procedure on his surgically repaired right knee will have on Bryant’s health. We also don’t know how Brown will actually handle the pecking order between Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.”

by: R.R. Magellan

Darius Soriano

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