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Texas Turnaround?

One day of rest, then back in the Lone Star State fire, this time against the Dallas Mavericks (5:30 pm PST, KCAL).  Dirk and his boys are never a squad to take lightly, but under ideal circumstances, Kobe and his boys wouldn't hesitate to declare themselves equals to their upper echelon hosts (or any hosts, for that matter).  Unfortunately, these are not ideal circumstances.  Injuries have currently taken prisoner of four players, which may not be enough to prompt the tickled pink Kobe Bryant into a 180 on his recent seals of approval towards his squad, but it does mean that Lamar Odom (among others) will need to pick up their games to make their fallen teammates' absences less noticeable.  In particular, the void left by no Andrew Bynum.  The squad has gone .500 since Drew went down to a subluxatickety (new adjective alert!!!) knee, and while maintaining that clip would actually strike AK as pretty good (all things being equal and realistic), in terms of building upon the Lakers' great start, it represents a road block.  The math shows that Kwame Brown is hardly a comparable replacement.  Ronny Turiaf has fared better, but his PT is being limited by a toe issue.  But on a positive note, assuming Bynum eventually returns healthy, it's easy to picture the Lakers  making some noise as the season winds down.   After all, Kenny Smith and Magic Johnson both professed during yesterday's TNT pregame show that had the kid remained healthy, he'd have been an All-Star.  Which means he'd be kicking it Big Easy style with The Mamba, who predictably led all West players to make his 10th team.  From there, let the reserve debate begin... and begin again.

Oh, for those who didn't know, the current issue of ESPN The Magazine features an article on Bynum, delving into large detail about his offseason workouts, his often underestimated love of the game and his relationship with Kobe.  It'll be on stands for about another week, so check it out or read it online.

 
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NOW LET'S GO WHIP SOME TEXAS @SS!

Yo go mamba24!

Peace!

Rick Friedman

LO "'what the guy seems to need is a heart and brain transplant."

It's an enigma wrapped in some reefer. He's got heart but it isn't wired to his brain. The rebounds and flagrant frustration fouls show heart and stupidity.

The dude never seems to be at a place in the triangle where he can do anything positive. He's at the top of the key, where he's no threat to do anything but drive to his left. The man needed to improve from mid and long range but never has. He's been injured, but he's also been in the league long enough to have worked it out by now. Magic developed a hook and an outside shot in one season but also had the brain to know how to use it.

Since its a slow day . . .

And because all we ever talk about is the Kwame/Mike T controversy or the Trade our scrubs for all-stars debates, here is a question for you all . .


We know phil has a few years left on his contract, but when he does decide to retire, who do we get as coach?

I am thinking the best coach would be Byron Scott?
--- the Lakers of future would resemble a lot of the Hornets of today
--------------- crit or farmar (slight downgrade from paul)/ bynum (upgrade from chandler)
--- Scott has purple and gold in his blood
--- Scott has the respect of Kobe
--- Has proven he can win

Damnit Charles, if I had known you were ready to post I
would have waited so you could be first sir! Lol! Peace.

Long time lurker, first time poster.
SA, your comment brought me out of the woodwork. I had the exact same conversation with my 11 year old at breakfast. I'm a 30+ year Laker fan, and I completely agree that Byron Scott should come back to coach the Lakers once PJ hangs it up. Byron would be perfect, and could continue the new Dynasty. It's going to be a great run. We just need to pick up a monster in the #4 spot to complement AB, and bring Critt along as Kobe begins the inevitable slow down.
jj3900

When we're healthy, we can contend at the top. This doesn't mean we could beat Boston in a seven game series, but all the other teams, we'd have a decent chance.

The key words here are "when healthy".

Lamar has been healthy, but his foot unfortunately has caused some problems. Despite this, when we're not healthy, he has a track record of being an inadequate second threat. The reason is primarily because he is no threat and he does not command a double team. The guy has loads of skill... loads of it. He's a tall and athletic player who can run, dribble, pass, and rebound. He could improve his finishing abilities and/or develop stronger post moves and an outside shot. He's also not the strongest defender he could possibly be.

The problem on the team isn't necessarily Lamar. It's mostly that we expect Lamar to be a Caron Butler... and he's not.

Lamar does have heart. We've all seen it. We mostly see it against the Suns where he does his best to bring vengeance against the team that has sent him home early and thus, reduced his playoff bonuses.

The question is, will Lamar finally work on these aspects of his game, especially this off season, or do we need to go in a different direction since he's unable to step in as needed when the team loses one of it's top two players (and thankfully we've never lost our top player for more than a game or two)?

Luke Walton got a huge extension because of how valuable he was to LAST YEAR'S team. He's obviously no where near as valuable when you have two legit all-stars and strong role players like Lamar & Fish. In fact, Walton has often been out of place... not fitting in well with the athletic second unit, and not fitting in with the higher octane starters.

Part of successful management is being able to manage through the windshield instead of the rear view mirror. This is obviously not an easy task for ANYONE. They were successful in looking through the windshield with Bynum, but other players they've missed completely.

Therefore, looking through the windshield, will Lamar eventually pick up his game? Not that it's totally needed when we're 100% (though the defense aspect would ALWAYS come in handy), but rather that he could be a legit 2nd or 3rd option instead of a garbage man. If defenses would have to adjust to him, it would make the game easier for anyone on the court with him, which would make the first unit function very well, and the second unit continue to dominate when he plays with them.

Thoughts?

Mamba24,

Either way, you the man!

Correction I should have put on my glasses , you were first and third.
Bravo Charles. LOL! PEACE.

I predict the Lakers to lose today.

Mamba... my brotha!!!

LAKERS BY 7 TONIGHT!!

GO LAKE SHOW!!!

Tim-4-Show

Great post on Lamar.

We also have health issues with Luke, Kwame, and Vlad (which I never followed his career, but seems oft injured since his Lakers tenure.) With the lack of rumored trade possibilities, I bet the Lakers are going to keep Kwame.

I would like to move the following in the off-season: Luke & Vlad. If they resign Kwame, keep him for the 2-4 mill mark. (I don't care if we do have his bird rights, but he is not worth a lot.)

Debut of Video Daily Dime. One of the baby Lakers gets big ups.

http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/videopage?videoId=3213705&categoryId=2459788&n8pe6c=2

KEIFO,
" Mamba... my brotha!!! LAKERS BY 7 TONIGHT GO LAKE SHOW!!!

KEIFOOOOOOO! If you say 7, 7 it is. And that's not 7 the hard way!!

Don't know if anyone posted this yesterday, but a "candid" Kobe video.

http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/videopage?videoId=3213499&categoryId=2459788&n8pe6c=1

THE BOTTOM LINE IS.........LAMAR ODOM AND LUKE WALTON!!!

IF THEY PLAY LOUSY, THE LAKERS WILL LOSE.

We've got Kurt Rambis and Brian Shaw waiting in the wings to be our coach, we're probably going to lose one of them this offseason, why worry about bringing in Byron Scott?

also, Lamar Odom sucks, he's a stat padder and a Venus Flytrap that never figures out it needs to close! Tickle, tickle, tickle... we need you to shoot Lamar... as he crawls under the bench...

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Mel,

Thank you for the links!

Interesting read in Chad Fords chat about Kwame & Vlad for Ben Wallace & Noah! The numbers work and I think both players would help on the defensive end (Wallace in particular). Obviously Noah's a bit of a headcase but I lioved his "swag" in college & LA may be a better fit!!

Make the deal, Mitch! Once Bynum comes back we could even employ a twin towers of Bynum & Wallace!!!

Thoughts?

I'm pleased to announce that I may get out on parole in 3 weeks time. I will finally be able to help Kwame in his post game so he can come out of his shell and become an all-star. Next year Kwame Brown will be an all-star. You will see that I am right and you were wrong.

Kwame already showed his potential when he man-handled Duncan the other night. He proved how much we need him to get past San Antonio and Boston. Duncan only had 17 boards. Kwame held his own.

Kenny Smith, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Greg Popopvich..These guys know nothing about basketball. They all say Bynum is an all-star and would take the Lakers to the promise land.

I told you Bynum is fool's gold. My boy Kwame can clog the middle. You will see in my studies. The point differential with Kwame in the game, doesn't matter. Kobe Bryant and Fisher can't play defense and so Kwame has to bail them out all the time and gets in foul trouble. It's everyone else's fault as you will see in my studies.


I too believe that Shaw and Rambis are being groomed and have the leg up in the "After Phil" sweepstakes. Because as long as Kobe is there, the team will employ the triangle and both Rambis/Shaw are triangle guys. Scott has done a good job of proving his coaching muscle since the ending in New Jersey and he seems to be a proponent of the open floor Princeton style offense.

Taos Hum,
"Lamar Odom sucks, he's a stat padder and a Venus Flytrap that never figures out it needs to close! Tickle, tickle, tickle... we need you to shoot Lamar... as he crawls under the bench..."

Ha, ha,Taos old buddy where you been. We missed your sardonic posts. LOL!

Well i got to go work be back at late tonight so everyone pull for the lakers and hope lamar and luke and wame wake up


GO LAKERS NOT Fakers

SA,

>>>I am thinking the best coach would be Byron Scott?

I'm down with that suggestion.

I think B-Scott got the shaft in New Jersey. He takes them to the NBA finals two straight
years, and then Jason Kidd drives him out of town, and look what they've done since.

Meanwhile, Byron switches over to the varsity Conference and takes a nothing team
to the top of the West.

Like I said before, I hope New Orleans can hold the lead in the West until the all-star
break so that Byron Scott can make his first all-star game. He deserves it.

mamba- tell your gf the lakers are playing a double hitter tonight- worked for my brother with his gf.

If you go to cnnsi.com's NBA page, there's an excellent picture of Kwame "defending the rim"
against Tim Duncan.


Blog question:

How much should the Lakers offer Lamar when his contract comes up next year?

SA & JJ

Byron Scott would definitely win several titles for us considering the job he's doing with the Hornets. They basically have 3 good players and a bunch of scrubs over there. Imagine what he can do with our talent and depth.

Come to think of it, if it weren't for injuries i think we might be able to take it this year... I say next year is a given.

Mamba24

"Kobe does Dallas"

You're a nice tall cup of steamin' "HELL YEAH" on this blog.

"We've got Kurt Rambis and Brian Shaw waiting in the wings to be our coach, we're probably going to lose one of them this off-season, why worry about bringing in Byron Scott."

Posted by: TaosHum | January 25, 2008 at 10:51 AM


In a sentence or two, because Byron is one of the best coaches in the NBA right now and Rambis and Shaw aren't. Byron is exactly what is team needs--a tough minded, hard practicing, no nonsense ready to fight coach who preaches defense. He's also proven himself with 3 different clubs, been to the finals and is a beloved ex Laker.

I do not want to see Rrambis as head coach again. We tried that and he failed miserably. Shaw is way too laid back. We need a coach to come in and kick ass--especially after Phil's laid-back tenure ends.

Please, no more experiments with coaches like Rambis and Phund. Not with this team having Kobe in the twilight of his prime. Keep Shaw and Rambis as bench coaches and bring in proven general.

Wes

EVEN IF THE LAKERS LOSE ON THE ROAD ITS OK AS LONG AS THEY WIN HERE. AND DEFEATING THE VISITORS BELOW 100 PTS..WE WANT TACOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS

I think Lamar should get Kwame's contract and Kwame should get Mihm's. So, no more than 9 million for Lamar, no more than 4 million for Kwame.

Wes

Charles,

No problem. I also found a clip of Phil on PTI on the same page. Didn't link it because I figured that was overboard. Phil and Kobe were both preaching the party line.

Hmm...fellow bloggers.

The team is playing well and we had SA by the BALLS and this is with Kwame fumbling sure assists out of bounds still and LO dropping perfect dimes to fans. We had them, but this road stretch is sooooo daunting. I don't know.

I'm with AK on this one. I'll be happy with .500 ball over the next six weeks. So many of these games are against the very best teams in the NBA.

Just tread water, wait for the big guy to come back. Then, storm into the playoffs!

--FearlessWhackJob

jj3900,

Welcome to the blog.

Your comment on PJ holds true. I used to read those Jackson Journals with appreciative curiosity on some of its contents and strategies, only it became biased when the real intention is to prop up a player who lacked fundamentals.

PJ belongs to the baby boomer generation, somewhat rebellious, always questioning authority and supposedly always campaigning for change. Well, baby boomers are now on the way out, their authority is fast expiring and their rebellion are not adaptable to the incoming youth. OK, he refused to play rookies but to insist in using players who are unworthy, lack of fundamentals, could not make a decent lay up, commit gargantuan T/O's for long minutes, and using the basketball court as form motivation. I pity these players they are not relieved from severe embarassments and it's unbelievable to leave other rough diamonds sitting on the bench. Why not experiment them with strong players like Kobe and Fish. Right now these two players are carrying a huge burden as starters, anybody who has been watching the lakers for a long time have noticed this. In post Bynum-Ariza tandem, we are lucky to be ahead in the first quarter, another luck extended in the first half. When these two stalwarts become tired, the whole Laker team have flu-liked performance every point is a sacrifice and every ball possession is a suffering while gingerly fans kept on praying that they could extend the lead to 4th Q. Besides, the $ 12M per annum is too much and yet he could not transform Kwame and Luke as a serviceable players. They lacked the fundamentals as a good NBA player in 2003 and still lacked fundamentals in 2008. No growth! They should be playing in NCAA. Do we have any other players to play? Why not experiment on the shooting touch of Coby Karl on short minutes or Crittenton with Kobe? If they fail, at least we exhausted other probabilities.

That's what I like with Byron Scott, he had faith on Chris Paul from the get go, harnessed the strenghts of Chandler, Butler and Peja. I am an avid fan of a 9 ringed Coach and HOF, but at a certain point in time we have to say goodbye on those medals and citations. Old fighters hanged their gloves not because they could no longer fight, it is just that their time with destiny is already past due.

How much should the Lakers offer Lamar when his contract comes up next year?

Posted by: Vman | January 25, 2008 at 11:08 AM

I say 7-9 mill tops

Vman,

Magic went from Brick Layer to Can't Miss in one off-season, remember?

Magic couldn't hit a free throw to save his life, and in one off-season came back to lead the league in FT shooting. Remember that?

Then, he just like decided he would be a three point shooter as well. It took him one off-season to suddenly be pushing Byron Scott in that category. Just to stay ahead of Magic, Scott had to lead the league in three point shooting.

Like you said, heart AND brains!

--FearlessWhackJob

PS: Didn't Magic also go from "Can't guard my grandma" to leading the league in steals one season as well?

SixOneZero,

"Kobe does Dallas" You're a nice tall cup of steamin' "HELL YEAH" on this blog."

NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!! HELL YEAH! LOL!

Laker Lover,
"mamba- tell your gf the lakers are playing a double hitter tonight- worked for my brother with his gf."
Thanks Laker Lover, But was his gf a vampire/zombie? They are vicious when they don't
get their way. LOL!

IDIOT,
"I'm pleased to announce that I may get out on parole in 3 weeks time."

Hot D@mn! Happy days are here again!
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(01) STUPID - Driver and Owner.
(02) CRAZY - Riding Shotgun
(03) IMBECILE - Medication dispenser
(04) MAD DOGG - Dog Handler
(05) STRAW BOSS -
(06) MIKE T. SECURITY

Long Time Laker Fan,
"Like I said before, I hope New Orleans can hold the lead in the West until the all-star
break so that Byron Scott can make his first all-star game. He deserves it."

Right On! I like the way you think brother.

SA,

Our next coach BETTER BE Byron Scott!

In fact, Mamba, start a new bandwagon and make me the Driver, CEO, CFO, CTO, and Janitor:

By Scott as successor to PJ!

--FearlessWhackJob

WES,
"I do not want to see Rrambis as head coach again. We tried that and he failed miserably."

I think you are mistaken about that Wes. I'm almost positive that he had a winning record
the short stint he had as coach. It was something like 22 - 12 but he did lose to the Spurs I
think in the playoffs. But I thought he was a pretty good coach.

Texas Turnaround, the title of this tread. How about Texas hold'em? Kwame and Luke may be only 2's but they give us full house against those flashes in the Mavericks line up.

How is AK doing? Enjoying honeymoon huh. When he comes back he has no more time for debates with Mike T., he prefers to go home and resume the honeymoon. lol!

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Mamba 24
Is like the Ronny Turiaf of the blogg.........love reading your post..........
ROLL CALL.
I SHOULD BE HIGHER THOUGH.......But im not tripping...........LAKERS BY 5 TODAY.

I love how Bynum is playing but to be an All Star he would have to be chosen over Amare and or Yao unless the West took 3 centers. Id rate this as the 3rd best center in the west this season. Kaman and Chandler are close behind.

Manba 24, WTF

U tok me out the role call, I don't post much, but I seen a few nams that haven't either. what gives????????

Mamba 24 oops spelt yor name wrong, and roll or not??

I went back and watched the tape of the Spurs game and Kobe played a great game, no one else was scoring in the 2nd half especially the 3rd quarter except Kobe. I didnt see the Spurs double teaming Kobe in the 2nd half very much if it all but they did stay with Fisher and not let him get open shots. Without Bynum its easy to see how the lakers can struggle especially since Kobe and to a lesser degree Farmar can get their own shots or make plays for their teammates when the other team turns up the defensive pressure.

I also didnt see what Phil was referring to when saying Kobes 9 TOs werent his fault but the fault of his teammates for not moving. Maybe he was just frustrated with the starters play, but he is the one who could have yanked them out of the game- hes the coach.

Edwin (and others),

To clarify, I only moved in with my girlfriend. We're not actually married, thus her afforementioned"girlfriend" status. Don't be giving her no ideas. haha

AK

the all-star game is a popularity contest. I'd like to see who the players and coaches pick as "players i'd least likely win against". Now that would be interesting.

And just for fun I'd like to see polls for "All Ugly Team" or "Funkiest Shooting Motion" Team. Marion, Prince, Redd, Camby, and to a lesser extent, Lebron come to mind for funky shooting motions. Past winners include Bill Cartwright, Jamal Wilkes, Shaq for his free throws, etc....see, its kinda fun right?

Mel,

Great video. GREAT video. Good job on posting that link.

It has been a long time since we've seen Kobe smile like that. And, I think more important to Kobe getting this team is that this team seems to get Kobe. I mean, Farmar takes his, and he doesn't worry about stepping on Kobe's ego. Fish gets his. Those two guys are men. They play as men. They respect other men. That is why Kobe respects them. Ronni? MAN!

Bynum is still a kid, but he is growing into a man very very fast. You gotta love him.

That is a great nucleus right there.

--FearlessWhackJob

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ROLL CALL:
(1) FAITH, (2) BOB, MIKE T. TALIQ, Edwin Gueco, KEIFO, WOLF, CLEON,
VI LAKERFAN, COMPTONS_FINEST,
tha_SHOW, hmmm, Smooth D, JCool, WOW, Occupant-Cell-186, The D.,
StrangerintheNight, WhatsthesoundofKwameClapping?, idiot, You Ever Notice?
EastCoastJessie, Mamba24Fan4Life, FanofMamba, WhiteMamba24 HmrrHed,
BlackMamba24, AfroJoe, LakerTRUTH, Kiwi, Peace, David Whang, ELLE
AdamKiley, LakersryDeordie, ANGRYLAKER, TIM-4-SHOW, The Cat, TSIRY
TheLakeShow, WesJoeNixon, BAYWOOD, SBPIMP, CaliKing, Thirty2, DaxMDD
utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER, Rick Friedman, EXHELODRVR, ) JANAYA,
CBUCK, GDChild, ZEN, DION, Centralk, FATTY, Greek Dude, Staples24, Guy
GENERIC_ONE, TWOODY, JJ, Ajax, MITCHELL, LAKERTOM, Charles, BZAR,
NEVER, LakaLover, Bynumite, LakerDogerDieHardInUpStateNY, Chucky.L.Ohnio,
Sead94, LeftField, JOREMA, VMAN, Korey, Xtro, MCGarnagle, Gugy, Laker4Life,
BLKTHGHT06, WONDAHBAB, FearlessWhackJob, JANDRO, LAKERFAZE,
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FKILLAH, CYRUS(Ventrilquist), Swettual, Andrew Z, LAL Fan, Brandon C.,
Kinglakernidas, HUBBIT, BronxLakerFan, RespectMyAuthorith, Hariyahu, LakerLass
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Bobby, COMPTONS FINEST, MIGUELINHO, MAN, HYP117, TUKLAW, CDUB0512,
MrBarneyDangles, BENJAMIN, MJCMAN32, PFUNK36, SOCALIFE, DICE8UP
Michael J, Michael H, Michael A., ALEXINH017, VIOLATER, KIKOS_DAD, Marty
LAKERGURL, LEELO, CriticalBeatDown, BLAZE1BX, SIMONE, Paul Lee,
WEAVE MAN, Jon Kavulic, Tajluck, NEMIA_FALETOGO, Caesar, BerkleyLaker,
CRAIG, B4Hoops, RYAN, JR, Dascilla, tellitlikeitis, Nik Kannan, Sean P.
HollywoodJack, Rico Tico, NestrossBistro, LAKERAHOLIC, SocalSpider,
LAKOBER, SLO GAL, Linda Pineda, TaosHum, ChiTownLaker, RealityCheckTime,
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LakerLifer, Tripgame3, SIXONEZERO, Houstion Laker, Todd Battles, LakerDawg,
JoninJAPAN(INCANADA), LT Laker Fan, Mainor, East Nyboer, Long Live Chick,
JEFF, Andy B. SwanWorld, Purple&Gold_4EVA, Benny Blanca, HAL9000
Tim in Sydney, LakerBake, JMan, AnyOneMouse, 10milliondollarZen, SHIVA, Troy,
Mfeige, RDANEEL, PHIL JACKSON, KOBE BRYANT, Marc Gasol, Sun Yue,
Ronny Turiaf, V. RADMANOVIC, LAMAR ODOM, DEREK FISHER, Jordan Farmar
LUKE WALTON, KWAME BROWN, ANDREW BYNUM, COBY KARL, Trevor Ariza
Chris MihmJarvis Critterton, LarryFulcher, Sasha Vujacic, TEX WINTER, Jerry Buss

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, KWAME “ The Glove “ BROWN, SMUSH “ No Parking” PARKER AND
COACHED BY THE 9 TIME TITLE WINNER PHIL (9RINGS) JACKSON
AND NO ONE WILL EVER DIVIDE OR CONQUER US

NOW LET'S GO WHIP SOME TEXAS @SS!

AK- we forgive you for shacking up with the gf as long as she is a laker fan! haha

Seriously has there been any consideration of going to a small lineup with Odom or Turiaf at C. Seems to me the lakers are going to need to run more with Bynum out, especially against good half court defense teams. Id like to see Farmar start and move Kobe to SF. What do you think?

Mamba24,

I will break the ice on bandwagons this season and join the bandwagon of Byron Scott to save the Bush treasury of a couple of millions. This a sad news for PJ but good news for Jeannie. Also, promote Compton's Finest in the roll call and I will take his place. Greying bloggers should be called last because they're cautious and becoming indolent too. lol!

Laker Lover,

You said; "I also didnt see what Phil was referring to when saying Kobes 9 TOs werent his fault but the fault of his teammates for not moving. Maybe he was just frustrated with the starters play, but he is the one who could have yanked them out of the game- hes the coach."

You must know by now that what you said sounds too much like logic to be true. I don't believe anyone has broken that game down quite as well as you just did.

--FearlessWhachJob

AK,

Anyway, what is lacking are the ceremonies? You are no longer a free bird to go wherever you want, you have to report to the nest. Whether you like it or not, you will turn into a MOO, an exclusive society for Men Of Obedience. lol!

The only bandwagon I'd like to be on today is the Kobe light them up for more than 62 by the end of the third... and then watch the team cruise to victory in the fourth.
I'd like to see that again.

I HOPE WE LET KWAME AN LO WALK.....................
LINE-UP

FISHER
KOBE
ARIZA
RONNY
DREW
Would win a lot of game's for us............best defensive team we have.......I dont see any loose ends with this line.......A LINE UP BYRON SCOTT WOULD HAVE ON THE COURT.

With Bynum out, Lakers is 1-5 W-L record.
It now clearly shows the ineptness, inefficiency and lack of basketball sense of this Kwame.
Get rid of him.

Ruben (Inglewood, CA): Can the Lakers beat the Spurs in a playoff series? And if so, can they beat the Celtics/Pistons in the finals?

J.A. Adande: (3:33 PM ET ) At halftime Wednesday I was thinking they could. After that second half...not so much
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Patricia (Los Angeles, CA): JA, Lakers "not so much" against the Spurs? Did you even consider that they're without their big man and best wing defender not named Bryant? Geez. The Spurs were at full strength whlie the Lakers "not so much".

J.A. Adande: (3:38 PM ET ) If the Lakers had beaten the Spurs without Bynum, that would be a wrap. But watching how the Spurs dominated once they ramped things up, I don't think Bynum would have made a difference. If Ginobili plays the way he did, if Bowen defends Kobe that way, the Spurs would be too much even for a Laker team at full strength

THEM'S FIGHTIN' WORDS, JACK-A...!


Ogurat,

Please explain your win-loss record since Bynum was out. Not including the game in which he was injured.

byron scott would be a cool head coach. key to tonights game like it always is in my opinion is point guard play for the lakers. fisher+farmar has to atleast have 30-35 points. this will help kobe out alot. lamar must all step up on DEFENSE. i think well be ok, we just need to play a solid 48 mins. dallas is similar to the spurs in that they will jump all over us if we play flat footed. gotta keep the energy up ALL GAME.

prediction:lakers by 5 in a up and down battle.

GO LAKERS

But even more alarming was Brown's role in the Lakers' recent blowout win over Denver at Staples Center. Although the Lakers won by 17 points, they were minus-14 in the 23 minutes Brown played.

Brilliant! It's probably more, judging he can't score a few sure baskets per game.

THANKS..........EDWIN

But I could never take your spot......
Your one of the O.G....on this blogg.....
That's like coming in as a young KOBE........wanting to wear # 32.
Im still shooting ( AIR BALLS ) in the play-offs..........
give me time 2 work on my game an move up the ranks..........
soon i'll become a 10 TIME ALL-STAR

COMPTON

All Ugly Team - 2007-2008 :
-Sam Cassell
-Al Jefferson
-Mike Dunleavy
-Steve Nash
-Chris Kayman


All Ugly Team - All Time (excludes the obvious 80's Celtics)
-Goerge Mirasan
-Popeye Jones
-Sam Cassell
-Mark Eaton
-Bill Walton

Tim-4-Show,
"Luke Walton got a huge extension because of how valuable he was to LAST YEAR'S team."

Due to the salary cap, they could not sign anyone decent except with the MLE, so they pretty much had to re-sign Luke. I think that was a bigger factor.

I think AK's GF is a SA Spurs fan. At least someone enjoyed that last game lol.

Speaking of Byron Scott...there's a dude I wish we would have hired instead of Rudy T. Still after PJ leaves, I wish we hire BScott.

ogurat,

>>>With Bynum out, Lakers is 1-5 W-L record.
>>>It now clearly shows the ineptness, inefficiency and lack of basketball sense of this
>>>Kwame.
>>>Get rid of him.

Huh? How do you figure. Bynum went down against Memphis. Since then the lakers
are 2-2. Not 1-5. And three of those four games were against good teams.

I'm not saying I wanna keep Kwame or anything, but without him they would probably
be 0-4 over the last 4.

Laker Truth

I have to add a player to your all time ugly list. a 6th man basically.

TYRONE HILL

UPON MY ORDERS LAKERS SHALL WIN. WE SHALL WHUP THE MAVS.

LakerTruth,

"All Ugly Team - 2007-2008 :
-Sam Cassell
-Al Jefferson
-Mike Dunleavy
-Steve Nash
-Chris Kayman

All Ugly Team - All Time (excludes the obvious 80's Celtics)
-Goerge Mirasan
-Popeye Jones
-Sam Cassell
-Mark Eaton
-Bill Walton"

"(excludes the obvious 80's Celtics)"

Two points -

1) Walton was on the Celtics for a couple of years.
2) The true mark of greatness is when a specific team is better than an all-star team from the rest of the league. Those 80's Celtics were stupendously ugly - if ugliness were a sport they would have been undefeated.

YOU EVER NOTICE?

THE GOOD NEWS
Kwame's salary = $9,075,000
Just the rest of this year and Glory H. No more Kwame

THE SEMI-GOOD NEWS
Lamar Odom = $13,534,000; next year $14,559,000
After next year, Glory H. No more Lamar

THE BAD NEWS
Luke Walton 5 more years = $30,000,000

MORE BAD NEWS
Nobody would trade for these stiffs

THE WORST NEWS
Bill Walton still on the air


MAKE IT RIGHT MITCH NEWS
Rony Turiaf = $770,610 expires
How much do we give Rony next year?


All NBA Handsome

Kobe Bryant
Marco Bellinli A.K.A Sylvester Stallone
Juan Carlos Navarro
Jason Kapono
JJ Redick

All NBA HAIRSOME

Ronny Turiaf
Allen Iverson
Renaldo Balkman
Ricky Davis
Chris Willcox

LTLF- I'm not saying I wanna keep Kwame or anything, but without him they would probably
be 0-4 over the last 4.

How do you figure? Ronnie has been playing well over the same period and its not like Kwame has shut down anyone or "protected the paint". Kwame has had a - in + - in all four games and Turaif has been a + in all 4 games.


Kwame

SA -23
Den - 14
Phx -17
SEA - 5

Total - 56

Turaif

SA +13
Den +30
Phx + 4
SEA + 3

Total + 40

There are other factors to take into account but the stats show with Kwame on the floor the lakers are being outscored and with Turaif on the floor the lakers are outscoring the other team.

The lakers can now be held accountable for any of thier actions. The team is no longer an experiment and should be held to higer standards. For the most part everyone seems to know thier role except Lamar Odom. Farmar knows that he handles the ball at the point and has to shoot the 3 when Kobe dishes it out to him. D Fish spots up and does the same. Sasha knows he is in the game to harass the opposing guards and spots up in catch n shoot situations. Kwame knows or should know that his role is clog up the middle and most important he should get every REBOUND. Lamar just don't seem to understand that he always has a mismatch with either a slow power forward trying to guard him or he always has a smaller player on him. Lamar just doesn't get that he should be in the post when smaller players are on him and pull the bigs away from the paint to take advantage of his quickness. The bottom line is that if Lamar doesn't get it the lakers should look to move him to get someone to help Kobe score. Ariza can take the minutes Lamar gets and will definately be more agressive......

Laker Truth,

Would you not include on the Ugly Players of all time - Smush Parker and Patrick Ewing?

You guys are something else....All Ugly team!!!! LOL!!!!!

OK...here's one....Dwayne Wade.....he looks just like the Alien space man that Lou Gossett, Jr. played in the movie "Enemy Mine". Somehow, when Miami was on top, he made it to People magazine's 50 most beautiful list. After 15 straight losses, he's getting uglier by the minute!!


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