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Lakers 99, Spurs 85: A few quick vids

Talking pictures from yesterday's win. 

First, Jordan Farmar on coming back in ridiculously fast fashion from knee surgery.  So far, so good, at least in terms of how he felt on the court.  Hopefully, today won't consist of extra pain.

   

Phil Jackson on Andrew Bynum's ability to deal with criticism, both recently and over the years.  Drew can be a tough kid to read at times, because he's not a big talker, nor is he terribly demonstrative, which some people often equate with a "lack of passion."  Personally, that's never concerned me, because any idiot can pop his jersey, beat his chest, give a primal scream or do whatever signifies "heart," particularly since such gesticulations often come from dudes who've never won anything in their lives.  All I care about is whether Drew seems coachable and interested in improving during the inevitable ups and downs that accompany young players.  On both counts, I'm satisfied.  That Drew idolizes Tim Duncan isn't all that surprising, considering he often conducts himself like the Big Fundamental (who, absurdly enough, used to find his "passion" questioned as well).

 

Andrew Bynum compares his game against Tim Duncan to his recent successes against lesser Clippers/Wizards big men.  I asked Drew if it felt better succeeding, even on a lesser statistical level, against a guy like TD than throwing up huge numbers against a DeAndre Jordan.  Not really, because Drew felt his FG% could have been higher against Duncan and credited his D to the coaches' prep.  I know some people will see this as Drew focused on how well he scores, and I can see why.  Bynum isn't shy about noting dissatisfaction with touches.  But at the same time, he also noted after the Clippers win that Jordan had WAY too much success against him defensively.   So there's hopefully a balance in play.  If that's the case, as long as Drew doesn't disregard his defensive duties and maintains a sharing attitude with the rock, more power to him if he still wants to put up 50.

 

   

 

AK

 
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AK,

"Drew can be a tough kid to read at times, because he's not a big talker, nor is he terribly demonstrative, which some people often equate with a "lack of passion." Personally, that's never concerned me, because any idiot can also pop his jersey, beat his chest, give a primal scream or do whatever signifies "heart," particularly since such gesticulations often come from dudes who've never won anything in their lives."

Absolutely well stated.

Kareem wasn't particularly demonstrative either.

I'll take Kareem or Tim Duncan's passion over an idiot like Kevin Garnett's any day of the week.

The key to improving as a player is humility, dedication, hard-work, and level-headedness.

It's not screaming while veins pop out of your neck.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!

AK,

To the best of your knowledge, do any of the Lakers follow this blog?

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!

Jon K,

I don't know, nor do I really want to know.

AK

THE CAPTAIN AND ANDREW…

One of the reasons why I have been so high on Andrew Bynum has been his respect and appreciation for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the great relationship he has developed with the greatest center to ever play the game as his tutor. To hear Drew talk about working with Kareem, studying game video with him, getting hints from him during the game makes me giddy with job to think how fortunate we were that the Lakers drafted Drew.

It was great to hear Kareem’s positive comments about Andrew and to see him leaning over and giving Drew advice during the game. You see so many young players who do not appreciate the opportunity they have been given to play in the NBA and who have no respect for the great players who paved the way for the millions they are making today. Drew is a throwback player who isn’t a tattooed and doesn’t aspire to be a gangbanger. He is like a chip off the old block – the one that gave us Kareem, Wilt, and Russell.

Kevin Ding again brought up the subject of what a hard worker Drew is and how his footwork and free throw shooting reflect the extra time he is spending in practice working on specific areas that need improvement. This is another reason why it is easy to believe that Andrew Bynum is going to be a great and not just good player. He has emulated Kobe Bryant in his work ethic while keeping a level head and not getting discouraged. Even Phil Jackson acknowledges that Drew knows how to work hard.

Combine a great attitude, a fabulous personal coach, and a Kobe-esque work ethic with phenomenal height, length, and skills and you have great reasons why Andrew Bynum looks like a super-star franchise player in the making. While it is too late for Drew to make a push to be selected for the All-Star Game this year, I expect him to average close to 20/12/3 the rest of the way as the Lakers win the NBA championship.

JMNSHBO!

Tom,

AK,

I was actually surprised at your comment that you “didn’t know and didn’t want to know” if any of the Lakers players read the blog. I’d be interested to know why you felt that way. Marketing wise, I would even invite the Lakers players to be guest bloggers, to vote on blogger contests, to publish exclusive interviews. You have the power of the LA Times behind you. Why not use it build an even closer relationship with the players?

JMNSHBO!

Tom

Laker Tom

I find it interesting that no one is getting on Gasol for having 3 poor rebounding nights in a row.

we have to realize, that between Odom and Gasol and Bynum, odds are 1 of them is going to have a poor rebounding night due to the other two, and that's before you account for Ariza pounding the offensive glass like he owns the boards.

so I don't know if Bynum will average 20/12/3 the rest of the way Tom, but if he does, you can be sure that either Gasol or Odom's rebounding will drop off to account for that

there's only so many boards to go around.

http://tinylink.com/?7Dc0MSHTcZ

Congrats to Andrew for being player of the week!!!!!

Go Lakers!!!!!!!

"Yes, what Bynum is doing is fool's gold because he did it agaisnt the Clippers, Wizards and an old Spurs team.

What's more is that he's not getting low position because he strong. He's been getting low position lately because he's beating the other big down the court.

Once teams catch on to what he's doing, then'll they'll just run with him. Then it'll be back to having to fight for low post position, which he isn't strong enough to do against Perkins of Boston.

The Cavs were injured. The Celtics is another story. Wait until Feb. 5th to talk.

mike t."


Didn't I say Bynum's speed was too much for other centers? Didn't I ??!?! HAHHAHHA, somepeople think this is FOOTBALL, get a clue people, its BASKETBALL. Bynum has great speed and footwork. Oh and guess what, he also has good strength, if u don't believe me, just watch yesterday' game.

Poor poor Mike T.....I wonder what will happen if the Lakers win the championship. Will he be on the 5 o'clock news threatning to jump off a tall building if the Lakers don't give KWAMAY BROWN and honorary ring for all his great accomplishments while he was here? Yes, thats sarcasm.

I'll end it with this. With Kwame, we were 8th seed in the playoffs. If the playoffs started today, we'd be the first seed. There's a big difference from barely making it and being in first place. See Mike T? Bottom = badddd.....Top = Goood. U following?

I wonder if the first thing that Kareem taught Andrew to do was how to put on his socks. Now that would be continuing a legacy of great teaching.

Found this over at Forum Blue and Gold...a blogger called it "the worst idea ever".

I tend to agree. Almost threw up in my mouth! LOL!!!

http://tinyurl.com/aw6y43

I'm like Sasha, I hate green!

Laker Tom,

"I was actually surprised at your comment that you “didn’t know and didn’t want to know” if any of the Lakers players read the blog. I’d be interested to know why you felt that way. Marketing wise, I would even invite the Lakers players to be guest bloggers, to vote on blogger contests, to publish exclusive interviews. You have the power of the LA Times behind you. Why not use it build an even closer relationship with the players?"


In a perfect world (and especially a marketing world), that's true, but the reality is much more dicey. This isn't a fan/player's personal site. BK and I have to be critical and honest, which can get touchy for players at times. We can't go out of our way to create a relationship that could require a "favoritism" of sorts because we "work with" certain players. Or even just infers that favoritism exists. For example, readers wondering if we're going easy on Trevor Ariza (the hypthetical "guest blogger") because we want him on the blog. I could see a player participating now and then with something we do, but beyond that, it's likely not practical at all.

Beyond that, I just don't want to become hyper aware of who's reading the blog or interacting with that express concern of knowing that. I know most of these guys are aware that the blog exists. Even if they don't check it every day, they have handlers and the team PR dept who scour everything Laker-centric. Thus, if a player has a beef with something on the blog, I'm confident I'll hear about it, as I know plenty of writers who've had confrontations over articles. From there, I'm happy assuming that the players either don't read it regularly or if they do, have no problem with what BK or I have said. I don't need teamwide feedback to do my job. That just makes the gig more complicated.

AK

This team is so deep now that jordan and sasha are back, at 43 games in they are poised to go on 23 game run.
Who cares how many Gasol got the team aspect is taking over, if one guy is down another gets up.

Garnett is a pig, always has been that dude didn't even deserve the ring he picked up.

Gasol only 6 Field Goals= 16 pts ( awesome)

Baby B.....NBA Western Conference Player of the Week.

Sounds mighty sweeeeet to these ears!

Mike T. and his delusional material hehe.

He was championing that Kwa-may Brown was the best defender since Charles Oakley.

Note from Motown:

"Curry decided to put Brown in the lineup to guard Yao Ming and left him in there, even though Yao didn’t play. But Brown made a few defensive errors in the early going as the Rockets jumped out to a big early lead."

He is simply too wrong about MANY things. Heck he said Bynum would need Microfracture surgery but again he's wrong.

-blitz

Laker Tom/AK,

"Marketing wise, I would even invite the Lakers players to be guest bloggers, to vote on blogger contests, to publish exclusive interviews."

I think that is an absolutely brilliant idea. It would add a tremendous amount of life to this blog and make it truly special.

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!

Miguel Colonel,

Yes, Michael Teniente thinks basketball is football.

In the end, everything comes back to Michael Teniente. It's all about ego.

As I understand it, Michael Teniente is a big, really thick dude. Ergo, the only way a center is worth any value is if he's a big, really thick, brutish dude. Do you see where I'm going here?

If the Lakers can't win like Michael Teniente wins, then they can't win at all.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!

I too will state I lovethe way AB has been playing.
If you noticed he is more involved in the offense as I said he should, he is better now playing more minutes at the low post instead of the high post.

That means he is playing to his strengths instead of his area which needs improvement (outside shot).

With Pau at high post his better mid-long range shooting is better and spreads the floor more. Then addoutside shooters who can hit from range and drive lanes is hard to beat.

AB and Pau can still rotate between high and low depending on matchups and learning currve for which AB still needs to improve outside shot. AB is being better utilized by PJ than before as I said he should and it shows in the results on both sides of the court.

Lastly I have always said give credit where criedit is due and criticism when it is warrented.

I would like to say props to the Medical crew and trainers for their efforts in getting Farmar back earlier than expected. Especially after all the heat they took last year. Just saying give credit when due.

AK,

Good explanation. You guys always bend over backwards to be fair so I doubt anybody has a problem with you but I understand your point. Thanks.

Tom

AK,

"This isn't a fan site. BK and I have to be critical and honest, which can get touchy for players at times. We can't go out of our way to create a relationship that could require a "favoritism" of sorts because we "work with" certain players."

You're a journalist. You can ask the tough questions and you can make that clear when inviting them to the blog.

Coming to the blog is an opportunity for the players to get beyond the wall of media journalists they have to maintain a brave face towards and speak to the greater Laker Nation blogmunity which are guaranteed to offer a different, less formal quality of experience.

I mean, Roland Lazenby is very close to Tex Winters, but he also gets insight into the Lakers that few journalists do because of those connections. I respect your desire to be objective, but true investigative journalism is all about forming relationships of trust and that's where exceptional journalism and insight takes place.

In addition, there are a lot of passionate denizens of Laker Nation. If a Laker player shows up here and blogs he is guaranteed not only to receive praise and kudos, but also to receive criticisms and admonishments.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!

for those who care about coby karl he just signed today for DKV Joventut and will play in the spanish professional league ACB - the 2nd best league in the world p.e Pau, Rudy Fernandez, Calderon, Scola, Navarro, Marc Gasol learn the game there-. The starter PG in that tem is 18 yr old Ricky Rubio ¿ remember him in the Olympics?. Perhaps Coby will improve his game with more minutes and eventually return someday to Laker land

Jon K,

"You're a journalist. You can ask the tough questions and you can make that clear when inviting them to the blog."

We already ask them the tough questions (assuming the situation dictates a reason). We don't need players to be a "guest blogger" for that. Nor do I anticipate them wanting to take time out of their day to get peppered with more tough questions from a bunch of other people.


"Coming to the blog is an opportunity for the players to get beyond the wall of media journalists they have to maintain a brave face towards and speak to the greater Laker Nation blogmunity which are guaranteed to offer a different, less formal quality of experience."

But if that's what I'm selling them on, it's not likely the "tough questions" scenario you just described above. Which basically illustrates what I said before. The tone doesn't really work.


"I mean, Roland Lazenby is very close to Tex Winters, but he also gets insight into the Lakers that few journalists do because of those connections. I respect your desire to be objective, but true investigative journalism is all about forming relationships of trust and that's where exceptional journalism and insight takes place."

That example doesn't work because Lazenby is using Tex's insight to grade out basically everybody but Tex himself (which makes sense, because it's hard to tangibly grade a very specialized assistant coach). I guarantee the relationship would be considerably different if Tex were one of the players or the Lakers' head coach, since they have a more direct cause/effect result with what happens on the fllor.

Plus, BK and I already have relationships among players and coaches. But it's a professional one, as opposed to a "Let's help promote each other" relationship. That dynamic is very different.

"In addition, there are a lot of passionate denizens of Laker Nation. If a Laker player shows up here and blogs he is guaranteed not only to receive praise and kudos, but also to receive criticisms and admonishments."

If that's the case, there's no need to be "guest blogger," as these guys already deal with the praises and criticisms as it is. What would make the proposal more appealing is the idea of not having to deal with the negative nearly as much, and that's simply not something BK and I can promise. Moreover, for the reasons I said earlier, it's very tough to create that relationship on the blog and still maintain the perception of evaluating the player fairly and objectively.

AK

Jon K.

Yea I know what you mean. I just L.O.V.E talking smack to the guy, cuz he won't ever admit he's wrong. Also I just love hearing him wiggle and squirm trying to get out of the situations he put himself in. AGAIN, I will ask....who was the blogger that made a bet with Mike T. that Kwamay would not average 10 and 10??

how do other columnists do it? I mean Kevin Ding and Brod Turner are pretty "close" to the team, yet they critique them as well.

As for the game, mighty impressive internal presence imo. TD was discombobulated! Now we got to do a better job challenging those perimeter shots.

Props to Jordan for not sitting on something that for others could take all-season. Seriously.

GO Lakers!

Ubuntu, Y`all!

--Marbury signing would be tremendous...he would cost very little money, and Steph`s determined to quiet his critics while auditioning for a contract next year. He`d be on a short leash with KG, PP, and Doc. First "hint" of trouble, Ainge instantly drops him from the team!

--Seriously, LA has no competition in the West. SA is too small, Bynum has 40 pounds on Duncan!

--"Kobeblitz" often displays wisdom, but not today. LA did not win on xmas due to "offensive efficiency". Please, LA had a mere 79 points with just 2:40 remaining, an 83 point pace. Even in defeat, Boston`s defense was overwhelming! We won`t even talk about Gasol/Bynum going to the line 8 times, to 0 for KG/Perk.

Also, what`s this nonsense about Game 6 and how LA "could`ve" won it? That game was over early in the 2nd quarter, the moment Posey & House nailed those back-to-back threes...forcing Jackson to call a "Full Blown Panic Timeout"!


AK,

I still think it's a good idea. Please, consider it.

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!

Faith,

"how do other columnists do it? I mean Kevin Ding and Brod Turner are pretty "close" to the team, yet they critique them as well."

They do it the same way BK and I do it. They critique players at times, but don't turn around and ask them to be a "guest blogger" on the O.C. Register (with Ding, for example) and create any appearance of favoritism. Which gets back to my original response. You know what I mean?

AK

I was hard on Jordan (no defense and me offense).
However, his rehab work has changed my mind.
To come back that fast (and be effective) is amazing.
Way to go, Jordy!

bronxlakerfan -

Worst. Shirt. Ever.

If I saw a Laker fan wearing that shirt, I'd punch him in the mouth. Whoever conceptualized that shirt doesn't understand the Laker-Celtic rivlary whatsoever.

Can you imagine how cool it would be if we had a chat like a game time chat with Andrew Bynum or Trevor Ariza, perhaps moderated by AK and/or BK?

It would be totally fricken awesome.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!

When you watch these videos, most of the journalists ask the same questions or questions based upon similar themes.

Bloggers could ask some totally out of the box questions which could make things very interesting.

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!

passionate Lakers fan,

Yeah, I know! A Lakers player coming back EARLIER than expected from an injury! How awesome is that?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!

You're a good man AK. And a very smart one, I must add. Kudos!


I was pretty interested to hear Kevin Mchale (I think?) not so long ago discussing coach sackings based on 'bloggers' etc and was fascinated to hear he really felt that the stuff being put out there makes a difference.I mean alot of journalists you take with a grain of salt even if they do know the game but guys like you and AK obviously have a different approach and as people that know what you are talking about and spend alot of time round the team and at the games - you are in fairly unique and I would have thought useful position.

Taking it further...As much as certain bloggers have been ridiculed at times (and Im not personally having delusions of grandeur) for feeling their posts could actually somehow influence decisionmaking, I wonder if comments on high profile blogs ARE actually considered in any sense by the team....even if its just to get fan feedback for marketing purposes?A blog like this could often go down as a small sample that is representative of opinions.

However there is also the part of me that says the smart teams could use the knowledgable fans like an unpaid employee..theres some incredibly knowledgeable people on this blog who put alot of time into watching,thinking about and discussing basketball and at times the level of perceptiveness can make you wonder if its worth one of the coaching staff or someone else taking 10 minutes to scan the comments even for one thing every two weeks that makes them think a little differently...often the obvious is missed when you are close to a situation.

Id be surprised if it did happen (at that level anyway) but I'd find it worthwhile if I was in charge.

--"Kobeblitz" often displays wisdom, but not today. LA did not win on xmas due to "offensive efficiency". Please, LA had a mere 79 points with just 2:40 remaining, an 83 point pace. Even in defeat, Boston`s defense was overwhelming! We won`t even talk about Gasol/Bynum going to the line 8 times, to 0 for KG/Perk.

Also, what`s this nonsense about Game 6 and how LA "could`ve" won it? That game was over early in the 2nd quarter, the moment Posey & House nailed those back-to-back threes...forcing Jackson to call a "Full Blown Panic Timeout"!

Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD | January 26, 2009 at 02:22 PM

FYI, this sounds like a "full blown panic explanation" right? You won, my green weenie.... let it be, let it be, let it be, oh let it be!! speaking words of wisdom, let it be~

bronxlakerfan,

I honestly got nauseous seeing that shirt. Looks like some corporate schmuck thought he'd be a marketing genius with that one.....and knew little about the history.

I wouldn't dare wear that shirt nor suggest it to anyone I like.

Congrats to Jordan for having a great game! I wonder if the yoga he does had anything to do with it? He obviously keeps himself in great shape.

Congrats to Drew, too. Great job!

GO LAKERS!
I LOVE LA!!
WE LOVE IT!!!

Alonzo Mourning comment on Andrew Bynum:

" His career is ready to expand and explode to a different level "

It's clear Alonzo hasn't talked to Blitz here at the blog.


BD

That was a satisfying 48 minutes of basketball.

This team is growing again, mid season, which is a great sign. It shows patience by the coaches as far as getting Bynum and Gasol on the same page on the same court at the same time. Those guys are starting to look really comfortable out there.

Farmar coming back was an extremely pleasant sight. Still didn't 'wow' me with his D, but his offence was spot on. He also seemed to fire up Staples, which is always unexpected and awesome. He played his lil heart out, which was awesome.

Lamar was a monster on defence and missed a couple of shorties and could have easily had another double-double. My only gripe is that he really should own guys like Bonner when he's got single coverage and a wide open lane to use to burn him! But Lamar is Lamar.

The Walton/Ariza/Radmonavich monster reared only one head yesterday, the Cobra-like Ariza head. Walton had some impact early, but then his forays to the basket were, shall we say, disastorous. But he still played good D.

Kobe was hot early and played really well. He took away the Spurs passing lane D by not trying too hard to make interior passes in traffic. Fish was also solid, again. Over all, everyone played solid, not spectacular, but solid.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Sure did let out a laugh yesterday when Pau made that great pass to LO with VanGundy stating:

" Now we know why the Grizzlies had to let him go "

I know coaches are upset about the Gasol trade but why does it piss off VanGundy?

BD

AK

I get where you are coming from and Ive always thought it must be strange to get to know these guys even on a highly professional level,realise they are people then criticise them.

You guys report performances day by day as opposed than sling mud for the heck of it to get get attention let alone delve into the personal stuff but the media/player relationship is one that no doubt takes some serious philosophising on both sides for those new at it - from the outside it just seems wild

But it would be cool if a player randomly posted (although we probably wouldnt believe it anyway...it does get one thinking back to having Roland Lazenby on here and how cool that kind of thing is but I do vividly remember a blogger taking him to the cleaners and Roland not taking it too well....I guess this shows its a jungle in here...the only protection would be moderating comments and no doubt you'd get complaints about that.

I also remember a post from Kobe on here back in the days when email addresses were shown...the email address was from his website.He was saying he was going to play when his status was unsure.It flew under the radar at the time but always made me wonder.....

AK/BK,

How about a proposition of having a radio broadcast show about the Lakers on K-710, either next season or during the playoffs. I think you and BK with the Lakers Blog on your back can compete with the Loose Cannons, let's say between 3-4pm or during practice breaks of players. We can roast players, announcers, ex-Lakers, so-called experts vs. bloggers in general. Your role will be players interview and live feedback from the fans through the blog. Of course, you can choose from posters remarks which ones you prefer to ask. I believe there is a market for that kind of forum and live interaction. As you can see Larry King, the best interviewer on TV always incorporate audience participation, even at noon time, Mr. Sanchez operates on Face Book, My Space, Twitter and Blogs extending conversation on politics. In ytour broadcast medium, will the players/coaches/management have the guts to talk directly to their fans and/or detractors through AK/BK? You can extend such coverage to other local teams like the Dodgers, Kings, Ducks, Bruins and Trojans but it all starts with Lakers Blog as your base support.

LakerTom,

Thx for putting up the good fight on behalf of Andrew.
I don't get to post often but I read everything when I can and I appreciate you carrying the torch on the Big Bust.

Things are so good now my main concern is what is wrong with Pau and his rebounding. LOL!
I don't think Pau is motivated, most likely due to big contract, seems lazy, can't rebound, seems like he is soft as tissue.

I think I will go into the archives and pull some of those post out where Bynum is a Bust and it was a mistake to have traded Kwame.


BD

AK,

Makes sense. Plus with us you never know...you interview LO and it's like, "why aren't you consistent LO," Jordan, "why do you shoot so much" and so on and so forth. Not worth it haha.

But I might have missed something...coz I thought the question was do any of them check out the blog...not that we should ask them to come in. Although that might have come later lol.

I'm pretty sure they're all way too busy to check in the blogosphere...and if they're not THEY BETTER BE! Defense and freethrows need improvement lol.

GO Lakers!

Kiwi - When you get into what McHale was talking about, you really have to define what you mean by "blogger" to really have the kind of influence to get a coach fired.

Someone who merely hosts a blog? No
Someone who merely posts comments on a blog? Definitely Not
Someone with a huge audience? Probably
Someone who is an industry insider or professional journalist who also happens to be expressing their opinion or disseminating information on a blog? Likely

Bynum Player of the Week is well deserved.


Go Lakers!


Edwin Gueco - 710 already has their "Lakers Insider" show which is hosted by Fred Roggin where he brings in guests (like AK and BK last week) to talk nothing but Lakers.

Miguel Colonel,

Welcome to the blog. If Mike T. loses in a bet do you think he will pay???? Have you seen the movie Slumdog Millionaire, those kids running at the narrowest nooks just to survive beatings from cops, well Mike T. is much smarter than that. He never run away, lost in any debates nor admit his misgivings. But believe me, he's wily than those kids. He can interpret a tiny phrase and turn it into a sports headline and keep repeating it ad infinitum until you believe. His closest reply to surrender: "I'm tired of talking to you", as if he was talking to his dog. LOL! what more, if you're collecting a guaranteed bad debt, what bet?

Is that right Mr. T.

Kiwi,

I remember on the first year of the blog there was a poster (one day only) who's moniker was "Dr. Buss."

He wrote just like Dr. Buss talked. He asked what seemed like honest questions of people. He expressed surprise at the level of anxiety bloggers felt about the (then) present state of the team.

He never posted again.

I'm convinced to this day that it was the esteemed Dr. Jerry Buss.

I mean, come on. If you live in Los Angeles and you're literate, you read the L.A. Times.

If you're into sports, you're going to check out the sports section.

If you're a Lakers fan/associated with the Lakers you're going to read about the Lakers.

Sooner or later you're going to check out the blog.

Once you've checked out the blog, you're going to realize this is the only place you need to go. It's a portal to everything that's important related to the Lakers.

Lakers players, if they read anything at all, have to check out this blog occasionally.

Which is good.

We're the people who really care about this team and who really want them to win.

Our opinions are honest and without pretense. They're important to consider.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!

lakers_st,

Fred Roggins does not have the support of the Lakers Blog. Maybe, other fans want to ask questions through him but we are more comfortable with the depth and breadth of AK/BK, they are familiar with the bloggers here. Forgive for saying this, Fred Roggins is motivated by money and a shallow sportscaster, so we really don't know him as a Lakers fan. He is like Money Smith, Joe Buttita, Joel Myers, people who suddenly sprouted from nowhere, knew all the answers before questions are asked. If Fred Roggins runs a blog, are you going to post?

BD,

>>>>>It's clear Alonzo hasn't talked to Blitz here at the blog.

LOL. Don ‘t worry. After Drew wins Finals MVP, blitz will try to claim that he always “knew” Drew would be great but that he had to prove it. Then hobbitmage will draw up another play where blitz gets blitzed. LOL.

Tom

What was that bet at the beginning of the year with Mike T? Kwame had to average a few particular numbers for the season or one of the two people had to leave the blog.

Who was that and what was the bet again?

Mamba,

We need a “Bynum Believers Bandwagon” that starts with Drew’s early believers – myself, BD, JustaLakerFan, Fearless, and anybody else who believe that Drew will be the NGLC – the Next Great Lakers Center.

1. LakerTom – Knew it from the minute he dunked on Shaq as a rookie.
2. BD – Flying wing and riding shotgun since Drew was Socks.
3. JustaLakerFan – Had LT’s back the minute the doubters started to attack.
4. Fearless – Not afraid to be called a Whack Job for believing in Drew.
959959. Kobeblitz – Still claims after 4 rings that Drew needs to prove himself,.

Never underestimate the power of the LA Times Lakers Blog Community.

Tom

Laker Tom,

Nice post as usual, but regarding your comment on tattoos: You are much too wise of a blogger to be stereotyping people with tattoos as "gangbangers".

I think the Kamenetsky Brothers should make an effort to make this blog THE blog of Laker Nation.

It's already the best thing out there.

Now it deserves the authority of being recognized as such.

How do we get it recognized as such?

By bringing on members of the Lakers organization onto the blog for an exclusive chat session with the unwashed masses of Lakers fanatics that consistute this blogmunity!

If you think about it, it's a good idea.

Really.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!

The Spurs' team ( their coach,players ) respect us , they made complimentary comments on us ,we respect each other, they are are a team of class.
I don't like the C' , they act and talk girlishly ( esp. Pauline P ), the so-called big 3 were a bunch of looosers before they won last year, they were lucky that they could get together. This year ,er......

lakers_sth,

Most likely the blogger that McHale was referring to was a sports writer or analyst who started a blog, like Kevin Ding of the OC Register, since that is what the media usually mean when they refer to a “blogger.” Many of these bloggers are not restricted by media companies like the LA Times and can be much more hard core as far as criticizing the team’s management, coaching, and players.

I post quite a bit on various blogs related to sports and politics but what you usually find on these blogs is an article by the blogger and then a series of brief comments by readers. What is interesting and unique to my experience about the LA Times Lakers Blog is that is really a myriad of blogs within blogs, with members like you and I and others posting complete articles and commentaries totally unrelated to AK&BK’s threads. It is this unique intertwining of the bloggers within the blog that generate more of the great debates and discussions in the blog and make it more diverse and fascinating than traditional blogs with a limited vent and point of view.

As to whether the Lakers front office or players ever visit the blog, I am sure that the Lakers as a team watch which way the wind blows here and some of the players. Where else could they learn as much and have as much fun doing it?

JMNSHBO!

Tom

Edwin,
You're deffinately right. I'm just here to keep the balance, I'm the ANTI Mike T. Plus I think I can out argue/maneuver the guy if he ever grew the marbles to comeback.

Impressive game. The Lakers are starting to get into a good flow. The Spurs are our toughest challenge in the West, with NO a close second.

You would probably be burned at a stake if you wore this to a Laker game:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/This-is-wrong-on-so-many-levels-?urn=nba,136772

No Laker Tom,

Kidding asides if I was on Drew's bandwagon I would be 10. I would actually go higher if it wasn't a more better option available with Pau Gasol.

Besides his effort against Duncan Triumphs the 42 point game. I would rather have that effort from Bynum than his effort against the Clippers. Adande and I have the same feelings

Also, who will be the Finals MVP this year? Bynum in the future no doubt but I still will go with Kobe Bryant. Will you say so or again discount Kobe's presence that allows Bynum not to face so much doubles compared to Kobe? Remember Shaq may have won them Finals MVP but Kobe did get him the ball many many times.

-blitz

lakers_sth

what you are making makes sense for sure.I dont actually know much about the nature of blogging itself I'll admit...but in a way dont you think experienced NBA professionals that trust their judgement would learn to tune out the hype of these guys writing for a huge audience....I mean it changes every week and has to be taken with a grain of salt.

Could negative press attention affect the PERFORMANCE of a player or coach - sure... but you would think that the guys in charge see through the game for the most part and the organisation has a pretty firm grip on whats going on and what a coach is expected to do.Psychologically they might be influenced generally but their job depends on not gettign caught up that stuff.Some guy with a massive national audience just might have a point that Mitch or Phil picks up on but its just as likely to be someone that doesnt that knows their ball.

Seen from that angle then surely the more genuine articles from the lower key or less self interested bloggers could actually tell a team manager more?

Look at it like the difference between a blockbuster romantic comedy and a fly under the radar European film with themes and characterisation explored in more depth.Which one teaches you more about whats actually going on?

I looked at it more like the teams have an opportunity to get some of the ideas out there from people removed from the situation that might help them think differently or see things they missed...alot of these dudes must be pretty busy.Doesn't matter if its AK BK, lakertom or Mike T throwing something out there - something might just resonate.

The amount of money,time and energy that goes into trying to give these teams the smallest edge.I would definitely be looking for fresh viewpoints and outside observers viewpoints with bits and pieces they notice... and sometimes these seeds may blossom into something bigger.

"Pauline P" lol. Good one TS!

Pig I think it was Mike T.

Why all the attacks on kobeblitz lately? He's a knowledgeable blogger and a spirited debater.

You the man, Blitz!

To clarify (because I'm wondering now if I misunderstood at least some people)...

I don't think something like a player participating in a chat is out of the question. Obviously, we could never promise it, because such a post takes the player and the Lakers signing off, but it's certainly within the realm of possibilities. What I meant was that having a player as a regular "guest blogger" (doing their own posts, participating on a regular basis) strikes me as unlikely, because of the reasons stated earlier.

AK

Lakertom vs. Blitz.

Guns at dawn lol.

It's cool though, they both make good points.

My take on the blogging thing.... I'm not sure I'd want any lakers invited on... it makes too much of a conscious awareness. Blogging is such a loose term,,, Eric Musselman for instance has a blog that is terrific but not interactive with readers so far as chatting/posting, yet if you email him, he'll get right back to you. As Tom said, this blog is farily unique due to the intertwining of its participants. We have the freedom to vent, talk trash and be pretty critical of the team we love. I'm not so sure however, that inviting the same players into the mix would promote the critical honesty we've come to expect. I would expect something of a kneejerk reaction from some - a more conscious self-editing . I'm not applying that to everyone, but still, it's natural to adapt in conversation - we all do it in different ways. At any rate, I'm sure some players (former and current) check the blog out and enjoy the same anonymity as everyone else. Next time you see live footage of a player on his blackberry, typing furiously as he's walking through the tunnel, he could be responding to you! (p.s. it's not just limited to Lakers. Starbury? Uh huh. Busy troll with his dancing fingers, haha.)

John K you said what I meant to only much clearer

I actually think laker players might avoid such places - it could mess you up...from what I understand most players try to shelter themselves where they can....maybe a flick through in the off season.I'm sure some do though but only after a good game!

Xodus,

Contrary to what Laker Tom seeks don't seek to go one on onewith Laker Tom. I was supposed to be at peace with him but if he wants to act all cocky it's his choice.

I really have been honest in my opinions and analysis. It seems Laker Tom does not like it when there is a criticism of Andrew Bynum something that reminds me of a Kobe fan getting offended when a Jordan fan would say Kobe is not as good as Jordan. (Except when Laker Tom himself gives the criticism).

Laker Tom and especially Hobbit don't really know the term "Overrated". I understand why they would get so offended at the even mere mention on that when it applies to their favorite player.

Overrated = means you were rated higher than you actually deserve.

My favorite player on this Laker Team? Kobe Bryant followed by Pau Gasol then Andrew Bynum. But I wouldn't get mad if someone would say Kobe is overrated when compared to Michael Jordan's legacy because really it is true when Kobe's achievements are compared to Michael Jordan's.

But no when that term is applied both gets insulted and takes the meaning as "He sucks". So any talk about Andrew Bynum, Jordan Farmar, or even Sasha Vujacic (who my sister really likes too Faith!) being overrated when compared to better players seems to insult both of them and I could understand because it is their favorite players. For example if I said Andrew Bynum was overrated compared to Hakeem, probably only Laker Tom would get mad (Hobbit is a bit down to earth on that one). That does not mean Bynum sucks just that when compared to a legend like The Dream, Bynum should not be rated as high as Hakeem. Trevor Ariza is my 5th current favorite Laker just below Sasha but someone like Hobbit would get mad when I would say he is over rated on his jumpshot compared to Kobe. Or even Jordan Farmar-John Stockton comparisons or the Sasha Vujacic-Reggie Miller comparisons both would get incensed to the point where a thermometer in an oven would break lol.

I guess you could say though Xodus and Faith, that is what a passionate fan would act like when it comes to their favorite player. I find it odd because I would consider myself a Bynum fan (not as much as Kobe) but do not go passionate as Laker Tom does and he would send me to jail for not being more of a Bynum fan enough to say he is better than Hakeem.

So maybe try this? Laker Tom, Hakeem would SCHOOL Bynum. Just like he embarrassed the Admiral and outplayed Shaq and Ewing (both had better results than Robinson against Hakeem but Ewing lasted 7 games against Hakeem while Shaq got swept) the Dream would outplay Bynum. So Laker Tom do you agree or will you go at me and say Bynum is better?

I really like Bynum a ton is him being with Gasol is making this team into a championship winner (along with Kobe). And don't think that it is simply Bynum, I would say the same thing against Greg Oden and especially Dwight Howard.

Hakeem would own Bynum.

-blitz


blitz,

>>>>> No Laker Tom,

>>>>>Kidding asides if I was on Drew's bandwagon I would be 10. I would actually
>>>>>go higher if it wasn't a more better option available with Pau Gasol.

Actually, I am sure you ARE on Drew’s Bandwagon as every Laker fan has to be. We’re just throwing around opinions and jibes in our virtual sports bar with other same minded patrons. The thing about predicting the future is all you can do is make an uneducated guess – well, actually some guys like Mike T can actually make uneducated guesses, lol –based on our personal experiences and biases, which is what you and I and most of us do. If he stays healthy, I believe Drew possesses all the right mental and physical attributes, teammates and coaches and support, to become the best center in the NBA in his prime. Whether he will or not, only God knows – although it has been documented on this blog and proven many times before that God is definitely a Lakers fan. LOL!

>>>>>Besides his effort against Duncan Triumphs the 42 point game. I would rather
>>>>>have that effort from Bynum than his effort against the Clippers. Adande and I
>>>>>have the same feelings

I don’t disagree that Drew’s effort against Duncan was the best because of who it was against and how he won the matchup. You cannot discount, however, what a feat it is to score over 40 points in a game. But here is what pisses me off – the way you doubters somehow twist Drew’s comments that he thought he did not shoot as high a percentage in the Spurs game and that is why he did not think it was his best game as some proof of his immaturity or failure to understand what is important, just like all of the insinuations that Drew is not playing as good a defense or rebounding as well because all he cares about is scoring. Or he doesn’t care because he got his big contract. I would rather you just came out and said you still don’t believe than believe rather than the sniping. There will come a time when you will be as grateful that Andrew Bynum is a Laker as you were with Magic, Kareem, and Kobe. Andrew Bynum is a gift from heaven in purple and gold.

>>>>>Also, who will be the Finals MVP this year? Bynum in the future no doubt
>>>>>but I still will go with Kobe Bryant. Will you say so or again discount Kobe's
>>>>>presence that allows Bynum not to face so much doubles compared to Kobe?
>>>>>Remember Shaq may have won them Finals MVP but Kobe did get him the
>>>>>ball many many times.

LOL. Well, you are kobeblitz. Anyway, let’s set the record straight. As much as I am infatuated with AB17, my main man will always be KB24 until the day he ties them up. Granted Drew is right there next to Kobe, just like Kareem was right there next to Magic. but hey we guard got to stick together. As for the Finals just as for the season, the true MVP on this team is Kobe Bryant period. But there is also a very good chance that Andrew Bynum could end up stealing the award from Kobe because of Kobe, just like with Shaq. If Drew averages 20/12/3 for the second half of the season and the Lakers win home-court advantage, Drew could have a monster Finals with Kobe shifting from Kobe Nash to Kobe Doberman. I’m not saying that is what is going to happen because I think Kobe should and will win Finals MVP, but I can see the perfect storm that pick Drew.

Thank about this: Did you at all expect to see NBA co-players of the month be LeBron James and Andrew Bynum? By the time the Finals come around, Andrew Bynum will be the team’s #2 scorer and Pau Gasol #3 and Andrew Bynum will be the team’s #1 rebounder and Pau Gasol #2. That is no knock in any way on Pau, who is maybe the best power forward in the game today. But Andrew Bynum has stratospheric upside and has shown uncanny ability to make huge rapid leaps in understanding, athleticism, and play. Who knows, he may end up the year being touted as the BEST center in the NBA. As KG said, anything is possible, like LeBron James and Andrew Bynum sharing POW. LOL.

JMNSHBO!

Tom

Well, AK, FanHouse has Chris Bosh doing occasional posts of his own over there. But then again, Chris does like that limelight.

Plus, a couple of Lakers already have their own blogs (Jordan and Luke)...not to mention websites (Kobe and Lamar).

No...you know what would be great? If you can have a sit-down, face-to-face interview. Like the ones Magic does. Only not fake.

Cactus Berry,

"Well, AK, FanHouse has Chris Bosh doing occasional posts of his own over there. But then again, Chris does like that limelight. Plus, a couple of Lakers already have their own blogs (Jordan and Luke)...not to mention websites (Kobe and Lamar). "

Right, but Bosh isn't writing on the blog of a Toronto journalist that covers him all season. There's a very big difference between the setup I just described and simply contributing to AOL Fanhouse. There's no potential conflict of interest, unless you see AOL writers like Kevin Blackistone refusing to criticize Bosh.

Same with the Laker blogs and sites you just mentioned. They're either personal player blogs or websites literally controlled by the player themselves. These situations are very far cries from the blog BK and I run, which offers the greater potential for conflicts of interest.

AK

AK,

I thought what Jon meant was exactly what you were proposing – a half hour live chat with a Lakers player. That would be cool. And you could not show the player any comments that would embarrass the blog, lol. You’d expect behavior that is adult and respectful. While I thought George Bush was a terrible president but it would uncouth and rude not to shake the man’s hand if offered. Hopefully, the blogger would show their best colors.

You might also consider emailing your best threads about a player to the player and his PR person offering to share links to their site. I would suggest starting with Andrew Bynum. It’s your chance to get in on the ground floor so to speak. Blogging is right up Drew’s alley, just like bowling. LOL. Obama is going to gut the bowling alley to put in some hardwood.

Great job recapping the games, guys. These are heady days with Bynum and Obama.

As always, JMNSHBO!

Tom

LAKER TRUTH,

Thanks for your comment. I have no problem with tats or even basketball players dress. Both have gone mainstream long ago to the point where they are a living cliché of average. I guess what I was trying to point out is that Andrew is a unique guy who is not afraid to be his own man, make his own decisions, stand above the crowd. I admire his independence of character that and his determination, will power, and judgment to resist peer pressure to be like everybody else. It says a lot about the heart, desire, and drive you have to have to become a superstar basketball star and franchise player. JMNSHBO!

Tom

I have to comment on the quick recovery of Jordan.

I, for one, have been very critical of Vitti and staff for the delayed recoveries the past three years.

However, Jordan has made me realize that it isn't the training staff, medical staff that is USUALLY to blame, it is the individual, his conditioning, and his work ethic.

I'm not necesarrily saying that somebody like AB or Luke is to blame for the slow recoveries, but I think they have the most control. Some people I think like Luke are simply injury prone.

But Kobe is the best example of someone who comes back earlier than expected. LEBRON MISSED 5 GAMES LAST SEASON FOR A DISLOCATED FINGER ON HIS NON SHOOTING HAND. Kobe missed 0 MINUTES, DID YOU HEAR ME, ZERO FREAKING MINUTES, for a disocated finger on his SHOOTING hand. When he sprained his ankle a couple of seasons ago, he DID NOT SLEEP to rehab that ankle and get treatment 24 hours straight. Most people are out 1-2 weeks with the severity of sprain he had. Kobe played the next game.

I'm just saying...

Good job Jordan. The props are yours.
And no more criticism to the training staff. You're doing a fine job.

Blitz,

I understand what you're saying and I agree. I love Drew too, but many are quick to point to what they believe Drew will do instead of simply waiting for him to do it. We all love Drew but I think there are those who are simply waiting for him to put together a resume while others are building it for him. And if you're not building it for him than you must be

LakerTom,

Let's wait for Bynum to end the season at 20/12/3. I remember you saying he would average this for the SEASON about 6 months ago.

What's up man.

I don't know what you guys are complaining about, we have already had still do occasionallly have an NBA blogger in our midst. His name is KWAME BROWN, and he posts as Michael Teniente.

As for that ugly tshirt, they better not even sale a single one of those. that is the most absurd thing I've ever seen. There is a freaking clover on the sleeve. Give me a break...

blitz,

>>>>>So maybe try this? Laker Tom, Hakeem would SCHOOL Bynum.
>>>>>Just like he embarrassed the Admiral and outplayed Shaq and Ewing
>>>>>(both had better results than Robinson against Hakeem but Ewing
>>>>>lasted 7 games against Hakeem while Shaq got swept) the Dream
>>>>>would outplay Bynum. So Laker Tom do you agree or will you go at
>>>>>me and say Bynum is better?

Sometimes I wonder how a high school kid can know so much about basketball. Of course, Hakeem would school Bynum. You are talking about a Hall of Fame player (although never close to the centers that Wilt, Kareem, and Russell were) against a 21-year old kid who should be playing his senior year in college, and hasn’t done anything yet. And my favorite current Lakers player is Kobe Bryant, not Andrew Bynum.

When you come back with crap like that it makes me wonder who is really behind the curtain. I see signs that Andrew Bynum is going to be the Next Great Lakers Center and I am not the first or only one. Does that mean he is worthy of being All-Star this year? Of course not. He is just a young player who the Lakers believe is going to be their franchise player of the future. I am betting they are right but It is just my opinion, blitz. Drew will have to prove I am right over the term of his career, which is a long way from ending.

You’re the one who is fabricating comparisons and exaggerating my comments, claiming that Drew does not understand what is important because he didn’t answer a reporter’s question the way your biased mind expected him to, or imagining that my predictions about how great I think Drew is going to be or claiming he would whip you pet boy Hakeem. How ridiculous that is. And I thought I was the one smoking a storm. Lay off the pipe, blitz, because if you call that debating, you’ll never get your hs degree. :)

JMNSHBO!

Tom

AK,

Yeah, I know. Exactly. That's why I did mention the fact that some of the players already have their own blogs/websites. Why be guest bloggers here? I suppose I should have clarified that.

But what about that sit-down interview idea? Really. Think about it. You guys are, like, 10x wittier than all the supposedly pro sports journalists I know. These little sound bites/mini videos aren't really displaying your full cleverity. Yes, it's a word. As of...8:01 PM on January 26, 2008.

I know, Long Live Chick. I about wet myself with laughter when I saw that. I dare any of you to send this t-shirt to Sasha Vujacic. Not anonymously either. Put a return address. Hell. Send your picture with it too.

Xodus,

Good to hear from you. What’s a GHF guy to do when there are hardly any GHE fools left on the blog? You got to pick on blitz because you know he cannot resist responding. He is like a reflex that occasionally turns into reflux. LOL. The problem is that are both a little bored because the Lakers are so damn good that the trolls have been driven away and Mrs. LakerTom’s theory about us devouring each other with no troll to attack appears to have feet. Glad to hear that your career is going well. As for waiting for the end of the year, I’ll leave that to you and blitz. I intend to bask in every luxurious moment of Drew’s ascendency to the pinnacle of NBA centers as Kobe, he, and Pau lead the Lakers to the championship. We’ll save you seats after the parade. LOL. Congrats to your Gators.

Tom

Hobbit you know why I keep picking on you?

Simple. Overrating Laker players especially ones that I like.

Quotes like:

"He worked on his shot" so Trevor can be in the starting lineup. Do you realize that Kobe has for 13 seasons worked on his shot t and has yet to shoot over 40% FOR SEASON? What makes you think Trevor will achieve what Kobe Bryant could NOT do?

You always want to bring up "Mitch Kupchak said he is a lockdown defender and I believe him" as a "proof" that Trevor is a lock down defender.

Sidenote: Who was the one who made Wade and Lebron struggle?
Kobe Bryant. Sure Wade scored some points on KB just as much as The King did but who did a MUCH better job on those two? Trevor made good steals against LBJ but when he guarded LBJ in the 2nd quarter Lebron began to show signs of putting up 52 again against Trevor until Kobe came back and slowed down James.

The thing about Sasha is you told me "he would make me eat crow" when I called his Defense "Overrated". Well not only is it overrated (remember I did not say it sucked) but Sasha again is bricking shots. He won't make me eat crow because at most he averaged 11ppg when he got starter minutes (after Trevor went down 07-08 he began to receive more minutes) which is not bad but isn't as good enough to be more of a rotational shooter.

The only thing that we probably don't disagree on is Bynum's rebounding and hey it's better. I like agreeing with you.

Then when Trevor started you came and Gloated. No you gloated regardless of what you want to say when he was in the starting lineup and now he's back to being to his important bench role replaced by Luke Walton who is not known for his defense isn't he? You keep on saying "Trust Phil" but I while I trust his decision on starting Walton do you trust that he is starting Mr. Liability on defense over Trevor? If you do then I'll surprised since you were always chanting defense and if not then I'll still be surprised when you kept saying "trust phil blitz" and yet assuming that you don't trust his decision about Luke that you gave me the opposite advice.

You want me to stop being negative? Why don't you start first by stop being classless by gloating when Trevor does well or is in the starting lineup then you go and give me a pathetic excuse called "I don't need to spend much time on this blog because I don't need to" when he doesn't do well? I could count the Miami game when Wade only got into a groove when Trevor and Sasha was on him and the New Orleans game when CP3 smacked his defense around that I asked "Where is Hobbit to fuss up?" not to mention 2-7 shooting (Gee does that sound like 40% or more like 28.5%?)

And Hobbits lived in the SHIRE and Bree in the films. If you were referring to Dungeons and Dragons that is different.

And Trevor Ariza and 40% was for multiple seasons. I wanted to say for just one season but you decide to bring up Bruce Bowen. So if you want to bring up Bruce Bowen then it's multiple seasons. Plus he has to average at LEAST 3 attempts per game for a season. Try me at that or no?

Now that is all I will say for now. I would rather be enjoying the Lakers rather than be overrating Trevor's shot on the basis of "He worked on his shot over the summer". Don't you also like watching the Lakers play?

To be honest Hobbit, with our duels of the summer, you were more like a friend who likes to debate with me and in a friendly manner. I wanted to keep it that way.

-blitz

AK/BK can you PLEASE show the picture of that shirt to Sasha on Tuesday, please. I would LOVE to see his reaction. Do it for us! That would be awesome.

I was reading one some of the comments on that DISGUSTING green "laker" shirt.

One of them was that Chris Mihm has played for the cavs, the celts and now the Lakers.

Did any of you know that? Weird, I didn't.

GOOOOOOOO LAKERS!

LG

AK,

"I don't think something like a player participating in a chat is out of the question."

WOOOOOOHOOOOOO!!!!!!

Right the frick on, brother! THAT'S what I'm talking about!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever!

GO LAKERS!

I think generally speaking, when players host their own blogs, they're either on a team website, a personal website, or one hosted by the league. I wouldn't necessarily care if a player wanted to contribute something to our site, but I certainly understand AK's worry about a potential conflict of interest. Maybe on day we can get a player to sit in on a chat. Could happen, though the logistics of that sort of thing are a pain, to say the least.

What we can certainly continue to do (something we've tried to do for a while) is ask questions to answer specific things people are talking about on the site. If there's something you want to know, tell us, and we'll try to get an answer.

BK

Kiwi,

Come on, man. A lot of Lakers actually love Laker Nation and want to endear themselves to us. The more we know about these players as HUMAN BEINGS the harder we root for them. Of course, they'd like to reveal themselves to us. We're all on the same team.

Kobeblitz,

"Hakeem would own Bynum."

Of course... for the next couple of years.

Andrew Bynum is being tutored by Kareem Abdul-Jabaar arguably the Greatest and clearly the most intelligent Great center to have ever played the game.

To expect less than Greatness is foolhardy.

I can't wait.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!

AK,

"Yeah, I know. Exactly. That's why I did mention the fact that some of the players already have their own blogs/websites. Why be guest bloggers here? I suppose I should have clarified that."

Dude, because we're the hostess with the mostest, yo!

Give me a break! How many people go to Chris Mihm's blog?

However, if Chris Mihm showed up here, he'd have 500 questions and 10,000 viewers wanting to talk to him about what's going on in his life.

Andrew, you need to be a little less humble and bit more aggressive about your professional future. You've got a great opportunity here and you are not fully exploiting it.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today.... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!

Laker Tom,

" I thought what Jon meant was exactly what you were proposing – a half hour live chat with a Lakers player. That would be cool. And you could not show the player any comments that would embarrass the blog, lol. You’d expect behavior that is adult and respectful."

Exactly.

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!

for those who care about coby karl he just signed today for DKV Joventut and will play in the spanish professional league ACB - the 2nd best league in the world p.e Pau, Rudy Fernandez, Calderon, Scola, Navarro, Marc Gasol learn the game there-. The starter PG in that tem is 18 yr old Ricky Rubio ¿ remember him in the Olympics?. Perhaps Coby will improve his game with more minutes and eventually return someday to Laker land
Posted by: dilvish | January 26, 2009 at 01:39 PM
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Great thought but I would rather have Ricky Rubio instead.

Mamba,
We need a “Bynum Believers Bandwagon” that starts with Drew’s early believers – myself, BD, JustaLakerFan, Fearless, and anybody else who believe that Drew will be the NGLC – the Next Great Lakers Center.
1. LakerTom – Knew it from the minute he dunked on Shaq as a rookie.
2. BD – Flying wing and riding shotgun since Drew was Socks.
3. JustaLakerFan – Had LT’s back the minute the doubters started to attack.
4. Fearless – Not afraid to be called a Whack Job for believing in Drew.
959959. Kobeblitz – Still claims after 4 rings that Drew needs to prove himself,.

Never underestimate the power of the LA Times Lakers Blog Community.
Tom
Posted by: LakerTom | January 26, 2009 at 03:50 PM
Laker Tom,
============================
I agree completely and never doubted the kid.

Why all the attacks on kobeblitz lately? He's a knowledgeable blogger and a spirited debater.
You the man, Blitz!
Posted by: Xodus | January 26, 2009 at 05:27 PM
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This is a blog and has many varied opinions.
If he is attacked it is because right or wrong some one disagrees withhis POV.

I personally don't see that he is a knowledgeable blogger but that is my own opinion and he may feel the same about me.

I have my stance because of all the misinformation he was spouting but that is just me.

All here including Blitz are entitled to their opinions.

BK,

Dude, stop being such a wet blanket!

Start thinking about how we CAN do this as opposed to how we can't do this.

Come on, Greatness is acheived by thinking forward!!

Don't you want to have the best blog in basketball?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever!

GO LAKERS!

"Kareem would own Bynum."
The only way to settle that argument is with a VIDEO GAME pitting the Lakers dynasties against each other! (ok other NBA dynasties also)

As for a guest blogger, how about Jeff Van Gundy?

Seriously as for Bynum: Not hailing him as a Superman yet but he doesn't need to be one this season. He just needs to be a solid presence around the post without getting fouls or needing help too often. Plus pick up rebounds when others aren't. If he does those two things consistently, I'd be happy. The scoring will take care of itself.
I like a previous suggestion of total points, rebounds, assists, and blocks. Bynum should aim for 20+ a night, regardless of the team. That plus a solid post defense, and I like the Lakers' odds.

Jon K,

"AK, "Yeah, I know. Exactly. That's why I did mention the fact that some of the players already have their own blogs/websites. Why be guest bloggers here? I suppose I should have clarified that."

Dude, because we're the hostess with the mostest, yo!
Give me a break! How many people go to Chris Mihm's blog? However, if Chris Mihm showed up here, he'd have 500 questions and 10,000 viewers wanting to talk to him about what's going on in his life. Andrew, you need to be a little less humble and bit more aggressive about your professional future. You've got a great opportunity here and you are not fully exploiting it."


Jon, you need to pay closer attention to the comments and take a breath before reacting. You based that entire thought off what somebody else said about the situation, not me.

You're also still failing to acknowledge (or just ignoring) the central issue, which is the obvious conflict of interest. This particular site, which is run by two guys who cover the team professionally, isn't the proper forum for a player to do a personal blog. It's not an appropriate partnership.

AK

LG,

That's a great idea. I'll try to remember to do that tomorrow.

AK

Do Laker players and coaches read the Lakers Blog?

Will you not be interested what fans are saying about your game? If you were the machine, socks, mamba, cobra, space cadet, gasoft, fish, puke, zen, cupcake will you not be interested with fans feedback. It is possible they are posting on this blog using a different email address but nobody will admit it. It is like dealing with the clandestine world. Why? Curiosity might kill the cat. Because we are just brutally frank, sometimes impolite, no holds bar that a conscientious player would not put his reputation and career at stake with someone he doesn't know. When the blog was at its infancy, AK used to interview players and coaches. Lately, they are more lukewarm because people in this blog are worst than LA sportswriters, they could praise u to the hilt but could also tear u apart the next game if u were the goat without even knowing the writer. As such, we scared them in this blog.

JustLakerfan,

If Ricky Rubio enters the NBA next year, I doubt b/c he's under age, he will either be a Clipper or a Thunder. He will surely within the first three picks.

John K.

Get a life dude, if you think a player in any sport is going to do what you are hoping for well you better change the wine in your bong pipe. Most athletics don't have the time and if they want constructive criticism they will hire a personal coach or talk to a life long friend before they are going up to fans. Just watch the games and make your comments and live with that, if you want to coach, become one and after you put in 10+ yrs then go talk to the Lakers.

Have a great day jon

pk-in-the-mesa,

"Have a great day jon"

In contrast, I hope you choke to death on your own vomit, you passive-aggressive twit.

I get enthusiastic about an idea and you spit in my face because of it. People like you really suck.

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!

AK/BK,

Where's my rebuttal to pk-in-the mesa?

He's allowed to insult me without provocation, but I'm not allowed to respond.

That sounds awfully balanced and fair.

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!

 
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