Lakers select Kentucky guard Crawford

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The Lakers waited and waited, and then waited some more Thursday night. Finally, after more than four hours, they made their one and only pick of the NBA draft, selecting Joe Crawford, a 6-foot-5 guard from ...
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al gray

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Jun 27, 2008
 
Good selection, Phil like big guards
allan

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Jun 27, 2008
 
this is all great for the lakers but they still need to have a good strong back-up center. Gasol was never built to be a center and the celtics exploited that. Djmbenga would have done, in my opinion, a better job than both ronny and pau. He would have given the lakers the post presence that they needed in the playoffs. So many times pau went to the rim only to be pushed back or knocked down. If andrew comes back and plays well, he will dominate and so will the Lakers. The problem is, what if he gets hurt again? What will they do? I think the Lakers need to re-think and maybe give dj another shot as a back-up center. Chris should be placed on the market and traded. He plays great but doesnt have the body size to post with shaq or perkins or any of the big centers for the other contending teams.
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Jun 27, 2008
 
CRAWFORD IS GOOD, BUT I THOUGHT THAT WE NEEDED MORE POWER IN THE MIDDLE. I MEAN THE WAY GASOL FROZE UP DOWN LOW IN THE PLAY OFFS,EVERYONE KIND OF FELT ODOM LET UP,BUT I FELT THE ONE TWO PUNCH THAT THEY BOTH BROUGHT THROUGHOUT THE SEASON WAS MISSING THAT SPARK IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP WITH GASOL WHICH LEFT ODOM TRYING TO DO BOTH JOBS.AND AS MANY GAURDS THAT WE HAVE ALREADY MABE THERE WOULD BE A BLOCKBUSTER TRADE BREWING IN THE FRONT OFFICE?BUT WHAT EVER THEY GOT BREWING PLEASE NO MATTER WHAT THEY ALL SAY,DO NOT GET RID OF KOBE 24..........
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Jun 27, 2008
 
MVERCHER wrote:
CRAWFORD IS GOOD, BUT I THOUGHT THAT WE NEEDED MORE POWER IN THE MIDDLE. I MEAN THE WAY GASOL FROZE UP DOWN LOW IN THE PLAY OFFS,EVERYONE KIND OF FELT ODOM LET UP,BUT I FELT THE ONE TWO PUNCH THAT THEY BOTH BROUGHT THROUGHOUT THE SEASON WAS MISSING THAT SPARK IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP WITH GASOL WHICH LEFT ODOM TRYING TO DO BOTH JOBS.AND AS MANY GAURDS THAT WE HAVE ALREADY MABE THERE WOULD BE A BLOCKBUSTER TRADE BREWING IN THE FRONT OFFICE?BUT WHAT EVER THEY GOT BREWING PLEASE NO MATTER WHAT THEY ALL SAY,DO NOT GET RID OF KOBE 24..........
You know they're not going to trade Kobe; that shouldn't even be a concern. The team doesn't need to do a whole lot to get better, and can probably succeed with the majority of the guys already on the roster. The only offseason rumor that I've heard, involving the Lakers, is that they're interested in picking-up Ron Artest... but that's only if he opts out of his contract with SuckTown, which he has stupidly said that he would not do (apparently, he thinks the Queens are real contenders... poor guy). They shouldn't do anything drastic to acquire anyone, but if a quality free agent falls into their lap, then hopefully, if it's right, they'll consider signing him.
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Jun 27, 2008
 
what do they intend to do with K. Coby, I.Newble, C. Mihm, D.J. Mbenga
Don Sherwood

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Jun 27, 2008
 
Chris Mihm needs to go, he has never showed up.D.J.has plowed his way in to where he is worth keeping. What will they do with C Karl and Ira Newble?
kbeeze-aka-The One

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Jun 27, 2008
 
Well I know that Ira Newble and DJ M'Benga won't be back which open's up a spot? So there should be a spot for him if he makes it that far? I personally wish him the best!!! and we could use a bigger guard in our rotation for next year, i'm just sayin? GO LAKERS 2009!!!
kbeeze-aka-The One

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Jun 27, 2008
 
I'm keeping Chris Mihm's, why because he know's our system and he's been hurt? now that he's healthy he could be a real another 7'ft force in the middle? don't for get before the injury he was on his way to being a really good center for us? So I think that he deserves to have another shot at it!!! and a team can NEVER have to many BIG'S!!! just call us the 3 headed monster for 2009 GO LAKERS!!!
Rick Freese

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Jun 27, 2008
 
We need to shop Mbenga & Mihm. I like Mihm's work ethic ... but he just can't stay healthy. Mbenga just, in my estimation, looks a little out of sync when ever he was in the game. Walton needs to go, major dissapointment.

We need a strong power forward & Back up center.
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Jun 27, 2008
 
poor crawford.

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#11
Jun 27, 2008
 
Joe crawford is really a good guard for the lakers he is a big guard and he could be a diffense of stopper at the point and the best center andrew bynum coming back the lakers is going to be a good defense of team next year.
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#12
Jun 27, 2008
 
For such a late pick in the draft, the Lakers were lucky to get Crawford. He'll do fine. The Lakers and any other team always need good guards, especially if they're tough ones. The NBA has a huge glut of PF & SF's, but guards, quality guards are very hard to find. With Bryum back and a healthy Mihm they'll do fine. They should look at trading Radvimouch(?)and Walton who are inconsistent weak links.
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Jun 27, 2008
 
Lakers need to get rid of Mihms! Even before he was hurt, he did nothing for the Lakers. I say trade him or cut him. I like DJ's tuffness in the middle, but I have a feeling he can only play a feww mins at a time.
I like Walton, and like everyone else on the team he has his up and downs.
To tell everyone the truth, they need to kick Odom in the azz, during the play-off he went back to his old ways!
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Jun 27, 2008
 
What?

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Jun 27, 2008
 
Don Sherwood wrote:
what do they intend to do with K. Coby, I.Newble, C. Mihm, D.J. Mbenga
Okay what I read was they are keeping Coby and Mihm , Mihm has one more year with Lakers and they plan to keep it his contract they are not going to use the Option of letting his contract go.

Newble and Mbenga are pretty much on their own, but I think the Lakers are going to offer them no
guarantee contracts for their preaseason so they get a chance to make the team next season, unless another team sign them with real contract.

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kane89 wrote:
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You know they're not going to trade Kobe; that shouldn't even be a concern. The team doesn't need to do a whole lot to get better, and can probably succeed with the majority of the guys already on the roster. The only offseason rumor that I've heard, involving the Lakers, is that they're interested in picking-up Ron Artest... but that's only if he opts out of his contract with SuckTown, which he has stupidly said that he would not do (apparently, he thinks the Queens are real contenders... poor guy). They shouldn't do anything drastic to acquire anyone, but if a quality free agent falls into their lap, then hopefully, if it's right, they'll consider signing him.
Yeah, no way they are moving Kobe.

I agree the Lakers don't need to do a lot, but their main thing right now is to make sure they sign Ronny and Sasha.
Then wait and see what the other teams wave off and see if there is anything in those left overs they can use and invite them to the preseason camp.

Realistically the Lakers do not have a shot at any of the good free agents.

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kbeeze-aka-The One wrote:
Well I know that Ira Newble and DJ M'Benga won't be back which open's up a spot? So there should be a spot for him if he makes it that far? I personally wish him the best!!! and we could use a bigger guard in our rotation for next year, i'm just sayin? GO LAKERS 2009!!!
Uhhh what are You talking about Coby Karl is 6-5 is he is a big guard, he is only an inch shorter then Kobe, he does need to gain 6 more pounds.

He will be a really good shooter hitting 3s, he is not bad defender, he can pass the ball very well, as he has shown with the denfenders.

He will make the team beside the Lakers already gave hints that they want to keep him.

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Jun 27, 2008
 
allan wrote:
this is all great for the lakers but they still need to have a good strong back-up center. Gasol was never built to be a center and the celtics exploited that. Djmbenga would have done, in my opinion, a better job than both ronny and pau. He would have given the lakers the post presence that they needed in the playoffs. So many times pau went to the rim only to be pushed back or knocked down. If andrew comes back and plays well, he will dominate and so will the Lakers. The problem is, what if he gets hurt again? What will they do? I think the Lakers need to re-think and maybe give dj another shot as a back-up center. Chris should be placed on the market and traded. He plays great but doesnt have the body size to post with shaq or perkins or any of the big centers for the other contending teams.
As a Mavs fan I can tell you this... Mbenga sux major balls!!! He is a joke!!! God's waste of size!!!
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Jun 27, 2008
 
Good luck lakers.. you guys have no class.
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Jun 27, 2008
 
good pick

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