nomuskles: I vote for bringing Bynum back this year. Plus, how often, does he have a chance to compete for a championship?
Bill Plaschke: fran, I agree, phils is a heckuva coach, but I've always said that.
Amir: Bill, when you criticize a player like Kobe or a coach does that make it tough for you to be granted future interviews?
Bill Plaschke: bynum will come back, but in a limited role
Bill Plaschke: no, amir, players are usually classy and professional enough that they understand criticism is part of the process. heck, I get ripped in our saturday letter's pages more than some of the players are ever ripped.
nomuskles: Will Shaq have his number retired by the Lakers when he retires? I say he has to get that honor but maybe he burned too many bridges?
kobe24: Do you think the Shaq trade was horrible for Phoenix?
Bill Plaschke: great point, nomuskles..I think he should get it retired, yes.
freddy: It's hard to believe the stanley cup resides in Socal based on these comments,watch the Ducks!
kobe24: How do you rate this current Laker team to the Shaq-Kobe years? They clearly have a much better bench now.
danthelakerfan: Getting rid of brick hands (Kwame) was great. Is this the best Laker off load ever?
Bill Plaschke: kobe24, shaq trade was desparate move by desparate team.
Bill Plaschke: hey freddy, you're right, hard to believe stanley cup is here.
Bill Plaschke: hey dan, yes, best laker dump ever...and kwame has stunk for memphis, right?
nomuskles: lol @ dan. The day the trade went down I was so happy. best day i had at work in about forever.
Amir: if kobe never wins a championship as a Laker, is 8 or 24 retired?
nomuskles: he'll insist on 24, i think.
Bill Plaschke: I think if shaq's number is retired, kobe's number HAS to be retired, too...number 8, of course.
nomuskles: the rest of us will retire 8 in our minds