Friends And Foes Join Forces

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Posted by Sekou Smith

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – The last time the Los Angeles Lakers added one of Kobe Bryant‘s agitators to their ranks, the guy played hero in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

Could Matt Barnes be this summer’s version of Ron Artest for the Lakers?

Either way, the Lakers bolstered their ranks with the acquisition of Barnes (and veteran center Theo Ratliff), finishing off a summer of two-time defending champ patch work that also included re-signing Derek Fisher and adding Steve Blake to fortify the point guard position.

Barnes, however, offers up a bit of intrigue. He didn’t back down from the challenge of going at Bryant while playing for the Orlando Magic last season, doing his best to get under Bryant’s skin at every turn:

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Now they’ll join forces, much the same way Bryant and Artest did last season in helping the Lakers to the Larry O’Brien trophy.

The Lakers pursued Raja Bell, yet another well-traveled former Bryant agitator, for the same role. But he opted to sign with Utah instead.

None of this should surprise anyone. This is the new age NBA, where the line between friends and foes is blurred on the regular. Whatever problems Artest might have had with Bryant were remedied the moment they shared space in the same locker room. Barnes will probably follow the same path, though he might do so while firing a few salvos in the direction of his former team.

After all, what role player wouldn’t want to sign on with the two-time defending champs? Barnes, who starred at UCLA, took less to join the Lakers, per the Los Angeles Times:

The most the Lakers could pay Barnes next season is $1.77 million, about half of what Cleveland was offering, and Barnes has a player option in 2011-12 for almost $2 million that would allow him to test the market again in a year if he wished.

Miami was a possibility for Barnes, and Boston made a late run, but the Lakers had the extra allure of being two-time defending champions.

“It’s official,” Barnes wrote on his Twitter account Thursday night. “I am a Los Angles Laker. This is a dream come true!!!”

Barnes averaged 8.8 points and 25.9 minutes a game last season for Orlando, his seventh team since leaving UCLA in 2002. Earlier this week, he appeared to be headed to Toronto for two years and $9 million as part of a sign-and-trade transaction, but the deal fell through.

That tough break for the Cavaliers and Raptors turned into yet another summer coup for an established power. It’s been that kind of summer, where the rich get richer and in the case of a couple of teams on opposite coasts, the rich get filthy rich.

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201 Comments

  1. […] That being said, I think they still need to focus on getting the best record in the NBA. Home court played a major role in the playoffs this year. …hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2010/…/friends-and-foes-join-forces/ […]

  2. lakersalldayy11 says:

    great addition barnes and theo all wee need is to get shannon and we ready to go oh almost forgot get rid of luke he is complete garbage seriously why did mitch sign him for 6 dayumn yeAr s ugh hes just another adam and i think they should keep sasha just cuz hes slovakian nation lol

  3. Nick says:

    Is it me or are we (Lakers) going to have a really slow team with next to no fast break opportunities? Granted we have top post players etc.., but points may be hard to come by. Like some people have said, defence does win championships but this team is going to have to defend well every game to rack up a high number of wins.

  4. RunDMC says:

    I like the strategy of LA for these past few years. Kobe’s having problem with the tight defense of Artest in 09 so they get RonRon in 2010. Last season, Barnes pissed Kobe of by his defense, now, he is part of that team. They are clearing the field for Kobe! Nice try!

  5. Luis says:

    MATT BARNES IS A SELL OUT SACTOWN FINEST?? WOW HE SHOULD SCRAPE THAT TATTOO OFF HIS ARM SELL OUT!!!!

  6. evan says:

    the best offense in basketball is DEFFENSE

  7. ZendeR says:

    Lakers 3peat 2011!!! Let’s not count out The Boston Celtics. Miami I don’t believe has the hearts of champions. Clearly they are more about glamour. Boston however is fired up and ready to take back the trophy, but what goes around comes around! Back in the days Lakers were fired up too after losing to boston and came back and still lost. In other words matching them for 17 times NBA champs will mean more to LA than Boston. With the new additions to the Lakers roster, there should be no problems defending that one common bond between players and that is the RING! GO Lakers! Congrats to the Greatest MVP in NBA and sports all around Dr. Jerry Buss for his Hall of Fame Induction! Well deserved and thank You for bringing entertainment to sports. An inspiration and icon to the world inneed of great vision such as Dr. Jerry Buss. :)

  8. Celtics Fan says:

    I want Shaq to join with Boston, even they are older, they are still be a big Six (Garnett, Pierce, Allen, Rondo, O’neal (Jermaine) and O’neal (Shaq).

  9. surrenges.. says:

    YALL AC LIKE U JUS PIKKED UPP PLAYERS THAS GANNA STOP OUR BIG THREE..
    THA LAKERS R SOO FUKED..
    MIAMI IS A PROBLEMMMMM
    AN THA LA LAKERS R GANNA BE PLAYING
    THAT LIL WAYNE SONG..
    AN WE DONT WANT NOE PROBLEMSSSSSSSSSSSS..LOL

  10. Ken says:

    I am very sure that S Brown will be back with the Lakers. No team out there will pay him more than the Lakers will, he is that bad if not playing for Lakers. So people stop worry, he will be back. I’ll bet my house for this.

  11. KobeHater_B4_now_KB24 says:

    I’m not a laker fan but i do believed that the addition of Blake, Ratliff, Barnes and the two newly draft (Caracter and Ebanks) will solidify the Lakers dynasty. Caracter and Ebanks showed more than what the Lakerworld expected to see, they can easily fit with the rotation because of their athletic build body and flexibility. Now, I’m thinking to be a Laker fan… Go Lakers… Nice job Mitch…

  12. samuel says:

    so there no confusing i meant better defence than miami’s starters

  13. samuel says:

    the lakers to 3-peat,they still have fisher ,artest ,gasol ,bynum will be back.now they have blake ,theo ,barnes, players who are better shooters than miami’s bench better defence than there starters and they might get raja, I say again laker to 3-peat. kobe!!! kobe!!! kobe!!!!.

  14. The NBA finals seasons are completely over & done with. The LA Lakers conquer as back to back NBA World Championships Ownerships. now, the new regular season has just begun with more free agents being drafted into better teams with the opportunity to work as a great co-ordinated team & entering into the next coming playoff’s & ‘2011’-‘2012′ NBA finals once again for next year.

    What’s differences about the new opening of the NBA season is : the new signing of more NBA Players from the new drafts & so on & so forth. With more free agents NBA veterans crossing over to better NBA teams & squads, one can assumed that chances are : these young fellows, together with the seniors veterans can certainly make a significant differences. Coz, nobody knew exactly what’s new & what’s upcoming going to bring along a major change & a little more difference to the NBA team squads who recruited them as well as retaining the seniors veterans free agents NBA players. Altogether, it’s worth something to looked forward to in the progress as many either decided to cross over to other new NBA teams or stayed put with their former teams as a re-signing team member with their former NBA squad.

    The whole world is looking forward to what the new regular season of the NBA teams might brought out in the progress. Be it a new rookie or a veteran NBA player. Everybody should embraced each other as a whole new team in order for the NBA team squad to once again worked wonders to become the next NBA World Championships team in the ‘2011-‘2012′ season of the NBA.

    So, keep fit, stay healthy & most of all be in the pink of health as a whole team. That way, chances are winning as a team lies within the squad, team which these loyal players belongs to & called home. Watch out for more amazing happenings & more surprises these teams can brought out in the new seasons.

    Anyway, a word of advice for the back to back NBA World Championship Team. The LA Lakers, the brand new season will be filled with so much of surprises that even you guy’s can sniffed it out too. Continue to work as a team just like the last season, stay healthy & fit & keep all injuries at bay too. Too many injuries is certainly bad for your team’s image. & be very wary of remarks by : Trevor Arizar, former La Lakers forward & centre. He indicates that chinese centre player Yao Ming’s returned to Houston Rockets could meant the end of the championship run for the LA Lakers team. Take advice & watch over your back Lakers guy’s. Coz, warning remarks made by him could smelt serious & critical warnings for both the Eastern & Western Conference Teams & their squad’s of players. Be very wary guy’s. This is no kidding matter. The Houston Rockets teams once back on their feet could smell very critical & serious in the competition for the next NBA World Championship titles as well as : the coverted : Larry Ol’ Brien’s trophy.

    Anyway, take care of ya self Lakers guy’s, stay fit & healthy. We fans from around the world are watching over you as well as supporting ya guy’s as always. ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) & god blessed ya all.

    Fm : Fanatic Albert(Singapore).

  15. ryan d. says:

    —- to sum it all up lebron and company still need to show all of us that they can win it all. They can all play together (2008 usa basketball men’s olympic team ) but still have to beat kobe and the lakers………….

  16. Jordan4Life says:

    My all time favorite team is LA. I was really happy when they beat Boston last season. However this year I hope the Heat will take the crown. Not because of LBJ, but because of Wade. In my opinion the 2006 Finals vs. Dallas was the best Final of the last decade. With Wade putting down the most impressive ‘MJ-like’ performance (better than Kobe!!!) in the post MJ era and without the help of an “Allstar bench” as deep as LA.
    I also hope that LA will not 3-peat, because some people will have the ignorance to shout out that Kobe is the best player and stands next to MJ.

    Nobody stands next to MJ, MJ (in his prime) will eat Kobe’s luch all day every day… remember that!

    Go LA… hope you win the championship in 2012

  17. Fubng Chi Ki says:

    So good lakers ,your sign Matt Barnes !!!!!

  18. Michael says:

    What happens if Kobi Bryant gets injured ? Who is his replacement

    • LAKESHOW says:

      It’s KOBE

      and the logical thing to do, would rotate either Shannon Brown to a starter, or Sasha.

      The depth of this years team will be more injury friendly, then last year… I hope.

  19. miguel says:

    miami have their big three but lakers will ruled the court………and kobe will get his 6 title and 3 time finals MVP

  20. J-Short says:

    Great move by the Lakers, and I think the signing of Theo Ratliff is actually bigger than the Barnes addition. We needed an inside presence in case our bigs got into foul trouble. Also we now have seasoned backups to fill the voids in case of an injury to a pivotal starter.

    Lakers Fan since 87′

  21. Bert says:

    Simply magnificent. It’s Phil-ling-up the roster, we all know that lakers got the megastar Kobe Bryant and the bigs with the allstar Pow! with this you simply defend and sign players with defensive mind set like barnes and maybe ratliff and blake. The LA Lakers simply getting great and greater every year they win championship. It another NBA legend on the making that will be remember for all time just like THE AIR. TWO DOWN SEVERAL TO COME!!

  22. Oula says:

    Great addition. Matt and Theo would inject more life into the L.A. bench which is already good owing to the addition of Steve Blake. The starters are good it was the bench that was a little shaky but with these moves they should be good. Bring Shanon back……………………….please……

    • LAKESHOW says:

      They will bring back Shannon… I don’t think Mitch wants to lose him, neither do the fans, he is fan fav.
      I think his deal should be ironed out by next week. Hang tight…. I know they will come to terms.

  23. yeaaahmeeeen go lakers.. sign shannon brown and were good to go!!!! phil jackson go to the philippines pls.. =)

  24. ldhl89 says:

    The NBA should stop the All-Start treatment
    Wade, LeBron, Kobe average like 10 free trows per game.

  25. OH LOOK LA MI says:

    lakers threat is not really coming from miami with their big 3 egos but from celtics and bulls,,, still lakers in 6

  26. noel says:

    3 peat

  27. rpminc says:

    Barnes and Ratliff. What a great selection for L.A. Makes them tougher a deeper.

  28. alex says:

    WELL LAKERS FANS MIAMI THINK THAT THEY ARE SUPER BUT THE LAKERS HAVE STRONG DEFENSE REMEMBER MIAMI LAKERS ARE CHAMPS NOT LOOSERS LIKE LEBRON . ARTEST AND RATLIFF AN MATT BARNES
    MAKES IT HARD FOR OTHER TEAMS TO BEAT L.A I DONT CARE ABOUT MIAMI THEY ARE NO THREAT FOR THE LAKERS NO MORE WE GOT THE MAN KOBE THAT FINISH THE GAME AND NOT THAT QUITS LIKE LEBRON.AND KOBE IS GETTING A SURGERY SO THAT MEANS KOBE WILL BE HEALTHY AND STRONGER HEY HEY L.A BABY THE BEST ON THE WEST AND ALL YOU HATERSBITCHES LAKERS HAVE TRANSFORM STRONGER. DONT BE FOR SURE THAT MIAMI WILL WIN A CHAMP YOU WILL HAVE TO FACE THE REAL CHAMPS LAKERS DEFENSIVE AND EXPERIENCE PLAYERS AND FOR BOSTON YOU SUCK HAHAHAHA YOU LOST PAYBACK IS A BITCH, DID YOU SEE PAUL PIERCE FACE WHEN KOBE GRAB THAT BALL WHEN THE GAME WAS OVER PIERCE LOOK LIKE A LEPRECHAUN ON CRACK. THAT GAME WAS THE SWEETEST GAME EVER LAKER FOR LIFE AND CHAMPS HAHAHAHAHAHA

  29. CP3 says:

    Lakers for the 3peat !!!

    Now LeBron James is like : Damn -_-‘ , Kobe will have another ring again -_-‘

    • LAKESHOW says:

      Na…. I think LeBronze is hating the fact that CP3 could go to Orlando, and knock out the Heat, before they get a chance of winning a chip.

      I HOPE CP3 goes to Orlando. It would really help them stomp on the East.

  30. plus it will be easy for Miami to stack up wins in the East….where theres cotton soft cupcake teams like New Jersey, Washington, the Sixers, etc.

  31. plus Barnes can hit 3s at important times…………and Can the Superfriends get past tough, hard nosed grind out teams like Boston, Chicago, Orlando and Atlanta…all in a row…..

  32. faith says:

    Yeahhhh That’s right Lakers will 3peat.

  33. Lakers three-peat! :D says:

    come on lakers threepeat!! go on lads

  34. DX says:

    deeper bench. sign chris paul

  35. Rick says:

    Long time Laker Fan…haven’t been this exited since the 80s and Shaq anouncement….and of course when Kobe came on as a Rookie. :)

  36. Faisal says:

    matt barnes is a good player and he have good 3bt shoot .. but he was bad attitudes man … ammmmmmm good deal Lakers .. GoOo Lakers Goooooooooooooo !

  37. raphael911 says:

    it is true that with the addition of barnes and ratliff, the laker bench greatly improved. but if the lakers were to 3 peat, a really huge factor would be bynum’s health. if all the laker players are healthy heading to the finals, doesnt matter which team they face, they will 3 peat. lebron who?

  38. laker4life says:

    This move just goes to show how mature kobe is, Even tho him and barnes were about to go at it the last time they met, he’s will to put aside his diferences cause he recognizes his defensive ability and quickly chose to persue him

  39. M0t0rBreath says:

    I’m so glad the Lakers upgraded their bench! They desperately needed that to 3 peat. We have a much deeper team now. Players will be able to fill in for each other making the top 5 guys rest for the playoffs. I never like predicting that they’ll win another one because that’s just bad karma.

    I am very anxious to see if our new Lakers bench will make a difference.

  40. surrenges says:

    AN I LIKE HOW THEY SAYY LEBRON AN D WADE SHOODINT JOIN THEY SHOOD COMPETE…
    BUT NOW THA LAKERS BROUGHT ARTEST AN NOW THEY HAVE MATT BARNES..WELL WTF ARENT KOBE AN HIM SUPPOSE 2 COMPETE…WELL YALL R BUZZIN IF U THINK ARTEST AN BARNES R GANNA STOP LEBRON..
    AN YER SMOKIN CRACK IF U THINK KOBE KAN STOP D WADE….

  41. lakersbasketballfan says:

    That is what good teams do. They look for the ones that stands up to them and the ones that works hard. I am not made at them. What do they say, if you can’t beat them, join them.

  42. 2006 FINALS REMATCH DALLAS VS HEAT

  43. social_justice says:

    The Lakers are capable of three-peating if they brought back the exact same roster as last year despite upgrades by other teams, but with their addition of Blake, Ratlif and now Barnes hence the Lakers became even better, they are now so deep that it’s actiually debatable if they can be beat in the playoffs. Maybe I exagerated a bit but they’re really tthat good on paper so far. Their already at least a team with a solid 10-man rotation, which is good for a long season so as the team has fresh legs for the playoffs. And with the guys tasting championship champagne I’m pretty sure they’ll want more. Not to mention they have quite promising rookies who could make the roster and just make them deeper.

  44. ldhl89 says:

    The lakers are desperate for Defenders

    Its funny how they really hated artest, raja bell and matt barnes because of the altercations with kobe

    • LAKESHOW says:

      No one hated Artest, Barnes, Bell.

      Kobe Bryant RESPECTS these guys.

      “Anyone crazy enough to play against me, is crazy enough to play with me” – Kobe Bryant – on Matt Barnes.

  45. catt says:

    WOW!!!!!!!!! THIS IS A DEEP OFFENSIVE AND A DEFENSIVE TEAM….. AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! This team should be illegal hahahahha TOOOOOOOOOO DEEEEEEEEEEP….. ALMOST UNBEATABLE

  46. catt says:

    Lakers Championship Title Contenders for the next 4 years for SURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. surrenges says:

    CARLOS ARROYO VS DERICCK FISHER
    DWYANE WADE VS KOBE BRYANT
    LEBRON JAMES VS RON ARTEST
    CHRIS BOSH VS PAU GASOL
    Zydrunas Ilgauskas VS ANDREW BYNUM…
    CARLOS ARROYO VS DERICK FISHER IS WHATEVER…
    BUT KOBE BRYANT NEVER GUARDED DWYANE WADE BECUZE HE KANT..THEY WOOD ALWAYS GET RON ARTEST 2 GUARD HIM..BUT NOW RON ARTEST HAS 2 GUARD LEBRON JAMES..D WADE IS GANNA LIGHT KOBE ASS UPP I KANT WAIT…

  48. MV says:

    I hate to say this as a cavs fan but lakers are going to ghet their three peat. maimi will have no chance. even with the new big three.

  49. kobe says:

    LA’s team for next year!!

    Fisher/ Blake
    Kobe/ Barnes/ Sasha (maybe)
    Artest/ Barnes/ Ebanks/ Luke
    Gasol/ Odom/ Caracter
    Bynum/ Odom/ Ratliff

    Great Team and another banner to put up in Staples Center!!

  50. sebastianudo says:

    juegan todos por el segundo puesto,los Lakers tri-campeones lo digo ya.

  51. kobe says:

    sorry 4 the errors

  52. kobe says:

    The Lakers really upgraded their bench this year. I look forward to wastichg the bench play next season. i think their new players will be really consistant and will allow starters like Kobe and bynum to get reat they need for the playoffss. Don’t forget that the Lakers will be the top defensive team in the league next!!!

    Blake + Barnes + Odom + Ratliff = Great Defense and they key to three peat!!!!!!!!!!

    LA ALL THE WAY!! F the Miami wannabe’s

    3-peat!!!

  53. KOBE 24 BRYANT says:

    miami fail 3 Meat the LAKERS 3 PEAT

  54. TheLakerFanSlamAjam says:

    “Hey lebron? Have you seen my 5 championship rings? You know, the 5 rings that represent the 5 championships that I myself have won?”

    Lebron >_<

  55. adrien says:

    lakers can get anyone they want miami is gona win the championship no matter wat

  56. nardo says:

    WOW another defensive stipper. I thought we missed the perfect player in Radja Bell. But matt barnes is just as good and much younger. Good job mitch….. 3peat 3peat 3peat

  57. LABRYANT says:

    LAKERS VS CELTICS IN THE NBA FINALS…LAKERS IN 6..

  58. LABRYANT says:

    CAN U SAY THREE PEAT…LAKERS JUST GOT SO MUCH BETTER ON D..AND HAVE A STRONGER BENCH THAN THE LAST TWO TEAMS THAT WON IT ALL..FOUR FINAL TRIPS AND THREE RINGS…

  59. Felipe says:

    kobe plays in the regular season tocalim the 1st seed in the west, and he enjoys the chance of finding nasty players that are not afraid of playing against guys like him, cuz he knows this guys r needed in playoff runs …he did it with ron artest, was trying to do it with raja bell, and did it again with matt barnes …i like the way this team looks like right now ..and i think they will get shannon brown back …they should let dj mbenga go, and theo ratliff will take his spot, adam morrison should leave, and josh powell is gone …and steve blake is much better player than jordan farmar …go lakers!

  60. basketball fan says:

    I really like the addition, I’m still hoping for shannon to be around though as the 14th guy. Put Luke on injured reserves because he doesn’t do anything anyways.

  61. Texifornia says:

    I think we got our selves the showtime lakers again!!!! SHOWTIME LAKERS

  62. Jake says:

    2010 lakers off-season, Steve Blake,Theo Ratliff and Matt barnes. To go along with Kobe,Pau,Bynum,Odom,Artest and Fisher… Yea the lakers are easily the deepest and best team in the nba.

  63. Bok says:

    i haven’t read a single comment that says this is not a great pick up for the lakers. they were serious about upgrading the bench. now tha lakers can have a starting 10. haha bench or not they still all play like starters! 3PEAT BABY! im also excited about ebanks and caracter. is this another trevor ariza in the making and like a thinner glen davis and bynum mixed? lol with this line up the lakers can still win 2 or 3 more championships!

    LETS GO LAKERS!!

  64. J (lakers) says:

    and for god’s sake please dont talk about using andrew bynum as bait.. he’s key to the lakers.. not even in a trade for chris paul (incompatible with d triangle)

  65. J (lakers) says:

    a lot about miami here haha.. i think miami will come out of the east no matter what.. with all respect in the world, but boston/orlando cant take them now .. the real match is against LA.. 2 tough guys to throw on lebron rite now.. 2 guys who’ll “try to hurt him”.. yeah baby i can live with that.. kobe/gasol > wade/bosh in my opinion anyway.. good matchup indeed

  66. Richard says:

    Best thing that happened so far is Lakers not resigning mistake prone Jordan Farmer. What a big disappointment he’s been. You could always depend on him to screw up in crucial situations. Next great thing will be when they get rid of worthless Luke!!

  67. nbafan says:

    i’d say we give props to mitch kupchek for doing an outstanding job in this years offseason! great additions to this laker team!

  68. Richard says:

    Best thing that happened so far is Lakers not resigning the mistake prone Jordan Farmer. What a joke he’s been! Next is to get rid of worthless Luke.

  69. jblakers42 says:

    omg……..we gone be a BEEEAAAASSTT next year

    we just signed MATT BARNES from ORLANDO and 15 year vet THEO RATLIFF to back up BYNUM at center

    RATLIFF rebounds and block shots

    our defense will be downright scary from all over the court….

    the paint, the wing, the perimeter, ARTEST, BARNES, BYNUM, GASOL, ODOM, RATLIFF, and KOBE l
    ockin down on D….

    this offseason was about improving our bench and we have definitely met that match and then some…..

    now when the starters leave the game, our bench can sustain or even build on leads………

    and BYNUM, I think he’s going to emerge on defense and become that force in the paint that will shut down all penatration through the lane

    so MIAMI, D-WADE, LEBRON, BOSH, get some of this heat we are about to unleash on you (no pun intended)

    KOBE will get ring #6, tying him w/alpha and omega (JORDAN)

    and I’m gonna be at that parade representing as a lifelong laker fan since JAMES WORTHY was drafted back in 1983

    all that lost to BOSTON back during the 08 finals did was fuel the next nba dynasty

    that’s why i never really tripped when we lost that series because there was something greater on the horizon waiting to take hold

  70. herbthecat says:

    Man Laker Fans, I’m shocked but not really disappointed. Barnes brings some game just like Artest. The NBA is changing daily now and we (Lakers) may need a dude like this. I can’t wait to see what happens next season. I hope that we’ll see a LAKERS v miami championship final. Pheeuk LaBicth (the queen) James. Sell-out pee ussy.

  71. OklahomaKobeFan says:

    WELL NOT ONLY DOES THIS TRADE SOLIDIFY ARE 3PEAT THAT AWITS AN SHOWS WHAT US LAKERS ARE ABOUT..WE IMPROVE EVERY YEAR..IM STILL ALIL HURT OVER LOSING TREVOR..BUT WE WON IT AGAIN W OUT HIM..IVE HATED BARNES..JUSTY LIKE IVE HATED ARTEST M THE PAST..BUT LAKER FANS ALONG W KOBE RESPECT THERE GAME..THIS DEEPENS ARE BENCH MAJOR..I HOPE WE DONT LOSE BROWN BUT WE.LL SURVIVE..WEERE GOIN BACK TO THE FINALS W NO WORRIES..KEEP N INE..WE JUST WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP W A 50% BYNUM AN A 75%KOBE..WE,LL EM ALL 100%NEXT SEASON ALONG W ARE NEW ROOKIES AN NEW TRADES..WERE LOOKIN GOOD

  72. BasketBallFan says:

    Don’t hate on Ariza, he was the reason why the Lakers were able to defeat the Nuggets in the WCF with his two inbounds steals. Also don’t forget his crazy hussle especially during that Christmas game against the Celtics. Crazy save for the and one for Sasha.

    • LAKESHOW says:

      I’m not hating on Ariza… by any means…. and I will never forget what he did against Denver.

      I’m pointing out…. that he opted out of his contract…. The Lakers made him an offer… AND HE LEFT…for more MONEY to Houston…. w/ that being said, in return, we signed Ron Artest, for what Ariza would have made.

      Recap…. Ariza left for more money, to a crappy team, in turn, we gain a better player, for less money.
      Win Win for the Lakers, right?

      Now… onto Farmar….
      He opted out of his contract…. The Lakers DIDNT make him an offer, because of his inconsistent play through out the last year…. Farmar signs with the worse team in the NBA, winning 12 games last year…. but Farmar left, so he could start, for a losing team, making more money….instead of busting his ass off on the 2nd team, of a dynasty….

      No frown on my face, know why? We signed a more talented, better defender in Steve Blake.

      Now onto Brown…
      He opted out of his contract, in hopes to “start” for a team, but I don’t think he’s got any “great” offers, as of yesterday, his agent was still in talks with the Lakers about re-signing w/ them.

      We don’t need Brown, we have Barnes, a taller, better defender/slasher then Brown.
      Brown needs us, and it would be more of a benefit for him, to stay, vs him to leave

      • Josh says:

        He did not even get more money bro he signed the same contract that we gave to artest the same one we offered him the Lakers said this is what we will give you and Ron artest was on othe line when his agent said we can get more money somewhere else they said we will not and don’t have to give him more money we can ink artest for that, They called his bluff signed artest and he could not get a better deal got same deal with rockets his agent screwed him he fired him that next day,

  73. TheLakerFanSlamAjam says:

    I got something for the haters out there….

    ALL LAKERS TEAM FROM ALL DECADE!!!!

    PG magic johnson
    SG kobe bryant
    SF james worthy
    PF kareem abdul jabaar
    C shaquille oneal

    and dont get me started on our bench…. greatest team in history of basketball? the los angeles lakers.

  74. Kobe's Fan In Brooklyn says:

    That’s right Lakers will 3peat. No doubt about that. Matt Barnes do add another defensive role player in Lakers. Kobe will have better chance to relax and more time to seat in the bench, because now they have Theo Ratliff who also let Bynum rest more because he can block and also and tough big man defender. Let se what crystal ball says, hmmm it says Lebron keep dreaming cause in 2011 your dream wont come true and Black mama and Lakers will stomp in your dream. They will take the Trophy back again and Kobe will go as one of the best to ever play this game next to M.J.

  75. LAKESHOW says:

    I would just like to thank GM Mitch K.

    He has certainly been busy this summer……

    First with 2 awesome draftpicks! Character and Ebanks will prove more worth then people will give credit for
    2nd…Re-signing Phil “Zen Master” Jackson…
    3rd…. signing a much needed back up PG, Steve Blake
    4th… Resigning D Fish…
    5th….signing a GOOD back up center in Ratliff
    6th ..signing a great defensive wing man, in Barnes

    and 7th, for letting Shannon and Jordan opt out of there contracts…. just like Ariza did last year… and now look where he is? Yeah, he is starting for Houston… but Houston didn’t make the play offs NOPE..but .. The Lakers WON again!

    THANK YOU MITCH!!!

    This is why LA LAKERS WILL BE THE TEAM TO BEAT FROM HERE ON OUT!

  76. yaboy says:

    i think miami will have a nice team but it will take a while to gell but they will be really good but i dont think they will be able to beat orlando if they match up with them in the playoffs but i know we all will wait for the playoff to start regular season means nothing.

  77. yaboy says:

    the laker will be good again

  78. Andy J. says:

    THIS GIVES THE LAKERS THE BEST BENCH IN THE NBA. LAMAR ODOM,STEVE BLAKE, AND MATT BARNES WOULD ALL START ON MOST OF ANY OTHER TEAM THEY’D JOIN. THIS IS THE BEST SQUAD THE LAKERS HAVE HAD SINCE 08′.

  79. jes says:

    love this signing. barnes brings a toughness that the lakers lacked in guys like jordan farmer and luke walton…now they have two very tough, very strong defending swingmen in ron artest and now barnes

    i am a little nervous about how he will learn and fit into the triangle system, i mean, we all saw how ron artest struggled through that. i just hope he has a stellar defensive year at least, like ron did, to make up for it

    go lakers 2011

  80. CommodoreKwan says:

    @ WRONGCOMMODREKWAN

    Thats a pretty ignorant statement there sir/ma’am…or both if you prefer. It was a lucky chance that Artest had a good game 7 (admit that he’s VERY streaky and not reliable on the offensive end) and saved the day with that put back in that other game. Everyone knows that Boston was hammered on the glass with no height (Perkins out) in game 7. He had a great run with Houston 2 years ago and they would have had a great playoff chance the next year if Ming had come back and T-mac was healed…instead he chose to jump ship with the team that beat them in the playoffs in his final year with the Rockets.

    • Josh says:

      He only jumped ship because Ming was out for year he was ready to sign an extention with the rockets until that happened why stay after that no ming no chanse so he left remember,

  81. HEYHEYHEY says:

    HEY SEKOU CAN THE LAKERS STILL SIGN THEIR DRAFT PICKS BANKS AND CHARACTER?

  82. judas says:

    i see for all the lakers fun out there, no offense to you guys but one things for sure can this guys (ratliff, pau, lamar, ron and, KB24) can turn off the heat on floor (LBJ, Dwade nd, CHRIS) for this years up coming season. if you’re aiming for 3peat nxt year then prove it on south beach florida.

    • LAKESHOW says:

      Prove what?

      THE LAKERS HAVE BEEN IN THE FINALS THE LAST 3 YEARS, IN A ROW… count them… 1,2,3….

      THE LAKERS DON’T NEED TO PROVE NOTHING!

      Miami needs to make the playoffs…. battle through the east… and prove they are worthy to play against the LAKERS in the NBA championships…

      So Miami needs to PROVE it.

      Lets recap shall we?

      Bosh, ZERO play offs experience.
      Dwayne Wade… 1 championship…. w/ the help of Shaq and a talented squad
      Le Douche …. ZERO FINALS WINS… and EXITS in the Last 2, while winning the MVP, and having home court… and winning the most games during the regular season in 2 straight years.

    • Jake says:

      See how you can only name three good and solid heat players? The lakers can name off 8 solid players, kobe,pau,Bynum,Odom,Artest,Fisher,Barnes,Blake. Three of which are all-stars and the fourth is a future all-star is he can stay healthy, The lakers are deeper and actually have a TEAM. The heat have three all-stars two of which wont play well together and one or two pieces off the bench and then a bunch of old scrubs who are clearly welllllll past their prime, That and the heat still haven’t addressed the lakers biggest threat which is their inside game, The lakers are huge and the heat have nobody legit to stop them. Once the heat are able to blow a few more mid-levels on actually decent players to surround wade,bosh and lebron in the next couple of years then they’ll be good. until then they’re just a team with three good players.

  83. Romney says:

    man i liked matt barnes but i am starting to think the lakers are just trying to piss off kobe.

    • LAKESHOW says:

      How do you figure man?

      KOBE PRESSED THE ISSUE TO SIGN BARNES? How is that pissing off Kobe?

      Barnes even thanked Kobe…. saying “Good looking out Kobe” On his Twitter account, when he announced he was signing with the Lakers……

    • LAKERS says:

      Why would you think that? Please believe the Lakers got some what of approval before the signed Matt Barnes. Im pretty sure Kobe wanted him just like he wanted Raja Bell!

  84. Ron Artes Idol ! 37 says:

    Go!!! Lakers ! Beat Le Bron James, D. Wade, C Bosh, Mike Miller..ect.. Miami Heat!!!

  85. jodah says:

    They cant offer brown 2mill like he made last yr. Correcting last post i made. Loved brown also thought he was to give or take but he is gone.

    • Josh says:

      They can affored to pay Brown they have Bird rights on him withch means we can pay him and his money does not count against lexuary tax so they don’t have to pay the dollar for dollar money they would for someone else.

  86. TheLakerFanSlamAjam says:

    This just in! Apple is releasing a new Lebron style iphone. Sources say it only vibrates though, no rings.

  87. jodah says:

    great pickup. But everyone that thinks brown will be on the bench is wrong. This pretty much gets rid of brown. They can offer him what he made last yr in 2mill. Still lakers 3peat next yr. Go kobe 24

  88. Manu says:

    kobe will never be as good as jordan until he does everything jordan did…and to do that he’d have to play at least until hes over 40

    • TheLakerFanSlamAjam says:

      Kobe is as good as jordan. Jordan just has more mvps

    • LAKESHOW says:

      * Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2009
      * 6-time NBA champion: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998 (all with Chicago Bulls)

      * 6 NBA Finals appearances: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998

      * 5-time NBA Most Valuable Player: 1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998[1][2]
      * 10-time scoring champion: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998[3]
      * 3-time steals leader: 1988, 1990, 1993
      * 3-time minutes leader: 1987, 1988, 1989
      * 14-time NBA All-Star: 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003[4]
      * 3-time NBA All-Star Game MVP: 1988, 1996, 1998[5]
      * 6-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998[6]
      * 1-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year: 1987-88[7]
      * 11-time All-NBA selection:

      * First team: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998[8][9]
      * Second team: 1985[8][9]

      * 9-time All-Defensive selection:

      * First team: 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998[10][11]

      * NBA All-Rookie selection:

      * First team: 1985[12][13]

      * NBA Rookie of the Year: 1985[14]
      * 2-time NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion: 1987, 1988[15]

      * Runner-up in 1985

      * Selected in 1996 as one of the “50 Greatest Players in NBA History”
      * Selected in 1996 as member of two of the “Top 10 Teams in NBA History”

      * 1991-92 Chicago Bulls (67–15; .817)
      * 1995-96 Chicago Bulls (72–10; .878)

      • LAKESHOW says:

        * 5-time NBA champion: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010[12][13][14]

        * 7 NBA Finals appearances: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010[12][13][14][15][16]

        * 2-time NBA Finals MVP: 2009, 2010
        * NBA Most Valuable Player: 2008[7][17][18]
        * 2-time scoring champion: 2006, 2007[19]
        * 12-time NBA All-Star: 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010[9]

        * 11 consecutive appearances (No All-Star game in 1999 due to a league-wide lockout)[9][20]
        * Missed the 2010 game due to injury[21]

        * 3-time NBA All-Star Game MVP: 2002, 2007, 2009 (shared the last with Shaquille O’Neal)[22]
        * 12-time All-NBA selection:

        * First team: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010[23][24]
        * Second team: 2000, 2001[23][24]
        * Third team: 1999, 2005[23][24]

        * 10-time All-Defensive selection:

        * First team: 2000, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010[25][26]
        * Second team: 2001, 2002[25][26]

        * NBA All-Rookie selection:

        * Second team: 1997[27][28]

        * NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion: 1997[29]
        * NBA regular season leader:

        * points: 2003 (2,461), 2006 (2,832, 7th in NBA history),[30] 2007 (2,430), 2008 (2,323)[9]
        * points per game: 2006 (35.4, 8th in NBA history),[31] 2007 (31.6)[9]
        * field goals attempted: 2006 (2,173), 2007 (1,757), 2008 (1,690)[9]
        * field goals made: 2003 (868), 2006 (978), 2007 (813)[9]
        * free throws attempted: 2007 (768)[9]
        * free throws made: 2006 (696), 2007 (667)[9]

        * 2nd most points in a game: 81 (on January 22, 2006 vs. the Toronto Raptors)[5][6]

    • LAKESHOW says:

      Kobe Bryant will “NEVER” be as great as MJ.

      MJ will go down as the GREATEST to ever play the game. Right behind MJ will be Kobe… no doubt about it.
      KB is the closest thing the NBA will see as far as being compared to Jordan.

      Jordan even said it himself, about the debate between Le Bron and Kobe, he said KOBE….

      Jordan never wanted to play with the best….. he wanted to beat them.
      Kobe never wanted to play with the best… he wanted to beat them…
      Le Bron, wanted to beat the best for 7 years… now that he can’t he wants to play with them.

      See the difference?

  89. Manu says:

    Im pre sure kobe needs about 4 more finals mvps and 8 more scoring titles to be BESIDE jordan…oh and im pre sure he needs a lot more to be beside

    Bill Russell, Kareem, Chamberlain, The Big O, Bird, and Magic

    kobe has a long way to go

    • TheLakerFanSlamAjam says:

      Kobe most certainly does not have a “LONG” way to go. If he retires 2marrow he will be known as THE BEST two guard in history… behind…. michael jordan. You ever heard the saying it don’t matter how you finish the race… but that you FINISHED THE RACE. or dont matter if you win by 1 or 20 you still WON? Well those are great sayings because they are true.

      Michael and kobe played in different eras, and yes jordan has the mvps and the scoring titles… but just ask STEVE NASH/LEBRONZE LAME what mvps mean… and ask ALLEN IVERSON what scoring means. Didly squat without the chips. MJ of course has it all, and thats why he is the greatest. I never knock micahel, because you cant, but him getting all those finals mvp and league mvps was a freakin given!! there was NOBODY around him in the league that possessed his dominance. OF COURSE HES GONNA WALK AWAY WITH ALL THOSE MVPS.

      Kobe passed oscar/wilt/bird with his 4th ring. He took his place next to magic/the captain with number 5. NUMBER 5 HATER!!!! number six puts him next to jordan!!!

      And i dont want you thinking that my belief is championships are all that matter, because thats not where im coming from. Kobe has everything man, scoring titles, league mvp, finals mvps, all star mvps, records for threes and total points. Hes climbing the all time scoring ladder. Hes the face of millenium basketball. We opened this decade with a kobe championship/ we ended this decade with a kobe championship, and 3 inbetween.

      If kobe 3 peats again and gets that sixth ring, he will forever be mentioned in the same sentence as michael jordan. He already is, but number six puts him next to his airness and solidifies the need to mention both.

      and ur name is manu? i hope ur not talking about manu freakin ginobli dude…. kick roccs with that hot garbage.

      • MAMBA is a GREAT says:

        just the fact that people even compare the two says it all. oh wait and kobes not even retired. My guess is he ends with one more ring then jordan 7!!

    • Josh says:

      Really no Laker fan cares if he is as good as M.J, Lakers fans just want him to help them win rings witch he does and will win more. That argument is for M.J. fans and Kobe haters The Lakers are a team that has a great player not the bulls that where M.J. And a couple of teamates. The Laker name and franchise comes before on player that is why the Lakers are gra=eat thats what Laker fans want to hear.

  90. honestlyimLYing says:

    liking this pick up by the Champs and sure keep hating half of you guys for the reason for doing it, of course they have money and of course they want a championship right, then again if your going to hate why in the world are LBJ Wade and Bosh doing it for, OH RIGHT the exact same reason next time because everyone in this league wants a Ring and the best chances right NOW is with Kobe Gasol Fisher Odom Artest, and the Lakers. especially because since it is Phil’s last season before he retires “or so he says” and they want to go out with a bang.

  91. playtime says:

    The purpose for signing Matt Barnes is to deal with teams with two or more scorers.

    Example OKC

    Kobe doesn’t need to guard Westbrook. Barnes boxone Westbrook.
    Durant is well guarded by Artest and Gasol taking turns.

    Kobe and Bynum just need to focus on scoring if unguarded. Blake and Artest will fire consecutive 3pointers.

    The reason Phil Jackson is going for the twelfth ring as a coach is to mold them into a pair of earrings for his GF. While the other ring as a player as an engagement ring.

    • Josh says:

      They brought Barnes in to help slow the bigger point guards down and to rest Kobe. Oh and their is that ray Allen fellow in boston to slow down also he can play physical with him and mike miller shooters don’t like that love the pick ups. More cap room will open up next year when Sasha’s contract is done. No way is he worth five million a year, And i think Walton has one more year but hopefully will retire and go to bench.

  92. TheLakerFanSlamAjam says:

    One two, kobes coming for you.
    Three four, hes gonna win one more,
    Five six, championships,
    Seven eight, keep up the hate,
    Nine ten, well just win again.

    Chuuch

  93. Lakers # 1 fan says:

    that was a great deal getting barnes, Kobe is about to win his sixth ring, this is a amazing, he might end up with 7 or 8 rings when its all saod in done

  94. Sam says:

    Great off season moves for the Lakers, they now have a legitimate bench past Odom, and should the Miami Heat face the Lakers in the Finals (long way off yet, so it’s not a given) it gives the Lakers stacked Defence to go against Miami’s stacked offence, it’s quietly been a great off season for LA. No huge free agent signings but retaining Jackson + D Fish, and making solid additions in what was the Lakers main weakness last season.

  95. WRONGCOMMODREKWAN says:

    Your comment there tells that you know squat about NBA Basketball. Without Artest, the lakers would of lost to the Boston Celtics.

  96. Ozen says:

    GM of the year, Kupchak, has learned well from J West. Every year Jerry would tweak the bench, by adding players that were good or even great, in their own right, but had never tasted the “thrill of victory”, only the “agony of defeat.” Now Mitch, with the reins firmly in his hands, has done as West would have done; no major changes, no foolish…”Chris Paul for Andrew Bynum” trade. Just common sense, economical, upgrades! And as someone in this blog pointed out, anything can happen during the course of a season, but these moves make great sense for the now, as well as the not so distant future.

  97. Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat Fan says:

    Miami will wij it all noobs!

    • LAKESHOW says:

      Umm…. How about no?

      How about Miami wins enough games to make it to the play offs for one….

      secondly… how about Miami beat… Orlando….Boston… Chicago…Bucks…

      third… then they gotta battle the beast which lay in wait…. If Miami some how emerges the winner of the east, the Lakers WILL be waiting for them in the NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS…

      If by somehow the stars align and this “dream matchup” happens… the Lakers will win in 6….

      • CAS says:

        totally agree about the lakers in 6…
        But…………………………………….
        I also believe that it will defintely be lakers vs bulls/celtics

      • Josh says:

        I think that it will be Lakers celtics also the Celtics bench is way better then miami’s bench ya they have three great players but come on people they have no one else. The celtics did that and come to find out Rando and perkins are way good they also had a pretty solid bench. We know the players on the heat and most of them are over the hill and can only do a litte bit not help carry a TEAM. They don’t have the skill the Lakers have past those three players not even close.

      • dont forget ATLANTA………..

  98. Dstar says:

    You had me going all the way until you compare Kobe to MJ… No one can be compare to MJ!

  99. CommodoreKwan says:

    Shannon will be MORE THEN HAPPY to ride the bench if he has to…even the bench warmers get rings…and thats all they care about anyways.

  100. Gab says:

    @ eberman, Shannon Brown won’t leave the Lakers just because of Matt Barnes taking more minutes than him. It won’t happen.Barnes will most likely be a sub for Ron-Ron.

    This’ll be an exciting season for all the teams making trades, especially L.A.
    Good Job! All the way

  101. CommodoreKwan says:

    Its so obvious that he’s just along for the ride, same as Artest, Teo and more on that team.

  102. Mario says:

    Finally we won’t have to see Lakers bench screwing 25 point lead over and over again..

    • Josh says:

      I agree Sasha garbage and his twin Luke garbage need to go next,

      • LAKESHOW says:

        @Mario and Josh

        I agree, it will be good to finally see a 2nd team of this caliber in LA.

        It was pretty pathetic last season, to see the 2nd team blow huge leads.

        as far as your comment Josh…. Sasha didn’t see a lot of playing time last season, but don’t knock him as a player. He is a great all around player, and a SOLID DEFENSIVE player. Luke, well I can’t say the same thing about Luke…I think that the back injury will be the finale of his career. He is either gonna retire early, or wait his contract out, then retire.

      • Alex says:

        sahsha and luke were never the weak links…luke has been hurt often and sasha always players good if not a little overeager defense. the rest of the bench has been light at times…dont blame them

      • OH LOOK LA MI says:

        luke maybe but sascha? mmm i dont think so, hes a pesky dfender as well as a scrappy one, hes the type of role player coaches want, all he needs is a consistent offense… and lets not 4get, he s kobes best pal

    • LAker guy says:

      about time we got some help for the bench.. oh and luke and sasha should go. sahsa is not at all a consistent shooter which is y he was in phils dog house all year and luke is always hurt just like his dad. i like the upgrades! ill be at the parade again this year

      • Josh says:

        Come on guys Sasha is not a good defender he reaches in and fouls all the time the only thing he did good was knock down those free throse i thank him for that. And like Laker guy said he is not cosistant at shooting i have watched every kajer game for five straight years now and he i repeat can not play defence fouls all day and prayes to refs to not call them. He has not shot good seince his contract year and usually makes his first shot and is done from their. And your right he did not help lose those leads because just like Morrison he never came off the bench. Five million a year to sit the bench when you can’t keep a lead with your bench Brown played in his spot. I repeat Sasha garbage and his twin Luke garbage. Both are udeless like mbanga they all need to go.

  103. Mo says:

    It’s still a good signing, though I like Shannon too. I think Barnes’ defense and experience, as well as ability to score off of screens and move without the ball make him a perfect addition to the Lakers. If the Lakers can first get healthy, then stay healthy they should 3peat. That being said, I think they still need to focus on getting the best record in the NBA. Home court played a major role in the playoffs this year.

  104. surrenges says:

    i like how everybody says lebron isint supose 2 join d wade hes suppose 2 compete against him..an now ron artest an matt barnes join tha lakers wtf i thought they were suppose 2 compete against kobe..u laker fans r pussies i kant wait till miami smashes u bitches

    • Josh says:

      Lakers will smash them for sure. And come on the reason why Wade and lebron should not have came together is a little different then Two role players joining a team. Artest is not a number one option anywere and neither is barnes just role players. I can not even believe you compared them to wade and lebron you just got so mad that you just started to fume up and just did not think about what you just said. Role players not two stars notice no one it saying anything bad about bosh beacuse he is a great second not a lagit star to lead a team.

    • mark says:

      @surrenges, u sound retarted! are u comparing artest and matt barnes to wade and bosh! I’ve been winning money off of dummies like u for the last two years. wade and bosh average 25 each while artest and barnes dont average that together!! Hate all u want but L.A is the best TEAM. Miami’s top 3 are better than L.A’s top 3 but 3-12 the lakers win in a landslide! Now sit back and watch the completion of the 3peat! Bosh already knows what’s up he was a raptor and got to witness first hand kobe’s 81 point showcase! I dont care what Lebron does because he showed who he really is by going to miami! that was just his way of saying “i can’t win without other mega superstars!” I wish i lived near u cuz I would bet u and take your rent money!!!!

    • TheLakerFanSlamAjam says:

      How did this ignorant comment get posted? Your comparing ron artest and matt barnes to lebron and dwayne wade? Your a tool. The laker bus going to crash thru your studio apartment ya mark az be eye itch.

      Kneel before the black mamba and kiss the rings

      one

      two

      three peat

      four

      five back to back

    • hidetoshi981 says:

      you are stupid, LBJ is supposed to be a SUPERSTAR…..and Ron and Matt Barnes are just role players…..

    • LAKESHOW says:

      LOL, It’s bandwagon bitch assness like YOU which will make the Lakers smashing on the Heat so great.
      Just like it was, winning against Boston and all there bandwagon fans…..

      Also, about your stupid comment about “Le Douche” joing Wade and Bosh….hmmm lets think… Wade = #3 player in NBA…. Bosh, top 20, and James is either ranked, #1, or #2, depending on which side of the country you ask. Where the hell are Artest, and Barnes Ranked? Top 100, at best. … That is a big difference, and the huge difference, is Kobe seen there Defensive passion, and Kobe of all People knows… DEFENSE wins CHAMPIONSHIPS…. Not a Stacked offense/ crappy defensive/crappy 2nd team. The Lakers WENT AFTER DEFENSIVE PLAYERS.

      “Le Bronda” went the easy way out, He knew, His Cavs would NEVER Beat Boston,or Orlando in a 7 game series assuming everyone is healthy on both sides…. He seen Chicago’s transaction w/ Boozer, and just realized the Bulls had become a better team then his Cavs, SO HE BAILED, to “South Beach”

      Anyhow…

      The new Lakers line up is a great deal better then Last year.

      PG – D Fish/ Steve Blake
      SG – KB24/ The Machine/ Shannon Brown (assuming the Lakers Re-Sign him, which I think they will)
      SF – Ron Ron/Matt Barnes/ Devin Ebanks
      PF – Gasol/ Candy Man/ Derick Character
      C – Drew/ Ratliff

      The Lakers will make it to the Finals for the next 3 years. Winning 2 out of the 3.

      Kobe Retires with 7 rings. Andrew Bynum will then lead the new Era of Lakers, followed by a signing of either John Wall or Deron Williams when they become free agents…….alongside up and coming stars in Ebanks, and Character. The future of the NEW ERA of the Lakers is already being put together. MARK MY WORDS.

    • CAS says:

      You by far are the dumbest writer on this blog LMAO in cap. letters!!!

      How there you compare legit super stars like Wade and the 2 time MVP LBJ to Artest who is a defensive tank and Barnes who is a defensive forcefield for guards???

      Just for that,,, Im hacking you!!! You fag lol—

      ps. Wade is an awesome player but a bit of a ball hog, LBJ is a ball magnet aka ball hog PERIOD!!!
      If they even make it to 60 wins this season is a miracle…

      Remember… They wont play all the minutes, they’ll fatigue…
      So when they do play Orlando or Boston or Chicago in the playoffs….
      What are their bench players gonna do??? They wont carry the load… guaranteed…

    • OH LOOK LA MI says:

      your so funny boy, your comparing a franchise players in wade, lequit and bosh to a role players in artest and barnes…. your exposing your i.q. when it comes to nba basketball

  105. sherwyn ala kobe says:

    thats great .hes a defensive player,cant wait lakers and heat go head to head,if they get through the d of barnes and artest.kobe for life!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  106. peter mack says:

    This is so great! imagine!

    PG-Blake/Fisher
    SG-Kobe Bryant
    SF-Ron Artest/Matt Barnes
    PF-Gasol/Odom
    C- Bynum

    AND WE’RE GOOD TO GO!

  107. moja says:

    I like this move… though i hope the Lakers will still make a move to get Shaq back… Shaq ending his career in LA is like a dream come true to all Laker fans like me… Anyway, Matt Barnes is a great addition to an already potent line up the Lakers have… His Shooting and Defensive Abilities will enhance the Lakers supporting cast… with Blake at point who is also a potent shooter will make more space for Kobe to operate… and will give Bynum, Gasol and Lamar more stats in assist… Also with Ratliff as backup to Bynum, the Lakers have a good defensive center who can block shoots… No doubt! the Lakers still and will be NBA’s 2011 Champions… Dream On Miami…

    • Josh says:

      That is not true most Laker fans i hear from think Shaq ran his mouth just a little to much. Sorry bro he will never be a Laker again and besides they want a shot blocker and Shaq has never been that no defense and does not rebound never going to happen.

  108. This is a much needed & solid move for the defending champs, Barnes can play tough perimeter defense & offensively, off the ball around the perimeter as a 3 point threat/Slasher. The Lakers in my opinion strengthened their 2nd unit with this move. If all is well come fall the lakers 2nd unit should consistently hold their own against the rest of the league something that was missing in the 09-10 campaign.Also looking forward to Odom coming back as a more fluid & efficient player from the world championships so he can lead the 2nd unit more effectively something he wasnt able to do last year because of multiple undisclosed injuries. Most of all the Lakers should be an even better defensive team, so much that this Laker team can establish & build a well known vision, identity & reputation with its new assembled defensive line-up much like the Bulls did in the mid 90’s with Jordan, Rodman Pippen & Co.In addition, Acquiring Ratliff & barnes should help counter the depth of Miamis moves of acquiring 3 7 footers of their own, nullify their 3 point perimeter shooting & help contain the continual driving of Miami’s perennial All stars in James & wade by playing barnes, artest & kobe around the perimeter. Come June this should be another Finals Clash of theTitans between the two allstar teams in Miami & L.A but the advantage clearly shifts to Lakers!! Wait youre turn Miami youll get their eventually, Lakers 3peat in 2011!! or enlighten me if you think otherwise, ha ha!!

  109. Vijay says:

    Barnes is a great addition. Kobe’s lobbying for him and previously Bell shows his maturity and also an eye for players that fit well with what they do and need. Another thing, Sekou, refrain from all the media hype and ranting about foes joining together and this being a new thing and the like. Artest like Kobe are fierce competitors. Artest always said that is goal is to be the best defender and the only way to do that is to seek out the best “offenders” and lock them up, hence Kobe. Kobe knew this and respected it. It’s mutual respect thing. It is nowhere near the same as “Lebron” jumping ship from a quality team, the nba’s best record back to back season, 2 time MVP to go join his friends in “South Beach”. Ridiculous. I totally agree with Jordan’s assessment and the fact that Lebron joining Wade hurts one person only, Lebron. Wade has already been there and done that, Lebron hasn’t. Secondly all Miami has successfully done is created a no win situation for themselves i.e. if the Celtics, Orlando, Chicago or Lakers beat them in the playoff, bragging rights to the teams mentioned, if Miami win, they are expected to win with that wealth of talent, only ones who really would care are those in South Beach.

  110. Zzanzabar says:

    The Lakers are the master of the ‘little tweak’ when it comes to line up adjustments. Since rebounds and defense are the primary ingredients for a playoff winning format, the Lakers have this in spades.

  111. Aaron says:

    In a offense where you don’t need a true point guard the Lakers just sured up a potential scenario where Kobe, if they met the Heat in the Finals could guard Miller or Chalmers, without having to spend so much energy playing Lebron or D Wade. Kobe aka “The GM” knows what he’s doing as he tried to get Raja to fit that role before. LA and Miami are playing chess and it’s fun to watch, looks like the Boston and NY arms races of recent years. Can’t wait for the season to start, the NBA is BACK BABY!!!

  112. Vegasguy says:

    Champions doing what Champions do! The weak spot on the Laker team last year was the bench and now we will have 3 guys that were starters last year coming off the bench + Odem who could start on any team other than the Lakers. I will not call a 3-peat because a lot can happen during the course of the NBA season but the defending champions got better this offseason while the majority of the West got weaker.

  113. eberman says:

    I agree that signing barnes is an excellent move, but I heard that means the lakers can’t afford to bring shannon brown back. Barnes does add a solid contribution to our bench, with ratliff, odom playing 30+ minutes, blake, walton, and company it looks really good, but shannon is emerging and is a fan favorite in LA. He did average 8+ points last year. Is barnes a good signing in light of brown (possibly) leaving?

    • Concern says:

      Glad that Lakers got Barnes but looking at the current roster of the lakers Shannon Brown is not in it just want to know if he is still a Laker.

      • Ron says:

        The Los Angeles Lakers and Shannon Brown are currently in contract discussions and are looking forward too signing Shannon within a week or two.

    • Josh says:

      These are great signing we can rest players and have proven players still be out their i like Brown and wanted him back but Matt Barnes is a way better defesive player and Brown is a tweener can’t dribble good enough to play point and not tall enough to play two guard. Matt Barnes is big enough to play small and skilled enough to play two allowing rest for players that have not been able to get any because sasha is garbage and also Walton niether can shoot or play defense. Ratliff is a great pick up a shot blocker while byname is resting and a rebounder. They can also play Bynam and Ratliff together because Bynam is such a good low post offensive player you still have to double him and ratliff can crash the offensive glass also help on defensive glass. Just made the Lakers Defense that people think they have lagitament. Love both of theis player. Lakers all the way Miami can’t stack up to them they have three great players and alot of crap the lakers have two great and three more that are really good. And a way better bench Sorry miami fans Lakers rule.

    • Sgt Psycho says:

      The Lakers Have “Early Bird Rights” with Shannon, so the two signings have no affect on resigning Brown.

  114. TheLakerFanSlamAjam says:

    PG Fish/Blake
    SG Mamba/brown/machine
    SF RonRon/Barnes
    PF Gasol/TheCandyMan
    C Bynum/Ratliff

    This puppy is over! Incredible acquisitions! Miami super friends? Say hello to the golden state legion of doom!
    Lakers 3peat, phil retires, fish retires, and kobe fades to black as the greatest of all time NEXT not behind but NEXT to michael jeffrey jordan.

    Lakeshow LETS GO!

    • Brian says:

      Nice!

    • LakersBengalsFan says:

      Excellent lineup. Brown still needs to sign though. Also, I haven’t seen Theo play for a while so I do not know how his game will fit in (probably just erfectly…. on the bench). But I would have been so much happier had we gotten Brad Miller instead of him. Miller would have been a perfect fit to the triangle, offensively at least. He can help keep people from doubling Pau with his excellent midrange jumpers. Too bad his asking price was too high

    • wow23 says:

      wow next to mj your crazy mayne

  115. brandy says:

    what up Matt Barnes being on the court with Kobe every night is going to bring out a side of him that the world knew he had all alone a skill level that separate him from a large amount off players he would be a nice addition
    Kobe make people a threat a with his offensive style hands down a good move he a slow Dwayne wade down Gasol or Bynum get the block Artest slow Lebron and same thing while Bosh have his hands full with Odom so with the so called trio making moves la still the team to beat oh yeh dont forget a bout the black mamba got D himself the Lakers only team who can afford to double if decided.

  116. Tagausig says:

    woah! what a move by the Lakers. I am not a Lakers fun, not even Kobe’s fan. But the way Lakers doing in their lineup for this coming season seems that they are still the favorite to win another championship. I like how the management balance the team around Kobe. I hate to say this, but I think Kobe will win he’s sixth ring.

    Thumbs up for the Lakers management for keeping their core intact and adding more strength on their lineup.

  117. Candid says:

    One more good defender to go up against the so called Miami Supreme 3. Good defender, good player, good job Lakers.

    • elvitron says:

      2010 big 3 went dwn to lakers now 2011 supreme 3 will go dwn to lakers just like celtics LEST GO LAKERS!!!! hope we have a rally at the coliseum for 2011

  118. Pooch says:

    Wow what a nice move.

    This is a good preparation for Miami for the NBA championships.

    Artest and Barnes will take turn guarding Lebron. Lebron will be frustrated with their dirty defense. It means,

    I’m smelling a trophy to the lakers again.

  119. TMAX says:

    Defense. It’s defense that win titles along with good offense. The Lakers have a good mixture of tough defense along with tough offense. This will be an interesting season and playoffs. Lakers vs Miami in 2011 finals. Lakers win 3rd straight title. GO LA.

  120. alaska LA fan says:

    another brick in a strong defensive wall. i like it, not grabbing what brings money but what brings depth to make winning just a little easyer. and this team has a lot of hart and pashion for the game, and that helps everyone preform at the highest level. so again with a nother strong defender and this strong willed team, i see good games in the future. lets just wait tell the storm hits to see who can stand and who well fall. LA FOR LIFE.

    • J Miller says:

      I’ve noticed just a few spelling errors in your comment alaska LA fan: ‘…make winning just a little easyer. and this team has a lot of hart and pashion for the game, and that helps everyone preform at the highest level.’ Looks like the Alaskan educational system is failing miserably.

      • alaska LA fan says:

        well i might not have gotten the best education, but seeing as how you didnt tell us that we are wrong then i must be right. thanks for agreeing with me.

      • Josh says:

        J miller looks like the fact your a rude person is very dialed in why do you have to make someone else feel bad because you obviously lack in other ways grow up and get over the hif=gh school childish making fun of people to make you feel better about what your not please.

      • sane_la_fan says:

        Are we shootin the sh!t here, or is this a spelling exam?

      • OH LOOK LA MI says:

        were here not to compete in a spelling bee contest…basketball is what makes us come here…specially lakers

      • OH LOOK LA MI says:

        another laker hater i guess

  121. Meech says:

    I dont think it will be a walk in the park… but this team is starting to look more and more like the 97 and 98 bulls teams that was stacked with excellent defenders

    • CAS says:

      I so agree with you!!! And Im a Lakers fan from the Tampa FL area, and often go to Magic games. Matt Barnes impresses me a lot. There were a couple games even when he defends players at the 4 position which is really hard to do when your 6’6 or 6’7 and relatively skinny. Overall I did become a fan of Barnes in the Magic rotation and figured he’d be there for a while. Im so glad he a Laker now. Outstanding sacrificer if thats even a word. Hard working defensive player that will be a really good 3 coming of the bench and at times starting. People compare him to Bell and thats ok… But I really did compare him to the likes of Pippen minus the 15 to 25 points a night and if he adapts to the triangle quick– that could be a dangerous defensive situation to the western conference.

  122. weepitgud888 says:

    I guess it went well for us when Raja Bell signed in Utah. We able to get Barnes. I will choose Barnes over Bell…. :)

  123. weepitgud888 says:

    Our bench upgraded tremendously in addition of Barnes and Ratliff…. I like it the most that Lakers is looking for players that are defensive minded and nasty!!! I guess the quest for 3peat already started!!!!! Go LAKERS!!!!

    • Lynn Dao says:

      That’s soooooo TRUE! The Lakers r the favs here and r the 1 2 beat.
      Who do u think the Lakers will play in the playoffs when it’s the Western Conference Finals?
      I’ve got a feeling it’s the OKC.

    • Josh says:

      The portland trailblazers won 50 plus games even after being beat up word on street is paul is being traded here soon.

  124. Mioamm says:

    it looks like paul peirce, lebron james, and kevin durant will have an even tougher time trying to score against the lakers this season. Lakers will 3 peat with these signings.

    • QuestionMark says:

      lol forget Wade.. he is the star of Miami after all.. Lebron comes 2nd and then Bosh

      • basketball :D VC,LBJ,WILT says:

        question mark he was talking about the small forwards cos artest and barnes are small forwards

    • elvitron says:

      like the lakers D kobe on wade, barnes on lebron, artest on miller and gasol on bosh this will be a good final to watch and cant forget about devin ebanks he is some1 to watch for when he plays

      • Zeya says:

        artest will guard lebron and they would still put barnes on miller and kobe on dwayne…he’s a good defender but artest will still be more physical against lebron…plus he has a nack for getting inside the heads of superstars…no real superstar will fear barnes, but he will earn their respect…

      • Nick says:

        @ Zeya

        Kobe probably won’t guard Wade half the time, he would probably guard Miller with Barnes/Artest taking turns on Wade/LeBron, thats IF all 3 are on at the same time

    • oscar says:

      it looks like all those guys (lebron, durant, pierce, wade, bosh, carmelo,o’mare,dirk, and every allstar available are gonna have to put a team together to beat the TWO TIME CHAMPIONS THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS!!!

  125. robert zenon says:

    I see the Lakers adding Barnes, because you can always use another tough defender in this league and now they have one in Barnes. I like that. his D-skills will definitely make it an easy transition when it comes to playing teams with a lot of scoring capabilities. He and Artest and Kobe on the floor will bring a tough defensive mentality to the floor for the Lakers. I like this sign alot.

    • Meech says:

      This is an excellent pickup. Basically a younger Raja Bell with a slightly less consistant 3 point shot. People keep talking about Miami and Lakers matchup. First off they both have to win their conferences. With this pickup alone it makes the Lakers pretty difficult to score against.

    • Jake says:

      Shoot! How do the Lakers always manage to pull off deals like this?