2007-11-06 13:24:49.0 hariyahu: What are your thoughts on Chad Ford's article in ESPN today?
2007-11-06 13:27:36.0 Andrew Kamenetzky: Harihayu, I actually think Ford's article addressed some points pretty accurately. I personally think Kobe is the best player in the NBA, but depending on how one defines "best," you can make an argument he's not (and honestly, who really cares, since the whole thing is pretty arbitrary and meaningless, anyway). But in my opinion, his thoughts on Kobe's mileage, how Kobe really wants to win, concerns another GM might have about taking on Kobe, etc. were all pretty well taken.
2007-11-06 13:28:00.0 Elle: Speaking of Cook, is this his last season as a Laker?
2007-11-06 13:28:02.0 hariyahu: Once LO comes back, shouldn't we try to move Cook? He's rotting away on our bench, and might be of value to a team like the Warriors.
2007-11-06 13:28:45.0 eagleboy: I agree with AK on Fords article - it is subjective but he does make plenty of valid points. As Laker or Kobe fans it may seem critical but come on Kobe is not without faults.
2007-11-06 13:29:06.0 Andrew Kamenetzky: Hariyahu, the bottom line is that you can say whatever you want about Kobe's talent (which is borderline unparalelled in the NBA right now), but anybody who claims he doesn't come with baggage is fooling themselves. And rather expensive baggage, I might add.
2007-11-06 13:29:17.0 Brian Kamenetzky: Eagleboy- I didn't even find it particularly critical.
2007-11-06 13:29:36.0 Mikey: YES please move Cook, please. The guy moves like a zombie. No emotion, no expression, no fire. Just dead weight.
2007-11-06 13:30:08.0 eagleboy: BK - I didn't either but as a Laker fan you could think it critical
2007-11-06 13:30:10.0 Andrew Kamenetzky: Harihayu, Udoka was on the actual roster back in 2004.
2007-11-06 13:30:18.0 a: how good is gasol and yue? will they be on the roster next year?
2007-11-06 13:30:25.0 hariyahu: AK, on the Chad Ford article - isn't that something you can say for *any* star player who wants to get moved? KG had the same issues, but that didn't stop the Celtics from trading away Jefferson and 6 other players (okay 2.5!) once they got Garnet.
2007-11-06 13:31:01.0 Brian Kamenetzky: hariyahu, elle- I don't know if they'll move Cook, or who would want him. I think people need to remember that he's supposed to be a guy at the end of the bench who can come in and knock down a shot. He's really no worse than most end-of-rotation players, and probably more useful than most.
2007-11-06 13:31:13.0 hariyahu: Just to be perfectly clear, I'm not saying Ford's article was inaccurate - just generic garbage.
2007-11-06 13:31:17.0 eagleboy: My top players to move would be Cookie and Kwame. I don't think either seems to be a guy busting his rear to improve.
2007-11-06 13:31:28.0 Mikey: Looking back, how do you think the team would have turned out had we kept Caron Butler? Would we have gotten any deeper into the playoffs with Butler instead of Brown?
2007-11-06 13:31:38.0 Elle: I love Cookie, I always cheer for him but come on
2007-11-06 13:31:43.0 Luhnez: OOOH GOOD QUESTION MIKEY