Noodle Arm said:I'm not going to make predictions or bash the Lakers, but there is one thing I'm curious to see IF Jackson decides to come back...
He's always had 2 excellent players who complimented each other on the court (Jordan/Pippen & Shaq/Kobe). He doesn't have that anymore, who's going to pick up the slack when Kobe struggles? As much as I like Odom, is he really enough of an offesive threat to pick it up when Kobe's injured or struggling? It's not going to be easy for Phil this time that's for sure.
Of course he could screw both Laker and Heat fans by joining the Knicks...but let's hope it doesn't come to that :tongue:
FinsNYanksFan13 said:If it ever came down to Isiah or Phil Jackson I will personally help Isiah pack. Come home Phil!
Samphin said:As a Laker fan, I am hoping he comes back. I think the Laker haters here are hoping he fails more than they really think he iwll. Lamar Odom and Kobe playing in their proper positions ( SG, SF respectively ) will cause nightmares and mismatch problems. Caron will most likely be traded for with some contracts to either move up in the draft or net us a PG, or PF. The draft is chalk full of PF prospects as well as some nice PG's early. Phil ocming back will determine which way we go though.
If Phil comes back, we will probably go with a big guard and draft a PF. If someone else is the coach, you will most likely see a traditional guard selected in the draft and target a PF through trade or MLE.
Ferretsquig said:The only way that team gets out of the lottery is if they dump Odom. Caron would be a much better option at SF...he can actually shoot the ball. Give Kobe a defensive presence in the middle and a good handler at point and he can win.
Samphin said:Odom, on the other hand has a decent mid range jumper and when he plays the 3, has a distinct size and quickness advantage. He will be able to go around or shoot over most 3's in the league. Odom only moves if a superstar player AND high draft pick comes back in his place.
Samphin said:Caron can only shoot if he is the first option on the team. He did well in Miami his first year but once Wade and Odom became the first options, he slunk into the backburner. That wa spart of the reason he was traded. Plus, Butler is an expiring contract, meaning after this next year, he will be a free agent. Having a talented guy with an expiring ocntract is a nice commodity to have come trade time. I don't expect Caron to suit up for the Lakers at all next year, or if he does, he won't make it past the trade deadline.
Odom, on the other hand has a decent mid range jumper and when he plays the 3, has a distinct size and quickness advantage. He will be able to go around or shoot over most 3's in the league. Odom only moves if a superstar player AND high draft pick comes back in his place.