The result of a very quick and not too thorough search produced PROOF (a word so often misused, but here I am using it properly) that Bryant's MVP was not "undisputed". I don't even necessarily agree with all of the following opinions, but that the subject (of the Lakers' best player in the 2010 Finals) was in dispute is beyond dispute.
"Twenty-three offensive rebounds tells you how much this team fought to win this championship," said Gasol. (He received my Finals MVP vote because he was the best player on the court for the Lakers in the final six minutes, which is when the championship was won.)
"Pau Gasol: The Real Finals MVP"
There were many, many others, but I rest my case. [mic drop]
Bring back Del Harris!
Plus, the keen observer (including opposing GMs) recognizes that he's not a bad asset. He is an asset being misused. What's the difference, though? Trading him has my blessing.
Sure, D'Antoni was hired to coach THIS group, and expressed in no uncertain terms that THIS group should be expected to win a championship. But clearly he has failed, and the only thing left to do is to compound the error of his hiring by trading away a strong asset (for which there is no shortage of interested parties who recognize this) at about 20 cents on the dollar.
The alternative is to do nothing, because realistically, D'Antoni is going nowhere for a while. Doing nothing is not a good alternative. So... trade Gasol.
The team needs to have a players only meeting and resolve whatever is going on.
Having a players only meeting wont get you a real coach or consistent players.Originally Posted by jsthornton7:24999606
This is complete bu ll s hit and you know it. No shortage of teams willing take Pau? They must be lining up to trade for his services. Get real man, his trade value has bottomed out and we would be lucky to have a team or two that would consider taking him on. He is injury prone now and had become a bad asset. And the notion of him playing out of position is ridiculous.
Pau has played like punk with no heart since Phil's Final year with the Lakers. He has had a few coaches that have not had success with him so your argument for Pau holds no weight.
To add to this, at this point it does not matter who they trade for because Dantoni was the wrong coach for the Job. This team has played so bad I cannot remember a worse Lakers team since 89 with this amount of talent on the team. I would be absolutely shocked if they even get 20 cents on the dollar at this point for Pau.
Last edited by Swift Game; 01-08-2013 at 11:09 PM.