Deadline, Wednesday

Dave Murphy —  December 14, 2011

In the post-Chris Paul era, the Lakers made a couple modest moves on Tuesday, signing former dunk-champ Gerald Green, and Pacers utility PF Josh “McBobs” McRoberts. The additions aren’t likely to cement our next title run, but there’s still a need for readers to read and writers to write. Without further ado, here’s a few tidbits that are floating around the cyber universe.

Andy Kamenetzky from ESPN’s Land O’Lakers, charts the differences between Josh McRoberts and Lamar Odom, with an assist from 8 Points, 9 Seconds’ Tim Donahue.

Brian Kamenetzky from the LOL offers a countdown to Christmas – coming up fast with older players, a new coach, and a roster that’s rampant with confusion.

Arash Markazi from ESPN writes about the different ways in which Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom handled their business.

Chris Sheridan at Sheridan Hoops, takes a look at how the dominoes may fall in a big Lakers trade.

Mark Medina at the LA Times blog looks into contradictory versions of the events leading to Lamar Odom’s trade.

Mike Bresnahan from the LA. Times reports on the signing of free-agent Josh McRoberts, the injury to Derrick Caracter, and continuing talks between the Lakers and the Orlando Magic.

Henry Abbott at TrueHoop recounts a tough-as-nails situation that he once encountered with Gerald Green and Kobe Bryant.

Eric Freeman at Ball Don’t Lie, channels a Steve Kerr dissection of David Stern, Dan Gilbert and the stomped-on CP3/Lakers trade.

Ian Levy at Hickory High, brings us his next installment of analysis on lineup optimization that includes a tidbit on Phil Jackson’s use of Andrew Bynum in the Dallas series.

Tuesday was as they say, a bit of a slow news cycle for the Lakers. Naturally, this means absolutely nothing when you’ve got a stealth GM like Mitch Kupchak burning through cell batteries. There are now 11 days before Christmas tip-off. Theories anyone?

– Dave Murphy

Dave Murphy


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  1. My theory, that I have, follows the lines that I am about to relate. (prolonged throat clearing)

    The Theory, by A. Elk (that’s “A” for Anne”, it’s not by a elk.)

    (ahem) This theory, which belongs to me, is as follows… (ahem) This is how it goes… (ahem) The next thing that I am about to say is my theory. (ahem) Ready?

    The Theory, by A. Elk (Miss). My theory is along the following lines…

    ..The Lakers are thin at one end; much, much thicker in the middle and then thin again at the far end. That is the theory that I have and which is mine and what it is, too.

    -Anne Elk (Miss)

    [apologies extended, as req’d]


  2. Have we used the Sasha’s TPE, correct me if I’m wrong I think this Friday is the deadline for using it or lose it. Any decent PG’s on the block, Baron Davis are you available for $ 5M.? Btw, Mitch hired a new scout in Barcelona, any more PG’s in Europe who’d like to get out of the Eurozone crisis?

    What if Mitch does not use this TPE, what will be the options? Can he reinstate it?


  3. tsuwm,
    Thanks!! At this point, things seem about as well-thought out as her dinosaur theory.


  4. Every time someone links to that hack Abbot, a puppy dies.


  5. It’s 11 days until Christmas, and there are still many of us in Lakerland with less than a Holiday spirit. That’s partly because we don’t know whether our expected guests from Louisiana and Florida are coming to stay–or coming at all.

    In the meantime, we need to be good, send a letter to Santa, believe–and be patient. We must avoid those emergency pre Christmas sales, and wait for the after Christmas bargains.

    Our invited guests may not make it for Christmas–or may not make it at all. They may not even know themselves when they will get here–or how. Only one may come.

    Santa might bring them in his sleigh–or drop them down the wrong chimney. Whatever it should be, Santa will get it right before next Christmas rolls around.

    On Christmas day, there may be something nice in the stockings of Jerry, Jimmy, Jeanie, and Mitch–and a lump of coal for the Commish.


  6. Along the lines of Drrayeye, just remember what Santa brought us in 2009, 2010 (championships). We can’t always get what we want, but we have a track record of getting great things when we’re patient. Who knows how this season will play out, but I do trust in the Lakers management. It’ll all work out somehow, even if McRoberts will now have to become the second coming of Tom Chambers and Darius Morris has to be Magic incarnate.


  7. So I hear the Nets may not land D Howard. Great.

    The irony of this whole Stern-created fiasco as a result of his block of the Lakers trade is that the league may now end up with super teams in Miami, NY (assuming CP3 just walks away at year end) and Brooklyn, with none in the West Coast. How is that better for the league?


  8. From the end of this article, it’s clear Mo Williams takes himself way too seriously:


  9. @drrayeye, nice! I am going to re-post this and of course give you credit.


  10. Yikes, I just read Snoopy’s link–Williams’ comments are eerily similar to some of the things LO was saying…Given his salary and knowledge of coach’s system, he was an intriguing thought–but no thanks, they can keep him…


  11. ESPN and Y! saying Orlando has stopped taking calls on Howard.


  12. @1 – is that a Devo theory? (“what’s round on the ends and high in the middle -O-hi-O”)


  13. Great, cool, comment drrayeye.


  14. One issue with waiting and doing trades late in the year – is that this is a short season.

    We already have a new system, new coaches, and a few new players. We are hardly ready for the year. Add this to the 5 game AB suspension and we will have a shaky start. If we then revamp again part way through, this year will be chaos.

    My issue with this is that Kobe only has about 3 years left, and we just mortgaged one. We should/could have stood pat and things would have been fine. Now we have tost aside Shannon and LO, ticked off several others, and signed a couple journeymen players.

    If Howard is off the table – then we should wait.

    It just would have been alot better to do that with last year’s team, then with the current roster.


  15. dave m,
    Apparently you’re not a Monty Python fan. That does explain a lot, though.


  16. ex – actually, I am, or was, a Mony Python fan but my brain has turned in a sodden mess as of late, exacerbated by an average of 3 hours of sleep per night. Plus my longtime trusty laptop died, taking a piece of me with it, and leavng me to wander the earth dully, like a brontosaurus.