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2011-12 Season Roster: New year, new coach, new system...

  Lakers 2008-09 roster will include Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol

After the Lakers early exit from the 2011 Playoffs and the retirement of Phil Jackson, the triangle offense era came to an end. Brian Shaw was the only one who could have continued with it but the team decided to hire former Cleveland (and LeBron James) coach Mike Brown.

With the coach situation already decided the other issue to consider was what to do with the roster, a talented group of players that couldn't live to the expectations in 2011 but won the championship the previous two seasons. According to owner Jerry Buss there was going to be only a "tweak here or there", but no major moves.

Reality showed that a trade for Chris Paul was vetoed by the NBA, Odom was sent to Dallas and the Lakers were ready to make a deal for Dwight Howard even at the cost of losing Andrew Bynum or Pau Gasol. But the trade deadlne came and went and took the legend of Derek Fisher with it while replacing him with the youth and speed of Ramon Sessions.

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Complete Roster
Rumors
They arrived
They stay
They left
Change of name
Draft picks

Related:
2012 Playoffs
2010-11 Roster

This is the 2011-2012 Los Angeles Lakers roster

Guards:
No. Player Position Ht Wt Yrs DOB Situation more
5 Steve Blake Point Guard 6-3 172 8 2/26/1980 under contract profile buy jersey
7 Ramon Sessions Point Guard 6-3 190 4 4/11/1986 under contract profile buy jersey
1 Darius Morris Point Guard 6-4 190 R 01/03/1991 rookie profile buy jersey
24 Kobe Bryant Shooting Guard 6-6 205 15 8/23/1978 under contract profile buy jersey
0 Andrew Goudelock Shooting Guard 6-3 200 R 12/07/1988 rookie profile buy jersey
Forwards:
No. Player Position Ht Wt Yrs DOB Situation more
9 Matt Barnes Small Forward 6-7 226 8 3/9/1980 opted in profile buy jersey
3 Devin Ebanks Small Forward 6-9 215 1 10/28/1989 under contract profile buy jersey
88 Christian Eyenga Small Forward 6-7 210 1 6/22/-1989 under contract profile buy jersey
15 Metta World Peace * Small Forward 6-6 244 12 11/13/1979 under contract profile buy jersey
6 Josh McRoberts Power Forward 6-10 240 4 2/28/1987 under contract profile buy jersey
27 Jordan Hill Power F. / Center 6-10 235 2 7/27/1987 under contract profile buy jersey
16 Pau Gasol Power F. / Center 7-0 250 10 7/6/1980 under contract profile buy jersey
Centers:
No. Player Position Ht Wt Yrs DOB Situation more
14 Troy Murphy Power F. / Center 6-11 245 10 5/2/1980 under contract profile buy jersey
17 Andrew Bynum Center 7-0 285 6 10/27/1987 under contract profile buy jersey
Played this season but were traded:
No. Player Position Ht Wt Yrs DOB Situation more
2 Derek Fisher Point Guard 6-1 210 15 8/9/1974 traded profile buy jersey
28 Jason Kapono Small Forward 6-8 215 8 2/4/1987 traded profile buy jersey
4 Luke Walton Small Forward 6-8 235 8 3/28/1980 traded profile buy jersey

* Formerly known as Ron Artest
Note: Yrs
means complete NBA seasons.

Head Coach: Mike Brown
Assistant Coaches:
(they are allowed to be on the bench)
 
John Kuester
Chuck Person
Quin Snyder
Darvin Ham
Special Assistant Coaches:  
Athletic Trainer: Gary Vitti

Rumors

Rumors

March 15: After weeks of speculation the trade deadlne passed and found the Lakers without Dwight Howard who opted to stay in Orlando. and without... Derek Fisher. The Lakers did acquired a good point guard in Ramon Sessions, but they also surprised everybody by trading Fisher to the Rockets. Although the team clearly improved their backcourt, it was a shock to see one of its leaders and more representative players end his Laker career this way... Rumors said that the Lakers instead of sending him to the Rockets wanted to trade him to the Timberwolves who needed help after the injury of Ricky Rubio, in exchange for Michael Beasley but the trade that was ready to go was blocked by T-Wolves owner Glen Taylor. Rumors archive

The Chris Paul Trade

Chris Paul
In what could be considered the most embarrassing decision the NBA has ever taken, David Stern vetoed a 3-team trade that would have brought Chris Paul to the Lakers. The NBA (owner of the New Orleans Hornets) says it was for "basketball reasons" but it was clear they didn't want the Lakers to acquire another big star. It was a case of conflict of interests where Stern suffered the pressure of the other NBA teams owners.

The trade wasn't going to be free for the Lakers who would have sent Pau Gasol (the man who help them reach 3 NBA Finals in 4 years) to the Rockets and Lamar Odom to New Orleans. The Hornets also were acquiring draft picks, Goran Dragic and two very good players like Luis Scola and Kevin Martin from the Rockets. It was a fair deal that became an awful situation for everybody: the Hornets won't get a better deal for their top star and will get nothing in exchange if he becomes a free agent and the Lakers have two players "devastated" by the idea that they are not wanted in L.A. (update: Odom asked to be traded and was sent to Dallas and the Hornets got a bad deal with the Clippers)

The NBA had allowed the Hornets GM to hear offers from Paul but once he got a good trade it was killed because the Lakers were involved. It's hard to believe it could have done in a worst way. With everybody criticizing their absurd decision the NBA allowed the teams to try to retool the trade so they could approve it and clear its image but the Lakers got tired of waiting and pulled out of it. Rumors archive


They arrived:

Mike BrownCoach Mike Brown
Mike Brown was a surprising choice from a list of candidates that also included Brian Shaw, Rick Adelman, Mike Dunleavy and Jeff Van Gundy.

Brown is 41, a defensive specialist and has previously deal with a big superstar. He got a four-year contract worth more than $18 million.

After being and assistant coach in Washington, Denver, San Antonio and Indiana, Brown got his first NBA head coach job at Cleveland for the 2005-06 season. And it wasn't just another job, he had the mission to deal with the big young ego of LeBron James.

In 5 years with the Cavs he went 272-138 (.663), was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2009 and led his team to league-best records of 66-16 in 2009 and 61-21 in 2010.

His Cavaliers reached the Finals in 2007 but were swept by the Spurs.

The decision to hire Brown was made by Jim Buss, the son of owner Jerry Buss and also the Lakers' executive vice president of player personnel. Kobe Bryant, the Lakers centerpiece whose preference was Brian Shaw, wasn't asked his opinion about this.

John Kuester (assistant coach)

The first addition to Brown's staff is one of his former assistants in Cleveland. During his time with the Cavs, Kuester choreographed the offense while Brown focused on the defense. Here he will have the job to shift the team away from the triangle offense.

Kuester was the Pistons head coach the past two seasons but was fired after going 57-107, failing to make a playoff appearance and seeing the relationship with many of his players deteriorate by the end of 2010-11. Previous to his job in Detroit he was an assistant coach for 14 years with six different teams. As a member of Larry Brown's staff, Kuester got to the Finals (against the Lakers) in 2001 and won the Championship in 2004 (Lakers again...). He played with L.A.'s GM Mitch Kupchak at North Carolina.

Quin Snyder (assistant coach)

Snyder, who spent last season as a player development coach for the 76ers, was previously an assistant coach for Duke (under Mike Krzyzewski) and the Clippers, and had experience as a head coach at Missouri and in the NBA D-League.

Darvin Ham (assistant coach)

He played 8 years in the NBA and was the head coach of the NBA Development League’s Thunderbirds.

Ramon Sessions
The Lakers wanted (and needed) to improve at point guard. They knew it and that's why they unsuccessfully tried to get Chris Paul. Just before the trade deadline they finally got their new starting point guard in a trade that sent Luke Walton, Jason Kapono and the team's’ lottery-protected 2012 first-round pick to the Cavs in exchange for Sessions and Christian Eyenga.

Sessions is an athletic player that brings speed to the backcourt. In Cleveland he was the backup of rookie sensation Kyrie Irving, averaging 10.5 points and 5.2 assists this season and the Cavs wanted to get rid of him before he opted out of his contract in July. He has a player option for $4.6 million next season.

Selected with 26th pick in the second round of the 2007 Draft by the Bucks, he joins his fourth NBA team in 5 years.

Jordan Hill

Hill is a 24 year-old power forward/center that is still trying to live up to the expectations generated by being the 8th pick in the 2009 draft. He was averaging 5 points and 4.8 rebounds this season for Houston before being traded for Derek Fisher.

 

Christian Eyenga

Eyenga, a part of the Ramon Sessions' trade, is a Congolese small forward seldom used in Cleveland. The second-year player is expected to start out with the Lakers' Development League team, the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

Troy Murphy

Murphy signed a 1-year deal for the veteran's minimum, worth about $1,3 million. Despite a bad 2010-11 season (he was injured and averaged 3.1 points a 3.2 rebounds in 35 games with New Jersey and Boston), the 6-foot-11, 245-pound left-hander has career averages of 11.6 points and 8.3 rebounds while shooting 38.9 percent on 3-pointers in 10 seasons in the league.

 

Josh McRoberts

Free agent from Indiana, McRoberts is a power forward that averaged 7.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 22.2 minutes and started 51 of the 72 games he played last season. It was his 4th year in the NBA.

He signed with L.A. for two years and about $6.2 million

Jason Kapono

A career small forward that the Lakers signed with the veteran's minimum of about $1.3 million and will try to use at shooting guard. Kapono is an excellent long-distance shooter with averages of 6.9 points and 43.7% from 3-point range but averaged a career-low 0.7 points and 4.6 minutes with the 76ers last season. (see they left...)

They stay

Matt Barnes
He exercised the $1.9 million player's option in his contract for the 2011-12 season. Signed as a free agent, he averaged 6.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 19.2 minutes over 53 games last season.

 

Amnesty Clause
The Lakers did not make use the new one-time amnesty clause to waive a player. Rumors said they were going to use it on Luke Walton or Ron Artest. They still can use it before the start of 2012-13 season.

Chuck Person (assistant coach)
The only assistant coach from Phil Jackson's staff.

They left:

Phil JacksonPhil Jackson
The best coach in NBA history retired as a Laker after the 2010-11 Playoffs. Sadly, his final memory isn't the best one after being swept for the first time in 20-years of a legendary career. But that aside, he left after having won an NBA-record 11 championships, 6 of them with the Bulls, 5 with the Lakers.

His career playoff record went to the books at 229-104, the most wins and the highest winning percentage (.688) in NBA playoff history. His regular-season winning percentage of .704 is another all-time best.

Brian Shaw
Three times champion as a player and 2 as an assistant, Shaw was the natural candidate to replace Phil Jackson in the Lakers bench and give continuation to the triangle offense.

But after the team's meltdown in the Western Semifinals against the Mavericks, the front office decided to change the direction and ignore the public support received by Shaw from Kobe Bryant and other players.

Shannon Brown
As expected he opted out of the final year of his contract which would have paid him $2.37 million and signed with the Suns for about $1 million more than that. In 3 years at L.A. he won two championships coming from the bench and with his spectacular dunks appeared frequently in TV highlights.

Lamar Odom
Tired of dealing with the NBA's owned Hornets the Lakers pulled out of the negotiations for Chris Paul and sent a very unhappy Odom to Dallas in exchange for the Mavericks' first-round pick in the 2012 draft and another unspecified draft pick in what is supposed to be a move to dump salary and eventually get Dwight Howard. The Lakers also got a traded-players exception worth Odom's salary this season. They can use it to get a player that makes less than $9 million and trading only a draft pick and have exactly one year to use it.

Odom, 32, was the sixth man of the year last season after averaging 14.4 points and 8.7 rebounds and was owed $8.9 million this season and $8.2 million next season. He arrived to the Lakers as part of the Shaquille O'Neal trade in 2004 and was a relevant member of two championship rosters (2009 and 2010). Odom was very uncomfortable with being mentioned on every trade possibility, including the the Chris Paul situation.

 

Derek Fisher
After acquiring their new starting point guard Ramon Session in a mid-season trade, the Lakers made a move nobody saw coming and traded Fisher (and a first-round pick they received from Dallas in the Odom trade) to the Rockets in exchange for Jordan Hill. Eventually he was bought out by Houston and signed with the Thunder for the rest of the season.

Even though Fisher's best years were clearly in the past he was still a positive leader, a big presence in the locker-room, he could still make the right play in the right moment and had Kobe Bryant's respect. This was a cold-blooded move that won't allow the 37-year old legend to retire as a Laker.

D-Fish came into the league with Kobe and played in L.A. 13 years in his two stints with the franchise. He was a key member of the team in the last 5 championships and leaves behind some unforgettable clutch shots and playoff moments like the 0.4 shot against the Spurs, the clutch three pointers against the Magic in the 2009 Finals or his fourth quarter performance in game 3 of the 2011 Finals against the Celtics.

Luke Walton
Member of the Lakers last two championship, Walton was included in the Ramon Sessions' trade. A fan favorite he played in just 9 games this season and couldn't average 10 minutes of play in last 3 years.

 

Jason Kapono
Kapono, who signed with the Lakers shortly before training camp, was also sent to the Cavs in Sessions' trade Like Walton he also didn't played much this season, averaging 2.0 points in 10.0 minutes.

Trey Johnson, Joe Smith, Theo Ratliff
Free agents

  Derrick Caracter
The power forward who had a non-guaranteed contract and didn't play in 2012 due to a knee injury suffered during the preseason, was waived on Feb 7.

Change of name:

Ron Artest - Metta World Peace
Just a note for those who didn't read the news tired of hearing about the NBA lockout. Ron Artest legally changed his name to Metta World Peace.

Lakers Draft Picks:

Second Round: Darius Morris
41st pick overall (from Warriors, via Nets). He's a 6-4 point guard from Michigan. Mitch Kupchak wanted back court players and was surprised to find Morris still available at 41.

He has a pass first mentality and could be used as an option off the bench in the weakest position the Lakers had last season. It's expected that Morris or Goudelock (or both) can make the 2011-12 roster.

 

 

Second Round: Andrew Goudelock
46th pick overall (from Knicks), 6-2 combo guard from College of Charleston. He can pass the ball but the Lakers were interested in him basically because he can shoot it. He was one of the most productive Division 1 scorers in history, ranking 39th all-time with 2,571 points. The team needs a 3-point shooter and the advantage of his long range weighted more that the fact that he's not a very good defender.

Second Round: Chukwudiebere Maduabum
56th pick overall, 6-9 forward from Nigeria, traded to Denver for a future second-round pick

 

 

Second Round: Ater Majok
58th pick overall (from Heat), 6-10 power forward from Sudan. He played professionally in Australia and will most likely continue to play overseas.

First Round

The Lakers 2011 first round pick, which turned out to be the 27th, was sent to New Jersey and then to Boston who selected power forward JaJuan Johnson.

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