Metta World Peace Agrees To One-Year Deal With Lakers

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AChad92
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"Metta World Peace has agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.

World Peace has been working out with the Lakers for several weeks.

World Peace played in China and Italy last season.

ADRIAN WOJNAROWSKI / YAHOO! SPORTS"

GREAT signing for leadership, mentoring Randle, experience and good pick up for 10-15 minutes of solid play. Very happy with this!

LINK: http://basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/239307/Metta-World-Peace-Agrees-T o-One-Year-Deal-With-Lakers


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I'm actually pretty happy about this! Welcome back MWP!!!!


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Think it's a good signing, will be interesting to see who makes team, since Mitch said earlier that players on guaranteed contracts aren't assured a roster spot.


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So lets break down the roster to see who is fighting against who for those remaining spots. Starting with the contracts who are safe.

Kobe

Lou

Roy

Randle

Clarkson

Russell

Bass

Young

Nance

A. Brown

Black

(11 players)

Guaranteed contracts who aren't safe:

Kelly

Sacre

Non-guaranteed contracts

Upshaw

Huertas

Frazier

Holmes

J. Brown

MWP

From the non-guaranteed contracts, Id say Huertas, Upshaw and MWP are the most important. In order to keep all 3 of them, we'd have to get rid of Kelly or Sacre and Mitch made it clear he is willing to waive a guaranteed player. Assuming he waives both, who would you keep between Frazier, Holmes, and J. Brown?


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sevankb24 wrote:
So lets break down the roster to see who is fighting against who for those remaining spots. Starting with the contracts who are safe.

Kobe

Lou

Roy

Randle

Clarkson

Russell

Bass

Young

Nance

A. Brown

Black

(11 players)

Guaranteed contracts who aren't safe:

Kelly

Sacre

Non-guaranteed contracts

Upshaw

Huertas

Frazier

Holmes

J. Brown

MWP

From the non-guaranteed contracts, Id say Huertas, Upshaw and MWP are the most important. In order to keep all 3 of them, we'd have to get rid of Kelly or Sacre and Mitch made it clear he is willing to waive a guaranteed player. Assuming he waives both, who would you keep between Frazier, Holmes, and J. Brown?

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He'll yeah. I love this. World Peace. I'm stoked, and have been waiting for this to finally happen. Grit, guts, fire. Age doesn't overcome toughness. I'm ready for the season baby...


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At the very least he'll give the Lakers a bit of personality. Welcome back MWP.


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LOL!!!!!......Welcome back Ron......


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Kobe,young,Lou,Russell and now MWP those are some interesting personalities should be a fun and entertaining season...


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sevankb24 wrote:
So lets break down the roster to see who is fighting against who for those remaining spots. Starting with the contracts who are safe.

Kobe

Lou

Roy

Randle

Clarkson

Russell

Bass

Young

Nance

A. Brown

Black

(11 players)

Guaranteed contracts who aren't safe:

Kelly

Sacre

Non-guaranteed contracts

Upshaw

Huertas

Frazier

Holmes

J. Brown

MWP

From the non-guaranteed contracts, Id say Huertas, Upshaw and MWP are the most important. In order to keep all 3 of them, we'd have to get rid of Kelly or Sacre and Mitch made it clear he is willing to waive a guaranteed player. Assuming he waives both, who would you keep between Frazier, Holmes, and J. Brown?

I'd keep Holmes, he can stretch the floor, play the 3 and four, and plays solid defense


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AChad92
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I hope Kelly and Sacre are cut. Huertas, Upshaw and MWP are my favorites to make the cut too. I do like Frazier and Holmes too, though.


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I believe Sacre will stay as that third string center.

If anyone gets waived its Kelley and it's really not his fault just bad luck. He has shown talent but just doesn't seem to fit into Coaches system. Same for Nick Young but as a trade.


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We won't get pushed around anymore! Lol I think Kelly and jabari brown get cut though

Russell/Williams/huertas

Clarkson/young/ab

Kobe/mwp/

Randle/bass/nance

Hibbert/black/upshaw

Final spot either keeping sacre or going with Holmes/Frazier


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I wish we could get Fisher and The Machine back! Think about it, starters would be Kobe, MWP, The Machine, Walton and Hibbert! The would be killer


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Knowing that this very well might be Kobe's last season, I wish there was some sort of way LO could've been on the team. It would have benefited both Kobe and LO. Of course it isn't smart to waste a roster spot on a player who simply has too many demons at the moment and doesn't have much if any basketball left in him but its a nice thought.


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sevankb24 wrote:
Knowing that this very well might be Kobe's last season, I wish there was some sort of way LO could've been on the team. It would have benefited both Kobe and LO. Of course it isn't smart to waste a roster spot on a player who simply has too many demons at the moment and doesn't have much if any basketball left in him but its a nice thought.

The only way LO will benefit the team is for Upshaw.. just kidding..


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sevankb24 wrote:
So lets break down the roster to see who is fighting against who for those remaining spots. Starting with the contracts who are safe.

Kobe

Lou

Roy

Randle

Clarkson

Russell

Bass

Young

Nance

A. Brown

Black

(11 players)

Guaranteed contracts who aren't safe:

Kelly

Sacre

Non-guaranteed contracts

Upshaw

Huertas

Frazier

Holmes

J. Brown

MWP

From the non-guaranteed contracts, Id say Huertas, Upshaw and MWP are the most important. In order to keep all 3 of them, we'd have to get rid of Kelly or Sacre and Mitch made it clear he is willing to waive a guaranteed player. Assuming he waives both, who would you keep between Frazier, Holmes, and J. Brown?

Based on positional needs I would waive Kelly and Sacre and keep Holmes since he can play SF. We really don't need J. Brown or Frazier.


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How is signing MWP great for leadership? I don't get it, the guy is nuts and has not changed. Go take a look at his last game he played in Italy. Fouled out in 5 minutes or something and then started another fight. The team is rebuilding, where youth is the way forward, MWP was finished when the Lakers amnestied him, why the [email protected] would you think he offers anything now?


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How is signing MWP great for leadership? I don't get it, the guy is nuts and has not changed. Go take a look at his last game he played in Italy. Fouled out in 5 minutes or something and then started another fight. The team is rebuilding, where youth is the way forward, MWP was finished when the Lakers amnestied him, why the [email protected] would you think he offers anything now?

At first I had the same mindset as you did but after reading about how much MWP has helped Randle physically and mentally, I consider him a mentor. Sure, he is crazy, but we don't know what he is like behind the scenes with the young fellas. I agree about going the youth movement route but we have A LOT of youth. The young player that MWP would kick off the team if he became guaranteed would be a player who would get little to no minutes with us at all. As a result, we would never have been able to develop him anyway.


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Tempy wrote:
How is signing MWP great for leadership? I don't get it, the guy is nuts and has not changed. Go take a look at his last game he played in Italy. Fouled out in 5 minutes or something and then started another fight. The team is rebuilding, where youth is the way forward, MWP was finished when the Lakers amnestied him, why the [email protected] would you think he offers anything now?

We have plenty of youth. You want whole team of rookies and 2nd, 3rd year guys? What are we the 76ers? He's gonna be like the 14th or 15th man anyway so he shouldn't be getting much playing time if any at all.


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I would have preferred signing Luc Mbah a Moute, but I can see the logic in getting another veteran presence. Unfortunately it looks like Holmes will be the odd man out and I really like what he has to offer.


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I would love to be able to watch these guys go at it in Hawaii everyday. That, too, in itself will be something to watch, especially for the young guys like Upshaw and Dloading -- an "Hawaii" training camp -- that says Unfocused all over the place!! But yeah, I feel like the battles will be Holmes and Kelly and Sacre and Upshaw with Sacre having a slight edge due to familiarity -- nothing more. We can only keep 15 but doesn't mean we even do that. I know for certain, camp is going to be beastly every single day. Many of these guys have a lot to prove and that makes for good competition. I hope it does not come down to one of them getting hurt, like Kelly did early on last year with his hamstrings.


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aren't 2nd round picks not guaranteed?

A.Brown isn't locked in then... while Nance Jr. is. why is was a discussion as to why Nance Jr. was taken in the first.

I am a bit unsure about this signing.

I like it and want to like it, but really wish Lakers could retain the rights to more guys, even if can't be on the roster... but kept in the d-league while still being protected from others teams picking them up. NBA needs a better more "baseball-like" farm system.

So I am welcoming back Arttest, or MWP, or panda lover? whatever, cuz he is fun and great for the young guys development and a good counterpart to Kobe's mentoring style, and great for limited minutes.

But gunna be upset if we cut a guy that goes on to excel somewhere else


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Is he going to start? I'm curious to see what his role will be on the court, but I'm more curious to see if he has any shred of game left...


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I am thinking it'll be MWP, Upshaw, and Holmes that are kept... Kelly will get cut.

A.Brown is also not guaranteed, being a 2nd rounder, but I think he stays as well.

I am thinking that Huertas and Frazier are camp invites that won't make the team.


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im pretty sure huertas isn't going to get cut on the fact a lone that he left more money on the table in europe to come to the nba. Technically tarik black isn't guaranteed either. imo, roster will look like this:

D'angelo / Williams / Huertas

Clarkson / Young

Kobe/ Metta / Brown

Randle / Bass / Nance

Hibbert / Black / Upshaw / Sacre

Holmes, Fazier i don't think were ever really meant to make the team. They are just camp invites. If a guaranteed player is to be cut its going to be kelly, he is just the oddman out. Even though i don't like sacre, you need security in the 5 slot incase the injury bug hits.


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I can't figure out why they didn't sign MWP to a 3 year deal. The Lakers must be slipping. I thought they can revive any player much like they did with Nash so why not sign him long term. He is going to be a major contributor , 03 points, 01 rebound with 4.4 fouls per game!


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FrankBecerra wrote:
I can't figure out why they didn't sign MWP to a 3 year deal. The Lakers must be slipping. I thought they can revive any player much like they did with Nash so why not sign him long term. He is going to be a major contributor , 03 points, 01 rebound with 4.4 fouls per game!

Because this season is about developing players, not winning championchips? if you can't understand that you are just like all the other panicky laker fans out there. I like all the moves we have been making, everyone wants **** to happen right now, get big names, throw money at everyone, but that is not going to happen. Were obviously taking a build a young core strategy and its going to take a little while, so just chill out.


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Aone wrote:
Because this season is about developing players, not winning championchips? if you can't understand that you are just like all the other panicky laker fans out there. I like all the moves we have been making, everyone wants **** to happen right now, get big names, throw money at everyone, but that is not going to happen. Were obviously taking a build a young core strategy and its going to take a little while, so just chill out.

This. Don't know why a few posters here still refuse to see that the FO actually is committed to rebuilding and that it's gonna take time.

Players react to different mentors different. Some players react to other players vs coaches better. According to all reports it seems like Julius gets along with MWP very well and MWP doesn't mind mentoring him. Even if MWP doesn't play a minute of basketball (which I'm hoping he actually doesn't) but helps Julius develop into the player we hope he can be it'll be a good move.


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We have plenty of youth. You want whole team of rookies and 2nd, 3rd year guys? What are we the 76ers? He's gonna be like the 14th or 15th man anyway so he shouldn't be getting much playing time if any at all.

There were much better players to be signed than MWP, Prince for example. For one, you should know Scott prefers playing vets over rookies. Secondly, the roster has Kobe, Williams, Young, Bass for veteran leadership. If the Lakers are rebuilding why waste a spot on a vet that is not going to play when you could take a risk on say Upshaw and see what you get.


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Because this season is about developing players, not winning championchips? if you can't understand that you are just like all the other panicky laker fans out there. I like all the moves we have been making, everyone wants **** to happen right now, get big names, throw money at everyone, but that is not going to happen. Were obviously taking a build a young core strategy and its going to take a little while, so just chill out.

He was clearly being sarcastic.


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This. Don't know why a few posters here still refuse to see that the FO actually is committed to rebuilding and that it's gonna take time.

Players react to different mentors different. Some players react to other players vs coaches better. According to all reports it seems like Julius gets along with MWP very well and MWP doesn't mind mentoring him. Even if MWP doesn't play a minute of basketball (which I'm hoping he actually doesn't) but helps Julius develop into the player we hope he can be it'll be a good move.

Coaches are responsible for player development, sure old Pro's can teach a player a move or two but did Kobe become great because of himself and his work ethic or because he spent a summer with the dream?


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I like this a lot... somebody needs to teach these youngsters how playing with heart and passion can elevate one's game. Metta was a great defender, but it was his ability to win in the trenches so to speak that got other players riled up and out of sync.


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I like this a lot... somebody needs to teach these youngsters how playing with heart and passion can elevate one's game. Metta was a great defender, but it was his ability to win in the trenches so to speak that got other players riled up and out of sync.

I don't think that is something that is teachable though.


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Tempy wrote:
He was clearly being sarcastic.

Obviously he was being sarcastic, but to emphasize what point? Adding nothing to the discussion.


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Tempy wrote:
There were much better players to be signed than MWP, Prince for example. For one, you should know Scott prefers playing vets over rookies. Secondly, the roster has Kobe, Williams, Young, Bass for veteran leadership. If the Lakers are rebuilding why waste a spot on a vet that is not going to play when you could take a risk on say Upshaw and see what you get.

Prince has nothing left in the tank lol. Metta has obviously been adding a lot to the table due to his workouts with randle that the coaching staff has seen day in and day out, he has a reputation of notoriously being devout to his workouts and nutrition throughout his career, and like many great players before, having a veteran mentor has had huge influence on players (durant has always stated how much of an influence kevin ollie has been on him for his career when they were teamates together for example). I don't see how signing any of the other SF's we had invited to training camp would be more beneficial to the core of players we are def going to keep than adding Metta. I don't feel like he is slacked off that much since he gave up so much playing time and scarificed his statistics from joining the lakers from houston, where he single handedly took us to game 7 in the playoffs. He went from 18ppg to like 9ppg if i remember correctly. He has shown he has matured, and he has shown he has the work ethic go with it.

Plus having metta doesn't mean not having upshaw (who i like as well). I think we will cut kelly, to keep huertas, black, upshaw and metta.


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If we were to lose Upshaw by signing MWP, I would be upset (obviously that isn't the case). When it comes to guys like Frazier or Holmes, I can care less if we lose them. Its not like those guys are going to play significant minutes. They'd be lucky to play 5 mpg. Now granted, Upshaw won't play that many minutes either but he is a different story. He has the tools to become a above average defensive center. What can Holmes become? We have too many PFs right now. Id rather develop Nance at the PF position. If you want to suggest that we develop Holmes at the SF position, you'd rather do that with Anthony Brown. As for Frazier, he's a 6'4 guard. You aren't going to develop him to be a starting guard because we have those 2 positions locked up for the near future, assuming they pan out.


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Prince has nothing left in the tank lol. Metta has obviously been adding a lot to the table due to his workouts with randle that the coaching staff has seen day in and day out, he has a reputation of notoriously being devout to his workouts and nutrition throughout his career, and like many great players before, having a veteran mentor has had huge influence on players (durant has always stated how much of an influence kevin ollie has been on him for his career when they were teamates together for example). I don't see how signing any of the other SF's we had invited to training camp would be more beneficial to the core of players we are def going to keep than adding Metta. I don't feel like he is slacked off that much since he gave up so much playing time and scarificed his statistics from joining the lakers from houston, where he single handedly took us to game 7 in the playoffs. He went from 18ppg to like 9ppg if i remember correctly. He has shown he has matured, and he has shown he has the work ethic go with it.

Plus having metta doesn't mean not having upshaw (who i like as well). I think we will cut kelly, to keep huertas, black, upshaw and metta.

Kelly offers more than MWP. We have no other stretch big men on the roster. (I really don't like Kelly BTW). But if MWP was so great for mentoring the younger players like everyone keeps talking about, why was he not signed on as a coach? That would have kept a roster spot open. As I said previously, virtually the whole board wanted MWP amnestied, now everyone is glad he is back, all that when he is even worse than the last time he was on the roster lol.


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Kelly offers more than MWP. We have no other stretch big men on the roster. (I really don't like Kelly BTW). But if MWP was so great for mentoring the younger players like everyone keeps talking about, why was he not signed on as a coach? That would have kept a roster spot open. As I said previously, virtually the whole board wanted MWP amnestied, now everyone is glad he is back, all that when he is even worse than the last time he was on the roster lol.

MWP is big and strong enough to defend opposing 4s since he won't have to move around so much. Kelly isn't tough enough. If you're talking about playing the 3, who knows who is a better defender at the 3. Since MWP can at least knock down a 3, by virtue, he would be a stretch 4 for us. As for the roster spot issue, many people including Eric Pincus of the LA Times have mentioned how players react differently to players rather than coaches who mentor them. Besides for the mentoring, is there anyone on this team who is intimidating to the opposing team? You can't tell me that playing against MWP doesn't cross your mind. I consider that a bonus for the team. Maybe it can make the team a little tougher. Also, I'm pretty sure everyone is happy that MWP is back because we have a former champion back who can also mentor our young cornerstone, not because of his stats.


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Coaches are responsible for player development, sure old Pro's can teach a player a move or two but did Kobe become great because of himself and his work ethic or because he spent a summer with the dream?

We need help where ever we can get it from. I care about the young players getting better not personnel sticking to job descriptions.

Your point about about Kobe is quite irrelevant because no two people are the same. Though I could argue he became great because he had a guy like Byron mentor him when he came into the league.


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Tempy wrote:
Kelly offers more than MWP. We have no other stretch big men on the roster. (I really don't like Kelly BTW). But if MWP was so great for mentoring the younger players like everyone keeps talking about, why was he not signed on as a coach? That would have kept a roster spot open. As I said previously, virtually the whole board wanted MWP amnestied, now everyone is glad he is back, all that when he is even worse than the last time he was on the roster lol.

i think coach vs player mentor is different. Its different when a guy is actually competing WITH you rather than telling you want to do. Players respond differently when you are working just as hard and challenging them just as hard during the game and in practice, rather than a suit on the bench. I do remember many people wanted Metta off the team a while back, but that was a different team, we had different wants/needs and personnel back then. I think its appropriate that he's back now with this team, and the goals we have in place for this squad now. We don't need him to score, we don't need him to do a lot really. I see him how i saw derek fisher when he returned to us. Derek wasn't the best pg we could have got, but he brought that fire back and he brought back that leadership and that grit, which I think Metta will too.

On the subject of Kelly, I really think he was a product of the system D'antoni ran, he hasn't been really effective since then. Also on the point of a stretch 4, I get the want for one, but honestly its only been in the very recent era where teams are actively looking for one. I think a 4 can be really effective 12-18 feet away from the basket, he doesn't really need to hit 3's, just enough to space the floor for the 5, if the 5 is a low post presence. Just my 2 cents.


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MWP is big and strong enough to defend opposing 4s since he won't have to move around so much. Kelly isn't tough enough. If you're talking about playing the 3, who knows who is a better defender at the 3. Since MWP can at least knock down a 3, by virtue, he would be a stretch 4 for us. As for the roster spot issue, many people including Eric Pincus of the LA Times have mentioned how players react differently to players rather than coaches who mentor them. Besides for the mentoring, is there anyone on this team who is intimidating to the opposing team? You can't tell me that playing against MWP doesn't cross your mind. I consider that a bonus for the team. Maybe it can make the team a little tougher. Also, I'm pretty sure everyone is happy that MWP is back because we have a former champion back who can also mentor our young cornerstone, not because of his stats.

Yeah i bet LBJ and Durant and co. won't sleep the night before knowing a 36 year old MWP could be guarding them. If you were talking about a decade ago sure but he is finished. He offers nothing as a player.


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Yeah i bet LBJ and Durant and co. won't sleep the night before knowing a 36 year old MWP could be guarding them. If you were talking about a decade ago sure but he is finished. He offers nothing as a player.

I'm not talking about opposing players being intimidated by MWP's defense. Its no secret MWP is a little crazy and is a walking contradiction to his name. I believe every team needs at least one loose cookie and we would get one in MWP. If you're telling me that when there are heated moments in a game and MWP is on the floor, the opposing team is just gonna brush him off? Lets say 2 seasons ago when Nick Young got into it with the Suns and both Morris brothers, plus I don't know who else came at him; you think they would have done the same if instead of Kelly or whoever was on the floor, it was MWP an inch away from Young, or even MWP who was the one to start it?

This is what I am talking about. MWP is beneficial when it comes to mentoring Randle (since there is evidence to prove so) and a general toughness for the team. Kelly doesn't do anything well to justify staying on the team over him.


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Yeah i bet LBJ and Durant and co. won't sleep the night before knowing a 36 year old MWP could be guarding them. If you were talking about a decade ago sure but he is finished. He offers nothing as a player.

James Harden might have a hard time sleeping. LOL


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As much as I'd like the Lakers to throw MWP a bone because of his mentorship of Randle, the Lakers need his roster spot to see whether the young players they have on unguaranteed contracts will be good role players for the future. The Lakers have very limited time to produce a contending roster, and we all know that trying to get productivity out of MWP right now is like squeezing water out of a stone. If the mentorship of Randle by MWP means that much to the Lakers, then they should, as said before, make him a coach, then pay him whatever he'd make as a player.

I'd like the roster to look like this:

PG: D'Angelo Russell/Marcelo Huertas

SG: Jordan Clarkson/Lou Williams/Michael Frazier

SF: Kobe Bryant/Nick Young/Anthony Brown/Jonathan Holmes

PF: Brandon Bass/Julius Randle/Larry Nance Jr.

C: Roy Hibbert/Tarik Black/Robert Upshaw


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As much as I'd like the Lakers to throw MWP a bone because of his mentorship of Randle, the Lakers need his roster spot to see whether the young players they have on unguaranteed contracts will be good role players for the future. The Lakers have very limited time to produce a contending roster, and we all know that trying to get productivity out of MWP right now is like squeezing water out of a stone. If the mentorship of Randle by MWP means that much to the Lakers, then they should, as said before, make him a coach, then pay him whatever he'd make as a player.

I'd like the roster to look like this:

PG: D'Angelo Russell/Marcelo HuertasU

SG: Jordan Clarkson/Lou Williams/Michael Frazier

SF: Kobe Bryant/Nick Young/Anthony Brown/Jonathan Holmes

PF: Brandon Bass/Julius Randle/Larry Nance Jr.

C: Roy Hibbert/Tarik Black/Robert Upshaw

What do you mean the Lakers have a limited time to produce a contender? Are you concerned with Jim Buss's job or Kobe retiring without another shot a a ring? We are not going to be a contender with Kobe on the team. That ship has sailed. If we tried to build a contending team that fast then we're not looking into the future. Besides, the 13th, 14th, 15th player on the team won't suddenly change the team into a contender. Yes, good role players are important to a championship squad but they are easy to come by in this league. I think developing Randle is more important.


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Kelly offers more than MWP. We have no other stretch big men on the roster. (I really don't like Kelly BTW). But if MWP was so great for mentoring the younger players like everyone keeps talking about, why was he not signed on as a coach? That would have kept a roster spot open. As I said previously, virtually the whole board wanted MWP amnestied, now everyone is glad he is back, all that when he is even worse than the last time he was on the roster lol.

I honestly Don't know why people are against this move so much.

For starters Mwp would have to want to be a coach for them to bring him in as one. Secondly the highest paid assistant in the game is Tyrone lue at barely 1 million per year. That is less than 1.4 vet minimum he could get in the NBA or much less than in china

Also people say Mwp spot should go to a young guy. Well if he helps Randle reach his full potential wouldn't that be preferable over having a young spot up shooting role player like Frazier or Holmes on the roster.

Mitch has also said that he isn't opposed to cutting a guy with a guaranteed contract(sacre/kelly) so it's not like the best guys from camp aren't going to make the roster. If kelly and sacre' spots are up for grabs that opens up 3 total roster spots.

There is also no guarantee that Mwp will make it out of camp considering his contract is completely non guaranteed.

I don't see how people can be against this move when it doesn't affect younger guys getting roster spots and could possibly help one of only 2 lottery picks on the roster reach his potential.


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I don't understand why every person opposed to this signing always says, if he wants to mentor so bad why doesn't he just be a coach lol. what precedent is there for that to happen other than tyron lue mentioned above? Has it even made any impact even? I havent heard anything about a player coach having any significant impact on any player before. And all of you care crying for that last few roster spots, do you even realize that we won't ever even go that deep in our bench during regular season games? were talking about the last 3 or 4 spots on our bench lol. So yes Id rather have Metta help train our young core rather than have some scrub who will never get playing time a spot at the end of the bench. Were better off looking at players in the D league, atleast we can see them play on a regular basis to asses their skills. Were talking about Frazier and Holmes lol. If they were so good, they would have been drafted that is all I'm saying. Wings come a dime a dozen.

Like i said before, think coach vs player mentor is different. Its different when a guy is actually competing WITH you rather than telling you want to do. Players respond differently when you are working just as hard and challenging them just as hard during the game and in practice, rather than a suit on the bench.


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I don't care about Jim Buss's job or Kobe retiring without another ring. I'm concerned about the Lakers obtaining enough tradeable assets and being good enough/having enough cap space for the marquee free agents during the 2018 offseason, because while I'm excited about the Lakers' young core, I'm not sure that they will be good enough to get the Lakers to a championship. Time is important to the Lakers, because they need to capitalize during the time the old guard starts to weaken and the new guard still hasn't put everything together. If the Lakers can't get to contender status within a few years and the core proves to be above-average, but not great, the Lakers are going to be another perennial middling first-round exit team. I don't want that to happen. Plus, I'm an impatient guy. As we all know, the Lakers have few first-round draft picks to their name in the next few seasons, so they can't rely on draft picks to supply the team with young talent. Yes, good role players are easy to come by in the NBA, but they do not often come cheap. The max or something close to the max is being asked for by role players much more casually nowadays, especially by players like Tristan Thompson that can take advantage of a team's cap situation. Thus, it's important for the Lakers to try out as many role players as they can before the season starts and sign the intriguing ones up for cheap before other teams get a chance at snatching them away or before they get too expensive for them to afford. Yeah, the Lakers could just take a look at players in the D-League, but more often than not, it shows who is bad, not who is good, and the Lakers....


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