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Mickael Pietrus says Kobe wants him on Lakers

Jul 7, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

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Mickael Pietrus did not like how he was used by the Phoenix Suns after being traded to them from Orlando last season.

Now he wants to change his focus and play a role on a team that can win a title, he told the French publication L’Equipe (via Hoopshype, who did the translation).

And he said Kobe Bryant himself would like to see Pietrus as a Laker.

“Phoenix didn’t use me, but that’s their problem. I’m going to continue working. The only thing I care about is winning a title.”

“A lot of teams are interested in me, like the Lakers or the Celtics. This came from the best player in the world: Kobe Bryant. He told me two months ago that he would like to see me with the Lakers.”

Pietrus just picked up his $5.3 million player option with the Suns, so he didn’t want to leave THAT bad.

Kobe Bryant may be one of the best players in the game today, but his GM skills have always been questionable. At best. The Lakers need to get more athletic but do they need another wing player who is a spotty shooter (39.2 percent overall with the Suns, 34.2 percent from three) and plays inconsistent defense? Not sure that solves the Lakers problems.

  1. khandor - Jul 7, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    I completely agree with Mickael Pietrus that Phoenix did an exceptionally poor job of using him last season. He is a highly effective wing player, if used properly, and would be a terrific fit beside the likes of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom and Ron Artest.

    • urodaddy07 - Jul 7, 2011 at 11:46 PM

      Yeah, guess I see that point, but he’s sort of in the same mold as Matt Barnes. He may because bit better offensively but not as good defensively. So he may fitbin ok, but I don’t think he’ll help them get another ring. I actually think LA had all the pieces in place to win, they just got lazy and complacent and in my book thats a whole lot worse that not having skill and talent. I know Kobe isnt 100% but he hasn’t been or a long time and probably ever will be. They’re just not a cohesive team and whatever else Phil achieved he failed in that regard. I don’t know how much of that failure was due to deferring to Kobe too much, but I think it has something to do with it. Anyway I am still a Laker fan, go Kobe!!

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