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The DJ Mbenga era begins with a bang!

Or a "beng," if you're into the pun thing. 

But no matter what your phrase of choice, it doesn't change the fact that a 116-99 score equals the Lakers putting the wood to Denver.  What the Lakers didn't put to Denver, however, was a barrage of Kobe Bryant shots, the approach some might have expected with their rotation growing even more shortened due to Trevor Ariza's broken foot.   Instead, Kobe felt the game out and decided on an assist-heavy approach, racking 11 dimes and keeping Denver awkwardly on their heels. The most sensational of these passes was a behind the back beauty to a cutting Ronny Turiaf, but the most prolific recipient of Bryant's sharing was Derek Fisher, who tallied 28 points and hit six of his seven attempts from downtown.  Fisher began the game in the zone and, along with Jordan Farmar,  sparked a long distance bomb drop to put Lakers back in charge after Denver made a third quarter run.  From there, it was all about protecting the fans' free tacos, which were within a hairsbreadth of being lost.  You won't know simply from looking at the box score, but newbie Laker Mbenga's second block of the night was the Mexican grub clincher.  If you're out to become a crowd fave, that's the way to do it.

Speaking of "crowd faves," Kwame Brown was anything but that last Thursday against Phoenix.  But come yesterday's contest, all appeared to be forgiven, as #54 was cheered during his starter's intro and the warm reception continued throughout.

As mentioned earlier, Trevor Ariza's foot is done busted up, putting him on blocks for eight weeks. Complicating matters is the health of other primary small forward Luke Walton, still battling a slow healing ankle injury of his own.   Don't be surprised to see a fair amount of Kobe and Lamar Odom at the three spot during this period.

Depending on who you ask, the oft-rumored to become a Laker Chris Webber is either on the verge of joining the Pistons or still a long way from reality.  In any event, the Pacers appear to be a highly  improbable destination.

 
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AK,

The Mom move, successful as it was, suggests another option.

Next time a K brother can't make the live blog, how ‘bout a lucky live blogger comin’ off the blog bench? Better yet, why not a lucky live blogger each home game? Not as safe as Mom, but consider the biz upside...

New management likes new ideas. It bridges the live and virtual wall. You'd be innovators. With a weekly announcement on your live web cast you'd be deluged with requests, more listeners, more hits, management's undivided attention, and, a subsequent raise in these financially challenged journalistic times.

Okay, I know you're thinkin', yeah but given the daily combative blog tone, is it wise to actually meet bloggers? Good question.

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HAPPY 81 ANNIVERSARY, KOBE FANS! Bandwagon *
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(01) AMAZING HAPPENS - Owner and Driver
(02) Mamba24 - Riding Shotgun

LAKERS RULE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ON MY ORDER LAKERS WHUPPED DENVER.

Although I thought the passion bucket was overflowing last night, I can't read much into it. I thought most of the players looked lost until Fish and Kobe hit shots to get them outta their funk. Good leadership on their part, and I hope the rest of the guys have their heads on straight now. Additionally, while the players were actively (and smartly) cutting (which led to Kobe's assisting outburst) I think Denver's defense is terrible and overrated, even if its not rated very highly anyways. Their off the ball D and rotations was terrible! Don't expect that with the Spurs, Dallas, Cavs, etc.

The thing that will give us trouble over the next couple of games are big guards and mobile small fowards (Ginobili and LeBron, I'm looking at you). Ariza's presence will be missed there. Hopefully Sasha can help take the load off of Kobe for the 2's but Luke worries me, as it does all of you as well.

Other than that, it was good to see the pine-riders get out there. Coby, DJ, J-Crit, are going to be needed.

Yay 81!

the win last night was fairly important for this young team. Kobe hushed the critics when they all claimed he's a ballhog. although the lakers did come out with a victory last night, you have to remember the nuggets played without carmelo anthony. let's see if they can at least one against the texas teams this week. if they do, it shows how much this team has grown and how ready they are for a championship run this year against boston.

how about a lakers-celtics finals bandwagon????
i'm driver! lol

It was nice to catch Denver with as many major injuries as us. That is nice for us. Sorry Denver. I hope they sweep Texas, but I would bet they will be swept. I think going out on the road will shake their wheels off.

Bada bing, bada beng!

Great win last night. Nice to see Farmar lighting it up big time again, although he is still effective even if he scores a small amount. I know that Phil said he'd watch Fish's minutes...but puh-leeeze! How can you cool down a hand that hot especially with Bynum sitting? Pulled out the win, I believe it is noteworthy that the only three that Fish missed was the first one off the bench. Nice to see the machine gunning again, you just gotta love a guy who basically knows he will barely average 10+ minutes a game, yet he BRINGS it. A little OC, but better than the majority of moping bodies you see strolling around out on the court. I think Javaris needs D-League time. Can he play? Obviuosly, he dropped 19 in limited minutes two-weeks ago, but can he contribute positively in the system night-in-night-out? Not yet, not the same way Farmar was able to last season as a rook. Remeber, Jordan had been to NCAA Finals, so he came in with moxy. Javaris ca hoop, but playing within Phil's system is one of the keys to the sucess so far on this team. Last thing, I agree with everyone who says layoff Lamar Odom. First of all, he's a rebounding freak. He'd be 15+ if he didn't let Kwame and Bynum grab one every once in awhile. The guy has suberp court vision, is learning to play with a real PG in the triangle, is constantly restructuring his role on the team according to PJ's needs, and he has mad heart. Don't forget he was the only who played with any consistency in the playoffs last year. Go Lakers.

AK or BK,

you posted the wrong final score...shouldn't it be 116-99?

Nice to begin the era of the big "Beng" with a blowout.....DJ's numbers were 5 mins., 2 rebounds and 3 PF's. That's my kind of guy! Projected over 25 mins., that's 10 rebs. and 15 fouls! I think my man DJ has 10 days worth of hard fouls and he knows how to use them!!

The Kobe formula:

If teamates are making shots, Kobe passes.
If teamates are bricking shots, Kobe shoots.

If Kobe is double / triple teamed, Kobe passes.
If Kobe is single teamed, Kobe shoots.

If Kobe is double / triple teamed, AND teamates are bricking shots, Kobe shoots.

If the team loses 5 in a row, Kobe shoots.

If Kobe shoots, the haters will demand more passing.
If Kobe does not shoot, the haters will demand more shooting.

Kobe for MVP!


Amazing to review some of the national sportswriters about 81. Few gave him more than reluctant praise.

I remember Stuart Scott starting the Sports Center that night. With the NFL playoffs in full swing and a show already scripted, they went live about Kobe's night. At least they got it right.

From espn.com chat with john hollinger.


Audel Del Toro, Los Angeles: Is Chris Webber done?

John Hollinger: (3:16 PM ET ) I'm not sure what the deal is. Seems like a lot of teams sure are skittish about adding him though, huh? You can't dominate the ball if you're shooting 40% with no FTAs and that's been his M.O. the past couple years, and he can't guard my keyboard, so I understand the reluctance. But man, you have to think he'd help somebody ... right?



Kobe, El Segundo: John, what do I have to do to win an MVP award? They tell me to lead my team so I score 81, they tell me to be a team player, see: last night, they tell me to prepare like a champion, they tell me to live and breathe basketball, I DOMINATE!

John Hollinger: (3:23 PM ET ) How come I don't get crazy message like this about Chris Paul or LeBron James? There's this weird assumption among a lot of Laker fans that Kobe's lack of an MVP award is some kind of accident of history that requires immediate correction. Sorry, not buying. He's a great player, but there hasn't been any year where he's been the best. That applies so far this year too.



Carlos (LA,CA): John, When Kobe's career ends. Will he be the best player never to win an MVP? Thanks

John Hollinger: (3:34 PM ET ) There's a very good chance of that happening, yes. Right now I guess Stockton would probably top that list, though I'm going off the top of my head. And I'd say by the time he's done Kobe will outrank Stockton if you're ranking all-timers, so he'd be the one, yes.


Cory (NYC): Stockton? Did I somehow miss Patrick Ewing's MVP ceremony?

John Hollinger: (3:37 PM ET ) Close call, but I'll still take Stockton. Reasonable people can disagree on this.



George (San Diego California): Why are people so scared about Bynum and Ariza going down? They still have their strong core from last year plus Fisher that was great when healthy.

John Hollinger: (3:40 PM ET ) A team as deep as the Lakers should be able to weather these injuries fairly well; the issue is more whether losing Bynum will cost them the division and/or a top-four seed in the West, and unfortunately there's a good chance that will be the case.

Mario (Toledo, OH): Jerry West aka Mr Clutch aka The Logo tops the list of best players without an MVP award.

John Hollinger: (3:43 PM ET ) Thank you, it's settled. I knew I was forgetting somebody.

Man I hate John Hollinger. He seems to have very little respect for kobe. Still I am always looking for stuff on lakers so figured I would post highlights of his chat b4 it becomes insider material

It's time for those of you who question Kobe's game to come correct.

1. Yesterday against the Nugs, Kobe had a game that was 180 degrees from the Seattle game. Kobe is doing everything possible for this team to win and is reading and reacting like the great players do.

2. Against the Sonics, Kobe knew the team was flat and took it upon himself.

3. Against the Nugs, Kobe saw the energy the team had and differed his game. That's the hallmark of a superior talent.

4. Some of you are caught up in always black or white and never see the gray. At the NBA level all player are physically gifted enough to do what they want with the ball – Yes, Kwame Brown would kick your ass in a game of one on one. What separates the good/average from the great is the mental aspects and preparation. Most of Kobe’s teammates don’t have that metal ability to carry through day in and day out at an 82 game clip. Giving them the ball over and over when they don’t "have it" is a mistake – just as not giving them the ball when they do "have it" is a mistake. Kobe reads, Kobe reacts. It’s impossible for Kobe to be always correct in his assessment, but if that’s the price we pay for a big time player – sign me up.

http://www.hoopshype.com/articles/dybas_bryant.htm

Going back to a thread from yesterday, Lake Phil brought up the notion of bringing Slava in for a 10-day contract. As an unapologetic fan of the Ukrainian shooting 'bot, I'm sad to say that he'll probably never play pro ball again. Slava never fully recovered from his disc surgery and had a hard time playing effectively last year with Atlanta. He moved back to Europe this past summer and turned down a couple Euro-team offers. Apparently he said in the Euro press that there was just too much chronic back pain and he wouldn't want to take an offer if he couldn't deliver.

Charles - thanks for the nice words yesterday.

Either Marv or Reggie mentioned on TNT last night that DB is a martial arts dude? That is so excellent - a kung-fu center. I'm liking this signing more and more!

C-Webb is acting like a prim ma dona.

Props to Mrs. K!!!!

Dave M,

Deservingly so....

Mamba,

Sign me up for the 81 Anniversary bandwagon - just along for the ride of a lifetime.

Ya boyz!

Go Kobe!
Go Lakers!

K-Bros,
Do you know what the specifics are about Kareem's contract with the team? Is he a full-time assistant coach? Just wondering if he is supposed to work with everybody (if appropriate) or if the agreement specifies who he works with, how much time is spent, etc.

I'm disappointed the M in Mbenga is silent. It sounds cooler with it. Can you imagine Laurence Tanter after one of his dunks? Deeeeeee Jaaaayyyy MmmmmmmmmmmmmmBENGA!!!!! Oh well. Doesn't matter anyway because judging by that atrocious brick he threw up yesterday I'll be astonished if he has ANY points in his brief Laker career. Here's to his 20 block, 30 foul 48-minute pace!!

Oh, and for the love of all that's holy, can someone please convince Luke to sit it out until he's 100%? He just looks beyond pathetic right now. We'll survive with Kobe or Lamar at the 3 for a while, thanks though Luke.

Chris Webber who? Pls. don't add webber to the team. He is a born loser.

For all those who think we are cursed because of the injuries to AB and Ariza, it could be worse. We could be ...

Denver w/o Nene, KMart (most of the time), Chucky Atkins
Houston: McGrady's never healthy
Indiana: JO (might be done for the season)
Clippers: Brand, Livingston, Cassell (in and out)
Suns: Grant hill, Nash & Marion out earlier

EVERY team has injuries. We can't cry about it. As Chick used to say, "Injuries are part of the game."

I believe in you Kwame Brown

afrojoe,

>>>how about a lakers-celtics finals bandwagon????
>>>i'm driver! lol


SHOTGUN!!!!

Jamie Sweet,

>>>I think Javaris needs D-League time.

Actually, I think that would be a bad idea right now. The Lakers are kinda
thin with all the guys out (Bynum, Ariza, Mihm) and guys playing injured
(Luke, Sasha). The Lakers need Javaris on the bench in case someone
else goes down, and there are even situations right now when he might be
a better choice on the floor than Sasha.

The thing about Critter is that his game right now is like a box of chocolates.
(Run Critter, run!!!!)

Laker Truth,

>>>The Kobe formula:...

Gospel truth, my man.

FOTM,
"Mamba,"

That's pronounced "Amba"

In case you didn't notice...

The Lakers have moved up to #2 on Hollinger's Power Rankings. It feels
almost nostalgic to see the Lakers and Celtics on top.

Early on during a moment of relative quietness, a male fan's baritone voice resonated throughout the Staples Center sellout crowd of 18,997.

"I love you Kwame," he yelled.

What are the odds that Mike T would be at last nights came...

Mbenga (a.k.a. Tacos) saves Jack in the Box tacos for Lakers fans!

http://youtube.com/watch?v=T1rZBxn3Zx8&feature=related

rdlee,

we are worse.

we have ariza, bynum, vlad, mihm, luke (playing hurt) and sasha (still day to day with back spasms, but seems ok now)

we have bynum and luke hurting (i dont think luke should be playing if he aint 100%, hes only risking more injury) and both are starters as well as our SF D guy, and sasha(kinda)

id say we are a little worse off then the teams you mentioned, considering the number of injuries. id say denver is close but kmart looks pretty solid to me.

andand

15cmngsoon,

Love that name man!!!!! Hopefully it will change to 16, 17, 18

And we may call PJ 10 rings 11 rings 12 rings.

Good start for Mbenga. I like the shot blocking, rebounds. And he knows karate so...no cheap layups!


I TOLD YOU KWAME BROWN WAS GOING TO REPRESENT.

BYNUM HAS NO BASE TO CONTROL THE MIDDLE. I HAVE BEEN STUDYING IT FOR 3 YEARS NOW.

BYNUM IS FOOL'S GOLD. NOW THAT BYNUM IS OUT OF THE LINEUP, YOU WILL SEE WHAT BROWN CAN DO FOR YOU.

THE LAKERS ARE 25 GAMES ABOVE 500 WHEN KWAME IS THE STARTING CENTER. I WILL HAVE A FULL LAKERS REPORT IN 3 WEEKS TIME. RIGHT NOW I'M TOO TIRED AND I NEED ALL MY ENERGY FOR WORKING OUT AND CATCHING THE GAME FROM MY 10 X 10 CELL.

THINKING OF JACKIE ALSO TAKES UP SOME OF MY TIME AND THEREFORE

I DON'T HAVE TIME TO READ YOUR POSTS. I JUST READ THE FIRST SENTENCE AND THEN IM ON TO THE NEXT OR I MAKE A COMMENT.


TODAY IS A SAD DAY. TODAY MILK WENT UP 10 CENTS.

>>>Man I hate John Hollinger. He seems to have very little respect for kobe.
>>>Still I am always looking for stuff on lakers so figured I would post
>>>highlights of his chat b4 it becomes insider material

Don't worry about Hollinger, just ignore him. He also ranked Lakers among top 3 in the NBA all season long, even before the Lakers started moving up the standings. So it's not like he has a personal bias against our team anyway.

Like most stat-only guys, he doesn't really know that much about basketball. To him, player efficiency is everything. Anything not in the box score doon't matter. In other words, he doesn't watch basketball, he watches the numbers.

I just want to take a poll, how many of you guys actually live in Los Angeles?


MY MAN KWAME BROWS IS A DEFENSIVE FORCE. HE WAS TOYING WITH CAMBY LAST NIGHT AND SETTING HIM UP SO HE CAN 11 BIG BOARDS.

HE LET CAMBY DRIVE RIGHT BY HIM LIKE HE WAS NAILED TO THE FLOOR. IT WAS ALL PART OF HIS PLAN. THIS STUDY I WILL POST IN 5 WEEKS TIME. STAY TUNED FOR MY REPORT.

I'm diggin it Ex,

'That's pronounced "Amba"'

LOL!

Laker Truth,

You're right on point regarding the Kobe Formula. Well said!! Too bad others haven't recognized this phenomenal truth.

HoustonLaker,

How are the fans responding to T-Mac out there?

Have a good one

born and raised...

Vman and AK:

I think we need to give serious consideration to the "Bring Your Blogger to Work" idea. I've been writing since the early '80s -- and getting paid for it! -- so if it ever becomes more than just Vman's dream, add me to the list. I'll cover my own expenses from Utah, if only to be Tonto to a Kamenetsky Lone Ranger.

2nd email to John Hollinger:

Well, You never answered my email to explain your bogus assertions that Kobe isn't MVP material, and somehow LBJ, CP3, or KG is more deserving. Other than your clear dislike for Kobe Bryant, you have still never, in your articles or chats gave any logical reason why. LBJ is better? Really? Well he's putting up good numbers on a mediocre team (remind you of Kobe in 05-06?), only, this team made the Finals last year. So, wouldn't they actually be "underachieving" this year? KG plays with 2 potential Hall of Famers. I am beginning to feel you continue to NOT provide any good answer because you can't. So tell us the truth. Either you just hate Kobe Bryant or well, you're stupid. Judging from all of your fancy number systems, surely, you can't be stupid, can you? We'll see. A good explanation is all we want. Could you do that? One that doesn't include a P.E.R. system or whatever mathematical equations you want to come up with to validate your argument. I am a Laker fan, but what's right is right. I can back my argument up. Can you?

Marty,
"if only to be Tonto to a Kamenetsky Lone Ranger."

That wasn't a Lone Ranger mask on that picture you are thinking of; it was those black boxes over their faces so that they couldn't be identified.

Elle,
"I just want to take a poll, how many of you guys actually live in Los Angeles?"

Used to (Montebello, technically) but haven't for 30+ years.

Elle,

I live in Vegas... Vegas is pretty much a big LAKER town...

Elle,

I'm in San Diego now but was born in Santa Monica and raised in LA and behind the Orange curtain.

Elle,
"I just want to take a poll, how many of you guys actually live in Los Angeles?"

Glendale CA

Other than the last 4 years, born and raised in the greater LA area.

Lakers fan for life!

Marty

Could be bloggers prefer their anonymity. Understandable.
Ak/BK don't get many callers on their web cast but the blog is alive after. Interesting, to me anyway.

It's logical that a crossover of sorts could be a next step. Laker bloggers could have their 15 seconds or whatever it's down to now.

There are some very clever, knowledgeable, likable, and controversial word slingers on this forum. The games are entertaining, but I'm guessin' that would add interest.

Wow, all the Hollinger bashing here is a surprise to me. Not only do the Lakers rank #2 right now in his ratings system (behind the Celts), he is one of the most respected analysts in the game. If you've really read a lot of his stuff, you can see that he DOES watch the game and DOES look beyond the numbers, even though he is a statistician. His predictions for teams' performances is uncanny and he's usually right on when describing players' weaknesses and strengths. He's right about Kobe too - he's not saying Kobe is UNdeserving. He's just saying that every year there happened to be a player that was MORE deserving of the MVP. Why is that so heretical?

And don't bash his "fancy" numbers just because you don't understand them. If you prefer fluffer analysts who say what you want to hear, go listen to Vic the Brick.

LAKER TRUTH

Nice, tight and accurate synopsis of the Kobe conundrum.


"I just want to take a poll, how many of you guys actually live in Los Angeles?"

Cell 185

Lets see if great shooting night continues tomorrow. Spurs wont double team Kobe , our guys will have to make their shots and create them as well.

Elle,

Dallas now, but I grew up mostly in SoCal; HS near the Rose Bowl and undergrad near the Newport Pier.

Haven't lived there in 13 years + though. I get back to visit friends and family fairly often, but still miss it!

wondahbap

I must read Hollinger's response to your e-mail where you called him stupid twice in one paragraph, if he ever responds!! That's classic --LOL-- keep up the good fight.

Elle,
"I just want to take a poll, how many of you guys actually live in Los Angeles?"

São Paulo - Brazil

Charles,

Most of the fans rip T-Mac for being injured so often and for such long stretches of time. The Houston Chronicle came out today saying that he has decided to pass on the All-Star game.

andand:
What about Sacramento with Bibby & Artest out?
Or Portland w/o Oden?
Our injuries are part of life in the NBA

I thought a Mexican grub clincher was the last swig of the tequila bottle...

Hmmm.

Wes

Classic posts by idiot. ROFL each time I read one of his/her posts.

Elle,
"I just want to take a poll, how many of you guys actually live in Los Angeles?"

BORN, RAISED & LIVING THE L.A. LIFE!

Cause T-Mac is a wuss... He's scared to go there cause of the crime rate...

He was a punk in the All-Star here in vegas too...

Wouldn't sign an autograph for anyone... And punk stepped on my shoes... LoL... Didn't even apologize...

Elle,
"I just want to take a poll, how many of you guys actually live in Los Angeles?"

well i am origanally from the planet MELMAC, but i have been living in L.A since 1986, and i love the lakers oh yeah and CATS too

Ellester
Colorado Springs since 2003, Air Force moved me here and I decided to stay for good.

Colorado loves the Lakers!

Elle,
"I just want to take a poll, how many of you guys actually live in Los Angeles?"

I first moved to LA in 1990 and have been here continuously since 1995. Grew up in Philly and have also lived in Atlanta, D.C., and Chicago. Despite all the other geography, the Lakers are my team, through and through.

Air force rocks!

I'm in the OC myself. Used to live in LA though.

Grew up in LA, now live in Palm Springs area for last 18 years, but still have my season tickets !!! Long drive sometimes though.

pslakerlover

idiot,

I knew it was you. Remember me? We played in the jail house basketball team. Everybody used to score on you.

Elle,
"I just want to take a poll, how many of you guys actually live in Los Angeles

Born and Raised in L.A..currently in Mississippi Home of the Collards and Cordbread! Cornrolls! Cotton Bloomers! And Katrina!!

Elle -

Currently in self-imposed exile on a cold and desolate sand bar called Cape Cod but soon to return to my beloved L.A.

Elle,

South Bend, Indiana via San Fernando Valley.

I like tea and crumpets and overweight belly dancers but am deathly afraid of midgets, velvet posters and Richard Gere.

Wes

Elle-
born and raised in san diego, going to school in boulder, graduate in may then moving in with my girlfriend in woodland hills.

GO LAKERS

One good point to remember when looking at individual player stat rankings (PER, Wages of Wins) for basketball is that most of these metrics over-value rebounds.

That's why you often see guys like Carlos Boozer and David Lee (as good as they are) being over-rated by those systems.

Elle,

I grew up in the western San Gabriel Valley and now moved all the way out to the eastern San Gabriel Valley... L.A. County, so I guess that qualifies as Los Angeles.

Did Elle ever say where she was from (I assume Elle's a female)?

Wes, whadaya mean??? Velvet posters rock! Especially the Elvis ones. Haha.

HAPPY KOBE 81 ANNIVERSARY!

In honor of Kobe's 81 point game, I am going to play 20 games of pick-up basketball and score 81 points!

Did you see the way DJ Mbenga runs down the court both ways. He seemed to be everywhere. That is what I expect from a big with little talent, EFFORT!!!

Grest win last night.

I like what Phil did last night with the line up.

Turiaf
Odom
Kobe
Fisher
Farmar

Born Date:

Downey, California September 12, 1955

Will loyally defend the Lakers till the day I die.

#4,

You make salient points. Part of Kobe's assist total was itself assisted by Denver's inept defense. One thing the Lakers know about playing with the Spurs is that they set devastating picks off the ball on the weak side preventing players from even getting to their spots. Even though it is supposedly against the rules to impede the progress of a weak-side player, the Spurs do it all the time. They are probably the best team at warping the Triangle offense because of it.

Even when we play the Spurs when Kobe is in distributor mode, he can't get as many assists because dude's are rarely where they are supposed to be. Either they are held up, on the floor, or turned around whining at the ref that they should be getting a foul, or something similar.

You beat the Spurs by making your shots and playing Defense. Period. Problem is, you gotta shoot with a hand in your face. Some of our Lakers don't do that very well, 'cept Kobe, of course. Also, we gotta put their Point Guards on their keisters. Every time they venture into the post. So that by the fourth quarter, they are thinking twice about going low, and Kobe can crank up his on-the-ball Defense, and Farmar can act like the crazed (almost)-rookie that he is and maybe pull something out. Lamar and Turiaf should have plenty of mid-range looks available. Lamar can score on anyone they got.

If the plan works, the game will be close at the end. We then can implement the best closer in the game, or even a dude who's closed out his fair share of his own games for three different teams in D-Fish.

--FearlessWhackJob

Heath Ledger dead! That's a crying shame - I was looking forward to seeing him play the Joker in the new Batman movie.

He was a decent actor. Dang!

Elle,

Born in Whittier, grew up in Huntington Beach (Surf City for those in the
know), Lived in Placentia, Orange, Bel Air, Westwood, West L.A., Westchester,
and now Burbank.

born in sudan, raised in auburn, al
now in med school in canada

From B'ham, Ala & I've been a Laker fan for 40+ years

My dream week:

Lakers sweep the Texas two-step

Orlando beats Detroit

Cavaliers beat the Suns

Portland beats New Orleans

Lakers end the week in first place in the West, with the second best record
in the NBA. WITHOUT BYNUM AND ARIZA!!!!

HEY!! I can dream, can't I?

" Elle,
"I just want to take a poll, how many of you guys actually live in Los Angeles?"

Born@ Daniel Freeman - Inglewood
Raised - Gardena/ Miraleste
Junipero Serra High School
Employed @ The Forum 1979-1985
Death - Hidden cove in Malibu ( hopefully ) lol

LAKER FAN FOR LIFE!!!!!!!

Elle-
born and raised.

" Currently in self-imposed exile on a cold and desolate sand bar called Cape Cod but soon to return to my beloved L.A. - Dave M"

Hang on a sec Dave, I've hung out in Onset plenty of times and outside of the Pacific Coast, thats a pretty remarkable place to hang out summer months, not to mention, VERY attractive women "naturally" sans enhancers... ahem.. Outside of the annoying nasal accents and that region eating "baked beans" for BREAKFAST??? I love going out there and chillin

well since everybody is giving an autobiography of themselves

I was born and raised in East L.A.....

moved to the Inland Empire when i was 11...

Laker and Raider fan since i can remember...

TrueLakerFan since ive been there for the good and the bad...

Elle

Scotland

Complex broha - the Cape rocks during the summer but winters here can be pretty isolated and harsh. The year-round population on the "outer Cape" toward the tip is small... the babes return to NY, RI, NJ and yes even CA... you're left sitting at the bar as some grizzled sea-hag eyes your lobster stew. Joking! Haha, it's not so bad. The wind's howling outside now though and it's friggin' cold. Wish I was eating a burrito in LA. though I hear it's pretty drizzily there as well.


Santa Monica

I grew up in the inland impire high desert part vitorville and apple valley for 50 some years, now i live in Shoreline,washinton st. suburb right above seattle.


Elle,

Born in LA and first 45 years in Lakewood, Long Beach, and OC.

Last 5....A ranch in Idaho.

Well hell I might as well chime up too...

Lived in LA from 1970 to 1988.

After a year in Hawaii (Big Island), moved to San Luis Obispo and have been here (Los Osos) ever since. Used to see lots of games at the Forum and have been to plenty of games at Staples from up here...

Don't miss games even if I have to tape em and watch a loss.


Occupant - cell 186,

YES, I REMEMBER. I'VE DONE A LOT OF STUDYING SINCE THEN. I CAN NOW TRAIN KWAME BROWN IN HIS POST MOVES.

rdlee,

"Denver w/o Nene, KMart (most of the time), Chucky Atkins
Houston: McGrady's never healthy
Indiana: JO (might be done for the season)
Clippers: Brand, Livingston, Cassell (in and out)
Suns: Grant hill, Nash & Marion out earlier"

That's the reason why these Team never win a Championship. You need a team that is healthy going to Playoff and Final games.. What I remembered, only Magic able to win a Championship without the number 1 and starting center of the team(Kareem Abdul Jabarrrrrrrrrrrrr)...


Born and raised in Lebanon. Been in Ohio since 2001. Been a laker fan since 85.
I dream of moving to LA everyday, but my wife aint having it... U lucky MOFO's lol

 
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