We’re at that place where apart from any theoretical home run, the roster is pretty full, the money’s been spent, and the eternal quest for “niche” is simmering nicely. We could obviously use some perimeter help, but personally, I think being a bench shooter for the Lakers is the NBA kiss of death. Your number gets called every fifth game for a couple minutes, you fail miserably, and end up playing in smoke-filled arenas in Moldova. I’m not getting remotely excited about anyone unless Medvedenko reappears mysteriously at the age of 33. Here’s some links for a Friday:
The Kamenetzky Bros at the Land O’Lakers offer a podcast with invitee Antawn Jamison.
Andy Kamenetzky at the LOL has some thoughts on the law firm of Meeks & Miles (update: Miles is rumored to be joining the Cavs).
Kurt Helin at ProBasketballTalk brings up the Leandro Barbosa rumor.
Mark Medina at the L.A. Times has a free agent profile on former Laker Maurice Evans. Not exactly sure why, Mo’s primary ambition these days seems to be lusting after Derek Fisher’s union job.
Kevin Ding at the OC Register suggests that Dwight Howard could take a page from Kobe Bryant.
Ryan Ward at Lakers Nation writes about Magic Johnson’s view of the Lakers and what it will take to get them to the finals.
Kelly Dwyer for Yahoo’s Fourth Place Medal, reports on Team USA’s jaw-dropping beat-down of Nigeria.
Some of the Hardwood Paroxysm guys have a roundtable discussion about Lamar Odom.
It should be a good weekend for Olympics viewing, Team USA plays Lithuania Saturday morning and there’s plenty of other action as well. If y’all hear anything about Jodie Meeks or that guy from Orlando signing, please leave it in the thread.
– Dave Murphy