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08:53 PM ET 01.31 | The Lakers officially entered crisis mode Monday, when general manager Mitch Kupchak told NBA.com that the recent poor play by the two-time defending champions may drive him to make a trade to shake up an underachieving roster. "Regarding a trade, I may have to," Kupchak said at the team's practice facility a day after the convincing loss to their heated rivals, the Celtics. "I'm not saying that I've made calls today or I'll make them tomorrow. But I just don't think that we're playing as well as our talent level should allow us." Even speaking in his usual measured tones, Kupchak's disappointment and frustration were obvious. More importantly, while saying he had not talked to owner Jerry Buss since being controlled by the Celtics in the fourth quarter at Staples Center, Kupchak said, "I'd be surprised if he feels any different."

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January 31, 2011  09:14 PM ET

trade artest bynum maybe odom for carmelo it may not work now but it will be great investment for future aka kobe getting old

January 31, 2011  09:36 PM ET

if there's a team that can engineer a lopsided trade like a walton-melo one, it's the lakers. Remember the Gasol trade of a few years ago????

January 31, 2011  09:38 PM ET

I don't think the Lakers need a trade but, they do need reason to play harder. For example, when the Lakers played Boston in the finals three years and loss by 39 points , they had a good reason to get back to the finals and win it. Unfortunately, Boston was eliminated in the 2009 playoff and the Lakers won against Orlando. Last year, Lakers played against Boston and won it. This year, the Lakers think they have nothing to prove. I think they do have something to prove. With a better team than the previous years, they should be on the top instead of trying to hold the second best record in the Western Conference. I just hope the Lakers play defense instead of waiting until the fourth quarter to start playing.

January 31, 2011  09:38 PM ET

Carmelo is not the "God" a lot of media analysts paint him out to be... He can score but plays no defense and does not play well with his team... Sounds like a problem the Lakers already have in Kobe, we need someone who will pass the ball and get everyone involved.... I rather have Jason Kidd than Carmelo.

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January 31, 2011  09:49 PM ET
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if there's a team that can engineer a lopsided trade like a walton-melo one, it's the lakers. Remember the Gasol trade of a few years ago????

that was because jerry west was owner of memphis at the time and when boston was expected to win that year he help lakers out since he hated boston

January 31, 2011  09:53 PM ET
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Carmelo is not the "God" a lot of media analysts paint him out to be... He can score but plays no defense and does not play well with his team... Sounds like a problem the Lakers already have in Kobe, we need someone who will pass the ball and get everyone involved.... I rather have Jason Kidd than Carmelo.

lakers problem isnt defense right knowtheir problemis scoring end of bostongame reporter ask if kobe took too many shots phil jackson said nobody wanted the ball. and think about it once kobe retires carmelo would be 30 thats a good plan to contiune this dynasty

January 31, 2011  10:04 PM ET
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that was because jerry west was owner of memphis at the time and when boston was expected to win that year he help lakers out since he hated boston

Jerry West has never owned any team. Hell, he wasn't even affiliated with the Grizzlies when the trade happened because he had quiet before then.

January 31, 2011  10:24 PM ET
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that was because jerry west was owner of memphis at the time and when boston was expected to win that year he help lakers out since he hated boston

actually thats false west was never a owner he was a gm...and he hadnt been the gm for memphis for a couple of years when that trade was done

January 31, 2011  10:25 PM ET

Shock the industry by trading Kobe for Carmelo. That will freak everybody out!!

January 31, 2011  10:46 PM ET

Oh, can we get more players like Shannon Brown? Explosive plays are FUN to watch!

January 31, 2011  11:00 PM ET

trade steve blake and luke walton for andre miller. if the nuggets are desperate, try to trade for chauncey billups. billups or miller are on my top pg trade list.

January 31, 2011  11:13 PM ET

I've hated the Lakers for longer than I care to remember. I've seen this before. Just when you think they're going down for the 3rd time, they suddenly go through some kind of metamorphosis and run off 12 of the next 15.

January 31, 2011  11:47 PM ET
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trade steve blake and luke walton for andre miller. if the nuggets are desperate, try to trade for chauncey billups. billups or miller are on my top pg trade list.

I thought they said a shake up? Trading a so-so point guard for someone who is slightly better isn't much of a shakeup (din't Blake and Miller play almost similar minutes in Portland)?

January 31, 2011  11:50 PM ET
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I thought they said a shake up? Trading a so-so point guard for someone who is slightly better isn't much of a shakeup (din't Blake and Miller play almost similar minutes in Portland)?

i dont think so i think they were in and out of the starting lineups. blake started for the first couple of games of the season when they stunk and miller took over his spot and the blazers got significantly better.

January 31, 2011  11:51 PM ET

Lakers dont worry about games in January. See us in May when we are in the finals.

January 31, 2011  11:55 PM ET

I believe a good steal for the Guard/PG position is courtney lee, who plays for the rockets. An athletic player who proved he could provide energy for a top team when he was in Orlando. As for who to trade, the lakers could give up artest, who has yet to understand the lakers offense. But the question is who would houston want in return?

 
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