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The Credits 7/19/09

  • Kobe on Lamar: Monday's the Day - Silver Screen and Roll
    So says the Laker big cheese in a Tweet posted about an hour ago. (His exact words: "You'll find out tomorrow about lamar decision...")
    (Is it the real Kobe account?  I don't think it is...)

  • Lamar Odom is still without a team - Los Angeles Times
    Another day has gone by and Lamar Odom remains a free agent without a team.
    (I see it as another day the Lakers and Lamar string us along.  I said before this was going to be the Summer of Lamar.)
  • Forum Blue And Gold " Final Notes from Vegas
    As the Lamar Odom saga unfolds, here is one reminder — nobody tells a reporter something without a motive. For example, the Jim Hill exclusive that Lamar Odom called Dr. Buss (which I’m sure happened), who would benefit from that being leaked? Odom would: The Lakers said Buss was angry they got no response at all to their offer, the way to counter that with PR is to not only make the call but leak that you made the call. We have no idea what actually was said on that call, by the way. Read Stein’s ESPN piece and he is clearly getting info from the Odom camp (including an inflated savings number on state income tax). Read Turner at the LA Times or Teaford at the Daily News and they are clearly plugged into the Lakers front office.
    (Kurt has a great point.  I, for one, am tired of reading into every story that comes out.  I just want to wake up and see that the deal is done.  But I appreciate the news they are giving us, and something to discuss.  After the LO situation is handled, it's going to be a BORING summer Lakers news wise.)

  • Andrew Bynum's development one of big keys for 2009-2010 season - Ian Thomsen -
    5. Will Andrew Bynum be healthy? The Lakers' center will be 22 next season -- his fifth as a pro -- and his health will be crucial to the defending champs. As big as it was for them to sign Ron Artest to the mid-level exception, and as much as they need to retain free agent Lamar Odom to lead their second unit, Bynum will be the overwhelming variable. Before he sustained his latest knee injury in January, Bynum assembled a five-game stretch of 26.2 points, 13.8 rebounds and 3.2 blocks in 31.8 minutes. That 10-day span was an extreme example of his talent -- it involved only one playoff opponent (the Spurs) -- but it shows his upside. The 7-foot, 285-pound, Bynum combines with power forward Pau Gasol to provide 14 feet of barrier behind the perimeter defense of Artest and Kobe Bryant. Bynum was unable to avoid foul trouble throughout the playoffs, and he averaged just 19 minutes in the Finals against Dwight Howard. His size around the basket gives the Lakers hope of becoming an elite defensive team, but he desperately needs to break his unfortunate streak of midseason knee injuries that have sidelined him for 79 games over the past two seasons. It will be difficult to score on the Lakers next postseason if Bynum stays on the floor long enough to develop his timing and earn the respect of officials.
  • Newest Laker Ron Artest tells Lamar Odom to meet him in Los Angeles
    "I hope that helps," said Artest, who drew a crowd as he made an impromptu appearance with the Queensbridge team in the Hoops in the Sun tournament at Orchard Beach in the Bronx Saturday. "I hope he comes back to play with us. I already reached out to him and will (again)."
  • Chucky Brown on Lakers Summer League at BasketBlog

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  • Cleveland Cavaliers sign Miami Heat's Jamario Moon to offer sheet - ESPN
    The Cavaliers have continued their offseason remodeling by signing restricted free agent Jamario Moon to an offer sheet, according to NBA front-office sources.
    This would be just an "okay" pick up for them.  So, that would make Shaq, Anthony Parker, and Jamario Moon.  You're doing a great job Danny Ferry.  Jamario Moon just puts the Cavs over the hump.  Right?!?)
  • Millsap offer match is official - Salt Lake Tribune
    The Jazz made it official Friday, matching Portland's four-year, $32 million offer sheet to Paul Millsap, though they will reserve public comment about keeping their restricted free-agent forward until the weekend.
  • Millsap and What Comes Next - Blazersedge
    Now that the toxicity has come to naught, many folks are jumping on the Lamar Odom train. I feel pretty comfortable saying whatever the future holds for Portland, it doesn't include Odom. Lamar could add a couple of nice things to the Blazer lineup. He's got height, experience, scoring ability, and rebounding. He's also not afraid to get tough or carry a chip on his shoulder. But those attributes are more than counterbalanced by his age, position, contract status, and desires.
  • The Best Free Agent Nobody is Talking About - TrueHoop By Henry Abbott - ESPN
    Ramon Sessions
  • Sessions, Not Iverson: A Good Move for the Clips - - The Baseline
    The Bucks, who haven't exactly been aggressive in trying to re-sign Sessions, drafted a high-profile PG whose picture dominates their web site, are cutting costs, and aren't likely to match. Sessions can score, but he's also a convincing "set-up man." He has no range, but between Gordon and Davis, there would be more than enough shooting in that rotation. Davis is often hurt, and may vanish at any moment; Gordon can play a little point, and is a major part of the team's future.
  • NBA free agents: The Detroit Pistons sign Chris Wilcox - ESPN
    The Detroit Pistons have agreed to a two year deal with free agent Chris Wilcox, a source told
    (What?  Kwame Brown didn't work out last year?  Can't say I didn't see that coming.)

  • Los Angeles Clippers trade Zach Randolph to the Memphis Grizzlies for Quentin Richardson - ESPN
    The Clippers have traded leading scorer Zach Randolph to Memphis in exchange for Quentin Richardson.
  • Thunder Waives Earl Watson, Who Could Sign With Indiana -- NBA FanHouse
    The Thunder waived guard Earl Watson on Friday and Watson is expected to sign with the Indiana Pacers as soon as his one-week waiver period expires.
  • Adrian Wojnarowski - Yao's absence looms as giant loss for league - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
    Even if he never plays again, Yao Ming has accomplished so much by introducing the NBA to the world.Don't Forget Dirk In 2010 Speculation - - The Baseline
  • Mark Cuban, owner of Dallas Mavericks, has SEC complaint dismissed by judge - ESPN
    A federal judge has dismissed a civil insider trading lawsuit against Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
  • Day Nine Summer League Roundup - TrueHoop By Henry Abbott - ESPN
  • X’s & O’s of Basketball: Roy Williams Philosophy on Transition Offense
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