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Lamar Odom leaves game with lower right leg contusion

Through three quarters Friday night in Las Vegas, the Lakers have pounded the Kings, looking pretty good in the process. More importantly, though, Lamar Odom banged shins with a King at the tail end of the first half, and left the floor limping at the break. Josh Powell started the second half, and when Odom came in to replace him, he was still in obvious discomfort and had to quickly check out. From there, he went straight to the locker room with trainer Gary Vitti.

The Lakers are calling it a contusion of his lower right leg. Obviously LO won't play any more tonight, and he's officially "day to day."

More news when we get it. I'm not a doctor, nor did I stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night, so I'm not going to diagnose the problem from my seat on press row. (I will, however, perform an emergency tracheotomy with an X-Acto knife and a ball point pen if given the chance.)  Didn't seem serious, though, and knock on wood it isn't.

BK

 
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Not exactly the world's most exciting contest. But sitting back enjoying the Lakers brings a strange comfort -- very Zen like. Bynum playing like he's determined to live up to Laker Tom's hype. Next game, let's see some more Defense.


WOW!


Nice half by Drew with 20 points on 6-9 from the floor and 8-8 from the line plus 4 boards in 18 minutes. It’s great to see the dunks off lobs increasing. This still may be preseason but you can already see that Drew already is starting to play close to the level he was before the injury. Give this kid 30 minutes per game and he will be a truly dominant force by the time the playoffs start.


One of the things I really liked is that Drew is running the floor extremely well, which really speeds up the tempo of the game and puts great pressure on the defense. Once a Lakers guard penetrates the lane in transition, Drew is perfectly positioned to for the easy lob pass to dunk. Drew looks to be regaining the quickness and explosiveness in his hops. It appears that this is by design, with Lamar basically remaining to clean the defensive glass while Andrew takes off.


I also loved Phil’s comments about why it was important for Drew and the Lakers that he be a starter. While Artest will make the Lakers a much better defensive team, it is still Drew alone who can totally transform the team into an unbeatable offensive and defensive juggernaut. There is no way that most other teams have the inside size, length, or muscle to keep Andrew from scoring. Believe it, Lakers fans, Andrew Bynum will be the Lakers #2 option on offense after Kobe.


Once Drew gets a few more games under his belt, I think you will see the improved rebounding and shot blocking. It’s a question of growing more comfortable with his knee, getting into full game condition, and getting his timing and angles right. Lakers fans just need to patient and give Drew time to get it all together. By the time this year is over, Drew will have become a Beast.


Tom

you guys jinx the team talking about how healthy the lakers were last week, then Pau and Luke get boo-boo's and now Lamar gets one.

SSSHHHHHHHHHHHHH
and keep knocking on wood
morning wood doesn't count...

While I'm not so high on Bynum (at least not as high as LakerTom *grin*), I have to agree with LakerTom's assessment (in the previous thread) that it is Bynum's game that CAN transform the Lakers this year. This belief is based on my personal perception that Kobe, Pau, Lamar, and Fish are very known parameters, and that what they bring to the table every game is already set.

Of course, it is practically assured that Kobe's short workout with The Dream will bring an extra dimension to his game; it is probable that Fish will use this year as motivation to prove that he still has 2-3 years left in his legs; it is plausible that Pau will get extremely greedy (in a good way) and aim to dominate the other forwards this year; it is possible that Lamar's boxing workouts will provide him with that extra edge against a host of other players; and yes, even TA (Thriller Artest that is) might contribute a ton of positive intangibles (defense, toughness, edge, offensive option) on court.

Yet above all these, it is Drew's game that CAN take the Lakers to the next level. If he stays healthy, if he dominates on his defense (especially the PnR), and if he is efficient and intelligent on offense, it is his game that provides the final piece to a dynasty-in-the-making.

Can the Lakers dominate if Drew does not get beastly? I think they can continue to win championships, but these would be anchored on a lot of hard work, immense hunger, and possibly a few lucky breaks. But if Drew is able to unleash his inner beast AND the Lakers stay relatively intact... then it's a dominance that can rival the MJ Bulls, Showtime Lakers, and yes... the Russell Celtics.

N.B. I am not saying that Drew should be #2 on offense, or will become the cornerstone of the Lakers down the line. All I am saying is that it is Drew's game that CAN transform this current Lakers team into a legend. I hope that clarifies my position.

*ducks for cover in case extremists misconstrue the post*

Lamar's gonna be fine - he has a bruised shin for goodness sake! I have to say, even though LO hit the showers early, and with Pau missing the game last night to rest the sore hammy, it was really GREAT seeing Bynum in there to finish the game. He is logging some serious minutes this preseason and making them count - this may be the first season we get to see Bynum come out of the gate STRONG! I also like what I'm seeing from Sasha in these last couple of games - he seems a lot more focused, deliberate, and disciplined out there. It's also fun to see Thriller slowly but surely getting a feel for the Lakers offense and the rhythms of his new teammates - it's all coming together!

Contusion = bruise.

Not the end of the world.

Someone give him some Dit Da Jow.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

What's the fricken icon for 131-92 and Butler?

Urgh.

I didn't get to see the game tonight and that sucks, but I'm glad other people got to watch the game. It would/will be so awesome to watch Bynum dominate.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

BK


I have every confidence, if ever I need an emergency tracheotomy, that you will have stayed at a Holiday Inn the night prior. Or that an art student with an Xacto set and ball point pen is atnding nearby.

Stay healthy team, injury bug is the worst enemy out there.

Oh. You did post my post.

Sorry for the complaint. I posted late at night and forgot that I put it on this thread as opposed to another.

Sorry.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Once Drew gets a few more games under his belt, I think you will see the improved rebounding and shot blocking. It’s a question of growing more comfortable with his knee, getting into full game condition, and getting his timing and angles right. Lakers fans just need to patient and give Drew time to get it all together. By the time this year is over, Drew will have become a Beast.


Tom

Posted by: LakerTom | October 15, 2009 at 10:22 PM

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A slight correction imo. He already is the Beast but sidetracked by freak injuries. He will return to being the beast tht he already is.


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