You know what would have been a wacky idea? Taking some of that money that's now going to Juan Pierre and using it to make a better offer to Greg Maddux (who led the Dodgers' pitching staff in the second half) so he wouldn't sign with YOUR DIVISION RIVAL!!!
"That's the thing: Maybe he'll be up and down this season, but when he's up, is there another center in the league quite like him? He protects the rim, passes out of double teams, has great hands around the basket, up-fakes on his jump-hooks, rebounds in traffic, even has a motor that keeps going and going (unlike a stiff like Eddy Curry). I'm not sure what's missing here. This is stunning. This is startling. There's almost no precedent for it. Just what the Lakers needed: More obscenely good luck. Meanwhile, I have to watch Al Jefferson whip jump-hooks off the front of the rim for the third straight season. I will now pour scalding hot water down my pants." -Bill Simmons on Andrew Bynum (11/08/06)
My God. So how was he supposed to help? By magically willing his crappy teammates to being better players? How much more could he have possibly helped than hitting .360 and being on pace to challenge the all-time hits record?