2007-11-06 13:31:58.0 Luhnez: Butler, Odom, Bryant.. damn
2007-11-06 13:32:34.0 ah81: AK/BK ,, Do you notice any resentment from Andrew Bynum towards Kobe Bryant with all that was said this past summer?
2007-11-06 13:32:39.0 Brian Kamenetzky: ...they'd have some position issues, but it probably could have been figured out.
2007-11-06 13:32:51.0 Andrew Kamenetzky: hari, KG didn't have the same issues (outside of mileage, I guess). He's been a much more cooperative player throughout his career and has never seemed unhappy even while playing with a high caliber roster. He's never alienated himself from teammates and never trashed his organization publicly while playing for it. Yes, he's expensive and yes, he's been around a while. But he's still playing at a high level (as is Kobe, for that matter).
2007-11-06 13:32:57.0 hariyahu: BK - I don't think Cook is garbage - I remember him actually stepping up with some 20 pt games last year (or was it the year before?). I just think he's not as useful to us as he's to another team where his 3 pt shooting may be more desired.
2007-11-06 13:33:00.0 Brian Kamenetzky: ah81- No, not really. Or none that he's making particularly public.
2007-11-06 13:33:03.0 pimp: how much money were the lakers under the cap?? instead of signing karl, could they have picked up a serviceable vet for the remainder of what they had leaft?? if any?
2007-11-06 13:33:27.0 eagleboy: Had they kept Butler - they would have won more games, but I doubt it would have gotten them a heck of a lot further in the playoffs
2007-11-06 13:33:47.0 a: u going to answer my gasol and yue question?
2007-11-06 13:34:00.0 Brian Kamenetzky: pimp- They weren't under the cap at all. They were over. All they could do was go out and sign guys for their exceptions (vet, mle, etc.). There aren't a lot of good players available for that. Why not Karl?
2007-11-06 13:34:48.0 Elle: i like Coby Karl, in fact we have named our two hasmters after him
2007-11-06 13:34:53.0 Brian Kamenetzky: a- I haven't seen either play, other than some Yue highlights from this summer. From what I read, they both have potential but need a lot of work. I would guess that neither one will be here next year.
2007-11-06 13:35:03.0 hariyahu: Odom, Caron and Kobe could have been good - if Odom managed to stay injury-free. I think Odom, Caron, Kobe, Kwame would be better. AK, BK - why did we have to trade away Caron to get Kwame? Couldn't we have just signed him as a FA? It's not like the rest of the league was salivating at getting Kwame!
2007-11-06 13:35:04.0 Brian Kamenetzky: Just a guess, though.
2007-11-06 13:36:17.0 Andrew Kamenetzky: Eagle, I personally think they would have been better with Butler. He is a better perimeter defender than any SF they have (outside of Kobe), which could have helped offset the loss of kwame's good interior one-on-one D. They lose one element but gain another. Plus, he's a consistent #2 scorer who can let LO play the #3/facilitator role he's most comfortable with. And he and Kobe were tight, which might have prevented some of the offseason stuff we saw. I never thought they gave that trio enough time to develop together and gel around Bynum.
2007-11-06 13:36:28.0 Andrew Kamenetzky: They didn't want to pay Butler, which was a mistake.
2007-11-06 13:36:31.0 Brian Kamenetzky: Hariyahu- Unless Kwame would have come for the mid-level, I doubt they'd have had the ability to do it. No cap room. But given his youth and, um, potential, at that point Kwame probably would have gotten a deal for more than the MLE. Plus, there's no guarantee you can get a guy on the FA market.
2007-11-06 13:36:33.0 fletch: Since the Kings will be 30 games out in February, will they take Kwame's expiring contract for Artest?