Welcome to NBA Chat with HOOPSWORLD Senior Writer Eric Pincus. Thanks for a fantastic turn-out!
Eric covers the L.A. Lakers, Clippers and NBA at large.
Seriously Eric, why did the Lakers have zero interest in Matt Barnes? Must be some behavioral issue that never gets mentioned…he’ll do more to thwart Lakers than Ebanks will to Clippers, I think. I suspect Barnes and Odom could’ve added to championship chances.
Media Day for Clippers = Friday; Media Day for Lakers = Monday. I’ll be at both but today? We chat:
robsa – There’s a point where teams want to make sure they develop young talent instead of sticking with older players who haven’t delivered as much as hoped. It’s not – is Barnes better than Ebanks today – it’s, can Ebanks develop into a legitimate player for the Lakers? If he’s buried on the bench behind Barnes, he’s not going to get that chance. Can Matt help the Clippers? Sure – but that’s not the Lakers’ concern. Teams act on what they believe will be the best move for their situation. They can’t think about what other teams do beyond that.
What do you think of my trades? Which is best? Which are okay? Which would never go down?
-James Harden for Aaron Afflalo & picks
-James Harden for Jeremy Lamb & Royce White
-James Harden for Derrick Williams, Chase Budinger, & Luke Ridnour
-James Harden for Jared Dudley & Channing Frye
-James Harden & Kendrick Perkins for Marcin Gortat, Jared Dudley, & Markieff Morris
-James Harden for Jose Calderon & DeMarr DeRozan
I don’t see Afflalo as the answer for the Thunder in that if they need to save money – they go for a player at a far-cheaper salary than Arron.
Regarding Rockets – they’d have to make salaries match but I’ve said I could see some sort of discussion based around Jeremy Lamb, filler (some good, some irrelevant) for Harden.
I don’t see the rest of the options near the ballpark.
When the Lakers retire Kobe’s jersey which number do you think they will retire 24 or 8 or both?
I think they just retire 24 but that’s just one guy’s opinion.
Is it possible that the Kobe and Nash tandem ends up something like Carmelo and Amar’e where their contrasting styles of play halt their chemistry?
Amar’e flows within the game, and Carmelo is an isolation player just like Nash handles the ball and orchestrates an offense, while Kobe thrives in isolation. My biggest fear is that something that looks great on paper becomes an unforeseen jam on the floor. I know this fear is certainly reasonable, but is there a fifty percent chance this happens?
Thanks for your time!
Actually no I don’t. I will say that Bryant can get in the way of making this work, should he choose to do so – but I like the pairing. Nash is such a good shooter off the ball, it can work. If it was another point who can’t spot up? Different story. Name a better shooter at the point over the last 20 years? Closest would be Stockton.
Also, question about Rondo. Do you believe he is a legit all-star or are his number inflated by playing with three other all-stars (and two of them supertars at that). Would he struggle if he was put on a team like the Wizards or Cavs? I understand in that scenario of course his numbers may drop, but would people still regard him the same way they do now?
Rondo is a legit All-Star. He’s a tremendous point guard but if you put him on a really terrible team with absolutely no one to pass to? I mean, that’s silly. This is a team game and some of Rondo’s greatness comes from his team play. His teammates are better off because of Rondo – as much as he’s better off playing with quality players.
Antwan Jamison sounded like he just married that love of his life when he was interviewed by the Kamenetzky bros. He sounded genuinely excited, not just the cliche “I’m happy to be here”.
His stats were pretty mediocre last year but the last time he played with Nash he shot over 50% FG and over 40% 3fg while playing 29mpg off bench. I don’t him to shoot THAT well or get 29ppg but do you think he could make significant improvement over shooting 40% FG and 34% 3FG?
Jamison is a guy who can add scoring punch off the bench. He’s far from perfect but what scoring punch did the Lakers have off the bench last year? None to speak of really.
Hey E.P. jesse here with a question regarding the Clippers coaching situation…Vinny D has this last year under contract to prove himself right…what is a reasonable expectation u see for him to stick? repeat of last year?…he seems to buckle in the playoffs, too little creativity and odd time-out and substitution management…so what coaches is Chris Paul close with if it comes down to him choosing the next head coach?
If Chris Paul really wants Vinny back and he’s ready to sign a new deal with Del Negro – then Del Negro it is. I don’t know the alternatives yet – certainly some of the guys he’s coached for previously. Who doesn’t think highly of Monty Williams? Of course there are competing teams looking for coaches (if they’re not already under contract). This is a fluid issue – a bit too early to tackle but we will certainly debate it.
Now if the Clippers blow away the West and go on to win a title or close to that, perhaps VDN is back regardless. I’m not expecting all that however.
Have u seen the video of world peace dropping I think 50 points on a team this summer and he was doing a lot of it by shooting I know not to expect any of that to translate to the Nba but what do u see his 3pt % to be this year? Thanks
I’ve heard from many sources that Metta is in fantastic shape. Last year he was the opposite, completely. With that in mind, and if healthy, I expect a better performance. I can’t put a real number on it – but he’ll certainly get open looks.
Hi Eric. Why do so many sportswriters not consider Derrick Rose the top PG in the league? The guy was the MVP. Plus, he’s led a rag tag group of non-allstars to the best record the last 2 seasons and likely would have led them to the finals if not for the ACL injury. It’s an insult to him that any PG (sans Chris Paul and Steve Nash) are even mentioned as his equals.
Are you asking me to speak for other writers? I don’t know how to do that. I only speak highly of Derrick Rose – when healthy.
Do you think it bothers Indiana that 1)Danny Granger’s FG% has declined ever year but 2008 where it remained nearly the same from previous year and was at a mediocre 41.2% last year? his FTA, rebounds, and asts have also declined 3 straight years?
I look more at won/loss record and playoff performance. I don’t think the rest matters. Does Granger contribute? Is he a big part of why the team is so successful. I say yes. Can he be replaced, perhaps. He’s imperfect as all players are. Would the Pacers like more? Sure. But until the economics say otherwise, I’m not sure I’d rush to move Danny.
hello Eric… In your opinion where should kobe bryant be as far as top NBA players I have him top 5 prob behind
5.Kobe but could argue him being at 4 or maybe even 3??
If you want me to go through this list – and we’re talking today and not career – I’d say LeBron is above Bryant. Melo below.
Dwight is completely at a different position, it’s hard to compare. Based on the health question – which you want me to ignore – I’m going to put Kobe ahead for now. That may change in a few months.
The question is Durant and given last year’s run – I’ll go Kobe third out of those five.
lakers – you still think djo and maybe sacre make team and glock gets cut right?
or do they just take djo and leave one spot open for midseason trade or acqusition?
i know kobe (16lb lighter) can play SF in small lineups and jamison as well, but if ebanks turns to be a dud this year think they maybe get a good defender/shooter to replace him? think his defense on durant alone is worth keeping him. think clark plays any?
Keep in mind that players on partial/non-guaranteed contracts can often be cut up through early January to make room. My pre-camp prediction – which naturally can’t truly anticipate how players will perform once there – is that Johnson-Odom and Sacre will make the opening roster with Goudelock cut and LA carrying 15 players to start. Those two can get cut if needed to make room for a more seasoned player if needed.
Do you think Andrew Nicholson could be a potential steal from the draft for the Orlando Magic?……kind of like how Kenneth Faried was with the Nuggets? Will Rudy Gay become a All-star this year if his numbers continue to go up?
Yes, not sure like Faried, but sure. Gay an All-Star? I’m going to say my gut says he’s on the wrong side of the bubble. Now you say his numbers go up – and if they go up to 30 points a game well then – but I don’t see quite that either.
I believe the biggest question mark coming into training camp is back up PG positon for Lakers. Do you think Brown will rotate both Blake and Duhon as back up or will he use one main back up? How is Morris progressing? Is he ready to compete with Blake and Duhon?
Well Blake is out three weeks – so two weeks of camp – with a foot injury. I would say Duhon steps in as second guard and if he is adequate, that’s how the season will start. I see Coach Brown working in Blake based on play, matchup, feel etc. It’s going to take a big jump from Morris to crack the rotation. I spoke to him in July and he’s put in a lot of work – both on his body and his shot – but he’s still young and there’s a lot of talent ahead of him.
I have DirecTV and I plan on purchasing NBA League Pass this season. If DirecTV and the new Time Warner Sports network don’t reach an agreement will league pass have me covered as far as catching all of the non nationally televised Lakers games? Or should I still anticipate missing a few? I’m in the LA area if it makes a difference.
I anticipate most providers working a deal to carry Laker games. No promises – it’s an ugly business if you ask me.
Eric, how will the sale of AEG impact the Lakers, who are partly owned by the company?
I don’t think it’s a major change for the Lakers. It may have more impact on potential NHL ownership in LA.
Metta World Peace says the Lakers’ goal is to go 73-9 this season. Come on!!! I’m happy with 60-65 wins. Is MWP out of his mind?
I don’t know if Howard is healthy enough to start the season to think 73 wins. Metta is out of his mind to a degree – I think he’s said as much – but from my experience he’s a tremendous person I really enjoy covering.
So, uh, how do i post a question on here?
I’m not sure, I’ve never actually done it. I just answer them as they come.
Hello Eric. If the Lakers win the 2013 championship, do you believe that its possible for ownership to pay the monstrous 2013-2014 tax just to keep this team together, for continuity in order to go on one last run?
I’ve got to think someway/somehow that Laker bill is cut. It may be amnesty (Blake or Peace) or Gasol out via trade. It’s just too early to say but they could end up paying some $100 million in tax? I just don’t know if that’s something they or anyone will do – championship or no.
Eric, Have you heard anything about possible new “Black” jerseys for the Lakers this season? I think it would be great if they would wear black for some games. It would look so much better than the white jerseys they wear on Sunday home games.
There’s a rumor they’ve got a black alternate jersey but I haven’t heard enough to report anything.
The year before last, I thought that Kobe’s 45% FG% was below where it should have been – You can imagine how I felt about his 43% shooting this last one. Should we believe that this is a legitimate downward trend, or that those years were/are flukes? Where do you think he’ll be efficiency-wise?
I find fixating on shooting percentage to be specious. Certainly it’s better to high more shots than less – but there’s a lot that goes into that. Teammates, system, quality of play, health, etc. I would think Bryant’s shooting percentage goes up but let me ask you this – if he shoots 41% and they win at title? Is that something that tarnishes things somehow? Of course not.
So what happened to Steve Blake with his foot injury? We were hoping the training camp would do some good for him this year, but I guess that’s out now. He’ll show up in the games in late December not knowing what the system is about…AGAIN! Way to go Steve! You might want to invest $10 on a pair of flip flops.
I “heard” that he was walking barefoot by the beach. It happens. Disappointing I’m sure to Blake more than anyone else. I mean I had to go to the ER to get a pencil lead (graphite actually) from out of my cuticle – and the doctor didn’t even get it and I had to pull it out myself a few days later. Life is life.
So since Derek Fisher was practicing at Lakers facility, I should assume all is well between him and the front office. After the Trade, he seemed so mad and disrespected. I guess now he knows it’s all about the business of Basketball and nothing personal.
The Lakers and Derek have a lot of respect for each other and a long history. He won’t re-sign with the Lakers (rules, opportunity, etc.) but all is well.
Eric, how come Troy Murphy’s name is still on Lakers roster, when you visit their website. He’s a free agent and I don’t believe the Lakers resinged him. Or, did they?
Offseason teams list their free agents on their roster page. There should be a “(FA)” next to his name.
Eric, do you think we ever see coach’s challenge in NBA like we have in NFL? I wouldn’t want something to slow down the game, but I think if each team had one challenge in the last 5 minutes of the game, it might be good for the game. What do you think?
There might be some form of that in theory – at some point.
Eric, are the money from TV deals such as the one the Lakers have with Time Warner, considered Basketball Related Income (BRI) and shared with the players? Or, is it only shared with the owners?
It’s BRI and thus a portion to owners. It’s actually a negative to small teams in that it dramatically raises BRI, and the amount they are obligated to spend on their roster – despite not getting a cut. That’s why the league put in revenue sharing – which helps – though it doesn’t solve the problem – hardly.
Does the new Time Warner sports channel with so much coverage of the Lakers provide opportunity for writers such as yourself as well? Will they have more interviews and analyses by lets say someone like you? Will they have you and others come on the shows as regulars or guests?
I haven’t gotten any calls from Time Warner but I’m around and always looking for opportunities!
How far will the Bulls regress defensively from last year? With Marco Belinelli, Nate Robinson, and Vladimir Radmanovic, and Nazr Mohammed replacing guys like Ronnie Brewer and Omer Asik, will those guys be expected to pick up their defensive intensity, or will Coach Thibodeau hedge on his game planning to accommodate their offensive exploits on the floor?
I view this as a down year for the Bulls until they get Rose healthy. It’s just what it is when one of the top point guards in the league gets hurt. It’s disappointing but reality.
I know Howard is way better than Bynum, but considering Lakers and 76ers in their respctive conferences, which one of the two players do you think will have a bigger impact on their team and their stanings in their conference? In other words, which team will show more improvement from last year?
If you want to say standings in the conference, it may help Sixers – because they have more room to grow. I see bigger impact (playoffs) in LA.
Do you think the pacers will regret not choosing PJ3 over miles plumlee? What kind of career do u see plumlee having?
I don’t know enough about Plumlee. I heard he’s a hustler on the court but we’ll see what that looks like in NBA. Perry Jones has some real potential. Most draft picks it takes 3-5 years until we know the answer anyway.
Everyone seems to be crowning the fLakers even before the season starts. Sure, their starting five is really impressive (assuming Superman’s back is FULLY healed), but if you compare the fLakers first and second units to the Clippers first and second units, is it mainly the fLaker heritage of success that causes everyone to rank them ahead of a much deeper Clipper team? Or do you really think the fLaker TEAM is better than the Clipper TEAM?
I really like the Laker roster more than I like the Clipper roster. It’s not a bias thing – it’s not a hype thing. In theory the Clippers may be great but let’s not forget that you have a 40-year old small forward, a bunch of players teams didn’t want back (Lamar Odom, Matt Barnes, Jamal Crawford, etc.). I like the upside of the Clippers – but with the shooting of Nash (along with his play-making) plus Meeks and Jamison as bench scorers . . . and then Howard as a mobile defender who should fit better with Gasol? I just think if healthy the Lakers have the better team right now. We’ll see.
Are the Clippers collecting all of the former Laker players?
Hey Steve Blake is an ex-Clipper! So was Lamar Odom.
One mans opinion is that Tyson is best boxer of all time, because there is no one else you would rather not get in the ring with.
Using the same logic, what player would you put on your team regardless of their actual accomplishments and the players currently on your team.
Ie who is the greatest player of all time.
It’s not a simple answer – but players like Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, among others – are certainly on that list. As dominant as Wilt was – I would like to think he should have more rings, despite supporting cast (or lack thereof).
Where is the best place to “run into” some of the lakers…. You gotta know a favorite restaurant or something.
Will Time Warner Cable come to terms with other cable and satellite providers to broadcast Laker’s games by the start of the season? If not, what can the Laker’s do to minimize a potential PR nightmare? Can the Clippers benefit from this?
I mentioned earlier – the way the TV business works – deals come down to the very final minute and it’s rare when you have a divorce (like AMC and Dish). I’m not really concerned – and I’m not sure what it has to do with the Clippers.
Hello Eric. Love your chats. Who do you think will be the first, second, and third option in regards to the Lakers Offense? I have it listed as Dwight, Kobe, and Pau.
I gotta say, I don’t think it’s a priority but if you want to go by scoring average I anticipate Bryant first followed by Howard, Pau, Nash and then Peace.
Does the Barbosa to Lakers rumor have any substance? He would be a nice back up combo guard, giving the Lakers some needed scoring off the bench. Thoughts?
I’ve never heard of any Barbosa/Lakers substance to date. I also don’t see why the fit helps? A guy who can’t play point, doesn’t defend and really needs to ball to penetrate to score.
What kind of stat line do you predict Pau Gasol to have this year? pts,rbs,assits,blks.
I really don’t prefer these kinds of questions to be honest. I’d guess 15 points, 8.5 boards, three assists and 1.4 blocks.
I saw a Stan van Grundy interview where he said he thinks the players and coaches have to be “too accessible ” to the media. And they are bound to say something regrettable based on sheer number of times they’re interviewed…
Of course. People say a lot of dumb things – reporters too. I try not to take everything so seriously – but when it’s substantial, certainly I’m obligated to report it.
I have a question concerning the lakers and clippers. First of all congrats to both teams for making big strides this off-season! But my question: Do you think that the lakers are gonna be that much better than last season? Bynum and Howard have almost identical stats, and D12 will miss a chunk of the season! Clippers got as far as the lakers with their starting shooting guard injured 2/3 of the season and the entire post season. Pau and Kobe are on the decline while Griffin and Jordan are only going to improve. With last season both teams being so close in terms of games won/lost the lakers won only 1 more game than the lakers, so with all of that said, do you think that the lakers can really are any better than the clippers, and if so can they really compete with teams like the Heat that have Allen on the bench?
I touched on this earlier but I think you’re jumping to a conclusion on Howard’s availability. Also, Bynum was very slow and plodding. He has a wider arsenal of post moves but Howard is just so much better defensive, especially in pick and roll. I like how the Laker pieces fit together individually. It’s the right mix.
The Clippers have a lot of firepower, it’s impressive how many solid players they have and if CP3 stays healthy – it should be a great year. I’m not sold on LAC defensively though. Is Grant Hill their stopper? Matt Barnes? Can Odom bounce back.
I like how both teams look on paper – I just give an edge to the Lakers – but it should be a fun year regardless.
Hi Eric, I can’t understand why people think OKC is still “ahead” of the Lakers even if the Lakers stay healthy. Anybody who has played and understands thae nuances of the game know the D12′s defense is the great game changer.
I don’t like to just blanket things black/white and say the Lakers have surpassed the Thunder. On paper I think they have and I will ultimately predict the Lakers to come out of the West – but my initial ranking will have Thunder ahead out of respect – and on the note that paper isn’t reality. We need to see it all – and again, when exactly is Howard healthy enough to play?
So did anyone actually believe Chris Paul that he wanted to join the Clippers instead of the Lakers?? Ok lets see one team has tons of championships in their history, some of the best players ever (current player maybe top 10 all time) and one team has been to the lottery almost every year and has arguably the cheapest owner ever. Yeah that is a hard choice Chris Paul ok. He is just saying that now because he is on the Clippers no chance he even believes it…
If Paul was a Laker, he’d says the same thing. If he was a Bobcat, he’d say the same thing. Paul is about team – whichever team that may be. All that said, my experience around him – he seems very happy with the Clippers and I do expect him to re-sign.
What’s th craziest thing you’ve seen on th job
Livingston blowing out his knee – that’s an image that won’t ever escape me.
Heey Eric. Can you see any big time players being available on the trade market this season. Maybe Aldridge, Harden etc.?
I could see Aldridge being a surprise trade even before the season. I don’t see LaMarcus dealt. We need to see how teams do. Over the first 20 games, typically it’s evaluation. If a team is 15-5 or 5-15, that’s a big difference. At 10-10, it can go either way. Once it sinks in that a team is awful, they might look to dump their guys. I’m not sure what the future will be long-term for Rudy Gay, Danny Granger, Josh Smith, certainly Rip Hamilton, Anderson Varejao, Shawn Marion, Jose Calderon, Paul Millsap and a number of other players. That doesn’t mean I “expect” trades. Just rolling through some names – many in a variety of different situations.
Can Pau rebound this year? He looks way more dominant in the Spain team than the playoffs this past 2 years
I don’t think Gasol and Bynum meshed well. Andrew was really asserting himself as the primary inside scorer and Gasol didn’t know how to play well off of him. I can’t say how much was coaching (Mike Brown) or Gasol – but probably a combination of both. My worry is that Gasol tends to hit that high post jumper during the regular season but it’s been absent through the playoffs the past few years.
The Lakers need to find a way to better utilize Gasol and I do think that with Howard’s mobility, that’s workable. Dwight doesn’t need the ball the same way Bynum did.
It should be interesting to see on the court. I’m also very curious to see if Brown can pull it all together. It’s a lot of talent but that’s not always easy to deal with either.
do you think fisher would be willing to sign to a team as a player/coach? or do you think he’s still looking for legitimate minutes?
It’s illegal to be a player coach. It’s illegal for Fish to re-sign with the Lakers until March. I expect Derek to land somewhere on a playoff team.
It seems like every year, there is a crucial call that the refs can’t reply. Then that type of play gets added to the replay rules.
Why not in the playoffs, Make replay available to use at the refs discression FOR ANY CALL AT ANY TIME!?!
Is it gonna slow down the game? No more than the refs huddling up for a call. It’s not like they’re gonna use it all the time.
Just eliminate these silly rules of when and when not replay can be used
I’m afraid this will have to do for the week! Once again, thanks for participating! We’ll do it again next week.
As far as non-stop replay? That’s simply not in the cards. Games would last 4-5 hours.
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