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PROGRAMMING NOTE:  Be sure to tune into Purple, Gold, and Blue today at 11.  We'll be kicking around the Bynum injury, talking about where the Lakers go from here, FAs and potential trades... all with Bethlehem Shoals of Free Darko.  Click on the show widget on the side of the page, and feel free to call in!

The Clippers did the Lakers a solid, beating Phoenix last night at Staples to allow the Lakers to maintain their perch high atop the Western Conference.  (Ah, the Suns ain't that good anyway, right?) Ask Phil Jackson, though, and he'll tell you that if they'd like to stay there, LAL can't be a one man show as they were Monday night against Seattle.  Everyone, from Kobe on down, needs to maintain the mindset of getting involved and staying that way.  As it is, the Lakers- or at least some Lakers fans- are trying to suppress feelings of injury induced deja vu as nicks little (Sasha, Vlad) and big (Bynum) start to add up.  It's widely suspected that the Lakers will add another body to the mix, to shore up the runway model thin frontcourt.  PJ Brown says he's not interested, but Chris Webber is certainly an option (this deja vu thing really has legs).

What they'll be a mover and a shaker at the trade deadline is an open question, as there are good reasons to deal, and bigger limitations that could keep it from happening. 

One silver lining to the Bynum injury?  It shows how much Kobe believes in this team when he's healthy.  There are, though, some lingering questions (and answers) about the injury aftermath. 

 
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January 16 2008 - TODAY IS NO BASHING OF KWAME BROWN DAY
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The Force is out of balance. The Dark Side is waiting for Laker Nation to turn
on itself or implode due to this “Best of Times Worst of Times” thing.
Best of Times – We are number one and so a number of us are getting giddy
and having unrealistic expectations as BK says. Worst of Times – Bynum is
Down for 8 weeks so now any day now it will be blame Kwame Brown time.
Do I think the Laker Nation will implode? HELL NO! Do I think we can keep
winning like we have been? HELL NO! Do I think we will win our 15th NBA
Title this year? HELL YES! Why you ask? Because we are the Freakin LA Lakers.
When it comes to 9Rings everything revolves around 3’s . The Bulls 3 peated
Twice. The Lakers 3 peated. And now… And now this is the 3rd year for 9Rings
This time around. QED 2008 NBA TITLE WINNERS BABY. Seriously though
As we are together now in the good times, let us stay tight like this if adversity
comes. Don’t let anyone or anything break our unity. Many obstacles will come
along and the first one will be using Kwame Brown as a focus to break our unity.
But it aint gone happen! Mike T. told ya. Hell Zakee told ya. And now I’m
admitting my past mistakes and I’m telling ya. WE NEED KWAME BROWN.
The last I looked, Kwame was wearing Purple & Gold and so let us embrace
The brother because he is one of us. People, People, PEOPLE! WE
ARE THE FREAKIN LA LAKERS! We stand tall in the good times, we stand
Tall in the bad times. IF we just hold on and stay true to our legacy then I promise
you just as surely as night follows day, we will, I said We will do you hear me
WE WILL DEFEAT THE SUNS IN THE PLAYOFFS THIS YEAR AND GO
ON TO WIN THE 2008 NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

9RINGS is my Shepherd I shall not want.
He leadeth me to the NBA Title
He annointeth my soul with Laker Pride

Yea thou I walk through the Valley of the
Shadow of Suns I fear no defeat
For Kobe Bryant is with me
His 81 points, and 3 championships comfort me

Surely NBA Titles and MVP’s will follow me
All the days of my life
And I shall dwell in the House of Staples forever

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BALLAD OF KWAME BROWN
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A young warrior fell, for 8 weeks he’ll be down
Fear not Laker Fans, for we have Kwame Brown
Some laugh and say that he can’t catch a pass.
But not the opponents that he knocks on their @ss
Who cares if he blows a dunk in a game
I’m just glad that he is there to clog the lane
You claim that you know a lot about basketball
Then listen to this from a center name Yao.
When asked his most difficult opponent to play
Without hesitation he said one name…Kwame
Now I don’t pretend to be an expert in these things
But I’ll d@mn sure take the word of all-star Yao Ming
In fact I’ll take the word of Mr. Mike T.
Who also sings the praises of our own Kwame
So for the next 8 weeks Bynums place he will take
Do good Kwame and you can have the whole damn cake

All right folks 1 day until showdown in the Valley of the suns
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Who are we? Can’t hear you. Who are we? Say it louder WHO ARE WE!!
ALL TOGETHER NOW:
WE ARE THE FREAKIN LA LAKERS THE WINNERS OF 14 NBA TITLES
THE TEAM WITH THE BEST WINNING PERCENTAGE IN NBA HISTORY
THE HOME OF WILT, KAREEM, GEORGE MIKAN, SHAQ, MAGIC, KOBE,
ELGIN BAYLOR, THE LOGO(JERRY WEST), PAT RILEY, JAMES WORTHY,
SILK, COACHED BY THE 9 TIME TITLE WINNER PHIL (9RINGS) JACKSON
AND NO ONE WILL EVER CONQUER OR DIVIDE US

If C-Webb wants a ring, I see him signing with the Celtics. Though I do welcome his addition to the Lakers!

I think our illustrious hosts have got it backwards, Bynum is great but he's not the "cake" as expounded upon a few blogs ago. Bynum is the icing on the cake.

The "cake" is the mix of talented youth, crafty veterans, 1 superstar (who is also THE Superstar) and chemistry that the Lakers have lucked into this year.

Without Bynum, this is still a vastly improve team over last year where they stumbled to the finish. In fact, there's no reason why the team (without Bynum) can't play competitively against the Western Powers. This is not because the Lakers are playing so great, it's just that the competition lacks fire this year.

What other media "elite" team is playing well? The Spurs lost a bunch last week, Phoenix just lost to the Clippers (nuff said), Dallas beat said Clippers by 1 point on a last second 3.

Sheesh, at least the Lakers took care of these bad teams....and we're supposed to be afraid of these guys?

Suns, Nuggest and Spurs, bring 'em on.

What we need is to get Vlad, Mihm and the Machine back...that's where we're having issues right now and that's why Kobe has to fire up shots. Bring back the shooters and Kobe shoots less...simple as that..

Bynumite, is the Icing on the cake that catapaults us from very good to Dominant, but a Very good team will be alright for 2 weeks.

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"a Very good team will be alright for 2 weeks."

Oops, Typo, I meant 2 months.

That Kwame article is a funny one!

that's another one for Center, what about Patrick O'Bryant on Golden State? Obviously he's in the wrong system and they don't want him. If he would be willing to work with Kareem we could be set at the Center position for years with Bynum starting and O'Bryant backing him up. This is the type of guy I was looking for, someone who's been in the league a little bit, in the wrong system, not going to be a superstar but could be a solid backup and has a reasonable salary base. I have no idea how a trade could be worked out, that would be up to Mitch, but it sounds like O'Bryant is on the outs with Golden State so if they are going to trade him, maybe we could get in on that? Just a thought...


Mamba24, please add me to the "get well soon Bynum bandwagon"

Not only do I hope that he gets well soon, I hope that he stays healthy and has a long productive career with few injuries.

Mamba24,

we've missed you so much man!

Mamba24,
Please add me as well to the Get Well Bynum Band Wagonl

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(4) tha Show – SECURITY
(5) BYNUM BELIEVER -

Giantsquid,
"people need to calm down at bit."

Re-read my post. That was exactly my point. No negativity allowed in the Universe.

Charles,
“Mamba24, we've missed you so much man!”

Charles thanks! You don’t know how much I missed the Blog.
Fishin is nice, but watching a Lkaers game and blogging with
The Family is nicer. PEACE.
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(1) ALL LAKER BLOGGERS - OWNER
(2) MAMBA24- DRIVER
(3) KEIFO- RIDING SHOTGUN
(4) tha Show – SECURITY
(5) BYNUM BELIEVER –
(6) RICK FRIEDMAN
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Add me to the get well soon bandwagon as well-

We love you, Baby BEAST- get back when you can!

Mamba24,

Add me too the Get well soon band wagon.

Rick Friedman,

How are you sir? If it's not too much, I'd love to read your repost.

Regards Guys

Charles

YOU EVER NOTICE

I am the first to admit that I am a big time Kobe fan. But I understand the hate that comes his way. I can't tell you how many times I am screaming at the tube for him to stop the one-on-one ball hog sequences that he so frequently and blatantly exhibits. But even in wins against teams like Seattle where we thank him for the win in spite of his selfishness, over the years we clearly see the only benefactor is Kobe.
This mentality does not work in the playoffs and as we have seen when it's time to put up or shut up he has shown to shut it down and put the onus on his teammates. You win as a team and die as a team, but if you don't allow a team to grow and develop you have no one to blame but yourself
Why do you think the old West era teams only managed to win 1 championship? I remember watching the logo, sorry to say it but Jerry was a ball hog too, just not as obvious as Kobe.
Don't get me wrong, this Kobe lover will always be a lover but after all these years and for all his talent, he still doesn't get it. Every game I wait, hoping, will this be the game it finally sinks in? Once in a while we see glimpses of that ephiphany only to fooled by a 44 shot-attempt game. By the way, that LBJ 51 point game was very efficient wasn't it? and he was still able to get his teammates involved.
I would like to blame his parents and coaches, obviously he has been pampered all his life, a justifiable statement I believe because of his attitude of entitlement that he displays in his personal and professional life.
I especially blame Phil, you know it is one thing to write what he did about Kobe in his book after the fact, but what Kobe has needed all these years and what nobody has ever done, was to sit his ass down when he became Mr. one-on-five. That is what gets a person's attention.
There, I've said my peace.
What Kobe needs to do now is to play a little more team ball even if it means losing a game or 2 or 3 that you could have won by yourself, the long term benefits of including your teammates now, will be reflected in the playoffs later.
Kobe your legacy is at stake, it is time to grow up.

And Phil, get some balls and bench Kobe when necessary.

You Ever Notice

Lamar needs to show something tonight....seriously.
Turiaf will.
That 2nd to last paragraph hurt my head. whether?

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(2) MAMBA24- Driver
(3) KEIFO- Riding Shotgun
(4) tha Show – Security
(5) BYNUM BELIEVER – Chaplain
(6) RICK FRIEDMAN - Enforcer
(7) JEFF – Fan of the Baby BEAST
(8) CHARLES - Peace

well done Mamba24, good to have you back.

Out of respect for Mamba24 I will not bash Kwame today or any other blogger. Let tranquility rule today and prepare for the showdown.

The Suns were looking ahead yesterday and they were had. Can we win tomorrow? Sure, but the D will set us free baby! Slow the game down and frustrate those Phoenix rats and their glib coach. We're coming to bust YOU this year D'Antoni – you porn mustached freak.

Please add me to the GET WELL SOON BYNUM BANDWAGON

Mamba 24

I'd say you could cut and paste your roll call list, the white and yellow pages of the LA and surrounding metropolitan areas, choice write ins from around the world, with one omission in the Ts, to your BYwagon.

OK, Mamba. I'll be nice today.

Y'all remember the season when we almost knocked Phoenix out (who can forget!). One of the things that I distinctly remember was that, near the end of that season, Kwame was starting to "Get It" offensively. Suddenly, 7/6 games started becoming 14/12 games and we were relieved at the notion that the light had finally clicked on.

Then came the bogus LAPD investigation, the 3 pointer from Tim Thomas, the blowing of that series and injuries early the next season - all of which took a major toll on the brother's confidence.

Kwame, we've dissed you HARD! But our dissing is masking something greater: our FEAR. We need you, bro. Until Jimbo/Mitch signs somebody, you are all we've got. Turiaf is our spark plug but he's not YOU. YOU have the reach, the height and the body to body our opponents in the middle. YOU just need to get your confidence back.

And, as brother Mamba has done time and time again, we are rallyed on your side. It's on you, brother. Find that inner strength inside of you and make your way back to those 14/12 games again. We need you. WE NEED YOU. The next 7 1/2 weeks rest on your shoulders.

Make us proud, Kwame. Show em whatcha got!

Bynumite I with you,

I'll keep repeating the Lakers as a team went 26-13 last year without any real contribution from Bynum. They went 9-8 with Bynum on the floor, lost twice big to the Celtics even with a much improved Bynum.

The Lakers team did exactly what many on the blog are doing right now. Believing that everything good depends on Bynum. Well I say the same as Bynumite and Mamba 24, we're good enough with the additions of Derek Fisher, Trevor Ariza and the improvement of the bench to hold our own. This is a good thing, not that Drew is hurt, but the Lakers get a chance to sink or swim. They've sunk a little already and still managed to win two games they would have definitely lost year. They were entirely too dependent on Drew to clean up their messes, now he's not there they've got to play good, smart team ball. They have already shown over the last two years that they can do it.

Kwame it's time to bring it. You've shown flashes of what you can do in several playoff games against Phoenix. Believe in yourself and Bring it! Concentrate on being the best defensive and offensive rebounder you can be, don't worry about scoring, just rebound the ball.

LO, don't shoot another 3 pointer. We don't need that from you! Rebound, work the paint, play defense.

Kobe, do the thing. You know what it takes to win, do it. Pass, score, play defense, I see the closeness that was missing last year so continue to encourage your mates and resist your innate desire to take over and do things by yourself. Make other teams pay for double and triple teaming you. As you already said, Monday's night game is not a recipe for long term success. But team play is. Let'em fail in order to succeed. If you lose a few so be it, give the team a chance to succeed.

Derek, bring what you bring!

The power of positivity (Derek Fisher is our positive) can never be underestimated and neither can the power of negativity (Smush was our negative). For all the so called realist who think Drew's going down is the Lakers downfall, the Mambas and Bynumites of the world totally disagree. The Lakers have what it takes to succeed, Drew helps make it easier, he doesn't make it possible.

The Lakers will go 5-2 over the next 7 games

As Bynumite said, Bynum is the icing, he's not the cake. Just win baby, just win.

Go Lakers!

I forgot...put me on the Get Well Bynum Bandwagon...


...and (gulp) the 55 Win Bandwagon as well. In the famous words of Stu Lantz after Horry's 3 pointer, "I'm A Believer!"

AK/BK

repost:

are Vlad's wrists still in bad shape?

AK/BK

What are the chances of us now trading Kwame with the Bynum injury?

Do you think Kwame for Seattle's Thomas can still work?

Laker Lover,
"well done Mamba24, good to have you back."

Thanks Laker Lover, you've been doing pretty good yourself.

HmrHed,
"Out of respect for Mamba24 I will not bash Kwame today or any other blogger.
Let tranquility rule today and prepare for the showdown."

I thank you and I can feel the Dark Side of the force receeding already.

VMAN,
" I'd say you could cut and paste your roll call list, the white and yellow pages of the LA
and surrounding metropolitan areas, choice write ins from around the world, with one omission in the Ts, to your BYwagon."

Vman as always YOU GOT THAT RIGHT!

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(1) ALL LAKER BLOGGERS - Owner
(2) MAMBA24- Driver
(3) KEIFO- Riding Shotgun
(4) tha Show – Security
(5) BYNUM BELIEVER – Chaplain
(6) RICK FRIEDMAN - Enforcer
(7) JEFF – Fan of the Baby BEAST
(8) CHARLES – Peace
(9) HmrHed - All Nails beware


Rick Friedman

sorry. i only read someone quoting you and i should have read the original post. i do disagree with the statement that was quoted, but overall your post was great.

Gawd I hate the Suns D'antoni has no respect for us at all. They're really gunna come out pistols blazin..and we got to show them that Bynum or no Bynum we still the Lakers.and we will tap dat a**! Im lookin for maximum effort all around.were still deep..they are not. Kwame can nuetralize Amari...and please..please.please..remember to not colapse on Nash..let him be the scorer.take away his passin lanes..he aint squat without involving his teamates.

Theres only one type of Holic!

And that's a Lakeraholic!

Fan of Mamba,
"As Bynumite said, Bynum is the icing, he's not the cake. Just win baby, just win"

Fan of Mamba excellent as always. I guess you should call me
Fan of Fan of Mamba LOL!

utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER,
"Make us proud, Kwame. Show em whatcha got!"

BANNER HOLDER you show us what you got and make us proud with every
post you make. Good Post Brother!

BynumMite, I don't know if you are new to the Blog or not but in any case
welcome aboard. You do some good work, Make us proud, Kwame. Show em whatcha got! it up.

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(4) tha Show – Security
(5) BYNUM BELIEVER – Chaplain
(6) RICK FRIEDMAN - Enforcer
(7) JEFF – Fan of the Baby BEAST
(8) CHARLES – Peace
(9) HmrHed - All Nails beware
(10) Utworld THE BANNER HOLDER
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(5) GENERIC_ONE………………………(25) BOB………..….……..……(45) OutsiderGua
(6) HOBBITMAGE………………………..(26) FAITH……..…….………...(46) Violater
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((8) DAVID WHANG……………….…….(28) COMPLEX_BROTHA…....(48) Houston Laker
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(15) JONNIN IN JAPAN………………..(35) TSIRY
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LakerHolic,
"Theres only one type of Holic! And that's a Lakeraholic!"

LOL Laker Holic I see you are in good form. LOL!

AN1,
"What are the chances of us now trading Kwame with the Bynum injury?
Do you think Kwame for Seattle's Thomas can still work?

AN1, come on man, Just 1 day, Just 1 little day, Pleassssse.

Bynumite, Laker Lover, etc.

Even though Bynum did not contribute BIG last year, he did contribute. Having a 7-0 backup center is a big deal in the long run especially when Kwame gets in trouble.

Now, we are forced to sometimes play Lamar and Turiaf at center more than we want to , which is BAAAAADDD.

The difference is the depth of the team and unfortunately height can't be made up for.

There is a chance we can still be OK from this bynum setback, but we definitely wont be 26-13 OK.

WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO MAMBA 24

LET THE BASHING BEGIN

FOR MIKE T AND ALL YOU KWAME LOVERS------ LA LA LA LA LA

Loving You is easy cuz your calves are cool
Making love to you is all I want to do

Loving You is more than just a point or two
and everything layup you blew makes me more in love with you

Loving you is easy cuz your hands make me drool
and every pass that you lose I'm still in love with you

Loving You make Laker fans jealous and cruel
Andrew Bynum's not you thats why I'm in love with you

la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la
do do do do do do
aaaaahhhhhhhhhh

Mike P

Fan of the Mamba & Others,

When we were 26-13 last year, we still had a healthy Bynum and Kwame Brown was healthy and moving well.. This time Kwame is not moving very well and is out of shape.

Some people are underestimating the impact Bynum was having on this team..He was huge for this team..He was starting to become a second option that teams had to worry about. It enabled Odom to be the 3rd wheel and get all the f*ing rebounds..

Bynum opened the floor and made it easier for everyone (including Kobe). Teams had to pay attention to him.


We don't have that now, and we will struggle.


YOU EVER NOTICE,
"WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO MAMBA 24 LET THE BASHING BEGIN
FOR MIKE T AND ALL YOU KWAME LOVERS------ LA LA LA LA LA
Loving You is easy cuz your calves are cool
Making love to you is all I want to do"

LOL, LOL LMFAO Bravo, Bravo.! Touche! But still....
Awwww come on YOU EVER NOTICE, Just 1 little day, thats
all I ask bro. 1 little day.

Yay Mamba24 is back!

AK BK,

You are going to be at practice today right? Please put your investigative skills to practice and get us as much info as you can on Bynum's injury. I need a lot more info then what is out there in the media. Counting on you!! Thanks!

BD

Zen,
"We don't have that now, and we will struggle."

Yes we will brother, yes we will. but nothing worth having
comes without a struggle. So hold on and enjoy the ride.

Faith,
"Yay Mamba24 is back!"

Hey little sister! For a while I lost my Faith but
now it's back. LOL!
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(2) MAMBA24- Riding Shotgun

Kwame's just mentally wrought. That's all.

Hey Mamba 24, not sure what you mean, and why the deragatory comeback to a question I asked AK/BK ? The question was fair because AK earlier talked about that trade and that is the subject on the live feed.

Also, notice my earlier post as to remaining positive and not overeacting to Bynum's injury and our poor performance at Seattle.

AN1,
"What are the chances of us now trading Kwame with the Bynum injury?
Do you think Kwame for Seattle's Thomas can still work?

AN1, come on man, Just 1 day, Just 1 little day, Pleassssse.

Posted by: Mamba24 | January 16, 2008 at 11:16 AM

I'm joining the "Calm Down, Don't Panic" Bandwagon that a few including our moderators have jumpd off of.

As Rambis said last night on 570 KLAC. Seattle was just one game. The players were bummed out and really tired. Give us a few practices, and a few games, and we'll be alright.

Posted by: AN1 | January 16, 2008 at 10:13 AM

SHOOT KOBE SHOOT!

You ever notice and others; Celtic coach Doc Rivers said something very interesting about Kobe. Somethinglike; "We spend so much time bashing him that we don't really appreciate how great he is, one day when he's retired we'll regret that we didn't enjoy how great he is'. No quite the exact words but close. I agree we meaning Lakers fans have compared Kobe to every single player in the league; he doesn't have Duncan's leadership and humility, he doesn't have McGrady's all round game, he doesn't have AI's heart, he is not as good as Dwade, he doesn't make is teamamtes better like Nash, or he doesn't have Lebron's vision, he doesn't have Shaq or KG people skills. Kobe is or was compared unfavourably to all the following guys at some stage; Lebron, Vince, Tmac, Dwade, Grant Hill, Arenas to name a few. Now you are complaining because Lebron had 51-8-7 or something like that and was efficient getting it. Why not just appreciate the guy for scoring 48 and leading his team to the top of the western conference rather than compare and knock him using some other players stats.

Mamba

Yea dude..im ready for us to beat down them Suns..oh..could you add me to the

WE GUNA BEAT THE SUNS SO BAD..THAT THEY GUNNA WISH WE HADN'T OF BEATEM SO BAD CUZ WE GOT THE BLACK MAMBE ALONG WITH LAMAR AND FISH..AND NOBADY CAN TAKE OUR HEARTS AND BEAT US IN OUR HOUSE..NOT SOON AFTER I WISH FOR KWAME TO POSTERIZES AMARI..KOBE POSTERIZE BELL.AND THANK GOODNESS LAMAR CUT OFF THAT GAWD FORSAKEN STAR AND JUST PLAY HIS GAME INSIDE THE 3POINT LINE..MAYBE DO ALITTLE POSTIN UP..CUZ ALL MY LA FANS WANTS TACO WITH WAKKAMOLEY (LOL) SALSA..CHIPS..DIPS..RED KOOLAIDE..AND A FREAKIN PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE DEEP IN THE FOREST OF BRIDGE PORT

list!! hahaha..dude don't wite all that lol

you ever notice stop hating on kobe

Mamba24,

OK Mamba, no Kwame busting today.
My post on Kwame is strictly tongue-in-cheek for Mike T and his disciples.
Here's to hoping Kwame becomes a force in the middle that he has occasionally displayed in the past. Is it illegal to use stick-um in the NBA? (sorry)

Mike P

Mamba, I'm still shown as #58 on the 55 Win Bandwagon. You can remove that now, por favor...

And all you doom and gloom naysayers - keep one thing in mind. This is practically SAME LAKER TEAM that took 3 games from Phoenix WITHOUT Andrew Bynum making an impact. The only thing we changed was our PG'S (THANK GOD!) and bringing in Trevor Ariza. I think we can still take em.

Phoenix is BEATABLE. All they do is run. Slow 'em down and they've got NOTHING but a crap load of assists from Steve Nash and nothing else.

Mamba 24, I see what you mean after reading the other not bashing Kwame posts for the day.

No Problema

enough ninnying!

hearing all this junk about "kobeball" and "involving his teammates" shows just how little faith and understanding LA fans have. people, you need to be happy that we're in the hunt. Laker fans have turned into such a bunch of whining Heisler mouthpieces, it's disgusting.

i'll admit, the first thought i had when bynum went down was "there goes the season!". but in reality, the injury isn't as bad as it could be and we are fine if the rest of the team shows up. don't blame Kobe if he shows up and the rest of the team doesn't, however. you should thank Kobe if he pulls the teams butt out of the fire. it's those other guy's job to be ready for work, to be reay for ANY thing they're called on to do to win, and then Kobe's job to work with them AFTER, not the other way around.

Kobe is not the problem, it's Kwame, Luke and Lamar, all of whom i expect to see come through for us!

I BLAME ALL THE KWAME HATERS FOR BYNUM INJURE!!!!!!!

Do you see what you guys did. You hurt Bynum. All year you dissed Kwame and told the blog how much he sucks and that we no longer need him. Now look!!

All I have to say is that God works in Mysterious ways. Now way have to play with Kwame at center to prove to you guys that we are a team and that everybody is important. Even the sorry people.

On top of that Kwame is no where near the problem that Smush was.

Kwame's attitude has always been great. Never been a sap on or off the court.

Smush Parker was bad because of his attitude towards the game. Kwame's attitude towards the game good. The ability might not be there, but the attitude makes up for that.

Yeah we all know that Kwame can't catch a pass, but at least he tries to do the best he can with a good attitude. I have never seen Kwame pout on on the court or not try. The only thing I see him doing is fighting for his team. As long as Kwame plays hard and tries, I am a believer. I believe that he will take that charge. I believe that Kwame will keep big men from having killer games. I believe that he will get that rebound. Sure Bynum is great, but can you think of another backup center in the league better? The are none. Even they are under sized or the suck. Plain and simple. Everybody on here is mad becuase you expect him to play like a number 1 pick. Don't blame that on him, blame it on Mike Jordan.


I am a believer that Kwame will hold us down while Bynum is gone?

The question is will everybody else step up there game now that Bynum is gone.
Will LO start scoring more buckets.
Will Luke play defense.
Will the bench step it even more.
Will Kwame get his 10-10 every night.

YES I BELIEVE WE CAN DO ALL OF THE ABOVE.

Bynum don't worry the Lake Show will hold you down until you are ready to Go

Let's Go Lake Show

Faith,
"Kwame's just mentally wrought"

Stop it faith I feel the dark Side closing end.....
Help me KOBEWAN Kenobe... Ok faith that explains his
mental condition, what explains his physical condition.
the man could not catch a Cold. See now you'vew made me
violate my No Bash Kwame day. Evidently I haven't found
my Faith after all. LOL! LOL! Just playing with you little
sister. Kwame forgive me.

YOU EVER NOTICE,
"OK Mamba, no Kwame busting today. "

One thing I did notice, YOU EVER NOTICE you are allright
Thank you. I feel the Darkness receding as we speak.

LakerHolic,
"WE GUNA BEAT THE SUNS SO BAD..T"

D@mnit LakerHolic, you done out done yourself. LOL!

Max,
"Why not just appreciate the guy for scoring 48 and leading his team to the top of the western conference rather than compare and knock him using some other players stats."

OUT FREAKIN STANDIN! KUDOS!

Faith,
"SHOOT KOBE SHOOT!"

Faith, Stop that, Stop that right now! LOL! LOL!

An1,
"Hey Mamba 24, not sure what you mean, and why the deragatory comeback "

No dis respect meant AN1, Just an attempt - avery feeble one I see - at
humor that went wrong. You have my apologies sir.

Lakers record Post Bynum Injury

Our PBI record is 1-0 (could possibly reason 2-0)

Minimum Goal: 15-15 (still a contender)

What I would like to see: 20-10 (Look out Finals, here we come)

What I think we'll see: 17-13 (Right on track to be scariest team in West)

What do you think Mamba 24? Where do you think our PBI will end up?

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(18) KIWI………………………………..(38) BLAZE1BX
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"AK BK,

You are going to be at practice today right? Please put your investigative skills to practice and get us as much info as you can on Bynum's injury. I need a lot more info then what is out there in the media. Counting on you!! Thanks!

BD "

I second that

Mamba24,

You are one of a kind, brother.

Please put me on the * GET WELL SOON BYNUM BANDWAGON *, the 55 WIN BANDWAGON, and at the top of the * CALM DOWN DOWN DON’T PANIC BANDWAGON *

Please also put me atop the SIGN JELANI McCOY TO A 10 DAY CONTRACT BANDWAGON.

GO LAKERS!

Charles,

Peace! to you, my friend. Hope you are coming along well. As the original post was quite lengthy, the closing summary I think says it best:

As fans, we can not allow the Universe to embrace defeatism in the Lakers' moment of darkness. As Lakers, those healthy enough to suit-up must do the same. They must not fold. If they tell themselves and each other that they must win for Andrew, they can.

Mamba24,

Please also put me atop of the ENOUGH ALREADY OF THE MINDLESSLY RIPPING ON OR WORSHIPPING KWAME BROWN BANDWAGON!

GO LAKERS!

Lakers will pull together and keep on winning. As long as they stick to their mantra of one game at time and stay focus and play team ball they'll be fine. Some teams actually bond closer when adversity strikes and good things happen. I think our Laker team will respond and surprise even more because I'm sure they hear and read about all those who say the Lakers aren't real and will now fall. The Lakers will prove that they are real and are contenders in the West. Go Lakers!!!

Mamba,

I wholly support your cause. Not only should we not bash Kwame today, but we should never bash the best post player on our team.

Kwame brings it every night and now that he is back in the starting line-up we are undefeated, largely because of Kwame's defensive and rebounding prowess.

Kwame's work ethic this summer has paid off ten fold this season and soon we'll be signing him to a contract that doesn't underpay him for his services.

These are all things that I have studied. I have followed Kwame Brown for the past 12 years. If you people knew the game like me you would understand why Kwame Brown is underpaid even at $9 million per.

Now that we have King Kwame to anchor our defense I fully expect our team to finally start winning some games.

Hats off to Mamba for the suggestion to be positive and support our great post player!

AN1,
"What I think we'll see: 17-13 (Right on track to be scariest team in West)
What do you think Mamba 24? Where do you think our PBI will end up?"

I think if we do 17 -13 we will win the Title. You realize we only have to
win a little more than half of all our remaining games to finish with 50 wins.
Also this injury to Andrew could be a blessing in disguise. You remeber last
year he faded toward the end of the season. By being out 8 weeks, when he
comes back he will just be hitting his stride as we goes into the playoffs. Now
that should be enough to scare the entire NBA.


Hopefully Fish saw Cassel's game and will push Nash around on offense. Make him guard somebody. Tinker Bell can annoy Kobe but Farm and FIsh should have good looks all night.

Go Lakers

Welcom back Mamba24
Good fishin trip,good to have you back for the big fight against the Suns.

The reason for my optimism is that the Lakers have Fish along with Kobe to keep everyone focused and ready to work. Things may have been vastly different if it were announced that Andrew would be out for the year, but the Lakers know he'll be back and they'll just keep on getting the job done until he returns. IMO, Kobe will read the flow of the game and depending on the situation will take over or defer. Against the Suns and Nuggets, everyone will get involved and Kobe will take over during stretches in the game. Keep in mind that earlier this season we beat Denver in Denver with Kobe in foul trouble and Andrew playing limited minutes because he was sick in Minnesota the day before. Kobe came out and took over in the fourth and Andrew made the only field goal that he attempted and had a key block on Melo in the final minute to preserve the win. The bench played awesome in victories against the Suns twice so far this year and I expect them to continue. Turiaf, Ariza and Crit will give us the biggest contributions over these next two months. Go Lakers!!!

Hey Mamba24,

Please put me on the roll call. I read everyday and occasionally post.

By the way, just to better frame my reference, would you be able to name a celebrity one might mistake you for?

Thanks

Lakalova

Adir,

You wrote: I dont buy the argument for one second that "He needed to score 48, just look at what everyone else was doing". Trust in teammates is NOT fickle. You dont stop trusting them after they miss 3 shots in a row. If they stopped trusting Kobe after he missed 3 in a row, then Kobe would hardly be trusted at all this year. How many 33% shooting nights has Kobe given us this year already?

The point is, even if it means you lose one more game than you would have lost if Kobe didnt go off for 48, in the long run, the trust in the teammates will win you many more. If the Lakers get used to Kobe shooting 40 shots a game, then they wont know what to do when Drew gets back. Theyll all be used to watching Kobe shoot, and wont have any rhythm as the season comes to an end. Not to mention, Kobe will get used to the 50 point games, and wont want to give those up.

The sad thing is, little teenie boppers will read this and say: OH, youre such a Kobe hater. And anyone with half a brain will know that Im not a Kobe Hater at all, Im a Laker Lover.


QUICK NOTES:

Kobe only took 4 more field goal attempts when he went for 81.

Lebron just hit 51 with 16 LESS field goal attempts. Kobe was by no means "efficient".

(Even accounting for the extra free throws in both cases, the numbers are large evidence that the 48 were not efficient by any stretch of the imagination).

My response:

Kobe did not say that he didn't trust he teammates. To paraphrase: they were down about
Bynum's injury. A look at the play-by-play on the first quarter substantiates that to some
degreee. Let me get this straight: Bynum goes down. Kobe says the team is flat. Kobe
lifts the Lakers to 1st place by going off for 48 in "1" game and this is a bad thing? So
by that line of reasoning Kobe going off for 81 pts was a bad thing too?

You mention the Lakers getting used to Kobe scoring 40. Can we get past the SECOND
game before your predictions of the team becoming spectators becomes relevant?

re: your quick notes. What is your definition of "efficient" as related to the NBA? The box
score says he was 21-44 with 4-7 free throws. Technically that's 49% or so, but the
free throws puts him at ~ 50% right? Kwame was 3-4. Did you want Kwame to shoot
more? Luke was 1-6. Did you want Luke to shoot more? Lamar was 3-15. Did you
want LO to shoot more? The bench came up with 43 points. There season average
is ~ 40 pts isn't it? They shot for ~ 60%. Pretty Good efficiency, right? So your beef
is that Kobe carried LO on a 3-15 night, Luke on a 1-6 night and the substitution of points
because Kwame is playing instead of Bynum?

You say you're a Laker lover. Kobe just acted like a leader & carried the team on an
off night, Kobe shot 50%, the Lakers are in 1st place in the West. After all of this
you're complaining ....

Explain why this is Laker Love and not Kobe Hate please. What am I missing?

I don't mind if Kobe goes off against the Suns, but I hope its within the confines of the offense, and I hope it doesn't give long rebounds. Long rebounds can be considered turnovers against the Suns.

Stranger in the Night,
"Hats off to Mamba for the suggestion to be positive and support our great post player!"

Thanks Stranger now that you posted you are not a stranger anymore but part of
the family. Welcome, I look forward to your next post.

White Mamba24,
"Welcom back Mamba24 Good fishin trip,good to have you back for the big fight against the Suns."

Thanks Big brother! Good to be back, get ready for war tomorrow>
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Mamba24, nah, not new to this blog at all, just a different name that's all...been reading your poetry for quite some time now bro. You know I'm on your get well BYNUMITE! list.

Korey, not underestimating Bynum's contribution AT ALL. I'm obviously a huge fan of his. But at the same time, the little nuances of the team's improvement show me that we'll be alright. Why?

1) LO, on the surface appears to be back to being a flake. But it's not, he has improved greatly, just not in scoring. He has his now-rare off-nights but his major thing now is he does a fine job as a facilitator on the 2nd unit. This contribution is huge. Last year it was Kobe and Luke. Luke has tanked as a facilitator since Mo Evans left because he lost his one guy who could take it to the hole. Bench Mob during December was more of Bench Choir Boys. LO brings athleticism, double-teams and leadership to the 2nd unit. Phil has been injecting LO with the 2nd unit since January and it's paid off, the "Bench Mob" is coming back, wait til the Machine and Vlad arrive...they will be formidable once again.

2) LO and Luke were not healthy last year but they're much healthier this year.

3) I always felt Fisher was Overrated, but this year, he's playing at an elite point guard level....who would have thunk it? He along with Bynum are why the Lakers thumped teams like New Orleans during that mini-spurt.

4) No Smush. Smush I thought had skills but he lacked enthusiasm and poise. He had the "I'm not getting paid" chip on his shoulder and that translated to basketball ineptness.

So what will see in the next 10 games?

Kobe will jack up shots and average 30-35 points. Not ideal but not all that bad. Without Bynum, Kobe needs to be a leading scorer.

The Lakers will drop down to .700 ball....they've been playing at a 1.00 clip this year...I can't believe with 1 player out some of you think we'll drop from 10 out of 10 to 5 out of 10. Bynum's good but not THAT good to account for half our games.

but we'll let them slide a bit down to .700 since Bynum's out :)

With Bynum out, time for Phil to release the wild mustang, the secret weapon that has been under wraps... Critter... I want to see Critter and Kobe out there at the same time and see what they can create together. This is 1 guy who will not look for Kobe to bail them out like Odom and Luke do way to much of. Let Critter get the T/Os out of his system now so we can use him for the playoffs. This Kid is the real deal. As good as time as ever to live and learn during this Bynum injury.

BD

I predict 17-7 for the Lakers and the team rallies around the cause and will bring forth the effort and the passion to follow through with Drew's appsense.

Mamba,
How about a "Let's be serious, and no more joking around with our posts" bandwagon?

Fan of the Mamba:

"They've sunk a little already and still managed to win two games they would have definitely lost year."

Absolutely true. I don't doubt for a second that we would have lost those 2 games last year. Last year's team was terrible at winning close games. This year, I feel we can pull them out. And let's face it, without Bynum, we're going to see alot more games down to the wire but this year, we'll win them. .

To the no name poster,

You don't have to worry about Fish watching Sam last night. I just watched both Phoenix games the other day and Nash doesn't want anything to do with Fish. Both games Fish was lighting it up on Nash. No worries there. Sam did toy with Nash and the Suns last night that was classic Cassell 15-21 wow. I think Fish can do the same. Tk Care.

BD

I wonder how long it will take tonight for Raja Bell to throw a cheap shot at Kobe.

Let's ALL pray that the "Soft Hands" gods decide to attach themselves to Kwame’ s Brown for the next 100 years or until he learns how to STOP DROPPING PASSES AND MISSING LAY-UPS, whichever comes first!!

I truly think that Kwame IS an asset as an "off the bench" interior defender. He's a big wide body who is hard to move off the low block. He's quick and fairly agile with good footwork for a man 6'11" 270+ pounds. He blocks shots pretty well too!!

In my opinion, If the Lakers can get 10 pts/ 10 rebs from Kwame "Hands Of Stone" Brown during the 30 or so games we'll be without Andrew "Bynumite" they should win 16-18 games which should keep them in the running for a home court advantage for the first round of the playoffs.

I also hope that L.O. gets more aggressive and the team as a whole remember to continue attacking the rim and sharing the ball.

The Lakers are in the same position they were this time last year, playing well, winning games but with injuries to key players, this time however the remaining players know how to better handle the loss, we have Derrick Fisher back and the Lakers are better defenders.

Fear not my fellow Laker nutz (I'm the head cashew!), while the Laker team will miss "Bynumite", “Vlad”, “The Machine” and “Big Mhim” and lose a few games we'll be OK...Now, tomorrow and for years to come!!

GO LAKERS!!

Welcome back Mamba24! Please man, put me on the Kobe MVP bandwagon.


We're gonna stay number one until Bynum's return! Go LAKERS!!!!!!!!!

Please put me on the -- Get Well Soon... "BYNUMITE", "RAD VLAD", "THE MACHINE", and the "BIG MHIMZY" Bandwagon -- the 55 WIN Bandwagon, the -- DON'T PANIC, EVERYTHING IS GONNA BE OK...NOW AND FOR YEARS TO COME Bandwagon -- and the -- FORGET CHRIS WEBBER & SIGN JELANI McCOY TO A 10 DAY CONTRACT bandwagon.

GO LAKERS!!!

DON'T FORGET KWAME'S CAKE THROWING PROWESS AND DEFENSIVE SKILL AGAINST THE POLICE TRYING TO DEFEND HIS COUSIN. NO BALLIN, CAKE THROWIN, FOUL PRONIN, NON FREE THROWIN PUNK! QUIT EMBARRASSING THE PURPLE AND GOLD WITH YOUR DUMB FACIAL EXPRESSIONS AND CLUMSY PLAY. GOOD THING YOU GOT RID OF YOUR CORNROWS BECAUSE YOU'RE DEFINITELY NO PREDATOR. YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE HALF THE SKILL OF RONNY TURIAF! LAKERS WERE CHARITABLE BY PICKING YOU UP OUT OF THE GUTTER AFTER YOU GOT PIMPED BY MJ AT WASHINGTON AND HE HAD NO USE FOR YOU ANY LONGER. GET OUT THERE AND MAKE THAT MONEY KWAMIKA!

D'Antoni on his bench: "I think we've got the best bench in the league

That's going to make us a better playoff team because people can't stick to our shooters," D'Antoni said.

D'Antoni was asked how uneasy the Lakers' make him: "I feel comfortable because I think we're better than they are.

They better win tomorrow or he looks real stupid.

BD

Long time since I posted, but i skim through everyday, just to see what some of you have to say.

It is hilarious when I read all the people who actually believe that this blog has any impact on the Lakers season whatsoever!!! Negative energy??? Karma??? Do you really think any of that matters??? Injuries are a part of the game. I knew Bynum would miss some time this year, and not because of any negative hexxes someone from this blog is sending??? But becaus he is playing his first extended minutes of his career, and that brings a larger POTENTIAL for injury. It is simple probabilities people. Unfortunately, it was an injury that requires 8 weeks, which sucks, but if you didnt see some sort of time being missed by this young man, then you have not been watching the NBA for very long.

Now, IMO, the Lakers are going to be fine without AB17 for a while. Against PHX, and i believe we should concentrate on one team at a time, like the lakers are doing, it is the same 2 teams basically that met in the playoffs two years ago, but both teams are a little better. They got Amare and we lost Smush (in and of itself is an upgrade). Kwame has shown a bit of aggresiveness lately, and although it doesnt translate into as many points as I wish, he does draw fouls. PHX doesnt have Kurt Thomas to come in there and back up Amare when foul trouble comes. LO will have to go to the post, which Im sure is what PJ is telling him.

Bottom line we are going to be alright ppl. But keep on believing you have some sort of impact by blogging here, cause it is hilarious to see how loonie you guys are. I am a fanatic, but I know better than to believe that if I " turn off the TV and not watch, the Lakers will win!!!" or whatever crazy ideas you got brewing in your heads!!

Go Lakers!!!!!!!!


BLF3408

is there a TRADE LAMAR ODOM BEFORE HIS VALUE DROPS LIKE A ROCK!!! bandwagon? If so, I'm in!

also, Radmanovic or Walton needs to go, too much duplication there with Ariza also available to play SF and... since Walton is a Phil Jackson favorite... RADMANOVIC MUST GO! If Coby Carl can stand at the 3 point line and hit 35%+ of his shots and play a little D, what do we need Radmanovic for? That's about as much as he does for us, so there's our trade bait/material. The only other question is whether the Lakers plan to sit on Sasha the rest of the year. If Crittenton has shown enough then our possible trade bait would include: Odom, Radmanovic, Sasha, the rights to either Sun Yue or Gasol, and maybe a 2nd round pick, and only trading first round picks for EXCEPTIONAL players. So Mitch can take those player cards, put them on the table and try to russle up "somebody" depending on what they are going after but this whole - sitting around waiting for Odom to become a #2 scorer - ain't working and will never work. Either Fisher/Farmar start scoring 12+ points/game combined MORE or ??? maybe Ariza starts scoring more or ??? otherwise, Kobe will have to put up 40+ points/game for us to have a chance.

Mihm would appear to be untradeable as HE holds the option on next year so... why would he not re-up unless he is bought out...

Also, shouldn't Walton be moved to the 2nd unit with Bynum out? With Walton in the starting lineup you have 2 facilitators in Walton and Odom, a guard in Fisher and a butterfingers in Kwame so... who's going to score? Yeah, ONE GUY in Kobe. Meanwhile, the 2nd unit has Farmar and Turiaf who can put up points and possibly Sasha/Crittenton on every 3rd game, so Walton could "facilitate" that 2nd unit... yikes! I better post this before the winds knock the power out...

Mamba24,

Damn I miss you!

You have been absent from the blog often these days, what gives?

There many valued contributors to this blog, but dude,
I still think you are the most vital member of this blog.

hubbit

Thanks Rick Friedman!

BLF3408,

This is uncle Mike you are talking about. This guy is dangerous. He is currently locked up with his voodoo doll in a 3 x 3 cell without windows. Mike is like the crow in the Stephen King Movies , it's all bad. Contact with Mike has to be avoided at all times or the curse will be upon you. Go ahead and think the injury is just more playing time but we know better. Geez he even did it to his God, Kwame.

BD

FOR THOSE WHO TAKE OFFENSE AT WHAT SUNS COACH D'ANTONI SAID IN REGARDS TO HIS TEAM BEING BETTER THAN THE LAKERS, HE'S RIGHT!!! THE SUNS DON'T FEAR THE LAKERS AS LONG AS KWAMIKA IS IN THE MIDDLE BECAUSE HE CAN'T MAKE STOUDEMIRE WORK ON THE DEFENSIVE END. OUR TWO VICTORIES AGAINST THE SUNS THIS YEAR HAD MORE TO DO WITH ANDREW AND OUR BENCH AND NOTHING TO DO WITH KWAME, THAT'S JUST THE FACTS, FACTS, FACTS!!! BASED ON LAST YEAR WHEN AMARE RETURNED, THE SUNS HAD LITTLE TROUBLE WITH US ESPECIALLY IN THE PLAYOFFS BECAUSE KWAME CAN'T HANDLE AMARE. NO ONE SHOULD GET EMOTIONAL OR BENT OUT OF SHAPE BECAUSE I'M PRESENTING THE FACTS AND STATING THE TRUTH.

IN BOTH WINS AGAINST THE SUNS, ANDREW OUTPLAYED AMARE BECAUSE UNLIKE KWAME, ANDREW MAKES AMARE PLAY DEFENSE WHICH LEADS TO FOULS. TURIAF WILL GIVE US A BOOST TOMORROW AGAINST THE SUNS THAT KWAMIKA WON'T. KWAME IS JUST NO GOOD AT ALL IN THE POST ON EITHER END AND PEOPLE SHOULD JUST STOP HOPING AND PRAYING THAT HE'LL SOMEHOW MIRACULOUSLY GET BETTER BECAUSE HE NEVER, EVER WILL!!! HE'S WORST THAN DAMAGED GOODS BECAUSE HE'S NEVER BEEN GOOD TO BEGIN WITH.

Max, Bigman

you misunderstand me, I love Kobe, but even Michael couldn't win a championship by going for 40 50 60 points in the playoffs. Kobe post Shaq era, is very reminiscent of Mike in his early years.
My comparison to LBJ was only that, a comparison. In the Seattle game it just seemed like Kobe was going one-on-one the entire game.
It would be nice if Kobe could accomplish these types of numbers within the framework of the Triangle offense. It's okay to deviate now and then especially when you have the incredible talent of Kobe, but come on....
The Lakers, their fans, and Kobe are about championships and I think we can all agree that Kobe's scoring outburst against teams like Seattle will not translate into victories against top level competition in the playoffs
I am listening right now to AC Green on the Hotlist on ESPN and he says that Kobe is finally coming around about being more of a team player. How long has Kobe been in the league, 12 years? And he is just now starting to figure it out?
Of course I am putting too much on Kobe, considering the deficiencies in other areas, but Kobe brings this attention upon himself ....
I'm impatient, Kobe's impatient
Aren't you impatient?
I haven't been a Laker fan all these years just to be competitive......

and never doubt my love for Kobe, it is okay to critique his game, he's not perfect and neither are we
Thanks Mamba24

Mike P

TaosHum,

I also think moving Luke to the second unit could be beneficial. I'd like to see Ariza move to the starting lineup because it would improve our defense and athleticism in the starting unit which is limited w/o Bynum. Ariza's three point shot also looks almost as consistent as Walton's so there wouldn't be much drop off their.

Hey Mamba 24!

Add me to the Bynum get well soon bandwagon.


bd,

I feel comfortable because I think we're better than they are.

key words I THINK

BLF 3408:

"It is hilarious when I read all the people who actually believe that this blog has any impact on the Lakers season whatsoever!!! Negative energy??? Karma???"

Dude, you have to be slightly irrational to even root for your favorite team. It's not investing or even betting; it's being a fan. Are you "above" rooting for the Lakers? If so, you have my sympathy.

Here is the Lakers Big 3

Kobe $ 19,490,625--worth every penny!!
Odom $ 13,248,596--nice player who can rebound but no shot
Kwame $ 9.075,000--no comment per wishes of Mamba24

22 million for Odom and Kwame?? It's clear Odom and Kwame's production doesn't
warrant that kind of money. This will need to be addressed soon in hopes of continuing to be a contender in the future and all the young players are going to want there share. The clock is ticking on this BIG 3.

BD


Ariza will become a more athletic version of Bruce Bowen. Like Bowen, Ariza is a good defender(although not at the level of Bowen yet)and likes to shoot the corner 3(he's becoming more efficient from that spot). Ariza is a much better slasher and has better hops to finish at the rim. I think the Lakers should go more into Turiaf in the post because he's better offensively than Kwame and he has a mid range jumper as well. LO and Luke need to score more from the post which is what PJ wants. Ariza, Turiaf and Crit if given consistent minutes will contribute the most and their numbers will go up in this stretch with Andrew out. Rad and Sasha will also be big for us when they return. Go Lakers!!!

AN1,

>>>Minimum Goal: 15-15 (still a contender)
>>>What I would like to see: 20-10 (Look out Finals, here we come)
>>>What I think we'll see: 17-13 (Right on track to be scariest team in West)

I'm right with you there on all three of these PBI's, as you call them.

I think 17-13 would keep the Lakers in the neighborhood of the 5 or 6 seed, and then they'd
either end up there or claw and scratch their way back into the top 4 by the playoffs.

By the way, if the Lakers do manage to go 17-13 in Bynum's absence, that would put them
at a record of 43-24 with 15 games remaining. So they'd have to win 12 of the last 15 at
that point to get to 55 wins. That will not be easy, since the last 15 games include Utah,
Golden State twice, Portland twice, Dallas, New Orleans, and San Antonio. So you can
bet your butt that if the Lakers make it to 55 wins, the Western teams will be quaking in
their boots come playoff time.

Hey ya'll

I agree that there is no need to panic, I also think we should sign C-Webb.

I am a Newb, but Mamba, please add me to the * GET WELL SOON BYNUM BANDWAGON *, the 55 WIN BANDWAGON, and make me one called the *SIGN C-WEBB BANDWAGON*, I want to drive that one home.

This Suns game will be a tough one, but I think it will show alot about us as a team. And the next week or so will show us if we really do need C-Webb.

BTW guys and gals, the game is NOT tonight, it's tomorrow night on TNT!

I can't wait for the Chuckster to eat his words "Y'know Ernie, I think the Lakers are the most overrated team in the Western Conference. They're one and done and a 7 or 8 seed. The best teams in the West are the Spurs and the Jazz."

I love the TNT crew but man, only Kenny gives the Lakers some love "5-6 seed"

I heart the Sign C Webb bandwagon. Put me on it. Also on the Get well Baby B bandwagon.

TaosHum

>>>is there a TRADE LAMAR ODOM BEFORE HIS VALUE DROPS LIKE A ROCK!!!
>>>bandwagon? If so, I'm in!
>>>
>>>also, Radmanovic or Walton needs to go, too much duplication there with Ariza also
>>>available to play SF and... since Walton is a Phil Jackson favorite... RADMANOVIC
>>>MUST GO! I

I think there is such a bandwagon, though it's not quite worded that way...

It's called the "WE MADE IT TO FIRST PLACE SO LET'S TRADE OFF HALF THE
PLAYERS THAT GOT US THERE" bandwagon.

Long Time Laker Fan,

Exactly. Some people just like the idea of trades. They find them to be exciting and they can be, but, come on!

WE'RE FIRST IN THE FREAKING WESTERN CONFERENCE! What the hell? Why all the trade talk?

NO MVP! NO PEACE!

GO LAKERS!

The Lakers will prove Barkley and a lot of people wrong and make believers of everyone when all is said and done. Barkley will always go with the "safe" or "obvious" choice because he has no b*lls to do otherwise. This is probably why he's never won a ring because he probably chose the Bulls against his own team. Who knows, maybe he bet against his own team like Pete Rose did?!!! LOL

I remember Barkley choosing Dallas against GS in the playoffs in spite of how the Warriors handle the Mavs in the regular season. He even went with the Spurs against the Suns even though he's a die hard Suns fan. He just goes with the safe choice because he's gutless(obviously not literally). Go Lakers!!!

There's speculation that the Suns are considering trading Amare or Stoudemire again. See
this page: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/marty_burns/01/16/suns/ for reference.
The reasoning is that Amare and Marion still have an ego clash going on and that they'd like
to trade off one of them to reduce salary cap while getting back at least one good player (the
article mentioned Odom, Gasol, Gordon/Noc/Thomas as possible deals)

I seriously doubt the Suns would trade either of those guys mid-season, and even if they
would, I doubt they would trade one of them to the Lakers, possibly improving the Lakers.

So I AM NOT PROPOSING THIS AS A TRADE.

But I'm curious about my co-Laker-fans views on these things. How would you feel about
one of these deals, if Phoenix were to offer it:

Shawn Marion for Lamar Odom (straight up)

Amare Stoudamire and filler for Andrew Bynum and filler

I'm not sure how many of you lived in Chicago during the Bulls dynasty, but I was there during a good portion of that era. My memories are somewhat different than the popular viewpoint of what kind of player MJ was. There seems to be this assumption that the Bulls only won after MJ became a distributor and didn't go off for a ton of points like he did earlier in his career. I'm attaching the link to a game log from the 95-96 season when the Bulls went 72-10 and MJ won the MVP. If you go through a lot of the game logs from this season and the ones around it, you'll find numerous examples of games like this one. MJ went off for 53 points and only two of his teammates scored in double figures. Sure, there are plenty of games that season when his points were lower but you'll also see a bunch of games exactly like this one. My point in showing this is to shoot a few holes in this myth of MJ as this grand distributor (note his 2 assists in this game) and to point out that during any given season, a great shooter will take over the game while his teammates play a lesser role. We can't win every game if Kobe plays like he did Monday, but there will be nights when it's needed.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/199603070CHI.html

 
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