12/06/2004 11:44:00 AM|||Kurt|||With the Lakers off until Wednesday and working on defense, defense, defense, expect little news for the first part of this week (save for the Rush trade). You know what happens when Laker fans have too much time on their hands -- we start thinking about trades. Crazy, stupid, radio talk show trades, like how the Lakers can trade for Jason Kidd and Amare Stoudamire while keeping Kobe, Lamar Odom and Caron Butler. If you want to read well thought-out speculation on things that likely won't happen, check out Eric Pincus' piece at Hoops World. Good stuff, although instantly dated with the Rush trade rumors. Be warned though, it's realistic not optimistic -- the bottom line is the Lakers have needs but no good ways to fill them short term. ---------------------- Remember a couple of days ago I said I'd promised myself I would wait to 20 games in to do a "state of the team" style piece? Well, forget I said that. All these days off in a row seemed like a good time for reflection rather than speculation, so I'm working on something -- but it likely will be late today or tomorrow before it gets posted. I'll put up any news or notes between now and then, like when the Rush trade goes final, but nothing long and well thought out. (For the record, the state-of-the-team thing will be long. Well thought out is up for history to decide.) |||110236224899452733|||Idle Hands