TMZ has learned the New Orleans Saints are determined to get Los Angeles Lakers star Derek Fisher into their locker room for opening day … because they believe Fish holds the key to back-to-back championships.
Derek “has been asked by the Saints to address the team before their home opener in N.O. on September 9.” We’re told the team especially wants Derek to talk about what it takes to lock down consecutive championships “as he did with the Lakers.”
Fisher personally received calls from coaches and “other team staff” — and we’re told the courting worked … because Fisher agreed and will be in the Superdome to pump up the reigning Super Bowl champs before they take the field.
I’ve heard about the Illuminati conspiracy. To be honest, I don’t really care. As long as Kobe keeps playing like Kobe and the Lakers keep doing what they’re good at doing (winning) all of the other stuff, I couldn’t care less about.
E-mail me and I’ll let you know. (foreverla2009 [at] gmail.com)
Anonymous asked: What happened to the guy the lakers drafted? :S
Signed Caracter to a guaranteed rookie contract for 2 years and Ebanks to a non-guaranteed contract.
Anonymous asked: Did pau’s nickname ‘the doctor’ ever kick in?
I don’t think so. At least I’ve never referred to Pau as “The Doctor.” If anything I would think his nickname would be “The Spaniard” and some other such nickname that, for the life of me, I can’t remember right now.
mohundreds asked: I really think thats messed up to resign shanon brown for less than what NY is willing to give him, farmar goes to NJ and gets 12 millie your telling me that shanon cant at least get 5 to 6? really rediculous and I know the cap is full but i feel that some other guys should be taking cuts so everyone gets paid efficiently, just my thoughts though.
To be honest, Shannon isn’t a good enough player to call in $5/6M. That’s the name of the business… Maybe it was lowballing him, but at the end of the day he re-signed right? And as compensation for offering less money yearly, they offered him more years (2) while the Knicks only offered him a one year contract. Also, I think this is worth mentioning, players that have already signed into a contract (ex: Kobe, Pau, Bynum, etc) can’t take pay cuts AFTER signing a contract. I’m almost positive that once players and the organization reach a deal and everything gets signed and sealed players/GM’s aren’t allowed to go back and renegotiate parts of the deal… So that wasn’t going to happen anyway. What matters is he’s back right?
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“We are working really hard to bring home another title. I’m honored to play with Kobe [Bryant] and I think the team has become a formidable force. There are new teams and newer challenges thrown at us but I’m confident that we can work around it all.”—Pau Gasol
“Our intentions were to sign those players (Steve Blake, Matt Barnes, Theo Ratliff) prior to Miami coalescing all of the talent that was left over. I don’t think we reacted to them. Once the season is over, we look backwards on the season and say, ‘Were there any weaknesses? Could we do something to improve this team?’ And we did that quite independently of Miami. I think we just prepared ourselves for the general war, not specifically for anyone.”—Jerry Buss
Ron Artest’s No. 37 jersey is going to be a one-hit wonder.
Artest will be wearing No. 15 next season for the Lakers. Artest wore No. 37 in his first season as a Laker in a tribute to the late Michael Jackson, whose “Thriller” album stayed atop the pop charts for 37 weeks. Artest became a champion wearing No. 37, but he put in the request late last season with the NBA to switch to his college number at St. John’s and the first number he wore in his NBA career: 15.
The Lakers’ other second-round draft pick, Derrick Caracter, a 6-9 big man selected No. 58 out of the University of Texas-El Paso, has also agreed to terms with the team. Caracter is flying out to Los Angeles on Thursday to officially sign with the team Friday, according to Caracter’s agent, Happy Walters.
Walters said Caracter’s deal is guaranteed at the rookie minimum for 2010-11 with a team option in place worth approximately $788,000 for the following season.
Caracter averaged 14.1 points and 8.1 rebounds in his lone season with UTEP after transferring from Louisville.
The signings cap off a successful offseason for Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, who managed to retain coach Phil Jackson and guards Derek Fisher and Shannon Brown; add tested-veteran free agents Steve Blake, Matt Barnes and Theo Ratliff without overpaying; and find two players to help the team via the 2010 NBA draft despite not having a first-round pick. That pick was sent to the Memphis Grizzlies as part of the Pau Gasol trade.
The Lakers will carry 14 players on their roster next season, one more than the league-minimum 13 the team had in 2009-10.
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward Devin Ebanks, it was announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.
Selected by the Lakers with the 43rd pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, Ebanks, a 20 year-old early entry candidate out of West Virginia University, played two seasons for the Mountaineers, averaging 11.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 69 games. Named to the Big East All-Rookie and All-Tournament team as a freshman and selected All-Big East Third Team as a sophomore, the 6’9” forward posted 16 career double-doubles at West Virginia and led the team in rebounding during each of his two seasons.
Additionally, Ebanks started all five games for the Lakers 2010 Summer League entry in Las Vegas, averaging 15.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 33.3 minutes.
He will wear #3. Contract details: Ebanks signed a non-guaranteed deal for the rookie minimum worth $473,604 if he makes the team, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“A lot of people rank players from different opinions, but if you wanna go with ring standpoint it has to be Kobe. LeBron is a great athlete, D-Wade is a great athlete, but it’s close. I’m lucky to have been able to play with both of those guys, but Kobe right now has had that eye for a long time. I’ve known him for a while. When he gets that eye there aren’t really too many people that can beat him.”—Shaq on the greatest player he has teamed with
“We have a bond that will never be broken. If there’s one person I could choose that I’m gonna go play a basketball game with everything on the line, I’m going to choose him. And he will choose me.”—Derek Fisher on Kobe Bryant
“Obviously, the process took a while, but Shannon wanted to be here and they wanted him. Shannon had a number of other opportunities out there, but he had been in L.A. for two years and they won two championships. The chance to go for a three-peat is very special to him.”—Mark Bartelstein, Shannon Brown’s agent
Agent of Shannon Brown, Mark Bartelstein, says the 2-time champ is leaning towards re-signing with the Los Angeles Lakers in quest for a three-peat, says the New York Post. He is expected to make his decision Thursday
The New York Knicks have an offer on the table for one year, $2.7 million, while the Lakers plan offer a multi-year deal with less per year.
“I am honored to be joining the Celtics. I have played against Paul, Ray, Kevin, Rajon, and Jermaine for many years and it will be great to be able to call them my teammates. I cannot wait to get to Boston to get started in pursuit of another championship.”—Shaq (SMH)