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The Blueprint


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jesus ran with the 12 apostles. Bonnie always had Clyde. Kobe’s gang consists of a Smush, a Slava, and another Euro with the frame of Lindsay Lohan. Not very intimidating, less Scarface more Barney. So if you end up in a gunfight with your opponent knowing you have nothing but a knife; how does one suggest to fight? Good question right? The first punch is not a haymaker it’s a calculated jab. But the best move for the Lakers might be to play the role of pacifists. I’m not convinced in trading Lamar Odom. Which is the only way the Lakers would pick up a quality non- stopgap return (Ron Artest). Well, I wouldn’t just nix a trade that acquires Artest for the blatant reasons. I would reject them for even more obvious ones! Ron made it clear that he would not resign with a western ballclub. In fact he would just play out his contract, in hopes of getting on a roster closer to his Queens stomping grounds. Even if those words are not the Gospel according to Ron, it’s enough to turn down a rational risk assessment. Knowing this, the suits at 1111 S. Figueroa St., certainly won’t make a marquee move. There is no need for one anyways. The Lakers aren’t one move away from contending. Trading for another scorer is not going to make Smush Parker a better defender. Nor is it going to make Bynum or Kwame progress quicker. Laker fans are just so accustomed to winning that having the second youngest team in the NBA doesn’t register. Youth would be best served or severed in the off-season. This team is built with a handful of long-term anchors, the rest are unremarkable, interchangeable, wholesale commodities. The most viable of those is Devean George a la carte, or packaged with a stiff like Slava. But what do you think you are going to get back from that. Nothing much. The endless possibilities can be discussed over one of those dread full sport’s talk shows. Basically when you turn in a bag of soda cans, don’t expect to yield a gold bar.last_img

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