Around The World (Wide Web): Kobe, Jordan Hill, Swaggy, Blake, Sleeves

Ryan Cole —  August 22, 2013

From Corey Hansford, Lakers Nation: With Kobe Bryant turning 35 tomorrow, this edition of Throwback Thursday will focus on the Mamba at a younger age. Throughout his career, Kobe has established himself as one of the premier clutch shooters in the history of the NBA. There are very few people who are more than willing to take and make the big shots when time is running down on the clock. Everyone remembers the 2000 playoffs for the Kobe to Shaq lob in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals that brought the Staples Center’s roof down. But it was a round earlier, against an upstart Phoenix Suns team, that young Kobe Bryant began to establish himself as a stone cold killer with the game on the line.

 From Brett Pollakoff, Pro Basketball Talk: Jordan Hill provided a nice spark off the bench for the Lakers in the early part of last season, before suffering a torn labrum in his hip that sidelined him for 53 games. He was an energy player for a team that didn’t have many of them, and his hustle on the defensive end of the floor along with his rebounding earned him a fairly consistent 15.8 minutes per game. Following advice from Mike D’Antoni and Kobe Bryant, Hill has been spending his summer working on his outside shooting, to the point where he believes he’s a good shooter now. While the offensive impact should help him get into his coach’s good graces if he can fill the role of a stretch four that D’Antoni’s offense treasures, Hill is saying all the right things in terms of not letting his offense get in the way of doing the things that got him those minutes last season.

From Drew Garrison, Silver Screen & Roll: Nick Young is returning to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers this summer. The California native will be expected to fill out the Lakers wing rotation and is likely to see plenty of minutes at both small forward and shooting guard. His role will largely be dependent on Kobe Bryant’s recovery and how the other perimeter additions pan out. Mike D’Antoni will have to put Young in position to succeed and limit the amount of isolation opportunities he is allowed in order to bring the best out of Swaggy P.

From Eric Pincus, LA Times: Lakers guard Steve Blake has been named as a vice president on the National Basketball Players Assn. Executive Committee. Meeting in Las Vegas, the union voted Clippers all-star Chris Paul as president, replacing Derek Fisher of the Oklahoma City Thunder, whose term expired. Free agent Roger Mason was named first vice president. Blake joins Anthony Tolliver of the Charlotte Bobcats as the two new vice presidents. Fisher was president through the 2011 NBA lockout.  Both the players and the owners can opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement after the 2016-17 season — making 2017 the next possibility for a lockout.In the meantime, the NBPA is still looking to replace former executive director Billy Hunter. When healthy, Blake averaged 7.3 points a game while shooting 42.1% from three-point range — but he missed 37 regular-season games to injury. Blake is in the final year of his deal with the Lakers, at $4 million for the 2013-14 season.

From Dave McMenamin, ESPN LA: The Los Angeles Lakers have one of the richest histories in the NBA with Hall of Famers and championships galore, but even historic franchises can be fashion forward. The Lakers will wear short-sleeve jerseys next season in “several” games, according to a team source. The jerseys will be white, the same color as the alternative uniforms the Lakers introduced for the 2002-03 season and traditionally wear on Sundays. The Lakers will wear the white short-sleeve uniforms on Christmas Day and also when the league celebrates “Noche Latina” when the jerseys will be modified to say “Los Lakers,” a source said. The Golden State Warriors were the first team to wear the adizero short-sleeve jerseys designed by adidas last season. The jerseys, according to adidas, are 26 percent lighter than the traditional NBA jersey. The Phoenix Suns, who recently redesigned their jersey, also will have a short-sleeve alternate in their uniform set next season.

 

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5 responses to Around The World (Wide Web): Kobe, Jordan Hill, Swaggy, Blake, Sleeves

  1. New uniforms?!?! Rad, now Meeks can brick shots in style!!

    Seriously though, i like how the euro stir jerseys look (sans the advertisements). I think I’ll buy myself a sleeved, Gasol, uni!

  2. DJ Foster at ESPNLA:

    http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/lakers/post/_/id/37107/can-lakers-generate-enough-offense

    There have been 160 playoffs teams in the last ten years. 53 of those teams ranked below 15th in the league in offensive efficiency during the season. Basically, one of every three playoff teams had a below-average offense in terms of efficiency. Those aren’t bad odds for teams that struggle to score. It’s much tougher to make the playoffs for below-average defensive teams, though. Of the 160 playoff teams, only 32 ranked below 15th in defensive efficiency. Exactly 80 percent of the league’s below-average defenses have missed the playoffs over the last decade.

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    The article does point out that 5 of those 32 teams, 4 PHX teams and the 2012 Lakers, were coached by D’Antoni.

  3. Call me crazy but I think we can win 50 next season. Of course I’m not insane to think that it can be done w/ eyes closed and without Kobe, but its something I can realistically expect as our ceiling. 50. Fitty.

    No we won’t be winning as much as we’d like, we could realistically be 30 wins as well.

  4. I don’t know where everybody’s head is at about it, but the little I’ve seen of the Hollywood Nights black jersey, me like-ee.