PAINTER: Former Lakers forward Ariza ...

PAINTER: Former Lakers forward Ariza treated like homecoming king

There are 13 comments on the LA Daily News story from Nov 15, 2009, titled PAINTER: Former Lakers forward Ariza treated like homecoming king. In it, LA Daily News reports that:

Trevor Ariza put on new red basketball shoes Sunday for the first time this season.

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dave

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Nov 16, 2009
Like he said, he earned that ring and was a big part of the Lakers winning the Championship last year.
man

United States

#2 Nov 16, 2009
as good as artest is he's no ariza! there's nobody on the team that cuts to the basket like ariza would. houston made a great deal by signing him.
beautykim

Washington, DC

#3 Nov 16, 2009
Yes..I wish they bring Ariza back.. he was very good at Lakers. Artest,,hope he helps Lakers..
please somebody to tell Lakers,, trade WALTON AND SASHA ..They are horrible, shouldn't be called Lakers ...

Since: Nov 09

Social Circle, GA

#4 Nov 16, 2009
i won't question the trade of ariza for artest.but i will say the lakers problem is youthful teams that's going to cause them problems with the speed and athleticism.this is something they lost with ariza.with derek fisher it's age that's causing problems because he can't defense these quick and speedy guards,nor can he hit jumpers to keep them honest.when defensing fisher they are slacking off in double teaming kobe and daring fisher to shoot.guess what? it works because fisher is not hitting uncontested shots.it's time for fisher,jordan farmar and vujakic to part ways from la after this season.i don't see la repeating with this guard play.
westsidejesse

Long Beach, CA

#5 Nov 16, 2009
Greedy Ariza...should had took what you could get to stay with your home team!
Kobe24

Skopje, Macedonia

#6 Nov 16, 2009
We should have bought Vujacic contract and re-sign Ariza.
Rick Sainvil

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#7 Nov 16, 2009
Trevor your the man!!
Nick B

Santa Clarita, CA

#8 Nov 16, 2009
Ariza did help us. Can't take that away from the guy. But the way his agent handled the situation was classless. They ended up with the same amount of money in Houston.

But I second the trade Luke and Sasha banter. I'd even add Farmar to the list. All we need is a true point guard, young and quick, who can guard the top of the key pick and rolls. I love Fisher, but he is obviously too slow to guard over half the guards in the league now. I do like Shannon Brown a lot, but he is still raw. I don't know if he can develop into the guard we need... I hope so though.
westsidejesse

Long Beach, CA

#9 Nov 16, 2009
Nick B wrote:
Ariza did help us. Can't take that away from the guy. But the way his agent handled the situation was classless. They ended up with the same amount of money in Houston.[QUOTE] His agent should be fired!

[QUOTE] But I second the trade Luke and Sasha banter. I'd even add Farmar to the list. All we need is a true point guard, young and quick, who can guard the top of the key pick and rolls. I love Fisher, but he is obviously too slow to guard over half the guards in the league now. I do like Shannon Brown a lot, but he is still raw. I don't know if he can develop into the guard we need... I hope so though.
Have faith in Shannon, he has clearly displayed he is an asset to the team....my money is on Mr Brown! Time will tell! Go Lakers!
Linda

Los Angeles, CA

#10 Nov 17, 2009
beautykim wrote:
Yes..I wish they bring Ariza back.. he was very good at Lakers. Artest,,hope he helps Lakers..
please somebody to tell Lakers,, trade WALTON AND SASHA ..They are horrible, shouldn't be called Lakers ...
Ive been wishing that for a couple of years
Matty

Wahiawa, HI

#11 Nov 17, 2009
Why couldn't they trade Walton off and kept Ariza is BEYOND me!!!
LALakers2010cham ps

Topanga, CA

#12 Nov 19, 2009
First let me say I'd be awesome to still have Ariza on the Lakers. With that being said...

Artest will be a huge assett once he gets fully comfortable in the triangle. Its a intricate offense and i've seen him directed by other Lakers on the court during offensive sets a few times during games. Its a learn as you go. I think this is a big reason Phil has him playing with the second unit to gain experience in the system. 71 games later including practices - Come playoff time, Laker fans will be glad to have his grit on the court. Especially if they end up facing Lebron or Paul Pierce in the finals. They didn't need it as much last year because Orlando had Rashard Lewis (a pull up 3 guy, drive and kick guy), Luis Scola in Houston who actually beat up the Lakers in the post (a big reason that series went 7), Carmelo who lit the lakers up and then there was the Jazz who had injuries and severly lacked in size. I don't expect the lakers to be as lucky this year with the opponent draw. it will be nice to have a player that won't be backed down as easy
james

Philippines

#14 Nov 21, 2009
go back to the lakers trevor

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