Smack / Aug 6, 2010 / 12:02 am

Three-Peat? L.A. Lakers complete their championship puzzle

Kobe Bryant, Dime #55

All due respect to T-Mac and A.I., but the 2010 free agency rush is over. After Shaq signed with Boston for the monetary equivalent of his yearly Fuddruckers budget, at this point we’re beating down sources and constantly refreshing NBA rumor sites just for items like, “Cartier Martin is getting interest from the Bobcats, Heat and Blazers.” In other words, not exactly “The Decision” … Kobe Bryant‘s squad inked the player who is probably the last significant piece to fall into place for next year’s championship picture — since Orlando, Miami, Boston and San Antonio have filled their rosters — re-upping with Shannon Brown on a 2-year, $4.6 million deal. Shannon didn’t get the big raise he was looking for by opting out of his original contract, and he won’t contend for a starting job like he would have by signing with the Knicks, but he’s got a real good shot at a third championship ring. And maybe he’ll get that starting nod when Kobe retires in 2030 … And since it’s never too early to look ahead to next summer, Carmelo Anthony is looking like the crown jewel of that free-agent class. The Nuggets still have a 3-year, $65 million extension offer on the table for ‘Melo, but it appears increasingly likely that he won’t take it. If LeBron was once upon a time considered a lock for New York, the odds of ‘Melo ending up on the Knicks have to be even greater. If he lets the extension deadline pass and becomes a free-agent-in-waiting, it’ll be interesting to see how the NY fans treat ‘Melo the next time he’s in town. Remember, he once brawled with their team and another time gave them 50 … And apparently Roger Mason is putting in his bid to be the Eddie House for a potential “Big Apple Three” for the Knicks. Mason referred to himself in a YouTube video as “quite possibly very soon (with) the New York Knicks,” and a little while later officially signed for $1.4 million for one year. Is there a better NBA job than being the guy who only has to stand around the arc and hit open threes? … Speaking of guys in cruise-mode, Larry Hughes is reportedly on the Celtics’ radar. Why? When Hughes’ name came up in the office yesterday, somebody said, “Well, if he can get with the right team, he’ll be good.” Maybe, except we’ve been saying that about dude for like 10 years … Three things to check out (if you can) this weekend: The Red Bull 2-on-2 Revolution tour will be at Baltimore’s Cloverdale Park on Saturday starting at 10 a.m.; the Nike 3-on-3 Tournament hits L.A. on Saturday, and House of Hoops is opening a new store in Long Island, N.Y. from 1-3 p.m., with special guest Kenny Anderson. If you’re in B-More, L.A. or L.I., you should definitely roll through … We’re out like Fuddruckers …

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  • patrick

    Now the season needs to start. At least we will have football soon.

  • welcome back to reality

    dime’s early today. go lake show

  • Sam I Am

    Baltimore is too far…. i’ma stay in Silver Spring sleepin baby!

  • Stunnaboy09

    WTF is Larry Hughes doing in beantown? Stay in Charlotte holmes and get your paycheck jcking shots. You won;t fit in with the Celtics man.

    And Mason is a funny guy, picking his team one year before. Just hope NY gets Parker/CP and ‘Melo the NBA wasn’t already top heavy

  • Dave

    Larry Hughes did find the right team in the Wizards.. He was balling then. Too bad he left..

  • That’s What’s Up

    I bet Shaq stays away from the lettuce and tomato and doesn’t even walk near the condiment bar at Fuddrucker’s

  • http://www.cnnsi.com JAY

    Larry Hughes is only good in video games.

    In fact, DIME, you guys should write an article titled, “Video Game Ballers”. and list the top 10 guys who are crap in real life but are really good in videogames. Hughes must be on there.

  • AZ

    @ jay

  • http://richjanitorreviewed.org BV

    Larry Hughes is awful. Plain and simple.

  • Skeeter McGee

    @ JAY

    That is a great idea! When I used to play video games on the reg. a few a years ago, I just remember dropping like 30 ppg w/ Smush Parker hahaha…

  • oscarisalakerfan

    Totally agree with Jay.

  • https://twitter.com/PoppiGEE POPPI GEE

    Jay I don’t even ball with Hughes in video games lol.
    T-Mac will still drop 40 consistently in vids so he would have to be on the list lol.
    AI too.
    Shaun Livingston balls for me to in the vids and he has an extremely low numbers rating wise.

    Hard to imagine that they aren’t on any squads because of attitude more than skill.

    I am still hoping they will land somewhere (although overseas seems to be calling them).

  • http://www.cnnsi.com JAY

    Hahahaha! Good ones there, guys.

    So far we have;
    Larry Hughes
    Smush Parker
    (not sure T-Mac and AI belong on the list since they’ll have bloated ratings because of how they used to play.

    Kris Humphries was bananas for me in last year’s 2K10.
    and Francisco Garcia is a guy I always trade for in VGs.

  • silky

    if larry can still play d boston might be able to use him to replace tony allen as the wing defender.

  • Showtime

    Stojakovic is great in 2K, that jumper is money

  • adbanga

    martell webster and anthony parker dont miss in 2k

  • Stunnaboy09

    Rudy Fernandez is auto for me in 2K

    And fuck LeBron, T-Will is where its at as well.