The Lakers are currently in Boston, either strolling around the Commons in 34 degree weather (unlikely) or getting some practice in before tomorrow night’s game against the Celtics. Recent blog talk has run the gamut from Kobe’s recent milestone to long term versus short term market needs. I wish I had a scoop on J.R. Smith’s next move but I get the feeling he’s enjoying his moment in the weak free agency sun. In the meantime, a few links to read and enjoy:
In the wake of Kobe passing Shaq for fifth place on the all-time scoring list, Kevin Ding at the OC Register examines the Mamba’s new test, making room for Bynum.
The Lakers margin for error is credit-card slim says Mike Bresnahan at the L.A. Times.
Some thoughts about Kobe and the desire for one more ring by Dave McMenamin at ESPN.
The Pau for Rondo rumors have been testing their wings, largely on the basis of the Mitch Kupchak/Mike Trudell interview. Eric Pincus at Hoopsworld explores a bit more deeply.
As everyone knows by now, the Lakers’ well liked but seldom used Derrick Caracter was cut, preserving a roster spot and avoiding the payment on a guaranteed contract. Brian Kamenetzy from the Land O’Lakers shares some thoughts.
As much as we love to hate on Paul Pierce, he has stayed with Boston his entire career and just passed a Larry Bird milestone, Brian Robb at Celtics Hub has the interview.
Over at Grantland, Sebastian Pruiti gives the nod to Andrew Goudelock for 10th spot on his rookie rankings. Not bad for a guy drafted at 46.
Here’s a very cool post from Ettore Messina in Tribuna Sports about the differences between euro ball and the NBA. It’s a nice and rare treat, to read detailed thoughts and analysis from an elite coach, not to mention one currently on the Lakers staff.
If anyone comes across more readable tidbits, please post them. Maybe one of y’all can be the first to break our next big signing, in which case I’ll come up with an appropriate reward, like claiming credit and spinning a new post out of it. Enjoy your Wednesday everybody!