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Jackson 'not against' stopgap help for Bynum

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08:16 AM ET 11.30 | Andrew Bynum believes he's still two to three weeks away from playing. He may be able to play Dec. 19 at Toronto, the last of the Lakers' six-game trip. ... As far as bringing in another player while Bynum and backup center Theo Ratliff (left knee surgery) recover, the Lakers must weigh the cost of signing another big man versus how much Jackson would actually use that player. It would cost the Lakers $56,000 to $60,000 per week in salary to sign a player, plus the team would have to pay the same amount in luxury taxes. "I'm not against it," Jackson said about adding another player. "It's not part of the plans right now."

Los Angeles Times

Phil Jackson, AP Phil Jackson, AP
November 30, 2010  08:18 AM ET

Not much talent left, Bro.

November 30, 2010  08:30 AM ET

its times like this where having a lamar Kard...ahh Odom is a luxury

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November 30, 2010  08:41 AM ET

Lakers franchise can afford a "stopgap" - However can they afford Bynum coming back, getting hurt again? (Past history supports this scenario)

Probably not so they should just pull the trigger for the insurance.

November 30, 2010  08:55 AM ET
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Don't need to sign one. It's too early in the season and they're managing. Save the money or donate the money for good cause.

Besides charity which is good for PR... they can afford to tank a few games till Bynum gets back. If it means playing Pau and Odom less do it. Afterall what does regular season win/losses mean anyway? Get the cruise control on... coast it Melo style.

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November 30, 2010  09:23 AM ET
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Not much talent left, Bro.

LOL! Even the laker Fans are starting to see the wasted potential in bynum.

November 30, 2010  09:23 AM ET
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Bynum will be up and ready to dominate by Independence Day.

Do you mean Ground Hog day?

November 30, 2010  09:29 AM ET
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LOL! Even the laker Fans are starting to see the wasted potential in bynum.

Miami will do better with him in the middle than they will with Bosh. If I was Mitch I'd make the call to see if Odom and Bynum will do. I think it'll benefit both teams cos they **** they got going in Miami is disgusting like the sight of a bull dog eating out Gloria on national TV.

November 30, 2010  09:32 AM ET
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LOL! Even the laker Fans are starting to see the wasted potential in bynum.

Fans might hate to hear this but its true that for Lakers no Bynum no championship...its as simple as black.

November 30, 2010  09:35 AM ET
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Miami will do better with him in the middle than they will with Bosh. If I was Mitch I'd make the call to see if Odom and Bynum will do. I think it'll benefit both teams cos they **** they got going in Miami is disgusting like the sight of a bull dog eating out Gloria on national TV.

Nah, if you trade bosh and bynum staight up then yes, but the Lakers will not give up odom, he compliments Kobe and fisher to much and has been awesome this year

November 30, 2010  09:38 AM ET
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Fans might hate to hear this but its true that for Lakers no Bynum no championship...its as simple as black.

but it won't be any better if he's injured come playoffs or the finals and he's not out there producing and just taking the lakers money. sitting on the bench.

November 30, 2010  09:42 AM ET
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Nah, if you trade bosh and bynum staight up then yes, but the Lakers will not give up odom, he compliments Kobe and fisher to much and has been awesome this year

What you talking about... Bynum hasn't played this year and almost losing his bet against Yao Ming on who will stay longer on the floor this year... we really don't know what' he'll bring to the table once he starts walking. If anything Phil Jackson is talking too much this year. He has the best overall team with no weakness so it's shocking to hear him ranting all over the place like Gloria about the acne on her crotch.

November 30, 2010  09:47 AM ET
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but it won't be any better if he's injured come playoffs or the finals and he's not out there producing and just taking the lakers money. sitting on the bench.

I won't feel bad for Lakers if that happens. I've seen too much of Eddy Curry to cry for them. It's like getting raped several times by the same chick. At some point you stop complaining and take it in stride. It's part of the game. They need to change the guaranteed contract crap. Teams should have the option to terminate contract every other year of a long contract so we don't see **** like that anymore...

November 30, 2010  09:47 AM ET
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Nah, if you trade bosh and bynum staight up then yes, but the Lakers will not give up odom, he compliments Kobe and fisher to much and has been awesome this year

Bosh is garbage so no deal. Besides the Lakers need a low post player not another wing. Especially one that won't play defense. Bynum for Marc Gasol would work for me. The problem is that the Lakers would probably have to eat Jaric's contract in order for the deal to go through.

November 30, 2010  09:50 AM ET
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Bosh is garbage so no deal. Besides the Lakers need a low post player not another wing. Especially one that won't play defense. Bynum for Marc Gasol would work for me. The problem is that the Lakers would probably have to eat Jaric's contract in order for the deal to go through.

I wouldn't put it past Memphis to do it though. If they're interested in Moving Marc Lakers will find a way to make it happen. I have a feeling Buss bought and runs Memphis behind closed doors... Memphis to the Lakers is like the gift that keeps giving...

November 30, 2010  09:53 AM ET
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Bosh is garbage so no deal. Besides the Lakers need a low post player not another wing. Especially one that won't play defense. Bynum for Marc Gasol would work for me. The problem is that the Lakers would probably have to eat Jaric's contract in order for the deal to go through.

The grizzlies would be stupid to trade gasol they have one of the youngest starting core of five players
PG- Mike Conley
SG- O.J. Mayo (why he's coming off the bench has me baffled)
SF- Rudy Gay
PF- Z-Bo
C- Mark Gasol
now that sounds like a starting five that coaches would dream about and they're all so young so they could be together for a long, long time, but all those guys gotta buy into team concept.

 
November 30, 2010  09:53 AM ET
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... Miami is disgusting like the sight of a bull dog eating out Gloria on national TV.

I wish I knew what this meant. Glorida, like Glorida Estefan? What's with the bulldog, why not a Jack Russell terrier?

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