From Gabriel Lee, Lakers Nation: In most functional partnerships in various frontiers of life, there’s someone who is more dominant than the other. Spongebob and Patrick the starfish. Batman and Robin. John Lennon and the Beatles. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade (had to throw that one in for good measure).As for relationships, friendships and dynamic duos in sports, the list goes on and on.That was a fundamental problem with the Lakers this past season; Dwight Howard was never satisfied with merely riding shotgun with Kobe. When Pau Gasol landed in the Lakers’ lap on February 1, 2008, he was a perfect partner for Kobe Bryant. Gasol was, and is, a capable star who functions best as a second banana. He has a minimized ego, always does what is asked of him (even coming off the bench for Earl Clark) and is one of the few players in the league who can absorb Kobe’s demanding style of leadership without being completely turned off.
From Kurt Helin, Pro Basketball Talk: For a while it seemed likely that the Lamar Odom would find his way back to Los Angeles with either the Clippers or Lakers. The Clippers have seemed to move on — they haveBlake Griffin, Jared Dudley, Matt Barnes, Byron Mullens and Ryan Hollins who can play the forward spot. Interest there appears dead. So then what about the Lakers… that doesn’t seem close, tweets the well connected Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register.
From Drew Garrison, Silver Screen & Roll: Kurt Rambis has agreed to join the Los Angeles Lakers coaching staff, and he took to Twitter to make the announcement himself. It had previously been reported that the Lakers had discussed bringing Rambis back to the organization, and the sides have been “close” to finalizing a deal. Rambis had been with the Lakers staff during Las Vegas Summer League. He had been seen in the crowd with Mitch Kupchak, Mike D’Antoni and Jim Buss and had also been in the locker room after games. Rambis was last with the franchise from 2005-2009 when he was Phil Jackson’s lead assistant. Most notably he instilled the “strong side zone” defense during the 2008-2009 season. The Lakers were sixth in the league in defensive rating, giving up an average of 104.7 points per 100 possessions. He left the team in 2009 to become the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
From Tim Reynolds, Yahoo Sports: Steve Nash believes Kobe Bryant is ahead of schedule in his recovery from Achilles’ surgery, is hopeful that the Los Angeles Lakers will finally find the chemistry they lacked a year ago and is finding himself fueled by the memories of an injury-filled season. On Tuesday, however, basketball won’t be his sport of choice. The two-time NBA MVP gets to become a soccer player again – if only briefly.
From Zach Harper, CBS Sports: The Los Angeles Lakers really need some depth on the wings and at the forward positions going into the 2013-14 NBA season. Kobe Bryant is famously recovering from a tear of his Achilles tendon, and the team just amnestied Metta World Peace to save some money in a year in which the franchise looks like it’s heading toward retooling. They recently signed Wes Johnson to fill in some at the small forward, but don’t really have a lot of options on the roster right now. After an impressive Las Vegas Summer League with the Lakers, it looks like Elias Harris out of Gonzaga University will be a part of that much-needed forward depth. Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times is reporting that Harris and the Lakers have agreed to a two-year contract for the minimum salary.