By Kevin R. Linares
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Marcus Landry, one of the players that played in their summer league squad. Landry played well for the summer league squad and was expected by many to be on the Lakers roster for training camp.
Landry is a small forward who played his college ball at Wisconsin and was undrafted before being picked up by the New York Knicks. He has also spent some time playing for the Boston Celtics as well as the NBA’s D-League and internationally in China, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Spain. He has averaged 2.4 points and 1.1 rebounds throughout his career. If Landry is able to make the squad he is expected to make $788,873 for the season. His older brother Carl Landry has played in the NBA for 6 years and currently plays for the Sacramento Kings.
The Lakers are now at full capacity for the regular season but can add up to five more players for training camp. Landry has played for Mike D’Antoni when they were both with the Knicks and has a good shot to make the team with his ability to shoot from the three and is familiar with the style of play the Lakers are expected to run next year.
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By Kevin R. Linares
The Los Angeles Lakers officially decided to use their amnesty clause on forward Metta World Peace. World Peace was set to make $7.7 million next year and did pick up the player option he had. The Lakers are set to save about $14 million in luxury tax with amnestying World Peace. Other Lakers that could have been victims of the amnesty clause includes Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steve Blake. The signing of new Laker Nick Young made it easier for the Lakers to amnesty Metta and Young will be expected to take the starting small forward position.
It is a sad thing to hear that World Peace will no longer be wearing purple and gold on the court with all the memories that Laker fans will be left with. Kobe Bryant said it himself, there is no game 7 without World Peace referring to the game 7 against the Boston Celtics in 2010.
The formerly known Ron Artest, who was involved in one of the biggest sports brawls in history when he was playing for the Indiana Pacers, has definitely come a long way. He has become a fan favorite on and off the court in Los Angeles. He is a player that will always be cheered for even when wearing a different jersey. It was just a few years ago that he had a couple of confrontations with Bryant on the court but he then chose to join the Lakers and helped them win a championship.
World Peace could be playing for a number of teams next season. A team with cap space that bids for him like the Sacramento Kings, Detroit Pistons, and Cleveland Cavaliers, or maybe a team like the New York Knicks which has been said to have a lot of interest if Metta can clear waivers but he recently told Dave McMenamin, Lakers beat writer for ESPN that he is interested in playing in China and that was his number one priority. Whatever team he ends up with it will be difficult for Laker fans to cheer against him. There will definitely be a big standing ovation for him whenever it is that he returns to the Staples Center. He became one of those Lakers that deep inside will be a Laker for life.
By Kevin R. Linares
The Los Angeles Lakers lost some size when Dwight Howard decided to sign with the Houston Rockets and have found someone to replace some of that size for the 2013-2014 season. The Lakers have agreed to sign center Chris Kaman on a one year deal using their mini midlevel exception. Last year Kaman played for the Dallas Mavericks where he averaged 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
The 31 year old center was being looked at by several teams that include the Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings and the New York Knicks before signing with the Lakers. With this signing the Lakers have the option to still look to use Pau at the center in the starting line up, bringing in Kaman as a back up center or having him in the starting line up along side Gasol. Prior to playing with the Mavericks Kaman had played with the Clippers for his first 8 seasons in the NBA and the New Orlean Hornets, now known as the Pelicans…
It has been the Clippers who have been signing former Laker players that include Matt Barnes, Lamar Odom, Caron Butler, Ronny Turiaf and there are now reports that the hometown rivals are having discussions with Antawn Jamison who played for the Lakers this past season. Other NBA free agents that the Lakers are reportedly looking at include Anthony Morrow, Nick Young, Elton Brand, Sasha Vujacic and Lamar Odom. Elton Brand also played for the Mavericks last season along side Kaman. Both Kaman and Brand played together with the Clippers as well. Odom and Vujacic won championships with the Lakers before they were both traded. Like Kaman and Brand, Odom played with the clippers earlier in his career including last season and it would be interesting to see him along side Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol for one last ride.
The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Sacramento Kings on Friday 103 to 98. The Lakers continue to have their injury problems but were able to get the win. Steve Nash re-injured his right hamstring and only played for a brief moment in the first quarter. Kobe Bryant had a left foot injury but decided to play through it.
Bryant passed Wilt Chamberlain in the all time scoring list and now sits at number 14. He scored 19 points and added 14 assists as well. Dwight Howard led the Lakers in scoring with 24 points and added a game high 15 rebounds as well. Pau Gasol continued to show improvement and looked solid with 12 points and dishing out 10 assists. Jodie Meeks, who will continue to start in place of Metta World Peace, scored 14 points. From the bench Steve Blake provided a scoring boost to make up for Nash’s absence and had 15 points.
The Lakers needed this win with the season coming to an end. They sit in 9th place, out of the playoffs, behind the Utah Jazz because of the tie breaker that belongs to Utah. The Lakers need to win all they can and that will be enough for Bryant to play through his injury as he as been throughout his career. With two days off before their next game it will be key for Nash to rest up and will probably look to play but will probably be limited a bit.
The Lakers play again on Tuesday taking on the Dallas Mavericks at the Staples Center. The Mavericks are making a late playoff push and currently sit behind the Lakers at the 10 spot just a game and a half behind.