Laker Land Podcast

In today’s podcast, Montezz talked about the Lakers deciding not to consider Derek Fisher as a candidate for their head coaching vacancy, who they should draft at No. 7 and more.

Derek Fisher no longer on Lakers’ radar

By Montezz Allen

 

Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

(Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Derek Fisher has the tools and knowledge to be a solid coach in the NBA someday —  just not with the Lakers.

According to a report from Mike Bresnahan, the Lakers no longer have their eye on Fisher as a candidate for their head coaching vacancy.

The team believes Fisher will be a formidable coach at some point, if he decides to go that route, but L.A.’s looking for a coach with previous experience.

Unfortunately Fisher isn’t that.

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Lakers to pass on Carmelo Anthony?

By Montezz Allen

Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

With only three players under contract (Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Robert Sacre) and a little over $30 million to play with in cap space this summer, the Lakers can offer Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony a max contract.

The 30-year-old has been on record saying that he plans to opt out of the final year of his contract, slated to pay him $23 million, and will become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

“It’s definitely an opportunity I’m willing to explore and experience,” said Anthony. “That not whatsoever means that I’m not coming back to New York or I don’t want to be here in New York. So I don’t want nobody to get that impression.”

Anthony used his words wisely, but if you really decode what he said, he really meant this: “If you don’t surround me with players who I can win a championship with, I’m going to listen to what other contending teams have to say and then skip town. But don’t get me wrong, I love New York.”

Ouch.

Melo is arguably one of the top five players in the league. He had another career year this past season where he averaged 27.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and shot better than 45 percent from the floor.

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Nick Young wants long-term deal with Lakers?

By Montezz Allen

Lakers shooting guard Nick Young (Brad Rempel/USA Today Sports)

Lakers shooting guard Nick Young (Brad Rempel/USA Today Sports)

“Swaggy P” is a household name in Los Angeles. A crowd favorite.

Not only will Nick “Swaggy P” Young WOW you with his wordrobe;  his Rucker Park-esque, herky-jerky style of play will electrify any crowd like Denver Nuggets point guard Nate Robinson.

You just never know what Swaggy P’s going to do.

The Lakers had their eye on Young for years and finally had the opportunity to sign the 28-year-old last season and it was definitely worth it.

Albeit with a depleted roster, Young led the Lakers in scoring, tallying 17.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and shot better than 43 percent from the field.

He hit the 40-point mark twice this season. He torched the Portland Trail Blazers for 40 in a loss on April 1 and then dropped 41 on the Utah Jazz on April 14.

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