Some goodies floating around on the (current and former) Lakers of late so let’s get right into it…
*Mark Medina has 5 take aways from last night’s game vs. the Warriors including thoughts on Shaw as a head man and Shannon showing that he is, in fact, a better player coming into this season.
*The K-Brothers over at Land O’ Lakers have been pumping out some great work for a long time (as you all know). Earlier this week, they had a very insightful post on Lamar Odom’s presence in the post that is well worth your time.
*With Magic Johnson selling his stake in the Lakers, there have been questions about whether or not he’s out to buy another NBA team. While those rumors may never be put to rest entirely, Magic said this weekthat he’s “a Laker until the end” to reassure folks that he’s not looking to buy the Pistons (or any other NBA team). However, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have the NFL on his mind.
*One debate that will never die is Jordan vs. Kobe. Personally, I don’t have a horse in this race and rarely get involved in trying to prove or dispel other people’s thoughts on how the two players compare. If you want my abbreviated take, Kobe has been the premier perimeter player of his generation. Where other players could claim to be the better player in any given year, Kobe has outlasted them all and done so with on court brilliance and lots of winning. The same is easily said of Jordan, though MJ was statistically more dominant. Comparing Kobe to Jordan or Magic or any other all time great isn’t what I like to do because it doesn’t matter. In 50 years, fans of the game and historians of this league will remember his name as one of the best. Isn’t that all that matters? But, if you’d like to read more on this debate, check out the conversation at Hoop Speak on the matter. And for old time’s sake, re-read Reed’s epic post for FB&G where he touches on Kobe, Jordan, Lebron, and more in his classic Deconstructing Kobe.
*No link for this (yet), but I’m still very interested in starting a FB&G fantasy hoops league. If you’re interested, let me know in the comments and give your suggestions about format, number of teams, and other ideas you think are relevant.