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01-18-2010, 05:25 PM
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Originally Posted by JDM View Post
This is the exact issue Lombardi spoke about in his recent interview with Matsuda. He said something along the lines of being worried before about inserting that kind of player into the locker room because of the exact effect you are concerned about. He also followed up though by saying he thinks the group is at or very close to the point where they care enough and have taken ownership of the team to the point where adding a superstar, ego-maniac guy who is looked to or relied upon won't devastate what Kopitar and Brown and the rest of the leadership have built the last year and a half.

he's been talking about that "crutch" player for a while now... and it really gained momentum after he addressed the answers that both Brown and Kopitar gave to Hammond about what the team needed.

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