Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Lets get one thing straight. I hate Shawn Marion. The thing I love most about basketball, is its graceful beauty. Kobe's reverse lay up, Kobe's fade away, Kobe's midrange pull up... Shawn Marion is the opposite. Ugliest shot. Can't dribble. Force and strength instead of touch and grace. Plus the man is ugly as hell. He'll one day be featured in "Annoying Faces of the NBA" no matter what team hes on.
BUT THIS DEAL NEEDS TO GO DOWN. NOW!
I'd rather have Kobe LO and AK by the way, but I've heard nothing about that happening. What I would give to have Mitch's phone tapped. He's probably calling 1-800-999-tina all day. So now, LO for Marion seems like a real possibility. There are logical reasons why the suns would want odom (versatile, can run the break, can handle the ball, is not marion). But would Marion be right for the Lakers? Is this a lateral move?
Looking purely at the numbers, there is not a huge difference. For the past 3 years, Marion will get you about 4 more points, 1.5 more rebounds, one more steal, and half a block or so more. While Lamar chips in about 3 more assists. One more steal and half a block is kind of a lot as steals and block go, but otherwise big woop. From a pure stats angle, Marion is a marginal upgrade. Hey, Odom wasn't all that bad.
But stats aren't all that. Pippen wasn't exactly putting up 25-10-8 next to MJ (more like 18-8-6). The difference is this. To me, Marion is a legit 2nd option. Lamar is not. The knowledgeable Suns fan will tell you how many key plays Marion has been responsible for. Lamar? His biggest contribution was allowing Marion to grab the rebound in last seconds of Game 6. And I don't even need to tell you what Game 6 I'm talking about. WE ALL KNOW. You think KG lets anyone get a sniff at that ball? OH KG WHY!! Marion makes big plays. He grabs key boards. AND. Marion plays mad D. Now honestly, my images of Marion playing mad D include Kobe jukin' him so hard that he falls down, and Lamar abusing him in the playoffs. If every expert out there didn't whip out their penis' for Marion's D, then I would think very poorly of it. But apparently hes the man. or something. In any case, he's for sure better then Lamar, and if he truly is an All NBA defender, then thats even better.
Now Marion by himself is not gonna take us to the promised land. I have no delusions about that. But the reason I want this trade, is that it is a lot easier to get a 3rd option, then 2nd. If we have Kobe and Marion, we don't need JO, or AK, or KG (though Boston would beg to differ). All we would need then is to find a legit 3rd option. It's a lot easier to trade Mr. Expiring Contract, and Mr. UCLA man with worst tattoo, and change, for someone like Ben Gordon, then KG. I really like Ben by the way. And if somehow, Bynum could divert his attention from "gurlz" and actually grow a set of balls, then maybe he could even be that 3rd option this year. Wouldnt that be great.
In any case, the other reasons I am for this trade are obvious. Lamar never played particularly well with Kobe, and Marion thrives without the ball. Lamar has the mental toughness of Chris Crocker (the "leave britney alone" dude/gal/boy/little girl). Marion, uhm... he's gotta be better then that rite? Fisher knows the triangle and can initiate much better then Smush, taking away some of the need to be having someone like Lamar bring the ball up. Marion would be playing with the fire to convert Nash's MVP into a giant piece of poo. Lamar would be playing with the fire to convert his potential into a giant piece of poo.
Marion's just better. Why the hell wouldn't we do it?
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
So Odom never turned out to be the Scotty to Kobe's Jordan. It was kind of dumb of us to think he could. L.O. is a good player, but he's not half the defender, and he doesn't have half of Pippen's heart and killer instinct. Pippen was named one of the best 50 of all time. Is Lamar even one of the best 100? I doubt it.
So how about instead of L.O. as Scotty, we have Andrei Kirilenko AND L.O. be Scotty. Think about that. AK-47 is a first team defender. He can score (uh...I will say last year is not an accurate representation, where Smush sadly outscored him). He can board. He can dish. He can block shots (3.3, and 3.2 per game in 05, 06!!!!!). Hes Russian. His wife is hot. He will not cry (mah bad... the man does cry about some things, but thats ok, tears give strength) about being the 3rd option. He is a great individual (according to John Amaechi). He would highly benefit from being coached by the anti-Sloan. Match that with L.O., who wont have to score 20+, and can keep focusing on the 10 and 5, and damn...thats master p0wnage right there.
Kobe. Ak-47. Lamar. throw in a Luke Walton, a D-Fish, a hungry and healthy Mihm, a Mo Evans who'll stop thinking he's Kobe's Pippen, P.J., and what we have here my friends is cash money.
Is Ak-47 overpaid? Hell yah! But look, at this point, we are not gonna fall upon any miraculous catches of cheap star players (see yah Artest!). And we are not going to get J.O., because Larry Bird is a shrewd GM, and in my Laker loving eyes, a huge douche who wouldn't know a fair deal if it stuck its finger up his green ass. (I love Larry Bird, the player, by the way. What a mother ****ing G!) Scan the NBA, who else is out there that would be available? AK is ripe for the taking. He publicly wants out (lowers trade value), he's coming off a horrible year (lowers trade value), and he's overpaid (lowers trade value, unless you are GM of the Knicks). And if you think that Utah is going to keep him after he complained specifically about Coach Sloan, then I will say...I hope they don't. But seriously, how's practice going to be now that those comments were made? Do you think that Sloan is going to change his tone specifically for a weepy Russian, and undermine his credibility and power with all the other players who take his crap without public complaint? And if he doesn't change, how do you think Andrei is going to react to being called a "mother ****ing cunt" some more (John Amaechi again). Unless Utah is going to fire Sloan, AK must go.
Which brings us to the final part of the equation, and the toughest. What do we give up? Realistically, the only thing we have to give up besides Kobe (obviously would like to keep the best player in the NBA), and Lamar (as much as I like AK, I'd rather have Lamar), are Bynum and Kwame's expiring contract. Would Utah take this trade? I really freaking hope so. Logically speaking do they want this trade? Well everyone likes cap relief, especially the Jazz who have a lot of important contract extensions coming up. But I don't know that Utah needs a project center at this point. By the way, if you are not willing to give up Bynum for AK-47 I think you have problems. Overall, Bynum could end up having the better career, but I dont give a rats ass about that at the moment. I want to win, and more specifically, I want to see Kobe win, NOW. Bynum seems like a guy who needs to be called a cunt every once in a while anyway. In any case, I hope and pray that Utah does not get any better offers, and is willing to make this deal. Throw in Farmar if need be. Or Vlad man Rad. HE LOVES UTAH! I just want to know that the Lakers at least put out an offer that includes Bynum if necessary. Just show me that you aren't signing random ass players like Elton Brown, Coby Carl, and some undrafted fool from USC, and thinking thats what Kobe meant when said "do something and do it now".
By the way, last season really was a fluke for Kirilenko. Why? There are a lot of reasons why. The important thing is that its true.
Friday, September 7, 2007
Phil Jackson has been in the news lately as his Hall of Fame induction has brought him out of his hotbox in Montana. I love Phil Jackson. He’s like a mother figure to me. When he’s around, I know everything is going to be ok. Lakers down 0-2 to San Antonio? Phil’s not panicking, why should I? The other team goes on a 15-2 run? Phil’s chillin’. I will too.
Nothing has been done to improve the team. WHY!? You can float a lot of theories out there. The power struggle, the father-son dynamic, the ineptitude of Mitch, the secret plan to trade Kobe, etc. etc. I don’t really know. You don’t know. All the other bloggers and sports talk show guys are just floating out their own opinions. Vic the Brick, by the way, well… he deserves his own post someday.
In any case, it’s looking more and more like the current team is the team we’re going to have for the rest of the year, and that worries me. Why? Not so much because I look at the roster and already see Steve Nash walking happily off the court after beating the Lakers in the round 1 again. Not so much because Sasha and Cook are still on the team. Not even because this could be Kobe’s last year. I’m worried cuz Phil seems worried. Phil does not seem to have a whole lot of trust in the roster as composed. Phil doesn’t seem to have a lot of confidence in the front office. Phil doesn’t seem to think that Bynum is going to be close to ready in the next year, or that Odom is going to make the questions about a legit second option a moot point. Phil is not happy. That makes me very uneasy.