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Magic Johnson is down with Lakers trade. We must stop the madness.

Feb 1, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

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Mitch Kupchak tried to give his Lakers a swift kick in the motivation by talking trades. Not that Kupchak wouldn’t consider it, but he has no reasonable options so it was more talk than legitimate option. Lakers fans didn’t care, they jumped on it.

Today, no-longer-a-Lakers-owner Magic Johnson (he still has a statue out in front of Staples, so he has some juice) jumped on the trade-for-motivation bandwagon, when talking to Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles.

“I think we have to,” Johnson said. “We have to do something. The Lakers are not responding and two things showed me that — the Miami Heat Christmas game and then the Boston Celtics game [on Sunday]. When you don’t get up for your two biggest games during the season and you have flat performances, then you have to start looking at trade possibilities to improve the team and bring some energy to the team and bring some new life to the team….

“Unfortunately we’re looking old and we’re playing old,” Johnson said. “We’re not responding to the more athletic teams and the quicker teams. So we must change something. I think we have to now look at this team and maybe say we’re not good enough. Things might have to change.”

I don’t care if Magic is on board, it’s time to stop this madness.

There will be no Lakers trades.

The Lakers have no tradable assets. Well, they do if they want to give up Andrew Bynum or Pau Gasol. If you’re a Lakers fan and you think they should do that, you’re wrong. Flat out wrong. You just won back-to-back titles with this group and you want to break it up because of a January slump? Really?

Bottom line the Lakers are not about to break up the core — Kobe Bryant, Gasol, Bynum and Lamar Odom — and nobody wants the other parts. Ron Artest is having an off-year and has three years and $22 million left. Nobody is touching that. Same with Luke Walton and his two years, $11 million. Same with Steve Blake and the three years on his deal. You could find takers for Matt Barnes ($1.9 million player option next year) or Shannon Brown ($2.3 million player option next year) but at those prices you will not get near the value back.

Lakers fans — this is the team you are going to the dance with. Either this unit gets it together or they don’t, but if you think you have assets that teams are willing to trade quality players for in this economic climate you are more delusional than the people who think 127 Hours could win the Best Picture Oscar.

Lakers fans, you better hope this team figures out how to motivate itself (and how to beat a Celtics team that is better than the one that pushed you seven games last season) if you plan on having another parade down Figueroa.

But stop the trade madness.

  1. loungefly74 - Feb 2, 2011 at 8:08 AM

    agree. great article. people are hitting the panic button way too quick. phil jackson has rallied this team to perform at the right time, the playoffs…he can do it again. if the playoffs were to start today, we would be the #2 seed…the difference being an extra home game for the spurs (who look great ) compared to last year. really…that’s not that bad. stay the course…aftera ll, they are the 2 time defending champs. isn’t that proof enough this team has the moxie to get it done? you bet your sweet 3-peat arse it does!

  2. ocgunslinger - Feb 2, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    I also agree. However, other than Kobe, this team does not seem to have the ability or the “Killer” instinct to put other teams away. Right now this team will make the playoff’s but I doubt they will get past San Antonio let alone either the Celtic’s or the Heat unless they quit relying on Kobe so much and others start contributing regularly. Difficult when Kobe is the only consistent Laker this year.

  3. metalhead65 - Feb 2, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    as a celtics fan I love what is happening to the lakers. one question though,what happens if somebody besides kobe does step up and tries to take charge of games?does kobe approve or does he pout and stop taking shots like he has before when he is not the center of attention?what if said player takes the last shot and misses?will kobe and fans be happy with that? I suspect that he along with the fans would be furious so I think they are stuck with what they have and I for one hope they continue playing like they did in Jan.

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