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By Kevin R. Linares
The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to bring back point guard Jordan Farmar on a one year deal using a veterans minimum contract. Farmar has been playing overseas with Anadolu Efes a team in the Turkish Basketball League. The Lakers will have to negotiate a buyout with the Turkish team before having Farmar play for them.
Farmar played his college basketball at UCLA before being drafted by the Lakers with the 26th overall pick in the 2006 NBA draft. He played four years with the Lakers as a back up point guard and won two championships with the team before signing a three year contract with the New Jersey Nets, now known as the Brooklyn Nets. The former Bruin was traded to the Atlanta Hawks before deciding to play overseas when the NBA lockout was taking place.
In his career Farmar has averaged 7.7 points and 2.8 assists. With the Lakers agreeing to bring the former Laker back it is unlikely that they bring back point guard Darius Morris, who Mitch Kupchak said they had invited to play for their summer league team.
There have also been talks that the team is looking at former Lakers Lamar Odom and Sasha Vujacic. Although Odom’s play has dropped he would be a great addition for the Lakers because of his ability to play multiple positions especially with there being a possibility that the Lakers will look to amnesty Metta World Peace. There was a report that the Lakers did agree to amnesty World Peace but a final decision has not been released by the team. The last day for the Lakers to use the amnesty clause is on July 16.
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By Kevin R. Linares
The Los Angeles Lakers had one pick in Thursday’s NBA draft and that was the 48th pick. The player that was taken by the purple and gold is Ryan Kelly out of Duke. Kelly is a 6-11 forward and averaged 12.9 points and 5.3 rebounds in his senior season at Duke.
Mitch Kupchak, a University of North Carolina alumnus, said he had the Duke forward rated the highest from the players left on the board. Kelly is big man who can shoot the ball from mid range, three point line and can fit into Mike D’Antoni’s system. There has been problems with injuries for Kelly who missed 13 games his senior season because of a surgery he had on his right foot and had another surgery on his foot which kept him out of pre-draft workouts for the Lakers.
The Lakers have not had a first round pick to use since 2007 where they took Georgia Tech guard Javaris Crittenton with the 19th pick. The Lakers do no plan to make qualifying offers to Darius Morris, Devin Ebanks and Andrew Goudelock although Morris has been invited to the Lakers’ summer league team according to Kupchak. With the team not making those qualifying offer there will be space for Kelly on the team next season.
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By Kevin R. Linares
The Los Angeles Lakers dropped game 3 against the San Antonio Spurs 89 to 120 and are now down 3 games to none in the series. The 31 point loss makes it the worst home playoff lost in the history of the franchise. With the injuries they had and the line up that was left fans did not expect much but held a little bit of hope unfortunately the Spurs were too good against a starting line up that had not played together all season.
Tim Duncan led his team in scoring hitting 12 of 16 field goals for 26 points. Tony Parker followed with 20 points and 7 assists. For the Lakers if you looked at the starting line up, with the exception of Metta World Peace, they had good numbers. Dwight Howard led the team with 25 points. Both guards who were replacing Steve Nash and Steve Blake in the starting line up did their part. Andrew Goudelock had 20 points while Darius Morris had 24 points. Pau Gasol ended up with a triple double scoring 11 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. The problem was that the rest of the guys did not do so well. In total the bench had 9 points with just Earl Clark and Antawn Jamison scoring.
Metta World Peace did not have an impact in the game and was clearly bothered after getting fluid drained from a cyst on his left knee. The Spurs’ Tiago Splitter left the game in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle. With game 4 being on Sunday the Lakers will try to avoid getting swept on their home floor and will probably be missing World Peace’s services who said he might have to sit out for the game. If the Lakers lose game 4 it will be the first time they have been swept in the first round since 1967.
By Kevin R. Linares
The Lakers dropped game 2 against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday 91 to 102. The Spurs shot the ball better than they did in game 1, shooting for 51 percent. Tony Park led his team scoring 28 points and dishing out 7 assists. For the Lakers, both Dwight Howard and Steve Blake led the way with 16 points each.
Injuries have pretty much made the season a terrible one for the Lakers and something they would have liked to avoid for the playoffs. Unfortunately, the Lakers will have a tough one in game 3 with reports of Steve Blake out indefinitely and both Steve Nash and Jodie Meeks doubtful. Steve Nash was seen hobbling on the floor during game 2 because of the injuries he still has not recovered from. Pau Gasol told reporters that if it was the regular season Nash would still be sidelined. Jodie Meeks did not play in game 2 because of the sprained left ankle he suffered in the first game between the two teams. Meeks is considered to be doubtful for game 3. Steve Blake who has been impressive in the absence of Kobe Bryant went down suffering a strain to his right hamstring.
Game 3 will definitely be scary to watch for Laker fans with there guards down. With Blake, Nash, Bryant and Meeks injured, the Lakers are now left with the options of Chris Duhon, Andrew Goudelock and Darius Morris. If the Lakers had problems getting the ball down low before it will only get harder with the Spurs having to face less of a threat from the outside.
The better match up for L.A. was the Spurs but that was with their super star Kobe Bryant and at least most of the roster being healthy. The Lakers now have three seldom used guards to look to hopefully play well enough to steal a game at home. The Lakers take the floor against the Spurs for game 3 at home on Friday and it will be interesting to see how the possible future center piece for the Lakers in Howard and the rest of whats left of the team responds.