Re: Who's better Ainge or Kupchak?
posted at 8/1/2010 1:04 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Who's better Ainge or Kupchak?
[QUOTE]ROFL no comparison - Kupchak. And the steamroll continues with the brilliant off season he has brought to the LAkers this summer (+ Blake, Ratliff, Barnes; - Morrisson, Mbenga, Farmar).
Posted by MagnificentBastard[/QUOTE]
Blake is a good guard, but not real good. Ratliff is done and has been done for a few years. To claim the signing of a 36 year old who has little left as evidence of good management is ridiculous. Ratliff was available. If you think Kupchak signing Ratliff is a "coup", then you're "coup-coup".
Barnes went to Phoenix and they didn't even try to keep him. He then went to Orlando and they didn't want to keep him either and he wanted to stay in Orlando
. He was signed by Orlando specifically
to be a Pierce-killer. Pierce averaged 19.6 in the first round against Miami, 13.5 against Cleveland (he had to expend a lot of energy guarding LBJ) and 24.3 against Matt Barnes in the Conference Finals on 51% shooting. His numbers went up in every category
Morrison's evidence of Kupchak's superior talent? You gotta be kidding, right?
Mbenga's evidence of Kupchak's superior talent? You gotta be kidding, right?
Farmar was an adequate backup point guard, nothing to crow about, and if Shannon Brown leaves that would be because Kupchak significantly overcommitted the Lakers financially to Sasha and a usually-injured Bynum. If he hadn't overpaid Sasha, there would be NO question about Brown staying with the Lakers. As it is, because Kupchak did blow that, Brown has an offer from the Knicks and Kupchak's scrambling to unload his
Euro-mistake to make $ room for Brown.
On the other hand, a poster quite correctly pointed out all the outstanding 2nd round draft picks by Danny Ainge. Furthermore, he pulled off two blockbuster trades, bringing Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to the Celtics. Kupchak has only had one.