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Live from Staples - Lakers vs. Bucks

Semi-interesting bit of minutia.  The Bucks have two guys named "Michael" (Redd and Ruffin), two guys named Charlie (Bell and Villanueva).  Thankfully, Ivey is the only "Royal," or else practices could get very confusing.

-AK (with the first quarter)

First Quarter

10:53 - D.Fish's hot streak doesn't appear immediately in danger of getting the baking soda treatment.  First shot taken.  Forst basket for the Lakers.

9:39 - Bogut sinks the jumper over Bynum from about 15 feet out, but only after Drew pushed his similarly named counterpart back even further a few steps.  Granted, Bogut can make those shots, but that's just better than Bogut going from just next to the rim.  You can live with the Aussie hitting that one.

7:52 - Yi stands arms up under the rack, trying to bother Drew's shot.  It works.  Jianlian's smaller, but I think Drew's positioning where he caught the ball sorta left him in no man's land.  Might have been better off passing out, were an option available.

7;29 - Great offensive rebound by Kobe off Fish's miss, snatching the ball from Charlie Bell and allowing a third chance (Drew had previously boarded #24's miss).  Three didn't end up a charm, as Kobe's shot also clanged, but it was still worth mentioning, in part because it was a quality board, in part because it reflects the improved rebounding accross the board for this team.

4:43 - Some fan behind me yells, "C'mon Kobe! Start scoring!"  Five seconds later, kobe drains the trey.  Never let it be said The Mamba ain't a man of the people.

FYI - We just received word that Kobe's playing with a viral upper respiratory infection.  That means two things:

1) Given Bryant's history of succeeding while playing sick, we're probably awaiting a 50 point night in the making.

2) BK is handling Kobe's postgame interview, not me.

3:50 - LO recovers late on Yi, allowing the Chairman to hit a long two.  Kobe teaches the rook a lesson.  You hit a basket, I'm gonna hit a bigger one.  Kobe's third triple of the night hits nylon.

1:40 - Lakers in the midst of a 14-2 run.  Unfortuately, Mo Williams is making a game of it for his team, putting up three buckets on three consective Milwaukee possessions.  Not the prettiest display of transition D the Lakers will ever put on display.  At least, one hopes not.

44.0 - Kobe scoops the up and under layup for his 16th point of the quarter.  It's a shame the guy's health is keeping him from succeeding.

End of the first: Lakers 29, Bucks 22.  Both teams shooting .45.5% from the field.  For that matter, both have 6 assists, 4 offensive boards and 6 assists.  Weird.  Basically, keep shooting the ball well, clamp down on transition D (specificially on Mo Williams) and they should be okay.  BK with the second.


Big minutes (aren't they all?) for the second unit.  They've got a lead, and still have LO on the floor to help keep things smooth...

10:00- Nice little give and go with Kwame and Farmar.  That's a play the Lakers use a lot, where the guard gives the ball to the big, then scrapes off him to get the ball back and attack the hoop.  Looks great when it works!

8:24- Lakers up 34-29.  Those of you who have been waiting for a grind it out, slow, reasonably low scoring game may just be in for a treat tonight.  Both second units are not exactly lighting things up right now.  It's been a game without a whole lot of zip.  Not surprising, given that The Lakers are coming off a big win, are playing a pretty bad team, and the Bucks don't exactly provide much zip on their own.  The Lakers have missed some open looks, but overall haven't been quite as precise on the offensive end as they've been in games past.  Defensively, when they can get Milwaukee into the halfcourt, they're having some success.

It's pretty clear who the better team is, though.

7:43- Lakers 37, Bucks 31.  Ariza to the line.

6:27- Critter called for a travel, one possession after a TO.  He's doing way too much offensively.  At least too much of the bad things, like dribbling too much, forcing too much, and that sort of thing.   Just not a smooth effort for him.  There are nights where he'll look very much like a rookie, and this would be one (at least thus far).

5:55- Farmar to the line- looked like it could have been a charge, but LA got the call.  Timeout on the floor, Lakers up 40-37. 

They're playing "Funkytown" on the PA right now.  Nice little ditty.  Lakers put the starters back in after the TO, Bogut back in for Milwaukee.

4:50- Great pass from Fish from beyond halfcourt to Bynum, who beat a sleeping Bogut back up the floor for an easy dunk.  As the commentators like to say, you have to reward the big man for running the floor!

3:00- Kobe picks up his third foul, right after getting ticked off the previous trip up the court when the ref didn't give him the call on a jumper from the perimeter.  It looked on the replay like he might have been hit on the arm going up, but he was so far clear of the defender by the time the ball went up, I don't think he saw it.

Meanwhile, Kobe is replaced by Coby... a clear indication that PJ wasn't happy with Critter's first stint on the court. 

2:49- LO picks up his third foul, and will join 24 on the bench.  Lakers up 47-43, but these last three minutes of play before the half will be big, with both of those guys on the bench with foul trouble.

2:00- Great play by Drew, gathering a potential TO off Karl.  Coby lost the ball going through the lane, and Drew put out a big paw to save it before it went out of bounds, then put the ball in for a layup.  Really, really soft hands.

1:00- Lot more up and down over the last few minutes, as both teams are getting up and jacking shots in a hurry, then turning the ball over just to add even more pace to the game.  Not a lot of structure, here.

:35.8- AB to the line, with a chance to put the Lakers up by five... makes the first, misses the second.  54-50, LAL. 


Lakers 54-50.  This has not been a game for the time capsule, by any measure.  Not very smooth play, Kobe and Odom both in foul trouble.  Lakers shooting under 40%, but are still up, which is always a plus.  Meanwhile, Milwaukee is up closer to 44%, but eight TOs hasn't helped their efforts.  Actually, if you looked at everything in the box except the score, it's actually kind of tough to figure out how the Lakers are winning.   BUt they are, which is what matters.

More to come in the third...


10:58 - The first points of the half come from Luke Walton connecting from mid-range.  Hopefully, a sign of things to come.  And by "things to come," I didn't mean Kobe picking up his fourth foul 20 seconds later.  This would be sticky territory.  On one hand, if Kobe picks up a fifth, he's sitting for a LONG time. On the other hand, save Bynum, nobody outside of Kobe is doing much scoring.  Kobe signals to Phil that he's got it under control.  We shall see.

10:08 - Luke takes a couple steps inside the circle, fakes the shot (and Bobby Simmons), steps inside another couple steps, then feeds LO a pretty bouncer for the easy dunk.

7:55 - Kobe works Redd in the post, backing him down... down... down... then spins for the one-handed floater while just inside the paint.  Pretty shot many others would have missed. 

By the way, BK and I were just talking.  If you're Larry Krstkowiak (spell that five times fast), why on Earth do you still have Royal Ivey on the floor for Kobe to guard?  I'd put Redd back in the game, hurt or not.  Even if Fish guards him and Kobe switches to Mo Williams, it's still somebody Bryant's gonna have to guard besides Ivey to possibly force a fifth foul.  I hope the thought doesn't occur to the other Coach K, but still. 

6:46 - During the timeout, Erik "Ponch" Estrada is on the jumbotron.  Predictably, the crowd loves them some C.H.I.P.S. nostalgia.

2:58 - Fish's 13-footer is short, but LO skies for the strong board, then steps inside to draw the contact for the and one layup.  Timeout LA.  It's been a considerably better half for Lamar since locker room Gatorade was served.  Entering the game with 2 boards and zlich in the scoring category, he's now got 7 points and 8 boards.  The Freebie makes it 8's all around.

2:14 - Kwame fakes Ruffin onto the floor, creates the clear path to the basket, then nurses the ball up and blows the layup.  The crowd bristles with annoyance.  I can't say I blame them. Seeing a 6'11" center play like a guard is never fun.

End of the third: Lakers 78, Bucks 74.  That wouldn't sound so awful, except they were up 12 with a scant 4:35 left in the game.  From there, LO's layup consisted of their only bucket, while Milwaukee put in a fast 13.  The energy, to say the least, has been lacking.  The Lakers could find themselves lulled to sleep, then waking up to find themselves with a loss if they're not careful.  BK with the fourth. 


Welcome to the fourth quarter of the least exciting four point game in history. 

11:27- Kobe kicks things off with a bang, getting to the line for three shots after being fouled on a triple.  Four point lead quickly becomes seven.  Lakers 81, Bucks 74.   

10:40- Now the fans are buzzing.  Incredible play by Kobe, to wrestle the ball away from the Bucks on the offensive board after a missed Lakers J, then hitting a cutting Ariza on a no look, over the shoulder pass for an easy bucket.  That was sweet.  Farmar hits a triple (assist from 24) on the next trip down, and suddenly the Lakers are up by 10, 86-76.  This is the sort of thing Kobe has generally done all season- playing in control, distributing, taking better shots, and not forcing much, then taking control of games in critical bursts. 

Hard to argue with the results.

10:18- Timeout on the floor.  If the Lakers can fight off the Bucks for the next three minutes or so, they can probably put this away.  Two nice plays by Drew help there- one great rebound to clear the ball, then he cleans up a Farmar miss for a layup on the other end.  Limits chances on one end, adds them on the other.  Nice ratio.

Wow.  Then he sticks with (I believe) Williams (could have been Redd) coming off a screen all the way down from the top of the key to the hoop, forcing a wild and missed shot.  Great footwork, no foul.

5:31- Timeout , Lakers, up 98-86.  The first couple minutes of this quarter belonged to Kobe, who helped stretch out the lead, then the next couple belonged to Drew, who was a force on both ends.  Then, they combined for some great plays.  LAL has definitely rode those two to what looks likely to be a win.  Drew has shown some nice awareness, too, and confidence in that baby hook.  He had Michael Ruffin on him, and rather than back him down all the way to the hole and bring himself into a double, mabye a triple (two more Bucks were waiting on him in the lane), he simply got a step or so closer, than shot over the much shorter defender.  Nice play.

The only big mistake he's made in the quarter was giving up on that last Charlie Bell three, turning his back on the shooter and conceding the shot.   

2:09- Timeout on the floor, Lakers up 108-95.  Milwaukee has tried to make a few runs, but the Lakers/Kobe haven't let them get to a really threatening margin.  Every time the Bucks push, LA pushes back.  With two minutes to go, all they really need to do is take care of the ball offensively, and they'll win.  There just isn't enough time for Milwaukee to get back into it if the Lakers avoid breakdowns.

1:20- It helps too to get second possessions, as the Lakers just did with a Walton offensive rebound.  The crowd wants Tacos.  One minute to go, Lakers holding on to a 13 point lead. 

Redd hits a layin- only three points of taco margin to play with.   The crowd is on the edge of their collective seats!

A potentially taco preserving block from Farmar!

Yi hits a jumper.  Bucks on 99 with 15 ticks to go...

A chorus of boos rains down on the court as Charlie Bell hits a taco-eliminating three pointer.  Seriously, I'm not sure if the crowd would have been louder if Charlie Bell had punched Kobe in the mouth. 


A couple meaningless threes from Bell and Yi make the game a lot closer than the 110-105 final score might indicate.  It wasn't a total wax job, but the Lakers controlled the game throughout.  Great efforts from Drew (25/17, 3 blocks), and Kobe (37/5/7).  JF hit some big shots, and overall the Lakers were very effective from three point land (10-21 overall). 

Plenty more to come.  Thanks for following along.


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here we go folks..

lets do this....5 in a row.

michael redd..who cares.!

Colorado springs loves the lakers!

I cant wait to see mike t's comments on kWAMMEEE brown..hahaha

lets go lakers !

purple and gold.

Rebounds hello!

link for the video pls!!!! anyone??/


hey guys please give me the link for the gme on the internet


Lakers look lethargic to start the game.

espn reported that kobe was sick. I don't like the sound of that

Kobe's sick.

I think his health is affecting the team lol.

link anyone pls?? i want to see this...

Yeah, Kobe is sick. Real sick.


This just handed to me- literally- from Lakers PR...

A sheet of paper with "Kobe: Viral upper respiratory infection" written on it.

So if they haven't explained the sickness on the broadcast, that's what it is. What a scoop!



I guess his bronchitis is spreading like the cooties. lol

slow start....

not worried though..

bynum needs to continue to be aggressive....dont reach in..

I don't have a link for the vid...but I'm pretty sure nba audio is free for the year.

lol kobe is sick!!! 2 straight 3!!!

Can't get a link for this one folks, its on ESPN so is playing it. If you have Sopcast, click on this with sopcast open and give it a shot,

Yea, it sucks that Kobe's sick, just gotta have everyone step up and get this over with early.

Kobe is...

Ole! Ole! Ole! Ole!

Feelin Hot, hot hot.


Breathe all over that official, Kobe!

Kobe's sick. He wants this over by halftime lol.

Where was Jordan in that set? NOwhere. Come on Farmar!

Shore up the transition D- Can't let Mo go unopposed coast to coast... twice in a row.


I hope kobe's ego doesn't mess up everybody else's game, 5 for eleven is not exactly being hot.

go lakers!

Did anyone (by anyone I mean journalists that is) bother to ask how it's been for the Bucks after trading a "star" in KAJ? lol.

Jordan couldn't stop my grandmother in this game. Ugh.

kobe is an idiot, the lakers are 8-0 when all 5 starters score in double figures. Milwakees coach is lovin it with kobe taking every shot

What'd I just say?


you're an idiot he's hiiting the shot! why not?!

HAHAHAHAHAHA Tonight is TOOOO Predictable.

So during the summer the bloggers on the site were saying "If Kobe wins a championship its because he rose the level of his teammates" while other bloggers said "If Andrew Bynum becomes a better impact player...Kobe can thank him for a championship and its not all Kobe's credit"

So today Bynum is the king of the crop. ESPN articles, leads all the Lakers stories lately, Stephen A and Bill walton debating you as one of the top 5 centers in the game...feature pieces on tv...Its all becoming about Bynum.

So what does kobe do in this national tv game? Goes for 20 points to remind everbody hes still the man. I mean why else would Kobe be so jacked up for a game against the crappy Bucks???/ I mean wouldnt he have done this against the Hornets, which was a way bigger game? I mean the Lakers beating the Bucks means nothing, really.

Can two stars in LA PLEEASE coexist? I remember that when Shaq and Kobe won their titles, people said they could challenge the Bulls 6 titles. Can Kobe and Bynum realize that between them two they can dominate the NBA? But only together??? Geez. That means coexisting, and sharing the spotlight. I want to see give and gos, pick and rolls, Bynum kick it to Kobe, Kobe dish it to Bynum run down the court high five and stare down the other team together.

Heheh, Faith.

Unfortunately, I'm of the belief that Farmar's not very good defensively. He's adequate but not a good defender. So I figured your grandmother could get a couple of points on him :).

He is a fine shooter though.

David, Kobe's just doing his job. I think it's been their strategy the last couple games for Kobe to come out strong early. Then he lays off between quarters 2.5-4 and involves his teammates. I think in general it's worked pretty well.


No one back on the break?!

I think Java's gotta slow it down a bit. He's been getting a little too fancy lately. But that boy's got some handles.

Sopcast - channel 6002.

I agree...but he's not usually THIS BAD. My Grandma could score 62 on this game lol.

We're also missing far too many layups.

Man PJ loves testin the bench ; farmar, critt, ariza, turiaf, kwame. and just watches them suffer

Hey but to further pump the Bynum bandwagon, Id also like to mention smoething Ive kept track on.

Since Bynum bricked two free-throws in Cleveland, Bynum went 30-39 at the stripe, not including tonight...which is about 76%.

Recall he wanted to become an 80% free throw shooter. At the time he was around 67% for the hes around 70% overall. Id say that was dedication to getting better.

"kobe is an idiot, the lakers are 8-0 when all 5 starters score in double figures. Milwakees coach is lovin it with kobe taking every shot"

you're being a little bit narrow minded dude..


"I think Java's gotta slow it down a bit. He's been getting a little too fancy lately. But that boy's got some handles."

You ain't kidding, dude. The Critter's been playing way anxious and out of control since more or less he entered the game. He looks like he's in that "trying to prove I belong on the floor" mode. That never amounts to much pretty. He needs to settle down.

By the way, you have my vote for most creative new screen name. Kudos.


Both Ariza and Critter have struggled so far offensively. Turnovers, bricked
layups. Having both of them and Kwame on the floor means that Jordan
and Turiaf have to go 2 on 5 on offense.

And where was "big calves" when all those layups happened?

Looks like they're putting some starters back on the floor. Good thing.

Lake Show

I think Kobe's doing his 20 shot thing in the first quarter is partly because of Michael Redd. Redd & Kobe has always been a shooting match.

I'm not saying he should, but I don't think it's cuz of Bynumite. I think after the Shaq Debacle, Kobe know's he needs the kid :)

the stat of starters in double figures is somewhat misleading
quite a few of the laker blowouts had players like Luke playing in garbage time and scoring late to barely make the threshold, this occuring way after the contests had been decided.
Points are points, get them any way you can


Come on!

Critter may have a huge upside down the road as many seem to think, but come playoff time, I'll feel a lot better with sasha getting the Kobe backup minutes. Critter just has too many turnovers, and seems lost in the half court offense. Sasha is also a better defender.

What do ya think?

I like Stu, somewhat. But I'm getting tired of his sarcasm. It's a tinch vicious.

What is it with Kobe. Doens't he realize he's overshooting?

I don't get why Kobe gets in these mindsets where he feels he can just keep shooting over and over again. The offense has been working with the inside-out game, along with multiple touches. Kobe's a vet, he should realize that he's compromising the Laker offense. Thank god he has 3 fouls.

Kobe needs to get within the offense. We're already not crisp and if Kobe's not on fire, there's no need for him to play like this.

Damn odom is dumb, dumb, dumb, what a way to get your third foul...anyway it doesn't surprise me

Eric M,

I agree with you. It's nice that Crittenton's getting some prime time minutes
during the season, but I hope Sasha gets back to full health before that 4 game
run against the better teams in the West.

Man, if there's one Laker I hope is a Laker for life, it's Ronny, he's gotta be the most un-assuming, team player ever. Hustles on every play and you never hear him complaining especially with his low playing time. I've visited enemy forums (Suns/Spurs) and Ronny always comes up as a player they'd like to have.

Haha, thanks for the props AK. Enjoyed your blog for years now aka Brandon and Smushcalade...keep up the great work and keep your bro in line.

Is it a coincidence our defense is struggling on a night when our offense isn't "clicking" as much?

I don't think so.

Kobe possesses the capability to get his team very engaged as opposed to spectating. From the opening tip off, if his mind is set to score, his team will suffer because they won't be as engaged. That's basketball 101. So get your team involved fro the get go.


Lakers have missed some easy shots and layups so far. This is where they need to buckle down defensively. 2nd unit was a little ragged when they were in there. Refs are really slowing the game down with all these calls. Lakers are committing too many fouls, keeping the Bucks in the game.

Never thought I'd see the day when people are calling for Faith's boy Sasha, har har.

I think Sasha is way underrated as a defender...he play's that Euro touchy grabby irritating defense that gets under your skin as a player. Some parts just aren't meant to be touched even in a basketball game.

My kingdom for a rebound!

I think someone jinxed the Fish (ahem AK, lol, jk)...he's gotten cold.

Wait...someone jumped for a rebound! What?!

Bynumite, with Sasha healthy, Kobe has averaged 36 and change...minutes per game. Of late, he's had to play close to 40 lol.

We need the machine.


At the time, it might have seemed like a casual observation, but yeah, perhaps it was a little too early in hindsight. haha


I'm thinking that Kobe might feel that the media has been talking about Bynum too much these days, and he is trying to show ppl that Lakers is still his team.... It doesnt make sense to me that Kobe is getting away from what have given Lakers 4 straight victories..

After playing arguable our best game of the season we've played our worst. Thankfully we're still up 4 points.


Stop repeating what you are hearing on TV about Kobe.

The stagnation that the Lakers are experiencing should be put directly on Phil Jackson with his uncanny ability to destroy momentum and flow with the terrible combinations that he places on the floor.

That Bynum's rubbish. Can't even get a double-double by halftime. Put Calves in.

For all you who are complaining about Kobe's shooting, he is being SINGLE TEAMED by some kid named ROYAL IVEY. REPEAT - The greatest scorer in the league is being single teamed while the Bucks defense is staying with the other Laker players. If defenses decide to play the Lakers this way, we have to punish them for not doubling Kobe.

That's Basketball 101.

Lakers need to continue to move the ball and EVERYONE needs to get involved especially LO, Luke and Fish. Defense, defense, defense in the second half.

i predicted the lakers to win tonight...are you guys going to say i jinxed them now?

At the half, not liking this game at all. Outside of Kobe, too much poor shot selection, poor defense, poor rebounding. The second unit getting torched on defense.Totally disappointed in Jordan's defensive effort tonight. Inconsistency on the free-throw line like we've not seen for quite a while. Kobe's the one with an upper respiratory infection, but the play of pretty much everyone else is making me sick. Add me to those missing the play of Sasha tonight.

The team came out flat at the start and it hardly ever got better. Hopefully a different mindset will make the final 24 minutes a different statement. If they come out flat at the start of the 3rd, all the euphoria on the blog prior to tonight will evaporate real fast.

For all of you young hoop lovers who dream of going big-time but currently have small-time game, look to Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum for inspiration. Granted, Bynum has always been extremely tall and extremely gifted (soft hands, hops), but he hasn't always been extremely successful.

Bynum was never the best player on his high school team, playing second-fiddle to someone named Sean Baptiste, who ended up at -- drum roll please!-- Fairleigh Dickinson.

Word has it, Bynum wasn't even first-team all-Middlesex County (N.J.) Conference as a senior. And legend has it that UConn coach Jim Calhoun, who would've gotten Bynum if Phil Jackson hadn't, had to pull some thick, cable-like strings to get Bynum in the McDonald's All-America game.


Tim Legler and I were talking Tuesday night and we agreed that if we were starting a new franchise and could take any center in the world, Bynum would be second on our list behind only Dwight Howard.

Now that's improvement.

As Baron Davis told me after Bynum put 17 and 16 on the Warriors last month, "That boy's gonna be a beast.''

- Chris Broussard on ESPN insider

not to worry..the second half is ours...

this is what happened pretty much with the indiana pacers game.

Did you see it?

In the last 3 minutes of the 2nd quarter?

Andrew Bynum sucking wind! Did you see those 2 missed free throws? That was ONLY because he was tired.

Yeah, 34 games into the season and the beginning is already knocking.

This is what is going to happen. Phil Jackson is going to "RIDE" Andrew and burn him out. Watch!

The more minutes Andrew gets the weaker he is going to become.

Even right now, against Boston, Andrew would have trouble. Now what do you think if we get to the finals is going to happen?

Do you see why Andrew is getting winded? He's working seriously hard to get his points and rebounds. That's not a bad thing but he's already sucking wind!

What do you think is going to happen, as the more and more attention he gets throw his way?

He going to have to work harder and harder and if he's sucking wind right now....what's going to happen when the game really gets physical?

I'm not trying to hate on Andrew...but just take out your tapes and look at Andrew for the last 4 minutes and tell me I'm wrong.

There are no magic potions to turn back the hands of time. He's not going to get stronger. He's going to get weaker.


De-fense! De-fense! De-fense!
That's what Lakers must do
Make it diffiicult for the Bucks to play

WhooHoo, a basket!

great to see white cobi out there makin that money and hearin the LUUUUUKES, and that chick sittin behind odom is STACKED

Four on Kobe, early in the third. Looks like PJ is going to keep him out there. Calculated risk with a vet like him, but if I'm Milwaukee, I keep driving on him and try to force the fifth...


Come on Kobe.

By the way that was the best defense I've ever seen Luke play off Bobby Simmons on that last couple of sets.

And the crowd goes WILD!


Did you notice that at halftime when they were walking back to the tunnel, Coby and Luke were all laughing buddy buddy in their whiteness back to the lockeroom. It was funny. Good for them. Coby still looks a little lost out there though, because I think he is still adjusting to the NBA quickness, but he doesnt make bad mistakes which is what you want from your 13th guy.

We've lost ball movement. Kobe and Fish shooting like lone rangers is no good.

I'm not quite sure why the Bucks haven't subbed out Ivey in an effort to make Kobe work harder on D... he's sitting on that fourth foul...


....There are no magic potions to turn back the hands of time...Hes not going to get stronger...hes going to get weaker ......How very true Mike...T

....You need to play to get tired....You need to be healthy and not injured to play...


Hey can you look down the row to see whats up Michael Redd?

Also, the lovely Stacey Dales just said that Larry Kystoviak just echoed what you said. Seems as though you are plotting against the Lakers??

Also, can you tell anything about Lamar? He seems to have disappeared tonight. I know Kobe and Bynum are dominating but Odom seems to have taken a backseat. But isnt this the kind of game he should thrive in?

Andrew Bynum is sucking wind!

You can see it on his face.


We've got the energy...brought on by LO.

Now we need to close the door.

Get the jello jiggling!

Great run by the Lakers.

Seems like the 3rd quarter has belonged to the Lakers in January so far. A very nice trend that I'm guessing is by design.

Mike T.

"Andrew Bynum is sucking wind"

Yeah because hes playing HARD. If he wasnt playing so HARD, the Lakers would be losing this game.

Kwame is sucking something, but not wind

Mike T.

"Andrew Bynum is sucking wind"

Yeah because hes playing HARD. If he wasnt playing so HARD, the Lakers would be losing this game.

Kwame is sucking something, but not wind

Mike T,

Andrew and Kwame will both be fine. As long as they both do well and we win that's all that matters, period. There will be no fading away this year by the Lakers or Andrew. Both Andrew and Kwame will be vital to where we want to go. Everyone gets a little tired except for Allen Iverson.


Kobe is smart enough not to pick up that fifth foul.........he knows how to play the game

The real question should is Will Phil Jackson put that crazy combination back on the floor like he did in the second quarter......that's the question

He's at it again. Andrew gets winded in a fast paced set of exchanges and "someone" says LOOK HE'S BREAKING DOWN".

Kwame missed an easy layup and the commentator said, "That's the difference between Kwame and Bynum; Bynum finishes that shot". He aslo said what I said a day or two ago; "Kwame will never again start unless Bynum is hurt".

It must suck to be a Kwame sycophant when Bynum is turning into a BEAST.

Lake Show-

It's hard to plot from the second row of the press section (haha). Or at least hard to plot in a way that'll have an effect on the game. It's just one of those things that seemed pretty obvious.

Regarding LO, maybe he heard you, b/c he's been more active over the last few minutes.



Is the crowd cheering for the Bench Mob?









Kwame I've always supported you...but those 2 HURT!

Come on!

.... we dont expect Bynum to have the stamina of a marathon runner from kenya.......DO WE NOW

The best thing about this game...Bynum becoming really comfortable in asking for the ball, especially in the secong where he has been prone to fade.


sorry thats my school...Bynum is a regular neighbor.

Took a couple history classes or something.

Lake show,

Oooops; Kwame just missed another layup as I type.


Smart has nothing to do with it. You put pressure on him with an offensive player, and make him work defensively. If he finds himself beat or out of position, they're far more likely to get an easy bucket precisely because he doesn't want to foul.


Jordan getting grilled by Phil. Wonder why?

lake show,

odom might be quiet but he showing up on da boards ... he's quietly becoming d powerfoward we crave at least offensively, if his defense ever catches up which i think it won't in d regular season, but in da playoffs dat boi got heart ... trust me when where in da heat of battle, he's gonna be there in the thick of thangs ... this team is special, not contenders yet but we're special ... i see another dynasty in our future ... if what we're seeing about the guys around kobe finding their game and confidence is true, if bynum really is going to become a perenial allstar, u kno kobe gonna do his thang and show why be's d best player on da planet ... kevin garnet get ready for your facial in game 2 of da finals, if u don't believe me go ask da admiral and duncan what kobe did to em when we went 15-1 in da playoffs

lol .... umm guess i lied when i said we're not contenders ... in my mind we are ... and ya know how i know ... in da words of andrew z ... da bucks are only 5 behind but i ain't worried, i know we got dis weak team ... ha ha ... go lakers










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