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Lakers Keep Jordan Hill in LA

In Free Agency on July 21, 2012 at 9:01 am

Adrian Wojnarowski reports

Free-agent forward Jordan Hill has reached agreement on a two-year, nearly $8 million contract to stay with the Los Angeles Lakers, his agent Kevin Bradbury told Yahoo! Sports.

Hill turned down a more aggressive offer from the Minnesota Timberwolves to remain with the Lakers, who traded for him in March. Hill played an increasingly vital role for the Lakers during the Western Conference semifinals.

“Jordan was excited about the fact that Steve Nash decided to join the Lakers and the prospect of winning a championship in L.A.,” Bradbury said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lakers Eliminated from 2012 Playoffs

In 2012 NBA Playoffs, General NBA, Trade Talk on May 22, 2012 at 6:37 pm

I saw a few articles and comments saying that this signals the end of an era for the LA Lakers. That is time for them to rebuild. After back-to-back exits in the second round where they have been thoroughly outplayed … that their squad with Kobe Bryant as a leading figure is finished.

I disagree. I don’t think the Lakers are finished.

They can still be a Championship caliber team for a few more years (while Kobe is still a high end player). They just need to make some changes to their roster.

  • Starting with the Pau Gasol + Andrew Bynum problem. These two have struggled to operate at full capacity while playing together every year that they have been together in LA. It’s not working. They want the same spots on the floor offensively and one’s involvement offensively keeps coming at the expense of the other. LA needs to make a change and re-balance it’s squad.
  • They need to continue addressing their lack of quickness and athleticism on the perimeter. They made a nice start to that by acquiring Ramon Sessions. They need to re-sign him this summer. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 NBA Playoffs Game One: Oklahoma vs LA Lakers

In 2012 NBA Playoffs, Game Log / Recap on May 14, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Game One

First Quarter

  • Russell Westbrook starts the game off with a steal inside the first six seconds, breakaway, lob to Sefolosha, layup. Way to send a message to open a game.
  • Ron Artest dribbles around a Kobe pick at the top of the key and drills a three pointer on the switch.
  • Oh my, Durant curls off a screen on the left post, comes flying around the paint, drives, slam dunk on the opposite side of the rim! Bang!
  • Ron Artest does a great job pinning Durant right under the rim and creates the passing angle, Pau Gasol (right elbow) finds him, Artest takes his time, draws the double, shuffle pass to Bynum, easy finish inside. Great play by Artest.
  • Serge Ibaka doing a good job fighting Pau Gasol for post position, deflects the entry pass, LA goes away from Pau. Mission accomplished on that possession for Ibaka. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Playoffs Game Time: Day 11

In 2012 NBA Playoffs, Game Log / Recap on May 8, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Four games today

  • Indiana vs Orlando
  • Atlanta vs Boston
  • Chicago vs Philly
  • Los Angeles vs Denver

Indiana vs Orlando

I think I’ll be watching the first half of this one before switching over to the Hawks versus Celtics game.

First Quarter

  • Nice job by Jason Richardson curling off a screen and driving to the rim off the catch. Finishes at the rim. Need more interior help defense there.
  • Paul George has started quickly. I read that he has struggled offensively in this series. Low scoring numbers. Can’t buy a three pointer. Well, he just bagged one and he hit a putback moments earlier.
  • Nice pick and pop between Jameer Nelson and Ryan Anderson who pops from the right wing to the right corner and knocks down a three pointer. Moments later, Orlando runs the same action on the opposite side of the court, this time Nelson goes away from the screen and hits the 20 foot jumper from the sideline. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Playoffs Game Time: Day Four

In Game Log / Recap on May 1, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Atlanta vs Boston

No Rajon Rondo today. He has been suspended by the league for one game for bumping a referee late (Mark Davis?) on in the previous game.

Avery Bradley will take over the PG duties with Mickeal Pietrus sliding into the starting lineup as a two guard.Expect to see Pierce have a big game tonight as he controls the offense in Rondo’s absence. Bradley’s job will basically be to get the ball to Paul and let him do his thing.

I would still consider Boston the favourites to win this game despite Rondo’s absence. I still think they have more talent than Atlanta, even without Rondo, and that they’ll come out with great intensity and focus knowing that their margin for error tonight is much smaller without Rajon Rondo. I expect Pierce to take the lead and show Boston the way.

This is an important game in this series. I don’t rate this Atlanta Hawks team highly without Al Horford (and without Zaza for the time-being) but if they win tonight, I certainly think they have enough talent to win 2 out of the remaining 5 games. Don’t get me wrong, I’d still favour Boston to win four out of five but the odds of Atlanta causing an upset would change dramatically. They’d have a real shot (which I don’t think they have now) at winning this series. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Playoffs Game Time: Day Two

In Game Log / Recap on April 29, 2012 at 1:17 pm

San Antonio vs Utah

Notes on game

  • Utah starting well. Devin Harris looking frisky against Tony Parker. Some good defensive sequences, a very confident three pointer as Tony ducks behind the screen and a hard drive and finish at the rim. Utah lead 11-8 five minutes into this one as Ginobili looks to check in.
  • The Jazz’ starting lineup should fare well against the Spurs starting unit. I think the matchup at center between Duncan and Big Al should be fairly neutral. Millsap has an advantage at PF (DeJuan Blair) and Hayward at SG (Danny Green). The SF matchup should be largely neutral.
  • However, the real test for Utah will be when San Antonio brings in it’s bench. They have a lot of firepower there with Manu Ginobili (still a top twenty player in this league) leading the way. Also — Stephen Jackson, Tiago Splitter, Matt Bonner, Boris Diaw, Patty Mills, Gary Neal. This is where San Antonio’s major advantage lies in this series and it will be the decisive factor in this matchup.  Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Playoffs: Western Conference First Round Matchups

In General NBA on April 29, 2012 at 1:08 pm

The four ties

  • (1) San Antonio Spurs vs (8) Utah Jazz
  • (2) Oklahoma City Thunder vs (7) Dallas Mavericks
  • (3) Los Angeles Lakers vs (6) Denver Nuggets
  • (4) Memphis Grizzlies  vs (5) Los Angeles Clippers

Analysis

San Antonio Spurs vs Utah Jazz

I like Utah in this series a bit more than most seem to. I don’t think they will win but I do think they can give the Spurs a good time of it and win a game or two.

I like their strength up front with Al Jefferson and Millsap with Kanter and Favors off the bench + their size, quickness and talent in the backcourt with Devin Harris and Gordon Hayward. Younger legs. I think the combination of those players can cause San Antonio some problems. Read the rest of this entry »

Kobe and Durant Battle for Scoring Title

In Awards/Achievement on April 23, 2012 at 2:55 pm

So after yesterday’s game between the Thunder and Lakers, Kevin Durant (35 points) has moved ahead of Kobe Bryant (26 points) in the scoring charts by a score of 27.91 points per game to 27.86 points per game for Kobe.

I am rooting for Kobe to go on a two game binge here and bring home his third scoring title. This year will very likely be his last opportunity to win one and would make him the second oldest scoring champ behind Michael Jordan. Read the rest of this entry »

Rockets To Buyout Derek Fisher

In Free Agency on March 16, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Jonathon Feigen tweets

Morey will not address Derek Fisher. Expect buyout. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Trade Deadline Rumours

In Trade Talk on March 14, 2012 at 7:52 pm

List of the main rumours with links … analysis on some of the bigger rumours down below if you scroll down.

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