What a difference a year makes. This time last summer we were in the midst of a nasty lockout and still reeling from the aftermath of Hurricane Jim. Phil was gone, the staff was gone and the season was in doubt. This has been one of the faster rebuilds in recent history, second only to Miami’s decision year. As it stands now, we have only three players left from the 2010 championship team. Mike Brown heads into his sophomore season with the Lakers holding a very good hand. Roster set, check. Olympic Gold, check. You may now return to your usual summer programming.
Andy Kamenetzky at the Land O’Lakers, takes issue with comparisons between the 2004 and 2012 superstar Lakers teams.
Brian Kamenetzky at the LOL reflects on Kobe Bryant’s final Olympics, and the last years of his NBA career.
Mark Medina from the L.A. Times brings perspective to the Dwight Howard trade, from the point of view of former Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Kurt Helin from ProBasketballTalk references the Times interview as he looks at the Andrew Bynum years, and the way things ended with his mentor.
Ben Rosales at Silver Screen and Roll brings news of a new addition to the coaching staff, Steve Clifford from the Orlando Magic.
Jeff Miller from the OC Register gives some just dues to Mitch Kupchak for his yeoman’s work.
Andrew Ungvari at Lakers Nation dials up the praise meter as regards Jim Buss.
I’m looking for one more link to add and probably taking way too much time doing it, and I come across an article about Brian Cook, how he’s hoping to play a little more NBA ball before it’s all said and done. And I don’t know why, but it makes me smile. Cookie was a funny kind of player. He usually seemed content to shuffle around and jack up some outside shots and every now and then he’d surprise you and jam past a couple guys and throw it down. Just to show he could.
- Dave Murphy