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More Media Day movies: Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest

More video, to go along with batch #1 (complete with observations of the day), and a fun foray into cross promotion in local sports markets as the Lakers think Blue.

There is, though, no such thing as too many moving pictures (explaining why there were so many installments of the Police Academy franchise), so with that in mind, here are more. Start with Kobe Bryant. He didn't say anything particularly earth-shattering (at least not in this clip) but I liked how he phrased his answer when asked about the challenges of repeating:

"It's not rocket science. We use same principles that we had last year, the same philosophies that we had. You've got to come with it. We have a chance here, we have the talent to win another one."

Click below for two clips of Ron Artest. This time, without a Manny wig.

BK

For those of you who were concerned, Ron seems willing to cut back on some of the extra curricular activities now that the season is upon us. Hopefully interested fans made contact with him earlier in the summer. Artest certainly provided ample opportunity. And as we've noted all summer, the man is clearly very excited to be here.

Here, he comments on the amount of media attention the Lakers get, and will continue to receive:

 
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aaah! first nothing, now relentless new threads! All y'all needing my latest post to laugh at/disagree with/sign up for fantasy teams- see the last thread. or the one before that. Ah, i don't know. In the immortal words of Kent Brockman; 'if you need me, i'll be in my trailer'

i would love to comment on the actual videos, but i think my neighbors are downloading porn again, i can't play any youtube related clips. Stern, why do you hate me?

Artested Development.

Damn, Phred. If I didn't have a 9-month-old at home, a new teaching job, and my other full-time job to keep me busy, I'd definitely take you up on the fantasy league. How's that for non-committal? Well, I just wanted you to know that I was thinking about it, even if the final outcome wasn't too rah-rah.

You know what I'm looking forward to? Watching the Lakers shift lineups in chameleon-like fashion. There is so much talent on this team from top to bottom, PJ can experiment with myriad different lineups. Tall? Got it. Quick? Yep, we got that, too. Drive and kick lineups? Yeah. Power-in-the-paint/offensive board domination? We have that covered.

One of my favorite stats to look at right off the bat after a game is rebounding. Because the team that wins the rebounding battle is almost always victorious. We can win that battle every single night.

I'm sitting here in my office hours, and there are no students to be seen. Which means that I have lots of time to fill my Lakers jones.

Go Lake Show!

ex- yahoo serious. um, are we just trading nonsensical words at this point?

phred,
"but i think my neighbors are downloading porn again"

Maybe if you closed the curtains once in awhile, they wouldn't have as much porn to download.

This one Laker Tom and Jon K. will really bash me but oh well.

Again Bynum and his thinking of the all star game. Just like his wishful thinking of 20 and 10 last year. It's simply not going to happen on a consistent bases. And this time he's not competing against Trevor Ariza who was a bench dude before Bynum's injuries he's going against Ron Artest who has been a better career scorer than Bynum. He's not going to average 20ppg when you have the likes of Kobe/Gasol/Artest/Odom (which LT admitted when I brought up Shaq's numbers). Everyone in this team will need touches and while Kobe is for sure more trusting these days than when he obliterated the record books in 2002-2003 (his best statistical season overall), he still needs shot in order to dominate and will gives Gasol 12 shots at least and Artest being likely the 3rd option and Odom will too need touches. Plus I think the frontcourt will be more Artest-Odom-Gasol. I mean Bynum will for sure start but the minutes will go down and ain't going to average 30 min for ENTIRE season as long as Gasol/Odom stays healthy too.

And stop with the injuries nonsense. Sure Bynum was limited during the post season but even if we believe he was 80% he contributed only 6 points on average in the playoffs. It won't be a great upgrade if he was 100% I mean scoring what 2.5 more points? Odom and Ariza scored way more than that. Some players that are prone to injury still contribute greatly. Dwyane Wade is one of them. He has averaged 66 games a season and he's put up fantastic overall numbers. He's still a franchise player. At the moment I can't say Bynum is.

If Bynum was serious he should be concentrating more on figuring out the weaknesses of his game instead of getting buffer/faster and dreaming of the All-Star Game. Become a better help defender instead of relying on blocks/altered shots and deny penetration as much as possible. Play the screen and roll much better and don't either not come out to contest the penetration and don't stay long so his teammates has to rotate over and leave a man open for a shot. Play defense even when Bynum doesn't have the ball and stop realizing he's not yet and franchise player and play within the team instead of personal achievements like the All-Star team like LO was in 07-08. If he played in the 80's Riley would fine his butt for not playing within the team and Magic would stop feeding the ball. These things Dwight Howard picked up on very quickly, no college necessary. And both need to learn how to be a better passer out of the post. Every great center was an excellent passer. Wilt led the league in assist one season.

So while people may complain I'm too negative just remember the words he says he better back them up on the court and until I see him do that on a consistent production I'm not sold on him and prefer watching Bryant-Gasol-Artest-Odom. When he does the things that he needs to do instead of being a big mouth then I'll believing in him again otherwise he needs to put up and shut up like he was when Kobe led the Lakers over the Nuggets in Game 3 in which Bynum complained the day of the game he wanted more minutes.

Thanks AK/BK for the interviews.


I have been intrigued by the potential of Ammo stepping up and filling the slot left open by VladRad trade and Sasha's flop (royalties to Vlade on that one). Seems that Luke and Ammo are competing for same spot/minutes, possessing very different abilities on offense, and unfortunately possessing very similar liabilities on defense.


What's your take on Ammo's potential? Scoring 20ppg in Summer League rates right up there with dunking on nerf basket hanging on my closet door ~ not that impressive. Has he recovered from knee injury to the point that he is putting work in on his defense, or is he content to be a "shooter" who bounces from team to team for a 5-8 year tenure?


Outlaw- hey, i get that. where are you teaching? and do your students know you spend so much time worrying about the lakers?

ex- perhaps we have different definitions of the word 'download.' I don't think I want to see yours. "Yeah, our relationship was fine until I asked her to 'download.' Now she doesn't return my calls.

Blitz- um, he might be competing with Artest et al for stats, but for the all star game, he is competing with other centers in the western conference. If he (Bynum) can stay healthy, Pau will probably be in the PF category, as will Duncan. Yao might still make it, despite not having played at all because of the billion strong voting (a rare experience for them, j/k)bloc, but right now I think all he has to do is contribute. That, and the Lakers having the best record in the west heading into the all star break. So good odds, really.

I would like to see a serious effort by Bynum to compare favorably with guys like Camby, Nene, and Okur. I think he can do it if he is really at 100%, so I am glad he's trying.

Blitz,

Add me to the list of people going to bash you. Lay of Bynum yo. He's the youngest guy on the team, he has time to develop all those moves you're talking about. 6 years from now he won't have to compete with odom/gasol for touches.

And seriously you're mad at the kid for wanting to be an all-star? What should he aim for instead. Yeah yeah, there's a pecking order but that doesn't mean he can't have fun. So look for alley oop passes from kobe, odom and artest to him. Look for Gasol using his deft post moves to pass to Bynum. All he's got to do is catch and finish for now. My only concern is that brace shouldn't slow him down but even with that I trust the coaching staff and trainers will be on top of the situation.

If Tyson Chandler can have a career as a center, Andrew Bynum is more than capable of being an all-star in a league where the center position isn't saturated with talent.

Learn the equation y'all. Andrew ain't alone on his quest. Respect your champions. Better yet, love them.

24 + 16 + [1]7 = The Purple Tinted Golden Age

Thriller is awesome.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

KB Blitz,

DUDE, WHY ARE YOU SO FRICKEN NEGATIVE?

THIS YEAR IS GOING TO BE SPECTACULAR!

FRICK!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

if he keeps his mouth shut, and does his job, LA will win the 2010 championship easily. if he becomes a distraction, wanting the ball more, and not conformed with his limited roll, LA will falter. its all on ron artest

Blitz

You're right... but I think if Bynum can do those things to stay on the floor and not get hurt then he will get stats similar to or better than what he was putting up the last couple of years before getting hurt then he'll make the all star game,somewhat by default (as Phred said because of the lack of centres in the West but he'll make it all the same.I don't think its bad to gun for it...I'm sure its been presented to him as 'if you can stay on the floor you'll be an all star but THIS is what you have to do if you want to play enough to get there'

Artest's hungry,Farmar saw what happened to Smush,The pressure is all off Lamar with a more reasonable contract and a ring...despite what a lot of people think he might be better off being married than cruising it as the single man we didn't realise he was - even if she is a reality star...the honeymoon just needs to last 9 months.

Got a good feeling about this season but need that home court for the finals.I don't see Jefferson as the answer int San Antonio,Carter the answer in orlando,Shaq as the answer in Cleveland,and the answer is definitely not the answer in Memphis but Boston is gonna be motivated man - Garnett is fit,Rhondo will keep improving.They got some rest and they know what it takes.They're talented,experienced and have got heart....anyone else we could do it but I'm not sure we are so much better or more experienced than the Celtics that we can count on waltzing into their place and winning it.

I don't see anyone beating us if we can get the leagues best record.Lets control our own destiny.

DUDE, WHY ARE YOU SO FRICKEN NEGATIVE? THIS YEAR IS GOING TO BE SPECTACULAR! FRICK! What do we play for? RINGS!!! Posted by: Jon K. | September 30, 2009 at 01:48 AM

NOW THATS WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!!!!!

Yesterday I must have asked this question too late. Does anyone know Kobe's contract status? Has it been discussed? Are we not allowed to talk about it here? I thought it was a "done deal". Don't they have to make him an offer by 10/31? Please help, I'm getting a little concerned!!

**** ARE YOU SATISFIED ****
Are you satisfied? Hell NO! We won last year now lets go for MO!
Lets rock the league and leave them petrified, like I said I’m not satisfied
Do it for the babies and show them how, We got to introduce a Dynasty to Baby Outlaw
The SBPimp twins to the league are new, Sorry wishy washy wins just won’t do.
We’re the Freakin LA lakers let’s act like it, we got to show the league we don’t take no sh**t
We got our enforcer in Ron Artest, now call us soft you punks in the West.
Obliteration is the name of this game, Domination is our only aim.
If one ring makes you happy then take a seat, cause if your’re satisfied you are already beat
Ask Jon K what winning means, yeah that’s right more and more rings
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Laker Blog what say you? you think we got the horses to win number 2.
I think we can win 2 and more, what say you Laker Blogger #4.
Something special is coming your way, the total domination of the NBA.
When this season is over even the dead will rise and still I won’’t be satisfied
It’s about legacy, it’s about pride, it’s about never being satisfied
It’s about doing what we do best, going out and totally Obliterating the West
Being a Laker fan is a thing of joy, can I get an Amen Sheriff SegeBoy.
Even though last year we enjoyed the ride, don’t get complacent don’t be satisfied
Yeah we’re the Lakers and we’re all that, but don’t get sloppy and careless and fat
Be like a tiger, lean and mean, What do we play for? That’s right the ring
OK that’s it , I done all I can do, but I’m not satisfied, how about you?

Good Morning Charles....Good Morning Everyone...

it seems to me that Bynum's bigger issue of developing and hence play time depends a lot on his inability to not foul anyone within a half mile radius...

that's what Kareem and the coaching staff should be working on---teaching him solid man to man (which he is less prone to foul on) and help out defense (which gets him in most of his foul trouble)that minimizes fouling every 10.2 seconds

is there an anti fouling coach out there?

if Bynum can stay on the floor, overcoming both injury and foul trouble then I think he will develop into the next great Laker center and Laker Tom's beast will indeed be unleashed...

glad it's almost October....

glad to see Mamaba24 back in the saddle...

"we all want to change the world...."

"my mother was a hamster and my father was a waste paper basket"

AS ALWAYS, AS EVER, YET ANOTHER GREAT DAY (AND CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON) TO BE A LAKER FAN !!!

GO LAKERS !!!

Add me to the list of people going to bash you. Lay of Bynum yo. He's the youngest guy on the team, he has time to develop all those moves you're talking about. 6 years from now he won't have to compete with odom/gasol for touches.

And seriously you're mad at the kid for wanting to be an all-star? What should he aim for instead. Yeah yeah, there's a pecking order but that doesn't mean he can't have fun. So look for alley oop passes from kobe, odom and artest to him. Look for Gasol using his deft post moves to pass to Bynum. All he's got to do is catch and finish for now. My only concern is that brace shouldn't slow him down but even with that I trust the coaching staff and trainers will be on top of the situation.

If Tyson Chandler can have a career as a center, Andrew Bynum is more than capable of being an all-star in a league where the center position isn't saturated with talent.

Learn the equation y'all. Andrew ain't alone on his quest. Respect your champions. Better yet, love them.

24 + 16 + [1]7 = The Purple Tinted Golden Age

Posted by: Segeboy fka Taliq | September 30, 2009 at 12:10 AM

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Excellent points Segeboy,

Also to be an All-Star you have to play very well. So what is the problem with setting high goal?

Also since Kobe did not sign a non disclosure contract maybe he can pass some of those Hakeem moves to Drew.


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