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Report: Lakers talking to Gilbert Arenas. Hey, don’t laugh.


How serious are the Lakers point guard concerns?

If you think Gilbert Arenas can help solve them, pretty serious.

The Lakers have struggled at that spot as they need a more traditional point as they move from the triangle offense to Mike Brown’s sets, and so they are looking at their options. And Arenas is one of them, reports Alex Kennedy at Hoopsworld.

The Los Angeles Lakers have expressed interest in Gilbert Arenas, according to sources close to the situation. The 30-year-old is an unrestricted free agent after being amnestied by the Orlando Magic last month. No signing is imminent, but the Lakers have reached out to the veteran point guard.

League sources say that Arenas would love to join the Lakers. He grew up in Los Angeles and is interested in playing for his hometown team. He believes that he can contribute in Los Angeles’ backcourt, which currently features an aging Derek Fisher, injured Steve Blake and inexperienced Darius Morris.

Arenas played better than expected at the start of last season in Washington but his 8.2 PER after being traded to Orlando would have younger players in the D-League. He’s not old (30) but has the knees of a retiree and had some issues with them last season in Orlando. Maybe the rest from not playing and some reported weight loss can change that, but if this gets serious Lakers doctors should take a long look at him. On the up side, Arenas was not an off the court distraction last season.

The bigger question is does he really solve the Lakers problems at the point? One of the key things hurting the Lakers offense is spacing because they lack shooters (allowing teams to pack the paint, collapsing on Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, plus cutting off driving lanes for Kobe Bryant). As a team the Lakers are shooting 27 percent from three this season, and that’s a number that has gone up over the last week.

Arenas is not a great shooter. Last season he shot 29.7 percent on threes and in Washington before he was traded he took five long two pointers a game (via Hoopdata). While Arenas hit a reasonable 42 percent of those shots, that is not really the shot the Lakers need more of (Kobe is taking 9.5 shots from 16-23 feet a game already).

Apparently the Lakers are at least having some level of conversation with Arenas. We’ll see if it ammounts to much. But the fact it is going on says more about the Lakers than Arenas.

PBT Extra bold prediction previews: No, Lakers are not playoff bound

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When you ask Lakers fans for bold predictions, you get the delusional to come out of the woodwork.

Most Lakers fans I know — remember, I’m a former Laker blogger living in So Cal, even my optometrist wants to talk Lakers during my eye exam — are realistic about where the team is in the rebuild process. Like me, they want to see a healthy season of Kobe Bryant where he can choose whether or not to continue his career on his terms, not Father Time’s.

But Lakers exceptionalism is a thing, and there are Lakers fans living in a fantasy land.

That’s what Jenna Corrado and I get to in the latest PBT Extra: There are Lakers fans that think they are playoff bound. And there are people who expect even more than that from this team this year — like Kobe Bryant to return to MVP form. Those people need to stop taking so much glaucoma medication.

Thabo Sefolosha’s lawyer: White police officer targeted black Hawks forward

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NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer representing a professional basketball player arrested outside a New York City nightclub has told a jury his client was targeted because he’s black.

Attorney Alex Spiro said Tuesday in Manhattan Criminal Court that a white police officer saw a black man in a hoodie when he confronted the Atlanta Hawks’ Thabo Sefolosha on April 8.

Sefolosha was arrested while leaving a Manhattan nightclub following a stabbing. He subsequently suffered a season-ending leg fracture after a confrontation with police.

A prosecutor said in opening statements that Sefolosha called an officer who repeatedly told him and others to leave a “midget.”

Sefolosha pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest charges. The Swiss citizen declined a plea deal from prosecutors.