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I hear LBJ is angry with the league - he was hoping the NBA would give him a legit excuse not to shake hands so he wouldn't look like such a poor sport.
EagleBoy

SMALL THINGS THAT COULD BE BIG FACTORS…


I personally think that the Lakers media day and training camp developments have been outstanding. Positivity and good karma seems to be freely overflowing. In addition to the generally optimistic vibe, here are some small things I noted that could help the Lakers winning the 2010 NBA Championship:


(1) Phil Jackson working personally with Drew – While Drew will not be working with Kareem as much as before, many bloggers missed the news Phil himself was going to personally spend more time coaching Drew. With Kurt gone, Phil may have decided that he was the best option to coach Drew.


(2) Kobe Byrant working on his post up game – Kobe reaching out to Hakeem for tutoring gave us a pretty clear picture of what Kobe is looking to do this year, which may well be to show that he is just as good a post up player as MJ himself. Odds are Kobe is planning to be his own Beast in the paint


(3) Pau Gasol becoming a more competitive player – Pau’s MVP performance leading his Spanish team to their first Euro Championship after 6 runner ups clearly shows Kobe Bryant’s impact on Pau’s Gasol’s competitiveness. This is clearly not your father’s Pau Gasol who played for the Grizzlies.


(4) Andrew Bynum improving his lower body strength – Drew made an excellent decision to focus offseason on making his lower body stronger so that he can get and hold better low post position on offense and defense. This should help Drew be more physical against bigs like Shaq and Perkins.


(5) Andrew Bynum extending his shooting range – Drew being able to hit from 17 feet should help open up the inside and make it easier for Pau to post up his man when he has the matchup advantage. The result should be better spacing and flexibility in our low post offense between Drew and Pau.


(6) Lamar Odom using boxing to train offseason – Lamar may have found the perfect training regime for an NBA power forward. Boxing could be just what the doctor ordered way to develop the strength, endurance, and combative attitude required to deal physical pounding of low post play in the NBA.


(7) Jordon Farmar improving his upper body strength – One of the complaints about Jordan is his ability to hold his own physically with bigger, stronger NBA point guards. Having added some solid muscle to his upper body frame should give Farmar a stronger base and more confidence physically.


Nothing earth shattering, for sure. But the key to success is always in the details and all of the above small things tell me that the Lakers really have their act and focus together. Reasons to smile for me.


Tom


Celtics add Wallace, Daniels, re-sign House and Davis and oh yeah return KG.

You have 9 months to enjoy your title (the one with the big Green Asterisk on it)

We OWN this CENTURY!!!!
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Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD
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How can you own this century when you don't even own this decade?
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Lakers 4 Championships
Cetics 1 Championship....no s on it...

BK,


I think you could add the following to my list of SMALL THINGS THAT COULD BE BIG FACTORS…


(8) Ron Artest’s desire to play big minutes - The big benefit here is not just that Luke gets fewer minutes but that the Lakers pretty much plan to fill the 3 front court spots with their four front court stars – Drew, Pau, Ron, and Lamar. This gives us 3 elite front court players for the full 48 mpg. It is the expansion of the same philosophy that we used with the 4 and 5 spots and our big three last year. Nobody is going to be able to hand with us inside. We are going to wear opposing teams’ front courts out early, powering us to lots of blowouts. That is also a reason Phil wants to work with the bigs.


I would like to note the #1 small thing on my list posted the other day was Phil working with Drew. I also think the departure of Kurt Rambis, who had actually worked with Drew more than Kareem, was probably an additional factor in the decision for Drew to spend less time with Kareem. Also, maybe the desire of the rest of the Lakers coaching staff to get a shot at Drew. He only has so much time.


Anyway, great job, guys. I’ve been pretty busy at work and can hardly keep up. Thank you.


Tom


H1N1 is an almost harmless variant of the flu. much ado about nothing.

good one, eagleboy. Me, i think this is just the opportunity David Stern has been waiting for the introduce the all new, all synthetic, anti bacterial sterile basketball, 100% swine free.

from last post, to #4

I’m not sure about Washington, but as a proud former Pit Crew member, I am absolutely sure Oregon doesn’t have a raised floor. We do have the best home court advantage in the country, which when added to the oldest continually operated arena and some truly savage fans does make it a hazardous place to play, if only for the visitors.

And yes, thanks for bringing it up so I could brag about it. : )

mud- what the heck? I would answer that, but it's probably not the sort of thing that I would come here to debate. Go and try to prove your negative somewhere else.

*to introduce, not the introduce. my bad

I've chimed in a few times on this blog and enjoy reading some of the back and forth. Not much time to be a regular writer - so I prefer to just read along as I enjoy anything pro Laker. Know a bit of basketball, ex college player, ex college coach, ex high school ref, longtime Laker fan - since the 60's.

Lately, I see LakerTom on the defensive and feel compelled to provide a little back up.

As a student of the game, I find LakerTom's insights for the most part spot on. As a college coach, I spent a great deal of time recruiting and I felt I had a knack for spotting talent - even beyond the obvious stars, one can find players with development potential - at all levels and this was a specialty of mine.

My goodness, Bynum has not only amazing potential, but we have seen it materialize over the last two seasons - only to be cut short by injury. Take his best two week stretch and spread that out over the remainder of last season, with the opportunity to improve and just wonder where he might have been come the playoffs.

Two seasons ago, Bynum was a rebounding machine and learning the knack of controlling the lane. Last season, while I felt his rebounding suffered, his offensive potential came to light.

Bynum is certainly behind Howard at this point. Howard is an amazing athlete and has had more time to develop on the court. However, if I had to choose between the two today for the long haul, I would not hesitate in choosing Bynum. His hands, reach and footwork make him something special and I promise, barring prolonged recovery from past injuries or an injury prone future, Bynum will be something special. Bynum's fundamentals are much farther along than Howard's and the base of fundamentals that he demonstrates are skills that even some stars never fully develop.

Projecting him as the #2 option now, may be a bit premature, but that is not unrealistic for the not too distant future. I think LakerTom just sees the potential so clearly, that it is hard to be patient. I find myself feeling the same way at times. Fortunately, putting the responsibility as the number 2 guy in the hands of Gasol is an amazing luxury for the Lakers.

Beyond Bynum - I was thinking the same things about Fish as a coach even before LakerTom started blogging about it. I'm still thinking Player-Coach (unofficial of course) I think the big lineup might be good in spurts, but I'm actually very interested in seeing where Shannon Brown fits in this season. His athletic ability has caught my eye and he seemed to fit in last season ahead of the curve that many players face their first time in the triangle. A player like Brown who would be left to his spots as defenders look to contain other Laker stars may prove so physically imposing that double teaming other Lakers will create an array of highlight reel dunks and in your face plays for Brown - to the delight of all Laker Nation. Plus, he digs in on D and defense is what will determine whether or not this tremendous group of talent materializes into a truly special team. I like Brown a great deal at the point in combination with Bynum controlling the middle. I really like Odom playing all 5 positions in a back up role and I really like Fish for the 4th quarter.

The season will play out with twists and turns, there will undoubtedly be injuries, etc., and fortunately the Lakers are deep enough to persevere. I'm ready to sit back and see greatness unfold. Will this team have a killer instinct or will they do just enough to get by - like most of last season? I'm looking forward to finding out.

I called yesterday to sign up for League Pass and that can't happen until the end of the month. Anyone know of a source to watch the exhibition games? I'm in the Bay Area.

DKWSFO

I've chimed in a few times on this blog and enjoy reading some of the back and forth. Not much time to be a regular writer - so I prefer to just read along as I enjoy anything pro Laker. Know a bit of basketball, ex college player, ex college coach, ex high school ref, longtime Laker fan - since the 60's.

Lately, I see LakerTom on the defensive and feel compelled to provide a little back up.

As a student of the game, I find LakerTom's insights for the most part spot on. As a college coach, I spent a great deal of time recruiting and I felt I had a knack for spotting talent - even beyond the obvious stars, one can find players with development potential - at all levels and this was a specialty of mine.

My goodness, Bynum has not only amazing potential, but we have seen it materialize over the last two seasons - only to be cut short by injury. Take his best two week stretch and spread that out over the remainder of last season, with the opportunity to improve and just wonder where he might have been come the playoffs.

Two seasons ago, Bynum was a rebounding machine and learning the knack of controlling the lane. Last season, while I felt his rebounding suffered, his offensive potential came to light.

Bynum is certainly behind Howard at this point. Howard is an amazing athlete and has had more time to develop on the court. However, if I had to choose between the two today for the long haul, I would not hesitate in choosing Bynum. His hands, reach and footwork make him something special and I promise, barring prolonged recovery from past injuries or an injury prone future, Bynum will be something special. Bynum's fundamentals are much farther along than Howard's and the base of fundamentals that he demonstrates are skills that even some stars never fully develop.

Projecting him as the #2 option now, may be a bit premature, but that is not unrealistic for the not too distant future. I think LakerTom just sees the potential so clearly, that it is hard to be patient. I find myself feeling the same way at times. Fortunately, putting the responsibility as the number 2 guy in the hands of Gasol is an amazing luxury for the Lakers.

Beyond Bynum - I was thinking the same things about Fish as a coach even before LakerTom started blogging about it. I'm still thinking Player-Coach (unofficial of course) I think the big lineup might be good in spurts, but I'm actually very interested in seeing where Shannon Brown fits in this season. His athletic ability has caught my eye and he seemed to fit in last season ahead of the curve that many players face their first time in the triangle. A player like Brown who would be left to his spots as defenders look to contain other Laker stars may prove so physically imposing that double teaming other Lakers will create an array of highlight reel dunks and in your face plays for Brown - to the delight of all Laker Nation. Plus, he digs in on D and defense is what will determine whether or not this tremendous group of talent materializes into a truly special team. I like Brown a great deal at the point in combination with Bynum controlling the middle. I really like Odom playing all 5 positions in a back up role and I really like Fish for the 4th quarter.

The season will play out with twists and turns, there will undoubtedly be injuries, etc., and fortunately the Lakers are deep enough to persevere. I'm ready to sit back and see greatness unfold. Will this team have a killer instinct or will they do just enough to get by - like most of last season? I'm looking forward to finding out.

I called yesterday to sign up for League Pass and that can't happen until the end of the month. Anyone know of a source to watch the exhibition games? I'm in the Bay Area.

DKWSFO

um, i mean; mud, can you please offer some evidence or support for your assertion, in the interest of having a fair and even debate?

DKWSFO- you can say that again.


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DKWSFO,


>>> Projecting him as the #2 option now, may be a bit premature, but that is not unrealistic for
>>> the not too distant future. I think LakerTom just sees the potential so clearly, that it is hard
>>> to be patient. I find myself feeling the same way at times. Fortunately, putting the responsibility
>>> as the number 2 guy in the hands of Gasol is an amazing luxury for the Lakers.


Thanks for kind words. Your description of why I appear so obsessed with Drew is eerily accurate. I would have to admit that patience or postponing gratification has never been my strong suit. LOL. You must have been a successful coach because you really have an excellent understanding of the game and ability to judge player talent. I’m not as sold as you are on Shannon, but I love his out-of-this-world athleticism and physical defense. I thought your thought process and analysis of Drew, however, were very perceptive, especially the difference in rebounding two years ago, when Drew was grabbing the ball way above the rim and other players. I didn’t see that last year, not sure why.


I’ve never been one to buy the argument that Drew improving his offense would necessarily diminish his defense. For one thing, you don’t change personnel in basketball. The game demands continuity and to me offense and defense have to go hand in hand. One drives the other. A perfect example was when Kobe scored 81 points against the Raptors. There were several spots in that game where Kobe’s defense ignited the team which in then turned into more scoring opportunities for Kobe. I’ve always believed with big men that domination was a two-way street and the great players did it at both ends. Dunks can be as intimidating as blocks. There is paint to control at both ends of the court.


Anyway, it’s a pleasure to find a kindred Lakers soul in the Bay area. I will be looking for my input and excellent posts from you in the future. We’ll have to get together sometime and watch the game or go see the Warriors when the Lakers are in town. I’ve long wanted to get a group of the Bay Area Lakers Bloggers together to watch the game at a central sports bar. If you live in the Bay Area and are possible interested, let me know. I’m not as pushy and over-the-top in person. LOL.


Tom


Congratulations to the Los Angeles teams STF at those Yankee fans who comes in this blog. LA all the way from Lakers to a freeway series of Angels vs. Dodgers, both division series. We live in LA, we celebrate in LA therefore we go for LA teams only....

Greetings Lakeshow Fans,

Wow! It's already about that time for the Lakers to defend last June's ultimate basketball prize. Let's rock ladies and gentlemen!

BTW, I hope this summer was as good for you as it was for me as a fan. The addition of Artest (toughness and desire) and Gelebale (length and athleticism) without question improves the Lakers team/individual defense perimeterwise. I'm curious to see how it will all play out once the ball bounces.

Speaking of the Lakers defending the title and improved defense, you should check out the blogs going on in Boston.com. The "bubbly" tone of Boston fans indicates that the Celtics and Paulchair Pierce are already crowned the champions based on current player matchups and not playing the entire 2009-2010 season. Hmmm...I guess Paulchair's confidence filled talk about redemption has given them a ray of hope. That's fine actually as long as Paulchair Pierce understands that he must deliver the goods every year, especially after a championship year, which did not happen in 2009.

However, I do agree with his assessment about the importance of winning the championship when it comes to age, especially after 30. With this in mind, it left him with no choice but to believe that they are a championship team, which they proved in 2008 with a astounding beatdown of our Lakers. However, that was then...this is now. 2010 is the deal!

I'm glad, for the most part, that our Lakers haven't been "talking" about a possible back-to-back situation in a "bubbly" way. I've always believed that their is a fine line between" talking" and "doing" when it comes to winning.

Kobe (Kome for a Boston fan), for example, is a model of consistency on the court of play even if he did not win every single championship along the way. It's been that way after his rookie year. He's still going strong...

On the other hand, Paulchair Pierce has to show that he too is a model of consistency not based on one single championship ONLY (which I still feel he holds onto and can't blame him for to some degree...It's that AGE thing again...and might be his LAST!). It all comes down to the total body of work a player has done over the course of their career. Without a doubt, he learned the cruelties of consistency via Orlando's 101-82 dismissal of his humble pie Celtics; with success comes failure. PP's late success can't be compared to Kobe's earliest to most recent "successes." See the difference?

Believe me folks, PP's "talk" will certainly be be kept in the minds of the Celtics faithful. The pressure is definitely on for him...for that, I wish him the best of luck. I'm curious to see how he responds this coming season from start to finish.

In the final analysis, the "doing" team is always going to win it all. As far as I'm concerned, our Lakers are DOERS! I expect the Lakers to "do" it again in 2009-1010 with solid teamwork and perseverance minus the "talk."

As I always say, Laker pride through ALL and ANY ADVERSITY! ADVERSITY is what makes a team "DO!" Go Lakers!

Hey Boston Shell-Tick fans....

go home, stay there, have a beer, mold your body into that of you team, rent the movie "The Blob"...exercise neck muscles, cuz you'll be looking up, but wait a mnute, scratch that, no strain on neck muscles, cuz you gave no brain (see "The Wizard Of Oz"...scrarecrows, take a seat in that wheelchair, you will look up and experience 0.5g's on the movement (1/2 the weight of the normal human head missing cuz you have no brain....).....get a pen, draw a line down the Midwest, think of nothing any further west than that. Why it's still called the Midwest is stupid, should kill it "Actually we're still in the East!!!" Duh.....

mud,

"H1N1 is an almost harmless variant of the flu. much ado about nothing."

You say that, but back it up with science.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

DKWSFO,

Please post more often.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Let's Go L's!

"As I always say, Laker pride through ALL and ANY ADVERSITY! ADVERSITY is what makes a team "DO!" Go Lakers!"

THAT'S the spirit, brother. That's the spirit.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

The Green Asterisk,

{Smiles}

Oh yeah? Come get us, pal.

We're ready.

Keep it up, troll. You'll have to live with your humiliation when it's done.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

phred,
ask the k bros for my email and we can talk. i'm not trying to debate that here in a Lakersblog thread. i'm more interested in basketball here. please excuse my outburst, not that i take it back or anything...

really, it's just an off the cuff remark. it's true though, the swine flu was a big scare a number of years ago....

mud,

H1N1 was the same variant that caused a worldwide pandemic in 1914 or whenever it was, killing something like .5-1% of the entire world's population. Not only that, it had the unusual feature of killing mostly young people with healthy immune systems, a category into which the entirety of the NBA's players most likely fits.

The NBA would not be doing its due diligence to protect its product were it to not at least consider the threat of this disease. Sure, the world is very different than it was some 100 years ago. Nonetheless, the threat is something worth at least considering and it was the same cavalier attitude that you hold that was in part responsible for the nightmare when the disease ravaged the world last time.

WOW ! CHUTZPAH !!!

On the Lakers practice report at lakers.com Coach Shaw said that Luke is the biggest trash talker on the team. He yells about where people should be when he shoots (rebounding position?). Were I Luke, I would shut my mouth to save myself from putting my foot in it. "Wanna get away?" moments must abound when Luke talks trash on a court. Silly.

GOooooooOOOO LAKERS !!!!

DKWSFO,

Hi.

Y0u wrote that you're an ex-player, coach & ref. Cool.

Luke Walton commented on Artest's desire to play long minutes.
You wrote that you'd like Odom as a backup for all 5 positions.

So, as a ref, how well have teams done with a small rotation? It's an
82 game season + up to another 28 for the end of the finals. If you
use a small rotation, 8 or less, how well have those teams done over the
years?

As a coach, did you have success winning championships with a small
rotation?

As a coach, if you did go with a small rotation, how did you grow your
younger, less skilled players? Was that an actual desire for you as a coach?

You & LakerTom were talking about Drew as the #2 option. What about
Pau Gasol? If my memory is right, KB Blitz feel free to correct, Pau
is a former Rookie of the Year, all-star, Silver medalist in the Olympics
& European champion. He's displayed his offensive & defensive chops
against the best in the world with some success. So I'm curious, from a
coaching perspective, why you would put Bynum before Pau as the #2
option. Or maybe you don't. in either case, I'd love to read your take.

Jan. 3, 2010 : Dallas @ LAL...

This is the game where the 31 year old Kobe will probably surpass the 41,535 minute mark of his career {Regular season & Playoffs}. This is the same minute mark where KG was seen limping off the court in Utah last Feb.

One year ago, KG looked indestructible...just like Kobe appears today. Looks can be very deceiving.

--Derek Fisher {LA`s second best guard} was born the exact same day the despicable Richard Nixon resigned. That makes Fisher OLDER than ANY player on Boston`s ENTIRE roster!

--Lamar Odom is a mere 1 month away from his 30th birthday...Gasol is just 9 months away.

--The clock is ticking...The Thomas Kelati Era will start soon!

From: http://tinyurl.com/yejxgm8

The key to the Lakers -- it doesn't take a genius to figure it out, is you close with Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol, and Kobe Bryant. If you do that, you can't really go wrong.

You take out Bryant and leave Odom in, they were good. You take out Odom and leave Bryant in they weren't good. That's why I say Odom was better than Bryant.

OK, this is what they closed with: Trevor Ariza, Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom. That's 18 points better than average. And isn't that the one that closed every game? That's a good lineup, and they played that one the most.

Artest will be interesting.

Another good lineup is if you take that same thing, but put in Luke Walton for Fisher. Or Walton for Ariza. That's just as good. Doesn't make any difference.

This lineup is off the charts, and didn't play much: Bryant, Gasol, Odom, Luke Walton and Shannon Brown.

That lineup won by 55 points a game. They played 50 minutes together.

"Let me tell you, my good friend. If that’s how a fan feels, then he ain’t no Lakers fan in my book. So put the shoe on if it fits and STFU. If it doesn’t, then get needlessly insulted. It’s just opinions." - LakerTom

Sorry for the late response, I just read this late last night. You see my friend, whatever you utter I always remember our past struggles in this blog. We have traveled a long road to savor a Championship. We expressed our frustrations and excitement in more than a thousand posts combined. Nobody questions your book as a quintessential Laker fan. When I caution you on name calling I am just commenting that please be kind on your posts today and in the future, if somebody slap you on one cheek, please offer the other cheek. It is the imitation of Christ. Many newcomers love to hug the blog as if it is their own playground in posting anything that comes into their mind even if it is irrelevant and insensitive to the feelings of others. Some people love to delve in unresolvable arguments insisting on their peculiar ideas perhaps we fall into that category. Therefore, there are many kinds of posters as there are fans, nonetheless we embrace them all in this kind of setting. I know you are an impulsive one, in the past you disdained the vitriol of KL or could not acquiescence the brashness of Mike T. , now that they are gone, you've assumed that role which you referred as the lightning rod of the blog. At the end of the thread on Bynum, you accumulate the mud that you can think of and throw it back as a bigger mud which I consider very unLT . Come on, we are just in the preseason please forgive and tolerate posts that may appear unkind they love to tease u in absence of KL or Mike T. lol! Like in Bynum thread, these naysayers need more blog units to understand your universal standards in posting. There is no exact definition of a Laker fan . You are one breed who lives in North in your twilight years yet kind enough to share your thoughts to fans who can be qualified as our grandchildren, another breed is Jon K who now lives in Cleveland he finds ways to cure his boredom by reminding in his posts our primary objective on rings and more rings, another breed is Troy, who was maligned as negative poster, I say just nervous and yet, during the hour of celebration he was one of the 90,000 fans there in the Coliseum to share the ultimate joy, the same way with (Monsignor) Utz, Faith and Rick Friedman. Another breed is PSLakerfan who seldom post nowadays drives all the way from Palm Springs to watch a game at the Staples, and LakerSTH, they are season ticket holders putting their wallets where their mouths are and offer the least in opinion sharing. That is the bottom line we may have different opinions on a particular player, coaches, teams, we are still Laker fans. Don't waste your anger on varying opinions of the 22 year old (how about our 21 year old K's Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers, did u see him pitch last night? Yankee sucks!) We are not your enemies. It is impossible to solicit only one opinion even among liberals, not in this country and not in this blog.

Ron the Diplomat

"It's important that Mark Cuban says stuff like that. It's great for the fans. It's something to read and it keeps it interesting."

It's bizarro. The nice guy Lamar marries a K girl, and Ron doesn't bite the Mark Cuban bait, defusing it with a comment worthy of the Ambassador to (name goes here). No prison yard stare, no song and dance routine, just a vet comment about hard work.

That's entertainment.

Adjust your stereotypes accordingly.

Hobbitmage,

If you wish to find time for Luke, I say go #2 as a replacement of Kobe. He should share time with Sasha. Luke is a set a man, too slow to be a PG and not a good shooter as a Forward. He replaces Kobe, Artest is in #3 LO in #4 and Gasol or Bynum as the Center and Shannon or Farmar as PG. I'm referring to the second unit. With this combination I think Luke will show his best games as a facilitator or court general in the triangle. Try to imagine if Luke holds the ball at the top of the post, how many possible alternatives he can create pass it to a moving Bynum, pass it to Artest or LO on the wing, or to Shannon coming from the back court attacking the rim. Lakers would maximize the values of Luke in this kind of setting. In soccer terminologies, Luke should not be a striker but forever the set up man at the top of the post. He will be remembered and excel in that role.

Wow theres a lotta love in here AK. This is how I remember this blog when I first logged on 2 years ago. It was an insightful speed dating room of ideas and philosophies, and with the new design in 09' (oh that rhymes) and the great new addition of intellectual minds that make up this family of lakernation love, this could be the best year ever guys. I like the Drew as an allstar talk. I like the idea of a Kobe/Hakeem player this year. I love the Artest playing big minutes discussion. Guys if Ron Artest buys into PJ's team philosophy, then I think we can agree that we will win an insane amount of games this year. I see our 5 man all-star crew (Kobe,Pau,Thrilla,Drew & Mr.Kardashian)really blowing out teams for half the games we play this year. I know we will have a target on our back of course but on paper guys, I mean... simply put, our roster is sic from top to bottom clearly. If Ron Ron can motivate us on those nights we decide to not show up, its really on if you know what I mean (70+).

Here's my question though- why is Kareem scaling back this year? I understand Bynum has been in the league for a while now and he doesn't need his hand held anymore, but if its not broke why fix it it- right? I know we won a championship and all. I know Bynum really doesn't need to score as much now there are way too many hot hands sharing the same ball. But until Bynum plays a FULL SEASON of productive basketball shouldn't he have someone riding his butt the whole way? And yeah, I heard PJ is going to do some of this now but- isn't this the same guy who isn't going to the Anaheim preseason game because his hip is bad? The same guy who at one point they were talking about him not going to all the road games this season. The same guy who is afraid to sign a new contract because he has health issues? Yea, he's going to work with Bynum more instead of Kareem Abdul Jabbar.


Edwin,


LOL, my friend. I appreciated your long winded effort to keep me in line. Truthfully, I have been trying not to let the trolls and bashers bait me but with no games to watch yet, I sometimes have to let loose, much like Kobe sometimes just needing to take a shot, no matter how good.


At any rate, I don’t criticize fans who disagree with me about Bynum’s potential and value to the team as long as they are respectful and have the facts straight. When they aren’t or don’t, then frankly I am going to speak up, whether you or anybody else likes it.


The problem that most of the occasional bloggers face coming onto the blog is that they aren’t around enough to get all of the facts and points of view so they make many incorrect assumptions when they start commenting. It’s the responsibility of those of us who are always here to set the record straight.


Anyway, because I respect you as one of my very first blog friends, I will try and be positive but don’t expect me to bend over for the Alfonso’s and LakerDick’s of the world. They get what they deserve.


Tom



jayden,


My understanding is that Kareem is still going to be around to help Drew go over film and be there when he has a question but it appears that since Kurt was really the only assistant coach who was an NBA big man that Phil now wants to take that role on himself.


Personally, I think this is a big move by Phil. As a low post player, Phil was a pretty crafty and skilled big man. Combined with Drew working on his base and lower body to be able to get more position, I think Phil working with Drew could really make a difference. Yes, Kareem was a great tutor but working with the head coach himself could really help Drew take his game to the next level. In many ways, he is capable of playing a much more physical Shaq-like game in the low post on offense than Kareem ever was. I think Phil may be the right mentor to turn him into a Beast.


I even wonder if Kurt leaving was the catalyst for all of the changes, including Kareem’s reduced role. We know Phil and the Lakers are very media aware and generally do a good job of getting their side of the story out.


Tom

I want to make a prediction real quick since it hasn't been said yet. I feel like that kid in the back of the class that is raising saying, "Oh Oh Oh, Me Me Me!" This year the Lakers will beat a team by more points than any other team and will have a bigger point differential throughout the year than any other team in recent history. Obviously with the Championship target this is going to be extremely tough because they will see the best of every team every nite. In fact for many teams if they beat the Lakers it will make their season. As a betting man I'm already thinking I wish I could predict the upsets right now- Bobcats, Pacers, Golden State? But its clear now that the Lakers have a new swagger that breathes confindence and superiority over any matchup that they encounter (Orlando, Boston, the Cavs and the Spurs)that the Lakers are the team to beat. Its clear now that the Lakers are better defensively now. Let's face it, besides an aging D Fish- defense is the only other question mark on the Lakers. Now that Artest ends that argument, people are counting on a slow PG as an achilles heel to a stacked team. Good luck haters, the guy has 4 rings, he's about as big shot as Mr. Horry himself and he only has to play 20 something minutes a game from here on out.

The point is Celtic fans can talk that green asterisk crap all they want. The truth is THIS IS YOUR LAST YEAR. Your last grasp at air. If KG doesn't work out this year its a wrap. We on the other hand will be in the finals for a long time to come. Cavs this could be your last year, heck we could even say the same thing for the Spurs. The Lakers are in the Orlando Portand end of the spectrum. And if you had to bet on which franchise will remain on top out of that group who you gonna pick? Greg Oden? Naw, see we are laughing over here haterz! The grass aint greener nowhere except for L to the A. See you chumps in the finals... oops no we won't cuz your teams probably won't make it that far!


Jayden,


>>> This year the Lakers will beat a team by more points than any other team and will have
>>> a bigger point differential throughout the year than any other team in recent history.


I think you may be right. With Luke’s playing fewer minutes, it really means that our 4 elite front court players are going to cover all 48 minutes (less significant garbage time, of course) at small forward, power forward, and center – just like our 3 elite big men did last year for the 4 and 5.


That means 3 All-Star quality bigs in the game every minute that the game is on the line. That is going to wear out every other team in the league and give us humongous matchup advantages down low. That will be the key to the blowouts that you are predicting. Save your prediction. It will be gold.

Tom


Folks, what mud told about H1N1 is true.

The H1N1 virus only causes the common flu, the seasonal one. However, there is a mutant strain of H1N1 is the one which causes swine flu. So, the "regular" H1N1 is not the killer, its the other mutant swine-originated strain.

And that is supported in Wikipedia also:

"Influenza A (H1N1) virus is a subtype of influenzavirus A and the most common cause of influenza (flu) in humans. Some strains of H1N1 are endemic in humans and cause a small fraction of all influenza-like illness and a large fraction of all seasonal influenza. ......a new strain of swine-origin H1N1 was responsible for the 2009 flu pandemic. "

I had to double check the posting by Jayden 24...I thought, was it late and I was buzzed on my 2nd bottle (vacation) and let it rip. Jayden 24, you expressed to the letter exactly what I feel....

Hey Red's Love Child...take a good look at your mother, she's the one with the cigar burn in her forehead. I had earlier come down on Kelati, because I had been hoping Sun Yue to work out in the LONG term project approach. Looking at Kelati's digits and history. This guy could be worth a good look, and not the "fodder" term I used for him. When bored should I go puke on the Celtics blog? No I would not, because I think that would be sick and classless. By the way do you anti-Laker bloggers go after all the other teams with equal irritataion and tenacity? Because if not...before your next key stroke...pull out the handgun, raise to your mouth, insert....pull trigger, Job well done. You have eliminated a useless entity. One less slob that bumps into you into the street.

benjamin, kobefan, mud...

sure. nice points. i know there is plenty of information out there available for everybody on how to prevent and/or deal with flu pandemics. try CDC.gov, i think.

in the meantime, everybody wash your hands, and remember

SOMETIMES BEING IN LOVE MEANS PLAYING IT SAFE

THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT CAN BURN YOU FOR A LIFETIME

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE

GO LAKERS!

"The Green Asterisk"....oh yeah, food poisoning, that lead to a wet flatus. Just use bleach and don't go back to that restaurant again.


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