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Originally Posted by HRoi View Post

agree about Indiana. although the strategy of "let's stay at home on the perimeter" works well against them even if it usually results in David West going off. it also seems like every team's offensive game plan against them should be to get Roy Hibbert into foul trouble, which is fairly easy to execute

I'm not a Nets believer though. Deron is underperforming, Joe Johnson is the worlds most expensive floor spacer (which really should be his role anyway unless you want an Atlanta style iso-Joe offense), and their success hinges on Brook Lopez 2.0, which has apparently finally installed rebounding.exe and increased aggressiveness close to the offensive basket

thats pretty much old school boring but extremely NBA playoff offense though. good point guard, iso scorer/deadeye shooter, anchored with a center.
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Originally Posted by jpeirpont View Post

Why are we talking about te Knicks here, as if they have a chance at making it out of the first round.

[edmorel] have you seen how Indiana and Chicago played the Heat? they create a bunch of matchup problems. the Knicks could do it too.[/edmorel]
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lol so KD gets fined $25k for making a throat slicing gesture? this is out of control.
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Originally Posted by jpeirpont View Post

Why are we talking about te Knicks here, as if they have a chance at making it out of the first round.

listening to all that Jay Z garbage has affected your brain.
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Thanks, ESPN, for choosing to re-air today's coverage of The Masters rather than an NBA game. No really, thank you.
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Originally Posted by LawrenceMD View Post

. The way the Lakers are riding kobe makes me worry for him injury wise going into the playoffs (where he'll play even more minutes probably).

Give the man a raise.
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Sorry Kobe.

Terrible game for the refs. Still can't believe what I saw. I'm not a tin-foiler, just saying the refs really, really sucked. Likely a product of incompetence but it doesn't make the loss any easier to take.
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ouch. torn Achilles at his age and this stage in his career? I feel for the guy and hope we see him again - he says he's coming back but wasn't he already planning to retire at the end of next year?
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Originally Posted by HRoi View Post

ouch. torn Achilles at his age and this stage in his career? I feel for the guy and hope we see him again - he says he's coming back but wasn't he already planning to retire at the end of next year?

I dont think he was planning to retire without a run at Kareems all time scoring record. Nasty injury. He'll recover.
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Kobe's similar injury comparison is Dominique Wilkins who tore his achilles at the age of 32. Within a year he was back at full strength and doing things like so:

Look up wilkins stats after 1992 (when the injury happened) and you can see he was playing at a very high level:


If I remember he was still flying over defenders and dunking at 37 when he was on the spurs.

I fully expect to play nash near 40mins per game in the playoffs now ffffuuuu.gif
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Originally Posted by idfnl View Post

I dont think he was planning to retire without a run at Kareems all time scoring record. Nasty injury. He'll recover.

Probably booked the first flight to Germany to get the finest Nazi placenta stem cells money can buy.
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Interesting take on whether the Lakers should amnesty Kobe

"When Kobe Bryant went down in the fourth quarter of Friday night's game against the Golden State Warriors, the immediate concern for the Lakers organization was winning the game and maintaining its tenuous grip on the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. However, when news broke that Bryant's injury was, in fact, a probable torn Achilles tendon, the confidence built by the Lakers' closing the win without him was quickly negated. "It's just a tough hit, tough blow for everyone and, for the ones who love him and have a great respect for him, even more," teammate Pau Gasol said with tears in his eyes.

The reality is that, even with a healthy Bryant, the Lakers had been doomed to be first-round fodder for, most likely, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Now, as Bryant begins the arduous road to recovery, the franchise seems to be at its lowest point in a season full of low points. But if the Lakers shift their focus from the immediate future to the long term, they'll find that this injury might actually be the best thing to happen.

If it is indeed a torn Achilles tendon that Bryant suffered Friday, the Lakers have to figure out how to make the best of a bad situation.

And it can start with using the amnesty provision on Kobe Bryant.

First, a word about Achilles injuries …

The ruptured Achilles tendon is one of the most devastating injuries in basketball. If Bryant suffered a full tear, the rehab and recovery might last a year.

It likely will be four months before he can start jogging and six months before he can commence on-court drills. Many players return but never recapture their pre-injury levels of production, or return too early and further injure themselves. In a recent example, Chauncey Billups of the Los Angeles Clippers tore his Achilles tendon in February 2012, attempted to come back in late November 2012 and played three games before sitting again until February 2013.

So it is fair to assume that even with an aggressive rehab, we can expect Bryant to be out until about the All-Star break, and even then he might be a shell of his former self. To fully recuperate at his age (almost 35), he probably should take an entire year off, effectively missing the 2013-14 season.

The Lakers' salary situation

If Dwight Howard re-signs for the maximum allowable salary, which would start at about $20.5 million in 2013-14, the Lakers can expect their payroll to top $100 million (assuming Metta World Peace does not exercise his early termination option and the Lakers renounce all other impending free agents, such as Earl Clark and Devin Ebanks).

Under the new punitive measures of the CBA, taxpaying teams will be subject to incremental tax rates; in other words, the further above the luxury tax threshold you are, the more you pay for additional salary. Assuming the luxury tax threshold is $72 million in 2013-14 (which is actually a favorable assumption for the Lakers), L.A. can expect to pay about $85 million in luxury taxes.

To clarify: That's $100 million plus in salary, and another $85 million plus to the NBA for the right to pay its players that much -- almost $200 million cash out for the 2013-14 season alone.

On top of that hefty bill, the Lakers would face other penalties: They would continue to be prohibited from acquiring players via sign-and-trade and would not be able to use the full midlevel exception (worth $5.2 million in 2013-14) or the biannual exception (worth $2.0 million in 2013-14). Additionally, they could open themselves up for possible repeater tax penalties down the line in 2015 or 2016 (yes, an even more punitive tax structure awaits them).

After the Lakers' bitterly disappointing performance so far in 2012-13, and now with Bryant injured, it's easy to see that the costs of moving forward with this roster as presently constructed far outweigh the benefits. The best way to avoid the looming financial wreck would be to miraculously shed roughly $30 million from the official payroll.

The amnesty provision

ESPN Insider colleague Larry Coon has written the definitive document on the NBA's complicated collective bargaining agreement -- the NBA Salary Cap FAQ.

Here is a key passage for the Lakers:

"Amnesty is a one-time opportunity for teams to release one player via the waiver process and remove him from their team salary and luxury tax computations. For a player to be eligible for the Amnesty provision he must be on his team's roster continuously from July 1, 2011 to the date he is amnestied, without any new contract, extension, renegotiation or other amendment to his contract in the meantime."

What this means for the Kobe and the Lakers

So the Lakers could cut Kobe and erase his contract from the books (although they would still have to pay him the $30.4 million remaining on his contract after this season).

Not only would the Lakers save tens of millions of dollars in tax payments but they also would once again have the ability to improve their roster via the full midlevel exception, the biannual exception and sign-and-trade deals. They wouldn't have Bryant, but he likely will spend most of the season rehabbing anyway.

There is a catch, but even that works out in the Lakers' favor, if they want to take advantage of it. When a team "amnesties" a player, it cannot reacquire that player until the expiration date of the contract. For example, the Houston Rockets let Luis Scola go in 2012 with three years remaining on his deal; as such, they are prohibited from reacquiring Scola until 2015 (when his original deal would have expired).

In Bryant's case, his contract would expire just about the time he's ready to return to full health. Therefore, the Lakers would be able to bring him back just at the time he would be worth bringing back, presumably. (We're assuming that he can make it all the way back, but it's not a given, based on the history of NBA Achilles tendon injuries.) And if he can't get healthy, the Lakers wouldn't have to sign him.

Solving the PR problem

Releasing such an iconic player could become a public relations nightmare for the Lakers, among fans and others around the league. But that problem is solved if Bryant cooperates.

By publicly agreeing to depart via the amnesty provision, Bryant could save the Lakers' reputation, their cash and their flexibility to build for the future. In fact, the ideal scenario for the Lakers would be for Bryant to announce that amnesty was his idea -- his way of sparing the Lakers' ownership and front office the scorn of a fan base that otherwise would see this as a slap in the face, to Bryant and to their support for him and the team.

Why would Kobe do this? Well, one incentive could be a tacit understanding with the Lakers that he would be able to rejoin the team in the summer of 2014 as an unrestricted free agent. That's just when the Lakers are expected to have a massive amount of cap room to sign Bryant (at a smaller number) and other free agents.

If the Lakers and Bryant were to have such an understanding, neither party would be able to acknowledge it publicly because the NBA has harsh rules against under-the-table deals with prospective free agents. But the real-world truth of the NBA is that such agreements have been known to happen in the league from time to time -- some would say they happen quite frequently, in fact.

In this scenario, everybody wins: The Lakers get in better financial shape; Bryant gets paid without having to join another franchise; and he comes back to a stronger roster than the one he left behind.

Bryant has vowed to retire a Laker. But it doesn't sound as if he's ready to retire yet, even after Friday night's setback. And we know he desperately wants to win at least one more ring -- his next one will tie him with Michael Jordan. If he and the Lakers can find a way to make amnesty palatable for all concerned, he might just get what he wants."
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Terrible break for Kobe and the Lakers. What else could possibly go wrong this season? The look on Kobe's face when he hobbled back to the line to shoot his free throws... my gosh... how painful must it be to "walk" with a torn Achilles? Love him or hate him the man is a warrior.
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