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Because who doesn't love a hybrid of Jose Garbajosa and "Strange Brew?" 
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The latter is a cult film from Canada, the country housing the Toronto Raptor squad that employs Garbajosa.  The same team, incidentally, that the Lakers defeated by a 117-108 margin.  The Raptors were working without the services of their all-star power forward Chris Bosh, but during the first quarter, you'da thunk he was out there balling and manning the paint.  The Lakers launched 10 shots from behind the arc during that frame alone (32 in all), a tally that displeased Phil Jackson so thoroughly that he opted to play seldom-used Coby Karl as a means of sending a message (in particular to Sasha Vujacic, who still hasn't sold his coach on any "Machine" status, a nickname prompting research from T.J. Simers). The note was not only received, but Karl actually acquitted himself nicely. That "other Kobe" had a quite the ballgame, too.  After starting the contest  equally guilty of long ball fever, Kobe shifted into a controlled mode, and in turn controlled the game for the Lakers.  His 34/7/7 in the box score reflected a night not only found himself typically on the right side of a long jumper, but helped his teammates get a little action of their own.  It often looked effortless, at least compared to the time he needed to rack 81 points to put down this same opponent.

The Laker D hasn't been at its best without Andrew Bynum or Trevor Ariza.  The former is progressing  through work on a futuristic treadmill, while the latter's presence could be duplicated to some degree if the Lakers opt to sign Ira Newble, recently waived after a trade to Seattle.

Kobe Bryant: the all-time #2 with a bullet.

If the Clippers are looking to lift a locker room's spirit and mood down the stretch of a disappointing season, we can all agree, Smush Parker is just what the doctor ordered.  He's been recently freed from exile in Miami, a status Pat Riley insists wasn't personal.  Sure didn't feel that way, Riles.

 
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That was the best game I've ever seen from Lamar.

Our defense still bites a big one. This team better find an answer QUICK, or they'll be middle of the pack after this road trip.

Good Morning,

Lazy win. Pick up the D!
Man thanks or the Lupe Track C Dubbs! Love that Hook… Any Mp3 to email?
I’ll take Ira Newble. He is a vet and hopefully he can pick up the offense quicker with his age and experience.
Good to hear about AB!
Here’s some further proof about that tool AK wrote to http://tinyurl.com/2admcs
That guy wanted to look into this player http://tinyurl.com/2osouf that got dunked on if he was a free agent.

Have a good one!

Thank you for noting the Simers link. That's all we ask.

Why would the Clippers want to sign Smush Parker?

Hey, Dan Dickau may not have the talent that Smush has, but the guy doesn't carry the baggage that Smush does. And, it's not like the Clippers really need any help, it's not like they're in some sort of fight for playoff position, and since they're out of the playoff picture, does it really matter if they win 40 games or only 4?

This is Los Angeles, where the only thing that counts are the trophies. Since the Clippers aren't really in the hunt, why risk bringing in a team cancer? There's no justifyable upside... just ask Pat Riley.

Kam Bros... you have the wrong final score in that one link.

Yeah Lakers, pick me up already

Geez!

Although it seems we righted the ship from a minor skew along the course, I still feel that our play was sub-par to what we expect out of a championship team. I don't want to go overboard and say we should panic -far from it, but I really disliked how the team didn't play with passion to start the game. It was ingenious on Phil's part to insert Coby into the lineup, and boy did he respond. That was a pretty sweet block just minutes into his time on the floor during meaningful minutes.

As for this roadtrip, I feel that in New Orleans we're going to have to shut down everyone else and let CP3 do all the scoring, as was the case last time we tangoed in the Crescent City. Although I would like to see the Rockets be undefeated by the time we get to Houston, I think they might lose one of the next two games even though they are favored heavily. Just a hunch, but I feel that game will be a dogfight, and I know Kobe will come out swinging at the sight of T-Mac on the same court. Kobe seems to take it a notch higher against McGrady.

As for Dallas.. everyone knows Dallas wants revenge after that OT game in LA. Dallas seems as thought they match up pretty well against the Lakers, and we can not allow someone like Dampier to transform himself into Shaq for one game. The final test at Utah is going to be hell. For one, the have the best home record. Secondly, the last time the Lakers were there, well, *sigh*, it wasn't really pretty.

This roadtrip will definitely determine were we actually are in the Western Conference. I don't want to make any predictions, but I think going .500 on this trip would be considered a success. Also, Kobe and Co. should seriously get off the refs cases. I think it is hurting our future chances at getting calls, and that might be crucial in the playoffs. All in all, steady the D, and the correct course will follow.

Just my penny.

Chris H.

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the Lakers defeated by a 117-118 margin....

not sure how that's possible, you might want to correct the score

117-118 margin?

Good morning all, thanks for the reminder on strange brew, I totally forgot about that film, eh.

K bros, have you heard any word on the potential Newble pick up? I think he would be a great addition, since it looks like Ariza might be down even longer than expected.

"The Lakers are pondering whether to sign free-agent forward Ira Newble, who was waived Feb. 29 by Seattle.

A physical, defense-minded player, Newble would be eligible for the playoffs because he was waived before March 1.

Newble, 33, averaged 4.3 points in 33 games this season with Cleveland before being traded to the SuperSonics in February as part of the Wally Szczerbiak deal.

Newble played two games with the SuperSonics but was subsequently waived so he could sign with another team." LA Times
http://www.latimes.com/sports/basketball/nba/lakers/la-sp-lakerrep12mar12,1,4257875.story

it's fixed. Thanks for thepick up.

AK

Sean714,
I'm going home right now and frying up some backbacon!

The Raptors game was the 5th game in 6 where the Lakers surrendered more than 100 pts.

That said, if this team does not tighten up the D anytime soon and lives and dies by those 3s (good when they go in, not good when they don't), this season might be more fluff than substance.

What up Laker Fans? Lazy win last night, but a win's a win. Nice to see Coby Karl adding some quality minutes, even though Phil has a rep for not playing Rooks, we are going to need all the firepower and energy that our bench can muster. Phil seems to have changed his policy on Rooks slightly from when he coached the Bulls and Lakers (first time around). Farmar last year, Luke his first year and Sasha (you could even make a case for Slava Medvedenko back in the day) all getting quality minutes, even in playoff situations, during their first few seasons. Good building blocks for the future. Ronny Turiaf is frickin' amazing. Did anyone notice Farmar trying to get Sasha involved in the game again after he got benched in favor of Coby. Kobe had just dished to Coby for his 3 and the bench went nuts, minus Sasha, TV close up of the bench and you can see Farmar saying "C'mon Sasha", who then got up and started clapping. I love the team leader mentallity and both guys played well in the last two frames.
I wanted to throw my two-censt in as to why Kobe should win MVP over LBJ. It has nothing to do with East VS West (which really shouldn't be a reason as it's not the players putting teams together) or statistical differences, which can be as misleading as a Democratic poll, but with the simple facts that Kobe's team is playing better than LeBron's. Traditionally, the best player on the team with the best record is generally considered to be the MVP front-runner. People who say that 'LeBron's time hasn't come yet' need to acknowledge the King is playing out of his skull, just like the Mamba, that both are a nightmare match-up. The other big difference is that nobody fears LeBron on defense. Not that he's a slouch, but Kobe is a consistent All-NBA-Defensive First Teamer (except Kobe's first year w/o Shaq). Lastly, LeBron would've had surgery if he had torn ligaments in his hand. Anyone who says differently is ignoring the fact that the King has taken more than a few games off this season alone with 'sore fingers' and other assorted tender body parts. I believe that being MVP isn't about just the numbers, but does the team you are on display the personality that a winning super-star can infuse in an organization. From the ball boy up, the Lakers have adopted Kobe's swagger this year. The Cav's have had contract hold-outs, selfish behavior and a team-wide shake up. This, I believe, reflects LeBron's personality at this stage of his career. It's impossible to tell how this young man will change in terms of being a leader on his team. Right now, it still feels like he's the primary ball-handler, but does he lead in that locker room? The way the team has behaved this year, I would say no. LeBron is still whining about NOT landing Ol' Man Kidd. People might try to say that Kobe whined all summer long, which is absolutely true. But when camp broke and it was time to put on the 'Golden Armor', KB24 was right there in the trenches with the team that he had from day 1. That is what makes Kobe the MVP this season, in my mind. Decent win, let's gear up for Friday! Go Lakers!

Kobe & Co had better pick up the intensity, focus, and D if they want to prevent a 4 game skid. This level of sloppy play won't cut it with the 4 teams on the upcoming roadie. Gasol all of a sudden looks timid and soft although he did come up with a couple clutch buckets in crunch time.It seemed that individually a lot of guys played well but as a team they were out of sink. Time for PJ to work some zen.

exhelodrvr ..ha..ha..ha I'm still trying to get a baby mouse in a bottle.....ha.ha..ha

Good morning Mamba... good morning everyone!

Another lucky win!

Don't understand the lack of defense!

This roadie is going to be a tough one if we don't defend the P & R!

How many free throws did we shoot????

Why all the tres?????

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

Pit bulls seem to be at the top of the menu for mountain lions in these parts. It's true. Coons, bobcats and coyotes go more for the little heel nipping yappers.

NoCal perspective:

http://www.sacbee.com/100/story/778921.html

http://www.sacbee.com/100/story/778943.html

Sonnybelfast

Hey Laker Fans!

Looks to me like our squad "plays down" to the competition. I can assure you that they will step it up when they see contenders. It is very hard to focus for a full season.

The NBA needs to address these stupid refs. To call a FLAGRANT on KB24 was lame to say the least. To NOT CALL a FLAGRANT when Gasol had his HEAD KNOCKED OFF is a sham. I honestly feel that the refs are 100% biased.

The only way they can prove not to be would to swing their bias attitude 100% in the Lakers favor (hahahaha).

Anyways, have a head cold and my ears feel like they are about to explode, BUT GO LAKES!!!!

janaya

Hey folks, when AB went down, the guessing was that the Lakes would be lucky to win half their games.

When Pau came on, it became possible to win. But everyone knew defense was an issue.

The Lakers played on a high when Pau joined. That has levelled off, and the competition is bringing it, wanting to take down the best.

It was and is unlikely they can win a championship without some AB. But the fact they have a chance is worth celebrating.

Come the playoffs, the Lakers have Kobe (even without Bynum). A big time x factor with a decent team around him. Anything is possible. It won't be a cakewalk.

I watched Strange Brew when I was in 8th grade. At the time, I didn't know they were Canadian, I just thought they spoke funny and liked beer.

Wait a minute....I guess that WOULD make them Canadian....

KEIFOOO! Don't worry about the rececent games, 9Rings is
just setting it up so they will peak at the right time. they
were peaking to soon and you want to be peaking going
into the playoffs. This is why Houston will not make it out
of the first round. They are peaking now trying to keep
up this win streak and they will have zero left when the
playoffs come around. Look at the Spurs they do the same
thing every year. They start slow and then build up and really
start rolling to catch up and lead the rest of the league. Then
they coast for a bit then they build up full steam going into the
playoffs. And who did they learn this from. The 2000 - 2004 Lakers!


Hope Vlad gets his pre injury flow back.

Luke played well.

Pau hit a couple clutch shots... we'll be needing more of that.

Is there another option in the triangle besides a Fish 3?

TJ Ford is really good, so is Chris Paul and here he comes.

It's a nice to be able to fast forward through Joel, Stu free throws, lethargic D, first, second, third quarter intensity or lack there of, and Carl's Junior commercials.


Good morning everyone!

Good game last night - kind of ugly, but a W is a W...Hopefully the D will pick up on this roadie and we'll come out on top 4-0. I know, optimistic, but hey - it could happen! They always play up to the level of the better teams, and they've shown they can do it on the road, so I expect nothing less than perfection! LOL! Ok - 3-1 would be good too....

GO LAKERS!

did you read at the bottom of the Heat/Smush article that their April 6th game against Pistons has been removed from TV coverage by ABC and the time changed? Wow! How the mighty really have fallen. But with the $40 million they will save without Shaq, they will be back soon.

"I told them, basically, we're not going to beat any of those teams if we play like we played the last two or three games," Coach Phil Jackson said.

I couldn't agree more.

#4,
"I just thought they spoke funny and liked beer"

It could mean that they are from St. Louis.

Nice observation Mamba24. I agree with your idea. PJ is at his best managing the team for the longer-term. I think there are better coaches out there for game situations or specific plays, but none better than PJ in coaching for a whole season's worth.
One difference is the current Spurs and the 2000-04 Lakers were loaded with veterans and the current Lakers are not. What is good w/PJ is he makes the players rely on their own inner-motivation instead of pushing them externally. That strategy works w/people like Kobe and Bynum who have a lot of inner drive but not with people like Kwame and Smush who don't.

Ex,

C'mon now. Everyone knows people from St. Louis aren't funny.

But they do love them some beer.

AK

I'm worried about this roadie. I think .500 is pretty good considering. I really hope that they come out like they did in Detroit and bring it agains quality opponents and prove me wrong...Anyway,

Go Lakers

KEIFOOO! Don't worry about the rececent games, 9Rings is
just setting it up so they will peak at the right time. they
were peaking to soon and you want to be peaking going
into the playoffs. This is why Houston will not make it out
of the first round. They are peaking now trying to keep
up this win streak and they will have zero left when the
playoffs come around. Look at the Spurs they do the same
thing every year. They start slow and then build up and really
start rolling to catch up and lead the rest of the league. Then
they coast for a bit then they build up full steam going into the
playoffs. And who did they learn this from. The 2000 - 2004 Lakers!


Posted by: Mamba24 | March 12, 2008 at 10:23 AM

I agree with the peaking at the right time and as Magic Johnson called the playoffs the Real Season.

Geez, Pau to Lakers, Shaq to Suns, Kidd to Mavs, and now this, Smush to Clips?? This move might trump them all. Go Clippers!!

Without Turiaf and Coby energy off the bench last night I think they might have lost. It just seems like they were bored and not interested just like the last 3 games. I was upset Phil took out Coby considering everything he did was a positive let alone energy level. Guess Phil knows best.

Split this roadie and Lakers will be looking good and have a real shot at the #1 seed. Lose 4 in a roll and were sitting 8th...Geez.. Big Road Trip!!!

I would be a Happy Laker Fan this next week if the Lakers can win half the road games this week and we get news that Bynum's Knee isn't swelling.

Remember guys, it's all good in LakerLand we traded Smush and Kwame what more could we ask for. This is like Paradise, Garden of Eden in LA.

Go Lakers and Get Well Bynum you are the Golden Key to this season.

I want to say thanks to all the regular bloggers who make this a great site to visit.


BD

Mamba... I know you're right, it's just frustrating!!!

So it's fair to say that we'll be 4-0 on this road trip???
(just kidding)

Light 'em up LAKE SHOW!!!

I'm going to puke if I see Smush Parker in a Clippers uniform.

Mike Dunleavy hates bad attitude players.

Urgh.

Go Clippers!

GO LAKERS!

AK/BK

The "machine" link is not working

Zen,

Try again. It should be fixed.

AK

SUNS 42-22 next 4 games
g.s, sac, por, and sea
looks favorable for Phoenix.

Lakers 45-19 next 4 games
n.o, hou, dal, and utah
looks tough for L.A.

who knows by the end next week both teams might be fighting for first place again,

Okay, I am happy we got the win but our over all effort was poor at best. If we play this way on the road we will go down in the western standings. Also, talk about a bad call on kobe for a flagrant one which is ridiculous and compare that one to the foul erick dampier gave kobe bryant. the referee's not calling any of the foul for the lakers while hosting the sacramento kings game which is bs.

Random Thoughts:

-Newble brings the qualities we crave from Luke and Vlad - toughness and defense.

-Why doesn't Pau shoot that 15 footer more often? The defenses have been giving him that shot, but he refuses to shoot it.

-Sasha, Fish and Farmar are turning into ballhogs. Being aggresive is fine, but please don't forget your teamates, especially Pau down low. Sasha and Fish need to let Kobe (or the triangle) create shots for them, instead of trying to shoot off the dribble. That is not their game.

-Is it me, or does Farmar only pass to Kobe as a last option? And when he does, he seems very reluctant to do so. This really annoys me.

-If you combined Pau and Ronnie into one player, you would have a perfect big man.

-Although Pau is playing out of position, there's really no excuse for being bullied by guys like Nesterovich, Spencer Hawes and Pryzibilla. This team needs a healthy Bynum in a huge way.

-The team's signature is not the pick and roll with Kobe and Pau, as I had hoped. Instead, the team's signature has Brokeback written all over it.

-I am praying to the basketball gods that Houston is still undefeated come Sunday.

GO LAKERS!

we're sitting 8th if everyone wins 4 and we lose 4...wont happen

LAL-HOU on Sunday is now at 12:30 PM and is being picked up by ABC.

Random thoughts:

-T-Mac has led a team to both a 19 game losing streak (Orlando) AND a 19 game winning streak (Houston). Strange, isn't it?

-Lamar Odom is the prime example of why comparing stats is not a useful judge of determining a player's skill level. Lamar's stats have gotten so much better since the arrival of Gasol, yet I don't know anyone in their right mind who would say somehow his basketball skills got better in that time. His performance got better, skill level, no change. This is the same player. Yet people regularly compare different players' stats in an effort to determine who is the better player. Better performance does not necessarily mean better skill level, and all you have to do is look at Lamar as an example. This is the crux of the MJ-Kobe debate.

Suns are getting run off the floor against golden state. I can't see shaq getting many minutes in that game. Portland gave them a nice run before. Could be the same this time. Sac and Seattle?

Definitely a harder schedule for the Lakers though. I know they're up to the challenge.

Lakers 4-0 and imposing their will on the trip. I get the feeling Drew will be back in the first week of April. Then the true dominance begins.

Pig

HERE IS THE IMAGE OF G-TRAINER BYNUM IS USING.. ITS FREAKING BIG LIKE RIDING A SPACE GALAXY FIGHTER

http://www.alter-g.com/AlterG/images/products_gtrainer.jpg

IRA NEWBLE ONCE HURT KOBE MAKING HIM ROLL HIS ANKLES.

Hey Mamba, last night 9 rings said if they play on this road trip the way they have played these last 2or 3, he doesn't expect them to win any of the next four.

Peaking? How about Leaking? The way the Lakers D has been surrendering the middle and giving up points in the paint is not the way to avoid peeking. It's not the way the Lakers did it in 2000-2004. It's the way to avoid winning against any team except cream puffs. 45-23 a week from Friday!

Nice to see Coby get some quality minutes.

fire32,

the next 3 games after that 4 games,

suns
houston, detroit and boston

lakers
seattle, g.s, g.s.

worst case, we might be back to where we are now.

The lakers seems to play great on the road. They just get lazy at home with family kids ect. They will be allright. GO LAKERS

What's up Lakerville!
I'm happy that they came out with a win. Aside from the D, they need to rebound more. Radman had a poor performance last night. He needs to crash the boards together with Pau so that they don't lag in the 1st qtr. They need to guard against penetration... TJ Ford had a great game last night. He's really slippery. His ballhandling reminded me of Bob Cousy. The Lakeshow will have more to contend with in Chris Paul. They better improve their performance or else they're looking at a loss to start their road trip. There are no back-to-backs on this trip so I'm hoping for a 3-1 result.

Go Lakers!

moko

nice, should be fun.

AK,

"Everyone knows people from St. Louis aren't funny."

I think it was Steve Martin who, when asked "Steve, how can you be so bleeping funny?" said "I put a piece of bologna in each shoe, and that way I FEEL funny!"

Do you know if Bynum is still doing "classroom" work with Kareem? (i.e. studying film, discussing tendencies of other players and effective responses)

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Jon's Simple Direct Thoughts Of The Day:

1. I'm glad we beat those damned Canucks last night.

2. I'm a bit concerned that we let them hang around as long as we did with Chris Bosh out.

3. The K Brothers beat me to the punch! I was going to write a long "Strange Brew" and "Take Off To The Great White North!" blog entry when I woke up this morning.

4. It will annoy me to no end if the Clippers sign Smush Parker. I guess they think bad chemistry will pull them out of the basement of the Western Conference.

5. Sexist as this may be, modelesque female sportscasters annoy me to no end.

6. When I see some model turned sportcaster on the sidelines of a football game, my thought is always, "What the hell is she doing there?"

7. It was a pleasant surprise to see Coby Karl inserted in the second quarter.

8. Coby plays well with the minutes he has. I'd like to see him get more than garbage time more often.

9. We're going to have to step up our game NOW! Tough stretch ahead.

10. Mark Cuban is a tool. The Lakers need to win this Mav game for the K Brothers.

11. If we're not able to somehow get Dit Da Jow to Bynum, Ariza, and Mihm, I'm going to be very disappointed. These are three of my favorite players.

12. There is more oil in the tar sands of Alberta than there is in all the combined oil wells across the globe. One more reason to invade Canada!

13. I really enjoy the daily roll call. It's good for the blog.

14. I want to see Pau Gasol start pulling off the sky hook.

15. I firmly believe the collective coaching and training staffs of the NBA should form a union to mitigate the stupid decisions that David Stern makes as a means of selling out the league.

16. My dog's getting cancer surgery tomorrow. I'm worried about her. I hope she'll be okay.

17. Charles is one cool dude. Maybe he'll be able to get Trevor Ariza some Dit Da Jow.

18. If the training staff refuses to even look at the potential benefits of high quality Dit Da Jow to present injuries of Bynum, Kobe, Ariza, and Mihm, then they (including Gary Vitti) should be fired. I'm dead serious.

19. Hillary Clinton is an alien in a human suit. Watch the way she blinks. It's unnatural. Reptillian.

20. I'd really like to see Kobe Bryant have another 80+ point game just because he needs some other historic performance to get all the Haters to give him some just acknowledgement of his specialness.

21. I hope Sun Yue is able to be good enough for the team next year. He's sure to bring Dit Da Jow to the locker room.

22. I'm looking forward to the Rockets game tremendously, but the team I want to beat most in the upcoming stretch are Mark Cuban's Mavericks.

23. Hey, anyone notice that Dirk Nowinski won the MVP last year instead of Kobe? What the hell?

24. The Raptors have the lamest mascot in the NBA.

25. Are we going to have to stage daily protests outside the L.A. Times Building to get T.J. Simers fired? If the L.A. Times doesn't care about quality, at least it's readers still do.

26. I miss Jim Murray and Chick Hearn. It just seems like the media is more concerned with not offending anyone instead of taking risks in an concerted attempt to nurture Greatness.

27. At least Ralph Lawler is still around. You've got to love a sportcaster named "Ralph".

28. Luke Walton and Rad Vlad need some Dit Da Wan. I'm sure Charles would agree.

29. I've tried to call up on the K Brothers live internet radio show, but have never been able to get in.

30. I expect the UCLA Bruins to win the Pac-10 Tournament.

31. I hope the Clippers get a phenomenal draft pick this year. It's good for Los Angeles for the Clippers and Lakers to be successful and reasonable competitive with one another.

32. If Corey Maggette skips the Clippers next year, I hope he becomes a Laker. That would be great.

33. Sam Cassell's a jerk. Now that he's a Celtic, I can hate on him again.

34. Ronny Turiaf looks like the alien from "Predator." I mean that as a compliment.

35. I wish JJ still posted on this blog.

36. Liquid sea minerals, vitamin D, and Dit Da Jow is the answer.

37. I really hope the K Brothers mention the above to the injured players. I don't think they will, unfortunately, and that is very disappointing to me. I have a seriously deep knowledge of these things, like it or not.

38. I'd like to hear more information about how active Kareem has been as a coach since Andrew Bynum has been injured.

39. I think the East Coast media has not been fair to Kobe Bryant.

40. I don't like David Stern. He seems like a weasel.

41. I feel righteous disgust at the knowledge that LeBron James chose endorsements over "doing the right thing" and denouncing the genocide in Darfur, and acknowledging China's role in that genocide.

42. I'm grateful that I'm a natural Lakers fan.

NO MVP? NO PEACE!

GO LAKERS!

defense must improve. if it doesn't, the lakers won't even make the western conference finals.

pau gasol needs to step up his inside game on both ends. the honeymoon is over gasol, time to start earning your dough inside the paint. gasol should be matching or nearing odom's rebounding totals every game.

finally some positive news with bynum. i sincerely hope that the lakers do not rush him back. the kid's future is too bright, and so is the lakers. if the knee does not heal properly in next 3-4 weeks, the lakers should put bynum on the shelf so he is 100% healthy for next year.

c'mon lake show...we're a contender now - time to start fine tuning that defense for the playoffs...i really wish we had ariza and bynum right now...

Mamba24, you commented that the original Mamba beat the logo as the best guard of all time but No. 2 to MJ. How about Mamba24? He is the best blogger of all time, Mark Cuban will beg Mamba24 to visit not only the Dallas locker room or even his bedroom. lol! Are you Client No. 10 in DC?

Well, I think the Lakers lowered the expectations of the teams that they will meet during the road trip by playing funky and junkie in the last two games. Pau and Vlad are still sleepwalking, Luke is still missing those shots and they just prop up Coby Karl asthe new decoy for the real Kobe. Kobe could not use his right hand for blocking so he uses the right hand of Coby.I still believe when the championship objective is on the line, Kobe and PJ will be serious in their profession in guiding the youth. One thing good about this trip, there is a rest in between games, no b2b except the last game on Jazz and Sonics. This will be the test of what they are made of, whether the theory of HGF(hisgoodfortune) LakerTom will be correct in saying that this is another dynasty team. IMHO I think this is just another bunch of 4 games on the road as a part of the 82 games.

Based on PJ's goal, they have to get 60 wins before giving away the 20th loss. In my case, if they don't play DEFENSE on the road, they should just take the Greyhound bus in coming home. lol!

Jon K,

I hope your dog does okay. As a lifelong pet owner, I can feel that anxiety.

AK

Good Morning Charles, Good Morning Mamba24!!!

Another GLORIOUS DAY IN LA LA LAND!!!!

What a wonderful place to be!

Last night was a classic Milton Berle game for the Lakers - as coined by Simmons, they only pulled out enough to win.

Good thing they shot lights out from 3 or it could have been ugly.

But, as we say here, A Win is A Win is A Win.

What a great season we are having so far. But I beg of the TRUE LAKER FANS HERE (not the pretenders cause they're salivating right now), if the next 4 games go a little rough, DO NOT DESPAIR!!! If you stuck with this team for the last 2 years, why would you jump now?

In the playoffs you only need to win just over half your games, and if you win half the road games, you are pretty much guaranteed the title. AND DON'T GET CONFUSED - THESE ARE PLAYOFF GAMES. These teams are salivating to play us and measure themselves, not to mention get revenge.

But the good news is that the Lakers can MEASURE THEMSELVES and maybe get a little preview of what that intensity will be like for our young players. It is different being on top and having the bullseye on your back, they need to learn what that feels like.

But don't give THE TROLLS the satisfaction of your anger. And don't freak out if national types start jumping off the bandwagon. We are the fans, we are the ones that matter.

TRUE FANS BELIEVE!!! DO YOU BELIEVE??!?!?

Dit Da Pau!!!

KOBE FOR MVP!!!
KOBE FOR MVP!!!
KOBE FOR MVP!!!

JON K :"Jon's Simple Direct Thoughts Of The Day:"

Jon, Mamba24's simple direct thought of the day is
I like the way you think man, keep it up you are
an inspiration.

DREWPAUKOBE:"TRUE FANS BELIEVE!!! DO YOU BELIEVE??!?!?"

YOU D@MN RIGHT DREWPAUKOBE I BELIEVE IBELIEVE

Dit Da Pau!!! Dit Da Pau!!! Dit Da Pau!!!

KOBE FOR MVP!!! KOBE FOR MVP!!! KOBE FOR MVP!!!

Now where the hell are my ruby slippers so I can click my
heels 3 times. D@mnit the flying monkeys have used all
the Dit Da Pau. LOL!
I BELIEVE, I BELIEVE, I BELIEVE

Good morning everyone..(who is not a troll that pops up after a loss)...

Last nights game...1..TJ Ford killed our guards last night..with ease...How many times did he get into the keyway for those little running hook shots..?

Ira Newble...Would be good to have on the team if not for offense then just for DEFENSE that LUKE AND VLAD DONT PLAY..AT ALL.....At first i thought what about Ruben Patterson...Then i thought we need someone a little more mentally stable for the locker room..

Im already having nightmares about Chris Paul and Deron Williams

EDWIN GUECO:"Mamba24, you commented that the original Mamba beat
the logo as the best guard of all time but No. 2 to MJ. How about Mamba24?
He is the best blogger of all time, Mark Cuban will beg Mamba24 to visit not only
the Dallas locker room or even his bedroom. lol! Are you Client No. 10 in DC?"

D@mnit Edwin how did you find out. That Freakin Spitzer
gets busted and now Mamba24 has to take the heat. No fair
Edwin now like Spitzer I will have to resign from the Blog>
LOL!

Jon K.

David Stern is a lawyer. I think your thought is simply redundant. LOL

Also, at least Erin Andrews was an athlete, but yeah I hear you.

And good luck with the Vet. Hoping for the best.

KOBE FOR MVP!!!
KOBE FOR MVP!!!
KOBE FOR MVP!!!

JON K:"Hillary Clinton is an alien in a human suit. Watch the way she blinks. It's unnatural. Reptillian."

JOHN STOP READING THOSE DAVID ICKE BOOKS
IMMEDIATELY! LOL! I BEG YOU MAN THEY'LL
ROT YOUR BRAIN, JUST LOOK AT ME LOL!


Jon k,

You are way cooler than I am. Just like Mamba24, and the rest of the peeps in the roll call.

Either way I got you man!!!

Lowered expectations after the past 3-4 mediocre games will hopefully help the team relax and execute instead of looking way ahead to the playoffs. I guess it's only befitting that our players are as cocky as us Lakers fans. We already awarded them the trophy after reaching the WC for two days (Bynum days) and going 7-2 on the road trip, ignoring that it was mainly against crummy teams.

Humility is a very under-rated quality...

Laker Truth, I feel you with regards to your statements about Farmar, Sasha and Fish..It's like they are on a mission to "out shoot" one another. Maybe they have a side wager with respect to who can score the most points or something. Either way, 3's out of the flow of the offense and one-on-one play has ZERO play in the triangle unless yoru name is Kobe!! LOL For real tho, that is DEF not either of their games and all the crying when the go to the basket as if the refs are gonna give Farmar, Sasha and Fish a foul is out the question. Occasionally, they get lucky and find the basket driving but not often. Just like us, the REFs know, that is not characteristic of either of their games so no, they are not gonna get a call. Sasha and Farmar need to develop and in-between game otherwise, find the OPEN man or the better percentage shot as far as making a play for a teammate.

Sometimes, I feel like Kobe or somebody needs to corral them cuz they do have the tendency to get out of control. Hopefully, they RIGHT that as we move onward.


RydeOrDie Baby!

CHARLES:"You are way cooler than I am. Just like Mamba24, and the rest of the peeps in the roll call."

CHARLES STOP THIS! STOP THIS NOW! When they invented
the word cool they had to search and search and then they
saw you and EUREKA! COOL a new word added to
the vocabulary thanks to Cool @ss CHARLES! LOL
PEACE

Good morning Laker fans, Charles, Mamba24, etc.

Good win (not a good game). Glad to see Coby Karl getting some real minutes to really gauge his potential.
If JC were still here he would probably be getting lots of minute these past few games the way Farmar has been playing lately. Hopefully he'll snap out of it soon enough.
Too many 3s, not enough D. Lets see how we respond during this road trip.

Sean714, thanks for the info on Newble, I wasn't aware that he could be eligible for the playoffs.

Jon K, good luck with your dog's surgery. Dogs rule.

Disgruntled Laker Fan, thanks for the link, it does look weird, it probably looks even weirder with a 7 footer in it.

have a good day all!

AK/BK-

In last night's audio Coby Karl (son of George) mentions how much you write about his running. In general, how aware are the athletes of the blog and your coverage on them? Do you get the impression some of them spend their time reading up on themselves or just get word from friends of the occasional tidbit?

Or are they secretly logging in here under aliases to get in on all the comments action (i.e. exhelodrvr is secretly Jordan Farmar)

AK/Charles/Mamba/Blog,

Thanks for the thoughts about Delilah, my dog. Pound dog that I've had since she was four months old. Best dog you could ask for. I've saved her life five times, including choking a pit bull out who attacked her and wouldn't let go.

I hope she's okay.

And by the way, she's a Lakers fan! She knows the word "Laker". When it's a very exciting game and it's down to the wire, I'll say to her, "Delilah! Come on! We need you! Go Lakers! Go Lakers!" and she'll get all excited and start barking at the television.

Just a fantastic dog.

GO LAKERS!

Okay, I was one of the people last summer who was predicting
this would be a 55 win season. But there were a LOT of people
predicting 45 wins and some even predicting 42 wins and a first
round exit.

Fess up. Who were all the people predicting doom and gloom?

:-)

put me on the roll call Mamba

Why did Riles release Smush now. According to the Ira Newble article, if you were released before March 1 you could participate in the play offs. What's up with that? You know your team stinks, so you sabotage other possible teams?

Nice to get back in the win column after that debacle against Sactown.

I think Phil's observation that it seemed like "we kind of lost our minds out there" was poignant. I certainly kinda lost mine watching it.

It was nice to see Coby Karl having trouble holding back a smile after his crucial contributions in the 2nd.

Don't want to hate on Pau...but his recent defensive play has me calling him "El Matador".

I'm worried about Kobe's pinky on the defensive end. Kobe's right hand is nonexistant on D. Every swipe, poke or grab is with the left hand only. If we expect to knock of San Antonio, we will need a fearless defensive effort from Kobe with both hands.

Looking forward...I love this team. I especially look forward to the return of Bynum and Ariza whenever it happens.

A big thanks to Kupchak for his patience and foresight. I'm proud to say I never hated on our dear Cupcake.

Peace.

has anyone else noticed that they changed the gametime for sundays game at houston to 3:30 so that it could be on ABC?

I miss Chick too. He always said it like it was. Never cheesy. Chick and Stu together was the best.

Pig

I think it goes without saying that most people who read and write in this blog would agree the Laker's Defence is lacking.

Many suggested that the problem lies with the Lakers being too soft, or that the intensity is lacking, or other teams are becoming more physical with us, or the fact that we miss the inside presence of Andrew Bynum.

While all of the above is true, I would like to make another suggestion from my personal observation...

Ever since Pau Gasol came on board, the floor has opened up quite a bit that the perimeter shooters are getting a lot of good looks. We are having to work less to get a good shot. The ease of scoring points has created an attitude that the defence will work with same amount of effort.

It has become quite obvious to me that the attitude of our boys is that the opponents will eventually start to miss their shots on their own. Unfortunately, in the NBA, this rarely happens.

Good defence lead to easier offence, but not the other way around!

The upcoming road trip will be a difficult one, but it may be a blessing in disguise. When you do not play defence on the road, you are done!

Come on, Lakers, let's put it together on both ends of the court!!

Yep, far as I know, they're on at 12:30 local time Sunday. 19 in a row vs. #1 will do that. It also means I should be out of the building in time for my fantasy baseball draft. Really, everyone's a winner.

Regarding Coby K., in talking to him the other day at practice, he was apparently looking for an item Mike Bresnahan wrote about him, and came across the blog. Not sure if guys read it a lot, because frankly, we don't ask. I think those guys who pay attention to coverage on the team probably have come across it, though. I'm sure those who pay attention on their behalf do.

BK

Jon K,

Best Wishes again...

Sign Ira Newble for defensive purposes.

So Coby has visited our blog community?

Maybe he realized that we've seen him running all over the states. I was surprised to see him run by my street this morning... I thought it was odd since he got all that PT last night. But good to see that Coby is STILL runnin!

He must have been visiting his dad...

ha ha ha, seriously though, Coby had a terrific game last night. He's not really a liability anywhere and he can knock down that shot. I think PJ should use him more often when the team appears a little sluggish.

Good afternoon Mamba24, Charles, Jon K., and everyone else!

Jon K. - I hope your dog gets better and recovers soon.

Mamba24 - you are TOO FUNNY for the Smush Bandwagon

Charles - Mind if I ask you how you got started in the music business? I'm just curious about it.

Laker Nation - Let's celebrate this victory, knowing that we've got much more work to do before the playoffs. Go lake Show!

Wow, great game from Lamar. Weird to not see him as much in the 4th though. Maybe that's the best way to use him?

Coby great off the bench. Turiaf too. Both gave us effort and energy when our other guys were lacking.

Nice game from the Kobester after some earlier so so stuff. He took responsibility for his mistakes on D (tapping a closed fist to his forehead in one case) and came out with better than Lebron numbers at the end.


Anyone else notice that TJ Ford cat is very quick and fast? I think he's the quickest in the league, handily. It's kind of scary to watch.

Wow, Strange Brew (the movie that allowed me to understand Canadians) and David Icke all in one blog.

This place rocks.

And for the record, David Icke will rot your brain. Proceed with caution. He has a cool concept involving progressively greater levels of awareness, but the reptilian stuff is kind of freaky.

Amazing Happens,

>>>Yet people regularly compare different players' stats in
>>>an effort to determine who is the better player

So what do you suggest people compare? Their stunning calves?

You're probably hoping the Lakers will try to acquire Gerald
Green right now, aren't you?

Green is a key example of someone that everyone touts
as being ultra athletic and having a ton of talent. Yet the
worst team in the league traded him away and the team
they traded him to waived him.

Talent means NOTHING unless you actually produce. If
you have talent and no motivation or talent and no killer
instinct, then you don't produce stats. If you have both
talent and motivation, then you produce stats.

The only valuable players who don't produce stats are
lockdown defenders. For example, I'd say Raja Bell and
Bruce Bowen are two guys who are more valuable than
their stats would indicate.

Stats win games. It does you no good to have a team full
of "talented players with lots of upside" if they don't score
points, get rebounds, get assists, etc.

Stats aren't the ONLY thing you should consider when
comparing two players, but they are a very important factor... probably the most important.

last night i was browsing the political blogs and one article about spitzer started like what neil said yesterday during the game

Neil,

"Kobe risked his career and life by cheating on his wife"

nice to have cut and paste and other writers lines.

have some stats for thought

especially laker lover and gunner

or Laker "Gunner" Lover & Co. this bandwagon is growing daily with temporal members.

J.D. Hastings,

Touching on what BK said, our philosophy in regards to whether the players are reading the blog is basically "I don't know, and I don't want to know." I've never asked any player, nor do I plan to. There have actually only been two occasions I can ever recall specifically telling a player about something on the blog.

1) To let Ronny Turiaf know of the blog support while recovering from open heart surgery.

2) To let Lamar Odom know of the blog support after his son passed away.

That's pretty much it, to the best of my memory. Our basic philosophy is that if a player has a problem with a post, he'll let us know. Otherwise, I assume they either haven't read it or have and are fine with it. Or at the very least, their "people" who read stuff for them are fine with it. haha

AK

John K....good luck with your dog....I volunteer at Boxer Rescue LA.. pound dogs/rescues always seem to be the best dogs. If I already didn't have two boxers and a cat, I would take one home every weekend. Again, good luck with the pooch, and I'll keep you and your family in my prayers.

It's so nice to be a lakers Fan these days.... Don't you think...

To Tell you all guys the truth.... I really really miss KLBESST, GUNNER, and the HATIN' GANG...

And I also, dreaming about MIKE T. in here somewhere...

I'm Glad Mamba24's the best blogger... otherwise... this blog is dead... sorry KAM BRO....

Go Lakers....

Go Kobe...

windfall wrote:
The flagrant foul call was bogus. Kobe's left hand came down squarely on ball. His right hand caught the shooter on his back but that was due to Ronny Turiaf pushing Kobe into the shooter.

The refs still make Kobe work under a handicap. He gets mugged under the basket on a regular basis with no call but he can't breath on a shooter without getting called for a foul.

I'd like to see the Lakers win but win or lose, I want to see a real game, not a WWF-like exhibition. The one thing that the NBA could do to improve the league is get consistent on fouls. If it's a foul, it should be called, regardless of when it occurs in the game or whether it's against the home team or one of David Stern's favorite players.

great post....

Been a long time since i posted here. I've been in the magical world of online league pass games from different sites for free. Lots of Lakers fans out there in the world, most of them are the ones responsible for bringing the games online for those of us less fortunate.

Anyway, just wanted to say we are looking good, and I am glad Mike T is gone.

Oh and AK/BK can u make the setting change for the FF browser so it doesnt go all the way to the bottom when you click on read on

Thanks

BLF3408

jon k change your bong water

usc 2 down 9 to go


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