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Re: 2013 Off Season Transactions
« Reply #15 on: July 05, 2013, 11:52:35 PM »
I heard some people today saying that when Kobe told him that he (Kobe) would teach Howard how to be a champion, that pretty much did it.  Howard doesn't want someone else to tell him what to do.  He's a big kid, a big baby.  He thinks that he already has everything anyone needs.  

This should be good for the Lakers anyways.  They don't need a center anymore.  Shaq was the last of the great big dominating centers.  Howard was a liability too many times.  Get small to play in todays game...

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Re: 2013 Off Season Transactions
« Reply #16 on: July 08, 2013, 03:44:12 PM »
i will take this.  as long as he doesn't get hurt, he is a solid player and tries hard.

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LOS ANGELES -- Chris Kaman is headed back to Los Angeles, this time with the Lakers.

The Lakers announced their intention to sign Kaman, a 7-foot free agent center who spent the first eight years of his career with the Clippers, in a statement released Monday.

Terms were not disclosed, but sources with knowledge of the deal told ESPN's Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne that Kaman agreed to a one-year contract worth the Lakers' mini mid-level exception amount of just under $3.2 million.

Prior to Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak's announcement, Kaman also confirmed the agreement on Twitter:

Sources told Stein that the Lakers pressed hard to complete a deal with Kaman over the weekend to ensure they have a quality starting center in the wake of Dwight Howard's departure, without impacting their projected 2014 salary-cap space.

It will be Kaman's second straight season on a one-year contract. He had an $8 million deal to be the starter in Dallas last season but spent more than half of every game on coach Rick Carlisle's bench.

He spent the previous season with New Orleans after he was part of the trade that sent Chris Paul to the Clippers.

The 31-year-old Kaman started 52 of his 66 games with the Mavericks, but averaged the fewest minutes of his career because he struggled on the defensive end in Carlisle's system. He scored 10.5 points per game but tied a career low from his rookie season at 5.6 rebounds and had his lowest average in blocks at 0.8.

Kaman was an All-Star with the Clippers in 2009-10, when he averaged a career-high 18.5 points. He has career averages of 11.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.
http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/9460382/chris-kaman-los-angeles-lakers-agree-one-year-deal-sources-say

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Re: 2013 Off Season Transactions
« Reply #17 on: July 08, 2013, 06:39:32 PM »
thanks for game 7 against the Celtics Ron!  you will never be forgotten for that shot and game.   we lived that here on the website that night.   

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The Los Angeles Lakers have decided to use the amnesty clause on veteran small forward Metta World Peace according to Kevin Ding of the O.C. Register via Twitter:

World Peace chose to exercise his player option on the final year of his deal with the team. The veteran forward had been rumored to be the player the team would use the amnesty clause on along with Pau Gasol. Once World Peace had exercised the option, the writing was apparently on the wall with the team choosing to part ways with the one-time NBA champion rather than retaining him for the last year of his deal.

World Peace will hit the waiver wire and will become available to teams with cap space before being available to the highest bidder as an unrestricted free agent.
http://www.lakersnation.com/lakers-news-team-uses-amnesty-clause-on-metta-world-peace/2013/07/08/

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Re: 2013 Off Season Transactions
« Reply #18 on: July 08, 2013, 06:43:50 PM »
Shit!  Kobe tweeting that they should keep Artest... I agree.   One more year.

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Re: 2013 Off Season Transactions
« Reply #19 on: July 08, 2013, 09:15:06 PM »
I would say there is no way Kobe Doesn't tweet that, even if he feels it was best for Artest to go in another direction. 

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Re: 2013 Off Season Transactions
« Reply #20 on: July 11, 2013, 04:20:27 PM »
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The Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent forward/guard Nick Young, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.
http://www.nba.com/lakers/releases/130711nickyoung

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Re: 2013 Off Season Transactions
« Reply #21 on: July 11, 2013, 05:18:35 PM »
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The Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent forward/guard Nick Young, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.
http://www.nba.com/lakers/releases/130711nickyoung


Hope it's only a one year deal.  This guy has never seen a shot he didn't like. 

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Re: 2013 Off Season Transactions
« Reply #22 on: July 11, 2013, 06:01:23 PM »
i actually like the pick up.  Finally someone else who can create a shot when Kobe goes out.

do they still have jamison?   i hope so.   meeks?   did he bail?     it's going to be a wild season!

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Re: 2013 Off Season Transactions
« Reply #23 on: July 11, 2013, 06:02:23 PM »
you got your wish voltan... one year deal!  i like that... it's going to make him play harder and better because he's an LA guy, and why wouldn't you want to retire a Laker being from here.
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Lakers signed Nick Young to a one-year deal worth $1.2 million.
http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakersnow/

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Re: 2013 Off Season Transactions
« Reply #24 on: July 11, 2013, 07:42:38 PM »
you got your wish voltan... one year deal!  i like that... it's going to make him play harder and better because he's an LA guy, and why wouldn't you want to retire a Laker being from here.
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Lakers signed Nick Young to a one-year deal worth $1.2 million.
http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakersnow/


One year, and the price is right.  Now I like it.

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Re: 2013 Off Season Transactions
« Reply #25 on: August 02, 2013, 01:38:52 PM »
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James Harden sure looks good now.

The 25.9 points per game got noticed, the beard is cool, and Harden made a very smart man named Sam Presti in Oklahoma City look pretty stupid by immediately becoming an All-Star.

Harden also just got the biggest offseason endorsement of anyone in the league when Dwight Howard chose him over Kobe Bryant to co-star with in Houston.

Much respect to Harden, not yet 24, for all that.

What is a completely fair question going forward is whether Harden can keep looking this good, or look even better, as he must for the Rockets to emerge as real title contenders.

Who really knows whatís living deep down under that epic beard these days, but there is valid reason to believe that Hardenís complexion isnít as clean as one might think.

One of the things that drove the Rockets last season was how badly Harden has always wanted to be the man. Now he gets Howard, who was wholly unable to accept any peripheral roles in his one season with the veteran-laden Lakers and who chose to go where he can stand tallest as the oldest key player on the team.

Will they be able to make nice together?

Well, what was up with Harden saying, ďNo Dwight questions,Ē as ESPNLA.comís Arash Markazi tweeted, at the Drew League in Los Angeles? Jeremy Lin, despite a far less secure standing on the Rockets, answered plenty of Dwight questions after showing up for Steve Nashís charity soccer event in L.A.

And a week ago while in the Philippines for an NBA promotion, according to The Philippine Star, ďHandlers of James Harden of the Houston Rockets issued a strict reminder to media not to field any question related to new teammate Dwight Howard.Ē

Harden then joked when someone asked about Howard anyway: ďWhat was the question?Ē

There wasnít such jocularity in another part of the Starís report: ďHardenís mood turned sour when a media man accidentally spilled water to his iPhone and was never the same from there.Ē Well, who wouldnít be annoyed by that, but stillÖnot exactly Mr. Congeniality here.

Harden did answer the Dwight question despite all the determined dodging of it, saying in footage recorded by Inquirer.net of the Philippines:

    Iím excited to have Dwight. Obviously heís a great talent, one of the best big men in the NBA. Obviously last year he had a down year, just injuries and things like that, but this year heís hungry. Heís definitely focused on the ring. I think I am, too.

Those left behind with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka in Oklahoma City would pretty surely dispute Hardenís focus on the ring. Those inside the Rocketsí inner circle might dispute it also, given Hardenís disinterest in defense and proclivity for the fun life off the court.

But offense-first All-Stars, parties and strip clubs are among the lynchpins of the NBA lifestyle. The Rockets locker room is the place where much more will be determined about this grand experiment, and we already know that Howard is far from the most mature and open-minded star in this league. The problem is: Harden has become known as a power player in the locker room already.

Even though everything looks good now, itís not at all hard to envision some Kobe-Shaq push and pull making this a short honeymoon.

Kobe Bryant and Shaquille OíNeal still managed to win three titles together with the Lakers, but as Bryant will tell you, it entailed some serious sacrifice. One issue that Bryant has mentioned after OíNeal left the Lakers is how much easier it was for Bryant to score without OíNeal clogging that lane.

Hardenís specialty is getting through that paint, and the stats show he has almost no mid-range game of which to speak.

Yet he will have to accept immediately major change to the free-flowing, fast-paced offense that catered to him so much last season. Howard has made abundantly clear, on the record, how he prefers to be in the post over pick-and-roll sets.

You do have to figure that Howard will be more eager to please after all that he has gone through and now that he has chosen Houston as his new home. That throws even more spotlight on Harden as the guy who might not let this work.

How much does Harden really want to be part of the group?

He didnít feel much lasting sentiment about being the first draft pick in Oklahoma City history, holding out for every dollar he could from the small-market franchise. Because the Thunder haven't won a title, itís not such a popular narrative anymore, but that small-town team is built on a communal spiritóone that Harden ultimately didnít embrace.

Westbrook couldíve sought an extension that paid him more. Ibaka couldíve held off an extension to wait for more. Harden wanted the money he could getóand the chance to be out of the winning shadow of Durant and Westbrook, while surrendering all the winning that waited unquestionably around the corner.

Thatís Hardenís prerogative. But considering how close the Spurs came to beating the Heat in June, itís not difficult to envision a scenario where Harden would already have a ring on his fingerójust with a different team and in a lesser role.

Some with the Rockets are unconvinced that Harden even wanted Howard at the beginning of free agency, wanting to keep owning this new solo spotlight.

But Harden has made good on the faith in himself that he could be a solo star.

And he has come this far in recruiting Howard and bringing him aboard.

Is where he has to go next simply too steep a path for him to traverse?

Ask people whoíve been around them, and the same thing could be said about both Harden and Howard: Dude doesnít think heís ever wrong.

Thatís the character study lurking behind the obvious storyline that the Rockets hit the jackpot this offseason.

Just donít be surprised if something hits the fan with these guys at some point.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1725394-james-harden-and-d12-facing-challenges-kobe-and-shaq-dealt-with-a-decade-ago

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Re: 2013 Off Season Transactions
« Reply #26 on: August 25, 2013, 07:30:56 AM »
ha!   the candy man!   candy is dandy!    what an idiot... IDIOT!

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Lamar Odom has been deep into crack cocaine for at least 2 years ... TMZ has learned.

TMZ broke the story ... Lamar has gone off the rails with drug use ... which is the principal cause of the crisis in his marriage to Khloe Kardashian.  As we reported Lamar went to a rehab facility a year ago this month and stayed for 3 weeks before bailing -- and we're told the problem was crack.

Sources say Lamar's crack use was extreme before he went to rehab, but he cleaned up his act during the basketball season that just ended.  Sources say shortly after he hung up his jersey, he started again with a bang.

As we reported ... Khloe threw Lamar out of the house a few days ago after he rejected an attempt at an intervention.

It's unclear how Lamar's problem will affect his basketball career.

We made calls to Lamar's reps.  So far, no comment.

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Re: 2013 Off Season Transactions
« Reply #27 on: August 25, 2013, 07:55:49 AM »
Id smoke crack too if I was married to that thing.

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Re: 2013 Off Season Transactions
« Reply #28 on: August 25, 2013, 08:28:31 AM »
Id smoke crack too if I was married to that thing.


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Re: 2013 Off Season Transactions
« Reply #29 on: August 25, 2013, 01:43:17 PM »
Id smoke crack too if I was married to that thing.


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Its always a sad thing to see someone potentially throw a career away because of crack but...

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