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Lakers sign Josh McRoberts to fill in for Lamar Odom

Dec 13, 2011, 6:07 PM EDT

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Josh McRoberts has a lot of fans around the league because he is a hard-nosed, smart player — not flashy but he plays within himself and gets the job done.

Which will make him an interesting fit on the Los Angeles Lakers. McRoberts signed for two years with the Lakers for the mini mid-level exception of $2.5 million per year, tweets Marc Spears of Yahoo. McRoberts, a Duke alum, played last season in Indiana.

McRoberts essentially replaces Odom on the court, although in a very different way. McRoberts is a great pickup at that price for the Lakers — solid rebounder and defender who is a very efficient scorer around the rim (68 percent shooter within three feet, according to John Schuhmann at He’s going to get open looks in L.A. he did not in Indiana, so his midrange may improve. He will provide quality minutes behind Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum (especially now that Derrick Caracter may be out for the season with a torn meniscus in his knee).

But he will not provide the versatility or skill of Odom, who could come in off the bench and just change a game. He also is not married to a Kardashian. Well, at least not yet.

The other thing McRoberts will not provide is a locker room presence. Darius Soriano of Forum Blue & Gold phrased it well — in the Laker locker room Kobe Bryant is the bad cop, Derek Fisher the good cop, and Odom was the big brother who put his arm around you and talked to you about it. He will be missed.

That is not to diminish what is a nice pickup by the Lakers.

  1. dalucks - Dec 13, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Everyday I read something new about the Lakers that makes me lose more respect for Mitch Kupcake. The title of the article should be “Are you kidding me?” The Lakers team was better before the lockout ended and Mitch Kupcake was able to ruin it.

    • tall4myage - Dec 13, 2011 at 6:32 PM

      I cant really pin this mess on Kupcheck. Its on David Stern. If the Chris Paul trade isn’t blocked by der Kommisar in a way without precedent, then we’re all sitting around on this message board talking about how this accquisition is a nice piece to the puzzle to go along with the CP3 deal, and how is Kupcheck going to pull off the Howard trade. No one could have anticipated Stern was going to jump in like he did, especially considering that the league put in a specific person who was going to have the authority to sign off on trades! Guess we can call that guy “GM Teets on a Bull”.

      • sonofsambowie - Dec 13, 2011 at 6:40 PM

        The Lakers were never gonna get Howard and Paul. It’s a pipe dream.

        Oh, and David Stern had every right to Veto the trade. He is the commissioner of the league, and the league owns the team. Pretty basic stuff. He didnt want the GM to leave the Hornets with no valuable assets and nothing that would attract a new owner.

      • florida727 - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:09 AM

        You mean leave the Hornets with no assets, like the position they’ll be in when no trade gets executed, Paul plays the season in New Orleans, then leaves as an unrestricted free agent, and the Hornets go zero compensation for him. That kind of no assets?

    • purplerain53 - Dec 14, 2011 at 10:31 PM

      I am 100% agree with you. There is a big parking lot under my windows and this days, you can see a lots of peoples down there talking about how big of a IDIOTS are Mich Kupcake and Jim Buss. I don’t give a s…t what the other will say. A person, who can’t manage to bring in one of the top two players, we have been talking about is an idiot. A person, who trade one of his best players to our biggest rival, without anything in return is an idiot. A person, who can not get rid of the two parasites we have in our team, 10 days before the start of the season is an idiot. A person, who brings in two scrappy veterans like Jason Kapono and Gerald Green, while we still have on that positions Meta, Walton,Caracter and Ebanks, with so many better choices of the FA’s market, is an IDIOT. And if you think Mr.Kupcake is done with the gaffes, you are very wrong.Just wait and look, what will be happen next.

  2. thevza - Dec 13, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    He will be the new Kurt Rambis of L.A.

  3. Jeff - Dec 13, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    I’ll miss Josh McBob in Pacerland.

  4. sonofsambowie - Dec 13, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    Think it’s both inaccurate and premature to assume he is being brought in to “replace” Odom until we see what the rest of the free-agency period brings. What they did was sign a nice little back-up for 2.5 million per.

    Let us refrain from passing any kind of verdict on the Lakers’ off-season just yet.

  5. stillbleedingblue - Dec 13, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    As a Pacers fan, suckaaaaaas. Lol

  6. willardj - Dec 13, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    Did anyone else fall over with laughter after reading this headline?

    Josh McRoberts…. Really?

  7. bozosforall - Dec 13, 2011 at 8:39 PM


  8. bozosforall - Dec 13, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Time for Kupchak to make that move on Howard. Howard, Nelson and Turkoglu for Bynum, Gasol and a first-round draft choice. Magic get better, Lakers get better…win-win.

    • purplerain53 - Dec 14, 2011 at 10:44 PM


      That deal you have proposed will definitely make the Magics a lot better team than before, but will make Lakersr chances for the playoffs almost ZERO.You must be a magic fan to say something like that.You gave up your two big men without even Lamar being around ? Kobe and Dwight can not make this team a contender. Giving away, both Gasol and Bynum is way too much for Howard. Plus you get with that package another two scrappy veterans.
      Thanks God, Dwight is 99% sure, he will play in Brooklin next season, in a brand new arena, alongside of Deron Williams. Otherwise, with Mich Kupcake and Jimmy, you never know what can happen.Forget about DH and CP. They are SOLD. Lets move on.

  9. isujames - Dec 13, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    WTF is this guy?????

  10. pudgalvin - Dec 13, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    That’s some nice work there, Kurt, trying to sell Lakerland that this a nice move. It probably worked on the people that haven’t actually seen McRoberts play.

  11. 00maltliquor - Dec 13, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    So this is the big move you were talking about making, Mitch?

    Boo. Very boo.

    Epic fail. Kris Humphries, Carl Landry, Reggie Evans, Troy Murphy (all easily attainable). And the best they can come up with is McBob?? Nice try to try selling JMR though Kurt.

  12. jimsjam33 - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:31 PM

    This aquisition means absolutely nothing . Get Dwight Howard for Bynum , Gasol , and a draft pick . Pull the trigger Kupchak before it’s too late .

  13. telergy - Dec 14, 2011 at 2:58 AM

    Lakers fan here… You guys dissing this signing is hilarious. McRoberts can ball and is very efficient and athletic. Stop exposing yourselves as ignorant in these comments.

  14. purplerain53 - Dec 14, 2011 at 10:58 PM

    Josh McRoberts may not be a bad addition, but lets say, Kris Humphries would have been a lot better choice at power forward. Yes, he may not be that cheap, but the guy has average of 10.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per 22 minutes ratio. Carl Landry is another better choice at 4. And if you wanna get a young and good PG to be our starter for years, trade Bynum and the World Peace to Golden State for Stephen Curry. You can also add that “first round pic” from Dallas to get a player like Dorell Wright.This I call a smart move.And is about a time to waive Luke Walton. The guy is just not a basketball material.

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