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Jordan Farmar on DeNiro, Streep and Day-Lewis: "They're all clowns who can't carry my thespian jock strap."

At least, that's how I interpreted the following comment from Jordan Farmar about his appearance on tonight's episode of NUMB3RS:

"I talked to the producer and he said it turned out really good."

I'll let you people decide if I'm reading too heavily between the lines.

What can't be disputed, however, is that Farmar really enjoyed his second appearance on the program. Dude got the A-list treatment, complete with a dog-friendly trailer. He also got a SAG card, which he hopes to parlay into more screen roles down the road. But the Bruin doesn't plan on just playing himself for the rest of his theoretical career. He'd takes classes and really attempt to perfect his craft. Taking the lead of former Laker Rick Fox, if you will.

I also tried to prompt a good-natured jab from Jordan about his one-time co-star Pau Gasol, but alas, the bait went untouched. 

Should Farmar throw his hat into Hollywood's ring, he'll need to get used to going mano y' mano against various actors for the best roles. Time spent scrapping for minutes against Derek Fisher and Shannon Brown should help prepare him for that experience. At the very least, it'll lead to an ability to smoke the Shia LaBeouf's of the world on a treadmill and in the weight room, since that's what it'll take for him to match Fish's fitness regimen.

As one might gauge from a report far centered so much on Farmar's prime time efforts, this was something of a slow day at practice, with little in the way of pressing Laker-centric news. There wasn't so little, however, that folks should cling to scraps and turn Phil Jackson's praise for the training camp hopefuls into a weekend of BK and I getting peppered with questions about their prospects of making the team. With the possible- and I emphasize "possible"- exception of Mickael "I've actually played in the NBA" Gelebale, I'd be stunned if any invitee was on the roster come "ring night" against the Clips. Not trying to be a buzz kill. Just being honest. But hey, a compliment from a Hall of Fame coach is a compliment from a Hall of Fame coach, so congrats to all.

After hearing Phil talk about Kobe Bryant's offseason, uncharacteristically light on workouts and heavy on relaxation, I asked Mamba what "taking it easy" constitutes for an infamous fitness freak.  Waking up at 5:30 instead of 4:30?  Limiting the workouts to a mere three hours?  Climbing to the top of a smaller mountain to yell "Drago!!!"   As it turns out, "taking it easy" means, quite literally "taking it easy," but not without purpose.

"The rest really became part of the work out, you know what I mean," said Kobe. If you don't allow your body to recuperate, you're just gonna end up doing more harm than good. I really had to look at it that way.

Oh, and check out the camera work as Kobe gives a tour of his bad pinkie! When Farmar eventually reaches "above the title" status and has the juice to hand pick his film's director of photography, I think we all know whose phone will be blowing up.

More from Phil.  In light of news about Andrew Bynum and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar no longer working closely together, I asked if any coach in particular will take on a mentoring role with Drew. "Just about everybody on my staff wants to have a piece of Andrew," grinned PJ. "I think everybody will have something to say. Particularly, my own focus is going to be in that direction, because Kurt was really the guy who spent a lot of time with him working on some of the details of his game."

An important detail often overlooked in this story. Drew and CAP's relationship may have been higher profile, but Drew probably spent more time working last season with Clark Kent. In other words, we were sort of heading here, anyway.

There's also some funny stuff where The Zen Master (I'm pretty sure) jokes about not coaching the first preseason game in Anaheim. "Is it televised?" grinned PJ.

AK

 
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BK,


I would like to retract some things I said in the post that I made right after I reading the first wave of comments about the Drew/Kareem controversy. I truthfully believed after reading all of those posts that the blog was overrun by fair weather fans who couldn’t get the facts right, overreacted to the situation even though it is really no big deal, and didn’t appreciate what we have in Andrew Bynum.


I am about half way through to getting caught up with all the comments and was thrilled to see the pendulum dramatically swing back from the precipice of ignorance and stupidity as Lakers bloggers countered the early negative onslaught with one outstanding post after another, setting the facts straight, putting the incident into perspective, and reminding everyone who and where we are.


As one who seems to always be under attack, sometimes it’s hard to remember that it’s just a vigilant few who refuse to acknowledge the physical talent, solid work ethic, and potential for greatness that Andrew Bynum brings to the Lakers. For once, the trolls and naysayers have finally been out-posted.
It’s good to see reason and intelligence once again dominate blog-sync-think.


Tom


phred,


>>> Tom- I'm a big fan of Taylor and this song particularly. I've heard several versions of
>>> what meaning he wanted the song to have, and it usually broadens my appreciation
>>> of his work. But in this case it was mostly the sound and mood of the song fitting with
>>> what I was trying to say about Sasha.


We all have those few songs that always transport us back to another time and place. “Fire and Rain” and in fact the entire “Sweet Baby James” album always take me back to the year that my wife and son and I spent in Greenwich Village in NYC while I was going to school at NYU. That year in New York was also one of my best years ever playing basketball. I watched a lot of great street ball on the West 4th Street courts and played every day at NYU gym or the local YMCA. Only thing weird was that you never had to clear the ball when playing possession changed in a half court game. Instead, even the defensive team could tap the rebound in or take it right back up to score, which meant that if you were a guard like me, you better damn well make it if you take an outside shot or you wouldn’t play.
Don’t know if that was just local rules or whether all of the East Coast played that way. Weird!


Tom


Charlie Rosen's comments on Bynum:

On offense, Bynum is often so hungry to shoot the ball that he winds up taking off-balance shots. Indeed, he feels that the only measure of how well he's playing is the number of points he collects. But it's on defense that most of his failings can be observed.

He still can't discern when to make a full cover-commitment to an opposing guard or wing who successfully drives into the lane, when to show and recover and when to realize another big man has a better angle in offering help. Also, his screen/roll defense is equally as confused — the usual result being that he's in no-man's land, neither guarding the screener nor the ball-handler. His preparation in low-post defense is not always exemplary, since he tends to rely on his shot-blocking ability — which is why he's in chronic foul trouble.

In addition, Bynum is always upset with his minutes and shot opportunities. And he's eager to blame anybody but himself for these limitations.

Moreover, practicing hard is something he'd rather not do — whether during the season or during the summer.

In short, the young man is more interested in enjoying his stardom than he is in putting in the time and energy (both physical and mental) to become a consistently better player.

I have to really give praise to the Kbros for this excellent blog! Always with great information and tons of informed bloggers....but what I really love about this blog is that you can say what you really feel. Yes, everyone has different opinions but here we are allowed to express those views even if they come from a viewpoint of the glass is half empty.

How many games did we go through last season and feel that the Lakers were lazy, relying on their talent too much, not giving full effort, etc... some felt that way, others did not. But we were all allowed to give our views and it stayed on the blog (unless really derogatory or out of line)

I just went to the LA Times, Dodgers blog - come on - calling out the players and Torre for this horrible slump - magic number has been at 1 forever. ...but they can't close it out. Put anything remotely negative and they delete it. You can ONLY put positive comments....what's up with that? I love the Dodgers but want to state that their level of focus, play, enthusiasm, etc... is lacking. Why have a blog at all if you can only state that "you love dodger dogs".

Kbros - kudos to your excellent Lakers blog!!! I love it, love that different opinions can be stated, and so looking forward to the new season!!!!!

Charlie Rosen's comments on Bynum:

On offense, Bynum is often so hungry to shoot the ball that he winds up taking off-balance shots. Indeed, he feels that the only measure of how well he's playing is the number of points he collects. But it's on defense that most of his failings can be observed.

He still can't discern when to make a full cover-commitment to an opposing guard or wing who successfully drives into the lane, when to show and recover and when to realize another big man has a better angle in offering help. Also, his screen/roll defense is equally as confused — the usual result being that he's in no-man's land, neither guarding the screener nor the ball-handler. His preparation in low-post defense is not always exemplary, since he tends to rely on his shot-blocking ability — which is why he's in chronic foul trouble.

In addition, Bynum is always upset with his minutes and shot opportunities. And he's eager to blame anybody but himself for these limitations.

Moreover, practicing hard is something he'd rather not do — whether during the season or during the summer.

In short, the young man is more interested in enjoying his stardom than he is in putting in the time and energy (both physical and mental) to become a consistently better player.

Posted by: hobbitmage | October 02, 2009 at 08:54 PM


Agreed. 110% Hobbitmage. AGREED

In the words of Lakertom, the comments of Charlie Rosen is a fair weather troll and another Bynum naysayer. Charlies just can't handle the truth. He refused to acknowledge the physical talent, solid work ethic, and potential for greatness that Andrew Bynum brings to the Lakers.
~~Frankly, you have embraced Bynum lock, stock and barrel. Your comments become a lightning rod even to Laker fans who wanted Drew to improve. What is odd is that because the Bynum dissenters are not in line with your thinking they automatically become villains, trolls in your posts. As your long time buddy here, I hope you refrain from calling names and stick to reason rather than emotion.

sigh. here we go again.

I'll try to save LT the trouble, not that it'll work, and point out that Charlie Rosen isn't so much a journalist or even a columnist, more of a lazy hit artist. He used to be one of the guys phil went to to call out a player in the media, but I'm not sure that is the case anymore. Not to judge him exlusively from HM's quoted chunk, but HM neglected to provide a link to the article in question, so I kind of have to.

I will note that there weren't any objective actual facts in the (quoted section of the )article, or even quotes from people, even anonymous ones. He even made several statements that he could not know for a fact were true unless he has actually read Bynum's mind.

waste of space, and a blatant example of LakerTom baiting.

Oh, right, it's hobbitmage.

AK/BK

Is there a truth to this gossip or innuendo about LO's marriage?

Lamar and Khloe Livin' in Sin!
Posted Sep 29th 2009 1:45PM by TMZ Staff

"TMZ has learned Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian are not legally married ... and they won't be until a prenup is signed. We've learned two high-powered family law attorneys are already squaring off, trying to hash out the prenup Odom wants as a condition to marriage. Neal Hersh is doing his bidding, while Lisa Meyer is repping Khloe. We're told the negotiations -- which began last Friday -- are already contentious"

http://tinyurl.com/ybkc6xe

Edwin-

All I know is what I read, and I read the same stuff. Sorry.

BK

phred,

LakerTom baiting. LOL! Thanks.

Tom

Phil looks better than I've ever seen him.

Good.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

All I have to say about Bynumgate is that this guy needs to stop complaining about every single call that doesn't go his way. I know Kobe complains a lot too but usually he has a decent argument and has actually earned that right. I really want Bynum to become the player that everyone wants him to be, but I'm not holding my breath. On the other hand, the kid is still very young and hopefully this season he will be smarter on the floor and escape any big injuries.

Drew needs to learn foot work! Somebody please get him some 'Hakeem the Dream' video!

So, nice your posting. It look's so good in your posting.

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