Will Kobe Bryant look out for Lakers?

This week, with the release of the official salary cap numbers and onset of formal contract signings, was supposed to bring clarity to the NBA. Instead it left us debating the kind of obligations not covered by the collective bargaining agreement, a hazy realm of morals and values.

You could gather as many lawyers and accountants as you want and you still couldn’t come up with a definitive answer to the question: What do the Lakers owe Kobe Bryant? Conversely, how much does he owe them?

These are the central questions governing the Lakers as they make their key decisions for the next few years. Should they go all-out for another championship in Kobe’s shrinking window among the league’s elite, or should they embark on a long-term strategy to win down the road? Should Kobe forsake the fair compensation coming his way in order to facilitate the Lakers’ moves?

The Lakers have paid Bryant a quarter of a billion dollars during his NBA career. They’ve put him in position to win five championships. In return he has played through every circumstance short of being strapped to a hospital gurney, and has scored more points than all but three players in the history of the league.

So far it appears the Lakers are operating under the premise that they’re beholden to Bryant, the guy they’ve been tied to since 1996. It’s not the way things usually work in Los Angeles, where spouses and leased cars are often returned at a similar rate. The Lakers used their one-time amnesty provision on Metta World Peace‘s $7.7 million salary, even though taking Bryant’s $30 million off the books would have had a more dramatic financial impact and still provided an opportunity for him to return in 2014-15.

A promise to cut Kobe loose (along with axing Mike D’Antoni) also would have been a much more meaningful sign to Dwight Howard than those “Stay” billboards that the Lakers were committed to the center.

Dramatic moves? Surely. But if you think about it, they would have been no different from what the Lakers did in 2004 when they were desperate to retain Kobe. They let Phil Jackson go and traded Shaquille O’Neal to Miami. When it came to choosing between Kobe and Shaq, the Lakers went with the 25-year-old over the 32-year-old. They also went with the more popular of the two. Lakers fans were infatuated with Kobe, and growing increasingly frustrated with Shaq.

Kobe won the crowd. And if there were any doubts that he still holds exalted status, he quelled those when he made his way out to the Lakers bench on crutches, shortly after Howard was ejected from the Lakers’ final playoff game. The crowd responded with its loudest cheer of the day.

It’s why the Lakers are riding with Bryant, who turns 35 next month and is coming off a major injury, over the 27-year-old Howard, who sent neither the franchise nor its fan base into mourning when he decided to leave for Houston. It’s also because Howard built no equity with the Lakers. He didn’t win a single playoff game.

Accomplishments don’t always mean obligations. Paul Pierce played 1,102 games for theBoston Celtics, helped them hang their 17th championship banner, scored more points in the green and white jersey than anyone other than John Havlicek — and yet those things didn’t allow him to finish his career in Boston. There’s no provision in the salary-cap rules for that, no way for the Celtics to retool while keeping Pierce aboard at a salary commensurate with his service. So now he’s a Brooklyn Net.

The Celtics chose their future over honoring Pierce’s past effort, or fielding a competitive team in the present. Is that fair to Pierce, or the fans, who will still be charged full price? Let’s just say the Celtics are operating at an obligation deficit right now.

You know an organization that shows a balance of zero “debt” right now? The Clippers. They got the best available coach (even though he technically wasn’t available) and paid him a salary most coaches don’t get anymore, they’ve got their two biggest stars — Chris Paul and Blake Griffin — under long-term contracts, and they filled out their roster with role players such as J.J. RedickJared DudleyDarren CollisonMatt Barnes and Ryan Hollins.

That might explain in part why Paul declined a free-agency tour of his own. He could have squeezed another personnel move or two out of the Clippers, or lured other teams into rearranging their rosters to accommodate him.

“I didn’t feel like that would be fair,” Paul said. “I’m pretty aware of what could have happened, or where you could go. I’m pretty knowledgeable about the situations. There was no need to put any of that added stress on anybody.”

So he told the other teams not to waste their time, committed to the Clippers from the outset, then signed the paperwork at the first possible opportunity. Then again, I’d be pretty eager to sign my name to a contract that had $107 million coming my way, too.

We won’t see Kobe command such big numbers again. The salary-cap restrictions mean that if Kobe wants to continue playing beyond next season and bring in the best available talent, he and the Lakers will have to reach agreement on a salary that pays him below his worth. Even if he can’t produce at the same level, you could argue he still deserves a max contract based on all the years that same concept — a salary ceiling — prevented him from receiving his fair cut of the tickets, jerseys and sponsorships he sold. But he’ll be forced to choose between competition and compensation. I’m guessing the competitor will win out.

Shaquille O’Neal took a $7 million pay cut with the Miami Heat in 2005, a move that enabled the Heat to reconfigure their roster and bring in the pieces that won them the championship in 2006. In 2007, Kevin Garnett’s reduced salary (he made about the same in the first three years of his new contract as he did in the final two years of his previous, landmark contract) made it easier for the Minnesota Timberwolves to send him to the Celtics in the trade that redefined his career.

Bryant could be asked for an even steeper drop-off, up to $20 million a year. After the Lakers showed their faith in him this summer, next year will be his time to return the favor.

Longtime NBA exec Stu Jackson to leave post, Rod Thorn returns to league office

NBA Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Stu Jackson will be leaving the league after more than 13 years, commissioner David Stern announced Wednesday. Jackson will be replaced by veteran league and team executive Rod Thorn, who will assume the title of President of Basketball Operations on August 1.

 

“Stu has made enormous contributions to the NBA over the past 13 years,” Stern said. “He informed (Stern and several other league officials) some months ago that after a long and distinguished career at the league, he felt that this was the appropriate time to step down. We thank Stu for a job very well done, including assisting with the transition to Rod, and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

 

Jackson was in charge of all oncourt and international basketball operations, including game rules, conduct, discipline and analytics. He also served as chairman of the NBA Competition Committee and on FIBA’s Competition Commission and USA Basketball’s Board of Directors.

 

“The NBA has given me an extraordinary opportunity to work with some of the most talented people in sports and I am extremely proud to be associated with the remarkable global growth of the league, which couldn’t be in better hands with Rod coming in to lead Basketball Operations,” Jackson said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to applying my NBA experience as I move onto my next challenge.”

 

Jackson has been in college or pro basketball for over 30 years. Prior to coming to the NBA, he also served as as head coach of the New York Knicks, was President and General Manager of the Vancouver Grizzlies, head coach at the University of Wisconsin, and assistant coach at Providence College, Washington State and the University of Oregon.

 

Thorn, meanwhile, returns to the league office, where he previously spent 10 seasons as President of Basketball Operations, after executive stints with New Jersey and, most recently, Philadelphia. He also served earlier in his career with the Chicago Bulls.

Terry: Nets Have Strategy Beat the Heat

Perkenalan Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce dan Jason Terry. (Foto: Ist)

BROOKLYN – Brooklyn Nets confident to face the NBA season 2013/2014. In fact, Jason Terry insists the Nets have the formula to beat the Miami Heat.

Nets did clean up after a failure in the playoffs last season. The squad is now dibesut Jason Kidd was brought three veteran players, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Terry, who today has been introduced.

Many great teams from the Eastern Conference has to face the Nets. In addition to the New York Knicks, the defending champion Heat is one of them. Terry assess the Nets have a strategy to subvert LeBron James et al.

“It’s time. If we could start the final game at training camp, I could do it. We know the need of the process, but it will not require adaptation for two years. Let’s do it this year, and why not, we get all the pieces, “said Terry.

“I’m not worried. We have a strategy. Me and Jason Kidd is a player who never beat them, “said the former Boston Celtics star, the Daily News reported on Saturday (07/20/2013).

Yes, when I was with the Dallas Mavericks, Kidd and Terry berhasul beat the Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals. They won the first title in history.

Howard: teammate with Kobe Not Fun

Houston – Dwight Howard expressed his frustration during his career at the LA Lakers. One is to be a team with Kobe Bryant called Howard not a pleasant thing.

27-year-old center is only just one season with the Lakers before leaving to Houston Rocketrs. In Los Angeles, Howard is expected to add strength to the Lakers actually disappointing.

Howard could not be united with his teammates and coach Mike D’Antoni. As a result, Howard was not uncommon heavily criticized.

Nicks stats in the regular season was worse with an average of 17.1 points per games – the second-worst of his career – and 12.4 rebounds per games, fourth worst in his career.

With Howard, Lakers painstakingly entered into the Western Conference playoff zone. After qualifying was, the Lakers only up to the first round after dilibas San Antonio Spurs without resistance alias 0-4.

“Is it hard to play with Kobe? Yeah, used to be very difficult,” said the former Orlando Magic player was quoted by Fox Sports.

“Me and Kobe, we debated several times. Everybody knows Kobe wants to score and there is some time we scramble to get the ball. And it happens within a team.”

“But playing with Kobe does not affect my decision to join with Houston. I just think Houston offers a better situation for me and my career.”

Rumors of a rift between Howard and Bryant even clearer. Kobe is no longer known memfollow’s former colleagues on Twitter.

Indiana Pacers Get Chris Copeland

Chris Copeland. FOTO: blacksportsonline.com

INDIANAPOLIS-Indiana Pacers determined to make up for failure when it only lasts until the final round in the region NBA last season. They want to go beyond achievement has been reached last season when it denied Miami Heat.
One way is to strengthen the line performer. Pacers continue to chase the players who could be supportive of the mission in the new season. Latest, Pacers mengaget Chris Copeland.

Former New York Knicks player is considered to be very suitable to the wishes of the Pacers next season. Although not very fertile, Copeland considered very useful because it can play in several positions.

“He is a very nice additions. Copeland has a good level of versatility, “said Larry Bird, Pacers President of Basketball Operations as reported by the Associated Press website on Monday (15/7).

During the defense of Knicks, players born March 17, 1984 that scored 8.7 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. Shootingnya ability is actually pretty good. He posted a 47.9 percent shooting for the affair. While, for the three-point, Copeland recorded a 42.1 per cent.

“He is a great history to a perseverance. Copeland has reached the level where he became a key player for a team that could win 54 games last season, “said Frank Vogel, the Pacers coach. (jos / JPNN)

Kobe Bryant Practicing With AC Milan squad

Kobe Bryant, berlatih sejenak dengan skuat Milan selain menjalani perawatan cedera tendon Achilles

Barcelona apparently not the only European club football are popular Kobe Bryant.

U.S. basketball star who played for the LA Lakers for this is known as a supporter Blauragana. But, aside from the Catalan giants, Kobe was also supports elite team of the Italian Serie A, AC Milan.

On Saturday (20/7) is, Kobe was caught visiting Rossoneri at Milanello training base for treatment of Achilles tendon injuries recently smother.

However, in addition to these reasons, the 34-year-old basketball player also take advantage of the visit to the practice squad for a moment with the Rossoneri. Milan tifosi itself then appreciate the arrival of their fame to give this one back number 24 jersey, corresponding Kobe in Lakers uniform.

Jakarta PLN beated by Petrokima Gresik

Petrochemicals Gresik team win the fight without foreign players to beat last year’s finalist Jakarta Electric PLN on an advanced BSI Proliga volleyball competition which took place in the Basketball Hall Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Saturday (16/2).
Petrochemical beat PLN 3-1 (25-16, 25-20, 25-27, 25-21). Both teams are yet to be strengthened foreign players in the game because they have not finished Kitas.
Petrochemicals, which has not even reached the title despite being a regular participant since the first was held Proliga (2002), started the match very well.
However, PLN, which has collected 3 titles, rose in the third set. Former national team libero Berllian action through service Marsheilla lompatnya catapulted points PLN. Seven points gained through her first service game. At that time, PLN behind 2-3. Thanks Berllian service, last year’s finalists were leading 9-3 away.
Petro, who rely on young players surrogate, could eventually catch up. Novia Andriyani, also appear attractive and smash through lompatnya service. Once the numbers chase stopped when PLN closed the third set with 27-25.
“We recently joined together. The new team playing together less than a month, let alone some PLN players, new players, while Petro players have been training together for a long time, “said Berllian.
Men’s team also suffered defeat PLN. Banks face tournament favorite Sumselbabel Palembang, PLN to its knees in three straight sets, 0-3 (18-25, 20-25, 22-25).
The two teams both have reinforced two foreign players. Only two players Sumselbabel Bank, Raydel Poey Romero and Maxwell Burt, have been training together since two months ago, while two foreign players PLN, Diogo Capolari Chiapetti and Edinho Edison Candido, new this week practicing with his colleagues.
“The fighting spirit children should be appreciated. However, children are still often throw jump serve, “said coach Palembang Bank Sumselbabel, Mashudi.
According to PLN coach, Viktor Laiyan, team work his team has not yet appeared. It was due to train with his team recently. “Today we toser also not optimal, it’s one of the weaknesses in the match,” said Viktor.

Warriors Beat Slingers

Jakarta – Indonesian Warriors again achieve positive results while competing in the competition continued Asean Basketball League (ABL). Warriors win over the Singapore Slingers with a score of 64-39.

In a match that took place at Mahaka Square, Jakarta, Friday (05/10/2013) night, the Warriors appeared dominant in the fourth quarter.

In the initial quarter, the defending champions were able to package 18 points and conceded 12 points. In the next quarter, the team dibesut John Todd Purves was successfully tighten up defense conceded only four points while generating 12 points.

Third quarter tight game back after the Warriors scored 19 points while the Slingers three points less. When the third quarter ended Warriors were ahead 49-32.

When the final quarter, scoring the Warriors were not overtaken after adding 15 points and conceding seven figures. They won with a final score of 64-39.

Shown as a top performer in this match is a power guard Warriors, Stanley Pringle, with a notch 16 points and eight rebounds.

With this result the Warriors already collected 15 wins from 21 matches and still menguni standings position just below the vice Philippines, San Miguel Beermen.

Dominant, Warriors Smash Cobras

Bangkok – Indonesia Warriors win third in the ASEAN Basketball League this season. Compete at Chulalongkorn University, the Warriors 73-57 win over host Bangkok Cobras.

It was the second victory in the last two games for the Warriors. Previously, in a match held in Bandung, Rony Gunawan et al. successfully beat Saigon Heat 96-76.

In the match on Sunday (02/12/2012), Star Warriors, Demon Steven Thomas, craze. He scored 24 points, the most of any other player who competed today, and made ​​17 rebounds. Meanwhile, the agile guard, Uy Jerick Canada, contributed 5 assists.

Warriors appeared dominant in the first quarter, in which the direction of Todd Purves’s squad winning 21 -12. However, Cobras bankers in the second quarter and scored 19 points, making the position changed to 35-31, still to lead the Warriors.

However, Warriors step on the gas in the third quarter. Encouraged by Mario Wuysang assisted by the speed of Canada, the Warriors scored 24 points. Cobras could not stem, and ultimately can only create 10 points.

Mario ended the match with three assists, was below the record level of sati Canada. Warriors went home in triumph after adding 14 more points last quarter.

“When we lost three times in a row, no one ever gave up and nobody blaming each other. Now, we get back to winning ways,” said Purves in ABL’s official website.

Furthermore, the Warriors will face the San Miguel Beermen at home on February 18.

14 Club Enliven BSI Proliga 2013

Competition volleyball highest caste Indonesia, BSI Proliga in the near future will be held. Competition will be followed by the 14 clubs are scheduled to begin as of 15 February until May 5, 2013.
Bina Sarana Informatika (BSI) back into the main event sponsor volleyball Indonesia for the second time.
Competition followed by seven girls teams and seven men’s team is scheduled to perform at the inaugural Basketball Hall Gelora Bung Karno, Senayan, Jakarta.
Proliga director Hanny S. Surkatty who attended the opening press conference BSI Proliga 2013 stated, competition will take place at this year’s going to be very strict and certainly interesting.
The reason, a longer preparation time will make the competition became increasingly fierce champion.
“The fight will be very tight and interesting. Competition winners will be much tighter. With a long preparation time, the club will be the club trying to prove themselves to win in each match, “he explained. [Cr / bnt]
Here is a list of participating clubs BSI Proliga 2013.
BSI son team Proliga 2013.
1. Jakarta BNI 46
2. Surabaya Samator
3. Palembang South Sumatra Bank Babel
4. Bank Semarang Central Java
5. Jakarta Sananta Indocement
6. Jakarta Pertamina Energy
7. Jakarta Electric PLN
BSI daughter team Proliga 2013.
1. Jakarta Popsivo PGN
2. Jakarta Electric PLN
3. Jakarta TNI AU
4. Petrochemicals Gresik
5. Jakarta BNI 46
6. Valeria Manokwari of West Papua
7. Jakarta Pertamina Energy