Friday Forum

Dave Murphy —  July 20, 2012

Heading into a summer weekend, there doesn’t seem to be much new on the Lakers front, although the recent Antawn Jamison pickup is a nice move for the money. The long running process of a potential Dwight Howard trade, has certainly allowed for plenty of columns to be written and filed. To be honest though, it doesn’t feel as if there’s anything really different or concrete to report. If a transaction does indeed come to fruition, it will be handled outside of media channels, apart from the seemingly endless supply of unnamed sources. This isn’t a slam on people who contribute timely hints and details. It’s only an acknowledgment that Mitch Kupchak does his business quietly, and carefully. If he indeed pulls the trigger on a deal, we’ll all hear about it. On a different, but no less intriguing level, Adam Morrison had a terrific game last night, playing against the Lakers in summer league action. Morrison’s been lighting it up with the Clippers and while they didn’t win last night, he kept them right in the game. Prior to Las Vegas, he played for the Brooklyn Nets in the Orlando Pro summer league. I’ve always been a fan, have always wanted the guy to succeed. I hope he makes it back to an NBA career.

Ben Rosales at Silver Screen and Roll, offers a recap for the Lakers summer league, with impressions and predictions.

Dave McMenamin from ESPN Los Angeles, also looks at the Lakers summer squad, with some great anecdotes about Chuck Person and his staff.

Andy Kamenetzky at the Land O’Lakers, considers the upcoming training camp under Mike Brown.

Mark Medina at the LA Times, reports that Vegas oddsmakers are split on whether Dwight Howard would help the Lakers win a championship.

Ramneet Singh at Lakers Nation, writes about Jerry West and Shaquille O’Neal.

Scott Schroeder contributed this piece for SB Nation, about Adam Morrison’s summer league quest.

Vince Marottta at Arizona Sports, reports that Shannon Brown has re-signed with the Suns.

Our old pal Vlad Rad has signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bulls. So says Aggrey Sam at CSN.

Eric Freeman at Ball Don’t Lie writes about Doug Collins and his onetime rookie center Kwame Brown, who he envisions as a starter with the 76ers.

Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don’t Lie offers an interesting article about Dennis Rodman meeting his father, after 42 years.

This article’s a few days old and has nothing to do with the Lakers. I liked it though, and wanted to share – James Herbert at Hardwood Paroxysm, on Damian Lillard’s birthday.


As I’ve been compiling these links, a slow-moving process that has stretched from late morning to afternoon, I’ve returned time and again to twitter and other places of breaking news – ready to include any tangible evidence that might point to a new piece of business from the Lakers front office. There’s nothing at the moment to report, although that certainly could change over the weekend. We’ll be sure to keep an ear out and report back, and readers please do the same. Enjoy the weekend everybody.

– Dave Murphy

Dave Murphy