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In an unexpected twist, ESPNLA.com is reporting the Lakers have hired Mike D’Antoni, not Phil Jackson, to be their next head coach.
From all accounts Phil was just “asking for the moon” and the Lakers were unable to come to an agreement with him.
For the complete story, check it out at ESPNLA.com.
So apparently the Lakers have a new way to motivate rookie forward Derrick Caracter to stay in shape, “keep your weight down, and we’ll pay you.”
According to a report on ProBasketballTalk.com,
Caracter has a $473,000 contract this year with $250,000 guaranteed. If Caracter weighs 275 pounds or less on Sept. 10, the contract becomes fully guaranteed.
There is a future for Caracter in “Laker Land,” especially with the team letting both DJ Mbenga and Josh Powell go this off season. If Caracter can keep himself in shape, there is some playing time to be had. And it seems the Lakers are willing to reward him financially for doing so.
This writer knows that for $177k, he’d surely keep himself under 275 pounds. Of course it would take two of him to equal that weight, but I digress.
Maybe the Lakers should have thought about employing this when Shaq still wore purple and gold.
It’s finally official. Lakers forward Ronny Turiaf, is now former-Lakers forward Ronny Turiaf, as the team declined to match his 4-year, $17 million deal with the Golden State Warriors.
According to ESPN.com, the contract the Warriors offered would have pushed the Lakers further into the luxury tax for being over the salary cap.
Turiaf spent three years as a Laker, his best being this past season where he played in 78 games and averaged 6.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.38 blocks per game off of the bench.
His enthusiasm and energetic play will be missed, but it had became apparent this week that his days with the Lakers were numbered.
The Lakers only pick of the 2008 NBA draft, Joe Crawford from Kentucky, sat down today with Lakers.com and gave his first real interview wearing the purple and gold.
Follow the link below to watch it!