Chat with the Kamenetzky Brothers
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, we'll have ESPNLosAngeles.com Los Angeles Lakers bloggers Andy and Brian Kamenetzky stopping by for their weekly chat.
Before joining ESPNLosAngeles.com, Brian and Andy hosted Lakers Blog for the Los Angeles Times from 2005-09. They host the ESPN Kamenetzky Brothers Lakers PodKast and frequently appear on ESPN Radio 710. As contributors for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, they have written about virtually every sport known to mankind.
Send your questions now and join the Brothers Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. PT/1:30 p.m. ET!
Andy Kamenetzky (1:32 PM)
Hey all, let's get 'er rolling. Just me today, so if responses take a bit longer, exercise patience, please.
Andy Kamenetzky (1:32 PM)
I agree, Jonathan. I agree.
Jason [via mobile]
Do you think the lakers will take a serious look at a deal for Mo Williams? The Clips wants to shed that salary if they want to get Odom in a trade with Dallas.
Andy Kamenetzky (1:37 PM)
Jason: I'd like to think the Lakers would consider the possibility in earnest. I'm not the biggest Mo Williams fan. I've always considered him a little overrated (by himself as well), and he definitely has weaknesses as a player. He doesn't get to the rim (which the Lakers need) and he's a mediocre defender. But he can play some pick-and-roll, make some plays and, most importantly for the Lakers, shoot. He's proven from behind the arc, and this team desperately needs more reliable options. Plus, it's a short term deal. Granted, it's also a band-aid fix, and also not one that vaults the Lakers into the championship mix, but Mo would help.
Reid (Orange, CA)
Is Pau traded before the draft tomorrow?
Andy Kamenetzky (1:38 PM)
Reid: My guess is no, but draft day is as fluid a period as the NBA has to offer. It's VERY hard to read those tea leaves.
Heres a bunch of Sahsa questions. Is he done with his Turkey contract? Is there mutual interest in coming back? How did he do in Turkey? How much do you think he would want salary-wise? Mini MLE or Full MLE (I know we dont have one)?
Andy Kamenetzky (1:41 PM)
Daniel: If memory serves, Sasha's deal was for 2 seasons in Turkey (no idea how he played), so I believe he's still under contract. That said, even if he weren't, I'm guessing the Lakers don't have much interest in a reunion, in that they traded him as nothing more than a salary dump. Granted, at a different price, he might be more appealing, and this team certainly needs more shooting. In my opinion, even more than an elite point guard. But again, it's a moot point, because I'm pretty sure Sasha isn't available even if they wanted him.
K-Bros what's going on. I haven't got an question answered the last 2 chats and I have been with you guys all season, what's up? Anyways, it looks like Lowry is officially on the block with the Rockets looking for a top ten pick. Any way we can Lowry and a couple of there 1st round picks for Gasol?
Andy Kamenetzky (1:45 PM)
Lex: If the Lakers could swing a deal Gasol-Lowry deal, I'm guessing it doesn't come flush with picks. They're giving up arguably their best player, and he's younger than Gasol with a higher ceiling to boot. (and I say this as someone who's still a big fan of what Pau brings to the table). That signals a rebuild in the works, and they'll need those picks. And with that in mind, they'll likely demand the Lakers take on Luis Scola. I know I would. But Lowry, PLUS a couple mid-round firsts, feels like too much to give up from the Rockets' side.
Long Time Laker Fan (Burbank)
One rumor has the Lakers shopping MWP for a late first round pick. Do you think there's any team that would go for that?
Andy Kamenetzky (1:48 PM)
LTLF: If the GM of that particular team isn't overly concerned about keeping his job, then sure. Otherwise, unless the Lakers are taking bad an undesirable contract in return, I can't imagine the Lakers getting any nibbles.
Rr24 [via mobile]
Do they need better bench player ?
Andy Kamenetzky (1:49 PM)
Rr24: No. They need better bench playerS.
Joe, L.A [via mobile]
If the Lakers re sign Sessions... I believe we will come back with the same roster. Do we have any tradeable assests other than Pau and Bynum?
Andy Kamenetzky (1:50 PM)
Joe: Well, they'd have Sessions to go along with Bynum and Pau. But that's quite literally it when it comes to commodities of any real value.
James Harden (Oklahoma City)
Any way I could become a Laker? Maybe for Pau Gasol? I don't want to play against Metta anymore...too dangerous. Plus, OKC really needs some post scoring options and the Lakers need more players that can create their own shots.
Andy Kamenetzky (1:53 PM)
James Harden: To quote MWP, that question was "all beard, no brain." I think we both know the deal you're proposing ain't gonna happen.
Is a Gasol for Iguodala trade possible? I'd love to see it happen if the 76ers threw in the #15 pick, but I doubt the 76ers are willing to give up that much for an aging power forward.
Andy Kamenetzky (1:59 PM)
Johnny: I could picture the Sixers swapping Iggy for Pau, but I agree, the 15th pick tossed in feels like a stretch. From there, the problem is Philly doesn't have many players under contract at all, much less one they'd gladly toss into the mix to balance salaries. It could be a tricky trade to pull off.
Mark, L.A [via mobile]
Bynum for the #1 pick. Kobe can teach the rook how to be a star once he retires. Am I dreaming?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:04 PM)
Mark: You're beyond dreaming.
Pau Gasol (lunch w/McHale)
Why are fans always wanting to know if Vujacic will be coming back when he shoot less than 40% for his career in the playoffs.I have career playoff averages of 17.3 pts/9.5 reb/3.3 ast/1.9 blksPeople can't seem to wait for me to leave.Where is the love?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:06 PM)
For what it's worth, ya big lug (or as I believe is the Spanish phrase, "lug grande"), Lakers fans will miss you if/when you're gone. This much I guarantee.
Wouldn't trading Bynum be easier than trading Gasol, in the sense that more teams would want Bynum and he might bring back more value? Not sure what the Lakers would get back though.
Andy Kamenetzky (2:07 PM)
Kevin: Trading Drew would definitely be easier than Pau, and he'd definitely bring in a better haul. But the organization seems less inclined to do so. Either that, or they're saving Bynum for a "rainy day" trade.
Gerry, inglewood [via mobile]
Is Gasol for Rondo just a rumor or was that ever really an option? If so, I would have done that deal yesterday, let alone last season.
Andy Kamenetzky (2:10 PM)
Gerry: I'm not sure that even truly qualified as a "rumor." At least not from my perspective. I remain a big fan of Pau's skills, but there's absolutely no way to justify the Celtics giving up Rondo for him.
Mike (Ladera Ranch)
Do you guys and other NBA writers who host online chats ever get together and talk about how much you hate the person who created the NBA trade machine?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:14 PM)
Mike: The Trade Machine can occasionally be the bane of our existence. But it can also be a pretty fun little invention. And at least it led to more cockamamie scenarios where the math adds up, as opposed to the stuff BK and I used to receive pre-machine before working at the Times.
Chuck Nevitt (Lord of a Ring)
How about a youth movement with Glock, Ebanks, Morris, and whatever you get in the draft. We don't really know what these guys can do yet. We know what Metta and Blake can do.
Andy Kamenetzky (2:22 PM)
Chuck Nevitt: I don't know about a full-on youth movement where those guys get 30 minutes a night. With the possible exception of Ebanks, none of those guys are ready, and the Lakers are too good a team to just toss away next season (unless they've absolutely eviscerated the roster down to the barest bones.) But I wouldn't mind seeing Goudelock become a rotation regular, and I absolutely think Ebanks needs a larger role. So I'd back an approach somewhere in the middle.
Why don't Mike Brown play Ebanks more often. He plays good when he gets in. He needs to have consistent minutes with his bench.Not play them one game and then not play again til 10 games later.
Andy Kamenetzky (2:24 PM)
Tom: As I just said, I'm a big proponent of giving Ebanks an expanded role with a smaller leash. I wrote many times how, in my opinion, Mike Brown made a mistake with his limited use of Devin. At the very least, he could have served as Kobe's backup, a position that went glaringly unfilled. And as one of few young assets with any potential (and in a wing position of need to boot), the Lakers need to develop him.
DONT SIGN MATT BARNES!!! WASTE OF SPACE!!
Andy Kamenetzky (2:25 PM)
Miguel: No need for caps and yelling. I doubt Barnes will be resigned.
Chris (Thousand Oaks) [via mobile]
Please tell me my new daughter doesn't have to grow up in a world where the Lakers are just ocassionally good. My kid needs to experience at least a back-to-back in her childhood!
Andy Kamenetzky (2:27 PM)
Chris: You and me both. My daughter has only witnessed second round exits.
Jimmy, los angeles [via mobile]
I actually think Bynum's game will suffer without Gasol. He doesnt handle double teams too well. I just say keep Gasol and hope u can add Odom. That big 3+ Mamba is still intimidating. Thats what made us special
Andy Kamenetzky (2:30 PM)
Jimmy: A very reasonably argument can be made that the more Bynum has become featured, the worse the Lakers have grown. Granted, it's not ALL because of Bynum. Players have aged. The roster (and coach) has changed. The lockout and the CP3 situation threw everything outta wack. And Drew has hardly been lousy. But as far as the team operating as a unit, there's no question they were better with Pau and Odom as the featured big men, rather than Drew and Pau (the latter in a reduced role).
David, los angeles [via mobile]
Gasol for Tyreke Evans and the knucklehead Cousins. Too much, too little, or just right?
Andy Kamenetzky (2:37 PM)
David: Too little. As long as you're asking the Kings to give up their 2 best players, all in their early 20's, for a $19 million 31-year old power forward who can't carry the lousy remaining players into the postseason, you might as well demand Marcus Thornton, too. Then they're giving the best 3, AND the salaries match.
Mel, Gardena [via mobile]
No one wants to trade with the Lakers. Is it because of the way we stole players in the past? Seems like a conspiracy!
Andy Kamenetzky (2:37 PM)
Mel: I don't think it's so much a conspiracy as the Lakers being low on assets.
Andy Kamenetzky (2:40 PM)
Alrighty, folks. Gotta run. Thanks for dropping by. Keep checking the blog for all your Lakers updates. Also, if you're into music, we just did a podKast with Henry Diltz, a legendary rock n' roll photographer. He was the official photographer for Woodstock and has shot everyone from Hendrix to Neil Young to Michael Jackson to Kurt Cobain to even Richard Pryor! Really cool stories. Check it out!