I’m not going to write much in the way of wraparound bumpers today, and will keep the links Laker-centric. Darius will have a post coming up a little later that explores team direction, especially in regards to some of the newest theories being floated. In the meantime, read and enjoy:
Brian Kamenetzky at the Land O’Lakers, considers the question of Kobe Bryant’s salary.
Mike Trudell at NBA.com, takes a look inside the world of the Lakers video coordinator.
T.J. Simers from the L.A. Times has an interview with Jim Buss that’s pretty interesting, especially the part about adjusting coaching to Pau, rather than trading him.
Kevin Ding from the OC Register, writes about Phil Jackson’s recent HBO interview.
Actuarially Sound at Silver Screen and Roll, channels Robert Frost’s ‘Road Not Taken’ as he examines trade scenarios.
Here’s the Dave McMenamin report for ESPN GO about Ramon testing the market (also covered here yesterday).
This is from a couple days ago, the Matt Moore article for CBS Sports about Pau Gasol/Memphis Grizzlies rumors.
We never know of course what’s really going to happen with player personnel. Mitch Kupchak keeps things pretty wrapped up until the trigger’s pulled. One of the tidbits from the Buss interview was the acknowledgment that he wants to trade up into the first round. If the major pieces are standing pat, what combination will pry a first rounder loose?