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No. 1 July, 9 2004: Rudy T named Lakers coach"Rudy Tomjanovich's run-in with The Punch, and his bout with bladder cancer, have generated sincere and well-deserved sympathy, and he's already proved that nice guys can finish first. But it says here that no matter how Mitch Kupchak may reconstitute the roster, Rudy T is too nice and Kobe is too ruthlessly selfish for the Lakers to seriously contend for a championship in the foreseeable future."
No. 5 July 15, 2004: Shaq traded to Miami"The Big Mover is in place, but because of the flaws in Shaq's supporting cast, it's much too early to project Miami into the heat of championship contention. As presently constituted, Miami is more of a one-man band than a serious threat to dethrone Detroit."
No. 7 July 23, 2004: T-Mac traded to Houston"For sure, T-Mac can fill the basket from very conceivable angle he can shoot from the outskirts, pull-up left or right, post, penetrate and is routinely spectacular in the shadow of the basket. Nor is he unwilling or unable to share the ball. Too bad that his stupendous ball-in-hand talents aren't enough to make T-Mac a winner."
No. 7 July 26, 2004: Evaluating trades and free-agent signings"Kenyon Martin comes with a considerable down-side: He's a chest-beating blowhard who talks the talk, but when a game is on the line, he walks with a limp." "(Etan Thomas is) young, active, and eager to attack the boards. Too bad he can't pass or dribble, and couldn't hit a jump shot to get into heaven. Undersized and overpaid." "(Chris Andersen is) Mr. Excitement off the bench. Can run amok, rebound some and block shots. Capable of changing the energy level for a few minutes at a time, but can't score with a pencil."