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09:05 AM ET 05.08 | Magic Johnson argued as an ESPN NBA analyst Saturday that the Lakers, and owner Jerry Buss, will need to make serious changes to their veteran-heavy roster during the off-season. Johnson's most pointed suggestion involved the Lakers' trading for Dwight Howard, even if it means giving up Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol or Lamar Odom. "Dr. Buss has a lot of work to do," said Johnson. "He's probably going to have to blow this team up after the season if the Lakers lose this series because you have to come back with some fresh faces. You have to pick between the two big men with which one you keep and then you trade the other one."

Los Angeles Times

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May 8, 2011  09:10 AM ET

LOL....Lord just a week ago they were a sure bet to win their third in a row.....

May 8, 2011  09:13 AM ET
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LOL....Lord just a week ago they were a sure bet to win their third in a row.....

Not so sure they were ever thought of that highly. It has been a balloon with the air slipping out for months now.

May 8, 2011  09:17 AM ET

Damn I just saw the Rondo injury...That was NASTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!No that is a true basketball warrior....

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May 8, 2011  09:33 AM ET

Lets say the Lakers go all out and get Howard. It certainly makes him the franchise center piece going forward but even with an aging Bryant how would the Lakers get the other pieces to be title contenders. The Lakers need a starting and backup point guard and a small forward. Moving Gasol and Odom means they also have to find a power forward. If they do that they could end up in nba hell where you are a 40-50+ win team that isn't really good enough to win a title and isn't terrible enough to get lucky in the lottery.

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May 8, 2011  10:00 AM ET

I love it. For a week now, all we've heard is one excuse after another about how the Lakers have fallen apart. The Lakers are who we thought they were. Maybe Dallas is a better team than we've given them credit for. Playoff basketball is about matchups. Dirk is a matchup nightmare. The Lakers' advantage is their size. Dirk takes Gasol away from the paint, where he cannot guard him. Having to work at the defensive end has taken Gasol completely out of his offensive game. A year ago he was being heralded as the best big man in the game. He hasn't suddenly become a bum. He's just been taken out of his comfort zone.

May 8, 2011  10:01 AM ET
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Lets say the Lakers go all out and get Howard. It certainly makes him the franchise center piece going forward but even with an aging Bryant how would the Lakers get the other pieces to be title contenders. The Lakers need a starting and backup point guard and a small forward. Moving Gasol and Odom means they also have to find a power forward. If they do that they could end up in nba hell where you are a 40-50+ win team that isn't really good enough to win a title and isn't terrible enough to get lucky in the lottery.

well for one, they could get agent 0 back..while not the perfect solution you cant tell me he as bad as he played in orlando...and anything is better then fisher at this point...for SF they have options to Barnes..Artest...Odom...whom ever is left over isnt horrible not world beaters either but hell depending on whom you have left on your roster you may not need them...especially given whom they send..the biggest question is who they send...what combo and what do they get back with howard..is it arenas or hedo or something else..hell they could get richardson and move kobe to the 3 and that would work...

May 8, 2011  10:03 AM ET
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I love it. For a week now, all we've heard is one excuse after another about how the Lakers have fallen apart. The Lakers are who we thought they were. Maybe Dallas is a better team than we've given them credit for. Playoff basketball is about matchups. Dirk is a matchup nightmare. The Lakers' advantage is their size. Dirk takes Gasol away from the paint, where he cannot guard him. Having to work at the defensive end has taken Gasol completely out of his offensive game. A year ago he was being heralded as the best big man in the game. He hasn't suddenly become a bum. He's just been taken out of his comfort zone.

i have to totally agree with you..if you notice he doesnt go out far enough cause he is worried about the paint and wether he can keep up with Dirk imo...also their D rotations have been horrible to..

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May 8, 2011  10:15 AM ET

I think Dallas was always a talented team but, come the playoffs, you could rough them up. Now they have Chandler and Haywood along with the talent. They remind me of an old-school Eastern Conference team. Tough and talented.

May 8, 2011  10:18 AM ET
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well for one, they could get agent 0 back..while not the perfect solution you cant tell me he as bad as he played in orlando...and anything is better then fisher at this point...for SF they have options to Barnes..Artest...Odom...whom ever is left over isnt horrible not world beaters either but hell depending on whom you have left on your roster you may not need them...especially given whom they send..the biggest question is who they send...what combo and what do they get back with howard..is it arenas or hedo or something else..hell they could get richardson and move kobe to the 3 and that would work...

So you would fall into the trap Orlando did and think Arenas is going to be decent. Jameer Nelson is a decent point guard and Arenas couldn't take minutes from him I don't see him moving out to LA in a deal and getting better. Barnes and Artest haven't done anything for the Lakers save Artests finals game 7 and Odom would probably be thrown in the deal to get Howard. If Richardson and Turkoglu couldn't get anything done with Howard in Orlando why would you bank on them doing anything in LA especially with Kobe around with two more years on his deal.

May 8, 2011  10:22 AM ET

Let's bring back Showtime, Bro!

May 8, 2011  10:32 AM ET
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So you would fall into the trap Orlando did and think Arenas is going to be decent. Jameer Nelson is a decent point guard and Arenas couldn't take minutes from him I don't see him moving out to LA in a deal and getting better. Barnes and Artest haven't done anything for the Lakers save Artests finals game 7 and Odom would probably be thrown in the deal to get Howard. If Richardson and Turkoglu couldn't get anything done with Howard in Orlando why would you bank on them doing anything in LA especially with Kobe around with two more years on his deal.

your missing the boat on this one....sooo your going to tell me that Arenas and Richardson both sucked in orlando was their fault...im not buying that..and no way were they going to start Arenas ahead of nelson right during the middle of the season that wasnt going to happen no matter what you say...its real interesting that the only one that played better then they were playing before they got there was turkoglu...out of those 3...and if they were in LA any of those players would have nothing to do but shoot when passed to with Howard and Kobe on the team..Richardson has proven he could do that and in the right situation i think arenas would be able to as well...there is also the fact he is from LA which could help as well...i dont like his contract or his knee issues myself..and im not saying artest or barnes are allstars but depending on what else you have on your team that may not be so bad..

May 8, 2011  10:40 AM ET

Magic is right,.. the new era championship teams need to be young athletic and also contain 2 to 3 super star talents.

Though at this point, {and it may seem blasphemy to some but} why not at least consider the potential positive returns of putting Bryant on the menu ?

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May 8, 2011  10:47 AM ET
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your missing the boat on this one....sooo your going to tell me that Arenas and Richardson both sucked in orlando was their fault...im not buying that..and no way were they going to start Arenas ahead of nelson right during the middle of the season that wasnt going to happen no matter what you say...its real interesting that the only one that played better then they were playing before they got there was turkoglu...out of those 3...and if they were in LA any of those players would have nothing to do but shoot when passed to with Howard and Kobe on the team..Richardson has proven he could do that and in the right situation i think arenas would be able to as well...there is also the fact he is from LA which could help as well...i dont like his contract or his knee issues myself..and im not saying artest or barnes are allstars but depending on what else you have on your team that may not be so bad..

Arenas was hurt and no one knew if he was going to regain form I can't blame Arenas for that but Orlando though at some point he would be good enough to replace Nelson and it never happened. I highly doubt Arenas could share the ball with Howard and Bryant that has been a problem of his for his entire career. I can blame Turkoglu and Richardson for not making shots when Howard was doubled. They didn't ask those two to do anything different offensively then what they were doing in Phoenix. Would it be a terrible mix? No but they would be firmly in nba hell.

May 8, 2011  10:53 AM ET
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I love it. For a week now, all we've heard is one excuse after another about how the Lakers have fallen apart. The Lakers are who we thought they were. Maybe Dallas is a better team than we've given them credit for. Playoff basketball is about matchups. Dirk is a matchup nightmare. The Lakers' advantage is their size. Dirk takes Gasol away from the paint, where he cannot guard him. Having to work at the defensive end has taken Gasol completely out of his offensive game. A year ago he was being heralded as the best big man in the game. He hasn't suddenly become a bum. He's just been taken out of his comfort zone.

True, but in the paint he should be able to get some of it back. THat is the biggest problem. Gasol is playing soft.

 
May 8, 2011  10:55 AM ET
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Arenas was hurt and no one knew if he was going to regain form I can't blame Arenas for that but Orlando though at some point he would be good enough to replace Nelson and it never happened. I highly doubt Arenas could share the ball with Howard and Bryant that has been a problem of his for his entire career. I can blame Turkoglu and Richardson for not making shots when Howard was doubled. They didn't ask those two to do anything different offensively then what they were doing in Phoenix. Would it be a terrible mix? No but they would be firmly in nba hell.

guess we can argee to disagree cause i think some this has to go to SVG to me...Turk does well but no one else...so basically even tho he sucked in toronto and phoenix..he is better then arenas and richardson...not buying that one...

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