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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Welcome Back Ronny

After undergoing heart surgery a few months ago Ronny Turiaf has once again signed with the Lakers. This is a move I am definitely glad to see as we could use the added frontcourt depth that we are definitely lacking at this point with only Mihm, Brown and Bynum as the only guys we can play up front. Well, Lamar can play in emergencies but it's definitely not something I like to see. It will take him some time but he could give a good 10-15 minutes off the bench this year which would be extremely helpful to the squad. For rehab, he played in the CBA for the Yakima Sun Kings and averaged 13 points and 6 boards in 9 games.

I loved watching Turiaf play at Gonzaga and was ecstatic to find him slide to us in the 2nd round. He is exactly the type of player that we need, someone who will bang on the inside, and get those tip in buckets and offensive rebounds as well as some help on the defensive end as well. To make room the Lakers waived Laron Profit who actually contributed to the team before tearing his achilles. I completely forgot about him when mentioning the potential cut earlier since he was on the inactive list. Once Ronny gets back into playing shape I expect the Lakers to move Devin Green to make room for Turiaf on the active roster.

Doesn't look like there will be any trade activity for the Lakers at this point unless someone puts on a sale for a big name at the trading deadline at which point the 2007 plan could be scrapped but until then it looks like we're going to have to wait until that offseason before any other major changes are made to the team. The Lakers travel to Sacramento and then Phoenix tomorrow and Friday for a road back to back, we should take care of the Queens but I'll wait to see on Phoenix, we never do well on the 2nd night of back to backs, especially on the road but it would be a big win to pick up against the current division leader.

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