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Forget concern, now there’s panic in Laker land

RedsArmyAdmin February 1, 2011 Uncategorized 25 Comments

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A couple days ago I mentioned that there was concern in Laker land.  Now it seems like that has been upgraded to panic.

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 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."

And it gets better

"I try to be as objective as possible, but I'm concerned that our performance is not living up to our talent level," Kupchak said. "Our record is certainly OK. But we've lost a bunch of home games. We've lost a couple of big games at home. And to me, those are red flags.

"I'm not convinced it's lack of talent. I think it's there. Our team is very similar — certainly our starting five is exact — as the team last year. Yes, we're a year older. But it's not like our guys are 34, 35 or 36. They're all between 29 and 31 or 32. I think we've added a couple players that may make our roster even stronger, with Steve Blake and Matt Barnes. … You don't age off the charts in one year when you're 30 or 31."

So, the Lakers may consider trades.

"I wasn't," Kupchak said. "But it looks as if we may have to. … It's something I may do in the future. I just don't think that our talent level is playing as well as they can play. We have an incredibly high payroll and we do that because we have players that normally produce at a high level. And I'm not sure I see that now."

This will be fun to watch.

(H/T Celtics Blog

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  • Andrew

    Looks like Bynum and Artest would have to go soon. I wonder if they can bargain for three bags of Cheerios for them.

  • Classless

    Trade what, exactly? Nobody wants broken knees Bynum. And Artest? He’s so slow for a 30 year old player and his contract is hideous.

  • Nick

    Ya there is definitely panic. I’ve been harassing Lakers fans for the past few days and their antennas are up at an all time high. It was sobering for them to have their asses KICKED by every good team in the league and the Celtic beatdown was the straw that broke the camel’s back. They fucking suck, Artest and Kobe both suck against my man Pierce, Greatest Celtic ever!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0115709edd57970b G4L

    You know what this means in LA.. Rodeo Dr is going to be packed, Retail therapy!

  • TheW

    I think Kupchak is just trying to wake up his team. That was an awful lot of info coming from a GM about his team and what he’s thinking about doing. He said that he likes the teams talent and that age isn’t a factor. That only leaves heart. He’s challenging them in a public forum.

  • ShawnCVD

    To all those trolls that posted after the game…I guess Sunday’s contest DID matter!

  • Double P Reppin the B

    All of this is fantastic but still the only thing I really care about is beating the Lakers in the NBA finals this year. I want the Lakers to make it back to the Finals so we can exact some revenge on them. After all, this would be the ultimate rubber match

  • greenbeand

    how come the lakers didn’t want to sign and trade bosh for bynum? looking back that may have backfired as the total value and interest for bynum and artest= 0

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01157053529f970b zippittyay

    I hope they mortgage their future and offer denver a deal they can’t refuse for melo and that will be the end of them for a very long time

  • KY Celts fan

    There’s always someone interested. After all, we had interest in broken knees JO.

  • KY Celts fan

    holla!

  • DinoRadja

    I wouldn’t read too much into it. similar tone for the C’s last year, if I remember correctly

  • piercewearsgreenpanties

    you celtics cant get enough of hearing the lakers good or bad news gotta love our haters hahaha how about you concetrate on keeping perk and kg nutcracker and tech free cuz those two love to talk shit but they never bite just do cheap shots like a couple of ugly bitches which perkins would fit in just fine.

  • Doop

    The troll has come-
    NOBODY RESPOND. No matter how much you want to. That’ll make it better for all of us.
    Although it makes me happy to hear this news, I also wouldn’t read too much into it. Every team probably has breakdowns like this, but not in public.

  • Lakerhater

    Ouch – thats funny.

  • piercewearsgreenpanties

    dont troll our site and we wont waste our time on you either, i know you are just itchin to respond huh DONT FUCK WITH OUR SITE next celt laker game just a subtle warning but you bitchtown fans never listen

  • ShawnCVD

    LOL on you for following a Celtics site. BTW ever here the phrase “know thine enemy”? Then logically you understand why we care what’s going on with Rapist & CO.

  • ShawnCVD

    LOL meant ever hear know thine enemy…

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    The Lakers have officially entered a state of crisis on Monday, when general manager Mitch Kupchak on NBA.com says that recent poor play by the double champion can push to make a trade to shake up underperforming list.

  • shadowsofaguy

    Dear Leprechauns,
    we here in sunny beautiful los angeles are not in “panic” mode as you claim. SO we blew a regular season game against you leprechauns. I ask you now, so what? the season continues…
    Now if we were in june and you leprechauns beat the great lakers, then this trash talking by you little cockroaches like nick and nora would be acceptable, but im sorry it if far too early. heh nick and nora like that movie nick and norahs infinite playlist (horrible movie btw, such garbage much like you beantown residents). I have no doubts in my mind you leprechauns will come out of the east in a showdown with the chicago bulls. I have no doubts in my mind that the great los angeles lakers will once again win the west with a hard fought battle against the aging warriors in san antonio. Mark my words leps, we shall be victorious! You have all fallen for a trap!

  • Goceltics

    Don’t be such a square! We are having fun. This is what sports is all about,Having fun, talkin lots of shit. Welcome to REDS ARMY, We can take a punch. Can you?

  • CelticsSuck4Ever

    Why do the Lakers matter so much to you Celtic fans? Always trolling on the LA sites to get your jollies. Everyone can play that game but seriously do you think it’s fun? If yes, time to stop hibernating in your mom’s basement.
    GO LAKERS!!!

  • OneAndDone

    Dear Boston trash,
    There’s nothing wrong with shit talking. But I’m a bit surprised how giddy you leprechauns are getting over a regular season game. Granted, it was a marquee matchup and your team did give my Lakers an ass-whooping, but in the overall scheme of things, championships are NOT decided in January. You leprechauns, with all your basketball knowledge, should know this. Afterall, weren’t you the same fans that were going to write your team off and thinking about rebuilding after last year during your “so-so” regular season? And when the playoffs came around, your team turned on the switch and had a great postseason that none of you expected. So enjoy your victory over us, watch it over and over again on your dvr, relish every time you hear that Los Angeles is in “panic” mode, call our players soft and weak, think in your mind that your Celtics are team minded and my team depends only on one player, but also realize that its only the regular season–which is about improving and getting better. So to all you Boston fans, go fuck yourself.

  • Andrew

    Sounds like you cried yourself to sleep the other day, eh? LOSER!

  • OneAndDone

    No Andrew, the crying you heard was when your mom was getting gangbanged.